Snatch

IntroCasting

There are a million and a half uninteresting reasons why actors did and did not get certain parts. Usually the casting process is fickle – hell-bent on height and age, sometimes people are rejected just because they don’t seem right for the part. An agent gives someone a script, they like it, contracts are signed. It’s all pretty anticlimactic, which is what makes the following casting stories far more fun.

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Dennis Farina, the actor known for roles in Law & Order, Snatch, Get Shorty and Midnight Runhas died. NBC News reports that the cause of death was a blood clot in his lung. The actor was 69. A former police officer, Farina first broke into Hollywood as a police consultant on Michael Mann’s 1981 film Thief. From there Mann cast him as Lt. Mike Torello on the series Crime Story and mobster Albert Lombard on Miami Vice. His fate was sealed: from then on, Farina had a long, successful career as either the cop or the crook. In either case he performed with gusto; equal parts smarm and charm, and always with a thick Chicago accent and equally thick mustache. He appeared in two films that have yet to be released- Authors Anonymous and Lucky Stiff. Farina is survived by longtime partner Marianne Cahill, three children and six grandchildren. Have a favorite Dennis Farina performance? Share it with us below.

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IntroBadassWounds

So you’ve been shot/stabbed/eaten/burned/dismembered/amputated/face melted by an ancient artifact, what are you going to do next? If you answered, “go into shock while screaming like an asshole” then you’re probably on track. In the movies, of course, that’s a different story – people like to do cool stuff while dying in movies, act all badass for our amusement. Let’s look at 20 such fallen heroes. Spoilers should go without saying. But we said it. Right there. So no one can complain.

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Vertigo Title Card

A good beginning credit sequence is really all it takes for me to like a movie. That seems like a really stupid thing to say – but when you think about it, while not all good movies have creative credits, almost all creative credits belong to good movies. It shows that the filmmakers actually cared enough to do something meaningful with their title sequence as opposed to just throwing out some stock effect… After all, the beginning credits are the opening number to a film – the handshake – and if it doesn’t make you excited about what you’re about to watch then there really isn’t a point is there? Here are a collection that got be friggin’ pumped right from the start.

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