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Elia Kazan

Known for his creative direction and controversial story choices, Kazan was not only a great proponent of “method acting” and one of the founders of the Actors' Studio, but he used the style to its greatest effect, working with actors to capture unforgettable moments that bore his unique signature.

Under Kazan's potent direction Andy Griffith gives a stunning portrayal of a Southern itinerant singer catapulted to fame, with dehumanizing effects, in this early look at the power and corruptibility of television celebrity.

Gregory Peck is a humble and idealistic magazine writer who researches an article on anti-Semitism and learns first-hand about prejudice when he poses as a Jew. The film is unique in its ability to be quietly strong and subtly powerful while remaining constantly engaging.

Winner of eight Academy Awards, this powerful and brilliantly performed saga focuses on the dreams, despair and corruption of New York City longshoremen, Marlon Brando as he struggles over the choices of right and wrong and what that means to his brother, corrupt union officials, his priest, and his girlfriend.

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Welcome Back, Joe Pesci!

By EdwardHavens

August 30th, 2005

FilmJerk.com has learned that Oscar-winning actor Joe Pesci, who disappeared from cinema screens after his less-than-satisfactory performance in 1998's craptacular "Lethal Weapon 4," has finally been coaxed off the golf course by his good friend Robert DeNiro, for a small but pivotal role in DeNiro's espionage thriller "The Good Shepherd."


From a screenplay by "Forrest Gump" screenwriter Eric Roth, "The Good Shepherd" tells the mostly true story of James Wilson (a character reported to be based on legendary CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton, and played in the film by Matt Damon), one of the founding members of the Central Intelligence Agency. Beginning as an scholar at Yale, the film follows Wilson as he is recruited to join the secret Skull and Bones fraternity, a brotherhood and breeding ground for future world leaders, where his acute mind, spotless reputation and sincere belief in the American way of life render him a prime candidate for a career in intelligence. Wilson is soon recruited to work for the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA) during the early days of World War II, and we follow his exploits around the world during the Cold War, and how his secret life affected his personal relationships. Pesci will play a reputed crime boss by the name of Palmi, one of Wilson's targets.

DeNiro also stars as General Bill Sullivan, the U.S. Army official who hand picks Wilson for the career in intelligence that will shape the world's political landscape. The cast also includes Oscar winners William Hurt and Timothy Hutton, Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin, and Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, Keir Dullea, Michael Gambon, Gabriel Macht, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne and John Turturro. Universal Studios has scheduled a December 22, 2006 release date for the film, which DeNiro is producing with his longtime partner Jane Rosenthal through their Tribeca Productions.

We welcome Mr. Pesci's return to the big screen, where his absense has surely been missed, and hope he doesn't wait another eight years for his next role.