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(Aotn) Ever wonder what happened to several high profile projects that various well-known directors were said to be helming, but somehow have never seen the light of day? Many of these films were either “pet projects” for the directors or they ended up getting tied up in so many legal battles that eventually they were just scrapped or the director ended up simply walking away.
The wonderful folks over at IndieWire have complied a fantastic list compiling several of these films that have yet to see the light of day from directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan and more!
First up is director Christopher Nolan’s rumored Howard Hughes biopic. In several interviews Nolan called the script for the film “the best he had ever written”, in fact, the film was even picked by Castle Rock in 2002 and actor Jim Carrey was attached to star. So, just where did things go wrong? »
- Kristyn Clarke
Just because you’re a well-established director with award-winning hits and/or commercial successes doesn’t mean you can make any movie you want. Just ask Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, and more. All these auteurs have had passion projects over the years they’ve had to kill or put on indefinite hiatus for a variety of reasons, which is a shame given how incredible all of them sound on paper.
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Christopher Nolan taking on Howard Hughes. Spike Lee making a boxing epic around Joe Louis. Kathryn Bigelow resurrecting Joan of Arc for a female warrior saga unlike any the big screen had ever really seen in the 1990s. We’d buy a ticket for all them years in advance if we knew they were definitely happening.
With many of our favorite auteurs currently in production on new movies, »
- Zack Sharf
The Museum of the Moving Image has been celebrating and exploring filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s life, work, and his passion for cinema since December with a terrific exhibit drawing extensively from Scorsese’s own collection of key production material, objects from his childhood, behind-the-scenes images, and large-scale projections of scenes from his work and more. For the final weekend of the exhibit, Momi put on a full-blown retrospective of his work over two days featuring the lesser-seen, more personal Scorsese films, “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies,” “My Voyage to Italy (Il mio viaggio in Italia)” and docs like “No Direction Home” and “The Last Waltz.”
However, it was the impressive panel after the screening of“Silence” that brought a special salute to the exhibit in its entirety, which included cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, screenwriter Jay Cocks, who along with co-writing “Silence,” also co-wrote “The Age of Innocence” and “Gangs of New York, »
- Lora Grillo
By Todd Garbarini
The Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 45th anniversary DVD screening of Peter Medak’s 1972 film The Ruling Class. The 154-minute film, which stars Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Caroline Seymour, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, and Peter O'Toole, will be screened on DVD on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
Please Note: At press time, director Peter Medak is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.
From the press release:
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
The Ruling Class (1972)
45th Anniversary Screening
Tuesday, April 25, at 7 Pm at the Royal Theatre
Followed by Q & A with Director Peter Medak
Presented on DVD
This biting black comedy, in the tradition of such British classics as Kind Hearts and Coronets, focuses on a fierce battle for succession within an aristocratic family. Peter O’Toole plays a »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.—Flannery O’Connor The mist uncovers Japanese soldiers as well as the grim sight of severed heads by the side of the hot springs where Catholic priests are being tortured. A priest kneels down in horror, almost catatonic, unable to bring himself to believe in the evilness of these men, the men of the Inquisitor. Why are these priests, who came to this “swamp of Japan” to spread the Word of the Lord, suffering so immensely on the hands of these soldiers?To the modern, secular audience, the theme of Silence (2016) is of great irony: the all-powerful Catholic Church, the institution that spread terror across Europe for 700 years with her bonfires and witch hunts and enforcing an almost maddening outlook at faith and personal behavior, comes to an unconquerable land where »
Diehard fans of Martin Scorsese (Scorsese-heads? Scorseiacs?) may already know what a labor of love his most recent film “Silence” was, but it’s still always a joy to hear the director talk about his long-in-the-making “passion project” in a new featurette.
The featurette, which will be included on the upcoming “Silence” Digital HD release, features Scorsese, Andrew Garfield, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, and consultant Father James Martin, S.J. talking about the thirty years it took to make the film.
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“What kept me going during those years was finding the theme of the picture,” Scorsese said. “Which really is a theme in my life.”
“Silence” debuts on Digital HD on March 14. Check out our exclusive featurette below. »
- Allison Picurro
Martin Scorcese's powerful religious film, following the Catholic church's mission to instill Christianity in Fuedal Japan, Silence is coming out this March! Come inside to find out how you can get your hands on it early.
One of the biggest snubs of this year's Academy Awards, Silence, is making its way to digital and blu-ray, merely 3 months after being on the big screen. The Martin Scorsese religious feature, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson will arrive on Blu-Ray on March 28th, but for audiences who can't wait that long the Digital HD version will be available March 14th.
Understandably, there aren't many added features for the Blu-Ray/Digital copy of Silence. If you haven't seen the movie, there really isn't much of a need for an alternate ending, deleted scenes, bloopers, or anything of the sort. Instead, the only new content will stem from a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Even when you live in Los Angeles, as I do, if you’re not in the network of critics groups and press screening and screener DVDs it can be a challenge to keep up with everything you tell yourself you have to see before attempting an informed roundup of the year currently in the rearview mirror. And I also try to not let more than a couple of weeks of the new year go by before checking in, regardless of how many of the year’s big presents I have left to unwrap, though in past years I have not lived well by this dictum—let’s just say that if I’m still posting stuff on the year’s best after even Oscar has thoroughly chewed over the goods, as has happened in the past, well, I’ve overstayed my welcome.
2016 was, in most ways, a disaster of a year, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
“About three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani (which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’)”—Matthew 27:46Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Jesuit priest ministering in a 17th century Japan hostile to Christians, craves the sound of this voice, pining for a confirmation of his convictions: something—anything—to demonstrate that God, too, has not forsaken him. Accompanied by Garrpe (Adam Driver), a fellow priest, he enters Japan looking for his former mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who according to rumor apostatized at the hands of the Japanese authorities. Because the Japanese closed off their borders to “Christian” nations like England, Portugal and Spain, Garrpe and Rodrigues travel illegally from Macao to Japan, led by an enigmatic drunkard, Kichijiro (Yôsuke Kubozuka). Shortly after their arrival, the priests bear witness to excruciating acts of torture perpetrated against the local Japanese Christians. »
Chicago – For gosh sakes, someone call the Vatican and make Marty Scorsese an honorary priest. He is overtly fascinated – in this work and his other films – with the notion of religious faith, particular within his Catholic roots. He approaches the subject again in the intense “Silence.”
Based on a novel from the 1960s, “Silence” is a story about Portuguese priests in an missionary zone, in this case Japan in the late 1600s. It is filled with the “testing” of these priests’ faith, as the Japanese were ruthless in their prosecution of these pastors. Basically this is Scorsese obsessing about the tests of faith that were outlined in the novel, and visually bringing the torture of this moral dilemma to life. The film actually gets better after a slow start – and has an electric atmosphere of dread and honor – but really does nothing to resolve the matter of man versus the breaking point. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Director: Martin Scorsese Writers: Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese(screenplay), Shûsaku Endô (based on the novel by) Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Issei Ogata, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka Martin Scorses’s latest film, Silence, is based on Shûsaku Endô’s 1966 novel of the same name. Set mostly in 17th-century Japan at a time when priests were attempting to proselytize […] »
- Linc Leifeste
“Silence” is the culmination of Martin Scorsese’s 28-year quest to bring Shusaku Endo’s book to the screen, but the struggles didn’t end once the film got the greenlight. The production was an endless series of challenges, says producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff. “I knew it was going to be difficult, but I didn’t realize how difficult. Every day I was faced with new problems to solve. I lost 25 pounds, and was brought to my knees every day. But the takeaway was that it was the most positive and rewarding film I have ever been a part of.”
The Paramount film shot in 73 days, all in Taiwan. “When you go into a new country and a new culture, your learning curve is very steep,” says Koskoff. There were five languages spoken on the set, with the team including Americans, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Italians, Australians, British and Irish, among others. »
- Tim Gray
“Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Nocturnal Animals” and have received best adapted screenplay nominations from the Writers Guild of America while “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight” have nabbed nods for best original screenplay.
The WGA will announce the winners of its 69th annual awards on Feb. 19 in simultaneous ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills.
“Moonlight,” scripted by Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, won the best screenplay trophy at the Gotham Awards in November. The drama is contending for best screenplay at the Jan. 8 Golden Globes along with Taylor Sheridan for “Hell or High Water,” Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,” Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea” and Tom Ford for “Nocturnal Animals. »
- Dave McNary
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka | Written by Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks (based on the novel Silence by Shūsaku Endō) | Directed by Martin Scorsese
Having been in some kind of development for the past quarter of a century, Martin Scorsese’s Silence finally opens. And after a grim 2016 it emerges as the perfect gift for the new year: a deeply probing and contemplative epic exploring themes of persecution, integrity, truth and faith, which seems not only apt for our times, but necessary.
We open with the chaotic sounds of nature – a cacophony of insect chatter and animal wailing – and then we cut to “Silence”.
The year is 1633 and the place is Japan. Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) provides the context. He’s a Jesuit priest, captured and tortured by the Japanese for his faith. Jump to 1640. Two of Ferreira’s students, »
- Rupert Harvey
Silence Paramount Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director: Martin Scorsese Written by: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese, from Sh?saku End?’s novel Cast: Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Ciarán Hinds, Tadanobu Asano, Ryô Kase, Sin’ya Tsukamoto, Nana Komatsu, Michié Screened at: Paramount, NYC, 12/19/16 Opens: December 23, 2016 If you’re “up” with trends […]
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- Harvey Karten
15 items from 2017
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