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Every so often a quality mob movie graces the screen and sheds a performance of a lifetime. Itís no easy task for the actors that take on such roles. With crime and mafia movies dating back to the beginnings of film, there are a number of big, and violent shoes to fill. But there are certainly plenty who try.
Welcome, all, to the return of Awards Blend, CinemaBlendís weekly conversation surrounding all things Oscar. The season officially is underway, launching each year as the triumphant trio of September film festivals Ė Venice, Telluride and Toronto Ė kick-start a bevy of campaigns that will position films, performers and behind-the-scenes talents for potential Oscar glory.
There is a great deal of pride in the city of Boston. More than just being overly passionate about local sports teams, people who grew up or live in the Massachusetts capital recognize that there is a tremendous history behind the City On A Hill, and regularly take opportunity to celebrate it.
When people think Johnny Depp, most probably jump straight to Pirates of the Caribbean which would then lead them, if asked, to say 'yes, I think he's huge box office star'. Funny thing about that...
Almost across the board, Johnny Depp is earning rave reviews for his performance in the gangster saga Black Mass. There is one person who is not a fan, however, and he's certainly in a position to know.
With Black Mass arriving in theaters this weekend, and telling the story of Bostonís most notorious criminal, we decided to look back at the history of movies set in the great Massachusetts city and do a straight-up ranking. Which film is number one? Read on to find out!
Itís been a busy weekend, as I find myself split my concentration between NFL opening Sunday and this weekís slate of movies. But thatís a full plate Iím happy to dive into. This week weíve got Black Mass, Captive and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
Itís no small compliment when I tell you guys that I believe Scott Cooperís Black Mass can run with Scorseseís mob trilogy of Goodfellas, Casino and, especially, the South Boston-flavored The Departed. It's that dirty, nasty and compelling.
With the fall film festival season now in full swing, a number of films with Oscar buzz are making their public debuts, and we've broken down when we'll get the chance to see them and judge for ourselves.
Technically, the Oscar ďseasonĒ is supposed to last all year long, with movie released at any time during the year considered in contention for the industryís top prize. Realistically, though, the awards season kicks into full gear when the annual trio of international film festivals held in Venice, Telluride and Toronto come around.
Cheer up, folks! Just because summer's gone, doesn't mean the good movies have gone with it. Take a look at 10 prime candidates that should hold you over until the award blitz this fall.
Sienna Miller is no longer apart of criminal biopic Black Mass, as it was revealed that her character has been cut out. Now director Scott Cooper explains why her scenes were excised.
Itís certainly been awhile since weíve gotten a worthy Johnny Depp performance. And with his last film Mortdecai embarrassingly tanking, itís about damn time the critically acclaimed actor step up his game. And what better way to do so then by playing a terrifyingly badass Boston gangster.
If you thought Johnny Depp's depiction of notorious South Boston gangster Whitey Bulger looked intimidating before, you have to check him out in this new Black Mass trailer.
Over the years, weíve seen Johnny Depp in an eclectic variety of roles across the spectrum. However, the first image has hit showing the actor in his upcoming biographically based crime drama, Black Mass, as he embraces a frighteningly cold and calculating persona as the malevolent murderous mobster, Whitey Bulger.
From Edward Scissorhands to Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp has long demonstrated a proclivity towards drastically altering his appearance when getting into a role. As it turns out, his part in his next movie, Black Mass, is yet another performance that can be added to that ever-growing list.
The movie has a loaded cast. In addition to Depp (playing Bulger), the movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons. The cast will look even starrier next fall, after Edgerton shows up in this winter's Exodus: Gods And Kings, Johnson pops up in Fifty Shades Of Gray and Cumberbatch possibly earns an Oscar for The Imitation Game. Scott Cooper is the director in charge of wrangling these talented names.
James Whitey Bulgerís time as a mob boss, criminal mastermind and fugitive from the law contained all sorts of misdirections and bizarre 180s; so, it only makes sense his biopic, Black Mass, would bring some weirdness with it too. With production already under way, Benedict Cumberbatch has reportedly been tapped to play the role of Billy Bulger, the notorious mobsterís politician brother.
Black Mass is the long in-development biopic about gangster Whitey Bulger that will tell the story of all his criminal dealings during the years when he was Boston's biggest kingpin. Depp will be playing the lead, while the supporting cast will include Joel Edgerton (as FBI agent and Bulger's childhood friend John Connolly) and Guy Pearce (as Whitey's brother Bill Bulger).
Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger as me rose to prominance as one of the most powerful mob bosses in Boston. He also spent years as an FBI informant who gave up a great number of his competitors in order to keep his business thriving.