The actor stood up for the arts in Chaplin Award speech.
Robert De Niro was honoured with a special lifetime achievement award this week, and with it he took the opportunity to slam President Donald Trump for the government's budget proposals regarding cutting funding for the arts on stage at the David Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center.
Robert De Niro at an anti-Trump rally
With news that the US government is planning to make dramatic cuts to the arts, 'The Comedian' star Robert De Niro made his opinions on the subject quite clear as he received the coveted Chaplin Award at the 44th annual Film Society of Lincoln Center honours last night (May 8th 2017).
Continue reading: Robert De Niro Blasts Donald Trump's 'Draconian' Cuts To The Arts
A longtime passion project for Robert De Niro, The Comedian is the story of washed-up actor and stand-up Jackie Burke.
De Niro felt that the time was right for a movie about a comic. "I thought it was such a great idea to do a comedian," he says. "That has never really been done before. Maybe The Entertainer [the 1960 drama starring Laurence Olivier]. But not like this. And a comedian can do things that are more outrageous, even if it's not my personal taste. That was my attraction."
Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke in The Comedian
He also relished the challenge of learning to actually do a stand-up comedy routine. "It's hard," he admits. "You have to have the right material. I worked on this material, but it wasn't like I worked on it for years and had it all there. I don't know how to deal with a heckler. That takes a lot of experience! I did OK, but you just have to get through it. Even though my audience was extras, you can feel like you're dying out there if they don't laugh. You want a reaction."
Continue reading: Robert De Niro Challenged Himself With The Comedian
Once, Jackie Burke was one of the biggest names in town; he was a comedian with his own show on a prime network and his life looked like he was set. Now, aging and working as a stand-up comic, Jackie wants to reinvent himself and forget about all the old jokes he used to tell and characters he used to play but that's far from what the bookers and audience members want - they wish to see the old Jackie Burke performing his known material.
One night Jackie takes to the stage and he can only take a certain amount of crowd heckling, fed up he lashes out at an audience member and as a result, the comedian is incarcerated and made to carry out a community service order.
Though Jackie had to serve a short sentence, the footage of Jackie hitting the heckler has made him an internet sensation and introduced a whole load of new fans to him.
Continue: The Comedian - Clip & Trailer
The actor previously said he’d like to punch the now president-elect in the face.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, who has been a vocal opponent of Trump, said now he has been elected we’ll have to ‘see what happens’.
Robert De Niro feels like he did after 9/11 following Trump’s election
Continue reading: Robert De Niro: 'I Feel Like I Did After 9/11' Following Trump Victory
"I want to punch him in the face" - unused clip from voting campaign goes viral.
Award-winning acting legend Robert De Niro has unleashed a furious rant about Donald Trump, saying he’d like to “punch him in the face”, while taking part in a star-laden video encouraging people to vote ahead of the presidential election in November.
The 73 year old actor, renowned for such cinema classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, spouted off about his feelings on the Republican candidate in a clip produced by Anonymous Content for their VoteYourFuture campaign – but it wasn’t actually used in the final edit.
Robert De Niro made the remarks in an used clip from a VoteYourFuture campaign
Continue reading: Leaked Robert De Niro Clip Savages Donald Trump
Noel got the chance to dine with one of his heroes in the South of France last month, but the recognition wasn't mutual.
Noel Gallagher has admitted that Hollywood legend Robert De Niro didn’t have a clue who he was when the pair ended up having lunch together in the South of France. Gallagher set next to the Taxi Driver star during what became a marathon eight-hour lunch session last month, but afterwards Gallagher said De Niro was still none the wiser about Oasis.
Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Duran was fierce in the ring, his poor upbringing on the streets of Panama all contributed to the man he became. He's extremely tough but his wild streak stops him from becoming the champion he ought to be.
Enter Ray Arcel, Arcel was an old pro, the best of the best and had taken many boxers into the ring and seen them come out the champion. Arcel could clearly see that Duran had a gift and though technically the trainer was retired, Duran's talent made him take his place back at the side of the ring.
Continue: Hands Of Stone Trailer
The actor already owns the Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan, New York.
Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro has been given the go-ahead to build an 83-room boutique hotel in London’s Covent Garden. Westminster City Council granted the actor permission to develop the Wellington Hotel earlier this week, with building work expected to begin next year.
Robert De Niro has been granted permission to build a boutique hotel in London
Announcing his plans in May, De Niro said: “London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It makes perfect sense to develop a hotel that represents all of that in the heart of this city in Covent Garden.”
Continue reading: Robert De Niro To Open Boutique Hotel In London's Covent Garden
De Niro is the latest star to call out the Republican presidential candidate.
Oscar winner Robert De Niro has made his feelings about presidential candidate Donald Trump very clear. Speaking at the opening of the Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday, De Niro compared Trump to his character Travis Bickle from the 1976 film Taxi Driver.
Robert De Niro has compared Donald Trump to his Taxi Driver character Travis Bickle
During a Q&A session before presenting a restored version of the film, De Niro was asked about Bickle's mental illness and his thoughts immediately turned to Trump. "What he has been saying is totally crazy, ridiculous, stuff that shouldn't be even...he is totally nuts," De Niro said.
Hopkins played cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 thriller.
Jodie Foster has revealed that she was too scared of her co-star Anthony Hopkins to speak to him on the Silence Of The Lambs set. Appearing on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, Foster said that after seeing Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter during the first day read through, the actor had scared her so much that she didn't want to talk to him again.
Jodie Foster has revealed she was terrified of Silence of the Lambs co-star Anthony Hopkins.
“I never spoke to him because he was so scary,” Foster told Norton. “The first day we had a read through and by the end of it I never wanted to talk to him again – I was petrified.”
The actor told the 'Today' show that a part of him regrets removing 'Vaxxed' from the Tribeca Film Festival bill.
Robert De Niro has once again re-stated his reasons for including a controversial anti-vaccination movie on the schedule for his Tribeca Film Festival this year – even though he has already taken the decision to remove it from the bill following an online outcry.
The 72 year old actor, whose 18 year old son suffers from autism, appeared on the ‘Today’ show on NBC on Wednesday (April 13th) to re-state his belief that Vaxxed, a documentary about the widely discredited medical theory linking childhood vaccinations to autism, should have been shown at the annual film festival he curates.
Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower, whose 18 year old son suffers from autism
Continue reading: Robert De Niro Defends His Support For Anti-Vaccination Movie
Everything you shouldn't miss at TFF this year.
The 15th year of Tribeca Film Festival is coming to New York with no less than 77 movie premieres and a total of 101 films altogether. Co-founder Robert De Niro will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his iconic film 'Taxi Driver' with a special screening co-hosted by Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster.
Tribeca Film Festival 2016 opens today!
The screening will take place at the Upper West Side's Beacon Theatre on April 21st 2016 and is not worth missing if you're a fan of the old classics. If you're not, well, there's a whole host of stuff that festival goers ought to check in on as the TFF arrives today (April 13th 2016).
De Niro had previously defended his decision to screen 'Vaxxed', a movie about the discredited theory between vaccinations and autism, but has reversed his position on the advice of medical experts.
A controversial film about vaccination has been removed from the bill at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival this year, after the actor found “concerns with certain things in this film” having taken advice from the scientific community.
As the co-founder of the NY film festival and as the father of an autistic child, the legendary actor had found himself in a quandary as to how to proceed with the documentary movie Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to Catastrophe. He had at first defended his decision to screen the film, but has now reversed his position having sought advice from experts.
Repeated studies have discredited the persistent theory that there’s a link between childhood vaccinations and autism, but a small and vocal minority of activists has for years sought to uncover a conspiracy in the medical profession.
It's been 10 years since Zac Efron burst onto the scene in High School Musical
Zac Efron seems genuinely dazzled by the fact that he's now made a film in which he appears alongside with one of cinema's finest actors. "Robert De Niro is the cool dude of all cool dudes," Efron enthuses about his Dirty Grandpa costar. "He's never seen a single one of my films, guaranteed!"
Efron plays the grandson of De Niro's character
He says that he was so nervous about meeting him that it felt like going on a first date. "Do I come on really strong or do I play it cool, as if it's every day that you meet someone like Robert De Niro?" he laughs. "We had to find out each other's vibe and the way we worked. And then halfway through the movie we sort of just clicked. Basically if you talk to him about anything other than acting, he's an open book. He loves talking."
Continue reading: On Dirty Grandpa, Zac Efron Bonded With Idol Robert De Niro
Lawrence and De Niro previously worked together on ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.
After starring together in Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro have reunited for Joy, the true story of inventor Joy Mangano. This time De Niro is playing Lawrence’s father and thanks to their close bond, the actress couldn’t think of anyone more suited to play her on-screen dad.
Jennifer Lawrence in Joy
“Bob is so paternal and lovely to me,” Lawrence said. “He's just always been so nice to me, so it felt really natural that he would play my father, because in some ways he was this paternal figure that I had, raising me through this certain element of my life, through movies and fame.”
After Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, mercurial filmmaker David O. Russell reunites with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro for an offbeat biopic about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. It's such a quirky movie that it's destined to divide audiences, but there's magic in Russell's loose, inventive filmmaking style. And this lively story has a lot to say about the tenacity required to achieve the American dream.
Joy Mangano (Lawrence) is the only sensible person in her family, so she's been running the household most of her life. But now things are getting a bit too complicated, as her father Rudy (De Niro) moves back into the house after his second marriage fails, Joy's mother Terry (Virginia Madsen) does little but watch her favourite soap opera, Joy's ex-husband Tony (Edgar Ramirez) lives in the basement pursuing his dream of becoming a pop star, and her sister (Dascha Polanco) undermines everything she does. As Joy cares for her own children, it's only her grandmother (Diane Ladd) who has any confidence in her. And when she has a flash of inspiration and creates a self-wringing mop, getting it on the market is an uphill battle. Finally, she catches the attention of Neil (Bradley Cooper), who runs a brand new shopping network called QVC.
The story spans some 40 years, during which Russell gleefully parallels Joy's family chaos with the lurid soap on Terry's television. Of the people around Joy, only Grandma, Tony and her childhood buddy Peggy (Elizabeth Rohm) believe in her. So even though her dad's new girlfriend (the fabulous Isabella Rossellini) invests in her mop, no one thinks she'll achieve any real success. This means that Joy's journey is a series of sometimes outrageous obstacles both within and outside her immediate circle. And of course the biggest barrier is her gender, because almost no one accepts the idea that she might be a genius.
Continue reading: Joy Review
The stars turn out for the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, while Tomorrowland holds a child-friendly premiere in California, and Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are on location in Miami. Trailers arrive for Woody Allen's Irrational Man, the long-awaited Vacation sequel, Meryl Streep's musical Ricki and the Flash, and the Hathaway-De Niro comedy The Intern...
The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on the French Riviera this week with acting icon Catherine Deneuve, who stars in the opening night film Standing Tall. She was joined on the red carpet by a glamorous line-up including Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Jane Seymour.
Catherine Deneuve at Cannes Film Festival
Actor Robert De Niro's father was a talented artist whose legacy is being celebrated in a new HBO documentary
Actor Robert De Niro has been opening up about his artist father ahead of his HBO documentary, 'Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.' Apart from being the father of a Hollywood icon, De Niro Sr was a talented painter, who also happened to be openly gay. But beyond his sexuality and famous son, there's still plenty to know about the artist, whose work continues to be remembered over 20 years after his death.
Artistic family: Robert De Niro's father was a painter
Robert De Niro Sr. was born in Syracuse, New York in 1922 to an Italian American father and an Irish American mother. After showing early artistic promise, Robert went to study at the Black Mountain College under the famed artist Josef Albers from 1939 to 1940. He then moved on to study under the expressionist Hans Hofmann, whose tutelage helped him develop and mature as a painter.
The 70 year-old iconic actor discussed an upcoming documentary he made about his openly gay dad, who was an abstract artist, called 'Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.'
Robert De Niro is known to be very discreet when it comes to his private life, but in a rare occasion he recalled past memories of his late father.
The 70 year-old iconic actor is currently involved in a project which depicts the life of his father, who was openly gay, called 'Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.'
De Niro Sr., who died in 1993 from prostate cancer (71), was an abstract expressionist painter, whose work was part of the movement in the post WWII art scene.
The daughter of screenwriter Frank Petrella has been another chance to sue MGM for copy infringement over the screenplay of the 1980 film.
The ongoing lawsuit, filed by Paula Petrella, daughter of deceased screenwriter Frank Petrella, was granted another shot at fighting the film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc over the 1980 Martin Scorsese-directed movie, 'Raging Bull', which she alleges unlawfully infringed upon the copyright of her father's screenplay, written in 1963.
De Niro starred as Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull'
The decision was made on Monday (May 19th) at the US Supreme Court, after the justices were held to a 6-3 vote to let Paula fight for her father's script, who collaborated with legendary boxer Jake LaMotta on a book and two screenplays that inspired the movie, Reuters reports.
Continue reading: 'Raging Bull' Screenplay Copyright Lawsuit Given Second Chance In Court
Supreme Court decides Paula Petrella could be entitled to royalties from Martin Scorsese's 1980 movie.
The woman who holds the copyright to a 1963 screenplay has been told that she can pursue infringement claims against the studio behind 1980's Raging Bull. Paula Petrella, whose father Frank Petrella wrote the screenplay she claims led to the acclaimed Martin Scorsese picture, may be entitled to royalties from the movie even though she didn't begin pursuing infringement claims until decades after her father's death.
Robert De Niro Starred In 'Raging Bull,' The Screenplay For Which Is Undergoing A Copyright Tussle.
Ms. Petrella argues that MGM Holdings Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox are guilty of infringing the copyright of a screenplay written much earlier, with subsidiary company Fox as a named defendant. MGM has disputed whether the movie really was based on Mr. Petrella's screenplay and won dismissal of the lawsuit by arguing that Ms. Petrella had sat on her claims for too long.
Robert De Niro's film festival is valued at $45 million.
The Madison Square Company has purchased a 50 per cent stage in Tribeca Enterprises - owners of the film festival co-founded by Robert De Niro in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks - for $22.5 million.
Robert De Niro Co-Founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003
According to Business Week, the investment valued Tribeca at $45.5 million and MSG will have the opportunity to gain a majority ownership over time.
Go and see Inside Llewyn Davis instead - that's really good
Why do Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone do this king of thing? They’re both revered as legends of cinema, to be remembered forever for their classic turns as Travis Bickle, Jake LaMotta, Rocky and Rambo respectively, so why do they both insist on doing truly awful films like Grudge Match?
Why, why, why Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone?
The short answer would involve the words, money, loads of it, and payday, but there’s a sneaking suspicion that these Hollywood stalwarts actually think the constant slew of unfunny, unimaginative reboot/reunion movies are a good idea – like they’ve got an ounce of artistic integrity attached to them. They don’t.
The 'Raging Bull' lawsuit rumbles on.
On Tuesday, the fight between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the daughter of one of the Raging Bull screenwriters, Frank Petrella, took centre stage at the Supreme Court.
Robert De Niro Starred In 'Raging Bull'
Paula Petrella, who now owns her deceased father's copyright share, claims the studio owes her damages for the distribution of the movie, starring Robet De Niro. However at the centre of the argument is why it took Petrella so long to file her copyright claim, with some feeling she was waiting until the film's 25th anniversary in order to make more money. MGM has already won an appeals court case in California on these grounds.
Continue reading: 'Raging Bull' Lawsuit Rumbles On As Petrella Looks For Knockout Hit
Can 'Last Vegas' get by on its Oscar winners?
It's hard to remember another film in which the five lead roles were played by Oscar winners. And the fact that all of them are over 60 might be another record. So Last Vegas couldn't help but draw attention due to its casting long before anyone knew what it was about (although the concept isn't exactly deep and complex).
Michael Douglas has two Oscars: for producing best picture One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and as best actor in Wall Street (1987). Robert De Niro also has two: supporting actor for The Godfather Part II (1974) and best actor for Raging Bull (1980). Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline both have supporting actor awards, for Million Dollar Baby (2004) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988), respectively. And Mary Steenburgen won supporting actress for Melvin and Howard (1980).
Continue reading: Five Actors, Five Oscar Winners, But Is 'Last Vegas' Any Good?
The general word amongst critics is that the two screen titans just couldn't muster a half-decent film together
Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone are no strangers to putting on their boxing gloves for the sake of the movies and in their latest film, Grudge Match, the two screen icons are putting their respective ages aside to step into the ring once again. The film comes with a lot of promise, starring Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart and Kim Basinger alongside the two screen titans, yet sadly the overall response to the film from critics has been very underwhelming.
Stallone, Arkin, Hart and De Niro miss the mark with their latest film
The film stars Stallone and De Niro as two retired boxers, both well past their best, who ended their career with a long-standing and unresolved feud some years earlier. After meeting each other for the first time in years in a chance encounter, their feud returns and boils into a confrontation that ends in a melee of sorts, one that almost instantly goes viral and reignites interest in the former fighters. Soon they are receiving offers to return to the ring and settle their feud once and for all, but they can only make it into the ring if they can actually regain their fitness in time for the big fight.
Continue reading: Stallone And De Niro Miss The Punch In 'Grudge Match' - Review Round-Up
Plenty of options this weekend, but what are you going to plump for?
Friday is here, and with it comes a set of movies that truly cover all bases. You’ve got a romantic, French art-house option, a star-studded action-fest, a gritty Brit-flick, a historical, all-American true-story and a bona-fide Hollywood blockbuster. But what are you going to see?
Who will manage to pull audiences away from the huge success that is The Hunger Games?
Robert De Niro recently waxed nostalgic about one of his earliest roles.
Apparently Robert De Niro is getting nostalgic for the good ol’ days, as the actor recently mentioned that he’d love to do a sequel to his 1976 classic Taxi Driver. De Niro said to The Guardian that he would like to see where his character Travis Bickle would end up after after all these years.
De Niro would love to revisit his cult character.
The original was directed by Martin Scorsese and spawned persistent rumors of a sequel over the years. De Niro even said that Scorsese and writer Paul Shrader got together to work out a possible script, but the idea never actually came into being. Nevertheless, De Niro would love to revisit Travis.
'Nebraska' is another masterstroke from Alexander Payne.
After taking it easy with the breezy yet assured The Descendants, Alexander Payne appears to have gotten back his social bite with Nebraska, his road-movie with a difference starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte.
Bruce Dern [L] and Will Forte [R] in 'Nebraska'
The black-and-white movie which found considerable acclaim at the festivals follows a tempestuous Missouri father (Dern) who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes. His son (Forte) grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings.
Young actresses are lining up to play Wonder Woman on the big screen, the Oscar-garlanded cast of Last Vegas kicks off their film at a New York premiere, and we get new trailers for American Hustle, Charlie Countryman and Delivery Man...
The big rumour this week is that Wonder Woman will be featured in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, and then will have her own movie afterwards. The two names most frequently suggested for the role this week are Jaimie Alexander, hot on the heels of her supporting role in Thor: The Dark World, and Olga Kurylenko, who seems to be everywhere at the moment. But it seems like all of Hollywood is lining up to be considered. We have put together a full run down of the Wonder Woman contenders for you here.
The cast and crew of Last Vegas gathered in New York for a star-studded premiere, including Oscar-winning cast members Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Mary Steenburgen, as well as costars Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and director John Turteltaub. The film, about a group of lifelong retirement-age friends who head to Vegas for a bachelor party, has just opened in America and arrives in the UK in January. We have all the best video coverage from the premiere here Director Jon Turteltaub Hits The Red Carpet, Michael Douglas And 50 Cent Arrive At The 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere, Morgan Freeman And Robert DeNiro Spotted At 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere.
Ender's Game takes it, but only because the competition was weak.
Ender’s Game enjoyed a triumphant opening this weekend, topping the U.S Box Office charts; this despite a campaign for people to boycott the film due to Orsen Scott-Card – the author of the book upon which the film is based – and his homophobic views on gay marriage.
Harrison Ford gives Asa Butterfield something to think about in Ender's Game
The film, which stars Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, attracted enough die hard Sci Fi fans intrigued to see what Gavin Hood had done with the seminal novel. But the film wasn’t really facing any serious competition, with Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa coming second, $7.5m behind Ender’s $28m.
Continue reading: Toothless Competition, But 'Ender's Game' Takes U.S Box Office Crown
'Last Vegas' has a dream cast but fails to deliver a box office hit!
Hollywood's newest comedy 'Last Vegas', which features one of the most star studded cast in recent memories, hit theatres this Friday (Nov 1st) to an underwhelming reception. Acting legends, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, star as four best friends since childhood who travel to Las Vegas for one last bachelor party.
Kline, Freeman, De Niro and Douglas in 'Last Vegas'
The film follows the story of Billy (Douglas), who is the group's ladies' man, as he finally proposes to his considerably younger girlfriend and becomes the final friend to get married. To celebrate the occasion, they decide to relive their younger days and throw a bachelor party in Sin City but on arrival, Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) realise the years have dramatically changed the party destination.
Star power hasn't rubbed off here.
What a risk this was: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline sharing a screen as four old friends travelling to Las Vegas to fulfill some sort of nostalgic dream of a bachelor party in the debauched city.
Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen and Robert De Niro
All four actors have made brilliant films, and are all screen legends in their own right. Apart from maybe Kline, who recently starred as 'Wounded Soldier' in 2012’s Oscar-winning Lincoln – one of his best films.
It is alleged that the 1980 boxing movie was unlawfully based on a 1963 screenplay.
A copyright tussle over a boxing movie that was made 33 years ago has come to a head in the USA. Paula Petrella, daughter of deceased screenwriter Frank Petrella, has initiated a court case where she alleges that the 1980 Martin Scorsese-directed movie, Raging Bull, unlawfully infringed upon the copyright of her father's screenplay, written in 1963.
Robert De Niro Played Jake La Motta.
The movie stars Robert De Niro as boxer Jake La Motta, AKA the nicknamed Raging Bull, whose negative traits - being prone to sexual jealousy, obsession and rage - destroy his relationships with his wife and family and he must battle his many inner demons to get back on track.
Continue reading: ‘Raging Bull’ Screenplay Copyright Lawsuit Heads For Supreme Court
Robert De Niro is the perfect replacement for James Gandolfini on HBO's 'Criminal Justice.'
Robert De Niro has been hired to replace James Gandolfini in a new HBO mini-series Criminal Justice, following the death of The Sopranos star in June. De Niro will play a New York lawyer in the show, which Gandolfini had been developing based on the 2008 BBC series by Peter Moffat.
Following the actor's sudden death in Rome, it initially appeared as though HBO had put the project on the backburner, though, according to Deadline.com, the team were keen to continue in Gandolfini's honor.
Deadline Hollywood's TV Editor Nellie Andreeva said the network wanted "a great actor whom Gandolfini would have wanted for the role and who would honour Gandolfini's memory with his performance," adding, "I hear their list consisted of one name only, Robert De Niro, who responded and came on board."
Continue reading: Criminal Justice: It's About Time Robert De Niro Turned To Television
Not a bad replacement at all, really.
Although rarely seen on the small screen, Robert De Niro has taken the late James Gandolfini’s place in HBO’s Criminal Justice. Gandolfini died after filming the pilot for the show, and will receive a posthumous exec producer credit when the show airs. The future of the series had been in serious doubt following Gandolfini’s tragic and unexpected passing.
Robert de Niro in The Family
However, De Niro has agreed to take on the character of Jack Stone in the show based on the 2008 BBC series of the same name. Deadline’s TV Editor, Nellie Andreeva, who revealed the news, said HBO wanted "a great actor whom Gandolfini would have wanted for the role and who would honour Gandolfini's memory with his performance". She added: "I hear their list consisted of one name only, Robert De Niro, who responded and came on board."
Continue reading: Robert De Niro Steps Into Criminal Justice To Replace James Gandolfini
Following the passing of 'The Sopranos' star, screen great Robert De Niro will step in to portray the lead character on the HBO series
Robert De Niro has been appointed as the lead actor in the upcoming HBO mini-series Criminal Justice, a seven-episode stretch that the late James Gandolfini was initially slated to star in. The passing of Gandolfini had left the project in limbo, however with the appointment of De Niro the show will continue to air as planned.
De Niro will now star in the crime drama in place of Gandolfini
HBO confrimed De Niro's appointment to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, 25 September, adding that Gandolfini will be given a posthumous executive producer credit on the show. The mini-series is an American adaption of the hit 2008 BBC series of the same name, which was the brainchild Peter Moffat and starred Ben Whishaw and the late Pete Postlethwaite. The HBO version, which is being made in association association with BBC Worldwide Production, of the show will be initially directed by Steven Zaillian, with others stepping in as the series progresses. Moffat will serve as an executive producer on the HBO series.
HBO are able to reboot the miniseries 'Criminal Justice' after Robert De Niro agrees to replace late actor, James Gandolfini.
‘Criminal Justice’ HBO will be continuing with plans to make a seven-part miniseries called ‘Criminal Justice’ that was originally meant to star the late actor James Gandolfini.
In late June of this year (2013) the 51 year, James Gandolfini, unfortunately passed away while on vacations with his son in Italy. Ever since then the show was thought to be completely disbanded but academy award-winning actor Robert De Niro has reportedly stepped in to take over the role with HBO remaining Gandolfini as an executive producer posthumously, according to Deadline.
‘Criminal Justice’ is based on Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC series of the same name and is written by Richard Price. The first episode will be directed by Steven Zaillian, who has been closely attached to the project for the last four years.
12 Years a Slave becomes Oscar frontrunner, Don Jon premieres in New York, Naomi and Nicole are princesses, Bruce Dern walks to Nebraska, and Rocky faces off against Raging Bull...
As the Toronto Film Festival wrapped up earlier this week, 12 Years a Slave, the new film from Steve McQueen (Shame), took home the top prize, which makes it the frontrunner for Oscar nominations. It stars Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more about the win here.
One of the festival's most talked-about films was Don Jon, the writing-directing debut of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a womanising gym-obsessive who meets his match in the feisty Scarlett Johansson. Both actors were on hand for the film's gala New York premiere this week. Here's a video of Scarlett Johansson at the event and in this video you can see director/actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the event.
In years gone by, Henry 'Razor' Sharp and Billy 'The Kid' McDonnen were at the top of their profession, they were two of the best boxers on the national circuit. Both Pittsburgh residents, the men met in the ring on a number of occasions and had equally beat one and other. The boxers were meant to meet for one final showdown fight in 1983, but 'The Kid' suddenly announced his retirement and cancelled the fight it made for an abrupt end to both the men's careers.
Now, thirty years after the fight that never was, the men are once again put face to face and their initial meeting does not make for a happy reunion. A pathertic attempt at a war of words soon escalates into a full on brawl, the video of which instantly becomes a viral sensation.
Seeing an opportunity to cash in, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr arranges for the two former local heroes to meet in the ring once again. The only problem with that is the men have been inactive for 30 years and both of them at incredibly out of shape. Will there ever be any chance of Razor and The Kid finding out who is Pittsburgh's best ever fighter?
Continue: Grudge Match Trailer
The film-making great will be given the Golden Globes' Cecil B. De Mille Award at next years ceremony
Woody Allen is to be awarded the Golden Globes' Cecil B. De Mille Award at next years awards show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on Friday, 13 September. The prolific writer, director, producer and actor will be bestowed with the award at the 71st Annual Golden Globes ceremony taking place on 12 January 2014.
Allen has been working in film for six decades
“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” HFPA president Theo Kingma said in the official announcement. He added, “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he is an international treasure.”
Depth and complexity just don't run in "The Family."
The Family sounds great on paper – a Luc Besson film, set in France, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeifer, Tommy Lee Jones and Diana Argon – it would take a… the opposite of a miracle for this film to flop. However, the critics just don’t seem to be warming up to this comedy about the family of an American mobster, relocating to rural France and essentially harassing the locals for almost two hours. There are a number of reasons, cited against the family – the acting not being one of them, of course – but the one that seems to be sticking is the uninspired story (penned by Besson himself, along with Michael Caleo, based on the novel by Tonino Benacquista).
De Niro manages to shine even in a lackluster role.
De Niro has plenty of experience playing mobsters. His performance as Gio, a gangster-turned-rat, who is forced to pose as a writer, living with his family in a village in Normandy and simultaneously penning a memoir, gets almost universal thumbs up, The New York Times’ Stephen Holden calls De Niro’s performance “surprisingly nuanced” and his character – “charming in a rough-hewed way, but lethal.”
Continue reading: What Is It About "The Family" That Makes It So Unloved By Critics?
Irving Rosenfeld is one of America's most talented con artists but his world of ladies and luxury is hanging in the balance when threatening circumstances force him, along with his temptress business partner and lover Sydney Prosser, to lend his talents to a sting operation set up by the FBI and led by the slightly unbalanced agent Richie DiMaso. Together they set out to uncover the corrupt campaigns behind Carmine Polito, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey and a powerful political operator. However, Irving's wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld is getting more and more suspicious of her husband's business life and, with his lewd extramarital affairs getting more and more daring, it isn't long before she is driven to extreme lengths to uncover her private issues while in the meantime threatening the stability of the whole operation.
This gangster drama features an all-star cast that will keep you gripped from start to finish. It has been directed by the Oscar nominated David O. Russell ('Silver Linings Playbook', 'I Heart Huckabees', 'Three Kings'), who also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Eric Singer ('The International') in his second feature film. 'American Hustle' will be released in cinemas over in the UK on December 20th 2013.
The pair are back for more.
After more than twelve years, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro will rekindle the on-screen partnership in The Good House, the Ann Leary novel that has its right recently acquired by FilmNation, Deadline report. Michael Cunningham is set to adapt the book.
Streep will be back with Di Niro
Streep will play Hildy Good, a successful real-estate broker who lives in a small town on Boston’s North Shore. She’s also a raging alcoholic – her parents held an intervention for her a year before the book begins. Good tries to reform an old relationship with Frank Getchell, a straight-talking Yankee who attempts to straighten out her life. "It is undeniable the chemistry Meryl and Bob will offer us as they bring these characters to life," says Karen Lunder, executive vice president of production for FilmNation.
'Artemis Fowl' must be pretty special, given Weinstein's drive to get the project made.
Well, this has come from leftfield. After leaving Disney in 2005 to set up The Weinstein Company, the most powerful man in Hollywood is re-teaming with his old employer for an intriguing little animation.
Harvey Weinstein has announced he is developing an adaptation of Artemis Fowl for the big-screen with Disney.
"If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy," said Weinstein in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, "I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob De Niro and Jane Rosenthal brought me this book while I was still at Miramax and within hours I told them I wanted the rights to the film."
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With a November release date, upcoming Ridley Scott desert drug drama, 'The Counselor' will be in prime position to be in with a good chance of winning and Academy Award.
The trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming gritty thriller The Counselor dropped yesterday, after the initial teaser was circulated in cryptic Russian. With a November release date, there's certainly enough time to build up anticipation for the film, which is written by No Country For Old Men screenwriter, Cormac McCarthy.
Michael Fassbender Filming A Scene From The Counselor
There may be added logic to the late-2013 release date however: to give itself the best chances for 2014 Oscars consideration. The Counselor stars Michael Fassbender (Shame, Prometheus) who plays a lawyer who gets involved in cocaine trafficking and ends up in over his head with the wrong people. According to First Showing, Fassbender teams up in business with a rich acquaintance, played by Bardem, as Pitt's shady criminal character comes out of the shadows as things take a turn for the worst.In an incredible cast, Fassbender's co-stars include Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.Despite their cinematic fame and success, neither Scott nor Pitt have ever won an Oscar before, with Pitt apparently resigning himself to never winning, having said: "I don't play the Oscars game." November release dates tend to be awards friendly, due to being late enough to not be forgotten amongst the year's other cinematic releases but not too late as to have not made enough of an impression.
Continue reading: Is 'The Counselor' Set For The Oscars? [Trailer]
Benjamin Ford is an American war veteran living in a remote area of the Appalachian Mountains in an attempt to get away from his painful recollections from the Bosnian War. Any prospect of social interaction and he can't help but make excuses, owing to his desperate need for solitude. Nonetheless, when he offers a lift to a hitchhiking European tourist named Emil Kovac, he finds himself pleased with the company and the pair set out to go hunting together. However, Kovac turns out to be more than just a tourist when he attempts to shoot Ford with an arrow. He is a former Serbian soldier from the Bosnian War who has tracked Ford down in a bid to even a score between them and the two of them become enveloped in a ruthless chase to the death.
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Multiple Oscar-winners in feel-good good film of the winter
If the thought of Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro hanging about Las Vegas like they’ve still got it enthuses you, then boy are you going to love this trailer for the trio’s new film Last Vegas. See what they’ve done with the title there?
Star tells the tale of his downfall in newly-published book
Tom Sizemore’s autobiography ‘By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There’ details the actor’s dramatic fall from grace. Known for his roles in movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Natural Born Killers, at one point, Sizemore had it all; a successful career, money and a restaurant he part-owned with Robert De Niro.
However, as with many a Hollywood star before him (and no doubt plenty to follow), drugs proved to be Tom Sizemore’s downfall and he lost everything. “I’d had the multimillion-dollar house, the Porsche, the restaurant I partially owned with Robert De Niro. And now I had absolutely nothing.” During his relationship with the former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss that Sizemore’s life really began to disintegrate. In 2003, he was convicted of “harassing, annoying and physically abusing Fleiss,” Salon.com reports. the actor admits to having become a “spoiled movie star” and an “arrogant fool” though he denies ever striking Heidi.
Salon describe the book as a hard-hitting one, written in “coarse prose befitting some of the hard-boiled characters Sizemore brought to life on screen.” The subject matter is not easy to take either, much of the time, with Tom’s tales of degradation taking up much of the pages – “sex tapes, copious amounts of drug taking” and other debauched activity that led to the star’s downfall. Summing up his approach to the autobiography, Tom writes “I’ve led an interesting life, but I can’t tell you what I’d give to be the guy you didn’t know anything about.”
Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Martin Scorsese reunited for the 30th anniversary screening of The King of Comedy for the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend.
The King of Comedy is thirty years old and to celebrate the momentous anniversary, the star of the mad-cap kidnap comedy Robert De Niro decided to air a special screening of the movie at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday (April 27). De Niro, who co-founded the film fest with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff twelve years ago, attended the anniversary screening alongside the movie's director, Martin Scorsese and his co-star in the movie, the legendary Jerry Lewis.
Robert De Niro at the start of the film festival last week
The three reunited on stage at the Borough of Manhattan Community College before the screening to deliver a few preliminary laughs prior to the feature presentation, with De Niro admitting that he hasn't seen the film in "at least 25 years," saying after, "I'm very curious to see it. If I'm not too embarrassed, I'll stay here after."
Robert De Niro got the nod for Best Supporting Actor when the Oscar nominations for 2013 were announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone in Los Angeles on Thursday morning (January 8, 2013). The Hollywood veteran received a shout for his turn in David O'Russell's drama-comedy Silver Linings Playbook, with lead star Bradley Cooper getting nominated for Best Actor.
Though Cooper will battle the frankly unbeatable Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and the respected Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) for Best Actor, De Niro could be onto a good thing in the supporting category. He plays the father of Pat Solitano (Cooper) a former school teacher who loses everything, his job, his house, his wife and is forced to live back with his parents (Mother played by Jacki Weaver, who also scored a nomination). Critic Robert Roten said, "The plot is clever and a bit unconventional. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro all turn in wonderful performances in this very funny, very warm comedy."
The big news this week is that George Lucas has finally admitted that yes, he did indeed plot out Star Wars episodes VII, VIII and VIX more than 30 years ago. And now that he has sold his Lucasfilm empire to Disney (for $4 billion), the sequel trilogy is finally being made. Episode VII is expected in 2015, and rumour has it that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill might be back in their original roles.
Meanwhile, the James Bond team was spotted in Rome this week, as Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, director Sam Mendes and series producer Barbara Broccoli attended the Italian premiere of Skyfall, posing for the press at the elegant St Regis Grand Hotel. After last week's record-breaking opening weekend in Britain, the film opens around Europe, Asia and South America this weekend, then in North America on 9th November.
In New York just before Hurricane Sandy hit, a buff-looking Gerard Butler was out promoting his new film Chasing Mavericks, about surfers tackling monster waves. The paparazzi caught up with him in the streets between appearances on various TV shows. He slips through the crowd, but they catch up with him later.
“I’m also considering doing a US film about the football coach Vince Lombardi, who coached my dad [Salvatore Travolta] before he went professional,” Travolta said. “I would play Vince Lombardi.” Legendary coach Lombardi is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s when he led them to three straight league championships and the first two Super Bowls. The Super Bowl trophy is named in his honour. He’s also “entertaining the possibility of doing” a remake of the John Woo film The Killer. The 1989 action film - which starred Chow Yun Fat - is to be produced by Woo. It looks like despite Travolta’s age, his appetite for films isn’t letting up just yet. As well as big talk surrounding his future endevours, the action thriller Killing Season, in which he stars alongside Robert De Niro is in post production and set for a 2013 release. Set in the remote Smoky Mountain wilderness, the film sees two veterans of the Bosnian War, one American, one Serbian, come to blows.
It wasn’t long ago that the Pulp Fiction actor was ready to pack it in: "I lost my son a few years ago and I had been having quite a time of that and after three years getting a lot of support from my church and a lot of support from people, fans, family I decided that it was OK to go back to work because I'd even thought of retiring at one point because it felt like too much," he told BBC Breakfast.
Two sceptics, psychologist Dr. Margaret Matheson and physicist Dr. Tom Buckley, are partners in investigating the paranormal. Having exposed a mass of so-called psychics, mediums, faith healers and ghost hunters throughout their career by discovering 'red lights' (clues to how the deceptions are engineered), Buckley wants to turn his attention to the most celebrated psychic of all time, the blind and mystifying Simon Silver, when he comes out of his 30 year retirement. Matheson is quick to dismiss Buckley's case telling him that he doesn't need to be investigated as he was already investigated prior to his retirement. However, the real reason is that she suspects he was behind the death of his most notable critic all those years ago. Buckley ignores Matheson's warnings and enlists his talented student Sally to help him with his investigations, but soon things start to take a sinister turn as Silver becomes increasingly angered at the people questioning his mysterious powers.
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Danny Bryce, an ex special ops agent who was considered one of the best in the world, is a retired member of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS). He is looking forward to spending his days not doing a lot, when he hears that his former mentor, Hunter, has been taken hostage by his arch enemy, Spike. As well as this, Spike has also dispatched three trained assassins - known as 'The Clinic' - to kill Danny, to stop him rescuing Hunter.
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Eddie Mora is a wanna-be writer who lacks direction in his life. A former drug addict Eddie's stuck in a job working as a copywriter for a small publishing house and technically this brilliant novelist still has to write the first line of his book. When a dealer offers him a mysterious new drug called NZT that's meant to unlock 100% of the brains capacity, Eddie's dubious of what the drug promises, but almost immediately, he finds himself a new person, focussed and determined the old Eddie is never coming back.
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Our favourite dysfunctional family returns to the screens once again in Meet The Parents Little Fockers. It's 10 years on since Greg and Jack first met, and after finally marrying his daughter and raising two children with her, Jack seems to finally be accepting Greg for who he is; however it doesn't seem Jack's ever going to be 100% happy with his son-in-law, when he finds out Greg is short on money and working for a drug company Jack becomes dubious about Greg and if he'll ever be a strong enough man to lead his family.
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Machete is a ex-Federale whose legend is known throughout Mexico. He's an expert killer but he's left that life behind. Now living in Texas Machete starts looking for work as a day labourer, when a businessman named Michael Benz approaches Machete with a proposition of assassinating a corrupt Senator, he knew he should refuse the offer but Benz's argument for the death of the senator was very strong, he convinces Machete that the senator is about to send hundreds of illegal immigrants out of the US and Machete accepts the offer. When the day of the assignation arrives, it suddenly becomes apparent that Machete has been double crossed. Injured by a gunshot he's taken to hospital to tend to his wound, just able to escape from the guards Machete looks toward old friends to help hunt down and take revenge on the people behind the double cross.
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Date of birth
17th August, 1943
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