Al Pacino to Play Aging Rocker

Source: broadway.com

Al Pacino, Julianne Moore, and Jeremy Renner are teaming up for “Imagine.” The movie tells the story of an aged rocker (Al Pacino) who leaves the rock star life behind to spend more time with his son (Renner). His transformation occurs when he discovers an undelivered letter intended to be sent to John Lennon.

In the movie, Pacino works at getting his life back on track with the help of a hotel manager he encounters along the way.

The film is a bit of a transition for Jeremy Renner who has been spending his time on action films including ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy.’

The movie will begin filming April 2013.

Today In Movie History: ‘Goodfellas’ Released

On September 19th 1990, Martin Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas’ opened at theaters worldwide.  And in honor of this masterpiece we have some fun facts and behind-the-scenes info about the movie…

  • The “You think I’m funny?” scene was based on a true story.  While working in a restaurant as a young man, Joe Pesci once told a mobster that he was funny and the mobster became very angry.
  • The movie was originally named “Wiseguy”.
  • The word “fuck” is used 296 times, half of which were said by Joe Pesci.
  • When Henry and Karen Hill are negotiating to enter the Witness Protection Program, former U.S. Attorney Edward McDonald plays himself, re-enacting what he did in real life.
  • At Martin Scorsese’s request, associates of the actual people were always on the set of the film, giving helpful and essential information about the life, people, settings and moods.
  • During one of the final scenes, Henry Hill opens his front door and picks up a newspaper. The newspaper is the Youngstown Vindicator as an homage to Youngstown, Ohio, which has been called Mobtown USA.
  • After the premiere, Henry Hill went around and revealed his true identity. In response, the government kicked him out of the Federal Witness Protection Program.
  • Al Pacino was offered the role of Jimmy Conway but he turned it down due to fears of typecasting.  He admits he regrets this decision.
  • Tom Cruise and Madonna were the producers’ first choice for the roles of Henry Hill and his wife…. Yikes!!

Al Pacino Will Play Joe Paterno in Penn State Biopic

Source: bleacherreport.com

According to Deadline, Al Pacino has been cast to play the role of Joe Paterno in an upcoming biopic about the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.

The film will be based on Joe Posnanski’s biography about the late coach, which is a New York Times best-seller. It will focus on Paterno’s life prior to the scandal and how he built the Penn State football program.

Is it too soon? Joe Paterno was one of the most famous figures in college sports. The filmmakers for the movie have not been determined yet.

Hunger Games Debut 3rd Best of All-Time

The Hunger Games debut was the 3rd largest in history.  Harry Potter finale and The Dark Knight edged out Hunger Games in the US and Canada but in total the film brought over $214 Million on opening weekend.

The real winner is one of our partners, Lions Gate Entertainment.  We are proud to have their titles on BIGSTAR.tv and encourage you to check out their collection on the site.

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