Ray Liotta is going back to his mob movie roots. The GoodFellas actor is the latest name to join the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark. There’s no word on who Liotta is playing, but there’s a full-circle element to this casting. Back when The Sopranos was still in development, Liotta was considered to play the lead of Tony Soprano. The actor turned the part down, however, because he wanted to focus on films. The role eventually went to James Gandolfini, and the rest is TV history.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Sam Rockwell is currently at Sundance promoting his new comedy Laggies, but in the meantime another of his projects is nearing a theatrical release. Geoff Moore and David Posamentier‘s Better Living Through Chemistry was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films earlier this month, and is now slated to hit theaters in March.
The comedy, which Moore and Posamentier also wrote, centers around Douglas, a small-town pharmacist who can cure everyone’s problems — say it with me now — but his own. That is, until he meets gorgeous, seductive, rich trophy wife Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde) who turns him onto sex, drugs, and possibly murder.
Also starring are Michelle Monaghan as Douglas’ wife, Ray Liotta as Elizabeth’s husband, and Ben Schwartz as a pharmacy delivery boy or something. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Watch out, Texas: Michael Bay‘s Autobots and Decepticons are coming to destroy your towns. Also after the jump:
- Woman in Black: Angels of Death adds two young Brit stars
- Sorry romcom fans, Bridget Jones 3 isn’t coming anytime soon
- Transformers 4 continues casting; Bay talks character redesigns
- Ray Liotta chats about the Sin City and The Muppets sequels
- Paul Verhoeven had fun watching the Total Recall remake fail
- Cozy up to the cutest cast member from The Hangover Part III
- Disney parks reveal big summer plans for Monsters University
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Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Under most circumstances, a Martin Scorsese / Ray Liotta reunion would be cause for celebration. In the case of Campus Life, however, their team-up is more puzzling than enticing.
Jesse McCartney leads the cast of the indie thriller, about a group of college kids trying to uncover a supernatural secret. But based on the trailer, the bigger question may be what Scorsese and Liotta are doing in this seemingly low-rent Chronicle imitation. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Ray Liotta‘s best known roles haven’t exactly been family friendly. He’s still most famous for playing the lead in the gangster pic Goodfellas, was most recently seen illegal gambling ring in Killing Them Softly, and will next pop up in The Iceman to menace Michael Shannon’s hitman. Just last week, he signed on to star in Robert Rodriguez’s violent neo-noir Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
His newest project, however, will send him in the complete opposite direction. Liotta has signed on for a part in the upcoming Muppets sequel, rumored to be called The Muppets… Again. He joins a very funny human cast that also includes Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell (with a possible cameo by Christoph Waltz). More details after the jump.
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Briefly: As if the cast for Robert Rodriguez‘s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For wasn’t impressive enough, three more stars have been added: a Goodfella, Catwoman’s accomplice and Ari Gold. Ray Liotta, Juno Temple and Jeremy Piven have been cast in the film joining the likes of Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert and Jamie Chung.
Who exactly each will play, or exactly how large each role is, remains unclear. But when the sequel to the 2005 film hits on September 13, they’ll be there. [The Playlist]
Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
After the dual disappointments of Killing Me Softly and Gangster Squad, I’m feeling a little burned out on mob movies at the moment. So maybe it’s just my mood that has me unimpressed with the new trailer for The Iceman. On the one hand, director Ariel Vromen seems to have a flair for visuals, the cast looks strong, and the fact-based premise is intriguing. On the other, it all looks so tiresomely familiar.
Michael Shannon stars as real-life hitman Richard Kuklinski, who allegedly racked up over 100 kills over a four-decade career. He makes good money whacking people for gangster Roy Demeo (genre staple Ray Liotta), until an incident involving Demeo’s underling (David Schwimmer) forces Kuklinski out of their operation. He then teams up with freelance killer Robert Pronge (Chris Evans), which comes with its own complications. Winona Ryder also stars, as Kuklinski’s oblivious wife. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance and star Ryan Gosling reunited for The Place Beyond the Pines, and the first trailer for the film is below. Here Gosling plays a hasher motorcycle daredevil who turns to crime to support the son he finds he has after the boy’s birth.
But a couple of cops (Bradley Cooper and Ray Liotta) track Gosling down after his crime, only to get involved in something far more complicated than a simple cops and robbers situation. Pines appears to be similar to Drive in the way it uses the basic language of a genre picture to approach a drama from an atypical angle. It’s not going to be a movie for everybody — if you want a straight crime thriller, this almost certainly isn’t it — but the trailer suggests that those who want a movie that plays around with the mixture of drama and genre will have a lot to enjoy. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Michael Shannon is second to none when it comes to channeling intensity, but as the lead of Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman he could be more frightening than ever. Shannon stars as real-life mob hitman Richard Kuklinski, whose touching devotion to his family masks a knack for cold-blooded killing. (Though he maintains a soft spot for women and children in both lives.) The brutally effective Kuklinski is believed to have murdered over a hundred people before his four-decade career ended in 1986.
There was a little back-and-forth on the film last year, when it looked for a while like it might fall apart altogether after James Franco dropped out of a major role. But they’ve managed to make it work, with Chris Evans taking over for Franco and Franco returning a smaller part. Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, and Stephen Dorff are also among the supporting cast. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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With Cannes just around the corner we’re going to start seeing even more clips and trailer from some of our most anticipated movies of the year. One of the big ones is Killing Them Softly, the third feature film from Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) that was formerly titled Cogan’s Trade. We haven’t seen any footage at all from this one yet, so the clip below is a first look.
The film features Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer on the trail of a couple guys (Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn) who ripped off the wrong card game. None of those guys are in this first footage from the film, however. Rather, we see Sam Shepard and Slaine showing up at Ray Liotta‘s house, where they rough him up for some reason. The scene is pretty basic, but the way the camera moves past the action really marks this as Dominik’s work — he’s not a guy to engage a scene in the obvious manner. It’s a great little shot. Read More »