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Al Pacino movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘Scent of a Woman’

Al Pacino movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘Scent of a Woman’
This year Al Pacino may pick up his third career Emmy Award as Best Movie/Mini Actor for the HBO telefilm “Paterno.” He plays the title role of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whose successful 45-year career ended after his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was revealed to have been a child molester. Pacino previously won the same prize for “Angels in America” in 2004 and “You Don’t Know Jack” in 2010, and he was nominated once more for “Phil Spector” in 2013. But of course, most of Pacino’s career has been in film and not television. In honor of his latest small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Pacino’s 25 greatest films above, ranked from worst to best.

Pacino is an Academy Award winner for his cinematic work, but it took him 20 years and
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Rushes. Spielberg's Best Set Pieces, Nicholas Ray's Final Interview, Georges Méliès's Autobiography

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSThis year the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des réalisateurs) in Cannes is celebrating its 50th anniversery. The poster for this year's festival uses a photo by William Klein, whose film The Pan-African Festival of Algiers was in the 1971 edition.Recommended VIEWINGThe trailer for Paul Schrader's fabulous new film First Reformed. Our critics raved about it (here and here) last year from the Toronto International Film Festival.Recommended READINGThe last interview Hollywood filmmaker Nicolas Ray (Johnny Guitar) recorded was in 1979 with Sarah Fatima Parsons and Kathryn Bigelow. The Italian film magazine La Furia Umana has the full text in English.With last week's release of Ready Player One getting all fans of Steven Spielberg in a tizzy, the A.V. Club has run a compendium of the best set pieces of the director's career.The Courtisane
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'Lamborghini' Film Finds New Director

'Lamborghini' Film Finds New Director
Bobby Moresco is stepping in to direct the new Lamborghini biopic after Michael Radford dropped out. 

Moresco, who won an Oscar for best original screenplay for Crash, had already penned the script for the new biopic which Michael Radford was attached to direct for Ambi pictures. 

A representative for Radford told The Hollywood Reporter that the picture was originally slated to start shooting last November, but production delays moved it to this year, which conflicted with his prior commitments. Radford recently directed The Music of Silence, a biopic on Andrea Bocelli for Ambi. He is currently attached to...
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Toby Sebastian On Becoming Andrea Bocelli

By Brad Gullickson

We spoke to the Game of Thrones actor about inhabiting the skin of pop culture phenomenon, Andrea Bocelli. Biopics are a dime a dozen. Rise and fall musician stories are even more prevalent and often suffer under the true-to-life misery that usually scars an icon’s lifestyle. Director Michael Radford (1984, Il Postino) was not looking […]

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Film Review: ‘The Music of Silence’

Film Review: ‘The Music of Silence’
People sometimes ask me whether it’s difficult reviewing movies made by filmmakers whom I’ve gotten to know personally, and the answer nearly always is: That’s why I don’t. It’s far easier to recuse oneself (that is, to claim “conflict of interest” and step away) than to run the risk of pulling one’s punches so as not to upset an acquaintance. “The Music of the Silence” is the exception, and it’s no pleasure to report that the film makes nearly every wrong decision imaginable, beginning with its source material — a mushy third-person memoir by Andrea Bocelli in which the Italian opera tenor describes how blindness, prejudice, and waves of humiliation and discouragement nearly convinced him (or a character blandly named Amos Bardi) to abandon singing altogether. A toothless ode to a still-living celebrity, it’s a film that may appeal to very young children and very old ladies, but seems sure
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'The Music of Silence': Film Review

'The Music of Silence': Film Review
Andrea Bocelli fans (and there are plenty of them, God knows) will probably adore Michael Radford's hagiographical biopic about the famed blind tenor. But much as serious opera lovers know that Bocelli's talents aren't all they're cracked up to be, discerning viewers will recognize The Music of Silence for the tediously sentimental, rote exercise that it is. It's the cinematic equivalent of listening to opera in an elevator.

The film is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Bocelli, which no doubt accounts for its endlessly self-regarding tendencies. The central character, dubbed "Amos Bardi" (Tony Sebastian, Game...
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Antonio Banderas as Maestro in Official 'The Music of Silence' Trailer

"Love is the wonderful symphony of every beating heart. It is the divine music that whispers to us..." Ambi Distribution has released a new official Us trailer for an Italian biopic film titled The Music of Silence, from filmmaker Michael Radford. The film tells the story of an Italian musician named Andrea Bocelli, who went blind when he was a child. Years later he became one of the most famous musicians, but not without trials and tribulations, of course. Toby Sebastian plays Bocelli, and the cast includes Antonio Banderas, Jordi Mollà, Alessandro Sperduti, Luisa Ranieri, and Antonella Attili; with a special appearance by the real Andrea Bocelli. This looks like a very Italian film, with lots of opera singing and beautiful scenes in the countryside. The cinematography here is particularly impressive, I just hope the rest of it is that good. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Michael Radford's The Music of Silence,
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Andrea Bocelli Biopic to Be Honored at Capri, Hollywood Fest

Andrea Bocelli Biopic to Be Honored at Capri, Hollywood Fest
The upcoming Capri, Hollywood Fest will honor the new film The Music of Silence with its Biopic of the Year Award, it was announced Friday.

The film, about the life of tenor Andrea Bocelli, was helmed by Michael Radford, the two-time Oscar-nominated writer/director of The Postman. Toby Sebastian (Game of Thrones) stars as a young Bocelli, with Antonio Banderas playing his teacher. Based on Bocelli's autobiographical novel of the same name, the pic recounts Bocelli's life growing up with a devastating eye condition that eventually led to his blindness.

After dedicating his life to music, Bocelli went on to sell more than...
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Let's Gush Over Eurythmics' Controversial 1984 Soundtrack

The legacy of Eurythmics' embattled 1984 score, and the nasty public conflict that erupted over it at the time, has been well documented, so suffice it to say director Michael Radford famously hated it, calling it "crass rubbish" and even released a version of the film that excised it in favour of a more traditional score composed by Dominic Muldowney.

And Radford was wasn't alone. The film's producer, Simon Perry, was also publicly critical at the time, calling the band's New Wave sound "ruinous to the film's purposes and absurdly inappropriate".

Wow. The score must be pretty bad, right?

I recently screened a this French, [Continued ...]
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Mipcom: China, Nordic Noir’s Dilution, Social-Issue Drama in Focus at The Wit’s Fresh TV Fiction

Cannes — China’s “Princess Agents,” Scandinavia’s “Match” and the U.K.’s “Hard Sun” (pictured) will be sneak-peaked at Mipcom’s Fresh TV Fiction showcase, as its presenter, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler, focuses on three trends now coursing through international TV: The rise of Asia, led by China; a dilution of Nordic Noir; consolidation of social-issue-edged drama.

“There may be a lot of buzz at this year’s Mipcom about international co-production and big new Svod series. But there are no major creative trends or big new program genres,” anticipated The Wit’s Bertrand Villegas.

What The Wit will capture, however, in several series, and industry moves, is how the international scripted industry is caught at a multiple-exit cross-roads. As foreign-language drama’s move into higher-end TV shows little sign of abating, it is attempting to satisfy both new experiments in web series and upscale drama innovation with the needs of more traditional markets, linear
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Antonio’s shades of grey by Richard Mowe

Antonio Banderas and Michael Radford: 'When you have an actor of the calibre of Antonio you can simply build the part around him' Photo: Richard Mowe Hispanic heart-throb Antonio Banderas, whose reputation in part has been forged on his normally clean-shaven, chiselled Latin looks has undergone something of a transformation for his latest screen incarnation in The Music Of Silence.

The 56-year-old adopts a much more mature look than his years suggest with grey hair and a luxuriant grey beard to play the Maestro who helps the young Andrea Bocelli realise his potential to become the golden voiced tenor known to millions in the film, directed by Michael Radford (of Il Postino and The Merchant Of Venice renown).

Antonio Banderas: 'Pedro Almodovar is not an easy guy. He's a tough director but very creative' Photo: Richard Mowe Based on Bocelli’s memoir in which he names his alter ego as Amos Bardi,
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‘Crash’ Co-Writer Hired to Pen Script on History of Irish Criminals in New York City

‘Crash’ Co-Writer Hired to Pen Script on History of Irish Criminals in New York City
CuffLink Productions has hired Bobby Moresco, who co-wrote Paul Haggis’s 2004 Oscar winner “Crash,” to pen a script based on the history of Irish criminal dominance in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. The story revolves around the rise and fall of the “Westies Gang” and the end of a century of violence on New York’s west side.

Ed Cuffe and Tierney Boorboor, of CuffLink Productions, will serve as producers. Michael Reuten and Joseph Isgro (“Hoffa”) are executive producers and Michael Mandaville of the “Taken” franchise is line producer.

Moresco, who grew up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, brings a unique understanding of the neighborhood’s history and the families that comprised this tight knit, and often violent, community.

“This is a story I’ve wanted to tell for a very long time and I’m thrilled that now is that time,” says Moresco.

Adds Cuffe,
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Antonio Banderas will star as Lamborghini creator in biopic alongside Alec Baldwin as Enzo Ferrari

Antonia Banderas has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming biopic on Ferruccio Lamborghini, creator of the famous car. Alec Baldwin, meanwhile, will star as Lamborghini’s business rival, Enzo Ferrari. The Merchant of Venice‘s Michael Radford will direct the film from a script by Million Dollar Baby’s Bobby Moresco under the working title Lamborghini – The Legend.

The film will cover the life of the famous entrepreneur, from his beginnings manufacturing tractors to military vehicles to the sports car with an eye for how his business helped Italy in the post-war years. The film is based on the biography Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The Official Story) written by Lamborghini’s son, Tonino Lamborghini. It will be produced by the Ambi Group’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi.

“The life and story of Ferruccio Lamborghini is potently epic in so many ways,” said Iervolino. “”he screenplay
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Antonio Banderas Set to Star in Lamborghini Biopic Alongside Alec Baldwin

Antonio Banderas is set to star in the Lamborghini biopic currently being developed by director Michael Radford (The Merchant of Venice, The Postman). Banderas will take on the role of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous car and he will star alongside Alec Baldwin, who plays his rival Enzo Ferrari.

The film is based on the biography Ferruccio Lamborghini: La storia ufficiale (The official story), which was written by his son Tonino Lamborghini. Here are some story details that were shared in the press release:

The Lamborghini biopic spans the long life of the iconic entrepreneur, from the manufacturing of tractors (Lamborghini Tractors) at the start of his career, to creating military vehicles during World War II, and then on to designing and building the Lamborghini cars that ultimately defined his profound legacy.The film aims to tell an extraordinary multi-layered story of a man who helped an entire
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to play Lamborghini & Ferrari in new biopic

The Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, has landed Antonio Banderas for the starring role of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous car that bears his name, with Alec Baldwin co-starring as rival Enzo Ferrari. Academy Award® nominee Michael Radford (The Merchant of Venice, The Postman) has signed on to direct the movie.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group optioned the rights to “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story)”, the biography written by his son Tonino Lamborghini, and are financing and producing a high octane feature biopic on Lamborghini’s extraordinary life. They tapped Academy Award® winning writer/director/producer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, The Black Donnellys) to write the screenplay for the film.

Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers in Cannes.
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin Team for Lamborghini Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin will star in a Ferruccio Lamborghini biopic directed by Michael Radford, the Oscar nominated director of Il Postino. The project will be introduced to prospective buyers in Cannes next week and is backed by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Media Group. Ambi secured the rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini La storia ufficiale (The official story) the biography by Lamborghini's son, Tonio Lamborghini 2 years ago, so the story will have the official stamp of approval from the Lamborghini family. The screenplay is set to be written by Oscar winning director/writer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby).

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Antonio Banderas will portray Lamborghini and Alec Baldwin with portray his rival, Enzo Ferrari. The movie will look at the life of Lamborghini from his early days building tractors, creating military vehicles in World War II, and finally his designing and building of the iconic Lamborghini.
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Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin sign on to Lamborghini project

Ambi Distribution to launch sales in Cannes.

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin have signed on to star in the Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group.

Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.

The film has a working title of Lamborghini – The Legend and tells a multi-layered story of a man who helped Italy get back on its feet after the horrors of the Second World War, designing a car that revolutionised the global automotive industry and injected lustre to the country at a pivotal juncture.

Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, while Alec Baldwin will co-star as rival Enzo Ferrari.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group optioned the rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini. La Storia Ufficiale (The Official Story) – the biography written by Ferruccio’s son Tonino Lamborghini – and are financing and producing the project
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Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin to Star as Lamborghini and Ferrari in New Movie

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin are set to star in a Lamborghini biopic, coming from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group. Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous luxury car. Baldwin will play his rival Enzo Ferrari. Academy Award nominee Michael Radford (“The Merchant of Venice,” “The Postman”) will direct the film, based on the book “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story),” by the car founder’s son Tonino Lamborghini. Also Read: 'SNL': Baldwin's Trump Calls 'Morning Joe' As Publicist 'John Miller' (Video) Ambi’S Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi,
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to Play Lamborghini and Ferrari in Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to Play Lamborghini and Ferrari in Biopic
Ambi Media Group has signed Antonio Banderas for the starring role of auto magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini in its untitled biopic, with Alec Baldwin co-starring as rival Enzo Ferrari.

Michael Radford (“The Merchant of Venice,” “The Postman”) will direct the movie from a script by Bobby Moresco (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby”).

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group launched development in 2015 by optioning movie rights to “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale” (The official story), written by his son Tonino Lamborghini. Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Ambi plans to shoot “Lamborghini” in Italy, as well as other locations around the world. The film has a working title of “Lamborghini – The Legend.”

Tonino Lamborghini said, “My book ‘Ferruccio Lamborghini.
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Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin Set For Lamborghini Biopic With Michael Radford At Wheel

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin are getting behind the wheel for the Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Media Group. Michael Radford has signed on to direct. Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the famous car that bears his name while Baldwin will co-star as rival Enzo Ferrari. The film's working title is Lamborghini – The Legend. The film is based on a book from Lamborghini's son, Tonino, and spans the long life…
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