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‘The Comedian’ and ‘The Book of Love’ Seeing Limited Release This Weekend

Two independent films are seeing a limited theatrical release this weekend. The first is a comedy from Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentlemen, Ray) titled The Comedian. Robert De Niro stars as an aging insult comic who must learn to adapt his art for the modern world of technology, YouTube, and social media. De Niro is backed by an outstanding supporting cast including Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Danny DeVito (Hoffa, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally, Analyze This), Harvey Keitel (Mean Streets, Reservoir Dogs), Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie), and Patti Lupone (Witness, City by the Sea). Despite having an impressive cast and director, the film has received incredibly harsh reviews from critics, who complain the potential of the cast and director are overshadowed by asinine, old-school comedy. Judging from the trailer, however, it looks like an entirely crowd-pleasing, worthy-of-the-times comedy, so don’t leave it off of your list just because of a few critics with no sense of humor! The Comedian is expected to see an expanded release in early February, so look for it in theaters for a good Valentines date! Continue reading

This Week In Movie History…

On December 1, 1983, director Brian de Palma (The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way) released his modernized version of Ben Hecht and Howard Hawks’ 1930s gangster drama, Scarface. While the original followed a charismatic Chicago mobster in the Prohibition era, de Palma’s version took the character to violent world of the 1980s drug trade in Miami, Florida. Fueled by Al Pacino‘s riveting performance and backed by an outstanding supporting cast that included Michelle Pfeiffer (What Lies Beneath, Batman Returns), Steven Bauer (Raising Cain, Primal Fear), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss, The Perfect Storm) and Robert Loggia (Big, Independence Day), Scarface ushered in a new era of gangster movies far darker than Francis Coppola’s The Godfather series just a decade before. One of the primary reasons is because of de Palma’s direction. Continue reading

Tribeca Film Festival Closes 2015 Celebration With ‘Goodfellas’ Showing And Cast Reunion

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Actors Robert DeNiro (Left), Ray Liotta (Center), and Paul Sorvino (Right) were all present to celebrate the Goodfellas anniversary.

This year the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City closed it’s curtains with a special showing of Martin Scorsese‘s 1990 mobster classic, Goodfellas. The film was shown in a new remastered 4K print, and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, members of the cast, including Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert DeNiro (The Godfather Part II, Casino), Ray Liotta (Hannibal, Identity), Lorraine Bracco (The Basketball Diaries, The Sopranos), Paul Sorvino (The Gambler, Romeo + Juliet), and Debi Mazar (Batman Forever, Entourage) reunited at the Beacon Theatre for the special showing. Robert DeNiro introduced the film with a brief speech, noting that Joe Pesci (Home Alone, My Cousin Vinny), who won the 1990 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Tommy, could not be in attendance. Director Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) and producer Irwin Winkler (Rocky, Raging Bull) were also absent, but the audience was able to view special video messages they had sent, as well as a live conversation (hosted by The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart) with the present cast members, who discussed their personal memories of the film. But the anniversary of the film is only part of the celebration; Goodfellas was filmed (and takes place) in and around New York City, complimenting Robert DeNiro’s goal of celebrating the film heritage of New York City by founding the Tribeca Film Festival. Needless to say I think he’ll have a hard time topping himself next year!

New Trailer For Upcoming ‘Terminator Genisys’ With Arnold Schwarzenegger Now Available


Finally we have a trailer for the upcoming installment in the Terminator series with returning veteran actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (True Lies, Batman & Robin). The new film is titled Terminator Genisys and will find Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor following an alternate time-line parallel to the original film when they team up with the aging cyborg (Schwarzenegger) to try and prevent Judgement Day. Leading the cast are actors Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Dom Hemingway) and Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard), as well as Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), Matt Smith (Womb, Lost River), and Jason Clarke (Public Enemies, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as John Connor. The script comes from Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000, Drive Angry), with Alan Taylor (The Sopranos, Thor: The Dark World) taking up the directing duties. The film is due in theaters this July 1st, so we should see additional trailers out before then, but for now, enjoy the latest!

Director Martin Scorsese Planning A Grateful Dead Documentary With Director Amir Bar-Lev

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Recent news reports have surfaced about director Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer for an upcoming feature-documentary about the psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead. Although the project has yet to be titled, Amir Bar-Lev is already set to direct the film, which will cover the entire span of the band’s career from 1965-1995. Biographer/archivist David Lemieux will be lending a hand to The Tillman Story director, who hopes to have the film ready by the time we reach the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary. The documentary will include lots of archival footage and interviews with late band members Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, plus additional footage from surviving band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Phil Lesh. The Grateful Dead were formed in Palo Alto, California in 1965 and became well known for their psychedelic sound of rock, folk, and reggae fusion. Scorsese, himself, is well known for covering rock n’ roll icons. His last rock project was the George Harrison documentary Living in the Material World, but he has also covered groups like Bob Dylan, The Band and The Rolling Stones. We’ll keep an eye out for more news on this project. Scorsese is currently working on an upcoming rock n’ roll project for HBO featuring Olivia Wilde from a screenplay by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, The Wolf of Wall Street), so it will really fall to director Bar-Lev to get the project rolling, but we’ll keep an eye out for more news.

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Matt Smith And Aaron Williamson Joining ‘Terminator: Genesis’

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The next installment in the Terminator series will not only bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger as the futuristic cyborg killer, it will also feature a new all-star cast including Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, and J.K. Simmons, and now Doctor Who regular Matt Smith and Marine veteran turned bodybuilder Aaron Williamson will also be joining the cast. Smith’s role is still unknown at this point, but Williamson, who has lent a hand on numerous Hollywood projects like The Butler and Django Unchained, will also take a role as a T-800 cyborg just like Schwarzenegger. The official plot of the movie is still being kept under-wraps, but according to a recent article from HitFix it may involve a double parallel where we see the original story-line from James Cameron’s 1984 blockbuster as well as the new story playing out in the same time and place, so a bit like Back to the Future: Part 2 where you have two Marty’s with two objectives. The film will also include Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Jai Courtney (A Good Day To Die Hard) in the roles of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, the two protagonists of the original movie, and will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis (Alexander, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000, Drive Angry). Director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, The Sopranos) is already in the process of shooting the film, and Paramount has scheduled the release for July 2015.