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10 of geek cinema's more curious quirks of fate

10 July 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...

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Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?

When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.

Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.

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- ryanlambie

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Martin Scorsese says Roger Ebert Understood Him Better As A Director Than He Understood Himself

30 June 2014 2:28 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Steve James documentary Life Itself, dedicated to the life and work of late film critic Roger Ebert, has been generating reams of positive press as it makes its way to theaters on July 11 (it will open in limited release on July 4). But no quote attributed to Ebert.s influence struck me quite as deeply as the one that legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese shared. even though it never made it into the finished documentary. The Raging Bull and Goodfellas maestro spoke with Steve James about Roger Ebert.s reaction to The Departed. The anecdote is captured and shared by The New York Times, which reveals that Scorsese believed the iconic critic figured out a crucial component to the filmmaker.s psyche before it even became clear to Scorsese. Roger Ebert, as the story goes, said The Departed carried extra weight because of Scorsese.s staunch Catholic upbringing, and how some men »

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50 brilliant movie opening credits sequences

25 June 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a range of eras and genres, here's Jenny and Alex's light-hearted pick of 50 great opening title sequences from the movies...

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We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.

The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »

- ryanlambie

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Joey Russo on playing Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys

24 June 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

For any actor, playing Joe Pesci in a Clint Eastwood production is dream challenge – and it was one undertaken by Joey Russo, with a role in the renowned director’s latest endeavour, Jersey Boys.

We spoke to Russo about the role, and how he went about remaining faithful to Pesci’s sensibilities, without feeling like a caricature. He also tells us what it was like to work under Eastwood, how his own journey – from New Jersey to Hollywood – matches that of our protagonists, and the joys in honing his craft in a variety of different mediums.

First and foremost, have you ever met Joe Pesci?

No not yet! I am really hoping I get to meet him at the premiere though.

Joe Pesci has such a distinctive character, was it difficult to play him and be faithful to his sensibilities, and yet ensure it doesn’t just feel like a caricature? »

- Stefan Pape

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Nancy Meyers’ The Intern Begins Filming – Stars Anne Hathaway And Robert De Niro

23 June 2014 8:41 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Academy Award winners Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) star together in Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Intern, which began filming today in New York. Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Private Benjamin”) is directing the comedy from her own screenplay.

The director posted the photo on her Instagram account. (instagram.com/nmeyers)

Meyers is also producing the film, together with Scott Rudin and Suzanne Farwell. Celia Costas is serving as executive producer.

The film’s multi-generational cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam DeVine (“Pitch Perfect”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), Reid Scott (“Veep”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).

In The Intern, De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who »

- Michelle McCue

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Tom Hanks: The Top 25 (Best Actor)

23 June 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yes, this time around I’ll be tackling one of the biggest of the big eight categories in an effort not to save them all for very last, much like with last week. This one is arguably the second biggest of them all…the Best Actor field. This is as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen. I could go on and on in preparation right now, but at this point I know how the game works here. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center… This time around, I’m once again going with the ever popular overview route for the discussion as you might have guessed. »

- Joey Magidson

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Trailer for Unofficial Raging Bull Sequel Bronx Bull

22 June 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I can't believe there were a couple production companies out there that actually made an unofficial sequel to Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro's classic boxing drama Raging Bull. But they did. It's called Bronx Bull, and today we give you the first trailer for the film. I personally think the movie looks awful. It's got a decent cast of talent, but the script seems pretty terrible. 

The film is described as a "combination prequel and sequel that explores 'before the rage' and 'after the rage' of world middleweight boxing champ Jake Lamotta's tumultuous life and times."

The movie was directed by Martin Guigui (National Lampoon's Cattle Call) and it stars William Forsy, Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantegna, Ray Wise, Paul Sorvino, and more. There's no release date yet, but I doubt it's going to get a theatrical release. 


- Joey Paur

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At All Costs: Yann Danh talks about A Tout Prix

21 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

 Trevor Hogg chats with Yann Danh about pursuing a childhood obsession as a career and for an added bonus the feature showcases his French short film A Tout Prix (At All Costs)…

“My mom is a storekeeper and my stepdad is a barman,” states French filmmaker Yann Danh who was 10 years old when he first became aware of the cinema.  “Watching movies became almost compulsive; I used to watch three or four a day such as Once Upon a Time in America [1984], Terminator [1984], Evil Dead [1981], 2001 [1968], Serpico [1973], Touch of Evil [1958], Once Upon a Time in the West [1968], Taxi Driver [1976], and Bruce Lee movies.”  The plan was to pursue a career in the video game industry changed at the age of 16.  “After making my first short film [in high school], I knew cinema was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”  Every film project has been educational.  “I learned how to make a shot list, »

- Trevor Hogg

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First trailer for the unofficial Raging Bull sequel The Bronx Bull

21 June 2014 1:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last year MGM launched a lawsuit against Jake Lamotta and director Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness) to prevent them from using the title Raging Bull II on a new low-budget biopic about the former Middleweight World Champion, who was of course portrayed by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic. Having agreed to change the title to The Bronx Bull, the first trailer has now arrived online, and we’ve got it for you below…

The Bronx Bull stars William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire) as Lamotta, while the rest of the cast includes Joe Mantegna (The Godfather: Part III), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Robert Davi (The Goonies), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), and James Russo (Django Unchained).


As yet, there’s no word on a release date for The Bronx Bull, but don’t be surprised if this one ends up going straight-to-video. »

- Gary Collinson

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The Silence of Scorsese

20 June 2014 2:35 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Vimeo-ist Tony Zhou has been on a role lately with his recent looks at the visual comedy of Edgar Wright and the oners of Steven Spielberg and now a look at Martin Scorsese's use of silence in this latest video essay. Here he uses scenes from movies such as GoodFellas, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Last Temptation of Christ and Raging Bull and uses Man of Steel as a comparison, noting how today's films have used silence in a much different way. Once again he manages to entertain as well as inform. Oh, and it's probably not safe for work, so, headphones on. »

- Brad Brevet

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New Trailers: Judge, Drop, Love, Felony, Gods

20 June 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of new trailers have landed over the past day or so for all sorts of upcoming smaller films, but with a lot of them starring big names. The most high-profile would be "The Judge" which sees Robert Downey Jr. returning to drama for the story of a slick city lawyer who returns to his hometown after his mother's death and ends up having to defend his estranged father from being convicted for her apparent murder.

Tom Hardy stars in "The Drop" as a Brooklyn bartender who gets caught up in a robbery investigation that digs deep into his neighborhood's past. Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville and Matthias Schoenaerts also star, as does the late James Gandolfini in his final performance.

Following the acclaimed "Keep The Lights On," filmmaker Ira Sachs explores love of an older kind in "Love is Strange". John Lithgow and Alfred Molina star as a couple »

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Don't Watch: Trailer for Unofficial 'Raging Bull' Sequel 'Bronx Bull'

20 June 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Way back in 2012 we heard about a sequel to the Martin Scorsese boxing drama Raging Bull, but since then, the film hasn't been given permission to associate itself with the iconic film. Instead, it's going by the title The Bronx Bull, with William Forsythe in the lead as Jake Lamotta instead of Robert De Niro. The film is both a sequel and a prequel, following Lamotta in his teenage years and also following some time in his life after his famed boxing career. Unfortuantely, it doesn't look all that great, which isn't surprising coming from Martin Guigui, whose previous work includes  National Lampoon's Cattle Call, a real gem. Watch? Here's the trailer for Martin Guigui The Bronx Bull from Exempt Capital Network (via The Film Stage): The Bronx Bull is directed by Martin Guigui, who co-wrote the script with Rustam Branaman. The film is described as a combination prequel »

- Ethan Anderton

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'The Bronx Bull' Trailer: The Unofficial Sequel to Martin Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' Got Made After All

20 June 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about The Bronx Bull – the film project that initially billed itself as Raging Bull 2, before changing its name after legal threats. The seemingly ill-advised picture isn’t completely dead, though – no, it’s apparently moving along toward a release at some mythical date in the future. As proof, we’ve got this trailer that turned up a few months ago. We’re not sure why anyone would want to retell Jake Lamotta’s story after Scorsese did it so masterfully in Raging Bull, but the cast for this new version isn’t terrible. William Forsythe, Paul Sorvino and Joe Mantegna are headliners, and seem to be taking this all very seriously. Unfortunately, most of the trailer looks...

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- Mike Bracken

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Trailer for Raging Bull 2 Arrives Online

20 June 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

It's been about two years since we last heard of "Raging Bull 2," a film that was made without the endorsement or involvement or Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. And now, we have the trailer for the movie, which is called "The Bronx Bull." Check it out below. "Raging Bull 2" stars William Forsythe as an older Jake La Motta (the character De Niro played in the original film), but the movie will take place both before and after the events in the original movie. Newcomer Mojean Aria is the younger La Motta. The film co-stars Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, and Bill Bellamy. The new movie provides insight into the real-life struggle of La Motta, who turns his anger, abusive childhood into a boxing career. Although his brute force turned him into a middleweight champion, it also created challenges in his life. Trailer: »

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Watch: Trailer For 'The Bronx Bull,' The Unofficial & Unsurprisingly Awful-Looking 'Raging Bull' Sequel

20 June 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Dear Joe Mantegna, Paul Sorvino, Natasha Henstridge and Penelope Ann Miller—you should know better. Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" is without question a masterpiece and one of his finest accomplishments, so why participate in a movie that doesn't have his blessing and had MGM successfully sue the filmmakers, forcing them to change the name from "Raging Bull II" (you gotta at least admire the hubris) to "The Bronx Bull"? Anyway, the first trailer is here, and yes, it looks exactly as terrible as you thought. William Forsythe leads the movie playing Jake La Motta, and you might recall that he's already gone on record saying that this movie will improve on the Scorsese original. “I understand that because it's such an iconic, beautiful and amazing first film — one of the great films maybe of all time," he said a couple years back about the push back against the sequel. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Bronx Bull' Trailer Acts as the Unofficial 'Raging Bull' Sequel

19 June 2014 9:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After the unofficial Raging Bull sequel/prequel The Bronx Bull was slapped with a lawsuit by MGM in 2012, many fans thought the movie would never see the light of day. The lawsuit was eventually settled, with the movie changing its title from Raging Bull II to The Bronx Bull, and now we have our first look at this controversial film with the new trailer. William Forsythe stars as boxer Jake Lamotta, portrayed by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, in what is described as both a prequel and a sequel to the 1980 classic, offering new insight into the boxer's turbulent life. Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantegna, Ray Wise and Paul Sorvino round out the supporting cast for director Martin Guigui's drama, which doesn't have a release date set at this time.

A combination prequel and sequel that explores before the rage and after the rage »

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‘The Bronx Bull’ Trailer: Here’s that Controversial ‘Raging Bull’ Sequel

19 June 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Naming and perception can be everything. Say you’re making a boxing movie, and people might be interested. Tell everyone you’re making a film about Jake Lamotta, and there’s instant name recognition. Tell people it is called Raging Bull II, and that recognition turns to scorn. Another Lamotta film is well and good, but hitching it […]

The post ‘The Bronx Bull’ Trailer: Here’s that Controversial ‘Raging Bull’ Sequel appeared first on /Film. »

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Edgar Ramirez Talks 'Point Break' and 'Hands of Stone' | Exclusive

18 June 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While doing press for his upcoming drama Libertador (a.k.a. The Liberator), actor &#201dgar Ram&#237rez revealed new details about two upcoming projects, the Point Break remake, where he takes over the Bodhi role originated by Patrick Swayze, and Hands of Stone, where he stars as boxing legend Roberto Dur&#225n alongside Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel.

The new version of Point Break is set in the world of extreme sports, and while he wouldn't divulge too many details about his version of Bodhi, &#201dgar Ram&#237rez revealed how much he loves Kathryn Bigelow's original Point Break, while revealing that production starts in three weeks.

"I'm very excited to be playing this character. I will start in three weeks, principal photography. It's been a teenage fantasy of mine to play Bodhi. It's one of my favorite movies and I'm a huge fan. I remember when I first met Kathryn Bigelow, »

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Watch: Visual Essay on Director Martin Scorsese's Use of Silence

17 June 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Considering the fact that director Martin Scorsese's next film is Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name, it seems only appropriate that a new video essay focuses on his effective use of silence in his filmography. Tony Zhou (who also delivered the visual essay on Steven Spielberg's long takes) is back with a focus on the quiet side of Scorsese's filmmaking. This trait begins in Raging Bull, where Scorsese wanted to give the effect of being hit in the ear too many times, just like Jake Lamotta. And his use of silence has spanned through to recent films like The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street. Here's the visual essay Martin Scorsese - The Art of Silence from Tony Zhou (via The Playlist): As the essay points out, Scorsese is well known for making music, especially rock and roll, an integral part of his films, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Sound Design and Silence in the Work of Martin Scorsese

16 June 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

This effectively concise visual essay from Tony Zhou examines the significance of silence in the films of Martin Scorsese and modern cinema at large. From Raging Bull, in which Scorsese combines a dolly zoom with a hollowing “numbing effect, as if you’re hit in the ear too many times,” to the iconic Goodfellas scene where Joe Pesci comically dupes Ray Liotta, Zhou considers how silence is consistently “derived from character…[which] lets the director build a full cinematic structure around sound.” Sound, for Scorsese, is no mere secondary player but rather a device to develop thematic and situational texture, like how the violence in Raging Bull‘s ring is […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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