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Martin Scorsese To Direct Casino Ad Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro & Brad Pitt

  • By Oktay Ege Kozak
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  • September 2, 2014 11:34 AM
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Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro & Brad Pitt
Yes, it’s for commercial purposes, but who doesn’t want to see this team work together? Martin Scorsese will be directing a short film to promote Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resort and casino brand. The short will star early Scorsese favorite Robert DeNiro, late Scorsese favorite Leonardo Di Caprio and an unknown newcomer named Brad Pitt. Ratpac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and RSA’s Jules Daly will produce the film.

Frank Capra's 'It Happened One Night,' 'Tootsie' And More Coming To Criterion In November

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2014 4:56 PM
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Tootsie It Happened One Night
The Criterion Collection is always guaranteed to earn some of our money each month, but what to do when some of the big movies they've got coming have already been on home video for years? Is it really worth it just to get a wacky C on the cover? You tell us, but this lineup for November is still pretty solid all around.

The Essential Jacques Demy: The Director's Candy-Colored Films Get The Criterion Treatment

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • July 30, 2014 3:23 PM
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Jacques Demy, Essentials, Criterion
“French director Jacques Demy didn’t just make movies—he created an entire cinematic world.” So say the good folks at Criterion over at the page for the recently released box set of perhaps the most undervalued member of the French New Wave. Demy stood out compared to the rest of the movement, insofar as he embraced a lot of Hollywood cliches—storybook romances, melodrama, musicals (quelle horreur!). But at his best, Demy did all that while subverting audience expectations.

Richard Linklater Confirms 'Boyhood' Is Coming To The Criterion Collection With Special Features

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 18, 2014 8:17 PM
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Boyhood
“Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood.” The chatter about the Richard Linklater indie has been omnipresent in the last two weeks, but for good reason: if you somehow haven’t heard, it’s really something else. At almost 3 hours, “Boyhood” is a film shot over twelve years documenting a divorced family as seen through the eyes of a young boy (Ellar Coltrane). You might have quipped to yourself when you saw Linklater visiting at Industrial Light & Magic this past week on Twitter, that the ambitious director could have saved himself a little time by just going the ‘Benjamin Button’ route of special effects. But there’s no CGI here. “Boyhood” is the real deal. We watch a boy of six years old grow into a man around the age of eighteen right before your eyes over the span of a 164-minute movie.

Happy Birthday 'Robocop'! Listen To Paul Verhoeven's DVD Commentary Plus Watch 'Siskel & Ebert' Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 11:20 AM
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RoboCop
Earlier this year, MGM admirably tried to reboot their "RoboCop" franchise to middling results. It wasn't terrible exactly, but it missed the edge and black humor of Paul Verhoeven's original. And it says something that 27 years later — the film was released today in 1987 — Verhoeven's movie still stands tall and holds up remarkably well.

The Complete Jacques Tati Boxset & 'La Dolce Vita' Anchors The Criterion Collection October Releases

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2014 6:17 PM
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The Criterion Collection October 2014
For the most part, The Criterion Collection tends to serve up four or five films each month, and perhaps something in their Eclipse line of down and dirty releases. But this October, they've got something coming that's so big, they've drawn back on anything else except for one seminal western and the reissue of a classic thriller.

Watch: Bong Joon-Ho Visits The Criterion Closet, Gets New Copy Of Movie Park Chan-Wook Never Gave Back & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2014 9:25 AM
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Bong Joon-Ho Snowpiercer
With "Snowpiercer" now playing, Bong Joon-ho is doing the rounds in support of the film, but he took a few moments while in New York City to stop by The Criterion Collection and do what we've all dreamed of doing—grabbing as many copies of their releases as he can.

September Criterion Releases Include Lynch's 'Eraserhead,' Polanski's 'Macbeth' & Horror Classic 'The Innocents'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2014 6:14 PM
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Criterion/September 2014
It's the middle of the month, and we know what that means. Well, for us, it means realizing we have $70 to last us until payday, but for the more frugal cinephiles among you, it means that it's time for Criterion to announce what they've got coming up three months down the line. And once more, there are some treats in store.

Criterion Heats Up Summer With 'All That Jazz, 'Love Streams, 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' & More Coming In August

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2014 5:47 PM
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All That Jazz Love Streams
It's the middle of the month, which means Criterion has once again unveiled their next slate of releases. Kind of. The folks Criterion Cast have poked around the corner's of the boutique label's site, and found out what they've got up their sleeve for August.

Watch: Alexander Payne Talks Dino Risi's 'Il Sorpasso' For The Criterion Collection

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 25, 2014 10:26 AM
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Il Sorpasso
Dino Risi’s 1962 Italian comedy “Il Sorpasso” is finally making its way to The Criterion Collection after years of being unavailable in a high-quality print. This is the late Dino Risi’s first entry into the Collection, much to the excitement of director Alexander Payne, who cites “Il Sorpasso” as being a major influence on “Sideways.” Payne talks about the movie’s influence and the brilliance of director Dino Risi in a three-minute video of which you can see below. The clip, presumably, is an excerpt of Alexander Payne’s introduction of the film, which you can find as a special feature on the Criterion DVD/Blu-ray.

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