10 items from 2014
Seven months ago I contacted the people at Variant Comics. They put a wonderful piece on Static Shock together so I sent them what I thought was a satire filled message that pointed out that they were wrong in regards to whom created Static and to please fix it. Before they answered I’d written a respectful piece on Bleeding Cool, which again pointed out how great their work was.
Check it out right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU4_BXDzZU0
When my email was answered the person did not see any humor in what I wrote and thought I was being heavy handed and said the piece would be changed. I felt in his response he was addressing me as if I were a 10-year old. I thought it best to let him know I meant no ill will so, »
- Michael Davis
In 1995 and 1997, Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. had Heat and Jackie Brown released into cinemas. Not his best films or his best performances, perhaps, but mesmerising work in excellent pictures directed by master filmmakers: the former saw him convince for Michael Mann as the cool, meticulous leader of a gang of career criminals; the latter had Quentin Tarantino give viewers a dim crim whose uncontrollable anger contributes to the unravelling of a heist.
For a whole generation of moviegoers who have grown up since, however, the adulation that's universally showered upon De Niro must be perplexing. Occasionally he summons up a portion of his old intensity – his turns in What Just Happened, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are the (slim) picks of the last 15 years – but for anyone who got into movies from the late '90s on, he's the funny guy in Analyze This and Meet The Parents, »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
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Aliens of the Deep: James Cameron’s undersea science documentary introduces you to scientists whose enthusiasm is infectious and immerses you in its exotic environment in a way that makes you wish it would never end [my review] [at Netflix] Camp 14: Total Control Zone: the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean re-education camp reveals some 1984-level shit, except it’s worse, because it’s not fiction [my review] [at Netflix] Rabbit Hole: devastating drama about the impact on a couple after their young son is killed; excellent performances from Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart [at Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
12 Years a Slave: more horror story than historical drama, terrifyingly and heartbreakingly straightforward in the real-life nightmare it depicts; Oscar’s Best Picture for 2013 [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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- MaryAnn Johanson
New York (AP) — After spending eight years in prison, former "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato Jr. says he's trying to help young people avoid making similar, drug-fueled mistakes. "Here I am, I get the opportunity, I get the shot and then squander it, and do what I did, and get addicted to drugs and just make horrible decisions," the 37-year-old Brancato said in an interview broadcast Sunday on Wnym-am. He was paroled in December after serving time for his role in a 2005 Bronx break-in that left an off-duty police officer dead. Brancato, who got his break in the 1993 film "A Bronx Tale" with Robert De Niro, said he's reaching out to young people to discuss the addiction he was unable to control. His last drug high was in prison in 2006, he said. According to prosecutors, the actor and a Genovese crime family associate, Steven Armento, were drinking at a Bronx strip »
- AP Staff
Los Angeles, Feb 27: Actor Robert De Niro isn't sure if he wants to direct another movie.
The Hollywood legend shared his views at the 20th anniversary celebration of his directorial debut - "A Bronx Tale" - at Village East Cinema Monday.
"I don't know if I will ever do another movie," showbizspy.com quoted De Niro as saying.
"...It's a lot of work.... very tough, especially if you care about doing it. It's always about money, about budget. You always have to be fighting them every second," he added.
- Machan Kumar
First Time Fest and the Tribeca Film Festival collaborated Monday evening to host a special screening of Robert De Niro's crime drama "A Bronx Tale," which is celebrating its 20th year since first released. The event, held at East Village Cinema, began with a cocktail party (kudos to whomever made the steak tartar), followed by a showing of the film and a special Q&A with "Bob" himself. "A Bronx Tale," based on the one-man play by Chazz Palminteri (who also stars as Sonny), follows Calogero Anello, a nine-year old Italian boy who worships local mobster Sonny and his not-so-threatening posse. After witnessing and then lying about a street murder, the young Calogero befriends a thankful Sonny, much to the disappointment and jealousy of his hardworking driver father, played by De Niro. It's a sweet and film, often funny, dark and insightful. The real treat; however, was a special »
- Eric Eidelstein
Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival Robert De Niro joined First Time Fest co-founders Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward for a 20th anniversary screening of De Niro's directorial debut A Bronx Tale on February 24, 2014 in New York at the Village East Cinema. The film stars De Niro and Chazz Palminteri, who wrote the screenplay based on his one man show.
The evening, held as a joint benefit for the Tribeca Film Institute and First Time Fest, began with a cocktail reception. Kathrine Narducci (Rosina Anello in A Bronx Tale), Tony Bennett, Grace Hightower, and my fellow inaugural First Time Fest juror, author Gay Talese, walked »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 23 Jan 2014 - 05:44
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2006, and a further 25 overlooked gems...
With all the major films that elbow their way into their cinemas every year, there's bound to be some casualties among the big hits. And just like any other year, 2006 was dominated by the likes of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code and Ice Age: The Meltdown. But in tandem, there were dozens of lesser-seen films which shuffled in and out of cinemas (or occasionally, didn't get a release in cinemas at all) without very many people noticing.
As we're sure you're aware by now, these lists aim to redress the balance a little, and hopefully introduce a few films from any given year that you may have missed. There are also one or two films that, although »
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
Lillo Brancato, who is best known for his roles on "The Sopranos" and "A Bronx Tale," has been released from prison after spending eight years behind bars for a botched Bronx burglary that led to the murder of a police officer. Brancato, who is now 37 years old, was sentenced to 10 years, but earned an earlier release by taking college courses and meeting disciplinary standards. He's on parole until the end of 2018. In 2005, Brancato and small-time mobster Steven Armento were drinking at a strip club in the Bronx when they decided to break into a nearby apartment and steal Valium. The sound of shattering glass awoke an off-duty police officer, who lived in the neighborhood. He confronted Brancato and Armento, which resulted in a gun fight. Armento fired first and the officer suffered a fatal wound to the chest. Armento was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. »
10 items from 2014
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