First Trailer for STAND UP GUYS Starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin

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The first theatrical trailer for director Fisher Stevens’ Stand Up Guys has gone online.  Starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one last epic night, the plot of Stand Up Guys also features a tense undercurrent that comes across well in the trailer.  Their former mob boss, played by Mark Margolis, pits them against each other when he orders one last hit.  The trailer, while revealing perhaps a bit too much of the plot, hits all the right notes and makes this one to keep an eye on as 2013 draws nearer.

Stand Up Guys, also starring Julianna Margulies, opens January 11th, 2013.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Al Pacino to Play Joe Paterno in PATERNO Biopic, Including the Penn State Sex Scandal

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In a move that should surprise no one, a biopic is in the works for the highly-decorated (and denigrated) Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno.  What may come as a shock is that Al Pacino is attached to portray him.  Currently, it isn’t clear which way the film, which is structured around the Joe Posnanski book, Paternois going to be marketed: as a true-to-life biopic of Paterno or as a true-crime focus on the Penn State sex scandal.  Hit the jump for much more.

New Release Dates for LAST VEGAS, STAND UP GUYS and QUARTET

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We’ve got a few new release dates for you this evening.  Check them out at a glance:

  • Last Vegasdirected by Jon Turteltaub and starring Michael Douglas, Robert De NiroMorgan Freeman and Kevin Kline will open December 20th, 2013.
  • Stand Up Guysthe Fisher Stevens comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Julianna Margulies and Alan Arkin, opens January 11th, 2013.
  • QuartetDustin Hoffman’s directorial debut starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, and Michael Gambon opens domestically December 28th of this year and in the U.K. January 4th 2013.

Hit the jump for more on each film, including synopses.

What’s Filming Where, Including IRON MAN 3, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE TOMB, ENDER’S GAME and More

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You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off.  You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers.  There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house.  What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town.  It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.

The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting.  We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about.  Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.

JACK AND JILL Sweeps Literally Every Single Category of the Razzies

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Well this is quite something. The “Adam Sandler plays a brother and sister” movie Jack and Jill has just made cinematic history: the “comedy” swept literally every single category of the Razzie Awards, which honor the worst in cinematic achievement. Sandler took home Worst Actor and Worst Actress, Al Pacino nabbed Worst Supporting Actor, and the film itself was honored with a triple Worst Couple for Sandler and Katie Holmes, Sandler and Pacino, and Sandler and Sandler. All in all, it was a pretty great/terrible night for Adam Sandler.

Hit the jump to see the full list of nominees that Jack and Jill bested in each category. I keep hoping in vain that the actor will try his hand at drama again, but Grown Ups 2 is on the horizon and this unfunny streak appears to have no end in sight. As such, I’m assuming this isn’t the last time we see Sandler’s name on a Razzie list.

JACK AND JILL Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 163 days ago

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Adam Sandler had a moment there where he seemed to have found what made him a great funnyman and showed that he had acting chops. And though he’d been great before, that moment was around 2008 and 2009 when he made You Don’t Mess With the Zohan and Funny People, but since then he seems to have regressed. After Funny People didn’t work, he’s now making the movies he made fun of in Funny People. Sandler churns out a movie or two a year with his crew of regulars (which includes director Dennis Dugan, Allen Covert, Nick Swarsdon, Jonathan Loughran, Peter Dante and a peppering of his old SNL chums), and in Jack and Jill all the familiar faces show up while Sandler plays twins – with one of the twins being a girl! Cross-dressing is an old comic trope, but Sandler and company do little with it. The film’s saving grace is Al Pacino playing himself. Our review of Jack and Jill on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Casting Call: Katherine Heigl Up for Film Noir Puppet Comedy THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS; Al Pacino Set as Villain in DESPICABLE ME 2

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We’ve got some casting news concerning two upcoming “kids” movies to share with you this afternoon. First up, Katherine Heigl is in talks to star in the film noir puppet comedy The Happytime Murders. You read that right, a film noir puppet comedy. The film comes from director Brian Henson (son of puppet pioneer Jim Henson) and has been in development at the Henson Company for quite some time. The pic takes place in a world inhabited by both humans and puppets, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. The logline goes like this:

“When the puppet cast of an 1980s kids TV show gets murdered one by one, a disgraced detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.”

Hit the jump for more on this decidedly dark puppet tale, as well as news concerning Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2.

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin to Star in Action-Comedy STAND UP GUYS

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A trio of Hollywood veterans is set for the action-comedy Stand Up Guys. THR reports that Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin will star in the project for director Fisher Stevens (Just a Kiss). The story “centers on two aging criminals, one of whom has been hired to kill his friend. They decide to enjoy one last night of debauchery in which they hit up a brothel, steal some cars and evade police but also face the choices they made in their lives.” I genuinely love Pacino, Walken, and Arkin but I can’t help but worry that the project might veer into Old Dogs territory. They’re undeniably legends of the silver screen so I’m hoping their talent won’t be wasted, but action-comedies are incredibly hard to pull off and the tone has to be nailed perfectly.

Hopefully my apprehension will be unfounded, but I remain cautiously optimistic about the project. Walken is currently filming Seven Psychopaths with Colin Farell, Arkin recently wrapped Ben Affleck’s Argo, and Pacino will next be seen in the untitled Phil Spector biopic on HBO.

Universal’s SCARFACE Project to be Scripted by David Ayer

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When last we reported on the third iteration of Scarface, Universal was still courting writers to tackle the script. The studio has downplayed talk of the new film as a “remake,” calling it a blending of the elements present in director Howard Hawks’ 1932 version and Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic starring Al Pacino. It looks like David Ayer (Training Day) will be the man to bring the variations on the theme together to make a Scarface that is hopefully greater than the sum of its parts.

While the 1932 version featured Paul Muni as an Italian gangster who climbed the criminal ranks in Chicago and the Pacino version centers on a Cuban immigrant seizing control of Miami, the new Scarface will have the flavors of the old with a contemporary twist. The story will focus on an immigrant who brings his own brand of ruthless violence to upset the criminal order and establish himself as the kingpin. Hit the jump to see what Ayer has to say about all three versions of Scarface.

SCARFACE and UNITED 93 Blu-ray Reviews

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Brian De Palma’s Scarface is one of the most entertaining bad movies ever made. Overwrought, overacted (by Al Pacino, Michelle Pfieffer and Robert Loggia, among others), overlong, its indulgences make it the definitive 80′s movie par excellence. I kinda love it. Paul Greengrass’s United 93 dramatizes one of the most traumatic episodes in American history. What do they have in common? Violence, and the fact that Universal has issued both on Blu-ray. Check out our reviews for both on Blu-ray after the jump.

Trailer, Poster, and Images for Al Pacino’s WILDE SALOME

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Wilde Salome is a curious little project.  Al Pacino’s voiceover in the trailer puts it nicely:

“I’m doing a play.  I’m doing a movie of the play.  And I’m doing a documentary all at the same time.  I have to function two ways: one as a director dealing with a camera, and the other as an actor.  I’ve got too much to do!”

Pacino starred opposite Jessica Chastain in the Oscar Wilde play Salome, and was inspired to explore his Wilde obsession on film.  I’m not entirely sure what to make of Wilde Salome, especially since it’s billed as both a documentary and a drama.  At the very least, Wilde Salome should offer a long look at Pacino at his most manic.  To get a better sense, hit the jump for the trailer, poster, and images.

Collider Attends the SCARFACE Blu-Ray Party

by     Posted 3 years, 3 days ago

Mega Producer Robert Evans likes to tell stories about Hollywood parties with mountains of white powder spread across mirrored coffee tables. Tuesday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, I finally saw one myself. Except this mountain of powder was just sugar, part of the set dressing for a Q&A celebrating the 25th anniversary Blu-Ray of Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster opus, Scarface.

The Q&A, with Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman covered the whole of the film’s history, ranging from discussion of the original 1932 Howard Hawks film, to the poor critical reception upon release, through to the film’s rebirth as required viewing for hip-hop heads everywhere.  Read on for a description of the night and key quotes.  The new Blu-ray of Scarface hits stores on September 6th.

First Trailer for JACK AND JILL Starring Adam Sandler

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With the Kevin James “fat guy gets hit in the head with various objects” comedy Zookeeper opening today, it’s time for the trailer for an equally terrible-looking movie: the Adam Sandler-starred Jack and Jill. In the film, Sandler plays the dual roles of twin brother and sister Jack and Jill. Katie Holmes and Al Pacino (yes, that Al Pacino) co-star. The trailer looks like it could actually be a semi-amusing SNL sketch, but the premise holding up for a feature-length film seems more like a test designed to see how you fare under torture.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Dennis Dugan, Jack and Jill also stars Shaquille O’Neal, Dana Carvey, Regis Philbin and Santiago Segura. The film hits theaters November 11th.

Barry Levinson to Direct Al Pacino in THE HUMBLING This Fall Before Shooting GOTTI: THREE GENERATIONS

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Director Barry Levinson, who’s been busy putting together the large-scale mob flick Gotti: Three Generations, has decided to shoot another film this fall before commencing production on Gotti. Levinson will reunite with his You Don’t Know Jack star Al Pacino (who’s also set to star in Gotti) in an adaptation of Phillip Roth’s novel The Humbling. The film centers on a famous retired stage actor in decline who moves to upstate New York with a much younger woman, resulting in his reinvigoration.

Deadline reports that the plan is to shoot The Humbling this fall, with Levinson currently working on filling out the rest of his cast. He co-wrote the script alongside Buck Henry and Michal Zebede. Levinson recently took over directing duties on Gotti: Three Generations after Nick Cassavetes left the project. He and his Bugsy co-writer James Toback are now giving Gotti a page-one rewrite, and while the cast could change once the script is finished, he’s very keen on Pacino and John Travolta starring in the film. Hit the jump for more, including a synopsis of Phillip Roth’s The Humbling.

Al Pacino Circling Dan Fogelman’s IMAGINE

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Apparently intrigued by the prospect of playing an aging rock star, Al Pacino is currently in talks to star in Dan Fogelman’s directorial debut Imagine. According to 24 Frames, the potential turn would see Pacino’s character attempt to turn over a new leaf shortly after receiving a letter that his idol John Lennon had sent him forty years prior. Landing the legendary Pacino would be par for the course for the budding Fogelman who has experienced a ton of recent success having penned hits such as Cars and Tangled. Additionally, the scribe-turned-director also wrote Crazy, Stupid, Love. starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone, as well as My Mother’s Curse starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.

As for Pacino, the iconic actor has been absent from the silver screen since 2008′s Righteous Kill. In addition to possibly joining Imagine, he has also signed on to play crime boss Neil Dellacroce in Gotti: Three Generations and can be seen alongside Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche, and Channing Tatum in the crime/thriller The Son of No One which is still searching for a release date. Finally, while I’m all for Pacino taking on Imagine I can’t help but think of what might have been. As late as last month, Carell was still attached to the project to play the estranged son of Pacino’s rock star character. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts have forced Carell off of the project (he remains a producer, however) essentially robbing moviegoers of the opportunity to see what type of screen dynamics the pair may have had.

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