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In an episode all about masochism, Marc starts by setting a trap for himself, then walking straight into it. Chatting with Illeana Douglas (Goodfellas, Easy to Assemble), Marc deliberately steers the conversation toward his ex-wife, who Illeana is friends with. Marc grumbles that he's glad his ex’s new baby is "okay," and then just glad that it's "whatever." Maron falls quiet, probably understanding that his baby is this podcast, and it lives in his garage."Marc, I know that it's fun to be depressed, but when was the last time you were on a real date?" Illeana asks. It's a puzzler for Maron — he tends to just sift through fawning fanmail and hook up with women who already have affection for his messy self. The idea of convincing someone to love him, after he's done that twice in the form of doomed marriages, is unfathomable to Marc. Last week »
- Zach Dionne
Brogan Morris on his favourite movie soundtrack....
Picking a best of anything always causes me more anxiety than it should – it’s my personal favourite of something, and so what? Every film fan’s got one. But it feels like ‘favourite movie soundtrack’ is one I have to get absolutely right.
There are so, so many; Almost Famous appeals to the long-hair within me, nostalgic for the 70s (a decade I never actually saw) and its rock decadence; Marie Antoinette speaks to the sulky little indie kid side of me, complete as Sofia Coppola’s picture is with juicy new wave and post-punk tunes; and there’s always O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the country ‘n’ bluegrass on that being damn near perfect. Then I remember Quentin Tarantino, and I go tumbling down a rabbit hole after seven films (not Death Proof) with wonderfully eclectic soundtracks.
Goodfellas tops all of them, »
- Flickering Myth
Ultimate Gangster Collection — Contemporary
Due Out: May 21, 2013
The “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics“ and “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary” are available on Blu-ray 5/21
Who’S It For?
My wife hasn’t seen Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Goodfellas or Heat. So while I would normally say this is the perfect gift for guys on Father’s Day, it’s really perfect for my wife. These are movies that must be seen by every adult. Not only to they showcase how the ugly side of society has evolved, but it’s also the evolution of gangster crime. Every one of these films is brilliant, and yes, I’m including The Departed. Jack Nicholson’s performance has someone gotten a bad rap. I’m convinced if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese zooming in on the rat at the very end, everyone would still worship this film. »
- Jeff Bayer
There are few things more valuable at a film festival than catching a retrospective screening that puts it in perspective, resets your cinephilic enthusiasm, and reminds you what movies can be. Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (1964) served just that purpose as Cannes neared its halfway mark. Beginning with a beautiful sequence of pure cinema, for the first time I saw the link between Ray and Martin Scorsese (who holds the Indian filmmaker in the highest regard). Alone in a room in her home, the title character wanders to a window with her binoculars, opens the shutters and watches people outside. To track them, she moves from window to window, opening each shutter and observing their movement. It's hard not to think of the young Henry Hill looking out his window in Goodfellas, and even more recently, Hugo peering from behind the clock in the train station, »
- Adam Cook
Martin Scorsese will present Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award – America’s highest honor for a career in film. The private black tie gala will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6 and will air on TNT Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt and as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Et. Brooks will be recognized for his range of mastery as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer.
Martin Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time having received the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to cinema, two AFI Awards, an Academy®Award, a Palme d’Or, Grammy® Award, two Emmys®, four Golden Globes®, a BAFTA and three DGA Awards. Scorsese’s body of work includes films such as The Departed, »
- Melissa Thompson
Here’s the deal. What they are trying to accomplish is to make “The Iceman” or Richard Kuklinski a compelling character that you feel compassion for. The story is based on Kuklinski, so he is the main focus. The murders, unfortunately, fall a bit flat. Despite focusing on his hundreds of kills, they shine more of the limelight on his love for his family. I feel that some might be disappointed with the lack of focus on the murders, but the film itself concentrates more on the man. The script feels a bit weak still. All of the compassion felt for Kuklinski comes from Michael Shannon. He is a fantastic actor who offers a complete dimension of layers. Still, the writing doesn’t begin to do justice to what they »
- Melissa Howland
Directed by Ariel Vromen
The Iceman exists in a strange kind of cinematic purgatory, in which reside those movies that are both too rushed and too slow. With actors like Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, and Winona Ryder among the key players, this period piece about a particularly sociopathic Mob enforcer’s rise to some level of infamy is, at best, decent. But the script fast-forwards through so much of its lead character’s life and allows seemingly mundane events play out in near-slow motion, making The Iceman a drawn-out experience.
Shannon is Richard Kuklinski, a hulking but quiet young man whose job working at a porno lab circa 1964 leads him to working as a cold-blooded hitman for mid-level mobster Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta), taking out any number of people who’ve done Roy or his bosses wrong. Kuklinski balances his »
- Josh Spiegel
Saul Bass trained as a graphic designer, and was commissioned by director Otto Preminger to put together a poster for his 1954 opera/musical Carmen Jones. Preminger was so impressed he asked him to create a title sequence too, and Bass went on to specialise in the area, resulting in memorable collaborations with Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.
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Bass made a splash with the 1955 Preminger study of heroin addiction, moving paper cutouts around to suggest needles, veins and arms. The stonking theme, composed by Elmer Bernstein, helped.
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- Andrew Pulver
Last weekend’s Iron Man 3 kicks off a blockbuster summer movie season packed with big budget sequels, prequels, and, of course, remakes. But if you're looking for a little counterprogramming to a summer full of superheroes and explosions, here's what we suggest—hopefully it's playing in a theater near you. The Movie: The Iceman The Director: 2012 Capri Breakout Director Award winner Ariel Vromen The Cast: Future "General Zod" and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Best Supporting Actor, Revolutionary Road); Captain America himself, Chris Evans; James Franco (127 Hours); Ray Liotta (Goodfellas); David Schwimmer (Friends); Goonie chaser Robert Davi; and last but not least, our favorite Heather, Winona Ryder. The Story: Inspired...
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Veteran actor and all around badass Clive Owen (Sin City, Children Of Men) is set to co-star opposite Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth) in Survivor for director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, The Raven).
The film follows a State Department employee (Heigl) working at the American Embassy in London who loses her team in a bombing attack. After she is framed for a series of crimes for which she is innocent, she embarks on a desperate journey to clear her name and prevent an attack on New Year’s Eve. Production company Nu Image will present the film to prospective financiers at the Cannes Film Festival. Legendary producer/director Irwin Winkler (Rocky, Goodfellas) will produce the project.
Something about the pairing of Clive Owen and Katherine Heigl is very bothersome to me. In her relatively short career, Heigl’s reputation as something of an unappreciative and arrogant diva precedes her. »
- Damen Norton
So a cop walks into an all night diner…No, this isn’t the beginning of a tired joke, this is how the new direct-to-video crime thriller “Pawn” kicks off. Said cop, played by Forest Whitaker, walks smack into the middle of an armed robbery. From this simple set up spools out a twisted web of story threads, layered narrative, and constantly shifting points of view. Though the film starts off strong—not great, but solid—it comes off the rails not far down the line. “Pawn” is one of those movies where you’ve heard of almost everyone in the cast, but never even heard mention of the film. Beyond Whitaker, the credits include Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), Common (“Hell on Wheels”), and actors from “Twilight,” “Gossip Girl,” and many more. Still, despite all the familiar faces, it never adds up to much. One of the »
- Brent McKnight
Looking a little tired but still eager to chat, Ray Liotta sat down with us recently at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to talk about co-starring in The Iceman, his new movie centered around notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon).
Liotta also spoke about being typecast as a gangster and the sad fact that he really doesn’t have a favorite Muppet. Read on!
Dread Central: So, Ray, what drew you to this role? What did you like about the film?
Ray Liotta: They offered it to me; I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. [Director] Ariel [Vromen] really hadn’t done anything, but there was something that intrigued me. Michael Shannon was already cast and I didn’t really know his work that well. So I looked at some of his stuff and then met with Ariel and I liked him so I said all right. »
- Drew Tinnin
Who wouldn’t want to work with 2 Oscar Noms, an Avenger and the Great and Powerful Oz? Jay Giannone got his shot and co-stars as a mob hit man in the new film The Iceman which stars Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Wynona Ryder, James Franco and Ray Liotta.
No stranger to blockbuster Hollywood films, Giannone has previously worked on The Departed and Gone Baby Gone and who has just wrapped David O’Russell’s new film American Hustle, where he shares the screen with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jeremy Renner, sat down with us to talk about his latest role as Atf Agent Dominick Provenzano (pictured below with Michael Shannon) in director Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman.
How did you prepare for the role of Dominick Provenzano?
When I found out that I booked the role I immediately did my research and »
- Phil Wheat
Chicago – Writer/director Ramin Bahrani delivers his most mainstream film this weekend with the Chicago release of “At Any Price,” an old-fashioned melodrama starring Dennis Quaid as a grain farmer caught in some awful situations in order to protect his family. The director of the fantastic “Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop,” and “Goodbye Solo” expands his canvas to offer what often feels like a modern update on “Death of a Salesman” and the film features one of Quaid’s most charismatic and complex performances in years. Both gentlemen recently sat down with HollywoodChicago.com and eFilmCritic.com to discuss the film, how Quaid got the part, and Bahrani’s feelings on the passing of a man who influenced him greatly, Roger Ebert.
Peter Sobczynski: One of the recurring themes of “At Any Price” is the idea of “expand or die.” In the film, this is in regards to farming but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Ray Liotta plays real-life mobster Roy Demeo in Ariel Vromen’s crime drama, The Iceman, based on the story of notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) whose career prospects expand when Demeo offers him the opportunity to earn a living as a mob enforcer. The role marks the second time in 30 years that Liotta has played a real-life mobster since his acclaimed performance in Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic, Goodfellas. At the film’s recent press day, Liotta talked about getting back into that world again, why he likes playing pretend, how he researched his larger than life character, what it was like working opposite Michael Shannon, how he’s met real life mobsters, why he was reluctant to play Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack, and why he tries to avoid typecasting and chooses roles that are diverse and challenging. He also revealed his upcoming projects including playing himself in The Muppets… »
- Sheila Roberts
We all know actor Ray Liotta for numerous roles revolving around crooked cops and gangsters, obviously pointing to Goodfellas for sparking this continuing image, so of course everyone got a little curious when he was cast in the upcoming Disney sequel The Muppets…Again!. Ray Liotta sharing the screen with a bunch of puppets in a more kid-friendly movie? We knew something good had to be brewing, but now we know exactly what to expect.
Today I sat down with Ray and some other journalists for a roundtable interview while he was promoting his newest role in The Iceman, Ariel Vromen’s new film, and naturally, we asked what upcoming projects we could expect to see Ray appear in down the road. Getting excited, he brought up The Muppets…Again!, and this is how he explained the scene he participates in:
“With the Muppets? We sing and dance. Me and Danny Trejo are in prison, »
- Matt Donato
Chicago – Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” is a steak devoid of juice. It has all the trappings of an effortlessly enjoyable genre exercise, but it doesn’t bring a single fresh idea to the table. It goes through the usual motions of a standard gangster picture while giving each overqualified member of its ensemble exactly one note to play. And they’re all exceedingly familiar notes, conveying a tune so familiar even Sam would refuse to play it again.
Josh Brolin plays a square-jawed officer with a perpetually concerned wife. Ryan Gosling plays a suave ladykiller (god what a stretch) who falls for a femme fatale (Emma Stone, looking like a kid playing dress-up). Nick Nolte wheezes and grunts. Giovanni Ribisi wears nerdy glasses, signaling that his character’s fade-out will arrive long before the final one. Anthony Mackie and Michael Peña supply different shades of skin color and little else. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Catherine Scorsese claims she's living proof ... even if you're a child of one of the biggest moguls in Hollywood -- you can still get screwed.Catherine -- the daughter of "Goodfellas" director Martin Scorsese -- claims in a new lawsuit ... producers of "Campus Life" cut a deal with her to direct and produce an online movie with supernatural themes and gothic characters -- kind of like "Twilight."Catherine says she used her juice to get »
- TMZ Staff
24 Hour Party People's Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan head from Tony Wilson to Paul Raymond with their latest movie The Look of Love, a biopic of the porn impresario who transformed London's Soho district and eventually became one of the richest men in Britain.
Raymond's story is one of highs, lows, hedonism and personal tragedy. It's a classic tale we've seen done often before, and Look of Love certainly shares DNA with Winterbottom and Coogan's previous collaboration on Party People.
Rises and falls were also memorably depicted in Martin Scorsese films Goodfellas and Casino, but here Coogan's protagonist skirts nearer to the boundaries of what's legal and what's not. He opens the Raymond Revuebar strip club, a private members' venue, to navigate around strict laws on flashing flesh. Lord Chamberlain's theatre »
The Sopranos will forever be instilled in the fabric of culture. Its success and game-changing format was intrinsic to the success of HBO and revitalised televisual drama forever. Without The Sopranos HBO would not have experienced the success it enjoys today and we would not have shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. This successful model was adopted by other networks like AMC, FX and Showtime who have given us Dexter, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. The Sopranos was the game changer and revolutionalised television forever. Televisual drama is now considered a valued art form akin to film thanks to the success of The Sopranos.
The series’ rich and compelling storylines captivated audiences for 8 years and won a host of Emmys over its six seasons. Tony Soprano is still one of the most fascinating characters in television history but he was helped by a phenomenal supporting cast »
- Gearoid Gillett
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