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 »
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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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Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
What do you do when you manage to get four iconic Academy Award winners (Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline) together at the same time? If you’re director Jon Turtletaub, you get them to recreate The Hangover for the senior citizen set.
To clarify, Last Vegas isn’t actually a Hangover remake or sequel, it just kinda looks like one. The quartet play a group of lifelong friends who descend upon Las Vegas for a booze-fueled bacchanal when one of their number (Douglas) finally decides to tie the knot. Watch the first full-length trailer after the jump.
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We’ve slept a bit on this one. Add up the “direct to video” impression that the promo art (and John Travolta‘s beard) give to this latest effort from Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson, and you might have given it a pass, too. Even if Killing Season does also star Robert De Niro as a former soldier that Travolta is keen to kill, based on a grudge that goes back to the Bosnian War.
Then I actually watched the trailer, and holy crap, that accent Travolta uses. It’s like the fake Russian accent my friends and I used in high school. It is glorious. I’ll watch the entire movie — which looks like The Edge by way of a South Park recreation of First Blood— just for that accent. And the trailer suggests there might be some other good stuff in there, too,
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Luc Besson‘s The Family (once called Malativa) seems like a fun amalgamation of well-known film ideas, as Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play the two heads of a former mob family that has gone into witness protection in France. Despite the helpful guidance of Tommy Lee Jones, things don’t go so well, thanks to a comically toxic combination of elements: the family’s inability to change, and the attentions of a clean-up crew that wants to silence them.
The trailer is below, and you’ll see some Coppola, Demme, and Scorsese in this footage. (It even opens with a Rolling Stones song — maybe the best Stones song, actually — but Scorsese did serve as a consultant and exec producer who worked on the edit.) There’s also a good bit of Besson’s trademark energy, and along with the cast looking engaged that makes the whole thing worth a look. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
David O. Russell‘s got a knack for attracting great actors, but his next project could come with prominent A-listers already attached. Russell will reportedly write and direct the JFK assassination pic Legacy of Secrecy, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook star Robert De Niro. The conspiracy drama posits that mafioso Carlos Marcello was behind the murder. Hit the jump for more details.
DiCaprio has been set to produce and star in the pic since 2010, while De Niro is a more recent addition. Based on the book of the same title by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, Legacy of Secrets hinges on mob kingpin Marcello’s confession to FBI informant Jack van Laningham that he was the one to order the killing.
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The Hangover films have been gigantic successes, but they might be a little more raunchy than some audiences want. For your family members who maybe want to stick to movies like Meet the Parents, here’s Last Vegas. The movie is set in Vegas, with Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four life-long friends who trek to the city for a bachelor party.
National Treasure captain Jon Turtletaub directs, and the first teaser makes it look as lightweight as the concept sounds. Sure, there’s something to be said for watching a couple of these actors break out of their usual patterns. It’s cute to watch Morgan Freeman play a guy who gets wasted on vodka/Red Bull, for example, and I won’t begrudge Michael Douglas having fun on screen at this point in his life and career. Whether that will make you want to watch the actual film is another question.
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