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In the midst of veteran con man Nicky’s latest scheme, a woman from his past – now an accomplished femme fatale – shows up and throws his plans for a loop.
The fundamental problem with films like Focus lays in how many similar films like Focus you may have seen. You know exactly what you’re in for (namely, a con) but the fun is always in how the con is pulled off and how the film can gain the confidence of the audience only to trick us at the end. Unfortunately, even if you’ve seen just one similar film chances are it’s far better than this.
When I think of all the best con artist movies I »
- Gary Collinson
Margot Robbie has admitted that she became so engrossed during her audition for The Wolf Of Wall Street that she actually slapped her eventual co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, across the face. Like, really hard. However rather than being completely offended by the assault, DiCaprio was hugely impressed, and it eventually led to her being cast in Martin Scorsese.s opus on greed and capitalism. Robbie recalled this incident to Harper's Bazaar, the publication that she graces the front cover of this month. The 24-year-old Australian actress, who despite her scant years has showcased an on-screen intensity and savvy that suggests she is well on her way to being a firm member of the Hollywood elite, stated that she slapped DiCaprio as she was desperate to do something that would make her stand-out. I.ll leave her to tell the rest of the delightful tale: In my head I was like, .You »
Now that the busy winter fest schedule of Sundance, Rotterdam and the Berlinale has concluded, we’ve now got our eyes on the likes of True/False and SXSW. While, True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre. But truth be told, it is SXSW, with its slew of high profile world premieres being announced, such as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs »
- Jordan M. Smith
There’s a fascinating, if kind of depressing, look at bygone film economics in this recently reposted 2005 conversation with David Cronenberg by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center talking about “A History Of Violence.” The filmmaker, whose latest film, “Maps To The Stars,” hits theaters and VOD this weekend, says that earlier film, distributed by Focus Features, cost $32 million to make and another $30 million to market. Remember those days of prestige-y, mid-sized studio movies? That era has mostly vanished, and pictures like “A History Of Violence” would likely have to settle for “Nightcrawler” money these days (it was made for $7 million). It’s an interesting hour-and-ten-minute conversation that touches upon myriad Cronenberg cinematic touchstones, like the critical backlash to “Crash” (the critic who was the most venomous to it is now dead), the way “Spider” seemed to die on the vine immediately (Martin Scorsese sent him a note a year after it was released. »
- Edward Davis
Will Smith and Margot Robbie headline the new con artist flick Focus that is widely expected to win this weekend's weak box office race, even without the head start the film received at late Thursday night showings last night.
Warner Bros. is reporting that Focus pulled in $900,000 from Thursday showings. The R-rated film and departure for Smith from his typical flashy blockbuster fare is tracking to wrap up the weekend somewhere in the range of $20 million. That should top the past two weekends' reigning box office champ, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Robbie is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood after a splashy debut in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Her next role as villainous and obnoxious Harley Quinn in Warner's DC Comics-based Suicide Squad will make her even more desirable for producers to snatch up for high profile roles.
Smith's last »
The drugs, sex and drunken car crashes from “Wolf of Wall Street” seem a lot more wholesome when a perky sitcom theme song is added to them. The opulent and excessive black comedy starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese has been recut with the “Who’s the Boss?” soundtrack, which makes even taking quaaludes and picking up prostitutes seem suitable for the whole family. Also Read: ‘Sesame Street’ Gets Into Oscar Season With ‘Big Birdman’ (Video) As Jordan Belfort drives his Lamborghini into a fountain while semi-comatose, gets a stiletto to the face from wife Margot Robbie or »
- Debbie Emery
Sneak Peek new revealing images of actress Margot Robbie aka 'Harley Quinn' for DC Comics adaptation "Suicide Squad", in the April 2015 issue of "Harper’s Bazaar" (UK) magazine, wearing Stella McCartney for photographer David Slijper:
She then appeared as 'Donna Freedman' in the TV series "Neighbours" as a guest then as a regular cast member, followed by the ABC drama series "Pan Am" as flight attendant 'Laura Cameron'. Robbie was then cast in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" as the character 'Naomi Lapaglia'. Robbie recently joined the cast of director Matthew Michael Carnahan's "Violent Talent". She will also appear in "Suite française", an adaptation of author Irène Némirovsky's novel. Other productions on the horizon include Robbie playing 'Jane' in Warners upcoming live-action "Tarzan" feature.
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- Michael Stevens
Last year, Martin Scorsese, who graduated from Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts, imparted his filmmaking wisdom at the school's commencement address. Now Apple is using his inspirational words in a commercial for the iPad (shot on the iPad2) which aired during Sunday night's Academy Awards. The commercial highlights 15 students from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts used iPads to write, produce, shoot, score and edit short films. Read More: This Romantic Short Film was Shot Entirely on an iPhone 6. The students used iPad apps such as Garage Band, VideoGrade, Apogee MiC, Final Draft Writer and Filmic Pro. See their films and read how they did it here. And read more about Filmic Pro and other apps for filmmakers here. The premise of the ad is that you don't need fancy, expensive equipment to shoot a film -- even kids can use an iPad to make a movie. »
- Paula Bernstein
An oldie, but a goodie. Open Culture resurfaced this list (below) sent from director Martin Scorsese to a budding young filmmaker. Let's appraise it. Italian directors are well-represented but this list needs some Bertolucci ("The Conformist," for one, though his early "Before the Revolution" makes the cut) and Pasolini ("Salo" or "Teorema" for weaker stomachs). What about Antonioni's "L'eclisse"? The last ten minutes or so, when neither Alain Delon or Monica Vitti show up for their appointed date at a water fountain, are a formally radical must-have for aspiring directors. And no Fellini? Bergman? Come on Marty. There's a real dearth of women on here. Where's Chantal Akerman, director of the mind-blowing "Jeanne Dielman"? Or Agnes Varda, whose "Cleo From 5 to 7" and others have inspired innumerable present-day indie filmmakers. Scorsese seems to be limiting himself to two films per director -- though Godard (why »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Edited by Adam Cook
The lineup for this year's New Directors/New Films, "presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art," has been announced. "For the Birds": Richard Brody picks on the Academy Awards. There's an intriguing new film journal on the scene: "The Completist," authored by Rumsey Taylor. Head over to the site to read his "Statement of Intentions". Described as being "roughly quarterly", we're looking forward to future instalments. In Film Comment, Tanner Tafelski writes on the films of John Korty:
"Carroll Ballard, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman, and Michael Ritchie all are, or were, San Francisco–based filmmakers. Yet none of these people seem to be Bay Area filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, or Spike Lee are New York filmmakers. Avant-garde cinema, on the other hand, has a rich history with the West Coast in general, »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd February 2015…
In just two weekends, Universal’s adaptation of the E.L. James bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has become the highest-grossing 18 certificate film ever here in the UK, with a second weekend haul of £4,597,092 pushing its total to £25,242,636. The previous record was held by Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which pulled in £22.7 million.
With an unchanged top four, the highest newcomer of the week was the Kevin Hart / Josh Gad / Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting comedy The Wedding Ringer with £990,445, followed by found footage sci-fi Project Almanac in sixth with £868,030.
Number one this time last year: The Lego Movie
1. Fifty Shades of Grey, £4,597,092 weekend; £25,242,636 total (2 weeks)
2. Big Hero 6, £2,581,806 weekend; £16,178,232 total (4 weeks)
3. Shaun the Sheep Movie, £2,429,181 weekend; £10,352,125 total (3 weeks)
4. Kingsman: The Secret Service, £1,216,457 weekend; £13,385,637 total (4 weeks)
5. The Wedding Ringer, £990,445 weekend (New)
6. Project Almanac, £868,030 weekend »
- Gary Collinson
“You can’t do your work according to the people’s values. I’m not talking about ‘following your dream,’ either," Martin Scorsese stated during a commencement speech to the Nyu Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014. "I never like the inspirational value of that phrase. Dreaming is a way of trivializing the process, the obsession that carries you through the failure as well as the successes which could be harder to get through. If you’re dreaming, you’re sleeping. It’s important and imperative to always be awake to your feelings, your possibilities, your ambitions. But you also know this, for your work, for your passions, every day is a rededication. Painters, dancers, writers, filmmakers, it’s the same for all of you, all of us. Every step is a first step, every brush stroke is a test, every scene is a lesson, every shot is a school. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
During Sunday night’s Oscars, Apple debuted a new TV spot. It was called “Make A Film With iPad” and shows all the different ways you can – you guessed it – make a film with an iPad. That’s pretty cool by itself, but the spot gets a big credibility bump when you add a voiceover from Martin Scorsese. […]
The post Watch: Apple’s Oscar Commercial Voiced By Martin Scorsese appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Director: Steve James
Running Time: 121 Minutes
Going into Life Itself, I was expecting a poignant celebration of the most adored film critic in history. I wasn’t expecting to be taken on a deeply personal journey that would have me in floods if tears throughout.
The film begins five months before Roger Ebert’s death as he undergoes treatment for various ailments associated with his battle with cancer. Here we find one of the great cultural wits of our time in high spirits despite being physically weak and rendered unable to talk. The narrative cuts between current footage of Ebert’s hopeful recovery with his wife Chaz to the story of his life. Indeed the title Life Itself is lifted from Ebert’s memoir of the same name and key passages are narrated over »
- John Sharp
As 21 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won Best Director for "Birdman" on Sunday night. Though his chief rival Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") picked up a number of directing honors throughout the season, Inarritu won the Directors Guild Award, which has matched Oscar all but seven times in the DGA's 67-year history. -Break- This is the first Best Director Oscar for Inarritu, who earned one previous bid in the category for "Babel" (2006). That film started its derby strong by winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture, but ultimately Inarritu was no match for an overdue Martin Scorsese, who won his first ever Oscar for helming "The Departed." Inarritu's win is significant for another reason. The Mexican director is now the fifth consecutive non-American to win Best Director, following British Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," 2010), Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius ("...' »
Martin Scorsese is one of the most iconic directors of all time. He created such groundbreaking films like Taxi Driver and Gangs of New York. Yet it took him eight Oscar nominations, five Best Director nominations alone, until he finally received the Best Director Academy Award in 2006 for the film The Departed. Let's look back at the film that finally landed Scorese the gold.
Scorsese is one of those directors that has been creating for generations. He's the known for creating and depicting the worst antiheroes that you can't help but like and can't stop watching. You follow them on their twisted journeys and sometimes untimely demises, all while that same Rolling Stone song (“Gimme Shelter”) plays in the background. Your parents loved him, you love him, and I'm sure your children will or already do love him. There's always one particular movie of his that you discover that makes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelly McInerney)
Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese appears in a new Apple iPad television advertisement.
An excerpt of the filmmaker's 2014 commencement speech at the Nyu Tisch School of the Arts plays over the advert, which will air during tonight's (February 22) Oscars.
The commercial follows students from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, who are given the task to create a film using an iPad.
The young filmmakers are then shown writing, filming, editing and scoring their projects, while Scorsese's words are played over the footage.
"Every scene is a lesson. Every shot is a school. So let the learning continue," Scorsese says in the clip.
The 87th Academy Awards will air live from Hollywood tonight on ABC. Sky Movies Oscars will broadcast the show in the UK. »
Apple has unveiled Make A Film With iPad, a spot that will air during today’s Oscar telecast. It showcases the iPad as a filmmaking tool for next-generation directors. The commercial, which features excerpts from Martin Scorsese’s commencement speech to the Nyu Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014, chronicles the efforts of students from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts who were given iPad to write, produce, shoot, score, and edit their films in a matter… »
Apple is using the Academy Awards to remind Hollywood that the iPad is a powerful filmmaking tool.
The tech giant enlisted Martin Scorsese for a spot scheduled to run during the Oscar telecast that will feature real-life high-school students using the tablets to shoot and edit their own work.
Apple donated iPads to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and filmed a documentary of the students using the devices — not to mention apps and other tools — to make their own movies earlier this month. A link to where the students’ films can be seen in full, along with an exploration of what technology they used to make their work, is teased during the spot.
The commercial is accompanied by a voiceover taken from a speech Scorsese gave at the commencement ceremony for the Nyu Tisch School of the Arts regarding creativity.
“Make a Film With iPad” is »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Who is thanked the most in Oscar acceptance speeches? Vocativ tallied the numbers, and Steven Spielberg came out on top with 42 mentions. This makes sense if you stop to think about how his films produce a high yield in the technical categories. In fact, the rest of the top ten followed a similar suit with directors and producers of effects-heavy films tending to do well, like George Lucas, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh. Here's the full list: 1. Steven Spielberg (42) 2. Harvey Weinstein (34) 3. James Cameron (28) 4. George Lucas (23) 5. Peter Jackson (22) 6. God (19) 7. Fran Walsh (18) 8. Sheila Nevins (17) 9. Francis Ford Coppola, Barrie Osborne (16) 10. Martin Scorsese, Saul Zaentz (15) »
- E. Alex Jung
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