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Film News Roundup: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth to Star in Drama ‘Luce’

Film News Roundup: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth to Star in Drama ‘Luce’
In today’s film news roundup, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Tim Roth are starring in the drama “Luce,” mob thriller “Clover” announces its cast, and Afm sees gains in attendance and screenings.

Castings

Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. are starring in the drama “Luce,” which has begun shooting in New York with Julius Onah directing.

“Luce” is the initial project from Dream Factory Group as a production company with financing from China and the U.S. with CEO Rob Feng and co-chairmen Amber Wang and Andrew Yang.

“Luce” is written by Onah and Jc Lee from Lee’s play. John Baker, Onah, and Andrew Yang are producing. Rob Feng, Amber Wang, and are executive producers.

Harrison portrays an African teenager and former child soldier living in a suburb with Watts and Roth playing his parents. Spencer plays a teacher who becomes aware of his views on political violence. The news was
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Jon Abrahams, Mark Webber, Erika Christensen, More Set For Comedic Mob Thriller ‘Clover’

Producer Richard Guay announced the cast of the upcoming crime drama Clover. Jon Abrahams (Meet the Parents), who will also direct, will star alongside Mark Webber (Green Room), Nicole Elizabeth Berger (All At Once), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Julia Jones (Wind River), Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), and Jake Weber. Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and Academy Award Nominee Chazz Palminteri (Bullets Over Broadway) will also star. The film, a production of Virtuoso Films…
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Watch a Young Larry David Perform Stand-Up in Exclusive Clip from ‘Miracle on 42nd Street’

Home to Larry David, Giancarlo Esposito, Terrence Howard, Alicia Keys, Angela Lansbury, Alan Menken, Mickey Rourke, Christian Slater, Tennessee Williams, and more, Manhattan Plaza was a social experiment born in the 1970s. Residing on the west side of New York City, it was federally subsidized housing complex for artists and fostered a revitalization in the area, both economically and artistically.

Miracle on 42nd Street is new documentary profiling this special location, and the people involved, and it premieres this weekend at Doc NYC. Directed by Alice Elliott and narrated by Chazz Palminteri, we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive clip from the film, featuring a young Larry David doing stand-up at the building’s talent show in 1978. See the exclusive clip below, along with the teaser trailer.

In the 1970s, New York City was hit with a financial crisis just as a planned luxury apartment building was being constructed in Hell’s Kitchen.
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‘Miracle On 42nd Street’ Trailer: Alicia Keys and Larry David Remember the Building that Changed New York — Exclusive

‘Miracle On 42nd Street’ Trailer: Alicia Keys and Larry David Remember the Building that Changed New York — Exclusive
Miracle on 42nd Street” is a documentary detailing the story of the iconic apartment complex in Manhattan that was home to several artists during the late 1970s: The Manhattan Plaza.

The hour-long film will have its world premiere on November 11 during the Doc NYC festival. It is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor and Bronx native Chazz Palminteri, best known for his roles in “Bullets Over Broadway” and “The Usual Suspects.”

Related:doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island

Miracle on 42nd Street” depicts a time in which New York City was experiencing a profound financial crisis. Originally planned to be a luxurious apartment building, the Manhattan Plaza was repurposed to provide subsidized housing for artists, and thus it became a residential beacon of hope for people working in the performing arts in the late ’70s.

Apart from revitalizing the theater district around Times Square, the Manhattan
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Review: "Innocent Blood" (1992) Directed By John Landis; Starring Anne Parillaud And Anthony Lagpaglia; Warner Archive Blu-ray

  • CinemaRetro
By Fred Blosser

The Warner Archive Collection has released John Landis’ “Innocent Blood” (1992) in a new, remastered Blu-ray edition. The Blu-ray incorporates two minutes of footage that appeared in overseas prints but were not included in previous U.S. releases. The film opens with a montage of the Pittsburgh skyline after dark, scored with Jackie Wilson’s lush 1960 ballad, “Night.” French vampire Marie (Anne Parillaud, in a lengthy nude scene) sits alone in her hotel room, deliberating on where to find her next sanguinary meal. She opens a newspaper to an article about a local Mafia crew headed by Sal “The Shark” Macelli and smiles: “I thought -- what about Italian?” She allows herself to be picked up by one of Sal’s henchmen, Tony (Chazz Palminteri), whose CD player is loaded with Sinatra discs. Just as Tony thinks she’s going to have sex with him, she chomps into
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Gotti Trailer: John Travolta Is the Teflon Don

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Gotti Trailer: John Travolta Is the Teflon Don
Discover the man who showed the world who's boss in a new trailer & teaser poster from director Kevin Connolly's Gotti. Starring John Travolta as infamous crime boss John Gotti, the upcoming true story about the most notorious gangster of our generation opens in select theaters & on demand December 15. After years in development, fans finally get to see what John Travolta looks like as the infamous John Gotti.

Gotti follows crime boss John Gotti's (John Travolta) rise to become the "Teflon Don" of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Lofranco), Gotti examines Gotti's tumultuous life as he and his wife (Kelly Preston) attempt to hold the family together amongst tragedy and multiple prison sentences. The film will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and on demand on December 15, 2017, with the trailer debuting on Lionsgate YouTube today.
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Sara Bareilles Passes Out Pie at the Tony Awards as Kevin Spacey Pitches a 'Usual Suspects' Musical

Sara Bareilles Passes Out Pie at the Tony Awards as Kevin Spacey Pitches a 'Usual Suspects' Musical
Let them eat...pie!

Sara Bareilles had her own viral moment at the 2017 Tony Awards on Sunday.

Dressed in a blue waitress outfit, the 37-year-old singer passed out pie to the audience as host Kevin Spacey was talking on stage.

Related: Exclusive: Kevin Spacey Jokes He's Drinking 'Heavily' Before Star-Studded Tony Awards Opening Number

"What's going on down there?" Spacey asked.

"Oh just, every awards show passes out snacks," Bareilles replied.

"Sara, no," the House of Cards actor said. "Tony nominees do not pass out pie. It's just not done."

The singer laughed and added, "They do when they're promoting their musical, Waitress, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre!"

"No, no, no, Sara, I'm sorry. We're not doing the whole awards show food thing. It's been done to death," Spacey quipped.

More: 2017 Tony Awards: The Complete Winners List

They were then interrupted by a fellow from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway show who proceeded to hand
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Sara Bareilles Passes Out Pie at the Tony Awards as Kevin Spacey Pitches a 'Usual Suspects' Musical

Sara Bareilles Passes Out Pie at the Tony Awards as Kevin Spacey Pitches a 'Usual Suspects' Musical
Let them eat...pie!

Sara Bareilles had her own viral moment at the 2017 Tony Awards on Sunday.

Dressed in a blue waitress outfit, the 37-year-old singer passed out pie to the audience as host Kevin Spacey was talking on stage.

Related: Exclusive: Kevin Spacey Jokes He's Drinking 'Heavily' Before Star-Studded Tony Awards Opening Number

"What's going on down there?" Spacey asked.

"Oh just, every awards show passes out snacks," Bareilles replied.

"Sara, no," the House of Cards actor said. "Tony nominees do not pass out pie. It's just not done."

The singer laughed and added, "They do when they're promoting their musical, Waitress, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre!"

"No, no, no, Sara, I'm sorry. We're not doing the whole awards show food thing. It's been done to death," Spacey quipped.

More: 2017 Tony Awards: The Complete Winners List

They were then interrupted by a fellow from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway show who proceeded to hand
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Chazz Palminteri Joins CBS’ Comedy Pilot ‘Distefano’

Chazz Palminteri Joins CBS’ Comedy Pilot ‘Distefano’
Chazz Palminteri has booked a series regular role opposite Chris Distefano and Annie Potts in Distefano, CBS' comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV. Inspired by the comedy of Distefano, the project centers on Izzy (Diane Guerrero) and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Colombian American, one Italian. Palminteri will play Tony, Chris’ (Distefano) dad, a…
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Stephen Colbert Remakes 'The Usual Suspects' With Trump and Putin

Who is Keyser Soze?

This time around, it's The Late Show's Stephen Colbert. The host has created his own version of the '90s film The Usual Suspects, now focused on the mystery of President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and the real nature of their relationship. 

In his "remake," Colbert stars as Kevin Spacey's character, reimagining the final interrogation scene of the original film when he is questioned by Chazz Palminteri's police officer character.

But when he insists that Colbert must "know something," the late-night host simply agrees.

"Yes! I do know something! And I'm telling you everything, you're just not...
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Robert De Niro Feels The Donald Trump Inauguration Boycotts Are Warranted

  • ET Canada
During his appearance on “Today” on Tuesday, Robert De Niro spoke out against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and believes everyone needs to stand up for what they believe in. Related: Garth Brooks Can’t Perform At Donald Trump’s Inauguration Due To Tour Commitments De Niro was joined by Jerry Zaks, Chazz Palminteri and Tommy Mottola to promote […]
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Robert De Niro’s ‘The Comedian’ Gets Release Date

Robert De Niro’s ‘The Comedian’ Gets Release Date
Sony Pictures Classics has dated Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian” for release on Feb. 3, two days before the Super Bowl.

Taylor Hackford directed the film from Art Linson’s script. Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone, and Veronica Ferres also star. Producers are Hackford, Linson, John Linson, Mark Canton, and Courtney Solomon.

The executive producers are Cinelou’s Scott Karol, the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones, Mad Riot Entertainment’s Mark Axelowitz and Lawrence Smith, as well as Iain Abrahams, Peter Sobiloff, Dennis Pelino, and Fredy Bush.

De Niro plays a comic icon struggling to reinvent himself as his audience only associates him with his former TV character. He’s a strain on his younger brother (DeVito) and his wife (LuPone), and is being forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he
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Robert De Niro’s ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets Release Date

Robert De Niro’s ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets Release Date
TWC-Dimension has set an Oct. 21, 2017, release date for the Robert De Niro comedy “The War With Grandpa.”

Dimension had originally planned to open the film six months earlier, but director Tim Hill revealed last month during a presentation at the American Film Market that he would start shooting the movie in February in Toronto.

The War with Grandpa” follows a boy who’s forced to move out of his room when his recently widowed grandfather moves in. With the help of his friends, the boy devises outrageous pranks to make his grandfather surrender the room, but he turns out to be tougher than expected and all-out war ensues.

Christopher Walken and Eugene Levy have come on board to play the friends of De Niro’s character. “The War with Grandpa” is based on the 1984 children’s book by Robert Kimmel Smith. Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart are producing,
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‘A Bronx Tale’ Broadway Review: Chazz Palminteri Returns to His Roots, Again

  • The Wrap
‘A Bronx Tale’ Broadway Review: Chazz Palminteri Returns to His Roots, Again
The less Chazz Palminteri appears in “A Bronx Tale” the softer his show grows. What began as a tough one-man play written and performed by Palminteri, in 1990, soon spawned a film in which the actor essayed just one role: Sonny, a street-corner mobster who wrestles for the soul of a young boy against the best wishes and deep fears of his bus-driver father. “A Bronx Tale” is now a musical, which opened Thursday at the Longacre Theatre. While Palminteri wrote the book, he gives the Sonny role to his Broadway doppelganger, Nick Cordero, who a few seasons ago played...
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Unorganized Crime: Mafia Dramedy Series with Chazz Palminteri Being Shopped

Deadline reports Chazz Palminteri and Kenny D’Aquila are shopping the Unorganized Crime TV show pilot to prospective buyers. The news outlet describes the half-hour project as a "mafia-themed comedic drama series."Written by Palminteri and D'Aquila, the pilot is based on the latter's play of the same name. The cast includes Palminteri, D’Aquila, Lainie Kazan, Alex Meneses, John Pankow, and, Carmine Caridi. Director Nick Vallelonga produced the pilot through Vallelonga Productions, with Ton of Hats' Mike Hatton and Mark Sherman.Read More…
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‘Unorganized Crime’ Mafia Comedic Drama Series Starring Chazz Palminteri Shopped

Chazz Palminteri and Kenny D'Aquila are shopping Unorganized Crime, a 30-minute presentation for a mafia-themed comedic drama series based on D’Aquila’s play. Palminteri and D'Aquila secured the financing for the presentation, which stars Palminteri as well as D'Aquila, Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Telenovela alumna Alex Meneses, John Pankow (Mad About You) and The Godfather actor Carmine Caridi. The play, a quirky mob-family comedy-drama, was staged in 2014…
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Interview: Imagen Award-Nominated Actress Alex Meneses of TV’s ‘Telenovela’

Chicago – The 2016 Imagen Awards will take place this Friday, Sept. 9. Founded by television legend Norman Lear, the Imagen Awards (“Eee-mah-hen”) encourage the entertainment industry to portray the Latino community in a positive light. One nominee, Best Supporting Actress for NBC’s “Telenovela,” is Alex Meneses.

Alexandra “Alex” Meneses is a Chicago native, from a Southside neighborhood – graduating from Mother McAuley High School – and has been a working actress since the mid-1990s. Her first major role was as Teresa Morales in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” and she had a recurring role as Brad Garrett’s girlfriend in “Everybody Loves Raymond.” She had film roles in “Selena,” “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” and “Auto Focus.” In 2016, she joined the cast of “Telenovela” – as Isabela Santamaria – and is nominated at the Imagen Awards for Best Supporting Actress in her role for that show.

Actor and Chicago native Alex Meneses, on the
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Robert De Niro to Make His Broadway Directorial Debut with Musical Adaptation of A Bronx Tale

  • PEOPLE.com
Robert De Niro to Make His Broadway Directorial Debut with Musical Adaptation of A Bronx Tale
Robert De Niro made his big-screen directorial debut in the 1993 gangster flick A Bronx Tale. And now, the 72-year-old star will make his Broadway directorial debut, in the musical adaptation of the hit film. The show is set to open at New York's Longacre Theatre on Dec. 1. Previews begin Nov. 3. A Bronx Tale: The Musical will reunite De Niro with his costar in the movie Chazz Palminteri, who wrote the film's screenplay and will also pen the musical's book. Palminteri first performed the piece as a one-man play in 1989, and continues to tour with it today. Set in the Big Apple in the 1960s,
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Robert De Niro to Make His Broadway Directorial Debut with Musical Adaptation of A Bronx Tale

  • PEOPLE.com
Robert De Niro to Make His Broadway Directorial Debut with Musical Adaptation of A Bronx Tale
Robert De Niro made his big-screen directorial debut in the 1993 gangster flick A Bronx Tale. And now, the 72-year-old star will make his Broadway directorial debut, in the musical adaptation of the hit film. The show is set to open at New York's Longacre Theatre on Dec. 1. Previews begin Nov. 3. A Bronx Tale: The Musical will reunite De Niro with his costar in the movie Chazz Palminteri, who wrote the film's screenplay and will also pen the musical's book. Palminteri first performed the piece as a one-man play in 1989, and continues to tour with it today. Set in the Big Apple in the 1960s,
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Robert De Niro To Make His Broadway Directorial Debut With ‘A Bronx Tale: The Musical’

Robert De Niro To Make His Broadway Directorial Debut With ‘A Bronx Tale: The Musical’
Robert De Niro has pretty much done it all in Hollywood and now he’s turning to theater to make his Broadway directorial debut. The actor, who starred and directed the 1993 film “A Bronx Tale,” will co-direct a new musical adaptation with stage veteran Jerry Zaks.

A Bronx Tale: The Musical” is based on the one-man show written by Chazz Palminteri, which centered on his childhood on the streets of the New York neighborhood and his conflict between his father and a local Mob boss.

Read More: Robert De Niro Speaks Frankly About Directorial Debut ‘Bronx Tale’ for the Film’s 20th Anniversary

“It’s a Bronx boy’s dream come true for ‘A Bronx Tale, The Musical’ to move to Broadway!” Palminteri said in a statement. “It’s a great story and a great story can morph into many different forms – a one-man show, a movie and a now, a musical. We get the best of both worlds with De Niro having directed the film and Zaks having directed the one-man show. There are only three things you can do to an audience – make them laugh, make them cry or you can scare them. In ‘A Bronx Tale, The Musical’ we do all three.”

The musical made its debut in February at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse and received positive reviews. The Broadway show will be produced by Tommy Mottola, with the Dodgers (“Jersey Boys”) and De Niro’s Tribeca Productions.

Alan Menkin and lyricist Glenn Slater will compose the score. Palminteri will pen the book, set design is by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by William Ivey Long, and lighting by Howell Binkley, who just won his second Tony Award for “Hamilton.” Sergio Trujillo is in charge of choreography.

Read More: Which Broadway Show Most Demands To Be Made Into A Movie? — Criticwire Survey

De Niro is also in negotiations to star in the Dimension Films comedy “The War With Grandpa,” about a young man who’s grandfather moves in and engages in a series of pranks meant to drive him out. Though, his gramps is also pretty good at pulling off tricks.

The production for “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” begins previews November 3 at the Longacre Theatre, with the official opening set for December 1.

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