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It's been 15 years since the release of "American History X" (on October 30, 1998), and to this day, the movie stands as a riveting and brutal drama about the persistence of white-supremacist racism in America. It cemented Edward Norton's reputation as the premier Method actor of his generation, and it included at least one scene (the infamous curb-stomp sequence) that's been copied by everyone from "The Sopranos" to "Family Guy."
Yet to this day, many viewers still don't know the often even more dramatic story that went on behind the scenes of the film, in which first-time feature director Tony Kaye fought with Norton and distributor New Line over the final cut of the film. He ultimately filed a $200 million lawsuit because he preferred to be credited as Humpty Dumpty rather than allow the studio's cut to be released under his name. Read on to learn more about Kaye's epic and »
- Gary Susman
Al Pacino and Brian De Palma are definitely no strangers to each other, working together on films such as Carlito’S Way and a little film called Scarface, and they look set to join forces again, this time for Happy Valley.
Happy Valley will tell the story about the Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was dismissed as coach back in 2011 for his role in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. The screenplay will be based on the book Paterno by sports journalist Joe Posnanski.
Producer Edward R. Pressman spoke out about the project:
“Happy Valley reunites the Scarface and Carlito’S Way team of De Palma and Pacino for the third time, and I can’t think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw.”
The producers are currently in talks with screenwriter David McKenna, »
- Lucy Cave
1.) We've already seen how much Ashton Kutcher looks like Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic jOBS, which will close the Sundance Film Festival on January 26. Now, USA Today gives us our first look at Josh Gad as Jobs' Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. I wouldn't quite say the resemblance is uncanny, but a successful biopic has never been purely dependent on casting lookalikes. Open Road Films has already picked up the film for an April release. 2.) After watching recent '80s remakes like Fright Night, Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn set the box-office on fire (no, not really), Warner Bros. has decided now is the time to reboot Gremlins. The studio would have to work out a deal with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment first, and negotiations have fallen through several times over the years, but a source seems to think there's a decent chance we could see Gizmo and »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma, who worked together on "Scarface" and "Carlito's Way," are re-teaming for "Happy Valley," a new movie about the controversial Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The film will be based on Joe Posnanski's biography "Paterno," which is a NY Times best-seller. Pacino will play the winningest coach in college football history. But when it came out that his former defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky is a pedophile and Paterno didn't properly report the scandal, the coach was fired. He died shortly after of cancer. Ncaa reacted by removing Paterno's wins going back to the cover-up. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse against young boys and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Producers are currently in talks with David McKenna (American History X, Blow) to write the script. »
Al Pacino and Brian De Palma, who worked together on 1993’s Carlito’s Way and 1983’s now-classic Scarface, are joining forces once again for Happy Valley, a feature about the controversial Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Producer Edward R. Pressman announced Wednesday that he has optioned the film rights to Paterno, the best-seller by sports journalist Joe Posnanski. Rick Nicita, who is managing a select group of clients through his company RPMedia, also will produce the project, with Anthony Scaramucci serving as exec producer. Photos: Touchdown! Hollywood's Best Football Movies The producers are in preliminary discussions with screenwriter David McKenna
- Gregg Kilday
We reported in September that Al Pacino is attached to star in the project, which is based on Joe Posnanski's biography Paterno. The book will look into the coach's life before joining Penn State in 1966, and follow JoePa all the way to the 2011 sex scandal that rocked all of college sports. Joe Paterno was fired after 46 years on the job, for his role in trying to cover up the deviant activities of his defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, who assaulted young boys for decades. Joe Paterno died in January 2012 at the age of 85.
Producer Edward R. Pressman ("Wall Street") has optioned feature film rights to New York Times best seller "Paterno" by sports journalist Joe Posnanski. Ex-caa partner-turned-manager Rick Nicita will also produce the biopic to star his client Al Pacino as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. And with Brian De Palma ("Scarface," "Carlito’s Way") attached to direct "Happy Valley," the team behind "Carlito's Way" and "Scarface" is together again. The producers are in talks with writer David McKenna ("American History X") to adapt for the screen. We spoke to De Palma about his latest film, "Passion," starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, which debuted in Venice and played the Toronto and New York film festivals. “I can’t think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw," says »
- Anne Thompson
7 items from 2013
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