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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Sing Street,’ ‘A Touch of Zen,’ ‘To Have and Have Not,’ and More

19 July 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Night & Fog (Alain Resnais)

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust. Juxtaposing the stillness of the abandoned camps’ empty buildings with haunting wartime footage, Resnais investigates humanity’s capacity for violence, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again. – Criterion

Sing Street (John Carney)

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- The Film Stage

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Stuart Nisbet Dies: Prolific Character Actor Was 82

30 June 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Stuart Nisbet, a character actor with over 172 film and television credits who appeared on everything from Dennis The Menace to In The Heat Of The Night and Casino, died June 23 at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, CA. He was 82. A Los Angeles native, Nisbet grew up in Bakersfield and studied acting at both Los Angeles City College and Cal State L.A. He would go on to make a career out of guest acting spots, with one of his earliest roles playing the father of a… »

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Stuart Nisbet Dies: Prolific Character Actor Was 82

30 June 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Stuart Nisbet, a character actor with over 172 film and television credits who appeared on everything from Dennis The Menace to In The Heat Of The Night and Casino, died June 23 at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, CA. He was 82. A Los Angeles native, Nisbet grew up in Bakersfield and studied acting at both Los Angeles City College and Cal State L.A. He would go on to make a career out of guest acting spots, with one of his earliest roles playing the father of a… »

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HBO Cancels 'Vinyl' After One Season

22 June 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Vinyl, the Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese-produced series revolving around the New York music scene in the Seventies, has been canceled by HBO after one season. "After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl," HBO said in a statement. "Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project."

In April, the series parted ways with its showrunner, Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, following a season »

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Special Feature: Five casino classics

21 June 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Movies set in luminescent casinos conjure up evocative mental images of bright lights or dark rooms filled with blackjack tables, roulette wheels and rolls of the dice. Just think of the Ocean's Eleven franchise, the Edward Norton and Matt Damon-starring Rounders or (of course) Martin Scorsese's Casino. Gambling movies can be like sports movies in the sense that it can be hard to convey on screen the sheer thrill of the game or give a sense of the rules in most cases - but they're not all like that. Here are a few that stand out for unique reasons of their own. While there's a strong possibility that you may have heard of at least some of these films, it's likely you haven't seen all of them. So, here's an introduction for the uninitiated.

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The Most Stylish Men of Hollywood

16 June 2016 10:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

When it comes to style in Hollywood you just have to look at the numerous award ceremonies to see it in action. Looking at Hollywood through the years though, we see fashions and styles that have defined eras and stuck in our memories. Here are some men that have managed to stay stylish in a stylish way.

Humphrey Bogart

It is fair to say that many actors alive today would love to have the coolness that oozes out of Humphrey Bogart when we see him on screen. Always in a suit, and sometimes in a trench coat when he was on his Noir style adventures Bogart had it all. Effortlessly cool, Humphrey Bogart is one of the most iconic men ever to grace the silver screen.

Clark Gable

If an actor could match Bogart’s domination of Hollywood style it would have to be Clark Gable. Gone with the Wind »

- The Hollywood News

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The coolest casino scenes in movies

6 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Casinos are high-octane, high energy environments where almost anything can happen, so it’s no surprise that Hollywood is obsessed with them when it comes to creating exciting, edge-of-the-seat scenes. From comedy to action, the casino has long been a film staple, and here we’re going to take a look at some of the most memorable gambling moments in movie history.

The Hangover

Arguably one of the funniest movies to centre around casinos, The Hangover features an almost perfect scene where Zach Galafinakis’ character consults a blackjack guidebook. Shortly after, we see his chip stake grow and grow before attracting the attention of the casino’s security team and management. At this point, the “wolfpack” decide to make a hasty exit – perhaps he’s been practising at home before the trip and playing Vegas slots online!

Ocean’s Thirteen

In this scene, George Clooney’s men shut down the »

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Goes to Lucky Red for Italy

1 June 2016 7:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italy’s Lucky Red has emerged as the first announced European distributor for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming “The Irishman” after U.S. studio STX Entertainment plunked down a reported $50 million in Cannes for international rights to the crimer set to reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995’s “Casino.”

Co-founded and headed by Andrea Occhipinti, Lucky Red has been systematically moving into more high-profile releases for several years. Still, “The Irishman” looks set to become the onetime Italo arthouse distributor’s splashiest release yet.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Irishman,” which was the hottest project at the Cannes film market, is being bankrolled by Mexican financier Gaston Pavlovich’s Fabrica de Cine. Besides starring De Niro, the film will also mark Scorsese’s first collaboration with Al Pacino. Joe Pesci  and Harvey Keitel may join the project.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Mafia 3 Collector’s Edition Bundles Together Season Pass, Art Prints And Much More

1 June 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether you’re a fan of 2K’s crime caper or bootlegging dramas in the vein of Boardwalk Empire, Mafia 3‘s comprehensive, $150 Collector’s Edition ought to pique your interest.

Unveiled today by publisher 2K Games, the premium package is billed as the perfect introduction to New Bordeaux – the fictional setting of Mafia 3 that draws from ’60s New Orleans – and includes everything from the original score to art prints to faux leather drink coasters.

For those with an ear for rhythm and blues, there’s also word of Mafia 3‘s official soundtrack, featuring some of the greatest artists of the time such as Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Sam Cooke and The Animals.

Mafia III: Official Soundtrack of New Bordeaux – 180 gram vinyl pressing featuring some of the ’60s greatest hit makers, including Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Sam Cooke, The Animals, and more. The vinyl is a sampling of the larger in-game soundtrack, »

- Michael Briers

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Joe Pesci Passes Up Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, According To Reports

19 May 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If Fox Searchlight’s acquisition of Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation was the story of Sundance, then one of the biggest deals emerging from the Croisette involved Martin Scorsese’s long-in-development mob drama The Irishman, after landing a $50 million dollar deal at Stx Entertainment.

Such a huge figure comes packing huge expectations though, and it’s little wonder Scorsese’s latest creative venture has garnered buzz, given old cohorts Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci (Goodfellas/Casino/Raging Bull) had been linked with key roles alongside Al Pacino.

It’s certainly a tantalizing trio, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals Joe Pesci is unlikely to put pen to paper, having all but retired from acting since last appearing in Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch all the way back in 2010. Plus, in those intervening years, it’s understood that Scorsese hasn’t been the only director to offer Pesci a gig. »

- Michael Briers

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Stx Nabs Scorsese's "Irishman" In Major Deal

16 May 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Stx Entertainment has reportedly forked over roughly $50 million for international rights to Martin Scorsese's long in the works crime drama "The Irishman" which looks to be finally happening.

Easily the biggest deal of this year's Cannes, and one of the priciest deals in recent history, Stx beat out numerous other studios circling the $100 million-budgeted project which had to be pulled out of turnaround at Paramount in time for Cannes.

Based on the Charles Brandt book "I Heard You Paint Houses," the story follows the deathbed confession of mob hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran about his role in the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian adapted the script.

The project reunites Scorsese with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995's "Casino," marks his first collaboration with Al Pacino, and could also see him reuniting with Joe Pesci - though Pesci has yet to officially be attached to the project. »

- Garth Franklin

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Stx lands international rights to 'The Irishman'

15 May 2016 5:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The ambitious studio has scored one of the coups of the market, beating off intense competition to secure international rights to Martin Scorsese’s red hot upcoming crime drama starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Gaston Pavlovich’s Fabrica de Cine came on last week to fully finance and produce The Irishman, which will mark his second collaboration with Scorsese after Silence.

The film marks a coup for Stx Entertainment as it continues to assemble a heavyweight slate for incoming international president David Kosse to worth with alongside president of international sales John Friedberg. Universal and Fox were among the studios bidding for the international piece on The Irishman, and there was interest from several leading sales agents.

Kosse and Friedberg played a key role in bringing in the project. Kosse acquired international rights to Scorsese’s 2013 The Wolf Of Wall Street when he and Stx Entertainment chairman of the motion picture group Adam Fogelson were at »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Stx Lands Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

15 May 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stx has landed the big prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market, plunking down roughly $50 million for international rights to Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”

The true-life crime drama will reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995’s “Casino.” It will also mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. Joe Pesci may join the project, but the actor is not yet attached, according to sources.

Paramount will distribute the title in North America. The pact is the biggest of this year’s Cannes and one of the priciest deals in recent history. It required a Herculean effort from producer Gaston Pavlovich’s Fabrica de Cine to pull the $100 million project out of turnaround at Paramount in time for Cannes.

As Variety reported on Friday, Stx was one of several studios circling the project; the others included Lionsgate and Universal, with Warner Bros. also expressing interest. »

- Brent Lang

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Cannes: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Has Buyers Frustrated and Salivating (Exclusive)

13 May 2016 9:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rights to Martin Scorsese’s big-budget period drama “The Irishman” could be made available in the next 24 hours, turbocharging a Cannes market that has been slow going over the first three days.

Mexican producer/financier Fabrica de Cine has offered to finance the $100 million production, but the film, which would star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, has to be taken out of turnaround from Paramount. As part of the deal, Paramount would retain domestic rights.

Vice Chairman Rob Moore is driving a hard bargain on the exact deal points, sources say. One knowledgeable individual said Fabrica is frustrated to the point of tearing its hair out, since negotiations have dragged on for over a month. The expectation was that the rights would be unraveled by the time that Cannes started this week.

Should the project be made available, there are a number of parties that have expressed »

- Brent Lang

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Sharon Stone Will Appear In A Marvel Film, And We Speculate Who She'll Play!

9 May 2016 7:29 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

I keep saying it, but it really is getting harder and harder to find a substantial Hollywood name that hasn't appeared in a comic book movie. It's funny for me, because I've watched how the industry has shifted over the decades. There was a time when "serious" actors would never touch a film that involved men in tights, despite several obvious exceptions (Hackman, Brando, and Nicholson). Nowadays, it's not uncommon to watch some sort of high-minded, prestigious Oscar flick and play "Which comic book character did you play?" as each member of the cast appears onscreen. 

"American Hustle," starring Rocket Raccoon, Lois Lane, Batman, Mystique, and Hawkeye.

In the 1990s, Sharon Stone was a big deal. From Total Recall, to Casino, to Basic Instinct, the actress appeared in some of the decade's most iconic films. She even top-lined her own western, where she got to kick ass and take names »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Martin Scorsese’s Long-Gestating The Irishman Eyeing Robert De Niro, Al Pacino And Joe Pesci

6 May 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One fleeting glance into the We Got This Covered archives for The Irishman really tells the story for Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project, having lingered on the edge of development since 2010.

Since then, the project’s stop-start nature led many to believe that The Irishman would never get going in earnest, but that all looks set to change on the Croisette. According to Deadline, the dormant mob thriller has attracted something of a Martin Scorsese dream team in Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci (Goodfellas/Casino), not to mention the inimitable Al Pacino. The outlet notes that a deal is coming together very quickly, in a casting swoop that could make for one of the biggest at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Should that potentially lucrative deal place – The Irishman is reportedly tethered with a production budget north of $100 million, due to its use of Benjamin Button-esque tech »

- Michael Briers

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Cinematographer Robert Richardson Signs With Wme

29 April 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wme has signed Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson.

Richardson has won three Oscars for best cinematography for his work on “JFK,” starring Kevin Costner; “The Aviator” with Leonardo DiCaprio; and “Hugo” for director Martin Scorsese.

He recently completed work on “Live By Night” for Appian Way and director Ben Affleck. It will open later this year.

Richardson is one of just three living directors of photography to win three Academy Awards. In addition, Richardson’s work has garnered him 10 Asc awards as well as nine Academy Award and four BAFTA nominations. His previous credits include “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July,” directed by Oliver Stone; Scorsese’s “Casino”; “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control” for director Errol Morris, as well as “Inglorious Bastards,” “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight,” directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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- Justin Kroll

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Best Gambling Scenes In Movies

13 April 2016 1:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Gambling has become a part of the movies, and indeed television as well. In a recent episode of the new HBO TV show Vinyl, which is executive produced by filmmaking legend Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter and none other than Mick Jagger, the show’s protagonist Richie Finestra (played by Bobby Canavale) was seen pushing $90,000 onto the roulette table after selling the company’s private jet.

It’s quite a powerful and brave scene, but of course film and television content have had a long relationship, and with free online pokies featuring famous properties, including Game Of Thrones and even the classic Hitchcock film Psycho, their tie is becoming even greater. The worlds of gambling and film and TV are becoming more aligned.

Vinyl may be the latest TV show to feature gambling, but it certainly wasn’t the first. Here, we take a look at our favourite gambling scenes from the movies, »

- The Hollywood News

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Win A Warrior's Tail On DVD

4 April 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

From Gregory Poirier, the writer of The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and National Treasure: Book of Secrets comes A Warrior’s Tail. Starring Milla Jovovich (the Resident Evil series, The Fifth Element) alongside an all-star cast of voice talent that also features Whoopi Goldberg (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toy Story 3), Sharon Stone (Alpha Dog, Casino), and the legendary Joe Pesci (Home Alone, The Good Shepherd), the film is an inspiration story about one young boy’s heart-warming bravery and imagination.

Living in a small village in a forest with his mum, nine-year old Savva (Jovovich) lives a relatively normal life. That is until the village’s protectors, a pack of regal white wolves, suddenly go missing in mysterious circumstances. Without the protection of the wolves the town’s people are left at risk of attack from savage hyenas.

Deciding to seek help from a powerful magician, Savva »

- Dan Powell

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Stratton unveils Scorsese retrospective to screen at Acmi, Sydney Film Festival

30 March 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Scorsese's The Age of Innocence.(1993).

David Stratton's retrospective program at this year's Sydney Film Festival (June 8-19) will present ten films directed by Martin Scorsese.

The films will screen initially in Melbourne at Acmi (May 27-June 12) to coincide with Acmi.s exhibition Scorsese. .

All ten films - Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn.t Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King Of Comedy (1982), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995), The Aviator (2004) - will also screen at the Nfsa in Canberra (July.1-23) after showing at Sff.

.Scorsese talks in a rapid-fire style as though he doesn.t have enough time to describe everything he knows", Stratton said.

"He.s like a character in a 1930s movie. His films are passionate too. His best are explosive in their impact, crammed with information and detail. On the one hand, his Catholic upbringing leads him to tackle religious »

- Harry Windsor

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