Screen Junkies » Robert De Niro http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:50:24 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Robert De Niro And John Cusack Accept Bags Of Cash To Appear In ‘Bag Man’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/robert-de-niro-and-john-cusack-accept-bags-of-cash-to-appear-in-bag-man/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/robert-de-niro-and-john-cusack-accept-bags-of-cash-to-appear-in-bag-man/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:23:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258929 It's the only explanation.

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After years of doing anything for a paycheck, it’s a bit surprising it took this long for Robert De Niro and John Cusack to cross paths. It’s like De Niro wasn’t even offered Hot Tub Time Machine.

Despite De Niro’s hairdo, The Bag Man is not a comedy. Yet a thriller that sends John Cusack to a seedy motel to hang out with that actress who will most likely get naked. They don’t come right out and say that in the trailer, but it’s heavily implied. This trailer shows so much of her skin, you’d think the wardrobe van was stolen.

 

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SJ Show: Morgan Freeman Reads ‘The Fox’ By Ylvis http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sj-show-morgan-freeman-reads-the-fox-by-ylvis/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sj-show-morgan-freeman-reads-the-fox-by-ylvis/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:10:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257702 We also got Robert De Niro's rendition of Miley's 'Wrecking Ball' somehow.

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Turns out that Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline — the Mt. Rushmore of acting — will do pretty much anything you ask. And so, with Last Vegas in theaters this weekend and because the movie is about recapturing youth, we thought we’d have the patriarchs of cinema read lyrics from some of the most popular young musical artists of today. Morgan Freeman interprets Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)”, De Niro puts his spin on Miley Cyrus, Kevin Kline tackles One Direction, and Michael Douglas loves his “Chinese Food.”

We can’t believe we actually got them to do this. Everybody go see Last Vegas like nine times this weekend!

Rules.

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Robert De Niro To Learn Spanish For Boxing Film ‘Hands Of Stone’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-to-learn-spanish-for-boxing-film-hands-of-stone/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-to-learn-spanish-for-boxing-film-hands-of-stone/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:59:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254307 This time he'll play a trainer so don't worry, he likely won't be taking his shirt off.

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Robert De Niro has decided to squeeze one more boxing film in before he gets too old and decrepit to put any force behind his arms. He’s signed on for Hands Of Stone, a biopic about legendary boxing champ, who I just learned of, Roberto Durán. De Niro will play trainer Ray Arcel to Zero Dark Thirty‘s Édgar Ramírez’s Durán in the film that charts Durán’s legendary brawls with Sugar Ray Leonard, culminating in the bizarre, final match where Durán decided he didn’t like getting punched anymore and quit mid-fight while crying out “No mas.”

Producer Jay Weisleder says “The story of Roberto Duran and Ray Arcel is not only a homage to the golden days of boxing; it is most importantly the story of a fatherless man who teaches every single one of us the true meaning of never giving up.” Except, of course, the part at the very end when Durán famously gives up. Just go get a soda or something during that part. (Deadline)

 

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Caption This Pic For A Chance To Win $80 Worth Of Goodies From ‘Being Flynn’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/caption-this-pic-for-a-chance-to-win-80-worth-of-goodies-from-being-flynn/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/caption-this-pic-for-a-chance-to-win-80-worth-of-goodies-from-being-flynn/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:43:37 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247526 Be funny, and you might win something...

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Being Flynn, starring Paul Dano and Robert De Niro, hit theaters today. To celebrate, Focus Features has given us $80 worth of swag to give away. But as always, nothing is free in this god-forsaken world. In order to earn the prize, you must first come up with the funniest caption for the pic below.

Prizes:

Two (2) winners will receive:
• $50 Movie Theater Gift Card
• Movie-Tie in Book
• Soundtrack

Prizing values: $80 each
Prizing provided by Focus Features

So, without further delay, here’s the pic. Leave your caption in the comment below, and be funny, damn it! And be sure to check out the trailer.

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9 Respected Actors Made To Do Silly Things http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-respected-actors-made-to-do-silly-things/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-respected-actors-made-to-do-silly-things/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:56:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240868 Shame, shame, shame.

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We all do things that we don’t like for money. Whereas some of us wait tables or walk dogs or blog, there are others who want so badly to make it as an actor that they’ll take roles they should have thought twice about. Whether they were attempting to get their start, looking for a challenge, or unable to resist the money, there are several celebrated actors who took roles that made them look like complete anuses.

Here is our list of award winning actors and the silly things that directors made them do.

Paul Giamatti – Big Fat Liar

Just one year before American Splendor launched him into starring roles, Paul Giamatti was died blue and taking nut-shots opposite Frankie Muniz in the kid’s comedy Big Fat Liar. In the film, Giamatti plays a sleazy Hollywood producer who plagiarizes Muniz’s school essay and turns it into a hit film. As revenge, Muniz teams up with Amanda Bynes to turn his world upside down. His skin and hair are dyed, his car destroyed, and his staff turned against him. That’s the kid’s film equivalent of being Qaddfi’d.

Bryan Cranston – Mighty, Morphin’ Power Rangers

It was a long and winding road that lead Bryan Cranston to Emmy gold and his breakout role as Walter White on Breaking Bad. Along the way, he picked up guest-starring spots and odd voice work all around Hollywood. One voice over gig was that of Snizard on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The snake/lizard hybrid easily defeated its foes by launching “tonsil snakes” that would wrap around and weaken their targets. Cranston got off lucky here. So many Hollywood hopefuls are forced to deal with a very different definition of tonsil snake if they want to be stars.

Sean Connery – Zardoz

After captivating the world with his portrayal of James Bond in six films, Sean Connery was walking on sunshine. Considered by many to be the epitome of sexy, the Scottish actor was a major movie star the entire world over. That must be want gave him the confidence to wear a long french braid and strut around in a puffy red diaper with matching ammo bandelier suspenders. Eh. It was the 70′s.

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8 Movie And TV Characters Who, Like Chris Brown, Don’t Deserve A Second Chance http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-movie-characters-who-like-chris-brown-dont-deserve-a-second-chance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-movie-characters-who-like-chris-brown-dont-deserve-a-second-chance/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:13:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243338 And probably not a first one, either.

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Good news for people who like inexplicable news: TMZ is speculating that Rihanna and Chris Brown might be rekindling their relationship after they spent a night together at Greystone Manor nightclub in West Hollywood. Chris Brown’s PR rep (most thankless job in the world, btw) issued a statement that they’re not dating and just friends.

After he beat her savagely on the side of the road, you would think that Rihanna couldn’t cut him out of her life fast enough, but there’s no accounting for sentiment, as often the lovelorn wait too long to cut the cord, often causing dire results. Here are just a few such examples in the world of film and television.

Ginger – Casino

Over the course of her relationship with Sam Rothstein, she slept with his best friend, stole towels from his hotel, tied up his child, cheated on him with her pimp ex-boyfriend, then tried to swindle him out of as much money as she could. Frankly, doing one of these things is too much to forgive, especially the towel theft.

She’s hot and infectious, so I can understand why Sam kept coming back to her, exercising infinite patience, but that doesn’t mean it was the right thing to do. He should have kicked her ass to the curb, if not killed her.

Ike – What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Ike may not be fictional, but he is a character in a movie, and he’s plenty abusive, so I have no qualms putting him on this list. He got second chances in spades from wife Tina, with his “I can change, baby” attitude lampooned (hysterically) by Tim Meadows on Saturday Night Live.

Ike was so sinister and shitty that in a 1985 interview, when he was asked about his alleged abuse of ex-wife Tina, he said “Yeah I hit her, but I didn’t hit her more than the average guy beats his wife.” He then went on to restate his position a little differently, in a fashion that would be funnier if it didn’t involve domestic abuse – “Sure, I’ve slapped Tina… There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I have never beat her.”

I’m going to the dictionary to make sure I know what “beat” means.

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Robert De Niro Is Homeless Dad In ‘Being Flynn’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/robert-de-niro-is-homeless-dad-in-being-flynn-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/robert-de-niro-is-homeless-dad-in-being-flynn-trailer/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:57:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=236509 "Good news, son. Your father is one of the top three writers in America. Also, he wears a tinfoil cape."

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Another Bullsh*t Night In Suck City has a trailer and the much more marketable, safe title of Being Flynn Paul Dano stars as a young man who volunteers at homeless shelters. One night, Robert De Niro shows up looking for a bed. He recognizes him as his estranged father and confronts him in the hopes of understanding the man and filling an empty part of his life.

“Good news, son. Your father is one of the top three writers in America. Also, he wears a tinfoil cape.”

Pretty solid setup for a drama, and with it in the able hands of About A Boy’s Paul Weitz, we can expect good things. It’s just nice to see De Niro in a film where he isn’t milking cats or having a needle stuck into his penis. Or maybe he is. Who knows? Being homeless is hard.

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Garry Marshall’s ‘New Year’s Eve’ Poster Seems To Focus On Homeless Hector Elizondo http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/garry-marshalls-new-years-eve-poster-seems-to-focus-on-homeless-hector-elizondo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/garry-marshalls-new-years-eve-poster-seems-to-focus-on-homeless-hector-elizondo/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:29:26 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=232479 It's nice to watch other couples go through the same things we do, like fights with Josh Duhamel and difficulty getting Sarah Jessica Parker pregnant.

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Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve Poster is making the rounds today, and my retinas are seared from all the star power!

Among others, the poster proudly boasts Abigail Breslin AND Til Schweiger! That’s right, the German actor and director of over 50 films will be popping up to bring some diversity (granted, European diversity) to the ensemble cast which also features:

Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.

The film also seems to star “champagne” and “backlit dancing” in their breakout roles.

Because it’s Friday and so little real news breaks on Friday, let’s try to guess the coupling here:

Seth Meyers and Halle Berry

Zac Efron and Jessica Biel

Ludacris, Robert De Niro, and Abigail Breslin

Til Schweiger and any woman with two eyes and a heart

Sarah Jessica Parker and Hector “The Hitman” Elizondo

Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel (They’ll have the cutest babies!!!!)

And since I’m pretty much over this exercise, let’s say the rest just hook up in a giant orgy over the end credits.

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Bradley Cooper Invited Back To ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bradley-cooper-invited-back-to-the-silver-linings-playbook/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bradley-cooper-invited-back-to-the-silver-linings-playbook/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 16:11:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223033 No hard feelings?

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The Silver Linings Playbook. Mark Wahlberg is out, and Bradley Cooper may be back in.

Last year, Cooper was attached to the lead role of a former teacher who moves in with his mom after being institutionalized for depression, but was cast aside when director David O. Russell‘s best guy, Mark Wahlberg, showed interest. Wahlberg, however, now has to bow out due to a scheduling conflict. So, now Cooper is back and things are going to be awkwaaaard at the table read.

Robert De Niro, whose trailer accidentally fused to Cooper’s on the set of Limitless, will continue his recent trend of going only where Cooper goes. He’s currently in talks for an undisclosed role. Jennifer Lawrence will also star as a young woman who jumps from bed to bed after the death of her husband. That’s every ghost’s nightmare. (Deadline)

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The Best ‘Jack & Jill’ Trailer Parodies So Far http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-best-jack-jill-trailer-parodies-so-far/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-best-jack-jill-trailer-parodies-so-far/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:00:57 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221035 If you thought the 'Jack & Jill' trailer looked horrible, you're not alone...

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If you thought the recent Jack & Jill trailer looked like a festering pile of Rob Schneider poo, you’re in good company. Almost everyone with a pulse was disgusted by Adam Sandler’s latest attempt at comedy. The trailer was so bad, that it’s already given birth to numerous “reaction videos” featuring the likes of George C. Scott and Nicolas Cage. Truth be told, I’ve laughed more at these videos than I have at the last five Adam Sandler films combined. And something tells me Jack & Jill won’t do much to help that average.

In honor of this hilarious new meme, we present to you the five funniest Jack and Jill trailer parodies so far.

The Bad Lieutenant

Hitler

Nicolas Cage

Robert De Niro

George C. Scott

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Statham, De Niro, and Owen Just Beating The Holy Hell Out Of Each Other In ‘Killer Elite’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/statham-de-niro-and-owen-just-beating-the-holy-hell-out-of-each-other-in-killer-elite-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/statham-de-niro-and-owen-just-beating-the-holy-hell-out-of-each-other-in-killer-elite-trailer/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:18:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=217546 It's "Owen and Statham vs. De Niro," or "Owen and De Niro vs. Statham," or something.

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The trailer for Killer Elite doesn’t offer much in the way of plot. All the viewer really needs to know is that, for reasons you needn’t worry your pretty little head about, people are just beating the shit out of each other. Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, and Jason Statham all take turns dishing out heaping portions of pain. Initially, Owen forces Statham to rescue his friend and mentor, Robert De Niro. After that nugget of info about 15 seconds into the trailer, they stop with the plot revelations altogether.

And they aren’t really missed. True to the title, the aforementioned three appear to be elite killers, beating each other up while strapped to chairs, strapped in by a seat belt, or, in De Niro’s case, just really, really old. Lest one think this is ridiculous, nonsensical action fare, the trailer informs that the film is based on a true story, which seems very improbable. But Hollywood doesn’t lie, so I’ll be heading to my local library to learn more about this menage a trois of ass-kicking.

In summary, most of this trailer is set to Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” That’s really all the information you need. This article could have been a lot shorter.

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Sean Penn To Bring Out De Niro’s Funny Side In ‘The Comedian’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sean-penn-to-bring-out-de-niros-funny-side-in-the-comedian/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sean-penn-to-bring-out-de-niros-funny-side-in-the-comedian/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:10:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216256 Noted funnymen may team up to bring us the humor.

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Pack it up, Apatow. You had a good run but there’s a new wave of comedy washing into Tinseltown. So pack up your shit.

According to the NY Post, popular yucksters Robert De Niro and Sean Penn are teaming up for The Comedian. De Niro stars as an insult comic in the vain of Don Rickles in the film scripted by Art Linson and Jeffrey Ross. Sean Penn is in talks to direct, not Martin Scorsese as previously reported.

I’m sure this will be the laugh-out loud hit of the year. Actually, all years. With the super-bubbly Sean Penn and Robert De Niro on board, how could it not be? Throw in a role for funnyman Russell Crowe and we may all need crutches from over-slapped knees.

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Scorsese Directing De Niro Again In ‘The Comedian’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/scorsese-directing-de-niro-again-in-the-comedian/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/scorsese-directing-de-niro-again-in-the-comedian/#comments Sat, 21 May 2011 17:48:33 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213162 Have you heard the one about Art Linson and Robert De Niro?

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One of the best movies from the famous Scorsese/De Niro series of collaborations is The King of Comedy, which stars Robert De Niro as bottom-of-the-barrel comedian Rupert Pupkin, who decides to take his beloved comedy idol (played by Jerry Lewis) hostage in order to appear on his show.

Now, there’s a rumor going around that there’s going to be a return to that type of material for both of these movie giants, called The Comedian. It’s the baby of producer Art Linson, who wrote the script about an old insult comic in the Don Rickles mold. And De Niro reportedly loves the script, and Linson wants to get Martin Scorsese to direct it. No word on whether Scorsese is actually interested in such a project, and it will be a wonder if he is, since he’s got so much on his plate as it is, including another movie with De Niro, The Irishman. But, it’s nice to have hope. (Showbiz 411)

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Casting Round-Up: Olivia Munn, Allison Pill, Topher Grace, 50 Cent http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-olivia-munn-allison-pill-topher-grace-50-cent/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-olivia-munn-allison-pill-topher-grace-50-cent/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 00:09:00 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212735 Two of these actors will walk and talk for Aaron Sorkin, one will go blind and the other will flow 'Gently Down The Stream'.

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Time to saddle on up and head over to Casting Call Fields, to see which actors are getting rustled up for which Hollywood movies. Don’t look away while the casting director brands their actors with the iron, unless you’re a yellow-bellied coward.

Olivia Munn has officially joined Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO drama about what happens behind-the-scenes – whoa, there’s a behind-the scenes? – at a cable news show. Currently the series is called “More As The Story Develops.” When I wished I could “see more” of Olivia Munn, her suddenly getting a lot of acting work was not what I had in mind. Stupid monkey’s paw. Meanwhile, Allison Pill (Milk) joins the cast as an associate producer in a shaky relationship with another staffer. The reason the relationship’s shaky? He accidentally asked her to give him some “forehead.” (Hollywood Reporter)

The old and buster Spider-Man, Topher Grace, is set to star in Gently Down The Stream along with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Katherine Heigl. He’ll play De Niro’s son, who falls in love with his adopted brother’s Latin sister. Eh, that kind of thing happens all the time, I’m sure. Justin Zackham is directing. (Deadline)

Rapper / actor / vitamin water aficionado 50 Cent will play blind DJ Shamus Cocobolo in Stephen Sommers‘ Odd Thomas. Yeah, that does sound odd. Based on the bestseller by Dean Koontz, the film’s about a clairvoyant short order cook (Anton Yelchin) who follows around a suspicious man connected to an impending disaster. Odd Thomas also stars Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt. (Variety)

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Robert De Niro To Play His Most Sinister Role: Bernie Madoff http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-to-play-his-most-sinister-role-bernie-madoff/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-to-play-his-most-sinister-role-bernie-madoff/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 21:08:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212079 A guy that has made some really bad career decisions recently will be playing a guy that has made some really bad career decisions recently.

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Not content seeing decades-long doppelganger Al Pacino revel in moderate praise for his portrayal of Dr. Jack Kevorkian in HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack, Robert De Niro is in talks to play another controversial character in an HBO move with an amazingly lazy title. The Wizard of Lies would cast De Niro as reviled scamster Bernie Madoff in a what Deadline claims to be “he definitive look at Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme.”

The bad news: This doesn’t sound like a role that would be in Bobby D’s wheelhouse. His past historical roles (Al Capone and Frankenstein‘s monster, which I know isn’t technically “historic,” but is familiar enough that it might as well be) have required far less nuance than Madoff would, and both those performances were not among De Niro’s finest.

That said, it’s safe to say that his participation in any project lends it immediate legitimacy, save for the Meet the Parents franchise, so it’s easy to see what HBO gets out of this. Seeing him as a socialite with vast wealth will be a context in which we’ve never seen De Niro. Huh. I guess in many ways this will be like playing Al Capone. (Deadline)

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Robert De Niro And Diane Keaton To Disappoint Us All Even More http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-and-diane-keaton-to-disappoint-us-all-even-more/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-and-diane-keaton-to-disappoint-us-all-even-more/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 20:37:45 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211868 But it's not like they owe us anything.

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Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton have both earned “lifetime passes” for their work in the 70s with filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen. Now, in 2011, they’re doing a movie with the guy who wrote The Bucket List.

The movie is called Gently Down The Stream, and it will also star Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried, who presumably will not be joining De Niro and Keaton in harmonizing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Here’s what they will be doing:

“De Niro and Keaton play a long-divorced couple who, for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding and his biological mother, pretend they are still married. They quickly learn that acting the part isn’t easy, especially when their past, present and future unravel for all to see.”

Sounds wacky! I hope there’s a scene where De Niro is like “No, we aren’t marr-I mean yes, we are married!” I’m already laughing. (Variety)

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See First Pic Of De Niro Playing A Cool Guy In ‘Red Lights’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/see-first-pic-of-de-niro-playing-a-cool-guy-in-red-lights/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/see-first-pic-of-de-niro-playing-a-cool-guy-in-red-lights/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 18:07:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204985 Robert De Niro wears his sunglasses at night.

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If you were one of the several people who saw Buried last year, you’re probably looking forward to Rodrigo Cortes’ next movie, the supernatural thriller Red Lights, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, and Sigourney Weaver. In it, De Niro plays a famous psychic, which explains why in this picture it looks like he’s standing on a stage of some kind. Perhaps the sunglasses are to hide his third eye? I don’t know how psychics work.

I love Buried, so I’m pretty excited about this, even though the plot synopsis from star Elizabeth Olsen makes it seem more conventional than that:

“Robert [De Niro] plays a world renowned psychic and Sigourney is a psychology professor, and I play her student… Cillian Murphy is my love interest, though that’s not a huge part of the story.”

You can see the larger picture down below. You can also print it out and take it to the mall so you can get a pair of sunglasses just like De Niro has. That’s what I’m going to do, anyway. (via /Film)

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Robert De Niro To Get Acting Tips From 50 Cent http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-to-get-acting-tips-from-50-cent/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-to-get-acting-tips-from-50-cent/#comments Sat, 26 Mar 2011 14:06:36 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203879 Hopefully this means De Niro will finally learn a thing or two about acting.

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Each film that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson appears in is the equivalent of a master class in the field of acting, and also how to get with shorties in the club. Now, it looks lik the master is taking yet another pupil under his evidently bullet-proof wing, in Robert De Niro – whom he already worked with in Righteous Kill. Forest Whitaker is also “in talks,” so hopefully he will be able to learn at the feet of the master as well. The movie is called Freelancers, but unfortunately it isn’t about guys who write movie news articles at 2 o’clock in the morning. Here’s the disappointing plot synopsis:

“Jackson plays the son of a slain NYPD officer who, with his two best friends, joins the Police Academy. After graduating, he’ taken under the wing of his father’s former partner Captain Vic Sarcone (De Niro) in the ranks of Sarcone’s Street Vice Crime Task Force and he becomes part of Scarcone’s rogue task force.”

So it sounds like a little bit of The Untouchables, with a little, I dunno, Training Day or something mixed in. Hopefully this means De Niro will finally learn a thing or two about acting, and we can see what he’s really capable of. Do you think they can do another Fockers movie after this? (via Deadline)

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Robert De Niro Suddenly Choosey About His Roles http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-suddenly-choosey-about-his-roles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robert-de-niro-suddenly-choosey-about-his-roles/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:57:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202427 Robert De Niro, who was most recently seen taking a needle to Little Bobby, has all but killed Jonathan Demme's 'Honeymoon With Harry'. The script must be lacking jokes about cat nipples.

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Robert De Niro, who was most recently seen taking a needle to Little Bobby, has all but killed Jonathan Demme‘s Honeymoon With Harry. Demme has walked from the project after De Niro repeatedly balked at the film which, by every indicator, seems like a hit.

The script be Paul Haggis (and re-written by Rachel Getting Married‘s Jenny Lumet) has long been considered one of the best unmade films, and is loved by both New Line Cinema and star Bradley Cooper. And do you have any idea how hard it is to get Bradley Cooper to love you? His wild heart cannot be tamed.

But De Niro is simply not interested which has proven to have a ripple effect on the entire production. Cooper doesn’t want to appear disloyal to De Niro (who can blame him after the master thesp’s turn in Rocky & Bullwinkle), and Demme doesn’t want to make the film under negative circumstances. Maybe if Demme were to write in a scene where Ben Stiller accidentally serves poop at dinner or one where Billy Crystal prescribes him a drug that causes extreme cottonmouth and zany side effects, he’d have De Niro’s commitment. Until that time, however, Kevin James needs someone to play a stern judge in a movie about a fat lawyer who falls down a lot. And then Queen Latifah is all like, “Awwwww, Hell no!” (Deadline)

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Review: Limitless http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-limitless/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-limitless/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 22:24:13 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202282 At its core, it’s just 90 minutes of dumb fun based on a concept that appeals to anyone who has ever struggled to do anything.

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There’s no question: Limitless is a story for the 21st century. A modern man, unable to match the pace of his modern world, ingests a modern drug, achieves modern perfection, and enters the pinstriped ranks of the modern elite. It’s a superhero tale, except the superhero doesn’t help other people; he helps himself. What could appeal more to a generation of young consumers raised on celebrity reverence, pill-shaped miracle cures, and the supreme law of instant gratification?

Of course, that’s not to say Limitless is some corrupt production encouraging people to be shitty. At its core, it’s just 90 minutes of dumb fun based on a concept that appeals to anyone who has ever struggled to do anything. Life is hard, yes, but what if you could take a pill and become the most awesome person ever, for whom life is just one big thrill-seeking shit-show and challenge is merely a nine-letter word? That would be great, right? Here’s a movie about it.

Okay. Now what? That’s where things get sticky. The filmmakers seem to have thrown all their resources into answering the question “How cool would it be if” without ever stopping to consider the bigger picture. Once the hero takes the pill, achieves his dreams, kicks the world in the nuts, and turns back to do a victory lap, the only thing left to explore is the rather obvious terrain of the pill’s unforeseen medical side effects. And while watching a person slowly deteriorate under the crippling effects of drug dependence is certainly an interesting sight, it’s not the kind of thing that carries a movie very far. So they introduce some bad guys, too, and the bad guys do bad things, namely trying to steal the hero’s pills.

But wait, isn’t the hero kind of a bad guy too? Isn’t he acting selfishly and cheating at life and using money to solve his problems and all around just being a bit of a dick? No, no, no, because, you see, he’s a good guy. Not only is he super likeable and funny and kind of a goof ball, he also wants to help people. He states quite overtly at one point that he has good intentions — some pre-conceived plan to achieve some greater good with his newfound powers. That plan, however, is never actually explained. We’re force fed the idea that the hero is meant to be a good person, the guy we all root for, but his motivations are vague at best and his ultimate goal — to do something “important” — comes off as just another empty statement designed to advance the plot and keep the film rolling along. It’s as if the filmmakers turned to one another halfway through shooting the movie and thought, “Wait a minute, this guy might come off as kind of a prick. Better make it seem like he has a grand altruistic vision. Can’t think of one? It’s cool. Let’s just never explain it.” And they never do.

Then again, nobody is going to walk into this movie expecting a thought-provoking analysis of society’s bankrupt moral system. People are going to see this movie because it’s kick-ass fantasy — shameless cultural masturbation at its best. Like all masturbation, however, it’s better done in private. Once yo extract the fantasy, blow it up on the big screen, throw in a cast of supporting characters, and tell all your friends about it, you begin to realize just how empty and sad the whole thing really is. Unless you happen to be taking anti-sadness pills, in which case that shit is nothing short of incredible. Boo-yah, bitch! Now where’s my Lamborghini?

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‘Suck City’ Gets A Couple More Residents http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/suck-city-gets-a-couple-more-residents/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/suck-city-gets-a-couple-more-residents/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:22:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=111089 Though already in front of cameras, Another Bullsh*t Night In Suck City is still picking up some indie darlings.

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Though already in front of cameras,  Another Bullshit Night In Suck City is still picking up some indie darlings. Lili Taylor (who you might confuse with Liv Tyler thus totally screwing up a game of Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon) has joined the Homeless Robert De Niro drama in an unspecified role.

Also joining up, (and don’t fall in love here, fellas) is Dale Dickey. You’ll recognize the actress from a wide variety of work including The Winter’s Bone, for which her portrayal of a meth-head won her an Indie Spirt award. Other places you may know her from are “My Name Is Earl” where she played a prostitute, and”Breaking Bad” where she played a… err, another meth-head. Oh, according to her IMDb page she’s done comedy. Here she is listed in a “Funny Or Die” sketch where she played the character of ‘Prostitute’. Goddamn. This poor woman. Her role in Bullshit Night isn’t specified, but let’s go ahead and assume her character’s name is Suck City. (The Playlist)

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Limitless http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/limitless/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/limitless/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 23:37:38 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27148 Director: Neil Burger Cast: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro Synopsis: A copywriter discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. Release Date: March 18, 2011

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Director: Neil Burger

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Synopsis: A copywriter discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.

Release Date: March 18, 2011

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Olivia Thirlby Joins De Niro And Dano In ‘Suck City’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/olivia-thirlby-joins-de-niro-and-dano-in-suck-city/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/olivia-thirlby-joins-de-niro-and-dano-in-suck-city/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 19:09:15 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31431 The actress has signed on for a role opposite Paul Dano and Robert De Niro in 'Another Bullshit Night In Suck City'. Expect skinny emotions and squinting.

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Olivia Thirlby is on an acting tear. The actress just wrapped the Judge Dredd reboot as well as The Darkest Hour, and she’s just signed on for a role in Paul Weitz’s adaptation of Nick Flynn’s memoir Another Bullshit Night In Suck City. The film, about the relationship between a father (Robert De Niro) and son (Paul Dano) that occurs while the son is employed as a caseworker in a Boston homeless shelter, will be a Focus Features production. Thirlby will play Dano’s love interest who gets him the job at the shelter.

The book is supposed to be terrific, so let’s hope that even though the film version is chock full of De Niro, Dano, homeless people, and of course, Boston, it doesn’t come out reeking of Oscar bait. (Deadline)

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You’re About To Have One Less Excuse For Not Watching ‘Taxi Driver’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/youre-about-to-have-one-less-excuse-for-not-watching-taxi-driver/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/youre-about-to-have-one-less-excuse-for-not-watching-taxi-driver/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 18:48:41 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31162 It's a better date movie than porn.

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Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (starring some guy) is one of the best movies of the 70s, which would of course put it in the running for best movie of all time. So if you haven’t seen it, you’re really missing out – and almost as importantly, you’re running out of excuses for why you haven’t seen Taxi Driver, since it’s coming back to an AMC theater maybe near you on March 19 and 22. You can click here to see if you’re in one of the more than 40 cities being blessed with Travis Bickle and Friends’ presence. If you’re not, maybe you could write a couple hundred crazy letters to Jodie Foster complaining about it. She’d like you if she got to know you! (via The AV Club)

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The Worst Of The Best: Robert De Niro http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-worst-of-the-best-robert-de-niro/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-worst-of-the-best-robert-de-niro/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 16:44:44 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30826 One of the greatest actors of his, or any, generation has starred in a lot of crap.

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Today we examine the worst films of a cinema legend: Robert De Niro.

De Niro is one of the greatest actors of his, or any, generation. As such, he’s been in some of the most cherished films of all time; The Godfather II, Taxi Driver, and Goodfellas, just to name a few. But at the end of the day, his amazing abilities and his stellar reputation haven’t prevented him from starring in some really, really shitty movies. And while it’s true that you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs, there’s really no excuse for shitting all over the frying pan.

OK, maybe that was an awful analogy. But it was better than these awful films deserve.

Analyze That

Analyze This is a severely overrated film. It’s one of several De Niro comedies that relies almost exclusively on the fact that De Niro is the star (Hey, look! It’s Robert De Niro, and he’s being funny! Ha!). That being said, it’s a thousand times better than its sequel, Analyze That.

The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

When asked if he feared films like The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle might taint his legacy, De Niro replied, “I had a good time on Rocky & Bullwinkle.” I’m glad someone did. Zing!

Godsend

If your young son dies, and Robert De Niro approaches you about resurrecting him via cloning, don’t do it. The same goes for Gregory Peck’s character in The Boy’s From Brazil. But if you’re insistent on the whole cloning thing, go with Peck. Sure, you’ll end up raising a boy Hitler, but it will be a lot more entertaining than the kid from Godsend. And to be honest, boy Hitler is a lot more likable.

Righteous Kill

You’d think a movie starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino couldn’t be anything less than a classic. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. Everyone involved in the production was relying on chemistry or magic far too much. The best actors still need material that isn’t crap.

Hide and Seek

Acting wasn’t really the problem with Hide and Seek. The film simply tried a little to hard to have a shocking ending. The filmmakers should have known that when it comes to pointless twist endings, nobody does it better than M. Night, so there’s no point in trying.

Showtime

Unless you have a time machine that can transport you back to 1984, do not, under any circumstances, decide to make a film with Eddie Murphy.

Flawless

What do you get when you cross Robert De Niro playing a stroke victim with a gay cross-dresser? A really bad movie. And much like taking home a real life tranny, if you took this film home expecting a comedy, you might be unpleasantly surprised.

Meet the Fockers

In Meet the Parents, the fact that the main character’s last name is “Focker” is good for a few laughs. In Meet the Fockers, it’s about the only laugh.

Little Fockers


In Meet the Fockers, the fact that the main character’s last name is “Focker” is about the only funny aspect of the film. In Little Fockers, audiences are too busy getting focked to notice the name gag. Get it? “Focked? I should write screenplays.

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Katherine Heigl To Serve As Sub-Halle Berry http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/katherine-heigl-to-serve-as-sub-halle-berry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/katherine-heigl-to-serve-as-sub-halle-berry/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:34:13 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23465 Halle Berry is being replaced by America's sweetheart Katherine Heigl (in a movie, not in life).

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The world has been breathlessly awaiting the romantic pair of Halle Berry and Jon Bon Jovi in the upcoming film New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately for the world (and fortunately for Halle Berry, hey-o!), Halle Berry is being replaced by America’s sweetheart Katherine Heigl (maybe she can also star in a parody “Nude Year’s Eve“).

Apparently, Heigl just adopted some poor kid and was looking for a project that wouldn’t require a huge time commitment. New Year’s Eve fits the bill, since as a follow up to Garry Marshall’s surprise hit Valentine’s Day it’s a big ensemble piece. Just a couple pinches of Heigl, as opposed to a whole dish. Dunno why I went with a food metaphor but whatever. New Year’s Eve will also star (deep breath) Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara, Russell Peters, Hilary Swank, Ice Cube, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Seth Meyers, Jessica Biel and Til Schweiger. (via Deadline)

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Elizabeth Olsen Gets ‘Red Light’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/elizabeth-olsen-gets-red-light/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/elizabeth-olsen-gets-red-light/#comments Sun, 23 Jan 2011 22:27:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21662 You know her as the secret Olsen twin, but now she's making a name for herself after Sundance.

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Elizabeth Olsen is currently getting great notices for her performance in the one-shot-only thriller Silent House at Sundance. Now it appears she’s starting to get some work thanks to her performance as well. She’s just been announced as joining Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, and Sigourney Weaver of Buried-director Rodrigo Cortés‘ thriller Red Light. The story is about “a psychologist (Weaver) and her assistant (Olsen) whose study of paranormal activity leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic (De Niro).” Creepy — almost as creepy as living with the Olsen twi–ugh, never mind. The article points out that the role is a good fit for Olsen because she is currently studying psychology at NYU. Hey, I studied psychology too, can I play a psychologist’s assistant in a movie? Note: I’m not related to the Olsen twins.

Buried is one of my favorite movies of last year so I’m definitely excited to what see Cortés does next, lost Olsen triplet or no. (Collider)

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Bow Down To De Niro at Cannes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bow-down-to-de-niro-at-cannes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bow-down-to-de-niro-at-cannes/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 18:04:12 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14539 One film festival can't quench Robert De Niro's insatiable thirst for cinema. The co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival has accepted the duties of the President of the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes.

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One film festival can’t quench Robert De Niro’s insatiabl thirst for cinema. The co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival has accepted the duties of the President of the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes. De Niro said with a half-crooked smile: “The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world.” Guess that means the jury can’t laze about sipping espresso and buttering their croissants this year. De Niro doesn’t tolerate that kind of care-free shit. He wants a decision on the Palme d’Or, and he wants it now. (Deadline)

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There Is No God: ‘Little Fockers’ Passes $100 Million http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/there-is-no-god-little-fockers-passes-100-million/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/there-is-no-god-little-fockers-passes-100-million/#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:02:48 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13839 True Grit, the critically acclaimed Coen brothers' film, came in second with $24.5 million, and Tron: Legacy snagged third with $18 million. But none of this matters, considering we are living in a cold, meaningless world where Little Fockers reigns supreme.

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We are alone in the universe.

In its second weekend in theaters, Little Fockers made $26 million, bringing its overall total to $103 million, and proving once and for all that there is no god.

True Grit, the critically acclaimed Coen brothers‘ film, came in second with $24.5 million, and Tron: Legacy snagged third with $18 million. But none of this matters, considering we are living in a cold, meaningless world where Little Fockers reigns supreme. Gott ist tot. (Vulture)

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Mark Wahlberg Is Not Cast In ‘Uncharted’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-is-not-cast-in-uncharted/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-is-not-cast-in-uncharted/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:03:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13630 There's hope for Nathan Fillion yet! With a story plotted and lead cast, Uncharted is chugging right along. Oh, except now it doesn't have a story or a cast.

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There’s hope for Nathan Fillion yet! With a story plotted and lead cast, Uncharted is chugging right along. Oh, except now it doesn’t have a story or a cast.

Uncharted 3 video game director Justin Richmond was interviewed by Joystiq recently and provided some interesting information regarding the film. First, he refutes the reported storyline that would bring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in to supply the “family element.” And I don’t mean “family” in the Mafia sense. God, you guys are such racists. Here’s Richmond:

“First of all, all that stuff was denied by David O. Russell,” Richmond said. “He actually called us up and was like, ‘I don’t know what these guys are talking about.’”

Next, Joystiq drops the news that Mark Wahlberg hasn’t been cast just yet.

And Mark Wahlberg isn’t anywhere near to being confirmed to play Nathan Drake either — it’s just Hollywood scuttlebutt, apparently. Still, I dutifully told Richmond that the Joystiq Biomass had chosen, and Nathan Fillion has our vote. Message received, Richmond responded.

I haven’t played the game, so I don’t know if this news is good or not. But you wanna know what is good? Fluffernutters.

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