This is a day for America. how long did it take Martin Scorsese to get this movie made? >> Posted 12.20.12 by Chris
"When you dance with the devil, you wait for the song to stop."
Audiences have been flocking to theaters to watch gangster movies since before the introduction of "talkies," enticed by the opportunity to be a tourist in the violent world of career criminals without any of the risk associated with the reality of the lifestyle. The genre has been dominated by the stories of desperate Italian immigrants struggling to make it in America and Italian-American mafiosos who temper their ruthlessnes with strict codes of conduct, such as in The Godfather, considered the second greatest film in American cinema by the American Film Institute.
But, the "face" of gangster movies has become less defined in the past two decades as America has become more diverse and moviegoers more accepting of foreign imports. Modern masters like Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma continue to elevate the genre by perfecting it, while innovative filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie and Takashi Miike have helped to broaden the genre by refusing to be slaves to gangster movie tropes. Hide your stash, check your clip, and help us choose the latest, greatest gangster movies.
Top 10 Best Gangster Movies of the Past 20 Years >>
Posted 11.08.12 by BrentJS
Known almost entirely for comedies, actor Jonah Hill earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as Peter Brand in last year's Moneyball. While Hill hasn't given up on comedies (and shouldn't, judging by the surprisingly excellent 21 Jump Street), the actor is still interested in dramatic roles. In February, Hill was cast in his follow-up dramatic role in the memoir-based drama True Story, produced by Moneyball co-star Brad Pitt, and now Hill has landed a role in another memoir adaptation, director Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. more about Wolf of Wall Street Posted 05.04.12 by Ryan
Probably the weirdest thing about director Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Hugo was that it didn't include Leonardo DiCaprio. Outside of his documentaries and concert movies (and Hugo), Scorsese has cast DiCaprio in every one of his movies since 2002's Gangs of New York. Seems that one movie away was enough for the director, and he and DiCaprio are now ready to join forces once again for The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir of stockbroker decadence in the 1990s.
Adapted by Terence Winter (creator of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, which Scorsese executive produces), The Wolf of Wall Street will follow DiCaprio as Belfort, who partied his way as a broker starting in the 1980s and eventually landed in jail for securities fraud. more about Wolf of Wall Street >> Posted 04.20.12 by Ryan
Hugo and The Artist were the big winners at tonight's 84th Annual Oscars — and Angelina Jolie's right leg, which gained a twitter account and more than 4,800 followers before the awards ceremony ended.
We've got the complete list of 2012 Oscar winners here. Watch Hollywood Dailies Monday at 5:30 PM ET for full Oscars coverage, including analysis from Reelz movie experts Richard Roeper and Leonard Maltin, and our Fashion Fanatics: Academy Awards special at 7 PM ET. ReelzChannel is Dish 299, DirecTV 238, and available on your cable system. See the full list of 2012 Oscar winners >> Posted 02.26.12 by reelz
In the end-of-year rush to release Oscar-baiting pictures, the studios shift their patronage from summer blockbusters to the auteur driven films more likely to land them a gleaming awards statuette. And while many a critically respected director is more than happy to garner a few moments of cinema sun for their more awards-bound work, what the movie-goer may not know is that just because they get critical respect doesn't mean that they don't love a good slasher flick. In fact, a lot of the time many an acclaimed director's best work comes from their own spins on good old genre pictures.
Horror movies in particular have long been a draw for many of the great moviemakers. So, we thought we’d offer a list of some of our favorite horror flicks from directors who also happen to be gunning for a Best Picture Award this year.
Read Arthouse Directors Who Aren't Afraid of the Dark >> Posted 12.07.11 by reelz
Hugo, Academy Award–winning director Martin Scorsese's latest movie, opened last weekend in fifth place, not bad given that it opened in half the number of theaters compared to its competition. In fact, while Paramount is planning a wider release to start in December, Hugo's opening is the third best for a Scorsese movie, behind just Shutter Island and The Departed.
Based on the 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Hugo is Scorsese's first foray into a children's story as well as his first time shooting a movie in 3-D, not that he hasn't wanted to use the currently ubiquitous format. Scorsese recently told Deadline that he's wanted to work with it "since I saw my first 3-D film back in 1953, House of Wax." The results have Scorsese thinking that he might use 3-D for his upcoming projects as well. what will scorsese direct next in 3-D? >> Posted 11.29.11 by Ryan
Academy Award–winning director Martin Scorsese's latest movie, Hugo, may be his first feature shot in 3-D, but that hasn't stopped it from receiving Oscar buzz and high critical praise, with The New York Daily News calling it "a love letter to moviemaking" and The Chicago Tribune calling it "pictorially entrancing and quite moving".
Based on the 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Hugo follows the title character, an orphaned twelve-year-old boy (Asa Butterfield) who lives inside a train station in 1931 Paris. While trying to stay under the radar of the station's inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), Hugo befriends Isabelle (Chloe Moretz) and attempts to fix the mechanical man created by his late, clockmaker father (Jude Law). watch the clips and read about Scorses's next project >> Posted 11.22.11 by Ryan
Fashion aside (where the color red handily won the evening), how did the winners and losers stack up at the Primetime Emmy Awards? Rather than regurgitate a mere tally of winged statuettes by show/network, we came up with our own judging criteria and picks.
Top 5 Emmy Winners and Losers >> Posted 09.19.11 by reelz
2006's The Departed was, at the time, the third collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie, a remake of the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, won Academy Awards for both Scorsese and screenwriter William Monahan.
Since The Departed, the actor and director have also worked on last year's Shutter Island, and the pair are looking to reunite for a fifth time with a remake of the gritty, 1974 drama The Gambler. Deadline reports that Monahan is writing the script for Paramount for Scorsese with DiCaprio now attached to star. The original starred James Caan as a professor whose addiction to gambling gets the better of him and flees to Las Vegas to escape the mob.
While fans of The Departed have to be pleased at the potential of a re-teaming between the movie's screenwriter, director and star of the original movie, there is one person who isn't happy about the remake at all: The Gambler screenwriter James Toback. Toback sent Deadline a message outlining his displeasure over the remake, which no one had bothered to tell him about. toback not pleased with the "rudeness" of the remake >> Posted 08.29.11 by Ryan