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Is it weird to watch Woody Allen working as a self-styled pimp, given his own, er, unusual sexual history? Maybe so, and perhaps that just makes this new trailer for John Turturro‘s film Fading Gigolo more, er, striking. I keep waiting for the whole thing to be revealed as an extended dream sequence, given that the plot has the Normal Guy played by Turturro turning into a $1000-per night gigolo thanks to the efforts of his pal, played by Allen. We’re given an intro via two gorgeous women (Sharon Stone and Sofía Vergara) who want a threesome, with Vergara even offering up that “a woman is meant to be looked at.” Seriously.

Lest you think this is all just a self-serving wish-fulfillment act from Turturro, note that The Playlist called the film “odd, uneven and yet engaging” after its premiere at TIFF, and noted that the best parts of the picture turn up via Turturro’s relationship with a widow played by Vanessa Paradis.  That makes it sound like some reality does tap the main character on the shoulder sooner or later, which may be good to know. in the meantime, take in the new trailer below. Read More »

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Thirty-odd years after Ridley Scott cast Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and two decades after they reunited in 1492: Conquest of Paradise, the pair are re-teaming once again for Exodus. Weaver has boarded the Biblical epic, along with John Turturro, Aaron Paul, and Ben Kingsley.

The trio join an already intriguing cast that includes Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton. Hit the jump to learn whom everyone is playing.

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Fading Gigolo

John Turturro probably isn’t the first person who comes to mind when you think of a prostitute, and Woody Allen is no one’s idea of a stereotypical pimp. Nor would you think Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara would be the first in line to utilize their services. But all of this unexpected casting comes together in Fading Gigolo, the upcoming TIFF comedy written by, directed by, and starring Turturro.

Fioravante (Turturro) is a florist in need of some extra cash, who turns to prostitution with the assistance of his bookseller pal Murray (Allen). The first trailer is mostly just lighthearted fun and games, but presumably they run into some kind of conflict somewhere down the line. Watch the video after the jump.

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Earlier this week I joked that, after Sunday’s episode of Mad Men, I wouldn’t be surprised if John Slattery (who directed the episode) was picked to make his feature directing debut with Fifty Shades of Grey.

As it turns out, the Cannes market this week does bring news of Slattery making his first feature film, and it will almost certainly be a much better thing than Fifty Shades. (Which, jokes aside, I’m very glad he’s not making.)

The film is God’s Pocket, adapted from Pete Dexter‘s novel of the same name. Slattery co-wrote with Alex Metcalf, and the production has lined up a killer cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman will star (and produce), and Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro are co-starring. Read More »

When we first reported on Fading Gigolo, the movie that John Turturro wrote and will direct and star in, we noted that Woody Allen had been offhandedly mentioned as an actor who might end up in the movie. That’s kind of a big deal, since Allen hasn’t acted in a movie that he didn’t direct since making small appearances in Alfonso Arau’s Picking Up the Pieces and Peter Askin and Douglas McGrath’s Company Man, both released in 2000.

Now Allen is confirmed for the picture, and we know that he’ll be a guy who talks Turturro’s character into working as a gigolo and then acts as his pimp. Sounds like a win. A really weird win, but still. Read More »

Anthony Mackie‘s one of those people that seems like he should be much more famous than he is. If you’ve ever seen his work, it’s obvious he’s got the charisma, the talent, and yes, the good looks to become a bona fide leading man. But while his Hurt Locker co-star Jeremy Renner’s been snapping up what feels like every franchise in Hollywood, Mackie’s yet to capture quite the same amount of attention. Happily, that’s starting to change, and it now looks like his next step toward the top will be a leading role opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain. More details after the jump.

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The Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Scwarzenegger prison-set action thriller The Tomb has just added James Caviezel. Producer Mark Canton announced over the weekend that the actor had signed on, and that he’ll play the warden of a super high-tech prison that Stallone’s character designed, and from which he has to escape. Canton also said that Schwarzenegger, who plays a resident of the prison, will have a solid chunk of screen time. No mere cameo for Arnie. Mikael Hafstrom directs. [AICN]

After the break, check out the clip from the radio show where Canton talked about The Tomb, and catch up with news on Antonio Banderas playing Pablo Picasso, and John Turturro’s next films. One of those may be Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. Read More »

Bowling shirts and bathrobes packed the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Tuesday night for a cast reunion and screening of The Big Lebowski, in honor of the film’s limited edition Blu-ray release. On hand to discuss the beloved cult classic were musical archivist T-Bone Burnett and stars Jeff BridgesJohn Turturro, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, each of whom walked on stage to thunderous applause and much yelling of quotes from the film.

Organized by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in conjunction with Lebowski Fest, the evening kicked off with a spirited Q&A hosted by Entertainment Weekly writer and Lebowski superfan Clark Collis before moving into a full-length screening of the cult classic. And yours truly was there in the middle of it all, guzzling watered-down White Russians and singing along to “The Man in Me” with the best of them. Check out video and higlights from the event after the jump. (Spoilers follow if you’ve never seen The Big Lebowski, although if you’ve never seen The Big Lebowski, I’m surprised you’re still reading.)

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