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Carlos Boozer just broke Michael Corleone's heart ... telling TMZ Sports when push comes to shove, "Scarface" is a better movie than "Godfather: Part II."The newest L.A. Lakers player was leaving Toast (no better way to learn the city than by hittin' all the good restaurants) ... when we asked him about his favorite Al Pacino movie of all time. Boozer says it's a hard choice -- dude's got so many classics -- but at the end of the day, »
- TMZ Staff
Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel is available now Digital HD on 30 June and Blu-ray and DVD now from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and we’ve got a great exclusive clip to share with you!
With a show stopping cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M Gustave (Ralph Fiennes: Skyfall, The Invisible Woman), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at the famous European hotel and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori: The Perfect Game), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F Murray Abraham: Amadeus, Scarface) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law: Sherlock Holmes, The Holiday) we learn the history of it all.
It’s undoubtedly one of the best films I’ve seen this year, so highly recommend picking up a copy! Here’s that clip that explores what it »
- Dan Bullock
One of these days, Universal will finally get around to their latest incarnation of Scarface. That officially planned remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks gangster flick, which was previously redone in 1983 by Brian De Palma, is currently set up with Chilean director Pablo Larrain (No; Tony Manero), screenwriter Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and a supposed plot involving a Mexican drug cartel and one man who rises in its ranks. In the meantime, another effort to reimagine the story is already moving forward and should be finished as early as this December. The wonderfully odd folks at The Borscht Corporation, who run Miami’s semi-annual Borscht Film Festival (see our write up on the 2012 event), are working on a project centered specifically on De Palma’s version of Scarface. The plan is to compile a scene-for-scene redo consisting of a collage of various styles. They’ve broken the movie up into 636 pieces, each »
- Christopher Campbell
“Say hello to my little friend!” If you’ve ever fantasized unleashing your inner Tony Montana — or, more accurately, your inner ’80s-era Brian DePalma — then the latest crowdsourced art project from the Miami-based Borscht Corporation is for you. Borscht has announced Scarface Redux, a fan remake of the 1983 drug lord epic, with filmmakers from all over the world invited to direct and submit their own 15-second segment. The clip can be “live action, animation, puppets, legos, Chihuahuas, it doesn’t matter!”, the site says. The finished film will be screened at the Borscht Film Festival in December at a […] »
- Scott Macaulay
To mark the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel on 7th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
With a show stopping cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M Gustave (Ralph Fiennes: Skyfall, The Invisible Woman), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at the famous European hotel and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori: The Perfect Game), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F Murray Abraham: Amadeus, Scarface) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law: Sherlock Holmes, The Holiday) we learn the history of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Following the mysterious death of Madame D (Tilda Swinton: Moonrise Kingdom, Only Lovers Left Alive), it emerges that she has bequeathed her favourite – and most priceless – piece of art, Boy With Apple, not to a family member, but instead to beloved Concierge M. »
Blondie was one of the seminal new wave bands of the 70′s, and their influence is still felt forty years after their introduction (they were inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame in 2006).
Debbie Harry‘s solo career has not reached the same heights as Blondie, but she remains a true rock icon. Today is her 69th birthday, so let’s celebrate with a look at some of her greatest songs, both solo and with Blondie.
This is a good place to start your Essential Debbie Harry Collection.
Album: The Hunter
Chart Peak: N/A
“For Your Eyes Only” was originally written for the 1981 James Bond film, but the producers turned it down in favor of the Bill Conti song performed by Sheena Easton. Blondie decided to release their song on their ill-fated final album The Hunter. It’s understandable why they went with the Sheena song, »
When wealthy socialites are looking for an extravagant setting for a party or movie producers need a compelling and unique location for a major movie, they turn to Paul Kim, CEO of Image Locations. In our new reality series Mansion Hunters, we are treated to an inside look at the high-stakes, high-pressure game of elite property rental scouting and management as Kim and his team of driven associates navigate the shark-infested waters of L.A. in an effort to please their demanding clients.
As successful as Image Locations might be, we have to admit that even the savvy CEO himself might have a tough time meeting the needs of, say, a drug-fueled kingpin, the alien queen of an entire planet, a boy billionaire, or a driven superhero on a quest for vengeance. Then again, you just never know what Kim can accomplish when he sets his mind to it. Mark »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Man From Reno, a Kickstarter-backed movie about a Japanese crime novelist investigating a murder mystery in San Francisco, won the Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “Its exploration of barriers of age, language and success set against a noir plot line infuses a pop energy into the well observed portrayal of its unique characters,” the jury stated, awarding director Dave Boyle the $5,000 prize. The film stars Ayako Fujitani as the novelist as well as Pepe Serna (Scarface) and Kazuki Kitamura (The Raid 2).
- Jeff Labrecque
Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” is the type of film where alleyways are home offices, every bar matchbox has an unknown number inside, and if a character enters a bookshop, you better believe old issues of “True Detective” are hanging visibly in frame. Boyle, who previously made festival favorite “White on Rice," plunges his first genre entry into the annals of film noir—this is stellar pulp storytelling with a twist, blending fine performances from Ayako Fujitani (“Tokyo!”) and Pepe Serna (“Scarface”) with an evocative view of California’s Bay Area. Placed somewhere between “The Big Sleep” and “Chan is Missing”—Wayne Wang’s 1982 independent neo-noir about two Chinese taxi drivers scouring San Francisco for stolen money—the film shares aspects of Wang’s take on the genre. Both films explore the coastal city from a little-seen perspective, here delving into its Japanese-American community with a unique eye. 'Reno' »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Dave Boyle's latest film, an unexpected thriller titled Man From Reno, is about to have its world premiere at this year's La Film Festival. We put it on our list of 15 Twitch Picks for the festival, and we now finally have a teeny, tiny taste on what we're in for with this first clip. Man From Reno stars Fujitani Ayako (Tokyo!), Kitamura Kazuki (Killers) and Pepe Serna (Scarface) and is a major departure from Boyle's more established low-key comedic past like the bittersweet diptych Surrogate Valentine and Daylight Savings, both starring indie singer-songwriter and super cool guy, Goh Nakamura.I'm interested to see Boyle spread his wings. Having met the man very briefly after one of his screenings at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas...
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Exclusive: World premiering in competition this week at the 20th La Film Fest is Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno, starring Ayako Fujitani (Tokyo!) as a Japanese mystery author who hides out from her latest book tour in San Francisco. She begins an affair with a mysterious Japanese traveler from Reno who abruptly disappears from their hotel, leaving behind a suitcase and a trail of questions. This is Fujitani’s second film for writer-director Boyle (White on Rice, Surrogate Valentine), who last helmed indie drama Daylight Savings and co-wrote Man From Reno with Joel Clark and Michael Lerman. Scarface‘s Pepe Serna and […] »
Already hosting screenings of The Smiley Face Killers, Bloody Slumber Party and the Blanc/Biehn production Treachery, the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival (running from May 30th to June 5th) has now announced that Midnight Releasing’s Scavenger Killers has been selected as the event’s closing night film, with much of the cast and filmmakers set to attend the special event. Information on how you NY readers can attend the special non-competition screening of the film is below. Read on, and let us know if you’ll be there for this one!
What: Midnight Releasing’s Scavenger Killers has been named Closing Night Film as the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival. The special non-competition screening will take place Wednesday, June 4th, at 8pm Et at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theater. Now in its ninth year, the Hoboken International Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious and sought-after film festivals in the country. »
- Jerry Smith
"Mind-Blowing Psychopaths!" are on their way to Hoboken, New Jersey, as Scavenger Killers has been named Closing Night Film at the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival.
The special non-competition screening will take place Wednesday, June 4th, at 8pm Et at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theater. Now in its ninth year, the Hoboken International Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious and sought-after film festivals in the country.
Scavenger Killers star Eric Roberts, along with numerous other stars, including several Oscar and Emmy winners and nominees, will be attending the festival at its Opening Night Celebrations and Gala Awards Ceremony.
Can't make it to the fest? Midnight Releasing has a July 1st DVD, VOD, and Digital Download release of Scavenger Killers heading our way.
Scavenger Killers will be available across the Us and Canada on a variety of platforms, for the ultimate convenience in viewing. DVD availability is set to include Walmart, »
- Steve Barton
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes teaser trailers for Welcome to My Parlor 2, How to Kill a Zombie, and Kong, Ten Scary Minutes Film contest details, and much more:
Teaser Trailer for Welcome to My Parlor 2 Released: “In 2015… Horror has a new face. Here’s a glimpse into the world of Abel Worthy.”
To learn more, check out the film’s production company’s Facebook and Twitter pages at: http://www.facebook.com/jamtownfilms and http://www.twitter.com/jamtownfilms
Kong Teaser Trailer and Cannes Premiere Details: “Billions of years ago on primordial earth, born out of turbulent lava, Kong gets caught in the power struggle between two alien civilizations: One – a highly advanced synthetic-intelligent life form with a ruthless robotic army – seeks to drive the other – a group of determined refugees led by their Chief – to extinction. »
- Tamika Jones
Al Pacino is an acting legend who has starred in some truly great movies... but he's also been in some less-than-spectacular flicks. So how can you know ahead of time whether an Al Pacino movie will be Classic Cinema or just a Pacino Paycheck? We’re working on a formula that will allow us to plug in some numbers and arrive at a conclusion, and here’s what we have so far.
Looking at the variables in this equation, it seems like Heat could have been a miss. It might not have been a sure thing, but it's definitely one of the best cat-and-mouse cop movies to hit theaters. It's Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes and is a classic '90s crime drama.
- Mandy McAdoo
This piece naturally reveals the end of every film mentioned. You have been warned.
What is most exciting about the pure joy of watching a Brian De Palma film usually comes as far away from subtext as one can get. Very few filmmakers can stage a major setpiece in their climax where the visceral excitement is derived largely from happenstance and character quirks. A whole chase scene is nearly derailed simply due to a fat guy’s asthma; a car is left out in a storm with the reverse still on; even in a deleted scene, the entire resolution to one film was the result of a sudden, giant Atlantic City wave.
Much derided by those not in the hip-hop industry as a shameless, bloated excess, Scarface is arguably best remembered for a shootout finale as gratuitous as a mountain of cocaine. It’s so over the top, audiences »
- Kenny Hedges
Filmmaker Geoff Todd's Twitter account, @OnePerfectShot, is our new No.1 destination for a daily fix of movie geekiness.
The account's mission is to "honour cinema's past and (hopefully) inspire a new generation of perfect shots" and features stunning stills from classic movies. And Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.
Here are our personal 14 favourite shots:
— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 5, 2014
— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 4, 2014
— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 4, 2014
— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 2, 2014
"…that’s what you get, folks, for makin’ whoopee."
When Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) crawled seductively across the top of Jack Baker’s (Jeff Bridges) piano while singing a rendition of Eddie Cantor’s "Makin' Whoopee!" in The Fabulous Baker Boys, a highly spoofable moment in Hollywood history was born. What was it about that scene that has made everyone from Ellen Degeneres to the Animaniacs want to spoof it? Was it the moody cinematography of Michael Ballhaus, the playful piano stylings of composer Dave Grusin (the real Jack Baker pianist), or the smoldering, almost languid, sensuality of Pfeiffer’s performance? Whatever it is, the "Makin' Whoopee!" scene is unforgettable and will likely continue to inspire spoofs and homages for years to come.
With homages on our minds, we started to put together a list of some of the other movies Hollywood loves to spoof. Help us rank the scene »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Written by David Koepp
Directed by Brian De Palma
In the upper echelon of gangster pictures, peopled with the likes of Goodfellas, Scarface, The Godfather, and Casino, there are forgotten gems that are often ignored. Brian De Palma’s Carlito’s Way is one such diamond in the genre’s rough. This is a film basically built around the iconic line from the third instalment of The Godfather trilogy: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” The fact that the titular Carlito is played by the man who delivered that line as Michael Corleone, the perpetually charged Al Pacino, is poetic to say the least.
Carlito Brigante is a smooth talking Hispanic ex-con who has only just scraped his way out of prison due to the exploits of his conniving lawyer (a deliciously devious and almost unrecognizable Sean Penn). When he »
- Mike Worby
Wesley Snipes will be hitting our scenes this summer in action sequel The Expendables 3. And if you are one of many people who’ve been wondering “where the hell has this guy been?” well the answer is: serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion. In fact, it was Snipes’ legal problems that forced him to turn down the role of Hale Caesar in the first Expendables film, a character that had been conceived and written especially for him. Snipes was not allowed to leave the United States without the court’s approval, and the role eventually went to Terry Crews.
Just before disappearing into jail in 2010, Snipes made Gallowwalkers, about a cursed gunslinger whose shooting victims turn into zombies; its poster tagline ‘Live by the gun. Die by the gun. Come back for more’ tells you all you need to know.
It is easy to write-off (pun intended) Snipes »
- Simon Williams
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