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The Hottest Day Of Summer: Spike Lee's Landmark 'Do The Right Thing' On Its 25th Anniversary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 26, 2014 4:24 PM
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25 years ago this coming Monday, for the first time, audiences watched Mookie put a trashcan through the window of his place of work, Sal’s Famous Pizzeria. In the film this is the culmination of a day of ratcheting tension, simmering and seething in the rising temperature of the hottest day of summer, the kind of day during which a trivial lunchtime altercation about celebrity photos on the wall can escalate toward a senseless death by teatime and a riot by nightfall. But outside the story of the film too, it’s hard not to read it on a metaphorical level. With “Do The Right Thing” Spike Lee, seemingly with pre-planned calculation, smashed up the existing edifice of the independent film industry, dazzling many, but sending some prognosticators screaming for the hills-- some of whom straight-out accused Lee of irresponsibility in directly inciting race violence. Jack Kroll, for instance, writing for Newsweek asked "in this long hot summer, how will young urban audiences—black and white—react to the film's climactic explosion of interracial violence? ... this movie is dynamite under every seat."

John Turturro Wants To Direct Jesus-Centric 'Big Lebowski' Spinoff Next Year, If The Coens Give Him Permission

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2014 10:07 AM
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It's not often that a character on screen for only a few moments becomes an instantly quotable, pop culture phenomenon, but over the years, that's exactly what has become of Jesus Quintana in "The Big Lebowski." The pederast bowler ("Eight-year-olds, Dude") played by John Turturro highlights one of the funniest moments in the already side-splitting Coen Brothers film, and for years, the actor has wanted to spinoff the character into his own film.

Exclusive: Philip Seymour Hoffman Has A Horse Story In Clip From 'God's Pocket'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2014 10:34 AM
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God's Pocket
The summer begins the process of saying goodbye, cinematically, to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Before his death, the actor completed work on two films — "A Most Wanted Man" and "God's Pocket" (with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" requiring some steps to get around his absence) — and the latter drama will drop first.

Review: 'God's Pocket' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christina Hendricks Is A Morbid Bummer

  • By Cory Everett
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  • May 8, 2014 7:02 PM
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God's Pocket
In God’s Pocket, a small town in Pennsylvania where everybody knows everybody’s business, it wouldn’t be uncommon to look out your window and see a man with one leg digging through the trash. Unfortunately, the same is also true of “God’s Pocket,” a morbid, 1970’s-set bummer of a film that strands its talented cast with less-than-deserving material. The film opens with a funeral and a fight, then quickly flashes back to three days prior where we’re formally introduced to Mickey, (a beleaguered Philip Seymour Hoffman), a low-level crook and one of the few residents of the insular town not to be born there. Along with his co-horts (played by John Turturro and “The Wire” star Domenick Lombardozzi), Mickey’s daily routine might involve stealing meat trucks, gambling or getting wasted at the local watering hole.

John Turturro Takes James Gandolfini Role In 'Criminal Justice' After Robert De Niro Exits

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 6:20 PM
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Fading Gigolo
When James Gandolofini suddenly and sadly passed away last year, a project that was unfortunately left in the lurch was HBO's "Criminal Justice." The show had already been through some development hurdles, with the network originally passing on the project, but later coming back on board when it was retooled as a limited series. And then things looked even better when Robert De Niro signed up to replace Gandolfini in the fall, but it looks like there's another casting switcheroo happening.

Watch: New Trailer For John Slattery's 'God's Pocket' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Turturro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 1:46 PM
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God’s Pocket,
Philip Seymour Hoffman may no longer be with us, but thankfully he's left a couple completed films to help soften the blow of his tragic loss. Later this year we'll see him in Anton Corbijn's thriller "A Most Wanted Man," but coming first this spring, Hoffman will feature opposite John Turturro in "Mad Men" star John Slattery's drama, "God's Pocket."

Sundance Review: 'God's Pocket' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro & Christina Hendricks

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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God’s Pocket,
In God’s Pocket, a small town in Pennsylvania where everybody knows everybody’s business, it wouldn’t be uncommon to look out your window and see a man with one leg digging through the trash. Unfortunately, the same is also true of “God’s Pocket,” a morbid, 1970’s-set bummer of a film that strands its talented cast with less-than-deserving material. The film opens with a funeral and a fight, then quickly flashes back to three days prior where we’re formally introduced to Mickey, (a beleaguered Philip Seymour Hoffman), a low-level crook and one of the few residents of the insular town not to be born there. Along with his co-horts (played by John Turturro and “The Wire” star Domenick Lombardozzi), Mickey’s daily routine involves stealing meat trucks, gambling or getting wasted at the local watering hole.

Sundance First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christina Hendricks In 'God's Pocket' & Mark Ruffalo's 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:55 PM
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God’s Pocket
Nothing really connecting these two movies except that they both feature a bunch of actors we really, really like. So let's roll...

Breaking Bible: Aaron Paul Joins Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Along With Ben Kingsley, John Turturro & Sigourney Weaver

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 4:48 PM
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Well this will certainly be a change of pace for actor we're used to seeing wearing a hoodie and saying "Bitch" more often and better than anyone. Ridley Scott's "Exodus" is ramping up its casting and has an interesting slate of names coming aboard.

The Coen Brothers Don't Like Sequels, Put Kibosh On Long Rumored 'The Big Lebowski' Followup

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 24, 2013 12:29 PM
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If you thought there was a chance you might see Jeff Bridges don his iconic bathrobe one more time we’ve got some troubling news for you. Joel and Ethan Coen are attending the Cannes Film Festival to promote their latest film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and the duo sat down to answer questions at a press event.

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