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Revenge of the Green Dragons | Review

20 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga

Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons, which is no surprise considering he famously remade Lau’s 2002 film Infernal Affairs as The Departed (2006). Featuring a gritty period portrait of gangland warfare in New Your City, it’s clearly the sort of material that Scorsese seems to be attracted to, and thematically, one could even say there are influences of titles like Mean Streets (1973) or Goodfellas (1990) in the mix, with slight homages here and there. But the similiarites are only skin deep. This saga, which is actually based on fact, feels too zany and forthright, any realistic human elements crushed beneath its predilection for exaggerated, dramatic performances and hyperviolence.

In 1983 Flushing, a young boy, Sonny, crosses into the Us without parents. Snakehead Mama (Eugenia Yuan), head of a Chinese »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Movies: 30-21

17 October 2014 6:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. No Country for Old Men (2007)

Scene: Coin Flip

Video: http://youtu.be/0iAezyDzj0M

There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Harris as 87th Academy Awards Host. Good Choice?

15 October 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »

- Steve Montgomery

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Justin Chon Loves These 5 Gang-Related Movies & TV Shows

15 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You might know Justin Chon as the star of the raunchy comedy "21 & Over," but this fall, the actor gets serious in the bloody crime film "Revenge of the Green Dragons."

Set in 1989 New York, the action movie follows two immigrant brothers who join the ranks of a Chinatown gang to survive the impoverished city. Before long, the brothers draw the unwanted attention of New York's hard-boiled cops. "Revenge of the Green Dragons" also unites crime film veteran Martin Scorsese (Executive Producer) with Hong Kong-born director Andrew Lau. As you may remember, Scorsese famously adapted Lau's "Infernal Affairs" (2004) into the Oscar-winning "The Departed" (2006).

Chon recently revealed his five favorite gangster movies and TV shows to Moviefone. He had us at "Cool Hand Luke."

"Revenge of the Green Dragons" is available on DirecTV now and hits theaters October 24. »

- Moviefone Staff

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Best Picture Nominees at the Box Office

14 October 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

After first premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Robert Downey Jr.’s The Judge opened in theaters Friday to a disappointing weekend run at the box office.

Even with Downey’s name attached to the project and strong campaigning for the film, the $50 million movie made $4.4 million on its opening night and a total of $13.3 million as of Sunday. It fell fifth at the box office, behind David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which made $26.8 million during its second weekend; Dracula Untold and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which both opened this weekend; and Annabelle, which made $15.9 million during its second weekend.

Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said, “We’re a little disappointed in the results for The Judge, since we were hoping to do at least $15 million,” but word of mouth could help the film find »

- Anjelica Oswald

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5 Gangster Movies That Harry Shum Jr. Would Fight For

14 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

While he's best known for his role on the hit show "Glee," Harry Shum Jr. takes his talents to the big screen this fall in the crime film "Revenge of the Green Dragons."

Set in 1989 New York, the action movie follows two immigrant brothers who join the ranks of a Chinatown gang to survive the impoverished city. Before long, the brothers draw the unwanted attention of New York's hard-boiled cops. "Revenge of the Green Dragons" also unites crime film veteran Martin Scorsese (Executive Producer) with Hong Kong-born director Andrew Lau. As you may remember, Scorsese famously adapted Lau's "Infernal Affairs" (2004) into the Oscar-winning "The Departed" (2006).

Shum recently revealed his five favorite gangster movies. Did Scorsese make the cut? Check out his list below.

"Revenge of the Green Dragons" is available on DirecTV now and hits theaters October 24. »

- Moviefone Staff

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'The Gambler,' Starring Mark Wahlberg, Lands Surprise AFI Fest Premiere

13 October 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"The Gambler," Brit director Rupert Wyatt's follow-up to smart blockbuster "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," will come out of the woodwork for an AFI Fest gala premiere at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars, on November 10. Written by William Monahan ("The Departed"), this remake of Karel Reisz' 1974 thriller follows Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg, stepping into James Caan's shoes), an English professor and high-stakes gambler who borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and hands over his own life as collateral. As he enters an illicit underground world (what else is new?), Bennett juggles his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange), a loan shark (John Goodman) and a relationship with a student (Brie Larson). The film is produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. With a limited window to promote the film as he shoots "Ted 2," Wahlberg is happy to return to AFI Fest (November. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

11 October 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »

- Andre Soares

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The Academy’s Producer Dilemma

8 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Determining which producers can receive recognition at the Oscars for a best picture nomination has been debated for years, particularly since Shakespeare in Love (1998) won at the 71st Academy Awards. This could be up for debate again this year due to the potential exclusion of two Boyhood producers during the upcoming Oscars. As first reported by The Wrap, John Sloss, a lawyer and producer, and Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films — which financed and distributed the film — are listed as producers on the film, but they were not recognized by the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

The rules for producers and nominations have changed multiple times since 1999, with the most recent change made this year. The rule states that two-person producing teams could count as a single “producer” should the team meet specific requirements. Here’s a brief look at the history and controversy behind »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Ray Winstone: 'Jack Nicholson and I just didn't click on The Departed'

8 October 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ray Winstone has revealed he and Jack Nicholson didn't get on when the pair filmed The Departed.

The actor played right hand man Arnold 'Frenchy' French to Nicholson's Frank Costello in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning 2006 film.

He said: "Me and Jack did not seem to get on too well. Maybe he was going through a funny time. Everyone else loves him to death - I just wanted him to be a great guy.

"We just did not click... on the film it works and all that, you know? I'll probably meet him tomorrow and he'll be as good as gold, you know? It happens sometimes, you know."

Winstone was speaking at a BAFTA Life In Pictures event held in his honour, and he also described how he persuaded Scorsese to give him the role of Frenchy.

"I went to see Marty in the Dorchester Hotel," he recalled. "It was Sunday morning, »

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First Look: Mark Wahlberg Lost 60 Pounds For The Gambler Thriller

8 October 2014 4:03 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Thanks to USA Today, we now have the first photos from the upcoming "The Gambler" thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) from a script by William Monahan (The Departed). Check out the photos below. In the film, Wahlberg plays a college professor with a serious gambling addiction that gets him in trouble with local gangsters. For the role, Wahlberg lost a whopping 60 pounds after "Transformers: Age of Extinction." "Forget losing the weight. Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding," Wahlberg explained. "It meant being able to have the comfort to really understand and say those words." Obviously the actor would like to forget about "The Happening," in which he already played a teacher. That weight loss is enough evidence to show that Wahlberg loves "The Gambler." "My character is in every scene, but »

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First Images From The Gambler

7 October 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

After dodging giant robots and running around a lot for Michael Bay in Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Mark Wahlberg’s spent time since dealing with something a little more down to Earth in Rupert Wyatt’s new film The Gambler. The first images are now online. The Gambler follows a literature professor whose gaming addiction lands him in trouble with his girlfriend, his family and some nasty gangsters. The Departed’s William Monahan wrote the new iteration of the script, which was penned for the original 1974 version by James Toback."This is a man who has everything – wealth, looks, education," Wyatt tells USA Today. "But he's trapped in a gilded cage of privilege. He sets out on this journey to rid himself of all material possessions – to blow it all up – a quest to strip himself to get back to zero."For Wahlberg, the biggest challenge was not the weight »

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First Look: Mark Wahlberg Bets in Awards Contender 'The Gambler'

7 October 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

One of the films sneaking up on awards season this winter is The Gambler from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. It's a remake of the 1974 drama of the same name about a college professor (Mark Wahlberg) with an unhealthy gambling addiction that puts his girlfriend (Brie Larson) and mother (Jessica Lange) at risk. Believing Wahlberg as an inventor in Transformers: Age of Extinction was tough, but the actor shrunk down 60 pounds to look like a legitimate teacher, and we have a first look at the film. Just like our glimpse at American Sniper came out of nowhere, expect the first trailer very soon. Look! Here's the first photos from Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler from USA Today: The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist) and written by William Monahan (The Departed, Edge of Darkness). The film »

- Ethan Anderton

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Satanic Sunday: Ranking Portrayals of the Devil

5 October 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s hard to nail down the personification of the ultimate evil. The Prince of Darkness deserves to be more than just a cackling, dark figure in the background or an over-the-top sleaze.  This is an angel who has been cast out of Heaven and carries a major grudge. Neglecting the depth of his pain or not seizing the opportunity to have a little fun in the exercise of his machinations is always a problem, with no discernible representation able to strike a perfect balance yet. The best contemporary performances on film leave something to the imagination and twist our perception of the iconic role just enough to make it seem fresh or threatening. What follows is a list of cinematic Satans that have made an indelible impression, ranked from worst to best.

Gabriel Byrne in “End of Days

Gabriel Byrne in End of Days (1999)

Byrne is a talented actor »

- Lane Scarberry

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Ray Winstone’s BAFTA Talk On Tough Guys, ‘Noah’ & Working With Scorsese

5 October 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

BAFTA’s latest Life In Pictures conversation featured British screen icon Ray Winstone, who proved a big draw despite the unseasonably warm October afternoon. With no new title to stump for (although he did mention his upcoming childhood-focused autobiography Young Winstone), the veteran instead entertained the crowd with a freewheeling look at his four-decade-long career, which includes prominent roles in films such as Noah, The Departed, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

While he had plenty of quips about his adventures in Hollywood – including an uncanny Martin Scorsese impression – Winstone spoke passionately about his work in British cinema.

Famous for playing East End tough guys – “My wife asked me why I always walk in a room looking like I’m going to kill someone” – Winstone waxed lyrical about Gary Oldman’s work directing him in the gritty 1997 drama Nil By Mouth.

That film unflinchingly looks at »

- Ali Jaafar, Special To Deadline

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Who wins, then and now?

3 October 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »

- EW staff

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The Maze Runner! The Equalizer! – Watch this week’s Us Box Office Chaps!

30 September 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Flickering Myth co-editor Oliver Davis and film boffin Sam Winchester discuss the Us Box Office Top 5 from the weekend 26-28th September, 2014, casting their English eyes across the pond!

The movies discussed are The Maze Runner (Dylan O’Brien), Dolphin Tale 2 (Morgan Freeman), The Boxtrolls (Simon Pegg), The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) and This is When I Leave You (Jason Bateman) – but in what order!? Find out in this week’s episode…

If you haven’t subscribed to Flickering Myth’s wonderful YouTube channel, you well should. It’s lovely.

Here’s a bit more information on the films discussed at the top of the Us Box Office…

The Maze Runner

…features Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Kaya Scodelario (Moon), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) and Aml Ameen (The Butler).

The Equalizer

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked »

- Oliver Davis

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Afm: Carnaby Picks Up Rights to Martin Scorsese Exec Produced ‘Tomorrow’

29 September 2014 4:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Carnaby Sales & Distribution has acquired international sales rights to “Tomorrow,” which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese. U.S. rights are being handled by William Morris Endeavor.

Carnaby will present the feature film project to international buyers at the American Film Market in November, and will be screening footage.

The film, which began production in London last week, marks the directional debut of Martha Pinson, who worked as a script supervisor on Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island” and “Hugo.”

Tomorrow” explores the difficulties soldiers encounter as they try to reintegrate back into society having served for their country.

Cast includes Stephen Fry (“The Hobbit”), Stephanie Leonidas (“Defiance”), Sebastian Street (“Age of Heroes”), Stuart Brennan (“Risen”), Sophie Kennedy-­Clark (“Nymphomaniac,” “Philomena”), Paul Kaye (“Game of Thrones”) and Joss Stone (“The Tudors”).

Pic is produced by London-based production companies Roaring Mouse Prods. and Studio 82. The script was penned by Stuart Brennan and Street, »

- Leo Barraclough

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William Monahan to Adapt Teen Informant Exposé The Throwaways

25 September 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Paramount Pictures and Academy Award winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) just snatched up some rather riveting yet tragic source material.  Via his two-year first-look deal with Paramount through his company Henceforth Pictures, Monahan will adapt Sarah Stillman’s 2012 true-crime New Yorker article, “The Throwaways." The piece chronicles what happened when police turned young offenders into informants and sent them on dangerous and disturbingly risky assignments.  Hit the jump for more on the planned The Throwaways adaptation. The Deadline article doesn’t reveal what direction Monahan is going in with this one, but Stillman’s piece does give him quite a few options.  It opens with the story of a 23-year-old woman who was caught with a little more than five ounces of pot and some Ecstasy and Valium pills, talked into assisting the local narcotics team and then sent on a mission that required her to meet a pair »

- Perri Nemiroff

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William Monahan To Pen "The Throwaways"

25 September 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Henceforth Pictures, the production company of "The Departed" and "Kingdom of Heaven" screenwriter William Monahan, recently did a two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

A new project to come out of that deal will be the true-crime conspiracy thriller "The Throwaways," based on a 2012 New Yorker article by Sarah Stillman. Monahan will write and produce.

The piece explores a kind of twisted real life 'Suicide Squad' - in this case cops enlisting young offenders as informants, sending them off on high-risk assignments without back-up.

Invariably the results proved fatal, such as in the case of 23-year-old Rachel Hoffman who was shot to death after the police lost track of her three weeks into her assignment.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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