10 items from 2014
If that trailer for Reach Me left a bad taste in your mouth, Sylvester Stallone might be able to redeem himself with a developing project at Millennium Films from The Expendables franchise producer Avi Lerner. Deadline has word that Stallone will lead Scarpa, a new organized crime thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman that will tell the story of Gregory Scarpa Sr, a hitman also known as "The Grim Reaper" who was the chief enforcer of the Colombo crime family during the 70s and 80s and an FBI informant for over thirty years. And there's a writer aboard who will please fans of quality mob films as well. Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote Goodfellas and Casino for director Martin Scorsese, will write the film with the hopes of going in front of cameras before the end of 2014. Stallone will also reteam with his Rocky producer Irwin Winkler on a »
- Ethan Anderton
The script was written by Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote the Oscar nominated screenplay Goodfellas. This project will reunite Stallone with Rocky prodcuer Irwin Winkler, who is onboard to produce Scarpa along with Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner.
Gregory Scarpa, also known as The Grim Reaper, worked as an enforcer for the Colombo family for many years before becoming an FBI informant after his family was murdered. According to Scarpa himself, while under the employment of the Colombo family he killed at least 50 people. »
- Chancellor Agard
Sylvester Stallone has been cast in Scarpa.
The actor will play hitman Gregory Scarpa, also known as 'The Grim Reaper', in the mob tale, reports New York Post.
In 1993, Scarpa pleaded guilty to three murders and died a year later in prison of complications from AIDS.
The project will re-team Stallone with “Rocky” producer Irwin Winkler with a screenplay by “Goodfellas” and “Casino” writer Nicholas Pileggi. Avi Lerner, who teamed with Stallone on “The Expendables” movies, will also produce.
Scarpa was a career criminal and an enforcer for the Colombo family. The project will focus on his work as an informant for the FBI and helping solve the “Mississippi Burning” case by allegedly pistol-whipping and kidnapping a member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.
Scarpa pleaded guilty in 1993 to three murders and died of complications from AIDS in prison in 1994.
Stallone, Furman and Pileggi are repped by Wme.
- Dave McNary
As if racking up a huge body count in the latest Expendables film (we assume) wasn’t enough, Sylvester Stallone is now attached to play real-life mob enforcer Gregory Scarpa in a new crime drama called, simply enough, Scarpa.Nicholas Pileggi, no stranger to mobbed-up movies thanks to his work on Goodfellas and Casino to name just two, has penned the script for the new project, which Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner is trying to put together.The Lincoln Lawyer’s Brad Furman – who may still be trying to forget that his last film was Runner Runner – is aboard to call the shots for the story, which follows Scarpa’s violent life. A sociopath suspected in the murders of his own biological family, he worked fro the Colombo crime family and boasted he’d killed at least 50 people. Also known as 'The Mad Hatter' and 'The Grim Reaper', he »
All this week, we’re presenting the Vulture TV Awards, honoring the best in television from the past year. Yesterday, we showered Amy Schumer, H. Jon Benjamin, and others with love, and today we singled out Matthew Rhys and Julianna Margulies for their stellar performances. Up next: Best Death. The grim reaper was everywhere in TV land over the past year, with notable characters from Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, and Game of Thrones shuffling off this mortal coil. But which of them died the best? We asked someone who knows from TV deaths: Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, who explains why Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire is his very personal choice; in the process, Sutter reveals how he goes about writing the death scenes of his own characters. As told to Jen Vineyard.Winner: Boardwalk Empire’s Richard Harrow (played by Jack Huston) Not to sound like a dick, »
- Kurt Sutter
Why do we play games? Some might say it’s purely for the challenge, others may insist it’s for the love of competition, certain misguided individuals may even say it’s not the outcome that counts but rather the taking part. Whether the arena is an Olympic stadium or dining room table, ultimately, we play to win.
For centuries we have competed within the rules and regulations of games (sometimes outside of according to that gold monopoly money stuffed in your back pocket) in the hope of triumphing over our fellow-man or woman and in the process walk away with our pockets filled with the spoils and our bellies brimming over with a comforting cocktail of pride and hubris.
However, when it comes to depictions of games on the big screen, there’s often a far greater prize on the line: the fate of the planet, the heart of a lover, »
- Brody Rossiter
Everybody loves a good death scene, right? No matter if it’s gripping and unexpected, melodramatic and emotional or absurdly bloody and titillating, a great death scene can linger in the memory long after the film that contained it. Ask anybody to name a scene from Platoon and they’re more likely to go for Sgt. Elias jittering bloodlessly like a marionette before anything else. But who are the undoubted masters of the death scene?
There are a select band of actors who seem to have made a career out of hamming up a poisoning scene, and some of these names are amongst the biggest in Hollywood. Whether it’s a case of actors being attracted to a memorable scene or of casting agents recognising that some thespians do play a good corpse, there are some on this list that have seen more morgue action than The Grim Reaper. »
- Barry Marshall
In 1980, director Joe D’Amato was known for doing cheaply made porn and horror crossovers like The Erotic Nights of the Living Dead and some of the lesser known (but more sleazy) versions of the Emmanuelle series. Many of his flicks were a strange mix of hardcore sex scenes and horror-centered plots, but rarely did the two genres meld cohesively on screen. It was always a case of “oh, we must run from zombies” and then awkward sex happens. Anthropophagus (which I still cannot pronounce or spell correctly) was intended to be D’Amato’s first true horror film, and it is surprisingly good. Ok, it’s not a bastion of skilled filmmaking by any means, but it’s enjoyable and gorehounds will go nuts for it, which is why it is this week’s inclusion in The Unseen.
Like many of the Italian cannibal films, this one has multiple names including The Grim Reaper, »
- Rebekah McKendry
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death Sunday was shocking to his fans and to those who knew him and worked with him. Celebrities from Steve Martin to his Hunger Games: Catching Fire co-star Sam Claflin took to Twitter and other social media to share their memories of the late actor.
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“What a devastating loss,” Nicole Kidman told EW in a statement. “He was one of the greatest actor’s actor of all time. He’d take your breath away, he was so talented. My thoughts and blessings are with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family. »
- EW staff
10 items from 2014
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