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American Hustle


American Hustle Movie

American Hustle is a drama film directed by David O. Russell, from a screenplay written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell based on the FBI Abscam operation. It is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2013 (in limited release December 13, 2013) by Annapurna Pictures. The film stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro.

American Hustle is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Christian Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Amy Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Bradley Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale, is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Jeremy Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden.

Originally titled “American Bullshit”, Eric Warren Singer’s screenplay was #8 on the 2010 blacklist. The film was set up at Sony Pictures Entertainment with Charles Roven and Richard Suckle producing through Atlas Entertainment and was initially considered by Ben Affleck to direct, before David O. Russell ultimately signed on to helm the film.

Principal photography started on March 8, 2013 and wrapped in May 2013. The film was shot using locations in and around Boston, Massachusetts (such as in Worcester) and New York. Filming had to be put on hold in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings with the city in lockdown. After lockdown was lifted, the film wrapped its Boston shoot and spent its final few days of production in New York City.

American Hustle Movie

About the Story

In 1978, con artists Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser have started a relationship and are working together. Sydney has improved Rosenfeld’s scams, posing as English aristocrat “Lady Edith Greensly”. While Irving loves Sydney, he is hesitant to leave his wife Rosalyn out of fear of losing contact with their son, Danny. Rosalyn has also threatened that she could report Irving to the police if he leaves her.

FBI agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso catches Irving and Sydney in a loan scam, but offers to release them if Irving can line up four additional arrests. Sydney opposes the agreement. Richie believes Sydney is English but has proof that her claim of aristocracy is fraudulent. Sydney tells Irving she will manipulate Richie, distancing herself from Irving.

Irving has a friend pretending to be a wealthy Arab sheikh looking for potential investments in America. An associate of Irving’s suggests the sheikh do business with Mayor Carmine Polito of Camden, New Jersey, who is campaigning to revitalize gambling in Atlantic City but has struggled in fundraising. Richie devises a plan to make Carmine the target of a sting operation, despite the objections of Irving and of Richie’s boss, Stoddard Thorsen (Louis C.K.). Sydney helps Richie manipulate an FBI secretary into making an unauthorized wire transfer of $2,000,000. When Stoddard’s boss, Anthony Amado, hears of the operation, he praises Richie’s initiative, pressuring Stoddard to continue.

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Richie’s overeagerness to make Carmine accept a cash bribe causes the mayor to leave their meeting. Irving convinces Carmine the sheikh is legitimate, expressing his dislike toward Richie, and the two become friends. Richie arranges for Carmine to meet the sheikh at an airfield, and without consulting the others, has Mexican-American FBI agent Paco Hernandez play the sheikh, a move Irving is not pleased with.

Carmine brings the sheikh to a casino party, explaining mobsters are there and it is a necessary part of doing business. Irving is surprised to hear that Mafia overlord Victor Tellegio (Robert De Niro), right-hand man to Meyer Lansky, is present, and that he wants to meet the sheikh. Tellegio explains that the business needs the sheikh to become an American citizen and that Carmine will need to expedite the process. Tellegio also requires a $10,000,000 wire transfer to prove the sheikh’s legitimacy. Richie agrees, eager to bring down Tellegio, while Irving realizes the operation is out of control.

Richie confesses his attraction to Sydney but becomes confused and aggressive when she drops her English accent and admits to being American. Irving arrives to protect Sydney and tries to stop their deal with Richie, but Richie says if they back out, Tellegio will learn of the scam and murder them both, as well as Rosalyn and Danny.

Rosalyn starts an affair with Pete Musane, a mobster she met at the party. She mentions her belief that Irving is working with the IRS, causing Pete to threaten Irving, who promises to prove the sheikh’s investment is real. Irving later confronts Rosalyn, who admits she told Pete. She agrees to keep quiet but wants a divorce.

With Carmine’s help, Richie and Irving videotape members of Congress receiving bribes. Richie goes over Stoddard, convincing Amado that $10,000,000 is needed to get Tellegio, but only gets $2,000,000. A meeting is arranged at the offices of Tellegio’s lawyer, Alfonse Simone, but Tellegio does not appear. Richie records Simone’s admission of criminal activities.

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American Hustle

Directed by: David O. Russell
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Colleen Camp
Screenplay by: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Production Design by: Judy Becker
Cinematography by: Linus Sandgren
Film Editing by: Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Costume Design by: Michael Wilkinson
Set Decoration by: Heather Loeffler
Music by: Danny Elfman
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence.
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: December 25, 2013

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Grudge Match

Grudge Match Movie

Two retired Pittsburgh boxers, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone), have a thirty years old grudge which hasn’t subsided yet. It revolves around the fact that that Razor had retired the night before the match for the title thus destroying both of their careers. Now they have an opportunity to get the score even with one last match, in which they both have their respective interest to participate in, but the one in common is getting the score even. However, it will be hard to keep calm with all the popularity the match got with social networks and with the training they both gave up long ago.

Grudge Match is a sports comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as aging boxers stepping into the ring for one last bout. Stallone and De Niro have both previously been in successful boxing films (Rocky and Raging Bull, respectively) and worked together in Cop Land. The film is directed by Peter Segal. It was previously scheduled for a January 10, 2014 release, but was moved up to December 25, 2013. The movie was released on January 24, 2014 in the United Kingdom.

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Grudge Match

Directed by: Peter Segal
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, Jon Bernthal, Kim Basinger
Screenplay by: Doug Ellin, Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman
Production Design by: Wynn Thomas
Cinematography by: Dean Semler
Film Editing by: William Kerr
Costume Design by: Mary E. Vogt
Set Decoration by: Matt Callahan
Music by: Trevor Rabin
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: December 27, 2013

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Last Vegas

Last Vegas Movie

Taglines: It’s going to be legendary.

Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam are childhood friends from Flatbush, Brooklyn, who are living in their senior years. Sam and his wife Miriam are living mundane lives in a retirement village in Naples, Florida. Archie, twice-divorced and retired from the Air Force, lives with his overprotective son Ezra and his family in New Jersey after suffering a stroke. Paddy lives alone in his Brooklyn apartment, a curmudgeon in grief since the death of his wife, Sophie, over a year ago.

Billy is a successful entrepreneur in Malibu, California, who lives with his 31-year-old girlfriend Lisa. Shortly after proposing to Lisa at the funeral of his business mentor, Billy finds an old bottle of scotch he and his friends stole in their childhood days and calls Sam and Archie, who immediately propose a bachelor party for Billy in Las Vegas before his wedding that weekend. After being given permission by Miriam to cheat on her, Sam flies to New Jersey to pick up Archie in secret. They drive to Brooklyn to collect Paddy and fly off to rendezvous with Billy in Vegas.

Last Vegas is a comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The film is set to be released on November 1, 2013. Principal photography started in November 2012 in Las Vegas. At the end of November, filming then moved to the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

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Last Vegas

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen
Screenplay by: Dan Fogelman
Production Design by: David J. Bomba
Cinematography by: David Hennings
Film Editing by: David Rennie
Costume Design by: Dayna Pink
Set Decoration by: Patrick Cassidy
Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh
MPAA Rating: PG- 13 for minor nudity and some language.
Studio: CBS Films
Release Date: November 1, 2013

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The Family – Malavita

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Taglines: Some call it organized crime. Others call it family.

The Family (released as Malavita and Cosa Nostra in some foreign markets) is a crime comedy film directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, and John D’Leo. The film follows a Mafia family under the witness protection program that want to change their lives. The film is based on the French novel Malavita (Badfellas in the 2010 English translation) by Tonino Benacquista.

Principal photography began 8 August 2012 and completed on 27 October 2012. In May 2013, it was revealed that the film, originally titled Malavita, would be re-titled The Family in the United States and some English-speaking countries. In countries, including France, the Malavita title was retained.

Filming took place in the locations of both Gacé and Le Sap in Normandy, and in New York City. Some of the filming also took place L’Aigle and at Cité du Cinéma in Saint-Denis for 1 month. The Family (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released on 13 September 2013, the same day of the film’s premiere. It includes original compositions by Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine.

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About the Story

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo) can’t help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the “family” way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings.

The Family, also known as Malavita, is an English-language French action crime comedy film co-written by Tonino Benacquista and directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones. The film follows a Mafia family under the witness protection program that want to change their lives. The film is based on Benacquista’s novel Malavita.

Six years ago, mafia boss Giovanni Maznoni was believed to have performed some unspecified negative activity to a Don Luchese, a crime kingpin in the Brooklyn community. After a failed hit attempt against him and his family at a barbecue, he snitches on the Don Luchese (sending him to prison, where his influence allows him to live well) and enters the witness protection program under the supervision of FBI Agent Stansfield. The family is once again re-locating, to a small town near Normandy after their mafia tendencies alert the kingpin to their location.

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As the family adjusts to life in the small city, each family member breaks off into their own stories occurring in parallel. Giovanni runs into trouble when he claims to be a history author writing a novel on the Normandy landings, which is problematic as many citizens in the area are much more familiar with the event than himself. He also begins a quest to track down why the water in his house is brown, becoming irritated when no one he talks to will take responsibility. He beats a plumber who tries to shake him down and a local fertilizer factory owner who interrupts him while talking.

Daughter Belle falls in love with a college student who is substitute teaching a math class. She fakes needing math lessons in order to start a relationship with him, which he rebuffs, but they eventually have sex. Wife Maggie blows up a small grocery store when its owner spews stereotypical American comments. She spends a lot of time at a church, and she and the local priest have a good relationship.

This ends when she confesses the numerous sins her family committed, and he tells her never to come back. Son Warren develops intel on his local school. On the first day, he is beaten up by a small gang, but uses his intel to buy favor with most of the school’s influential students, creating a mini-mafia within the school. He uses this sway to beat up the gang, but also inadvertently alerts Don Luchese to their location when he quotes one of the kingpin’s sayings in a school paper that makes its way back to Don Luchese through a series of strange events.

The family’s individual storylines come to a conclusion as a team of nine hitmen enter the town; the team kills the local police and firemen. Warren decides to leave town with fake passports after the school detects his activities, afraid that the FBI will drop the family’s protection. He returns to the house after seeing the hitmen leaving the train he was about to board. Belle decides to commit suicide after the college student rejects her, but stops when she sees the hitmen team entering the police station.

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The Family – Malavita

Directed by: Luc Besson
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Tommy Lee Jones
Screenplay by: Luc Besson, Michael Caleo, Tonino Benacquista
Production Design by: Hugues Tissandier
Cinematography by: Thierry Arbogast
Film Editing by: Julien Rey
Costume Design by: Aude Bronson-Howard, Olivier Bériot
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: September 13, 2013

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Killing Season

Killing Season Movie

Taglines: The purest form of war is one by one.

Killing Season is an action movie set in the Appalachian Mountains about an American military veteran (De Niro) who has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. When a rare visitor, a European tourist (Travolta), appears on the scene, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. But in fact the visitor is a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge. What follows is a tense, action packed battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape that proves the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.

Killing Season (previously titled Shrapnel) is a 2013 action film written by Evan Daugherty and directed by Mark Steven Johnson for Millennium Films, as the first on-screen pairing of actors John Travolta and Robert De Niro. The film pertains to a personal fight between an American and a Serb war veteran. Daugherty’s script caught the attention of producers after winning the 2008 Script Pipeline[8] Screenwriting Competition. The film received negative reviews from critics.

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Killing Season

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Milo Ventimiglia, Elizabeth Olin, Diana Lyubenova
Screenplay by: Evan Daugherty
Production Design by: Kirk M. Petruccelli
Cinematography by: Peter Menzies Jr.
Film Editing by: Sean Albertson
Costume Design by: Denise Wingate
Set Decoration by: Melinda Sanders
Music by: Christopher Young
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, some torture, and language including some sexual reference.
Studio: Millennium Films
Release Date: July 12, 2013

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The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding

Taglines: It’s never too late to start acting like a family.

The Big Wedding is an American comedy film written and directed by Justin Zackham. It is an American remake of the original 2006 Swiss / French film Mon frère se marie (My Brother is Getting Married), written by Jean-Stéphane Bron and Karine Sudan. The film stars a large ensemble cast including Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams. It was released on April 26, 2013 by Lionsgate in the United States and Canada.

With an all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, The Big Wedding is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.

To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.

The Big Wedding

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This Spring, when an all-star, multi-generational cast led by Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams gathers together for The Big Wedding, you can bet a hilarious family fiasco is about to ensue. That’s exactly what happens in this uproarious romantic comedy about the ties that bind, as long-divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin are forced to pretend they are still happily married at their son’s wedding. Among all their family and friends, the hoax snowballs, culminating in a series of surprising outcomes on the way to “I do.”

It all begins as the sprawling Griffin clan prepares for the nuptials of their adopted son Alejandro (Barnes). But what should be an occasion of pure bliss soon turns into sheer lunacy as the bride and groom try to make everyone happy — including Alejandro’s highly traditional, Colombian birth mother who has never been to America… nor been told that Don and Ellie are no longer married.

Now to get her blessing, Don and Ellie will have to act out their long-forgotten roles as a contented couple, while Don’s girlfriend Bebe (Sarandon) watches their performance in dismay. As the wedding weekend gets under way, love is in the air, but little white lies are tripping everyone up. In the mix, old flames will ignite, new romance will erupt, secrets will be outed and in-laws will be upended but, if they can all just avoid killing one another, the entire Griffin clan might just find themselves united in their own version of harmony.

The film’s cast of actors, accomplished in both comedy and drama, was drawn to a modern wedding story with a screwball twist: a family in the perilous, hilarious situation of pretending to be something they’re not, and discovering who they are in the process. Says Robert De Niro, who as Don Griffin finds himself in compromising positions in the midst of the celebration: “Every wedding has tension and stress. There’s always drama because everyone wants to plan everything perfectly, to get it right, to make everyone happy — but that’s especially true in this movie!”

The Big Wedding

Modern weddings seem to bring out the crazy in people like no other life event; perhaps in part because modern families bring with them to the big day so many amusingly complicated twists on love: from divorce to re-marriage to families that go well beyond the nuclear. This is the quirky contemporary reality that screenwriter-director Justin Zackham taps into with The Big Wedding, a story of some very knotted nuptials. . . and a family who will do the most outlandish things for one another’s happiness.

Zackham, who previously wrote the screenplay for Rob Reiner’s The Bucket List, set out to combine classic elements of screwball comedy — the barbed dialogue, the outrageous situations, the mix of sincerity and slapstick — with characters and family dilemmas that are strongly identifiable right now. But he never imagined that his script would bring him together with a star-studded cast mixing Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winners with fresh-faced newcomers — all of them ready, much like their characters, to go to hilarious lengths for love.

It all started when Zackham saw the French-Swiss comedy Mon Frere Se Marie (My Brother Is Getting Married). The comic possibilities of the film’s concept — a long-divorced couple is asked by their adopted son to pretend to still be happily married for the sake of his biological mother — hit home instantly with Zackham. He loved the circular idea that the harder a divided family tries to keep up the appearance of blissful perfection, the more their conflicts start bubbling to the surface . . . and the more you get to really see what really holds them together underneath all the friction.

Zackham was already well acquainted with how weddings can push perfectly ordinary people to the edge. He recalls that his own wedding hit a snafu when his then-fiancee refused to elope because “it would upset her mother” and instead spent a year and a half in a mind-boggling planning frenzy. So he began re-imagining Mon Frere Se Marie as it might play out on his home turf in the fashionable suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut, where many Manhattanites escape from the city to raise their families. While bucolic on the outside, Zackham was well aware that Greenwich is filled with charmingly eccentric clans of all kinds.

“I grew up watching all these crazy but wonderful families interacting — and I saw them both falling apart and coming together and that was something I always wanted to write about,” he says. “So with The Big Wedding, I saw a chance to do a comedy that is not only a lot of fun but also has some real emotional truth to it — real anger, real surprise and most of all real love between family members who are very different kinds of people. I like comedy that comes out of characters wanting something so badly that they put themselves in strange and unnatural positions. That’s what happens to the Griffin family when Don and Ellie have to pretend to be married — yet they do it because they truly love their son.”

That motivation was the key to Zackham’s screenplay. Because as outrageously dysfunctional and disjointed as the Griffins might be underneath their harmoniously married “act,” Zackham also saw the family as bound together at their roots. “When Robin Williams asks Diane Keaton ‘Which kind of love are you feeling right now?’ she says ‘All of them,'” he points out. “And that idea was as important to me as the humor — that there’s a real affection between these people and for this one weekend, they are going to find a way to be a family, whatever it takes. In the middle of it all, you see all the different kinds of love that are work in any modern family.”

When Zackham’s childhood friend and long-time producing partner Clay Pecorin read the screenplay, he was moved by the recognizable characters, but found a great deal of humor in it as well. “It’s a very funny script,” Pecorin says. “I’m married, and have been to several weddings, so I know how they can become train wrecks. Everybody gets freaked out. You’re putting together families who don’t know each other, who might not really like each other, but they all have to figure out how to be together, and all of that comes out in a hilarious way in this story.”

Producer Richard Salvatore had a similar reaction: “When I read the script, I laughed out loud on every page which is very rare. You’ve got three levels of comedy going on — with the marriage, the reunion of Don and Ellie and then Lyla’s story — and it’s all very funny and silly but also heartfelt and loving. I’d done other comedies but this really had so much heart, I felt we’d be able to put together a very strong cast.”

That proved to be very much the case when Diane Keaton came aboard early on, then brought Robert De Niro along, starting a kind of domino effect of casting coups. “Diane really liked the script and was amazing in helping us put the film together,” recalls Pecorin. “Then Bob [De Niro] came on and suddenly everybody wanted to work with them and be a part of this project. We were pinching ourselves; we never expected to be this fortunate.”

Continues Salvatore: “We all felt Bob would be the perfect Don to hook up with Diane and that opened the floodgates. Then Katherine Heigl said she would be interested in working with Bob and she met Justin and the love fest started to grow.”

That love fest, Salvatore notes, was sustained by Zackham throughout the production. “The tone on the set starts at the top and if you have a director who cares about his actors, then the actors care more about the movie. Justin was always able to convey his passion for the project and every person on the movie brought their A game.” Once on the set, Zackham could have been intimidated by a cast this diverse and accomplished, but he says the opposite was true: their talent set him at ease. “Everyone from Bob, Diane and Susan to Katie, Amanda, Ben and Ana were so prepared and feeding off each other, that I realized the most important part of my job was just not to screw that energy up,” the screenwriter-director muses. “I’ve never had so much fun in my life.”

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The Big Wedding

Directed by: Justin Zackham
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, Patricia Rae, Megan Ketch, Christa Campbell
Screenplay by: Justin Zackham
Production Design by: Andrew Jackness
Cinematography by: Jonathan Brown
Film Editing by: Jon Corn
Costume Design by: Aude Bronson-Howard
Set Decoration by: David Schlesinger
Music by: Nathan Barr
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: April 26, 2013

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