James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate crime boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" was the brilliant center of one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.
Gandolfini died while vacationing in Rome, the cable channel and Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement. No cause of death was given.
"He was a genius," said "Sopranos" creator David Chase. "Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."
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For a year, names big and small have been rumoured to be taking on the film adaptation of mommy porn book "Fifty Shades of Grey," with everyone from Gus Van Sant apparently filming test footage with Alex Pettyfer to Joe Wright, Angelina Jolie and Steven Soderbergh thrown in for good measure.
Well, it appears Universal Pictures have found their director in Sam Taylor-Johnson, the British visual artist, photographer and director who made her film debut with Nowhere Boy, the little-seen 2009 biopic about John Lennon as a young man played by her now-husband Aaron Johnson. (The two met, and fell in love, on set and have two kids together and both took on the last name Taylor-Johnson.)
With only one credit to her name, Taylor-Johnson, 46, has been attached to the high-profile project that follows college student Anastasia and 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey - get it? - as the two start up a relationship that often veers into S&M territory, a rarity for a mainstream, widely-read book and sure to provide titillating scenes for movie-goers.
Earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter quoted an inside source as saying World War Z was "a nightmare from top to bottom" — and they weren't talking about the zombie film's plot, they were talking about the production as a whole.
Fault was placed on director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner), whose experience with epic, effects-heavy films is limited to one movie, the 22nd Bond installment, Quantum of Solace.
With an estimated budget of $170-million, World War Z needed extensive reshoots, rewrites (Damon Lindelof was hired to rescript, but he couldn’t find the time so Paramount hired his partner from the TV show "Lost," Drew Goddard, to finish the job), and there have been rumours that Brad Pitt, who stars and produces, took over the director's chair for a few crucial scenes.
As the narration tells us, in the '70s the Channel 4 News Team were an elite group who rose like the phoenix and basically had the run of San Diego but they disappeared at the end of the decade, leaving viewers wondering what happened to the dashing, cocky, weirdo anchors?
Well, they're back and suited up in properly '80s styles and trying something new: a 24-hour news channel, which means more opportunities to deliver their brand of off-kilter news, helped this time by a prince-like fellow Jack (James Marsden) who poses a threat to Ron and a new ladyfriend (Meagan Good) as Ron deals with changing racial politics in his own inimitable way.
We also see glimpses of Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) and a delightful dose of Kristen Wiig as Brick's love interest who admits to liking the parts of his face that are covered with skin. We hope these two love birds make it.
Watch the first official trailer for Anchorman: The Legend Continues right now!
We’ve been inundated with rom-coms for years and now a new wave of biting, unromantic comedies are starting to creep their way onto theatre screens (just watch the trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s decidedly unromantic Don Jon).
The latest addition to this trend is the British ensemble non-rom-com I Give It A Year. The movie has already made it’s theatrical rounds across the pond and was just released on DVD in the UK, but is set to hit North American screens in limited release this coming August.
Written and directed by Dan Mazer, the writer behind Borat, (yes, Borat. Really.), I Give it a Year features a cast that includes Rose Byrne, Stephen Merchant, Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver, Anna Faris and Simon Baker.
Watch the first North American trailer beyond the cut!
It may be heating up outside, but it’s downright chilly in Disney’s upcoming animated adventure, Frozen. We’re getting our first look at the Arctic-set movie with a teaser trailer and just-released stills.
Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell as daydreamer Anna, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, and the film’s comic relief, a snowman named Olaf voiced by Josh Gad. With the musically-inclined cast of Broadway stars, you can bet there's going to be quite a few musical numbers.
The story follows Anna, a young optimist who lives in a kingdom trapped in an eternal winter thanks to a spell put upon the land by Anna’s sister Elsa the Snow Queen (Menzel). Anna teams up with a strong mountain man named Kristoff (Groff) and his reindeer sidekick Sven on an epic journey to attempt to bring an end to Elsa’s wintry spell.
Watch the teaser trailer featuring Sven and Olaf, plus check out images from the film after the jump!
Since opening last week, the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End has earned $33 million at the box office, making it one of the biggest hit comedies of the year. But despite its name, the rapture riot by writer-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg struggled to find its conclusion, and even had to reshoot the film's final absurdist minutes.
SPOILER ALERT: The rest of this article discusses the movie's ending, so avert your eyes if you'd like your laughs unspoiled. You've been warned!
"Tell me the story of us."
What sounds like pillow talk between a couple well into their twilight years is actually one of the many heartfelt exchanges between best friends in-platonic-love Frances, an amateur dancer who has trouble leaving places, and Sophie (Mickey Sumner), her roommate who is, as Frances says, essentially the same person just with different hair.
In Frances Ha, notoriously unsentimental writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) crafts a beautifully realized, black and white-lensed look at female friendship and quarter-life malaise with Greta Gerwig as his star and co-writer, whom he reunites with after 2011's Greenberg. But when asked about whether he set out to make a decidedly happy movie after years of difficult dramas, he says nothing was planned.
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