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He.s an Oscar winner. He.s the ideal blend of character-actor chops and marquee-boosting star power. He.s The God Damn Batman. But it wasn.t until we watched him back-to-back in Scott Cooper.s Out of the Furnace and David O. Russell.s American Hustle that we recognized what a chameleon Christian Bale can be in the name of his art. During a recent press conference held on behalf of Hustle, Russell told a fantastic story about how co-stars like Robert De Niro, who.d never met Bale in person, didn.t recognize the actor in character as overweight, follicly-challenged con artist Irving Rosenfeld. And Raging Bull star De Niro knows a thing or two about drastic physical transformations, when it.s right for the part. We got to thinking about the roles that required Bale to alter his appearance. Sometimes it.s a hairstyle. Sometimes it.s »
This Christmas, it’s Grudgement Day!
Award-winning movie legends Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) star as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight.
Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers.
Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. But they may not have to wait that long: »
- Movie Geeks
During a Q&A at the Marrakech Film Festival last weekend, Scorsese discussed his body of work, and reminisced about one particular negative reaction to all the swearing in his classic 1980 boxing flick. "Raging Bull" was the subject of a New York Times piece titled "What Happened to Language?," Scorsese said, which quoted extensively from the film.
"[The article] was quite funny because the language in 'Raging Bull' is quite terrible. The language, the attitude, the cursing," the director told the crowd. " ... So we destroyed the language. The main pull quote was from the scene where [star Robert] De Niro threatens to kill his neighbor's dog."
But the Times may want to prepare to clutch its pearls again, because according to Scorsese, the worst is yet to come. »
- Katie Roberts
It's Robert DeNiro vs. Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match and we're celebrating the much anticipated match up with a Grudge Match Prize Pack Sweepstakes that includes Hollywood Movie Money, a Grudge Match Gym Kit, Towel, Beanie, t-shirt. and movie poster. Read on to find out how you can win.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Gruge Match stars award-winning movie legends Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) directs the comedy.
In “Grudge Match,” De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during
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The Boston Society of Film Critics' (Bsfc) very first Best Picture prize went to Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980) and over the next 32 years they've mixed smart off the path choices with future Oscar darlings. In the past decade they seem to have mellowed and mainstreamed and unless you count a tie in 2008 (Wall•E shared the prize with Slumdog), it's been well over a decade since that grabby run when they thought outside the box consistently (1998-2001) when they were giving Best Film prizes to great movies like Out of Sight (2 below the line Oscar nods) Three Kings (0 Oscar attention) and Mullholland Dr (1 Oscar nod) which were obviously not going to play big with the Academy. (During that period they were also making interesting calls in non Oscar-baiting performances so something about the membership must have changed thereafter.
This year they've wrapped their Bostonian arms around native New Yorker »
- NATHANIEL R
During a 45-minute Q&A session he talked about his motivations and the factors underlying his choice of subjects, including that of his upcoming film “Silence”.
He described filming “Last Temptation of Christ,” lensed in Morocco, as a passionate process motivated by his own search for an inner spiritual core, which had once made him to want to become a priest.
“The film was an exploration of the meaning of faith. But during the process of making the film the mystery became even deeper for me and I realized I’d only scratched the surface…I’m obsessed with the search for a spiritual core in life. That’s what my most personal films are about, including ‘Mean Streets »
- Martin Dale
James Gray began his Marrakech Film Festival Master Class with a self-deprecatory warning to everyone in attendance at the Salles des Ambassadeurs at the Palais de Congress, including moderator Scott Foundas. "I don't think I have anything to say," he claimed, before embarking on an earnest, entertaining, and ebullient 110-minute disquisition on everything from his own films to 'Raging Bull,' and from the importance of making films personal to taking it personally when peers don't like your films. Though his films shade, by his own admission, toward dark themes and hard truths, in person Gray is voluble and loquacious, playing both the cut up (he offered impressions of Joaquin Phoenix, Francis Ford Coppola, and Al Pacino, among others), and the outer borough sod ("my whole life was fairly miserable" he said of growing up in Queens). The following are excerpts from the session. 1) Make it personal, and be sincere. »
- Eric Hynes
Martin Scorsese will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 18th annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 8, the org announced on Thursday.
The kudofest, set to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be hosted by standup comedian Owen Benjamin.
Scorsese took home a long-awaited Oscar in 2006 for helming “The Departed” in 2006; his additional eight nominations from the Academy include those for “Raging Bull,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator” and, most recently, “Hugo.” His latest pic, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” bows in theaters Dec. 25.
In addition to the contributions Scorsese has made through his films, he will be celebrated for founding the Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project, two non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of film.
Previous recipients of the Cinematic Imagery Award have included the production designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, »
- Allegra Tepper
We've highlighted one of the awards season roundtables from The Hollywood Reporter featuring the directors of some of the likely Oscar contenders, and the trade has plenty more extended talks that you can check out with writers, actors, actresses, cinematographers and more right here. Now we have a roundtable focusing on one specific film: The Wolf of Wall Street. Legendary director Martin Scorsese sits down with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and screenwriter Terrence Winter for a 26-minute chat about the film, including the difficulty of cutting down the film from an initial 4-hour cut and much more. Watch! Here's the 26-minute roundtable for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street from THR: The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by legendary Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, of everything from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to Cape Fear to Goodfellas to Casino to Aviator to Departed to Shutter Island and Hugo recently. »
- Ethan Anderton
Last year at this time, Argo had just surpassed the $100 million mark at the box-office on its way to winning three Oscars, including the statue for Best Picture. Ben Affleck’s true Hollywood story of the CIA’s risky mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from the angry hive of the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979 was bold, confident filmmaking, and his emergence as a sentimental favorite during awards season was as delightful as it was unlikely, considering the many ups and downs of his career. Fifteen years after Good Will Hunting, 10 years after Gigli, and five years after becoming »
- Jeff Labrecque
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on The Book, which brings together some of the biggest names in Italian horror, a trailer for Dead of the Nite, new releases from Cavity Colors, and much more:
First Details on The Book: “The Book sees the ultimate collaborative Italian horror film unfold before your very eyes. A one off project of unprecedented scale, The Book brings together, for the very first time, the writers, directors, actors, composers and artists behind the finest Italian genre cinema of the past sixty years. This includes the creative forces behind the Giallo movement, Spaghetti Westerns, Eurocrime and more. Each director will be given the opportunity to showcase their own personal vision of Rome, spread across a dozen episodes. Each segment in this feature film will contain a unique blend of macabre thriller, »
- Tamika Jones
The last day of what I guess we're calling 2013's Black Friday deals week is upon us and yet, tomorrow is Cyber Monday and Amazon is still offering deals throughout the day and today offers several Criterion titles and more. On the Criterion side we have Carlos, Quadrophenia, Shallow Grave, 12 Angry Men, The Samurai Trilogy, Fanny and Alexander and Weekend while you can also pick up complete series sets of "Fringe", "Chuck", "Frasier" and "Millennium". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Sunday, December 1 Deals starting at 8:20 pm Pt John Wayne Film Collection ($17.99) Peter Pan: Return to Never Land ($19.69) Pixar Short Films Collection 2 ($15.89) Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales: The Complete Collection ($20.49) Fanny and Alexander (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray ($24.99) Weekend (Criterion »
- Brad Brevet
The actual 2013 Black Friday is over, but the deals aren't as Amazon is continuing the deals up through Cyber Monday and today's new schedule of sale items includes one of the best deals yet, $200 off the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection Blu-ray, which includes Skyfall, but that's not it. Beyond that we have deals on A Good Day to Die Hard. The Last Emperor (Criterion Collection), the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Blu-ray Collection, Friday Night Lights and "Girls". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Bond! Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall Blu-ray ($99.99) Check Out These Deals Midnight in Paris Blu-ray ($6.49) Pacific Rim Blu-ray ($7.99) Epic Blu-ray ($9.96) Heat Blu-ray ($8.49) Man of Steel Blu-ray ($19.96) Moneyball Blu-ray ($3.99) 21 Jump Street Blu-ray »
- Brad Brevet
After a week of early deals, the actual 2013 Black Friday is finally here and Amazon's deals continue and are only getting better. I have included the new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale today and if yesterday is any indication, you are going to want to get in on them quick as the Django Unchained Blu-ray sold out in a matter of minutes yesterday. Today's deals include several you may be interested in including Monsters University, Planes, The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brave, three seasons of "The Walking Dead", Fight Club, The Croods, Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 and much more. Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Brand New Blu-ray Deals! »
- Brad Brevet
Warner-based producer Bill Gerber is hopeful that “Grudge Match” will offer a parallel box office success story to the 2008 hit “Grand Torino,” which starred Clint Eastwood and went on to gross $270 million worldwide. Warner Bros. opened “Gran Torino” in limited release in mid-December and expanded it in January as the drama caught on to become Eastwood’s highest grossing film by far.
- Dave McNary
Happy Thanksgiving! Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Thursday, November 28, with a new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale and it's another 20-after-midnight start and it looks like the deals are getting better as the week goes on. Today we begin with a discount on the fifth season of "True Blood" and Les Miserables on Blu-ray and later in the day Blu-rays of Warm Bodies, Prometheus, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Heat, Zero Dark Thirty, Pacific Rim and Oblivion go on sale. Just check out the schedule below so you know when to start clicking. Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Thursday, November 28 Deals starting at »
- Brad Brevet
Martin Scorsese may have earned a whole lot of creative control of his films thanks to decades of positive reviews and happy investors, but that doesn.t mean there aren.t some rules even men like him have to follow. In fact, I can think of two right off the top of my head. Secure at least an R-rating from the MPAA and keep the runtime a reasonable length. Unfortunately for the Raging Bull director, his newest effort did neither. Its original runtime of more than three hours was given the big ugly Nc-17 brand. Luckily, forward progress is being made on both of those fronts. After meetings with the studio, the release date for Wolf Of Wall Street was pushed back to December 25 and Scorsese was given the task of fixing the ratings problem and landing a more manageable length. In order to do both, the director reportedly cut »
"Hey listen, I quit - I'm going into stocks." This looks so damn good! Paramount has debuted two new TV spots online for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, getting a marketing push to build buzz for its December release coming up soon. Early buzz from Darren Aronofsky is glowing: "hilarious, gutwrenching. @LeoDiCaprio fearless, brave, brilliant @JonahHill revelation. quaalude mayhem!" With Jonah Hill on the rise, the actor gets just as much time in these new TV spots as Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on that kind of buzz, it's a smart move. And it's working - I cannot wait to see this, even if it's almost 3 hours long. Enjoy! Here's the two latest TV spots for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, direct from YouTube: The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by legendary Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, of everything from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull »
- Alex Billington
Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Wednesday, November 27, with a new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale today and they are starting early. The deals throughout the day begin just after midnight today and there are a few titles worthy of your attention. If I had to select one title from the batch of deals going live today it would certainly be the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray collection, beyond that the Schindler's List Blu-ray is worth considering and, if you're looking for a nice little quadruple feature you can't really go wrong with picking up the Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Elizabeth bundle, the price isn't yet available, but I have to assume it won't break the bank. Finally, that Best of Warner Bros. Romance Collection at 12:20 Pm might be worth a look as it includes some greats such »
- Brad Brevet
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