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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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Interview: John Turturro Talks Making 'Fading Gigolo,' 'Big Lebowski' Spinoff, 'Exodus' And More

  • The Playlist
It wouldn't be a mistake to call John Turturro one of the finest character actors currently working. But he's also an accomplished writer/director with four very different features under his belt, from his debut family drama "Mac" to the period theatre tale "Illuminata" and two music driven efforts, "Romance & Cigarettes" and "Passione." And for his latest turn behind (and in front of) the camera, he shifts gears again with "Fading Gigolo." Featuring Woody Allen taking a rare screen acting role opposite Turturro in a project that isn't one of his own films, the movie is presented within the framework of a sex comedy but with much more happening underneath. While 'Fading Gigolo' tells the story of florist Fioravante who is convinced by his friend to sell his more carnal talents to earn some big cash. There's quite a lovely and tender romance developing in the picture, and
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Fading Gigolo – The Review

Actor John Turturro may be best known as one of the screen’s best character actors who has been a part of the repertory companies of both Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever) and the Coen brothers (Miller’S Crossing, The Big Lebowsky), but he’s begun to make a name for himself behind the camera as well. After directing the music based documentary Passione in 2010 he has now directed his fourth dramatic feature (Mac in 1992, Illuminata in 1998, and the musical Romance And Cigarettes in 2005). Well, this a more of a comedy. To be more precise it’s a New York City-based comedy, much in the same vein as Woody Allen’s 70′s and 80′s classics (for the last few years Woody’s been shooting his stories in Europe and with last year’s Blue Jasmine in ‘gasp’ California). And guess who Mr. Turturro is directing and sharing scenes with?
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‘Elsa and Fred,’ with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, Opens Miami Festival

‘Elsa and Fred,’ with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, Opens Miami Festival
Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer topliner “Elsa and Fred,” a remake of the 2008 Argentinian/Spanish hit, will open the 31st annual Miami Intl. Film Festival, a ten day event that this year will also screen the world premiere of Raymond De Felitta’s “Rob the Mob” and hand a career achievement award to John Turturro.

Michael Radford’s “Elsa and Fred,” about two people who find love late in life, features MacLaine and Plummer as the titular lovers as well as Marcia Gay Harden, George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin and Wendell Pierce, among others.

Rob the Mob” (pictured) is the latest team-up for writer-helmer De Felitta and star Andy Garcia, the duo who last collaborated on indie hit “City Island.” Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Ray Romano, Burt Young and Griffin Dunne also are in the cast.

Turturro scores the career tribute for work as an actor that includes “Barton Fink” and “O Brother,
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Set To Star In John Slattery’s God’S Pocket

Park Pictures Features announced today Academy Award®-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, is set to star in God’S Pocket, the upcoming film directorial debut from Emmy®-nominee John Slattery. Slattery adapted the screenplay with Alex Metcalf from the novel by National Book Award Winning author Pete Dexter. Academy Award®-nominee Richard Jenkins, Emmy Award®-nominee Christina Hendricks and award winning actor John Turturro will co-star. Jay Cohen of Gersh will handle all film sales.

Park Pictures Features will produce the film in partnership with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Slattery’s Shoestring Pictures, which makes its producing debut with this film. Acclaimed director/cinematographer Lance Acord has signed on to shoot the film, which will be produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Slattery, Lance Acord and Galt Niederhoffer, for Park Pictures and Emily Ziff and Hoffman for Cooper’s Town. The film will be executive produced
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'Mimic' Legacy to Release on 3-Film Set in May

  • MoreHorror
By MoreHorror.com,

The complete legacy of one deadly experiment, 'Mimic: 3-film Set' (which includes Guillermo Del Toro's Director's Cut of Mimic) will be unleashed to DVD and Bly-ray on May 1. Read the official details below.

Audiences will experience thrills and chills from the franchise that brought the epic battle of man and nature to life as Lionsgate debuts the Mimic: 3-Film Set on Blu-ray Disc this May. Available for the first time as an HD collection, the set includes Mimic: The Director’s Cut, along with Mimic 2 and Mimic 3: Sentinel – both on Blu-ray Disc for the first time and available exclusively in the set. Telling the complete story of one deadly genetic engineering experiment, each film includes a host of special features, certain to excite and terrify fans of the sci-fi series.

Mimic: The Director’S Cut Synopsis

Directed by Oscar® nominee Guillermo Del Toro (Best Writing,
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John Turturro Will Direct & Star In 'Fading Gigolo' With Sharon Stone; May Appear In Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'

While he’s one of our most respected actors -- who somehow has never received an Oscar nomination, that’s another story -- the world of feature filmmaking hasn’t been exactly kind to actor John Turturro. While his early directorial efforts, 1992's "Mac" and 1998's "Illuminata,” were well-received -- both were accepted to Cannes and the former earned itself the Caméra d'Or prize and two key Independent Spirit Award nominations -- neither did particularly well at the box-office (max gross was under $900,000 domestically). His later pictures didn't score the same kinds of accolades. And despite the caliber of actors willing to work with him, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, James Gandolfini, Christopher Walken and Steve Buscemi all starred in 2007’s “Romance and Cigarettes,” the film couldn’t muster more than $557K at the domestic box-office after waiting two years to be released (and was poorly...
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R.I.P. Ben Gazzara

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Ben Gazzara, veteran actor of stage, movies and television, died of pancreatic cancer at Bellevue Hospital Center, his attorney Jay Julien told the New York Times. He was 81. The New York native studied at the Actors Studio and starred in numerous Broadway productions including Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof directed by Elia Kazan, though for the film version he lost out to Paul Newman. In movies, he made a strong impression as the accused killer in Otto Preminger’s 1959 courtroom drama Anatomy Of A Murder. Of his extensive TV work, he’s perhaps best remembered for NBC’s 1965-68 Run For Your Life, in which he played a terminally ill man trying to squeeze the most out of his remaining time alive. He continued to work with acclaimed film directors. His initial collaboration with John Cassavetes was on Husbands, which also starred Cassavetes and Peter Falk. Other
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John Turturro, “Passione”

For the past twenty-five years John Turturro has been one of the most dynamic presences in American narrative filmmaking, both in the independent world and in Hollywood. His roles in films such as Do The Right Thing, Barton Fink, Quiz Show and The Big Lebowski cemented his place as one of the most versatile actors around, someone who could slip easily between extremely varied character roles while occasionally moonlighting as a leading man. Beyond his work as an actor, he’s also directed a trio of mostly terrific feature narratives, 1992′s Mac, 1998′s Illuminata and 2005′s Romance and Cigarettes. With his latest film Passione, he’s taken the leap into documentary filmmaking with the same pinache and fearlessness he’s brought to his many screen roles.

A “musical adventure” that chronicles the world of contemporary Neopolitan music from top to bottom, Passione is that rare film in our cynical times that embraces large gestures,
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Tiff Interview: John Turturro Talks Naples Music Doc Passione

Tiff Interview: John Turturro Talks Naples Music Doc Passione
Italian-American actor-director John Turturro is beloved by the Italians—Venice Fest audiences treat him like a huge star. In fact, ill-fated Romance and Cigarettes, which was caught in the backdraft at the end of United Artists, was such a hit in Italy that financeers stepped up to hire Turturro to direct a doc about the music of Naples. Passione is not unlike Fatih Akin’s Crossing the Bridge: it’s a “musical adventure” showcasing the music, old and new, of Naples, via a mix of old footage and new performances by the city’s top artists. The film was exhilarating, and more than one moviegoer walked out of the theater humming. I also admired Turturro's Mac and Illuminata, even though American moviegoers have yet to click with his movies. I ...
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Four Clips from "Downloading Nancy"

Here's four clips from Strand Releasing's "Downloading Nancy", directed by Johan Renck and featuring Maria Bello, Jason Patric, Rufus Sewell and Amy Brenneman, When Albert Stockwell (Rufus Sewell, Dark City, Illuminata) comes home from work one day, he finds a note from his wife of 15 years, Nancy (Maria Bello, A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking), saying she has gone to see friends. After waiting several days, Albert realizes that his wife is missing. Nancy has met her salvation on the Internet in the form of Louis Farley (Jason Patric, The Lost Boys, Rush). Nancy and Louis, both wounded souls, take comfort in one another through e-mail, pictures, and promises of perverse sexual encounters. Nancy has finally found the one and only thing that can liberate her from the pain in...
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Four Clips from Downloading Nancy

What better way to start off a weekend than by downloading and sampling a bit on Nancy's psycho-thriller goodness! That's right, folks! Lock up the kids, bolt the doors, and dim the lights! It's time to see what kind of hazards can come from a not-so-innocent cyber affair!

Official Synopsis

When Albert Stockwell (Rufus Sewell, Dark City, Illuminata) comes home from work one day, he finds a note from his wife of 15 years, Nancy (Maria Bello, A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking), saying she has gone to see friends. After waiting several days, Albert realizes that his wife is missing. Nancy has met her salvation on the Internet in the form of Louis Farley (Jason Patric, The Lost Boys, Rush). Nancy and Louis, both wounded souls, take comfort in one another through e-mail, pictures, and promises of perverse sexual encounters. Nancy has finally found the one and only
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*Update* Downloading Nancy and Her One-Sheet

Yet another one-sheet to dig on comes to us tonight, this time for the reportedly disturbing and oddly titled film Downloading Nancy starring Maria Bello as a lonely woman who turns to the Internet to find someone willing to kill her but finds love and fulfillment of her darkest desires instead. Of course freaky, kinky, and deadly shit ensues much to our delight.

Official Synopsis

When Albert Stockwell (Rufus Sewell, Dark City, Illuminata) comes home from work one day, he finds a note from his wife of 15 years, Nancy (Maria Bello, A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking), saying she has gone to see friends. After waiting several days, Albert realizes that his wife is missing. Nancy has met her salvation on the Internet in the form of Louis Farley (Jason Patric, The Lost Boys, Rush). Nancy and Louis, both wounded souls, take comfort in one another through e-mail,
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New Downloading Nancy Trailer Hits The Net

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Apple.com got their hands on a brand new trailer for the upcoming film “Downloading Nancy” directed by Johan Renck. “Downloading Nancy” stars Maria Bello, Jason Patric, Rufus Sewell and Amy Benneman. The film is directed by Johan Renck, Christopher Doyle is the director of photography and the screenplay was penned by Pamela Cuming and Lee Ross. Igor Kovacevich, David Moore, Cole Payne and Jason Essex are the producers. Click Here to watch the trailer and while your at it, be sure to check out the website here. Synopsis: When Albert Stockwell (Rufus Sewell, Dark City, Illuminata) comes home from work one day, he finds a note [...]
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Trailer for the twisted tale of romance Downloading Nancy

The fact that the majority of critics were disgusted with this film only makes me want to see it all the more. It was like the bottom of the heap of last year's Sundance, and speaking of, why does it take some films so long to release trailers? I really hate that.

When Albert Stockwell (Rufus Sewell, Dark City, Illuminata) comes home from work one day he finds a note from his wife of 15 years, Nancy (Maria Bello, A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking), saying she has gone to see friends. After waiting several days, Albert realizes that his wife is missing. Nancy has met her salvation on the Internet in the form of Louis Farley (Jason Patric, The Lost Boys, Rush). Nancy and Louis, both wounded souls, take comfort in one another through e-mail, pictures, and promises of perverse sexual encounters. Nancy has finally found the one
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