LAST VEGAS Review

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Last Vegas is as comfortable as warm blanket.  It allows the audience to snuggle up with some light comedy, likable characters, and relatable situations.  The movie never panders as much as it simply invites the audience to come along and enjoy a nice time at the theater.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  Not every movie needs to overreach to be charming, and Jon Turtletaub‘s comedy always keeps us laughing.  The key to all of it is watching the four lead actors have a good time, but never keeping their party exclusive even if the secret to youth is absorbing it via proximity to nubile partygoers.

Robert De Niro Joins Stephen Gaghan’s CANDY STORE; Richard Gere Courted for BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2

by     Posted 1 year, 26 days ago

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Writer/director Stephen Gaghan’s new film Candy Store is inching closer towards production—slowly but surely.  Worldwide Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment announced today that they will finance and produce the crime thriller from the Syriana filmmaker, with Robert De Niro signing on to join Jason Clarke and Omar Sy in the cast.  The pic tells the story of an undercover agent who begins a new life as a beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him.  It’s unclear whether Clarke or De Niro will play said cop, but the film certainly comes with high expectations given that it will be Gaghan’s first major feature directorial effort since 2005’s Syriana.  Filming is expected to commence in 2014.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel and the full press release for the Candy Store news.

4 Clips from LAST VEGAS Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline

by     Posted 1 year, 35 days ago

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Four new clips from director Jon Turteltaub’s upcoming comedy Last Vegas are now available.  The story centers on four friends in their 60s who reunite in Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last remaining single pal.  Last Vegas brings Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline together on the same screen, and these new clips each highlight each of their characters in turn (my personal favorite is an energetic-yet-drunk Freeman hopped up on Red Bull and vodka).  Last Vegas opens November 1st.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

New Trailer for LAST VEGAS Starring Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, and Robert De Niro

by     Posted 1 year, 54 days ago

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CBS Films has released a new trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) upcoming comedy Last Vegas.  The film stars Michael DouglasRobert De NiroMorgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas).  This trailer seems to be heavily aimed at grabbing younger viewers, and it’s not very effective.  The cast is promising and I’m still hopeful that the film will turn out to be an entertaining ensemble piece, but the ADD-style of this quick-cut trailer is a tad off-putting.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Mary SteenburgenJerry FerraraRomany Malco, and Roger Bart.  Last Vegas opens on November 1st.

Robert De Niro to Replace James Gandolfini in HBO Miniseries CRIMINAL JUSTICE

by     Posted 1 year, 61 days ago

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Shortly before his untimely death, James Gandolfini was poised to make a return to HBO in the limited series Criminal Justice.  The actor’s passion project was put in limbo after he passed, but HBO has now found a way to move forward with the miniseries and honor Gandolfini’s legacy.  Creator/producer Steven Zaillian and HBO worked hard to find a replacement that would befit a man of Gandolfini’s talent, and now that Robert De Niro has agreed to take over the role.  The crime story takes place in New York City and revolves around an ambulance-chasing attorney who gets in over his head when he takes on the case of a Pakistani accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for GRUDGE MATCH Starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro

by     Posted 1 year, 74 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Peter Segal’s (The Longest Yard) upcoming comedy Grudge Match. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as two retired professional boxers who used to be boxers.  When they end up getting into a fight while filming mo-cap for a boxing video game, an official rematch is planned and the older gentlemen now have to get into shape.  While a boxing movie starring Stallone and De Niro could have easily been a straight drama, this trailer shows that Grudge Match is very much a comedy—complete with a Rocky gag and plenty of “you’re so old that ___” jokes.  There’s also a bit with a creepy CGI’d version of Stallone’s younger self retiring from acting, but overall the chemistry between the two and their trainers (played by Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin) looks fairly promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Kim Basinger, and Camden GreyGrudge Match opens on Christmas Day.

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and John D’Leo Talk THE FAMILY, Featuring the Veterans Having Scenes Together for the First Time

by     Posted 1 year, 74 days ago

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In the new film The Family, (opening in theaters Friday, September 13th) director and screenwriter Luc Bresson brings to life a familiar family of mobsters and places them in witness protection in the middle of France.  Giovanni (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and two kids know they should be keeping a low profile but they can’t seem to forget their previous lives, resorting to much more violence than it seems would go so unnoticed.  The film packs some funny moments, particularly from Pfeiffer. The Family also stars Glee’s Dianna Agron and John D’Leo as the family’s ruthlessly brilliant children.

At the recent press conference for the film, a select group of reporters was able to ask questions of the impressive cast.  The young stars of course discussed the impact of working with two legends of the industry, and the veteran actors commended their young partners on their fresh perspective.  Pfeiffer and De Niro mentioned that they were thrilled to finally have scenes together, after starring in two films (Stardust and New Year’s Eve) that never let them appear onscreen at the same time.  De Niro talked about rewatching Goodfellas to prepare for the film (his gangster character watches it and has to critique the truthfulness of it without revealing his cover).  Click after the jump to read the entire press conference.

3 Clips and 11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THE FAMILY Starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer

by     Posted 1 year, 91 days ago

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Relativity has released three clips and 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Luc Besson‘s dark action-comedy The Family.  The movie centers on the Manzonis, a mob family who are relocated to Normandy, France as part of the witness protection program, though they soon find that leaving their old, violent, retaliatory ways behind is harder than they expected.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and the behind-the-scenes footage.  The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, and Tommy Lee JonesThe Family opens September 13th.

New High-Resolution Images from OUT OF THE FURNACE, THE FAMILY, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON

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New images from a trio of upcoming Relativity Media films have been released online for your viewing pleasure.  Briefly:

  • Out of the Furnace – Writer/director Scott Cooper’s character-centric crime drama stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard round out a stellar supporting cast.  The film opens on December 6th.
  • The Family – Director Luc Besson’s action comedy centers on a mob family headed up by Robert De Niro that moves to Italy as part of the witness protection program.  They soon learn, though, that old habits die hard.  Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer also star.  The film opens on September 13th.
  • Don Jon – The excellent directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt centers on a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself.  Gordon-Levitt stars alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore in the thought-provoking comedy, which opens on September 27th.  Read Matt’s review here.

Hit the jump to check out the new images from the aforementioned films.

New Posters for George Clooney’s THE MONUMENTS MEN and Bachelor Party Comedy LAST VEGAS

by     Posted 1 year, 94 days ago

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New posters have landed online for two star-studded ensembles that are headed to theaters later this year.  Besides teasing the stellar cast, there’s really not much to the full theatrical poster for George Clooney’s new directorial effort The Monuments Men, but we do see Matt Damon flanked by Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville.  Based on a true story, the film centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever.  The film also stars Cate Blanchett and opens in theaters on December 20th.

Additionally, the first poster for Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) comedy Last Vegas also highlights its ensemble, as we get a look at Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline laughing it up as a quartet of friends who get together to celebrate a bachelor party in Vegas.  The film opens on November 1st.  Hit the jump to check out both posters.

New Images from ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, PRISONERS, and GRUDGE MATCH

by     Posted 1 year, 104 days ago

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New images have been released from the upcoming films:

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, and the Channel 4 News Team stay classy in two new images.  The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell.  The sequel opens December 20th.
  • Prisoners – Three new images from the crime-thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.  The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
  • Grudge Match – The first official image from the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray, and Kim Basinger.  The comedy gets into a crowded box office ring on December 25th.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep to Star in THE GOOD HOUSE

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Two veteran Academy Award-winners are looking to team up once again.  FilmNation Entertainment announced today that Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro are attached to star in the adaptation of author Ann Leary’s bestselling novel The Good House.  The darkly comic drama tells the story of Hildy Good (Streep), a New England realtor and alcoholic who strikes up a relationship with an old flame (De Niro) when her new friend Rebecca becomes the subject of the town gossip.  Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cunningham (The Hours) will pen the screenplay for the adaptation, but no director is attached just yet.

Streep will next be seen this fall in the ensemble adaptation August Osage County, while De Niro stars in the actioner The Family, the comedy Last Vegas, and David O. Russell’s American Hustle.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Harvey Weinstein to Produce ARTEMIS FOWL Adaptation for Disney

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Producer Harvey Weinstein and Disney are getting back together again.  Disney announced today that Weinstein will produce a feature film adaptation of the childrens book series Artemis Fowl, from author Eoin Colfer, marking a reunion between Weinstein and Disney after the two went their separate ways in 2005 over disputes regarding Weinstein’s Miramax studio.  Described as “Die Hard with fairies,” Artemis Fowl follows the adventures of a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy in order to harness its magic to save his family.  A feature film adaptation of the book has been in the works for years, with Weinstein’s Miramax first acquiring the rights back in 2001.  Now the uber producer is teaming back up with Disney in order to make the movie a reality.

Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal are onboard to executive produce Artemis Fowl, with Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) writing the screenplay.  The book series currently spans eight novels, so Disney is no doubt hoping to spawn a new franchise.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

New International Trailer for THE FAMILY/MALAVITA Features Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones

by     Posted 1 year, 129 days ago

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The previously-released trailer for Luc Besson’s The Family (still titled Malavita overseas) promised a dark, quirky action-comedy along the lines of Analyze This.  This new international cut provides a decidedly more serious tone and almost comes across as a straight-up mob movie.  The Family centers on the Manzoni family, who are relocated to France as part of the Witness Protection program, but soon find that old habits die hard.

Starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna AgronThe Family opens stateside on September 13th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Full Trailer for LAST VEGAS Starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Robert De Niro

by     Posted 1 year, 130 days ago

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CBS Films has released the full-length trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) new comedy Last Vegas.  The film stars Michael DouglasRobert De NiroMorgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas).  While the first teaser was actually pretty funny, this new trailer lays on the “old people are old” jokes way too heavily, most of which you can see coming from a mile away.  That being said, there appears to be some promising relationship interplay between the lifelong friends and the cast is certainly impressive, so here’s hoping there’s more to Last Vegas than wall-to-wall old-age jokes.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Mary SteenburgenJerry FerraraRomany Malco, and Roger Bart.  Last Vegas opens on November 1st.

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