Sam Shepard stars as the outlaw, supposing he survived the events of 'Sundance Kid'
New stills from the upcoming Hugh Jackman/Evangeline Lilly film give us an excuse to be ridiculously judgmental
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Al Pacino and friends in a special Q&A recorded live from Los Angeles
Just as Howard Hawks' original 1932 "Scarface," with Paul Muni as an Al Capone-esque gangster blasting his way to the top of the (under)world, is a defining film in the first blast of American gangster films, Brian De Palma's 1983 remake, starring Al Pacino as a Cuban refugee who swaggers his way to the top of the Miami cocaine empire, has become *the* defining gangster movie of the eighties, all excess and bloodshed in sleek Miami nightclub-chic fashions. Oliver Stone's screenplay embraces the garishness of the era and De Palma's sweeping style elevates it to a pulp epic: the tawdry, gaudy, vulgar underside of "The Godfather" for the go-go-go eighties. Love it or hate it, the film has become a part of the cultural lexicon.
It makes its Blu-ray debut on September, following a special event one-night-only digital screening in select theaters across the country on Wednesday, August 31.
In anticipation of both events, Al Pacino joined co-star Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman for a special Q&A in Los Angeles, streamed live via Livestream on the evening of August 23.
You can view a recording of the event here.
Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and the cast help Tom McCarthy deliver a winner
Tom McCarthy's "Win Win" (Fox), starring Paul Giamatti as small-town lawyer and family man, is a small film from with a big heart. Which sounds like a promotional cliché but it's true in the case of this low-key family comedy, a compassionate portrait of fallible people trying to do their best under pressure.
Giamatti, at his self-effacing, genially gentle best, plays an elder lawyer with a struggling practice and a head coach of a failing high school wrestling team. In a moment of desperation, he petitions the court to become guardian of an aging client (Burt Young) but reneges on his promise the old man. Meanwhile he and his wife (Amy Ryan) take in the man's grandson (Alex Shaffer), an easy-going runaway who suddenly showed looking for a place to stay while his mom is in rehab, and the kid with surfer dude looks and attitude proves to be a wrestling star in his own right.
There's a certain inevitability in the plotting that unwinds like you might expect but McCarthy's interest is always in the characters (including a delicious turn by Bobby Cannavale as Giamatti's best friend and Jeffrey Tambor as the assistant coach) and their integrity. The fallout when truths are revealed are genuinely painful but McCarthy plays it less as a big dramatic showcase than a personal betrayal of trust that has to be earned all over again. This film's idea of a win-win ending skips the feel-good fantasy and delivers a story that feels honest and earned. Videodrone's pick of the week.
New film imagines what would have happened if the NASA astronauts were stranded on the moon
I’m an Apollo baby. I grew up obsessed with astronauts and the space program and remember running outside to look at the moon that night in July 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first human to step foot on the lunar surface. My passion for all things NASA extended to the movies, from “The Right Stuff” to “October Sky” to “Apollo 13” and many others. So I was very excited to learn about the new Mike Jones script, “In the Event of a Moon Disaster,” that was just picked up by FilmNation after a bidding war. In a Deadline exclusive, Mike Fleming reports that the film will take a what-if look at the first moon landing. But in this version, disaster strikes and the astronauts find themselves stranded over 200,000 miles from the Earth.
The title of Jones’ script refers, of course, to the a chilling real-life memo that included the speech that President Nixon would have delivered on television in the event that something had gone wrong and the astronauts could not make the journey home. The speech was written by Nixon’s aide at the time, William Safire, and included the instruction that Nixon would first make condolence calls to the “widows-to-be” before saluting astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in this national address.