He’s definitely not Morgan Freeman, but soon Zac Efron will be Driving Dick Kelly. The Neighbors star has just signed on to star in the raunchy comedy with the legendary Robert De Niro. Formerly titled “Dirty Grandpa,” the film is about a recently widowed Army vet (De Niro) who convinces his lame grandson (Efron) to bring him to Spring Break.
Dan Mazer, a producer on Borat, Bruno, The Dictator and Ali G, will direct from a script by John Phillips. Jeff Daniels and Michael Douglas had been circling the lead role when the film was at Universal, but it’s now out on its own looking for funding and distribution. Read More »
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Back in 2011 actor Robert De Niro and director Olivier Assayas sat side by side on the Cannes jury. Now they’re making a movie together. Assayas has just hired De Niro to join Robert Pattinson in the film Idol’s Eye. The movie is scheduled to shoot in October in Chicago and Toronto. Read More »
Briefly: That shot above is the first look at Hands of Stone, in which Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) plays Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, who fought some of the top talents in boxing (from Sugar Ray Leonard to Hector Camacho to Thomas Hearns) and fought during five decades and held world titles in four different weight classes: lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.
In 1980, Durán beat Sugar Ray Leonard in a 15-round fight to win the world Welterweight title. Later that year, in November, a rematch went the other way when Durán returned to his corner in the eighth round to quit the fight. While his precise words at the time have been contested over the years, what has gone down in history is that he said ”no más” to stop the bout.
Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran’s trainer Ray Arcel (who trained the boxer until that botched rematch with Leonard) in the film directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz. Hands of Stone also features Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro. [Collider]
Briefly: Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give) wrote the comedy script The Intern, and will now direct the film with Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon starring. The deal came together at the American Film Market this week, and Meyers will produce with Scott Rudin; Worldview Entertainment is financing, and Universal, The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros are reportedly circling to distribute. This is in the wake of Paramount putting the same project in turnaround a while ago. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 »
Rocky Balboa fights Jack LaMotta in Grudge Match, the Warner Bros. comedy starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. The first trailer for the film, which will be released Christmas Day, has just been revealed. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
For his boxing comedy Grudge Match, Peter Segal rounded up two legends of silver-screen boxing: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Granted, the two aren’t quite in the fighting shape they were three decades ago, but the allure of watching Rocky Balboa face off against Jake LaMotta in the ring can’t be denied.
But that no doubt glorious sight will have to wait. Warner Bros. has dropped the first official still from the movie, and it sadly does not feature the aging bruisers in shorts and gloves. Instead of glaring at each other, they’re scowling at Kevin Hart. Whatever, we’ll take it. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Meryl Streep being who she is, it’s never particularly surprising when she signs on to work with an iconic actor. But her talent is such that we’re intrigued anyway, and this week she’s signed on for two interesting new projects. One featuring one of her first-ever co-stars, and another starring a fellow Oscar nominee I can’t believe she hasn’t worked with yet.
The first is The Good House, a “darkly comic” tale that’ll reunite the Deer Hunter duo of Streep and Robert De Niro. The other is the YA adaptation The Giver, which puts her opposite Jeff Bridges for the first time in their careers. (Though they nearly ended up together in the comedy Hope Springs.) More details on both movies after the jump.
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