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5 Things You May Not Know About The 'The Godfather Part II'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2012 1:00 PM
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A sprawling three hour and twenty minute American epic crime film, what can you say about Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part II” that hasn’t already been said? Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning six, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Robert De Niro “The Godfather Part II” was met with tremendous critical acclaim with many critics claiming it had outdone its predecessor. Award- wise, it had. The original had also bagged 11 nominations, but only had won three.

Brett Ratner To Direct 'Midnight Run 2' With The Writers Of 'G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra' Penning The Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2012 6:19 PM
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Talked about for years and years, we figured the proposed sequel to "Midnight Run" was one of those things -- like "Ghostbusters 3" -- that was never going to happen for a variety of reasons. But who knew that Brett Ratner, of all people, was going to be the guy to get this thing rolling?

Paul Weitz Explains The Title Change From 'Another Bullshit Night In Suck City' To 'Being Flynn'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 4, 2012 8:24 AM
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"Kill your idols," said Paul Dano at the red carpet event for "Being Flynn." The Focus Features release, based on the autobiographical novel "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City" by Nick Flynn, focuses on Flynn's rocky relationship with his self-proclaimed tortured genius of a father. A homeless vagabond who insisted he was purposely seeking material for his unfinished manuscript, Jonathan was a stubborn old man who frustrated Nick in adulthood, but was never present in Nick's childhood, leading to Nick having no idea what to think about this walking myth. A fairly different definition of an idol, but in the directionless young Nick's eyes, the next best thing.

Review: 'Being Flynn' With Paul Dano & Robert De Niro Is A Checklist Of Narrative Shortcuts

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 1, 2012 5:58 PM
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What's in a title? There's something both extremely specific and entirely universal about the one for "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," an autobiographical book from Nick Flynn, suggesting everyday life becoming a Moebius strip of inevitability in the futile search for truth. In its film form, however, 'Suck City' has instead become "Being Flynn," which, aside from commercial suicide, means next to nothing after watching the film either. Most of this has to do with the fact that Nick Flynn, the casual junkie and sometimes poet layabout who somewhat accidentally finds his voice as a writer, is a fairly unremarkable, uninteresting guy.

New Images Of Paul Dano, Robert De Niro & Olivia Thirlby In 'Being Flynn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 1:56 PM
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While it's a drag that the title of the novel it's based off of -- "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City" -- couldn't stick for the big screen adaptation, things are looking good for "Being Flynn." The first trailer that dropped last fall was a pleasant surprise, promising a solid dramatic diversion this spring from the various tentpoles that will be hurled our way at the multiplex.

Watch: That Dubbed Trailer 'Red Lights' Is Now Available In English For Your Viewing Pleasure

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 2, 2012 12:42 PM
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One of the most divisive films from the recent Sundance Film Festival seemed to be "Red Lights," from "Buried" director Rodrigo Cortes. The filmmaker's sophomore effort touted an impressive cast, including Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen.

John Hawkes & Mos Def To Star In Prequel To 'Jackie Brown' Playing A Young De Niro & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2012 7:05 PM
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Here's your big, "wow," or "huh" of the day, depending on your thoughts on prequels of fairly beloved films. "Winter's Bone" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka rapper turned actor Mos Def) are going to be starring in a "Jackie Brown" prequel playing the younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson's characters respectively.

Sundance Review: 'Red Lights' Invites You To Stop, Look & Listen

  • By William Goss
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  • January 28, 2012 6:53 PM
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What you see, you can’t believe. What you can’t understand, though, can ultimately be explained. This is the modus operandi for Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), parapsychologists primarily interested in debunking supernatural phenomena. “When I see hoof prints,” she says, “I think of horses, not unicorns.” They work out of the Scientific Paranormal Research Center, a budget-strained department of an anonymous university, luring in curious students like Sally (Elizabeth Olsen) and Ben (Craig Roberts) while butting heads with the well-supported likes of Dr. Paul Shackleton (Toby Jones).

Sean Penn-Directed 'The Comedian' Will Be Kristen Wiig's Next Film; Reason For Not Doing 'Bridesmaids' Is To Avoid 'SNL' Curse

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 19, 2012 11:15 AM
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Yes, we know. It's hasn't even been 24 hours since we last weighed in on the whole "Kristen Wiig isn't doing a 'Bridesmaids' sequel" revelation, but in never-ending conversation, no one has really talked about what she's actually doing next. However, Vulture now report that while the actress definitely has no intention of doing a sequel to the 2011 box office hit, her only project for 2012 so far is joining Sean Penn and Robert De Niro for "The Comedian," with shooting planned to take place during her 'SNL' hiatus, begining in June.

Screenwriter Eric Roth Says '8 1/2'-Style Spin-Off From Scorsese & De Niro's 'The Irishman' Never Came To Pass

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2011 3:57 PM
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Like an arrow straight to the pleasure center of the brain of Scorsese fetishists was the announcement a couple of years back of "The Irishman" a film that would potentially reunite Martin Scorsese with Robert DeNiro, for the first time since 1995's "Casino," for a film about real-life hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran.

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