With headliners like Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline, Last Vegas seems like a comedy that's full of geriatric humor, but you shouldn't skip this little gem just because you're from a younger generation. Is there hemorrhoid humor and seniors' Jazzercise jokes? Sure. But there's also a lot to relate to, whether you're 25 or 65. Billy (Douglas) is a perpetual bachelor who finally decides to settle down with a girl half his age. The wedding is in Las Vegas, and when his buddies hear about it, they insist on tagging along for an impromptu bachelor party in Sin City. Alright, I know this sounds like The Hangover with old guys, but hey, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
I was skeptical going into Last Vegas, but I'm happy to say I was proven wrong when I was laughing out loud — along with the rest of the audience. Here's why you might want to catch the comedy, even if it's not on your radar of must-see movies yet.
Everywhere you look, there's an Oscar winner doing something ridiculous. LMFAO's RedFoo wiggles his Speedo in De Niro's face, Kline sidles up to a lovely lady who turns out to be a man in drag, and Freeman hides his "going out" clothes from his overbearing son, like he's Ferris Bueller. It's fun to see these serious actors having so much fun on the big screen.
Romany Malco and Jerry Ferrara also play parts as Las Vegas locals. Neither of them are too pleased by the stodgy old-timers taking over the hotel where Malco's character is a concierge, but they come around. It's fun to see Ferrara get punched in the face by De Niro in one scene, then groveling at his feet the next day. It's a clever nod to the stars' legendary status.
De Niro plays a guy in mourning over the loss of his wife a year earlier, so he heads to Vegas, and with his friends egging him on, he meets someone: a lovely lounge singer (Mary Steenburgen). Done deal, right? It's not that easy; the groom-to-be Billy also falls for the lady. Love triangles can be predictable, but this one is well done and kept me wondering how it would be resolved.
The stars of Last Vegas have seen a lot in their lifetimes, but what's the strangest thing they've ever seen in Las Vegas? I recently sat down to chat with Kevin Kline, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Douglas about their time shooting the comedy, whether their official keys to the city of Las Vegas actually open anything (they do!), and what advice they'd give to a friend marrying someone half his age. Watch the interview to get the scoop!
As if we need any more reasons to be excited about David O. Russell's '70s-set crime drama, a glittery new trailer for American Hustle is giving us an even deeper glimpse . . . at Christian Bale's bulging belly. The full trailer, featuring music from Johnny Mathis and Electric Light Orchestra, gives a bit more information about the plot and characters. Amy Adams and Bale play con artists conspiring to "get over" on their business partners until they're forced to cooperate with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to undercover political scandals in New Jersey. Mainly, they're trying to take down corrupt mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner).
Though this is distinctively a Russell film, this trailer gives me flashbacks to Martin Scorsese movies like Goodfellas. This trailer has everything: Jennifer Lawrence is talking trash about her husband (Bale) in front of their son, Cooper getting an at-home perm, and there's a miniscule flash of Louis C.K. — 10 points to whoever spots him! The film opens in limited release on Dec. 13, then it'll be open in wide release on Christmas Day. Take a look at the trailer after the jump.
Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer star in The Family, director Luc Besson's latest film about a clan on the run from their mafia past. Is the leads' combined star power (along with that of Glee's Dianna Agron) enough to carry the movie? Get the scoop as I tell you whether The Family is a watch, pass, or rent!
Once upon a time, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro were kings of the ring — on film, anyway — and now they're back. The trailer for Grudge Match has the two as competitive boxers 30 years past their heyday and attempting a return to their glory days to earn a paycheck for a highly promoted fight. Old grudges die hard, and Razor (Stallone) and The Kid (De Niro) still don't know how to play nice. In Razor's corner, there's Alan Arkin as his trainer and Kevin Hart as the supportive buddy. In The Kid's corner is Jon Bernthal (Snitch) as the long-lost son come back to help his old man win the fight. Kim Basinger is also in there as Razor's main dish.
Listen, I know this is the feel-good movie of the holiday season . . . for dads, but I'm kind of into it. I love De Niro (the highlight of this week's new release, The Family), and while he and Stallone bring the nostalgia, Hart can keep it fresh. Plus, who doesn't love Arkin? The movie hits theaters Christmas Day, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.
Robert De Niro playing a mobster is an act that will never get old, even if the movie he's in isn't quite up to snuff. De Niro puts on the gangster hat one more time for The Family, a flawed but enjoyable film about what happens after your mob days. Giovanni "Gio" Manzoni (De Niro) and his family have been relocated to a small town near Normandy, France. Having been in the witness protection program for over a decade, Gio has developed some serenity over the years, but his wife, Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), and their kids, Warren (John D'Leo) and Belle Glee's Dianna Agron), are another story. The whole family is calm and collected on the surface, but Maggie is prone to blowing up supermarkets (with the snooty locals inside) while Belle and Warren take turns busting kneecaps at school. They're an interesting, if underdeveloped, bunch.
The film's tender family dynamic is actually pretty cute, it's just the conflict that feels forced. The Manzonis may be far from Brooklyn, but they're still not safe when their past comes knocking. A kingpin in prison is still holding a grudge against Gio, and through a series of impossible coincidences, he finds out where the Manzonis are hiding. The discovery is beyond the limits of my imagination, and it's not the only outlandish twist that had me rolling my eyes. But there are some things that redeem The Family. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro star as husband and wife in the new mob flick, The Family, which hits the big screen tomorrow. We got to sit down with the iconic duo to chat about the film, in which they finally got to collaborate. After starring in many of the same titles without sharing scenes, Robert and Michelle were happy to "finally" get to know each other off the red carpet. The pair also opened up about the experience of filming overseas and establishing a family dynamic on set with their young costars Dianna Agron and John D'Leo. Watch to hear more from Michelle and Robert about their suspense-filled comedy, The Family.
Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play reformed mobsters and parents to Glee's Dianna Agron in the new comedy, The Family. Opening this week, the movie puts a spin on the gangster character we've all seen De Niro play when a witness protection program forces his clan to move to France with new identities. They prove you can take the family out of the mafia, but you can't take the mafia out of the family. Take a look through to see pictures and let us know if you're planning on heading to theaters to see it on Friday, Sept. 13!
Sometimes when a director and actor meet, it's a match made in movie heaven — so why wouldn't they team up again? Pairings like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have held on to partnerships for years, creating scores of wonderful films. These are the relationships I want to celebrate: that particular kinship between a filmmaker and a muse. Take a look through to see some of my all-time favorite duos.