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Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly's Love Story Is as Dramatic as the Plot of 1 of Their Movies

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Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly's Love Story Is as Dramatic as the Plot of 1 of Their Movies
Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly are one of Hollywood's true love stories. Paul first laid eyes on his love in films like labyrinth and Once Upon a Time in America and happily confesses that she was his teenage crush. They eventually met in 2001 on the set of A Beautiful Mind, but romance didn't blossom until after the film wrapped. In fact, as Paul tells it, they got engaged before they'd even started dating officially. Paul told Larry King that it was the tragic events of 9/11 that helped him to admit his feelings. After seeing the events unfold, his immediate reaction was to try and get in touch with Jennifer, and that made him realize he was in love. When he did finally get her on the phone, he told her "I'm coming over, let's get married."

Related: Can You Handle Jennifer Connelly's Hottest Photos?

The direct approach clearly worked, because
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The Best Movies to Ever Win the Oscar for Best Picture — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best movie to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

This one’s hard for me to answer, because for every “Godfather” or “Amadeus,” there’s an overlooked “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” or “Once Upon a Time in America.” So I’ll take your question to mean: What’s the most awe-inspiring Best Picture win? And for me, that’s got to be Kathryn Bigelow’s landmark win with “The Hurt Locker,” beating “Avatar,” the highest-grossing movie in Hollywood history (which was made by her ex-husband, who she also defeated for Best Director,
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10 Great Asian Gangster Films of the last 10 Years

Organized crime as a theme has been one of the most popular of international cinema, with movies like “Goodfellas”, “The Godfather Trilogy” and “Once Upon a Time in America considered masterpieces. Asian cinema also has a significant legacy in the category, with the films of Johnnie To, “Infernal Affairs”, Fukasaku’s “Yakuza Papers” and many others. Beyond the classics though, some films of the category are still produced, and although the majority comes from S. Korea, other Asian countries have a representation in the genre, with a number of great films.

Here is a list with some of the best Asian Gangster films of the latest years, in random order, which as you will see, does not include thrillers specifically, but extends to dramas and social films.

The criteria for the selection was for the film to have premiered during the last ten years and for the protagonist(s) to be members of organized crime,
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Second Chances: Directors' Cuts

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An artist never finishes a piece of art, not really. At a certain point, a precise juncture of the creative process, they just stop working. They present the art to the public, for whom this work is—seems to be—completed, but for that artist ideas may continue to churn, what could have been done differently, what could still be done differently. They may consider the possibility of changes, of improvement. Think, for instance, of any book of collected essays or stories from a writer you admire: “These appeared, in slightly different form...” is a common preface found in the opening acknowledgements. Even precise wordsmiths like James Salter or Renata Adler tinkered with pieces after they were purportedly finished. For Salter, whose revisions were done longhand, entire new pieces of prose were born of earlier pieces, so severe were his second thoughts. He rewrote his entire 1967 novel The Arm of Flesh,
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Darlanne Fluegel, Actress in ‘To Live and Die in L.A.,’ Dies at 64

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Darlanne Fluegel, Actress in ‘To Live and Die in L.A.,’ Dies at 64
Darlanne Fluegel, the actress who starred in films like “Once Upon a Time in America,” “To Live and Die in L.A.” and “Running Scared,” has died. She was 64. Fluegel’s daughter Jenna Carey told The Hollywood Reporter that Fluegel died Dec. 15 at her home in Orlando following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The actress played Robert De Niro’s girlfriend in “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984) as well as Kirk Douglas’ love interest in 1986’s “Tough Guys.”

Fluegel also starred on the NBC drama “Crime Story” that aired from.
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James Woods Suggests Matt Lauer Might Have Been Fired Over Money

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James Woods Suggests Matt Lauer Might Have Been Fired Over Money
Forget the allegation of sexual misconduct against Matt Lauer — actor and right-wing provocateur James Woods has an alternate explanation for why the “Today” co-host was given the heave-ho this week. Following Wednesday’s announcement that Lauer had been fired by NBC News after a complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” was lodged against him, the “Once Upon a Time in America” actor took to Twitter to float a theory that Lauer might have actually been canned as a money-saving measure. “Are big corporations using these unsubstantiated allegations as an easy way to dump expensive star contracts?” Woods asked in.
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James Woods Threatens Poker Pro on Twitter

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2017-11-15T11:38:53-08:00James Woods Threatens Poker Pro on Twitter

James Woods, who appeared in the movie Videodrome a very long time ago but who has since retired from acting, is well-known for his provocative, outrageous behavior online, but this week, the turmoil surrounding his antics has ratcheted up. After Weeds actress Elizabeth Perkins appeared to accuse Woods of sexual harassment, professional poker player Daniel Negreanu compared Woods to politician Roy Moore, who is currently being accused of inappropriate conduct with minors.

Negreanu was referring to an allegation by actress Amber Tamblyn, who says that Woods propositioned her when she was just 16 years old. The 70-year-old Woods denied the allegation, although he has a documented history of dating women who are barely out of their teens.

Woods lashed out at Negreanu on Twitter, where Woods has often made homophobic, Islamophobic and otherwise incendiary comments.

Via The Wrap.
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James Woods Calls Out ‘Cowardly Piece of S—‘ Who Compared Him to Roy Moore

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James Woods Calls Out ‘Cowardly Piece of S—‘ Who Compared Him to Roy Moore
James Woods found himself in a Twitter tussle Tuesday night, after Canadian poker pro Daniel Negreanu compared the “Once Upon a Time in America” actor to scandal-clouded Senate candidate Roy Moore. Woods didn’t mince words, calling out Negreanu as a “cowardly piece of s—.” The actor lashed out at Negreanu after he tweeted a link to an article about “Weeds” actress Elizabeth Perkins touting a sign reading “James Woods #MeToo” at a march to support victims of sexual assault and harassment over the weekend. Also Read: James Woods Defends Dolly Parton Over Anti-Trump Emmys Joke “Add James Woods to the list of men.
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James Woods Says Reports of His Retirement Are ‘Greatly Exaggerated’

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James Woods Says Reports of His Retirement Are ‘Greatly Exaggerated’
Chalk this up to a bit of fake news from the real-estate sector. “Once Upon a Time in America” actor and noted conservative James Woods took to Twitter on Sunday to shoot down reports that he was retiring from acting, reports that originated with Woods’ real-estate agent. Woods also has some bad news for his fans: He also has no intention of running for political office in California, no matter how much they might want him to. Also Read: Did James Woods Announce Retirement From Acting... Through His Real Estate Agent? Taking a page from Mark Twain, Woods told his Twitter followers on.
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James Woods: "Reports of My Retirement Are Greatly Exaggerated"

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Relax, James Woods fans; the actor is not retiring just yet. (But he still wants you to buy his house). Those reports that he announced his retirement in a real estate listing? Fake news. "The reports of my retirement are greatly exaggerated," the 70-year-old Oscar-nominated actor, known for movies such as Once Upon a Time in AmericaGhosts of Mississippi and Disney's Hercules, tweeted on Sunday, alongside a tribute to the late Mark Twain, who once coined a similar phrase in response to a death hoax.   Last week, a real estate agent who worked with Woods put out a press release that stated the actor is selling his family's Rhode Island...
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James Woods Is Retiring (From Acting, Not Being a Jerk on Twitter)

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James Woods Is Retiring (From Acting, Not Being a Jerk on Twitter)
James Woods has quietly announced his retirement from acting. Best known for his roles in such films as “Videodrome,” “Casino,” and “Once Upon a Time in America,” Woods has more recently attracted attention for his outspoken, highly conservative remarks on social media.

Read More:Amber Tamblyn Responds to Alleged Creep James Woods: ‘Only You and Your Darkness Know Who You Are’

The actor, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year, has twice been nominated for an Academy Award: in 1987 for his leading role in “Salvador” and again 10 years later for his supporting turn in “Ghosts of Mississippi.” His announcement was nestled in a press release sent out by his real-estate agent about Woods putting up his lake house in Rhode Island for sale.

Read More:‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Armie Hammer Roasts James Woods on Twitter: ‘Didn’t You Date a 19 Year Old When You Were
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Chuck Low, 'Goodfellas' Actor, Dead at 89

Chuck Low, 'Goodfellas' Actor, Dead at 89
Rest in peace, Charles "Chuck" Low.

The Goodfellas actor and real estate developer died in his sleep on Sept. 18 at the Allendale Nursing Home in New Jersey at age 89, according to his obituary in The New York Times.

Low graduated from the Norwich Military Academy with a Bs in electrical engineering in 1950, and went on to serve four years of active duty in the Army, as well as over 30 more in the Us Army Reserve.

Following his stint in the military, he went into the family business, developing and manufacturing marine instruments, before moving on to real estate.

Related: 'Let’s Make a Deal' Host Monty Hall Dies at 96

After developing buildings in New York City and the Tribeca neighborhood, Low met one of his tenants, Robert De Niro, who supported him in his move to acting.

Low is best known for his character Morrie in Goodfellas, alongside De Niro, Joe Pesci and [link
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‘Goodfellas’ Actor Chuck Low is Dead at 89

‘Goodfellas’ Actor Chuck Low is Dead at 89
According to his New York Times obituary, Chuck Low died last month in a New Jersey nursing home at the age of 89. Low will be best remembered by movie fans as Morrie — the toupee salesman who gets in way too deep with the mob in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” — but his career and life stretched well beyond his memorable movie roles.

Born in New York City in 1928, Low was a military veteran who served in the U.S. Army, became an engineer who made marine instruments, and in the 1960s started a real estate partnership with Lehman Brothers. Low became a pioneer developer in Tribeca, playing a key role in the New York City neighborhood’s transformation into luxury lofts and high-end restaurants. It was in this capacity that he met Tribeca’s most famous resident Robert De Niro, who became both Low’s tenant and friend.

It was through
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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Armie Hammer Roasts James Woods on Twitter: ‘Didn’t You Date a 19 Year Old When You Were 60?’

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Armie Hammer Roasts James Woods on Twitter: ‘Didn’t You Date a 19 Year Old When You Were 60?’
If you enjoy James Woods as an actor — and, with his performances in films like “Videodrome” and “Once Upon a Time in America,” you’ve no reason not to — then you may have had a difficult time dealing with his Twitter persona in recent years. The outspoken conservative goes out of his way to criticize #liberals as often as possible, occasionally (okay,very occasionally) landing a solid blow but more often getting dunked on in his mentions.

Read More:‘Call Me By Your Name’ First Trailer: Luca Guadagnino Delivers One of the Indie Film Masterpieces of 2017

That was certainly the case this morning, when “Call Me by Your Name” star Armie Hammer responded to Woods’ negative tweet about the gay romance directed by Luca Guadagnino, which has been earning raves since its Sundance premiere and is now at Tiff. Quoting a tweet pointing out that the film’s two lovers are 24 and 17 years old,
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David Simon: ‘If you’re not consuming porn, you’re still consuming its logic’

Alongside longtime collaborator George Pelecanos, The Wire’s creator talks about their new TV drama, The Deuce, which examines porn’s impact on Us society

Amid rows of houses and a sprinkling of bars, coffee shops, convenience stores and restaurants in Riverside, an unpretentious corner of Baltimore, one building stands out: a redbrick townhouse that was once an old church. It is the office of David Simon, a master of the medium of television.

Up three steps and through thick wooden doors is a kitchen displaying posters for Sergio Leone’s C’era una volta in America (Once Upon a Time in America), Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch and Simon’s own series Treme, set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. But it is the bathroom that offers an oblique clue as to where he is off to next: period posters announcing long-ago labour strikes – one by police, another by a newspaper guild.
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Review: Dario Argento's "Phenomena" (1985) Starring Jennifer Connelly; Synapse Films Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

The plot of Dario Argento’s 1985 thriller Phenomena has long been the subject of ridicule and derision by critics and fans alike since its initial release. The inevitable complaints about the film range from the bad dubbing and stiff performances to the ludicrous notion that insects can be employed as detectives in a homicide investigation (this is true and has actually been done, providing the inspiration for the film). If the film does not sound familiar, that could be attributed to the fact that Phenomena was severely cut by 33 minutes and retitled Creepers when it opened in the States on Friday, August 30, 1985.

Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly) is a fourteen year-old student attending an all-girls school in Switzerland while her movie star father is away for the better part of a year shooting a film. Her mother, who left the family when Jennifer was a child, is merely mentioned but never seen.
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the America Has Fallen On DVD

Ryan Taylor has two hours to save the president in the “fast and furious”* actioner America Has Fallen, on VOD from High Octane Pictures. When a former marine is framed for a deadly terrorist bombing, he must track down the mastermind behind the plot. But soon he discovers an even deadlier conspiracy that threatens the nation. One that will force him to choose between the freedom of millions, and his own survival.

Now you can own America Has Fallen on DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘America’ in the title? (mine is Once Upon A Time In America!). It’s so easy! Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.
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Blu-ray Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 50th Anniversary Special Edition (1966)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 50th Anniversary Special Edition, 1966.

Directed by Sergio Leone.

Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach.

Synopsis:

Okay, it’s been 51 years since The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was released, but who’s counting? This new 50th Anniversary Special Edition from Kino Lorber pulls out all the stops with a 4K remastered image, theatrical and extended versions of the film on separate discs, and a big helping of bonus features, including three commentary tracks, deleted scenes, and a bunch of documentary materials.

Some film fans revere Sergio Leone the way others revere Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and other directors with more recognizable names. I’ll admit to having arrived at Leone a bit later in life. Sure, I recognized A Fistful of Dollars in Back to the Future Part II, I knew about the longer version of Once Upon a Time in America,
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James Woods Drops $10 Million ‘Cocaine Addict’ Lawsuit Against Deceased Twitter Troll

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James Woods Drops $10 Million ‘Cocaine Addict’ Lawsuit Against Deceased Twitter Troll
James Woods just scored a victory that’s nothing to sniff at. “Once Upon a Time in America” star Woods has dropped a lawsuit that he filed against an anonymous, since-deceased Twitter troll who called him a “cocaine addict,” after receiving a letter acknowledging that there was no evidence that he was addicted to coke, or anything else for that matter. Attorney Kenneth White told TheWrap on Wednesday, “The matter was resolved by mutual agreement of the Parties.” Also Read: James Woods Fires Back After Neil Patrick Harris Diss Over 'Gender Creative' Tweet In a letter sent to Woods’ attorney Michael Weinsten,
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James Woods Fires Back After Neil Patrick Harris Diss Over ‘Gender Creative’ Tweet

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James Woods Fires Back After Neil Patrick Harris Diss Over ‘Gender Creative’ Tweet
James Woods will not tolerate any suggestion that he’s intolerant.

The “Once Upon a Time in America” actor took to Twitter on Wednesday and issued a multi-tweet defense of himself, after fellow actor Neil Patrick Harris blasted him for being “ignorant and classless.” Former “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris went after Woods on Tuesday, over a tweet Woods published earlier in the week.

Woods was commenting on a photo of two parents with their child. One parent was holding a sign reading, “I love my gender creative son!
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