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It’s another 13th of the month. Here’s our top 13 list of unconventional murder weapons. All contributions are by the staff and listed as such.
Deadly Friend Death by Basketball
by Mike Hassler
Deadly Friend is not a good movie. At all. Wes Craven’s really hit or miss, in case you didn’t already realize this — for every Last House on the Left there’s a Vampire in Brooklyn, and for a Nightmare on Elm Street there’s a Shocker. His 1986 cheese-tastic gem Deadly Friend is quite a fun watch just for it’s terrible nature. The preposterous plot is of a young man implanting a computer chip into the girl next door’s brain which then gives her superpowers and causes her to go homicidal. The best moment? When our cybernetically altered hottie Samantha (Kristy Swanson) chucks a basketball at Anne “Mama” Ramsey’s head, which literally »
- Andy Triefenbach
Did you ever watch an episode of, say, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and there's a young kid in the family and the designer asks "What do you like?" and kid's like "I like baseball and blah blah blah," and then all of a sudden when the reveal happens, the kid's room is Entirely covered in baseball wallpaper and decals and baseballs and paraphernalia and you think, man, they are just gonna outgrow that if you shove it down their throats. We were like that kid -- "I liked the Blue album and 'Pinkerton!'" -- when it comes to Weezer and it was iterated enough that Weezer heard. The Blue album came out in 1994, "Pinkerton" in 1996. The band -- after a number of hit singles, a number of maligned albums, some bonkers pop experiments and funny, fun live shows -- heard the cry "I like those albums" and reissued "Pinkerton »
With the third Expendables film set to hit theatres mid-August, Sylvester Stallone is already lining up his next project. The New York Post were first to scoop with the news that Stallone will reunite with producer Irwin Winkler (Rocky) to portray former mob hitman Gregory Scarpa.
Scarpa was a career criminal and mob enforcer for the Colombo family, turned FBI informant. The film will focus on his involvement in the “Mississippi Burning” case which he helped solve by allegedly pistol whipping and kidnapping a member of the Klu Klux Klan in 1964. After pleading guilty to three murders in 1993, Scarpa later died of complications from AIDS in 1994.
The film will be scripted by Mob film specialist Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino) and directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner). All under the roof of Avi Lerner and Millennium Films who have a solid history with Stallone now.
Outside of his franchises such as Rocky, »
- Gary Collinson
A couple of intimidating actors are lining up new projects. Variety reports that Dwayne Johnson is in early talks to star in Universal’s adaptation of Bourne Identity author Robert Ludlum’s book The Janson Directive. The story follows a former consular ops agent who goes into business as a private security consultant after becoming uncomfortable with the high number of sanctioned killings as a covert operative. In his new occupation, he teams up with a sharpshooter to take on assignments that he deems worthy of aid. Johnson is apparently keen on the project, which Universal views as a Bourne-esque franchise tailored for the actor. Should he sign on, Johnson would also produce. Universal is currently out to writers to put on the adaptation. Hit the jump for more on Johnson’s upcoming slate and news regarding a Sylvester Stallone project with Goodfellas pedigree. Johnson most recently wrapped work on »
- Adam Chitwood
If that trailer for Reach Me left a bad taste in your mouth, Sylvester Stallone might be able to redeem himself with a developing project at Millennium Films from The Expendables franchise producer Avi Lerner. Deadline has word that Stallone will lead Scarpa, a new organized crime thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman that will tell the story of Gregory Scarpa Sr, a hitman also known as "The Grim Reaper" who was the chief enforcer of the Colombo crime family during the 70s and 80s and an FBI informant for over thirty years. And there's a writer aboard who will please fans of quality mob films as well. Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote Goodfellas and Casino for director Martin Scorsese, will write the film with the hopes of going in front of cameras before the end of 2014. Stallone will also reteam with his Rocky producer Irwin Winkler on a »
- Ethan Anderton
Stallone will star as Gregory Scarpa, a chief enforcer for Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico. Scarpa was also known as the 'Grim Reaper' and was one of the most famous sociopaths in the world of organized crime.
Scarpo boasted of fifty murders in the name of the 'family' and became an FBI informant. He was ultimately indicted for multiple murders and died of AIDS-related complications in a Minnesota prison.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) has come aboard to direct Sylvester Stallone in Scarpa. Written by Nicholas Pileggi (GoodFellas, Casino), the film will center on the story of real-life hitman Gregory Scarpa (Stallone), a man who murdered for the mob, suspected in the murders of his own biological family, then turned FBI informant. Avi Lerner's Millennium Films is producing with the hope of beginning production early 2015. Deadline Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) have apparently come provide on set production rewrites to the Ant-Man script on an "as needed" basis following Adam McKay's most recent draft. Filming begins next month in Atlanta, Georgia. Latino Review Even though I thought this had already been confirmed as I've had the spin-off from James Wan's The Conjuring, Annabelle in my database as an October 3 release for some time, apparently yesterday it was made official. So, do with that what you will. »
- Brad Brevet
If you were crossing your fingers and toes for a Goodfellas/Casino reunion between Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi on Pileggi’s latest film Scarpa, I have bad news: Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) just got put at the helm of the upcoming mob movie.
Not that Scorsese was ever really in the running for the film – he’s been kind of busy lately – but it would have been fun to see what he did with the story of mob enforcer Gregory Scarpa, a man affectionately known as the Grim Reaper. Furman is a good addition, though; The Lincoln Lawyer helped along with the revamping of Matthew McConaughey’s career, so it will be interesting to see what the director does with Pileggi’s script.
Scarpa will tell the story of the titular enforcer for the Colombo crime family – a man so nasty that his own daughter compared living »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The project will re-team Stallone with “Rocky” producer Irwin Winkler with a screenplay by “Goodfellas” and “Casino” writer Nicholas Pileggi. Avi Lerner, who teamed with Stallone on “The Expendables” movies, will also produce.
Scarpa was a career criminal and an enforcer for the Colombo family. The project will focus on his work as an informant for the FBI and helping solve the “Mississippi Burning” case by allegedly pistol-whipping and kidnapping a member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.
Scarpa pleaded guilty in 1993 to three murders and died of complications from AIDS in prison in 1994.
Stallone, Furman and Pileggi are repped by Wme.
- Dave McNary
Hollywood’s fascination with the mob continues. Brad Furman has come aboard to direct Sylvester Stallone in Scarpa for Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films, a high-profile project currently being pulled together and one they hope to put before the cameras next year, possibly in the first quarter. The project will be produced by Irwin Winkler (Rocky). Stallone will star as Gregory Scarpa, a former capo and enforcer (hitman) for the Colombo crime family known as the Grim Reaper. The script is by crime aficionado Nicholas Pileggi, whose screenplay for Goodfellas was nominated for an Oscar and whose Casino was also critically acclaimed. (And, […] »
As if racking up a huge body count in the latest Expendables film (we assume) wasn’t enough, Sylvester Stallone is now attached to play real-life mob enforcer Gregory Scarpa in a new crime drama called, simply enough, Scarpa.Nicholas Pileggi, no stranger to mobbed-up movies thanks to his work on Goodfellas and Casino to name just two, has penned the script for the new project, which Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner is trying to put together.The Lincoln Lawyer’s Brad Furman – who may still be trying to forget that his last film was Runner Runner – is aboard to call the shots for the story, which follows Scarpa’s violent life. A sociopath suspected in the murders of his own biological family, he worked fro the Colombo crime family and boasted he’d killed at least 50 people. Also known as 'The Mad Hatter' and 'The Grim Reaper', he »
Silence is golden, especially when Martin Scorsese is planted in the director's chair. The Oscar-winning director is famous for including iconic songs in his films — “Goodfellas” had “Layla,” “Casino” had “House of the Rising Sun,” “The Departed” had “Gimme Shelter” — but, as this intriguing new mash-up from Scorsese fan Tony Zhou highlights, the filmmaker is quite comfortable with silence, too. See video: Rihanna's New ‘Styled to Rock’ Series Is a Fashion-Music ‘Mash-Up’ Zhou cut together silent shots and scenes from nearly fifty years worth of Scorsese films for a video essay in which Zhou discusses the use of silence in film, »
- Travis Reilly
Roasting Don Rickles, the king of insult comics is no easy task — unless you're Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. In a new preview clip from Spike's upcoming One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, Fey mourns the absence of Rickles before Poehler corrects her: "Tina, he is here."
"Jesus," Fey replies, "I thought that was somebody's purse."
The two also took a few jabs at the event itself, »
Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83. Vale, who had been in declining health, died Sunday at his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, family attorney Harold J. Levy said in a statement. He is survived by Rita, his wife of 55 years; a son, Robert; and a daughter, Pamela. Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, Vale started performing in New York supper clubs as a teenager and went on to record more than 50 albums. His rendition of "Volare," ''Innamorata" and "Al Di La" became classic Italian-American songs. »
- Associated Press
Today on Trailers from Hell, Larry Karaszewski looks closely at Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 meta-masterpiece, "Contempt," starring the untouchable Brigitte Bardot. Perhaps Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible feature, "Contempt" is nearly (but not quite) conventional in the way it tells its tale of the disintegration of the marriage between a bored trophy wife (Brigitte Bardot) and her ineffectual husband. Michel Piccoli plays the well-meaning screenwriter who is about to lose his beautiful playmate to an arrogant bully-boy producer played by Jack Palance. Godard's cool-as-a-cucumber approach, offset by Raoul Coutard's ravishing cinematography and Georges Delerue's achingly beautiful score, makes "Contempt" a moving yet defiantly unsentimental experience. Martin Scorsese tipped his hat to Godard's classic in 1995's "Casino" (where Delerue's music underscored De Niro and Stone's doomed relationship). »
- Trailers From Hell
Perhaps Jean-Luc Godard’s most accessible feature, Contempt is nearly (but not quite) conventional in the way it tells its tale of the disintegration of the marriage between a bored trophy wife (Brigitte Bardot) and her ineffectual husband. Michel Piccoli plays the well-meaning screenwriter who is about to lose his beautiful playmate to a arrogant bully-boy producer played by Jack Palance. Godard’s cool-as-a-cucumber approach, offset by Raoul Coutard’s ravishing cinematography and Georges Delerue’s achingly beautiful score, makes Contempt a moving yet defiantly unsentimental experience. Martin Scorsese tipped his hat to Godard’s classic in 1995′s Casino (where Delerue’s music underscored De Niro and Stone’s doomed relationship).
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- TFH Team
Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris) is partnering with comics creator Alan Robert to develop an animated TV series based on Robert’s hit graphic novel Killogy. The horror/comedy from Idw Publishing tells the story of a group of murderers who inadvertently unleash an ancient voodoo curse upon New York. Barnes and Robert will serve as executive producers, with Barnes penning the screenplay for the pilot. Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, Casino, The Sopranos), Marky Ramone (the Ramones) and Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter), who all appeared as main characters in the novel will lend their voices to the show. Producers Chris White (My Super Psycho Sweet 16 franchise) and Jeff Mazzola (Descent) are also on board. The Killogy graphic novel was recently licensed out to territories outside of the U.S. and will see a Brazilian release this summer from publisher NFL Zine. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
“On the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy, there are four faces, in my opinion: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby — and Don Rickles,” Jerry Seinfeld declared at the top of Tuesday’s all-star tribute to legendary insult comic Rickles. The show — taped two days before Rickles’ 88th birthday — will air on Spike TV Wednesday, May 28.
Clearly, the biggest names in comedy agree with Seinfeld’s assessment. The evening, filmed in Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater, included tributes and mini-roasts of “the Merchant of Venom” from Bob Newhart, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and David Letterman, as well as some »
- Hillary Busis
Kevin Pollak (“Usual Suspects,” “Casino”), John de Lancie (“Gamer”) and Vinnie Jones (“Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”) are among the ensemble cast of Ag Studios’ soon-to-shoot comedy “Mind Puppets,” which also includes Esme Bianco (“Game of Thrones), Dan Franzese (“I Spit on Your Grave”), Bill Brochtrup (“NYPD Blue”) and Jack Axelrod (“J. Edgar”).
The feature film debut of Juan Curi, who has almost 20 years experience of writing and helming high-end commercials, “Mind Puppets” will go into production at the end of the month, via Itaca Films New Orleans.
Curi and casting director Rick Pagano have still to cast a few roles.
Producer Alex Garcia said: “This will be one of the most hilarious comedies I have made, and I »
- John Hopewell
If you loved the celebrity interviews on "Oprah," rejoice -- "Oprah's Master Class” returns to Own on Sun. May 11 at 10:00 p.m. with a raft of celebrities who want to talk about themselves. How often does that happen? In making the announcement at Own’s recent Upfront presentation, Oprah Winfrey said, “I wanted to create a series where we would be able to offer some of the most iconic artists of our time a chance to share what they know for sure… this Mother’s Day we launch a brand new season and I actually think it’s the best one yet.” Don't believe her? This preview clip actually looks pretty interesting, people. Here's a rundown of who's coming: Justin Timberlake (May 11) - The brand new season kicks off with one of this generation’s most celebrated entertainers, multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor and musician, Justin Timberlake. »
- Liane Bonin Starr
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