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Robert De Niro opens up about gay father in 'Out': 'I wish we had spoken about it much more'


Just in time for Father’s Day, Robert De Niro is losing his tough exterior for a revealing new HBO documentary about his late father, Robert De Niro Sr. — a struggling artist who was also openly gay.

In an emotional Out magazine interview, De Niro opened up about his father’s legacy and the responsibility he feels to tell the elder De Niro’s story in the most honest way possible. “I felt I had to. I felt obligated. It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him,” the Academy Award winner says. “It was not intended to be on HBO. It was just something I wanted to do.” Originally, De Niro intended simply to make the film for his own kids, using archival footage from the ’70s with the help of Martin Scorsese’s editor Thelma Schoonmaker. READ FULL STORY

Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and more lose a bet to Jimmy Fallon -- VIDEO

Ten years ago, if Jimmy Fallon told you he was going to host the Tonight Show, you’d likely respond to the Saturday Night Live player, “Yeah. In your dreams. Enjoy the Taxi premiere!”

But times have changed, and with Monday night’s debut for Fallon’s Tonight Show, it was time for the comedian to collect on a couple bets. “To my buddy who said I’d never host the Tonight Show — and you know who you are — you owe me a hundred bucks,” he declared during his monologue.

Cue Fallon’s buddies: Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lindsay Lohan, and many, many more. Watch below in EW’s late-night highlight video: READ FULL STORY

Watch Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro riff in 'Silver Linings Playbook' alternate ending -- VIDEO

Jennifer Lawrence capped off a star-cementing year with a Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook and now, with the film’s DVD release just a few days away, The Weinstein Company has released an alternate ending to the box-office smash indie flick.

The scene, via MTV News, is largely an expansion of the theatrical version’s ending. After scoring a 5 at the dance competition and realizing they were meant for one another, Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Lawrence) are seen at home on game day with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver) and some family friends.

The epilogue doesn’t really add anything to the story, but it’s a great excuse to spend a bit more time with the lovable and smart-mouthed gang. And it’s pretty excellent to watch Lawrence and De Niro riff together over the unacceptability of wearing a rival team’s jersey during one of the fam’s beloved Philadelphia Eagles’ games.

We suppose the clip is a pretty spoiler-y if you haven’t seen the film, which landed eight Oscar noms including Best Picture, Best Director, and individual acting nods for each of its four principal actors. Silver Linings hits stores on April 30. Check out the film’s alternate ending below.


Robert De Niro will make you cry, when he tears up talking 'Silver Linings Playbook': VIDEO

The men of the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook appeared on Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show Katie yesterday and discussed director David O. Russell’s very personal ties to the film. Like Bradley Cooper’s bipolar character in the novel-turned-movie, the director’s son Matthew has had the kind of mood disorder that “can pull them down the drain and send the home into a tornado in moments,” Russell said. He got emotional relaying how his son, at age 1o and 11, told him life was so hard he wasn’t sure he wanted to keep going. But it was Robert De Niro who struggled to fight back tears when the conversation turned to Russell’s son’s cameo in the film (as the nosy boy next door), and how De Niro felt an even greater responsibility starring in the movie because he understands what Russell has gone through. Watch the clip below. Russell also reveals that the scene in the movie when De Niro cries was not scripted, and that De Niro also broke down when the two initially met to talk about the script. READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Name: Silver Linings Playbook
Release date: Nov. 16
DVD release date: unknown
Run time: 122 minutes
Box office: $80 million as of Feb. 4
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
Movie Math: (A Beautiful Mind+Save The Last Dance) x (The Color of Money+The Family Stone)
Tweetable description: A story that tackles mental illness with a cast full of winning performances elevate the material beyond your typical romantic comedy.
What Owen Gleiberman said: “In David O. Russell’s exhilarating high-wire act of a romantic comedy, Bradley Cooper plays a man with bipolar disorder who can’t see past his broken marriage (even with Jennifer Lawrence standing in front of him ready to dance — talk about disordered vision!), and Cooper’s performance has the beautifully unhinged quality of a man trying to outrun his own pain.” READ FULL STORY

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and friends stand up for New York post-Sandy

The waters have receded and the power is back on, but for the New Yorkers hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, life will never be the same. Thousands of homes were destroyed and many people have been dislocated and forced to start over. The entertainment community, especially that with roots in the tri-state area, has responded in many positive ways, beginning with NBC’s primetime telethon on Nov. 2 that raised $23 million. On Dec. 12, Madison Square Garden is hosting The Concert for Sandy Relief, an all-star effort featuring Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Eddie Vedder, Billy Joel and several others, to raise money for the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

Jane Rosenthal of the Tribeca Film Festival is working with the State of New York to help raise funding for the city’s still-hurting residents, and she recruited some of New York’s biggest names to serve as messengers. So far, generous Americans have committed $17 million to the Empire State Relief Fund, which is working with various housing and community agencies to direct these funds to the New Yorkers that need it most. But even with the support of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Steve Buscemi, there’s still more to be done.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro will box once again. What are your favorite repeat performances?

Deja vu?

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are headed back into the ring. They will both once again play a boxer, this time in Grudge Match, EW has confirmed with Warner Bros.  The news was first reported by Deadline.

Stallone is of course famous for Rocky and De Niro tackled the role of Jake LaMotta in 1980’s Raging Bull. That got us thinking about other actors – who have an iconic, everyone-knows-it role – that go back to a similar part years later (not in official sequels). We’re not talking about actors that just play the same role in every movie. Rather, thespians who have taken on many different roles but return to a famous one.


Our 5 favorite on-screen Frankensteins

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie hits theaters Friday, telling the age-old story of a boy and his dog. Except this time, the dog’s dead…or, undead. In the movie, Little Victor Frankenstein’s beloved dog Sparky gets hit by a car; distraught, Victor, who fancies himself a scientist, decides to resurrect his deceased pup. All seems well until Victor realizes that bringing the dead back to life has serious, unforeseen consequences.

This stop-motion flick is the latest in a long line of films based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel.  And with those adaptations come many, many iterations of her iconic monster. So, after a thorough investigation, we’ve selected our five favorite big-screen versions of Frankenstein’s monster. Check out the full list after the jump.


Your party is a wonderland: 'Vanity Fair' Paramount portrait is an A-list playground

Image credit: Art Streiber, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).

Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY

I know I'm supposed to be outraged by the idea of a 'Midnight Run' sequel, but I'm not

So Brett Ratner is plotting a sequel to Midnight Run. The beloved 1988 buddy comedy starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin is one of those perfect movies with a screenplay (by George Gallo) that is structurally flawless; a deep and inspired cast that includes Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, and Yaphet Kotto; and lighting-in-a-bottle chemistry between the two leads, who play a bounty hunter (De Niro) tasked with tracking down the Duke, an embezzling accountant (Grodin) wanted by the feds and the mob. De Niro had played funny before — in Scorsese’s The King of Comedy — but his Jack Walsh was a revelation at the time. I’d go as far as to say that Jack Walsh — the uncorruptable ex-cop from Chicago who scrounges out a living on the road because he refused to go on a mobster’s payroll, who is just smart enough to keep ahead of trouble even when everything goes against him, who still wears the broken watch his ex-wife once gave him — is as endearing and enduring a character as the Academy Award winner has ever played. Once you learn about the Duke’s circumstance, you begin to hope he doesn’t reach the authorities, but you never stop rooting for Walsh to feel the sun’s rays on his back just once. That the film concludes with both men surviving with their souls intact, without feeling like a Hollywood cop-out, is an impressive achievement for which Gallo and the actors share credit.

So here’s where I’m supposed to condemn Tower Heist director Brett Ratner’s chutzpah and say to him those two words that Jack Walsh liked so much: “Shut the f— up!” But I won’t. READ FULL STORY

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