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Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull—oft-cited these days as the director’s magnum opus— first premiered in New York on November 14, 1980 to a volley of mixed reviews. At least, that’s what the Internet would have modern researchers believe. Now, 35 years later, digging up a negative review of this not-quite-a-sports-movie, not-quite-a-bio-pic seems limited to a shallow dig by Variety critic Joseph McBride, who wrote that Scorsese “excels at whipping up an emotional storm but seems unaware that there is any need for quieter, more introspective moments in drama.” Meanwhile, a glance at Rotten Tomatoes’ records show that 98 percent of contemporary critics have showered Raging Bull with praise, and even Roger Ebert, reviewing in 1980, rejects McBride’s view, awarding four stars to a film that does “a fearless job of showing us the precise feelings of their central character, the former boxing champion Jake Lamotta.”
Fearless though it was in the characterization of its violent antihero, »
- Christina Leo
dick clark productions announced today that two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. “The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are honored to have Robert De Niro as this year’s recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” Robert De Niro is currently starring in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Intern” and will appear next in 20th Century Fox’s “Joy, »
Cathy Moriarty has never seen Raging Bull. “I mean, I’ve seen parts of it,” she says. “Just not in its entirety. Not in one sitting.” This is astonishing: Moriarty’s performance as Vikki Lamotta, wife of feral boxer Jake, is unforgettable. It is, of course, a savage film – but that’s not why she avoided it.
“It was the first time I’d heard my voice recorded,” she explains. “The film played and I said, ‘Who is that?’ They said, ‘It’s you.’ And I said, ‘That is not what I sound like. That sounds like a truck driver.’” The voice remains a wonder: a rasping aide-memoire of old New York. “I like it now,” she says. “It just took me a while. »
- Danny Leigh
Happy Birthday Robert Anthony De Niro Jr, born on this day 1943. Arguably the greatest American actor of his generation, Robert De Niro has, in recent years, become a prime contender for the "should have retired years ago" cone of shame. Roles in films like Analyse This and Meet the Parents encouraged an ageing De Niro to steer more towards comedy - where he could continue to demand substantial salaries while putting in notably less effort than some of his earlier, more physical roles. Not that anyone can blame him either. He's an old man, but when the guy who gave us Travis Bickle, Vito Corleone, Jake La Motta and Jimmy Conway pumps out a string of dross that includes comedies Little Fockers and The Big Wedding,...
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People thought PTA doing an art house Adam Sandler movie was weird. How about a live action kids movie about a wooden boy?
Via THR, Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film following Inherent Vice may be a version of Pinocchio that Robert Downey Jr. has been developing for the last several years. Anderson is being brought in to rework a script by Michael Mitnick (The Giver) and is being eyed to direct.
Originally, Downey was slated to play Geppetto in a version to be directed by Tim Burton. Burton was then eyed to direct a competing Pinocchio project over at Disney, but eventually settled on Disney’s live action Dumbo movie. But Downey still seems enthusiastic about the project, describing it this way to GQ two years ago:
- Brian Welk
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Five Easy Pieces follows along an existential strain of American cinema that began with films like The Graduate (1967) and Easy Rider (1969), where, in the latter example, two men went looking for America and, as its tagline states, couldn’t find it anywhere, and continued through the vehement introspection that emerged from the tormented minds of Martin Scorsese’s anti-heroes, like Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver ) and Jake La Motta (Raging Bull ). Somewhere in between these two manifestations of anguish is Jack Nicholson’s Robert Eroica Dupea, the main character of Bob Rafelson’s 1970 feature. Disenchanted with life and the people who surround him, and utterly aimless in his restless, insatiable quest for self-contentment, Bobby is continually disheartened by the realization that his ideals of happiness and unhappiness don’t apply to everyone else, and may not even be applicable to himself. »
- Jeremy Carr
20th Century Fox
Sometimes, to really pull off a role, it’s necessary to go ‘method’. This usually involves an actor making a direct physical or psychological connection with his or her character in order to portray them, often living as the character or at last echoing their mannerisms as closely as possible in their private life.
Actors famously associated with method acting, making huge physical or emotional sacrifices for their art, include cinema heavyweights such as Robert De Niro and Daniel Day-Lewis. De Niro famously became a boxer for his role as Jake Lamotta in Raging Bull, going through a rigorous physical regime and even entering three fights (he won two) while being trained by the man himself. He then gained 60lbs to portray the physical deterioration of Lamotta in later life.
Crazy stuff, but De Niro, Day-Lewis and others have all been honoured by the acting community for their dedication to the craft, »
- Adam Thompson
Highland Film Group (Hfg) has come on to handle sales on animated family adventure Savva and biopic Lamotta: The Bronx Bull.
Gregory Poirier wrote the screenplay and Aleksandr Chistyakov produces the tale of a child who teams up with a scratch team of animals to protect a village from a pack of hyenas led by a three-headed monkey.
Martin Guigui’s Lamotta: The Bronx Bull recounts the life of legendary boxer Jake Lamotta and stars William Forsythe, Paul Sorvino, Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Cloris Leachman, Joe Mantegna and Natasha Henstridge.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The U.S. Supreme Court might have revived a long-running dispute over rights to Martin Scorsese's classic film Raging Bull, but the parties involved in the battle have figured out a way to hang up their gloves. On Friday, a federal judge was informed that a settlement had been reached. Paula Petrella, whose father, Frank Petrella, wrote works that became the basis of the 1980 film starring Robert De Niro as real-life boxer Jake Lamotta, sued MGM and 20th Century Fox for copyright infringement over the continued distribution of the motion picture. Petrella asserted rights to her father's works
- Eriq Gardner
A new video examines director Martin Scorsese’s use of mirrors in his films ranging from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to Gangs of New York and his most recent work in The Wolf of Wall Street. Is Scorsese using it as a reflection on humanity? Is he commenting on the thwarted views of the characters?
Watch the video below to judge for yourself how Scorsese uses the mirror with his characters.
The post Watch how Martin Scorsese uses mirrors in his films appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Zach Dennis
#10. Chinatown (1974)
Lost to: The Godfather Part II
Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.
#9. Cabaret (1972)
Lost to: The Godfather
Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »
- Joshua Gaul
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