Actor Robert Pattinson enjoyed the remote location on his new movie The Rover because it was pleasant not having to worry about fans or the paparazzi. The Twilight hunk spent 41 days filming in the town the town of Marree, which boasts a population of just 90 people.
He says, "(It was) absolutely in the middle of nowhere. There's a road that goes from the east to the west of Australia, through the Outback, and we were at the point where it turns into a dirt track. It was the end of the tarmac, in this town of 90 people."
Pattinson tells The Hollywood Reporter that his accommodation was far from glamorous and the heat and the flies made filming tough at times, but he has fond memories of the time he spent in the little town with co-star Guy Pearce.
He adds, "There was something so (great), just being able to look for absolutely miles to the horizon. There's something really calming about it."
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After John Turturro has finishes selling sex, he'll be back on the right side of the law. The actor is set to take over the lead role in the upcoming HBO miniseries Criminal Justice, which was originally developed as James Gandolfini’s passion project. The show, which is based on an acclaimed BBC series, will see Turturro play a high-powered New York lawyer who defends as Pakistani man accused of murdering a girl he remembers partying with on the Upper East Side, but can’t seem to recall whether or not he killed her. Robert De Niro was previously attached to the role, but had to step down amid scheduling conflicts.
Turturro’s move to television makes him one in a long line of Coen Brothers regulars who have recently made the jump to the small screen, including Steve Buscemi, whose show Boardwalk Empire is entering its final season, and Frances McDormand, who will play the title role in the upcoming mini series Olive Kittridge. Even their flick Fargo has moved over to television, and the FX series has been receiving rave reviews. Seeing all of these Coen-ites together on television got us thinking about some of Turturro's other collaborators, and the way they've influenced his career.
In honor of Turturro taking over Criminal Justice, we've ranked all of his frequent filmmaking partners based on the quantity and quality of their output, as well as their overall Turturro-ness - that elusive factor that determines how important these films are in understanding and appreciating Turturro's career.
MICHAEL BAY'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films: 3Best Role: Agent Simmons, specifically the one that appeared in the first Transformers film. That was the best one. Worst Role: None. That series needed Simmons more than he needed it. General Consensus: We're assuming that there are some people who looked into Turturro's other films thanks to his performance in the Transformers franchise, so at least some good came from it. Overall Turturro-ness: Low. Just go watch The Big Lebowski again instead.
MARTIN SCORSESE'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films Directed by Scorsese: 2 Number of Films Co-Starring Scorsese: 2 Best Role: Julian in The Color of Money. Mostly because Raging Bull doesn't count. Worst Role: Raging Bull, where Turturro was only an extra. General Consensus: While Turturro isn't a Scorsese regular, the films they have made together are very good. Hopefully they'll work together again soon, becuase Turturro and DiCaprio would make a hell of a team. Overall Turturro-ness: Low. The movies are definitely worth seeing, but they're not vital to the Turturro experience.
HAPPY MADISON'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films: 3Best Role: Emilio Lopez in Mr. Deeds, which Turturro has said was the most fun he had in a Happy Madison film. Worst Role: Phantom in You Don't Mess With the Zohan. It's best for everyone if we just continue to pretend this movie never happened. General Consensus: Turturro is generally the best part of whatever Happy Madison film he appears in, and he seems to have a lot of fun with Sandler, but these movies are... well, they're just not that good. Overall Turturro-ness: Middling. They're well known roles, but they're not well-regarded.
WOODY ALLEN'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films Directed by Allen: 1Number of Films Co-Starring Allen: 2 Best Role: Writer in Hannah and Her Sisters, which wins by default, since it's the only true "Woody Allen film" in Turturro's resume. Worst Role: Crocker Johnson in Company Man, which would have really benefitted from that cut Bill Murray cameo. General Consensus: One one hand, his collaborations with Allen have yet to produce a truly iconic Turturro role, but on the other hand, it's not You Don't Mess With The Zohan. Overall Turturro-ness: Middling, thanks to a boost from Fading Gigolo.
SPIKE LEE'S JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films: 9Best Role: Pino in Do the Right Thing. In addition to being an iconic film, it's also the role that kicked off a long-time partnership between Lee and Turturro. Worst Role: Don Angelo Bonasera in She Hate Me, the weakest film that the pair have made together. General Consensus: Turturro and Lee have been working together for over 20 years, and their partnership has produced some truly wonderful films, and it's one that should be celebrated a lot more often. Overall Turturro-ness: High. These films have produced some of Turturro's most iconic roles.
THE COEN BROTHERS' JOHN TURTURRO
Number of Films: 4 Best Role: Barton Fink in Barton Fink. It's quintessential Turturro. Worst Role: None. Turturro's four films with the Coen Brothers are some of the best they've made. General Consensus: He's an incredibly vital part of the Coens' cast of actors, and together, they brought the world Jesus Quintana. Clearly, this is a partnership for the ages. Overall Turturro-ness: Sky high. Because after reading this list, you definitely want to watch one of their movies again, don't you? Be honest.
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Listen up, nerds! Get ready to high-five a million angels, because Tina Fey is making her way back to the big screen. Everyone's favorite funny lady is attached to produce and star in The Taliban Shuffle, based on the book by journalist Kim Barker, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The film, which will be set in 2002, will follow Barker as she travels to Kabul on assignment, with very little travel experience and the inability to speak a single word of Arabic. However, the more time she spends in the Middle East, the fonder she grows of the people and the culture, while at the same time coming to the realization that peace between Afghanistan and Pakistan might be impossible. Although there's not yet a director attached to the project, Fey's longtime collaborator Robert Carlock has signed on to write the script.
At first glance, The Taliban Shuffle seems like an odd choice for Fey, whose comedic style tends to be goofier and more off-the-wall than would be fitting for a film about a Middle Eastern journalist. Her previous projects have generally capitalized on that, although she recently moved into more dramatic territory with the film Admission. However, this was the most poorly received of her films, which may mean that Fey is generally more suited to wierder projects, and The Taliban Shuffle doesn't sound like it easily lends itself to the quickfire cutaways and strange visual gags that have become her signature over the seven-year run of 30 Rock. But even though Fey and Barker sound like an odd couple, the film might actually be tailor-made for the comedian.
Barker's book, which deals with the intense political climate of the Middle East through a comedic lense, has been described as "Tina Fey-esque," which makes Fey the perfect choice to bring it to the big screen. Since she first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, she has a great deal of experience finding the humor in politics and major news stories, and audiences are also used to seeing her take on politicians — after all, her Sarah Palin impression is probably the most well-known and well-loved thing she has done in her career — which would make it easier for them to accept her in a role that probably calls for a bit more gravitas than Liz Lemon did.
Until The Taliban Shuffle, Fey's films have always given her another big-name comedian to play off of onscreen, from Amy Poehler in Baby Mama to Paul Rudd in Admission. This time around, though, it seems as if Fey will need to carry the film on her own, which makes Carlock's presence as screenwriter the most positive sign for this film. Carlock and Fey have worked together for years, and their friendship dates back to their Saturday Night Live days. Not only does he have experience finding the humor in serious and sometimes controversial topics, but he also understands how to write for Fey in a way that plays to her strengths. The success of the film will depend solely on Fey's performance, but with Carlock on board, there's no doubt that they will find a way to allow her to carry The Taliban Shuffle the same way that she carried 30 Rock for seven seasons.
Fey has had a difficult time translating her television success into a box-office smash. None of her films has been an outright flop, but the fact remains that Fey is a much bigger force in television than she is in film. However, The Taliban Shuffle might just be the movie that will finally establish her as a movie star and bring her the same kind of success that she has enjoyed with SNL and 30 Rock. And even though the film could be a perfect fit for her, the subject matter is just surprising enough to help attract interest in the film, as many moviegoers will be intrigued to see Fey break out of her comfort one somewhat with a political dramedy.
Fey's next television venture, Tooken, will have a lot to live up to after the massive success of 30 Rock. But the only thing that The Taliban Shuffle needs to be successful is to be funny, and Fey and Carlock teaming up once again should help it deliver on that front. Everything it needs to be a hit is present, which means all that's left for us to do is wait until it finally hits theaters, and audiences will finally get the iconic Tina Fey movie they've been waiting for. There's only so many times that you can re-watch Mean Girls, after all.
Actor Robert De Niro is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his film A Bronx Tale by taking part in a rare question-and-answer session in New York later this month (Feb14) . The GoodFellas star is set to appear alongside his former co-star Chazz Palminteri to field questions from audience members for the event at the Village East Cinema on 24 February (14).
Palminteri tells the New York Post, "We’ll run the movie for a paying audience plus invitees. Just Bob and me onstage for a Q&A. He rarely does something like this. But the idea was his. He called and asked would I do it."
De Niro directed the 1993 film, which also featured Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra and Joe Pesci. Palminteri's adapted the script from his own play.
Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone fought for real in their new boxing movie Grudge Match. The actors play ageing boxers who come out of retirement for a final showdown, and Stallone, 67, admits his 70-year-old sparring partner packed real punches and took genuine hits while they were in the ring together.
He says, "Once he commits, he goes all the way. He took some serious hits and falls. He won't admit it, but he did... He was on the East Coast and I'm training on the West Coast. It's the equivalent of having a ballet recital and you don't meet your partner till the curtain goes up and you hope it all works out and it did."
Director Peter Segal adds, "I wanted the reality and those guys, unfortunately, weren't able to do perfect movie punches every time. They connected quite a bit. You can see their backs and shoulders got scarred up by the ropes."
Both stars have previously taken real punches while playing boxers onscreen - De Niro won an Oscar for his role as fighter Jake La Motta in 1980's Raging Bull, while Stallone has starred in six Rocky films.
Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth got their hands dirty on Saturday (26Oct13) as they joined forces with their The Good Wife co-stars to help rebuild New York homes damaged by last year's (12) superstorm Sandy. Josh Charles, Archie Panjabi and Zach Grenier were also among the charitable actors pitching in with the St. Bernard Project in the Rockaways area of Queens on the first anniversary of the natural disaster, which lashed America's East Coast with heavy rain and strong winds.
During the visit the castmembers, along with show creators Robert and Michelle King, presented charity officials with a cheque for over $77,000 (£51,330) to aid their ongoing recovery work.
The group outing also served as a celebration to mark The Good Wife's 100th episode, which aired in America on Sunday night (27Oct13).
It wasn't the first time Margulies and her pals had offered their support to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts - they previously headed to the Big Apple in the days after the storm to lend a hand.
Any fan of Louis C.K.'s acclaimed FX series Louie knows that the writer/director/star has a good deal of fun with the canon of his in-universe family. Over the course of the past three seasons we've seen many relatives: one brother; three sisters — wait, no, was it four sisters? Whose daughter was Amy?; a niece (that's Amy); a brother-in-law; a mother who was, A) kind and compassionate, and B) demonic and caustic; a father who was, A) thickly accented and sexually explicit, and B) long estranged from his son and living in Boston; an Uncle Excelsior who doubled as a New Jersey stranger opting for an orgy with our hapless hero; and an ex-wife who has been shown to be dismissive, white (at least her arms), supportive, and black.
There's no hard reason why all of these things cannot coexist in one dense, fertile chronology, but some have pointed at C.K. as simply picking and choosing what specific reality he wants to represent week by week. But some consistency does appear to exist: Louie is bringing brother Robbie back for the first time since Season 1.
Robert Kelly played Louis' even more pitiful brother Robbie in three Season 1 episodes. He is introduced as a venerable sad sack and sorry excuse for a support system for the recently divorced Louis, and then revisited as a victim of his and Louis' mother's (version B) cruel withholding of affection. But Season 2 and 3 kept us Robbie-less, instead offering sisters in the form of a pregnant Rusty Schwimmer, a crying Lisa Emery, and a delightfully surprising Amy Poehler. But as Louis' only recurring sibling so far, it'll be fun to see what the newer, weirder, more inventive identity that the show has taken will do with the C.K. brotherhood.
Additionally, we might be seeing Dunkin' Donuts take some kind of a role in Louie, which is hardly a far-fetched notion...
Louie returns to FX in 2014... a long ways away, yes, but perhaps time duly set aside for giving those old episodes a second or fifth viewing on Netflix.
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Dane Dehaan and Robert Pattinson are teaming up onscreen to tell the story of James Dean's friendship with photographer Dennis Stock. DeHaan will portray the tragic movie star, while British actor Pattinson will play the Life magazine lensman in Anton Corbijn's new film.
Stock was a young photographer when he was hired to take shots of a pre-fame Dean. The two men quickly became friends and embarked on a cross-country trip, during which the snapper captured a collection of iconic images of the actor.
DeHaan isn't the first actor to play Dean onscreen - James Franco famously portrayed the East of Eden star in a 2001 TV movie.
Rocker Robert Plant showed his support for partner Patty Griffin by duetting with the singer during her album launch in London on Thursday night (16May13). Griffin took to the stage at the U.K. capital's Rough Trade East record store for the event in honour of her latest record American Kid - and the 200 fans in attendance were left stunned when Plant joined her.
The pair collaborated on the track Highway Song and Plant told the audience, "I'm glad to be here."
Andy Warhol's actor muse Taylor Mead has died at the age of 88. He passed away on Wednesday (08May13) after suffering a stroke while visiting relatives in Denver, Colorado, according to his niece, Priscilla.
Born in Michigan, Mead launched his screen career after moving to New York and became a fixture on the underground film scene in the 1960s.
His early roles included appearances in Ron Rice's art house classic The Flower Thief and The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man in 1963, and he became famed for his work with Warhol on projects like Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort Of, and Lonesome Cowboys.
Mead, who was openly gay, also featured in Babo 73, directed by Robert Downey, Sr., father of the Iron Man star, and in 2003 made a cameo in indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes.
He later turned his attention to his poetry and would regularly stage readings in Manhattan's Lower East Side neighbourhood, while he became the subject of Excavating Taylor Mead, a 2005 documentary by William A. Kirkley, which followed the ageing artist as he tried to maintain his care-free lifestyle.