GRUDGE MATCH Blu-ray Review

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If you’ve ever watched the multiple Oscar-winning films Raging Bull and Rocky, and then thought to yourself, “Hey, what if Jake LaMotta took on the Italian Stallion in the ring? Who would win?” then Peter Segal’s Grudge Match is for you.  Strike that.  It’s for you if you want a light sports comedy that pokes fun at the aging fighters (and actors) rather than staying true to the dramatic roots of Martin Scorsese and John G. Avildsen’s iconic pictures.  That’s not a knock on the movie, just an attempt to properly align your expectations.  It’s an entertaining few rounds, even if it’s not a knockout.  Hit the jump for my Grudge Match Blu-ray review.

Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson Star in IDOL’S EYE

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Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson are set to star in director Olivier Assayas’ Idol’s Eye for Benaroya Pictures.  Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s being described as a “sophisticated” heist/action-thriller.  Principal photography is scheduled to begin this October in Chicago and Toronto.

Assayas’ current dramatic project, Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, opens December 1st here in the states.  De Niro next stars in writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing biopic Hands of Stone, while Pattinson next stars in writer-director Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert.  Hit the jump for more.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON Begins with a Slew of Cameos and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith

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Jimmy Fallon engendered a lot of good will during his time hosting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it looks like that will carry over to his new gig hosting The Tonight Show.  It feels like a fresh start that has a good chance of luring a younger audience, or at least an audience that will likely tune in to check out clips the following morning.  For example, during last night’s show, Fallon was welcomed by a string of cameos including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, and most notably, Joan Rivers, who was banned by Johnny Carson from The Tonight Show in 1986.  Fallon also had a fun bit where he and Will Smith showed off the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.

Hit the jump to check out the videos.  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35pm EST on NBC.

First Image from HANDS OF STONE Starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro

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Last week, Steve was at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin and picked up some promo images and art from upcoming films.  Among them was Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing biopic Hands of Stone.  The film stars Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) as Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who won 103 of 119 contests against such top-tier talent such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho and Vinny Pazienza.  Duran might be most remembered for the infamous fight against Leonard in which Duran called out, “No mas!” in order to quit the fight prematurely.  Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel.

Hit the jump to check out the image. Hands of Stone also stars Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro.

LAST VEGAS Blu-ray Review

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Last Vegas is the sort of film that lets you know what it is just by the premise and cast.  Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline star in the film, and all are talented performers, but does anyone really want to see them in a PG-13 version of The Hangover? My review of Last Vegas on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Exclusive Poster and Images for THE BAG MAN Starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, and Robert De Niro

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We here at Collider are happy to debut the poster and some new images from director David Grovic’s upcoming crime thriller The Bag Man.  The Cinedigm film stars John Cusack as Jack, a tough guy who has been summoned by Dragna (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss, to a remote location for unknown reasons along with a host of shady characters.  The story’s events unfold as Jack and his companions await the arrival of Dragna, during which Jack crosses paths with a woman named Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa).

Check out the poster and some new images from the film after the jump.  Cinedigm opens The Bag Man opens in select cities on February 28th. 

Dear God, No: The Weinstein Company Planning Sequels to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and ROUNDERS and TV Series Based on Other Miramax Titles

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Miramax is dead, but founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein are planning to play with its corpse.  According to Deadline, The Weinstein Company has struck a deal that will allow them to raid Miramax’s library and develop sequels and series based on old hits.  The standouts of their plan include sequels to Shakespeare in Love and Rounders and TV series based on Good Will Hunting and Flirting with Disaster.  There will also be a few in-development stories that TWC is transferring to their own development slate.  Notably, they’ll be handling The Alibi, a comedy written by Stephen Colbert that’s about creating alibis for cheating spouses.  There’s also The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, “a script that was being developed by the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack,” based on the novel of the same name by Liz Jensen.

Hit the jump for more on what the Weinsteins have planned for their older titles.  Prepare to shudder.

29 Images from GRUDGE MATCH Featuring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Hart

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Warner Bros. has released a gallery of 29 images from the boxing comedy Grudge MatchRobert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play two Pittsburgh fighters whose rivalry ended abruptly in 1983.  Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) convinces them to get back in the ring for one last fight that turns into a “must-see HBO event.”  Watch the trailer here.

Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal also star in Grudge MatchPeter Seagal (Get Smart) directed the December 25 release.  Check out the image gallery after the jump.

New High-Resolution Images from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, OUT OF THE FURNACE, and GRUDGE MATCH

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New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos.  The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
  • Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck).  The film opens on December 6th.
  • Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals.  The film opens on Christmas Day.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.

Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon Circle THE INTERN; Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane Join SOMNIA; IF YOU SEE HER Adds to Cast

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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