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One of the last major films to come out this year will be Steven Spielberg's War Horse, based on the best-selling young adult novel and the Tony award-winning play, but the film is a completely different animal than either the book or the play. Unlike the play, which features some of the most creative and delightful puppets to grace a Broadway stage since Julie Taymor's The Lion King debuted back in 1997, Spielberg's epic features actual horses. Hundreds of them. While an argument can definitely be made as to who the actual lead actor in the film is, a strong case can certainly be made for the titular horse, the lead human actor in the film is someone you may not have heard of considering War Horse serves as his feature film debut. However, with War Horse in the bag Jeremy Irvine is continuing on with his film career »
- Bill Cody
Fanhattan, an app that helps consumers find on-demand movies and TV shows, announced new partnerships with PBS, Lifetime and Crackle on Friday. The app, dubbed an “entertainment discovery service,” pulls data from sites like Netflix and Hulu Plus and lets users browse through and search for a wide variety of videos. This latest announcement introduces free films from the Crackle library like “Donnie Brasco” and “A Few Good Men,” as well as TV shows such as “Seinfeld.” The PBS library adds the likes of “Antiques Roadshow" and "Nova” while Lifetime brings in “How »
- Lucas Shaw
Of the multiple films I saw at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, it wouldn’t be hard to say that Julien Leclercq‘s actioner The Assault was the worst. The narratively dull, visually unoriginal attempt at thrills and pathos is one that I’ve mostly managed to forget in the seven months since, but I’ve been reminded of its mediocrity with Variety‘s news that the helmer has a new project in the works, The Informant.
Gilles Lellouche (who, somewhat coincidentally, starred in one of my favorite movies from Tribeca, Point Blank), Vincent Lindon, and Riccardo Scamarcio are leading the film, which has been written by one of the original scribes on last year’s terrific A Prophet, Abdel Raouf Dafri, and is based on Marc Fievet‘s autobiography, In the Skin of a Narc: Infiltrating the Heart of the Mafia. The screenwriter described it as centering on »
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Blu-ray Release Date: March 20, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $19.98
Studio: Warner Home Video
Sex in the office can be downer according to the 1994 movie Disclosure, which we’re happy to see finally get its high-definition Blu-ray debut.
In the film, married Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) is seduced by his boss, Demi Moore (The Joneses), but when he refuses, she files a lawsuit for sexual harrassment against him. While trying to deal with changes at the computer company where he’s a manager, Douglas must sort out the sexual harrassment case and try to keep his marriage together.
Donald Sutherland (The Eagle) also stars in the movie, which has pedigree behind the camera too: It’s directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam; The Natural) and written by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) based on a novel by Michael Crichton, who also brought us Jurassic Park, The Great Train Robbery, The Andromeda Strain and lots more. »
Mob Wives Adds Ramona Rizzo for Season 2
Mob Wives has added a wrench in the Drita/Karen feud that could make things very interesting.
Less than a week ago, VH1 announced that Mob Wives, its buzzworthy reality series about four women connected to the mafia, would be returning for its second season on New Years Day. It looks like there'll be a new addition to the show that could shake things up even more than they already have been.
Ramona Rizzo has joined Mob Wives for its 12 episode second season and is set to make her first appearance on the January 1st premiere, according to the New York Post. Rizzo, who was nearly cast in season one, is the granddaughter of Benjamin "Lefty Guns" Ruggiero, a former soldier in the Bonanno crime family. Ruggiero was later portrayed by Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco. The newest member of Mob Wives is »
- Shilo Adams
Five actors have been added to Tarantino’s already packed cast list for Django Unchained, including Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen. Joining the star is Dexter’s James Remar, The Dukes Of Hazzard’s Tom Wopat, Donnie Brasco’s James Russo, and The Apostle’s Todd Allen.
Remar and Russo will portray brothers who purchase the titular Django, played by Jamie Foxx, at the Greenville Slave Auction. Remar is perhaps best known as father and beyond-the-grave-role-model Harry Morgan in television series Dexter (and a small role in the terrible The Unborn). Russo has most recently appeared in Mexican thriller Miss Bala which was released in late October.
Todd Allen — who co-starred with Remar in 48 Hrs — will play plantation overseer Dollar Bill. Allen is the founder of Presidio Pictures and worked with Tarantino 25 years ago… in an acting class.
Wopat will appear as Marshall Gill Tatum. Having recently starred in Jonah Hex, »
- Joe Taylor
For those who would endure any amount of torture to see a reunion between Donnie Brasco stars Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, or those who are fans of lines such as “I’ve got to make chocolate squirties” or “I can smell horny across an ocean” (Pacino delivers that last one), Jack and Jill, the new Adam Sandler comedy, was made for you.
But it was made for others as well. The film is tailor-made for those who enjoy blatant racist jokes abut Indians being good with computers, Mexicans sneaking into our country and stealing wallets and, lest we forget, the ever-enduring diarrhea joke. If you watch The Price Is Right and always wanted to see a fat woman who looks like a man – Adam Sandler in this case – get smacked up by the spin-a-wheel to the point that she is knocked unconsciousness, and then have host Drew Carey make a snarly comment, »
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Back when MGM's financial woes put plans for Bond 23 on indefinite hiatus , director Sam Mendes signed on to direct a quick feature  titled On Chesil Beach, based on a 2007 novella by Atonement author Ian McEwan. But now that those Bond issues have worked themselves out, Mendes is hard at work  on Skyfall, and On Chesil Beach has fallen into the hands of another filmmaker. Mike Newell is now attached to helm the picture, an intimate drama about a young couple on their wedding night. More details after the jump. ScreenDaily  (via The Playlist  and CinemaBlend ) reports that though Newell will direct, Mendes remains attached to the project as a producer. The picture -- which had difficulty pulling together financing last year -- now has StudioCanal, Neal Street Productions, and BBC Films on board, with shooting slated to begin next summer. Newell has been working steadily for decades, with titles »
- Angie Han
Release Date: Jan. 17, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $20.00, standard-definition digital download $14.99, high-definition digital download $20.00
The high-definition debut of Good Morning, Vietnam is timed to the comedy movie’s 25th birthday.
The 1987 film earned Robin Williams (Old Dogs) an Oscar nomination for his role as an unorthodox deejay who is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station during the war. His humor makes him popular with the troops, to the chagrin of middle management, but soon his job is affected by the realities of the war around him.
The other star in the drama-infused film is, of course, the soundtrack, including the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” to name a few. »
Iconic oddball actor Johnny Depp has recently taken on a surprising new role: producer. With his freshly minted production company Infinitum Nihil, Depp has had a hand in the production of his latest star vehicle The Rum Diary, as well as the upcoming Martin Scorsese kid-flick Hugo, and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation. And now Depp and co. have joined with Illumination Entertainment, the production company behind the upcoming Lorax feature, to develop a biopic about the life and works of Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Suess.
Depp is set to produce and could well take the lead in this proposed feature, which has already secured distribution through Universal Pictures. In fact, it seems likely that Depp will shoulder the role of Suess, as he has shown a penchant for leading biopics (Finding Wonderland, Blow, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco), and each of Infinitum Nihil’s »
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Johnny Depp's rise to fame spans over 25 years in Hollywood, with over 40 films under his name.
From his role in "Edward Scissorhands" to five "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies as Captain Jack Sparrow, "Extra" remembers some of the best quotes from Mr. Depp.
Check it out!
The Mad Hatter: "There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, »
Undercover cops in the activist spying operation will have dreamt of Point Break. It was deep cover with comedy pratfalls
'In 1978, the Us government waged a war against organised crime. One man was left behind enemy lines." That is the tagline for the movie Donnie Brasco, the story of an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the mafia. How do you think the trailer for the movie of the Metropolitan police's calamitous undercover spying operation would run? "For decades, Scotland Yard waged a war against pro-cycling campaigners and people worried about where some bats would go if a wood was reduced in size. Several were left behind enemy lines. But what they didn't bargain on was falling in love!"
Your cinephile ear may have detected the gear shift there, between searing underworld thriller and the sort of misconceived screwball comedy that bears the lottery funding kitemark. Actually, that's unfair. If the »
- Marina Hyde
There's something about the subject of gangsters that never gets old. Particularly the Hollywood variety, as depicted in films like "The Departed," "Get Shorty," "Snatch," "Donnie Brasco," HBO's "The Sopranos," and of course "The Godfather." They're all so cool, slick, watchable. It's that iconic allure that had us excited for Ruben Fleischer's next flick, "Gangster Squad," the moment it was announced.
The film is based on the L.A. Times' seven-part series, "Tales From The Gangster Squad," by writer Paul Lieberman, which revolved around the Lapd's war on infamous mobster Mickey Cohen. Heavy-hitter Sean Penn will play Cohen, and Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling will play two of the cops who try to bring him down, and always likable Emma Stone is in the mix as a sassy "siren" caught in a love triangle with Gosling's character and one of the gangsters.
Another familiar face in the cast is Anthony Mackie, »
- Kara Warner
The Gossip Girl star is the latest actress to join the growing list to turn down the role based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s take on the Jane Austen novel. The film is currently in development over at Lionsgate but this latest set-back puts serious doubt that the project will actually happen at all.
The project has already passed through the hands of directors David O. Russell (The Fighter), Mike White (School Of Rock writer) and Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco) before the studio finally settled on Fright Night’s Craig Gillespie.
- Craig Hunter
Memorably scripted by Oliver Stone and boasting a fine yet often overlooked ensemble cast, Scarface is a big movie in every sense. But what happened to the key players, both in front of and behind the camera, once the fake gunfire faded and the theatrical blood was washed away? Join us as we find out.
With a veritable catalogue of iconic performances to his name, it’d be hard to argue against the fact that Al Pacino is the finest – and most consistent – American actor to ever grace the silver screen.
From his first, small part in the 1969 independent movie, Me Natalie, through to his performance in the upcoming biopic of Phil Spector, Pacino’s career has always been eye-catching.
However, it was his appearance in the 1971 movie The Panic In Needle Park that properly kick-started his film-career. A bleak, verité style film, The Panic In Needle Park told the story of Bobby (Pacino) a hustling, drug addict in early 70s New York and his doomed relationship with fellow junkie, Helen (Kitty Winn).
An art house hit, The Panic in Needle Park »
If you were to peruse any greatest films of all time list chances are you would find a ‘gangster’ film pretty high up there, battling it out with the Jedis, Sharks and Tim Robbins.
But who exactly would come out on top if the wise-guys squared off against each other? Who’d end up sleeping with the fishes and who would reign supreme as the big screen don? (I’m done with the clichés now…)
So to celebrate the release of the ridiculously awesome looking Scarface on Blu-ray I thought I would compile said list, so here is a countdown of the Top 10 Gangster Films to ever hit the big screen and if you don’t like my list don’t put a horses head in my bed… Capiche?
(Okay, now I’m done…)
Based on some of the most infamous figures in organized crime history, directed, and written, »
- Gareth Bunkham
Coming your way in limited release on September 23rd, A Bird of the Air is a quirky, indie number that looks as charming as anything to come along in a while. Centered around a loner who finds a parrot, and embarks on a mission to return the bird to its rightful owner, it's a kind of quest film that spins out of control.
If the trailer is any real indication, my money is on this one coming together into a very solid effort, and one that I think many will find themselves watching again and again.
Below check out some more info, the trailer, and a few images, and find out if this one will make appearance near you.
A sassy parrot and a free-spirited librarian upend the well-ordered life of a solitary man.
Lyman (Jackson Hurst) is a loner, working the graveyard shift for the Courtesy Patrol. When a »
- Marc Eastman
There was a point in the 1990s where Michael Crichton's novel, Disclosure, was something of a must read. This was a book that dared to address sexual discrimination against men in the workplace, from that man who wrote the thing with all the dinosaurs. And thanks to that combination of factors, it shot up the charts and stayed there for a long time.
Also in the 1990s, Michael Douglas was riding high. Off the back of Basic Instinct, he was Hollywood's go-to guy if they wanted someone to have sex while wearing a jumper. And thus, when the movie version of Disclosure came together, in fairly quick time, he was the obvious choice for the male lead.
In case you didn’t know, the last Harry Potter film is coming out on July 15th. In countdown to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, I will be doing a bi-weekly series called “Harry Potter as Cinema”, starting with the first film in the series and working my way up to the final film. I will take an academic approach to the Harry Potter films as pieces of cinema, examining not only their quality but also what they are saying thematically.
Written by Steve Kloves
Directed by Mike Newell
Picking up right where Alfonso Cuarón left off, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire continues the maturation of the Harry Potter franchise shown in Prisoner of Azkaban. After Cuarón’s installment, Mike Newell faced the daunting challenge of bringing Jk Rowling’s doorstop to the screen and, for the most part, »
- Josh Youngerman
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