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Viewed today, perhaps the most impressive thing about Martin Scorsese’s electric mob picture “Goodfellas” is still its pace. This is one of the most relentless films of all time, and we mean that in the best possible way. “Goodfellas,” the story of the rise and fall of Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill, shoots like a beam of lightning cocaine through three decades of life in the mafia, chronicling the dizzying highs and gory lows of a gang of self-made “wiseguys” whose only dreams were to get as rich as possible, as fast as possible. The film is a recollection, sure, with its protagonist fondly recalling all the cars he used to boost, the heists he used to pull, and most certainly all the drugs he used to sell, inhale, and flush down the toilet. But for a two-and-a-half-hour cinematic nostalgia trip, it’s a furious one. Scorsese has made »
- Nicholas Laskin
When you think of Samuel L. Jackson, what do you think of? When I think about him, my brain tends to go to where I remember first seeing him, namely as Stacks, the low-level criminal from GoodFellas who has one of those famous “misunderstandings” with Joe Pesci’s psychotic gangster. For most people, however, the first thought is of Jules Winnfield, the hitman with the carefully groomed Jheri curl who works alongside Vincent Vega for Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction, and probably skip directly to his “great vengeance and furious anger” speech. There’s a good reason for that, and not just because Pulp Fiction is, well, Pulp Fiction, but because “great vengeance and furious anger” has always been what Jackson does so well. He rarely broods, preferring explosive, unrelenting torrents of roused disbelief and fury, belted out with urgency and end-of-the-rope exhaustion. The varied, near-musical timbre of his delivery »
- Chris Cabin
Have you ever been at work or out doing something and just wanted to watch one of your favorite movies? Sure, you could always check out clips on the Internet, but sometimes a movie has so many memorable moments and quotes that you need to see the whole picture. Well, we have you covered. Check out our latest feature, a condensed version of Martin Scorsese's seminal gangster movie, Goodfellas. Our illustrious... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
In 2012, director Darren Lynn Bousman and his team hit the road and took Lucifer with them, bringing The Devil's Carnival film and accompanying live entertainment to cities across America. Bousman and company are now back to raise a lot of hell and a little heaven in Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.
Featuring David Hasselhoff, Paul Sorvino as God, and Terrance Zdunich as Lucifer, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival kicks off its U.S. theater screenings tour on August 11th in Los Angeles. For tour and ticket info, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise. In Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, Lucifer sets a plot in motion against Heaven and all hell breaks loose.
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival stars »
- Derek Anderson
The Emmy-nominated AOL series "Park Bench With Steve Buscemi" just started its second season, and it's just as delightful as the first. Buscemi's makeshift talk show takes place on a nondescript park bench in New York City and has starred big-name guests like Chris Rock, Method Man and Jessica Williams. Read More: Watch: Steve Buscemi Chats with Chris Rock & Mayor Bill de Blasio in the New AOL Web Series 'Park Bench' The second season kicked off with The Insult Comic Dog, and is now bringing us Debi Mazar, the Queens-born actress best known for her performance in "Goodfellas" as Henry Hill's mistress Sandy. Watch as Debi recounts her audition for the role and how she got cast in "Goodfellas." Season 2 of "Park Bench With Steve Buscemi" will include even more intriguing guests like Zosia Mamet, Amber Tambly, Paul Sparks and more. You can catch the full episode »
- Sarah Choi
We would all like to be in better shape, I’m thinking. Even people who work out every day always seem to want to do more to be healthier, to get into better physical condition. And goodness knows obesity and sedentary lifestyles seem to be the norm for a great many people in this country. I have to count myself among the out of shape but wanting to do something about it. I have gained and lost the same 40 or 50 pounds so many times in my life it’s now difficult to lose that weight and keep it off. I have a gym membership but rarely use it and can’t seem to find the time to get back to the gym on a regular basis.
Maybe I should get a personal trainer? Which leads me to Results, a remarkable and good hearted movie about personal trainers, a new client »
- Sam Moffitt
"Inside Out" is an emotional, sometimes devastating look at a young girl's emotions as illustrated through five dynamic creatures: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader). Fear is the rubberiest member of the quintet, a nervous and jittery fellow whose eyes always seem ready to burst of his head. Naturally Bill Hader is a fine fit for the part. His time on "SNL" proved his greatest strength is playing characters who are soulfully weird. We caught up with Hader to discuss how he got the part of Fear in "Inside Out," how "The Skeleton Twins" changed his life, and why Martin Scorsese is so meaningful to him. Can you see yourself in the physical movements of your character? Is that disturbing? Not disturbing, but it's there. I watched it with my wife at this cast-and-crew screening, and my wife said, »
- Louis Virtel
On April 25th, at the Beacon Theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival closed out in a big way with the 4K restoration of Martin Scorsese’s virtuoso crime epic, GoodFellas. Audiences watched wide-eyed as they were treated to a trip down memory lane, revisiting the master director’s explosive entrance to a new decade originally released in 1990, leaving no doubt that he was still at the top of his game and redefining storytelling, genres, and cinema itself. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) always wanted to be a gangster. Starting in his childhood neighborhood, idolizing the local hoods, led by Paul Sorvino’s “Paulie” Circero. One of the film’s narrative threds is hit early, when Hill recites the mafia’s mantra: “Never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.” Oh, how far he has to go.
- Kyle North
In today's roundup of news and views: Charlie Fox on Buster Keaton, Danny Leigh on Alan Clarke, Abel Ferrara on collaboration, Adrian Martin on the "New Cinephilia," Martin Amis on Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, Sérgio Dias Branco on Roberto Rossellini's The Flowers of St. Francis, Peter Cowie on Ingmar Bergman's cinematographers, Gunnar Fischer and Sven Nykvist, Benjamin Bergholtz on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on Michael Mann's Heat, David Kalat on Harry Langdon, Duncan Gray on Brad Bird's Tomorrowland—and more. » - David Hudson »
June 6/15: If you've still got any cinematic energy left to spare after watching Jurassic World (seen above) on June 12, then check out Martin Scorsese's huge collection of movie posters, on display as part of “Scorsese Collects” at MoMA. If the posters belonged to anyone else, it might be a little bit — to quote GoodFellas — shine-boxy, like most hoards of pop-culture memorabilia. But, for example, that lobby card of Howard Hawks’s pre-Pacino Scarface? It’s owned by Martin Scorsese! 6/16: Remember the glorious musical Zeitgeist of 2009? When Nate Ruess and Jack Antonoff got together and released fun.’s first album, Aim and Ignite? And when a Brit producer named Ross (stage name: the way-more-superheroesque “Hudson Mohawke”) put out his first album, Butter? Six years on, Ruess drops Grand Romantic, his first solo album, and Mohawke gets around to releasing his sophomore effort, Lantern.6/17: If 2009 seems like yesterday, »
- Matt Giles,Alexa Tsoulis-Reay
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. New York Post movie critic Kyle Smith doesn't think women get "Goodfellas." They just can't wrap their silly little brains around it! Here he is claiming that the movie's "core" story-driver -- in his estimation, "ball-busting" ethics -- is entirely unrelatable to the female demographic: "Ball-busting means cheerfully insulting one another, preferably in the presence of lots of drinks and cigars and card games. ...Women (except silent floozies) cannot be present for ball-busting because women are the sensitivity police: They get offended, protest that someone’s not being fair, refuse to laugh at vicious put-downs. In the male fantasy, all of this is unforgivable — too serious, too boring. Deal another hand, pour another drink. ...To a woman, the 'GoodFellas' are lowlifes. »
- Chris Eggertsen
On the closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival, the movie's star and festival co-founder Robert De Niro joined the cast on stage. When narrator Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) declared “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be gangster" at the start of the unveiling of a gorgeous re-mastered 4K print of "Goodfellas," the packed Beacon Theater erupted in enthusiastic applause. Many others followed throughout the screening as the huge crowd nostalgically revisited the film and its most famous moments. Predictably, the “funny how” scene between Hill and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) nabbed the most rapturous laughter and clapping. The screening was also an affirmation of Scorsese’s authentic and energetic depiction of amoral and despicable behavior. The debate that erupted at the opening of Scorsese’s non-didactic yet cautionary and often laugh-out-loud funny take on gangsters was not dissimilar from the reaction to last year’s instantly. »
- Tomris Laffly
Stephen David Entertainment is certainly having its moment, but it’s one motivated more by economics than creativity — or history. The company has mastered producing a form of docu-hybrid that mixes heavily produced historical reenactments with expert commentary — not a TV movie, exactly, but enough of one to not scare off the documentary-phobic. The latest example: “The Making of the Mob: New York,” an eight-part series for AMC, which will merely remind fans of quality drama how much they miss “Boardwalk Empire.” Many of the names are the same, but everything else about this production screams of an excuse to trot out mob movie reruns.
Narrated by Ray Liotta (whose breakthrough role in “Goodfellas” will be the first movie the channel pairs with the program), “Making of the Mob” begins in 1905 and proceeds through decades of mob history. As with David’s “The World Wars” and another eight-part series currently airing on National Geographic Channel, »
- Brian Lowry
You still cling to Sex and the City the way Carrie Bradshaw held on dearly to her brand-new $485 pair of Manolo Blahniks. Therefore, you can’t possibly like — let alone understand — an American crime saga such as GoodFellas. Because No Boy Movies Allowed!!!!!! That’s the idiotic conclusion made in a controversial June 11 New York Post article. Writer Kyle Smith argues that women “don’t get” the 1990 Martin Scorsese-directed classic because we’re just not wired to watch mobsters crack a few skulls and then crack a [...] »
On June 14th, prolific cult filmmaker Larry Cohen’s (It’s Alive, Maniac Cop) wonderfully eclectic horror comedy The Stuff will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Released during the heyday of Reaganomics, Cohen’s playful take on modern consumerism explored society’s growing compulsions for fast food and other potentially (or even directly) harmful products that we were all happily consuming without any real knowledge of just what we were putting inside our bodies. It may not be as well-known as some of its genre peers, but The Stuff has always been a favorite of mine, especially considering the amount of ambition and passion Cohen displays onscreen from start to finish.
The Stuff is centered around a mysterious, fluffy food product known only as, well, “The Stuff.” Discovered bubbling up from the grounds in a remote mining area, the highly addictive substance is quickly marketed out as pretty much the greatest »
- Heather Wixson
Also See: Funny How? AMC Celebrates The Silver Anniversary Of Goodfellas AMC goes to the mattresses for Mob Mondays starting June 15 at 10pm Et/Pt (following a special 25th anniversary airing of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas) with the eight-part docuseries The Making of the Mob: New York, a look at how young hoodlums in the early 1900s built organized crime empires. Ray Liotta narrates the series, which includes dramatic reenactments, archival footage and exclusive interviews. Among the more notorious mobsters featured are: Charles “Lucky” Luciano The juvenile delinquent turned bootlegger headed up The Commission in 1931 that put the “organized” in … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
Also See: Whack jobs: AMC’s “The Making of the Mob: New York” Martin Scorsese’s classic Goodfellas gets a special 25th anniversary airing June 15 at 7pm Et/Pt to kick off AMC’s Mob Mondays. Wise up on one of the greatest flicks of all time: Goodfellas was nominated for six Oscars, but won only Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci. Al Pacino turned down the role of Jimmy Conway over typecasting concerns. Pacino starred as a gangster in the forgettable Dick Tracy the same year. Goodfellas is based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, recounting the activities of the real-life … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
A film critic baited feminist outrage on Thursday by writing an opinion piece headlined, “Women are not capable of understanding ‘Goodfellas.'” New York Post critic Kyle Smith decided to give his thoughts on the opposite gender’s ability to appreciate Martin Scorsese‘s 1990 mobster classic in honor of its 25th anniversary Blu-ray release, and screening at the Film Forum in New York City. “Women don’t get ‘GoodFellas.’ It’s not really a crime drama, like ‘The Godfather.’ It’s more of a male fantasy picture — ‘Entourage’ with guns instead of swimming pools, the Rat Pack minus tuxedos,” Smith wrote. »
- Greg Gilman
Kyle Smith’s article on women’s inability to enjoy Martin Scorsese’s classic, and the differences between the sexes, has sparked anger online
A Us critic who claimed that “women don’t get Goodfellas” has been at the centre of a Twitter storm after his article was published yesterday.
In a piece called Women are not capable of understanding GoodFellas, Kyle Smith, the New York Post’s chief film critic, refers to women as “the sensitivity police” who would disapprove of the “ball-busting” that takes place throughout Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic.
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- Benjamin Lee
Cinelicious Pics brings to you the critically acclaimed epic crime drama Gangs Of Wasseypur on demand via iTunes and GooglePlay. The film is coming soon to Amazon, Netflix, Dish, M-go, Ultraflix, Facebook and Vimeo, in collaboration with Cinelicious’ VOD partner on the movie, FilmKaravan.
The intense and dazzling Gangs Of Wasseypur, often called India’s answer to The Godfather Saga, is director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets fueled crime saga that charts seventy years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Gangs Of New York) recently praised the movie as “a bold, original, fascinating crime saga” and “A wild, dangerous epic.”
- Press Releases
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