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Killer Elite – Blu-ray Review

23 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Danny (Jason Statham) and Hunter (Robert De Niro) are mercenaries/hit men for hire, but after a job leaves Danny face to face with the blood-caked child of his latest assignment, he decides he has had enough and disappears off half way around the world. One day, he receives word that Hunter has been kidnapped and the only way to secure his release is to extract confessions from and then execute three Sas officers who are held responsible by an Oman Sheikh for the deaths of three of his sons. But Spike (Clive Owen), an ex-sas officer himself, soon realises that his friends are being picked off, setting him and Danny on a collision course.

*****

Putting up “based on a true story” over the opening credits and then later on including a scene where Jason Statham throws himself out of a first floor window while still tied to a chair »

- Dave Roper

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Screenwriter Eric Roth Says '8 1/2'-Style Spin-Off From Scorsese & De Niro's 'The Irishman' Never Came To Pass

22 December 2011 12:57 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Like an arrow straight to the pleasure center of the brain of Scorsese fetishists came the announcement a couple of years back of "The Irishman" (or, as it was known initially, "I Heard You Paint Houses") a film that would potentially reunite Martin Scorsese with Robert DeNiro, his long-time collaborator, for the first time since 1995's "Casino," for a story about real-life hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran, a man allegedly responsible for as many as 25 murders. And more excitingly, the movie was lining up a who's who of Scorsese and gangster pictures, with Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci looking to reunite with the helmer, while Al Pacino was said to be involved too, marking the first time he would work with the great filmmaker. But less well reported at the time was the possibility of a second, connected project, said by DeNiro to be the idea of "Forrest Gump, »

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Top 10 Hollywood Actors Still In Business

16 December 2011 7:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.

The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.

Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today

Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine

Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »

- Connor Folse

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Top 5 Mobster Movies - The Hit getting remade

14 December 2011 2:45 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We have put together a list of our Top 5 Mobster Movies in honor of The Hit being remade for American audiences. Variety reports that director Stephen Frears and producer Jeremy Thomas are reuniting with writer Peter Prince to develop a remake of their 1984 British gangster road movie, The Hit. Usually I am not a fan of most remakes, but since this is from the original directors I am interested in seeing what they come up with.

Here is the list of our Top 5 Mobster Movies:

5. The Departed

Great modern-day Mobster movie with a fantastic ensemble cast. This is one of my favorite Leonardo DiCaprio roles. Jack Nicholson is the perfect bad guy in this.

4. The Godfather I and II

These Francis Ford Coppola movies are classic Mobster tales that are a must-watch. Yeah they are long, but they are wonderful.

3. Donnie Brasco

Johnny Depp and Al Pacino are pefect on screen together. »

- Tiberius

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Forest Whitaker And ‘Goodfellas’ Author Nicholas Pileggi Collaborating On Louis Armstrong Biopic

12 December 2011 11:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He’s got a Best Actor Oscar for playing Idi Amin, he directed Waiting To Exhale, (which arguably is a major reason Tyler Perry has a career at all), and now The Playlist brings us a report on the great Forest Whitaker‘s Louis Armstrong biopic project, which he’ll be working on with Nicholas Pileggi, the writer whose books were the basis for the great mob epics GoodFellas and Casino.

Whitaker’s got a lot of other projects lined up: he’ll direct the belated, on-back-burner  sequel to Waiting To Exhale, based on author Terry McMillan‘s follow-up to that novel called Getting To Happy; he’ll direct and act in a personal project, Better Angels… and here is Whitaker on that film:

“I’m gonna direct a movie next year called ’Better Angels,’ which deals with child soldiers in the north of Uganda, and a conflict journalist who enters into this camp. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Rickles Mourning Loss Of His Son

12 December 2011 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor/comedian Don Rickles is in mourning following the death of his only son.

The Toy Story star pulled out of his performances at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida towards the end of last month after citing the illness of a close family member, and now it's emerged Larry Rickles died of pneumonia complications and respiratory failure on 3 December.

He passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 41, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Larry Rickles was born in 1970 and went on to become a writer for the popular U.S. sitcom Murphy Brown. He also received an Emmy Award in 2008 for his TV documentary on his comedian father, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. »

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Films To Watch Before You Die #18 - Casino (1995)

6 December 2011 11:38 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Casino, 1995.

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, Don Rickles, Frank Vincent, James Woods and Kevin Pollack.

Martin Scorsese’s gangster story Casino is based upon real-life crimes and lives of several mob figures operating in Las Vegas during it’s golden age. The story follows Ace (De Niro), a Jewish-American gambling handicapper who is called into Las Vegas to over see the running of the mobs casino. Ace is aided in his dealings by Nicky (Pesci), a mean and ruthless mob enforcer who’s job it is to make sure money is skimmed off the top in Vegas and that the local gangsters are kept in line. Ginger (Stone) is Ace’s troublesome wife who causes him nothing but grief, but he cant let go of.

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- flickeringmyth

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Martin Scorsese to receive Critics' Choice Music+Film Award

6 December 2011 9:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Martin Scorsese is to receive a special prize at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The Hugo director will be given the Music+Film Award in honor of his innovative use of music in his films. Last year's recipient was Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino. Scorsese has been praised by critics over the decades for the importance of popular tunes and original scores in award-winning films like Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. He also directed a series of documentaries about rock icons, including The Band's classic concert film The Last Waltz and the Bob Dylan retrospective No Direction Home. Scorsese has received many (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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'Twilight' Three-peats on Quiet Weekend

4 December 2011 10:38 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Another weekend, another win for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. The latest Twilight movie claimed the top spot at the box office for the third-straight weekend thanks to an average hold and a comparatively poor second-weekend performance from its biggest competitor, The Muppets. On an aggregate level, the Top 12 grossed around $75 million, which is slightly off from the same period last year ($78.3 million). Breaking Dawn dropped 60 percent to an estimated $16.9 million. That tally is the best third-weekend gross out of all of the Twilight movies including New Moon, which fell 64 percent to $15.4 million on the same weekend in 2009. Through 17 days in theaters, the penultimate Twilight movie has earned $247.3 million.The Muppets held on the second place with an estimated $11.2 million. It's 62 percent post-Thanksgiving decline was notably worse than Tangled's 56 percent and Enchanted's 52 percent. The movie has so far made $56.1 million, and it should pass The Muppet Movie ($65.2 million) next »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Weekly Poll Results: Best Martin Scorsese Film

2 December 2011 6:05 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

No surprises here... Goodfellas was named Martin Scorsese's best film by Film Junk readers in last week's poll as it easily snagged over 40% of the votes. Was there ever any doubt? The only movie that even came close was Taxi Driver with 23%, while The Departed placed third with 12%. Raging Bull and Casino rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile Mean Streets and The Last Waltz came up with the short end of the stick this time around, although with so many great films to choose from it's easy to see why. What do you think, did Film Junk readers get it right or were they way off base on this one? 1. Goodfellas -- 40.7% 2. Taxi Driver -- 23.2% 3. The Departed -- 12% 4. Raging Bull -- 8.3% 5. Casino -- 6% 6. Shutter Island -- 4.8% 7. The Aviator -- 2.1% 8. The King of Comedy -- 1.8% 9. Mean Streets -- 0.7% 10. The Last Waltz -- 0.5%

For More Daily Movie Goodness, Visit Filmjunk.Com! »

- Sean

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Top 10 Martin Scorsese box office hits

30 November 2011 7:32 AM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and now Hugo are some of the best movies that writer and director Martin Scorsese brought to us in the past 48 years of his long lasting career. Very few men last this long in Hollywood so [...]

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- Alex

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Rickles Cancels Gigs

24 November 2011 4:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Beloved actor/comedian Don Rickles has postponed a string of U.S. shows after a family member fell ill.

The star has pulled out of all performances next week (begs28Nov11), including one at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida.

His spokesperson says, "Don Rickles announces that he must postpone his Hard Rock Live show due to the illness of a close family member. All of Mr. Rickles' shows for that week will be postponed."

Canadian comedian Howie Mandel will replace Rickles for the 30 November performance in Florida. »

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7 Scorsese-isms You Won't See in the Family-Friendly 'Hugo'

23 November 2011 7:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Mark this moment, folks: Director Martin Scorsese has made his first family-friendly movie, the PG-rated "Hugo."

It was hard to believe the king of mobster dramas would be interested in directing the adaptation of an award-winning children's book, but Scorsese is already generating Oscar buzz for his take on the beautifully illustrated tale of a 12-year-old orphan (Asa Butterfield) living in the Paris train station.

Time magazine movie critic Richard Corliss has even called Hugo "a masterpiece," but will it look like any other Scorsese movie? Probably not. Here are seven signature Scorsese-isms you won't find in "Hugo."

Classic Rock Soundtrack

Scorsese loves using his favorite classic-rock anthems in his soundtracks. The director is such a fan of The Rolling Stones' single "Gimme Shelter" he's featured it in three of his movies: "Goodfellas," "Casino" and "The Departed." But it's not just his beloved Stones (see also the "Jumpin' Jack Flash »

- Sandie Angulo Chen

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New this Week: ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Muppets’ and ‘Super 8 (DVD)’

23 November 2011 6:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Arthur ChristmasJames McAvoyJim BroadbentBill Nighy

HugoAsa ButterfieldChloë Grace MoretzChristopher Lee

The Muppets - Amy AdamsJason SegelChris Cooper

Movie of the Week

Hugo

The Stars: Asa ButterfieldChloë Grace MoretzChristopher Lee

The Plot: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

The Buzz: Director Martin Scorsese is not known for his family films. Throughout his career Scorsese has stuck to churning out gritty/grisly street films, realistic & vibrant tales about the harshness of life, about the hard-nose battle of good versus evil, of right versus wrong (of moral relativity), and of psychoses versus neuroses. His films are fairly hardcore and as thus are very often hard-r. His latest offering in Hugo, looks to be an »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Martin Scorsese to Helm ‘The Snowman’

21 November 2011 12:08 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Working Title Films has hired director Martin Scorsese to helm the film adaptation of Nesbo’s “The Snowman.” According to previous reports, Scorsese was mentioned to direct the project, but Nesbo needed to provide the final approval for the director. Nesbo has confirmed to a Swedish newspaper to allow the first English-language adaptation of his novel. In addition, he does not require this film to be shot in Oslo, the setting of the novel. Here is the crime novel’s synopsis: Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of »

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Sharon Stone Photo: Governors Awards 2011

17 November 2011 9:43 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sharon Stone Oscar-nominated Actress Sharon Stone arrives at the 2011 Governors Awards, which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Taxi Driver, Death Becomes Her), however, showed up to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Sharon Stone was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Martin Scorsese's Casino. Among Stone's movie credits are Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Sliver, Last Action Hero, The Quick and the Dead, Diabolique, Catwoman, Broken Flowers, Basic Instinct 2, and When a Man Falls. »

- D. Zhea

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Sharon Stone cast as Linda Lovelace's mother in the Amanda Seyfried-starring biopic Lovelace

16 November 2011 8:24 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

When's the last time Sharon Stone was relevant? I'm looking at her IMDb, and though she's been steadily working for years, there's not a single notable project in her recent filmography with the exception maybe of Basic Instinct 2 and some episodes of "Law and Order: S.V.U.". Man, Casino and her Oscar nomination for that film feels like ages ago. But perhaps a starring role as Linda Lovelace's mother in Lovelace will help prop her up again. The Rob Epstein and Jeffrey »

- George Merchan

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10 of the best films set in Las Vegas

16 November 2011 2:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Vegas was made for the movies. What a backdrop … and what a cast: everyone from Elvis to Sinatra, James Bond to Hunter S Thompson have starred in Sin City films, writes John Patterson

• As featured in our Las Vegas city guide

Ocean's Eleven, Directed by Lewis Milestone, 1960

"One for all – and all for Kicks!" The original Rat Pack movie: Frank, Dino, Sammy, Joey and their finger-poppin', all-drinking, all-smoking coconspirators are present and politically incorrect, alongside a Dames' auxiliary comprised, swooningly, of Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson. Eleven former paratroopers assemble to rob five Vegas casinos in a single night, carrying the loot away in garbage trucks. The cast filmed all day and schticked it up onstage at the Sands hotel nightly, so the movie has a tired, hungover feel to it, but the vanished Vegas of 1960 – the old Sahara and Riviera Hotels, and Bugsy Siegel's own Flamingo – shines forever on celluloid. »

- John Patterson

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My favourite film: Readers' comments - week one

9 November 2011 9:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We're rounding up the best of your comments and reviews on our My favourite film series, in which our writers pick their favourite films of all time.

Here's what you had to say in week one, when we championed the films Raging Bull, A Canterbury Tale, Swingers, Ghostbusters and Broadway Danny Rose

The first time he saw it – when he was 19 – Raging Bull left Peter Bradshaw wanting to "run all the way home, or pick up parked cars and flip them over". Scorsese's depiction of the rise and fall of boxer Jake Lamotta was pitted with fight scenes that showed the inside of the ring as an "expressionist newsreel footage of a bad dream". Life outside was just another battle. Robert de Niro as Lamotta was "tense, moody, seeming to vibrate like a plucked guitar string" – primped and pulled from glory to the gutter by family and the Family, both. »

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‘Hugo’ starring Asa Butterfield and Jude Law – feature trailer review

2 November 2011 12:36 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hugo

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law

Rating: PG

Release Date: November 23, 2011

Trailer Score: 9/10

Thoughts by Tsr: This has been a film I’ve been looking forward to all year, in large part because it’s a great unknown. “What does a Martin Scorsese children’s adventure film look like?” I wondered. Now there’s an answer to that question: Great. Scorsese may be doing something different than usual with Hugo, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be right at home with the rest of his filmography.

The trailer sells a film that is a wonderful blend of adventure and drama, and that only makes me want to see it more. The fantastical elements are great, but the thing I’m most taken by is the genuine emotion – especially present in the brief moments involving Ben Kingsley’s character. »

- Shane T. Nier

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