To celebrate 25 years of director Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed gangster film Goodfellas, actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino will come together to close The Tribeca Film Festival at the Beacon Theatre in New York City this Saturday night. Attendees can look forward to a newly-remastered print supervised by Martin Scorsese himself, as well as a live panel with the cast moderated by Jon Stewart.
“I was most proud of this film 25 years ago, and equally proud of it now. I’m very happy that it is our closing night film,” De Niro said in a statement. Scorsese added, “It’s heartening to know that Goodfellas has come to mean so much to so many people. It’s wonderful to see one of your pictures revived and re-seen, but to see it closing Tribeca, a festival of new movies, means the world to me.” Fancy yourself an expert on the film? Play the Goodfellas Ultimate Fan Game and find out just how much you know.
Can’t make it to the screening in New York? Don’t worry: AMC will also be celebrating Goodfellas‘ 25th anniversary on Monday, June 15th at 7/6c, leading into the premiere of AMC’s new eight-part limited series event, The Making of The Mob: New York, at 10/9c. Narrated by Ray Liotta himself, the series will follow the rise of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and other notorious gangsters from their beginnings as a neighborhood gang of teenagers to becoming the murderous entrepreneurs and bootleggers who turned the Mafia into an American institution. Watch a trailer for the series now:
Can we get an amen? Dominic Cooper has been confirmed for the lead role of Jesse Custer in AMC’s pilot for the popular comic book franchise Preacher.
Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted ‘90s comic book series, Preacher follows Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God. The cast also includes Lucy Griffiths, who plays Emily, and Ian Colletti, who plays Eugene Root, aka Arseface.
No stranger to comic book adaptations, Dominic Cooper has appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger and the limited series Agent Carter, and many other films, such as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Need For Speed, Dracula Untold. He will also appear in the upcoming Warcraft movie, based on the hit video game.
Additionally, Elizabeth Perkins has been cast as Vyla Quinncannon, a refined but formidable businesswoman who owns the slaughterhouse in Jesse Custer’s hometown of Annville, Texas, and shares a past with Jesse’s father. Perkins starred as Celia Hodes in the acclaimed series Weeds, for which she was nominated twice for a Golden Globe and three times for an Emmy Award.
Developed for TV by Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, with Rogen & Goldberg also attached to direct, the pilot for Preacher will be produced in the summer of 2015 for series consideration in 2016.
This week, Mike and Ming’s comic book picks show that everything old is indeed new again: Convergence returns to the Pre-Flashpoint Gotham City and Bruce Wayne meets someone he’s never thought he’d see again, while a classic 90′s TV show is re-imagined as a dark and gritty coming-of-age comic. Want to know what to check out this week among the new comic book releases? The experts are here to help…
The Godfather franchise has always walked a fine line between fact and fiction, with ties to the mob even before the film made it to the big screen. Which real-life mobsters inspired the onscreen mafiosos? Which deadly hits were ripped right from the mob’s own highlight reel? How did the mob try to shakedown The Godfather‘s production? Read below to find out and tune in to AMC for Godfather Weekend, starting at 9AM/8AMc on Saturday and Sunday, where you can catch The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II and The Godfather: Part III back-to-back…
1. Don Corleone is inspired by real-life mob boss, Frank Costello
Don Vito Corleone shares many similarities with real-life mobsters, like Joe Profaci, who used his olive oil distributorship as a front for his insidious activities, and Carlo Gambino, who used a quieter and nonflashy route to power. But Corleone seems most like Frank Costello, known as “The Prime Minister” of the Mafia. Costello preferred to draw little attention to himself and the mob, choosing reason over violence whenever possible, and using his diplomacy and extensive connections in politics and business to maintain power. In fact, Marlon Brando even based Corleone’s soft, raspy voice on Costello’s after he listened to tapes of Costello testifying to the Kefauver Committee on Organized Crime.
2. Casino mogul Moe Greene’s life and death mimics real-life mobster Bugsy Siegel
In The Godfather, Moe Greene is credited with putting Las Vegas on the map, but in reality, it was Jewish mobster Bugsy Siegel, who built the Flamingo, the oldest resort on the Las Vegas Strip still in operation today. Like Moe Greene, who was memorably shot in the eye for betraying the Corleone family, Bugsy Siegel was shot in the head after he allegedly stole money from the mob to build his casino. Just as the Corleones took over Moe Greene’s gambling business, the day after Bugsy Siegel was killed, the mob walked into the Flamingo and took over operation.
3. Michael Corleone’s restaurant hit is similar to one of the most important hits in mob history
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Today, AMC announced the new eight-part limited series event, The Making of The Mob: New York, will premiere Monday, June 15 at 10/9c.
The Making of the Mob: New York will follow the rise of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and other notorious gangsters from their beginnings as a neighborhood gang of teenagers to becoming the murderous entrepreneurs and bootleggers who turned the Mafia into an American institution.
The series will be narrated by none other than Emmy® Award-winning actor Ray Liotta, and executive produced by Emmy® Award-winning Stephen David Entertainment, the creative mind behind other captivating docu-series like The World Wars and The Men Who Built America. Continue reading “AMC Announces Limited Series Event The Making of the Mob: New York” »
Send in the clones! On Sat., Apr. 18 at 9/8c, AMC Networks will be broadcasting the Season 3 Premiere of BBC America’s hit series, Orphan Black, on all five of its networks. New to the show or need a refresher? Here are ten ways for AMC fans to get ready for the CloneCast…
1. New to Orphan Black? Or missed something in the first two seasons? Watch the 4-minute recap video of Season 1 and 2 to catch up.
2. Visit the show’s cast page to learn more about the clones, the characters and their back stories.
3. Get an introduction to Tatiana Maslany in her various roles in the “Meet Sarah”, “Meet Beth” and “How Many Of Us Are There” videos.
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Blockbuster season isn’t just for the big screen: this week, DC puts every superhero title on hiatus to launch Convergence, the comic book event that will effect every DC Universe storyline ever written. Plus, Marvel releases a four-part Avengers mini-series before Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters. Mike and Ming are reading the heavy-hitters this week, plus some newly collected classics. Read on for more…
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They can talk about comics all day long on Comic Book Men, but have you ever wondered what comics the guys from the Secret Stash are actually reading? Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen share what they’re pulling off the shelves from this week’s new comic book releases…
Get ready to rock and roll! The Comic Book Men season finale airs this Sunday, March 22 at Midnight/11c. Jason Mewes stops by the Stash in the two new episodes and Walt gets the opportunity to meet his lifelong hero, Gene Simmons, backstage at a KISS concert. If you can’t wait to rock and roll all night, here are ten ways to get ready for the Season Finale of Comic Book Men…
1. Watch full episodes from the second half of the season, which include a drag race between the Batmobile and the Black Beauty, a rap battle between Ming and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and all the great geeky sales in between.
2. Check out these sneak peek photos from the Season Finale, featuring our favorite geeks decked out in KISS makeup.
3. Ever wonder what comic books the guys from the Secret Stash are actually reading? Check out Mike and Ming’s Pull List.
4. Find out if you’re a noble leader like Captain America or more like grizzled Wolverine with this Superhero Personality Quiz.
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They can talk about comics all day long on Comic Book Men, but have you ever wondered what comics the guys from the Secret Stash are actually reading? Mike Zapcic shares what he’s pulling off the shelves from this week’s new comic book releases…
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