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Hollywood Memoir: A Young Woman's Intro to Filmmaking in The Golden Age

It was 1973 when I arrived in Hollywood with all the usual hopes, dreams, and expectations...A few weeks later, I was sent to the production offices of "The Godfather: Part II," which filmed on the Paramount lot for a month before moving on to the Dominican Republic for the Cuba sequences.
  • By Tova Laiter
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  • July 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in America' Gets the Blu-Ray Treatment

For its 30th anniversary, "Once Upon a Time in America," legendary director Sergio Leone's final film, is being released on Blu-Ray this September.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 1:57 PM
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TOH! Ranks Martin Scorsese's Best Dozen Films

To coincide with the upcoming release of "The Wolf of Wall Street," TOH! contributors rank the top dozen films by Martin Scorsese.
  • By TOH!
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  • December 30, 2013 4:26 PM
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WATCH: Highlights from a Very John Goodman Christmas SNL (VIDEO)

Not even John Goodman's jovial versatility and past hosting experience (this is his 13th time around) could revive this paltry set of sketches.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 15, 2013 12:04 PM
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AFM UPDATE: Winterbottom's Drama Based on Amanda Knox Case, 'Face of an Angel,' Heads Into Production, Stars Beckinsale

UPDATE: More news coming in from AFM. Production is set to begin next week on Michael Winterbottom's "The Face of an Angel," starring Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Bruhl ("Rush") and Cara Delevingne ("Kids in Love"). Adapted and fictionalized from Barbie Latza Nadeau's bestseller "Angel Face," on the Amanda Knox case, the film centers on the murder of a Brit student in Tuscany, and the ensuing trial and conviction of her American roommate and Italian boyfriend.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2013 2:39 PM
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Review: 'Last Vegas' Is Hellish Vision

Jon Turteltaub’s “Last Vegas,” which won’t be the last of anything, is a visionary movie -- the vision being hellish. We’ve already been seeing the likes of it -- aging stars, packaged together for amalgamated throw-weight. And we’re going to see more of its comedic ilk as the Boomers slouch toward the box office/grave, with humor that rests -- as if against an aluminum walker -- on cheap geriatric sex gags, prostate jokes, bad eyesight.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 31, 2013 2:16 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Old Men's Hangover 'Last Vegas,' Starring Douglas, De Niro, Freeman and Kline

A new trailer for "Last Vegas," starring Morgan Freeman, recent Emmy winner Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline, has landed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2013 1:18 PM
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In the Works: David O. Russell to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio's JFK Conspiracy Thriller 'Legacy of Secrecy,' Robert De Niro On Board

Long-gestating JFK assassination conspiracy film "Legacy of Secrecy" is reportedly finally coming to fruition, with director David O. Russell at the helm. First announced in 2010 by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way banner, the film centers on FBI informant Jack Laningham and on Mafia kingpin Carlos Marcello (to be played by Robert De Niro), who confided to Laningham that he ordered the hit on Kennedy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 17, 2013 2:26 PM
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Martin Scorsese's 'King of Comedy' to Close 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Rupert Pupkin. The name slides off the tongue like luggage off an airport carousel. And as portrayed by Robert De Niro -- post Jake LaMotta, pre Noodles Aaronsen -- he is one of the more memorable pieces of cultural/emotional baggage produced by the American screen. A hero of dubious sanity. Dubious worth. More cringe-worthy than an episode of “Two Broke Girls.” He is “The King of Comedy.” And he will be closing the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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De Niro Oscar Campaign Goes Into Overdrive; Star Wants Total 10-15 Scorsese Flicks (CLIPS)

To kick off its three day retrospective of the films of Robert De Niro, the American Cinematheque screened David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and hosted a post-screening conversation with the iconic actor. Harvey Weinstein introduced De Niro after a reel of some of his career highlights -- including scenes from "Casino," "Raging Bull," "Kings of Comedy" and "Taxi Driver." (See clips below.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 5, 2013 2:24 PM
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