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Review: Amazon goes retro with '80s-set country club comedy 'Red Oaks'

7 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If any man alive has the right to argue for TV's recent ascension over movies, it would be David Chase. But "The Sopranos" creator has never seen it that way, telling me a few years ago that the only obvious advantage he thinks TV has is that "there’s more of it, and you can get into more detail. I guess maybe this is what it comes down to: in a television show, you can spend a lot of money on very little small things about people.” That ability to expand stories and drill down on characters has always been TV's greatest strength, but it's been particularly obvious with the migration of indie filmmakers to TV over the last few years. Shows like "Transparent," "Girls," "Togetherness," and Hulu's new "Casual" could have easily been made into 90-minute movies that played the festival circuit; instead, we get longer versions that really »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Sopranos' Edie Falco Signs On For Iraq War Drama

16 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In both The Sopranos, as well as Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco has played a strong woman who knows more than a thing or two about motherhood. Those skills are going to come in handy, as she's has signed on to star in the independent biopic Megan Leavey -  which recalls the title character's two tours of Iraq with her bomb sniffing combat dog Rex. Deadline reports that Falco, also of Nurse Jackie fame, will be playing Megan.s mother, coincidentally named Jackie Leavey, while Kate Mara will be playing the titular role of Megan. Directing them both is Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who is best known for the documentary Blackfish - a film which opened a floodgate of criticism against the aquatic theme park SeaWorld. Jennifer Monroe, Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon of Ld Entertainment will serve as producers on the project.  Megan Leavey will focus on the story of the Iraq »

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Frank Albanese Dies: Tough-Guy Actor In ‘The Sopranos’ & ‘Goodfellas’ Was 84

17 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Frank Albanese, a boxer-turned-actor who played Tony Soprano’s farm-owning “Uncle Pat” on The Sopranos and appeared in Goodfellas among other films, died Monday at a hospice on Staten Island, NY. He was 84. His death was confirmed by a local mortuary. A protégé of former middleweight champ Rocky Graziano, Albanese won more than a dozen fights before he career was cut short by a brain injury. Graziano eventually got him a bit role in the 1968 Kirk Douglas mafia pic The Brot… »

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Frank Albanese Dies: Tough-Guy Actor In ‘The Sopranos’ & ‘Goodfellas’ Was 84

17 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Frank Albanese, a boxer-turned-actor who played Tony Soprano’s farm-owning “Uncle Pat” on The Sopranos and appeared in Goodfellas among other films, died Monday at a hospice on Staten Island, NY. He was 84. His death was confirmed by a local mortuary. A protégé of former middleweight champ Rocky Graziano, Albanese won more than a dozen fights before he career was cut short by a brain injury. Graziano eventually got him a bit role in the 1968 Kirk Douglas mafia pic The Brot… »

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Frank Albanese, Tony’s Uncle on ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 84

20 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Frank Albanese, who played Tony Soprano’s uncle, retired mobster Pat Blundetto, in three episodes of “The Sopranos,” died Monday in a Staten Island, N.Y. hospice. He was 84.

Albanese, who performed on stage, in films and on television, was a longshoreman and then a successful boxer before becoming an actor.

With the help of middleweight boxer Rocky Graziano, who served as his mentor, Albanese got a tiny speaking part in Martin Ritt’s 1968 Mafia film “The Brotherhood,” starring Kirk Douglas, which enabled him to join the Screen Actors Guild; he subsequently studied acting with Uta Hagen, among others.

Albanese’s other credits included playing Paul Castellano in a reenactment on “America’s Most Wanted” as well as appearances in two “Godfather” films and in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”

He also guested on the soaps “As the World Turns” and “Loving” and appeared in the 1969 film “Goodbye, Columbus,” based on the Philip Roth novel. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Round-Up: Casper Van Dien Q&A, NBC’s Dracula Auction, 24 Hour Rental, Voorhees Stomp Video, The Hexecutioners

7 October 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In this morning's round-up, we have a Q&A with Casper Van Dien from the supernatural horror film, June. Also: details on Dracula's prop auction, XLrator Media's 24 Hour Rental, a video tribute to Friday the 13th Part VIII called "Voorhees Stomp", a new poster for The Hexecutioners, and release details for Krampus: The Reckoning.

Casper Van Dien Q&A: "June tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice) who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. And though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes, a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It’s only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily (Pratt) and Dave (Van Dien), that it looks as if things might finally work out. Except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul. »

- Tamika Jones

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First Trailer Arrives For New HBO Drama Vinyl

6 October 2015 4:39 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

What happens when you combine a legendary filmmaker with a legendary rock star? Vinyl, on HBO. The new drama hails from Terence Winter – creator of Boardwalk Empire – and boasts regular Winter collaborator Martin Scorsese, and Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger among its executive producers. The high profile project features a period setting, as it takes a close look at life in a New York City that is in the throes of a musical revolution.

“From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex-and-drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. Additional series regulars include Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, »

- Sarah Myles

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Season premiere review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Axis Mundi': We are spared

4 October 2015 7:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Leftovers" is back. I already published a very long (and even more thoughtful) interview with Damon Lindelof, and wrote a review of the first few episodes. Now I have thoughts on the season premiere itself, coming up just as soon as I ask for my bacon on a separate plate... "Something bad is gonna happen... to you." -Isaac All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again. No, "The Leftovers" didn't suddenly morph into a "Battlestar Galactica" spin-off — even though ("BSG" finale spoilers) both eventually wound up in caveman times — but watching the crazy, stunning prologue to season 2, it was hard not to think of Ronald D. Moore's pet phrase. We knew the series was going to relocate this year, and all change can be disorienting, but to open the new season not only a few thousand miles away from Mapleton, but millennia upon millennia in the past? »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ getting the remake treatment

30 September 2015 6:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Another remake? Shoot me.

Variety reports that the latest classic to get the remake treatment is John Ford’s 1962 film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The original starred John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, and Lee Marvin.

While the original was set in the old west, Variety reports that the remake may be set in a relatively contemporary period, such as 1980s Western Pennsylvania amid the retrenchment of the steel and auto industries. The decision by Paramount, who is producing the film, has not yet been made.

According to the report, Terence Winter, known for his screenplays for Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire, and The Sopranos was working on a script for the film but has since backed out. There is no writer attached now.

The original film starred Stewart as a newly arrived lawyer and Wayne as a cowboy who team up to kill the outlaw leader »

- Zach Dennis

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Paramount Remaking ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’

30 September 2015 5:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures is developing a remake of the classic John Wayne-James Stewart Western “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

Matt Jackson, the president of production at Im Global, is producing the remake. The project may be set in a relatively contemporary period, such as 1980s Western Pennsylvania amid the retrenchment of the steel and auto industries, but no decision has been made.

The studio has been seeking a writer for the remake. Terence Winter, whose credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos,” had earlier been attached to “Liberty Valance” but is no longer involved.

The original film starred Stewart as a newly arrived lawyer and Wayne as a cowboy who team up to kill the outlaw leader Liberty Valance (played by Lee Marvin), who has been terrorizing a frontier town. The black and white film was directed by John Ford and released by Paramount in 1962.

The film, »

- Dave McNary

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28 years ago today: ‘The Princess Bride’ opened in theaters

25 September 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

28 years ago today, “The Princess Bride” opened in theaters. The beloved comedy adventure was not an immediate hit. It was a modest success at the box office, but home video is where it really gained an audience and became a majorly quotable cult classic. Other notable Sept. 25 happenings in pop culture history: • 1953: Liberace made his Carnegie Hall debut for a sold-out crowd. • 1967: The Doors’ second studio album, “Strange Days,” was released. It went on to reach No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. • 1976: 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his school’s notice board that read, “Drummer seeks musicians to form band.” Later that day, in Mullen’s kitchen, there gathered a group that would come to be known as U2. • 1979: The musical “Evita” opened on Broadway following previews. Among the cast was Mandy Patinkin. • 1970: “The Partridge Family” premiered on ABC. • 1980: Led Zeppelin »

- Emily Rome

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Tony settles all Family business as 'The Sopranos' season 1 ends spectacularly

9 September 2015 6:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the final installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the season finale, “I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano," coming up just as soon as I remind you that I'm not a big Renee Zellweger fan... "Cunnilingus and psychiatry brought us to this!" -Tony David Chase, as many of you know by now, didn't want to make another TV show. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Chicago Med Admits The Wire's Marlyne Barrett as Series Regular

8 September 2015 5:42 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Another series regular is scrubbing into Chicago Med.

Marlyne Barrett, best known for playing Nerese Campbell on The Wire, has joined the NBC medical drama, our sister site Deadline reports. Barrett’s character, Maggie, is described as a “multi-tasking force of nature, a battle-ax with wit and sass.”

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But there’s a slight catch, at least for all you continuity sticklers out there: Barrett (pictured right) has already been featured on Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the short-lived Law & Order: Trial by Jury, making this her fourth »

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Rick And Morty: Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland interview

8 September 2015 5:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our Us chums chatted to the creators of Rick And Morty, season 2 of which starts in the UK on Fox this week...

If you make a lot of bad life decisions or you’re just old, you might be unaware that the best television show airing is Rick And Morty: a high-concept, sci-fi, animated, action-adventure comedy from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, about a kid and his sociopathic, alcoholic, genius scientist of a grandfather going on adventures across an infinite multiverse. If you’re British, you get a bit of a pass as the show is only just premiering in the United Kingdom, and how kind of you to wait for it and not realize how easy (and fun!) it is to steal stuff off the internet.

If you are someone still unacquainted with Rick And Morty, you’re most likely to know Dan Harmon as the creator of Community, »

- simonbrew

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Venice 2015 'The Clan' review

7 September 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ When General Leopoldo Galtieri launched Operation Rosario its failure, including defeat and humiliation in the Falklands (or Malvinas) in 1982, would lead to the end of his dictatorship and the tentative return of democracy to Argentina. It's in this period of uncertainty that Pablo Trapero's new crime thriller The Clan (2015), which screened today at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, is set. Young rugby player Alex Puccio (Peter Lanzani) seems a million miles away from the problems of politics. He's famed for his speed, enjoys playing the game and also going out with his teammates in order to bathe in public adulation. He lives in a traditional middle-class household in a nice suburb of Buenos Aires.

Sisters help each other with their homework; his young brother Guillermo (Franco Masini) obviously adores him; his mother Epifanía (Lili Popovich) teaches at the local school and the gentle patriarch is Arquímedes (Guillermo Francella), a »

- CineVue UK

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Review: 'Mr. Robot' wraps up season 1 with triumph, tragedy, and brilliance

2 September 2015 8:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Mr. Robot" just concluded its first season. I spoke with creator Sam Esmail about it at length, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as we use a dead puppy oven... "Come on!!!! I need to know what happened!" -Elliot What a fascinating, off-kilter, 100% "Mr. Robot" way to end this season. Everything about this show has always been off: the way characters so often are marginalized in the corner of a frame, or how we're so much inside Elliot's head that we feel like we're losing time right along with him. So it feels right — even if it may be frustrating for some — that the finale skips right past whatever Elliot and Tyrell did at the arcade, keeps Tyrell missing in action entirely, and just jumps us into the strange new world where fsociety has seemingly won and plunged the world into financial chaos. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Paladin, Michael Mailer partner to release 'Friends And Romans'

2 September 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mark Urman’s distribution company and the film’s producer will release the farce in October.

Friends And Romans stars Michael Rispoli and Annabella Sciorra and features eight cast members from The Sopranos including Tony Sirico, Paul Ben-Victor, Anthony DeSando and Katie Stevens. Christopher Kublan directed.

The Staten Island-set story charts an aspiring actor’s bid for respectability as he and his friends stage Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, only for the FBI to mistake the production for a mafia front.

The film opened the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival and won the audience award for best narrative feature at the Boston International Film Festival.

The film will open in late October in Philadelphia and Providence, Rhode Island, before heading to New York in November. »

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Round-Up: Fire City: End Of Days Trailer, Mile High Horror Film Festival 2015 Lineup, Aquarius S1 Blu-ray, When It’S Over

2 September 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The end of days is nigh in the new trailer for Fire City: End of Days, directed by Tom Woodruff Jr. Also: new programming announcements from the 2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival, release details for Aquarius Season 1 and zombie web comic When It's Over.

Fire City: End of Days: Press Release: "Burbank, CA - Academy Award Winning Creature and Character Effects Designer Tom Woodruff Jr. makes his highly-anticipated directorial debut with Fire City: End of Days, hitting DVD and Digital October 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Set in a world where demons live among us, this exhilarating vitrine of effects and action sees a hard-boiled demon named Vine confronted with the ultimate choice between the salvation of his own kind and the life of an innocent human girl. Tobias Jelinek (Hocus Pocus), Danielle Chuchran (Saga: Curse of the Shadow), Glee’s Harry Shum Jr, and Kristin Minter (TVs E.R) star. »

- Tamika Jones

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Scorsese (Costly) Short Featuring the Director, DiCaprio, and De Niro Has Been Pulled from Venice Festival

29 August 2015 6:29 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »

- Anna Robinson

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