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“We Lost U2. What About Ennio Morricone?”: Phil Joanou on State of Grace, Making Heaven’s Prisoners and Working for Blumhouse

In September 1990, the American cinema changed forever when Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas exploded onto the country’s multiplex screens. I’ve written elsewhere about that film’s influence and impact, which was so massive that its unfortunate side effect was to eclipse several other excellent mob films that were released at the same time. Indeed, the period was a remarkable one for terrific gangster movies – Miller’s Crossing, King of New York, Men of Respect, and The Godfather, Part III all premiered in the fall of 1990. To varying degrees time has been kind to all of these films, but none has aged […]
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“We Lost U2. What About Ennio Morricone?”: Phil Joanou on State of Grace, Making Heaven’s Prisoners and Working for Blumhouse

In September 1990, the American cinema changed forever when Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas exploded onto the country’s multiplex screens. I’ve written elsewhere about that film’s influence and impact, which was so massive that its unfortunate side effect was to eclipse several other excellent mob films that were released at the same time. Indeed, the period was a remarkable one for terrific gangster movies – Miller’s Crossing, King of New York, Men of Respect, and The Godfather, Part III all premiered in the fall of 1990. To varying degrees time has been kind to all of these films, but none has aged […]
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Wamg Interview: John Turturro – Writer, Director, and Star of Fading Gigolo

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman August 14th, 2014

Despite his appearance and the roles you’ve often seen him in before, it turns out that actor John Turturro is one sexy stud! In Fading Gigolo he’s nothing like the nervous genius he played in Quiz Show, or the angry hothead from Do The Right Thing, or that weasel Bernie Bernbaum he played in Miller’S Crossing. No, in Fading Gigolo, which Turturro wrote, directed, and starred in, he played Fioravante, an honest-to-goodness gigolo whose eagerly-paying clientele include Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone! With Woody Allen as Murray, his unlikely pimp, Fading Gigolo sounds like the most oddball vanity project project to come down the pike in decades. But Fading Gigolo was a funny, gentle, and surprisingly sensitive comedy with a witty script, amusing characters and a jazzy sense of life in New York that felt like an old-fashioned Woody Allen movie,
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Fassbender vs. Finch: The ides for the new Macbeth movie

I’ve passed a fair bit of time this year re-acquainting myself with various screen adaptations of Macbeth, from Welles to Polanski to Thames Television’s famed 1976 RSC production, as well as Kurosawa’s Throne Of Blood and the 2010 TV movie with Patrick Stewart. There are more besides. It seemed a fairly random resurgence of interest at the beginning, a rekindled love affair with a favourite work.

The initial announcement contained the dreaded word ‘updated’. Fans of screen adaptations of the Scottish Play know that this means at least one of two things: inadequate budget and/or minimal faith in the target audience to appreciate the subtleties and quality of the original text. Follow-up announcements clarified that the movie will be ‘a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes’ (i.e. it will be sounding out the MPAA’s ratings board with potential graphic violence) - and, more importantly,
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