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'Killing Them Softly' Could Earn Brad Pitt His First Oscar

May 25th, 2012 10:01am EDT
Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly
After Killing Them Softly received a 10 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, it appears Oscar buzz is growing early for a man that has yet to hoist an Academy Award: Brad Pitt.

Killing Them Softly, which also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Richard Jenkins, follows a mob enforcer (Pitt) sent to clean-up a mob-protected poker game after a robbery. The film has received some flak for being set in 2008 and centering on the recent economic downturn, with some wondering if the story was taking shots at President Obama.

"Only part of that is true. The movie sets Obama's 2...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Son Of No One'

February 24th, 2012 10:27am EST
Son photo
Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Ray Liotta and Juliette Binoche all in the same flick? We’re there! It’s all dissected for your movie reviewing pleasure with the arrival of "The Son Of No One" on Blu-ray this week via Anchor Bay Entertainment. Follow the film about the fuzz below!

Title: "The Son Of No One"

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Al Pacino

Director: Dito Montiel

Rating: R

Runtime: 94 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Website: www.anchorbayent.com

The Flick: "The Son Of No One" is a flick that’s hard to enjoy. Meaning the hardene...
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Check Out Channing Tatum & Al Pacino In 'The Son Of No One' On DVD & Blu-ray Feb. 21

February 18th, 2012 6:29am EST
The Son Of No One
In the police thriller "The Son Of No One," a young officer (Channing Tatum) is assigned to the Queens precinct he grew up in.

When letters start surfacing about two unsolved murders in the neighborhood, they bring back dark memories and secrets that threaten his career and his family. He is forced to break his own moral code to keep himself, his family, and his fellow cops safe.

Joining Tatum on screen are Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan and Juliette Binoche.

The release also contains deleted scenes and audio commentary with writer/producer/director Dito Monti...
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'Supernatural' 7.13 Recap: Daddy Dearest

February 4th, 2012 8:29am EST
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As “Supernatural” fans, I’m sure we’ve all faced the feat that is explaining the show to friends we’re trying to lure to the dark side. It was difficult in the first season, so add a few dozen deaths of the main characters, one missing soul, an Apocalypse and an one reverently stored trench coat, and it’s damned near impossible. “Supernatural” is wonderfully and horrifically complicated, just how I like it. So I was taken aback at how the show returned with a straight-forward, simply told episode, especially after the last time-warping extravaganza. “The Slice Girls” was directed by pr...
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AMC Greenlights 'Goodfellas' TV Series

January 12th, 2012 10:26am EST
Goodfellas
A TV series based on Martin Scorsese's gangster classic Goodfellas has been given the go-ahead by bosses at U.S. network AMC.

Rumors circulated back in 2010 that a TV version of the hit 1990 movie was in the works following the success crime drama Boardwalk Empire, and now writer Nicholas Pileggi, who created the original screenplay, has officially signed on to pen the script.

Goodfellas producer Irwin Winkler and his son David are also attached to the project, according to Deadline.com.

The storyline is set to follow Ray Liotta's mobster character, Henry Hill, throughout his early years...
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Chris Evans Replacing James Franco In 'The Iceman'

November 22nd, 2011 8:55am EST
Chris Evans
Chris Evans is set to replace James Franco in an upcoming film about notorious killer Richard 'The Iceman' Kuklinski.

Milk star Franco pulled out of The Iceman due to a disagreement over "key contractual issues," but now Evans has stepped in to take the role as Kuklinski's mentor.

Kuklinski, to be portrayed by Michael Shannon, was a contract killer for the Mafia.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer have also signed on for the film, which is set for a theatrical release in 2013.
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David Schwimmer To Play Mafia Contract Killer In 'The Iceman'

November 11th, 2011 8:14am EST
David Schwimmer
Former Friends star David Schwimmer will ditch his good guy image to play a Mafia contract killer in a violent new film about Richard 'The Iceman' Kuklinski.

The actor/director, who played nice guy Ross Geller in the hit sitcom will portray Jack Rosethal opposite Ray Liotta's Mafia's boss in The Iceman.

The titular character will be played by Revolutionary Road star Michael Shannon, according to Daily Variety.

Kuklinski claimed to have killed more than 250 people between 1948 and 1986.

Maggie Gyllenhaal will also appear in the film.
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Blu-ray Review: 'Cop Land'

November 3rd, 2011 12:22pm EDT
Cop Land photo
De Niro. Keitel. Liotta. And a heavy and somber Stallone. All are the fruits off the tree that is "Cop Land," the 1997 drama via writer/director James Mangold hitting Blu-ray this week from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Check out the citation list below!

Title: "Cop Land"

Grade: 4

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta

Director: James Mangold

Rating: R

Runtime: 116 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

The Flick: I remember not being all that impressed when I saw "Cop Land" the first time around. It actually wasn’t unt...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,' 'Tower Heist' & More

October 31st, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Harold & Kumar 3D - Tower Heist
Last week I watched two classic horror movies: “The Thing” and “The Exorcist.” Watching John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” just further reminded me of how crappy the recent prequel was. With its spooky score, good looking practical effects, and more fully formed characters, Carpenter’s story is far superior. If you were thinking about seeing the prequel, skip it, so you can stay in and watch Carpenter’s version.

Even though I didn’t find myself grossed out by any of the nasty behavior of the possessed little girl (Linda Blair) in “The Exorcist,” I really appreciated the eerie music, the sp...
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Check Out 'The River Murders,' Starring Ray Liotta & Christian Slater

September 19th, 2011 7:41am EDT
The River Murders
Ray Liotta, Christian Slater, and Ving Rhames star in Sony Pictures' "The River Murders," on DVD Sept. 20.

The sins of the past are not forgotten in this chilling suspense thriller. When the first body was discovered, it seemed a coincidence. But now homicide detective Jack Verdon (Liotta) has cause to worry: the victims of a series of brutal sex murders are all his former girlfriends.

Suspected by the FBI agent who's taken over the case (Slater) and suspended by his captain (Rhames), Jack must work outside the law if he's to find the killer, save his future and protect what's left of hi...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Entitled'

September 9th, 2011 8:42am EDT
The Entitled photo
Ever get tired of being poor and feel ‘entitled’ to a little of the good life enjoyed by others? Then team up with the lead character of the cool psychological thriller "The Entitled," out Sept. 6 on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Check out all the payback results below!

Title: "The Entitled"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Kevin Zegers, Victor Garber, Ray Liotta

Director: Aaron Woodley

Rating: R

Runtime: 91 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Website: www.anchorbayent.com

The Flick: "The Entitled" is a timely and extremely engrossing flick that spins a clev...
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Taylor Lautner Pokes Fun At NFL Lockout In 'Field Of Dreams' Sequel Spoof Trailer (Video)

July 6th, 2011 11:00pm EDT
Taylor Lautner Funny Or Die Field Of Dreams 2
Twilight hunk Taylor Lautner has shot a spoof remake of Kevin Costner's 1989 baseball drama Field Of Dreams, poking fun at the ongoing NFL (National Football League) lockout.

The joke trailer, which has been posted on the FunnyorDie.com website, features Lautner as an Iowa farmer who turns a cornfield into a gridiron pitch for two 'ghost' teams made up of current stars facing no professional football this coming season as players and owners argue over contracts.

The Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout clip also includes original Field of Dreams star Ray Liotta, who plays NFL Commissioner Roger...
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Katie Holmes 'Uspet' By Sundance Walkout Reports

January 27th, 2011 8:48am EST
Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes was "upset" by reports Hollywood executives walked out of a preview for her new movie The Son Of No One - because a technical error caused the early exits, according to the film's producer.

The actress stars alongside Al Pacino, Channing Tatum and Ray Liotta in the gritty crime drama, which was debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Monday. Reports suggested the picture received a lukewarm response from the audience and "a stream" of movie studio bosses walked out before the credits rolled.

Producer Cassian Elwes, brother of actor Cary Elwes, has now spoken out to c...
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Tom Cruise, Madonna First Choices For 'Goodfellas'

September 19th, 2010 12:05pm EDT
Martin Scorsese
Superstars Tom Cruise and Madonna were movie bosses' first choices for the lead roles in iconic 1990 mafia movie "Goodfellas."

Studio chiefs were desperate to cast Cruise in the role of mobster Henry Hill and Madonna was wanted to play his wife - until Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco won over director Martin Scorsese and the movie's producers.

Speaking to GQ magazine on Goodfellas' 20th anniversary, producer Irwin Winkler admits, "Tom Cruise was discussed. Marty wanted Ray... Frankly I thought we could do a lot better and then me and my wife were having dinner one night in a restaurant and...
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Al Pacino Steps In For Pal Robert De Niro

February 17th, 2010 12:23pm EST
Al Pacino Steps In For Pal Robert De Niro
Al Pacino has signed on to fill the shoes of fellow Hollywood legend Robert De Niro in forthcoming film Son Of No One. De Niro was originally cast to co-star in the police thriller - about a young cop with a family secret assigned to work in his old neighborhood - but he dropped out of the project unexpectedly.

However, Pacino has stepped up to save the project and replace his The Godfather Part II co-star De Niro, while Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes are also in talks to join the cast, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Filming on the Dito Montiel mo...
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Nine Actors Who Played Real-life Baseball Players

October 19th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Gary Cooper
With the baseball playoffs in full swing, it's time to take a look at actors who have stepped up to the plate and taken on the challenge of portraying a real-life hardball legend. While there have been many great movies and portrayals about diamond life (Kevin Costner in "Bull Durham" springs to mind), a select few actors have hit the field in fact-based baseball films.

Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig

In the revered biopic "The Pride of the Yankees," Cooper steps into the shoes of the Yankees icon and deftly handles all the off-the-field developments (diagnosis of ALS, "Luckiest Man Alive"...
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The Best Baseball Movies Ever

October 9th, 2009 11:30am EDT
Best  Baseball  Movies  Ever
The MLB baseball playoffs have already begun and eight teams are battling it out for that prestigious World Series title. For over a century now, baseball has given us memorable moments like game-winning home runs, perfect games, and complete-game shutouts. Baseball has also given us some of the most memorable movies in film history. In honor of our national pastime, we've compiled a list of the greatest baseball films that have captured the essence of the game and inspired sports and non-sports fans alike. ...
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Check Out 'Observe And Report' On DVD, Blu-Ray & More Sept. 22

September 21st, 2009 7:59am EDT
Observe and Report
At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist. The master of his domain, he combats skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun.

Ronnie's delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven by his personal duty to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this...
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Writer's Viewpoint: 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

April 9th, 2009 10:56am EDT
Jimmy Fallon
We are now a few weeks into the Jimmy Fallon era of late night network programming -- his absence this week was allegedly a planned vacation, not a result from his argument/possible fight at a New York City pizza restaurant -- and, well, I have mixed feelings. Now, I've made it clear I've always kind of enjoyed Jimmy Fallon so I am certainly not one looking to see him fail. At the same time, though, there's something about his show, so far, that has annoyed me. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, though. I almost feel the show is trying to be "too cool": Hey, look, we have bloggers (I can...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

April 6th, 2009 10:36am EDT
Observe and Report
Welcome to another edition of "This Week's Movie Buzz." As a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors, I'll provide you with the inside scoop before you hit the multiplex with your hard earned cash. You'll receive a first look at the movies premiering this week, and I'll offer my predictions about which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent, and which ones aren't worth your time.

The selection of movies premiering this week is rather light, so if you haven't checked out the movies I recommended last ...
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Video Game Movies: The Good, The Bad, And The Boll

February 25th, 2009 9:09am EST
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
With Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li arriving in theaters February 27, it’s time to take a look back at the video game movies that brought us to this point.

While video games run the gamut of quality - from very good to very bad - video game movies have typically been on the “poor” side of the critical spectrum. Games are written with interactivity in mind, and thus their storylines don’t always mesh with the film medium.

Still, there are a few titles one could argue are at least passable – even if fans of the video games they are based on do not find them loyal to the ori...
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A Decade Of Controversy: A 'Grand Theft Auto' Retrospective

April 24th, 2008 2:40pm EDT
Grand Theft Auto IV
On Tuesday, April 29th, gamers around the United States will become shut-ins, news networks like CNN and Fox News will have a few pieces on the downfall of society, and parents across the country will be at their local Best Buy asking little Timmy if they're sure the game they are buying is for children. That's right folks; Grand Theft Auto IV is almost here. To ease the wait until millions of PS3's and 360's are become dedicated GTA playing machines, Starpulse offers a look back at the series. So steal yourself a car and join us for the ride. Don't actually steal a car - that was a joke, w...
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Jason Statham Stars In Uwe Boll's 'In the Name of the King'; Opening Jan. 11

December 10th, 2007 6:00pm EST
In the Name of the King
A simple family man (Jason Statham) is forced to take up arms after an evil sorcerer (Ray Liotta) unleashes an army of bloodthirsty beasts that destroy his small village and capture his beautiful wife (Claire Forlani).

As the marauding forces overrun the land in an effort to overthrow the king (Burt Reynolds) and his loyal magus (John Rhys-Davies), the once peace-loving peasant and his two companions (Ron Perlman and Will Sanderson) venture into perilous, uncharted terrain on a daring rescue mission.

In this breathtaking fantasy adventure, director Uwe Boll conjures up a me...
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Ray Liotta Is Scared Of Elevators

April 30th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Ray Liotta
Hollywood hardman Ray Liotta plays the tough guy on the big screen - but in real-life the actor is scared of elevators. The Goodfellas star's phobia began seven years ago when he got stuck in an elevator with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.

He explains, "I started to ventilate." Liotta, who has avoided elevators ever since the incident, confesses he couldn't be more different from this movie characters. He adds, "The people I grew up with find it amusing that I play tough guys."

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Opening April 13: Slow Burn

April 10th, 2007 11:59am EDT
Slow Burn
A cop trying to clear the name of a woman he loves falls deep into a morass of corruption in this crime thriller. Ford Cole (Ray Liotta) is the district attorney in a crime-ridden town where he's contemplating a run for mayor in a bid for greater power. Cole is also having an affair with one of his assistants, Nora Timmer (Jolene Blalock) Continue Summary

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Unaired Episodes of 'Smith' Now Available Online

November 9th, 2006 10:52am EST
Ray Liotta stars in Smith
Starting today, CBS will stream the four remaining original episodes of the prime-time drama "Smith" on its broadband channel, innertube (cbs.com/innertube). The episodes will be available free of charge, with minimal commercial interruption, for four weeks.

The first three episodes, which had already aired, will also return online so internet audiences can see all seven original episodes in their entirety. Also, a written synopsis of how the producers planned to resolve the serialized drama will be provided by the show's writers and posted on the series' website at CBS.com.

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CBS Pulls Ray Liotta Drama 'Smith'

October 6th, 2006 3:06pm EDT
Ray Liotta & Virginia Madsen
“Smith," the Tuesday night CBS crime drama starring Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen is off the schedule, the network just announced. It will be replaced temporarily by reruns of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Minds.

Merely 8.4 million viewers watched the last episode of "Smith," according to Nielsen Media Research. It faced tough competition in the time slot from NBC's Law & Order: SVU and ABC's Boston Legal.
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Survey Reveals Most Haunting Movie Moments

September 28th, 2006 10:51am EDT
The Ring
Participants in a Halloween survey by Blockbuster said that the scene in the film The Ring in which the dead Samara crawls out of the television haunts them more than any other, although scenes from Hannibal, The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project come close behind.

Close to 60 percent of those surveyed reported being unable to get a scary image out of their mind after watching a horror film. It's easy to see why, with a feast of frightening films to see that include Hannibal Lecter dining on Ray Liotta's brains while he's still alive in Hannibal.

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Tonight's TV Highlights: 'Smith,' 'Boston Legal,' 'NCIS,' & More

September 19th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Amy Smart stars in Smith
Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Simon Baker, Amy Smart, Johnny Lee Miller, Franky G and Chris Bauer star in the new drama series Smith, premiering tonight (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Smith delves into the world of high stakes robberies, where Bobby Stevens (Liotta) finds himself leading a double life as the leader of a band of thieves who pull off intricate and ingenious jobs and then goes back to being the typical nine-to-five, suburban family man.

Leading this close-knit crew of career criminals is Bobby Stevens (Liotta), who appears to be a regular family man with a nine-to-five...
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Catch 'Smith,' 'The Class' & 'New Adventures of Old Christine' Free on Google

September 13th, 2006 2:28pm EDT
The New Adventures of Old Christine
In order to gain additional promotional exposure during the critical fall-launch period, the premiere episodes of three new and returning CBS primetime series will stream on Google Video for free starting today.

The episodes being streamed include the pilot episodes of new series Smith and The Class, and the premiere episode from this season's sophomore series The New Adventures Of Old Christine starring Emmy Award-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The shows posted today and will be available free of charge to viewers until September 17. The preview of the pilot of “Smith” and the...
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