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Jake Lamotta Dead, Real-Life 'Raging Bull' Boxer 'Fought Til the End'
Boxing legend Jake Lamotta -- the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Raging Bull" -- died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 95. Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia. Another family member tells TMZ, Jake's condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last »
- TMZ Staff
Toronto: Horror Film 'The Ritual' Sells to Netflix for $4.75 Million (Exclusive)
A source pegged the deal at $4.75 million, which would make it one of the top deals of the Toronto market (I Love You, Daddy to The Orchard and I, Tonya to Neon/30West — both for $5 million — slightly eclipsed the Ritual price tag).
The Ritual made its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8 and immediately drew the interest of buyers including Lionsgate, Annapurna, IFC and Saban Films.
- Tatiana Siegel
‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates
The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.
The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.
Plot details are unknown at this time.
“Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to »
- Justin Kroll
Kate Guinzburg, Producing Partner of Michelle Pfeiffer, Dies at 60
19 September 2017 9:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Guinzburg died Sunday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her friend, journalist Annie Bardach, said.
Guinzburg was serving as a production coordinator on Sweet Liberty (1986) when she met Pfeiffer, who was starring in the film opposite Alan Alda. The launched Via Rosa in 1990 and signed a deal with Sony and then Disney, and their first film, Love Field (1992), earned Pfeiffer an Oscar nomination for best actress.
- Mike Barnes
Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry
Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.
Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review
Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).
In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering, »
- Anne Thompson
Director of Mel Gibson Movie Sues Producer Over Comment to L.A. Times
Farhad Safinia, the screenwriter and director of The Professor and the Madman, has just filed a lawsuit that is anything but ordinary. In California federal court, he alleges that he never came to a deal to shoot the picture and that Voltage Pictures is committing copyright infringement with respect to the movie about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary that stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. Plus, he's asserting defamation.
Icon claims that Gibson was entitled to sign-off on »
- Eriq Gardner
Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV
We haven’t seen much from Sean Penn lately. The actor’s last big screen role was in 2015’s “Taken“-esque “The Gunman,” and his last project, the directorial effort “The Last Face,” was a disastrous flop. Everyone’s gotta eat, and it’s been a while since Penn has been involved in something worth his talents, so he’s gonna kill two birds with one stone by following the growing herd to Peak TV.
Continue reading Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in October 2017
It’s time to see what you need to feverishly binge-watch on Netflix before it leaves the streaming service next month. Yes indeed, while Netflix has announced a slew of exciting titles available to stream in October, the streaming service is also pulling a number of noteworthy films and shows as their licenses expire. Most notably, 30 Rock—one of the best sitcoms of all time—is leaving Netflix starting October 1st, as is Friday Night Lights, one of the best drama series of all time. It’s a bummer to be sure, but all the more reason to … »
- Adam Chitwood
‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: Time To Meet The Dysfunctional Family
The narrative that we paint each and every time Adam Sandler deems us worthy to experience a “serious” (re: not terrible) performance from him needs to die. When there are so many talented and versatile performers in the world who would love to hold the clout Sandler does in Hollywood, the idea that we clamor to enthusiastically support Sandler’s non-just for the paycheck/only ever for the paycheck roles is embarrassing. Not pushing out trash on a consistent basis (with seemingly the knowledge of what it is) isn’t anything commendable.
Continue reading ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: Time To Meet The Dysfunctional Family at The Playlist. »
- Ally Johnson
‘Game of Thrones’ Developing 5th Potential Prequel Series from Writer Bryan Cogman
Earlier this year, we reported that HBO was considering four Game of Thrones prequel series. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that all four will get ordered to series, HBO is definitely trying to keep as many fires in the irons as possible so there’s a way to continue their successful brand after the main series ends. Dan Weiss and David Benioff will not be involved with the prequels, and it’s unknown what the prequel series will pursue, although George R.R. Martin says that it won’t be Robert’s Rebellion since the details of that were … »
- Matt Goldberg
‘Ferdinand’ Trailer: John Cena Gets Bullish
2017 has been a lackluster year for animated films. There have been one too many saccharine, soulless products like “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village” that insult their young target audience by assaulting them with condescending lessons about the importance of teamwork. Soon, kids will likely get more of the same from “Ferdinand,” which was directed by Carlos Saldanha (the “Ice Age” franchise) and stars John Cena as the voice of a kindly bull who learns the importance of playing nice with hedgehogs (or something).
- Bennett Campbell Ferguson
‘Isle of Dogs’ Trailer Teaser Previews Wes Anderson’s New Stop-Motion Animated Feature
Fox Searchlight has unveiled a frustratingly short trailer teaser for Wes Anderson's upcoming stop-motion animated feature Isle of Dogs. This film marks Anderson's return to the medium following his twice Oscar-nominated 2009 effort Fantastic Mr. Fox. There's really not much to say about this trailer teaser since it doesn't really preview much of anything beyond the Japanese setting in the background, but hey, it's Wes Anderson's new stop-motion animated movie, so it's automatically noteworthy. Anderson has said the film is inspired by the work of Akira Kurosawa, so it'll … »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Lego Ninjago’: Daddy Issues, Divorce & Kung Fu Fighting [Review]
While there may be plenty of reasons to scoff, here’s a friendly reminder that whenever you’re ready to dismiss the next movie announcement based on a brand likea “Pez,” “Monopoly” or “Candyland,” there can be exceptions to the rule. An outstanding little animated picture called “The Lego Movie” was a tooner you sneered at initially too.
Continue reading ‘Lego Ninjago’: Daddy Issues, Divorce & Kung Fu Fighting [Review] at The Playlist. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Jake Lamotta Dies: ‘Raging Bull’ Boxer Was 95
Jake Lamotta, the “Raging Bull” brawler who fought Sugar Ray Robinson five times and was portrayed by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s iconic 1980 movie, has died. He was 95. His death Tuesday was confirmed in a Facebook post by his family. The black-and-white Raging Bull is considered among the greatest sports movies of all time. De Niro won his only Best Actor Oscar for Raging Bull, a gritty tale of the quick-tempered, easily jealous Lamotta’s boxing career and… »
Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in October 2017
Netflix has unveiled its list of new titles that will be hitting the streaming service next month, and it’s a pretty robust assortment. There are, of course, a few films that seem to be on a rotation of coming to/leaving Netflix every few months, so Boogie Nights, Eyes Wide Shut, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby are all returning. But there are also some other brand new additions like Quentin Tarantino’s talky Western The Hateful Eight, the underrated Jason Sudeikis/Allison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping with Other People, filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s delightful comedy While … »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ Review – Still One of the Scariest Shows on TV
For those not in the know, Channel Zero is a horror series on Syfy network that delves into internet “urban legends,” the first season being the tale of Candle Cove. The initial outing dealt with a small suburban town haunted by a television program (“Candle Cove”) that unleashed children made of teeth as well as dread pirates upon the sleepy hideaway. Channel Zero’s first season was also excellent, proving to be a combination of Twin Peaks and Nightmare on Elm Street, blending the surreal and the supernatural in a tight, effective package. With No-End House, Channel Zero’s … »
- Evan Valentine
FX to Develop ‘Framed,’ Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s Crusade to Clear His Cousin’s Murder Conviction — Exclusive
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. believes his cousin Michael Skakel was wrongfully convicted and spent 11 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. His book “Framed” investigated who might have really killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975, and has now been optioned by FX Productions to be developed as a multi-part TV series.
Skakel was arrested in 2000 for the murder and was later convicted, before being released on $1.2 million bail in 2013 when a Connecticut judge found that he had not received a fair trial because his counsel was ineffective. But at the end of 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to reinstate his conviction.
A motion for reconsideration is now in the works, and Kennedy is optimistic that Skakel has a good chance of permanently going free. But he also believes a TV adaptation of “Framed” will expose the story to a wider audience, helping his case. “The more people »
- Michael Schneider
‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer Strikes After Running Festival Gauntlet
Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck has weaved its way through the fall festival season after its world premiere in competition at Cannes, with stops in Telluride and Venice and a New York Film Festival centerpiece slot still to come. Now Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions — the duo that teamed for last year’s Oscar Best Picture nominee Manchester by the Sea — have released the first full trailer of their latest collaboration, Haynes’ adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel. The… »
Jake Gyllenhaal On ‘Letting Go Of The Cynic In Me’ For ‘Stronger’ [Interview]
Toronto – There is a theory I have about interviewing famous people which I probably tell too much. It tends to come up in conversation when someone asks about such and such a well known actress or actor. As a journalist for some time and having interviewed literally hundreds of industry talent (perhaps over 1,000 different subjects) I’ve recognized there are three different types of people you tend to meet.
The first is someone who doesn’t forget that you’ve interviewed them five or six times before.
- Gregory Ellwood
‘Wonderstruck’: New Trailer for Todd Haynes’ Latest Follows Two Kids Across Two Eras
Amazon Studios has released a new Wonderstruck trailer. Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, the film traverses two different time periods and follows two young children—a boy in 1977 and a girl in 1927—who make curious discoveries that set them on paths to unfold their mysteries in dazzling symmetry. I run hot and cold on Todd Haynes’ movies, but I’m intrigued by what he’s doing here, and while the film doesn’t seem to be making any traction in the awards race despite being received warmly at Cannes, … »
- Matt Goldberg
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