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While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.
With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:
Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »
- Ariana Bacle
“The truth is I’m just an old veteran character actor” says Robert Englund as we sit down to discuss The Last Showing, his latest foray into genre cinema. To find one standing opposite the genial and softly-spoken man who devoured so many hours of sleep by searing to the mind the menacing image of claws piercing first the mattress and then the torso, can only be described as ‘surreal.’ As these words flow onto the page there is a realisation that the reason horror cinema earns our affection was so eloquently phrased by Emily Berrington when she said, “There is a desire to feel that tiny part of your mind that otherwise doesn’t get tapped into.” By touching our sensibilities in a way that we crave, these terrifying encounters remain some of the most evocative and defining moments of the human experience, and therein cinema is our fix. »
- Paul Risker
The good news: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro are teaming up to star in a new film from Martin Scorsese. The disappointing news: It’s for a short film promoting a casino. According to Deadline, RatPac Entertainment is producing a short film that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resorts and casino brand. In addition to nabbing three movie stars and a legendary director, Terrence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) will handle the script. The film will premiere next year at a new movie-themed resort in Studio City, Macau. I assume it will be about how casinos are awesome as opposed to Casino, which shows a glamorous world of delights masking a seedy, violent underbelly. Despite the short's purpose, I’ll still watch it if I get a chance. It’s too exciting to see this kind of talent align for any project. »
- Matt Goldberg
At an early Academy screening of The Wolf of Wall Street, a screen-writer approaches Martin Scorsese after the movie and screamed at him, “how could you? You’re disgusting.” We can only imagine that Scorsese’s first thought was, “No, I’m Martin Scorsese.” Whether it be mob politics, child prostitution, the weighing of show girls, or highly controversial interpretations of some fairly important religious texts, the director has always handled morally dubious material. The only difference with The Wolf of Wall Street was that this time it looked like a lot more fun.
The critic’s point was that the movie seemed to glamorize the hedonistic, grotesque lifestyle of these men, who had made their money dirtily and who didn’t treat each other or their families any better. But really, what else did he expect? For one thing, The Wolf of Wall Street was based on actual events »
- Rachel North
A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.
The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below, »
- Marc Eastman
Fading Gigolo will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 19.
Read Jim Batts’ review Here. “Kudos to the film’s screenwriter…John Turturro. Fading Gigolo is a charming, sometimes heart-breaking walk on the wild side with a couple of fellas’ who are really more on the mild side.”
In Fading Gigolo, Murray (Woody Allen) talks his friend Fioravante (John Turturro) into becoming a gigolo as a way of making some much needed cash after an out-of-the-blue request from his dermatologist (Stone). With Murray acting as Fioravante’s “manager,” the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.
Writer, director and star John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Transformers) leads an all-star cast including Academy Award® winner Woody Allen (Annie Hall, To Rome With Love), Academy Award nominee Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, Casino), Golden Globe® nominee Sofía Vergara (New Year’s Eve, ABC’s »
- Michelle McCue
To coincide with the release of the Las Vegas-based dance flick Step Up 5: All In, we at Thn have decided to compose a list of ten of the best Vegas-based films in no particular order. Check out our review and let us know your favourite Vegas film!
10. Casino (1995)
Perhaps the ultimate Vegas film, Casino sees Robert De Niro play casino boss Ace Rothstein. Probably Scorsese’s ultimate gangster film, we have Sharon Stone as sexy mob wife Ginger and Joe Pesci as hot tempered Nicky. Based on a true story, Casino has it all, with its heavy violence and seedy characters all set under the glitzy Vegas backdrop. »
- Lucinda Holt
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, »
When it comes to films, especially action-packed Hollywood blockbusters, many of us don’t really mind if every little detail is not correct, as long as we leave being satisfied and entertained by what we have just witnessed. For some however, this is not the case. Many Marvel comic books fans get upset and annoyed by the changes that are made to their favourite superhero character when they take to the silver screen. With a whole host of Marvel-themed games on site, Gala Casino have investigated some of the major differences that these die-hard comic book fans are talking about…
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk is one of the most famous Marvel characters, as the big green monster has had numerous films, comics and TV shows made about him. But surprisingly, The Hulk wasn’t actually meant to be green, he was meant to be grey. In the first »
- Matt MacNabb
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 »
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