19 items from 2015
Stars: Tully Banta-Cain, Ben Barnes, Paul Ben-Victor, William Bloomfield, Bonnie Belle Skinner, Ritchie Coster, Damien Di Paola, Armen Garo, Jay Giannone, Toby Jones, Harvey Keitel, Leighton Meester | Written by Emilio Mauro | Directed by James Mottern
You know, Martin Scorsese has a lot to answer for. Years after the likes of Mean Streets, Goodfellas and Casino, budding filmmakers are still churning out New York set mobster-movies – to ever decreasing returns. And so to By the Gun, which stars Scorsese alum Harvey Keitel, and tells yet another story of a wannabe mafioso who finally becomes a made man for it all to fall apart. Remind you of another film? It should!
By the Gun tells the story of Nick Tortano (Barnes), a smooth-talking and ambitious criminal from the streets of Boston. After years spent working and idolizing the Italian gangsters higher up the chain, he has to find a way to prove »
- Phil Wheat
We were excited as it is for Ben Wheatley's "High-Rise," but just the cast and premise alone for his next movie — the Martin Scorsese produced "Free Fire" — now has us salivating. And another great player has joined the mix. Brie Larson is replacing Olivia Wilde in the film that already has Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Smiley lined up to star. Set in Boston in 1978, and inspired by films like "The Killing," "The Big Combo, "The Driver," "Le Samourai," "The French Connection," "Goodfellas," "Casino," "Hard Boiled," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Getaway" and more, the story kicks off "in a deserted warehouse where a meeting between two gangs turns into a deadly shootout and all-out survival." Filming is expected to begin later this year. [Variety] Juliette Binoche is reteaming with her "Camille Claudel »
- Kevin Jagernauth
But if you insert that quality into the less-threatening confines of a WWE audience, then the results are often spectacular.
And it’s a trend that we’re seeing more and more of in modern times. Gone are the traditional days of booing the bad guy and cheering the good guy—there’s now so much more to being a pro wrestling fan.
With the purported death of kayfabe, crowds are now smart. The internet is littered with news on backstage politics and contractual gossip, and such rumblings often manage to reshape and influence an audience’s opinion.
The result is that the good guy is not always viewed as such by those in attendance, and this »
- Elliott Binks
There are few movies as universally loved as Goodfellas. Martin Scorsese's crime epic remains regularly at the top of every sort of best of list thanks in part to the stellar cast, screenplay, and direction. Personally, I prefer Casino (check out my UnPopular Opinion), but I respect the love Goodfellas has earned. So, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the film, the Tribeca Film Festival will be screening the movie as their closing night film followed by a Q&A session moderated »
- Alex Maidy
Here’s another movie review for the The Hollywood News. It’s a very loosely adapted remake of the 1974 James Caan (The Godfather’s Sonny Corleone) vehicle of the same name about an English literature professor with a compulsive gambling problem, this time starring Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch), Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar from The Wire), Brie Larsen (Rachel from Community), as well as veterans Jessica Lange (The postman always rings twice) and John Goodman (Barton Fink).
And this gambling problem becomes the driving force of the movie as Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) struggles between trying to achieve an iota of normalcy in his life and his overwhelming desire to have everything, visually represented by having Bennett place increasingly larger bets at casinos, doubling and tripling his winnings, »
- Paul Heath
By Mark Cerulli
The 1951 film The Tales of Hoffmann, the acclaimed British adaptation of the opera by Jaques Offenbach, was an early influence on major directors like Cecil B. DeMille, George Romero (who said it was “the movie that made me want to make movies”) and Martin Scorsese. They were drawn to co-directors, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger’s inventive camera work, vibrant color palette (each of the three acts has its own primary color) and smooth blending of film, dance and music. According to an interview found on Powell-Pressburger.org, Powell wanted to do a “composed film” – shot entirely to a pre-recorded music track, in this case, Offenbach’s opera. Not having to worry about sound meant he could remove the cumbersome padding that encased every Technicolor camera and really move it around production designer Hein Heckroth’s soaring sets. (Heckroth’s work on the film earned him two 1952 Oscar nominations. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Madonna is getting candid about ageism in Hollywood.
In an interview with Et special correspondent Jason Dundas, Madge, 56, responds bluntly to critics who say she should "act her age."
"I am acting my age," she says. "This is me, this is how I wanna be. I can do what I want, Ok? ... There's no rules, and people should just leave me alone. Let me do what I wanna do."
Adding: "I shouldn't be limited by my age or a number."
Et was with the Queen of Pop back in 1984 on the set of her "Borderline" music video, where a young Madge told our cameras: "I am out to do something and I'm gonna do what I need to get there. I have a lot of confidence in myself, so I think that's part of it and people feed off that."
Current-day Madonna had a quick reaction to the »
Las Vegas…the hotbed haven where dreams of high rollers are realized among the glitzy bright lights, the element of chance and luck and the adrenaline for instant fortune. But there is a deception to Sin City that is overlooked–the isolation of a gambler’s anxiety and desperation, the false sense of confidence at the craps table and the swinging doors of the psychological lows more so than the rewarding highs.
Still, Las Vegas has its excitable aura–both innocence and guilt–where one arrives to skillfully manufacture their financial profile or go bust. In some instances, the hedonistic expectations are defined in other fun, precarious ways. It is no wonder that Hollywood has come calling to put its distinctive spin on the capital city of adult entertainment. For decades, the movies have made Las Vegas its backdrop for wonderment, degradation, intrigue, comical curiosity and soul-searching revelations.
In All »
- Frank Ochieng
Edited by Adam Cook
The lineup for this year's New Directors/New Films, "presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art," has been announced. "For the Birds": Richard Brody picks on the Academy Awards. There's an intriguing new film journal on the scene: "The Completist," authored by Rumsey Taylor. Head over to the site to read his "Statement of Intentions". Described as being "roughly quarterly", we're looking forward to future instalments. In Film Comment, Tanner Tafelski writes on the films of John Korty:
"Carroll Ballard, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman, and Michael Ritchie all are, or were, San Francisco–based filmmakers. Yet none of these people seem to be Bay Area filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, or Spike Lee are New York filmmakers. Avant-garde cinema, on the other hand, has a rich history with the West Coast in general, »
Almost every Martin Scorsese movie is worth a couple of watches. Throughout the years, I have found myself revisiting certain pictures of his again and again — “The King of Comedy,” “Raging Bull,” and “Taxi Driver” in particular — and finding that they often each play in an entirely different key. Few of his more recent films have caused the uproar generated by his 2013 smash “The Wolf of Wall Street” — many simply didn’t dig Scorsese’s groovily amoral expose in the soul-deadness of American capitalism and the prospect of spending three hours with a bunch of self-aggrandizing, misogynist scumbags simply wasn’t their idea of a good time. But of course, the picture has its fans: it’s Scorsese’s most rough, nasty, and purely entertaining movie since “Casino,” and many viewers simply got off on the presence of Jordan Belfort and his drugged-up, chest-thumping cronies, possibly without parsing the film’s acidic subtext about greed, »
- Nicholas Laskin
In case you haven't heard, there are a lot of reasons to get angry at the Oscars. In general, awarding a statuette to someone who actually deserves it isn't one of them.
But sometimes, a deserving nominee gets passed over so many times that they finally end up winning an award for something that's not their best work, in what amounts to a kind of unofficial lifetime achievement award.
Digital Spy looks back at seven times the Academy gave out the right award for the wrong movie.
For decades, Scorsese was the most glaring example of an undisputed great who was somehow yet to win an Oscar. Despite being nominated a total of six times, beginning with Raging Bull in 1981, Scorsese was the perpetual bridesmaid and never the bride (a dubious honour he's since passed on to regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio).
The seventh time turned out »
Okay, just because a famous director puts his or her name on a movie, doesn't necessarily give it a mark of quality. And Martin Scorsese himself is an example of that, as he put his stamp on the critically-slammed crime flick "The Revenge Of The Green Dragons" last year. That being said, it looks like he's course correcting in a big way. Scorsese will executive produced Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire." The ever-busy Wheatley — who is currently in post-production on "High Rise" — will lens the flick, starring Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley later this year. Set in Boston in 1978, and inspired by films like "The Killing," "The Big Combo, "The Driver," "Le Samourai," "The French Connection," "Goodfellas," "Casino," "Hard Boiled," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Getaway" and more, the story kicks off when "a meeting in a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
On Friday, we brought you an exclusive look at General Sir Thomas Of The Royal Hiddelstonians in Ben Wheatley’s latest, High-Rise. There is exciting news to report about the director’s next film, crime thriller Free Fire. In a move that should boost the Sightseers filmmaker’s already growing profile in America, Martin Scorsese has come aboard as an executive producer.Free Fire is described as a hard-boiled crime film set in 1970s Boston. A secluded meeting between two gangs in a warehouse suddenly explodes into a shoot-out and a fight for survival. Wheatley already has Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Williams and regular collaborator Michael Smiley aboard to star, and intends to start the cameras rolling in a few months. Knowing the director, he’s probably got three more movies ready to go after that.And while he’s cited some of Scorsese’s output such »
Martin Scorsese has come aboard British director Ben Wheatley's next project, Free Fire, as an executive producer, Screen Daily has revealed. Set in late-70s Boston, the film is the story of two rival gangs, whose rendezvous in a deserted warehouse quickly turns bloody, and Wheatley has been very open about Scorsese's influence on his style."I wouldn't be making films if it wasn't for Martin Scorsese," said Wheatley. "I think that's the case for a lot of directors. It's an honour and an extreme thrill to have him involved in this project." Wheatley went on to cite Goodfellas and Casino as specific references in the development of Free Fire, while Scorsese's last trip to Boston resulted in 4 Oscars for The Departed. The film is set to...
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Exclusive: Martin Scorsese has joined action film as an exec.
Kill List director Wheatley, currently in post-production on anticipated dystopian thriller High Rise, has cited Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Casino as influences for Free Fire, a hard-boiled crime movie set in 1978 Boston in which a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
Scorsese previously lent his name to the Us release campaign of Wheatley’s A Field In England, calling it “Audacious and wildly brilliant. A stunning cinematic experience.”
“I wouldn »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?
What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.
Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.
Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…
Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »
Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro were frequent collaborators throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s starting with the acclaimed crime drama Mean Streets in 1973, and ending with Casino in 1995. Leonardo DiCaprio became the autuer's next muse, beginning with the 2002 period drama Gangs of New York and culminating in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street. Never before have Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro appeared in the same Martin Scorsese movie together, until now! The duo have finally teamed up, along with Brad Pitt, for the short film The Audition.
Each actor was paid $13 million apiece to star in the short film, which is being used to promote City of Dreams Manila, a new casino in Manila Bay, Philippines. With a budget of $70 million, we get our first look at The Audition in the form of two trailers meant to serve as ads for City of Dreams and Studio City casinos, »
Sylvester Stallone is set to be a very busy man in 2015, with a trio of new projects set to film.
Stallone has confirmed on his occasionally-updated Twitter feed that he's heading off to Philadelphia to reprise the role of Rocky Balboa in spin-off movie Creed. That's the one where Michael B Jordan will be playing the grandson of Apollo Creed (who was, of course, played by Carl Weathers in the Rocky films). Rocky Balboa will become the new Creed's trainer in the film.
Then, he's making Last Blood, which is expected to be the final film in the Rambo series. No further details are available on that one yet. It's still unclear, therefore, whether Stallone will be directing Rambo: Last Blood as well.
Finally - at least for now - he's then going to move on to Scarpa, »
19 items from 2015
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