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Logan’s Director Is Wrong About Post-Credits Scenes

Logan‘s director James Mangold has vocally derided the practice of attaching post-credits scenes to movies. At Audi’s 2018 Writers Guild Association Beyond Words Panel, the filmmaker behind Cop Land, Walk The Line, and two hit films about the Wolverine, shared his opinion that post-credits scenes are not only “cheating” and evidence that “[the director] couldn’t land your f***ing movie[‘s ending],” but that ultimately the practice of using them is “f***ing embarrassing.”
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James Mangold to Direct Ford vs. Ferrari Film as ‘Logan’ Follow-Up (Exclusive)

James Mangold to Direct Ford vs. Ferrari Film as ‘Logan’ Follow-Up (Exclusive)
James Mangold has come on board to direct a project about the battle between the designers at Ford and Ferrari to create the world’s fastest racecar, Variety has learned.

Based on a true story, the film follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. The project doesn’t have a formal title, but is known internally as the “Untitled Ford vs. Ferrari Project.”

Mangold had originally been slated to make a drama about kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, but that project was canceled in the wake of complaints by the Hearst family. The Hearsts were concerned that the film would depict Patty Hearst as an enthusiastic member of the
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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Discusses His Early Career, Mentor Alexander Mackendrick

‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Discusses His Early Career, Mentor Alexander Mackendrick
James Mangold was first mentioned in Variety on June 30, 1982, when he won a $1,000 student prize for the sound on his film “Future View.” At California Institute of the Arts, he found a mentor in director Alexander Mackendrick (“The Ladykillers,” “Sweet Smell of Success”), who stressed the importance of character and story rather than “fine-art” film-school fanciness. It’s a lesson Mangold has used on all his films, including “Cop Land” (1997) “Walk the Line” (2005), “3:10 to Yuma” (2007) and his latest, “Logan,” a spinoff of the “X-Men” franchise. Still, Mangold convinced Fox to make “Logan” a film about real people, rather than a VFX green-screen extravaganza.

“Every tentpole seems to be about the end of the world. I felt the formula was tired,” he says. “I think even audiences are exhausted and certain aspects of storytelling have gotten monotonous.” Instead, he wanted to focus on a makeshift family and its members’ very human concerns.

The gamble
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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Sings Praises of His Production Team

‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Sings Praises of His Production Team
In Fox blockbuster “Logan,” the title character says, “I’m not whatever you think I am.” The same is true of the movie, an “X-Men” sequel that’s more classic Hollywood film noir/Western than superhero movie. Director and co-writer James Mangold talks about the contributions of his team of artisans in giving the film a different vibe from that of its predecessors.

Cinematographer John Mathieson

The idea was to produce a more natural film, on location, which avoided the fetishizing of superhero gear and vehicles that had become a trope of these movies. There’s a general look of what’s been successful in the last decade with superhero movies, and I definitely didn’t want that. I brought up Westerns like “Shane” and “Unforgiven,” but also “The Wrestler” or Clint Eastwood’s “The Gauntlet,” which felt very naturalistic, where lighting was natural or practical, not glammed up. The whole take of the script was that
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Blu-ray Review – Ronin (1998)

Ronin, 1998.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Michael Lonsdale, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, and Skipp Sudduth.


A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.

In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being
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Fox to Release NYPD Thriller ‘The Force’ in March 2019

Fox to Release NYPD Thriller ‘The Force’ in March 2019
Fox has set a March 1, 2019, release date for police thriller “The Force,” with “Logan” director James Mangold helming.

The project is based on Don Winslow’s novel “The Force” about corrupt NYPD officers. Fox bought movie rights last year to the crime thriller and set it up with Ridley Scott to produce through his Fox-based Scott Free company along with Michael Schaefer and Shane Salerno.

HarperCollins Publishers’ imprint William Morrow is releasing the novel, which centers on a corrupt sergeant at the NYPD’s most elite crime-fighting unit who must choose between his family, his partners, and his life.
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The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 180: My Daddy Killed Jedi Babies!

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumours of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life in general, you are sure to have a fun time with them! In theory.

If you haven’t listened to the show before – why not? – you can check out previous episodes of The History of Bad Ideas podcast on iTunes and look out for new episodes here on Nerdly each and every week…

Episode 180: My Daddy Killed Jedi Babies!

The Hobi Gang have a lot to catch up on from the past week including Adam West and Glenne Headley passing away, the Mummy unraveling at the box office and the listeners really want
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Logan's James Mangold signs up for Disorder

David Crow Jun 8, 2017

Fresh off the success of Logan, James Mangold has lined up another action movie called Disorder, a remake of a French film.

James Mangold has directed his fair share of action movies, but after helming the critically acclaimed and box office winning Logan, the industry is likely taking even a greater interest in what he does next. Mangold had been formulating ideas for an X-23 movie starring Dafne Keen, but that may have to wait for at least a little while, as he has lined up a new project with Sony.

As reported by Variety, Sony has tapped Mangold to direct a remake of the French action movie, Disorder. Obviously a major get for Sony, the movie is of additional interest for action aficionados since it is written by Taylor Sheridan, who penned the Oscar nominated script for Hell Or High Water.

In the original film, Matthias Schoenaerts
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30 Things We Learned from James Mangold’s ‘3:10 to Yuma’ Commentary

“No one, and I mean no one wanted to make this movie.”

James Mangold delivered one of this year’s best films with Logan, and among its many acclaimed aspects is its vibe and feel of a modern-day western. It’s something he’s done before with Cop Land, but Mangold also made a point of directing an actual western as well.

Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for…

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Commentator: James Mangold (director)

1. He assumes the first question we might have for him regarding this film is “why” make a remake at all? “That original film had had such power on me ever since I saw it when I was seventeen years old, and I felt that the story could have power again in a very relevant way now.”

2. While he thinks most remakes are motivated by greed in his eyes for easy, recognizable
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Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith: Filmmakers most overdue their first Oscar nomination

Continuing on with a yearly series I like to do on those deserving of Academy Award wins or nominations, it’s time to turn attention to filmmakers. Actors and actresses are the sexier group, but writers and directors are the backbone of the industry. There are plenty who have never been cited by the Academy, so that will be the focus today. I’ll be running down ten filmmakers who I feel are due a nomination. In a handful of cases, they’ll be more comedic storytellers, since Oscar voters can often overlook them. That’s a real shame in my mind, but that could be a piece for another day. Anyway, you’ll see them below, and obviously know that your own mileage may vary. So, without further delay, here goes nothing… Here now are the ten writers and/or directors most due for their first Oscar nomination: 10. Kevin Smith – Hear me out.
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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold in Talks to Direct Don Winslow’s ‘The Force’

‘Logan’ Director James Mangold in Talks to Direct Don Winslow’s ‘The Force’
Get excited, Cop Land fans, because director James Mangold is making another cop movie. After knocking Logan far out of the ballpark, Mangold has lined up his next project: an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s (The Cartel) upcoming novel, The Force. Stephen King called Winslow’s latest – a story about corrupt cops in New York City – “The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.” Here’s […]

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold To Helm Cop Drama ‘The Force’

Before jumping into the “X-Men” film universe with “The Wolverine” and, most recently, “Logan,” director James Mangold got his start making films that are completely different than comic book superhero fare. One of his first movies was the gritty police/crime drama “Cop Land” starring Sylvester Stallone and an all-star cast. Now, fresh off the huge success of “Logan,” Mangold is going back to his roots with his next film.

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Newswire: James Mangold’s next film will take the Logan director back to his Cop Land roots

Hot off delivering one of the most critically beloved superhero movies in recent memory, Logan director James Mangold has lined up his next project. Deadline reports that Mangold has signed on to helm The Force, a corrupt-cop caper that seems like it’ll sit firmly in Mangold’s “violent men with good intentions” wheelhouse.

The film is based on an upcoming book by Don Winslow, which has already started receiving rave reviews from advanced readers. (Stephen King called it “The Godfather, only for cops.”) This isn’t the first time Mangold has walked in the footsteps of Serpico or The Departed, either; he made his Hollywood debut with 1995’s Cop Land, directing Sylvester Stallone in a tale of small-town police corruption. Now he’ll take on the simmering underbelly of big city policing, bringing Winslow’s tale of a tarnished NYPD detective trying to do the right thing while ...
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/Filmcast Ep. 408 – Logan

/Filmcast Ep. 408 – Logan
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss the underappreciated Cop Land, the hilarity of Catastrophe, and what to do when you’re at a party and they put on a movie in the wrong aspect ratio. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now: Subscribe to the /Filmcast: […]

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Logan Director Explains Why There Was No Post-Credit Scene

Logan Director Explains Why There Was No Post-Credit Scene
Audiences came out in droves to see Logan, which marks Hugh Jackman's final performance as Wolverine, with an impressive box office opening with $85.3 million, which surpassed both 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013's The Wolverine. While the movie was widely praised by fans and critics alike, there is one aspect of the movie that some fans were disappointed in. Contrary to previous rumors, there isn't actually a post-credit scene in Logan, with James Mangold explaining in a new interview why he decided not to use a post-credit scene.

Director James Mangold has said in the past that Logan will be a much different superhero movie than fans are used to seeing, and the filmmaker revealed in a new interview with The Toronto Sun that part of being different was leaving out a post-credit scene. There had been rumors that the movie does in fact feature a post-credit scene, but
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Newswire: R.I.P. Frank Pellegrino, Sopranos actor and restaurateur

As reported by Variety, Sopranos actor and New York City restaurateur Frank Pellegrino has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 72.

Pellegrino is probably best known for playing FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on eleven episodes of The Sopranos, and like a lot of Italian actors from New York, he spent a lot of time appearing in mobster-related films and TV shows. In addition to The Sopranos, he played Johnny Dio in Goodfellas, appeared in three episodes across the Law & Order universe, and he had smaller roles in Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes, and Manhattan Murder Mystery. As Variety notes, he also had a recent guest appearance on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out.

Separate from his acting life, Pellegrino was a food buff and co-owner of iconic Italian eatery Rao’s in East Harlem, New York—a restaurant that has appeared in Jay Z videos, The Wolf ...
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Sopranos Star Frank Pellegrino Dies at 72

Sopranos Star Frank Pellegrino Dies at 72
Frank Pellegrino, Sopranos star and co-owner of legendary New York restaurant Rao’s, has died, People confirms. The star, who had been battling lung cancer since last year, was 72.

The native New Yorker is most famous for his role playing FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on the HBO crime drama from 1999–2004. He also starred in multiple episodes of Law & Order, as well as several movies, including Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes and the 1990 Martin Scorsese hit Goodfellas.

Pellegrino’s longtime friend Bo Dietl tells People: “New York lost a piece of New York yesterday. Frankie was an icon, one of the
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‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor Frank Pellegrino Dies at 72

‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor Frank Pellegrino Dies at 72
Frank Pellegrino, known as FBI chief Frank Cubitoso on HBO’s “The Sopranos” and a New York City restaurateur, has died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 72.

One of Pellegrino’s first acting roles, in what would become a career of appearances in gangster-related cinema, came in 1990 as Johnny Dio in “Goodfellas.” His character on “The Sopranos” ran for eleven episodes during which he attempted to uncover dirt to help in the Soprano/Dimeo case. Pellegrino also appeared in several episodes of “Law & Order.” His other credits include “Cop Land,” “Mickey Blue Eyes,” “Manhattan Murder Mystery” and, most recently, a guest spot on the TV series “Odd Mom Out” in 2015.

Outside of acting, Pellegrino also co-owned the restaurant Rao’s in East Harlem, New York City. The Italian spot has hosted many celebrities including Jay Z and Martin Scorsese, and appears in many films including “The Wolf of Wall Street” The mainstay was founded in
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Frank Pellegrino, 'Sopranos' Star and Restaurateur, Dies at 72

Frank Pellegrino, 'Sopranos' Star and Restaurateur, Dies at 72

Frank Pellegrino, The Sopranos actor-cum-restaurateur, died Tuesday in New York after a battle with lung cancer. He was 72. 

The native New Yorker had several notable film and television roles in an acting career that spanned over 25 years including Goodfellas (where he played racketeer Johnny Dio), Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes and multiple episodes of Law & Order.

Pellegrino's most famous role, however, was playing dogged FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso in The Sopranos who heads the agency's strategy in the long-running Soprano/Dimeo case. 

As well as acting, Pellegrino was a well-known personality in the New York restaurant industry. He co-owned the famed...
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Sylvester Stallone replaces Robert De Niro in Idol’s Eye

THR has revealed that Sylvester Stallone is replacing his Cop Land co-star Robert De Niro in director Olivier Assayas’ (Personal Shopper) heist thriller Idol’s Eye, where he’ll star alongside Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Rachel Weisz (The Light Between Oceans).

The film sees Pattinson as “a thief who unknowingly steals a blue diamond from Chicago mob boss Tony Accardo (Stallone), setting off a war between the two men as they both try to keep one step ahead of the FBI.”

Idol’s Eye becomes the third upcoming mob role for Stallone, who is also attached to the Gregory Scarpa biopic Scarpa, along with the TV movie Omerta, which is based upon the Mario Puzo novel. He’s also set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year with a mystery role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
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