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With chameleonic fidelity, Gyllenhaal is explosive as the tortured Junior Middleweight World Boxing Champion fighter Billy ‘The Great’ Hope who, after a series of tragic personal setbacks, is forced to fight back and regain the things he has lost.
The first trailer released today exerts a powerfully raw and rough-around-the-edges feeling yet still manages to impart an emotional backbone that will pull at your heartstrings. Add in a strong supporting cast including Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Gibson, Miguel Gomez (The Strain), Beau Knapp (Run All Night), and Rita Ora and some impressive looking ring work and you have a film that has the potential to be sit alongside other great fighting films like The Fighter and Raging Bull. »
- Sacha Hall
Macbeth is widely considered the darkest of William Shakespeare.s plays. Full of corruption, evil, unchecked ambition, and the consequences thereof, the material sounds like a perfect fit for a filmmaker like, oh, I don.t know, Martin Scorsese. He apparently agrees, as the Oscar-winning director of Raging Bull, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver is mounting a film version of Shakespeare.s tragedy. While answering a question on BBC Radio.s show Kermode and Mayo.s Film Review, Sir Kenneth Branagh stated that he and Scorsese are indeed teaming up for a big screen adaptation of his acclaimed stage production of Macbeth. When he responded to a query from social media, the Thor director said: We will remount the production and all things being well Mr. Scorsese will direct a film version of that production. This sounds like an ideal match between material and artist to us, and we can »
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-cable TV and pre-Netflix coupons 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »
- Brad Brevet
On Monday, MGM was back in the squared ring of a courtroom with Paula Petrella, whose father wrote works that partly became the basis for Martin Scorsese Raging Bull. Petrella is suing MGM and 20th Century Fox over the continued distribution of the film, and while the defendants scored blows in the first round before the U.S. Supreme Court revived the case, she's still standing, being allowed to pursue copyright claims despite an 18-year delay in filing a lawsuit. This time, MGM isn't attacking the delay, but rather what was represented by her father when he got $200,
- Eriq Gardner
He continued, adding that "listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one said, I'm on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm".
Well, that's two pieces of news that hadn't been confirmed before, then. Firstly, »
Last year it was revealed that Jamie Foxx is set to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic of the former heavyweight boxing champ, and now Foxx has revealed on New York’s Power 105’s Breakfast Show that Martin Scorsese has been tapped to direct the film at Paramount Pictures.
“I just went in to Paramount with Mike Tyson,” states Foxx. “So I’m going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I’m on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm. This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese has done since Raging Bull.”
- Gary Collinson
Martin Scorsese is to return to the boxing ring for the first time since 1980's Raging Bull, this time to direct a pic about the legendary Mike Tyson. The news was confirmed by none other than Jamie Foxx in a recent interview, where he also shared the news that he will getting tatted up and piling on some muscle to play the notorious fighter. Tyson is considered one of the best boxers to ever set foot in a ring, leaving most of his opponents absolutely destroyed in his wake. Add to that a prison sentence for rape in 1992 and a highly publicised fall from grace after biting an opponent's ear off during a fight, and his controversial career seems perfect fodder for the big screen treatment. One thing to note though; Tyson himself is still only 48 years old and Foxx is 47, so it remains to be seen if Jamie Foxx »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
Back in 2008, Mike Tyson revealed that he has been speaking with Jamie Foxx about the actor portraying him in a biopic. Two years later, Foxx said that he would be interested in taking the role. Then last summer, it was officially announced that a Mike Tyson biopic was in the works that Foxx will play the boxer. Tyson later said that he'd heard talks of Martin Scorsese directing the film, adding that the same technology that was used on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" will be used to turn Foxx into Tyson at different ages. And now, Foxx confirmed to a radio station that Scorsese will indeed direct the biopic. "I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson," said the actor. "So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, »
Back in July, we reported that actor Jamie Foxx signed on to star in Paramount's Untitled Mike Tyson Biopic, with Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter signing on to write the screenplay. We haven't heard anything about this biopic since then, but during a radio interview with Power 105's The Breakfast Club, Jamie Foxx revealed that Martin Scorsese has come aboard to direct. Take a look at what the actor had to say below.
"I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I'm on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm. This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese has done since Raging Bull."
Paramount has yet to confirm the news, »
"I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I'm on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm. This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese has done since 'Raging Bull.'"
Scorsese is currently in the midst of directing his long-gestating »
- Garth Franklin
By Mark Cerulli
The 1951 film The Tales of Hoffmann, the acclaimed British adaptation of the opera by Jaques Offenbach, was an early influence on major directors like Cecil B. DeMille, George Romero (who said it was “the movie that made me want to make movies”) and Martin Scorsese. They were drawn to co-directors, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger’s inventive camera work, vibrant color palette (each of the three acts has its own primary color) and smooth blending of film, dance and music. According to an interview found on Powell-Pressburger.org, Powell wanted to do a “composed film” – shot entirely to a pre-recorded music track, in this case, Offenbach’s opera. Not having to worry about sound meant he could remove the cumbersome padding that encased every Technicolor camera and really move it around production designer Hein Heckroth’s soaring sets. (Heckroth’s work on the film earned him two 1952 Oscar nominations. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Jamie Foxx will play the controversial boxer in a new drama, which has been rumoured for several months.
"I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson," he said. "So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I'm on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm.
Scorsese had been linked to the project before, but this is the first time it has been confirmed. However, Paramount have yet to release an official project announcement.
Tyson has previously suggested »
On today's podcast we talked about this very thing, though I forgot Jamie Foxx has been talking about playing Mike Tyson in a biopic on the fighter's life since 2005, and things have only been picking up since then. In 2008 Tyson talked about it and last year it was announced Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) would pen the screenplay with Foxx in mind to star and Tyson told IGN once again that Foxx would star and it looked like Martin Scorsese would be involved in some capacity. Today the story gets even bigger. In an interview with Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" (included just below), Foxx said, "I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I'm on the other side doing »
- Brad Brevet
Currently in Taiwan lensing his long-term passion project Silence, Martin Scorsese has his next feature already lined up. According to an interview with Jamie Foxx, The Wolf Of Wall Street helmer is reportedly on board to direct him in the untitled Mike Tyson biopic that’s been bubbling away for the last few years.
Scorsese has been tentatively linked to the film previously, and if Foxx’s comments on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club (via Uproxx) are to be believed, he’s all in:
I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I’m going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I’m on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm. This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese »
- Gem Seddon
Last summer, we learned that Horrible Bosses and Ray star Jamie Foxx would be getting into the boxing ring to play iconic boxer Mike Tyson in a biopic that will be written by "Boardwalk Empire" creator and The Wolf of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. Since then we haven't heard anything regarding the development of the project, but Foxx recently appeared on Power 105's radio program The Breakfast Club (via Uproxx) and he revealed that Martin Scorsese will be directing, marking a return to the sport after being behind the camera for the classic Raging Bull. And this Mike Tyson project just got really interesting. Here's what Foxx told the morning radio show: “I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I’m going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, »
- Ethan Anderton
With just "a couple of projects" standing between Martin Scorsese and any possible chance of retirement, every project announced could mean we're one step closer to the end of the line. So naturally, it would be a wise move for the talented filmmaker to start capping off his decades-long career of excellence with projects that scream quality. Will the the Mike Tyson biopic, starring Jamie Foxx, be one of them? Leave it to Foxx himself to spill the beans, as Uproxx caught the Academy Award winner doing his rounds on a morning radio show, which gave the actor a great platform to announce that he's definitely playing Mike Tyson. Much like how Tyson confirmed the involvement of Jamie Foxx in the lead role, Foxx name dropped Martin Scorsese as the directorial muscle behind the boxing biopic. Considering how well regarded Raging Bull is to this very day, this project is »
Director: Paul Schrader
Running time: 94 minutes
Paul Schrader, a product of the movie brat generation, here offers up a fragmented feature starring Nicolas Cage but on this occasion it’s hard to pin all the blame on Schrader, taking on the role of writer and director, if the rumoured battle with producers are true.
Dying Of The Light follows the story of a career CIA operative Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage), dealing with a devastating illness that threatens to end his career , whilst on a relentless pursuit of a terrorist who once imprisoned and tortured him but it’s uninspiring, boring and overplayed after much promise. Paul Schrader is a talented writer/ director behind such classics as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, alongside a credible cast featuring the likes of Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin but the finished product is a jumbled mess. »
- Ciham Messouki
Editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who has collected three Oscars (“The Aviator,” “Raging Bull” and “The Departed") shares with Martin Scorsese, her collaborator on 22 movies over three decades, an infectious enthusiasm for the movies she loves. Last week I got on the phone with her in Taiwan, which Ang Lee suggested to Scorsese as a location for shooting “Silence,” which is set in 17th century Japan. They’ve been shooting for almost a month. I told her that when I was working for editor Richard Corliss at Film Comment Magazine in the early 80s, British director Michael Powell submitted via mail his typed Guilty Pleasures manuscript. “Marty probably put him up to that,” Schoonmaker said. I adore Powell and his writer-producer partner Emeric Pressburger’s output in the 40s and 50s, from the stunning color masterpieces “The Red Shoes,” “Black Narcissus,” and “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” to the black-and-white »
- Anne Thompson
Dying of the Light, 2014.
Written and Directed by Paul Schrader.
Burned out CIA operative Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage) is forced into early retirement due to a degenerative medical diagnosis. Aided by an up and coming field agent Milton Schultz (Anton Yelchin) he uses his limited time to track down an old adversary.
Given what has been made of the latest Cage-rage low budget effort in many quarters you could be forgiven for thinking this’ll be on a par with that The Wicker Man remake for overall- albeit hilarious- lameness.
In truth, it’s not quite as bad as all that. It’s just a bit weird really, with Schrader and the cast recently disowning the finished product and claiming something of a studio takeover from the creatives in control. »
- Robert W Monk
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