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Of all the myriad of fantastical creatures and kooky characters featured in the original "Star Wars" movie, it was definitely lacking in the hammy Italian American stereotype department. But, had an actor originally considered for a pivotal role signed on, the universe would have been a whole lot more over-act-y. That's right: Al Pacino was originally considered for the role of Han Solo. HOO-A!
Over the weekend, at an event in London called, get this, "An Evening with Al Pacino," Pacino revealed that Lucas had offered him the role of the roguishly charming (or is it charmingly roguish?) scoundrel Han Solo for the original "Star Wars" feature. Francis Ford Coppola, a mutual friend of both Pacino's and Lucas', suggested the actor for the part, but Pacino turned it down because he couldn't wrap his head around the movie's far-out story. Get More »
This week: Steven Soderbergh's supposedly final film "Side Effects" is a psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. We tell you why it's a final work worth checking out.
Also new this week is the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to leading-man status in "The Last Stand," the YA supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures," Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in "Stand Up Guys" and a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of "National Lampoon's Vacation." Get More »
Al Pacino is one of the most respected actors of his — or any — generation. But let's face it: Recently he's been chewing more scenery than a koala riding a giraffe. And he especially seems to be into biopics about accused murderers, from his look at Dr. Jack Kervorkian in "You Don't Know Jack" to taking on the title role in "Phil Spector." If the role requires shouting, googly eyes and a crazy wig, Pacino is your go-to guy.
Which is why this new "Saturday Night Live" clip is so great. Because as Abraham Lincoln once said, "it's funny because it's true." Get More »
Suffice it to say, there is no one like Al Pacino. From "Scarface" to "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" to "Scent of a Woman," he is the actor's actor, a one-man powerhouse who has clocked over a half-dozen Oscar nominations, and whose performance are always unshakable (and, yes, we've forgiven him for "Jack and Jill." Ish). Get More »
Director Brian De Palma and acting legend Al Pacino have made two movies together: The classic gangster drama "Scarface" and the nearly-as-classic gangster drama "Carlito's Way." So the fact that they are about to get together for a third film is kind of big news. So which icon of American crime are they going to profile this time? Al Capone? Bugsy Malone? John Gotti?
Well, how about legendary college football coach Joe Paterno?
All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• Well, he's not going to be in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," but maybe Johnny Depp will be in Wally Pfister's "Transcendence." Deadline reports that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star is in talks to join the feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan's go-to cinematographer ... the plot of which is, of course, being kept under wraps.
• You know, Bradley Cooper is just about as perfect for a Cameron Crowe movie as, oh, Emma Stone. The "Hangover" star is set to make his already ultra-busy schedule even busier as he's in talks to join the "Amazing Spider-Man" beauty in Crowe's untitled romantic comedy, which is said to be in the vein of "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous." Get More »
Al Pacino and Christopher Walken have both played wise guys in so many different films you might think they'd get tired of it. But whether or not that's the case, one thing is sure: We certainly don't get tired of seeing it, which is why we're so stoked about the new trailer for "Stand Up Guys."
Walken and Pacino together? Fuggedaboutit. Get More »
Sacha Baron Cohen brings his trademark ridicu-shock humor to his new film "The Dictator," but it may be his beard that steals the show.
He plays Admiral General Aladeen, deposed dictator of the (fictional) Republic of Wadiya, who flees to the U.S. when his country converts to democracy. As a dictator, he's used to ruling with an iron fist, an incorrigible sense of righteous cruelty, and a thick, bushy beard that could house several terrified baby sparrows.
Aladeen may feel like a fish out of water in New York City, but he'd feel right at home among Hollywood's most magnificent beards of all time. Here's our ode to the greatest facial hair in movies, in 15 parts.
Julianna Margulies may be earning rave reviews these days for "The Good Wife" -- she's won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role as lawyer Alicia Florrick, just for starters -- but she first rose to fame on the long running medical drama "ER." So old school Margulies fans are in for a special treat today, as Deadline is reporting that Margulies is heading back to the hospital for the upcoming Al Pacino flick "Stand Up Guys."
Nurse Carol Hathaway, report to the emergency room, stat. Get More »
For every winner who leaps up to thank the Academy, at least four nominees stay behind -- and with them, countless audience members wondering why their favorites failed to snag the big award. But there are times when everyone -- maybe even the winner -- believes the wrong name was read and the Oscar should have gone to... someone else.
We've picked 13 unlucky times the Academy made a huge, irreversible mistake, whether out of misguided loyalty to an actor-turned-director, fear of bestowing the Oscar to a violent or controversial film, or for no discernible reason at all (in no particular order). Get More »