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Thursday, September 25, 2008
Pacino poster in painful ad pairing

(LONDON, England) -- Ad planners take meticulous care picking the sites for their glossies, making sure that their artwork reaches the right people, at the right time, in the right place.

But sometimes, one slips through the net.

Reports of a blogger's photograph apparently showing the unfortunate placement of a poster for the Pacino/De Niro comeback vehicle, “Righteous Kill,” at Stockwell underground station in London, England have made people wince. The inappropriate juxtaposition might not be immediately apparent – until you see the movie’s tagline:

“There’s nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot”

For those in the know, it’s a painful pairing: Stockwell station was the site where unarmed Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police, who mistook him for a suicide bomber. The shooting led to the Metropolitan Police’s prosecution under health and safety law.

The offending posters appear to have been quickly removed. But, as London newspaper The Guardian comments, “Suddenly that tagline starts looking a little less funny.”

Have you seen any other inappropriately placed posters or unfortunate juxtpositions? Let us know below.

-- From CNN's Linnie Rawlinson

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Monday, September 15, 2008
'I wish it had been sooner,' says De Niro of 'Righteous Kill'

LONDON, England -- Movie godfathers Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have finally been reunited on the big screen -- but De Niro regrets how long it has taken.

"I wish it had been sooner," he told me on the red carpet at London's Leicester Square just before the film's UK premiere, "It's not so easy to get projects going. I wish, though, in spite of that that I had been more personally proactive ... and hopefully we'll do another project sooner than 13 years." Watch video of De Niro at the "Righteous Kill" premiere above.

The last film they were seen in together was Michael Mann's 1995 LA crime saga "Heat." Their shared screen time is a climactic six minute scene in a diner, which, at the time was likened to "Ben Hur sitting down and acting with Spartacus," by the New York Times. This time, they are acting together in almost every scene.

After all this time, though, according to De Niro who was first on board for the project (which is why he gets top billing), the genesis of their reunion was pretty spontaneous. He simply suggested Pacino to director, John Avnet: "I said, 'What about Al?' and that's how it started."

Pacino for his part says: "I thought, 'This is an opportunity to work with Bob again, and I'll take it.'"

With two such big names in one film, you might expect a bit of rivalry. Pacino says maybe in the old days but not now: "Early on in our careers I think there had to be a little bit when we were younger but I think we've gone past that.

"My rivalry is with Dustin Hoffman -- and Brad Pitt!"

For more from the "Righteous Kill" red carpet and clips from the film watch or subscribe to the Screening Room podcast.

-- From CNN's Mairi Mackay

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Friday, April 27, 2007
Myleene's blog: Meeting Robert De Niro at Tribeca
Hi everyone,

I’ve come all the way to New York to cover the Tribeca Film Festival and it’s just been the most incredible three days! I’ve managed to seek out so many places where they’ve filmed movies that it feels like I’ve been living on a movie set while I’ve been here!

One dream for me was to stand in Grand Central Station, just because it’s so iconic. So many films have been shot there. I also went over Manhattan in a cable car, which brought home the power that New York has as a filming unit, and took a ride around Central Park in a horse drawn buggy, which was another dream come true. Everyone has seen a movie that featured a scene in Central Park. There’s just so much energy here.
We had a great opportunity on our first day here to go on the film set of “August,” Josh Hartnett’s new movie. Not only is he acting in it but he’s producing it as well, so it was a real treat to see the man at work and to sit on a real live movie set. It was just fascinating for an outsider – the attention to detail was phenomenal. It’ll be a very interesting movie. To cover the period just weeks before 9/11 is an interesting concept.

But I know what you really want to hear about.

Today’s the day that I met De Niro.

When I woke up this morning I beat the alarm clock, which is not very usual for me, but I was so excited. I mean, De Niro is king among kings and there’s not one person in any demographic or generation that doesn’t admire him. He’s made such an impression, not just on my own life, but on a lot of people’s. He is a legend, and rightly so.

A lot of people who’ve interviewed him or know him well say that he’s actually quite a shy man; when somebody is deemed an icon, that’s a lot of pressure. Well, it was incredible. He talked and talked: he was very animated. He’s a lovely bloke. He gesticulated as you’d want him to in one of his gangster movies -– the “You talkin’ to me” thing -– and did the New York shrug -– I liked it a lot!

He has an amazing passion for the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s something of a phoenix that grew from the ashes of 9/11 not only for him but for most New Yorkers. The 9/11 aftermath was so depressing for so many, but Tribeca gave them some light and he provided that.

He has been described as peerless, and I agree: who else can rival De Niro? He provides a lot of hope for people, a lot of entertainment. He is the daddy! He was the ultimate interview for me –- so warm, so charismatic, so friendly. I’ve seen him in so many roles, and it was so nice just to meet him as he is -– a very charming man.

Catch my interview with Robert De Niro on CNN's The Screening Room this weekend. Hope you enjoy it -- and see you next month!

~ Myleene

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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Top 10 gangster movies
Hi everyone,

We got such a great response to our Top 10 Battle Scenes list last month - thanks to everyone who wrote in!

This month, we're celebrating Robert De Niro's career, so we want to know your top 10 gangster movies. We've picked our top 10 mob-related flicks - plus the ones we'd like to see sleep with the fishes...

The Screening Room's Top 10 Gangster Films

Have a look at our list, and send us your comments, plus any you think we've missed. (There are certainly some - it was really tough to whittle the list down.)

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