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Film Review: ‘The Art of the Steal’

18 March 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Real currency in the world ain’t money; it’s trust.” “There’s no such thing as one last job.” These and other canned bits of honor-among-thieves wisdom can be found in “The Art of the Steal,” a derivative heist thriller-comedy that passes painlessly enough at a brisk 90 minutes, but ultimately feels as disposable as the numerous counterfeit paintings that exchange hands throughout. Cast as estranged brothers trying to settle an old score by stealing (and forging copies of) priceless museum-based treasures, Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon collect their paychecks without breaking a sweat in this low-rent diversion, a lightly amusing riff on the many superior films of its type, including but not limited to the various iterations of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Italian Job.” The Canadian production is now in theatrical and VOD release through Radius-twc.

The Art of the Steal” feels wheezy from the outset, inundating the »

- Justin Chang

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EA Aims to Correct Missteps in Vidgame-to-Film Adaptations With ‘Need for Speed’

12 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The list of Hollywood franchises based on videogames pretty much begins and ends with Screen Gems’ “Resident Evil” series. But if Electronic Arts has its way, its Aaron Paul-starrer “Need for Speed,” which throttles into theaters March 14, not only will help DreamWorks launch its first such series but change the way games are translated to the bigscreen.

Having watched adaptations like “Prince of Persia” and “Tomb Raider” fail to live up to their vidgame successes, and projects like “Halo,” “Spy Hunter” and “BioShock” fall by the wayside, EA, the second-largest games publisher behind Activision Blizzard, decided to take more control of the development process.

“We wanted to go (to a studio) with a serious movie proposition,” not just a general offer to license the film rights to a game series, says Patrick O’Brien, EA’s VP of entertainment, who oversees the company’s film projects. “Need for Speed »

- Marc Graser

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Mark Wahlberg to Receive Generation Award at the '2014 MTV Movie Awards'

10 March 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

MTV announced today that Academy Award nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg will be honored with the MTV Generation Award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards for his brilliant body of work in the film and television industry. Check out a brief promo with the actor making room on his trophy case for the award.

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Wahlberg, known for his diverse film roles and television producer credits, will fittingly be presented the award by Entourage cast members Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon. This will mark the first public reunion for the cast ahead of their highly anticipated movie release in June 2015. Hosted by Conan O'Brien, the 2014 MTV Movie Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 13 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt.

Here's what Stephen Friedman, President of MTV, had to »

- MovieWeb

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Top 5 Movie Cars of All Time

8 March 2014 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

From the arrival of cinema and a train steaming into La Ciotat Station cinema audiences have long been in love with both the fast and the furious. The adage ‘the car’s the star’ has long been evident in Hollywood’s annals with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Herbie, the Batmobile or the family of Minis (Minions?) in The Italian Job taking centre stage and linger in the memory.

In association with the people from Van Monster we stood atop our internet tower and gazed at the past, then plucked five of the most iconic vehicles to appear in movies.

5) 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

As featured in: Smokey And The Bandit (1977)

Registration plate: Ban One

Hired by Texan double-act Big Enos and his son Little Enos to transport then-prohibited Coors beer to Georgia in under 28 hours, Bo ‘Bandit’ Darville requests a fast car to act as a blocker – a distraction for »

- Simon Williams

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‘Motorway’ Review

7 March 2014 3:15 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Shawn Yue, Xiaodong Guo, Barbie Hsu, Josie Ho | Written by Joey O’Bryan, Kam-Yuen Szeto | Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang

I don’t know what it is about cars in movies but they can be very entertaining.  Be it The Fast and The Furious in its various forms, Driver or even The Italian Job the non-stop action of high-speed racing and chases has always been popular.  Motorway (aka Che Sau) is a film that taps into this popularity and comfortably sites between Fast and Furious and Driver as a understatedly cool “cops and robbers” film that brings some brains to the car chase sub-genre.

When an overconfident rookie is confronted by a getaway driver who appears to be able to do impossible turns through the use of a unique drifting technique he seems to have found his match.  Taking him under his wing his veteran partner teaches »

- Paul Metcalf

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Jason Statham To Fight Side By Side With Susan Cooper

27 February 2014 10:38 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Jason Statham is at a major turning point in his career. Is he still a leading man? Well, perhaps a better question is, can you imagine him standing behind another leading man? Looking back on 2003.s The Italian Job, it seems improbable that Statham would need the help of Marky Mark and Seth Green in executing a heist. You watch Snatch today, with its collection of colorful names, and you wonder why Statham isn.t drop-kicking people. But when things are getting a bit stale for Statham, he knows when to mix it up. And his latest role is quite a shift: Variety confirms the rumors that Statham is attached to Susan Cooper, a major tentpole comedy starring Melissa McCarthy. Statham wouldn.t have to stretch too much, playing a British spy who aligns himself with McCarthy on assignment. McCarthy.s The Heat collaborator Paul Feig would be directing his »

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Hollywood Education: Our Favorite Movies Shot in the L.A. River

10 February 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

For those that live in Los Angeles know that the L.A. River is sort of a misnomer. While it was once the city's water source, the L.A. River is mostly a dry, concrete channel that snakes its way through most of the county towards the ocean (though it is possible to kayak through parts of it). Of course, if you're new in town like Michael "The Angry Ginger" Kittrell and the rest of his family, you may try to go fishing in the L.A. River like Michael and his Uncle "Big" John did in a recent episode of Reelz's Hollywood Hillbillies. Little did they know that the river is more commonly known as a location for movie shoots.

Hundreds of movies have used the L.A. River as a location, so we decided to narrow that down a bit and reveal some of our favorite movie classics »

- Ryan Gowland

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If the film is remade, it's not a 'classic'

9 February 2014 9:06 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...

In an article praising Paul Verhoeven’s original RoboCop, Tim Robey writes…

"RoboCop was a smash hit 27 years ago … And it has become an iconic touchstone of pulpy, provocative, giddily violent mainstream cinema, so much so that news of a remake – which reaches our screens this week – prompted widespread howls of dismay in the fan community, as if sacred ground was being trampled on."

Read the full article here.

Prompting these howls may be a sense of loss. The inevitable loss of credibility a film has when optioned for remake status. Watching The Godfather last night, I realised the film could never be remade. Of course, in the warped mind of a film studio perhaps we will see a foolhardy statement claiming the remake is under consideration, but it’ll never happen. Considering the purpose of remakes, I don’t believe The Godfather fits the bill. »

- Gary Collinson

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Weekend Box Office: 'Ride Along' Takes Top Spot for Third Straight Week

2 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jessica Herndon, AP Film Writer

Los Angeles (AP) - With Super Bowl Xlvii weekend in full swing, "Ride Along" remained strong, steering Universal Pictures into the No. 1 slot in a surprising three-week takeover at the box office.

Topping multiplex sales since setting a January debut record when opening over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $48.6 million, the buddy cop comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, made $12.3 million, as it nears a $100 million domestic total, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"I don't think anyone would have seen that coming," Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, said of "Ride Along."

Despite the looming viewpoint that films with a primarily African-American cast don't do well overseas, the domestic success of "Ride Along" could fuel its popularity overseas.

"Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are great stars and they are international stars at this point. The movie doing so well »

- The Associated Press

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Mark Wahlberg Will Host Kids’ Choice Awards

29 January 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Mark Wahlberg has been named the host of the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, the network announced today. Mark Wahlberg is certainly a talented and famous actor, but he does not really seem like an entertainer children would be hugely interested in. He has never been in a movie that was rated G. He's only been in one movie that was rated PG (and that's Invincible, which is hardly a kid classic). He's been in 9 PG-13 movies and 22 R-rated movies — and those are some hard Rs in there, too, like Boogie Nights, The Departed, The Fighter, and Ted. Are today's youths huge fans of Entourage? Is The Italian Job suddenly sleepover fare? What fascinating times we live in. »

- Margaret Lyons

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Legend Robert Evans Developing TV Series About ’70s Hollywood

29 January 2014 8:41 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Robert Evans, legendary '70s studio kingpin and America's Orangest Man, has seen some things in his time. In between producing “The Godfather,” “Chinatown,” “Rosemary's Baby,” “The Italian Job,” “The Conversation” and many others, Evans has found time to get married seven times, get convicted for dealing cocaine, plead the Fifth on his alleged acquaintance with a hitman, and write a bestselling memoir, “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” which is sort of like “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” if it had been rewritten as gonzo autobiography. Naturally, one man doesn't do all this without becoming a Hollywood legend—Evans is the basis for numerous knowing spoofs, including Dustin Hoffman's character in “Wag the Dog” and Martin Landau's on “Entourage” (and even a cynical studio boss in Orson Welles' unreleased “The Other Side of the Wind”). And naturally, a man as canny as Robert Evans doesn't become a »

- Ben Brock

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Legend Robert Evans Developing TV Series About ’70s Hollywood

29 January 2014 8:41 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Robert Evans, legendary '70s studio kingpin and America's Orangest Man, has seen some things in his time. In between producing “The Godfather,” “Chinatown,” “Rosemary's Baby,” “The Italian Job,” “The Conversation” and many others, Evans has found time to get married seven times, get convicted for dealing cocaine, plead the Fifth on his alleged acquaintance with a hitman, and write a bestselling memoir, “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” which is sort of like “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” if it had been rewritten as gonzo autobiography. Naturally, one man doesn't do all this without becoming a Hollywood legend—Evans is the basis for numerous knowing spoofs, including Dustin Hoffman's character in “Wag the Dog” and Martin Landau's on “Entourage” (and even a cynical studio boss in Orson Welles' unreleased “The Other Side of the Wind”). And naturally, a man as canny as Robert Evans doesn't become a »

- Ben Brock

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'Wahlburgers': Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg open up a brotherly Boston burger joint

22 January 2014 12:30 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Underwear models, superstar musicians, actors, producers, ex-cons -- what in the world do the Wahlbergs have left to prove? How about opening some hamburger joints in their hometown?

One of Boston's best-known families has taken to making delicious meat patties, and you can watch every tantalizing moment if you tune in to "Wahlburgers," premiering Wednesday, Jan. 22, on A&E Network. That's right, "Wahlburgers."

The unscripted series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the restaurant business as brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg return to Beantown and join forces with their older brother, Paul, in the new venture.

"It'll be called 'Wahlburgers,' just like the burgers," said Donnie when he announced the new series on "Arsenio." "[People] called us that as kids, they'd tease me, they'd say 'Wahlburger' -- if they weren't calling me 'Junior Jailbird,' because of my older brothers being inmates all the time. ... We got the last »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Trailer Trashin’: Johnny Depp Goes into the Machine in Transcendence

1 January 2014 9:24 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Happy New Year, dear readers! For all of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a good one, and it’s at last time for us to ring in 2014. This slightly belated first Trailer Trashin’ column of the year takes a look at another of my anticipated films of this year, Transcendence.

Premise: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. But in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed – to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall »

- Timothy Monforton

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