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Los Angeles — A week ago the film world lost one of the masters, legendary director Mike Nichols. Naturally the news sent a shockwave through the tight-knit community as Nichols' reach was pretty deep, the lives he had touched, and certainly, the careers he had affected. One of them was Al Pacino. Pacino starred in Nichols' adaptation of Tony Kushner's Broadway landmark "Angels in America" alongside great actors putting out great work, from Emma Thompson to Meryl Streep to Jeffrey Wright and more. Many of them, including Pacino, showed up on our assessment of the great performances Nichols managed to draw out in his 40-plus years in the business. "That happens in life, where we lose someone and it's palpable," Pacino told me recently. "Everybody feels it. There's a void there. They're gone. I loved him. I just loved him. He was probably the greatest director I ever worked with. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The opening crawl is an iconic part of Star Wars. The idea is something George Lucas borrowed from the Buck Rogers film serials. Lucas showed the script to his friend Brian De Palma, who edited the opening crawl into what we know today. The copy is much clearer and I'm glad De Palma was involved to make some great changes.
Source: Imgur, Wikipedia
- Free Reyes
The opening crawl from Star Wars is familiar to most of our readers by now — even the people who don’t know it by heart would recognize the text immediately. But that crawl, like any other part of a film, took some editing and whittling to knock into final shape. Brian De Palma helped George […]
The post See an Early Draft of the Original ‘Star Wars’ Opening Crawl appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
David Fincher’s most recent film, Gone Girl, has been the subject of intense criticism and analysis over the past few weeks. From claims of intense misogyny to stringent defenses on the other side, the film has evoked the most emotional critical response of any film in recent memory. However, my favourite part of the debate concerning Gone Girl has been the auteurist debate: which famous director is Fincher emulating in Gone Girl. Nick Pinkerton from Film Comment argues that Fincher is a derivative hack like Otto Preminger. Christy Lemire on the program What the Flick and Forrest Wickman from Slate make the obvious argument for Hitchcock. Richard Kelly (writer/director of Donnie Darko) draws the comparison to Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut. Matt Achity, also on What the Flick!, argues against the Hitchcock comparison to draw a link to Brian De Palma. Even here on the Sound on Sight podcast, »
- Mynt Marsellus
It.s a well-known fact among Star Wars fans that the opening crawl of the original 1977 film was actually co-written by George Lucas and famed director Brian De Palma, but have you ever found yourself wondering what the text said before the Scarface filmmaker got a crack at it? Thanks to the magic of the internet, the answer to that rather random question has been uncovered. A user on the image gathering website Imgur has posted a collection of rare behind-the-scenes photos and script images from the original Star Wars, and scans of the screenplay owned by Continuity Supervisor Ann Skinner have revealed what the original crawl was going to say while the film was still in development. You can see the first page in its entirety over at the source, but you can read the early draft of the crawl below: It is a period of civil wars in »
You can’t have Star Wars without the opening crawl, and I admit I’ll be excited on December 18, 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears on screen followed by the first new crawl text in ten years. Like all other aspects of almost any other production, Star Wars: A New Hope went through plenty of tweaks, and the opening crawl was among them. The original screenplays for the trilogy are fascinating (Star Wars: The Annotated Scripts is a great read), and a page from a 1976 draft recently found its way online. The opening crawl presented in this draft isn’t drastically different from what’s in the final film—the gist is the same—but George Lucas, with the help of friend Brian De Palma, were able to finesse the language and make it read better. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars original opening »
- Matt Goldberg
Emerging digital and bespoke theatrical platforms give filmmakers and distributors a fighting chance of success in the new era, attendees at the Afm’s distribution panel heard on Tuesday (November 11).
Moderator Russell Schwartz, president of domestic marketing at Relativity Europa Distribution, and five panellists discussed the opportunities that await those who embrace new paradigms and warned of over-reliance on the old model for those outside the studio system.
Abramowitz spoke of the success of the documentary Awake (pictured), a documentary about the life of the guru Yoganada.
“Very little money is being spent but because it has a defined audiences people are showing up in record numbers and we will ultimately have a theatrical gross of over $1m. It’s at half a million now, it has been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
This is a little ditty about two American kids growing up in the heartland.
No, we’re not talking about Jack and Diane, but Supernatural‘s Dean and Sam Winchester, who get a song of their own when they discover a high school musical based on their lives in tonight’s milestone 200th episode (The CW, 9/8c).
Even by the CW drama’s standards, this is not your typical installment — and this is a show that’s had episodes about fairies, Nazi necromancers and LARPing. So TVLine gathered some scoop from the stars and producers on what you need to know about their latest risky, »
Today, legendary film composer Ennio Morricone turns 86, but he's not just blowing out the candles and taking it easy. He's got scores for three more movies on the way and remains one of the top tier composers in the game, not to mention a film icon. And today we have a little present for his fans, with this BBC2 documentary. Airing in 1995, and directed by David Thompson, the 40-minute TV special rounds up filmmakers, friends, and colleagues like Brian DePalma, John Boorman, David Putnam, Gillo Pontecorvo, Sergio Leone, and Morricone himself to talk about his works and more. The composer also discusses his tricky relationship with Hollywood through the years, and you learn the background story on some of his most famous themes. While it's not comprehensive, it's still a nice overview of the life of the acclaimed film scorer, and worth a watch. Check it out below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just above is your first look at Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk, a brutally violent, character-driven story following a sheriff (Russell), a gunslinger, a befuddled oldster and a cowboy as they attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes. The film co-stars Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, Sean Young, Sid Haig and Michael Pare. Showtime will be joining HBO and CBS and launching a streaming-only service sometime in 2015. Yahoo David Chase says he's open to the idea of a prequel to "The Sopranos": "Even if I did it, it wouldn't be 'The Sopranos' that was on the air - obviously at least one person is gone that we would need. There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, N.J. One would be (the) late '60s, early '70s, »
- Brad Brevet
Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies — whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts — featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn, »
- Andre Soares
When was the last time we were really excited for a Brian De Palma film? No? How about anything with Al Pacino? Still nothing? Ok, how about the combination of Brian De Palma and Al Pacino? Yeah, I thought that would get you.
It has been many years since De Palma and Pacino have worked together, but they are getting back together for Retribution. This film will tell the heartwarming tale about a hit-man afflicted with Alzheimer’s who is on the trail of a child prostitution ring in Philadelphia. Sounds like good fodder for the team that brought us Scarface and Carlito’s Way, doesn’t it? The film is based on the 2003 Belgian thriller The Memory of a Killer, which had the same basic plot, only in Dutch.
It does indeed seem like a good subject matter for a reunion of Pacino and De Palma, but at what price? »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In today's roundup of news and views: Michael Atkinson reviews a "long-lost" novel by Samuel Fuller; read an excerpt from Missing Reels, the debut novel by Farran Smith Nehme; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Raymond Durgnat; an Edgar G. Ulmer series in Los Angeles; Lav Diaz's new film, Mga anak ng unos (Storm Children), is screening at Cph:dox; Al Pacino and Brian De Palma are reteaming for the first time since Carlito’s Way; also reuniting are Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for Daddy's Home; Alexander Payne will direct Matt Damon in Downsizing; and a discussion of Otto Preminger's noirs. » - David Hudson »
A contemporary remake of Erik Van Looy's 2003 Belgian thriller "The Memory of a Killer," the story centers on an aging hitman and a cop who find themselves allies as they attempt to bring down a child pornography ring in Philadelphia.
What isn't known is if the remake will also include the original film's subplot in which the assassin is also battling the onset of Alzheimer's disease and must race against the clock to bring down the criminals before his mind goes.
Relativity International is in early talks with to pick up the project, which was initially being developed by Focus Features.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
The story centers on a hitman and a cop who form an unlikely partnership as they try to bring down a child pornography ring in Philadelphia. The project is actually a remake of Erik Van Looy's Belgian thriller The Memory of a Killer, in which the aging assassin is also battling Alzheimer's Disease, with his mission becoming a race against time as he drifts towards psychic dissolution. It isn't known if the Alzheimer's angle will be played in this modern-day remake or not.
Relativity International is in early talks with acquisitions executives to pick up the project, which was initially being developed by Focus Features, although it isn't known how far along the negotiations are.
Brian De Palma is responsible for two of Al Pacino‘s many iconic roles: the leads in Scarface and Carlito’s Way. Now, after a long break from one another, the two are reportedly shopping a new movie at the American Film Market called Retribution. It’s a remake of the 2003 Belgian film, The Memory Of A Killer, which […]
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- Germain Lussier
It's crazy to think that Brian De Palma and Al Pacino have only worked together twice; perhaps it's because of the iconic roles from Scarface and Carlito’S Way that we often associate the duo together. Now after more than twenty years later they are looking to team up again for Retribution, a remake of the 2003 Belgian thriller The Memory Of A Killer. The plot sounds fantastic; it’s about a hitman with Alzheimer’s who is on the trail of a child »
- Graham McMorrow
"Scarface"/"Carlito's Way" duo Brian De Palma and Al Pacino have evidently been trying to find a way to work together again. Over at HBO, the pair was working on "Happy Valley," a project about the 2011 Penn State scandal until the network halted production in September, and there has been zero word since. But the pair have lined up another gig. Screen Daily reports that De Palma and Pacino are teaming for "Retribution." Loosely based on the 2003 Belgian thriller "The Memory Of A Killer" (trailer below), the story follows a cop and a hitman who work together to stop a child prostitution ring. No word on who penned the script, but color us interested. Meanwhile, that trade has also revealed a logline for Woody Allen's upcoming movie starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and it probably won't surprise you too much. This time around, Allen will tell the story »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: FilmNation has begun talks at the Afm on the upcoming untitled Woody Allen project, one of several new titles to emerge on the eve of the market.
Thus far no Us distributor is attached although regular Allen distributor Sony Pictures Classics must be regarded as the front-runner.
Meanwhile, buyers are also buzzing about Retribution, which marks the reunion of Al Pacino and Brian De Palma for the first time since Carlito’s Way in 1993. The pair had previously collaborated a decade earlier on Scarface.
Relativity International is understood to be in early talks with acquisitions executives on the story of a hitman and a cop who will go to any length to stop a Philadelphia child prostitution ring.
The project »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
UK VoD service will launch a subscription service this week.
TheHorrorShow.TV will launch a subscription service on Thursday [Nov 6].
Since its launch in June 2013, the UK VoD service has been offering transactional Video on Demand on a catalogue of horror films, recently adding its 230th title on Halloween.
The subscription service will initially offer 50 of its most popular films for an introductory price of £2.99 a month (normal cost £4.99).
David Hughes, TheHorrorShow.TV’s co-founder and curator, commented: “Ever since we launched the transactional service back in 2013, the subscription offering has always been the ultimate goal. We’re delighted that many of our distribution partners have cemented their partnership with us on this exciting new venture, an ‘all you can eat’ model which will run alongside our existing ‘pay as you go’ service.”
“The initial offering of 50 films is modest, but we’ll be adding to it on an almost daily basis as new deals are signed. We wanted »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
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