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Tribeca Film Festival: Nas music documentary 'Time is Illmatic' premieres opening night

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with Nas documentary Time is Illmatic, directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9.

The film — which premiered at New York’s Beacon Theater — chronicles the rapper’s journey from the Queens projects to the debut of his 1994 record Illmatic, widely considered one of the best rap albums of all time.

“The nature of the subject is about surviving and thriving,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “That’s what New York did post-9/11,” when Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff held the first Tribeca fest. “And that’s what Nas has done in his career. It’s about bridging cultures and bridging communities — that’s what his work is about.”

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Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro remember 'Analyze This' director Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis directed Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro in his 1999 comedy Analyze This, and Crystal remembers the man fondly.

“Harold was a gentle, funny man,” he said in an emailed statement. “He found the perfect tone for Robert De Niro and I in Analyze This.”

In the film, De Niro plays a Mafia man who is struggling with stress and goes to see a psychiatrist, played by Crystal, who he begins an unlikely friendship with. In addition to directing the film, Ramis also co-wrote the screenplay. Crystal ended his statement saying, “He was a good man and I am shocked and saddened at his passing.” De Niro also commented on Ramis’ death, saying in an emailed statement, “I’m very sad to hear of Harold’s passing. He was a warm, sweet, gentle, and kind man. I greatly enjoyed working with him and he shall be missed.”

'Raging Bull' copyright appeal going to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court pondered Tuesday whether the daughter of the man whose work was the basis of the Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull should go another round with a major movie studio over copyright infringement for ownership of boxer Jake LaMotta’s life story.

The Raging Bull case involves an appeal from Paula Petrella, the daughter of Frank Petrella, whose written work inspired the movie. Frank Petrella collaborated with his friend LaMotta on two screenplays and a book, which were used to make the movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro. The 1980 film won two Oscars, including best actor for De Niro.

The elder Petrella died in 1981, with his copyrights reverting to his daughter. She sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. for copyright infringement for creating and distributing copies of the movie, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said she waited too long before filing her lawsuit.

Now she wants justices to resurrect her lawsuit. They will make a decision later this year.
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Sundance 2014: Short films slate features sitcom stars

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Short films can go a long way. Especially when they’re showcased at the Sundance Film Festival. The festival’s Shorts program, which was announced today, has a tradition of identifying remarkable filmmakers as well as introducing stories that ultimately make it to the big-screen as features. For example, David O. Russell brought his first film, a short titled Bingo Inferno to Sundance in 1987, while Half Nelson, which earned Ryan Gosling his first Oscar nomination, grew out of Ryan Fleck’s 2004 Sundance short titled, Gowanus, Brooklyn. “If you look back at the directors who got their start by having a short at Sundance, the list is really impressive,” says Sundance’s director of programming Trevor Groth, who points out that last year’s short, Whiplash, is back this year as a full-length feature. “So for us it’s always nice to see that trajectory.”

This year, there were 66 shorts selected in the U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, and Animated categories. On paper, the slate is full of quirky tales: in I’m a Mitvah, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) spends a night with his dead friend after his plan to bring the body home from Mexico for a proper burial is delayed by a cancelled flight. And it’s difficult to top this quick synopsis for the Canadian short, Life’s a Bitch: “Love. Grief. Choc. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Mucus. Masturbation. Pop tart. Pigeons. Toothpaste. Hospital. F__k. Bye. Hair. Sports. Chicken. Bootie. Kids. Rejection. Squirrels. Cries. Awkward — 95 scenes, five minutes: life’s a bitch.”

Two notable documentaries are Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr. (above), which explores the work of the actor’s father, an abstract expressionist who passed away 20 years ago. In Untucked, Community‘s Danny Pudi laces up with the 1977 Marquette University basketball team, the colorful NCAA champions who set the fashion with their “untucked” jerseys.

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Casting Net: Robert De Niro might play Reese Witherspoon's intern; Plus, Kit Harington, more

• Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II) are in negotiations to star in The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). In the story, the founder of a thriving fashion website (Witherspoon) clashes with a man in the company’s Senior Internship Program (De Niro). Despite the generational differences, the two eventually bond. None have worked together on a feature film before. Tina Fey was attached to star in the project in 2012. [Deadline]

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'Grudge Match' poster: Stallone vs. De Niro vs. Photoshop

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Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro’s upcoming boxing movie — technically titled Grudge Match but actually titled Raging Bull 2 Meets Rocky Part 7 — has a new poster. It is an attention-grabber. It’s constructed to look a little like an old-fashioned boxing poster. It has the names of its two stars very big at the top, followed by a huge “GRUDGE MATCH” title.

And then your eyes are drawn to Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Who look…interesting. This isn’t quite Kevin-James-in-The-Dilemma-level bad Photoshop, fortunately, although the floating torso-heads of their co-stars don’t really help. Still, as the poster reminds you, this is coming out on Christmas Day and is guaranteed to make your dad cry. So, better keep an eye on this. Check out the full poster below:
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Casting Net: Meryl Streep in talks to join 'The Giver,' set to reunite with Robert De Niro; Plus more

You know filmmakers mean business when they cast two Oscar winners to star in their adaptation of a best-seller. Meryl Streep is set to star as Hildy Good, the main character of Ann Leary’s The Good House. Hildy is a grandmother, a real-estate broker, and an alcoholic. The book is set a year after her family tried to intervene, when Hildy starts to immerse herself in the sordid secrets of her Massachusetts town as she befriends, and then tries to protect, a younger transplant named Rebecca, who has yet to be cast. Robert De Niro, who starred with Streep in The Deer Hunter, Falling in Love, and Marvin’s Room, will play Frank, a fellow resident of the town who Hildy reconnects with. Michael Cunningham (The Hours) is writing the adaptation, and there is currently no director attached. [Deadline]

• Streep is also in talks to join Jeff Bridges in the adaptation of The Giver, where she’d play the part of the Chief Elder. Bridges plays The Giver and relative unknown Brenton Thwaites will play Jonas in the big screen take on Lois Lowry’s new classic. Production is expected to begin in South Africa in two months, with Phil Noyce directing. [Deadline]

• In more Giver news, Alexander Skarsgård (The East) and Cameron Monaghan (Click) may be joining the cast as well, as Jonas’ father and best friend, respectively. [The Wrap]
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'American Hustle' trailer has Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale looking straight out of the 1970s

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There’s your typical Oscar-hopeful December release, and then there’s American Hustle, David O. Russell’s follow-up to last year’s Silver Linings Playbook.

It’s a reunion of sorts as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro once again partner with director Russell, this time joined by Russell’s The Fighter heavyweights Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The 1970s-set picture will focus on the true story of Abscam, a famous FBI sting operation. The story centers around a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with a rogue federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on mobsters and politicians. “Everyone is playing someone they’ve never played before,” Russell explained on Good Morning America this morning. “…The economy, like it is today, was in a tough place,and people very eager if not desperate to make something happen, and when people are like that lots of crazy things can happen.”

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'Last Vegas' trailer: A new Wolf Pack hits Sin City -- VIDEO

Just when you thought you’ve had your fill of male foursomes taking over Sin City, Hollywood’s got another kind of quartet in its back pocket — a sexagenarian one.

In Last Vegas, Billy (Michael Douglas) is about to get married to a woman nearly half his age. “She’s almost 32!” he assures pal Archie (played by Morgan Freeman), who retorts, “I have a hemorrhoid that’s almost 32!”

A senior-citizen version of The Hangover, Billy rounds up the rest of their childhood friends, Paddy (Robert De Niro) and Sam (Kevin Kline) for a bachelor’s party set in — you guessed it — Las Vegas, the land of havoc and mischief.

Mayhem, missed medications, and many goofy generational misunderstandings abound in this comedy, featuring leading men we haven’t yet seen in such rickety form. Check out the trailer below:
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'The Family' trailer: Robert De Niro goes back to his movie-mafia roots

Well… sort of. Think of The Family as the mafia comedy that follows the events of Analyze This and Analyze That. (Analyze The Other Thing?)

De Niro plays an ex-mobster who snitches on his old pals and is then relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. (Normandy is so much different than Lilyhammer.) The first half of the trailer plays like a classic fish-out-of-water tale with a violent twist: De Niro’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets back at some snooty Frenchmen by burning down their grocery store! His daughter (Dianna Agron, looking pleased to be free of the Glee-verse) uses her tennis racquet to beat up a guy who hit on her! His son (John D’Leo) is running some sort of mini-crime ring at the high school!

And then, in the second half, everything starts exploding. Director Luc Besson and executive producer Martin Scorsese really know how to give the people what they want.

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