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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. »
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
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
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
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
As if there aren't enough crackpot conspiracy theories out there regarding the JFK assassination, now Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio have optioned yet another book about it. Bad enough that Warner Bros made Oliver Stone's nutty 1991 movie JFK. But shame on the studio for this latest project claiming proof that the Mafia was behind it timed to the 50th anniversary of JFK's murder in 2013. Leo's PR firm issued this press release this morning: Los Angeles, CA (November 18, 2010) – Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a feature film based on the non-fiction JFK assassination book "Legacy of Secrecy," written by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann. DiCaprio will also be producing on behalf of his production house, Appian Way. Warner Brothers, who is responsible for the success of the celebrated film "JFK," plans to release the DiCaprio film in time for the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in 2013. DiCaprio will play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham, »
- NIKKI FINKE
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 »
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
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
Mti Home Video has acquired five new horror-thrillers for release over the next year. Those acquired at the American Film Market 2010 include:
Acquisition from Artist View Entertainment
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)
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 »
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, »
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
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
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
Danny Boyle (“127 Hours”) is 0 for 0
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
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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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
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." »
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
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  was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita  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 »
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