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Robert De Niro has hit one more record! In a “horrifying” new study he has “died” on screen more than any other Hollywood star!
“The long kiss goodnight. The big dirt nap. Kickin’ the toilet. Buying the farm. 187 (cop code in some countries)…”
There are so many urban names for death. Reaching the top of the Hollywood usually means you play the hero, get the girl, and ride into the sunset. But sometimes, you don’t even make it to the final fade out. Sometimes, you just have been put out of your misery. These guys have had maybe not the best but certainly the most death scenes on the film:
1. Robert De Niro (14 films)
Bloody Mama, Bang the Drum Slowly, Mean Streets, Brazil, The Mission, Cape Fear, This Boy’s Life, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein , Heat, The Fan, Jackie Brown(high ranked), Great Expectations, 15 Minutes and Hide & Seek
- Nikola Mraovic
ChaCha put together a list of actors who have died the most in their movies. Topping the list is Robert De Niro with fifteen deaths, including ones in "Cape Fear," "Frankenstein" and "Jackie Brown." Bruce Willis also made the list and was actually killed twice by his ex-wife Demi Moore in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Brad Pitt is in top ten as well, but his deaths are a bit odd. He died in "Cool World," but returned as an animated character. He died in "Fight Club," but never actually existed. And he died in "Meet Joe Black," but came back as Death. The list is far from perfect, since it doesn't include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Titanic, Blood Diamond), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, La Confidential), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea, True Romance, Jurassic Park), or John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Punisher). Plus, there »
I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.
As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.
We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »
- Matt Holmes
Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped that the three things you need to make a good film are a “good script, a good script and a good script.” In February 1998 however the Academy voters decided to ignore these pearls of wisdom, much like they ignored the achievements of Hitchcock himself, when they chose to reward Titanic with a Best Picture win despite the film lacking a screenplay nomination.
This was the first time this had transpired in over thirty years and pretty much confirmed the idea that Titanic was being praised as a spectacle even though it has been proven time and time again that any spectacle without the benefit of good storytelling is only impressive until the next spectacle comes along. L.A. Confidential on the other hand which is as fresh and watachable in 2010 as it was thirteen years ago compliments the quote that “good storytelling never goes out of fashion. »
- Laurent Kelly
On Friday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend a half-hour with the actress Kirsten Dunst, who is receiving the best reviews of her career — and even best supporting actress Oscar buzz — for her performance as a woman in a troubled marriage who disappears under mysterious circumstances in Andrew Jarecki’s crime-thriller “All Good Things” (Magnolia, 12/3, R, trailer). (The film was inspired by the true story of a woman named Kathie Durst who has been missing since 1982.)
Dunst, who is even more beautiful in person than she is on screen (she would have made a great Hitchcock blonde!), is just 28 years old, but she has already accumulated more than 20 years of acting credits. She made her big screen debut at the age of eight in Woody Allen’s “New York Stories” (1989), followed shortly thereafter by a performance as Tom Hanks’s daughter in “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1990). Her breakthrough »
- Scott Feinberg
It has just been announced that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are currently developing an international thriller that will shoot between now and Fall 2011. No need to worry folks, Triple Frontier is not going to be affected by this indie project.
Details on the story are scarce at the moment. It is said to focus on black ops and is based on on a true story that appeared in printed form. There is not a script as of yet for the film, but the plan would be for Boal to write and Bigelow to direct. This is the same method used for the Oscar winning film The Hurt Locker.
This project is currently being shopped to attain financing and is very similar in cost to Hurt Locker, which also pulled together it's financing quickly.
Sean Penn is at the top of his game in Fair Game, the fact-based story of the beautiful, super-sexy secret agent Valerie Plame and her patriotic diplomat husband Joe Wilson and how the corrupt, fascist Bush administration deliberately tried to crush them by revealing her super-top-secret identity as a CIA operative in order to punish the heroic Wilson for speaking truth to power about the Bush-Cheney-Rove axis of evil. Val and Joe were not particularly political until they discovered the wrong information and if the sinister Bush administration hadn’t suppressed this information and smeared them, there might have been no Iraq war, and untold thousands of lives would have been saved!! And just like in All The President’S Men it all ends with a trail pointing directly to the White House and the cover of Vanity Fair !!……Yes, the spinning continues, Hollywood is still churning out anti-Bush movies, »
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – It all seems perfectly simple to Dr. Jack Kevorkian. When a person is suffering, and recovery isn’t an option, what’s the point of elongating the agony? Should medical professionals force that person to live in pain or grant his (or her) wish to die in peace? The answer is a no-brainer for Kevorkian, whose perspective is unclouded by the complications of “religious dogma.”
Barry Levinson’s terrific HBO biopic, “You Don’t Know Jack,” paints an endearing and humane portrait of a controversial figure many deemed to be a killer. Though Dr. Kevorkian is depicted as a flawed and difficult individual, the film’s perspective on his work is clearly one-sided. The doctor’s no-nonsense approach to serving his patients resulted in his invention of the “Mercitron,” a machine that offers a painless method for suicide. Levinson and screenwriter Adam Mazer view Kevorkian’s opposition (mainly embodied »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
David Mamet's efforts were dashed last year when his follow-up to Redbelt, a reframed look at the life of Anne Frank, was put into turnaround at Disney for being "too dark". Fans of Mamet were surely less than thrilled by this development, but now he has a new project in the works that could be just as interesting. In conjunction with HBO Films, Mamet will write and direct a film about Phil Spector, the celebrated record producer turned murderer. Starring in the film is none other than Al Pacino, who's not only the same age as Spector, but also shares his wild-eyed glare. Will he also be sporting Spector's infamous gaudy wigs? We can only hope. Serving as executive producer on the film is Barry Levinson (director of Rain Man, Sleepers, and Wag the Dog), as per the report from The New York Times. It's unclear whether the film »
- Adam Quigley
--By Max Evry
Movies based on or inspired by real life events are commonplace, but every once in awhile one comes along that taps into something so current it hits a raw nerve with the public. This week sees the release of such a film, David Fincher's "The Social Network," based around the founding of the Facebook website, which -- at over 500 million users and counting -- is dominating human interaction the way arguably no device has since the telephone.
Currently at the height of its popularity, Facebook has been an accelerator pad for public discourse, and Fincher's film and its depiction of founder Mark Zuckerberg (the world's youngest billionaire) is less a biopic than a document of history still being written. Whether Zuckerberg and his website will still have the sway it has today five years from now is anybody's guess, but we're going to take a »
- MTV Movies Team
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Casting news out of Hollywood this morning. Demi Moore, Thomas Haden Church and Kate Bosworth have been added to the list of actors starring in Sam Levinson’s “The Reasonable Bunch,” a comedy about family members squabbling during a wedding.
The trio joins Martin Landau, Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn, who’ve already been cast in the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Why are we interested? Because Sam is the son of director Barry Levinson, who certainly knows his way around ensemble comedies, having helmed such winners as “Diner,” “Sleepers,” and “Wag the Dog.” It will be interesting to see what type of storytelling voice Sam has. I missed his directorial debut, “Devil in My Shoes,” though it also starred Barkin.
“Bunch” begins shooting in New York later this month.
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- Sean O'Connell
It's been a long time since I've said, "You know, that movie needed more Dustin Hoffman." Hard to blame the guy for cashing checks, but his last Oscar nomination was 13 years ago, and that - for Wag the Dog - was really a sign of a bad year. I mean, Robin Williams won an Oscar that year. Ditto Kim Basinger. ...And Helen Hunt.
So Hoffman is having fun and that's fine, except that he's incredibly hammy these days. He gave us a lot of good performances once upon a time, however. But when you read that Hoffman will be back for Little Fockers - or Meet the Parents: Little Fockers, as it insists on being called - you have to wonder what's wrong with the movie.
The Other Hoff was offered a chance to return but passed, probably over money but officially because he didn't think it was worth scheduling »
Story details on the project are unknown, but shooting kicks off next month in the Carolinas.
At last report Levinson was attached to direct a biopic on activist Jack Healey and an adaptation of Anatoly Kuznetsov's novel "Babi Yar." »
- Garth Franklin
It's a slow news evening/morning, so please bear with this very brief news item. According to Production Weekly's Twitter feed, filmmaker Barry Levinson (Sphere, Wag The Dog, Rain Man) is planning on taking the helm of an indie sci-fi thriller entitled Isopod. Production is said to be beginning next month in both North and South Carolina, and that's pretty much all we know. I did however Google Search "isopod" and, well, if you get easily creeped out by the sight of Enormous »
- George Merchan
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Sony Pictures has announced that Barry Levinson, the man who gave us Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Bugsy, Wag The Dog and a plethora of other projects, has signed on to direct Brother Jack, a film based on the life of human rights activist Jack Healey. Most recently, Levinson has focused his efforts on television fare such as You Don't Know Jack, which garnered a boatload of Emmy nominations. Bit of a thing for blokes called Jack?
It seems Levinson is attracted to strong, real-life characters, as Jack Healey - not unlike Jack Kavorkian (subject of You Don't Know Jack) - is quite an interesting man. The former Franciscan monk and Catholic priest has dedicated his life to making human rights a priority on a global level, as well as inspiring youth to support non-violent activism. The film will focus on Healey's life as he leaves the priesthood »
Columbia Pictures has announced that Barry Levinson (The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Disclosure, Wag the Dog, Bandits, Man of the Year, What Just Happened) will direct Brother Jack, a movie that tells the life story of human rights activist Jack Healey. The coming of age story of an idealist who leaves the priesthood for a life on the streets and successfully wages a one man war to elevate the issue of human rights. The screenplay is being written by Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks, Bandits, Less Than Zero), with a current rewrite by Kelly Masterson. Read the full press release after the jump. Barry Levinson Attached To Direct “Brother Jack,” Life Story Of Human Rights Activist Jack Healey, For Columbia Pictures And Mosaic Culver City, Calif., July 8, 2010 – Academy Award®-winning director Barry Levinson is attached to helm the film Brother Jack for Columbia Pictures, it was announced today by »
- Peter Sciretta
The story follows Jack Healey, a priest who abandoned the cloth to live on the streets where he raised issues regarding human rights. Healey, who will produce the film, also heads up the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Action Center using art and new technology to stop human rights abuses.
Harley Peyton penned the screenplay which Kelly Masterson will perform a re-write on. Levinson is just coming off the highly successful HBO TV movie "You Don't Know Jack" about Jack Kevorkian which scored 15 Emmy nominations this morning. »
- Garth Franklin
Isabelle Fuhrman, who starred in Warner Bros.' Orphan last summer, is joining the cast of Salvation Boulevard , to be directed by George Ratliff. She joins a cast that includes Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, Jim Gaffigan, Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei and Yul Vazquez. Based on the book by Larry Beinhart ( Wag the Dog ), the comedic thriller is set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor. Ratliff and Douglas Stone wrote the script. »
Casting Tidbits. Shaken, not stirred. First up, Variety has news expanding the already impressive line-up of actors in Salvation Boulevard, as the trade announces that Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear and Marisa Tomei will be joining the already cast Pierce Brosnan, Jim Gaffigan and Ed Harris in the George Ratliff directed comedic thriller (based on the book from Wag the Dog writer Larry Beinhart) which centers on a former Deadhead turned born-again Christian who finds himself on the run from some fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor. That's blasphemy! Next, THR reports that up and coming actress Jessica Chastain has also joined The Fields as the female lead opposite Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the story based on a real-life series of unsolved murders in a stretch of bayous where as many as 70 bodies have turned up over the past »
- Ethan Anderton
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