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Joe Berlinger’s documentaries typically deal with glaring flaws in the American justice system, and his latest is no different. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger follows the trial of one of the most brutal gangsters America has ever seen, James “Whitey” Bulger.
Just as it seems like Bulger will finally be brought to justice, accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems surface, and the FBI begins to look just as bad as the mob. Although it is never fully proven, it appears that the FBI may have had a hand in allowing Bulger to remain such a frightening crime figure for far too long a time.
It was a privilege being able to talk with Berlinger when he arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California last week to do some press for the film. During our exclusive interview, »
- Ben Kenber
Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, the novel tells the story of Elsie Porter, an average twentysomething who falls head over heels in love with a man named Ben Ross. Within weeks the two have eloped, but their happy ending is cut short when Ben is killed instantly after his bike is hit by a truck nine days after the wedding. Elsie must then face Susan, the mother-in-law she’s never met and who doesn’t even know that Elsie exists.
“Taylor’s book is exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest. Great romantic drama is so hard to execute, and Taylor nailed it. And Dakota will be exquisite as Elsie, »
- James Garcia
So, what's Mark Wahlberg's best movie tantrum? I'm partial to his "Boogie Nights" freakouts, but there's an argument for "The Departed" too, i think. Either way: This Yahoo! supercut of Wahlberg's best tantrums will give you a new appreciation for the Oscar nominee. (If you picked "The Fighter," by the way, I applaud you -- but the best part of that movie is when Amy Adams turns to Wahlberg's trashy sisters and says, "Don't call me 'skank.' I'll rip that nasty hair right out of your f*ckin' head." Just Fyi. Nsfw.) »
- Louis Virtel
True crime stories have always held my attention, as they are examples of not only how evil human beings can be, but how said men are capable of such awful acts of violence. The true crime approach to storytelling, whether it be in books, biopics, or in the case of Whitey: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger, a documentary, is just as scary as the darkest of horror films, because unlike the terrorizing of Freddy or Jason, these people exist in the real world. Proving that he’s still just as perfectly capable of directing a documentary on par with his excellent work on the Paradise Lost documentaries, Joe Berlinger hits the ball right out of the park with this one, providing viewers familiar or unfamiliar with the case of Whitey Bulger with one hell of a doc, and a look at how corrupt the system can be at times. »
- Jerry Smith
It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.
As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »
- Frank Ochieng
Alec Baldwin seems to be in high demand ever since the end of unforgettable TV comedy 30 Rock. The Beetlejuice star is looking at a number of high profile roles in film as well as a new TV series too. The first of these big projects is the head of the CIA in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 5. It’s easy to imagine Baldwin in such a role, and hopefull he’ll play it like his character in The Departed. Swear words in tact.
Baldwin may also be joining Will Smith in a film focused on football concussions. The sports related film will be directed by Peter Landesman who gave us last years Parkland. This will be Landesman’s second film in the director’s chair.
Finally, Baldwin may also be taking on a Rob Ford type character in an NBC comedy drama. Although not playing Ford specifically, this will be the »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Some quick news is coming in via Deadline... Universal Cable Productions, Vertigo Entertainment, and producer Roy Lee (The Ring, The Departed, "Bates Motel") are moving in on "The House on Ashley Avenue," the 2012 horror short story from Canadian author Ian Rogers.
The story follows the exploits of the Mereville Group, an insurance agency that deals in supernatural investigations and has in its possession a group of haunted buildings so dangerous their existence must be kept from the public. Of course one of said houses can be found waiting on Ashley Avenue.
Universal/Vertigo/Lee optioned TV rights to "The House On Ashley Avenue" with Lee and John Middleton set to executive produce with Adam Stone, President of Production, overseeing for Vertigo. Rogers is aboard as a consultant on the project, and Ellen Datlow is co-producer.
The 2012 story surfaced as part of Rogers’ short story collection Every House Is Haunted. The »
- Steve Barton
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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The best thing Alec Baldwin has done in the past decade (besides The Departed) is undoubtedly his Emmy winning role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy series "30 Rock" where he played the NBC and General Electric executive with unwavering confidence, swagger and hilarity. Now Deadline reports the actor is getting ready to take another pivotal superior role as Parmount is lining up Baldwin to play the head of the CIA in Mission: Impossible 5. There's a part of us that wishes he was simply playing Jack Donaghy in the film, but that probably isn't in the cards. Though it likely means that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) will either clash or work with the CIA again in some capacity. And that's not the only role the actor has lined up either. The same report also indicates that Baldwin is currently in talks to take a role in the untitled football »
- Ethan Anderton
Plot details are being kept under wraps but sources say Baldwin’s character would be a high-ranking CIA officer who oversee Cruise’s division, similar to the role Laurence Fishburne had in “Mission: Impossible III.” Drew Pearce penned the script.
The studio is still looking to find the female lead after Jessica Chastain passed on the part. The pic is set to bow on Christmas Day 2015.
He is repped by CAA and N2N Entertainment and can be seen next in Cameron Crowe’s untitled film »
- Justin Kroll
‘I have no desire to operate on my own children’
Dennis Lehane explains why he is against adapting his own books.
Best-selling author, Boston native and screenwriter Dennis Lehane has been accused of a few things in life. For instance there are people convinced this author of hard edged thrillers wrote Mystic Pizza. That late eighties, tissue thin chick flick which helped launch Julia Roberts onto the world stage before Gary Marshall, Richard Gere and a Lotus finished the job. Dennis Lehane wrote Mystic River by the way, just to avoid any confusion.
Then there’s the small issue of his fan mail. Not all of it you understand, just the celebrity stuff he continues to receive for writing The Departed. You see his only problem is William Monahan wrote the book, adapted it into a screenplay and received the Oscar. »
- Gary Collinson
Hitchhikers beware: Norman Bates and his mother Norma Louise are leaving White Pine Bay, Oregon, and hitting the road for a brief vacation in San Diego. The Sdcc Bates Motel panel, returning for its second year at the convention, has just been announced, and it will include the lead actors from A&E’s Bates Motel, which was recently greenlit for a third season.
Taking place in Room 6A on Friday, July 25th from 3:30pm – 4:30pm, the Bates Motel panel will feature Emmy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Academy Award nominee for Up in the Air, The Departed), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland), Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones) and Nestor Carbonell (Lost, The Dark Knight Rises) as they join key figures from behind the camera, executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (NBC’s Friday Night Lights), as they engage in a “thought provoking panel discussion” about the show. »
- Derek Anderson
Leonardo DiCaprio can't handle the truth ... he's really starting to look like Jack Nicholson.The 39-year-old actor resurfaced in Malibu with girlfriend Toni Garrn Sunday ... bearing a striking resemblance to his co-star from "The Departed."All work and no play makes Leo a dull boy. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
‘Tis the season for red, white and blue patriotism, which finds perfect cinematic expression in the pro-American military thriller Lone Survivor, which recently debuted on Blu-ray. Based on The New York Times bestselling book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10,” Lone Survivor doesn’t stop to ask any big questions about what we’re doing in the Middle East, let alone offer any Kubrick-ian treatise on the nature of war. Instead, it simply dramatizes with harrowing effectiveness the true story of four heroic Navy SEALs who fought against the Taliban to the bitter end out of unmitigated love of country and their fellow American soldiers. Hit the jump for my complete Lone Survivor Blu-ray review. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (2006 Best Supporting Actor, The Departed) stars in the film as real-life hero and “Lone Survivor” author Marcus Luttrell, a Seal sniper who, »
- Harrison Pierce
The prequel to co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s 2005 visually groundbreaking film Sin City stars Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin and Eva Green and is scheduled for theatrical release this August. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For weaves together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel with a screenplay by Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan (The Departed), will not only bring fans back to the world that Miller and Rodriguez created, but also add a new dimension by bringing their unique visual style to life in 3D. »
- Pietro Filipponi
When: Tuesday, July 1st at 1-2:30pm Pt / 3-4:30pm Ct
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent.
Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
The film will be in theaters July 4th. »
- Michelle McCue
Steve James documentary Life Itself, dedicated to the life and work of late film critic Roger Ebert, has been generating reams of positive press as it makes its way to theaters on July 11 (it will open in limited release on July 4). But no quote attributed to Ebert.s influence struck me quite as deeply as the one that legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese shared. even though it never made it into the finished documentary. The Raging Bull and Goodfellas maestro spoke with Steve James about Roger Ebert.s reaction to The Departed. The anecdote is captured and shared by The New York Times, which reveals that Scorsese believed the iconic critic figured out a crucial component to the filmmaker.s psyche before it even became clear to Scorsese. Roger Ebert, as the story goes, said The Departed carried extra weight because of Scorsese.s staunch Catholic upbringing, and how some men »
So maybe we all can just agree to disagree about Transformers. The critical establishment collectively agreed to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt with 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned semi-decent reviews mainly because it was less obnoxiously worse than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But Trans4mers led that same critical establishment into hilarious paroxysms of scathing invective. (EW’s own Chris Nashawaty called it “numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing.”) Predictably, the movie made $100 million over the weekend.
Bad movies have made a lot of money since forever. There’s a generation of young-dude moviegoers who »
- Darren Franich
Sony has debuted a new poster for The Equalizer, director Antoine Fuqua’s big screen reboot of the classic 1980s TV series, which reunites him with Training Day leading man Denzel Washington as Robert McCall…
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
- Gary Collinson
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