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De Niro Punched Stallone on Set of ‘Grudge Match’

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De NiroRobert De Niro punched Sylvester Stallone “a couple of times” while filming Grudge Match.

The Rocky Balboa star admits he wanted to take the boxing scene in the comedy movie further than acting, so he allowed De Niro, who has two Oscar Awards under his belt, to smash him across the face and knock him to the floor to make it feel like a real fight.

“I told him [De Niro], 'In here, your Oscars are not going to help you pal, you're in Rockyland.' He was very feisty, he took a good shot. It was very, very hard, the training. He hit me a couple of times because, you know, you want to get that realism. But when I saw him take some falls and I took some falls I said, 'This is getting good, this is not a joke fight,'” Stallone said.

However, the 67-year-old actor admits jumping into the ring with De Niro, 70, was harder than he thought it would be because they couldn't pull off the same stunts they could during their younger years. Although, he believes the film - which follows a pair of ageing boxing rivals who are coaxed out of retirement to fight one last time - suited him down to the ground because it was very “age appropriate.” Stallone explained, “We weren't jumping around like we were 22, even though I wanted to; I wasn't able to.”


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Diane Keaton Felt Intimidated by De Niro

The Big Wedding posterDiane Keaton used to feel intimidated by Robert De Niro.

The Oscar-winning actress stars alongside the Hollywood legend in new movie The Big Wedding and while they are close now, she admits she was quite wary of him when they first worked together many years ago.

“Mr. Robert De Niro. My god. A legend and also a dear man. He's very kind. It's like, oh, he's so kind. Why is he so kind? And he's quiet. But he's a lovely man. I really like him. He loves his family. You don't think of him that way when you only know him from a distance. I did a movie with him called Marvin's Room a long time ago, but he was a producer. I didn't really know him and he was intimidating to me. But things change.”

Diane, 66, also revealed how she likes to walk around Los Angeles as that's when gets to listen to new music: “The kind of music I listen to is when I'm walking, because I walk all over the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. How else am I going to see it? If I don't drive, I take the dog and I listen to something. Right now I love the new Frank Ocean CD, Channel Orange. It's just amazing music. I also like the Jay-Z album with Kanye West. The last one - The Throne album. I just think that's so astonishingly beautiful, the way they orchestrate it. That's how I got to know who Frank Ocean was. Frank Ocean sang on one of the cuts. He [is] very orchestral in a weird way.”


De Niro and Stallone in Talks for Grudge Match

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De NiroRobert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone are officially in talks to star in Grudge Match.

The pair are favored by director Peter Segal for the boxing movie - which tells the tale of two rival boxers who are tempted back into the ring for one last bout despite neither of them having fought for years -and are currently negotiating their roles, according to entertainment website The Wrap.

The comedy, which was first announced in 2010, will see the pair go head-to-head in the ultimate boxing face-off. Doug Ellin, the creator of popular TV series Entourage, has been chosen by Warner Bros to write the script. The movie is expected to begin filming next year.

“Stallone and De Niro are expected to come on board as they're both fans of the director and have both sent themselves up in comedies in recent years. If they go head-to-head in the ring it will certainly be a little piece of Hollywood history,” a Hollywood insider said.

Both actors are well known for portraying boxers in the past - Stallone, 64, has appeared in six Rocky movies while 67-year-old De Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal of Jake La Motta in Raging Bull.

 


Box Office Breakdown: Portman Scores with Kutcher and Kunis

No Strings Attached

Pair with a star from That 70’s Show and what do you get? A Top Ten film.

No Strings Attached – last weekend’s only new wide release – topped the box office with a $19.6 million bow. The film, which features Portman and Ashton Kutcher, gave Natalie – someone who has avoided romantic comedies—her best debut since 2006’s V for Vendetta.

As for Black Swan, Portman’s film with 70’s Show actress – that film slipped one notch down to sixth place over the weekend. You can expect a possible boost for the thriller after Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday morning.

 

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Box Office Breakdown: No Dilemma for The Green Hornet

Green Hornet

, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, brought in a lot green for Sony this weekend. Although the film came nowhere near its $110 million budget, Hornet did earn enough ($33.5 million) to make it the second-best grosser ever during the MLK Jr. holiday frame. (Cloverfield earned $40.1 million over its first three days in 2008.)

Despite the combined comedic forces of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, turned out to be more of a non-issue. The Universal entry—which cost $70 million to produce—failed to even crack the $20 million mark. That's the worst debut for Vaughn since 2007's Fred Claus and the worst open for James ever (if you don't count the films he only voiced).

 

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 18, 2011

Takers DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Animal Kingdom: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Buried: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Death Race 2: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Freakonomics: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Jack Goes Boating: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lebanon: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Naked Kiss: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Paper Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Shock Corridor: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Stone: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Takers: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

 

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Box Office Breakdown: Weak Showing for Country Strong

Country Strong

Gwyneth Paltrow's appearances on Glee, the Country Music Awards and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon couldn't help her film's performance at the box office.

Country Strong's first week in wide release strummed up less than $10 million over the past three days. The good news? The film only cost approximately $12 million to produce. In comparison, True Grit—another film in its third week—finally rode past Little Fockers for a first-place finish.

Meanwhile, Season of the Witch, the only other new entry in the Top Ten, fired up $10.6 million. That was enough to give the Nicolas Cage feature a third place debut.

 

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 11, 2011

The Social Network Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this week:

  • All in the Family: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Army of Shadows: Blu-ray
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Volume 1
  • Dances with Wolves (20th Anniv. Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Endless Summer: Blu-ray
  • The Great Debaters: Blu-ray
  • Once Upon a Time in America: DVD
  • Pirahna: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Raging Bull (30th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • The Social Network: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sordid Lives: Complete Series

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

 

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Robert De Niro: From Little Fockers to Cannes

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards, Celeb News,

Robert De NiroAlthough he currently stars in Little Fockers, has still been deemed a good judge of movies.

De Niro – a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival – has just been named jury president of the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

The Oscar winner, whose appointment comes one year after Tim Burton served as president, will head a nine-member panel.

“The is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world,” De Niro stated.

The 2011 event will be held from May 11-22.

 

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 4, 2011

MacheteHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Backdraft (Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Blade Runner (The Final Cut): Blu-ray
  • Camille: DVD
  • Case 39: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Catfish: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dinner for Schmucks: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Doctor Zhivago (Deluxe Edition): DVD
  • El Mariachi/Desperado: Blu-ray
  • Ever After: Blu-ray
  • Gone with the Wind: Blu-ray

 

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