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Scenic Routes: Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets a harsh reality check in a superb split-screen sequence

16 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean.

Resolved: Split screen is an underutilized cinematic device.

That’s how I would have phrased it back in my high-school debating days. Which seems appropriate, because—as was often the case with debate resolutions—I’m not 100 percent certain that I believe it, even though coming up with arguments that support it isn’t terribly difficult. For one thing, split screen is employed so infrequently that I associate it almost exclusively with Brian De Palma, who loves to construct elaborate, suspenseful set pieces that show two or more events unfolding simultaneously. And it’s easy to wonder, after being thrilled by one of De Palma’s dual orchestrations, why he’s long enjoyed a near-monopoly on this approach, which takes such striking advantage of the medium’s intrinsic qualities—that is ...

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- Mike D'Angelo

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‘Music and Lyrics’: Sweet Dreams are Made of This

14 February 2017 9:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

In many ways, Marc Lawrence’s 2007 rom-com Music and Lyrics begins like a fever dream. Not only does Hugh Grant suddenly appear onscreen with a sky-reaching hairdo, he’s also singing to the camera and wearing tight trousers. »

- The Film Stage

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‘Supernatural Forces’ DVD Review

13 February 2017 6:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah Segan, Matt Mercer, Michael A. LoCicero, Jeremy Gardner, Patrick M. Walsh, Brian Morvant, Josh Ethier, Susan T. Travers | Written and Directed by Joe Begos

Back in 2014 first-time director Joe Begos exploded on the horror scene with Almost Human, an alien abduction movie drenched in 80s flair. Now he’s back with his second feature, Supernatural Forces aka The Mind’s Eye, another film that’s not afraid to wear its love of 80s horror on its sleeve. In this case referencing the work of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma, and films like the Scanners franchise, Carrie and the classic telekinetic fear flick The Fury.

Confession time: I’m not the biggest fan of David Cronenberg’s Scanners. If not for exploding head scene and the final battle between Revok and Vale, the film would be a very dull futuristic thriller. »

- Phil Wheat

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Universal Puts Scarface Remake On The Fast Track, Coen Brothers Will Script

10 February 2017 1:27 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When you write about Hollywood remakes all day, you tend to get a little tired. How many times will Hollywood make the same stories over and over and over again? It’s becoming a bit much, but thankfully, this particular project is a bit more interesting.

Much like yesterday’s surprising news regarding David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s upcoming, unexpected Halloween re-imagining, today’s update on the Scarface remake should perk up quite a few ears. That’s because Universal is fast-tracking the retelling with the Coen brothers set to write the screenplay, while David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day) are in contention to direct.

Congratulations. You have my undivided interest, Universal. Now don’t waste it.

While Brian De Palma’s 1983 crime thriller was, itself, a remake of the 1932 drama of the same name, it’s the one audience typically associate with the title. »

- Will Ashton

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Scarface remake set for 2018, Coen brothers penning script

10 February 2017 1:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Simon Brew Feb 13, 2017

Diega Luna is set to headline the new Scarface, and a director shortlist has been drawn up...

The new remake of Scarface continues to gather pace at Universal, and some notable pieces of news surrounding it have just come to light.

Firstly, there's a release date. The new Scarface now has an official date of August 20th 2018. Straight away, that also suggests that the movie is going to be in physical production later this year. Diego Luna (Star Wars: Rogue One) has been confirmed in the lead role. Oh, and there's the small matter of the Coen brothers  writing the screenplay.

In a press release, Universal revealed the film will shoot from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, who’ve known their way around crime dramas in the past, having previously penned and helmed Fargo and No Country For Old Men. That is a »

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The Scarface Remake: Coen Brothers to Work The Script, And Which Directors Are Frontrunners?

10 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A couple bits of news have come out today about Universal's go at a reboot of Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma's 1983 film, Scarface. The plan is to move the setting of the story from Miami to Los Angeles and make the rising drug king Mexican instead of Cuban. The studio plans to release this version in August of 2018.  The Wrap is reporting that Joen and Ethan Coen have been brought on board to polish the script that was written by Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter. The Coen Brothers obviously have a long and lengthy history of crime cinema under their belts over the years. I do not believe we should look for the same level of absurdity as their personal work suggests as...

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Newswire: Coen brothers to rewrite that ill-timed Scarface remake

10 February 2017 12:21 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Giorgio Moroder’s score notwithstanding, Brian De Palma’s 1983 version of Scarface was always a bad idea—a sensationalized, extremely bloated remake of one of definitive gangster movies, with a glazed, hammy Al Pacino in the lead role. (Fortunately, both De Palma and Pacino made up for Scarface’s sins with Carlito’s Way, a genuinely great film.) And remaking De Palma’s version is an even worse idea in light of the current political situation, seeing as its protagonist, Tony Montana, is a two-for-one special of modern-day nationalist bogeymen: a dangerously un-vetted refugee and a murderous Latino stereotype.

But, hey, Scarface remains popular, and it’s not like Universal gets to collect royalties on all those rap lyrics and unlicensed beach towels. The studio has been trying to get the remake project going since at least 2011, and last year attached Antoine Fuqua—a specialist in turning titles ...

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Coen Brothers to Polish Script for ‘Scarface’ Reimagining

10 February 2017 11:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joel and Ethan Coen have been tapped to polish the script for Universal Pictures’ “Scarface” reimagining.

The studio also dated their new take on the mobster saga for August 10, 2018.

Variety first reported that Antoine Fuqua left the project as director, but sources reveal that the studio is very close to landing a new helmer. Diego Luna, who starred in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” is attached to reprise the role made famous by Al Pacino in Brian De Palma’s classic.

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Universal’s ‘Scarface’ Reimagining Loses Director Antoine Fuqua (Exclusive)

It’s not the Coen brothers’ first go-round doctoring a major script–the Oscar-winning duo were recently hired to polish Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

The new “Scarface,” a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, will be produced by Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark.

Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 original, »

- Justin Kroll

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Mission: Impossible 6 Sets Its Sights On The City Of Love!

2 February 2017 6:21 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It's one of those quiet stories that goes under the radar, but when Mission: Impossible 6 comes out in 2017, that'll make it a 21 year old franchise. Tom Cruise will have played Ethan Hunt for far longer than any actor has ever been James Bond, and he'll be able to look over at Hugh Jackman and say, "What? You stopped playing Wolverine after only 17 years? Lightweight." Yes, the Mission: Impossible series, with its penchant for quasi-rebooting itself with different directors tackling their respective installments with their own unique flare, has quietly become one of the most dependable staples in Hollywood.

That's no easy task when you have a star that's been as embattled as Cruise has been at times, and when you share a Hollywood landscape where everyone has an itchy trigger finger when it comes to rebooting and resetting franchises. 

While, at one point, the status of Mission: Impossible 6 »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Diego Luna is Officially Cast in Scarface Remake

2 February 2017 5:10 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

I think that everyone over the age of 35 is collectively thinking “please don’t tell me a Scarface remake is actually happening.”  However, it is, and the movie has just signed on its star to play the legendary Tony Montana who was originally immortalized by Al Pacino.  Diego Luna, who most recently played the anti-hero in Star Wars: Rogue One, will turn to the dark side and play Montana in the new Scarface. According to Variety, Luna is attached to the reimagining of the 1983 Brian de Palma film, which was itself a remake of the 1932 original. However, he

Diego Luna is Officially Cast in Scarface Remake »

- Nat Berman

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Horror Highlights: Xx, Twenty Twenty-four, Shriekfest 2017, Tyler Perry’S Boo! A Madea Halloween, Diane, Child Eater

1 February 2017 7:02 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Folks in the Brooklyn area are in for a treat. Nitehawk Cinema is hosting a screening of the highly anticipated horror anthology, Xx. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: the Twenty Twenty-Four screening details, Shriekfest 2017 call for submissions, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween home media info, a new trailer for Diane, and Child Eater release details.

Nitehawk Cinema’s Brooklyn Xx Screening Details: “Nitehawk presents a preview and midnite screenings of the new all female-helmed horror anthology, Xx. We also ask the Xx directors to select a couple of their influential films for midnite screenings and they chose: Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon and Mary Lambert’s Pet Sematary.”

To learn more, visit Nitehawk Cinema’s official website.

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Twenty Twenty-Four North American Premiere Details: “We have two screenings in San Francisco, hosted by San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Twenty Twenty-Four is making its North American premiere at »

- Tamika Jones

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

31 January 2017 11:39 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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The Criterion Collection 855

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 39.95

Starring Carmen Maura, Fernando Guillén, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Rossy de Palma, María Barranco, Kiti Manver, Guillermo Montesinos, Chus Lampreave, Yayo Calvo, Loles León, Ángel de Andrés López, José Antonio Navarro.

Cinematography: José Luis Alcaine

Film Editor: José Salcedo

Original Music: Bernardo Bonezzi

Produced by: Augustin Almodóvar

Written and Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Connected film festival attendees learned about Pedro Almodóvar before everybody else, especially if they had an understanding of new developments in Spanish cinema. Film school had shown us nothing but the very exceptional work of Luis Buñuel, most of which is really from Mexico and France. In the 1980s we Angelenos were just getting access to films by the old-school ‘traditional’ rebel Spaniards Carlos Saura and Juan Antonio Bardem. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Diego Luna Is the New Scarface, Director Antoine Fuqua Exits

31 January 2017 9:51 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Scarface is one of the most iconic crime movies ever made, so it is tough for some people to accept the idea of a remake, but the 1983 version of Scarface is, itself, a remake of the 1932 movie Scarface: The Shame of a Nation. So there is evidence that a remake can work and Universal is planning a modern day reimagining. Now, it looks like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Diego Luna is poised to be the new Tony Montana.

Variety is reporting that Diego Luna is attached to star in this new version of Scarface, which Universal wants to start filming this year. The production may have found a very important piece of the puzzle, but Variety is also reporting that the Scarface remake lost another very important one. Training Day and The Magnificent Seven director Antoine Fuqua has been attached to the movie for some time, »

- MovieWeb

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Rogue One’s Diego Luna To Star In Scarface Remake, Antoine Fuqua Departs

30 January 2017 7:59 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Variety is reporting tonight that Rogue One‘s Diego Luna will star in the upcoming Scarface remake, which previously had Antoine Fuqua attached to direct. We say ‘previously’ because we’re now hearing that the filmmaker has departed the project. From what we understand, Sony and Denzel Washington are eager to get The Equalizer 2 off the ground and unfortunately, Fuqua won’t have time for Universal’s film anymore, which is certainly a shame.

This shouldn’t cause too much trouble, though, as the studio is already looking for a replacement and is expected to find one quickly, meaning that production won’t be delayed. Furthermore, Terence Winter’s script will still remain in tact, and Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are all on board in producing roles.

We’ve heard in the past that this new Scarface will be a reimagining of both the 1932 and 1983 versions of the story. »

- Josh Wilding

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30 January 2017 6:54 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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Based on Erskine Caldwell’s steamy Southern yarn and starring Robert Ryan, God’s Little Acre features »

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‘Raising Cain’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

30 January 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven BauerFrances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, Teri Austin, Gabrielle Carteris | Written and Directed by Brian De Palma

One of the reasons I enjoy Arrow Video releases are the love they give to underrated movies. While this is my first time watching Raising Cain, it is fair to say that after watching it I’m surprised it doesn’t get more praise. Maybe the new Director’s Cut that is included will change that… for this release at least.

When Carter (John Lithgow) reports his wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) missing to the police, it is soon revealed that her lover Jack (Steven Bauer) may have killed her. When Carter is recognised by an old retired cop though for his likeness to Dr. Nix a discredited doctor believed to be dead, his story comes under scrutiny as does the possible connection to recent »

- Paul Metcalf

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Blu-ray Review – Raising Cain (1992)

30 January 2017 3:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Raising Cain, 1992.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

Starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, and Amanda Pombo.

Synopsis:

The wife of a respected child psychologist starts to suspect that her husband’s obsession with their daughter’s behaviour may not be very healthy.

Returning to the well of Brian De Palma movies to give their meticulous treatment the wizards at Arrow Video have turned their attention to his 1992 thriller Raising Cain, a movie sandwiched between the disappointing The Bonfire of the Vanities and the brilliant Carlito’s Way in the director’s filmography and a film that was possibly his most blatant nod to Hitchcock – and Psycho in particular – since Dressed to Kill back in 1980.

John Lithgow (Cliffhanger/Blow Out) stars as Dr. Carter Nix, a child psychologist who is married to nurse Jenny (Lolita DavidovichGods and Monsters) and who dotes »

- Amie Cranswick

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Giveaway – Win Raising Cain on Dual Format

29 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Raising Cain – out Dual Format 30th Jan. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

Having spent the latter half of the eighties trying out new styles of filmmaking – Wise Guys’ knockabout comedy, The Untouchables’ prestige gangster pic, Casualties of War’s Vietnam movie and The Bonfire of the Vanities’ satirical misfire – Brian De Palma returned to what he knew best, the Hitchcockian psycho-thriller, for Raising Cain.

John Lithgow plays three roles: child psychologist Carter, his evil twin brother Cain, and their Norwegian father, Dr Nix, who likes to experimental on the young. Carter’s wife is concerned that her husband isn’t quite paying their daughter the right kind of attention; she’s also having an affair which, upon discovery, threatens to send him into a psychotic rage…

A relentless blend of murder, multiple personalities, cross-dressing, crazed parents, bizarre dream sequences and stunning cinematic assurance, »

- Gary Collinson

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Competition: Win the Arrow Video release of ‘Raising Cain’

27 January 2017 9:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of Raising Cain – out Dual Format 30th Jan. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

Having spent the latter half of the eighties trying out new styles of filmmaking – Wise Guys’ knockabout comedy, The Untouchables’ prestige gangster pic, Casualties of War’s Vietnam movie and The Bonfire of the Vanities’ satirical misfire – Brian De Palma returned to what he knew best, the Hitchcockian psycho-thriller, for Raising Cain.

John Lithgow plays three roles: child psychologist Carter, his evil twin brother Cain, and their Norwegian father, Dr Nix, who likes to experimental on the young. Carter’s wife is concerned that her husband isn’t quite paying their daughter the right kind of attention; she’s also having an affair which, upon discovery, threatens to send him into a psychotic rage…

A relentless blend of murder, multiple personalities, cross-dressing, crazed parents, bizarre dream sequences and stunning cinematic assurance, »

- Phil Wheat

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Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette to Star in Ghost Story ‘Octavio Is Dead’ (Exclusive)

19 January 2017 11:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sarah Gadon, Raoul Trujillo and Rosanna Arquette are starring in Sook-Yin Lee’s ghost story “Octavio Is Dead!” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Octavio” will shoot in and around Toronto between Jan. 22 and Feb. 13. Written and directed by Lee, the film is produced by the Film Farm’s Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl and Jamie Manning.

Gadon is also acting as an exec producer on the project. She portrays the daughter of her overbearing mother (Arquette) and enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father (played by Trujillo) — a man she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the power of will versus imagination confront her on the journey. Dimitris Kitsos also stars as Octavio’s student Apostolis.

The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. It’s represented internationally by sales agent WTFilms.

Gadon will be seen in the title role »

- Dave McNary

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