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The OrnithologistIt’s one thing to watch a film festival unfold and take the films as they come when they come, on their own individual merits. It’s another to look back at them as part of a bigger picture, tracing connections made in invisible ink that may not be apparent at the time. That’s one way to look at the competitive selection of Locarno in 2016. As usual, yes, Locarno did take risks very few other A-list festivals would, and it still gets away with stuff other events can’t. (Let’s pause here to remember that Filipino auteur du jour Lav Diaz only went on to the main Berlin line-up after winning the Golden Leopard two years ago.) If getting away with it means tripping over itself occasionally (and in my short time of attending Locarno there have been stumbles, believe me), I’m absolutely fine with it. »
There’s been some talk of a remake of Scarface for some time now, but the plans have gained some extra weight as Antoine Fuqua is in talks with Universal to direct a re-imagining. The property, which is actually based on a novel first published in 1929, has been adapted for the screen twice before; the 1932 Howard Hawks version and then the Oliver Stone scripted and Brian De Palma directed 1983 movie with Al Pacino.
Deadline reports that the new version ‘borrows the immigrant rags-to-riches story but presents it in contemporary Los Angeles’. They also report that Jonathan Herman wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, following previos drafts penned by Paul Attanasio and Suicide Squad’s David Ayer.
Fuqua has another remake ahead of him before he tackles american gangsters. The Magnificent Seven is due to »
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Aug 11, 2016
Universal has set the project up, with Jonathan Herman penning the final draft screenplay for the movie. Fuqua will tread where both Howard Hawks and Brian De Palma have trodden before. There’s no word yet on who’s going to be taking on the lead role.
Fuqua scored a hit with his remake of the TV show The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. And this autumn, we get to see his take on The Magnificent Seven, itself a remake of a remake. Which seems to be the current vogue in Hollywood (see also: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
Fuqua hasn’t yet signed on the dotted line for the new Scarface, »
Suggesting that director and TV producer Antoine Fuqua might have had so much fun remaking a Hollywood classic lately (in the form of his upcoming The Magnificent Seven), that he just can’t bring himself to stop, Deadline is reporting that the Training Day creator might be signing on for a new Scarface movie soon. Fuqua is reportedly in talks with Universal to helm a recreation of Brian De Palma’s classic dorm poster inspiration, itself a remake of a 1932 film by Howard Hawks.
Like a Cuban refugee bobbing in a Miami harbor, dreaming of a life of excess, power, and blow, the idea for a Scarface remake has been floating around for a while now. Back in 2014, Chilean director Pablo Larraín was attached to the project, which would have followed an up-and-coming Mexican drug dealer as he scrambles for power and prestige. Last year, meanwhile, Straight Outta ...
- William Hughes
Deadline reported this afternoon that Antoine Fuqua is in talks to helm another 're-imagining' of a contemporary American classic. The director of the upcoming The Magnificent Seven film may take a stab at updating a gangster favorite, Scarface. The rags to riches story was first made by Howard Hawks back in 1932 and updated by Brian De Palma and screenwriter Oliver Stone in 1983. The latter gave us one of the most iconic lines in film history, so iconic I do not even have to write it down, you already whispered it before you read this far. I am sensing a pattern here, a cycle. A remake of a remake of a classic film, right? From Seven Samurai to The Magnificent Seven to......
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“The Magnificent Seven” might not be the only high-profile remake on Antoine Fuqua’s schedule. Deadline is reporting that the filmmaker is in talks to direct “Scarface” for Universal — the third take on the classic gangster picture after Brian De Palma’s 1983 version starring Al Pacino and Howard Hawks’ Pre-Code classic from 1932.
This new film would move the action to Los Angeles — the first two took place in Chicago and Miami, respectively — and retain the rags-to-riches premise. The most recent draft was filed by Jonathan Herman (“Straight Outta Compton”), though Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”) and David Ayer (who just directed “Suicide Squad”) have turned in their own versions as well. Fuqua, who first came to wide attention for directing “Training Day,” has also helmed “King Arthur” and “Southpaw,” among others.
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- Michael Nordine
The gangster tale “Scarface” has already seen two iconic versions. Of course, there’s Howard Hawks‘ classic 1932 picture, and then Brian De Palma‘s explosive 1983 version. Both tracked the rise and terrible fall of some very bad dudes, and made an imprint on the genre that is still felt today. Can it happen a third […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fresh off of one high-profile remake, Antoine Fuqua is already circling another. The Magnificent Seven director is reportedly in talks to direct a remake of Scarface. Like the 1960 Like the 1960 Magnificent Seven, the 1983 Scarface — the one everyone knows with Al Pacino — is itself a remake. The original original Scarface was a 1932 drama from Howard Hawks […]
- Angie Han
Exclusive: Antoine Fuqua, whose upcoming Western The Magnificent Seven will serve as the Gala Opening Night Film of the Toronto Film Festival next month, is in talks with Universal to direct a re-imagining of another screen classic. He’s negotiating to direct Scarface, the third iteration of the crime classic that Universal made in 1932 with director Howard Hawks and star Paul Muni and again in 1983 with director Brian De Palma and Al Pacino. The new one borrows the… »
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
By Lee Pfeiffer
Like many character actors, David Huddleston's name may not be familiar to movie fans- but they certainly would recognize him, especially if they are retro film fans. Huddleston, who this week at age 85, was a star of stage and screen. He began making feature films in the 1960s and became steadily employed in both low-budget and major Hollywood productions, generally playing folksy, good old boy Southern characters, though he did snag the title role in the 1985 Salkind production of "Santa Claus" as well as the 1998 Coen Brothers cult classic "The Big Lebowski". He scored with audiences for his performance as the foul-mouthed town dignitary in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" and appeared in "Capricorn One", 'Smokey and the Bandit II", "Haunted Honeymoon" and two films with John Wayne: Howard Hawks' "Rio Lobo »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production company are out $500,000 (or 450,000 euros) following a ruling in a French appeals court Friday that the writer/director had plagiarized John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 sci-fi actioner Lockout, Deadline reports. The judgment, which found that Lockout "massively borrowed key elements" from Carpenter's 1981 cult classic, came down after Besson appealed an initial court ruling that ordered he and the film's co-writers and directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to pay Carpenter, screenwriter Nick Castle and Escape from New York rights-holder StudioCanal a measly $95,000 (or 85,000 euros). Whoops! Carpenter sought $3.3 million in his original suit, alleging Besson (who wrote Lockout's story and co-wrote the film's script in addition to producing the film) copied his 1981 hit and its 1996 sequel Escape from L.A. with its plot about a wrongly-convicted former CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who is offered his freedom if he can successfully rescue the U. »
- Chris Eggertsen
The selection for the 2016 Venice Film Festival has been announced, with new films by Terrence Malick, Pablo Larraín, Lav Diaz, Wang Bing, Amat Escalante, Tom Ford, and more.COMPETITIONVoyage of TimeThe Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)Une vie i (Stéphane Brizé)La La Land (Damien Chazelle)The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance)El ciudadano ilustre (Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat)Spira Mirabilis (Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti)The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz)La región salvaje (Amat Escalante)Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)Piuma (Roan Johnson)Paradise (Andrei Konchalovsky)Brimstone (Martin Koolhoven)Jackie (Pablo Larraín)Voyage of Time (Terrence Malick)El Cristo Ciego (Christopher Murray)Frantz (François Ozon)Questi Giorni (Giuseppe Piccioni)Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)Les beaux jours D'Aranjuez (Wim Wenders)Out Of COMPETITIONSafariOur War (Bruno Chiaravolloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedetta Argentieri)I Called Him Morgan (Kasper Collin)One More Time with Feeling (Andrew Dominik)The Bleeder (Philippe Falardeau)The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua »
NEWSPortoThe late summer film festival lineups are starting to be unveiled. Toronto, partially announced, already looks massive (highlights include new films directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Jonathan Demme, and, yes, Nick Cannon), San Sebastien has announced the 14 films in its New Directors competition, including Notebook contributor Gabe Klinger's sophomore film Porto, and the Venice Days unofficial sidebar of the Venice Film Festival has its full lineup online.Speaking of lists, Filmmaker Magazine has picked its "twenty five new faces of independent film."A petition has been posted online to save the historic Rko studio globe in Hollywood.Recommended READINGThe Criterion Collection has posted King Hu's notes made for the Cannes Film Festival screening of his prize-winning wuxia classic, A Touch of Zen:But when I started working on the scenario, I discovered that translating the concept of Zen into cinematic terms posed a great many difficulties. Not long afterward, I »
The selection of restored titles screening at this year’s Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) have been revealed.
Italian director Roberto Andò (The Confessions) will oversee the strand’s jury of cinema history students which will award two prizes: Best Restored Film and Best Documentary On Cinema (the line-up of the latter will be revealed at a later date).
Now in its fifth year, this year’s selection includes Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Woody Allen’s Manhattan, John Landis’s An American Werewolf In London, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, and George A Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead amongst a host of other restorations.
The full Venice Film Festival line-up will be revealed on Thursday (July 28).
Venice Classics 2016 line-up:
1848, Dino Risi (Italy, 1948, 11’, B/W)
restored by: Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa-csc-Cineteca Nazionale and Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano »
Ethan Hawke must have taken a shine to the feeling of a leather hat on his head as he can now be seen again in the ol’ wild west as a rugged hero and damn fine shot in the first trailer for Ti West‘s In a Valley of Violence. When a drifter (Hawke) and his dog wander into a small town, a local gunslinger (a gleeful James Ransone) picks a fight he wasn’t ready to start in earnest, but soon becomes hellbent on finishing after he’s shown up and knocked out cold by the loner. The sheriff (John Travolta, sporting some facial hair) just wants peace and quiet, upset once the violence breaks out in spades as he knows the drifter has a military past. The trailer for the film set to arrive this October promises dark humor, plenty of violence, and a tad bit of human-dog bonding. »
- Mike Mazzanti
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Night & Fog (Alain Resnais)
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust. Juxtaposing the stillness of the abandoned camps’ empty buildings with haunting wartime footage, Resnais investigates humanity’s capacity for violence, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again. – Criterion
- The Film Stage
On a beautiful sunny July day, The Hollywood News was humbled to sit down with the cast and filmmakers beind the upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, a film that we highly recommend you catch this coming weekend, as it opens in the UK July 22nd. In attendance were a number of the cast members, including the Bfg himself Mark Rylance, young Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton, alongside the film’s legendary director, Steven Spielberg.
Here are The Bfg interviews.
Question: When did Roald Dahl’s book first enter your lives?
- Andrew Gaudion
Commence squealing. For what could be more delightful than an evening with two perfect musical comedy performances? It's time to talk Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. The film, currently streaming on Netflix, was the runner up in our Readers Choice polling for Hit Me With Your Best Shot.
20th Century Fox. Released on July 15th, 1953 in New York
Director: Howard Hawks; Cinematographer: Harry J Wild
Howard Hawk's classic was not the first iteration of the story. It was based on the stage musical which itself was based on a book which had already spawned two non-musicals. The 1949 stage musical, a huge hit on Broadway, had introduced Carol Channing to the world. New star Marilyn Monroe got Channing's »
- NATHANIEL R
Bogart finds Bacall and movie history is made; for once the make-believe romantic chemistry is abundantly real. Howard Hawks' wartime Caribbean adventure plays in grand style, with his patented mix of precision and casual cool. It's one of the most entertaining pictures of the 'forties. To Have and Have Not Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date July 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael,Dolores Moran, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Szurovy, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour. Cinematography Sid Hickox Art Direction Charles Novi Film Editor Christian Nyby Original Music Hoagy Carmichael, William Lava, Franz Waxman Written by Jules Furthman, William Faulkner from the novel by Ernest Hemingway Produced by Howard Hawks, Jack L. Warner Directed by Howard Hawks
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Speaking for myself, I can't think of a more 'Hawksian' picture than To Have and Have Not. »
- Glenn Erickson
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