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Netflix Pays $105M to Reunite Scorsese, De Niro, Pesci and Pacino

28 February 2017 10:38 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With its dominance in television already secured, the Netflix streaming service has been branching out to narrative features in recent years, with films such as Beasts of No Nation and the upcoming Bright, which released its first trailer during the Oscars this weekend. The streaming service has now made another bold move to acquire a highly-anticipated film, director Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which reunites silver screen legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Netflix reportedly shelled out $105 million for the global rights to this film, which is eyeing a 2019 release on Netflix that would come day-and-date with an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run.

IndieWire broke this story as the film continues its work in pre-production, which was previously set up at Paramount Pictures. Martin Scorsese still has a first-look production deal with Paramount Pictures that runs through 2019. Paramount also sold off the international rights to The Irishman for $50 million to Stx »

- MovieWeb

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Martin Scorsese Says Home Viewing is “Not the Best Way” to Experience Movies

23 February 2017 12:15 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

History was made this week when it was revealed that, after Paramount passed, Netflix would be ponying up the $100 million budget for Martin Scorsese‘s gangster epic The Irishman and distributing it worldwide on their streaming platform. For featuring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and according to a new report, confirmation on Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale, and likely Harvey Keitel, the fact that Hollywood studios turned down such an enticing combination speaks volumes when it comes to their priorities. While Netflix hasn’t specified the precise theatrical roll-out plans for the Steve Zaillian-scripted adaptation, we can be certain that the vast majority of viewers will be seeing it from their own homes. Last night, during a 90-minute masterclass at the BFI Southbank, Scorsese shared his thoughts when it comes to this form of viewing.

“The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” Scorsese »

- Jordan Raup

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Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman bought by Netflix

22 February 2017 4:28 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Streaming giant Netflix has purchased the worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, The Irishman.

The long gestating movie which is to see the iconic director once again team up with Robert De Niro as the film’s star, will be the pair’s ninth collaboration together.

Working on such iconic movies as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, it’s easy to see why Netflix would want to jump on board the project which has been in development since 2008 at Paramount.

Steve Zaillian has written the script for The Irishman, based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. The book centres on the exploits of the hitman and gangster Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran.

Scorsese’s latest film Silence, while enjoying much love in certain circles, has failed to impress at the box office. He will be looking for a commercial return to form with »

- Samuel Brace

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Martin Scorsese Will Bring The Irishman To Netflix

21 February 2017 9:08 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Well, this is certainly surprising. After hearing that Martin Scorsese’s upcoming gangster movie, The Irishman, which will mark his ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro, was going to be heading to Paramount, Indiewire now reports that Netflix has swooped in to pick up it up. Sources say the studio got cold feet on the apparently “risky” project and backed out, allowing the streaming service to grab the worldwide rights to the $100 million epic.

Based off Charles’ Brandt’s novel I Heard You Paint Houses, the Steve Zaillian-scripted film will chronicle the life of “Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman whose illustrious career is today best known for a supposed involvement in the death of Jimmy Hoffa.” This one’s been in development for a very long time now, so to see that there’s finally some tangible signs of progress being made is very encouraging.

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- Josh Wilding

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Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Heads to Netflix From Paramount

21 February 2017 7:49 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Martin Scorsese's The Irishman has made the move to Netflix.

The streamer has picked up the rights to the long-gestating gangster movie, which was originally set up at Paramount, sources confirm.

The Irishman will see the director reunite with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

Steve Zaillian adapted The Irishman from Charles Brandt‘s book I Heard You Paint Houses, which chronicles the exploits of Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking Teamsters official with ties to the Bufalino crime family. Shortly before his death in 2003, Sheeran confessed that he killed fellow Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, whose body has never been found. He also claimed that it was Hoffa who wanted John F. Kennedy killed.

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- Mia Galuppo

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Netflix Buys Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Starring Robert De Niro

21 February 2017 7:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro.

Netflix would not comment on the deal but sources close to the project confirmed a report by IndieWire.

The Irishman” will be the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. Steven Zaillian has written the script, based on the Charles Brandt’s 2004  book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which centered on the life of the mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.

Scorsese and De Niro first partnered on 1973’s “Mean Streets,” followed by “Taxi Driver,” “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear” and 1995’s “Casino.”

Production on “The Irishman” is expected to start later this year.

The project originated in 2008 at Paramount with De Niro’s Tribeca Productions and De Niro’s producing partner Jane Rosenthal along with Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

The book title “I Heard You Paint Houses »

- Dave McNary

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Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s ‘The Irishman’ Headed to Netflix — Exclusive

21 February 2017 6:11 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In a sign of the ongoing power shift in Hollywood, Martin Scorsese’s $100-million gangster movie “The Irishman,” his ninth starring Robert De Niro, has been scooped up by Netflix, which is in the process of closing a deal to release the movie to its 93 million subscribers in 190 countries.

The movie was going to be backed by Paramount Pictures, but with its 12-year chairman Brad Grey heading out the door, Scorsese’s team put together another package. As someone close to the deal put it, “Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants.”

We now live in a world where Netflix is in a better position than any major studio to make a Martin Scorsese-Robert DeNiro gangster movie. Netflix would not comment on the deal.

Steve Zaillian adapted “The Irishman »

- Anne Thompson

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Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s ‘The Irishman’ Headed to Netflix — Exclusive

21 February 2017 6:11 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In a sign of the ongoing power shift in Hollywood, Martin Scorsese’s $100-million gangster movie “The Irishman,” his ninth starring Robert De Niro, has been scooped up by Netflix, which is in the process of closing a deal to release the movie to its 93 million subscribers in 190 countries.

The movie was going to be backed by Paramount Pictures, but with its 12-year chairman Brad Grey heading out the door, Scorsese’s team put together another package. As someone close to the deal put it, “Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants.”

We now live in a world where Netflix is in a better position than any major studio to make a Martin Scorsese-Robert DeNiro gangster movie. Netflix would not comment on the deal.

Steve Zaillian adapted “The Irishman »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moana’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards

20 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” earned the top two sound editing awards Sunday night at the 64th Mpse Golden Reel Awards, while Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Disney’s “Moana” took musical and animation honors.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” and “Warcraft: The Beginning” won for documentary and score.

Hacksaw Ridge” now becomes the favorite to beat “La La Land” in the Oscar battle.

TV winners included “Westworld” (for both long form and short form FX/Foley), “The Night of” “Part 1 The Beach,” “Penny Dreadful III” “Ebb Tide,” “Stranger Things,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The Filmmaker and Career Achievement Awards were presented to Guillermo del Toro and Harry Cohen.

64th Mpse Golden Reel Award Highlights:

Best Sound Editing In Feature Film – Dialogue / Adr

Hacksaw Ridge

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- Bill Desowitz

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Robert McKee, Issa Rae to Be Honored at 2017 Final Draft Awards

16 February 2017 10:16 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Final Draft awards for screenwriters announced its 2017 honorees on Thursday. The show will take place at the Paramount Theatre on Feb. 23, hosted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

This year’s ceremony will honor Robert McKee with the hall of fame award. Brian Cox, Quincy Jones, Margaret Nagle and Steven Pressfield will be on hand to present the award and speak to McKee’s contributions to the screenwriting community. Additionally, Issa Rae will receive the inaugural New Voice award, which recognizes a rising star in the industry.

Robert McKee is one of the most sought-after screenwriting lecturers in the world,” said Scott McMenamin, president of Final Draft. “We are honored to celebrate his tremendous contribution to the art of screenwriting.”

McKee is a writer and instructor known for his Story Seminar inspired by his book “Story,” a vital work for screenwriters. His students have gone on to win more than 60 Academy Awards, 200 Emmys »

- Seth Kelley

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The Directors Guild of America rewards Damien Chazelle for “La La Land”

6 February 2017 6:19 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Over the weekend, a trio of big precursors announced their winners. Specifically, it was late Saturday night and the precursors in question were the Directors Guild of America, the American Society of Cinematographers, and the Annie Awards. They continue to move this season along towards its end point. There’s still some big precursors coming our way, though these were notable in their own right, especially DGA, which is one of the biggest each season. Two of the three went as expected, while one provided an upset. Read on to see which was which, and sit tight for more precursors in the final days and weeks before the big show… Of main note were Damien Chazelle continuing his all but undefeated run with a win at the DGA awards. He’s now all but a lock in Best Director at the Oscars. The Asc result was a bit surprising though, »

- Joey Magidson

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La La Land And Game Of Thrones Win Big At The Director’s Guild Of America Awards

5 February 2017 12:16 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Awards season is really starting to heat up now with the Oscars on the horizon. They’ll take place on February 26th and a clear frontrunner is beginning to emerge in the form of La La Land. The film has been cleaning up for a while and last night, it snagged another big prize, as director Damien Chazelle took home the top honor (Best Feature Film) at the Director’s Guild of America Awards.

Though the 32-year-old faced tough competition in the form of Denis Villeneuve for Arrival, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea, and Garth Davis for Lion, he had no trouble winning over voters and is now a clear favorite as we inch closer to the Oscars. It’s well earned, too, as La La Land is truly an incredible film and Chazelle deserves all the praise he’s getting for it.

Meanwhile, »

- Josh Wilding

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La La Land’s Damien Chazelle leads 2017 DGA Awards winners

5 February 2017 11:26 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

La La Land continued its march towards its expected Oscar success last night as the Directors Guild of America honoured Damien Chazelle with Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film at the 69th DGA Awards.

The win bodes well for Chazelle’s chances at the Academy Awards, as the DGA winner has went on to receive the Best Director Oscar on all but seven occasions.

Other winners on the night includes Garth Davis (First Time Feature Film Director for Lion), Ezra Edelman (Documentary for O.J.: Made in America), Miguel Sapochnik (Dramatic Series for Game of Thrones), Becky Martin (Comedy Series for Veep) and Steven Zaillian (Movies for Television and Miniseries for The Night Of).

Check out a full list of the winners here…

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film

Damien Chazelle – “La La Land

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

Garth Davis – “Lion

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- Gary Collinson

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Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for La La Land

5 February 2017 7:03 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

La La Land continued its charmed run through awards season, this time at the Directors Guild of America Awards. There, Damien Chazelle claimed the top prize, winning Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the modern-day musical about two aspiring artists falling in love.

The recognition comes hot off of star Emma Stone picking up the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the film’s top honors at the PGA Awards and record-breaking seven Golden Globe wins, among other awards season accolades. Not to mention, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for ‘La La Land,’ Oscars Will Follow

4 February 2017 11:31 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The inevitable occurred Saturday night as Damien Chazelle accepted the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for “La La Land” from last year’s winner, A.G. Inarritu. The DGA winner is usually a pretty certain match with the Oscar for the Best Director — the winner has not gone on to take the Academy Award only seven times. (The most recent example: in 2012 non-Oscar directing nominee Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for “Argo,” while Ang Lee won the Oscar for “Life of Pi.”)

Chazelle beat fellow first-time DGA and Oscar nominees Barry Jenkins (presented by his charming trio of stars in $1.5 million “Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (introduced by “Manchester By the Sea” star Casey Affleck) and Denis Villeneuve (tributed by Amy Adams of  “Arrival”).

“Film is a universal language,” Chazelle said, recalling how the French New Wave directors fell in love with Hollywood sans sub-titles. He also »

- Anne Thompson

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Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for ‘La La Land,’ Oscars Will Follow

4 February 2017 11:31 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The inevitable occurred Saturday night as Damien Chazelle accepted the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for “La La Land” from last year’s winner, A.G. Inarritu. The DGA winner is usually a pretty certain match with the Oscar for the Best Director — the winner has not gone on to take the Academy Award only seven times. (The most recent example: in 2012 non-Oscar directing nominee Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for “Argo,” while Ang Lee won the Oscar for “Life of Pi.”)

Chazelle beat fellow first-time DGA and Oscar nominees Barry Jenkins (presented by his charming trio of stars in $1.5 million “Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (introduced by “Manchester By the Sea” star Casey Affleck) and Denis Villeneuve (tributed by Amy Adams of  “Arrival”).

“Film is a universal language,” Chazelle said, recalling how the French New Wave directors fell in love with Hollywood sans sub-titles. He also »

- Anne Thompson

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Damien Chazelle Wins Directors Guild’s Top Film Award for ‘La La Land’

4 February 2017 8:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Damien Chazelle has won the Directors Guild of America’s top feature film award for the whimsical musical comedy-drama “La La Land.”

Chazelle won over Garth Davis for “Lion,” Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight,” Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea,” and Denis Villeneuve for “Arrival.” Alejandro Inarritu, who nabbed the last two DGA Awards for “The Revenant” and “Birdman,” made the announcement late Saturday night at the conclusion of the 69th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Chazelle said backstage that he made “La La Land” — which stars Emma Stone as a hopeful actress and Ryan Gosling as a struggling musician falling in and out of love in an idealized Los Angeles — to celebrate the pursuit of artistic dreams.

“I would hope that the movie gives some kind of hope,” he added. “If there’s one message I want to get across, it’s that just chasing those dream — no matter how unrealistic, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Big Little Lies’: Inside Reese Witherspoon’s Twisty Foray Into Television

31 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Blame it on the weather. It was unseasonably cold in Monterey, Calif., when, deep into the 88-day shoot for “Big Little Lies” — after 10 straight days of late nights — the unthinkable happened: The usually unflappable Reese Witherspoon lost her temper. Faced with a difficult emotional scene, she yelled at director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Recalling the incident a few months later over tea at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, the two — who share an easy, effortless camaraderie — laugh at the memory. “I’m so sorry!” she tells him, sheepishly hiding her face in her hands. In his French-accented lilt, Vallée says, “I felt so sad because I knew it wasn’t her.”

But back in that fraught moment on the set, he turned to her and said, “Great! Let’s do it,” pushing her to channel her frustration into her performance. Vallée reports that Witherspoon — perfectly cast as the fast-talking, multitasking mother of two, Madeline »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Exclusive: How 'Rogue One' Star Riz Ahmed Is Paying It Forward

23 January 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Riz Ahmed has a heavy conscience. Or at least it seems that way when the British actor reflects on 2016, a year he tells Et “has been a mess in so many ways,” pointing to the deaths of pop culture icons from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher and the civil unrest in Aleppo, Syria, that has left tens of thousands dead and has caused even more to flee the country. And while he didn’t mention it, Ahmed could have easily been referring to a tumultuous U.S. presidential election, which weighed heavily on the minds of many Americans as the year came to an end. All of this in the same year that saw Ahmed’s profile skyrocket thanks to a starring role on the hit HBO miniseries The Night Of, the surprise debut of Netflix’s The Oa and scene-stealing parts in Jason Bourne and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And if acting »

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The Night Of: HBO 'Very Optimistic' About Season 2 Renewal

15 January 2017 8:03 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It appears The Night Of is not calling it a day.

HBO programming president Casey Bloys tells TVLine that series creators Richard Price and Steven Zaillian are currently “trading ideas” on what a potential season 2 will look like, adding that he’s “very optimistic” the duo will “crack” the case.

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“They’re going to come to us when they are excited about something,” he adds.

Season 2 would exist in the same world as Season 1, so don’t expect an American Crime-style reset. “I »

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