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Chazz Palminteri Joins Cast Of Broadway’s ‘A Bronx Tale’ Musical

Chazz Palminteri Joins Cast Of Broadway’s ‘A Bronx Tale’ Musical
Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri will join the cast of his Broadway musical A Bronx Tale in the role of Sonny beginning May 24.

Written by Palminteri, A Bronx Tale features music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater.

Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now-classic film, the musical draws on the wisdom of the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, the story is about respect, loyalty, love and family.

The musical is directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. The show opened on December 1, 2016 and is now playing on Broadway
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Inside Shia Labeouf's Epic Highs and Lows in Hollywood and Beyond

Inside Shia Labeouf's Epic Highs and Lows in Hollywood and Beyond
Actor, artist and provocateur, Shia Labeouf is still figuring himself out. He's only 31, but he's been working as an actor for almost his entire life (he actually has an IMDb credit that predates him) and been famous for nearly as long. He spent his youth on TV, including as a star of the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, and had his breakout role on the big screen in 2003's Holes. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints made an indie star out of him in 2006. The 2007 thriller Disturbia turned him into the boy-next-door heartthrob. And he became the boy-next-door action hero as star of the Transformers franchise and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the...
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The Clapper – Review

Ed Helm (center, with hat) as Eddie and Tracy Morgan (to right) as Chris, in The Clapper. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures ©

The Clapper is an indie film about a different side of Hollywood, a kind of romantic comedy about an anonymous worker in Los Angeles who ekes out a living as a paid face in the crowd for audiences for infomercials. It is a job kind of like a movie extra but ranked much lower, as clappers are impersonating ordinary people in audiences in advertisements impersonating television programs. Clappers are part of the background that creates the illusion that producers are selling to their real audience.

Director Dito Montiel adapted the script from his novel “Eddie Krumble is the Clapper,” his second book after “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” which was also made into an indie film.. The story is semi-autobiographical, based on Montiel’s experiences after moving to L.
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Ed Helms & Amanda Seyfried in First Trailer for Comedy 'The Clapper'

"Who is The Clapper?" Momentum Pictures has debuted an official trailer for an indie comedy titled The Clapper, the latest from director Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting, The Son of No One, Man Down). The Clapper is about a man, played by Ed Helms, who enjoys his job to be paid to fill seats in infomercial audiences. But when a talk late night TV talk show host discovers and makes fun of him, his whole life gets turned upside-down. Very weird concept for a film, but this trailer actually makes it look kind of amusing, with a sweet side. The cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Charles Halford, and Leah Remini. This probably isn't what you're expecting, but doesn't look too bad. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Dito Montiel's The Clapper, direct from YouTube: Eddie is a guy who gets paid
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‘The Clapper’ Trailer: Ed Helms & Amanda Seyfried Fall In Love

Over a decade ago, Dito Montiel made a well received indie movie, “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” but ever since has largely been failing upwards. A string of movies have followed, that find him working with decent names (Dwayne Johnson, Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Juliette Binoche) but all them have failed critically or commercially or both (“The Son Of No One,” “Empire State,” “Boulevard,” “Man Down“).

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Tribeca 2017 Exclusive Interview: Dito Montiel & Russell Peters of ‘The Clapper’

The Clapper tells the story of Eddie Krumble, a professional audience clapper in a talk show who loses his job and reevaluates his life. The film stars Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Peters, Tracy Morgan, Alan Thicke (his last film), Brenda Vaccaro, Pj Byrne, and more. Dito Montiel directed the film as well as writing the screenplay, based off his novel, Eddie Krumble is the Clapper.

We got an exclusive sit down with both Montiel and Peters at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere on April 23. Read our interview below and be sure to check back for video interviews with Tracy Morgan, Brenda Vaccaro, and Russell Peters.

What was it like working with Tracy after Son of No One?

Dito: We stayed friends and the accident was of course terrifying and I was sure that he would die. Just hearing about how terrible it was.
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Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival
Now in its sixteenth year, New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival kicks off every spring with a wide variety of programming on offer, from an ever-expanding Vr installation to an enviable television lineup, but the bread and butter of the annual festival is still in its film slate. This year’s festival offers up plenty of returning favorites with new projects, alongside fresh faces itching to break out. From insightful documentaries to fanciful features, with a heavy dose of Gotham-centric films (hey, it is Tribeca after all), there’s plenty to dive into here, so we’ve culled the schedule for a few surefire hits.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 20 – 30. Check out some of our must-see picks below.

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“A Gray State”

It might be the craziest story
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Shia Labeouf's New Movie Only Sold One Ticket in the U.K.

Shia Labeouf's New Movie Only Sold One Ticket in the U.K.
Shia Labeouf's latest movie is a certified flop. Man Down opened in theaters this past December, and came and went without nary a whisper. But now, the drama is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. What could have just been shuffled off into the dustbin of cinematic history without much fanfare is getting some attention this week, as it managed to sell only one single ticket in the UK.

Yes, according to Entertainment Weekly, overseas fans were in no rush to see Shia Labeouf play an ex-marine with family issues. The drama premiered in the United Kingdom this past weekend, and it managed to earn just seven pounds. That equals $8.71 in American dollars. The price of a single movie ticket.

Dito Montiel, who previously worked with Labeouf on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, directed the movie. The story follows U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf), who
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‘Man Down’: Shia Labeouf’s War Drama Increased UK Profit by 200% After Selling 2 More Tickets

‘Man Down’: Shia Labeouf’s War Drama Increased UK Profit by 200% After Selling 2 More Tickets
Shia Labeouf’s war drama “Man Down” made headlines Tuesday after selling only one ticket during its UK opening weekend, grossing a total of £7 ($8.73), per ComScore. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has sold an extra two tickets, making its total gross $26.19.

Read More: ‘Man Down’ Review: A Great Shia Labeouf Performance Is Wasted On a Misbegotten Genre Mash-Up About the Perils of Ptsd

Man Down” was being screened at only one theater in the UK, the Reel Cinema branch in Burnley, and only once a day. “I think we’ve sold three tickets in total,” the theater manager told THR, adding that she had not “experienced anything like it before.” She also said that the film would “highly likely” end its run.

Read More: Why Shia Labeouf Needs a Career Reboot

Directed by Dito Montiel (“A guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” “The Son of No One”), “Man Down
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Second Opinion – Man Down (2015)

Man Down, 2015.

Directed by Dito Montiel

Starring Shia Labeouf, Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Clifton Collins Jr.

Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

Man Down is the latest in a long line of disappointments from filmmaker Dito Montiel, who exploded onto the indie scene with 2006’s widely-acclaimed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and has struggled to recapture that same slice-of-life honesty in his five subsequent features. Sadly, his most recent effort, finally releasing some 18 months after its Venice Film Festival premiere, is probably his worst to date, and certainly his most creatively hapless.

Fleeting between the past and present, we follow Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf), as he reconciles his traumatic past serving overseas in the U.S. Army, and his current hunt for his wife and son,
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Movie Review – Man Down (2015)

Man Down, 2015.

Directed by Dito Montiel.

Starring Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Jai Courtney, and Gary Oldman.

Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

There’s a twist late on in Man Down so gob-smackingly insincere and unearned that it caused clearly audible cursed mutterings. The previous 80 minutes had been a turgid, maddeningly irksome post-apocalyptic road movie with umpteen detours to meat-headed flashbacks all with the aesthetic of a Syfy level production. Then as the rug is pulled, what was once little more than a rather dull, if well performed, straight-to-video, wholly forgettable bargain bin flick, transcended all sense of self-worth becoming something truly hypocritical and disingenuous.

Plotting, of which there is a hell of a lot, is messy and trivial. Shia Labeouf stars as Gabriel Drummer, an all American patriot
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When Did Channing Tatum Start To Rock?

 At some point Channing Tatum went from man-candy (what? It's been said) to movie star. His star rose when Step Up stole the hearts of romantic comedy lovers that had waited too long for a new dance film. Seemed like Save The Last Dance had been decades before, despite the fact it actually released only five years prior. But, let's take a look back at Channing's filmography and see exactly where Tatum became something more.

CSI: Miami - Bob Davenport (2004) Never saw it, lets assume he was "okay."Coach Carter - Jason Lyle (2005) Same as CSI: Miami, watching Samuel L. Jackson as a coach just seemed too easy. Yell. Throw Notebook. Win baby, win.War of the Worlds - Boy in Church (uncredited, 2005) Wuh? Did they know he was just in Coach Carter?Havoc - Nick (2005) Is this the Havoc with Anne Hatheway's nude scene? Must go back and pay
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Self-Serious ‘Man Down’ Starring Shia Labeouf Squanders Its B-Movie Potential [Review]

The world is a vast and wonderful place, filled with inexplicable and peculiar things, and one of them is the career of musician-turned-model-turned-author-turned-director Dito Montiel. Perhaps with a backstory as colorful as his it’s inevitable that the first Dito Montiel film, “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” which was adapted by Dito Montiel from a book by Dito Montiel based on the life of 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer — naw, just kidding, based on the life of Dito Montiel — was going to be his best.

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Man Down – Review

With just a few weeks to go in 2016, it’s time to hit the sand with another film set in the (seems like) ongoing hotspot of the world, the Middle East. And while the recent Allied was set in the days of the second world war, this one deals with the current conflict. This time of year has been the release time for several of those armed forces features. Winter of 2013 had Lone Survivor while the following year American Sniper was a surprise box office smash. Odd, that this year we’ve seen three comedies use the war as a backdrop. There was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, War Dogs, and Billy Lynn’S Long Halftime Walk (it might be a comedy, who knows?). But things are very grim and dour as Shia La Beouf reunites with writer/director Dito Montiel nearly ten years after A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints for the drama Man Down.
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‘Man Down’ Review: A Great Shia Labeouf Performance Is Wasted On a Misbegotten Genre Mash-Up About the Perils of Ptsd

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‘Man Down’ Review: A Great Shia Labeouf Performance Is Wasted On a Misbegotten Genre Mash-Up About the Perils of Ptsd
Some people struggle to find sympathy for Shia Labeouf, a talented young actor whose career has so violently careened from studio blockbusters to outsider art projects that it often seems like he’s trolling the entire planet, but to watch him in Dito Montiel’s disastrous “Man Down” — to see how hard he throws himself even into a movie that nothing else going for it — is to recognize once and for all that Labeouf is a performer who never shows up without the full courage of his convictions.

A well-intentioned but woefully misconceived genre mishmash, “Man Down” positions itself as a quasi-allegorical plea for Americans to take better care of their veterans, but even its best ideas are half-baked, and Montiel’s direct-to-video budget has no hope of affording his ambition. And yet, Labeouf doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo; he leans into every line like he’s
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The Weekend Warrior 12/2/16: Incarnate, Jackie, Old Stone

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

It wasn’t a bad Thanksgiving weekend, especially for the Weekend Warrior who pretty much nailed two of his predictions for the weekend! Disney Animation’s Moana indeed at opened at #1 with $55.5 million for the three-day weekend (exactly my prediction), although it ended up with more--$81.1 million--in its first five days. The Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard spy thriller, Allied (Paramount), directed by Robert Zemeckis, also opened with $18 million, right on track with my prediction. I guess I could take some comfort on being spot on with two of the Thanksgiving releases—like I said last week, that holiday weekend is a bear to predict—but I way overestimated the other two movies as sequelitis indeed hit Billy Bob Thornton
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‘Man Down’ Trailer: Shia Labeouf and Jai Courtney Star in Dito Montiel’s Post-Apocalyptic War Drama

‘Man Down’ Trailer: Shia Labeouf and Jai Courtney Star in Dito Montiel’s Post-Apocalyptic War Drama
A decade ago writer/director Dito Montiel made a strong impression with his directorial debut, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, based on his memoir of the same name. Since 2006, he hasn’t made a movie that’s struck a similar chord with audiences and critics. He’s collaborated with some great talent over the years, including Al Pacino and the […]

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Shia Labeouf & Kate Mara in Dito Montiel's 'Man Down' Official Trailer

"What happened in that room is real..." Lionsgate Premiere has released the trailer for a war drama titled Man Down, the latest from filmmaker Dito Montiel (of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints). Set in some kind of post-apocalyptic version of America (or so the synopsis claims), Shia Labeouf plays a marine with Ptsd who goes on a search to find his son. The cast includes Kate Mara, Gary Oldman, Jai Courtney, Clifton Collins Jr., Charlie Shotwell, and Wolé Parks. An oddly impressive cast, but I don't remember hearing a single thing about this when it premiered at festivals - usually a bad sign. It doesn't look that bad. Here's the first official trailer (+ original poster) for Dito Montiel's Man Down, direct from YouTube: In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf) searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.
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Shia Labeouf Returns Home to Kate Mara in First Trailer for ‘Man Down’

Dito Montiel helped lead Shia Labeouf to one of his best performances exactly a decade ago with A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. While both the director and actor’s careers have been up and down since that collaboration, we’re certainly curious about a reteam. Their latest effort, the Ptsd drama Man Down, premiered over a year ago at Venice International Film Festival, but now it’ll finally be landing in theaters this December and the first trailer has landed.

We said in our review from Venice last year, “Labeouf and Montiel, who thrive on intensity in their respective professions, sometimes to the expense of subtlety, were both crying profusely after the film’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. It’s not difficult to imagine their care and commitment to a harrowing and personal dive into Ptsd territory, as misguided as it turned out to be.”

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Shia Labeouf Returns Home From War In New Trailer For ‘Man Down’ With Kate Mara, Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman, More

Writer/director Dito Montiel broke out with “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” a decade ago, but ever since, he’s struggled to inspire the same acclaim. This state of affairs is certainly not due to lack of talent who have signed up to work with him, including folks like Al Pacino and Juliette Binoche in “The Son Of No One,” Channing Tatum for multiple film (‘Saints,’ ‘No One,’ and “Fighting“) and even Dwayne Johnson (“Empire State“).

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