Screen Junkies » Benicio Del Toro http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Terrence Malick Actually Captured On Camera http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malick-actually-captured-on-camera/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malick-actually-captured-on-camera/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:41:39 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249246 And the photographer responsible didn't even realize it.

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The people at TMZ are well-known for their “scoops” on various celebrities, often gotten through those annoying/heroic paparazzi who follow celebrities around with cameras and ask questions. But sometimes a paparazzo gets a major scoop and doesn’t even realize it – like last weekend, when a TMZ reporter captured the reclusive film-making legend Terrence Malick on camera for the first time in, like, a really long time.

What the photographer THOUGHT he was getting was a simple stop-and-chat with actor Benicio Del Toro. The actor had emerged from a restaurant in Los Angeles and was met with a barrage of questions about topics like Cuba’s statehood. In the background, a nondescript and plainly dressed man walks around awkwardly, clearly avoiding the camera but also clearly compelled to stick near Del Toro. It wasn’t until later that some eagle-eye discovered that the man was none other than Terrence Malick, the director of The Tree of Life (and other masterpieces) who makes it a point to almost never appear in public. Well, at least he didn’t have to answer any annoying questions! (Deadline)

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RoboCop Joins The Cast Of ‘Star Trek 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robocop-joins-the-cast-of-star-trek-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robocop-joins-the-cast-of-star-trek-2/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:00:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238622 Is there a role for Max Headroom?

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Though we don’t have any details about the mysterious villain Benicio Del Toro will play in Star Trek 2, we do know he won’t be playing Khan… or RoboCop. That’s because RoboCop has just joined the sequel.

With cameras set to roll, JJ Abrams has cast Peter Weller in an unspecified part. Since this is a JJ Abrams film, there are no details about who or what Weller will play. Will he reprise his Star Trek: Enterprise role of John Frederick Paxton, the racist that almost derailed the formation of the Federation? A hard-as-nails Star Fleet senior official who doesn’t cotton to the antics of Chris Pine‘s Kirk? Or maybe the spirit of a long-dead God that roams the galaxy in a vague, on-going mystery that makes us all ponder creation. Or maybe, JUST MAYBE, he’ll be a severely wounded ensign they are able to bring back with cybernetic implants. That last option should be old hat for him. (Variety)

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Benicio Del Toro Offered The Chance To Grumble Through ‘Star Trek 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/benicio-del-toro-offered-the-chance-to-grumble-through-star-trek-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/benicio-del-toro-offered-the-chance-to-grumble-through-star-trek-2/#comments Sat, 05 Nov 2011 20:17:45 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235296 He'll flip the crew of the Enterprise, flip 'em for real.

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Famous actor/mumbler Benicio Del Toro has been offered a role in Star Trek 2, the sequel to J.J. Abrams‘ surprise hit Star Trek reboot. What the role actually is is somewhat mysterious, other than the fact that it’s for a bad guy. The only Star Trek I’ve ever seen is Star Trek IV, so I’m guessing this means he’s going to be a Republican. Those Republicans are scary guys – I like their weird foreheads.

Anyway, it’s not set in stone yet, but Del Toro has reportedly “met with Abrams but, in an effort to keep the role a secret, still doesn’t know exactly what it is.” Man, so this Abrams guy is like that with people he knows in real life too. Must be annoying. (Variety)

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Oliver Stone Turns ‘Savages’ Into ‘Pulp Fiction 2′ With Travolta, Thurman And Blake Lively http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oliver-stone-turns-savages-into-pulp-fiction-2-with-travolta-thurman-and-blake-lively/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oliver-stone-turns-savages-into-pulp-fiction-2-with-travolta-thurman-and-blake-lively/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 02:18:17 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208282 Oliver Stone has added a few big names to his marijuana drama / 'Pulp Fiction' Convention 'The Savages'.

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Oliver Stone has added a few big names to his marijuana drama The Savages. Blake Lively will officially become the stoner dream girl, the “joint” girlfriend of the film’s two heroes. See what I did back there? It was a pot reference. Meanwhile, Pulp Fiction stars John Travolta and Uma Thurman are doing the twist with Universal, as they’re in talks to play a weary DEA agent and Blake Lively‘s mom. Can you guess who would play who? I can’t I am so high right now.

The Savages is about two California potheads (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch), whose communal girl-pool Ophelia (Lively) gets kidnapped by a badass Mexican drug cartel, forcing the two top dealers to work for them. And that’s why you shouldn’t do drugs, you guys. Cause bad guys played by Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro will come after you and the hot girl you share with your pal. You’ve been warned.

The Savages begins production this July. (Deadline)

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Benicio Del Toro Set To Squint In ‘Savages’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/benicio-del-toro-set-to-squint-in-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/benicio-del-toro-set-to-squint-in-savages/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 06:51:30 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203083 Director Oliver Stone has got the Toro hookup, cause he's the latest to sign on for Stone's drug drama 'Savages'.

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If you want a villain who’s gonna squint and smoke a lot on screen, you’ve got to go with Benicio Del Toro. Luckily, director Oliver Stone has got the Toro hookup, cause he’s the latest to sign on for Stone’s drug drama Savages. Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch are also cast.

The plot concerns Ben and Chon (Johnson and Kitsch), two Laguna marijuana makers who will not take a wacky trip to White Castle. Why leave the house when they both share a sexy girl named O? Unfortunately, like something out of the video games they no doubt play a lot of, O is kidnapped by a Mexican drug lord and are told they have to work for him if they want their “joint” girlfriend (see what I did there) back alive. Del Toro plays the drug lord’s enforcer.

Based on a bestselling novel by Don Winslow, Stone is trying to setup a deal with Universal, though other studios are also interested in toking a bit of this crazy plot. (Deadline)

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’7 Days In Havana’ To Allow Benicio Del Toro To Be One-Seventh Of A Real Director http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/7-days-in-havana-to-allow-benicio-del-toro-to-be-one-seventh-of-a-real-director/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/7-days-in-havana-to-allow-benicio-del-toro-to-be-one-seventh-of-a-real-director/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:06:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201009 What Benicio del Toro really wants to do is direct.

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What Benicio del Toro really wants to do is direct. Which is why he’ll be so excited to hear the news that he’s directing a segment of 7 Days in Havana, a feature film in which seven directors tell different stories that leverage the Cuban cities location and culture, with each director getting a corresponding day of the week.

Del Toro will be directing the Monday segment in documentary fashion, with actor Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) travelling around the country for the first time, soaking up the culture and presumably not trying to be one of those Americans that just saddles up in an Irish pub wherever they are and orders light beer. Though that would be a pretty funny angle.

The other directors participating in the event include Laurent Cantet, Gaspar Noe, Elia Suleiman, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem and Juan Carlos Tabio. If you know who any of those people are, you receive the international cinema appreciation merit badge. (Deadline)

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Johnny Depp Bows Out Of Non-Pirate Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-bows-out-of-non-pirate-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-bows-out-of-non-pirate-movie/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:25:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29023 Johnny Depp has left Emir Kusturica's The Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Seven Fingers after realizing the role calls for a Mexican actor and he can't pull that off no matter what he does with his facial hair.

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Johnny Depp has left Emir Kusturica’s The Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Seven Fingers after realizing the role calls for a Mexican actor and he can’t pull that off no matter what he does with his facial hair.

Not to worry though, Kusturica is already seeking a replacement to star opposite the still-attached Salma Hayek. with plans to meet with Benicio Del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal. Bernal seems very confident that he’ll win the role, having been quoted recently as saying, “I will probably land the leading role because of physical resemblance with Pancho Villa” and “I believe Emir is the only director who can do the Pancho Villa story. Even better than any Mexican director. You know why? Because he is a kind of Pancho Villa in his own right.”

“Besides, did you see The Wolfman? Ay dios mio,” I added while talking in a Gael Garcia Bernal voice. (via The Playlist)

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Scorsese To Direct ‘Silence’, ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Rumors Just White Noise http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/scorsese-to-direct-silence-wolf-on-wall-street-rumors-just-white-noise/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/scorsese-to-direct-silence-wolf-on-wall-street-rumors-just-white-noise/#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 03:00:39 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27719 As we thought, the rumors about Scorsese directing 'Wolf Of Wall Street' this summer were as reliable as a Bernie Madoff. "Alright then, wiseguy. What is his next project?"

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It’s been a long time since we last checked in with director Martin Scorsese. A long, long time. Actually, it was an hour ago. Turns out it’s been a very productive hour for Team Casino.

As we thought, the rumors about Scorsese directing Wolf Of Wall Street this summer were as reliable as Bernie Madoff. The Leonardo DiCaprio movie will not be the Taxi Driver director’s next project. “Alright then, wiseguy. What is?”

We have confirmation his next project will be Silence. Though it’s debatable whether or not it’s golden, Silence is a drama based on Shusaku Endo’s book about two Jesuit priests in the 1600′s on a tumultuous journey, who travel to Japan to find their mentor and spread Christianity. It sounds a lot like a Harold and Kumar style road movie, only not like that at all. Silence has long been a passion project for Scorsese, though hopefully not in a creepy Passion of the Christ kind of way.

Benicio Del Toro and Daniel Day-Lewis will star, and the story was adapted by Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York). There’s no official shooting dates yet, because Scorsese still has to finish his crazy-sounding 3D movie Hugo Cabret. (The Playlist)

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‘The Iceman’ Snags Del Toro, Shannon, And, As Required By Law, James Franco http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-iceman-snags-del-toro-shannon-and-as-required-by-law-james-franco/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-iceman-snags-del-toro-shannon-and-as-required-by-law-james-franco/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:52:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21097 Del Toro, Franco, and Shannon have been snagged for the upcoming film The Iceman, the true story of a mafia hitman.

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Three stars have been snagged for the upcoming film The Iceman, which is a true story based on the book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer. A joint statement today by Millenium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment announced that the studios had signed on Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro, and the ubiquitous James Franco to the picture with Shannon playing the titular killer, Del Toro his mob boss, and Franco his deadly mentor.

While the cast is certainly standout, the star of this film will remain the story of Richard Kuklinski, a seemingly normal man who led a double life as a mob hit man with over 100 kills to his name and no discernible remorse. The title The Iceman refers to his freezing of the corpses so that police could not pinpoint the time of death. Ariel Vroman is directing, which seems incongruous with the notable cast, but having written the screenplay with Morgan Land, it’s likely that Vroman has conveyed very specific ideas for the project. No word on timeline or a release date, but expect more discussion of this seemingly stellar project once all this Sundance hogwash dies down. (Deadline)

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America’s Favorite Funnyman Benicio Del Toro Playing Stooge Moe? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/americas-favorite-funnyman-benicio-del-toro-playing-3-stooges-moe/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/americas-favorite-funnyman-benicio-del-toro-playing-3-stooges-moe/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:31:34 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=20992 Benicio Del Toro has been making audiences laugh in movies like Traffic and 21 Grams for a long time now. And it looks like the beloved joker may have found his next crack-'em-up role in Moe of The Three Stooges.

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Benicio Del Toro has been making audiences laugh in movies like Traffic and 21 Grams for a long time now. And it looks like the beloved joker may have found his next crack-’em-up role in Moe of The Three Stooges. Peter Farrelly, he of the Famous Farrell Brothers, recently told The Providence Journal “Benicio [Del Toro] is the front runner for Moe, but we’ve not made a deal with him yet.” Lock him down, Peter, before he gets cast as Jerry Lewis! That wasn’t the only thing Farrelly had to say about this long-gestating project:

“It’s all new material. It’s not a biopic. We want to give a matinee feel to it. But none of the studios had any interest in it at the beginning. There was a lot to prove. We even had to show that in the script, despite all the hitting the Stooges were known for, it could be a PG movie.”

You know, that quote could also be about the band The Stooges and you wouldn’t have to change anything.  Set your Twitter hashtags to #DelToroforIggyPop. (The Playlist)

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‘The Three Stooges’ Moves To Fox, Gets Start Date With No Cast http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-three-stooges-moves-to-fox-gets-start-date-with-no-cast/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-three-stooges-moves-to-fox-gets-start-date-with-no-cast/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 22:36:33 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=10812 Are the Farrelly brothers about to escape development hell? Maybe. Twentieth Century Fox is taking over the brothers’ long-awaited modern day The Three Stooges adaptation, pulling the project from the clammy grip of the now-officially-bankrupt MGM.

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Are the Farrelly brothers about to escape development hell? Maybe. Twentieth Century Fox is taking over the brothers’ long-awaited modern day The Three Stooges adaptation, pulling the project from the clammy grip of the now-officially-bankrupt MGM.

The change in studio oversight is accompanied by a tentative start date for the comedy: Twentieth Century wants to begin shooting on March 14, 2011. An ambitious milestone, but whether it’ll actually happen hinges on how soon Bobby and Peter Farrelly can secure a cast. So far, things are looking shaky. At one point, Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Benicio Del Toro were on board to play the trio of lovable idiots. That lineup was all but lost, however, when Penn and Carrey both dropped out, leaving questions about whether Del Toro would stay on. At the moment, there are no official cast confirmations, but the Farrellys remain optimistic.

“The script is ready to go, and we are opening up these roles to the world right now,” Peter Farrelly said. “We’ll make it with the best possible people. Our feeling is that no star is too big to audition and no matter who it is, we’re going to have to see him in the role. This is not ‘The Flintstones.’ You’ve got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, and that could be a major movie star or at unknown.”

The script, which was written by the Farrellys and actor Mike Cerrone, will place the Stooges in the present day, starting from their shared childhood at an orphanage and following them through adulthood. I’m already doubting the realism of this film considering that these days any child who displays the sort of erratic behavior that characterizes the Stooges is immediately prescribed massive amounts of Ritalin and/or enrolled in special ed. Looks like I just gave you your hook, boys. Sean Penn might return to the project if he can play a retard. (Deadline)

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Second ‘Wolfman’ Trailer Drags Its Butt on the Carpet http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/second-wolfman-trailer-drags-its-butt-on-the-carpet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/second-wolfman-trailer-drags-its-butt-on-the-carpet/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000   Every new image or clip of The Wolfman gets me less and less excited for the film's release... and now comes the second full trailer, which ends up playing out like some sort of Victorian version of The Fast & The Furious.

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Every new image or clip of The Wolfman gets me less and less excited for the film’s release… and now comes the second full trailer, which ends up playing out like some sort of Victorian version of The Fast & The Furious.

There’s so much dried poop stuck to the hairy butt of this trailer you’re gonna need to resurrect Billy Mays to figure out a solution for getting it out. C’mon Joe Johnston! Not since Jumanji have we had to deal with hairy CG animal poop clumps. The only convincing part of the trailer was Hugo Weaving, and he pretty much fapped around all day on set (see photo):

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