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For all the action and special effects you can stuff into a film, one of the most appealing things to an audience can be seeing two of their favorite stars face off for the first time. Think Pacino & De Niro in "Heat." Diesel and The Rock in "Fast Five." Crystal and Williams in "Father's Day." Ok, maybe not the last one. As such, there's one film that, ever since its announcement, looks to be the true successor to that coffee shop scene in Michael Mann's classic, a team-up so enticing that it can only be a license to print money. Wahlberg. Bieber. Boom. Two tickets and a large popcorn, please. Yes, the former teen heartthrob Mark Wahlberg, and current teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, have, since April, been planning a collaboration, a drama from "How To Make It In America" creator Ian Edelman that takes place in the gritty world of street basketball. »
Even though the most cynical of critics will tell you that the western is dead, cable viewers and more importantly, AMC thought differently. The cable network that successfully launched Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead gave Hell on Wheels a second season to continue its tale of the Transcontinental Railroad during the Reconstruction era of the United States.
Hell on Wheels fit right in with AMC’s other original scripted dramas, featuring a complex knot of longer, drawn-out serialized narratives instead of quicker, stand-alone stories. It looks at the massive good and bad that the train brought including the greed and corruption; it sheds light on the less than smooth transition for the emancipated slaves and the ever-changing climate of the immigrant.
- Ernie Estrella
Hell on Wheels Renewed for Season 2 by AMC
Deadline is reporting that AMC has renewed Hell on Wheels for a second season. The western drama, which has seen its ratings fall in recent weeks, is currently on hiatus for the holidays and will begin airing the final three episodes of its first season on January 1st at 10:00. No word on how many episodes or a possible air date for season 2, but it'll likely consist of 10 more episodes premiering in fall 2012.
Starring Anson Mount (Crossroads), Hell on Wheels follows Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, a man on the hunt for revenge against the Union soldier that killed his wife. The series also looks at the formation of the First Transcontinental Railroad, focusing on Thomas Durant's (Colm Meaney, Star Trek: The Next Generation) Union Pacific, with both main plotlines offering their fair share of collateral damage. Moreso once Bohannon and Durant cross paths, »
- Shilo Adams
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
First off, David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opened last night in 2,914 runs and took home at least $1.6 million and earned an A CinemaScore from audiences in attendance. This is exactly what Columbia was hoping to achieve when they decided to open a day early, and as a fan of the film I want to see it succeed. In fact, it's showing at the Cinerama here in Seattle where I will definitely be heading myself to contribute to its overall box-office tally. Can't wait to see that opening sequence on the massive Cinerama big screen. In other Girl with the Dragon Tattoo news, Jeff Wells stumbled on this quote from extra Donald Josephson talking about title star Rooney Mara and what he overheard concerning her approach to playing Lisbeth Salander as compared to Noomi Rapace's performance in the original Swedish adaptations: "The most fun was to »
- Brad Brevet
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
Actor Tom Sizemore is to write a candid memoir about his struggles with drug addiction. The Saving Private Ryan star rose to fame in movies including True Romance, Natural Born Killers and Heat in the 1990s. But he soon fell into cocaine and heroin addiction and at his lowest point was accused of domestic violence by Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. Now Sizemore has signed a deal with Atria Books to detail his life story in a new tome, which will be published in 2013, reports Deadline.com. In the book, the Black Hawk Down star will tell of his tough childhood in Detroit, and his rise to fame and subsequent relapse, which led to his appearance on American TV show Celebrity Rehab. He says, "I should have been dead many times over and honestly, I didn't know that I was going to come back from the bottom I dropped to. The »
We caught the opening six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises. Here’s what we thought of them…
Warning: for anyone who wants to watch The Dark Knight Rises’ prologue without foreknowledge, the following contains mild spoilers.
Directing a blockbuster movie, I suspect, is a bit like pulling off an intricate conjuring trick. Having won the crowd with one remarkable feat, you’re faced with the difficult task of dreaming up something even more spectacular stunt to follow it.
The Dark Knight opened with an audacious bank heist that provided a thrilling entrance for the film’s villain. How could Christopher Nolan possibly improve on that tautly directed introduction to the Joker and his showman-like brand of anarchy?
Actor Tom Sizemore is jumping on the celebrity memoir trend to write a candid memoir about his struggles with drug addiction. The Saving Private Ryan star rose to fame in True Romance, Natural Born Killers and perhaps the most known being his portrayal of Michael Cheritto as an armed robber in the heist film Heat. [...]
Continue reading Actor Tom Sizemore Writing a Memoir of His Drug Use and Recovery on FilmoFilia.
- Nick Martin
Filed under: Movie News
Tom Sizemore was on a roll in the '90s in films like 'Heat,' 'True Romance,' and 'Saving Private Ryan,' but a cocaine and heroin addiction derailed his promising career. Now, the actor will tell the story of his rocky road with drugs in a new memoir, due out in 2013. "I should have been dead many times over," Sizemore said. "The fact that I'm now sober over two years -- and that I'm acting as much as I did before -- proves that people can overcome obstacles even when they're sure they can't. I hope that this book can inspire other people to never give up."
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- Sharon Knolle
Actor Tom Sizemore is to write a candid memoir about his struggles with drug addiction.
But he soon fell into cocaine and heroin addiction and at his lowest point was accused of domestic violence by Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.
Now Sizemore has signed a deal with Atria Books to detail his life story in a new tome, which will be published in 2013, reports Deadline.com.
In the book, the Black Hawk Down star will tell of his tough childhood in Detroit, and his rise to fame and subsequent relapse, which led to his appearance on American TV show Celebrity Rehab.
He says, "I should have been dead many times over and honestly, I didn't know that I was going to come back from the bottom I dropped to. The fact that I'm now sober over two years - and that I'm acting as much as I did before - proves that people can overcome obstacles even when they're sure they can't.
"I hope that this book can inspire other people to never give up." »
Exclusive: Tom Sizemore, who went from the intense star of films like Heat and Saving Private Ryan to a cocaine and heroin addict whose addiction struggles and subsequent recovery played out on reality TV, has signed a memoir deal with Atria Books. He’ll write the book with Anna David and the pub date is 2013. The book will detail his rise from tough childhood in a Detroit housing project to his climb to the top in Hollywood and his eventual dark descent into drug addiction and back. Sizemore, who once romanced Elizabeth Hurley and Sharon Stone and whose performances in films from True Romance to Black Hawk Down elevated him from character actor to the star of his own TV series in Robbery Homicide Division, lost it all due to his substance-abuse struggles. At his lowest point, Sizemore was accused of domestic violence by Heidi Fleiss and traded a Beverly »
- MIKE FLEMING
For those of you who stuck around after last night’s premiere of the Boardwalk Empire season two finale and caught the first episode of HBO’s newest series Luck, which takes viewers into the seedy underworld of horse racing, you all know what a meaty treat this Rubix Cube of a series is going to be. To be fair to the show, this won’t be a full-out review and recap of the pilot episode. That will happen after the official premiere, which is scheduled for Sunday, January 29, 2012. In the meantime, I will give you a taste of what I thought of the episode: -David Milch, creator such classics like NYPD Blue and Deadwood, returns to form after the misfire that was John From Cincinnati, back to a world where “men can be men”, err, where the ill-tempered and the shadiest of dudes roam free and cause havoc. »
- Mo Fathelbab
Note to readers: HBO broadcast the pilot episode of “Luck” on Sunday night as a special preview. The season begins Jan. 29.
Like Martin Scorsese with “Boardwalk Empire,” master director and executive producer Michael Mann (“Miami Vice,” “Heat,” “The Last of the Mohicans”) kicked off his big, new HBO drama show with a bang that was not only reminiscent of the filmmaker’s cinematic style, but also set a tough, flashy tone for the rest of the series to follow. »
- Michael Calia
Luck, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by David Milch
Directed by Michael Mann
HBO aired this pilot episode after the Boardwalk Empire finale, but Luck doesn’t get started properly until late January. As a result, for now, I’m avoiding too many plot specifics, focusing instead on general impressions.
More than most series – and even more than most HBO series – Luck is facing down a hell of a set of expectations. For the first time since the disastrously-received (but, in some corners, quietly revered) John From Cincinatti, showrunner David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) is back at the helm of his own series again. Accompanying him: producer and pilot director Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral, Ali, etc.), bona-fide movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, a host of other notable character actors and TV regulars (Dennis Farina, Jill Hennessy, Richard Kind, and, later on, Michael Gambon). Most crucially of all, Luck »
- Simon Howell
Courtesy Heather Christo
Planning a family-friendly holiday party isn’t as easy as it looks.
The goal is to make sure both big and small guests enjoy themselves and let’s be honest, kids often get the shaft.
To get the right mix, we tapped entertaining guru Heather Christo (below) for some fun ideas.
Check them out below:
Create cool drinks for every age. While the adults sip on alcohol, make sure there are some fun drinks for the little ones. Sparkling juices, sparkling water or apple cider make kids feel special.
Another great idea is a hot chocolate bar. »
As THR tells us, Reliance/Imagine Writing Lab alum Daniel Casey has been tapped to script an untitled sci-fi thriller for Universal. Bobby Glickert, former assistant to Fast Five director Justin Lin, will be directing the project.
This is the first feature-length writing project for Casey, who graduated from the Writing Lab last December. Universal picked up the sci-fi thriller back in June, after Glickert wrote the outline for the film with plans of directing. Lin will be producing the project alongside Scott Stuber, and it just so happens that news first got out on the project in late August, when it was announced as part of a production deal Lin had made with the studio.
Details of the project are currently under wraps, but Lin did provide some insight, stating that “the tone and the gritty approach to the sci-fi genre taken here is something that hasn’t been seen in a while. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Lionsgate has acquired Miramax’s back catalog and have been putting on these titles in 1080p remasters that look good to great, with generally the exact same supplements as previous releases. James Mangold’s Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Harvey Kietel, and Robert Patrick, George Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, with Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts, Clooney and Drew Barrymore and Infernal Affairs - the film that was remade as The Departed - all have arrived on Blu-ray. Each looks great and has all the extras of previous releases. Check out our reviews after the jump. There's a long-standing controversy over Michael Mann's 1995 film Heat. In it, leads Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share exactly one scene together in a three hour movie, yet the way the scene is shot and cut suggests the two didn't really didn't appear together. One of »
- Andre Dellamorte
Drive (2011) Film Review, a movie directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, Tina Huang, Joe Pingue, Cesar Garcia, James Biberi, Jeff Wolfe, Sarah Adela Tirado, Christian Cage, and Tiara Parker.
A minimalist film with Hollywood production attributes is almost an oxymoron. It is rare that they can co-exist together harmoniously but that unique situation is present in Drive.
The cinematography and palette in Drive are similar to Michael Mann’s Heat, except with Drive, during a few scenes, there is a elaborate and exquisite setup involved e.g. the stripper dressing room scene.
Though the scenes eventually explain themselves, there is no elaboration for what Driver (Ryan Gosling) wears. The yellow scorpion sigil on Driver’s white jacket is always a question, as most of the time, Driver wears it and it is prominently shown. It means something, »
British writer Peter Morgan has made a name for himself penning awards-friendly, character-centric dramas such as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, and Frost/Nixon. With the upcoming remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy he.s branching out into thriller territory, and now he.s tackling yet another time-honored genre: the heist flick. Variety reports that New Line has picked up Morgan.s untitled heist screenplay, to be produced by Simon Kinberg. Morgan and Kinberg developed the script together. The story doesn.t provide many details about the project . not surprising since it doesn.t even have a title listed . but it does say that it is a character-driven story revolving around two male leads, and it is set in America. Variety also says the film is .in the vein of. Michael Mann.s Heat and Martin Scorsese.s The Departed. Without knowing more about the film, that could »
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