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In the pantheon of gangster films, two in particular stand out above the rest: “The Godfather” (and its also-great sequels) and “Goodfellas.” And, in some respects, the films couldn’t be more different. But where it counts — quality, craftsmanship, and cinematic innovation — they couldn’t be more similar. In the case of Martin Scorsese’s film, the highly stylized nature of the central conceit is offset by the stark and gritty realism that abounds.
- Gary Garrison
Brogan Morris Feb 8, 2017
Some films earn critical acclaim and you only want to watch them once. Goodfellas? We could watch it on loop...
What is the most compulsively watchable film of all time? Not the greatest film – there are lists dedicated to solving that particular conundrum scattered all over the internet. Rather, the one film that begs you to return again and again, the one you can’t help but see through to the end when you happen to bump into it on a late night channel surf. Citizen Kane, Vertigo, 8 ½: greats, undisputed classics long vaunted by critics, but not necessarily the kinds of movies with the irresistible pull of a truly, compulsively watchable movie.
What could be the best of these? Raiders Of The Lost Ark, with its peak-Spielberg action-adventure stylings? Airplane!, a riotous and unfailingly quotable comedy that spawned a thousand imitators? Could even one as »
Update 1 P.M. with more information. Frank Pellegrino Sr., an actor who appeared in The Sopranos and Goodfellas and ran Harlem’s legendary — and famously exclusive — Rao’s restaurant, died Tuesday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 72. His friend Bo Dietl confirmed Pellegrino’s death, telling the New York Post‘s Page Six: "We lost a part of New York today when we lost Frankie. There's nobody like him, he's an icon." Dietl said Pellegrino died at NY’s Memorial… »
As reported by Variety, Sopranos actor and New York City restaurateur Frank Pellegrino has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 72.
Pellegrino is probably best known for playing FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on eleven episodes of The Sopranos, and like a lot of Italian actors from New York, he spent a lot of time appearing in mobster-related films and TV shows. In addition to The Sopranos, he played Johnny Dio in Goodfellas, appeared in three episodes across the Law & Order universe, and he had smaller roles in Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes, and Manhattan Murder Mystery. As Variety notes, he also had a recent guest appearance on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out.
Separate from his acting life, Pellegrino was a food buff and co-owner of iconic Italian eatery Rao’s in East Harlem, New York—a restaurant that has appeared in Jay Z videos, The Wolf ...
- Sam Barsanti
Frank Pellegrino, Sopranos star and co-owner of legendary New York restaurant Rao’s, has died, People confirms. The star, who had been battling lung cancer since last year, was 72.
The native New Yorker is most famous for his role playing FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on the HBO crime drama from 1999–2004. He also starred in multiple episodes of Law & Order, as well as several movies, including Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes and the 1990 Martin Scorsese hit Goodfellas.
Pellegrino’s longtime friend Bo Dietl tells People: “New York lost a piece of New York yesterday. Frankie was an icon, one of the »
- Aurelie Corinthios
One of Pellegrino’s first acting roles, in what would become a career of appearances in gangster-related cinema, came in 1990 as Johnny Dio in “Goodfellas.” His character on “The Sopranos” ran for eleven episodes during which he attempted to uncover dirt to help in the Soprano/Dimeo case. Pellegrino also appeared in several episodes of “Law & Order.” His other credits include “Cop Land,” “Mickey Blue Eyes,” “Manhattan Murder Mystery” and, most recently, a guest spot on the TV series “Odd Mom Out” in 2015.
Outside of acting, Pellegrino also co-owned the restaurant Rao’s in East Harlem, New York City. The Italian spot has hosted many celebrities including Jay Z and Martin Scorsese, and appears in many films including “The Wolf of Wall Street” The mainstay was founded in »
- Seth Kelley
Frank Pellegrino -- best known for his role as the FBI Chief gunning for Tony Soprano on the HBO hit show -- died after losing his battle with cancer. Frank -- who also co-owned the popular Italian restaurant Rao's in East Harlem -- died in New York Tuesday. The restaurant, founded in 1896, was famous for celebrity drop-ins ... including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Jay Z. Frank appeared in "Goodfellas" and 'Law & Order' but he burst »
- TMZ Staff
Most known for his role as FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on the show The Sopranos, Frank Pellegrino has passed away at the age of 72. The actor, who appeared on The Sopranos for five years spanning 1999-2004 died on Tuesday in New York City after losing a battle to lung cancer. You might also remember Pellegrino in the film Goodfellas. He also appeared in the movies Mickey Blue Eyes, and Copland. However, what Pellegrino is most known for by his peers is his ownership of the famous restaurant Rao’s. Rao’s is a celebrity packed restaurant known for having some of
- Nat Berman
The native New Yorker had several notable film and television roles in an acting career that spanned over 25 years including Goodfellas (where he played racketeer Johnny Dio), Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes and multiple episodes of Law & Order.
Pellegrino's most famous role, however, was playing dogged FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso in The Sopranos who heads the agency's strategy in the long-running Soprano/Dimeo case.
As well as acting, Pellegrino was a well-known personality in the New York restaurant industry. He co-owned the famed »
- Abid Rahman
Bill Maher laid into Donald Trump on Friday, mocking the administration’s bogus claims that the crowd at his inauguration were bigger than they actually were. “This is about d–k,” Maher said,pointing to his nether regions. “This is about a guy who never brought a woman to orgasm! He probably thinks it doesn’t even exist in a woman.” During his opening monologue, the “Real Time” host picked apart Trump’s first week in office comparing it to last half-hour of “Goodfellas.” Also Read: 29 Trump Executive Actions You Missed This Week Amid Bogus Claims About Voter Fraud, Crowd »
- Itay Hod
A TV legend, big screen players, and one of the year’s most celebrated films earn honors.
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
To build a highlight reel of memorable moments from the television career of Brooks is a challenge that few editors would want to undertake. But the 20-time Emmy winner, whose CV includes such groundbreaking series as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi” and “The Simpsons,” and is this year’s recipient of the Producers Guild Awards’ Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, was recently charged with just such a task. Brooks found that the easiest path to a solution was to recall the program where the collaboration between talent in front of and behind the camera gelled. “Everything is a marriage of actors and writers, and what makes those stories happen is that if it’s a good coupling,” he says. To that end, »
- Paul Gaita and Dave McNary
New Line Cinema has tapped Horrible Bosses and Baywatch director Seth Gordon to helm Boston College Fix, which tells the true story of the Boston College basketball point-shaving scandal of the 1970s.
Deadline is reporting that the film, which is being written by Robert Carlock (30 Rock, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), will delve into the match-fixing scandal, where notorious gangsters Jimmy Burke and Henry Hill (played by Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas) and a group of Pittburgh mobsters infiltrated the 1979-79 Boston College basketball team, orchestrating a scheme to fix the outcome of games. It was eventually uncovered by the FBI and a federal prosecutor, who found an unlikely way to take them down.
The story of the Boston point-shaving scandal was previously told in the Emmy-winning Espn ’30 for 30′ documentary Playing for the Mob. »
- Gary Collinson
New Line Cinema has landed an untitled pitch based on the true story of Boston College’s point shaving scandal. “Baywatch” director Seth Gordon will helm the upcoming film from a script by “30 Rock” co-showrunner Robert Carlock.
Originally seen as a documentary on Espn’s “30 for 30” series, the story revolves around the 1978-79 Boston College basketball team, which was infiltrated by a group of Pittsburgh gangsters and forced to participate in a point shaving scheme. It was eventually uncovered by the FBI, forever changing the program and the landscape of college basketball.
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: New Line Cinema has acquired Boston College Fix, a pitch about the true story of the Boston College point-shaving scandal, where infamous mob figures infiltrated its basketball team to fix games during the late 1970s. Chief among the mobsters were the guys played by Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta in Goodfellas. Seth Gordon will direct the film, which Robert Carlock will write. RatPac Entertainment, Exhibit A Entertainment and Steel Titan Productions are… »
By: Carson Blackwelder
Martin Scorsese has been a force at the Oscars for decades now with nine films earning some sort of recognition by the Academy but his latest showing, Silence, is looking to be completely glanced over. There much evidence pointing to this happening — lack of precursor nominations, opening weekend box office numbers, domestic box office performance thus far, and critical evaluations. Let’s take a deep dive into these aspects and see if there’s any saving grace for Silence this awards season.
At this point, with the Academy currently voting for the Oscar nominations, signs are pointing to Silence getting completely get shut out. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg list the film as a frontrunner in any category — including the categories Scorsese’s films have been nominated in before. Those are best picture, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Recently, I was in a cinema when the trailer for T2, the new Trainspotting film, was played. The whole room erupted into cheers. Perhaps your excitement is not as delirious. There are many who are dismissing the film before it’s even been screened. But I have a feeling that your anticipation levels are linked to how you spent your 1990s. Trainspotting, the 1996 original, remains the quintessential mid-90s movie. Like Oasis and Blur, like Kate Moss and love doves and Firestarter, it was of its time and captured that time’s cynical yet optimistic, hedonistic heart. Though the story was about heroin addicts, the feel of the film recalled different drugs: uppers, hallucinogens, ecstasy. There were real-unreal trippy sequences about losing pills in a toilet or going cold turkey; uplifting, »
- Miranda Sawyer
Do portrayals of celebrity culture and fan worship get more lacerating and acute than 1983’s masterpiece The King of Comedy? Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to Raging Bull is quite brilliantly perceptive, taking the hatchet to narcissistic wannabes in the form of Robert De Niro’s seminal Rupert Pupkin whilst also taking us behind the curtain and depicting the loneliness that comes with those who’ve made a success of themselves. The latter is personified by Jerry Lewis’ alienated comic star Jerry Langford, one who can barely leave his New York apartment without vitriolic ‘fans’ wishing he gets cancer. In Scorsese’s utterly damning depiction of fame, there are no winners: neither aspiring stars nor established A-listers come out of this one clean.
On the »
- Sean Wilson
The most surprising feature of Martin Scorsese’s Silence, a 161-minute religious picture about 17th-century Jesuit priests in Japan, is that it exists at all; the second most surprising feature may be its critical reception, much of which seems to approach the film at a kind of respectful distance. The tentativeness of reviews seems to reflect the ambiguity of the film’s religious and moral conclusions, as Alissa Wilkinson writes at Vox:It’s been remarkable to discover that Silence is a challenging film for many critics and early viewers, including those who aren’t interested in religion at all, or who don’t identify with a particular faith. The genius of Endō’s story and Scorsese’s adaptation is that it won’t characterize anyone as a saint, nor will it either fully condone or reject the colonialist impulses, the religious oppression, the apostasy, or the faltering faith of its characters. »
Martin Scorsese isn’t one to give up on a project easily; this is a man who spent 26 years trying to get his religious epic Silence off the ground before finally succeeding just a few weeks ago. But not even Scorsese can stand up to the Sinatra family, apparently, with Pitchfork reporting that the Goodfellas director has said Bada-Bye (or the appropriate Rat Pack nonsense slang of your choice) to his plans to make a biopic about Frank Sinatra.
According to an interview with the Toronto Sun, the film’s major stumbling block was the Sinatra family’s opposition to Scorsese’s warts-and-all approach. “The problem is that the man was so complex. Everybody is so complex—but Sinatra in particular,” Scorsese said, adding, “Certain things are very difficult for a family, and I totally understand.”
Given his place at the intersection between money, power, art, crime, and the ...
- William Hughes
Martin Scorsese has exited a long-promised Frank Sinatra biopic. Field of Dreams screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson and Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray had been working on scripts for the film at various times, with The Toronto Sun reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio was set to star.
"We can't do it," Scorsese told The Toronto Sun. "I think it is finally over. [Sinatra's estate] won't agree to it. Open it up again and I'm there."
Scorsese, whose new movie Silence is out now, said he had hoped to make an unfettered portrait of both the singer's highs and lows. »
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