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City Island – International Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on December 29, 2009

Meet the Rizzos, a family that might get along a lot better if only they could tell each other the truth. Dad Vince is the worst offender. But since the prison guard won’t even admit that poker night is in fact acting class, how’s he ever going to explain about his illegitimate son? His daughter works as a stripper when she’s supposed to be in college, while young Vinnie Jr has a secret sexual fetish that involves a 24-hour webcam and the family’s 300-pound neighbour. Vince’s wife Joyce is the family’s rock, but it’s been a year since she enjoyed intimacy with her husband, and it’s no surprise she thinks poker night spells A-F-F-A-I-R. When former prisoner Tony enters the Rizzos’ lives, Joyce begins to suspect that the handsome young Tony isn’t who Vince says he is. City Island is a funny, touching and smart family tale about the secrets of the past catching up with the lies of the present, and accepting that nobody’s perfect – least of all your loved ones.

Starring Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Curtiss Cook, Dominik Garcia Lorido, Ezra Miller, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin.

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Exclusive Interview: Curtiss Cook – Star of Shutter Island, City Island and he’d love to be Green Lantern

Posted by LiveFor on December 24, 2009

I was recently fortunate enough to be able to interview the excellent Curtiss Cook.

His first brush with the stage was at the age of 10, in an elementary school production of A Raisin in the sun. This experience led to countless high school plays, a career at the famed Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and a full scholarship to Mount View Theatre School in London, where he truly honed his craft.

Curtiss’ resume boasts three Broadway shows, countless national tours, spots on Law & Order, the Sopranos, Rescue Me and numerous commercials.

He has also worked with some of the biggest Hollywood names in the business: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Andy Garcia, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sir Ben Kingsley, the late Sydney Pollack and the great Martin Scorsese.

Curtiss will be seen next in September 2009’s movie release, Order of Redemption, also with the theater release of Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award winning film City Island. Then just in time for Oscar season you can see him in the new Martin Scorsese thriller Shutter Island.

Now on with the interview.

Hi Curtiss thanks so much for taking the time to do this.

CC: You are so welcome… Anytime I get a chance to gab on and on you can bet… I’m with that…

How did you become an actor? Was it something you always wanted to be or did you fall into it?

CC: Pretty much I always wanted to Be’ an actor… Starting out I thought I might want to Be’ a singer… And I did sing for a good while but by the time I hit Jr. High… I was in it for good… A good friend of mine who I’ve been close with ever since kindergarten always tells me I didn’t pick acting it picked me… I tend to believe him on that one….

If not acting what would you be doing?

CC: First off I would be broke and homeless … Really I would always have to be doing something that dealt with the arts it’s just in my bones…

What advice would you give to any actors just starting out in the business?

CC: Read as much as you can… fiction, non fiction, cookbooks everything… And try to travel as much as you can… It just opens up your perspective… Even if it’s just getting on the bus and going over to another town about 45 minutes from where you live… Just sit there and watch … You can learn so much about yourself when you’re taken out of your comfort zone.

What film do you first remember watching?

CC: As a kid and even to this day one of my favorite films was ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’… And then on the other side of that there was ‘The Shinning’… Still to this day when I see those two little girls standing side by side in that long hallway… Man, it was intense then and it’s intense now!

You have a couple of Island films coming up. First of all tell us about City Island. What is it about?

CC: City Island stars Andy Garcia & Julianna Margulies it’s about a family who have a hard time communicating with each other and the problems that can come from that…I play Andy’s partner he works at a correctional institution… It’s funny as hell … Don’t walk run to the theatre to see this one…

It has a great ensemble cast. How was that to work on?

CC: My scenes are with Andy so I didn’t get a chance to work with all of them on this one… but I heard it was a blast… With Andy at helm you know they had a good time… A very giving actor he is.

Then you are in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. What can you tell us about the film without giving away too much of the plot? How does your character fit into the proceedings?

CC: Yes man… Yes! Well you know it’s based on a book with the same name by Denise Lehane … I would highly recommend reading it, it’s gooood! The movie is set in an insane asylum for the criminally insane… And I play Trey Washington one of the head orderlies who works very closely with Sir Ben Kingsley character… You have no idea folks this movie is going to be crazy….

What was it like working with Scorsese? How did you feel when you found out you would be working on one of his films?

CC: It was more than a dream come … I don’t think I could ever really imagine that I would one get to meet him and talk to him about a film he was doing and then two actually get to work with such an accessible genius… I learned so much in the three months I was there about myself and the business of show… Fortunate … I am very fortunate.

What have you learnt from working with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Alan Arkin and Scorsese?

CC: How important it is to do your homework … It gives you time to live on set and create in the moment… You don’t have to be some deep method actor… (not that theirs anything wrong with that) but knowing your path because of the work you’ve done prior leaves so many more options open… One lesson I’ll never forget and will always try to incorporate into my work ethic…

Which actor dead or alive would you most like to work with?

CC: I would have loved to have worked with Ivan Dixon … Sidney Poitier, Andre Braugher, Robert Downey Jr., Denzel Washington, do you really want me to continue because I’ll be here all week….

If you were killed by a movie monster which one would it be and what would your final words be?

CC: The Bride of Dracula … “bitch, I told you not to bite me that hard!”

What have been your favourite films of 2009 so far?

CC: Umm… Umm… I really haven’t been out to the theatres… But ‘Precious’, was really enjoyed, I liked Wolverine… I guess I should say some artsy not well known foreign film … So I’ll say ‘Worlds Apart’ set in Germany … How’s that.

Comic book films are big business these days. Are there any comic book characters you would love to play?

CC: Thank you so much for this question I am the biggest comic book geek in the world…. I would love to play… The new green lantern John Stewart… With out a doubt!!!

Sweet, salted or butter popcorn?

CC: buttered … It just goes in easier…

When you win an Oscar who would you thank in your acceptance speech?

CC: My father and mother …, my wife and children… My ancestors who help me every minute of the day… And those who laid the path before me…

What are you working on next?

CC: I just wrapped a Law & Order: Criminal Intent with Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows. That was a lot of fun. I also have a recurring role on the new HBO series ‘How to Make it in America’ created by the folks who brought you ‘Entourage’. I believe that starts airing in February. I have a few other roles still in negotiations so I won’t say anything until I sign on the dotted line.

Thanks you for the interview until we talk again my friend until we talk again…..

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City Island – Andy Garcia’s latest film

Posted by LiveFor on June 6, 2009

”It’s a dysfunctional-family dramedy,” says Andy Garcia of City Island (out later this year), which is set in the titular Bronx neighborhood. As corrections officer Vince, Garcia brings home an inmate who’s actually his long-lost son, all while attending acting classes on the sly. ”Vince has a lot of hidden aspirations that he’s not prepared to take responsibility for,” he says. In this scene, Vince hangs out with a classmate (Emily Mortimer, left), who is hiding something of her own. Says Garcia, ”Everyone’s got a secret.”

Source: EW

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Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, 1995 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on January 4, 2009

Director: Gary Fleder
Starring: Andy Garcia, Christopher Lloyd, William Forsythe, Bill Nunn, Treat Williams, Jack Warden, Steve Buscemi, Fairuza Balk, Gabrielle Anwar, Christopher Walken
Running Time: 115 minutes
Score: 10 / 10

This review by malkane316 – a truly great movie with great dialogue. Boat drinks to you all. Cheers to Daan for reminding me of this forgotten classic.

The early and mid nineties saw the emergence of Tarantino and his new greed of filthy pulp genius, and naturally everyone else wanted apiece of the action. From now on scripts had to be full of witty dialogue, the characters had to be from the wrong side of the tracks, but we had to be able to relate to them. Of course, most of Tarantino’s imitators were rubbish, leaving the man himself to bask in glory. However, when Scott Rosenberg gave his brilliant script to director Felder, something special was created- a Tarantinio beater.

TTDIDWYD suffered perhaps because of its title, and because it is more downbeat than much of what was being released at the time. Some reviews here have strangely dared to say that the dialogue is crap, that certain scenes to do not ‘further the narrative’. How odd, and these people love Tarantino? For whatever reason, the film has largely been forgotten about, but with the cast it has i’m sure more people will come to it and find what a gem it is. Truly it has one of the best casts ever- Walken, Garcia, Lloyd, Buscemi, Balk, Anwar, Warden, Bill Nunn, Treat Williams, and they all give near career bests. The plot sees Jimmy the Saint brought out of retirement for one last job by his psychotic ex mob boss, played terrifyingly by Walken. For the job he needs to recruit some of his old gang- Pieces (Lloyd), Franchise (Forsythe), Easy Wind (Nunn), and reluctantly Critical Bill (Williams). Each man is out of the game, but this job will pay them for the rest of their lives and they can retire in peace. The job is simple- Walken’s son lost his mind after his girlfriend left him for another guy. The other guy is coming to town, so Jimmy and his gang scare him into leaving the girl, so that Walken’s son will be happy again. This will in turn give Walken’s life meaning again. Things go horrifically wrong though, and each member of the gang is given 48 hours to live. As this is happening, Jimmy has fallen for Anwar, but can’t be with her. He tries to get his friends to run for safety, but they refuse, willing to accept whatever happens. Jimmy also stays to try and do some right in his life- giving the engagement ring to Anwar and her fiancée, and saving local whore Balk from wasting her life, giving her a child. Soon the inevitable happens as the unstoppable assassin (Buscemi) comes to town, but not before Jimmy exacts perfect revenge.

The script is easily one of the best of the last 50 years, full of quotable dialogue “I am Godzilla! You are Japan!” , but full of meaning, heart, and existential dreaming. The whole story revolves around life and death, how we will be remembered in death for our achievements in life, and giving hope to the living as we die. Every character is extraordinarily drawn, with depth and individuality. Jimmy tries to save his friends but their pride means he has to accept their decisions. He may be a gangster, but he knows what is right, moral rules are forever more important than the laws of Cops and Robbers. Pieces works in a porno theatre with the painful loss of strength in his hands, but he knows that back in the day they were at the top of their league. Walken is genuinely Evil as the man with the plan, Buscemi is brilliant as Mr Sssh, and Williams is a forgotten man- a self serving patriot, guns framed on his walls, ready to protect himself from invasion at anytime. Anwar and Nicolsi (as Walken’s son) deserve special mention, both get our sympathy as they are trapped in a situation they are not part of, and do not deserve what happens to them. There are too many characters and traits to list, ensuring that I at least will continue to find new things with every viewing.

Although there is strong sentimentality, there is plenty of violence and strong language to balance everything, and as i’ve said before, sentimentality is nothing to be ashamed of-in life or in movie making. The film is not meant to be completely bleak and hard hitting, and it is a sad sign of our times when we berate a film for being sentimental. Much like the Shawshank Redemption in effect this film will leave you with hope. A breathtaking film which will stay with you forever if you let it. 10 out of 10

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