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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

First Trailer for KILLING SEASON Features Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Terrible Accents and a Poor Choice in Facial Hair

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The first trailer for Mark Steven Johnson’s action thriller Killing Season is now available.  Starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro as two military veterans, the movie pits them against each other in a test for survival when past grievances bubble to the surface.  This one came completely out of left field and this trailer hints at just why that might be.  I have no idea why De Niro or Travolta signed on, unless it was to take another crack at an action film, but this first look doesn’t exactly promise the best work of their careers.  At least Travolta has another bizarre style of facial hair to add to his repertoire; this iteration might top Battlefield Earth and Swordfish.

Also starring Milo VentimigliaKilling Season opens July 12th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

First Images for KILLING SEASON Starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta

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You will know if you are the target audience for Killing Season as soon as you hear the tagline: “The purest form of war is one on one.”  So, are you in?

If somehow you’re still on the fence: Robert De Niro plays a military veteran who retreats to a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains to forget his experience in the Bosnian War.  He befriends a European tourist (John Travolta) who—surprise!—is a former Serbian soldier out for revenge.  Thus begins the purest form of war.  Travolta’s Serbian accent alone may be worth the price of admission when Killing Season, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, opens on July 12.  Milo Ventimiglia and Elizabeth Olin co-star.  Hit the jump to see the first batch of images and the trailer.

First Trailer for Luc Besson’s THE FAMILY Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones

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Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) comedic actioner The Family (previously known as Malavita).  It’s nice to see Robert DeNiro back in mobster mode, even if The Family is closer to Analyze This than Goodfellas.  The movie manages to get the whole family in on the dark humor as they bring their own brand of American mafia justice to the French countryside.  Besson’s signature blend of action and quirky comedy are on display, so for fans of his previous films – and films like Red, True Lies and The Whole Nine Yards, which seem to have a similar vibe - The Family should be on your radar.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron (Glee), and John D’Leo (Wanderlust).  The Family opens on September 20th.

First Images and Poster for Luc Besson’s THE FAMILY Featuring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer

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Relativity Media has released the first images and poster for writer/director Luc Besson’s upcoming comedic actioner The Family (previously titled Malavita).  The film stars Robert De NiroMichelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones and centers on a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy as part of the witness protection program.  Though they’re seemingly out of harm’s way, the family finds it hard to let go of some of their more colorful old habits and soon find themselves “handling things the ‘family’ way.”  The first trailer is expected to debut later tonight, so be sure to check back to get a look at the film in action.

Hit the jump to check out the images and poster.  The film also stars Dianna Agron and John D’LeoThe Family opens on September 20th.

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