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 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.

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

by     Posted 1 year, 142 days ago

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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

by     Posted 1 year, 142 days ago

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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.

Tim Robbins, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz Set for MAN UNDER with Robbins to Direct

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Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Michelle Pfeiffer (Scarface) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) are attached to star in the dysfunctional family comedy, Man Under.  From screenwriter Ann Cherkis (The Secret), Man Under centers on a Yonkers-based family whose lives turn upside-down when New York City’s Museum of Modern Art displays photographs of them and turns them into overnight celebrities.  Robbins, himself an Oscar-nominated director, will helm the pic.  Hit the jump to get caught up with the talent.

JACK THE GIANT KILLER Renamed JACK THE GIANT SLAYER and Will Open March 1st, 2013; MALAVITA and 21 AND OVER Get New Release Dates

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Along with a new batch of release dates comes a title change to a significant picture.  Check out the details below:

  • Jack the Giant Killer will be formally retitled to Jack the Giant Slayer (because it’s more family-friendly…) and will now open March 1st, 2013.  Pic stars Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor.
  • Malavita, Luc Besson’s comedic actioner, gets a new release date, opening almost a year to the day on October 18th, 2013. Relativity pic stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron.
  • Also from Relativity, 21 and Over will move up two weeks to open opposite Jack the Giant Killer Slayer on March 1st, 2013. The picture stars Justin Chon, Skyler Astin and Miles Teller.

Hit the jump for much more on each picture. 

Production Begins on Luc Besson’s MALAVITA

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Principal photography has commenced on director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) comedic actioner Malavita.  The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones and centers on 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 ensemble cast also includes Glee star Dianna Agron and Wanderlust’s John D’Leo.

Filming is underway in Normandy, with additionally shooting set to take place in New York.  A firm release date has yet to be set, but Malavita is expected to bow sometime in 2013.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

NEW YEAR’S EVE Blu-ray Review

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Emboldened by the success of Valentine’s Day, Garry Marshall took another crack at the holiday-based all-star anthology in 2011, with similarly repulsive results. This time, though, movie-goers commendably ignored him (and hopefully quashed plans for Columbus Day or whatever the hell was coming next). Of course, it’s never a good idea to interpret the commercial failure of a terrible movie as anything more than an aberration. But in this case, there was an encouraging sense that the world had finally revolted against a sub-genre populated by cynical, bald-faced cash-grabs.

And indeed, New Year’s Eve is the romantic comedy distilled to its basest form; a film that trots out a dizzying array of A-listers and expects applause, while abandoning time-consuming chores like character, story and dialogue. Hit the jump for the full review.

TOP 5: MAGIC MIKE, LOOPER, PEOPLE LIKE US, TOTAL RECALL, Pixar by the Numbers

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This weekend I find myself deep in the heart of Louisville, KY for Fandomfest Louisville 2012. Part Comic-Con, part pop culture celebration, and part horror film festival, a few guests of note include Bruce Campbell, Sean Astin, Tyler Mane, and slasher icon Kane Hodder. While each of these attendees has a special place in my pop culture heart in one way or another, my mission today is to track down former WCW star Diamond Dallas Page. 10 year-old me loved nothing more than watching DDP and co. weekly on WCW Monday Nitro, and today may be the only opportunity I get to share that joy with someone who was an integral part of it.

All wrestling memories aside, awaiting you on the other side of this week’s Top 5 is a brief recap and link to our Magic Mike interviews with Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh and more, the new international and domestic trailers for Rian Johnson‘s Looper, Steve’s People Like Us video interviews with Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and more, the new Total Recall trailer, and Brendan’s inaugural By the Numbers feature that spans Pixar’s entire filmography to date.

Michelle Pfeiffer Talks PEOPLE LIKE US, Deleted Scenes, Her Early Work in Movies and TV, and If She’s Looking Forward to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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Opening this weekend is director Alex Kurtzman’s (co-writer of Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens) feature debut, People Like Us.  Inspired by true events from his own life, the film follows Sam (Chris Pine), a debt-ridden salesman who learns that his father has suddenly died, leaving behind a secret 30-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Banks) and a sizable amount of money meant for her.  As he struggles with the decision of whether or not to share the money, he forges a relationship with his unsuspecting sister and her young son.  For more on the film, here’s eight clips.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to speak with Michelle Pfeiffer (she plays Pine’s mother).  We talked about making the film, how the studios have moved away from making talking dramas, deleted scenes, her early movie and TV work in projects like CHiPs, Delta House and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, t-shirts, and how she prepares for a role.  In addition, with Pfeiffer having played Catwoman in Tim Burton‘s Batman Returns, I asked if she was looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises.  Hit the jump to watch.

8 Clips from PEOPLE LIKE US Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks

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We’ve been provided with eight clips from director Alex Kurtzman’s (co-writer of Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens) character drama People Like Us to share.  The film stars Chris Pine as a debt-ridden salesman who must split a sizeable inheritance with a sister (Elizabeth Banks) he didn’t know about; as he struggles with the decision of whether to share the money or not, he forges a relationship with his unsuspecting sister and her young son.  In a change of pace from their usual blockbuster/action fare, Kurtzman co-wrote the script with frequent collaborator Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass and Jon FavreauPeople Like Us opens on June 29th.

Michelle Pfeiffer in Talks for Luc Besson Crime Thriller MALAVITA with Robert De Niro

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It looks like Michelle Pfeiffer (Scarface) might be joining Robert De Niro (Goodfellas) in returning to their mafia roots in Luc Besson’s crime comedy, Malavita.  Based on Tonino Benacquista’s novel, “Badfellas”, Malavita follows a mafia family who seeks witness protection in France.   The problem is that they brought their criminal habits with them and start to deal with things in the old-fashioned way.  De Niro is set to star as the head of the family, who was also head of the local crime family until he turned rat.  Pfeiffer is in talks to star as his wife, who has a soft spot for using arson against those who cross her.   Besson, who wrote the script and will also produce, is eyeing a production start this August.  Hit the jump for more on Malavita.

DARK SHADOWS Review

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Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows is a series of flawed assumptions resulting from remarkable incompetence.  Burton believes he’s blended a gothic style with a campy comedy, but his film is neither.  The characters act at being a bunch of kooky, Addams Family-style misfits, but they’re nothing more than vague, one-dimensional sketches or, in the case of the protagonist, a confused contradiction.  Seth Grahame-Smith‘s script thinks it has balanced out the story elements into a compelling narrative, but it’s a poorly plotted mess that eschews character development in favor of a softball joke or clumsy dark humor.  With the exception of a great performance from Eva Green, Dark Shadows flails wildly at concocting a strange brew, and only comes up with weak tea.

New Featurette for PEOPLE LIKE US Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks

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A bit over a month after the first trailer for long-lost-sibling drama People Like Us debuted online, a sizzle reel (fancy industry talk for “featurette”) has followed. Basically, it’s a lot of the stuff we’ve seen before (plus some new bits), mixed with footage of first-time director Alex Kurtzman (co-writer of Star Trek and Transformers) and stars Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks discussing the film. Co-written by Kurtzman, frequent collaborator Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert, the film sees a debt-ridden salesman (Pine) who must split a sizeable inheritance with a sister (Banks) he didn’t know about; as he struggles with the “But it’s so much money!” quandary, he forges a relationship with his unsuspecting sis and her young son.

If you thought the first trailer betrayed a bit too much schmaltz, this one won’t do much to sway you. But, at the very least, it improves upon its predecessor by cutting the line “Sometimes the past is a present.” Shudder. Hit the jump to check it out. People Like Us (previously titled Welcome to the People) also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau, and Mark Duplass. It will hit theaters on June 29.

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