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Sometimes actors make good movies and sometimes they make bad movies. And most of the time they know which their current project is. Acting is, at the end of the day, a job and if it’s a choice between running out of cocaine or starring in a comedy totally devoid of laughs you know what any A-List star would do.
Robert De Niro, who has firmly put his past as an acclaimed actor behind him, surely must be under no illusions that the likes of The Family or Last Vegas are vapid comedies no one wants. This is the guy who played Vito Corleone (young vintage), Jake Lamotta and Jimmy Conway. He’s better than the past decade of his filmography and he must know that; no one takes a career nose-dive like that without putting money well and truly first.
Some actors, however, flat-out think »
- Alex Leadbeater
Never in my life would I have guessed I’d be able to teach someone as accomplished as Kevin Kline about anything at all, but it turns out, he doesn’t know all that much about motion capture. However, that’s only one thing compared to the wealth of memories, techniques and industry insight he had to share with me during our interview for his upcoming film, My Old Lady. Kline leads the big screen adaptation of Israel Horovitz’s play as Mathias, a man who travels to Paris to cash in his inheritance, a high value apartment. Trouble is, it’s a “viager,” so he won’t actually own the place until the current tenant, Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), passes away. Until then, he actually has to pay her a fee according to the unusual French system. In addition to discussing his experience making My Old Lady and breaking down the motion capture technique, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Lately, it’s become a Hollywood staple for a bunch of old guys to get together and make movie about aging to acknowledge that career-halting trait that they all share. Most of these movies are disposable efforts like The Expendables or Last Vegas that are more embarrassing than invigorating. Thankfully, three more guys just got together to do it again and delivered something truly inspired and special. It helps that two of them are behind-the-camera talent in Barry Levinson (Diner) and screenwriter Buck Henry (The Graduate), and then the movie hits an even higher level thanks to their onscreen muse being Al Pacino. Together the trio have created The Humbling, a dark comedy about an aging artist that is a genuine return to form rather than a retirement plan publicity stunt. Hit the jump for all the juicy details explaining why. Pacino stars as an Al Pacino-style legendary thespian at the edge of his rope. »
- Phil Brown
In news that must surprise fans of either actor, two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro is hitting the road with “High School Musical” heartthrob Zac Efron in “Driving Dick Kelly.” Formerly “Dirty Grandpa,” “Driving Dick Kelly” is a buddy movie depicting a prurient senior citizen and his grandson, who he dupes into taking him to Florida for Spring Break. Jeff Bridges and Michael Douglas had both earlier been rumored to be circling the lusty grandfather role. De Niro, whose “Last Vegas” opened last year, also flexed his comedy muscles in the “Fockers” series, among others, while Efron just successfully reinvented himself in the comedy world with "Neighbors." Dan Mazer ("I Give It A Year") is slated to direct; John Phillips wrote the screenplay. [The Wrap] Guy Pearce has been incredibly busy of late, and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down. The actor has just been cast along with Anthony Lapaglia and Kerry Fox, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Beverly Center: Flynn’s Final Scandal Makes for Interesting Cinematic Footnote
It’s been eight years since Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s 2006 sophomore film, Quinceanera swept up the Audience and Grand Jury Prize awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The directing duo is back with a re-ignition of an old Hollywood scandal in The Last of Robin Hood, a glance at the final years of Errol Flynn and his romantic entanglement with a female minor. While the material is unerringly fascinating and features a trio of notable names, it’s a rendition that feels a bit too polished and hardly as seedy as it should be. It seems attempts have been made to assuage unnecessary heartache to the relatives of the ingénue at the center of this strange ménage-a-trois, and the resulting film seems a heavily polished reenactment too apprehensive to really get its hands dirty. Yet, the »
- Nicholas Bell
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
Bert V Royal adapts the musical about a 13-year-old boy from New York who relocates to small-town Indiana and concocts an ill-judged plan to make friends.
Bob Boyett, who produced 13 on stage, is also producing, and David Blackman serves as executive producer.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Lee Daniels—whose last film, The Butler, grossed $116.6 million—will next direct a movie about Brian Banks, the promising high school athlete whose football career was derailed by a false accusation of rape that sent him to prison for more than five years. “All I ever wanted was to prove my innocence,” said Banks, in a statement. “Telling my story in the form of a feature film is beyond my wildest dreams. Having Lee Daniels come on board to direct the film is so exciting, and such an honor.”
Currently titled The Brian Banks Story, the film will be produced »
- Jeff Labrecque
Filmmaker Lee Daniels has attached himself to a new project. THR reports that the Precious and The Butler director has signed on to helm The Brian Banks Story for Gidden Media. The film will tell the true story of a high school football star who, on the cusp of playing for USC, was accused of rape and spent five years in prison before his conviction was overturned. Amy Baer (Last Vegas) will produce and the project is currently out to writers, so it may be some time before it goes in front of cameras. After being released from prison, Banks subsequently went on to play in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons. Since the release of The Butler last year, Daniels has kept himself busy putting together a drama pilot for Fox called Empire. The show, which stars Terrence Howard and revolves around a hip-hop empire, was picked up to »
- Adam Chitwood
Some of the other departures may be moved into other CBS jobs or into consulting posts.
The studio confirmed on July 22 that Terry Press had become sole president and that Hammer had quietly stepped down last May into a consulting role at CBS Corporate, advising on digital content. The studio also laid off five people at that point.
- Dave McNary
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson faces off against two foes as Hercules: Scarlett Johansson goes one-on-one with The Great One as ass-kicking sci-fi star “Lucy” and Kellen Lutz, who played the same role in “Legend of Hercules” earlier this year. The “Twilight” favorite fought his way to an $8.8 million opening. It seems certain that WWE’s most electrifying man in all of entertainment will win the “Hercules” battle, but who will win this weekend’s war?
The Atlas-sian shoulders of Johnson have carried the weight of the marketing campaign. »
- Tobias Bauckhage
To give the impending Smackdown some context we're looking at the year 1973. Here's Glenn on tickets sold...
1973 was like the end of a box-office era. While year-end charts weren’t suffocated with superheroes, CGI natural disasters, and dystopian visions of futuristic societies for a little while yet, but 1973 was as far as I can tell the last year to not have a single now-traditional effects-driven film in the top ten hits of the year. Just one year later in 1974 the end-of-year charts would include the one-two punch The Towering Inferno and Earthquake (plus Airport '75), and 1975 essentially ushered in the modern era of the blockbuster with Jaws and since then it's been a steady increase.
Here is what the top ten films of 1973 looked like.
01 The Sting $156m
02 The Exorcist $128m
03 American Graffiti $96.3m
04 Papillon $53.3
05 The Way We Were $45m
06 Magnum Force $39.7
07 Last Tango In Paris $36.1
08 Live And Let Die »
- Glenn Dunks
Here’s a film that tries to prove that the multiplex from May through September isn’t off-limits to the Aarp crowd. Hey, they like to get out of the heat for an escape to a cool theatre too! Usually a flick with a (ahem) more mature cast and subject is released in the late Fall or Winter. So, who’s giving you a chance to take the folks (or your auntie or “Nan-Nan”) to the cinema in July (hopefully far down the hall, away from those noisy action epics) ? Why, it’s none other than Mr. Rob Reiner (no meathead jokes or I’ll age myself), a big time feature director for thirty years now (three decades since Spinal Tap)!. And he’s reteamed with the Oscar-winning star of one of his most popular efforts, Michael Douglas from The American President. Whose co-star is another Oscar winner, Annie Hall herself, »
- Jim Batts
Director Jon Turteltaub is wanted for the sequel alongside the original cast.
The film will see the four friends return to their old stomping ground in Brooklyn.
They find that their childhood home has changed greatly over the decades.
Read our Last Vegas review - De Niro, Douglas, Freeman are geriatric pack
Now, this is hilarious. If you thought LeBron James' letter to Cleveland (explaining why he's returning to the Cavs) was dramatic before -- wait 'til you hear it read by Morgan Freeman ...'s best impersonator. Legendary celebrity impressionist Frank Caliendo (he was on the NFL on Fox for a while) went on "Mike and Mike" on ESPN2 and busted out his best "Red from Shawshank" voice for a special reading. It's an amazing 2 minutes »
- TMZ Staff
It always felt like an ill-advised movie title – almost as if it was tempting fate. Now, in perhaps the clearest demonstration of what not to call your film project, 2013’s Last Vegas is getting a sequel – making that first film much less ‘Last’ and rather more ‘Penultimate’.
The comedy turned into something of a sleeper hit when it was released last year, which was surprising – not because of the quality of the movie, but because of the demographic it hooked into. There is a particular kind of movie that utilises actors of a certain age and stature, and they come along in waves. They are, in effect, a celebration of legendary-ness, providing the audience with a chance to see familiar and beloved faces glide across the screen with effortless swagger, and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek. We’ve seen it in the The Expendables franchise, and we’ve seen it in »
- Sarah Myles
David Diamond and David Weissman have been hired to pen the second installment, taking over from Dan Fogelman who wrote the first, while director Jon Turteltaub is being sought to return for the follow-up.
The first film became a surprise sleeper, nabbing $134 million at the global box-office and proving a strong performer on home video and VOD.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
David Diamond and David Weissman have signed on to write the script, with Last Vegas director Jon Turteltaub also expected to be back at the helm. The story will center on the four main characters returning to their hometown of Brooklyn, as they discover just how much the neighborhood has changed.
Laurence Mark and Amy Baer will return to produce the comedy sequel, although it isn't known when production may begin. David Diamond and David Weissman's writing credits include The Family Man, Evolution, Old Dogs and When in Rome.
Last Vegas, which was written by Dan Fogelman, pulled in a respectable $134 million worldwide during its theatrical run last year, including $63.9 million domestic, from just a $28 million production budget.
It isn't known »
CBS Films is moving forward with a Last Vegas sequel. The 2013 Jon Turtletaub-directed comedy was a modest box office success last year, pulling in $134 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of just $28 million. The cast was led by Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Douglas in what was pitched as “The Hangover with old people”. Deadline reports that David Diamond and David Weissman, whose resume includes The Family Man and Old Dogs, have been set to pen the script for the follow-up, taking over from the first film’s writer Dan Fogelman. The plan is to bring Turtletaub and the entire main cast back, as the story will see the characters returning to their old stomping grounds in Brooklyn. When they arrive, however, they discover that their home turf has changed significantly. CBS Films is said to be moving “aggressively” on the Last Vegas sequel, »
- Adam Chitwood
CBS Films is moving aggressively on a sequel to its biggest-grossing film Last Vegas. David Diamond & David Weissman have been hired to write the second installment of the Aarp comedy. The intent is to bring back director Jon Turteltaub, and the film’s stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The sequel will focus on the quartet’s return to their old stomping grounds in Brooklyn. They discover that borough has changed more than a little since the four grew up there. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer will be returning as producers. Scripted by Dan Fogelman, Last […] »
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