NYPD honors whistleblower Frank Serpico 50 years late
NEW YORK — (AP) — More than 50 years after Frank Serpico testified about endemic corruption in the New York Police Department, the department finally recognized his service and injury in the line of duty with an official certificate and inscribed medal of honor. The former undercover detective, 85, received the honor in the mail Thursday, the New York Daily News reported. Serpico testified in December 1971 to a panel appointed by Mayor John Lindsay to investigate police corruption, breaking the "blue wall of silence," the protection that fellow officers sometimes give each other, such as refusing to testify. Current Daily News and former Associated Press reporter Larry McShane interviewed Serpico in December about the 50th anniversary of his appearance before the Knapp Commission. "I felt that finally I was going to tell the world and nobody’s going to interrupt me,” Serpico told the newspaper, speaking from his home in upstate New York.wftv.com
New this week: 'Pam & Tommy,' Olympics and the doc 'Torn'
Lady Gaga gives a committed performance as Patrizia Reggiani, a local beauty who married into the Gucci family and helped her husband, Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), wield power and influence in the family business. Scott and his collaborators decided to go for operatic artificiality to tell the story of how the "family" dropped out of this family business. The documentary "Torn," the feature debut of one of those sons, Max Lowe, explores the tragedy and the aftermath. — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— Pop singer-songwriter Mitski's last record, "Be the Cowboy," landed on several best albums of 2018 year-end lists. NBCUniversal is promising to provide that and more as part of coverage of the Winter Olympics from Beijing on its TV platforms.wftv.com
'Encanto,' 'House of Gucci' fuel Thanksgiving box office
Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still far from the feast it normally is, but Disney’s “Encanto” and the Lady Gaga-led “House of Gucci” both gave a lift to two genres that have been particularly battered by the pandemic: family movies and adult dramas.
Column: Paul Gosar censured? Who among us hasn’t made a video depicting the murder of a colleague?
The House debated censuring Republican Rep. Paul Gosar on Wednesday over an animé video he posted showing him murdering Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Who among us hasn't made a cartoon video depicting a co-worker's violent murder?chicagotribune.com
15 snubs and surprises from this year's Golden Globe nominations
Here are 15 of the most surprising nominations and the biggest snubs. Snub: 'Da 5 Bloods'Heading into the nominations, Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" was expected to pick up a number of nods, including best drama, best actor and best director. "One Night in Miami" secured nominations for best original song and best supporting actor for Leslie Odom Jr., who portrayed Cooke. The Golden Globe guidelines do not allow a non-English-language film to be nominated in those categories. NBCSnub: Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett, 'Lovecraft Country'The HBO series "Lovecraft Country" got a well-deserved best drama series nomination but failed to secure nods for any of its actors.cnbc.com
Kate Hudson in, Spike Lee out and more Golden Globe chaos
From the Kate Hudson movie that no one has heard of to the very awkward shut out of Spike Lee, here’s a look at some of the biggest surprises of the morning. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who wasn’t surprised to hear Kate Hudson’s name announced among the best actress nominees. Lee’s acclaimed Vietnam drama “Da 5 Bloods” was expected to be a shoo-in for any number of categories: Best picture, best director, best actor for Delroy Lindo or supporting actor for Chadwick Boseman, who died last year. The Globe nominations also tested our understanding of what constitutes a film with some interesting categorizations and nominations, putting Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology film series in a television category. The filmed “Hamilton” performance on Disney+, meanwhile, was eligible in the film categories and picked up two nominations.
Al Pacino, Tina Fey to appear in 'Heroes of New York' lineup
NEW YORK – Al Pacino, Tina Fey and Eli Manning will join a star-studded lineup to celebrate the selfless acts of New Yorkers. Robin Hood and iHeartRadio announced a collaboration Thursday to present “Heroes of New York,” which will air Dec. 1 on television and radio stations in New York. The show will feature musical performances from Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett and Andra Day. Carey will perform a medley, Bennett will sing “Smile” and Day will perform “Silent Night.”Other special guests include Jon Stewart, Kevin Bacon, Mariano Rivera, Michael Strahan, Ryan Seacrest and Tracy Morgan. In May, the New York-based poverty fighting organization, Robin Hood, and iHeartMedia held the “Rise Up New York!” telethon.
Brad Pitt wins first acting Oscar for 'Once Upon a Time'
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An emotional Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar on Sunday night, claiming the supporting actor trophy for “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,” while referencing his own storied run in the industry where he is among the most famous and revered. Pitt beat out an iconic group that included Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. In earlier speeches, Pitt joked about DiCaprio and director Quentin Tarantino, and via Robbie zinged Brexit and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's departure from their royal roles in Britain. Pitt's ex-wife, Angelina Jolie, won a supporting-actress Oscar in 1999 — years before she and Pitt got together. Pitt was the only man in the category who had never won an acting Oscar.
On 'Irishman,' teaching De Niro and Pacino to act younger
This image released by Netflix shows Robert De Niro, kneeling center, on the set of "The Irishman" as movement coach Gary Tacon, right, looks on. Tacon had to help the film's aged stars move like they were decades younger. (Niko Tavernise/Netflix via AP)
On 'Irishman,' teaching De Niro and Pacino to act younger
This image released by Netflix shows Robert De Niro, kneeling center, on the set of "The Irishman" as movement coach Gary Tacon, right, looks on. (Niko Tavernise/Netflix via AP)NEW YORK, N.Y. – Would you have the gumption to tell Al Pacino to act his age? Scorsese, who had waited decades to direct Pacino, wasn’t inclined to start off by telling Pacino to get younger, fast. At the film’s premiere at the New York Film Festival, Scorsese told the same story about Tacon and Pacino. After that film, Tacon fell in with famed stunt director Victor Magnotta.
'Parasite,' 'Jojo Rabbit' get a boost in SAG nominations
This image released by Netflix shows Scarlett Johansson, left, and Adam Driver in "Marriage Story." On Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, Johansson was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture drama for her role in the film. (Netflix via AP)
'Parasite,' 'Bombshell' get a boost in SAG nominations
The SAG Awards are one of the most closely watched Academy Awards bellwethers because, historically, a best ensemble nomination from the actors is usually a prerequisite for any best-picture contender's resume. Notably missing out on the best ensemble nomination was Noah Baumbach's divorce drama “Marriage Story," which on Monday led the Golden Globe nominations with six nods. Johansson was nominated in that category, as well, for her performance in “Jojo Rabbit.”Recently, a SAG ensemble nomination hasn't been quite as vital for a best-picture winner at the Oscars. Nothing got more of a boost from the actors guild than “Bombshell,” which tied “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” with a co-leading four nominations. In best drama series ensemble, the actors nominated the casts of “Big Little Lies,” “The Crown," “Game of Thrones," “The Handmaid's Tale” and “Stranger Things."
'The Irishman' named best picture by New York Film Critics
This image released by Netflix shows Al Pacino portraying Jimmy Hoffa, left, and Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran in a scene from "The Irishman." The New York Film Critics Circle named The Irishman the year's best film on Wednesday, handing Martin Scorsese's mob epic its second such honor in two days. (Netflix via AP)
'The Irishman' named best picture by New York Film Critics
The New York Film Critics Circle named The Irishman the year's best film on Wednesday, handing Martin Scorsese's mob epic its second such honor in two days. (Netflix via AP)NEW YORK, NY – The New York Film Critics Circle named “The Irishman” the year's best film on Wednesday, handing Martin Scorsese's mob epic its second such honor in two days. The New York critics additionally bestowed best supporting actor on Joe Pesci's performance in the film. The New York critics last year chose another Netflix title, Alfonso Cuaron's “Roma," as its best film. The New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, will hand out the awards for their 85th ceremony on Jan. 7.
Netflix is leaving millions on the table by not giving 'The Irishman' a wide theatrical release
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano star in Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman." Ninety-day film releases at 3,000 theaters across the U.S. just aren't what Netflix does. Scorsese's most recent film, a gangster pseudo-biopic called "The Irishman," is currently getting a limited run in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. It will roll out to a few more cities over the next few weeks before finally arriving on Netflix on Nov. 27. Tickets for showings at the Belasco Theater in New York are currently on StubHub for between $65 and $85 each.cnbc.com
Al Pacino follows this mantra on every acting job
Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro attend "The Irishman" International Premiere and Closing Gala during the 63rd BFI London Film FestivalEven after a movie career spanning half a century, legendary Hollywood actor Al Pacino says he still suffers from imposter syndrome. Pacino was sat beside fellow Hollywood legend Robert De Niro, who he has reunited with for Martin Scorsese's mob epic "The Irishman," out this month. Reflecting on his career, De Niro said that while acting was "different" after all this time, he still liked it "just as much." Pacino said he met De Niro in 1968 and they then "connected from time to time," finding they had shared similar experiences. The "Irishman" is actually the first Scorsese film which Pacino has starred in, despite both having worked with De Niro a number of times.cnbc.com
The Groundbreaking Technology Used to Make Robert De Niro Look Younger in 'The Irishman'
Groundbreaking new technology is helping iconic actors shed years off their faces and, in some cases, decades off their faces. In Martin Scorseses upcoming epic for Netflix, The Irishman, stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci are aged both backward and forward, appearing as fresh-faced lads and senior citizens. Why Im concerned, were all concerned is that were so used to watching them as the older faces, Scorsese said. Was it threat?The Irishman isnt 2019s only big film with leads who are de-aged, as Will Smith also erased decades in the movie Gemini Man.For Smith's younger version of himself, the special effects went a step further. We took Will Smith and put in a full CGI creature, like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, visual-effects supervisor Guy Williams told Entertainment Weekly.
Joe Pesci steals show at 'The Irishman' screening in New York
Joe Pesci at a press conference for "The Irishman" during the 57th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on Sept. 27, 2019, in New York City. Pesci, wearing a pork pie hat and dark sunglasses, gave short answers and quick quips throughout the 30-minute conversation that followed a screening of the film at Lincoln Center in New York City on Friday. Moderator Kent Jones, also joined by producers Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Jane Rosenthal, asked Pesci, who is mostly retired from acting, what it was like to return to movies. When Jones asked him to elaborate, Pesci asked Rosenthal what the moderator was going on about. When asked if he felt pressure to do the movie, Pesci had a bit more to say.
'The Irishman' official trailer is mobbed up
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - If the Academy Awards cast a mob movie, it would probably look a lot like "The Irishman." The official trailer has dropped and expands on the teaser trailer released in July. De Niro stars as mob hitman Frank Sheeran who becomes entangled in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, played by Pacino. In the new trailer Sheeran is seen being questioned by his attorney Bill Bufalino, played by Ray Romano, which allows for some flashbacks on his murderous deeds. The Netflix film reunites director Scorsese with frequent collaborators De Niro and Pesci who have all worked together on various projects, including the iconic mob film "Goodfellas."
Kanye West performs at Jay Z's Made in America Music Festival
Kanye West performs at Jay Z's Made in America Music Festival Jay Z throws a bi-coastal music festival featuring many all-star performers in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Also, two Al Pacino films were shown at the Venice Film Festival. Suzanne Marques has that and more in today's Eye on Entertainment.cbsnews.com