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Robert De Niro Says Al Pacino To Play Hoffa In 'Paint Houses'; Martin Scorsese Eyes Directing Garth Brooks Special

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2012 10:38 AM
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Though they haven't worked together as actor and director since 1995's "Casino," the past couple of years has seen a project brewing that would reunite Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. "I Heard You Paint Houses" -- also known as "The Irishman" -- has been in the works since 2010, with Scorsese and De Niro teaming with Joe Pesci, while Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino were also rumored for roles. De Niro and Scorsese insist the project is still on the table, and now this latest bit of info is undeniably intriguing.

Al Pacino Heads To Broadway For Revival Of 'Glengarry Glen Ross' This Time As Shelley “The Machine” Levene

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2012 3:22 PM
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Of David Mamet's many accomplishments for the stage, the Pulitizer prize winning "Glengarry Glen Ross" may still be his finest moment. And at least for cinema fans, it's the most memorable. With a script from Mamet, James Foley directed the searing 1992 movie that brought together the unforgettable cast of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin and Jonathan Pryce to immortalize the work into one of the most quoted movies in recent memory, and also one that is said to be used by lots of actors for audition purposes. Certainly, there are some choice monologues to choose from. But if you're ever wanted to see it performed on stage, you'll get another shot.

R&B Artist Usher To Play Sugar Ray Leonard In 'Hands Of Stone'; Ryan Kwanten & Michelle Rodriguez Also Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 23, 2012 8:05 AM
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Late in 2010, seemingly on the back of David O. Russell's "The Fighter" and all its success, Gael Garcia Bernal and Al Pacino boarded "Hands Of Stone," a biopic of legendary Panamanian boxer Robert Duran which had Venezuelan helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz set to direct. One of Duran's most famous fights was of course against the undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard and, with the film seemingly growing legs recently, an unconventional choice has now been cast to play Leonard.

Review: 'Jack And Jill' Plays Like A Telemundo Show From Hell

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 10, 2011 4:34 PM
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Review: 'Son Of No One' Suggests 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' As Written By Dennis Lehane

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 3, 2011 9:30 AM
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In the relatively ridiculous new procedural/mystery "Son of No One," Channing Tatum, as a mustachioed police officer married to Katie Holmes (and looking after an epileptic daughter), is sent taunting letters and anonymous text messages alluding to a violent incident from his past. (The movie is set way back in 2002 which is why he doesn't receive cryptic emails too. Because no one used email in 2002 apparently). You can tell how terribly we're supposed to take the threats because of all the shaky shots of Tatum flipping open his ancient cell phone, the scenes shot in sickly shades of blue and green. Except that instead of coming across as suspenseful or menacing, it's just silly and laughable, like something out of a teen slasher movie or ABC Family series, lacking anything approximating weight or gravitas.

Jim Carrey Joins 'Burt Wonderstone' With Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 1:28 AM
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Carell's 'Imagine' With Al Pacino Put Into Turnaround At Warner Bros.Up until now, the on screen pairings between Steve Carell and Jim Carrey have been fairly limited. Of course, Carell featured in "Bruce Almighty" where he was the unfortunate victim of Carrey's God-powered tomfoolery (and of course, his character was spun off into "Evan Almighty" which the less said, the better). They also both took voice roles in the animated "Horton Hears a Who!" a couple years back and irony of ironies, Carrey made a (pretty lacklustre) cameo appearance on the season finale of "The Office" last spring, of course, by this point Carell had exited the show. But it now appears that the duo are both going to finally co-star together as Deadline reports that Carrey has taken a role in the long developing "Burt Wonderstone."

Venice '11 Review: Al Pacino's 'Wilde Salome' An Oddity Dominated By Titanic Jessica Chastain Turn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2011 2:57 AM
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When did Alfredo James Pacino, Greatest Actor Of His Generation, turn into Shouty Al, Star Of "Righteous Kill" And "Jack and Jill"? The exact moment that the transformation took place is debatable, but it's hard to deny that, aside from some occasional good HBO work, Pacino has become a grotesque, bellowing inflation of former glories more often than not. But we live in hope that it's not a one way street, and that the star may find his way back to subtler movie work that he actually cares about. After all, he does, unlike many of his contemporaries, continue to return to the stage frequently, for much-praised performances, in the likes of "Orphans," "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" and, most recently, "The Merchant of Venice." And it's one of these stage turns that forms the center of Pacino's second film as director, "Wilde Salome," which like his debut "Looking For Richard," is a documentary examining one of his favorite plays, and the writer behind them.

Watch: First Look At 'Wilde Salome' Presented By Al Pacino & His Awesome Headband

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 6:59 AM
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Geez, with the Venice Film Festival kicking off tomorrow, it looks like PR teams have decided to turn all of their faucets of images and clips on at the same time. So here's another sneak peek, but this time of a movie we haven't really heard all that much about.

Bette Midler Bails On David Mamet's Phil Spector Biopic On 'Doctor's Orders'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2011 1:17 AM
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It's easy to forget these days what a big star Bette Midler was for a period of time. A Broadway and recording star who made her movie debut with thinly-veiled Janis Joplin biopic "The Rose," Midler had a series of successes in the 80s and 90s, up to 1996's surprise smash "The First Wives Club," but since then, her few film appearances have underwhelmed, with a whole generation knowing her principally for seasonal Disney favorite "Hocus Pocus" over anything else.

First Look At Al Pacino As Phil Spector In Forthcoming David Mamet Directed Biopic For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 2:36 AM
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Though in the works for a while now, we didn't realize that the Al Pacino-starring, David Mamet-directed Phil Spector biopic had started rolling, but we're glad it has.

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