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Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in ‘Gotti’

Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in ‘Gotti’
Shame on Cannes. In what appears to be a deal with the devil, or one made with a gun to the back of his head, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux inexplicably agreed to give “Gotti” — the myth-building, record-cleansing inside story of notorious Gotham mob boss John Gotti, as seen by his oldest son — a spot at the prestigious film festival … if you can call a single screening in the festival’s smallest official venue, the Salle Buñuel, which seats fewer than 300, a proper world premiere.

It’s certainly a far cry from the treatment John Travolta received 24 years earlier, when “Pulp Fiction” bowed in competition in the massive Lumière theater downstairs, but no doubt the price of convincing the actor to participate in the following day’s events, which included a master class and beachside screening of “Grease.” Though it was projected without the festival’s red-carpet trailer beforehand, Frémaux introduced the film personally,
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Kathy Baker (‘Paterno’): Wife was ‘unfortunately blindsided’ by Penn State sexual scandal [Exclusive Video Interview]

Kathy Baker (‘Paterno’): Wife was ‘unfortunately blindsided’ by Penn State sexual scandal [Exclusive Video Interview]
“She was unfortunately blindsided by this situation and was naive and ignorant about the whole situation. Think how confusing and how complicated and difficult for her,” reveals actress Kathy Baker about her role in the recent HBO TV movie “Paterno.” In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), she discusses the real-life character of Sue Paterno, who was the wife of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, played by Al Pacino.

The film is directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and depicts the fallout in 2011 of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, splitting its time with scenes featuring Oscar champ Pacino (“Scent of a Woman”) and others starring Riley Keough as Sara Ganim, the tough young reporter who would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story.

See Riley Keough (‘Paterno’) on playing a tough young reporter against an ‘incredibly powerful group
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Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Patrick Melrose’) could sneak off with the Emmy again

Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Patrick Melrose’) could sneak off with the Emmy again
Four years ago, Benedict Cumberbatch shocked us all when he won the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor Emmy for “Sherlock: His Last Vow.” The five-time nominee is back in the running for his passion project “Patrick Melrose,” which premiered Saturday, and could disrupt the race again to bag his second victory in the category.

Cumberbatch, who would join Fred Astaire, Hume Cronyn, Peter Falk, Hal Holbrook, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino and James Woods as the category’s two-time champs, is fifth in our overall odds. But he’s the top choice of Expert Anne Thompson (IndieWire) and Editors Marcus James Dixon and Chris Beachum.

See Emmys exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘Shameless’ and more

You’d be a fool to underestimate Cumberbatch even though “Patrick Melrose” just premiered and didn’t exactly light the world on fire in the ratings (a Saturday timeslot doesn’t help). An Emmy favorite,
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‘Dogman’ Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama

‘Dogman’ Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama
There’s a common screenwriter trick called “saving the cat” — a well-trodden shortcut to build instant sympathy for your protagonist by having them show kindness to an animal. Pay attention and you’ll see it everywhere, but nowhere more audaciously than in Italian director Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” which premiered Wednesday night at the Cannes Film Festival.

Early in the film, small-town dog groomer Marcello (Marcello Fonte) learns of an animal in dire straits, a poor dog stuffed into a freezer by pair of nervous house burglars. How does Marcello learn this distressing information? Why, he’s the burglar’s getaway driver, and once he drops them off he turns right around to break into the house anew in order to save the pooch.

(Fret not, he succeeds.)

Also Read: 'Under The Silver Lake' Film Review: Andrew Garfield Lives Dirtbag Dream in La Story

It’s a daring move that
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Will Michael B. Jordan win his first Emmy for ‘Fahrenheit 451’ in the wake of his ‘Black Panther’ success?

Will Michael B. Jordan win his first Emmy for ‘Fahrenheit 451’ in the wake of his ‘Black Panther’ success?
Michael B. Jordan is an Emmy contender this year for his leading role in the dystopian HBO telefilm “Fahrenheit 451,” which premieres on May 20. He plays Guy Montag, a “fireman” whose job is to burn books. The actor is coming off of a string of big-screen successes, including “Black Panther” earlier this year, and it’s not uncommon for an actor to leverage a recent movie hit into an Emmy victory. Will Jordan be the latest?

Jordan has risen in prominence thanks in large part to his collaborations with director Ryan Coogler. They first teamed up for the critically acclaimed independent film “Fruitvale Station” (2013) about an unarmed black man shot and killed by police in the Bay Area. Then they scaled up with “Creed” (2015), a modestly budgeted “Rocky” sequel in which Jordan played the son of former Rocky rival Apollo Creed. That film was also admired by critics, and it
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Exclusive Interview – Ingrid Rogers from Amazon’s Bosch

Tai Freligh interviews Ingrid Rogers from Amazon’s Bosch

Ingrid Rogers is no stranger to hard work, with an extensive history of accomplishments as a seasoned actress. All her hard work and dedication has led up to her current role in Amazon’s Bosch. With Bosch’s release of Season 4 on April 11th, and Season 5 already green-lit there is no sign of Ingrid slowing down in the future.

After finding her passion for acting in high school Ingrid began her pursuit in the entertainment world. Her hard work paid off with her break out role in the daytime drama, All My Children. From there she went on to work with pronounced directors including, Woody Allen and Joel Schumacher. Additionally, Ingrid has worked with Brian DePalma, who directed her in her starring role opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn in Carlito’s Way. Ingrid’s many TV credits include Murder In The First,
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Riley Keough (‘Paterno’) on playing a tough young reporter against an ‘incredibly powerful group of men’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Riley Keough (‘Paterno’) on playing a tough young reporter against an ‘incredibly powerful group of men’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“You’re seeing a reporter that’s a little bit more green and hasn’t been doing this for a long time,” Golden Globe-nominated actress Riley Keough says in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above) about her role in “Paterno.” The HBO film directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson depicts the fallout in 2011 of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, splitting its time being scenes featuring Oscar winner Al Pacino as disgraced university football coach Joe Paterno and scenes featuring Keough as Sara Ganim, the tough young reporter who would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story. Keough “really wanted” the part and explains, “You’ve got this young woman who’s going up against this incredibly powerful group of men, which, of course, is interesting to play.”

See what critics said about Al Pacino’s “Paterno” performance

In playing a real person,
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Watch Scorsese’s Entire Cannes Masterclass As He Talks ‘Mean Streets,’ Plus ‘The Irishman’ Having 300 Scenes

For a while now, we’ve known that Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Netflix film “The Irishman” was going to be a big endeavor. With a reported budget of $140 million, the team-up of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci is turning into one of the largest productions the legendary director has ever worked on. Even still, the details that Scorsese shared during his Masterclass at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes makes us wonder just how the filmmaker will be able to pull it off.
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Martin Scorsese Says His Next Film The Irishman Has Almost 300 Scenes!

Martin Scorsese isn't messing around with his new film The Irishman. He's going all out on this sucker and he shot almost 300 scenes for the film to prove it! In case you're wondering... that's a lot of scenes! That makes The Irishman the biggest production of his career and we probably won't even get to see it on the big screen! As you know, The Irishman is a Netflix exclusive. An average number of scenes shot for a film ranges from 40 to 60 scenes, so this movie is going to be epic.

Scorsese is certainly taking advantage of the opportunity that Netflix has given him and by the time the film is done, he will have spent over $140 million. A good chunk of that money is going to the effects department who are using CGI to digitally de-age several of the actors in the film including Robert De Niro, who stars
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Martin Scorsese: ‘The Irishman’ Has Almost 300 Scenes, Which Made It Challenging to Storyboard

Martin Scorsese: ‘The Irishman’ Has Almost 300 Scenes, Which Made It Challenging to Storyboard
Martin Scorsese fans figured the director’s upcoming gangster drama “The Irishman” was one of his most ambitions undertakings to date after the budget soared over the $140 million mark during production, and now the director has revealed another massive production tidbit: “The Irishman” has almost 300 scenes. Speaking at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (via GamesRadar), Scorsese admitted the scope of “The Irishman” prevented him from relying on his normal storyboard tactics.

“In this latest film, there are so many scenes – almost 300 scenes – and it was hard to get to location, but when I got there I’d work out the angles,” Scorsese said about relying more on day-of planning than pre-planning. “But it was primarily bringing out the actors and making the shoot comfortable. That became the mise-en-scène, for me. And that has a lot to do with ‘On The Waterfront,’ ‘East Of Eden,’ ‘Wild River.’ Beautiful films.”

The more immediate
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Hangman – Review

Review by Cary Paller

A homicide detective teams up with a criminal profiler to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children’s game Hangman. This is the tag line for this direct to video film trying to be the new “Seven”. After that the comparisons disappear quite fast.

Hangman” is a great game to play as a child. But having to play it as an adult is just bad form. Now let’s play the game that a killer wants the audience to play like it will make sense in the end. What makes “Seven” the classic, unforgettable movie that it is and “Hangman” not so good? Movies need to have a larger than life feeling to them. They are not episodic TV shows that repeat the plot over and over again. Case in point after so many years on the air shows like “Law and Order
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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Reportedly Dating Camila Morrone… and He's Older Than Her Mother!

Does Camila DiCaprio have a nice ring to it? As their Pda at Coachella attests, model Camila Morrone and Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio seem smitten with each other. Photos from Rihanna's FentyxPuma party at the Californian music fest show Camila with her arm around Leonardo's neck, for example. But who is this 20-year-old, anyway, and what is it with Leo dating much younger women? Hailing from Argentina, Camila is already making a splash in the modeling world. The 5-foot-9 beauty has posed for Sephora and Topshop ad campaigns, as well as Act 1 and Jalouse magazines. And she made the cover of Vogue Turkey in September 2016. A post shared by Camila Morrone (@camimorrone) on Apr 15, 2018 at 12:11pm Pdt More recently, Camila has been breaking into film. Just this year, for example, she starred in the indie drama Never Goin' Back and the thriller Death Wish — playing Bruce Willis'
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Michelle Pfeiffer Opens up About Her Career Comeback: "I Just Realized That I'm Not Done"

After starring in four movies last year and her turn in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp, it's fair to say that Michelle Pfeiffer is back on the screen in a big way. "I'm enjoying acting now more than I ever have," admits the star, who turned 60 on April 29. "I really need to feel like I'm creating something and that my life has meaning." For an actress who's known for her beauty, you might think reaching that milestone birthday would cause some worry, but Michelle "is totally at peace with the number," a friend of hers tells Closer. "What she talks about often is the wisdom, the confidence, the lack of anxiety that comes with being more sure of who you are. She loves that." Michelle in Scarface. (Photo Credit: R/R) She doesn't love "the wrinkles or the physical problems that come with age," her friend admits, but she
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2018 Tony Awards nominations: 18 fascinating facts, records and stats about this year’s Tonys contenders

Out of the all nominees spread across the 26 categories at the 2018 Tony Awards, 18 of them stand out as particularly noteworthy items of trivia.

Three of this year’s acting nominees have now been nominated for every single appearance they’ve made on Broadway to date: Glenda Jackson (“Three Tall Women”) with five; Diana Rigg (“My Fair Lady”) with four; and Andrew Garfield (“Angels in America”) with two.

Three of the four nominees for Best Lead Actress in a Play represent the only recognition for their productions: Condola Rashad (“Saint Joan”); Lauren Ridloff (“Children of a Lesser God”); and Amy Schumer (“Meteor Shower”).

Three of last year’s acting nominees are back in the running this year: Laurie Metcalf, who won Lead Actress in a Play last year for “A Doll’s House, Part 2” is nominated for Featured Actress in a Play this year for “Three Tall Women”. One of Metcalf
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Should the Emmys bring back the award for Individual Performance in a Variety Program? [Poll]

Should the Emmys bring back the award for Individual Performance in a Variety Program? [Poll]
The award for Individual Performance in a Variety Program was once a staple of the Emmy telecast. Over the years the award recognized some of the greats of the comedy and music world, including Robin Williams and Whitney Houston. However, in the ever-changing Emmy landscape, this category was eliminated 10 years ago. Do You think this award should be reestablished? Let us know your thoughts by voting in our poll below.

Why the TV academy eliminated this category is a mystery, but it may be because the award started to become a bit redundant in its later years. The last few years the award was handed out, the nominees often started to mirror the Best Talk Show category with people like David Letterman, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert receiving the bulk of the bids in addition to their shows being nominated.

SEEEmmys 2018: Al Pacino (‘Paterno’) is looking for trophy #3 thanks
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Canon Of Film: ‘The Godfather’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look back at Francis Ford Coppola‘s masterpiece, ‘The Godfather‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

The Godfather (1972)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Screenplay: Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola based on the novel by Mario Puzo

I’ve noticed how, The Godfather doesn’t get the same appreciation outside of the U.S. as it does here, lately. People even start discussing the entire trilogy as one film sometimes to justify their ranking of it so high, an act which would’ve been unheard by most, as we typically never considered The Godfather Part III legitimate, despite it showing amazing moments of greatness. And you know, as an American, an Italian-American at that, it be can hard to defend The Godfather at times to people who confront it. Some say Apocalypse Now was better,
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David Tennant was considered for Hannibal Lecter role in Hannibal

David Tennant earned rave reviews for his villainous turn as the sinister Kilgrave in Netflix’s Marvel series Jessica Jones, but it turns out we came close to seeing him in a much darker role than that of his Doctor Who days several years earlier.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly to promote his new movie Bad Samaritan, Tennant revealed that he was considered for the role of the iconic cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s now-cancelled drama series Hannibal.

“I met Bryan Fuller a couple of times, and we talked about it,” said Tennant. “But I think they quite wisely chose Mads Mikkelsen, I think he was a perfect choice for it, and I think he did things with that character that I wouldn’t have managed, so I think the right man got the job.”

See Also: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were considered for Hannibal Lecter
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‘Buckaasuura’ review: This Kannada morality tale is too much of a strange brew

Sandalwood‘Buckaasuura’ tries to pull together a mix of comedy, horror and drama but fails. Rakesh MeharIn its loosest sense, Buckaasuura is inspired by the 1997 Hollywood film The Devil’s Advocate starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. For anyone who remembers the Hollywood original and curses me for revealing such a major plot spoiler, you can relax. The sheer strangeness of the Kannada remake means that you can only spot the inspiration if you look very hard and very closely. So, Buckaasuura, starring Rohitt and V Ravichandran, is ostensibly a morality tale about the dangers of pursuing wealth and material comforts at the cost of family, love and humanity. Rohitt plays Arya, a lawyer who discovers his route to fame in victim blaming a woman to save his client from charges of rape. Suddenly, there’s a rich and powerful man called Chakravarthy (Ravichandran) interested in hiring him as a legal counsel and showering him with gifts like expensive cars, lakhs of money and even his own palatial house. But just when everything seems to going right, it all starts to unravel. Arya’s partner (Kavya Gowda) starts to see and hear strange things in the house and seems to be losing her mind. But Arya is still too eager for wealth to notice, until life takes a few drastic turns. If this sounds like a healthy enough adaptation of The Devil’s Advocate in synopsis, the way it unfolds is another matter. Where the Hollywood original used smart writing and clever visual designs and effects to give the film a thrilling touch, Buckaasuura clumsily trips across its plotline. Trying to pull together a mix of comedy, horror and drama, writer and director Navaneeth gets lost in inexplicable tangles that simply confuse and frustrate. Right in the middle of a “dramatic” courtroom scene, for instance, pop up unnecessary jokes about pure Kannada versus ‘Kanglish’ slang. Or a dreaded terrorist sympathiser will suddenly start singing Dr Rajkumar songs in the middle of a trial. Of course, the dramatic portions never quite generate enough tension, and make such a mockery of even the simplest rules of evidence and legal arguments that the unnecessary comedy fits right in. Arya’s relationship with his shadowy benefactor takes similarly bizarre turns, as the young lawyer is put through a series of nonsensical tests to prove his ambition and resourcefulness. It doesn’t help that Ravichandran phones in his part, looking slightly bored through most of his scenes. Meanwhile, important parts of the story, such as Arya’s relationship with his partner and her eroding sanity are completely short-changed. So, when things take a sudden dramatic turn on that end, all you can think is, “That escalated quickly!” Given how little space she has to develop her character, it’s not surprising that Kavya struggles to be convincing. Rohitt, meanwhile, is too stone-faced to handle the large amount of screen-time he receives at the centre of the tale. And just when you think the film couldn’t get any stranger, the film throws in a coma, a ghost and déjà vu in an attempt to unsuccessfully untangle itself. All you can do is shake your head in confusion and frustration.
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Emmys 2018 exclusive: HBO categories for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for HBO. While the premium network does not have three-time comedy champ “Veep” eligible for this cycle, they do have drama winner “Game of Thrones” back, returning drama nominee “Westworld”, returning comedy nominee “Silicon Valley” (Thomas Middleditch), the relaunch of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Larry David) and TV movies “Paterno” (Al Pacino) and “The Tale” (Laura Dern) among their 2018 contenders.

SEE2018 Emmys: Which drama will have the most nominations? ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things’ … [Poll]

Below, the list of HBO lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series, TV movies plus other genres. More names might be added by the network before final Emmy paperwork deadlines. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.


Comedy Series

Comedy Actor – Dwayne Johnson

Comedy Supporting Actress – Emayatzy Corinealdi,
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2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
At this point, many are ready to hand the Oscar to “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan, given Killmonger’s status as the most layered Marvel villain thus far.

While last year brought the battle of the mothers at the Oscars, a series of fathers could compete in 2019. Matthew McConaughey plays the father of the youngest FBI informant ever in “White Boy Rick.” Steve Carell is the beleaguered dad of a young drug addict (Timothée Chalamet) in “Beautiful Boy.” In “Boy Erased,” Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman are the Baptist parents of an outed gay teen (Lucas Hedges) who battles his conversion therapist (writer-director Joel Edgerton).

It will be the battle of the Scorsese vets in “The Irishman,” as Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino vie for supremacy in more ways than one.

Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell could be back in the race as George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s “Backseat,
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