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Tommy James Biopic ‘Me, the Mob and the Music’ in Development (Exclusive)

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Tommy James Biopic ‘Me, the Mob and the Music’ in Development (Exclusive)
Pop music star Tommy James and film producer Barbara DeFina are developing the biopic “Me, the Mob and the Music,” based on James’ autobiography.

DeFina, whose credits include Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” and “GoodFellas,” and James have tapped three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall to helm the film adaptation from a screenplay by Matthew Stone (“Intolerable Cruelty”).

James was the leader of Tommy James and the Shondells with No. 1 singles for “Hanky Panky” and “Crimson and Clover” along with a dozen other Top 40 hits, including “I Think We’re Alone Now”, “Mirage”, “Mony Mony”, “Sweet Cherry Wine”, and “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” He has sold an estimated 100 million records.

The book, co-written with Martin Fitzpatrick and published in 2011, centers on James’ years at Roulette Records and his complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with mobster Morris Levy, also known as the “Godfather of the Music Business.” Levy operated through payola and strong-arm tactics.
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‘The Kitchen’ Final Trailer Ignites a Mob War for Control of Hell’s Kitchen

Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for Andrea Berloff’s The Kitchen. Based on the DC Vertigo comic book series of the same name, the film is set in 1978 Hell’s Kitchen and revolves around three housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. They’re then forced to take matters into their own hands by assuming control of the Irish mafia. I’m not exactly sure what to think about this one. On the one hand, it has an amazing cast, and the premise makes it look like Goodfellas with female leads, and that’…
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Joker director says “we didn’t follow anything from the comic books”

The Clown Prince of Crime is set to make his return to the big screen this year as Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of the iconic Batman villain for Warner Bros. and DC Films’ standalone Joker movie.

The film, directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is set to explore the origin of the Joker, and it seems it’s going to be very different from the various origins we’ve seen in the comic books as Phillips has revealed to Empire that the movie doesn’t following anything from the source material.

We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about,” said Phillips. “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”

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‘Piranhas’ Trailer: A Cast of Locals Come of Age in Berlin-Winning Mob Drama — Exclusive

‘Piranhas’ Trailer: A Cast of Locals Come of Age in Berlin-Winning Mob Drama — Exclusive
With Netflix (hopefully) releasing “The Irishman” at the end of this year, it’s natural for moviegoers to have gangsters on the mind. But if you can’t wait five months for a “Goodfellas”-inspired movie, “Piranhas” has you covered. Claudio Giovannesi’s latest, a crime story set in the mean streets of Naples, seeks to chart new territory without hiding its debt to classic mob cinema.

The official synopsis from Music Box Films says the film “follows fifteen year-old Nicola (newcomer Francesco Di Napoli) who lives with his mother and younger brother in the Sanità neighborhood of Naples, a place that has been controlled by the Camorra mafia for centuries. Dreaming of a life lush with designer clothing and elite nightclub bottle service, Nicola and his group of friends begin selling drugs, an entryway into the violent, power-hungry world of crime that begins to threaten their innocence, relationships, and safety of their families.
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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Bull’

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Bull’
Boris Akopov’s feature debut “The Bull” announces in serious text at the outset that it is based on a true story. But the film unfolds along such formulaic lines, from its arc of gritty tragedy to its use of counterpointing pop tracks over vivid scenes of violence, that life, in this scuzzy Russian suburb in 1997, appears to have imitated art — specifically Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” but you can throw in most of the gangster and mafia movies of the late ’70s and ’80s, too. It follows the very brief rise and long, bloody, betrayal-ridden fall of a roving gang of Muscovite malchicks, under the leadership of the handsome, stuttering Anton (Yuri Borisov). Or at least it probably does: The compellingly staged, well-performed action is, for the English-speaking viewer, buried underneath such atrocious subtitling that it is difficult to be sure.

When we meet him, Anton aka “Bull” — a nickname/play
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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker featured on new Empire magazine covers

Empire Magazine has revealed its August issue covers which feature Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck from Warner Bros. and DC Films’ upcoming Joker solo movie; check them out here…

See Also: Why Joker is More Scorsese Ode Than Comic Book Movie

See Also: Ranking every big screen version of The Joker from worst to best

Joker is set for release on October 4th 2019 and stars Joaquin Phoenix (The Sisters Brothers), Robert De Niro (Goodfellas), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Brett Cullen (Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Billions), Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (Glow), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn), Shea Whigham (Kong: Skull Island), Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood) and Dante Pereira-Olson (You Were Never Really Here).

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Kind Hearts & Coronets’

The jewel in Ealing Studios’ crown, Kind Hearts & Coronets received its UK premiere on 23rd June 1949. Back in cinemas now with a glorious 70th Anniversary 4K restoration, and a stunning brand-new Collector’s Edition released on 24th June 2019, this wonderfully entertaining combination of biting class satire, hilarious farce and pitch-black comedy is as sharp and funny today as ever.

To celebrate, we have delved into this sublime tale of an elegant serial killer and the stories behind one of the finest British films ever made.

The inspiration for Kind Hearts & Coronets came from a novel by the Edwardian actor/manager Roy Horniman. ‘Israel Rank: The Autobiography Of A Criminal’ was first published in 1907, and this story of a social climbing serial killer provided the template for the film made 42 years later. As his name suggests Israel is of Jewish descent and the novel portrays the casual anti-Semitism that the socially ambitious Israel encounters,
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Todd Phillips shares new Joker image featuring Joaquin Phoenix, confirms R-rating

Director Todd Phillips has taken to Instagram to share a new peek at Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck from Warner Bros. and DC Films’ upcoming Joker movie, which sees the future Clown Prince of Crime applying his iconic make-up. Check it out here…

See Also: Why Joker is More Scorsese Ode Than Comic Book Movie

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Meanwhile, responding to a question from a fan in the comments, Phillips also confirmed that the 80s-set origin story will indeed by R-rated, the filmmaker stating that: “It will be rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry.”

See Also: Ranking every big screen version of The Joker from worst to best

Joker is set for release on October 4th 2019 and stars Joaquin Phoenix (The Sisters Brothers), Robert De Niro
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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Meets ‘Goodfellas’: How Steadicams and Dance Moves Bring Dialogue to Life

‘Mrs. Maisel’ Meets ‘Goodfellas’: How Steadicams and Dance Moves Bring Dialogue to Life
With “Gilmore Girls,” creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino defined their show with dialogue that exhibited a distinct cadence and whip-smart wit. Using The CW show’s extremely limited resources, the duo put what little time they had into long walk-and-talk master shots in which the scene’s rhythm stemmed from pacing the performances.

“’Gilmore Girls’ was like the greatest gig in the entire world,” said Sherman-Palladino when she and Palladino were recent guests on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “We were sort of ran crazy over the Warner Bros. lot. We were really left alone and we got to really sort of hone in and develop our style of storytelling and rhythm, but we never had a dime.”

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With “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the team was determined to only make the show if they had the resources to create a
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Movie Review – Diego Maradona (2019)

Diego Maradona, 2019.

Directed by Asif Kapadia.

Synopsis:

The story of the legendary Argentinian footballer’s turbulent years playing for Napoli in Italy, which saw his greatest successes and lowest points.

Asif Kapadia has made his name in the last few years through exhaustive, compelling documentary portraits of tragic geniuses. In Formula One tale Senna, he examined the friction between the pursuit of sporting excellence and the risk of that ambition, while Amy showed the toxic impact of fame on a young woman ill-prepared to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Both of those themes would seem to collide in Diego Maradona – the story of an elite sportsman who was also one of the most famous men on the planet.

As usual, Kapadia eschews talking heads and allows his tale to unfold through archive footage, accompanied by audio interviews. Maradona himself sat down for hours with Kapadia,
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The 15 Best Films of 2019 (So Far)

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The 15 Best Films of 2019 (So Far)
By now, audiences have caught on to the way American distributors tend to stockpile their quality movies for end-of-year award-season release, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t treasures to be found in the first two quarters. In fact, sometimes it’s the movies that aren’t making a self-important Oscar push that wind up hitting closest to our hearts — and providing respite from such recent turkeys as “The Beach Bum” and “Wonder Park.” With quality to be found everywhere from blockbuster superhero sagas to niche-release art-house fare, it turns out 2019 is off to a good start. Variety chief critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge pick their favorite releases of the year so far.

Avengers: Endgame Marvel Studios

In his Variety review, Peter Debruge called it “the ultimate fan-service follow-up,” and that nails the riveting and cathartic satisfactions — and, just maybe, the built-in obsolescence — of this toweringly crafted and
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Martin Scorsese’s Lifelong Side Hustle: Music Documentaries

Martin Scorsese’s Lifelong Side Hustle: Music Documentaries
Anyone who’s seen a Martin Scorsese film can tell he knows his music. The legendary director often dips into the well of classic rock for his soundtracks, and always seems to find the perfect song to pair with his most iconic—and violent—scenes. In between films like “Taxi Driver” and “Goodfellas,” Scorsese has built an impressive side career as America’s premiere rock and roll documentarian. With his latest, “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story” dropping on Netflix this Wednesday, here’s a look back at Martin Scorsese’s lifelong side hustle: making music documentaries.
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Martin Scorsese's Rolling Thunder Revue Trailer Brings Bob Dylan to Netflix

Martin Scorsese's Rolling Thunder Revue Trailer Brings Bob Dylan to Netflix
The first trailer for Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is here. Netflix is getting into the Scorsese business in a big way and that starts with this documentary on one of the greatest and most prolific musicians in history. They also have The Irishman, the filmmaker's incredibly expensive and ambitious gangster drama, set to arrive later this year. In the meantime, we get to see Scorsese explore Dylan in the 70s in what look to be a very compelling look at a very precise time in his career. Specifically, the summer of 1975.

As we can see, the trailer makes use of a ton of archival footage from Bob Dylan's famed Rolling Thunder Revue tour, which turned out to be something of a mess. Dylan gathered a bunch of his famous musician friends and hit the road to play very small venues, despite the fact that
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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg Reflect on the Legacy of Saving Private Ryan as it Turns 21

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg Reflect on the Legacy of Saving Private Ryan as it Turns 21
21 years after Saving Private Ryan stormed into theaters, depicting the crucial Allied victory on D-Day, two of the biggest names in Hollywood are reflecting on the legacy of their award-winning war film.

Tom Hanks, who played Captain Miller, and director Steven Spielberg discussed with NBC News how their classic changed the way Americans would remember World War II, and the horrific violence that came with it.

“If we pulled this off in the right way — and it stood the test of time — this was going to stand in, in some small way, for what those kids experienced at 6:30 in the morning on June 6, 1944,” Spielberg,
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‘The Traitor’: Marco Bellocchio’s Mob Film Is Handsome, But Muted [Cannes Review]

Classics like “The Godfather” and “GoodFellas” have written the Mafia into cinematic legend. So iconic are these images of mobsters that their reference point—a tradition of violence with real-world consequences—tends to be forgotten. This is something that veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio seeks to redress with “The Traitor,” competing for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Critic's Notebook: Peter Biskind on Irwin Winkler's New Memoir, 'A Life in Movies'

Critic's Notebook: Peter Biskind on Irwin Winkler's New Memoir, 'A Life in Movies'
Irwin Winkler has produced approximately 60 movies since 1966, when he got into the business. Among them are Point Blank; They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; the Rocky franchise; The Right Stuff and the Creed movies. Along the way, he became Martin Scorsese's go-to producer, with New York, New York; Raging Bull; The Last Temptation of Christ; Goodfellas; The Wolf of Wall Street; Silence and The Irishman to his credit. He also directed seven films. All in all, his films have been nominated for 52 Oscars, winning 12.

Making movies is hard. Obstacle number one, as he wittily writes in ...
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10 Amazing Martin Scorsese Movies Everyone Forgets About

Martin Scorsese is rightly considered one of the most gifted and influential film-makers of all time. For more than half a century, this acclaimed auteur has cemented his position in the industry by delivering at least one cinematic masterpiece per decade. Indeed, it’s virtually impossible to have a conversation about film history without referring to the Oscar-winning director’s body of work.

Related: 10 Movies To Watch If You're A Fan Of Martin Scorsese

Having said that, it often feels like the same handful of Scorsese flicks tend to dominate these discussions – you know, heavyweight efforts like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Departed – at the expense of other, worthy candidates. Sure, not every Scorsese outing is a gem – New York, New York is an ambitious miscalculation, while Silence is, frankly, a chore – but we’ve rounded-up 10 flicks that movie buffs shouldn’t be so quick to forget.
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Napoleon Dynamite Tries to Stop Pedro's Impeachment in Comic Book Sequel

Fifteen years later, we're finally getting a sequel to Napoleon Dynamite. It may not be in the form of a movie or a TV series, but Idw Publishing has stepped up to deliver a follow-up to the beloved cult classic with a brand new comic book series set to hit shelves this fall. This four-issue series will pick up shortly after the events of the 2004 movie, marking the return of Napoleon, Deb and Pedro to the pop culture landscape.

Idw made the announcement today that the Napoleon Dynamite comic will arrive in September. The book comes from writers Carlos Guzman-Verdugo and Alejandro Verdugo (Time Cheetah), with art by Jorge Monlongo (Adventure Time). Sara Richard (My Little Pony) contributed the cover art for the debut issue. Carlos Guzman-Verdugo had this to say about the upcoming book.

"Napoleon Dynamite is a pop-culture staple, that spoke to the weirdo in all of us.
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Ice-t takes on the horror of ‘Clinton Road’ in new trailer

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Clinton Road, directed by Steve Stanulis and Richard Grieco, about a haunted road in New Jersey, has been picked up for distribution by Midnight Releasing

The film stars internationally acclaimed musician and actor Ice-t, James DeBello, Vincent Pastore, and Erin O’Brien.

In Clinton Road, scripted by Derek Ross Mackay, a widowed fire fighter seeks closure after his wife goes missing on an actual haunted road in rural New Jersey but must unlock the roads secret if he wants to get out alive. Ace Young (Bones), Katie Morrison (The Blacklist), Bo Dietl (Vinyl), and Oscar Nominee Eric Roberts also star.

Midnight Releasing have announced a 10-city theatrical (cities to be announced) and Pvod release of Clinton Road, which begins June 14th. Check out the trailer and poster below:
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Martin Scorsese Talks With Joanna Hogg About Their History & How He Got Involved With ‘The Souvenir’

There is nothing better than two incredible artists discussing their shared love of art. And in film, it’s always great when two filmmakers are able to not only discuss their own work, but give commentary on the state of the industry and films that stand out. That’s exactly what happens in the new A24 podcast with directors Martin Scorsese and Joanna Hogg.

Read More: ‘The Souvenir’: Suffering Yields Reinvention For a Young Artist in Joanna Hogg’s Exquisitely Personal Drama [Sundance Review]

At first, you may wonder why the director of films like “Goodfellas” and “Raging Bull” would find himself in a room with a British filmmaker known for her intensely dramatic films like “Archipelago” and the upcoming A24 release “The Souvenir.” Well, Scorsese is actually a fan of Hogg’s and is one of the executive producers on the latter film, as well as its forthcoming sequel.

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