Jennifer Lopez, Boyz II Men, Heart stars Ann and Nancy Wilson and British actor Malcolm McDowell are also among the 2012 honourees, while acting legend Richard Burton and soul star Barry White will both receive posthumous stars.
John Pavlik, chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee, says, "The committee has selected a fabulous slate of stars to add sparkle and luster to the Hollywood Walk of Fame over the next year."
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Pixar chief John Lasseter will also be honoured in 2012.
So at first Lindsay Lohan was in Gotti: Three Generations with Nick Cassavetes directing. Then she wasn’t. Then was back in but as a different character. Then Nick Cassavetes dropped out of the project and was replaced by Barry Levinson.
Now guess what! Levinson says that she isn’t in it! Well, probably. He’s still writing.
According to him, Lohan was Cassavetes' casting (as was everyone else in the film except for Al Pacino) and due to her problems there might not be a spot for her in the film. In fact, Levinson might just write around her and whatever character she might potentially play. All in all, between getting de-casted in a film and yesterday’s sentencing to 3 months in jail, this was not a good week for Lindsay Lohan. But I still have faith in her! After all, she’s been down this road before and well, she went right back to jail. Good job girl!
Source: The Wrap
Al Pacino has officially joined Gotti: Three Generations, and in turn, is actually making us take this film seriously. He'll play the Gambino crime family underboss Neil Dellacroce, an "associate and mentor to Gotti Sr.," according to The Hollywood Reporter. John Travolta is already set to star as John Gotti Sr. and Barry Levinson -- who Pacino won Emmys with for their HBO telefilm You Don't Know Jack -- will direct the inevitably critically-acclaimed film. James Toback has also signed on to rewrite the script, originally penned by Leo Rossi. Others cast: Kelly Preston (Travolta's real-life wife), Ella Bleu Travolta (Travolta's real-life daughter), Lindsay Lohan (not related to Travolta as far as we know) and of course Joe Pesci because, well, he's Joe Pesci and this is a mob movie.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The filmmaker and the writer teamed up on Bugsy in 1991; Toback is also the acclaimed director of When Will I Be Loved and documentary Tyson.
Gotti: Three Generations producer Marc Fiore tells WENN, "Everyone involved with the film is very excited to have James Toback onboard. His work with Barry Levinson on Bugsy resulted in a highly acclaimed film that was widely recognised for its original screenplay."
Travolta will play mob boss John Gotti in the film, which will also feature Lindsay Lohan and Joe Pesci.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Preston, who wed the Pulp Fiction star in 1991, will portray Victoria Gotti and the couple's real-life daughter Ella Bleu, 11, will star as their onscreen child, Angel, in the upcoming film Gotti: Three Generations.
The movie's producer, Marc Fiore, tells People.com, "The love and passion between John and Kelly... will bring a huge benefit to John Sr. and his wife."
He adds, "They have a lot in common. They both lost a child at a young age and they understand what the Gottis went through when the Gottis lost their child."
Travolta and Preston's son Jett passed away in 2009.
Lindsay Lohan has also signed on to play Kim Gotti, the couple's daughter-in-law, in the movie.
Rain Man moviemaker Barry Levinson was announced as the film's director on Tuesday (03May11).
Well this is perfectly boring. Kelly Preston just signed on as Victoria Gotti, wife of John Gotti (not to be confused with his daughter Victoria) in the upcoming biopic about, well, the Gottis. Why boring? Let's consider the fact that her real-life husband, John Travolta, will play John Gotti and that we've seen enough of this couple all over tabloids for years. Now they're going to be playing mob husband and wife, but really, it just seems a little lazy.
Then there's the aspect that Preston's acting is pretty vanilla for the most part. Even when she got to be a little interesting and, dare I say it, slutty in Jerry Maguire, she's still decidedly Preston-ish. But hey, maybe they were looking to find someone vanilla. Gotti: Three Generations already got Travolta and they recently added Lindsay Lohan as the junior Gotti's wife, Kim. Maybe they've got enough personality, character, insanity or whatever you want to call it with those two.
The flick also recently added director Barry Levinson to replace Nick Cassavetes, which is a bit perplexing. Any way you slice it, this film is looking to be an strange mix of people; maybe that will work to its advantage, or maybe it will be just as hodgepodge as it looks to be now.
Source: NY Post
Fiore Films boss Marc Fiore reveals Levinson will replace Nick Cassavetes, who quit the project last month (Apr11).
Levinson will direct John Travolta, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan in Gotti: Three Generations.
In making the official announcement on Tuesday (03May11), Fiore tells WENN, "Barry Levinson is one of the most pre-eminent directors of our generation. Barry has been a driving force in filmmaking for the past 35 years and has directed some of the most memorable movies of our time."
The filmmaker adds, "What really attracted me to the story was that it was from the perspective of John Gotti Jr. You see an insider's look that I haven't seen told before."
Cassavetes quit Gotti: Three Generations, due to a scheduling conflict, just a week after staging a press conference to announce his leading men, Travolta and Joe Pesci, last month (Apr11).
But his director's seat won't be vacant for long, according to trade paper Variety.
Levinson is slated to take charge of the Fiore Films project, which will star Travolta as mob boss John Gotti, Pesci as his deputy Angelo Ruggiero and Lindsay Lohan as John Gotti Jr.'s wife Kim.
Phew, those of us who were worried that we would never see John Travolta, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan in a movie together can rest easy. Our game of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon just got a little easier. Barry Levinson has agreed to direct Gotti: Three Generations.
While original director Nick Cassavetes, who stepped down to complete the indie Yellow (which by the way, seems like an appropriate thing to mention in the initial meetings, “Oh yeah, I’m also contractually obligated to finish this other movie at a time that will conflict with this one. Besides that no problem.” “You’re hired!”), was sure to bring an authentic grittiness to the story, Levinson brings a certain gravitas to the film. Responsible for such high quality motion pictures as Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam and Bugsy, he's got the experience and ability to make Gotti a classy production. Or not. This is a Lindsay Lohan mob movie we’re talkin’ about here.