Driver worked with Martin Scorsese on historical drama ‘Silence’.
Driver worked with Scorsese on historical drama Silence and was initially intimidated by the legendary director. However Driver soon found that Scorsese was very good at “demystifying himself” and allowing actors to take ownership of their role.
Adam Driver in Silence
The actor praises his latest collaborator.
Andrew Garfield has praised director Martin Scorsese for his work on their Catholicism based film 'Silence', dubbing him a 'master' at what he does. The film is released this week, and it's already received much critical acclaim for its depiction of the journey of two Jesuit priests to Japan in the 17th century.
Andrew Garfield stars in 'Silence'
'Silence' has been something that Martin Scorsese wanted to work on since the release of his last major religious project , 1988's 'The Last Temptation of Christ'. It's based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo and also stars Liam Neeson and Adam Driver. It explores a period of time where Christianity was prohibited in Japan, though missionaries still ventured there to spread the word of God and suffered desperately as a consequence.
Continue reading: Andrew Garfield Says Martin Scorsese Is A 'Gift' To Storytelling
Faith is a topic Martin Scorsese can't quite shake, courting controversy with complex films like The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Kindun (1997). And now he has adapted the Shusaku Endo novel into this profound exploration of religion. As seen through the eyes of a 17th century Jesuit priest in Japan, it's a dark, contemplative film that sometimes feels a bit too murky for its own good. But it also has bracing insight into our need to believe.
At the centre of the story is the disappearance of Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) as Japan cracks down on foreign religions in 1640, brutally persecuting local converts. Back in Portugal, two of Ferreira's proteges, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver), volunteer to go in search of him. But the journey is dangerous, requiring them to trust exiled Japanese drunk Kichijiro (Yosuke Kubozuka) to sneak them into a rural village near Nagasaki. There they find an underground group of devout Catholics who are hiding from the cruel Inquisitor Inoue (Issei Ogata). After they split up to search for Ferreira, Rodrigues is captured by Inoue and interrogated by his interpreter (Tadanobu Asano), who is determined to show him that Christianity can never take root in Japan.
The film has an eerie resonance in today's divisive global climate, where everyone seems determined to protect their own culture from any outside influence, especially a religion that seems to run counter to long-held traditions. But the film's deeper themes explore the idea that we all have a yearning to understand the world and our existence in a way that makes sense to us. So debating the relative benefits of Christianity and Buddhism is actually beside the point. When the movie lets these ideas simmer under the surface, it has real power, especially in Rodrigues' experiences, which are gruelling both physically and emotionally.
Continue reading: Silence Review
The director reconciles with the Catholic Church with his latest film.
Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese took a private audience with Pope Francis ahead of the world premiere of his movie 'Silence' at the Vatican this week, where they discussed the mission of the Jesuit priests in the 17th century as told in his visceral onscreen tale.
Martin Scorsese meets the Pope
The premiere today (November 30th 2016) took place following a screening in front of 300 Jesuit priests, which coincided with Scorsese's meeting with the Pope yesterday. Based on Japanese author Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel which spawned a film adaptation by Masahiro Shinoda in 1971, the director has been working on the movie for the last 20 years.
Continue reading: Martin Scorsese Visits Pope Francis Ahead Of Vatican 'Silence' Premiere
Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) are Portuguese Jesuit priests who set out on a dangerous mission to Japan in a bid to find their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who has been missing for sometime. It's the seventeenth century, and despite what the Bible might say about the importance of spreading the Christian word of God throughout the world, there are just some places on this Earth that brutally forbid it. Needless to say, Ferreira has been ousted from the church to which he belongs after publicly denouncing his faith to save his own life. Rodgrigues and Garrpe are about to discover just how violent the world can be towards everything that they've ever worked for when they arrive in Japan. Surely there is no test of faith that can match the journey that lies ahead for them.
Continue: Silence Trailer
The show was previously given a second season after the first episode aired in February.
HBO has announced that period drama ‘Vinyl’ will not be coming back to our screens, despite previously green lighting a second season. The 70s drama, which was created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, suffered from low ratings throughout its first season, despite the big names behind it.
Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra in ‘Vinyl’.
In a statement, HBO said: "After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of 'Vinyl'. Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.”
Continue reading: HBO Changes Its Mind And Cancels 'Vinyl' Season Two
Hopkins played cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 thriller.
Jodie Foster has revealed that she was too scared of her co-star Anthony Hopkins to speak to him on the Silence Of The Lambs set. Appearing on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, Foster said that after seeing Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter during the first day read through, the actor had scared her so much that she didn't want to talk to him again.
Jodie Foster has revealed she was terrified of Silence of the Lambs co-star Anthony Hopkins.
“I never spoke to him because he was so scary,” Foster told Norton. “The first day we had a read through and by the end of it I never wanted to talk to him again – I was petrified.”
The American actress was 28, and nine years younger than DiCaprio, at the time.
Olivia Wilde has revealed that she was rejected from a role on The Wolf of Wall Street as Leonardo Dicaprio’s wife for being “too old”, after auditioning for the part of the Duchess of Bay Ridge, Naomi Lapaglia.
The 32 year old actress, who was 28 at the time of the audition, told radio presenter Howard Stern that she was told by producers that she was too “sophisticated” for the role in the Martin Scorsese movie. Later, however, she discovered that the term was simply a euphemism for her age.
Margot Robbie was eventually selected for the part at the age of 22, in order to portray the on-screen wife of an actor who was 37 at the time. Wilde was therefore excluded for being too old despite being nine years DiCaprio’s junior.
After telling the stories of Anton Senna and Amy Winehouse, Asif Kapadia is turning his attention to the footballing legend.
Award winning director Asif Kapadia is to make a new documentary on Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona, Variety reports. Kapadia has previously helmed documentaries on racing driver Anton Senna and Amy Winehouse and is also working on a film about British rock band Oasis.
Footballer Diego Maradona is the subject of Asif Kapadia’s next project.
Speaking about the project Kapadia said: “I’ve long been a fan of Diego Maradona. I was taken by his character, his genius, honesty, passion, humour and vulnerability. I was fascinated by his journey, wherever he went there were moments of incredible brilliance and drama.”
Continue reading: 'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia Making Documentary On Diego Maradona
A documentary about Bill Clinton, directed by Martin Scorsese, has reportedly been shelved following disagreements between Clinton and Scorsese.
A HBO documentary, directed by Martin Scorsese, about former US President Bill Clinton has stalled. Sources close to the project claim there have been disagreements between Scorsese and Clinton over control of content.
Bill Clinton photographed in 2013 at a campaign event for President Obama.
Martin Scorsese will no longer direct the planned Bill Clinton documentary for HBO.
Martin Scorsese has scrapped his half-finished Bill Clinton documentary over disagreements about control, people brief on the project told the New York Times. The movie was intended to be released to coincide with Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential run.
Martin Scorsese has no plans to finish Bill Clinton documentary after an apparent disagreement
Parts of the movie were shot over the last two years, notably when Mr Clinton made a philanthropic visit to Africa, however, it has now been shelved indefinitely because the former President insisted on more control over the interview questions and the final version. It was more than Mr Scorsese was prepared to give and the project hit a wall.
Continue reading: Martin Scorsese Scraps Bill Clinton Documentary Over Demands
Martin Scorsese is producing 'Tomorrow' - the debut feature by his long-time script supervisor, Martha Pinson.
The movie explores the difficulties that many soldiers in World War II had with reintegrating into society. Production began in London on Monday (September 22) and will continue in Wiltshire and Spain.
Continue reading: Stephen Fry Is In Martin Scorsese's New Movie, 'Tomorrow'
Supreme Court decides Paula Petrella could be entitled to royalties from Martin Scorsese's 1980 movie.
The woman who holds the copyright to a 1963 screenplay has been told that she can pursue infringement claims against the studio behind 1980's Raging Bull. Paula Petrella, whose father Frank Petrella wrote the screenplay she claims led to the acclaimed Martin Scorsese picture, may be entitled to royalties from the movie even though she didn't begin pursuing infringement claims until decades after her father's death.
Robert De Niro Starred In 'Raging Bull,' The Screenplay For Which Is Undergoing A Copyright Tussle.
Ms. Petrella argues that MGM Holdings Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox are guilty of infringing the copyright of a screenplay written much earlier, with subsidiary company Fox as a named defendant. MGM has disputed whether the movie really was based on Mr. Petrella's screenplay and won dismissal of the lawsuit by arguing that Ms. Petrella had sat on her claims for too long.
He didn't punch his wife in the stomach, though, so that's good.
The decadence, debauchery, illegality and ignorance portrayed in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is something to behold. You’d be forgiven for thinking Leonardo Dicaprio, and the script and characters that surround him, are caricatures of the real Jordan Belfort and friends; over-emphasised for comic effect; blown out of proportion to hit the message home.
Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio live out the lives of those imfamous Wall Street brokers
But the real Jordan Belfort has admitted that while a great deal of the film’s content is true, some of it was even worse during his hedonistic days on Wall Street. If you’ve seen The Wolf of Wall Street, then you’ll find that hard to believe.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' stormed the UK box office over the weekend.
British audiences proved this past weekend that they have an appetite for serious films, putting three of the year's top awards contenders in the first three spots on the box office chart. New entry The Wolf of Wall Street won the weekend with an impressive £4.7m, a gigantic result considering that the film is three hours long and has an 18 certificate. It's also by far the biggest UK opening for a Martin Scorsese movie. Read our review of Wolf of Wall Street here.
Jonah Hill [L] and Leonardo Dicaprio [R] in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
The film pushed 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle into second and third places, but both show no sign of dropping off soon. And the awards boost continues with the return of Gravity to the chart, back in 10th place due to a re-release in cinemas (the DVD is still six weeks off).
Continue reading: 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Howls With British Box-Office Success
'The Wolf of Wall Street' hits cinemas in the UK from today.
The Wolf of Wall Street is set for release in the UK today. The big screen adaption of Jordan Belfort's memoir stars Leonardo Dicaprio and teams him once again with Gangs of New York director Martin Scorsese. Yesterday the film received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for DiCaprio.
Leonardo DiCaprio [left, centre] in Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Critics have been largely positive about the film, praising its humour and DiCaprio's performance.
Continue reading: 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Is Here. Are You Ready, UK?
The Wolf of Wall Street is coming to the UK. Are you ready?
Sure, it's three hours long, but The Wolf of Wall Street has wowed audiences stateside and is planning on wooing the UK this weekend. Martin Scorsese's retelling of the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort is being praised as one of the funniest, wittiest and outrageous films of the year and a standout - perhaps career best performance - from Leonardo Dicaprio has pulled in the movie fans.
Leonardo DiCaprio [left] in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Belfort was an infamous broker who turned to a life of fraud and corruption in the late 1980s. However, for the most part this isn't a dark tale of criminality. Not at all. Quite the opposite. This is a story of supermodels, luxury yachts, midget throwing and champagne.
Continue reading: Is 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' The Funniest Movie Of The Year?
The second week of January isn't a good time for new releases.
Mark Wahlberg’s latest effort – the military drama Lone Survivor– has been a runaway success at the box office, earning an estimated $14.4 million on Friday with a predicted weekend total of $35 to $40 million according to Entertainment Weekly. This could be due to Lone Survivor's heavy promotional campaign, but despite the unpopular release period, Lone Survivor is already a contender for the first big hit of 2014.
Lone Survivor might even turn into a late Oscar contender.
The next newcomer in the top 5 falls far behind Lone Survivor. The testosterone-fueled The Legend of Hercules only registered a $3.08 million debut, putting it behind Disney’s Frozen, which is still holding on to the second spot with $3.1 million this Friday. Frozen is steadily heading for a likely $15 million weekend and an overall take upwards of $305 million.
Continue reading: Box Office Report: "Lone Survivor" Cracks Cold Weekend For New Releases
Martin Scorsese's lands the F-Bomb crown for crime drama 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'.
The Wolf Of Wall Street is under fire yet again as it's branded the most expletive-ridden film to ever have been released.
DiCaprio and Scorsese have found themselves stringently defending the new movie
Martin Scorsese's new drama starring Leonardo Dicaprio has taken a serious battering since its release on December 25th 2013, with complaints of its apparent glamorisation of the debauched and criminal antics of real life fraudster Jordan Belfort, and many suggesting that Scorsese had nothing insightful to offer throughout the flick.
Continue reading: 'The Wolf Of Wall Street': More Than 500 F-Words In 179 Minutes!
The Daryl F. Zanuck Award is given to the PGA's favourite film of the year (and usually the film that sweeps up at the Oscars)
The members of The Producer's Guild of America have cast their vote and the list of nominee's for their annual Daryl F. Zanuck Awards - their Best Picture category - have been cast. Formerly known as the Golden Laurel Awards, the PGA's are usually pretty accurate at predicting which films will go on to be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Oscars, and their winners rarely differ too.
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street make up the full list of nominees up for awards this year, so don't be surprised to see these films still being discussed vigorously until the beginning of March.
Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' has been praised by critics ahead of its US release on 25th December. The film is based on the true story of white collar criminal Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo Di Caprio.
The Wolf of Wall Street has been highly praised by critics ahead of its US release.
Leonardo Di Caprio at the US premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street.
The film is based on real events, namely the business dealings of Jordan Belfort, a New York stockbroker who promised his clients far more than he could deliver. He becomes gradually more embroiled in illegal activity and, after investigation by the FBI, is imprisoned for a string of fraudulent offences. The movie is based Belfort's autobiography which has been read worldwide. The writer of The Sopranos, Terence Winter, has adapted the autobiography into a screenplay.
Continue reading: Review Round-Up: 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Gains High Praise
An Academy screen writer allegedly blasted the director of the upcoming biopic for glorifying excess and corruption
The Wolf of Wall Street has gotten people talking, talking about how good the film is, how real director Martin Scorsese and lead man Leonardo Dicaprio have made the story of Jordan Belfort and how good their chances should be at the Oscars. The film has also gotten people talking in a negative way, with one Academy member in particular supposedly being left thoroughly unimpressed with the glamorous take on excess and corruption.
Leo's take on Jordan Belfort isn't for everyone
According to a Facebook post from actress Hope Holiday, at a recent screening of the film in Los Angeles, a screen writer, who she did not name, but did say was a member of the Academy, took matters in their own hands in order to tell Scorsese that The Wolf of Wall Street isn't all that. Holiday herself was left thoroughly unimpressed by what she saw at the the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, but not nearly as much as the angred screenplay writer who allegedly confronted the director, actor and a few others.
The Wolf of Wall Street? It's a hit!
With perennial collaborators Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio entering the ‘I’ve got loads of money and respect, I can do whatever I like’ stage of their careers, a film like The Wolf of Wall Street, which is sarcastic, sardonic, acerbic and big-headed, was always round the corner. It could, however, have been a total disaster.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort
When a film about big-money go-getters is made by a set of big-money go-getters – albeit in different professions from their subject matter – accusations of arrogance over substance can be bandied around. Thankfully, Scorsese and Leo’s latest jaunt has lead to one of their finest outings yet.
Anyone interested in how movies get made will love this feisty behind-the-scenes documentary, which uses sharp comedy to explore the messy business side of cinema. Both smart and very funny, it may not tell us much that we don't know (mainly that it's almost impossible to get a film financed unless it's a blockbuster with bankable stars), but it reveals things in ways that make us wonder about the future of the movies.
The film follows actor Alec Baldwin and director James Toback as they head to the Cannes Film Festival to secure funding for their planned Iraq-set riff on Last Tango in Paris. They meet with a variety of experts who tell them that their hoped-for budget is three times too high for a movie starring Baldwin and Neve Campbell. So they talk to Chastain, Bejo and Kruger about taking over the lead role. They also consult with a range of prominent filmmakers including Scorsese, Coppola, Polanski and the Last Tango maestro himself, Bertolucci. But the more time they spend with the people who control the money, the more they wonder if their movie will ever get made.
It's fairly clear from the start that Last Tango in Tikrit is a joke project, but everyone takes it seriously. And as they talk to prospective investors, Baldwin and Toback consider adjusting the film to get more cash by, for example, shooting scenes in Russia or China. It's fascinating to hear these billionaires offer advice on how to get their movie made. And hilariously, no one worries about Baldwin's insistence that the story requires explicit sexual scenes.
Continue reading: Seduced And Abandoned Review
A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest stars of all time talking about their friend who changed the movies forever. And he's got such a huge presence that we love listening to his stories almost as much as we've loved watching his films over the decades. This movie also explores his controversial image as a right-wing gun lover, but the salient fact is that his friends and colleagues clearly love him dearly.
John Milius has always been a man's man. His asthma prevented him from joining the military, so he instead went to film school in the 1960s with a group that included Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola and Scorsese. And these young turks were exactly what cinema needed as the studio system ended. Milius' uncredited screenplay for Dirty Harry got him work as a writer and director, and his crowning achievement remains the screenplay for Apocalypse Now. He's also proud of his passion project Big Wednesday, an iconic surfing film that vanished without a trace when the studio abandoned it. But everything changed with Red Dawn, the teen fantasy that gave him his pro-gun reputation as a pariah. He's been less busy since, but is still working on his long-gestating epic about Genghis Khan, even though he has spent the past few years recovering from a debilitating stroke.
Like Milius himself, this is a beefy, jovial movie that zips along at a fast pace, observing telling details everywhere without any real criticism. Milius calls himself a "zen anarchist" rather than a conservative, and it's fascinating to see his life-loving personality emerge in the clips. Meanwhile, we see all of the iconic lines he's written and cinema-changing moments he's had a hand in, from writing Robert Shaw's amazing USS Indianapolis speech in Jaws to teaching Arnold Schwarzenegger how to hold a sword for Conan.
Continue reading: Milius Review
The LACMA hosted a number of famous names and faces whilst honouring Martin Scorsese and David Hockney at its Film and Art Gala on Saturday (2nd November).
The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art played host to a host of stars on Saturday night (2nd November). The stars gathered to honour artist David Hockney and director Martin Scorsese at the LACMA Film and Art Gala. In addition to the two honourees, a host of famous names and faces appeared to celebrate the achievements of the famous British artist and New York born director.
Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorsese at the LACMA.
Guests included actors such as Leonardo Di Caprio, who has worked with Scorsese on a number of films included Shutter Island, The Aviator and The Wolf of Wall Street. Other male actors who appeared at the event were comics James Franco and Will Ferrell.
The director was thanked for his help preserving the LACMA museum's program.
Director Martin Scorsese has been honoured at this year's annual Los Angeles Art + Film Gala by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Scorsese's work during the financial crisis was vital in preserving the LA museum's film program.
Martin Scorsese Has Been Honored At This Year's Art + Film Gala.
The Taxi Driver director created The Film Foundation in 1990 to work on film preservation and during Saturday night's (2nd Nov.) ceremony he presented the restoration of four films by French filmmaker Agnes Varda. The annual event aims to bring the flourishing art and movie industries of Los Angeles together and recognises that LACMA is one of California's most important museums, having played a leading role in the area's art scene.
Streep is rumoured for the all-girl Expendabelles, while Radcliffe is set to play Seb Coe in an Olympic biopic and Star Wars VIII may be delayed. But fans are buzzing about the new X-men movie, and other new trailers promise a lot of laughs...
News from the Star Wars universe had fans nervous, as screenwriter Michael Arndt left his Episode VII draft to be rewritten by director Jj Abrams and Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Arndt hinted that the film's release might be delayed until 2016 as a result. Read the full story here.
The biggest rumour this week was that Meryl Streep may join the cast of The Expendabelles, the female spin-off from Sylvester Stallone's Expendables franchise. Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich are also up for roles in the adventure thriller. But this would be Streep's first action movie since The River Wild, 20 years ago. See who else is rumoured to join the cast here!
Jordan Belfort started out his stockbroker business in a tiny office with a small group of people and had the intention of targeting only the richest people in America as their clientele. With such a small percentage of individuals lined up as hopeful patrons, their dreams of immense fortune and a life of luxury seemed embarrassingly unlikely. However, pretty soon the company starts to ooze more money than they can handle and it's parties, alcohol and women all round. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear to everyone that what Belfort was doing to earn his fortune is not entirely legal and he risks his freedom and his wealthy lifestyle when the FBI get involved.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a white-collar crime drama based on the two memoirs by the real Belfort, who was jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent offences including money laundering. The autobiographies have since been translated into 18 different languages and now the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') directs the screen adaptation which has been written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules'). The movie is set to be release on January 17th 2014.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' release date could mean Martin Scorsese's new movie gets lost in the crowd this awards season.
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as the Wall Street broker and party boy Jordan Belfort, is to be released on December 25, 2013, after the legendary filmmaker delivered a shortened version of the film that was screened for Paramount chairman Brad Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort
Fully financed by Red Granite, the drama has always been expected to play some part in this year's awards race, though Paramount's demand that Scorsese cut the original edit from 180 minutes to 165 minutes is a slight concern. Nevertheless, the studio appeared by buoyed by the changes.
The new Martin Scorsese film will be out on 25 December
Thanks to various intervening forces, the release date of Martin Scorsese's next picture - the Leonardo Dicaprio-starring The Wolf of Wall Street - has been in contention for some time now. At first, it was due out on 15 November, but was pushed back for an unspecified period, with some estimates putting it as far back as spring 2014. Fortunately, we'll only have to wait just over a month longer to see the film, when it is released on 25 December.
DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount decided on the new date after heads at the company saw a shortened version of the film, with the running time cut from 180 minutes to 165 minutes. The studio bosses had initially put back the release in order to give director Scorsese ample time to trim away some of the fat, and he apparently unveiled the finished product this week. Content with how the film played out despite missing a few scenes, they decided to okay the film and set a 2013 release, which will also put it in contention for next years awards season.
'The Great Gatsby' Leonardo Dicaprio was snapped arriving at the Armani One Night Only fashion show event held at the SuperPier in New York. He was joined by 'Goodfellas' director Martin Scorsese and 'Beautiful Creatures' actor Jeremy Irons with his wife Sinead Cusack.
It is alleged that the 1980 boxing movie was unlawfully based on a 1963 screenplay.
A copyright tussle over a boxing movie that was made 33 years ago has come to a head in the USA. Paula Petrella, daughter of deceased screenwriter Frank Petrella, has initiated a court case where she alleges that the 1980 Martin Scorsese-directed movie, Raging Bull, unlawfully infringed upon the copyright of her father's screenplay, written in 1963.
Robert De Niro Played Jake La Motta.
The movie stars Robert De Niro as boxer Jake La Motta, AKA the nicknamed Raging Bull, whose negative traits - being prone to sexual jealousy, obsession and rage - destroy his relationships with his wife and family and he must battle his many inner demons to get back on track.
Continue reading: ‘Raging Bull’ Screenplay Copyright Lawsuit Heads For Supreme Court
Could 'The Grandmaster' u-surp some of the bigger names at the Oscars? We think so.
Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster? Chances are, you haven't heard of it. As the Academy were preparing to decorate Ben Affleck and his Argo team in January, the acclaimed Chinese filmmaker was about to kick off the Berlin Film Festival with his latest martial arts movie.
Set in China at the time of the Japanese invasion in 1930s, The Grandmaster stars Wai's regular muse Tony Leung Chiu Wai as the kung-fu master and Zhang Ziyi as his rival. The highly stylized and visually spectacular picture is a story of "honor, principle, betrayal and forbidden love."
It spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty - a complex period of time rich for filmmakers to tap into. Wai filmed on location, and the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China, juxtaposed with the subtropical south makes one of the most stunning films of the year.
Continue reading: Why Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Could Storm The Oscars [Trailer]
Can Brad Pitt's World War Z live up to years of hype? We find out this weekend. Also: Edinburgh kicks off, the cast of Despicable Me 2 have a chat and we get trailer overload...
Filming on Brad Pitt's apocalyptic zombie epic World War Z started two years ago in Britain and Malta, and audiences are finally getting to see the results this weekend. Critics are being hard on the film, but the box office will have the last word.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival kicked off this week with the premiere of Breathe In, the new drama from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), who walked the red carpet with star Felicity Jones. There will be nearly 150 new movies screened in Edinburgh over the next 10 days, along with parties every night with the filmmakers and stars.
The white-collar crime drama reveals the mass corruption of the American financial system in the 90s, and the one man who helped make it all possible
Yes it's already that time, that time we get our first look at the Oscar selection that will be on offer by late 2013/early 2014 and first up to bat is the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street. A real story about the shading, corrupt dealing that happened (still happens) on Wall Street at the turn of the century and the notorious Jordan Belfort, who controlled much of the corruption.
Belfort is a majorly successful, multi-million dollar-earning stockbroker and motivational speaker from New York who is making enough money to fritter through it as he pleases. In 1998, the real secret behind his quickly accumulated wealth is uncovered and a string of fraudulent activities surrounding stock market manipulation; including money laundering and mob infiltration, lands Belfort in jail. Even in jail he managed to squirm through the legal system and only ended up serving 22 months in prison after being given a 4 years sentence, even after famously refusing to cooperate with police during their ongoing case to expose major corruption on Wall Street. The Wolf of Wall Street is his story.
Continue reading: Money Talks In The Trailer For 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' [Video]
The Wolf of Wall Street will surely become a major player during awards season.
Wow, this one looks pretty damn good doesn't it? The Wolf of Wall Street trailer, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as stockbroker Jordan Belfort, exploded onto the internet on Sunday (June 16, 2013) with tons of verve and energy. Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Belfort's memoirs, the movie boasts a pretty stellar cast headed by DiCaprio and held firmly together by a particularly strong and funny looking performance from the excellent Matthew Mcconaughey.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street
New York stockbroker Belfort refused to cooperate in a large FBI fraud case involving corruption into corporate banking and mob infiltration, living a hard-partying lifestyle at the same time. He made thousands of dollars a minute, spending it on sex, drugs and international travel before it all came crashing down.
Jordan Belfort is a successful stockbroker, multi-millionaire and motivational speaker from New York who had enough money to throw anywhere he wanted. He was arrested and jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent activities surrounding stock market manipulation including money laundering and mob infiltration. He served 22 months in prison after being given a sentence of 4 years, famously refusing to cooperate during the case which exposed massive corruption on Wall Street. His crime was fuelled by his loved of alcohol, parties, women and, generally, the finer things in life including his luxury yacht which was originally built for Coco Chanel. He wrote two memoirs which were published in around 40 countries and have since been translated into 18 different languages.
Continue: The Wolf Of Wall Street - Teaser Trailer
Leonardo DiCaprio did his best to woo Cara Delevingne, to no avail.
Leonardo Dicaprio has certainly racked up an impressive number of supermodel girlfriends over the years, though British Burberry star Cara Delevingne isn't one of them. According to The Sun newspaper, Cara snubbed the Hollywood A-lister at the after-party of the Great Gatsby premiere at Cannes last week.
A source said: "Normally all Leo has to do is look at a girl and they fall at his feet. Though Cara was having none of it.He spent the night chasing after her and essentially she blew him out." The insider says the pair spoke for a while and eventually swapped numbers after Leo had invited her to a party back at his suite. "He tried every trick in the book and apparently kept lunging for her but she kept dodging them," said the source, "Everyone is howling at the fact she actually knocked back the biggest actor in the world.She thought he was too forward and too old."
DiCaprio - who stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel - has previously dated Gisele Bundchen, Bar Refaeli, Erin Heatherton, Anne Vyalitsyna and Eva Herzigova. Delevingne, who previously dated the folk-rock musician Jake Bugg, is said to be moving in with best pal Rita Ora in East London later this year.
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Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Martin Scorsese reunited for the 30th anniversary screening of The King of Comedy for the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend.
The King of Comedy is thirty years old and to celebrate the momentous anniversary, the star of the mad-cap kidnap comedy Robert De Niro decided to air a special screening of the movie at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday (April 27). De Niro, who co-founded the film fest with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff twelve years ago, attended the anniversary screening alongside the movie's director, Martin Scorsese and his co-star in the movie, the legendary Jerry Lewis.
Robert De Niro at the start of the film festival last week
The three reunited on stage at the Borough of Manhattan Community College before the screening to deliver a few preliminary laughs prior to the feature presentation, with De Niro admitting that he hasn't seen the film in "at least 25 years," saying after, "I'm very curious to see it. If I'm not too embarrassed, I'll stay here after."
The 2002 hit will be made into a TV series
Martin Scorsese will build up on the 2002 success of Gangs of New York by teaming up with Miramax to take the story in the realm of television. Rumours surround returns to the franchise for Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz.
“The series will draw from the multitude of events surrounding organized gangs at the turn of the century and shortly thereafter in America, not only in New York, but in other cities such as Chicago and New Orleans and the birth of organized crime in America'” reads a statement from Miramax. "This time and era of America's history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two hour film," Scorsese explains. "A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life. I am excited to partner with Miramax in telling these stories". Richard Nanula, chairman of Miramax and a principal at Colony Capital, said of the project: "No one better exemplifies what the new Miramax is and will be better than Martin Scorsese.
Martin Scorsese shooting The Wolf
There's going to be a new show in town - Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.
TV Geeks everywhere will have something to look forward to, as Martin Scorsese is teaming up with Miramax to bring Gangs of New York to the small screen.
The series will be based on the eponymous 2002 big screen drama, which was directed by Scorsese and starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Cameron Diaz. From the initial report, there’s a lot to get excited about. Set in the late 1800s, the TV show will explore the period far beyond the scope of the original film. It will focus not only of gangs in New York, but also Chicago, New Orleans and other cities around the US.
"This time and era of America's history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film," Scorsese explains his decision, quoted by Entertainment Weekly. “A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life.”
Joanna Lumley, known mostly for her role as the hilariously loathsome narcissist Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous, alongside Jennifer Saunders, was celebrated with a Special Recognition Award last night at the National Television Awards.
She was lauded by her lovely co-star, Saunders, as well as multi-award winning director Martin Scorsese who worked with Lumley last year on Wolf of Wall Street (set to be released this year) via a series of clips in which they praised her. David Cameron was also in that number, although as a supporter of the Green Party that may not be received by Lumley with quite the emotion of her friends.
In Wolf of Wall Street a co-star of hers is Leonardo Dicaprio, whom she is seen kissing in the movie - a clip of which was played at the awards. Despite Ab Fab being one of her most iconic roles, she has also cropped up in a huge number of other roles including James and the Giant Peach, Ella Enchanted, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
Leonardo Dicaprio might currently be enjoying the glory of Oscar-nominated Django Unchained. And he may shortly be hitting our screens in the highly anticipated Baz Luhrman adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Apparently, though, DiCaprio wants to take a break from acting, as he told German publication Bild recently.
“I'm a little bit drained. I am now going to take a long, long break,” he told them (translation courtesy of Wenn). When he was asked what he might do with his time off, he revealed that he’d like to “improve the world a bit” and talked about his love for environmental activism. Theoretically speaking, DiCaprio could well be in a position to take a well-earned break pretty soon (he’s been acting in movies and on TV since 1990). There’s been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing with The Great Gatsby and he was back in Australia recently re-filming some of his scenes for that but once all of the promo for Luhrman’s ambitious creation is out of the way, he just has Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street to fulfill his obligations for.
DiCaprio’s 38 now and has recently ended his relationship with Erin Heatherton. Maybe a break from acting is just what he needs to take some time out, reassess and possibly even shake off that ‘permanent bachelor’ tag he seems to have landed himself.
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The Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is to tackle the life of former President Bill Clinton, the two heavyweights in film and politics coming together for a documentary about the former leader of the free world.
Clinton remains a prominent figure in world politics, working on occasion as an envoy and also putting in a great deal of humanitarian work. In a statement, Scorsese said of him: "A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world," adding "Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.” Clinton is working with the director in full co-operation, and will be offering his current views on politics, history, culture and the world.
No other details have been given about the documentary as yet other than it will appear on HBO. It will be interesting to see Scorsese’s take on the former US President; the most ammunition that his detractors have ever been able to fling at him was his ill-fated affair with Monica Lewinsky. Politically he is regarded as one of the most successful American leaders ever, with a recent poll run by Gallup showing that he still has a 66% favorability rating, with his popularity reaching nationwide.
HBO have confirmed that a documentary surrounding the powerful political figure, Bill Clinton, will be directed by Martin Scorsese. There is, however, no confirmed date as to when it will air, neither is there a title.
"A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world," Scorsese said in a statement. "Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure." Scorsese has forged a close working relationship with HBO, working on two separate documentaries with them, as well as with the entertainment side of their broadcasting, as he helmed the pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire, which has recently wrapped up its third season, with more on the way. Scorsese, of course, brings a wealth of moviemaking prowess with him, which will transform any documentary into a cinematic event as well as a fact-telling endeavour. As was the case with 41 - the doc about George H.W. Bush, which premiered last summer - Clinton's will be made with his full cooperation.
"I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film," President Clinton added. "I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO's audience."
Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary BAD25 has been hailed as a success. Spike Lee, of course, has personal knowledge of working with Jackson – he directed his 1996 video ‘The Don’t Care About Us,’ so the documentary is lent an intimate air, as he conducts the interviews himself. Featured in the interviewee’s chair are a host of stars, all influenced, or touched by Jackson and the music of his hit album Bad (released 25 years ago this year).
Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder are amongst those discussing Jackson’s creative vision, on the album that sold over 30 million copies and spawned five consecutive number ones. According to Boston.com, the film plays out with a series of oral accounts of the recording period. Lee speaks to all of the major players in the recording studio as ell as those involved in his videos and the accompanying tour (surprisingly, including the only solo North American tour that Jackson would ever headline).
Some of the cinematographic vignettes include footage of Martin Scorsese directing Michael Jackson (and Wesley Snipes, before he was famous) in the video for ‘Bad’ and Sheryl Crow, talking of the time that she worked as a back-up singer for Jackson. “The molecules changed in the room,” she said. Although Spike Lee is a vivacious character in his own right, he steps back and lets the interviewees do the talking here. The documentary will be aired this evening (November 21, 2012) at 9:30pm EST, on ABC.
Corman's 400 films have tapped into youth culture in ways that studios never could. This documentary traces his career with interviews and clips, but also explores his impact on the industry at large. Clearly, he's not only an important filmmaker, but he's also a genuinely nice man (at one point, Nicholson breaks down and cries while talking about him). We also get glimpses behind-the-scenes on 2010's hilarious-looking Dinoshark, proving that his filmmaking methods haven't changed much in nearly 60 years. And we discover that his favourite filmmakers include Bergman, Fellini and Truffaut, whose films he distributed in America.
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American director Roger Corman is one of the film industry's most influential directors. Born in 1926, he is best known for the numerous low budget B movies which he has directed. Not only is he influential to many of Hollywood's great directors, Corman has also launched the careers of William Shatner; Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro, to name but a few.
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Based on the Brian Selznick novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Scorsese's first family movie combines a young boy's adventure with a cinematic history lesson. It's a celebration of wide-eyed wonder that's a joy to watch, although the title isn't the only thing that's dumbed-down.
In early 1930s Paris, the orphaned Hugo (Butterfield) lives in Montparnasse station, where he scurries through forgotten passageways maintaining the clocks. He learned this skill from his late father (Law), but an automaton they were fixing is his only reminder of his happier childhood. Dodging the tenacious station inspector (Baron Cohen), Hugo worms his way into the life of grouchy shopkeeper Georges (Kingsley), and has a series of adventures with his goddaughter Isabelle (Moretz). When they learn that Georges is forgotten pioneer filmmaker Georges Melies, they decide to help bring him back to life.
Scorsese tells this story with bravura moviemaking trickery, from whooshing tracking shots to wonderfully inventive uses of 3D. He also peppers the screen with witty references to film history from Modern Times to Vertigo, clips from early cinema and flashbacks to the Lumiere brothers' exhibition and Melies' busy studio. Meanwhile, the main plot unfolds with a warmly inviting glow, sharply telling details and a colourful cast of memorable side characters.
Intriguingly, everyone is a bit opaque; like the automaton, the gears turn but we never really understand them.
Butterfield's Hugo may be consumed by an inner yearning, but he's always on guard, providing a watchful pair of eyes through which we see the drama, romance and slapstick of the station. And it's in these details that Scorsese and his cast draw us in. Standouts are Baron Cohen, who adds layers of comedy and pathos to every scene, and McCrory (as Mrs Melies), with her barely suppressed enthusiasm. As usual, Kingsley never lets his guard down: he invests this broken man with a bit too much dignity.
As the film progresses, the passion for the movies is infectious. Scorsese's gorgeous visual approach and writer Logan's controlled cleverness never overwhelm the human story. And even if Melies' life and Paris' geography are adjusted for no real reason, the film's warm drama and delightful imagery really get under the skin, making us fall in love with the movies all over again.
Hugo is a twelve year old boy who lives in Paris and loves mysteries. One day, in 1930, his father presents him with a wind up figure. His father tells him it's a music box that a magician probably built. The only thing missing is the key used to wind up the music box. The keyhole is in the shape of a heart. Hugo and his father want to find the heart shaped key - whose whereabouts is a mystery - so they can make their music box work.
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In 1954 Boston, Ted (DiCaprio) is a US Marshal heading with his new partner Chuck (Ruffalo) to the Shutter Island hospital for the criminally insane. A patient (Mortimer) has mysteriously disappeared, and the head doctor (Kingsley) is acting suspicious. So is everyone else for that matter. As Ted delves deeper into the mystery, which hints at a big conspiracy, he struggles with the implications these events have for his own life, including the death of his wife (Williams) and his experiences liberating Dachau at the end of the war.
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When the Stones take the stage at New York City's Beacon Theater, it's frightening -- their age truly shows on film. As giants on the silver screen, we have a front row seat for an exhibition of frail bodies moving in ways that only young men should move. As Mick Jagger belts out songs of youthful rebellion and sexual frustration, he still does the same androgynous dances of yesteryear. Yet, this off-putting display of aged youth is clearly a place of sentiment for Scorsese, whose camera lingers with love.
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The Departed is based on the Hong Kong blockbuster Infernal Affairs, in which a cop goes undercover in the mob while the mob places one of their own as a mole in the police force. In Scorsese's version, the scene shifts to Boston, where mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) puts loyal-from-boyhood employee Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) through police training. As Sullivan rises through the ranks, Special Investigations Unit chiefs Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) recruit rookie Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) to get "kicked off" the force and do time to gain Costello's confidence.
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This documentary is precisely what it's title purports to be, an in-depth and instructive look at movie editing that literally spans 100 years of film history, from The Great Train Robbery to Cold Mountain. Through interviews with a copious number of directors and editors, The Cutting Edge covers everything from basic editing techniques like the matching of cuts to modern editing theory as inspired by MTV and The Matrix. The film goes into extreme detail in parts, like when we get to see James Cameron's trick of removing one frame per second out of Terminator 2 to give it more momentum and realism. It's all a little bit insidery and self-congratulatory, but the movie works far more often than not. Any film buff will find it hard not to like.
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