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Title: The Family Director: Luc Besson Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Tommy Lee Jones When Robert De Niro stars in a movie, it’s not hard to figure out what kind of character he’s playing. De Niro has spent decades cultivating his reputation as a tough guy on screen, and, despite some diversity mixed in, he has overwhelmingly shown a predilection for starring in gangster movies. In fact, he has mocked his mobster persona before, in the entertaining 1999 film Analyze This, opposite Billy Crystal, and its sequel, Analyze That. Forty years after his big gangster breakthrough in Mean Streets, De Niro is back in a [ Read More ]
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In the new movie The Family, Robert De Niro is back to what he's best known for: playing a gangster. This time, he's a mafia boss who enters the Witness Protection Program with his wife and kids after he snitches on others in the mob. And to give it an extended element of fish-out-of-water humor, the clan is relocated to a small town in France. His many wiseguy roles include another culture-clashing character in the comedy Analyze This and its sequel, Analyze That. The Italian-American actor has also played gangsters in The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Casino, Once Upon a Time in America and the animated Shark Tale, in which he voices a mob boss shark. In The Untouchables, he portrays one of the most famous gangsters of all time, Al Capone. He's also been many other career...
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The landmark HBO TV series had a depth greater than that of a film or novel – and a towering central performance by the late Gandolfini
For actors, physical type is often destiny: height, weight, hairline and colouring can all dictate whether they will play romantic leads, comic foils or villains. Burly and with a good line in surly looks – and with Italian-American heritage as well – James Gandolfini was always at risk of being stereotyped as a mobster or a heavy.
What was remarkable about The Sopranos, though, was that Gandolfini – and David Chase, creator of the HBO series, which ran between 1999 and 2007 – took a dramatic type that had become familiar in American popular culture, through The Godfather films and Goodfellas and other examples, and made it completely their own. They managed this despite the fact that even the variation on the Mafioso bloke that Gandolfini's Tony Soprano represented – the gangster »
- Mark Lawson
De Niro plays an ex-mobster who snitches on his old pals and is then relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. (Normandy is so much different than Lilyhammer.) The first half of the trailer plays like a classic fish-out-of-water tale with a violent twist: De Niro’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets back at some snooty Frenchmen by burning down their grocery store! His daughter (Dianna Agron, looking pleased to be free of the »
- Hillary Busis
Robert De Niro hasn’t exactly been shy about spoofing his history with mafia and other gangster movies. The results, however, have often been mixed, even within franchises such as Analyze This and Analyze That. Can Luc Besson – better known for action thrillers than comedy – make the idea work? We’ll find out once The Family arrives in cinemas, but for now the trailer is online. The film, formerly known as Malavita, finds De Niro as Giovanni Manzoni, a mobster who decides he’s had enough of the organised criminal life. But when he decides to inform on his old colleagues to the Feds, his safety is put in danger.So he and his family – including wife (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter (Dianna Agron) and son (John D’Leo) – are put into witness protection. After several unsuccessful attempts to have them settle somewhere in the States, they’re eventually sent to a »
An actor or filmmaker’s career is sure to have its ups and downs throughout. However, this can magnified when the talent is known for ground-breaking performances, in some of cinema’s most unforgettable masterpieces. Today, we’re celebrating the UK release of all-star romantic comedy, The Big Wedding, with a look back at some of the offerings of, arguably, the greatest living actor (although, Pacino will undoubtedly have something to say about that); two-time Academy Award-winner, Robert De Niro.
With an acting credit list of close to 100 films, we can’t look at them all, but we’ve focused on what we believe are Bob’s best, along with a few of his worst…
First coming to prevalence in Brian DePalma’s late 1960s cult trio Greetings, Hi Mom and The Wedding Party, before stand-out roles in gangster comedy, The Gang That Couldn’T Shoot Straight, and baseball drama, »
- Craig Hunter
To celebrate the release of The Big Wedding (in cinemas May 29th) HeyUGuys are giving three lucky readers the chance to win a bumper DVD prize pack which includes Magic Mike, Friend’s With Kids, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Dirty Dancing and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
With an all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro (Meet the Fockers, Analyze That), Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses), Diane Keaton (Morning Glory, Annie Hall), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) and Topher Grace (In Good Company), with Susan Sarandon (Shall We Dance) and Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), The Big Wedding is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.
To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to »
It was almost a year ago that we saw the first trailer for the ensemble comedy, The Big Wedding. Originally set to be released late last year, Lionsgate opted to push its release back to the spring, and now its arrival is finally imminent.
Hitting theatres at the end of next month in the Us, and at the end of May in the UK, the studio have released a new UK trailer and quad poster to give you a taste of what to expect.
With an all-star cast led by Robert De Niro (Meet the Fockers, Analyze That), Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses), Diane Keaton (Morning Glory, Annie Hall), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) and Topher Grace (In Good Company), with Susan Sarandon (Shall We Dance) and Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), The Big Wedding is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that »
- Kenji Lloyd
Will all of Robert De Niro's great "Silver Linings Playbook" work be undone in a blink of an eye? The actor has a solid shot at winning Best Supporting Actor tonight despite the fact that Tommy Lee Jones won the SAG award for "Lincoln" earlier this year (the best Oscar augur there is). But his work in David O. Russell's film will go down as one of his finest whether or not he wins. It was an incredibly authentic and charged performance imbued with the anger, frustration and heartache of being a parent struggling with a problem child, on top of the the realization he may have failed said offspring. De Niro's career in the aughts has gone dangerously close to Marlon Brando's late-career arc, which was hard to watch ("The Island of Dr. Moreau," "Don Juan DeMarco," "The Brave" which never even came out). There have »
- Edward Davis
It was announced today that Grindstone Entertainment has acquired North American rights in all media to the gritty thriller Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn (formally titled Goat) and will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In a separate deal, International rights have been acquired by Los Angeles-basedsales company, Recreation, helmed by founder and president Ariel Veneziano.
Produced by William DeMeo, Paul Borghese and newcomer Robyn K Bennett, written by DeMeo and Borghese who also directs the movie, Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn stars Golden Globe nominated and Emmy Award winning actor Armand Assante (American Gangster, HBO’s Gotti), Ice-t (New Jack City), Vincent Pastore (Goodfellas), Ja Rule (The Fast And The Furious), William DeMeo (The Sopranos), Cathy Moriaty (Raging Bull) and Paul Borghese (Transamerica).
The film tells the story of Bobby Baldano, who after serving several prison sentences, is finally out. Although desperate to honor his family who »
- Michelle McCue
After Robert DeNiro sent himself up in Harold Ramis’ gangster comedy Analyze This and its sequel Analyze That, it seems only fair that two of cinema most iconic actors familiar for playing ruthless mobsters should follow suit.
Michael Corleone and Frank White, or as we all know them as Oscar-winners Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, play Stand Up Guys Val and Doc, who reminisce about old times alongside fellow Academy Award-winner Alan Arkin’s Hirsch, after Val is recently released from prison. However, an order comes through from their boss to ‘whack’ Val, leaving the ‘old pals act’ in a tricky predicament.
The film, directed by Fisher Stevens, hits Us cinemas from the 1st February (a UK date is still awaited) but here we have the new one-sheet as well as a vivid international design using the same image. Don’t forget to check out the trailer out, if you »
- Craig Hunter
11 items from 2013
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