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‘Chicago P.D.’ Star Amy Morton To Stage All-Female ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ On Broadway

‘Chicago P.D.’ Star Amy Morton To Stage All-Female ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ On Broadway
An all-female cast will hit Broadway in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross next year under the direction of Chicago P.D. actress Amy Morton.

The new production will begin performances in May 2019, with cast, design team, a venue and exact dates to be announced. The producing team is headed by Jeffrey Richards, Will Trice, Rebecca Gold and Steve Traxler.

Morton, Tony-nominated as an actress for her Broadway performances in August: Osage County and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, will make her Broadway directing debut with Glengarry. An ensemble member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, she directed Guards at the Taj for off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company in 2015, and has a lengthy roster of directing credits for Steppenwolf including a 2001 production of Glengarry that featured a traditional male cast.

Morton’s acting credits, in addition to Chicago P.D., include Boss, Chicago Fire, Blue Bloods,
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Football Movie Classic Rudy Returns to Theaters August 29th & Sept. 1st

“Ru-dy! Ru-dy! Ru-dy!”

He’s five-feet-nothin’, a hundred and nothin’ and barely has a speck of athletic ability, but Rudy Ruettiger still became a sports legend. As the 2018 football season begins, the film that introduced the world to “Rudy” will return to movie theaters nationwide for two days only on August 28 and September 2, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Accompanying these theatrical screenings of “Rudy” is an introduction featuring the real-life Rudy Ruettiger and a Q&A hosted by Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, and filmed in front of a live audience at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre.

Tickets for “Rudy” are available now at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Entertainment present “Rudy” in more than 600 select movie theaters on Tuesday, August 28, and Sunday, September 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days) through
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Fathom Events Bringing Rudy Back To Theaters August 28 And September 2

He’s five-feet-nothin’, a hundred and nothin’ and barely has a speck of athletic ability, but Rudy Ruettiger still became a sports legend. As the 2018 football season begins, the film that introduced the world to “Rudy” will return to movie theaters nationwide for two days only on August 28 and September 2, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Accompanying these theatrical screenings of “Rudy” is an introduction featuring the real-life Rudy Ruettiger and a Q&A hosted by Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, and filmed in front of a live audience at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre.

Tickets for “Rudy” are available now at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Entertainment present “Rudy” in more than 600 select movie theaters on Tuesday, August 28, and Sunday, September 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days) through Fathom’s Digital
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The disappearance of Michael Mann's The Keep

Padraig Cotter Jan 5, 2017

Michael Mann has all-but-disowned The Keep. But why? And how has the fanbase kept it going?

Every auteur has a black sheep in their filmography. Something which doesn’t gel with their established style, and was rejected by critics and fans upon release. On this front Spielberg has 1941, Oliver Stone has The Hand, Brian De Palma has Wiseguys and so on.

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Michael Mann has the crown jewel of them all. He's a director best known for his precise, beautifully shot thrillers like Heat, Manhunter or The Insider. So how a director famed for his commitment to realism and methodical research ended up crafting a gothic horror movie set during World War II is anyone’s guess.

That’s what happened with 1983’s The Keep,
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Blu-ray Review – Christine (1983)

Christine, 1983.

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Christine Belford, Roberts Blossom, William Ostrander.

Synopsis:

An unconfident bullied teenager buys an old car that seems to have an effect on his personality.

1983 was something of a banner year for movies based on Stephen King books. His 1981 novel Cujo was first and proved to be fairly successful, and The Dead Zone followed, helping to push its director David Cronenberg closer to the mainstream, but it was John Carpenter (Halloween/The Thing) who got to make Christine, now making its UK Blu-ray debut thanks to rising distributor Powerhouse Films.

Arnie Cunningham (Keith GordonJaws 2/Combat Academy) is an awkward teenager, bullied at school by the thuggish Buddy Repperton (William OstranderMulholland Drive) and at home by his domineering mother Regina (Christine BelfordDynasty). His only friend is his childhood buddy Dennis Guilder
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‘Thief’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

  • Nerdly
Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Tom Signorelli, Dennis Farina, Nick Nickeas, W.R. Brown, Norm Tobin, John Santucci | Written and Directed by Michael Mann

When it comes to Michael Mann the number of movies he’s directed may not be huge, but the impact that they have has been. With the likes of Manhunter, Heat, and The Last of the Mohicans he created memorable movies that have a definite Mann style. Thief, which gets the Arrow Video treatment with this new Blu-ray release, was his first move into major movie making and a fine example of him at his best.

Thief is the story of Frank (James Caan) a professional safecracker who specialises in diamond jobs. Looking for a way out of the business and living his dream of a normal family life he agrees to do a high paying job for big-time gangster Leo
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Blu-ray Review – Thief (1981)

Thief, 1981.

Written and Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Willie Nelson, Dennis Farina, William Petersen and Robert Prosky.

Synopsis:

A professional safecracker’s plan for going straight spirals out-of-control when he becomes indebted to a crime boss.

The limited Blu-ray slipcase edition of Michael Mann’s theatrical film début Thief (1981) comprises a whole host of insightful features. Offering an in-depth study and analysis of the starkly morally ambivalent crime thriller, the release is a timely reminder of what a fantastic introduction it was to the stylish and iconic world of Mann. Provided by Arrow Films as another in their series of cult classics, the release shows off the film as a true original and a remarkable piece of inspired visualisation.

Focusing on the professional safe-cracker Frank’s (James Caan) attempts to navigate the modern world after a young adulthood spent in prison, the film itself
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Blu-ray Review – Thief (1981)

Thief, 1981.

Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Dennis Farina and William Petersen.

Synopsis:

A professional safecracker starts working for the mob in order to make enough money to quit his criminal lifestyle but things don’t go according to plan.

You have to hand it to director Michael Mann, he knows how to make crime thrillers. A quick trawl through the special features on this Arrow Video Blu-ray release will reveal several tales of a filmmaker who spent a lot of time with professional criminals in his quest for authenticity. Thief is his debut feature film and was adapted by Mann from the novel The Home Invaders by Frank Hohimer (real name John Seybold), himself a convicted thief, and although Mann would go on to perfect his storytelling craft in 1995’s classic Heat it’s quite startling how much of his style is already present here.
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De Niro and Pattinson Thriller Shut Down Due to Financing Problems. What next?

'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing
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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Last Action Hero’ (1993)

Last Action Hero

Written by Zak Penn, Adam Leff, Shane Black, and David Argott

Directed by John McTiernan

USA, 1993

The concept of a film within a film is an idea that provides for truly interesting cinema. Films that are self-referential, satiric, and make fun of their own genre are often hilarious, thought-provoking, and downright fun. 1993’s cult favorite Last Action Hero is an action-fantasy that pokes fun at the action film genre in more ways than one. It stars the incomparable blockbuster movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger who is playing himself. Last Action Hero pretty much has it all and if you are a fan of the Austrian star or just action cinema in general, then this is the perfect film for you.

The film focuses on Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien), a 12-year-old troublemaker obsessed with movies, in particular those of action hero Jack Slater, a fictionalized version of Schwarzenegger.
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Review: Michael Mann's "Thief" (1981) Starring James Caan, The Criterion Dual Format Release

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Criterion has released a dual format Blu-ray/DVD edition of director Michael Mann's 1981 crime thriller Thief starring James Caan. It's a highly impressive film on many levels, especially when one considers this was Mann's big screen feature debut. He had previously directed the acclaimed 1979 TV movie The Jericho Mile, which was set in Folsom Prison. Mann was inspired by his interaction with the world of convicts and wrote the screenplay for Thief, which is credited as being based on author Frank Hohimer's novel The Home Invaders, but he maintains virtually none of the source material ended up on screen. The story centers on Frank (James Caan), a bitter man with a troubled past. As a child he was raised in state-run homes before being sent to jail for a petty crime. Inside prison, he committed violent acts in order to defend himself but this only resulted in lengthier jail terms.
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Blu-ray Review: Neon Brilliance of Michael Mann’s Influential ‘Thief’

Michael Mann’s “Thief” is a crime movie that’s more about the criminal than his illegal acts. It’s about a man who has been torn down to nothing who slowly puts pieces back into his life, like a love affair and a family, only to learn that he has to give all of them up for his own safety. It’s a fascinating film, stunning in its technical acumen and with stellar performances from James Caan, Tuesday Weld, and Robert Prosky (making his film debut). It’s also a great inclusion in The Criterion Collection, perfectly remastered and with some interesting interview insights.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

What is “Thief”? Like most Michael Mann films, it’s hard to pin down into a genre. Yes, there are traditional elements of the crime film and even some degree of noir but it’s so distinctly character driven that it transcends the cliches of its genre.
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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980′s

As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.

We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.

The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.

The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.

Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes
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‘Thief’ is Michael Mann’s Masterpiece

Thief

Directed by Michael Mann

Written by Michael Mann

1981, USA

1981 saw the release of Michael Mann’s feature directorial debut Thief. James Caan plays Frank, a professional safecracker whose plan to settle down spirals out-of-control when he becomes indebted to an underworld criminal organization. Thief is a gritty modern film noir that bubbles with Mann’s stylish, atmospheric direction. For a first feature Thief is simply put, a masterpiece. Through Mann’s unique and effective story-telling approach, and Caan’s world-class performance, Thief ranks along side the very best caper flicks.

Frank’s mentor Okla (Willie Nelson) is sitting behind bars desperately trying to get out and Frank’s latest job goes bust when his business partner decides to walk off the ledge of a sky rise. Frank has also spent quite a bit of time in jail but with a new relationship blooming with waitress Jessie (Tuesday Weld) he’s looking to settle down.
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Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated

This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.

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Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.

In Neeson’s case, his lack of a nomination was a case of neglect similar to the Albert Brooks snub in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film year 2011 for Drive(Nicolas Winding Refn, USA).

Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention.
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80s Flashback: Remembering ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’

Last week, we took a look back at the first Gremlins movie. This week, it’s on to Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

Although I had not watched the movie in nearly two decades, there were a few things I remembered about the sequel before sitting down to rewatch. For starters, as a kid, it was a more fun movie than the original film. “The new batch” had powers. When you’re a kid, powers are all the rage. I remembered that at least one Gremlin could talk perfect English, while another darted around the screen like it had the powers of Electro (an Amazing Spider-Man villain from Marvel Comics). I also recalled the story taking place in New York and Gizmo wearing a red bandana – though I couldn’t for the life of me remember why Gizmo would be wearing gang colors.

Gremlins 2 begins similar to Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
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Watch Gremlins 2: The New Batch for Nostalgia and a Few Laughs: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a blu-ray copy of this film was provided by Warner Bros. for review. Director: Joe Dante. Writer: Charlie Haas. Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee, Haviland Morris, Marla Bloodstone, Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, and Gedde Watanabe. Warner Bros. is set to release Joe Dante's gremlins on New York City once again. Gremlins 2: The New Batch is releasing on Blu-Ray for the first time May 8th and comedy fans might want to take notice. Many of the characters from the original film such as Gizmo, Billy (Zach Galligan) and Phoebe (Kate Beringer) return for this sequel. This time they are in New York with new jobs and new problems. Gizmo releases more monsters after getting wet and the chaos begins once again! The story here follows the original film's rules: do not get the mogwais wet, do not feed them
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Classics on the Big Screen! Hey La, Check Out Christine This Weekend at the New Bev

There's nothing quite like turning back the clock and revisiting some of your favorite classic horror on the big screen on original 35mm prints. Only a shitter wouldn't appreciate that.

You've got a great opportunity this Saturday, April 28, good people of Los Angeles, as Brian Collins of HorrorMovieADay.com will host a midnight showing of Christine at the New Beverly Theater.

For more info, check out the New Bev website or if you're already convinced you're as good as there, you can pre-order your tix (8 bucks, cheap!) at BrownPaperTickets.com. Read on for the deets.

From Brian Collins at HorrorMovieADay.com

This Saturday, April 28, check out a 35mm screening of John Carpenter's Christine (based on the Stephen King novel) at the New Beverly! Personally I think this is one of his most underrated films (2nd only to In The Mouth Of Madness, which I've already hosted!), and always enjoy seeing it on the big screen.
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Thn’s Top Ten ‘Buddy Cop’ Films

To compliment the release of 21 Jump Street in the UK, and because we thought it might make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, we’re taking a look back at some of the more prominent ‘buddy cop’ films to have entertained us over the years.

In The Heat Of The Night (1967) was arguably the first to fully adopt the ‘reluctant-but-unavoidable-partnership’ scenario that, in spite of its simplistic formula, is still a mainstay in the film industry today.

Check out our ten favourites below…

48 Hrs (1982)

One’s a hard boiled cop, one’s a wise-cracking criminal…

Walter Hill’s explosive comedy revolves around Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) and the criminal who is forced into his custody, Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy). The duo must put aside their differences in order to try and achieve a common goal: the capturing of a stone cold killer, Albert Ganz (James Remar).

48 Hrs marked the feature film debut of Eddie Murphy,
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A Michael Mann Retrospective

Flickering Myth presents a detailed look at the work of the acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann...

Whether it is a Native Indian raised trapper caught in crossfire of the colonial wars between Britain and France or an investigative journalist undermined by corporate interests, Michael Mann has the remarkable ability to explore the nuances of human behavior within an epic environment. To commemorate the 69th birthday of the Chicago born filmmaker, Flickering Myth has assembled a career overview which contains various insider insights detailing the making of his ten feature films starting with Thief (1981) and concluding with Public Enemies (2009)...

Mann Handled: A Michael Mann Profile

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director Michael Mann in a two-part article from 2009.

Thief, 1981.

Written and Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Dennis Farina, William Petersen and Robert Prosky.

Synopsis:

A professional safecracker’s plan for going straight spirals out-of-control when
See full article at Flickeringmyth »
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