Al Pacino (born 25.4.1940) Al Pacino is a highly revered American actor, best known for his roles in Scarface and The Godfather trilogy.
Childhood: Al Pacino was born in Manhattan, New York City. His parents were Italian-Americans, Rose and Salvatore. They divorced when Al was two years old. Al Pacino's acting school was The School of Performing Arts: A Division of the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts. The school was in New York City and was also attended by Robert De Niro.
Following further acting training from Lee Strasberg, Pacino won an Obie Award for his role in The Indian Wants The Bronx. He also won a Tony Award for Does The Tiger Wear a Necktie? His debut film appearance was in 1969's Me, Natalie. The film did not receive a great deal of attention.
Rise to Fame: In 1971, Al Pacino played a heroin addict in The Panic in Needle Park. It was this film that brought him to Francis Ford Coppola's attention. He went on to play Michael Corleone in Coppola's The Godfather (1972). Pacino beat the likes of Robert Redford, Robert De Niro and Warren Beatty to the role. He also starred in the 1974 sequel and the final part of the trilogy, in 1990.
In the 1970s, Pacino was prolific, starring a number of films. Among the most notable were Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico - both of which saw him nominated for Best Actor Oscars - and Bobby Deerfield, which earned him a Golden Globe Nomination.
The 1980s started out badly for Al Pacino, with Cruising and Author! Author! both condemned by the critics. In 1983, though, Brian De Palma's Scarface was released. Although it was a slow-burner amongst the press, it was a box office hit and Pacino gained another Golden Globe Award for his role as Tony Montana.
Following more unsuccessful film appearances, Pacino focused on stage work for the rest of the decade, appearing in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and in 1988's Julius Caesar. Most notably, he appeared in David Mamet's American Buffalo. In 1989, Al Pacino returned to movie work with Sea of Love.
The following year, Pacino kicked off the 1990s with another Oscar nomination. This time, it was for his role as Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy. In 1991, he appeared alongside his Scarface co-star, Michelle Pfeiffer, again in Frankie and Johnny.
Al Pacino finally won the Best Actor nomination for his role as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman, released in 1992.
The 1990s continued to be a lucrative time for Al Pacino, with films such as Carlito's Way, The Insider and Donnie Brasco all earning the actor a degree of critical praise. In 1995, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino shared screen time together for the very first time in Michael Mann's Heat. He followed this with 1997's The Devil's Advocate, in which he played Satan and Oliver Stone's 1997 film Any Given Sunday.
In 2003, Pacino starred in the miniseries adaptation of Angels In America, the play written by Tony Kushner. He went on to play Shylock in the film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice.
In 2006, the American Film Institute awarded Pacino with their Life Achievement Award.
In 2008, Pacino starred in 88 Minutes, a critical and financial failure. The follow up to this, for Pacino, was the film Righteous Kill, which saw him team up with De Niro yet again, as well as the rapper 50 Cent and the skateboarder Rob Dyrdek.
Personal Life: In 1961, aged 21, Pacino was arrested and detained for three days in Rhode Island when he was suspected of carrying a concealed weapon. It later transpired that the weapon in question was in fact a prop from a movie set.
Al Pacino has three children. The eldest, Julie Marie (b.1989), is mothered by Jan Tarrant, an acting coach. His twins, Anton James and Olivia Rose (b.2001) are from his relationship with ex-girlfriend Beverley D'Angelo.
Francis Ford Coppola is reproducing his famous The Godfather notebook for public consumption.
The Godfather Notebook is a copy of the working notebook the director used during the making of his Academy Award-winning film, which starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as leaders of the fictional Corleone crime family.
Publisher Regan Arts announced on Tuesday (24May16) that the 720-page book features Coppola's handwritten notes on the production and his thoughts on the movie, offering an unprecedented look into the creative process of one of most heralded filmmakers of the late 20th century.
The book will also feature never-before-published photos, Coppola's personal annotations as well as directions written on the pages of Mario Puzo's original Godfather novel.
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Ben Cahill is an ambitious lawyer with an overwhelming urge to see justice for those who often can't fight for themselves and he has a new target in his sight. Pearson pharmaceuticals are a huge global corporation and the chief at the top of the company is the founder Arthur Denning. When Ben learns about some possible manipulation in drug trails, he goes to his bosses and tells them that he can convict Denning of fraud.
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The Godfather Star Franco Citti Has Died, Aged 80.
The Italian actor passed away on Thursday (14Jan16) in Rome, Italy after a long battle with ill health.
Citti was best known for his role as henchman Calo, who became a bodyguard to Al Pacino's character Michael Corleone in Sicily, in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 movie The Godfather, and he reprised the part for the third installment, 1990's The Godfather: Part III.
He was also a longtime collaborator of director Pier Paolo Pasolini, shooting to fame in his 1961 film Accattone. Their other collaborations included Mamma Roma, Edipo Re, Pigsty, and The Decameron.
Broadway Producers Are Developing Classic Thriller Dog Day Afternoon For The Stage.
Bosses at Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures have announced an adaptation of the 1975 film starring Al Pacino is heading to the Great White Way.
Pulitzer prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis will adapt the play from Frank Pierson's Oscar-winning script, about a botched bank hold-up which is based on true events.
Executives did not share any further details about the project.
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Al Pacino's New Broadway Play Has Defied Scathing Reviews And Sparked A Major Box Office Boom.
The Hollywood veteran stars in David Mamet's new play China Doll, which opened at New York's Gerald Schoenfeld Theater on Friday (04Dec15) following a series of delays as producers scrambled to make last-minute changes.
After opening night, the production was mauled by critics, who branded it "garbage".
The New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli wrote, "This must be some kind of cynical Broadway-producer experiment: Will people pony up $150 to see Al Pacino in any old garbage? The answer is a resounding yes.. While it's technically not old garbage... it's garbage all the same."
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Al Pacino's Return To Broadway Has Been Delayed By Two Weeks As The Creative Minds Behind The Scenes On David Mamet's New Play China Doll Make Last-minute Changes.
The Godfather star leads the cast of the new production, which is already in previews at New York's Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. It was slated to officially launch on 19 November (15), but producers announced on Monday (09Nov15) the show will now open on 4 December (15).
"The move allows the creative team additional time to work on the play before its world premiere," a statement reads.
Lead producer Jeffrey Richards also tells USA Today that "new dialogue and different elements" have been added to the work, explaining, "This is a brand new play that has never been done before, by a major American playwright."
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To most that see him, Manglehorn isn't exactly an enigma, he's a quiet man who goes about his business. What the outside world doesn't know is Manglehorn writes daily to the love of his life, Clara - the girl who got away. Though he never hears back from Clara, his letters offer him some catharsis. The only other relief the aging locksmith finds is in his frequent visits to the local café and his weekly trips to the back, where bank teller, Dawn, finds herself becoming intrigued by Manglehorn.
Can Manglehorn be drawn out of his current lul and deal with his past to face the future?
Manglehorn was directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Joe and Prince Avalanche). The film had unusual origins, the director and lead star were actually planning on shooting a commercial together but that never came to pass, however the meeting lead on to David beginning work on a film drawing inspiration from many aspects of Pacino's professional and personal life.
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Hiddleston can recite whole scenes from ‘Heat’ and isn't afraid to do it in front of De Niro himself.
Any good Tom Hiddleston fan knows that the Avengers star likes to show off his impersonation skills, but on 'The Graham Norton Show' on Friday he really put his talents to the test, by impersonating Robert De Niro in front of the man himself.
Tom Hiddleston showed off his impersonation skills on ‘The Graham Norton Show’.
Hiddleston was appearing on Norton’s sofa along with De Niro and his The Intern co-star Anne Hathaway as well as Kenneth Branagh, who directed the first Thor movie. De Niro of course is one of the most imitated stars in all of Hollywood, something which, luckily for Hiddleston, the legendary actor doesn't mind.
The dream team of De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Scorsese will team again for the biopic of mobster Frank Sheeran.
Robert De Niro has confirmed he’ll be reuniting with Martin Scorsese for mob film, I Heard You Paint Houses, which they plan to begin shooting next year. The duo first worked together on 1973 crime thriller Mean Streets and have since collaborated on classic such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
Robert De Niro says he will reunite with martin Scorsese for I Heard You Paint Houses.
Speaking to Digital Spy, while promoting his latest move, The Intern, De Niro said, "We are doing it... We should be doing it sometime next year. We’re slowly, slowly getting it in place.”
'Scarface' actor Al Pacino has urged his daughter to change her famous surname to stop her being hounded by the press because of her famous father.
Al Pacino wants his daughter to change her surname.
The 75-year-old iconic actor believes his famous name could cause his first born child Julie, 25, to be hounded by the press and since the aspiring film producer is following in her father's footsteps, he has urged her to seriously consider changing it.
He said: ''I still feel, as a father it would be better for her, in her young life, to try another name, so she's not identifiable.''
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