10 items from 2016
This tale of a federal agent who went undercover among Colombian drug lords, adapted from Robert Mazur’s memoir, is indulgent and interminable
Brad Furman gave us the smart La thriller The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey in 2011, which got me wondering if he shouldn’t be taking on adaptations of Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen. Now he directs this stodgy, shapeless and almost endless Miami drug-ring drama starring its executive producer, Bryan Cranston. It feels like playing five hours of Grand Theft Auto. The Infiltrator is adapted from the memoir by Robert Mazur, a federal agent who went undercover among Colombian druglords associated with Pablo Escobar and helped bring down his crooked banking infrastructure; the screenwriter who adapted Mazur’s book is the director’s mother: Ellen Brown Furman. Cranston does a reasonable job as Mazur, the veteran undercover operative and happily married man who almost betrays himself at »
- Peter Bradshaw
July 26 would have been the 88th birthday of Stanley Kubrick, one of Hollywood’s all-time greats. His output was slim — only 13 films in a 40-year career — but his batting average was very high.
Over the decades, Variety chronicled his various films, including “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It began filming in London in December 1965, aiming for a Christmas 1966 release. In September 1966, MGM president Robert H. O’Brien told Variety that the film had been delayed and its original $6 million budget wasn’t enough. “Stanley is an honest fellow and he simply admitted to me that he hadn’t anticipated the tremendous technical problems he’d have with all the fantastic special effects he wanted. For $6 million, we could have had a Buck Rogers sort of thing, but for the extra million we’ve got what we originally planned. Should we have told him to stop at $6 million? Why have Buck Rogers »
- Tim Gray
In a 2005 episode of “Entourage” a super-agent played by Malcolm McDowell tells Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold that his eight-year-old daughter knew that Johnny Depp was going to be a star when she watched “Platoon.”
“You showed her ‘Platoon’ when she was eight years old?” the hyper-caffinated Gold asks incredulously.
The joke may be about bad parenting, but the reality is that Depp was marked for stardom by Hollywood almost from the time he first turned heads in the Vietnam drama. After a brief detour into teen heartthrob-dom with the TV show “21 Jump Street,” Depp began justifying that initial enthusiasm, amassing well received turns in the likes of “Ed Wood” and “Edward Scissorhands.”
The movie industry was so convinced that the actor possessed that rare alchemy of talent and charisma that marks a true star, that it stuck by Depp for over a decade until he found his box office footing. »
- Brent Lang
According to The Wrap, Elizabeth Rodriguez may be poised to join Hugh Jackman for his final turn as mutant berserker Logan in director James Mangold's The Wolverine sequel. As has become customary with the casting announcement for this movie, no details on her character are provided - though she would apparently play a "small but key role" in the story. Rodriguez last appeared on season 1 of Fear The Walking Dead (spoiler alert), but she's also starred in the likes of Orange is the New Black, Grimm, Six Feet Under, Blow, and Miami Vice. The follow-up to The Wolverine will also star Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant and Elise Neal. The movie is set for release on March 3, 2017. »
It all started here.
AMC’s Fear The Wallking Dead first season is now available as a special edition on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD.
The television series is based in the same universe with The Walking Dead as it explores the beginning of the undead apocalypse through the perspective of a torn family in Los Angeles. As they’re trying to cope with civilization breaking apart around them—the family tries to forcibly evolve to survive, to reinvent themselves and to even embrace the darkness as the story unfolds.
The cast includes Frank Dillane (Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince), Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2), Ruben Blades (Safe House), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The Devil’S Hand), Elizabeth Rodrigues (Orange Is The New Black) and Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek).
- Gig Patta
George Jung's gone from filthy rich drug smuggler to dirt poor unemployment ... but that's finally paying off for him with a reality TV gig about poverty. Of course, Johnny Depp played Jung in "Blow" -- portraying his heyday in the drug game, but since getting out of prison in 2014, he's struggled big time to make a buck. All of which made him perfect for "Poverty Sucks" ... a reality show produced by Tremendous Films. Producers tell »
- TMZ Staff
Happy birthday, Emma Roberts! The stunning blonde is turning 25 today, meaning it's been 15 years since the actress got her big break at just 10 years old, playing Johnny Depp's daughter in Blow. And from her days as a child star to now, Roberts has done quite an exceptional job at the family business (Dad's Eric Roberts and her aunt, in case you didn't know, is Julia Roberts), starring most recently as the painfully hilarious Chanel Oberlin in Scream Queens and changing roles with ease on different seasons of American Horror Story. But rewind quite a few years and the birthday girl was not quite the red carpet stunner she is today. Yep, that's »
Emma Roberts freaked all of us out during the first season of Scream Queens, but before she was cast as the downright evil queen bee Chanel Oberlin, Emma was just a little girl from a big Hollywood family, growing up in front of the cameras. Emma is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of Oscar winner Julia Roberts; she made her big-screen debut playing Johnny Depp's daughter in 2001's Blow and became the star of the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous three years later. Things came full circle for Emma when she starred with her aunt Julia in the 2010 movie Valentine's Day and went on to be featured in two seasons of American Horror Story (she's also slated to pop up in Hotel). As one of creator Ryan Murphy's TV darlings - and with her hilarious recent role on Scream Queens - we wouldn't be surprised if »
- Brittney Stephens
Today’s great workout song is going to be “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. This is a 70s song with some serious pop. I first heard this song in the movie Blow. I don’t care who you are, how dorky you are, and in what setting you’re in, this song immediately puts you in “I’m just going to absolutely tear it up right now” kind of a mood. So if you feel lethargic, tired, not in the mood for anything right now you can thank me for bringing this song to the table today and getting you out of whatever funk
- Nat Berman
Set up in front of a camera slathered in gauze and clad in a wide-brimmed hat that kept his eyes shadowed throughout, Fallon's performance paid homage to Dylan's during the Rolling Thunder Revue, while the instrumentals were a perfect pastiche of the musician's mid-Sixties output.
Fallon's vocal impression was spot-on as he delivered Drake's tale of contemporary heartbreak with all the agony and chutzpah of pained, »
10 items from 2016
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