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Once he was The King Of Comedy for Martin Scorsese. Now Robert De Niro is set to be The Comedian for Mike Newell. The actor and director will join forces for the film, based on a screenplay by Art Linson (What Just Happened?).De Niro will also produce the film, and has been keen to get it underway for some time. There's no information on the plot so far, but The Comedian revolves around an aging "insult comic", reportedly not dissimilar to Don Rickles, who made an appearance alongside De Niro in Scorsese's Casino. Comedy Central's Jeffrey Ross has written the stand-up material.Linson, Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton are also among the producers, and shooting is planned for November in New York. »
In another piracy-busting move, the creative team behind Super Awesome! plan to launch the musical comedy on iTunes and other VOD platforms on May 29, the same day as the world premiere in Toronto.
The theme is marriage equality, a topic about which the naïve, straight guys know next to nothing.
The self-funded $60,000 film will premiere at the 25th Annual Inside Out Toronto Lgbt Film Festival, arranged by the international sales agent, French- based Outplay.
The cast includes Simon Burke (who performs the signature song Man to Man), Patrick Brammall, Rob Carlton, Annie Maynard and New York actor Vinnie Vella, whose credits include Casino, The Sopranos and Coffee and Cigarettes.
Australian distributor Curious Film is closing the VOD deals, »
- Don Groves
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Misery Loves Comedy," is available now On Demand.] Some audiences know Kevin Pollak best as the actor from hit drams such as "A Few Good Man," "The Usual Suspects" and "Casino," while others remember the stand-up comedian and master impressionist who rose to fame on the 1980's comedy circuit. Regardless of how you see him, the 57-year-old actor is redefining his career once more by stepping into the director's chair for the very first time. In his debut documentary "Misery Loves Comedy," Pollak interviews some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Larry David, Steve Coogan and Judd Apatow, in order to understand the relationship between a comedian and his/her deep desire to connect with audiences. During one of Apple and Indiewire's »
- Zack Sharf
Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also »
- Andre Soares
By Todd Garbarini
When The Sopranos ended its run on HBO in June 2007, fans were forced to say goodbye to one of television’s greatest series. It is a difficult thing to bid farewell to characters you have come to know and enjoy watching, and Tony Soprano and his extended family and crew were no exception. Fortunately, most of the people who appeared on the show have gone on to other projects, some in a similar vein and others one hundred and eighty degrees removed from the actions of La Cosa Nostra. Actor Tony Sirico, who portrayed Pauley Walnuts since the series began in 1999, was himself involved in some criminal behavior and did less than two years in jail prior to becoming an actor. While the Internet Movie Database lists his first screen credit as appearing in The Godfather Part II (1974) - his appearance is both unconfirmed and uncredited - »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
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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