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Christoph Waltz Going To Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store' With Jason Clarke, Robert De Niro & Omar Sy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 14, 2013 6:21 PM
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But there's always room for one more, and in this case, it's a project that Waltz has been linked to for the best part of a year; a press release, via Deadline and others report that the Austrian actor has signed on to "Syriana" director Stephen Gaghan's "Candy Store." Waltz was first mentioned for the project back in August '12, when Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper were all said to be on the project's hitlist.

Casting: Robert De Niro Visits Stephen Gaghan’s ‘Candy Store’; Alicia Vikander Joins Alex Garland's Robot Thriller & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 4:23 PM
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Robert De Niro, Alicia Vikander, Kristen Connolly
Writer/director Stephen Gaghan has given us the scripts to Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” "Rules of Engagement," and "The Alamo," but turned full-fledged filmmaker with 2005's excellent political drama, "Syriana." He hasn’t directed a film since, but not for want of trying. Gaghan’s been attached to several projects over the years, but for whatever reason, none of them have come to fruition. He may have struck gold with the cast of his his latest, “Candy Store.” The picture already stars “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jason Clarke and Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), but his latest casting coup is even more impressive; Robert De Niro. The acting legend is joining the cast for a story about an undercover agent (Clarke) who begins a new life as beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him. De Niro plays a former cop who teams up with him to stop the threat that could endanger the city of New York. [Variety]

Tribeca: Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese & Jerry Lewis Reflect On 'The King Of Comedy,' Improv, Deleted Scenes & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 29, 2013 2:57 PM
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The Tribeca Film Festival closed last night with a digitally-restored screening of “The King Of Comedy.” Thirty years later, the film still reverberates as an acidic take on celebrity worship that has, oddly enough, become timeless, and the re-master is gorgeous. The film was greeted with rapturous applause, but the real fireworks started after a raucous Q+A featuring a chatty Martin Scorsese, a shy Robert De Niro, and a more-than-eager Jerry Lewis.

Watch: 4-Minute Alternate Ending For 'Silver Linings Playbook' Gets The Entire Gang Back Together

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2013 4:23 PM
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While we anxiously await the oddball awesomeness David O. Russell is cooking up with "American Hustle," let's take a victory lap with "Silver Linings Playbook." The screwball rom-com nabbed 8 Oscar nominations resulting in a Best Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence, who shined among a uniformly excellent ensemble in the tale of one man's journey to find a happy medium between his mental illness and the troubles in his life. It's charming, winning stuff, and one extra moment that didn't make it to theaters is now available for you to enjoy at home.

10 Essential Cinematic Antiheroes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 25, 2013 3:48 PM
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30 years since its release, the undersung "The King of Comedy" seems finally to be edging into the sun, to take its deserved place as not just one of the finest, smartest and most daring Martin Scorsese movies, but one of the greatest American movie satires, period. It's an excoriating, often excruciating watch, boasting razor-sharp insights into the excesses of celebrity culture and the quest for fame, but it's also, most unforgettably, a character study of one Rupert Pupkin, delusional sociopath, shit-poor comedian and all-out creep. Pupkin, whom Robert De Niro doesn't so much inhabit as crawl into, is simply one of the most offputting creations ever committed to celluloid -- a dreadful squit of a man, talentless, self-aggrandizing, self-deceiving, pathetic -- and at the same time one of the most compelling.

Robert De Niro & Shia LaBeouf To Play Father & Son In Drama 'Spy's Kid'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 1:45 PM
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Oh man, if this movie goes south like Shia LaBeouf's mooted Broadway turn with Alec Baldwin, those leaked emails are gonna be epic. Not that we would wish ill on a movie production, and if you look past the title, there is actually something potentially interesting brewing between LaBeouf and Robert De Niro, of all people.

David O. Russell's Next Film Titled 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 6:45 PM
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Okay, while we might prefer the original working title "American Bullshit," it probably would've created a marketing nightmare, so the official replacement? Yeah, it's not too shabby at all.

Robert De Niro & Edgar Ramirez Have 'Hands Of Stone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2013 9:43 AM
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Movies are a funny thing, sometimes developing through some oddball incarnations before finally firming up into something realistic. And so it goes for "Hands Of Stone," a boxing biopic that in 2010 had Gael Garcia Bernal and Al Pacino attached with Venezuelan helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz set to direct. That didn't happen, then last spring the movie cropped up again, only this time with the random assortment of R&B star Usher, "True Blood" dude Ryan Kwanten and Michelle Rodriguez, with Robert De Niro replacing Pacino. Well, part of that is still right.

Michael Pena Joins David O. Russell's Abscam Movie; Robert De Niro Reportedly Also On Board

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 1:05 PM
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Who does David O. Russell think he is? Woody Allen? Okay, we kid, but the number of name-brand stars he's lining up for his still (aggravatingly) untitled Abscam drama is reaching epic proportions. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Louis C.K., Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Rohm, Dawn Olivieri and Jack Huston are already on board the currently shooting movie, which is now adding even more cast members.

2013 Oscars: 'Argo' Wins Best Picture & 3 Awards; 'Life Of Pi' Wins 4 Including Best Director For Ang Lee

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 24, 2013 8:17 PM
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Well, that's a wrap. The two bigger winners of the night were "Argo," which one the coveted Best Picture award and three awards total, and "Life of Pi," which took home the most statuettes of the evening including Best Director for Ang Lee (which we called in our predictions). The one relative "surprise" of the night early on (though a late groundswell started in recent weeks) was Christoph Waltz for "Django Unchained," beating out Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones. But the show was a brutally longwinded snore and the musical segments didn't help. Host Seth MacFarlane had mixed results, but fared better than we expected and had a few admittedly killer jokes. All and all though, pacing wise, it was a crushingly slow and laborious show. More analysis tomorrow, this thing tired us out.

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