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Disney’s Princesses are some of the most beloved cartoon figures in history, but even they have come under scrutiny as Hollywood pushes for more diversity in their films. Disney’s latest princess will be the first of Pacific Islander descent (unless you count Lilo of Lilo & Stitch as a princess). The CG-animated film is Moana, the story of a born navigator who travels through ancient Oceania along with a demi-God pal named Maui in order to find a secret island.
Deadline reported Monday that the film would be aiming for a November 2016 release date and would be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog). In the meantime, we’ll be awaiting Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dory, both anticipated for 2015. And Deadline reported back in 2013 several other slots for two other Disney and Pixar films in both March and »
- Brian Welk
As far back as we can remember, we always wanted to be a character on The Simpsons. But not everybody feels the same way. Actor Frank Sivero, who played Goodfellas character Frankie Carbone, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios for basing one of The Simpsons's mob characters on his likeness. Sivero alleges that he lived in a Sherman Oaks, California, apartment next door to writers of the show and that Simpsons producer James L. Brooks was "highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons »
The problem with the new Revenge of the Green Dragons is that co-director Andrew Lau and executive producer Martin Scorsese are already joined at the hip over a previous story, which Lau made as Infernal Affairs before Scorsese re-made it as The Departed. Although Revenge of the Green Dragons is an entirely different type of story than those two films, it will inevitably be compared to them, as well as every other classic that the two men have made, and it suffers badly from the comparison.
Of all the films in Lau’s and Scorsese’s catalogs, this most closely resembles Goodfellas, right down to the omnipresent voiceover narration by the lead character. Sonny (Justin Chon of the Twilight series) immigrates to America as a small child, and »
- Mark Young
The Simpsons has parodied too many celebrities to count over its many years in existence from Arnold Schwarzenegger (Rainier Wolfcastle) to Mike Tyson (Drederick Tatum) to Don King (Lucius Sweet) to many, many more. But now a lesser known actor is suing The Simpsons for “stealing” his likeness. That would be Frank Sivero, who played mobster Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas. The character, Louie, on The Simpsons, clearly draws influence from Carbone, and Sivero thinks that’s not only illegal, but worth $250M,which is how much he’s suing for. The motion was filed this week, and Sivero says that he used to live in the same apartment complex as some Simpsons writers, which also led to his influence making its way to the show itself. What’s not clear is why he expects to get $250M from the case, as even if the laws regarding parody are murky at times, »
Frank Sivero Claims Simpsons' Louie Is Based On Him
Sivero starred in Goodfellas as Frankie Carbone, a character he claims Louie was based on. In the suit, Sivero alleges that Simpsons writers lived next door to him in 1989, during the pre-production of Goodfellas, and purposefully studied him to create the Louie character.
“They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas. In fact, they were aware the entire character of ‘Frankie Carbone’ was created and developed by Sivero, who based this character on his own personality… Louie’s appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero,” reads the claim.
Louie, who is a member of the Simpsons mafia, debuted on the show in the 1991 episode, “Bart the Murderer, »
Now here's a number that's hard to fuggedabout. Character actor Frank Sivero, most recognizable from roles in The Godfather Part 2, Goodfellas and The Wedding Singer, has sued Fox Television Studios and parents company 21st Century Fox for $250 million, claiming that the character of wise guy Louie on The Simpsons is based on him—henceforth, he deserves several suitcases-full of cash for the use of his likeness. Seriously, that's a lot of simoleans. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by E! News, Sivero claims that he is the "originator of the idea and character of Louie," who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and is part of mob »
You may not know the name Frank Sivero but, if you’ve seen a mob movie, you know his face. He played Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, the afro-sporting mobster who buys his wife a mink coat and ends up on a meat hook. He’s also an extra in The Godfather and had a bigger role […]
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- Germain Lussier
The Simpsons' Louie acts a lot like Frank Sivero's character does in Goodfellas—and Sivero is filing a lawsuit against The Simpsons. In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday and obtained by Deadline, Sivero claims that he and some Simpsons writers lived next door to each other when Sivero was preparing for his role in Goodfellas, which came out in 1990. In 1991, The Simpsons debuted the character of Louie, a member of the Springfield mob who resembles Sivero in both looks and mannerisms. Louie has appeared in multiple episodes since then. The lawsuit acknowledges that "over the years, The Simpsons were known »
- Ariana Bacle
Frank Sivero, best known for playing mobsters in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, is suing Fox Television Studios for $250 million, alleging that "Louie," one of the "wise guy" mafia characters on The Simpsons, infringes on his likeness. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor claims that unspecified Simpsons writers modeled Louie on Sivero's Goodfellas character, Frankie Carbone.
Sivero alleges that, in 1989, he lived next door to the writers in a Sherman Oaks, California apartment complex. "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas, »
Alongside Bumblebee Man, Doctor Colossus and German exchange student Uter Zorker, Louie is one of the more minor members of The Simpsons universe. He occasionally menaces Springfieldians at the behest of mob boss Fat Tony and he doesnt even get a surname. But minor or not, hes now at the heart of a $250m lawsuit, after Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero has claimed the Simpsons writers stole his likeness for the character.
Sivero played Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorseses 1990 mobster drama, memorably getting upbraided by Robert De Niros James for being too flashy with his money. The suit claims that Sivero was familiar to Simpsons producer James L Brooks, and that he lived next to writers of The Simpsons in 1989 as he was preparing for Goodfellas »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Frank Sivero, the actor who played an iconic mobster in the Martin Scorsese classic “Goodfellas” is suing Fox television show The Simpson, alleging that his likeness has been used for more than a decade without a penny coming his way. Now, he’s put a hit on the show that’s bigger than the infamous “Lufthansa heist” that was focus of the gangster movie. Sivero, now 62, is seeking more $100 million in damages. That works out to $6,25 million per episode, ...Read More »
Actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television, arguing that Simpsons character Mafia Louie (a member of Fat Tony’s crew) was based on his likeness and personality and was specifically inspired by the character Frankie Carbone, whom he played in 1990’s Goodfellas. According to Deadline, Sivero — who also played a mobster in The Godfather Part II — claims he lived next to Simpsons writers in an apartment complex back in 1989, and they knowingly ripped off the character he was developing at the time. The suit goes on to allege that James L. Brooks was "highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons character Louie would be based on this character," and notes that "Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero." While it might seem strange to file a »
- Anna Silman
In what might be the wildest lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the "wise guy" characters on The Simpsons. Sivero is notable for playing mobster roles in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, and has lived up to his onscreen persona in various ways, such as reportedly being arrested for gun possession earlier this year. He's also very protective of his rights, suing a restaurant a few months ago over a sandwich named after his Goodfellas character. In his latest lawsuit, Sivero alleges that in 1989,
- Eriq Gardner
"The Simpsons" pulled off a major heist when the mafioso character Louie rolled into Springfield -- and now a "Goodfellas" star wants a cut of the action.Frank Sivero played Frankie Carbone in the classic 1990 film ... and says "The Simpsons" created a Carbone copy of that character when Louie first appeared in an episode entitled "Bart the Murderer" on Oct. 10, 1991.Louie, who is Fat Tony's henchman on "The Simpsons" ... is hardly a regular. According to Sivero's lawsuit against Fox, »
- TMZ Staff
Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga
Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons, which is no surprise considering he famously remade Lau’s 2002 film Infernal Affairs as The Departed (2006). Featuring a gritty period portrait of gangland warfare in New Your City, it’s clearly the sort of material that Scorsese seems to be attracted to, and thematically, one could even say there are influences of titles like Mean Streets (1973) or Goodfellas (1990) in the mix, with slight homages here and there. But the similiarites are only skin deep. This saga, which is actually based on fact, feels too zany and forthright, any realistic human elements crushed beneath its predilection for exaggerated, dramatic performances and hyperviolence.
In 1983 Flushing, a young boy, Sonny, crosses into the Us without parents. Snakehead Mama (Eugenia Yuan), head of a Chinese »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Sergio Leone
Widely and justly heralded for his trendsetting Spaghetti Westerns, Sergio Leone’s final and arguably most ambitious work was in another staple American genre. Like these Westerns though, this film was as much of its respective variety as it was about it. Once Upon a Time in America, with its name obviously derived from Leone’s previous Once Upon a Time in the West, is a gangster film of the highest order, and, at the same time, it recalls so many of its predecessors, from the Warner Brothers classics of the 1930s to The Godfather. This was by design. As Leone himself notes, “My film was to be an homage to the American films I love, and to America itself.”
Out now on »
- Jeremy Carr
40. Night of the Hunter (1955)
Scene: The Preacher on the Horizon
Video: http://youtu.be/9PyNL2ahKwc?list=PLZbXA4lyCtqolaQOAXly96de5FYQlPzqK Just like a few others in this section of the list, Charles Laughton’s brilliant Night of the Hunter isn’t really a horror film, but still sets out to keep the audience on edge. Starring a diabolical Robert Mitchum as a preacher/serial killer Reverend Harry Powell, it follows him as he tries to woo his former cellmate’s widow Willa (Shelly Winters), hoping to learn where he has hidden his bank loot. Powell devises that his children John and Pearl must know, but he struggles to gain young John’s trust. When Willa learns of his plan, Powell is forced to kill her and hide the body, leaving him as sole caretaker of the children, who flee down the river. And then the scene. Having believed they have escaped Powell, »
- Joshua Gaul
Jason Reitman's L.A. Live-Read series is kicking off its new season with a cast swap. Each year, The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker hosts a series of one-night-only live performances of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a new round begins Oct. 17 with Alan Ball's Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty. The readings are like artistic science experiments, following the recipe of a previous film but mixing in new ingredients, so the twist this time is that Reitman has filled the roles with actors from his latest film, Men, »
- Anthony Breznican
It was not meant to be a roast, but there was certainly some ribbing happening at the Friars Foundation’s annual gala honoring Robert De Niro and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim on Oct. 7 at the recently sold Waldorf Astoria.
A parade of industryites appeared in-person and via video including David O. Russell, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken, Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom, Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand and Don Rickles. All paid tribute to thesp, who received the Friars Club’s fifth-ever Icon Award.
Sting, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin also serenaded De Niro and Slim, who took home the Icon Award for Philanthropy. Warren Buffett, in a pre-recorded video alongside Paul Anka, sang a rendition of “My Way” to Slim.
As the event’s emcee, Larry King (Friars’ Dean) attempted to keep the crowd — full of old men and their model/drag queen dates — in check by “shushing” the room several times. »
- Addie Morfoot
It’s hard to think of a more colorful sports documentary topic than “Playing for the Mob,” the latest gem presented under Espn’s “30 for 30” banner, which feels like a movie — largely because it’s already been one. Narrated by Ray Liotta, the film chronicles the Boston College point-shaving scandal in the late 1970s, orchestrated by none other than Henry Hill, Liotta’s “Goodfellas” character, and his various associates. Directors Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant have footage from practically every participant — players and mobsters alike — yielding a project that’s at times disarmingly funny and even, in an odd way, educational.
Not surprisingly, the standout portion of the festivities is an interview with Hill — who turned informer on his comrades — conducted before his death in 2012. He talks freely (and profanely) about recruiting and threatening Boston College players to win games by less than the betting margin, thus allowing the mob »
- Brian Lowry
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