It's the true story of mafia hit-man Richard Kuklinski.
The Iceman, as he was nicknamed - partly from his stone-cold demeanour and partly because he used to store bodies on ice, was interesting because he was also a devoted family man. He loved his wife and kids, and in the movie, claimed he didn't kill women or children. Quite a trait/code for a contract killer, wouldn't you say?
Michael Shannon portrays Kuklinski in an eerily intimidating, appropriately cold-as-ice way. His co-stars include a barely recognizable Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, James Franco, Stephen Dorff, Ray Liotta as mob-boss Roy Demeo and Winona Ryder as Kuklinski's wife Deborah.
We had a chance to sit down with Liotta and Ryder in September during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about their movie.
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Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.
The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times under the headline, "My Medical Choice." She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.
Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.
"My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56," Jolie writes. "She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was."
With a career that spans almost 30 years, Winona Ryder has starred in almost every genre of film, from sci-fi and drama to horror, animation and comedy. This week, Ryder adds a new genre to her expansive filmography with a role in the true crime biography The Iceman, opens in limited release May 17th.
Ryder stars as Deborah Pellicotti, the wife of notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon). The movie, based on actual events, follows Kuklinski as he climbs his way up to criminal ladder becoming the mob’s fierce go-to hitman, all while keeping his occupation hidden from his wife and children. It’s certainly a change of pace from her last big screen roles in the Kevin James comedy The Dilemma and as the voice of Elsa Van Helsing in Frankenweenie!
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Tom Hanks is a man in uniform for the titular role of real-life survivor Captain Richard Phillips who was held hostage for three days in 2009 during the Maersk Alabama hijacking where his ship was besieged by Somali pirates and we've got the EXCLUSIVE first trailer of Captain Phillips.
Along for the tense ride is Catherine Keener as his wife Andrea Phillips and at the helm, Paul Greengrass whose previous efforts, high-paced actioners The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, United 93, hint at a style and skill set that's well-suited to tell this tale of survival during the first American cargo ship hijacking in 200 years.
And we know what happened the last time Hanks had a role that brought him to the high seas - an Oscar nomination for Cast Away in 2000 - and from the footage here it seems that Captain Phillips should be a powerful biopic with plenty of heart.
Matthew McConaughey is out on a limb in Mud. Literally. An outlaw on the lam, McConaughey’s Mud is holed up in a boat perched among the branches of a tree when two teen boys discover his whereabouts. As Mud begins to fill them in on his past, the boys form a pact to help keep the fugitive safe from bounty hunters.
Directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Mud has been slowly winning over critics as the film made the festival circuit including stops at Sundance and last year’s Cannes Film Festival. In addition to McConaughey, the film stars Reese Witherspoon as the object of Mud’s affection, Sarah Paulson,Michael Shannon and Sam Shepard.
Watch six clips from the film after the cut!
Lee Daniels has only directed four movies but the release of each has been met with plenty of press, heated discussion and scrutiny because he often goes for controversial subjects like race, poverty, inequality and dares to explore and expose ugly pockets of American society.
But with The Butler, Daniels has taken a decidedly feel-good turn, according to the string accompaniment and soft-focus effects, as we're introduced to White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), based on real-life butler Eugene Allen who ended up serving eight presidents and served as a beacon of pride and a matter of debate during his tenure as racial politics were being played out all around him.
Take a look for yourself at the first Oscar-y trailer, after the jump.
Humanity’s last hope rests on the shoulders of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a teenager sent to Battle School in the futuristic post-alien invasion Ender’s Game. The revered Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) is on a quest to train civilization’s best and brightest young people to step into the shoes of the retirement-ready hero Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), the man who is credited with saving what remains of the human race.
Asa Butterfield, who we last saw in Hugo, is stars as Ender alongside a host of talented actors which include Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Abigail Breslin, and Viola Davis.
Check out the first trailer for Ender’s Game beyond the cut!
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