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Italian screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, who worked with Billy Wilder and Dino De Laurentiis and co-penned Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” which launched Clint Eastwood’s career, died Sept. 22 in Rome, reportedly of lung cancer. He was 87.
In 1965 he co-wrote with his friend Sergio Leone “For a Few Dollars More” and shrewdly helped Leone sell the film to United Artists and secure a deal for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (pictured above).
That year Vincenzoni started his long collaboration with producer De Laurentiis for whom, among other works, he penned Mario Monicelli’s “The Great War,” the ironic army buddy movie that won the 1959 Venice Golden Lion; Guy Hamilton »
- Nick Vivarelli
Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (photo: Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’) Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose nearly five-decade career included collaborations with Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Sergio Leone, died of cancer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Rome. Vincenzoni (born on March 7, 1926, in Treviso, near Venice) was 87. In the late ’50s, Luciano Vincenzoni co-wrote Mario Monicelli’s The Great War / La Grande guerra (1959), a humorous (if overlong) World War I comedy-drama starring Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi as reluctant conscripts that earned a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (tied with Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere). Vincenzoni was also partly responsible for the screenplay of two well-regarded Pietro Germi movies: the omnibus comedy of manners The Birds, the Bees and the Italians / Signore & signori (1966), featuring Virna Lisi and Franco Fabrizi, »
- Andre Soares
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Football management is difficult at the best of times, but what do you do when you spend a lot of money on one striker and the other scores four goals in two starts? This is the issue that Andre Villas-Boas is facing at Tottenham Hotspur as he looks to accommodate the £26million Roberto Soldado and the long-serving Spurs stalwart Jermain Defoe. It is an unenviable situation as both strikers want to be playing to give themselves the best possible chance of being included in potential World Cup squads but only one can be picked in the match day squad due to the formation that is utilised at White Hart Lane.
Considering Jermain Defoe has already said about how he does not want to be known as an impact player in an interview with BBC Sport, indicating that he would prefer to be starting. When looking at the »
- Scott Fitzpatrick
Top 10 Luke Savage 18 Mar 2013 - 06:30
Better known for his brawn than his acting chops, Arnie has still turned in some great performances over the years, as Luke reminds us...
So The Last Stand hasn’t quite re-affirmed Arnold Schwarzenegger as supreme ruler of the box office. At the time of writing, its worldwide box office takings are a little over $33m. That’s someway short of its reputed $45m budget, and even less than Schwarzenegger’s rumoured $29.25m salary for Terminator 3. To be fair, it was never really going to propel him back to his blockbuster days of old. Especially when his co-star is Johnny Knoxville.
And to be fairer, it’s actually a much better film than those numbers would suggest. Surprisingly violent, funny in places, hilariously clichéd in others. But it’s not a great Arnie film. And it’s not a great Arnie performance. Too much emoting, »
As it turns out, it wasn't much of a contest after all. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the clear winner of last week's poll, topping the list of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies with 42% of the votes. The closest challenger was Predator with 16% followed by Total Recall with 13%. The Terminator and True Lies rounded out the top 5. The remaining tallies were mostly predictable although I was a bit surprised to see Kindergarten Cop tied with Commando at #7. Way down at the bottom of the list, Raw Deal failed to receive a single vote. If that doesn't scream out underrated, I don't know what does! Do you agree with these results? 1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day -- 42% 2. Predator -- 16% 3. Total Recall -- 13% 4. The Terminator -- 7% 5. True Lies -- 6% 6. Conan the Barbarian -- 5% 7. Commando -- 3% 7. Kindergarten Cop -- 3% 9. Last Action Hero -- 2% 10. The Running Man -- 1% 10. Twins -- 1% 10. Red Heat -- 1% 13. Raw Deal -- 0%
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0:00 - Intro 9:00 - Review: The Last Stand 47:20 - Headlines: Jurassic Park 4 Announced, Zack Snyder to Direct Star Wars Samurai Movie?, A Good Day to Die Hard Rated R, Terminator 5 Writers 1:04:10 - Other Stuff We Watched: Seven Psychopaths, Django Unchained, The Watch, Midnight Run, Punch-Drunk Love, Les Miserables, The House I Live In, John Dies at the End, West of Memphis, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Crime Story, Miami Connection, Looper, The Campaign, No Crossover, Skyfall, Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style, The Looking Glass War, Raw Deal 1:52:10 - Junk Mail: Combined Top 100 Lists, Lack of Animated Movies in Top 100s, The Demise of HMV, Horror Premium Podcasts, This or That 2013 Edition, Director's Cuts, Unrated Editions of Comedies 2:29:35 - This Week on DVD and Blu-ray 2:31:40 - Outro
Film Junk Podcast Episode #402: The Last Stand by Filmjunk »
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Last Stand: Worst box-office bomb in Schwarzenegger’s career? Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first movie-star vehicle since Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, the Lionsgate release The Last Stand opened in North America last Friday, January 18. Expectations weren’t high: Reviews have been mixed — The Last Stand has a 43% approval rating and a 5.3/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics — while pundits and distributor Lionsgate had been expecting a modest box-office debut somewhere in the low to mid-teens. Those, however, turned out to be much too optimistic. (Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger The Last Stand.) The tale of a law-and-order U.S. border sheriff (Schwarzenegger) out to stop a drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from reaching the lawless South (that’s Mexico), The Last Stand grossed $6.3m at 2,913 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Once inflation is factored in, that is »
- Zac Gille
Judging from the box office returns from this weekend, we may have witnessed the end of Arnold Schwarzenegger's reign at the box office.
The new number one movie in the country is Mama, a horror-thriller executive produced by Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro. Mama stars Jessica Chastain in the top billing, and who incidentally also is the leading actor in this week's number two movie at the box office, Zero Dark Thirty.
Made for a modest low budget of just $15 million, Mama grossed an estimated $28.1 million dollars in its inaugural weekend.
Last week's #1 movie, Zero Dark Thirty, dropped to #2 with a weekend gross of $17.6m (giving the picture's five week run to stand at $55.9m.)
Oscar nominations have also buoyed business for another movie, Silver Linings Playbook. Both of its main stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, have Oscar nominations, which in turn has elevated interest in the romantic-drama. »
- Patrick Sauriol
Despite mixed reviews, the Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller "Mama" topped the weekend box-office with a $28 million haul, raking in almost double its $15 million budget from Friday to Sunday.
"Mama" star Jessica Chastain saw her other film of the moment, "Zero Dark Thirty," come in second with $17.6 million in its fifth week of release. This appears to be the first time the same actor has had leading roles in the #1 & #2 film at the box-office since Leonardo DiCaprio with "Titanic" and "The Man with the Iron Mask" back in early 1998.
"Silver Linings Playbook" expanded nationwide and came in third with $11.4 million. In fourth was the newly opened city corruption drama "Broken City" with $9 million, the worst opening for a Mark Wahlberg film since 2001's "Rock Star".
The other wide release of the week »
- Garth Franklin
Jessica Chastain gets the spotlight this weekend as she sits atop the box-office at both #1 and #2. In first was the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror Mama, racking up $28.1 million on a $15 million budget. A CinemaScore of only "B-" isn't going to help its chances in the long run, but with a budget that small and a #1 finish, it should do quite well overall and it still has overseas prospects to look forward to. In second is Zero Dark Thirty, adding $17.6 million to its total, which is now over $55 million. I'm sure those campaigning for a Best Actress Oscar for Chastain will love this extra bit of attention as Mama has certainly proven it's not going to effect her chances one bit. As for the last time an actor scored the #1 and #2 position at the box-office... Well, that was Chastain as well in 2011 with The Help and The Debt. Before that, »
- Brad Brevet
Although the jury is still out on whether or not Arnold's comeback is a success, in the meantime it seems only appropriate that we reflect back on the highlights of his Hollywood career up to this point. Unlike some action stars, he is far from a one-hit wonder and there are quite a few classics in his back catalog... to the point where choosing a favourite is not as clear cut as you might expect. I still think it's inevitable that this will end up a two or three horse race but hey, don't count out those comedies just yet! So what do you think is Arnie's finest film to date? Cast your vote in this week's poll and then sound off in the comments below. What is the Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie? The Terminator Terminator 2: Judgment Day Commando Predator True Lies Total Recall Conan the Barbarian The Running Man »
11 items from 2013
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