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‘Dog Day Afternoon’ Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary
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Dog Day Afternoon Film Poster 1975

Dog Day Afternoon, the larger than life true story about an everyman and his psychotic partner who rob a bank in Brooklyn, an operation which winds up botched and turns into a literal three-ring circus for a few hours afterwards, gripping the city of New York with an anti-heroic proceeding that almost borderlined on sheer, bizarre entertainment, celebrates its 40th anniversary this week.

Full of potent performances from Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, and others, a surefooted, ham-fisted naturalistic directorial style by Sidney Lumet, and an Oscar-winning script by Frank Pierson, Dog Day Afternoon remains a benchmark film of the 1970s, and in many ways expertly captures the entire zeitgeist of not only the mid decade feel and energy of New York City but also of America at the time, full of a post-Watergate paranoia and unease, with huge slices of humor and even pathos in the middle.

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‘Despicable Me 2’ Trailer: Gru Is Back, Tell A Friend
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The one thing that Despicable Me 2 has going for it, aside from Agnes, that one kid known for screeching “it’s so fluffy,” are those tiny yellow minions that are constantly causing mayhem and by the side of Gru (voiced by Steve Carell).

The first trailer wasn’t too heavy on the details, which is fine by all means since it was a teaser trailer, as was the second trailer. Now a new more plot centric trailer has revealed a lot of detail about the story that will force Gru to fight for the good side.

Hit the jump to see the latest trailer for Despicable Me 2.

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‘Despicable Me 2’ Trailer: Whatever You Do, Don’t Look Up
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A lot of what makes Despicable Me so adorable are those lovable mischievous yellow minions that go around assisting Gru (Steve Carell). The first trailer for Despicable Me 2 featured only three minions singing their off-key rendition of “Barbara Ann.” But it didn’t tell us anything about the sequel at all.

Now a new holiday-appropriate trailer has hit the web and it seems to tell us that the sequel will be focused on them. Check it out after the jump.

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‘Stand Up Guys’ Trailer: Not Your Old Man’s Last Hurrah Kind Of Film
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Hey, young guys are not the only ones who can get drunk, high, and cause disorderly conduct. When it was announced that Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin would star in Fisher Stevens’ Stand Up Guys, a lot of people thought it just be the Hangover but with senior citizens. But the trailer shows us something that’s surprisingly unexpected.

Check out the trailer here below.

Walken, Pacino, and Arkin all star in Stand Up Guys, a film where Val (Pacino) reunites with his old pals Doc (Walken) and Hirsch (Arkin) to go an all-out bender which includes drinking, hard drugs, sexual encounters, and grand theft auto. The twist is that Doc has been hired to kill Val, and Val knows it.

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Al Pacino Joins ‘Despicable Me 2’
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Despicable Me

Yeah, because this seems like a logical move.

Following the recent move off the project by actor Javier Bardem, Deadline reveals that Universal and Illumination Entertainment have found a replacement to fill the role of villain in their upcoming sequel Despicable Me 2 in the form of one Al Pacino.

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Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin Join ‘Stand Up Guys’
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Christopher Walken

Talk about a who’s who of great actors.

THR is reporting that the trio of Alan Arkin, Al Pacino, and Christopher Walken have joined the cast of a new action comedy, Stand Up Guys.

Helmed by Fisher Stevens, the film follows a couple of criminals in the later stages of life—one having been hired to kill the other—who have one more wild night together involving stolen cars, brothels, and cop chases.

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Must See: 24 Paintings Of Celebrities As Russian Generals
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At one time or another, you’ve probably seen one of the paintings that various people in a position of power have had commissioned of themselves. One particularly notable portrait out there is that of the Russian general, which someone has taken to an extremely entertaining new level.

George Dawe, an English portrait artist who has painted 329 portraits of Russian generals, uses a digital copy of his work as a basis to add his friends, family, and some celebrities into the paintings using Photoshop.

So far he’s done a bunch of celebrities, and most of them look amazing. If we didn’t know who these people were, you wouldn’t think twice about whether most of them were a legit Russian general or not. Some look a little off such as Sean Connery, for example, who looks as though he’s just passed gas in a room full of people, and is pleased that none of them can figure out who it was.

Continue on below now to check out the pictures, and to the source link for even more.

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Universal Developing ‘Scarface’ Remake, But Doesn’t Want To Call It A “Remake”
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Scarface

In a remake/reboot/sequel/prequel–happy Hollywoodland, nothing should come as shock or surprise anymore. That said, it still doesn’t mean people will be thrilled to hear about one of these popular types of movie, especially when it involves a classic…or in this case, two of them.

It’s being reported that Universal Pictures is developing a new updated take on Scarface, which has had two previous versions of the story made: the 1932 classic starring Paul Muni and directed by Howard Hawks, and the 1983 hit starring Al Pacino and directed by Brian De Palma.

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Al Pacino & Joe Pesci To Join Robert De Niro For Martin Scorsese Mafia Movie
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Before we get to the news…best headline ever, right? These are the things movie fans dream about hearing about.

In February of this year, word came out of the Berlin Film Festival that legendary director Martin Scorsese was working on a new mob movie called The Irishman with Robert De Niro, re-teaming the duo responsible for creating one of the great mob movies of all time in Goodfellas. The only thing about this movie, was that it would be more of a reflection film, with an old mobster looking back on his life of crime. The movie will be based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, which details the life of Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran — one of the prime suspects in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa — as told by the Irishman himself.

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DVD Review: The Godfather – The Coppola Restoration (Blu-ray)
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GodfatherThe Godfather – The Coppola Restoration
Blu-ray edition
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Robert De Niro
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 23, 2008

Everyone knows the Corleone family and its members on a first name basis. Everyone speaks the family’s language. Some people even try to make their homemade sauce like them and fail miserably in trying. If I were to say the words ‘toll booth,’ ‘cannoli,’ ‘Sicily’, and ‘horse’s head’ you would know what I was talking about. These characteristics are what make Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather arguably the greatest film ever made.

When watching, whether for the first time or the 100th time, it is like we are entering the Corleone’s dinning room. Their setting is dark, but it’s still inviting, the feeling is intimidating but once we become familiar with it it turns into intimacy. It’s a film that is told entirely from the inside. The outside world of the Corleone family bears little consideration. From the film’s opening lines, “I believe in America,” The Godfather paints an exact replica of American capitalism but adds a few more colors that makes this capitalism seem OK in society. It’s a vivid view of a powerful Mafia family, which wakes up one morning to find their enterprise isn’t as powerful as it once was.

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