Scorsese De Niro DiCaprio The Audition

If Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Robert De Niro become involved with a new movie, cinephiles perk up. Well, maybe not as much for De Niro in the past few years, but with The Wizard of Lies on the way, maybe that’ll change. When all three of those guys are mentioned as possible collaborators on the same project? That could be cause for a full-on celebration.

The film in question is a new thriller called Killers of the Flower Moon, and all three men are reportedly interested in coming on board. Read on to learn everything we know so far.
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The Wizard of Lies

Quick: name the most recent film in which Robert De Niro delivered a dynamite performance. Silver Linings Playbook? Maybe the original Meet the Parents? We don’t have to go as far back as 1998’s Ronin, do we? Yikes. Answering that question is far tougher than it used to be because De Niro has appeared in a ton of not-so-great films over the past fifteen years, leading some to attempt to pinpoint the exact year he seemed to stopped caring about his career.

But now we have a full trailer for the HBO original film The Wizard of Lies, and it looks like the once-legendary actor may finally be ready to give a shit again.
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Dinner with Don Trailer - Don Rickles

Sad news came yesterday when we heard that legendary comedian Don Rickles had passed away. In recent years, Rickles had become known as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in pretty much every piece of Toy Story multimedia. But his true legacy lies in stand-up comedy as one of the most gifted insult comics to ever take the stage. Rickles was so good that audiences were never really sure if he was only joking, often turned off by his brash sense of humor, which kept him from becoming a huge star of film and TV.

Don Rickles once had a short-lived NBC program that only lasted a season, but that didn’t stop AARP Studios from giving him his own show called Dinner with Don, where he sat down for a meal with some of today’s biggest names in film and television. In honor of the late comedian, AARP wanted to showcase the charm and endless wit of Don Rickles by teasing the TV series.

Watch the Dinner with Don trailer below. Read More »

the irishman budget

Last week we heard the exciting news that Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman found a home at Netflix, following a split from a currently risk-averse Paramount Studios. Robert De NiroJoe Pesci, and Al Pacino are starring in the gangster drama. Considering all the heavy-hitters and special effects involved in the film, it’s not too surprising to learn The Irishman is going to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $125 million.

Below, learn more about The Irishman budget.

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the irishman netflix

Welcome to 2017, where Martin Scorsese‘s long-awaited The Irishman, which will reunite him with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995, is heading straight to Netflix. Think about reading that sentence ten years ago and then realize how much the movie world has fundamentally changed…and how debuting on a streaming service no longer carries the low-rent reputation associated with direct-to-video movies. Netflix has made it clear in the past that they’d very much like to be in the business of making prestige pictures and this feels like them doubling down on that mission.

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The Wizard of Lies teaser trailer

HBO kicked off its winter 2017 programming this past weekend with The Young Pope, but they also took that opportunity to remind you there’s even more great stuff coming up on the horizon. Like The Wizard of Lies, the first-ever HBO project starring Robert De Niro. He plays Bernie Madoff, whom you may remember as that investment advisor who was arrested in 2008 for perpetrating one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as his wife, Ruth Madoff. Watch the Wizard of Lies teaser below. Read More »

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.

Watch The Comedian trailer after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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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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