While one could argue that Al Pacino‘s acting has gotten overly animated in the last few years, he’s never actually been animated. Until now. The Oscar-winning actor just signed to voice his first animated character: the villain in Despicable Me 2, which is scheduled for release on July 3, 2013. It’s the role Javier Bardem was originally rumored for — a rumor which was later found to be untrue. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Action flicks aren’t just for young stars anymore, as evidenced by the commercial success of films like The Expendables, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, and Live Free and Die Hard. But even by those standards, Stand Up Guys boasts a fairly advanced cast. Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin have signed on to star in the action-comedy, which was previously titled Old Timers. Fisher Stevens, who won a Best Documentary Oscar in 2010 for The Cove, is set to direct. More details after the jump.

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The film Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father has had a difficult path from development to screen. In fact, it looks like the project has fully stalled out before cameras were even able to roll.

While Barry Levinson came on board a few months ago (replacing Nick Cassavetes) and a cast had started to shape up with deals for John Travolta, Al Pacino, Ben Foster, Kelly Preston and possibly Joe Pesci, the time has come when some of those people were meant to be paid. And if reports are correct, there is no money to pay them. As a result, the movie has been put on hold. It almost certainly won’t make a planned January start date, but we don’t know if the project will die altogether. Read More »

“Say ‘Hello’ to my little friend!” It’s the most iconic line in Brian De Palma‘s 1983 film Scarface. Immigrant turned millionaire drug dealer Tony Montana (Al Pacino) is feeling the heat as his house is being invaded and, in a moment of genius, picks up a huge ass machine gun with a grenade launcher on it and kills a bunch of bad guys with a single shot.

On the new Scarface Blu-ray hitting stores next week, one of the features is a series of unused takes of Pacino delivering that classic piece of verbal gold. But you don’t have to wait until September 6, you can watch it right now. Read More »

Al Pacino‘s known for many memorable roles — most notably, Tony Montana in Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather — but it turns out one of the parts nearest and dearest to his heart is one that few film buffs have seen. Pacino has a little-known obsession with Oscar Wilde’s play Salome, and has played the part of King Herod in multiple stage productions. When he reprised the role in 2006, he brought along a film crew to collect footage for a documentary he was directing about his attempt to understand one of his favorite works and the iconic writer behind it.

Five years later, Pacino’s film is ready to make its debut at the Venice Film Festival. Wilde Salome follows Pacino all over the world as he explores his passion for Wilde and his work, much as 1996′s Looking for Richard saw him examine William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Grab your little friend, bury your head in a huge cup of coke…a cola and head out to your local theater later this month. On August 31, for one night only, the influential gangster remake Scarface, written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma, is headed back to the big screen. The screening will help celebrate the September 6 Blu-ray release of the film and in addition to the movie itself, which features Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia, audiences will get their first look at a brand new documentary from the Blu-ray which features famous filmmakers talking about how much Scarface has influenced them.

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The development of a film about father and son crime figures John ‘The Teflon Don’ Gotti and John Gotti, Jr. has already turned into something of a saga, with Nick Cassavetes set to direct, then departing and leaving a void ultimately filled by Barry Levinson. John Travola, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were cast, and now Joe Pesci is suing the production, which we’ll get to in a moment. Lindsay Lohan was reportedly cast, then quite or was fired, then cast again, and now evidently not part of the project. There’s probably more, but that’s enough to start with.

Fiore Films has now announced what may be the final title for the film, Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, along with a shoot date for January 2012. And there’s a rumor that Dominic Cooper will join the cast as well. Read More »

Adam Sandler has finally made a movie that his character in Funny People would have starred in. No he’s not a talking baby or mermaid, instead he’s himself and his twin sister. Yes, sister. Jack and Jill features Sandler as family man Jack whose obnoxious sister (also Sandler) visits him for the holidays. Katie Holmes, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Swardson and even Al Pacino (playing himself) are along for the ride. Directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, Happy Gilmore) Jack and Jill hits theaters November 11. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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