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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.

Review: Forget About Your Heart, 'New Year's Eve' Just Wants Your Money

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 7, 2011 12:43 PM
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If you've managed to make it through two hours of "New Year's Eve" with the idea that it's about anything more than box office returns and home entertainment bank, Warner Bros., New Line and director Garry Marshall are more than happy to set you straight. In a largely unfunny series of credits bloopers, Jessica Biel's character gives birth to twins, and she couldn't be happier to have "Valentine's Day" pop out of her vagina in both DVD and Blu-ray formats (on sale now!). We're not naive enough to imagine that studio films are purely about artistry (and not cynical enough to think that it's never present), but we wish those behind "New Year's Eve" had at least pretended they were trying to entertain us while they rummage through our pockets for loose change.

Watch: Robert De Niro Writes Masterpieces In Trailer For 'Being Flynn' With Paul Dano

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2011 4:16 PM
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It's pretty easy to be hard on Robert De Niro these days, given his ratio of good/bad tends to be wildly uneven, but every once in a while he seems to pull out a decent movie. Last year's "Stone" was tremendously underrated by most, and featured a pretty terrific turn by De Niro and this latest effort looks like a return to the form that we often forget the actor has.  Asking yourself why you haven't heard of it? Well, perhaps you remember it as the adapation of Nick Flynn's acclaimed memoir "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City."

Robert De Niro Replaces Nicolas Cage In 'Killing Season' (aka 'Shrapnel') With John Travolta

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2011 4:32 AM
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Mark Steven Johnson Now Directing Instead Of John McTiernanIt's not the "Face/Off" reunion we were hoping nor will it be the John McTiernan comeback vehicle. Instead, it will be the next film from the guy who directed "Simon Birch," "Daredevil," and "When In Rome." Good grief.

Kristen Wiig Joins 'The Comedian' Starring Robert De Niro & Directed By Sean Penn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 5:05 AM
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"The Comedian" with Robert De Niro has been knocking around for most of the year, with updates coming in fits and starts but nothing ever seeming quite official. But with the American Film Market launching next week, a plethora of projects are beginning to be put together to shill to producers, investors and other industry folks, and this is easily the most tantalizing.

HBO Movie With Robert De Niro Playing Bernie Madoff Moves Forward As Writer Comes Aboard

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 24, 2011 6:04 AM
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Looks as if fellow legendary actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino must have had lunch together recently, because De Niro could follow in Pacino’s footsteps by playing a notorious real-life individual for an HBO movie. Perhaps hearing good things from Pacino about his work on “You Don’t Know Jack,” where he walked away with a Best Actor Golden Globe for playing assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian, it was announced back in May (something we missed due to the crush of Cannes) that De Niro was in negotiations to play Ponzi scheme enthusiast Bernie Madoff in HBO’s adaptation of the bestselling “The Wizard Of Lies: Bernie Madoff And The Death Of Trust.”

Teaser Trailer For Rodrigo Cortes' 'Red Lights' Features Robert De Niro Turning Around Slowly

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 14, 2011 4:30 AM
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While many of our writers didn’t exactly love Rodrigo Cortes’ “Hitchcock in a box” thriller “Buried,” it’s hard to deny that Cortes took some inventive turns with the film’s high concept premise. Next up for the director is “Red Lights,” which MTV has the trailer for, and it’s about as minimalist as you would imagine from a director who stuck one of Hollywood’s most rapidly rising stars (at the time) in a box for two hours.

TIFF '11 Review: 'Killer Elite' Offers Some Cheap Thrills But Not Much Else

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2011 7:21 AM
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"Killer Elite," the new Jason Statham/Clive Owen/Robert De Niro testosterone tsunami, claims to have been inspired by a true story, and goes about setting the action in the early 1980s as a way of justifying its supposed historical validity. The problem, of course, is that the movie is so silly, so two-dimensionally cartoonish, that you don't buy, for a second, that anything depicted actually took place (the 1991 book on which the film is based, originally sold as a "true adventure," has been debunked and similarly derided). As a junky action movie, it passes muster, but for the historical thriller it pretends to be, it fails miserably.

Mark Wahlberg Out, Bradley Cooper & Robert De Niro Looking In For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 3:40 AM
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Are BFFs Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell having trouble? Are there problems in the house that "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees" and "The Fighter" built? Nah, it's nothing more than routine scheduling issues but it looks like the two best bros and frequent collaborators won't be reteaming for "The Silver Linings Playbook" -- but one of the earliest names attached the film has returned.

David O. Russell Working On Action-Drama With Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Called 'The Mission'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 14, 2011 12:16 PM
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Also Circling Disney's 'Maleficient'; Director Confirms He's Been Talking To Angelina Jolie, Plus Robert De Niro For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'Update: Ahh, so this is the one of the "several projects" that David O. Russell was talking to Angelina Jolie about. According to THR, now that Tim Burton has dropped the project, "The Fighter" filmmaker is one of the director's "circling" the Sleeping Beauty project "Maleficient." Russell never met a meeting he didn't like, so we're sure he's interested, but knowing his creative differences with studios, we would bet this one is not going to stick.

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