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Well, it's better than remaking Fellini's Nights of Cabiria. Lee Daniels is still riding a wave of influence inexplicably generated by Precious, and he continues to accrue possible directorial projects. While it appears  that he'll make The Butler next, with Civil Rights project Selma falling by the wayside, the filmmaker is signing on for other films to make down the road. There's the remake  of Nights of Cabiria -- a terrible idea if ever there was one -- and a possible film version of the stage musical The Scottsboro Boys. And now Lee Daniels has booked time to develop a film version of Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer and Steinberg Prize-winning Broadway play Anna in the Tropics. THR  says that Mr. Daniels will develop the script with Nilo Cruz (that's possibly a good sign). The playwright told the trade, “I always saw it as a film. Even though I wrote is as a play, »
- Russ Fischer
Bombastic filmmaker Lee Daniels earned worldwide praise last year for his unflinchingly dark urban drama Precious Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. So with a new and seemingly devoted fan following, Daniels has been aiming high for his next venture with his signature level of modesty in tact. First came reports that Daniels wanted to remake the classic Federico Fellini film Nights of Cabiria, and now THR is dropping word that Daniels has his eye on adapting the Pulitzer-Prize winning Broadway play Anna in the Tropics, which centers on a family of cigar rollers in 1920s Tampa and the influence literature has on their lives.
Currently signed on to direct, Daniels will develop the screenplay alongside the play’s author, Nilo Cruz, who is eager to adapt the Anna Karenina-inspired tale. “I always saw it as a film,” says Cruz. “Even though I wrote is as a play, »
- Kristy Puchko
Though I wasn't very pleased with the recent news that the director had lined up a remake of Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, another project for the Lee Daniels sounds less maddening. THR reports the director has signed on to develop and direct an adaptation of the award winning Broadway play Anna in the Tropics. Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Kernina, the 1920's set story follows a Tampa family of cigar rollers whose lives are changed by the power of literature during a high point in the cigar-making history. Thankfully, the play's writer, Nilo Cruz, is quite pleased with the idea of an adaptation as he says, "I always saw it as a film." Cruz went on to say, "Even though I wrote is as a play, I just think it has endless possibilities as a film. The play itself is full of images and I want »
- Ethan Anderton
So what happens when your sophomore feature film gets nominated for six Academy Awards and walks away with two statues? If you're Lee Daniels, you give yourself a lot of options before choosing your next post-Oscar project. With "Selma," "The Butler," "The Scottsboro Boys" and an ill-advised remake of Frederico Fellini's "Nights Of Cabiria" all kicking around on the helmer's slate, he's gone ahead and added yet another potential project. Lee Daniels will develop and direct a feature film adaptation of the Pulitzer- and Steinberg Prize-winning play "Anna In The Tropics" by Nilo Cruz. Inspired by Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," the… »
I just watched Federico Fellini‘s 1957 masterpiece Nights of Cabiria this week for the very first time. Hollywood couldn’t have timed this crushing disappointment any better. Deadline (via The Playlist) is reporting that the Oscar-nominated Precious: Based On The Book ‘Push’ By Sapphire director Lee Daniels has “closed a deal” with Wme to direct a remake of Cabiria.
No, no, no. Precious was decent, mostly due to the performance, but Daniels hardly showed any talent enough to qualify him to remake a Fellini film. If you are unfamiliar with Cabiria, it stars the excellent Giulietta Masina, as a prostitute in Rome. She is in the search for true love after constantly being disappointed by the men around her. Something I didn’t know that The Playlist points out, is Bob Fosse‘s musical Sweet Charity was based on the film and worked out. Still, Daniels is not the man for the job. »
- Jordan Raup
Oh, lord. In a story about Precious director Lee Daniels moving to CAA, I expected to find some indication of whether his next film would indeed be The Butler for Sony, or if he might actually make Selma, the film he worked to get off the ground for much of this year. It's still looking like The Butler will be his next. But there's another tidbit in there, too: the director is attached to remake Frederico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria. What? Deadline  doesn't offer much more than a single note about the attachment, so we don't know if he might write a new version of the screenplay or if someone else is on board. (The original film had Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli as writers, but Pier Paolo Pasolini also worked on the script. And Nino Rota did the score. Beat that lineup.) The 1957 film starred Fellini's »
- Russ Fischer
While a recent article at Deadline has confirmed that The Butler, starring Denzel Washington as real-life White House butler Eugene Allen, will be the next film from Precious director Lee Daniels, some much more disturbing news of his future slate is mentioned ever so briefly. Daniels just recently switched his talent agency from Creative Artists Agency to William Morris Endeavor, but before he left, the lovely folks at Wme had closed a deal for the filmmaker to remake Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, the 1957 film which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Do you hear that? That's the sound of Lee Daniels losing every ounce of my respect. So Daniels gets a Best Director nomination aside from the fact that his work on Precious was dull, and uninspiring, unlike the story that actually drove the film to the Oscars, and now he thinks he can remake a »
- Ethan Anderton
Tucked away in This short writeup announcing that director Lee Daniels is signing with CAA, after being previously repped by Wme, was the revelation that, in addition to the handful of other projects Mr Daniels is attached to direct, is a remake of Federico Fellini’s 1957 Academy Award-winning, early post-neorealist film, Nights of Cabiria.
That certainly got an eyebrow raise from me! You’ll find many filmmakers who’ll list him and his films as being of influence in their own works, but it’s not exactly very often that filmmakers attempt to remake Fellini. That Lee Daniels is one such filmmaker both scares and intrigues.
Nights of Cabiria isn’t Fellini’s best known work – that honor goes to notable classics titles like 8 1/2 and La Dolce Vita – films that have certainly earned their place in cinema history and have had near universal cultural impact. Nights of Cabiria »
You will not like something about this list. In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound. That is as it should be. Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective. Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined. Just remember to keep it clean, civil and respectful. With that said, these are The Moving Arts Film Journal’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time:
#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)
#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)
#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)
#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)
#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)
#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)
#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)
#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)
#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)
#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, »
- Eric M. Armstrong
Dino De Laurentiis, the prolific Italian film producer and entrepreneur, died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, CA. He was 91.
Mr. De Laurentiis is best known for his career-defining work on many central films of the Italian New Wave in the late 1940s and 50s including the international success “Bitter Rice” (1949), and two of Frederico Fellini’s seminal works, “La Strada” (1954) and “Nights of Cabiria” (1957). His lengthy and impressive career, however, began well before that magical period and extended long after with films like David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, “Blue Velvet” among his finest achievements.
And though De Laurentiis managed to attach himself to many of cinema’s classics, the savvy businessman in him never shied away from pure fluff and entertainment like Sergio Corbucci’s “Goliath and the Vampires” (1961), Roger Vadim’s “Barbarella” (1968) and Richard Fleischer’s “Mandingo” (1975).
“A producer is not just a bookkeeper, or a banker, or a background. »
- Eric M. Armstrong
Dino De Laurentiis, whose remarkable career spanned from the glory days of post-war Italian cinema through relatively recent Hollywood blockbusters, has died at age 91. De Laurentiis' work was perhaps the most diverse of all producers, ranging from the early Fellini classics such as La Strada to film adaptations of the Hannibal Lecter thrillers. A bold visonary, De Laurentiis had many high profile hits and flops and he came close to losing his fortune through ill-advised business ventures that had nothing to do with the film industry. However, his losing streak never lasted long and he retained his status as one of the industry's most revered names. Among his films: Death Wish, King Kong (1976), Red Dragon, Nights of Cabiria, Manhunter, Ulysses, Barbarella, Mandingo, Blue Velvet and The Shootist. Click here for NY Times obituary »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Prolific and legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis has died, aged 91 whist at his Beverly Hills home with his third wife, Martha.
De Laurentiis produced more than 500 films in his 70- year career and has been, in total, nominated for 35 Academy Awards. He won his first back in 1956 for Federico Fellini’s La Strada. The producer was also behind Serpico, War And Peace and Dune. De Laurentiis was also responsible for the more recent additions to the Hannibal Lecter movie franchise ( Hannibal, Red Dragon And Hannibal Rising), having lost out on the »
- Adam Spinks
Legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis has passed away today aged 91. Born in Italy in 1919, Laurentiis served in World War II before establishing himself as a producer with Italian offerings such as Giuseppe De Santis' 1949 classic Bitter Rice and later efforts such as Federico Fellini's La Strada (1954) - which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - and Nights of Cabiria (1957), along with the cult classic Barbarella (1968, dir. Roger Vadim).
After moving to the Us in the early 1970s and establishing his own studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he enjoyed a string of early successes with the likes of Serpico (1973, dir. Sidney Lumet), Death Wish (1974, dir. Michael Winner), Three Days of the Condor (1975, dir. Syndey Pollack), The Shootist (1976, dir. Don Siegel) and The Serpent's Egg (1977, dir. Ingmar Bergman).
Ja from Mnpp here. When I think of the name Dino De Laurentiis my mind instantly flashes to a bunch of much beloved cheese-fests from the 70s and 80s - Barbarella, the two Conan movies, Flash Gordon. But the man did it all, from Nights of Cabiria to Army of Darkness.
I don't know anything about his personal life but he's one of those legendary movie-men whose names become as big as the very big movies that they make. He won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2001, on top of a statue for La strada in 1957. He was 91 years old.
What's your favorite movie of his?
When I was a kid, I devoured the kitschy fun of producer Dino De Laurentiis' films such as the 1976 "King Kong" remake. His name got branded in my feeble mind. When you see his "Dino De Laurentiis Presents" before a trailer, you know that film would be fun!
So the death of the Oscar-winning Italian film producer saddened me. The Italian media was reporting that Laurentiis, who gave the world nearly 500 films including "La Strada," "Serpico," and "Three Days of the Condor" died in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Here's a lengthy but absolutely wonderful snap shot of Laurentiis' life written by John Gallagher from film reference:
One of the most colorful, prolific, and successful producers in the contemporary motion picture business, Dino De Laurentiis has proven his entrepreneurial skills time and again, growing from an independent Italian producer into an international conglomerate. His product, from low-budget neorealist works to multimillion dollar spectacles, »
Italian movie tycoon whose list of credits featured as many disasters as hits
The Italian-born film producer Dino De Laurentiis, who has died aged 91, will perhaps go down in movie history as the last "transatlantic" tycoon. Over a career spanning more than 60 years, producing films on both sides of the ocean, he had as many flops as hits. But De Laurentiis almost always succeeded in staying afloat.
In Rome, he produced Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning La Strada (1954) and the grandiose spectacular War and Peace (1956), but also made The Bible: In the Beginning (1966) and Waterloo (1970), which never recovered their costs. Relocating to the Us, he enjoyed success with Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and Conan the Barbarian (1982), but had financial disasters including Year of the Dragon (1985) and a failed food emporium, which he opened in New York. De Laurentiis was also a starmaker, both in Italy, where »
- John Francis Lane
In the film industry, there's always been this stigma that anyone can be a film producer. But when it comes to legendary Italian producer Dino de Laurentiis, there are few who measure up to his great stature and achievements. Sadly, The New York Times reports the producer died at his home in La at 91 years old. He was surrounded by family when he passed early this morning, and he leaves behind a legacy in cinema that spans over 500 films and seven decades of hard work in motion pictures. The super producer worked with the finest filmmakers in history, some of which are already waiting for him in that movie theater in the sky. As a producer de Laurentiis garnered himself not one, but two Academy Awards for producing two films from one of Italy's finest filmmakers, Federico Fellini. Both 1954's La Strada and 1957's Nights of Cabiria resulted in »
- Ethan Anderton
The colourful, eccentric and never less than ostentatious Italian film producer and entrepreneur Dino De Laurentiis passed away at his Beverly Hills home yesterday. He was 91.
After producing his first features in the 1940's and teaming with producer Carlo Ponti on several prestigious Italian films in the 1950's, De Laurentiis turned his attention to what would become his trademark - ambitious, expensive and epic scale international co-productions more concerned with being popular entertainment than critically lauded.
Two studio complexes he built, one in Italy and later one in North Carolina, were both forced to close due to tough economic times and various famous flops he produced. Nevertheless with 166 films under his belt, De Laurentiis will long be remembered for many defining works.
Moving to the U. »
- Garth Franklin
Dino De Laurentiis didn't do anything small. The legendary Italian producer cranked out classics (La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, Serpico), big hits (Hannibal, Death Wish, Three Days of the Condor) and catastrophic misses (1976's King Kong, Orca, Flash Gordon) over a 70-year, Oscar-sanctioned career that included more than 500 films. And now the maestro has died at the age of 91. De Laurentiis passed away at the Beverly Hills home he shared with his third wife, Martha. No word on cause of death. Working his way up through the ranks of the Italian film industry after serving in the Italian army during World War II, De Laurentiis' name became synonymous with high-quality foreign »
Famed producer Dino de Laurentiis has died in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Producer of over one hundred films, the list of talent de Lauretiis worked with over his career is staggering. He helped bring the work of an array of legendary filmmakers to the big screen including Federico Fellini ("La Strada," "Nights Of Cabiria"), Milos Forman ("Ragtime"), Ingmar Bergman ("The Serpent's Egg"), Sidney Lumet ("Serpico"), Sydney Pollack ("Three Days Of The Condor"), William Friedkin ("The Brink's Job"), Ridley Scott ("Hannibal"), David Cronenberg ("The Dead Zone"), Michael Mann ("Manhunter") and even Sam Raimi ("Army Of Darkness") among many… »
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