The Drop international trailer

Dennis Lehane has been behind some of the best mysteries and thrillers of the past several years, as the author of Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island. But this fall’s The Drop marks his first time actually adapting his own work for the screen.

Based on Lehane’s short story “Animal Rescue,” the crime drama follows two cousins (Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini) who run a Brooklyn bar that functions as a drop point for local gangsters. When the place is robbed, the pair find themselves at the center of events which spin out of their control. Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts also star. Watch The Drop international trailer after the jump.

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The Drop trailer

Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam got to call the shots on The Drop, which scripted by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone). You probably wouldn’t even need to have that spelled out for you, because this first The Drop trailer very much conveys the feel of films like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, perhaps with a bit of Killing Them Softly thrown in. 

As in Killing Them Softly, here we get James Gandolfini, in his final performance, as guy who is tightly tied to a criminal lifestyle. But Gandolfini’s characters in the two films couldn’t appear to be more different — here, he’s a bar owner whose joint happens to be the cash drop point for the local mob. He and his bartender, played by Tom Hardy, end up in trouble when the place is robbed. (That poorly-chosen robbery might also act as a point of connection to Killing Them Softly.)

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First Look: Final James Gandolfini Film ‘The Drop’

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Here are the first images from the final James Gandolfini film, The Drop. Once called Animal Rescue, the tense Brooklyn-set drama also features Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts, under the direction of Bullhead helmer Michael Roskam. Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone) scripted the crime drama, which features Gandolfini as a former criminal whose cousin, played by Tom Hardy, is trying to go straight and having a pretty bad time doing so.

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Robert De Niro

One of James Gandolfini‘s last projects is picking up steam once again. At the time of his passing, the Sopranos actor had been working on an HBO miniseries called Criminal Justice. But since the network could not move ahead with the pilot they had already shot with him, there was some question of how the show could proceed. As of today, we have our answer.

Robert De Niro has just signed on to take over Gandolfini’s role, while Gandolfini will receive a posthumous executive producer credit. The rest of the cast, which includes Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, and Poorna Jagannathan, remains on board. Steve Zaillian, who’s been shepherding the project for the past several years, will direct the first episode. Hit the jump for plot details and more. Read More »

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Enough Said features what sounds like a stock romcom premise: girl meets boy, girl befriends other girl, girl finds out that other girl and boy used to be married, and subsequently starts questioning the relationship. But with Nicole Holofcener in the director’s chair, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener in the leads, it’s probably safe to expect something unusually clever and witty to come out of the concept.

The first full-length trailer has hit the web in advance of the film’s upcoming premiere, and you can see it after the jump.

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The Sopranos Ending

Briefly: After Wednesday’s devastating news of the passing of James Gandolfini, fans flocked to Holsten’s Ice Cream Shop in Bloomfield, NJ to pay tribute to the late actor. Holsten’s was the location of the iconic final scene of Gandolfini’s show, The Sopranos. To honor the actor, the shop’s owner did something incredibly classy. Thanks to reporter @JKlekamp for the tweet, via Boing Boing.

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James Gandolfini Has Died

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We’re shocked and stunned to report that actor James Gandolfini has died suddenly while on vacation in Italy after a suspected heart attack. Gandolfini was 51 years old. He will be missed.

Gandolfini is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos in which he won the Emmy three times. Gandolfini’s 26 year acting career included roles in The Last Boy Scout, the Quentin Tarintino-scripted True Romance, Terminal Velocity, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Juror, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Where The Wild Things Are, Killing Them Softly, The Man Who Wasn’t There, In The Loop, The Mexican, Zero Dark Thirty and most recently The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. His last film was the Dennis Lehane-adaptation Animal Rescue which will be released next year. James was in pre-production on the new limited series Criminal Justice.

I’ve included Gandolfini’s appearance on Inside The Actors Studio after the jump, which gives a retrospective of his acting career.
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What can we make of Violet & Daisy, which seems to run with the same semi-arthouse tendencies of Hanna or The Professional?

The movie shot in 2010 and played TIFF to varied reviews in 2011. Cinedigm picked it up for distribution last fall, and will release the movie in June. Perhaps the company decided to hold the film until after this year’s opening of The Host. This film does, after all, star Saoirse Ronan (of The Host) along with Alexis Bleidel and James Gandolfini. The girls play teen assassins; he’s their mark.

If The Host had been a hit, surfing in its wake would have been a good idea. The Host was not a hit, and so now Violet & Daisy has to make its own way as a bit of summer counter-programming. (Putting a bit of distance between this and Hanna was also not a bad idea.) Or perhaps it seemed like a good idea to wait until this could exist in proximity to Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Oddly enough, the movies all seem to be of a piece.

The trailer has some mysterious images and enticing moments, but I can’t quite get a sense of what the movie really is. Check it out below, and have a look at the great poster we debuted last week. Read More »

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