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Comedy deserves more respect. And that means, if you're going to cast against type, you need to do it properly...
Sitting through the drudge that was Little Fockers last year, I found myself growing more and more miserable at just how far Robert De Niro had fallen. Here was one of the finest actors of his generation, spewing out lines that Martin Lawrence might seriously consider asking for a rewrite on. And the joke of him playing against type, three films on, had long since worn off.
This whole idea of deploying an actor playing against type isn’t without merit, but it still needs good quality writing to pull it off. And then, an actor who can at least wrap their heads around the idea of what they’re doing. Look at Leslie Nielsen in Airplane!, with the trick being that he played it straight, without pretending to be anything he’s not. »
Courtesy Chazz: A Bronx Original Chazz Palminteri
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, Speakeasy is continuing its holiday spread of recipes and culinary advice from well-known chefs and foodies. Today’s offering: the veggie side dish.
The foodie: Oscar-nominated actor-turned-restaurateur Chazz Palminteri. Although best known for his work in such movies as “A Bronx Tale,” “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Analyze This” (and his recent stints on the TV series “Modern Family”), Palminteri has branched out into the foodie world »
- Charles Passy
Aside form his turns in comedies like Meet the Parents and Analyze This, back in 1983, Robert De Niro actually portrayed a comedian in Martin Scorsese's film The King of Comedy. Now the actor is taking another role as a comic with Deadline having a report on The Comedian, just one of many projects that will emerge from next week's American Film Market. Actor Sean Penn is returning to the director's chair and De Niro will play, Jackie Burke, a raging comic past his prime who clings to any recognition that comes from his days as a beloved TV character as he desperately attempts to reignite his stagnant career. Read on! Sentenced to community service for smacking a heckler in the head with a microphone (something every comic has dreamed of doing at one time or another), Burke sparks a new relationship with Harmony, a dazzling and defiant redhead who »
- Ethan Anderton
Margaret is the brain child of Analyze This, That, and Gangs of New York screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, who also wrote and directed You Can Count On Me. The film was shot back in 2005 with Lonergan at the helm and has since turned into a train wreck of epic proportions. Not only did it take nearly seven years for the film to get edited, but along the way several big names tried to help but were refused by Lonergan, only prolonging the process. Eventually, the financiers behind the film, Camelot Pictures, sued Fox Searchlight and Lonergan for .thwarting their efforts to complete the film.. Nasty stuff. Now in 2011, the film was released, if you can call it that, and the results are staggeringly bad. Shown on only two theaters country-wide, Margaret only pulled in about $7,500 over the weekend. The Projector provided us with some quick math that says that with NY »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 56 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us ! Header Photo: What If Fall 2011 Movie Posters Told The Truth ? CinemaBlend  lists the 10 Great Movies Featuring At Least 5 Oscar Nominated Actors  Un-Pixarfied  Toy Story. Mini-Geek Deal: Amazon  is offering 55% off Being Human: The Complete First, Second and Third Seasons on Blu-ray.  Today's t-shirt of the day on TeeFury  is a Star Wars/Cheers mash-up design "To All My Friends". Filmophilia  lists Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Top Five Roles  Today's t-shirt of Ript Apparel  is a »
- Peter Sciretta
It has been in the rumour mill since 2004, but the possibility has been made into a probability now that Peter Tolan (‘Rescue Me’, Analyze This) has completed a script for Baywatch, and handed it in to Paramount. However, if you are expecting a tongue-in-cheek romp, you may be in for a surprise. Tolan has described the premise as a not-so-cheesy comedy, in the vain of Stripes (Bill Murray, John Candy). The writer/director revealed the information on the Matthew Aaron Show podcast.
He elaborated: ‘It’s not based on the show in any way, though there are a couple of winks at the show…I don’t know anything about the show. I didn’t watch it in preparation for writing this.’
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
There have been a lot of rumors over the years about a "Baywatch" movie. At one point Eli Roth and Richard Kelly took on the project and were planning to make a comedy. The studio didn't like their pitch, but still considered that the comedic route is the way to go. Now, during an interview on the Matthew Aaron Show, writer Peter Tolan (Analyze This, "Rescue Me") revealed that he recently handed a new draft to the studio in hopes of getting production going. "It's not based on the show in any way, though there are a couple of winks at the show," he said. "I don't know anything about the show. I didn't watch it in preparation for writing this." Tolan went on to say that his draft has roles written for both David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, but they wouldn't be playing the characters they played on the series. »
Something unexpected has happened. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan's new film, Margaret, has gotten a release date. I know that doesn't seem like such a big deal, but if you knew the story behind its making, you'd be surprised as well.
Lonergan has been working on Margaret for about six years. Well, that's not quite accurate. Production wrapped in 2005. Then, Margaret went into the editing suite. And there it stayed. And stayed. You see, Lonergan was thought of highly enough to obtain final cut privileges on Margaret, which is strange since he's only made one other movie. But it's a wonderful movie.
Although he began as a playwright and broke into movies as the screenwriter of Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro's Analyze This, Lonergan is best known for the superb award-winning indie drama he wrote and directed back in 2000, You Can Count on Me, starring Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo. »
"Margaret" has been in the works since 2006, but it is only that we get a trailer as Fox Searchlight is finally planning to release the film. It stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Allison Janney and Kieran Culkin. Check out the trailer below. Plot: "Margaret" centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student (Paquin) who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world. The new movie is written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan »
High school is hard. You've gotta find someone to take your virginity, B- is not a good enough grade on a test, and ladies strolling babies are always getting hit by buses. Time to start writing in that journal, or blog as the kids do these days. A trailer for Margaret is finally seeing the light of day. The film was made way back in 2005 by Kenneth Lonergan (Analyze This). The bottom line on this issue is that it took him too damn long because he was struggling with trying to cut the film »
- Niki Stephens
The sophomore effort from You Can Count on Me director Kenneth Lonergan has been shifting around in the editing room for a little over six years, and while that might not be a good sign for Margaret, finally getting a limited release later this month, you might still be interested knowing that the film stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo. The trio and some other great actors (which you'll recognize in the trailer) star in this story about a 17-year-old New York City high-school student (Paquin) who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a tragic traffic accident that has claimed a woman’s life. Here's the official trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret originally from Apple: You can also download the Margaret official trailer in High Definition on Apple Kenneth Lonergan, director of You Can Count on Me and writer of Gangs of New York and Analyze This, »
- Ethan Anderton
Chaz Palminteri, star of such 90s classics as The Usual Suspects and Bullets Over Broadway, has signed up to join Barry Levinson‘s gangster film Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father, marking his return to the genre he is most famous for. Palminteri shall play Mafia boss Paul Castellano and is joining a stellar cast which already includes Al Pacino, John Travolta, Ben Foster and Kelly Preston. [Variety]
He had this to say on the subject:
“I have seen this film come together from the very start, and am pleased to be able to work alongside such great talent to bring this story to the big screen. I have been a longtime admirer of Barry Levinson and am looking forward to working with him.”
Although being very prominent in the 1990s, Palminteri has been starring in particurlarly mediocre films as of late which is a shame due to his considerable talent. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Variety reports that the already large cast of Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father is getting a little bit bigger with the addition of Chazz Palinteri. Palinteri will play the role of Mafia boss Paul Castellano in the film, which will start pre-production in September and start principal photography on-location in New York on January 3rd.
With an already interesting cast consisting of John Travolta and Al Pachino, I think the adding of Palminteri just strengthens the film production. What you think!
Here's the full press release:
Fiore Films, an independent production company, today announced that it has signed Chazz Palminteri to play the role of Mafia boss Paul Castellano in its feature film "Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father," which will begin pre-production in September and start principal photography on-location in New York on January 3.
"I have seen this film come together from the very start, and »
Our last update on the film had Ben Foster reuniting with director Barry Levinson for Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. With the actor taking the role of John Gotti, Jr. essentially the entire Gotti family has been cast. Now Variety has word on another great name joining the cast as someone outside of the crime family but still very much involved with the mob. Apparently Chazz Palminteri has landed the role of Mafia boss Paul Castellano, the man who succeeds Carlo Gambino as head of the Gambino crime family. It's after the murder of Castellano in 1985 that the elder John Gotti takes over the criminal organization. Between Analyze This and The Usual Suspects, the actor has had a wide array of experience in different types of crime films, but in this case, Palminteri is really excited to be working with a cast that also includes John Travolta, »
- Ethan Anderton
Fiore Films, an independent production company, today announced that it has signed Chazz Palminteri to play the role of Mafia boss Paul Castellano in its feature film Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father which will begin pre-production in September and start principal photography on-location in New York on January 3.
"I have seen this film come together from the very start, and am pleased to be able to work alongside such great talent to bring this story to the big screen," said Palminteri. "I have been a longtime admirer of Barry Levinson and am looking forward to working with him."
Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson and Academy Award-nominated writer James Toback, the same team that made Bugsy which earned ten Academy Award nominations, are completing a revised version of the original screenplay. Levinson is set to direct the all-star cast that also includes John Travolta, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston. »
As was announced by NBC programming chairman Robert Greenblatt at the TCAs in Los Angeles earlier this month, former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes is in talks to return to the small screen in a new comedy for the network. While details on the project were kept under wraps at the time, Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that the series will have Hayes starring as a gay man who is raising a 12-year-old boy with his partner.
While an NBC comedy may seem like an odd fit for the edgy scribe, prior to the boundary-pushing FX firefighter series, he also wrote for such hit half-hours as Murphy Brown and The Larry Sanders Show, in addition to scripts for »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sean Hayes’ return to TV just took another big step forward. The project is near a deal to sign Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan and his writer partner Michael Wimer — and wait until you hear what it’s about.
Tolan will serve as a writer and executive producer on the show, which will be produced by Universal Media Studios and Sony Pictures TV. EW has also learned the mysterious project’s logline: The untitled family comedy follows two men tasked with raising a 12 year old. If that broadcast sitcom concept sounds familiar, it’s because you haven’t heard the »
- James Hibberd
When you think of mafia movies, do you immediately hear the mournful trumpet from The Godfather’s elegant main title? Or do you hear Eric Clapton’s “Layla”? It’s the question at the core of a crucial cinematic debate. What is the greatest mob movie ever? Francis Ford Coppola’s epic drama, The Godfather? Or Martin Scorsese’s gritty masterpiece, Goodfellas? Even though Sonny would’ve been pals with Jimmy Conway, and Paul Cicero would’ve been welcome in Don Corleone’s home, these are two very different Italian-American filmmakers telling very different tales about the Italian-American experience. But »
- EW staff
He may not be particularly well known, but Ben Foster is an actor destined for big things, and he’s now been cast in another brilliant role, playing the son of mob boss John Gotti, Sr., in Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father, Deadline report.
That role is to be taken by the amazing John Travolta, perfect for the part, and I can’t wait to see Foster and Travolta starring opposite each other leading what’s sure to be an immense mob film.
We first heard back in January that Travolta was set to star as Gotti, Sr., so things have been looking pretty great from the get-go with this project. Alongside Travolta and Foster, the film is also set to star Kelly Preston, Joe Pesci, and someone you may or may not have heard of from earlier mob films, Al Pacino.
According to Deadline, though, Pesci is »
- Kenji Lloyd
Ben Foster has been cast as John Gotti's son in the upcoming gangster drama Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. He will be joining Al Pacino, Kelly Preston and John Travolta as the notorious New York criminal, Variety reports. Liberty Heights director Barry Levinson will be rewriting the script from Analyze This writer Leo Rossi ahead of shooting. Foster said: "Barry Levinson was the first director who took a chance on me. I have a career because of him. "I am deeply honoured for the opportunity to work with Barry and the amazing cast (more) »
- By Zakia Uddin
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