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Film Review: ‘All the Money in the World’

Film Review: ‘All the Money in the World’
In “All the Money in the World,” gazillionaire J. Paul Getty is judged harshly for not forking over a $17 million ransom to rescue his kidnapped grandson from Italian thugs — the implication being that if you had a gazillion dollars, you wouldn’t hesitate to pay up. But what if doing so read as an open invitation to future extortionists to target other family members? And what guarantee would the filthy-rich patriarch have had that his stolen namesake, John Paul Getty III, would be returned safely?

Of course, as rhetorical questions go, the one “All the Money in the World” really seems to be asking is, “Wwtd,” or “What Would Trump Do?” Surely some version of that idea must have been going through director Ridley Scott’s head when he decided to tackle the project last spring, serving up on a remarkably tight schedule this most twisted of holiday offerings — the ruthless tale of a real-life Ebenezer Scrooge
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50 Cent Wins Big When Judge Dismisses 'Power' Lawsuit

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50 Cent just won a huge legal victory when a judge threw out a lawsuit where he was accused of ripping off someone else's work to create his hit show, "Power." Two guys wrote a play called "Dangerous" which they claimed was eerily like "Power." The story line involved a drug dealer who engaged in violence, launders money and attempts to stave off prosecution. The court said these are common elements that are in the public
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‘American Gangster’ and the Two Sides of Ridley Scott

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

There are at least two Ridley Scotts working in Hollywood. Ridley Scott, auteur — the man who revolutionized science fiction and horror cinema at the same time with Alien, who single-handedly resurrected the swords-and-sandals epic with Gladiator, who
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‘First We Take Brooklyn’ To Be Released By 2B Films New Distribution Division

‘First We Take Brooklyn’ To Be Released By 2B Films New Distribution Division
The upcoming Danny A. Abeckaser film First We Take Brooklyn is set to be released with the launch of 2B Films new distribution division. The gritty drama is directed, co-written and stars Abeckaser as well as Harvey Keitel and AnnaLynne McCord. The New York-set film is cut from the same cloth as American Gangster and A Bronx Tale, First We Take Brooklyn follows Mikki Levy (Abecksaer), who is serving a life sentence in one of Israel’s toughest prisons. When’s he’s released…
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American Gangster heading to the small screen courtesy of Narcos co-creator

According to Screen Daily, Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato is developing a prequel series to the Ridley Scott movie American Gangster entitled The Godfather of Harlem, which will take place five years before the film and see Forest Whitaker taking on the role of mob boss Ellsworth ‘Bumpy’ Johnson.

“It stars Forest Whitaker, he will play our lead character,” said Brancato. “It’s essentially the prequel to the movie American Gangster. It’s Harlem, the 1960s, a gangster named Bumpy Johnson was very close friends with Malcom X, so the show is about the collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement. It’s an opportunity to examine some of the things that are going on racially right now, but through the prism of the past.”

Brancato, who left Narcos after its first season for the short-lived Of Kings and Prophets, went on to state that he has written the script,
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Daily Podcast: Attendance Numbers vs. Box Office Grosses, Captain Marvel, GeoStorm, Shaun of the Dead & More

Daily Podcast: Attendance Numbers vs. Box Office Grosses, Captain Marvel, GeoStorm, Shaun of the Dead & More
On the October 25, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Ben Pearson and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest news, including Captain Marvel gets a Star Wars villain, Geostorm’s box office failure, Venom motion capture, a Shaun of the Dead sequel, an American Gangster prequel tv series and Mark Wahlberg […]

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American Gangster prequel series in the works starring Forest Whitaker

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I doubt that many would count American Gangster as a top-tier Ridley Scott film, but it certainly isn't a bad piece of work, however, with a cast comprised of Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ted Levine, Carla Gugino, Idris Elba, and John Hawkes, among others, it really should have been so much better. It's been ten years... Read More...
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‘American Gangster’ Prequel Series Being Developed, Will Star Forest Whitaker

‘American Gangster’ Prequel Series Being Developed, Will Star Forest Whitaker
One would think that if a director as big as Ridley Scott made a movie with actors like Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Josh Brolin, it would have had more of a lasting impact on the collective psyche of the moviegoing public. But it’s been 10 years since American Gangster came out, and it’s been just about […]

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‘American Gangster’ Prequel Series In The Works, Kendrick Lamar May Provide Music

American Gangster” is like a lot of Ridley Scott films — functional, passable, entertainment that doesn’t really leave much of an impression. Certainly, no one has been asking for more, but if you’re one of the few who asked themselves, what was going on in Harlem before Denzel Washington‘s Frank Lucas took power, well, now you’ll have your answer.

A prequel series in development from “Narcos” co-creator Chris Brancato.

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Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Set as Closing Night Film at AFI Fest

Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Set as Closing Night Film at AFI Fest
AFI Fest has set the world premiere of Ridley Scott’s kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” as its closing night film on Nov. 16 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

All the Money in the World,” the story of the 1973 kidnapping in Italy of John Paul Getty III — the rebellious teenage grandson of oil billionaire John Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the $17 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Kevin Spacey plays Getty while Michelle Williams plays the part of Gail Harris, the mother of John Paul Getty III, and Mark Wahlberg plays Getty’s adviser.

Harris and the boy’s father eventually convinced the elder Getty to pay a $2.9 million ransom, resulting in the teenager being freed after six months. Scott directed “All the Money in the World” from a David Scarpa script. Sony opens the film on Dec. 8.

Scott will be honored with a tribute prior to the screening with a moderated discussion
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The Irishman Gets Anna Paquin as Robert De Niro's Daughter

The Irishman Gets Anna Paquin as Robert De Niro's Daughter
Netflix's The Irishman keeps adding to its star-studded cast, with Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin joining the cast. The Irishman started production in Suffern, New York, with the first photos revealing Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and director Martin Scorsese all reuniting on the set for the first time since their 1995 classic Casino. With production already under way, it remains to be seen how many more cast members need to be added, but Anna Paquin joins an incredibly impressive ensemble cast.

The news was broke by Deadline earlier today, with the site revealing that Anna Paquin is portraying Peggy, the daughter of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (Robert De Niro) who has come to despise her father for everything he has become, and tries to distance herself from him. The notorious Mafia assassin has long been suspected as being directly involved with the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) in
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'Goodfellas': THR's 1990 Review

'Goodfellas': THR's 1990 Review
On Sept. 19, 1990, Martin Scorsese unveiled his gangster epic Goodfellas in theaters. The film win on to nab a best supporting actor Oscar for Joe Pesci at the 63rd Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Hollywood has long been fascinated with the gangster. But nobody has ever taken quite the fix on the tribal rites and ethos of the American gangster that Martin Scorsese does in Goodfellas.

This film harkens back to such Scorsese examinations of the volatile urban male as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Only this time he casts his net wider....
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Black Samurai series in the works at Starz

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Starz announced today that they will be developing an action-drama TV series with the working title “Black samurai” which will star Oscar-winner Common (John Wick 2, Suicide Squad, Selma), in the title role of Robert Sand. Common will also executive produce under his Freedom Road Productions banner. Working alongside this project will be Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (Kill Bill 1 & 2, American Gangster, “Gang Related”) and Mitchell Diggs will also executive produce for Wu Films. More about the show below.

Based on the Black Samurai novel written by Marc Olden, the series will follow the character of Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.

As mentioned
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The Punisher: the legacy of Marvel's first superhero film

Mike Cecchini Aug 24, 2017

The Punisher, starring Dolph Lundgren, was the first Marvel superhero movie. It's not as bad as you've heard...

1989's The Punisher is Marvel's first superhero movie.

When you see it written out this way, it is really weird, isn't it? But it's true. The Punisher, the 1989 movie starring Dolph Lundgren as Marvel's premiere vigilante, really is the first Marvel superhero movie. While other Marvel superheroes (most notably Hulk and Spider-Man) had shown up in TV movies and series, they weren't big screen concerns. The 1944 Captain America movie serial doesn't count, because it's a serial not a feature film.  The 1986 Howard the Duck movie is technically the first Marvel film, but he isn't a superhero. None of 'em tick all the appropriate boxes. The Punisher, for better or worse, does.

The Punisher was written by Boaz Yakin (who eventually went on to direct Remember The Titans and co-write
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Criterion Collection Announces November Titles, Including Seminal Lesbian Drama ‘Desert Hearts’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’

Criterion Collection Announces November Titles, Including Seminal Lesbian Drama ‘Desert Hearts’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’
November over at The Criterion Collection may look a smidge slim, offering up just four new titles, but each new addition to the collection is a seminal selection well-deserving of the Criterion treatment. Of most interest, however, is Donna Deitch’s feature debut “Desert Hearts,” a seminal lesbian drama that’s been going through something of a resurgence as of late, thanks to last year’s 30th anniversary and a continued adoration for its forward-thinking subject matter.

As we recently explored, in the early ’80s, Deitch was a film school grad with only docs under her belt, eager to make a different kind of feature about lesbians in love, and “without the help of Kickstarter or industry backing, she launched an unorthodox grassroots campaign that eventually gained the support of Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, and Stockard Channing. The result was a hit at Sundance in 1986 that went on to become
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Martin Scorsese’s Top 7 movies

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There are few filmmakers out there that can boast a filmography that stacks up to Martin Scorsese’s. Argued to be the best director of the Hollywood New Wave generation – not a small feat, considering he’s up against heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone, Scorsese started his career in 1967 with his debut Who’s That Knocking On My Door, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon at his 74 years of age.

With big news coming out regarding his long gestating return to gangster epics The Irishman, we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights of Scorsese’s wide spanning and eclectic career.

Gangs of New York

In many ways Gangs of New York belongs to Scorsese’s modern American gangster genre, albeit it as a prequel to the actual gangster world. Telling the violent
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Tony Jaa in William Yip’s ‘Paradox’ To Premiere At Hk Cine Fan

After the success of the Ip Man trilogy, the Wilson YipSammo Hung combination is back to the hugely successful Cantonese-language Spl franchise with the action thriller Paradox. Several months after the trailer whetted their appetite, action fans across the world can rejoice at the news that the film starring Louis Koo, Tony Jaa and Wu Yue will be releasing as the Opening Film at Hong Kong’s Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival on August 15, 2017. Wider theatrical release in Hong Kong is scheduled for August 25. The director and the main cast will be present at the festival screening.

Louis Koo in Paradox (2017)

Koo stars as a police negotiator who travels to Bangkok in search of his missing teenage daughter, where he is helped by local detectives played by Tony Jaa and Wu Yue. In Thailand, he encounters an organ trafficking gang headed by an American gangster (Chris Collins), who
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Face/Off at 20: revisiting the film

Paul Martinovic Jul 28, 2017

John Travolta and Nicolas Cage scored a big hit in John Woo's Face/Off. We take a look back...

One of the great pleasures of following genre cinema is the long, enduring onscreen conversation that’s taken place between movie directors from the East and the West, a creative push and pull which has resulted in some of the most boundary-pushing, inventive and important films ever made. When Akira Kurosawa wrote The Hidden Fortress, an airy homage to the John Ford Westerns he loved so much, he can’t have predicted its rollicking adventuring would be re-interpreted and sent into space by George Lucas to form the basis of the most successful film franchise in history in Star Wars: A New Hope. Similarly, when Ringo Lam took the tropes of 70’s Eurocrime and American gangster movies of the 30s and 40s, and upped the machismo and
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Meet the Star of Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House”

Meet the Star of Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House”
Carla Gugino (San Andreas, Sin City, American Gangster, Watchmen) is one of the leads in Netflix’s 10-episode straight-to-series modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, “The Haunting of Hill House”, reports Deadline. She joins recently cast Michel Huisman in the untitled horror drama series from genre filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus, […]
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NYC Weekend Watch: Chris Marker, Scary Movies, Agnès Varda & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


Hitchcock and Altman play for “Welcome to Metrograph,” while Annie is scheduled.

Chris Marker’s films screen in a series, as does the work of Alain Tanner.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The exhaustive, potentially exhausting “Scary Movies X” is underway.


The Edgar Wright-curated crime series and camp-centered cinema showings are ongoing.
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