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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 »

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It’s a shame that Lindsay Lohan‘s name is only linked of late to stunt casting in roles based on the lives of abused or damaged women. She was set to play Linda Lovelace for some time, and is now in talks to play the murdered actress Sharon Tate, who was one of the victims of the Manson Family. She’d be in a film about Charles Manson called Eyes of a Dreamer, which photographer Tyler Shields plans to make this summer.

The kicker is that, in keeping with the current mandate that there can never be only one film in development about a specific subject, this is just one of three Manson projects in development. Read More »

Charles Manson has been portrayed on film many times, and the Manson Family has had more than a few cinematic representations, too. But The Machinist writer Scott Kosar has been working on a script called The Family, which he intends as a biopic — in fact, the definitive biopic — of the Manson Family. He’s preparing to direct the film as well, and has Ryan Kwanten set to star. Read More »

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