13 items from 2015
Words like "classic" and "masterpiece" get thrown around a lot, but if anyone puts those monikers on Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas," you can't really argue. His 1990 gangland drama is one of the great American films of the era, one of Scorsese's best pictures, and, aside from "The Godfather," one of the pinnacle pieces of cinema about life in organized crime. You've probably watched it more than a few times, and if you catch it on cable, you know your plans are getting delayed, because you're going sit down and finish it. Now there's another reason to revisit the film. Warner Bros. has announced a 25th anniversary 2-disc Blu-ray edition that has been given a spiffy new 4K remastering, from the original camera negative. The extras include an all new documentary featuring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson, and Joe Pesci discussing working with Scorsese, a 36-page book, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Martin Scorsese's upcoming slate is already packed with an authorized Grateful Dead documentary, his rock & roll HBO series co-created with Mick Jagger and the planned Ramones biopic. However, another of the legendary director's projects, the partly finished HBO-backed documentary on President Bill Clinton, has been indefinitely shelved as the director and former Potus wrestle over control of the film.
According to New York Times, Scorsese and Clinton are butting heads over their interviews Frost/Nixon style, with the Goodfellas director unwilling to relinquish control of the questions and their content. »
“This is going to be a lot of fun watching people get killed!”
So joked director Jason Reitman as he kicked off the latest installment of Film Independent’s popular Live Read series on Thursday night with perhaps his boldest selection yet: Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”
At the event, which returned to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art following last month’s sojourn to downtown L.A., Reitman praised the gangster classic as having “a perfect screenplay.”
To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Reitman cast a fresh ensemble of actors, including Laurence Fishburne (in the part originated by Robert De Niro) and Fred Savage (in Ray Liotta’s signature role), to read the Oscar-nominated screenplay before a live audience.
Before the show began, »
- Matthew Chernov
On Jan. 22, the Csa Artios Awards turned 30 on two coasts, “which means next year she’ll be uncastable,” joked New York host Michael Urie at the ceremony at 42West—formerly Xl Nightclub—honoring film, television, and theater’s most notable casting directors. This year’s Artios Awards honored CDs with projects released over the last 18 months after the Csa moved its date from November to the height of awards season. The ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York were hosted by Patton Oswalt and Urie, respectively. The evening recognized “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater with the Career Achievement Award, which he accepted in L.A. Also on the west coast, Ellen Lewis was presented with the Hoyt Bowers Award. Martin Scorsese, for whom she cast “Goodfellas,” gave a video dedication to the prolific CD that was screened in NYC. Urie read a thank you from Lewis where she acknowledged “every actor »
On May 5th, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release GoodFellas on 2-Disc Blu-ray featuring a new documentary with interviews from Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and more, and a 36-page photo book exploring the films far-reaching influence. The book also includes a letter written by Martin Scorsese.
The 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of GoodFellas, cited by film critic Roger Ebert as the best mob movie ever, has been remastered from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. The Blu-ray release also includes Digital HD with UltraViolet.
GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie. Following the rise and fall of a trio of gangsters over 30 years, its an electrifying, fact-inspired tale of living and dying. Based on the true-life best seller Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the film earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director and was »
- Scott J. Davis
Over the weekend we got our first trailer for the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie Batman Vs. Robin [watch it here], and now Warner Bros. has unveiled the Blu-ray cover art, along with the list of special features (which includes a sneak peek of Bruce Timm’s Justice League: Gods and Monsters)…
Batman vs. Robin Blu-ray and Blu-ray Deluxe Edition contain the following special features:
-Gotham’s City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls – The Court of Owls is the secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city. Are they silent guardians that are the noble benefactors or are they the malevolent force that manipulates a city toward their grand design?
-Talons of the Owl – If the Owls are the masterminds, their instruments of destruction are their assassins. Appropriately called The Talons, these warriors are designed to carry out the will of the Owls.
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Batman Vs. Robin, the upcoming direct-to-video animated sequel to Son of Batman, which is loosely based upon ‘The Court of Owls’ story-arc from the New 52. Check it out here…
Batman Vs. Robin is directed by Jay Oliva (Justice League: War) and sees Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Sean Maher and David McCallum returning as Bruce Wayne, Damian Wayne, Dick Grayson and Alfred Pennyworth alongside Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under) as Talon, Grey Griffin (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as Samantha, Robin Atkin Downes (Superman Vs. The Elite) as The Grandmaster, Peter Onorati (Goodfellas) as Draco, Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Thomas Wayne and “Weird Al” Yankovic as The Dollmaker.
The post First trailer for Batman Vs. Robin appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Two iconic facets of geekdom will collide in 2015. No, I’m not talking about the newest Avengers team-up or rumors of Spider-Man joining the McU. I’m talking about Batman going head-to-head with “Weird Al” Yankovic.
The voice cast for the upcoming DC Universe Original Animated Movie, Batman Vs. Robin, has been revealed. The film is a sequel to last year’s Son of Batman, and as the title would suggest will pit Bruce Wayne against his son, Damian and be partially inspired by the New 52 Batman: Court of Owls storyline from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.
Son of Batman voice actors Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Sean Maher and David McCallum will reprise their roles of Bruce, Damian, Dick Grayson and Alfred, respectively. They’re joined by Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under) as Talon, a nearly invincible assassin from the Court of Owls, Grey Griffin (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as Samantha, »
- James Garcia
“Zarra’s Law,” a crime drama that stars “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas” star Tony Sirico, will come to DVD and VOD Tuesday and for all of our crime drama fans, we have an exclusive clip from the film. The film features one of the pivotal family moments in the film; a discussion about how the danger of a gun depends on the gun’s owner. Check it out below the post. Along with Sirico, “Zarra’s law” stars Brendan Fehr (“The Night Shift,” “Roswell”), Erin Cummings (“The Iceman”), Nick Sandow (“Orange is the New Black”) and Burt Young (“Rocky” franchise). The film is written by Jospeh Scarpinito and Charles Kipps and directed by [ Read More ]
The post Exclusive: Zarra’s Law Clip Tells the Story of Family Guns appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Fans get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the set of the new drama The Identical in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release, debuting January 13. The Identical is a powerfully redemptive story about a young man in search of both his purpose and his identity. Featuring over 20 original songs, all produced and co-written by Motown legend, Jerry Marcellino, the film boasts an all-star cast, including Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Field of Dreams), Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy, Divergent), Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken), Brian Geraghty (Ray Donovan, Boardwalk Empire, The Hurt Locker) and newcomer Blake Rayne.
The Identical follows twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression, Drexel Hemsley and Ryan Wade (both portrayed by Rayne). Drexel, raised by his birth parents, grows up to achieve rock-n-roll stardom twenty years later, and Ryan, adopted by a reverend and his wife, struggles to balance his love for music and »
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden aren't the only newlyweds in Hollywood! As it turns out, Paul Sorvino beat the couple to the punch when he said "I Do" to his longtime girlfriend on Dec. 27 in New York City. According to Page Six who first confirmed the news, the 75-year-old Goodfellas actor and his leading lady Dee Dee Benkie got hitched in front of the Lincoln Center in a "very short, simple, sweet ceremony." "It was just us," Benkie revealed to the publication when describing the intimate wedding that featured a few longtime friends of Sorvinos serving as witnesses. After their special ceremony, the pair headed to Café Fiorello where they enjoyed dinner and called »
Sylvester Stallone is set to be a very busy man in 2015, with a trio of new projects set to film.
Stallone has confirmed on his occasionally-updated Twitter feed that he's heading off to Philadelphia to reprise the role of Rocky Balboa in spin-off movie Creed. That's the one where Michael B Jordan will be playing the grandson of Apollo Creed (who was, of course, played by Carl Weathers in the Rocky films). Rocky Balboa will become the new Creed's trainer in the film.
Then, he's making Last Blood, which is expected to be the final film in the Rambo series. No further details are available on that one yet. It's still unclear, therefore, whether Stallone will be directing Rambo: Last Blood as well.
Finally - at least for now - he's then going to move on to Scarpa, »
#10. Chinatown (1974)
Lost to: The Godfather Part II
Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.
#9. Cabaret (1972)
Lost to: The Godfather
Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »
- Joshua Gaul
13 items from 2015
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