Tom Hiddleston is a man of many talents — he’s handsome, he can act, he can dance (watch out, Sam Rockwell), and soon he’ll prove his singing talents in the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. But he’s also quite skilled with celebrity impressions, as he proved this week on The Graham Norton Show, where he was asked to do his Robert De Niro impression for none other than De Niro himself.
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Robert De Niro has occasionally dipped his toe in the serene waters of “out of professional f—s to give,” but with the trailer for his latest film it would appear that he’s fully submerged himself for this one. Heist looks like a bland ripoff of Casino and Ocean’s 11, with De Niro once again playing a gangster who runs a casino, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dave Bautista playing the guys who attempt to rob him.
The first time Jennifer Lawrence teamed with writer/director David O. Russell, they made Silver Linings Playbook, and she won an Oscar. The second time they teamed together they made American Hustle, and she was nominated for another Oscar. Now they’ve got Joy, yet another prestige drama coming out in December. Looks like they’re going for the trifecta.
Here is a handy guide to help you figure out if you are watching a Nancy Meyers movie: 1. Does it feature a well-to-do white couple with an impressively designed kitchen? 2. Does it feature a Person of Advanced Age? 3. Does the trailer make you tear up despite your better instincts? 4. Do you find yourself unable to relate to the tragically white cast of characters in their pleasant cardigans, with all their disposable income and their IKEA catalogue-ready kitchens? If you answered yes to all of the above (okay, maybe number three is just me), then you are watching a Nancy Meyers movie, or at least the trailer for The Intern.
Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas won just one Oscar (for supporting actor Joe Pesci) at the 1991 Academy Awards. (The year’s Best Picture winner was Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves.) But the film seems to grow more popular and critically acclaimed every year, to the point where it’s now considered one of Scorsese’s masterpieces, one of the best movies of the 1990s, and perhaps the best gangster film ever made without the word “godfather” in the title. Astonishingly (at least it feels astonishing to an old man like me), it’s been 25 years since Goodfellas made its debut in theaters, an anniversary Scorsese and his cast and crew will celebrate next month with a 25th anniversary screening and reunion at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Merciful Zeus, if you thought Eddie Murphy returning to ‘SNL’ after 31 years for the 40th anniversary special on February 15 was big enough, wait until you get a load of the full roster. Rivaling turnout for the Emmys and Oscars combined, the upcoming ‘SNL’ reunion will feature everyone from legendary alumni like Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Chevy Chase, to favorite hosts like Alec Baldwin, and even Taylor Swift, why not!
You’d be surprised by how many beloved directors earn a little extra cash anonymously directing commercials, but when you hire the great Martin Scorsese to help sell your lavish new casino in Manilla Bay, Philippines, you end up with a full fledged Scorsese Picture. Which means that this is one of the most energetic and stylish advertisements you’ll see this year … and that it stars Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.
In the last year alone, Bradley Cooper’s gone from movie star to Broadway actor with a stop along the way as a wise-cracking space raccoon. Clearly this is a man with some range, and a desire to push himself. Cooper hasn’t crossed over to directing yet, but according to Deadline, that’s the next career hurdle he hopes to clear. He reportedly wants to direct ‘Honeymoon With Harry,’ a project he’s been interested in starring in for several years. Its plot, per Deadline:
Things are looking pretty good for 'American Hustle' director David O. Russell, who has spent the past five years reinventing himself. The man who was once known more for being a pain in the ass on the set of 'I Heart Huckabees' and getting in a fistfight with George Clooney while shooting 'Three Kings' has emerged as the modern master of the crowd-pleaser, crafting straightforward entertainments that make big bucks at the box office and get a bunch of Oscar attention. That's the kind of combination that keeps you making movies and convinces every actor in Hollywood to get in line to work with you. And that's probably why Robert De Niro is in talks to join the cast of 'Joy,' which will be his third collaboration with Russell in three years.
Among the many losses to occur following actor James Gandolfini's death, HBO opted to move forward with its 'Criminal Justice' miniseries with Robert De Niro stepping into Gandolfini's leading role. Now, even more change is afoot as De Niro exited production and will in fact be replaced by 'Transformers' franchise star John Turturro.