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Gay Talese on The Irishman, Casino, Goodfellas, Mean Streets, and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: "Urban westerns is what they are." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Gay Talese, a longtime friend to Martin Scorsese going back to the director's Mean Streets days, shared with me his views on The Irishman, shot by Rodrigo Prieto, edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci with an extraordinary supporting cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Stephen Graham and Jack Huston.

The story, based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book, I Heard You Paint Houses, screenplay by Steven Zaillian, is that of hit man Frank Sheeran (De Niro), his mentor, Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and their intricate connections to the notorious union leader and Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

The Irishman producer Jane Rosenthal, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese
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Martin Scorsese talks “theme park films”, Netflix trade-off, de-ageing concerns

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Martin Scorsese talks “theme park films”, Netflix trade-off, de-ageing concerns
Legendary director delivers Bafta David Lean lecture in London.

Martin Scorsese has criticised an “invasion” of “theme park films” at cinemas, in advance of the international premiere of his latest film, Netflix’s awards contender The Irishman.

Scorsese made his comments during a Q&a following his Bafta David Lean lecture at the Royal Opera House in London on Saturday (October 12).

“Where do people go to get films financed now? They’re not bankrolled by a Hollywood studio or the big studios here,” he said. ”And then, when you get it made, where are they going to be shown, when
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Martin Scorsese talks “theme park films”, the Netflix trade-off, his de-ageing concerns

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Martin Scorsese talks “theme park films”, the Netflix trade-off, his de-ageing concerns
Legendary director delivers Bafta David Lean lecture in London.

Martin Scorsese has criticised an “invasion” of “theme park films” at cinemas, in advance of the international premiere of his latest film, Netflix’s awards contender The Irishman.

Scorsese made his comments during a Q&a following his Bafta David Lean lecture at the Royal Opera House in London on Saturday (October 12).

“Where do people go to get films financed now? They’re not bankrolled by a Hollywood studio or the big studios here,” he said. ”And then, when you get it made, where are they going to be shown, when
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Martin Scorsese talks “invasion” of “theme park films”, Netflix “trade-off”, de-ageing concerns

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Martin Scorsese talks “invasion” of “theme park films”, Netflix “trade-off”, de-ageing concerns
Legendary director delivers Bafta David Lean lecture in London.

Martin Scorsese has criticised an “invasion” of “theme park films” at cinemas, in advance of the international premiere of his latest film, Netflix’s awards contender The Irishman.

Scorsese made his comments during a Q&a following his Bafta David Lean lecture at the Royal Opera House in London on Saturday (October 12).

“Where do people go to get films financed now? They’re not bankrolled by a Hollywood studio or the big studios here,” he said. ”And then, when you get it made, where are they going to be shown, when
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Martin Scorsese talks “invasion” of “theme park films”, the Netflix “trade-off”, de-ageing concerns

  • ScreenDaily
Martin Scorsese talks “invasion” of “theme park films”, the Netflix “trade-off”, de-ageing concerns
The legendary director gave the Bafta David Lean lecture in London.

Martin Scorsese has criticised an “invasion” of “theme park films” at cinemas, in advance of the international premiere of his latest film, Netflix’s awards-contending title The Irishman.

Scorsese made his comments in a Q&a following the Bafta David Lean lecture he gave at the Royal Opera House in London on Saturday (October 12).

“Where do you people go to get their films financed now? They’re not bankrolled by a Hollywood studio or the big studios here. And then, when you get it made, where are they going to be shown,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Martin Scorsese talks “invasion” of “theme park films”, the Netflix “trade-off”, de-aging concerns

  • ScreenDaily
Martin Scorsese talks “invasion” of “theme park films”, the Netflix “trade-off”, de-aging concerns
The legendary director gave the Bafta David Lean lecture in London.

Martin Scorsese has criticised an “invasion” of “theme park films” at cinemas, in advance of the international premiere of his latest film, Netflix’s awards-contending title The Irishman.

Scorsese made his comments in a Q&a following the Bafta David Lean lecture he gave at the Royal Opera House in London on Saturday, October 12.

“Where do you people go to get their films financed now? They’re not bankrolled by a Hollywood studio or the big studios here. And then, when you get it made, where are they going to be shown,
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'The Irishman' to open Los Cabos International Film Festival

'The Irishman' to open Los Cabos International Film Festival
Mexican festival set to run from November 13-17.

The Latin American premiere of Irishman will open the eighth edition of Los Cabos International Film Festival on November 13.

Martin Scorsese’s mob drama will open theatrically in Mexico on November 15 prior to its launch on Netflix on November 27.

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in the saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of Frank Sheeran, the titular hustler turned hitman who is believed to be behind the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

“We are proud to present the Latin American premiere of The Irishman,
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2020 Best Cinematography Oscars Contenders & Predictions

This year’s Cinematography field is somewhat of an open field at the moment. We assume Robert Richardson will earn his 10th nomination for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” which would also be his fourth for a Quentin Tarantino film. We assume Roger Deakins will earn his 15th nomination for “1917.” We assume Rodrigo Prieto will earn his third nomination for “The Irishman” after earning a nod for his last Martin Scorsese collaboration, “Silence.” And if there are truly only two slots left to fill?

Continue reading 2020 Best Cinematography Oscars Contenders & Predictions at The Playlist.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season 11, Lauren Cohan to Return as Series Regular

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‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season 11, Lauren Cohan to Return as Series Regular
The Walking Dead” has been picked up for an 11th season, with recently departed star Lauren Cohan (Maggie) set to return as a series regular, AMC announced on Saturday.

The news was revealed at the show’s New York Comic Con panel, with Cohan making a surprise appearance alongside the rest of the cast.

The Walking Dead burst out of the gate ten years ago as a genre show that had all the character depth of a top-tier prestige drama,” AMC president Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “And now ten years later – led by the brilliant Angela Kang and fueled by one of the most consistently talented casts in television – this phenomenon is flourishing creatively, with critics and audiences embracing its reset. We’re delighted to welcome back Lauren Cohan, she has meant so much to this show and its passionate, global fanbase, who are in for a fantastic ride over the coming months.
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AMC Orders Courtroom Drama ’61st Street’, Meta-Dramedy ‘Kevin Can F**k Himself’

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AMC has given series orders to two new projects, the courtroom drama “61st Street” and the convention-busting “Kevin Can F**k Himself.”

“61st Street” is being described as a “two-season television event series,” and has been picked up by the network for two seasons of eight episode each. The drama centers on Moses Johnson, a “promising, black high school athlete who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system” when he is taken by the police as a supposed gang member and accused of the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong.

Peter Moffat, who wrote the BBC drama which inspired HBO’s “The Night Of,” is showrunner and executive producer. Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society will also executive produce alongside Hilary Salmon of BBC Studios.

Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Season 10 Promo: Negan, Daryl and Michonne Prepare to 'Silence
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Review: "The Irishman" is Martin Scorsese's Moral Reckoning

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After the death of Ingmar Bergman, Kent Jones wrote that few directors had their greatness so misunderstood and simplified by supporters and admirers. Although it may be especially true of Bergman, this phenomenon is at least partially true for almost any beloved director. Steven Spielberg’s war films and thrillers have been overshadowed by his fantasies and sci-fi films; Francis Ford Coppola has been unfairly painted as a director with a mere eight years of quality output; and Martin Scorsese’s reputation as a director of mob and crime films belies his Catholic spiritualism, his comedic side and his historical interests. It’s the spiritualism that is easiest to overlook, however; unlike Abel Ferrara, his fellow New York-based chronicler of the underworld, Scorsese has tended to keep his Catholic guilt and his fascination with man’s proclivity toward violence separate, meaning that critical appreciation of the latter has subjugated the former to a footnote.
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Nyff: "The Irishman"

Jason Adams  reporting on the opening night of the New York Film Festival

A camera stalks through the hallways of what we typically call an Old Folks Home. Old Folks. Ever think about that phrase? Disarming in its literal folksiness -- it's in truth a place where the day breaks are taken to pick out caskets. So the camera tracks through the Old Folks Home like so many cameras have tracked through Martin Scorsese's so many movies -- through the nightclubs in Goodfellas and the trading rooms and offices in The Wolf of Wall Street, the muddy mountain sides of Silence. We have walked with this man's camera through space and time together and now here we are, all of us Old Folks, stalking one another down antiseptic corridors on shaky wheels.

The camera comes to rest on Robert De Niro, as it must. De Niro looks old --
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Netflix’s ‘The Irishman’ Gets Upbeat Early Reactions; Filmmakers And Cast Meet Press Before NY Film Fest Premiere

  • Deadline
Netflix’s The Irishman drew largely upbeat reactions after a press screening before Friday night’s premiere at the New York Film Festival.

While official reviews remained under embargo, many critics took to Twitter to share positive initial impressions of Martin Scorsese’s film, which stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel.

Eric Kohn at Deadline sister site IndieWire compared it to “a greatest hits album from a master of the medium. Yes, that’s a positive.” Glenn Kenny of The New York Times tweeted that the 209-minute film is “GoodFellas strained through Silence, but even that assessment is [too] pat. [Three hours] of All American Banality of Evil capped by emotionally devastating acknowledgement of My Life as a Cipher.”

Vanity Fair critic K. Austin Collins said the film is “good. I laughed a lot.” While the GoodFellas comparisons are inevitable, given the terrain of the story and the re-teaming of Scorsese,
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Foo Fighters Drop Rarities Ep Featuring Arcade Fire Cover

Foo Fighters Drop Rarities Ep Featuring Arcade Fire Cover
The Foo Fighters continued their ongoing archival series with a new rarities Ep, 01070725, that boasts live renditions of songs by Arcade Fire and the Dead Kennedys.

The cover of Arcade Fire’s “Keep the Car Running” — which may be one of the few times you’ll hear Dave Grohl accompanied by an accordion — was performed at a special gig the Foo Fighters did for BBC Radio 1’s Six Weeks of Summer series in 2007. That same year, the band covered the Dead Kennedys’ “Holiday in Cambodia” at the MTV Video
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Anushka Shetty undergoes special training for her role in 'Nishabdam/Silence'

CinemaThe Madhavan and Anushka Shetty starrer is directed by Hemant Madhukar and bankrolled by director Kona Venkat.Digital NativeAnushka Shetty is playing a speech and hearing impaired person in the upcoming film Nishabdam/Silence and has reportedly done a lot of research to fit into the character she is playing in the film, say sources. We hear that the actor interacted with a number of speech and hearing impaired people in Hyderabad to get to know their body language better. Further, Anushka underwent training under an expert artist to learn the nuances of painting as it was required for the role she is playing in the film. Interestingly, one of the paintings that she has done during the course of her learning is expected to be used for the film’s promos. Nishabdam/Silence, starring Anushka and Madhavan, is being directed by Hemant Madhukar and bankrolled by director Kona Venkat.
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‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Wanted Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur to Look ‘Wolf-Like and Malnourished’

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‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Wanted Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur to Look ‘Wolf-Like and Malnourished’
Joaquin Phoenix lost 52 pounds to play “Joker” in the upcoming film after director Todd Phillips said he wanted his character to look “wolf-like and malnourished and hungry.”

“Neither of us put a number on it,” Phillips told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman in an interview last Friday. “He just started losing weight. When we finally looked at what he lost, it was 52 pounds. He goes hard. That’s my boy, I love him so much.”

“Joker” goes wide on October 4 and is a “deep-dive character study” of the famed Batman villain “in the vein of a Sidney Lumet/Martin Scorsese picture,” according to Phillips. Phoenix is introduced to audiences as Arthur Fleck, a social outcast who begins to rebel against the world around him.

Phillips said that while Phoenix committed to losing all the weight to get into character, Phoenix wasn’t method acting while on set.

“He’s not someone
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‘The Irishman’ Official Trailer: Scorsese Gets Epic With Gangsters De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino

‘The Irishman’ Official Trailer: Scorsese Gets Epic With Gangsters De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino
Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is just days away from its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and Netflix is marking the occasion ahead of time by debuting tons of new footage — this time, courtesy of the movie’s official trailer. Scorsese is fully back in gangster movie mode, a genre he has long dominated with entires such as “Mean Streets,” “Goodfellas,” and “Casino.” On paper, “The Irishman” sounds like the ultimate Scorsese movie not only because of the genre but also because it reunites him with former muse Robert De Niro. The two are behind some of the greatest films ever made, including “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” which is one reason expectations are sky high for Netflix’s “The Irishman.”

De Niro stars in “The Irishman” as Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran who became a mob hitman and allegedly played a role in Jimmy Hoffa’s death.
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Nyff Director Kent Jones Explains How He Landed ‘The Irishman’ Premiere

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Nyff Director Kent Jones Explains How He Landed ‘The Irishman’ Premiere
It’s been a tumultuous few years at the New York Film Festival.

In 2018, after an early-2010s mandate for exclusive gala premieres swept in by increasing competition for top titles, the fest chose tentpoles that all debuted elsewhere: “The Favourite,” “Roma” and “At Eternity’s Gate.” Yet all three films ended up scoring Oscar nominations in top categories and Nyff, which five years earlier had hosted the world premiere of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” for its centerpiece gala, ironically added to its award season cachet.

This year, outgoing fest director Kent Jones arguably landed the biggest world premiere in its history: Martin Scorsese’s mafia drama “The Irishman” kicks off the fest on Sept. 27.

Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” a Netflix release like “The Irishman,” is Nyff’s Oct. 4 centerpiece selection, while Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” a Warner Bros. release, will be showcased in the fest’s closing-night gala on Oct.
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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Distance Screens September 26th at Webster University

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Distance (2001) will be screening at Webster University Thursday September 26th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The Film starts at 7:30 pm. A Facebook invite can be found Here

Doomed by timing but not by quality, Distance had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2001. The film takes the Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway in 1995 as reference point, here looking at the aftermath of a (fictional) extreme Japanese sect who poisoned Tokyo’s water supply and committed mass suicide some years prior. On the anniversary of the attack, surviving members of the families of the terrorists convene on the lake where the sect members killed themselves, only to discover that in their midst is a member of the cult, Sakata (Tadanobu Asano of Silence and Ichi the Killer), who defected at the last minute.

In Japanese with English subtitles.
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‘Game of Thrones” Michiel Huisman, Tadanobu Asano Round Out Thriller ‘Kate’ (Exclusive)

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Netflix has rounded out the cast of its upcoming action movie “Kate,” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, with the addition of Tadanobu Asano, Michiel Huisman, Jun Kunimura, Miyavi Lee Ishihara and newcomer Miku Martineau.

Woody Harrelson is also on board to star in the film, which is directed by “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” helmer Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Umair Aleem penned the script.

The story revolves around a female assassin, who, after being poisoned and given less than 24 hours to live, must go on a manhunt through the streets of Tokyo to take vengeance on her murderer before she dies.

The movie will be produced by Bryan Unkeless — who most recently worked with Winstead on the Harley Quinn spinoff, “Birds of Prey” — “Hobbs & Shaw” and “Deadpool 2” producer Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall. “Hobbs & Shaw” director David Leitch is exec producing with Scott Morgan.

Netflix landed the project in 2017 after winning an
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