The Comedian Trailer - Robert De Niro

The comedies Robert De Niro has made in recent years have left more than a little to be desired. Still, when news of De Niro playing a stand-up comedian in a new drama from Taylor Hackford surfaced, I was hoping that we might get something akin to his darker turn in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy. But now that the first trailer for the film has arrived, it appears I might be slightly disappointed.

The Comedian follows Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a big name comedian with flares of a lame Don Rickles who is coasting through the latter portion of his career. He doesn’t really get along with many people, and his comedy paints him as a bit of a jerk, which doesn’t seem entirely inaccurate. But he might have found an unlikely counterpart in a younger woman (Leslie Mann) he meets while doing mandatory community service. It just feels like it’s playing things very safe.

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Heat Diner Scene - Robert De Niro

One of the most iconic scenes in Heat is where Robert De Niro and Al Pacino calmly sit down for a man-to-man chat in an effort to understand each other a little better, both affirming that neither is going to stop what they’re doing, and they’re not going to let each other get in their way. Bringing these two together for a confrontation for the first time was a big deal, and there were even rumors that Pacino and De Niro never shot the scene together, opting to do each part independently of each other.

During a panel we attended after an Academy screening of a 4K remaster of Heat (which should be coming to Blu-ray sometime later this year or early next year), moderator Christopher Nolan confirmed that evidence of the actors working together in the same place at the same time lies in a picture that you can see at the real location the scene was shot in, Kate Matalini’s diner in Beverly Hills. However, it was revealed that Pacino and De Niro never rehearsed the scene before shooting it. Find out more about how the Heat diner scene was put together after the jump. Read More »

Al Pacino's Heat Character

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Michael Mann‘s action-thriller Heat as it’s been 21 years since the movie starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro hit theaters. But last night, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special screening of the film, remastered in 4K, ironically reminding us how criminal it is that the film didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. But that’s a conversation for another day.

Following the screening, a panel moderated by none other than Christopher Nolan (who was greatly influenced by Heat while shooting The Dark Knight) featured director Michael Mann and leading men Al Pacino and Robert De Niro looking back on the film they made over two decades ago. And while much of the panel included details that longtime fans of the film have probably already heard about, an interesting detail about Al Pacino’s Heat character was finally confirmed by the actor himself. Read More »

David O. Russell header photo

We still don’t know the film David O. Russell intends on making next, but we do know the director behind Three KingsAmerican Hustle, and last year’s Joy is working on a television show. The filmmaker will soon shop around a TV drama starring a now frequent collaborator of his, Robert De Niro, and Julianne Moore. Following up their work on Joy and American HustleMegan Ellison (Sausage Party) of Annapurna Pictures will produce Russell’s newest project.

Below, learn more about the David O. Russell TV show.

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hands of stone trailer

Few sports are as inherently cinematic as boxing. Whether you care for it or not, two men entering a ring armed only with their strength, their speed, and their raw determination is just plain dramatic. It’s a game of stunning comebacks and upsets. It’s a world of dizzying highs and painful lows. Boxing stories, whether they’re based on truth or constructed for the screen, make for good movies.

Hands of Stone is based on one of those “too weird to be anything but true” sports stories, telling the story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who famously fought Sugar Ray Leonard twice in 1980 with, well, peculiar results. The trailer for director Jonathan Jakubowicz‘s film is edited to make this look like a more traditional story, but if he follows the facts, there’s going to be a lot more going on here.

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Robert De Niro Stopped Caring

It’s no secret that in this latter phase of his career, Robert De Niro has made some pretty poor decisions regarding the movies he chooses to make. Dirty Grandpa, New Year’s Eve, Meet the Parents sequels, and Shark Tale are just some of the awful movies De Niro has made that aren’t worthy of the actor’s talents. So what’s the deal? Well, after analyzing the films that the Oscar-winning actor has made throughout his long career on film, a Reddit user seems to have determined the exact year that Robert De Niro stopped caring. Read More »

hands of stone teaser trailer

Roberto Durán went 103-16-0 as a boxer, with a total of 70 knockouts. Durán, who started his boxing career at the age of 16, was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”). Throughout his incredible career, the Hands of Stone faced off against Sugar Ray Leonard a total of three times, but their most famous fight occurred in 1980, known as the “No Más Fight,” in which Durán called it quits.

Now, The Weinstein Company has made a film about Durán, starring Edgar Ramírez and Robert De Niro, and the historic 1980 boxing match looks like a prominent storyline in the biopic.

Watch the Hands of Stone teaser trailer below.

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dirty grandpa trailer

It’s hard to begrudge the 72-year old Robert De Niro for taking work and it’s even harder to begrudge a young up-and-comer like Zac Efron from acting in any movie where he gets to work alongside a genuine living legend. It’s just hard to feel good about Dirty Grandpa, which is certainly a movie that exists and was made by people and had a budget that allowed a hard-working crew to pay their mortgages and feed their families.

The final Dirty Grandpa trailer is here and it offers exactly what you’d expect from a movie titled Dirty Grandpa. Watch it below, if that is a thing that you want to do.

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Joy TV Spots

With Trumbo, Spotlight and Brooklyn expanding to more theaters this past weekend, it’s safe to say that awards season is in full swing, and there will only be more potential Oscar contenders hitting theaters in December. One of those movies is David O. Russell‘s drama Joy, inspired in part by the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. The trailers have kept that detail mostly to the side in favor of dysfunctional family drama, but a couple new Joy TV spots put it front and center. Read More »

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Dirty Granpda Red Band Trailer

Old men saying inappropriate things and college girls saying overtly sexual remarks back to them is always hilarious, right? That’s what Lionsgate seems to think with the Dirty Grandpa red-band trailer, which shows off the R-rated side of this road trip comedy.

Zac Efron is about to get married, but since his grandmother just passed away, he’s helping out his grandfather (Robert De Niro) by driving him down to Florida. But what was supposed to be an innocent bonding trip has turned into a spring break of debauchery, as all the old man wants to do is get laid. Sounds like a crack-up, right? Wrong.

Hit the jump to see the Dirty Grandpa red-band trailer.  Read More »