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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Blu-ray review

24 December 2010 11:23 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

So, the other day I got a promo disc for the second Wall Street movie. I was looking for an excuse to see the original anyway, so after watching that, I suffered through the sequel. If that wasn’t enough pain and wasted time, 20th Century Fox sent me the Blu-ray of this cinematic mishegoss, possibly in an attempt to make me stop requesting free movies.

To reiterate: this movie is an abscess in the anus of cinema. Do not watch it under any circumstance ever; just viewing the extras to write this review gave me the most shocking headache. I thought my skull and ass were simultaneously splitting open and, in a fit of subspatial agony, switching positions. If you want to witness the only thing this movie has going for it, Carey Mulligan’s performance, go watch An Education or Never Let Me Go; do not see this movie. »

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The Gang’s All Here: De Niro, Pacino, Pesci Team For Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

16 December 2010 4:08 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As if a better cast could be assembled. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino will all find themselves lookin’ at each other under the direction of Martin Scorsese for The Irishman. The plot could involve three out-of-work plumbers sitting around talking about the glory days, and it would still be a hell of a cast, but the film boasts mob ties, hit men, and conspiracy connections to JFK’s assassination. Plus, they might all solve where Jimmy Hoffa is buried so we can all finally get on with our lives. It’s possible that the only way to make this better is to include Harvey Keitel. Fortunately, he’s involved as well. The only challenge for the film will be keeping the curse words in the low thousands. [Cinematical] »

- Cole Abaius

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Leonardo DiCaprio to star in and produce new JFK drama

22 November 2010 7:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

DiCaprio to play FBI informant said to have heard mafia confession over John F Kennedy assassination

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play an FBI informant who is said to have uncovered new evidence that the mafia murdered John F Kennedy in the latest drama to focus on the mystery surrounding the death of the late Us president.

DiCaprio will take the role of Jack Van Laningham in Legacy of Secrecy, based on the similarly titled book by authors Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann about the 1963 assassination. The Oscar-nominated actor is also producing, along with his father, George, through his production company Appian Way. Variety reports that it was George who first brought his son's attention to the book.

Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination used declassified information from FBI files in the Us National Archives and suggested that mafia godfather Carlos Marcello confessed to Van Laningham »

- Ben Child

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After He Ends Global Warming, Leonardo DiCaprio To Find JFK’s Killer

19 November 2010 1:49 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

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Over the years, many theories have been put forth purporting that there was some sort of conspiracy involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, with supposed participants ranging from the CIA, FBI, Kgb, Cuban Exile Groups and a joint Chef Boyardee-Betty Crocker coup d’etat.

Now there’s a new historical figure involved… Jack Dawson. Well, Leonardo DiCaprio, anyway. Leo has issued a press release announcing that he will star in and produce a film based on the book “Legacy of Secrecy,” written by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann.

The film is being shepherded by Leo’s Appian Way in partnership with Warner Brothers, who also made Oliver Stone’s controversial 1991 film “JFK,” and it is being earmarked for a 2013 release, the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

According to the statement, “DiCaprio will play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham, who obtained the confession of Mafia godfather »

- Max Evry

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DiCaprio engaged in JFK 'Secrecy'

19 November 2010 1:18 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce the film adaptation of "Legacy of Secrecy," based on the book about the John F. Kennedy assassination by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann. The full title of the book is "Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination."According to Variety, DiCaprio will produce through his Warner Bros.-based Appian Way company with his father, George. Warners, which distributed Oliver Stone's "JFK" in 1991, is looking at a possible 2013 release of "Legacy," which would coincide with the 50'th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. DiCaprio will play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham. The FBI positioned Van Laningham to become confidant to Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello, who ruled organized crime in Louisiana and most »

- Adnan Tezer

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Leonardo DiCaprio's Gonna Get to the Bottom of the JFK Conspiracy Once and for All

19 November 2010 9:25 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is about to give Oliver Stone a run for his money. Hot off the box office success of Inception, the Hollywood star's production company has just landed the film rights to Legacy of Secrecy, a book positing that the mafia was behind President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Keep an eye on that grassy knoll. DiCaprio's rep confirmed to E! News that the thesp will star in and produce the Warner Bros. thriller via his production shingle, Appian Way. The actor's idea to adapt the tome, whose full title is Legacy of Secrey: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination, came from his father, George, who introduced it to him years ago. DiCaprio will play FBI informant »

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce and Star in JFK Assassination Pic, Legacy Of Secrecy

19 November 2010 8:52 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce and star in an adaptation Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann’s Legacy of Secrecy.   Per Variety, “The book — whose full title is Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination — asserts that Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello confessed to FBI informant Jack Van Laningham (expected to be played by DiCaprio) to having ordered JFK’s assassination. As part of a dangerous and long-secret undercover operation, the FBI positioned Van Laningham to become confidant to Marcello, who ruled organized crime in Louisiana and most of Texas for decades.”  While the JFK assassination sounds like a catalyst for the plot, the plot sounds more like Donnie Brasco than JFK.

Hit the jump for more on Legacy of Secrecy as well as a refresher on DiCaprio’s other projects.

Warner Bros. is looking at a possible 2013 release for the picture, which would coincide with the 50th »

- Matt Goldberg

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Leonardo DiCaprio to tackle JFK assassination in 'Legacy of Secrecy'

19 November 2010 6:40 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and star in Legacy of Secrecy, based on the 2008 book by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann that reexamined the assassination of President Kennedy. According to the actor’s publicist, DiCaprio would play Jack Van Laningham, an FBI informant who befriended Carlos Marcello, the southern Mafia kingpin who the book claims confessed to involvement in the 1963 murder of JFK. Warner Bros., which released Oliver Stone’s JFK in 1991, would like to release Legacy of Secrecy in 2013, the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Mti picked up 5 horror films at the Afm 2010

15 November 2010 12:08 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Mti Home Video has acquired five new horror-thrillers for release over the next year. Those acquired at the American Film Market 2010 include:

Closed For The Season

Director: Jay Woelfel (Ghost Lake)

Acquisition from Artist View Entertainment

Genre: Horror

Synopsis: Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young girl finds herself terrorized by the living memories of the park. She must break free from the park′s grasp before she becomes its next victim. Starring: Aimee Brooks (The Hillside Strangler, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (Ghost Lake), William Waters and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

The Undying

Director: Steven Peros (Footprints)

Acquisition from Circus Road Films

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Synopsis: The Undying stars Deadwood’s Robin Weigert as a doctor who becomes obsessed with the ghost of a Civil War soldier dwelling in her new home, and contrives to have his spirit live again in the body of a violent »

- Dave

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Criminal Minds Preview - Robert Knepper Guest Stars (Photos/Promo)

10 November 2010 12:08 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Robert Knepper is a busy boy lately.  A few days ago we reported that he'll be reprising his Prison Break role as "T-Bag" in the new A&E series, Breakout Kings.  He'll also be making a guest appearance on tonight's episode of Criminal Minds

Fancast's Matt Mitovich spoke to Knepper about his Criminal Minds appearance.  According to Matt, Knepper will play "the son of a bitter former movie star played by Sally Kirkland. In that role, he targets pretty young things, sending Hotch and the Bau team on a spine-tingling manhunt."  Matt also asked Knepper a few questions about his character:

I’ve seen your ‘Criminal Minds’ episode and I guess “theatrical” would be a good word to describe it.

[Laughs] Well, yeah. That makes sense considering the nature of Sally Kirkland’s character, my mother.

This guy is no run-of-the-mill “momma’s boy,” though.

You know, the first conversation I had with the director was, »

- Clarissa

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Afm 2010: Knock Knock! American World Pictures Scores One by One: Death's Door

8 November 2010 1:47 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

American World Pictures continues to build out its horror library at this year's Afm with the acquisition of a new slasher flick starring Tony Todd. Interested? Yeah, we thought so!

From the Press Release:

American World Pictures (Awp), a Los Angeles based independent motion picture distribution and production company, has acquired the film One by One: Death's Door from Mad Crapper Films at this year’s Afm.

The film stars veteran actor Tony Todd (Final Destination series, Candyman), Douglas Tait (Freddy vs. Jason, Star Trek), Sally Kirkland (JFK) and Chris Bruno (Stephen King’s Dead Zone); was written and directed by Kimberly Seilhamer; and produced by Mark Erikson, Sheri Reeves, and Kimberly Seilhamer.

President of Mad Crapper Films Mark Erikson states he is “very excited to be a part of Awp’s impressive portfolio and looks forward to working with Mark and Dana on future projects.”

President/CEO Mark L. Lester »

- Uncle Creepy

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[DVD Review] Grindhouse: Two Disc Collector's Edition

24 October 2010 10:52 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Somewhere on God's desk is a file marked "things that are completely useless" inside which, nestled snugly between decaffeinated coffee and Lindsay Lohan's court mandated rehab, surely sits the blu-ray home cinema release of Grindhouse. Tarantino and Rodriguez are two men who have never quite gotten over the seventies and have built their careers around revamping the decade for today’s audience. Here they attempt to pull back the curtain and show us the wizard as he was meant to be seen in all his lack-of- glory.

Fine, whatever. But blu-ray? Really? Doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose? Are these not films intended to be seen at the most disgustingly rundown multiplex, with sticky floors and rickety seats covered in who knows not what, or not at all? Isn't that the point? For the sake of those who are, for whatever reason, still unfamiliar with the term “Grindhouse, »

- Neil Pedley

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Tim Roth and Gary Oldman, the perfect shooting match

22 October 2010 7:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Praise is due to two superb actors who went from a Mike Leigh TV movie to Hollywood, pacing each other every step of the way

One of the nicer aspects of a veteran director returning to action is the chance it gives you to reacquaint yourself with their early films. So it is with Mike Leigh, whose Another Year is fast approaching release. I have to be honest here and admit that in recent years my relationship with Leigh's film-making has become a little frayed, and yet I'll always be grateful to him for showing me that great movies could take place in a recognisable Britain.

One of the first films to bring the glamour home, for me, was 1983's Meantime, a made-for-tv story of an unemployment-wrecked family in Dalston that brought together fresh faced talents Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. Watching it again, I felt the film was still »

- Danny Leigh

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I’LL Take You There: Oscar Histories Of Directors Of Top 2010 Perfs

19 October 2010 3:06 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Ben Affleck (“The Town”) is 0 for 1

Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone,” 2007) for best supporting actress

Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) is 0 for 3

Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream,” 2000) for best actress Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler,” 2008) for best actor Marisa Tomei (“The Wrestler,” 2008) for best supporting actress

Danny Boyle (“127 Hours”) is 0 for 0

James L. Brooks (“How Do You Know“) is 4 for 10

Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment,” 1983) for best actress Won Debra Winger (“Terms of Endearment,” 1983) for best actress Jack Nicholson (“Terms of Endearment,” 1983) for best supporting actor Won John Lithgow (“Terms of Endearment,” 1983) for best supporting actor William Hurt (“Broadcast News,” 1987) for best actor Holly Hunter (“Broadcast News,” 1987) for best actress Albert Brooks (“Broadcast News,” 1987) for best supporting actor Jack Nicholson (“As Good As It Gets,” 1997) for best actor Won Helen Hunt (“As Good As It Gets,” 1997) for best actress Won Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets,” 1997) for best supporting actor »

- Scott Feinberg

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

16 October 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Brooklyn's Finest; Black Death; Frozen; The Collector; South of the Border

Being a diehard Richard Gere fan can be tough (Hachi: A Dog's Tale anyone?), but occasionally he reminds us why we fell in love with him. In Brooklyn's Finest (2009, Momentum, 18), Gere returns to form as one of three troubled cops, each facing a personal and professional crisis. He plays Eddie Dugan, disillusioned and days away from retirement, but suddenly saddled with a rookie to whom he must show the ropes. "Don't you want to do something good with your last few days?" asks his superior, to which Dugan replies: "No, not really."

Inevitably, the assignment leads to tragedy and chaos, with the possibility of redemption. "Instead of thinking 'B cop movie'," says a straight-faced Gere, practising his blinking in the behind-the-scenes extras, "we were thinking Othello and Richard III – big themes being played out with guys in uniform." Elsewhere, »

- Mark Kermode

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Oliver Stone to unveil 'History' in Cannes

4 October 2010 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

More Mipcom coverage

Cannes -- Filmmaker Oliver Stone will introduce his new Showtime project "The Untold History Of The United States" to international buyers in Cannes Tuesday, Fremantle Enterprises global CEO David Ellender said Monday.

The director behind such projects as "Wall Street II," "Born On The Fourth Of July," and "JFK," will be interviewed in Cannes by Sir David Frost at a closed lunch for 150 international buyers and will talk about his passion for the 12-part series and his reasons for launching it.

The series is being distributed internationally by Fremantle Media Enterprises.

"Untold History" offers a re-examination of crucial yet perhaps under-reported events in American history, exploring such issues as what Stalin said to President Truman which led to the atomic bomb being dropped on Japan, whether Reagan was the best or worst U.S. president of all time and whether the U.S. military industrial complex was responsible for the Vietnam war. »

- By Mimi Turner

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Show me the money: Oliver Stone returns to Wall Street

2 October 2010 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Oliver Stone still remembers the best piece of financial advice his stockbroker father gave him. "He said, 'Never tell the truth, kiddo. It'll only get you into trouble.'" Whether Stone took heed is another matter. From The Doors to JFK, World Trade Center and W, he's made a career out of telling the truth – the way he sees it – and getting into trouble. "My father was also a believer in keeping a low profile," he adds, a wolfish smile crossing his lips, "which I didn't pay much attention to, obviously." »

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Fantastic Fest Review: Quentin Dupieux's Anomalous 'Rubber'

28 September 2010 2:30 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

No reason. That's a safe moniker to throw at your audience, particularly when your film is about a rubber tire named Robert with a taste for blood. This is the general premise behind Rubber, the new French film from Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo), that opens up the idea that anything goes right at the beginning. As Stephen Spinella's Lieutenant Chad explains to us in the film's opening monologue, questioning what you are about to see is as inane as asking why E.T. is brown. No reason. Why did the people in Texas Chainsaw Massacre never wash their hands? No reason. If trivial questions like those can be viewed as meaningless within the confines of the world of cinema, larger, much more pointed questions, questions like why was Kennedy assassinated in Oliver Stone's film, JFK, (again, as Spinella tells us, there was no reason) could have meaningless consequences, »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Encountering Spielberg: A Steven Spielberg Profile (Part 5)

26 September 2010 11:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fifth of a five part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.

“I admired [Stanley] Kubrick for the sheer variety of his films,” stated Steven Spielberg of the reclusive and revered American filmmaker. “Paths of Glory [1957] was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita [1962] was, for me, the best picture about the social mores in America. It was way ahead of its time.” Spielberg had an opportunity to meet his cinematic idol. “I was happy to find that he was a nice guy, that he laughed and liked movies. He talked about the movies he liked, as opposed to so many of my other contemporaries who are haughty, supercilious about films, critical of them, and don’t give much credit to other people.” The two men collaborated on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), an adaptation of a short story »

- flickeringmyth

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It’s Time to Forgive Some Infamous Movie scenes

18 September 2010 9:31 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

hollywoodnews.com: As one of the two highest-of-high holy days in the Jewish religion, Yom Kippur basically involves asking forgiveness for the past transgressions against God over the previous year. But arguably as important is Erev Yom Kippur, which is the day before the high holy day, which involves asking the actual people you’ve transgressed against for atonement. In that spirit, let us take a few moments to finally let go of a few alleged transgressions in recent cinema history. Don’t do it for them, do it for yourself.

Kevin Costner

Alleged Sin: Beating out Martin Scorsese at the 1990 Academy Awards

For nearly twenty years, critics and film nerds have been condemning Kevin Costner for having the gall to ‘deny’ Martin Scorsese the Best Director Oscar that theoretically should have been his for Goodfellas. As a result, a once beloved film, one that revived the »

- Scott Mendelson

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