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First Look: Al Pacino In David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' & Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut 'The Water Diviner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 9:02 AM
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Manglehorn
As always, trying to pin down David Gordon Green is a fool's errand, which is part of what makes whatever he's working on next so exciting. And with "Joe" in the can and headed to theaters later this year (trailer here), the flimmaker is already in the home stretch of his next effort "Manglehorn," and the first taste of what he's cooking up has arrived.

Martin Scorsese Still Wants Al Pacino & Joe Pesci For 'The Irishman,' Says It Will Come After 'Silence'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 1:26 PM
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We love ya, Marty, but forgive us if we don't hold on breath on this one, as potentially awesome as it could be. For years now, the director and his longtime friend and collaborator Robert De Niro have been talking up "The Irishman," a project that would mark their first director/actor collaboration since 1995's "Casino." And while we've already sat through promises that it would shoot in 2011, it seems plans are taking a more definitive shape.

Director Harmony Korine, Holly Hunter & Chris Messina Join Al Pacino in David Gordon Green's ‘Manglehorn’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 6, 2013 5:35 PM
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"Manglehorn" is probably some kind of variation on the nickname some critics may have given to filmmaker David Gordon Green's career. Green started out an adored indie darling in the vein of Terrence Malick (who would produce Green's third feature "Undertow" based on Malick's story), but three absurdist studio comedies in a row ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness," and "Sitter") made him harder to pin down and it confused many pundits expecting a linear, not chaotic progression.

Al Pacino, Jessica Biel & Billy Bob Thornton Among Cast In First Incarnation Of Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'; Plus New Photos

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 30, 2013 9:01 AM
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“The new phrase that's floating around is you need a 'hard-bender' if you're doing a film of a certain size. A 'hard-bender' is one with either Tom Hardy or Michael Fassbender and it never stops, it always astonishes me.” During our recent two-part chat with director Terry Gilliam, he described the casting hoops required to jump through in order to get a movie made; his latest, “The Zero Theorem,” stuck him with the lowest budget he's had for decades, but while he still ended up with a enigmatic cast led by Christoph Waltz, the film's original cast was even more curious choice.

Watch: 36-Minute Discussion Of 'Scarface' With Al Pacino, Brian De Palma & Oliver Stone Plus 1983 Behind-The-Scenes Special

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 8, 2013 11:25 AM
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Ludicrous machismo and the American Dream were never the same once Brian De Palma's “Scarface” landed in 1983, carving shocking setpieces and Tony Montana catchphrases into the surface of pop culture like a reckless chainsaw. But as with any landmark film like De Palma's, it's a worth a look backward; as a series of extended interviews and making-of clips show, the project's roots were hesitant, unknown, and slowly ushered forward into the eventual iconic result.

Jerry Schatzberg Wants To Make A 'Scarecrow' Sequel Even Though WB Isn't Interested & Gene Hackman Has Retired

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 5:15 PM
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It has been over a decade since Jerry Schatzberg directed his last feature film (that would be 2000's "The Day The Ponies Came Back" starring Guillaume Canet) and even longer since he actually helmed a feature of note. And yet, one could argue that it speaks to the power of a trio of his early films that his name still sparks interest in cinephiles. His debut feature "Puzzle Of A Downfall Child" got restored and reassessed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, while the director's followup, the Al Pacino starring grimy drama "The Panic In Needle Park" is a still potent look at drug addiction. But it's "Scarecrow," re-teaming Schatzberg and Pacino, with Gene Hackman co-starring, that remains a cult favorite and underappreciated gem. And Schatzberg wants another bite at the apple.

Al Pacino Reveals Why He Turned Down Playing Han Solo In 'Star Wars'; Leonard Nimoy Thinks Spock Can Crossover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 3:12 PM
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While Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher formed the core that would go on to create one of the biggest sci-fi franchise in history with "Star Wars," things could have played out much, much differently. Sissy Spacek or Cindy Williams could have been Princess Leia, while a gallery of tough dudes like Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone and Christopher Walken were all in the running for Han Solo. Another actor in the mix? Al Pacino. Yes really.

Al Pacino Confimed For David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn,' Mandy Patinkin & Josh Gad Join Zach Braff Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 15, 2013 6:34 PM
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It's been rumored for a while, but it looks like it's actually happening, per Deadline: Al Pacino and David Gordon Green are teaming up. As reported a while back, the unlikely duo are pairing up on "Manglehorn," which will see Pacino as "an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life." While Pacino's been doing some solid work on HBO, it's a full decade since his last great big screen performance (in Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia"), so the team up with Gordon Green couldn't have come soon enough, especially as we're hearing good buzz on "Joe," his next film, with Nicolas Cage. Photography will get underway in October

Al Pacino Sought For Lead In David Gordon Green's New Film 'Manglehorn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 3:24 PM
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David Gordon Green continues to be one of the most fascinating filmmakers to follow. From big studio pictures to low key indies to just shooting something on the sly with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and dropping it just like that (his upcoming "Prince Avalanche"), the director zigs when others expect him to zag. He's also not afraid of being busy. With 'Avalanche' in the can, he's already completed shooting on this next movie "Joe," a gritty drama starring Nicolas Cage, and lest you forget Green's wide ranging interests, he's also attached to direct a movie version of "Little House On The Prairie." Seriously. And again, we didn't see this coming.

Review: 'Phil Spector' Killed Lana Clarkson, But David Mamet's Movie Presupposes, Maybe He Didn't?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2013 8:56 AM
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With production on the film starting all the way back in the summer of 2011, it's been a curiously long wait for David Mamet's "Phil Spector," and from the first moment, one gets the impression that HBO's lawyers were a bit nervous about the effort. Before we even see one frame of the picture, an opening title card insists: "This is a work of fiction. It's not 'based on a true story.' It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome." But frankly, it's a little hard to swallow, particular since the director himself has been quite clear about what he thinks about Spector's fate regarding the murder of Lana Clarkson.

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