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Ultimate Gangster Collection — Contemporary
Due Out: May 21, 2013
The “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics“ and “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary” are available on Blu-ray 5/21
Who’S It For?
My wife hasn’t seen Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Goodfellas or Heat. So while I would normally say this is the perfect gift for guys on Father’s Day, it’s really perfect for my wife. These are movies that must be seen by every adult. Not only to they showcase how the ugly side of society has evolved, but it’s also the evolution of gangster crime. Every one of these films is brilliant, and yes, I’m including The Departed. Jack Nicholson’s performance has someone gotten a bad rap. I’m convinced if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese zooming in on the rat at the very end, everyone would still worship this film. »
- Jeff Bayer
There are so many secondary plot threads and a multitude of characters in Blood Ties the film finds itself sputtering along, stopping and starting every 5-10 minutes as characters are introduced and re-introduced. There's absolutely no way for the story to work within the confines of a two-and-a-half-hour movie as it either needs to be cut down to two hours or less or extended into a five-to-six-hour miniseries or more. It's a shame, really, because there are some fantastic moments within this film just as much as there are some moments and casting decisions I really could have done without, but all-in-all the end result is a bit of a mess. Adapted by director Guillame Canet and co-writer James Gray, the film is based on Jacques Maillot's 2008 French film Rivals (Les liens du sang). Set in New York, 1974, the story largely follows two brothers; Frank (Billy Crudup) a police »
- Brad Brevet
With filmmaker Sean Cain having recently wrapped his "sorority girls vs. dinosaurs" flick Jurassic Block, we sat down to chat with the affable writer and director regarding the project. Read on for more, including several stills and a look behind the scenes!
Written and directed by Cain (whose previous genre features include Silent Night, Zombie Night and Breath of Hate), Jurassic Block is produced by Anthony Fankhuaser and J.J. Kim, with FX by Joseph Lawson. It stars Ray Wise (Jeepers Creepers 2), Kevin Gage (Heat), Robert Lasardo (Death Race), Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior), Dana Melanie, Kayla Carlyle, Jack Forcinito (Silent Night, Zombie Night), Sofia Mattsson, Monique Parent, Timothy Muskatell, Vanessa Johnston and Bill Millsap (“Hatfields & McCoys”).
“Originally it was a much different concept,” Cain told us of the beginnings of Jurassic Block. “I had pitched the producers initially with my idea of basically combining [the premises of] Attack the Block with The Raid Redemption. »
- Sean Decker
Though it’s been four years since Michael Mann last directed a feature film, it wasn’t for lack of trying. In addition to the currently-shooting -- and still-untitled -- international-cyber-crime thriller, Mann has the historical epic “Agincourt” and the long-gestating Robert Capa biopic, among countless others. Now The Wrap is reporting that the “Heat” director’s workload just got a little lighter. All the way back in 2011, Mann attached himself to the “Treasure Of The Sierra Madre”-esque Paul Haggis-developed project “Gold.” With his recent flurry of activity Mann decided to bow out of the project, leaving the director's chair open for none other than Spike Lee. It seems that after a period of years of being unable to get his non-documentary projects off the ground -- like the failed "Inside Man" sequel -- Lee has settled back into a rhythm, delivering "Red Hook Summer" last year and »
- Cain Rodriguez
It's been a while since we reported on the status of Gold, which previously had Michael Mann (Heat) attached to direct. It looks like Mann has dropped out and Spike Lee (Red Hook Summer) has taken control of the helm. The rags-to-riches tale written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman is based on a true story: set in the 90s, it follows an old-fashioned prospector who happens to stumble upon one of the world's largest gold mines. Mann is stepping aside to direct the international computer-hacking film Cyber. The Wrap reports that producers are hoping that Gold may be Lee's next film. Lee is currently in post-production on his Oldboy remake and should be available to start production on Gold this fall, depending on the schedule of their lead, which has yet to be cast. »
- Dave Trumbore
Michael Mann has cast Lust, Caution's two stars in his upcoming cyber thriller.
Details on the film are scarce, but it is known that Tang and Wang will play brother and sister.
Tang will also serve as Hemsworth's love interest in the movie.
The 2007 espionage thriller Lust, Caution was directed by Ang Lee.
Mann's latest film will begin shooting in Los Angeles and Hong Kong in June. »
The story is set in the criminal underworld of Brooklyn and follows a former operative (Jason Clarke) who discovers the global organization he fought is now in his backyard.
He teams up with a disgraced local cop (Robert De Niro) to investigate, running afoul of an international sex trade entrepreneur (Omar Sy), a Cold War consigliere posing as an American suburbanite (Waltz), and a beautiful girl, uncovering a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb in Manhattan.
Gaghan will direct and produce from a script he co-wrote with Shannon Burke. Allison Shearmur also produce.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Here's today's latest casting news: Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) are in discussions to join Into the Woods, the Rob Marshall-adaptation of the Broadway musical that stars Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) has joined Stephen Gaghan's The Candy Store, which stars Robert De Niro, Jason Clake and Omar Sy. RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Catalina Denis (Sleepless Night) will join Paul Walker in Brick Mansions, the Camille Delamarre-directed remake of Luc Besson's District B13. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up with news of Pine and Gyllenhaal circling the musical Into the Woods, Heat Vision reports that no offers have been made yet but each actor has met with and sang for Marshall. If deals are made, both Pine and Gyllenhaal would book their first on-screen singing roles. This darkly comic »
- Dave Trumbore
What is Casting Couch? It’s one stop shopping when it comes to casting news. It’s even better than shopping though, because it’s free. Today you can pay no money to find out what Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are teaming up on, as well as what Bill Hader’s first post-SNL gig might be. It looks like David Gordon Green’s turn back toward directing more dramatic movies again is starting to stick. THR is reporting that his next project is going to be a drama called Mangelhorn that’s about an eccentric man who’s trying to come to terms with the fact that a past crime has cost him the love of his life. More than that though, Mangelhorn is a drama that’s going to be employing one of the most celebrated dramatic actors of all time, because the trade’s report also says that Al Pacino has been attached »
- Nathan Adams
I don’t know if Michael Mann is playing it too cute with his new cyber thriller by not giving the trades a title, or if he’s just undecided about a title. I honestly don’t know how you could already be casting for a movie without a title. I mean, how long has this movie been casting? A couple of months now? Anyways, Mann may not be willing to divulge the title of his new movie (universes might explode or some such), but he is adding plenty of new castmembers to it. You can now add Chinese actors Wei Tang and Leehom Wang (the duo previously co-starred together on Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution”) to the cast, which already includes Chris Hemsworth in the lead, with Viola Davis also previously attached in an unspecified role. The untitled thriller is being described as “being in the vein of Mann »
Chinese actors Wei Tang and Leehom Wang, who starred in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, have joined the cast of Michael Mann’s untitled cyber thriller being made by Legendary Pictures. Chris Hemsworth is toplining the pic, which has been described as being in the vein of Mann’s crime movies Heat and Thief but with a technology angle, focusing on cyber theft and cyber attacks. Mann wrote the script with Morgan Foehl. It also has an international focus, with shoots being eyed not just in Los Angeles but Hong Kong and other locales. Plot details are unhackable, but it is known that
- Borys Kit
We’ve got a few casting stories to share today. Briefly: Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner have boarded the aging rock star film Imagine, joining Al Pacino, Annette Bening, and Bobby Cannavale in the cast. Samuel L. Jackson will play the President of the United States in the actioner Big Game. Jennifer Jason Leigh (Weeds), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), and Tom Noonan (Heat) will reprise their roles from the stage play version of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa in the animated feature film adaptation, which Kaufman is co-directing. Hit the jump for more on each of these projects. Per Deadline, Jennifer Garner and Michael Caine have signed on to star opposite Al Pacino in the drama Imagine. Pacino stars as an an aging 1970s rocker who discovers an undelivered letter written to him when he has 19 by John Lennon that spurs him to straighten his life out and connect with the son he’s never known. »
- Adam Chitwood
• Martin Scorsese has found a new leading man in Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for his feature Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese-language novel. The fictional story follows a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan. Ken Watanabe (Inception) also stars in the film, which will be largely shot in Japanese. At one point, Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro were going to star in the film. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Feature Ryan Lambie 8 May 2013 - 06:50
"This is based on observations. This is based on people I have met, people I've known, people I've sat with and talked to. Thieves, cops, killers. It's not derived from other cinema, it's based on research." Michael Mann
Cool, measured, melancholy and stylish, Michael Mann's Heat was a box office hit in 1995, and 18 years on, its impact can still be felt. A story about two weary men on either side of the law - one a cop married to his profession, the other a career criminal with no intention of going straight - Heat is also a movie about Los Angeles, in all its sparkly opulence and grimy malaise. Other directors have attempted to bottle some of Heat's »
Heat, Public Enemies and Ali helmer Michael Mann has revealed that his next project will be an adaptation of the 2008 Bernard Corwell novel Agincourt, published as Azincourt in the Us. We first heard of Mann’s involvement in the big-screen version of the novel via an article at Collider back in 2011, but now the news is that Mann has officially got things going on the project by bringing British writer Stuart Hazeldine (Exam) on board to turn said novel into a screenplay.
Amazon outlines the story:
Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a cursed past–haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, »
- Paul Heath
In a time when the box office is driven by special effects, super heroes, remakes and reboots, it’s easy to forget when movie magic was predicated primarily on the power of a great performance over all other concerns.
Each year the Oscars and other awards ceremonies try to remind us that there are still actors working today who are committed to mastering their craft, but arguably the golden age of the “Screen Actor” – rather than merely the “Hollywood Star” – was in the 1970s, when a new-wave of unconventional male leads broke through, who had little interest in being magazine pin-ups, like their heroes Brando or Newman, yet who did share those pioneers’ passions for honesty and integrity in characterisation.
Few were more successful in this than legendary New York actor, and champion of the Lee Strasberg Method, Al Pacino, who can rightly consider himself one of the most celebrated »
- Keith Tomlinson
The cover photo of Tom Sizemore's autobiography, "By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There," is a perfect introduction for what's to come.
The 51-year-old actor stands looking up at the camera, instantly recognizable because of his work portraying tough-guy characters in such memorable 1990s films as "Saving Private Ryan," "Heat" and "Natural Born Killers."
His face, though, looks worn, and his eyes are those of a man who's been to hell and back.
And that's exactly what his book details – Sizemore's ascent to the height of cinema, working for the Steven Spielbergs and with the Robert De Niros of the world – and his drug-fueled descent that left him imprisoned and out of options.
"I was a guy who'd come from very little and risen to the top," writes Sizemore, »
The story is based on Bryan Denson's six-part article series detailing the true story of a traitorous spy who enlists his son to continue his work.
Jim Nicholson was a twenty-year CIA veteran who in 1996 was convicted of spying and sentenced to 23 years in an Oregon federal prison.
In 2004, his depressed youngest son, Nathan Nicholson, began to seek solace and advice from his father who coached him in spycraft and essentially began to use his son as a courier.
Over eighteen months, Nathan traveled the world selling secrets to the Russians and getting deeper and deeper over his head.
The rights deal is done, Caruso is in negotiations, Labeouf and De Niro are in talks pending script approval.
No writer is attached at present. Raymond »
- Garth Franklin
What is Casting Couch? Your daily dose of casting news. Today we’ve got a new job for Viola Davis as well as word on who the next actor to mutate for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past will be. According to Heat Vision, Robert De Niro and Shia Labeouf are both in negotiations to take the starring roles in an upcoming espionage thriller called Spy’s Kid. That’s, Spy’s Kid, not Spy Kids, which is something totally different. What’s this one about? It’s based on the true story of a CIA operative named Jim Nicholson who was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 23 years in prison, but who kept the family business alive by teaching his son how to ply his trade from jail. Shady deals with Russian operatives followed. Alongside De Niro and Labeouf negotiating to star, Labeouf’s Disturbia director DJ Caruso is also negotiating to direct, and »
- Nathan Adams
Right now audiences can see Shia Labeouf as an intrepid reporter exposing the alleged shady past of Robert Redford in The Company You Keep, but soon they'll be able to see the Transformers franchise star teamed up with another legendary actor. Heat Vision has word that Labeouf is currently attached to Spy's Kid, a thriller that would see him playing the son of a traitorous CIA spy played by Robert De Niro, trained to continue his father's legacy. The title is a little weak, but the film would reunite the actor with director D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) and continue their Hitchcockian collaborative trend. Read on! The story described as having flares of Catch Me If You Can is based on a six-part series of articles from The Oregonian which chronicled the life of Jim Nicholson, a CIA spy who worked at the agency for 20 years and was convicted of »
- Ethan Anderton
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