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January 31, 2013 | By Susan King
Robert De Niro, who is nominated for his seventh Oscar for the quirky romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook," will talk about his craft after a screening of the David O. Russell film late Monday afternoon at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. De Niro's personal appearance kicks off the Cinematheque and the Actors Studio retrospective, "An Actor's Playbook: An In-Person Tribute to Robert De Niro. " The actor is no stranger to the Oscar circle -- he won the Academy for supporting actor for 1974's "The Godfather: Part II" and for lead actor for 1980's "Raging Bull.
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March 2, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
"Will you still love me, when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" So asks the musical question in a Lana Del Rey song used as a refrain throughout the recent adaptation of "The Great Gatsby. " In some sense it is a question that Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the title role, has seemed to be asking audiences ever since the explosive fame of "Titanic" made him an international superstar. DiCaprio is a double Oscar nominee for "The Wolf of Wall Street," as both actor and producer, and along with "Gatsby," the roles showcase him as an artist at a new peak of his powers.
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September 25, 2012 | By Susan King
Two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro is set to receive the Hollywood supporting actor award at the 16th Hollywood Film Awards for his performance in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook. " In the film, De Niro plays the Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed father of a troubled young man (Bradley Cooper). "Robert De Niro is not only highly regarded for his body of work as an actor, producer and director, but also for the passion, integrity and dedication he brings to his performance on camera, as well as his intense off-camera preparation and study of the characters he brings to life," said Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Awards, in a statement Tuesday morning.
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February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are so many good reasons to bag "The Bag Man. " Where to begin? Director David Grovic, who co-wrote the mobster thriller with Paul Conway, seems to be inspired by the seedy crime-noir sensibility the Coen brothers brought to 1984's cult classic "Blood Simple" or Quentin Tarantino to the brilliant bruising of 1994's "Pulp Fiction. " The filmmaker is also confused by it apparently, because both aforementioned films have believable underpinnings and interesting characters who are put through their twisted paces by artists who actually have an endgame in mind.
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January 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Robert De Niro wasn't technically nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award this year, but leave it to Bobby D. to find a way into the winner's circle regardless. At the SAG Awards ceremony on Saturday night, De Niro was on hand to present the award for best actress, which went to Cate Blanchett for her role in "Blue Jasmine. " After delivering the statuette and a peck on the cheek to Blanchett, De Niro, who last year was nominated for his supporting role in "Silver Linings Playbook" and as part of that film's ensemble, was presumably done for the night.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
- For anyone with a working knowledge of Robert De Niro's career, the sight of an ax nailed to the side of a bookcase in his office can be a little disconcerting. "It's from a movie I made once," he says by way of explanation. Good to know, though it doesn't look like a prop. Which one? "'Backdraft.'" Whew. OSCAR WATCH: 'Silver Linings Playbook' For nearly 50 years, Robert De Niro has built an acting career with a firm grounding in his ability to convey menace.
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July 11, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The pretentious, preposterous, dueling-dialect flameout called "Killing Season" has to stand as one of the biggest missed opportunities in iconic matchups. Robert De Niro plays a loner American military vet whose Appalachian retreat for wood-chopping and elk-gazing is disturbed by John Travolta's black-clad, chin-curtained Bosnian war criminal, a motormouth Serb bearing a bottle of Jagermeister, a bow and arrows, and a score-settling scenario. Neither kills the other after repeated chances in screenwriter Evan Daugherty's mano-a-mano set-up, however, because then we wouldn't get long, tedious "we're the same, you and I" war philosophizing, the side helpings of torture (salty lemonade waterboarding!
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December 5, 2009 | By Glenn Whipp
In "Everybody's Fine," Robert De Niro plays a role that he has spent most of his adult life researching out of the public eye -- an imperfect father learning along the way. Known for his meticulous preparation, De Niro didn't have to step far out of his own shoes to connect with the film's Frank Goode, a demanding dad who, now in his 60s, wants nothing more than to gather his four adult children around the same table. "Bob's at that age where a lot of guys look back and think, 'Wow, that went quick . . . maybe I should have spent more time with the kids,' " says "Everybody's Fine" writer-director Kirk Jones.
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February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are so many good reasons to bag "The Bag Man. " Where to begin? Director David Grovic, who co-wrote the mobster thriller with Paul Conway, seems to be inspired by the seedy crime-noir sensibility the Coen brothers brought to 1984's cult classic "Blood Simple" or Quentin Tarantino to the brilliant bruising of 1994's "Pulp Fiction. " The filmmaker is also confused by it apparently, because both aforementioned films have believable underpinnings and interesting characters who are put through their twisted paces by artists who actually have an endgame in mind.
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December 31, 1989 | PETER RAINER
Usually when a comic actor gives a "serious" performance, the make-over is hailed by critics and honored by the Academy. Whenever a "serious" actor gets comedic, the results are often downplayed by critics and ignored by the voters. The notion that comedy is not the stuff of art is impacted in the subsoil of our Puritan culture. Art isn't art unless it strains to make you a better citizen.
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January 23, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
These days, it seems as if the collective voice of moviegoers echoes the Taylor Swift lament "Why you gotta be so mean?" And for once they're not talking about me or my fellow critics. The discontent and, in some cases, the disdain is directed at some of our most delightful actors, beloved ones such as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio to start. Many more of the acclaimed - John Goodman, Jonah Hill, Carey Mulligan, Michael Fassbender, Bruce Dern and Sarah Paulson among them - have been implicated.
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January 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Robert De Niro wasn't technically nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award this year, but leave it to Bobby D. to find a way into the winner's circle regardless. At the SAG Awards ceremony on Saturday night, De Niro was on hand to present the award for best actress, which went to Cate Blanchett for her role in "Blue Jasmine. " After delivering the statuette and a peck on the cheek to Blanchett, De Niro, who last year was nominated for his supporting role in "Silver Linings Playbook" and as part of that film's ensemble, was presumably done for the night.
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January 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Screen Actors Guild has announced a star-studded lineup of presenters for the 20th annual SAG Awards, including Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Matt Damon. Also on the list are Ben Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Many presenters are also nominees, including four out of the five contenders for lead actor (Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave," Hanks for "Captain Phillips," McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Whitaker for "Lee Daniels' The Butler")
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December 24, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Few of us will know what it means to have a genuine legacy, something that really needs to be cared for, protected, regarded. Performers such as Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone must know that issue all too well, each having created a coterie of legendary characters in their long careers. So in the new film "Grudge Match," which plays with the imagery and iconography of two of their best-known creations, are we all sharing a wink and a laugh as the points of reference somehow add something deeper to our understanding?
BUSINESS
December 22, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The gig: Bill Gerber is a film producer whose credits include "Gran Torino," "The Dukes of Hazzard," and "The In-Laws. " His next movie, "Grudge Match," which will be released by Warner Bros. on Christmas Day, stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final fight. Rock 'n' roll dreams: Gerber, 56, grew up wanting to be a rock 'n' roll drummer. "The minute I heard [the Beatles'] 'I Saw Her Standing There,' the world changed," he said.
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November 6, 2013 | By Susan King
Conan O'Brien, Betty White and Lisa Kudrow will be featured at USC's School of Cinematic Arts' Comedy@SCA Festival this Saturday and Sunday at USC. The second annual festival is part of the film school's Comedy@SCA initiative, an interdisciplinary program that trains students in the creation of comedic entertainment in film, TV and interactive media. The festival will feature panel discussions, including one on the Harvard Lampoon in Hollywood with O'Brien, producer Greg Daniel, ("The Office")
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January 10, 2004 | Patrick Day, Times Staff Writer
Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro are about to collaborate again. Not around the movie camera this time, but in front of the typewriter, as they co-write a joint memoir looking back at their mutual film exploits. The book, currently untitled, will be published by Harmony Books, a division of Random House Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2009 | By Faye Fiore
The Boss, a GoodFella and the king of irreverent comedy were among five performing artists to receive lifetime achievement awards Sunday in a glittery event that's as close as Washington comes to the Oscars. This year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, an annual black-tie gala that recognizes performers who transformed the arts in America, were Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, opera singer Grace Bumbry and jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Sunday's elaborately staged show at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, traditionally attended by the president and first lady, was the 32nd of its kind and the first for Barack Obama.
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October 31, 2013 | By John Horn
LAS VEGAS - From the 34th floor of the Aria Resort & Casino, a colossal hotel complex with more than 4,000 rooms and a 150,000-square-foot gambling floor, Robert De Niro surveyed what remained of the Las Vegas he once knew. "I don't even recognize the place," the 70-year-old actor said, peering out the vertiginous, floor-to-ceiling windows in his suite. "I can't even imagine how much this city has changed. When you fly in here, it just goes on and on. " Asked to point out some of the locations where he and Martin Scorsese made "Casino" nearly two decades ago - specifically, the Riviera Hotel & Casino - De Niro was stumped and shook his head.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
French filmmaker Luc Besson has long been among the world's finest purveyors of classy trash, making movies that are a combination of glossy style and gritty action. From his own films as director such as "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" to more recent efforts on which he served as producer and screenwriter like "Transporter" and "Taken," Besson has a knack for entertainment that is somehow smart and dumb, flashy and yet wise. His latest, "The Family," with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, walks the same line.
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