In Goodfellas, when Henry Hill says “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster” no one imagined that over two decades later, the statement could have a whole new meaning. That’s exactly what’s going to happen though if author Nicholas Pileggi and director Martin Scorsese have their way. A few months ago, it was announced that Pileggi, who co-wrote Goodfellas with Scorsese as well as the novel the movie was based on, Wise Guy, was working on a Goodfellas television series. Now, Pileggi has announced two important new details. First and foremost, the series will go back to Henry Hill’s early days and act as a prequel to the film. Second, Martin Scorsese is on board in some capacity. Pileggi is currently writing the pilot script. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

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OK, first up, right now, if you’re interested at all in Goodfellas and haven’t read the massive, magnificent GQ article that is built out of quotes from nearly everyone involved in the making of the film, go read it. Waste no time.

That’s not even an idle connection, like, “oh, here’s a good place to mention that article.” Because after reading that article, and learning about all the risks and improvisation and energy that went into making Goodfellas the movie it became — not to mention the obsessive detail-oriented work from director Martin Scorsese — you’ve got to wonder: could a Goodfellas TV show work? Read More »

VOTD: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults

Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Do you remember those Little Golden Books? They were a staple from my childhood. Pixar Animation Story Artist Josh Cooley (Cars, Ratatouille, Up, George & AJ) is working on an awesome “Lil’ Inappropriate Golden Book” titled Movies R Fun.

Cooley has been working on this compilation of movie art for two years and will be publishing the collection in a book which will be available at Comic-Con this year and APE Expo San Francisco in November. And don’t worry, the books and prints will also be available on Cooley’s Blog. High quality, “classy” prints will also be available as well.

Illustrations reference film classics such as The Professional, Terminator 2, Godfather, Goodfellas, Apocalypse Now, Se7en, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Graduate, Terminator, Silence of the Lambs, and The Big Lebowski. Check out some of the art embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: Community’s Goodfellas Episode

Community Goodfellas Episode

Are you watching NBC’s popular comedy series Community?

Are you a fan of Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas?

Then you MUST watch the latest episode, Contemporary American Poultry, which parodies and plays homage to the gangster film classic. I won’t say anything more, because I’ve already said enough. Watch the episode right now, embedded after the jump thanks to Hulu.
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chuck klosterman interview

Any pop culture writer today worth a scan online has a unique opinion on Chuck Klosterman. The renown American author and journalist made a name for himself in the aughts with witty, hyper-informed contributions as a former senior writer and columnist at SPIN. In 2003, he released a bestselling book of essays about “low culture” under the title, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, that dissected, exploded, and—in the case of Saved By the Bell—meta-ized topics ranging from internet porn to why there’s only “one important question a culturally significant film can still ask: What is reality?” To readers with an eye on the future, Klosterman signaled not only the arrival of an adored critic amongst hipsters, TV junkies, and geeks; he was the aware embodiment of the modern intellectual turned as voracious consumer of entertainment. And ever since many a beer has been consumed by writers arguing over or coveting this appointment.

Post-Cocoa Puffs, Klosterman’s bibliography has grown to include several works of non-fiction as well as last year’s Downtown Owl, a well-received debut novel benefiting from word-of-mouth, not unlike how Puffs did (but with Tweets on top). His latest book, Eating the Dinosaur, is a characteristic essay collection that can be burned through in a night but also raises several troubling philosophical questions. In the first part of Klosterman’s interview with /Film, he elaborates on the role feted director Errol Morris played in a few of Dinosaur’s themes. We also discuss his opinion of movie junkets, the accelerated culture of movie blogs, and the film most comparable to Guns N’ RosesChinese Democracy. For the second round of the interview, click here.

Hunter Stephenson: Hi Chuck. So, are you in California to speak about the book?

Chuck Klosterman: I’m doing The Jim Rome Show on ESPN, and it’s in Huntington Beach, California. And I gotta say, it’s creepy as fuck out here man.

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VOTD: Movie Scenes Recreated in GTA4

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Movie Scenes Recreated in GTA4 by Mentok

The Pitch: Mentok recreated famous movie scenes in Grand Theft Auto 4. Films include Godfather, Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, I Am Legend, American History X, and Fight Club.

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How Green was My ValleyHave you ever seen the movie How Green Was My Valley? Me neither.

Have you even heard of the movie? Didn’t think so.

Yet John Ford’s film somehow won 5 Oscars including Best Picture. But what’s more shocking: It beat out such classic films as Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon for the top honor. (Note: I’m not saying that Ford’s film is a bad movie. I’m just saying that in terms of reviews, user ratings, and all time-top 10 lists, it’s not to the level of Kane and Falcon)
How can that be? As it turns out there are a lot of movies that should have won Best Picture but somehow didn’t. Some of them weren’t even nominated!

Let’s take a look at the list.

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