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Levinson produced 1997 mob drama Donnie Brasco, which starred Depp as an undercover FBI agent opposite Al Pacino's gangster.
Has Aussie actor Joel Edgerton become Hollywood's new it-man? He turned heads with a jerk in 2010's crime thriller, "Animal Kingdom" (we immediately took notice) and gained further acclaim for his toe to toe role with Tom Hardy in the underloved Mma drama "Warrior." Directors of note also took notice. Kathryn Bigelow cast him for a small but important role in "Zero Dark Thirty," and he arguably stole the show from Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and the rest of the cast in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." So what's next for an encore? Two plum roles in two major projects everyone's keeping a close eye on. First up, he joins Johnny Depp in a movie about notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger called "Black Mass." It's a project that will reunite him with "Donnie Brasco" producer Barry Levinson, who will take the director's chair here, and it's one of three »
- Edward Davis
Feature Ryan Lambie 2 May 2013 - 06:57
With Fast & Furious 6 on the horizon, we revisit the entire series from beginning to end, and dig out our favourite moments...
It's strange to think that it's well over a decade since the Fast franchise began. But like a juggernaut rolling down a hill, this ageing series shows no sign of slowing down; in fact, this year's Fast & Furious 6 will be joined by yet another sequel, Fast Seven, due out in cinemas next year.
But given that the Fast movies now have such a long history, with various stars fading in and out of them as the past decade has rolled on, perhaps it's a good time to look back at how the series has evolved, and work out how its events will lead up to Fast & Furious 6...
The Fast And The Furious (2001)
The first Fast movie is something of a Frankenstein’s monster of a movie. »
To complement the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Ruben Fleischer’s all-star period crime-thriller, Gangster Squad, Thn have picked our own top team of organised crime figures from the world of cinema; both fictional and factual. The genre is well defined thanks to early Cagney classics, Coppola’s legendary Corleone trilogy and Scorcese’s blood-soaked biopics. We’ve assembled quite an eclectic collection of memorable members, from low-level hoods, to fierce footsoldiers, unpredictable capo’s and of course, one don to rule them all!
One quick rule before we begin: a film or actor can feature no more than twice.
So, let’s take a look and see who sleeps with the fishes and who’s king of the hill in our dream team!
Luca Brasi (The Godfather) 1971
Make him an offer he can’t refuse and this hulking, simple-minded, yet faithful hatchet man will follow orders, even if it costs him his life. »
- Craig Hunter
Breaking Bad’s home stretch has a premiere date, and is getting a talk show.
The final eight episodes of AMC’s acclaimed meth-drama will get underway starting Sunday, Aug. 11, the network announced at its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday. The episodes technically represent the second half of the fifth season of the show.
AMC also announced its adding a post-episode chat show, Talking Bad. The network hopes to continue the success that it has enjoyed with its post-Walking Dead talk show, The Talking Dead. No word yet who will host.
The network is also developing a sci-fi drama titled Ballistic City, »
- James Hibberd
Locations in films are rarely the thing an average filmgoer remembers after watching a film; it’s always about the story, character and the lines they say that later form the proverbial ‘word of mouth.’ However, when you think of great confrontations, conversations and simple exchanges, they always take place in a nice public setting – although being surrounded by a group of unknowing people rarely dulls the impact of a tense interaction.
An epiphany came after some light people-watching during a mediocre pancake breakfast – they seem to take place in a restaurant, diner or some kind of eatery; a place where some of TV and film’s classic characters can settle an old score of even debate on pop culture over a cup of coffee:
Café des 2 Moulins, Paris (Amélie, 2001)
This quaint coffee shop, where young dreamer Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) worked and interacted with a variety of characters, is based in Montmatre, »
- Katie Wong
Have you ever fancied spending an evening with a living Hollywood legend? How about Al Pacino? If that’s your ultimate then you may want to head over to this webpage without even reading the rest of this article to purchase tickets to the one-off London theatre event ‘An Evening With Al Pacino‘ which is set to hit the West End on Sunday 2nd June. In a one-off performance, Pacino will take to the stage to take part in a truly ‘unique event, a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal, sharing private moments with one of the greatest actors of his generation.’
Pacino will be answering questions from the audience on stage at the London Palladium with a live crew filming the event which will be projected on a huge screen on stage bringing the actor even closer to his audience. Wow. I have posted »
- Paul Heath
On the page, the set up for Park Hoon Jeong’s “New World” is almost a cliché, the story pivoting around a cop caught in deep cover in the midst of a crime syndicate, looking for a way to the end assignment, only for forces on both sides of the law to squeeze him to a breaking point. In Hollywood, both “Donnie Brasco” and “The Departed” popularized the concept in the recent years, with the latter a remake of “Infernal Affairs,” which itself spawned a trilogy. So the question for “New World” is: does it bring anything new to the equation? Nope. Does it do this formula well? Yep.An opening “Law & Order”-esque cautionary title card warns, “the events, characters and institutions portrayed in the film are entirely fictitious,” immediately establishing a ripped-from-headlines tone for picture, and just like the famed network procedural, by the end of the first »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After a week that saw the appointment of Pope Francis, Showtime’s The Vatican has appointed a new Pope of its own.
Bruno Ganz (Downfall) has been cast in the drama pilot as Pope Sixtus, described as “an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who struggles with his own legacy, and how history will judge his papacy.”
As previously reported, the pilot will also mark the first television project from Ridley Scott, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
We didn't think so.
Apparently the three are very fond of one another, as revealed at the HBO premiere of David Mamet's movie "Phil Spector" this week. According to the New York Post, Pacino (who plays the titular role in "Spector") met up with Richards for the first time and the two icons had a friendly exchange.
"We have a mutual friend," Richards was overheard telling Pacino. "Johnny Depp!" Pacino replied, "I love Johnny!"
And somewhere in the world, an angel got a high five.
Pacino and Depp were co-stars in the 1997 movie "Donnie Brasco" and Richards wrote and performed the song "Only Found Out Yesterday" on Depp's blockbuster hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" in 2007.
Also, Depp's next talked-about project, the thriller "Black Mass," will »
- Liat Kornowski
As the world watched the news of the historic appointment of a new Pope, Showtime's The Vatican continues to select the members of its "conclave" as acclaimed actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall) joins the drama pilot as Pope Sixtus VI. Pope Sixtus VI, of German ancestry, is an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who struggles with his own legacy, and how history will judge his papacy. Starring Kyle Chandler, as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, The Vatican is a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics. Two–time Oscar nominee and three-time Emmy® nominee Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco, House MD) wrote the hour-long script. Triple Oscar nominee and Golden Globe®-winner Sir Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down »
- Pietro Filipponi
The independent horror film "Locked In A Room", will be released Thursday March 7, 2013 by Beverly Hills based Echo Bridge Entertainment. "Locked In A Room" was written and directed by Detroit filmmaker Larry Simmons, who also produced the film with Gordon Djordjevski, DJ Perry, and Phyllis Larrymore Kelly. The film was shot in Detroit by At Risk Entertainment, a Michigan based production company ran by Simmons. At Risk Entertainment collaborated with Lansing based Collective Development Incorporated in producing "Locked In A Room". The film stars Robert Miano ("Donnie Brasco"), DJ Perry ("Darkest Night"), and introduces Detroit actress Lindsey Sullivan. "Locked In A Room" will be available starting March 7, 2013 at Google Play, Itunes, Vudu, Amazon, Blockbuster, and many other »
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Gets Regional Indian Version BBC Worldwide and Etv Bangla will produce a regional version of Dancing With The Stars in India. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions India, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Bangla will air on Etv Bangla next month. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is already a hit throughout India and the new local version for West Bengal is a first in the country. The show will be extensively remodeled from the international version to appeal to Bengali viewers and will be hosted by local actor Jishu Sengupta. The Hindi language Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions India for Colors, completed its fifth season with an audience of over 100M. Military Channel To Chart ‘The Mafia’s Greatest Hits’ British production company World Media Rights has sold its 10-part series The Mafia’s Greatest Hits to Discovery’s Military Channel in the U.S. The series has »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Producer Mark Johnson discusses Bless Me, Ultima, debuting in theaters February 22
Producer Mark Johnson has been successful in all avenues of the entertainment business, making movies such as the Oscar-winning Rain Man, Bugsy, Donnie Brasco, What Lies Beneath, The Rookie, The Chronicles of Narnia series, and last year's Not Fade Away, just to name a few. He is also one of the producers of the hit AMC series Breaking Bad, which wraps up its fifth and final season this summer. His latest project is much smaller in scope, but features just as powerful a story as any of those other big-budget movies.
Bless Me, Ultima centers on a young boy named Antonio (Luke Ganalon) who has an awakening of faith when his grandmother Ultima (Miriam Colon), an aging spiritual healer, comes to live with his family in this drama set against the backdrop of World War II. I recently had »
1.) More than one source out of Colombia is reporting Pixar has made Toy Story 4 official and has set a 2015 release date, also promising the rather obvious returns of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack. I've no idea why Colombia would receive the news before the rest of the world, but I'm sure we'll hear more soon enough if Pixar is making some sort of press event there this week. Then again, with Pete Docter's Inside Out targeting 2015 and Finding Nemo 2 expected for 2016 this is all likely very premature. Terra, Jorge Luis Balaguera, via Bleeding Cool 2.) Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty, "Friday Night Lights"), Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Stoker) and Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, A Good Day to Die Hard) will lead the cast of Showtime's Ridley Scott-directed pilot for "The Vatican." The potential series was created by Donnie Brasco writer Paul Attanasio and is said »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Hollywood is nothing if not a town that loves "coincidental" timing, so it should be no surprise that U.S. premium cable channel Showtimes has announced the casting for its prospective new series The Vatican in the wake of Pope Benedict's recent decision to step aside from his papal responsibilities. What is surprising is that Ridley Scott will be directing the pilot episode. As far as I can tell from his resume at IMDb, it will be his first work in series television since the late 1960s. He's one of the producers of the series, created by Paul Attanasio, who wrote Donnie Brasco and The Good German, and was a key creative force in the creation of the groundbreaking 90s show Homicide: Life on the Street,...
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Showtime's hourlong drama pilot The Vatican, Ridley Scott's first TV directing gig since the sixties, has cast England's Matthew Goode (Watchmen, A Single Man) as a co-star. Goode will play papal secretary Bernd Koch, "the pope's closest confidante, who has a very powerful perch within the inner circle of the Vatican." Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco) wrote the pilot. »
- Zach Dionne
What is Casting Couch? It’s a thing on the Internet that’s primarily concerned with which actors are going to be in what movies. Today it includes news regarding attractive folk like Colin Farrell and Lily Collins. For the last decade or so, Johnny Depp has largely been occupied with wearing makeup and putting on silly wigs, but once upon a time he used to play actual human beings in movies like Donnie Brasco and whatnot, and while it didn’t afford him the opportunity to use nearly as many crazy voices, things weren’t so bad. Things were so decent, in fact, that Cross Creek Pictures has announced [via ComingSoon] that they’ve cast Depp in another gangster story that’s based on real life events, just for old times’ sake. Depp will be playing infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in director Barry Levinson’s (Toys, Jimmy Hollywood) new film Black Mass. Bulger »
- Nathan Adams
Johnny Depp has signed on to play Boston mob's Whitey Bulger in the Barry Levinson-directed film Black Mass. I really like it when Depp signs on for a non Disney film, and this movie sounds like it will make for a great crime thriller. Depp and Levinson have already worked together on a previous Mob film called Donnie Brasco, which was a great flick!
This is going to be a great movie! It's based on the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. Bulger was a ruthless Boston mob kingpin who inspired movie characters such as the one Jack Nicholson played in The Departed and the one Pete Postlethwaite played in the The Town. Bulger was also an FBI informant, so he could discreetly take down a rival gang. The tables were turned on him. »
- Joey Paur
Sigh. Oh, Johnny. You’ve been very trying of late. First a less than stellar turn in Dark Shadows, next a questionable role in The Lone Ranger. And you were once the most interesting actor in Hollywood too. Well, maybe breaking away from Burton and Gore Verbinski for a little while will bring Mr. Depp back into the ‘hey, he’s actually a good actor’ fold as today, we have word that Depp has been attached to the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass.
Johnny Depp will be taking on the role of the notorious Bulger himself in the film. Bulger was a South Boston criminal who inspired the Jack Nicholson character in The Departed. The film is based on the book of the same name by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill. It follows the life of Bulger, the brother of a state senator, who turned FBI »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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