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Martin Scorsese criticises watching films at home, despite reported Netflix deal for 'The Irishman'

3 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Speaking at a BFI event in London, the director said film viewing on tablet or TV was “not the best way”.

In a wide ranging interview at BFI Southbank last night, Martin Scorsese touched on everything from the origins of the “you talking to me” monologue from Taxi Driver to his dislike of watching films on tablets and TV.

“The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” the iconic filmmaker told a rapt audience about watching movies at home.

“Now you can see a film on an iPad. You might be able to push it closer to your [face] in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing stuff here or there, even watching a film at home on a big-screen TV, there is still stuff around the room. There’s a phone that rings. People go by. It »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Martin Scorsese criticises watching films at home, despite Netflix deal for 'The Irishman'

3 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Speaking at a BFI event in London, the director said film viewing on tablet or TV was “not the best way”.

In a wide ranging interview at BFI Southbank last night, Martin Scorsese touched on everything from the origins of the “you talking to me” monologue from Taxi Driver to his dislike of watching films on tablets and TV.

“The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” the iconic filmmaker told a rapt audience about watching movies at home.

“Now you can see a film on an iPad. You might be able to push it closer to your [face] in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing stuff here or there, even watching a film at home on a big-screen TV, there is still stuff around the room. There’s a phone that rings. People go by. It »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Van Helsing reboot lands a new writer

22 hours ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Feb 23, 2017

Universal Monsters shared-universe movie Van Helsing will be written by Wrath Of The Titans scribe Dan Mazeau

Universal Studios’ ambitious shared-universe films featuring classic movie monsters manifests this summer with another reboot of The Mummy. That's set to star Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. Now, though, we learn of the planned remake of Van Helsing, that has landed a new writer.

According to The Tracking Board, the script for Universal Monsters entry Van Helsing is now in the hands of writer Dan Mazeau. Mazeau, whose only major credited screenplay was the 2012 Greek myth series sequel Wrath Of The Titans, is in the process of rewriting the Van Helsing script after it was originally drafted by The Mummy writer Jon Spaihts (Passengers) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival).

Mazeau reportedly took on the Van Helsing script duty somewhere around last September after being part of the Universal writer’s room, »

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The Godfather Actor Carmine Caridi Says He Was Thrown Out of the Academy for Sharing VHS Screeners

21 February 2017 6:09 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Carmine Caridi, an actor best known for small parts in the last two films in The Godfather trilogy, opened up about why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled him over movie screeners in 2004.

Caridi, 83, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in an article published on Tuesday, about getting caught lending movie screeners sent by distributors to Academy voters for Oscar consideration.

“Let me tell you something,” Caridi says. “Everybody does it, Ok? I was doing a guy a favor and he screwed me.”

Then-mpaa chief Jack Valenti imposed a ban on all screeners to combat rising piracy issues, »

- Alexia Fernandez

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5 Days Until Oscar. 5 Timer Men

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jimmy Stewart holding the wrong number of fingers up for our exercise!We're so close to the big show. Voting ends Today. And then it's all over but the big night (and recapping and contemplating celebratory madness). For today's trivia item with the number 5, a random sampling of men... stepping away from the ladies for a minute. (gasp)

Five time male winners

John Barry (composer, Dances with Wolves, Out of Africa, Born Free, etc)

Johnny Green (composer on lots of musicals)

Fred Hynes (sound on lots of musicals)

Dennis Murren (visual fx: Terminator 2, Innerspace, The Abyss, etc)

Edward Selzer (animated short films: Speedy Gonzalez, Sylvester & Tweety shorts, etc)

Lyle Wheeler (art direction: The King and I, The Robe, The Diary of Anne Frank, etc)

John Williams (composer: Star Wars, Schindler's List, etc)

Francis Ford Coppola (writer/director/producer: The Godfather, etc)

Actoriffic-ness after the jump. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Now Casting: Prynt Promotional Video Spot + More Paying Gigs

20 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In today’s roundup of casting notices, we have five on-camera gigs, all of which are paid! A commercial spot shooting in San Francisco is casting, as are projects shooting in L.A., New York City, and elsewhere. See if there’s a role for you below!  Prynt Promotional Videoa male and female actor, both ages 18–35, are needed for an upcoming promotional video for Prynt, an instant photo printer for your phone. The spot will shoot at to-be-determined dates in San Francisco, California and will pay $150–$300/day.  “Movieopolis: Red Caviar”“Movieopolis: Red Caviar,” an internet series set in 1970s Hollywood, is casting talent for several roles, including actors to portray real-life filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. Rehearsals will begin in mid-March in Los Angeles, California with compensation set at $100/six hour day for speaking roles ($75 for non-speaking).  “Exit Interview”“Exit Interview,” a short, romantic student film, seeks talent »

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation

20 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Wes Anderson has scored a major win for the cause of film preservation, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars for Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. In December, Anderson released a video that announced his latest project, the stop-motion animation film “Isle of Dogs,” and also invited people to donate money to a campaign hosted by Crowdrise, the crowdfunding company co-founded by Anderson’s friend and frequent collaborator, Edward Norton. The campaign ended last week.

Read More: Wes Anderson Directs New Christmas Short Film With Adrien Brody — Watch

Among the prizes offered to donors were a trip for two to London for two nights to meet the director, get a tour of the “Isle of Dogs” sets and production and even record the voice of a dog in the film. “Barking, howling and whimpering may be required,” the campaign specified. Other prizes included signed Criterion Collection DVDs »

- Graham Winfrey

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The Soviet sci-fi film reworked by Francis Ford Coppola

20 February 2017 5:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 21, 2017

Before he made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola got his start by editing monsters into a Soviet sci-fi film...

Everyone loves a good success story, and Hollywood history's full of them. Actors sleeping in their cars until they get their first lucky break. Writers papering the walls of their lodgings with rejection letters until they finally get a script in front of a receptive producer. Filmmakers who've spent years paying their dues before a studio finally comes calling.

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Director Francis Ford Coppola, before he shot to fame - and, for a time, considerable wealth - with such films as The Godfather, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now, scrabbled around at the lower end of the industry like just about everyone else. »

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‘Hook’ Prequel About Rufio Imagined as ‘Moonlight’ Meets ‘Jurassic Park’

17 February 2017 12:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ruffffiiooooo!

Earlier this week, “Hook” actor Dante Basco (best known for his turn as fan favorite Lost Boy Rufio in the 1991 new classic from director Steven Spielberg), launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of funding a short fan film about his character’s pre-“Hook” life, entitled “Bangarang.” The campaign is currently asking for $30,000 to fund the story of the orphaned “Roofus,” long before he added a kicky mohawk and headed off to Neverland. Added bonus? If the campaign hits its stretch goal of $200,000, Basco (who is serving as an executive producer on the project), along with writer and director Jonah Feingold, executive producer Rawn Erickson III and the rest of the “Bangarang” team, would set to work on a full feature.

IndieWire spoke with Basco, Feingold and Erickson just as the campaign was really taking off (as of this writing, the campaign has made over $23,000, and seems well on »

- Kate Erbland

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Oscars Governor’s Ball Menu: What the Stars Will Be Eating

16 February 2017 5:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After all the drama that’s sure to mark the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 1,500 guests will leave the ceremony and begin a “magical transformation” at the Ray Dolby Ballroom. That’s the theme of this year’s Governor’s Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration. With a mid-century modern aesthetic and red, white and gold palette, Oscar winners and nominees will be able to kick off their heels and enjoy an evening of decadence in a most luxurious environment.

Journalists joined event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and chef Wolfgang Puck (Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland was away on “Mission Impossible” business) Thursday at a press preview for a taste of what’s to come.

“If you want to eat five potatoes with caviar, we’ll give you five potatoes with caviar,” Puck said. “If you want to eat braised short ribs or chicken pot pie, or you like Kobe sliders »

- Dani Levy

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Get a Sneak Peek of the Oscars Governors Ball Menu

16 February 2017 2:43 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The biggest night in Hollywood calls for a big menu to match.

Following the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, stars like Viola DavisRyan Gosling and Emma Stone will dine on more than 50 dishes created by chef Wolfgang Puck at the Oscars Governors Ball official after party.

On Thursday, media members were treated to a sampling of the hors d’oeuvres, which include old favorites like Puck’s black truffle chicken pot pie, served in individual ramekins and topped with a buttery buff pastry; baked macaroni and cheese and smoked salmon served on Oscar statuette-shaped cracker.

The chef offered a »

- Ana Calderone and Mike Miller

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‘Legion’: Noah Hawley’s ‘Romance of the Mind’ Might Be Hiding a Heart of Darkness

15 February 2017 8:07 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Legion” Season 1, “Chapter 2.”]

Apocalypse Now

Maybe the wild premiere left me Fubar, but the opening of “Legion’s” second episode gave off major “Apocalypse Now” vibes. David’s ominous, deadened voiceover recalled Martin Sheen’s war-torn work in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic. The song — “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads — served as a modern stand-in for The Doors’ “The End,” which would be far too on-the-nose (and overused) to be repurposed yet again, but the notes guided a slow, seemingly peaceful riverboat ride; an iconic wartime image, countlessly repurposed in many an action film, but never so effectively alluding to the horrors hidden on each riverbed as in the Oscar-winning 1979 film.

Read More: ‘Legion’ Premiere: The 9 Moments That Make It a Masterpiece

And there are horrors lurking in “Legion” — literal and figurative. As sunlight shone through the trees above, men in “black masks, boots, and the one they called, ‘The Eye, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Legion’: Noah Hawley’s ‘Romance of the Mind’ Might Be Hiding a Heart of Darkness

15 February 2017 8:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Legion” Season 1, “Chapter 2.”]

Apocalypse Now

Maybe the wild premiere left me Fubar, but the opening of “Legion’s” second episode gave off major “Apocalypse Now” vibes. David’s ominous, deadened voiceover recalled Martin Sheen’s war-torn work in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic. The song — “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads — served as a modern stand-in for The Doors’ “The End,” which would be far too on-the-nose (and overused) to be repurposed yet again, but the notes guided a slow, seemingly peaceful riverboat ride; an iconic wartime image, countlessly repurposed in many an action film, but never so effectively alluding to the horrors hidden on each riverbed as in the Oscar-winning 1979 film.

Read More: ‘Legion’ Premiere: The 9 Moments That Make It a Masterpiece

And there are horrors lurking in “Legion” — literal and figurative. As sunlight shone through the trees above, men in “black masks, boots, and the one they called, ‘The Eye, »

- Ben Travers

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Apocalypse Now Game Abandons Kickstarter Campaign, Shifts To In-House Crowdfunding

15 February 2017 7:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Barring a last-minute influx of funding, the Kickstarter campaign for Erebus’ buzzworthy Apocalypse Now – The Game is set to fall far short of its $900,000 target. Only nine days remain on the clock, and after amassing only $172,000 of that end-goal, developer Erebus has now drafted up a contingency plan.

Though the Kickstarter campaign will remain active, the studio has shifted to an in-house crowdfunding model that’s set up shop at Apocalypsenow.com. Unlike Kickstarter, this new campaign won’t be tied down to a finite end date, and ultimately ensures that Apocalypse Now – The Game isn’t scrapped altogether. Described as “Fallout: New Vegas on acid in Vietnam,” the video game adaptation got the blessing of the illustrious Francis Ford Coppola when it was first announced back in January, and Game Director Montogomery Markland told Polygon earlier this week that this revised model will cultivate a »

- Michael Briers

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Blu-ray Review – Tower of London (1962)

14 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tower of London, 1962.

Directed by Roger Corman.

Starring Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown, and Bruce Gordon.

Synopsis:

The story of Richard III is given the Roger Corman/Vincent Price treatment in a Gothic tale of madness and murder.

The story of Richard III has been told many times over in various different ways – although we haven’t yet had one about the discovery of his bones underneath a Leicester car park but that is probably on the way – and in the early 1960s producers Edward Small and Gene Corman approached Corman’s brother Roger about directing a film based loosely on the historical figure. Small had been impressed with Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations that he made with American International Pictures with Vincent Price playing the leads and so once Corman was on board it didn’t take much to get Price to appear, especially »

- Amie Cranswick

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Princess Leia, Alfred Hitchcock, Going Rogue, and More

13 February 2017 9:31 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The world of film-related books has been dominated by Star Wars for the last two years, and that’s not a bad thing. With insightful authors like Pablo Hidalgo and gorgeous efforts like Star Wars: Galactic Maps, there has never been a better time to be force-crazed. This month is no exception, but you’ll also find new releases about Hitchcock, the Marx Brothers, and even two involving X-Files prequels. Let’s start with a book that took on new relevance just weeks after its release.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)

Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist, a hilarious and touching look at her life as Star Wars icon Princess Leia, was a must-read even before the sudden, shocking passing of its author in December. It is even more poignant now. While the book earned pre-release buzz over its revelation of an on-set affair with Harrison Ford, »

- Christopher Schobert

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Erase and Forget: new documentary reveals life story of the real Rambo

13 February 2017 7:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Vietnam veteran ‘Bo’ Gritz went on covert operations in Panama, recovered POWs in Burma and even ran for president. Andrea Luka Zimmerman spent 10 years creating a cinematic portrait of the war hero turned whistleblower

John Rambo, the character famously played by Sylvester Stallone, was said to have been inspired by tales of this decorated Vietnam veteran’s feats behind enemy lines. Cigar-chomping Colonel “Hannibal” Smith was loosely based on his adventures with a real-life A-team. And for Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola wanted to superimpose Marlon Brando’s head on to a photograph showing this legendary soldier surrounded by a bunch of Cambodian mercenaries.

Like his filmic alter egos, James Gordon “Bo” Gritz was frequently confronted with violence and destruction during a lengthy military career. By his own claims, he killed more than 400 people in operations ranging from the Bay of Pigs to Afghanistan.

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- Philip Oltermann

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Kong: Skull Island Gets an Awesome Retro-Style Japanese Poster

9 February 2017 1:13 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just days after a new Kong: Skull Island IMAX poster debuted, which paid homage to Francis Ford Coppola's enduring classic Apocalypse Now, three new one-sheets have surfaced. The first is another IMAX poster, which isn't exactly a 1970s throwback like the earlier poster, but it does feature the massive Kong preparing to fight a number of helicopters descending on his home, Skull Island. The second poster features Brie Larson touching the massive ape's face while Tom Hiddleston looks on. The third poster is an insane Japanese Kaiju-inspired poster, which director Jordan Vogt-Roberts shared on Twitter, with the following message.

"Can we talk about how great our Japanese Kaiju poster is?"

The one-sheet was officially unveiled in Japan this week, and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is clearly a fan of this artistic poster that features some of the "Skullcrawlers" we've seen in the earlier trailers. We first heard about these »

- MovieWeb

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The ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Japanese Poster is Amazing

7 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I hope someone has bought the marketing team working on Kong: Skull Island a nice fruit basket or a bottle of champagne because their work has been so weird and so wonderful. Those trailers are nothing short of nutty and the most recent poster deliberately riffed on Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, with King Kong […]

The post The ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Japanese Poster is Amazing appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Directing Nominees Confess Biggest Hurdles, On-Set MVPs

7 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With five such different cinematic visions represented, what do this year’s Oscar nominees for director have in common?

It depends on whom you ask. Kenneth Lonergan, nominated writer-director of “Manchester by the Sea,” links the final five this way: They each “focus on deep connective tissue on a human level, even though they are all very different stylistically and in subject matter,” he tells Variety.

Mel Gibson, director of “Hacksaw Ridge,” invokes the process itself. “What do we have in common?” he asks. “At some point, somebody asked each of us a thousand questions a day and we had to make snap decisions.”

Each shares a fierce inventiveness, necessitated by the time and budget constraints each faced mounting their creatively ambitious projects.

“These movies couldn’t be more different,” points out “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins. “The movies I like best are the ones where you can feel the curiosity »

- Marshall Fine

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