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As if the Golden Globes nominations 2010 weren't looking star-studded enough, Leonardo Di Caprio is set to team up with Robert De Niro. The pair will present Martin Scorsese with a very special award at the event. De Niro, who worked with the legendary director on his career-making movies Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, and DiCaprio, who finally helped Scorsese win the Oscar he had long deserved with The Departed, will present the Cecil B. »
Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio will present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Martin Scorsese at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast live by NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 17.
- By Gregg Kilday
This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a friend have been debating about my qualities as a film critic, and they've involved a considerable critic, Dan Schneider, in their discussion. I will say that he has given the question a surprising amount of thought and attention over the years, and may well be correct in some aspects. What his analysis gives me is a renewed respect and curiosity about his own work.
A friend and I would like to have your opinion. It's basically so that we can settle an argument (and small side bet) with a friend over what your opinion would be. My friend and I have carefully co-drafted this email to try to eliminate one or the other of our biases. I hope we succeeded!
I have read your columns and watched your tv shows for many years now »
- Roger Ebert
If you ever wanted to find an irritable bunch of people working in Hollywood, you wouldn't have to go much further than the names in the screenwriter's directory. First Run Features have picked up the rights to Peter Hanson’s talking heads docu about the horror stories of those of who lived to tell the tale: contemporary screenwriters who got stung in their careers as scribes and consider themselves lucky, managed to see one of their works turn into a final product and retain some shards of its former self. - If you ever wanted to find an irritable bunch of people working in Hollywood, you wouldn't have to go much further than the names in the screenwriter's directory. First Run Features have picked up the rights to Peter Hanson’s talking heads docu about the horror stories of those of who lived to tell the tale: contemporary screenwriters »
Looking back over the past twelve months highlights what a strange year this has been in cinema. Transformers 2 swept up at the box office, Terminator 3 nearly killed the franchise. (500) Days Of Summer’s incredible trailer resulted in an incredibly dissapointing film, Where The Wild Things Are dared to be even better than its Arcade Fire powered trailer suggested it would be. So, even though the year hasn’t been the best quality wise, there have been some absolutely terrific films released. In fact for every Blue, Antichrist or Dead Men Running there has been a film of great quality to counter it to the degree I struggled wittling down my list of favourites to the standard ten entries. So I didn’t bother. Each of the films in this list debuted cinematically in the UK in 2009 with the exception of Cyborg, She which was a direct to DVD release. »
- Kieron Casey
Whenever you sit down to watch a movie, it's always a welcome moment when the name Morgan Freeman appears in the opening credits. Whether he's playing God in Bruce Almighty, a saintly janitor in Million Dollar Baby, or a judge, detective, mechanic, or prison inmate, you can rest assured that each and every moment Morgan Freeman is on-screen, the movie, even if it's a dog, will snap to attention, and that Freeman, even in a nothing role, will take the lines he’s been asked to deliver and, through the sheer magnetism of his presence, turn them into something forceful and vibrant and compelling. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Containing interviews with Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"), Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption"), William Goldman ("All the President's Men"), Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver") and more, Hanson's documentary details the lives and work of dozens of Hollywood screenwriters. Hanson's project includes a companion book, "Tales From the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories," which HarperCollins imprint It Books will publish Jan. 26.
"Script" premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January and has since screened at the Austin and Starz Denver fests. Hanson produced through his Grand River Films along with Paul Robert Herman of Jade Tiger Films.
- By Jay A. Fernandez
I was just under 11 years old as we entered the 2000s, and in the last decade I have made it my mission to fill the space in my mind that should be reserved for academics to remembering the details of far too many films. In looking back upon this decade, it seems that we’ve had quite a good chunk of time for movies — there are only two years absent on my top ten list: 2000 and 2005, while 2006 is represented by three films. I still cheated, though, by extending my list to eleven entries. Some were just too good to decide between.
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. And before you start — don’t cry. The Dark Knight isn’t on here.
11. The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001
- John Cooper
It’s early December and folks are beginning to slide into the full holiday spirit. With 21 days until Christmas, we’re not quite ready for the traditional movie fare. Jimmy Stewart, 34th Street and the 24-hour Christmas Story marathon aren’t quite ready to take out of the oven, but Everybody’S Fine arrives just in time, and it’s just the right recipe to ease us into the proper mood. Unlike the comical antics of Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation or the sappy old Wonderful Life, Everybody’S Fine isn’t technically a holiday movie at all. The holiday itself has an extremely small, supplementary role in the story, but it’s the events that lead up to the ending that make it a perfect movie to lead us gently into what this time of year is all about.
Everybody’S Fine stars Robert De Niro as Frank, an »
It's not easy to think of Robert DeNiro as a warm, cuddly, wistful, lonely dad who wants to connect emotionally with his kids late in life.
Whenever we see his face, or heck, even hear his name, we still flash back to 'You talkin' to me?' You talking to me?' from "Taxi Driver."
But we have to admit, DeNiro in this role kinda works.
Watch the Yahoo Movies' extended version of the "Everybody's Fine" trailer and decide for yourself.
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The trailer for this flick is heavy, and on the surface the movie appears to be an Oscar contender. Plus, Tobey Maguire looks a heck of a lot like Travis Bickle (from Taxi Driver, nominated for Best Picture in 1977). What do the critics think so far?
"The film is gripping — an honorable and beautifully acted addition to the tradition of homefront war stories."
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Brothers isn't badly acted, but as directed by the increasingly impersonal Jim Sheridan (In America), it's lumbering and heavy-handed, a film that piles on overwrought dramatic twists until it begins to creak under the weight of its presumed significance."
— Owen Gleiberman, Chicago Tribune
"...a solidly accessible, admirably serious yet not entirely realized picture."
— Justin Chang, Variety
"...remake of a Danish film has much to admire but never comes together with the impact of the original."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Jim Sheridan's remake »
- reelz reelz
For his roles in such '70s and '80s classics as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, Robert De Niro has been revered as the master of Method Acting. But of late he has been more closely associated with animated family fare (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Shark Tale), thrillers that failed to deliver thrills (Hide and Seek and 15 Minutes) and slow plodding dramas (City by the Sea and Men of Honor). Even his recent reunion with Al Pacino in Righteous Kill failed to spark with audiences.
For much of this decade, many De Niro-led films have neither ignited the box office nor drawn critical kudos. But there have been a few notable exceptions. As Frank, the curmudgeonly soon-to-be-father-in-law in Meet the Parents, De Niro struck gold. The sequel, Meet the Fockers, raked in almost $280M in international ticket sales. And What Just Happened? »
You could give Martin Scorsese just about any award you want and I don't think anyone would protest. Though he emerged at a time when American film was really blossoming, you could really only argue that among his contemporaries, Steven Spielberg is on the same level. Even then, I'm not certain Spielberg has been as consistent or as daring as Scorsese has in his career. They're also shooting for different goals most of the time.
A couple years ago, Scorsese finally got his Oscar, even if it's not the best example of his work and certainly not the first time he earned the award. At the Golden Globes in January, Scorsese will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field." Spielberg, incidentally, won this past year.
- Colin Boyd
Scorsese, who is a few days from his 67th birthday, is responsible for several movies legendary for their gritty, sometimes expressionistic, portrayals of violence. These include Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and GoodFellas.
He also crafted many underrated gems that explored various social and cultural issues. These include The King of Comedy (the obsessions of celebrity culture), The Last Temptation of Christ (a non-Gospel, first-person telling of Jesus's internal struggle), Kundun (the life of the Dalai Lama), and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (the trials of single-motherhood).
The DeMille Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of various actors and directors. Recent recipients include Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, and Al Pacino. Earlier recipients include Walt Disney, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Alfred Hitchcock, among others. You can »
- Rich Z Zwelling
Remember the '70s, when Keitel and DeNiro were starring in edgy, challenging movies like Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver? Now, both seem to be confined to less-than-original comedies. Thankfully, at least DeNiro has a role in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming Machete.
And how about Dustin Hoffman? Is a possible appearance in Little Fockers the best he can expect? We recently overheard the tour-guide of a museum refer to Hoffman as "the guy from Meet the Fockers." Our thoughts: Anyone who knows Hoffman only from that movie should immediately be sent home with copies of The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, and Little Big Man.
Link | Posted 11/13/2009 by Rich Z
- Rich Z Zwelling
In January, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will bestow the Honorary Cecile B. DeMille Award to Martin Scorsese for “his outstanding contribution to the entertainment field,” to which we say “Congratulations, Mr. Scorsese.” Of course, any award honoring Scorsese’s career is well-earned by the prolific and influential director. His lengthy and diverse filmography naturally contains movies which flopped and received no support from film critics, but when you look at his hits, he has left an unforgettable stamp on not only American cinema, but on audiences the world over. That his work continues to improve and defy simple definition is an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers and a challenge to his peers. There’s only one complaint people have about the awards Scorsese receives: they’re overdue.
Hit the jump to read the full press release. The 67th Annual Golden Globes will air on January 17, 2010. Martin Scorsese’s next film, »
- Matt Goldberg
There was a time, really not so long ago, when the world was young and Martin Scorsese was a scrappy upstart and these two actors named Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel were making movies with him. Movies like Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, that didn't try to make their audiences feel good but challenged them, movies that inspired an entire generation to try and make something as good themselves. Now those actors are starring together in a movie called Little Fockers. The THR article does not say whether or not Keitel's and De Niro's characters will simply glower at one another and shout "You talkin' to me?" for the duration of their screentime together, but you have to imagine there will at least be some kind of nod to their halcyon days, when poop jokes were the furthest things from their mind. Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Owen »
Hollywood Reporter have announced acting legends Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro are to reunite on the big screen once more. However, fans of Mean Streets and Taxi Driver may be disappointed to learn that the film in question is not a gritty Scorsese production, but rather a sequel in the highly successful Fockers series.
Paul Weitz, off the back of his flop Cirque du Freak, is to helm the project currently operating under the working title Little Fockers. De Niro and Keitel are joined on the project by a returning cast which includes Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo and Owen Wilson.
Keitel is the latest addition to the ensemble which also features new additions Laura Dern and Jessica Alba who, in a role unlikely to test her acting aplomb, appears as an “attractive pharmaceutical rep”.
What’s the best movie from the late 70’s that features light sabers, an enormous space fortress capable of annihilating entire planets, wisecracking robot sidekicks, and dogfights between interplanetary spaceships? If you said Star Wars, you’d be wrong! Leave it to the wacky Italians, always quick to exploit a popular trend, to rip off George Lucas’s cash cow resulting in a film so spectacularly cheesy that over 30 years later it has actually aged better than the film it emulates. That movie is of course is the insane 1978 sci-fi “epic” Star Crash, an infamously harebrained but entertaining-as-hell Star Wars knockoff that is Not available on DVD.
Like Star Wars, most of Star Crash is comprised of a string of Flash Gordon-inspired cliffhanger adventures. Caroline Munro stars as Stella Star, an intergalactic smuggler who, along with her alien companion Akton (Marjoe Gortner), is captured by some sort of galaxy-wide »
Martin Scorsese will be honored at The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 17 with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field." The award, voted by the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, was announced by Vera Farmiga at a morning press conference. The show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17 on NBC (5 to 8 pm Pt, 8 to 11 pm Et) from The Beverly Hilton.
Scorsese received two Golden Globe Awards for "Best Director of a Motion Picture"; for The Departed and Gangs of New York. He received five additional Golden Globe nominations, including four as Best Director (Casino, Age of Innocence, Goodfellas and Raging Bull) and one for Best Screenplay for Raging Bull (with Nicolas Pileggi).
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