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Hit List: December 29, 2011

29 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

Hit List is a handful of items that we find noteworthy, shared with you daily on our homepage. Enjoy!

Taxi Driver Sweded By Michel Gondry from YouTube (Suggested by NewYorkology)

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- Heather Campbell

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De Niro A Dad Again At 68

24 December 2011 5:56 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Robert De Niro is a father again at the age of 68 - he and his wife have welcomed a baby girl born via surrogate.

Christmas came early for De Niro and Grace Hightower as they became parents to little Helen Grace - a younger sister for their 13-year-old son Elliot.

A representative for the Oscar winner confirmed the tot's birth to on Friday, although further details were unavailable as WENN went to press.

The couple wed in 1997.

The Taxi Driver star has four other children - two grown up children from his first marriage to Diahnne Abbott, and 16-year-old twin boys with his ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith, also born via a surrogate mother. »

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De Niro A Dad Again At 68

23 December 2011 5:41 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Robert De Niro is a father again at the age of 68 - he and his wife have welcomed a baby girl born via surrogate.

Little Helen Grace is the second child for De Niro and Grace Hightower - they are also parents to 13-year-old son Elliot.

A representative for the Oscar winner confirmed the tot's birth to on Friday, although further details were unavailable as WENN went to press.

The couple wed in 1997.

The Taxi Driver star has four other children - two grown up children from his first marriage to Diahnne Abbott, and 16-year-old twin boys with his ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith, also born via a surrogate mother. »

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The Sweding Trend Lives On: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer and Michel Gondry’s ‘Taxi Driver’

23 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Michel Gondry's Be Kind, Rewind was far from a box office smash when it was released in 2008, and drew decent but not spectacular critical reviews. It might have been forgotten by now if it weren't for its introduction of "sweding," or the practice of shooting no-budget remakes of big-budget projects. The trend has waned a bit over the years but it's far from dead, as evidenced by two videos making the rounds that are as charmingly low-fi as any we've seen so far. The first comes from Gondry, the master of sweding himself, who shot a three-minute version of the classic Taxi Driver starring himself in the Robert De Niro role, while the other is Roque Rodriguez and Bryan Harley's adorable, cardboard-heavy recreation of the recently released The Dark Knight Rises trailer. Watch both videos after the jump. First we have Gondry's Taxi Driver. I'm not quite sure why this video exists, »

- Angie Han

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Killer Elite – Blu-ray Review

23 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Danny (Jason Statham) and Hunter (Robert De Niro) are mercenaries/hit men for hire, but after a job leaves Danny face to face with the blood-caked child of his latest assignment, he decides he has had enough and disappears off half way around the world. One day, he receives word that Hunter has been kidnapped and the only way to secure his release is to extract confessions from and then execute three Sas officers who are held responsible by an Oman Sheikh for the deaths of three of his sons. But Spike (Clive Owen), an ex-sas officer himself, soon realises that his friends are being picked off, setting him and Danny on a collision course.


Putting up “based on a true story” over the opening credits and then later on including a scene where Jason Statham throws himself out of a first floor window while still tied to a chair »

- Dave Roper

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Geek Deals: Fringe, Lost, Harry Potter, Home Alone, Monk, Breaking Bad and More

19 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Today's Deals: Fringe: The Complete Third Season [1] on Blu-ray is on sale for only $26.99, 61% off the $70 msrp. Lost: The Complete Collectio [2]n on Blu-ray for only $129.99, 54% off the $280 msrp. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [3]and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [4] on Blu-ray for only $9.99 each, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [5] on Blu-ray for only $9.49, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [6] on Blu-ray for only $8.34 Amazon's Blu-ray deal of the week is the Home Alone Collection [7] on Blu-ray for only $19.99, 50% off the $40 msrp. Amazon's TV Deal of the Week this week is Monk: The Complete Series [8] for only $61.99, 59% off the $150 msrp. Lightning Deals today: 8:00 Am Pst Breaking Bad Season 1 on Blu-ray [9] Breaking Bad: Seasons 1-3 on DVD [10] 4:00 Pm Pst Resident Evil: Afterlife »

- Peter Sciretta

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Top 10 Hollywood Actors Still In Business

16 December 2011 7:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.

The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.

Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today

Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine

Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »

- Connor Folse

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Michel Gondry films two-minute "Taxi Driver" remake

16 December 2011 3:34 PM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

Michel Gondry is probably the only director who can make the word "cute" apply to Martin Scorsese's classic, "Taxi Driver." But really, that's the only word that comes to mind when watching his two-minute short film remake of the drama.

Maybe it's something about the French subtitles, or the fact that Gondry hired a couple of toddlers to play Jodie Foster's teenage role, or just that he plays Travis Bickle himself, but there's something unbelievably charming about the whole video. His low-budget solution to including blood in the film (he used paintballs instead) and hiring actors to play his cab passengers (they're just cardboard cutouts of heads) made us laugh out loud. And beyond that, the remake is actually pretty darn good.

So is this the "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" director's secret pitch to direct a feature-length remake of the film? Doubtful. The video is actually »

- Terri Schwartz

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'Taxi Driver' Swede: Michael Gondry Is, In Fact, Talking To You

16 December 2011 12:08 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

When Micheal Gondry put together the cult comedy "Be Kind Rewind" a few years ago, he probably didn't anticipate kicking off an entire internet movement. But that's just what happened -- today Gondry has decided to join in the fun by creating his own "swede" version of Martin Scorsese's classic film "Taxi Driver."

Hey, you know what they say: If you can't beat 'em, go crazy and shoot 'em.

For those of you who aren't familiar with "Be Kind Rewind" or the sweding movement, here's a quick overview: In the movie, Jack Black and Mos Def play a couple of hapless video store clerks who accidentally erase the shop's entire inventory of films. Their solution? They quickly remake all the classic themselves in their backyard and then rent them out as special edition imports from Sweden.

Funny thing, though. While "Be Kind Rewind" wasn't exactly a hit, the idea of sweding has taken off, »

- Scott Harris

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Watch Michel Gondry's Sweded Version of 'Taxi Driver'

16 December 2011 11:40 AM, PST | | See recent news »

If you saw Michel Gondry's 2008 film Be Kind Rewind, then you probably remember what "sweded" means. Essentially it's recreating a lo-fi version of a film. Watch the movie again, and listen to Jack Black explain it if you want the full nitty gritty. To celebrate Martin Scorsese's Hugo opening in France this weekend, the Science of Sleep director paid homage to the Italian-American auteur with his version of Taxi Driver. We don't want to say too much about it, since it's best watched firsthand, but Gondry's take on the iconic film is so damn charming it makes you want to puke rainbows and unicorns. Head to France2 to watch Gondry play Travis Bickle and eat ice cream with hookers. Let us know what you think.   [via Playlist]

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- Alison Nastasi

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New Posters from David O’Daniel include The Shining, The Third Man, and Repulsion

16 December 2011 6:33 AM, PST | | See recent news »

I'm a big fan of David O'Daniel's movie posters.  I dig the designs and the metallic and iridescent inks really make the image pop.  He also takes on popular movies as well as art house fare.  This time he's got new posters for The Birds (edition of 250), The Exorcist (edition of 200), The Shining (edition of 200), Metropolis (edition of 300), Repulsion (edition of 200), The Third Man (edition of 150 and each Third Man poster comes with a free poster for Brighton Rock), Rosemary's Baby (edition of 200) Taxi Driver (edition of 200), and Shoot the Piano Player (edition of 150). All posters are 18x24, cost $40 plus $9 domestic shipping or $15 international shipping.  Hit the jump to check out the posters and the purchase link. All posters can be purchased on David O'Daniel's website. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] »

- Matt Goldberg

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Watch: Michel Gondry Swedes 'Taxi Driver'

16 December 2011 6:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Remember sweding? The trend that was hot for all of five minutes in the wake of Michel Gondry's underrated "Be Kind Rewind" found folks doing lovely, lo-fi remakes and sequels to their favorite movies, and that spirit also informs his upcoming, mysterious sci-fi movie (of sorts) "The We And The I." But Gondry has found time in his schedule to knock out another sweded movie, and it's pretty great. With Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" opening in France this week, a helpful reader has pointed us in the direction of Gondry's homage to "Taxi Driver" that played at the premiere of the film. It's best you just watch the video yourself, as the surprises are best revealed as they come but we will say this: the "overhead" shot towards the end is pretty great and Gondry makes the most charming, French Travis Bickle you're ever likely to see. It's colorful, »

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Cool Videos: Michel Gondry swedes Taxi Driver

16 December 2011 2:03 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Be Kind Rewind was, unfortunately, a pretty crappy movie. But what it did was launch the art of "sweding" - remaking a movie from scratch using whatever you can get your hands on - into the mainstream. Now Michel Gondry, who directed Rewind, has returned to the world of sweding to recreate a modern classic. Gondry was asked to create a short that would run before the French premiere of Hugo. To pay proper homage to Scorsese, Gondry decided to swede Taxi Driver. What follows »

- Mike Sampson

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Scorsese: 'Taxi Driver Would Have Made A Great 3D Film'

14 December 2011 12:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviemaker Martin Scorsese wants to go back in time and remake Taxi Driver in 3D.

The film icon has won critical acclaim for his first 3D film, Hugo, and there's a classic he'd like to go back and film using the latest technology.

He tells Rolling Stone, "I wouldn't mind making all my movies in 3D... (but) if I could go back in time, I'd shoot Taxi Driver in 3D. Bob De Niro in the mirror as Travis Bickle. Imagine how intimidating: 'You talking to me? You talking to me?' Amazing possibilities."

De Niro is also in Scorsese's future - the director hopes to reteam with the veteran and Leonard DiCaprio for a new film.

He adds, "My wish for next year is to get my friends Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio together... I've done eight films with Bob, four with Leo. They are my friends and collaborators. Now I want to join them up.

"It's my dream and I'm going to make it happen." »

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Competition: 'The Last Waltz' BFI bundle giveaway *Closed*

11 December 2011 10:03 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

The BFI will be proudly presenting Martin Scorsese's classic rockumentary The Last Waltz (1978) from 2-15 December at London's BFI Southbank. To celebrate this, we have a very special bundle to give away including a pair of tickets to the see the film, a copy of BFI Film Classics book Taxi Driver, My Voyage to Italy (1999) on DVD and an exclusive The Last Waltz film poster. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook fans, so if you haven't already, head over to, 'Like' us, and then follow the instructions below.

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- Daniel Green

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'American Psycho; Getting the Reboot Treatment

8 December 2011 1:31 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

In today's fast-paced, concept-destitute filmmaking world, 10 years is more than enough time to justify the remake of a popular film. And in checking my calendar, I see it's been almost 12 years since American Psycho came out — so what the hell, Hollywood? What? You’re on it? Well, okay then.

Lionsgate, which holds the remake rights to American Psycho, is planning on whipping out an ultra-low-budget reboot of Mary Harron's now-classic adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel. Noble Jones, who's directed music videos, documentaries, commercials and second unit material for David Fincher, is hoping to make his feature debut with the project.

Jones has written a script that updates the original by taking the titular psycho, Patrick Bateman, and placing him in today's world. How does a psycho killer react to the current financial unrest? Does he go after those pesky Occupy Wallstreet protestors in a way that would make Frank Miller proud? »

- Theron

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What Classic Movie Have You Never Seen? Edgar Wright Wants to Know

8 December 2011 5:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News

Back in April, the UK film site LoveFilm polled 1500 people and found that nearly four out of every five lie about having seen a classic film in an effort to "impress people." The most notoriously fibbed-about films? 'Casablanca,' '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 'Taxi Driver,' 'Reservoir Dogs' and -- topping the list with nearly 30 percent of respondents saying they have never seen it -- 'The Godfather.' (Who are you people? See 'The Godfather' already!) What Edgar Wright is currently planning in conjunction with the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles has nothing to do with LoveFilm's poll of philistines, but it's part of the same cloth. Wright is screening a series of classic films he's never seen, and he wants fans to let him know some of their more surprising cinematic black holes.

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- Christopher Rosen

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Clip joint: Mirrors

8 December 2011 3:02 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Clip joint goes through the looking glass to find film's fairest mirror moments

Mirror, mirror on the wall, is this the most hackneyed Clip joint opening line of them all?

Perhaps so, but there's no doubting the cinematic power of reflection – a tested trope and nifty technical manoeuvre that's been used in many stand-out scenes in movie history.

In an art form to which the visual is crucial, a glance in the mirror can be a window into the soul – an expression of self-doubt, a moment of realisation or perhaps the communication of internalised pain. It can be just plain funny, too. It all depends on who's looking in the glass.

Mirrors have proved a powerful tool in horror films, as well. Don't believe me? Go and stand in front of one and say "Candyman" five times.

Here are a few of my favourite mirror moments. Read, reflect and tell »

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See Rooney Mara, Brad Pitt and More As Cinema's Iconic Bad Guys

7 December 2011 11:22 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Not too long ago, a fantastic photo set surfaced with various actors and actresses taking on characters in various Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and Good Fellas. Recreations of some of cinema's finest characters and scenes get a whole new image and feel with new talent stepping in, and a new video gallery from The New York Times is no different. Alex Prager has crafted Touch of Evil, "a video gallery of cinematic villainy inspired by nefarious icons and featuring the best performers from the year in film" including Brad Pitt as Eraserhead, Rooney Mara as Alex from A Clockwork Orange and more. Here's snapshots of Alex Prager's Touch of Evil (click to see the video pieces from The NY Times): Pitt and Mara's installments really stand out as the best, but there's plenty of other great reinventions to behold. The others featured above include Michael Shannon as »

- Ethan Anderton

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Video Vault: Goodfellas

6 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

For a director as venerable as Martin Scorsese, arguably the greatest living filmmaker, pinpointing one of his cinematic masterpieces as his best will always be essentially impossible.

Having covered such a wide range of genres over his career, there will never be a definitive consensus, however his 1990 film GoodFellas presents possibly the most compelling case to be considered Scorsese’s best. None of his other films have been as successful in blending his rich thematic subtexts and technical mastery with wildly entertaining plots and characters in what is quite simply the greatest gangster film ever made.

GoodFellas tells the story of Henry Hill’s (Ray Liotta) life from his humble beginnings in an Italian neighbourhood in ’50s New York, to his rise through the ranks of the mafia, and finally to his absolute capitulation. He is mentored by Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and partnered by Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci »

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