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Martin Scorsese serves as executive producer on this film, a feelgood boxing-comeback drama with superficial style borrowings from Raging Bull: sparring sessions going too far, family strife, fanatical dedication, woozy fight sequences, sans-serif intertitles. But this film – enjoyable though it is – doesn’t explore the real emotional pain that deeply, or at all.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) has taken the 2016 award for best actor from the New York Film Critics Circle, with Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) claiming best supporting actor. “O.J.: Made in America” scored for documentary, and “Zootopia” took animated film.
The Nyfcc also announced special honors for Thelma Schoonmaker, the editor who’s worked with Martin Scorsese on a string of movies from “Raging Bull” to “Silence,” and for the 25th anniversary restoration of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust.”
As it has in recent years, the Nyfcc is announcing the winners on Twitter as they are decided during a meeting of the group. Membership is comprised of critics who review film for New York-based outlets including New York Magazine, the New Yorker, the Village Voice, Indiewire and Variety.
Stay tuned for updates as results come in.
Best Documentary: "O.J.: Made in America" #Nyfcc
- Gordon Cox
When Martin Scorsese’s name appears in the opening credits for Bleed For This, as an executive producer, it worked as an immediate stamp of approval, from the man who has created arguably the very finest boxing movie of all time in Raging Bull. So we asked Ben Younger, director of this Vinny Pazienza biopic, about […]
- Stefan Pape
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Paul Schrader has made an iconic film career off of damaged, obsessive and often deranged men, from Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver” to Jake Lamotta in “Raging Bull,” Julian Kaye in “American Gigolo” and more, so it makes perfect sense he turned to Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe for his latest drama. Two actors fully capable of going to the dark side and coming out possessed with intensity, Cage and Dafoe bring an unpredictable manic energy to “Dog Eat Dog,” a wild crime thriller that is our VOD pick of the week.
The movie follows three ex-cons (Cage, Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook) who are hired by an eccentric »
- Zack Sharf
Despite some heavyweight performances, this pugilist biopic is overshadowed by some very distinguished forebears
Another weekend, another boxing biopic, another young star looking to make a name for himself. Stepping into the ring has been a rite of passage for talented, mostly method-friendly young actors for six decades or so now, starting with (non-method) Errol Flynn as “Gentleman Jim” Corbett in 1942 and Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano in Robert Wise’s Somebody Up There Likes Me (a role inherited from James Dean) in 1956. The most influential, of course, were Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky (not a biopic, but no matter) and Robert De Niro’s Jake Lamotta in Raging Bull, but in recent years all manner of pretenders have taken a shot at the crown.
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- John Patterson
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I’m different in certain ways,” Robert De Niro says of the actor that he is today versus the one that he was when he first was establishing himself as one of film’s all-time greats back in the 1970s. As we sit down in a Los Angeles hotel room to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, he acknowledges, “I don’t spend as much time on certain things that I would have concerned myself more about when I was younger because I don’t feel that I need to put that much time and effort in it.”
Some have suggested that the 73-year-old’s work, in recent years, has reflected a certain lack of attention and drive, at least in comparison to his earlier work in instant-classics like 1973’s Mean Streets, 1974’s The Godfather Part II, »
- Carson Blackwelder
In boxing movies, it’s usually the lead actor who undergoes the most dramatic physical transformation, whether it’s Robert De Niro alternately pumping iron or gorging on pasta to play Jake La Motta in Raging Bull, or Jake Gyllenhaal bulking up to play a bereaved fighter in Southpaw.
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In Bleed For This, directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime), Miles Teller provides a sinewy performance as real-life boxer Vinny 'Paz' Pazienza, but the most startling turn in the movie comes from Aaron Eckhart, who plays his hard-drinking trainer, Kevin. When Eckhart climbs out of his Porsche to meet Vinnie for the first time in the opening act, it’s not so much the »
Ryan Lambie Nov 30, 2016
Bleed For This is a tale of two comebacks. The movie itself tells the true story of Vinny Paz, a boxer who suffered terrible injuries in a car accident, but through sheer grit and determination, defied his doctors' advice and made a spectacular return to form. Behind the scenes, Bleed For This also marks the return of Ben Younger after more than a decade away from the film industry.
Younger's career took off at the start of the millennium with Boiler Room, a hit drama about white-collar crime starring Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel. A long and lucrative Hollywood career appeared to beckon, »
The American Cinematheque said today that it will hold a three-day tribute to producer Irwin Winkler from December 1-3. Highlights include “A Conversation with Irwin Winkler & Martin Scorsese” at the Egyptian Theatre on December 3 along with screenings of Winkler’s films Goodfellas (1990), Raging Bull (1980) and New York, New York (1977). Here is the complete program, with descriptions provided by American Cinematheque: Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 Pm at the Egyptian Theat… »
Throughout his decorated screen career, Robert De Niro has played many a role. From Raging Bull all the way down to Dirty Grandpa, for better or worse, few actors can claim to have starred in such a wide spectrum of movies as De Niro. Gauging the actor’s upcoming slate can be a difficult task, then; for every feel-good drama in the vein of The Intern, there’s The Family, a cinematic dud that attempted to tap into Robert De Niro’s history in the gangster genre and flip expectations on their head, only to come up short.
Come January 13, Robert De Niro will be back in theaters for The Comedian, a dark comedy hailing from director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray). A passion project for the actor from the off, Entertainment Weekly has today unveiled the first full trailer, one which finds the acting legend in the part of Jackie, »
- Michael Briers
For Martin Scorsese, “Silence” is not just another movie. The film based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name has been a passion project for the filmmaker and high on his list of priorities ever since he first read the book. The story follows two 17th century Jesuit priests (played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield) who face violence and persecution as they travel through Japan to spread Christianity and locate their mentor (Liam Neeson).
Scorsese recently sat down with The New York Times Magazine to discuss the now legendary movie. Here are six things we learned about the project, as reported by the Times.
1. Scorsese has been trying to get “Silence” made for almost 30 years.
After reading the novel in 1989, Scorsese quickly snapped up the film rights and »
- Graham Winfrey
The American Cinematheque will host a three-day salute to producer Irwin Winkler, culminating with an onstage conversation between him and Martin Scorsese that will include clips from their upcoming “Silence.”
The tribute will run Dec. 1-3, showing three of the collaborations between the director and producer. “Raging Bull” will show on Dec. 1 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, with “Goodfellas” screening the following day at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The 1977 romantic drama “New York, New York” will play in the afternoon on Dec. 3 at the Egyptian, while the talks with Scorsese begin there at 4:30 p.m. that day.
Tickets go on sale starting Tuesday at Fandango.com or at the Egyptian Theatre box office.
In their onstage conversation, Scorsese and Winkler will discuss “Silence,” and unveil footage from the Paramount release, which opens Dec. 23 in Los Angeles. Scorsese has wanted to film the adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel for 28 years. »
- Tim Gray
Los Angeles’ American Cinematheque has announced it will host “A Tribute to Irwin Winkler,” celebrating the legendary filmmaker whose frequent collaborations with Martin Scorsese have led to several critically acclaimed and iconic films over nearly four decades spent together. The pair have worked together frequently — and quite successfully — over the years, and their shared credits include “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The three-day event will feature showings of their past films, capped off by a rare, in-person conversation between the two Oscar winners. On Saturday, December 3, Winkler and Scorsese will be on hand at the Egyptian for an 80-minute conversation about their past work together, along with discussion about their latest project, “Silence,” which arrives on December 23 after a twenty-eight-year development period.
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- Kate Erbland
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The films of producer Irwin Winkler will be the subject of a three-day retrospective at the American Cinematheque, set for Dec. 1-3, it was announced Monday.
On Dec. 3, Winkler will be joined by director Martin Scorsese for a conversation about the movies they have worked on together, which will include clips from Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street and the upcoming Silence, which Paramount is set to release Dec. 23.
- Gregg Kilday
Let’s return to the ring once more for another true life tale of triumph and tragedy all set in the world of the “sweet science”. Almost a year ago movie audiences were cheering on a re-invention of the fiction franchise began by Rocky with the spin-off Creed. And just a few months ago we watched the rags to riches to rags true tale of Roberto Duran in Hands Of Stone. Now, or should I say, “…and in this corner”, is the saga of Vinnie Pazienza, a scrappy young fighter from a working class East Coast neighborhood. Ah, but he’s not just fighting other contenders. No, his story mixes the standard sports flick with the “struggling against a devastating medical crisis” drama. It’s a story so incredible that it has to be true (who could make it up?), as Vinnie shows the world that to defy the odds »
- Jim Batts
Had he only worked for a period of roughly ten years, Michael Chapman would still be among the best-regarded cameramen of his time. How else to qualify the man who acted as operator on Klute, Husbands, The Landlord, The Godfather and Jaws, as well as cinematographer on The Last Detail, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Hardcore, The Last Waltz, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers? (The decades-blurring Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is no small achievement, either.) But then he’d go on to helm All the Right Moves (a key early point in Tom Cruise’s career), then photographed (to name but a few) The Fugitive, Scorsese’s video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” and, of course, Space Jam. How many people in his trade can lay claim to that wide a berth?
Chapman’s been retired for nearly ten years — his last feature, Bridge to Terabithia, was released »
- Nick Newman
It was hard to figuring out during the latest boxing movie, Bleed for This, if I was watching a spoof called “Not Another Boxing Movie!” It worked for horror films and teen movies after all. But the filmmakers behind this project, improbably, are not kidding. They purport to take themselves seriously, even though the film is so cartoonish in some of its clichés that you won’t be able to. And you don’t have to: since the entire thing is rethreaded from other films, the movie feels more like a failed exercise in satire.
Bleed for This tells the story of Vinny Pazienza, played with the required trashy Northeastern accent by Miles Teller (New Jersey is the state of choice this time around). There is the hysterics-prone mother with an oversized perm (do you spot Melissa Leo? Oh, wait, this time it’s Katey Sagal, at least), the mostly »
- J Don Birnam
The studio has closed a deal with the Madrid-based leisure parks operator to develop Lionsgate-branded leisure centres in shopping areas.
Parques Reunidos operates 62 assets – amusement parks, animal parks, aquatic parks, family entertainment centres and other attractions – across 14 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Vimeo has unveiled content partnerships with UK distributor all3media International and BBC Worldwide. The all3media International content includes TV series Skins and Fresh Meat, while the BBC deal brings music documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First, and short-form series Mission Selfie, among others.Irwin Winkler, the producer of such iconic films as Raging Bull, Rocky, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? And anticipated awards contender Silence, will receive the Producers Guild Of America’s 2017 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in honour »
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Prolific movie producer Irwin Winkler will accept the 2017 David O. Selznick prize at this year’s Producers Guild Awards. An Academy Award winner for “Rocky,” Winkler also boasts titles like “Goodfellas,” “Raging Bull” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Winkler is the only producer with three film titles on the AFI list of 100 Greatest American Films, the PGA noted in a Tuesday announcement. Also Read: 'Goodfellas' Producer Irwin Winkler Ends Lawsuit Against Warner Bros. “I am honored to receive what is truly the trifecta of recognition: from the legacy of David O. Selznick, from the institution of the Producers Guild of America, »
- Matt Donnelly
Winkler will be presented the award at the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Winkler won the best picture Academy Award in 1976 for producing “Rocky” and received best picture nominations for “Goodfellas,” “The Right Stuff,” and “Raging Bull.” He’s the only producer to have three movies on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films (“Raging Bull,” “Rocky,” “Goodfellas”).
Winkler produced 1969’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” which received nine Oscar noms. He’s the producer of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming historical drama “Silence,” starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
- Dave McNary
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