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Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– Robert De Niro will receive the Chaplin Award at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 44th Chaplin Award Gala on May 8, 2017. The event will celebrate De Niro’s more than 40-year career in cinema and his championing of independent film through the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute.
“De Niro has long been such a legendary presence that one can overlook the remarkably fine-tuned craft and quality he has brought to his roles over his multi-decade career,” Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said in a statement. “If you watch his performances, from ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘The Godfather Part II’ to ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Awakenings’ and on to his more recent work »
- Graham Winfrey
Paul Schrader’s filmmaking credits include some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, from “American Gigolo” to “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” In the latest episode of the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast, Schrader discusses how the creation of his new film, “Dog Eat Dog,” is part of a “post-rules” generation, his screenwriting methods and the fallouts he’s had with some of his contemporaries.
In “Dog Eat Dog,” Schrader says he wanted to explore the current state of the crime film genre, something that’s changed in a post-Scorsese and post-Tarantino world. For his latest film, Schrader gathered a group of people from fields outside the film industry to work on it. He calls them the “post-rules” generation: A group of filmmakers who aren’t even aware of the classical film rules that have been utilized, broken and codified over the decades. For these filmmakers, says Schrader, »
- Mark Burger
Robert De Niro will receive the Film Society Of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award on May 8, 2017, and take part in a career tribute.“De Niro has long been such a legendary presence that one can overlook the remarkably fine-tuned craft and quality he has brought to his roles over his multi-decade career,” said Lesli Klainberg, executive director of the Film Society Of Lincoln Center.“If you watch his performances, from Mean Streets and The Godfather Part II to
“De Niro has long been such a legendary presence that one can overlook the remarkably fine-tuned craft and quality he has brought to his roles over his multi-decade career,” said Lesli Klainberg, executive director of the Film Society Of Lincoln Center.
“If you watch his performances, from Mean Streets and The Godfather Part II to [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has named Robert De Niro the recipient of its 44th annual Chaplin Award, which honors major industry talents.
De Niro will take home the 2017 trophy for a four-decade acting career that stretches from early work including “Mean Streets,” “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather Part II” to more recent projects such as “Silver Linings Playbook.” He’s also the high-profile co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, launched in the wake of 9/11 in an effort to boost the economic prospects of lower Manhattan.
The actor-producer will be honored by the Film Society at a springtime gala featuring notable guests and presenters as well as movie and interview footage drawn from De Niro’s career. He joins a list of previous Chaplin recipients that includes Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep, Billy Wilder and last year’s honoree, Morgan Freeman.
De Niro’s Chaplin Award was announced »
- Gordon Cox
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. “This is Marty’s best movie,” Silence producer Irwin Winkler told me when I ran into him at the Motion Picture Television Fund’s 95th anniversary event. Sure, he is high on the film because he produced it, but keep in mind this is also the man who also produced Scorsese classics Raging Bull and Goodfellas, so this kind of praise is not to be taken lightly. His wife Margo concurred that the movie is a… »
Paul Schrader directs and briefly stars in this completely ‘out there’ crime drama/ supreme black comedy, a weird, mind-bending piece that if his name hadn’t been plastered across the opening credits, you wouldn’t have quite believed that this it comes from the guy responsible for the likes of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
Schrader continues his relationship in working with lead Nicolas Cage following their last turn with The Dying Of The Light in 2014 with this deeply dark piece revolving around three ex cons, Troy (Cage), Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook). Matthew Wilder‘s screenplay has the three kooky, very off-beat characters employed »
- Paul Heath
Bleed for This, 2016.
Directed by Ben Younger.
Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) has achieved enormous success as a lightweight boxer but his career is threatened when he fails in the Junior Welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather. When a devastating car accident causes a life-changing neck injury, the indomitable Vin works closely with his trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) and flamboyant father Angelo (Ciaran Hinds), the incapacitated Vinny vows to get back in the ring.
Boxing movies are as inseparable from their feel-good cliches as Mona Lisa is from her enigmatic smile. Sometimes this is easy to embrace and champion (Rocky); other times it’s eye-rollingly tiresome (last year’s punchdrunk, lumbering Jake Gyllenhaal starrer Southpaw). Only occasionally does a master director implode it from within (Martin Scorsese with Raging Bull, less a conventional underdog tale than a »
- Sean Wilson
A video clip of Robert De Niro slamming Donald Trump while filming a political testimony for a non-partisan group has surfaced online. De Niro and other participants were asked by the non-partisan group #VoteYourFuture, “What do you care about?” Going completely off script, De Niro said that what he cares about is the direction of the country. To get his point across, the “Raging Bull” actor went on a tear and destroyed Trump. “I mean, he’s so blatantly stupid. He’s a punk. He’s a dog. He’s a pig. He’s a con, a bulls— artist. A »
- Umberto Gonzalez
When The Departed won both Best Picture and Best Director at the 79th Academy Awards, the degree to which the film itself deserved this accolade was largely drowned out by the film community’s collective, exasperated utterance of “Finally!” in reaction to the long-overdue recognition of Martin Scorsese. Indeed, it was incredible — even criminal — that this titan of cinema was just now being awarded for his genius. One of New Hollywood’s reigning figures, Scorsese had been working powerfully and prolifically for nearly 40 years prior to The Departed, building one of the finest filmographies in the history of cinema. When the 2006 film brought the long sought-after gold statuettes, there persisted a received wisdom that the awards were being granted more for a lifetime of exceptional achievement than for this achievement in particular.
On this day, which marks the tenth anniversary of The Departed‘s theatrical release, let us look at »
- The Film Stage
Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston have starred together in War Horse, but now they're both part of Marvel's cinematic universe as Doctor Strange approaches. Hiddleston recently took time off from reprising his role as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok to speak to Cumberbatch about life, the universe, and many things. Interview Magazine had the brilliant idea of having Cumberbatch interview Hiddleston, two of today's hottest actors. And I don't mean in terms of attractiveness though many would say that as well. What started out as a one-way interview quickly turned into just a conversation between two friends. If you ever wanted to know about the actors' personal film interests, you're in luck! Cumberbatch: I was wondering if there was an era of film—if you had a time machine—that you could go back and be a part of? Whether it's musicals or neorealism in Italy post World War II or »
- Jill Pantozzi
While most of America was anticipating the historic showdown of Hillary vs. Donald, on Friday night in Austin, it all came down to Dolph Lundgren. At Fantastic Fest’s famous “Fantastic Feuds” event, a heated conversation about whether or not “Rocky IV” was the best boxing movie of all time was abruptly resolved when no less than the beefy action star himself — aka Russian villain Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” — walked through a curtain of smoke to set the record straight for good.
The crowd shrieked and hollered as an American flag waved in the ring. No, this wasn’t some ill-advised sketch comedy set envisioning a rally of redneck cinephiles supporting Arthouse Trump, but rather the essence of the silly-serious approach to movie fandom that Fantastic Fest uniquely conjures up.
The Alamo Drafthouse-hosted genre festival showcases edgy storytelling from around the world, but it also brings that sensibility to the ring. »
- Eric Kohn
Joseph Baxter Sep 20, 2016
Based on the 1995 novel of the same name by real-life ex-criminal Edward Bunker, the Cleveland-set Dog Eat Dog centres on utterly irredeemable ne’er-do-well ex-cons Troy (Nicolas Cage), Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) and their heavy hitter Diesel (The Walking Dead's Christopher Matthew Cook) who take on the terrible task of kidnapping a dangerous gangster’s one-year-old baby! However, unlike with Cage’s signature (also ex-con) role in the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona, said infant abduction does not at all go as planned, resulting in our repugnant protagonists going on the run from the law and from the gangster baby-daddy in question. What ensues is a wanton spree of brutal bloodletting and body-dropping.
There’s something about boxing movies that gets butts in seats regardless of so many being practically the same story. The formula almost always concerns some type of personal and professional redemption and Ben Younger‘s Bleed for This is no exception. Being a true telling of Vinny Pazienza’s (Miles Teller) arduous journey back into the ring after a near-fatal car crash severed his neck, however, means it possesses some substance beyond the old “washed up” bid for revenge against the press or a former coach/manager who’s now inexplicably repping the opponent. Some of that is present too, but it takes a backseat to watching a tenacious young man beat the odds to prove mankind’s resilience rather than facilitate the usual melodramatic quest of honoring a fridged family member.
Our introduction to Paz is by watching him get beat for the third time in a row »
- Jared Mobarak
Everything you missed on day 9 of #TIFF16Everything you missed on day 9 of #TIFF16Adriana Floridia9/17/2016 9:30:00 Am
Chloe Grace Moretz and her real life counterpart lit up the red carpet at last night's Tiff premiere of Brain on Fire.
Based on the best-selling memoir, Brain on Fire tells Susannah Cahalan's story of her extremely rare and shocking autoimmune disorder. Chloe Grace Moretz effectively portrays Susannah's difficult journey as a twenty-four year old journalist whose life turns upside for down when she starts experiencing bizarre symptoms that cause her to be constantly misdiagnosed. It's a riveting story that we can't wait to see on the big screen.
Keith Richards and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones were in town last night with their concert film The Rolling Stones: Ole Ole Ole! Any fans of the legendary band could have been found at Roy Thompson Hall last night »
- Adriana Floridia
I like Paul Schrader. Even if he never made another movie ever, he'd still be (rightfully) heralded for his work as the screenwriter for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver alone. But he continued with more classic collaborations with Scorsese (like Raging Bull and Last Temptation Of Christ), as well as his own directorial efforts like Hardcore and American Gigalo. While his latest... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Arclight Films and Killer Films are teaming on the picture out of the Toronto International Film Festival. The picture overflows with institutional intrigue and shadowy corporate forces. It follows an ex-military chaplain (Hawke), who is wrecked by grief over the death of his son. Seyfried plays a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.
Hawke appeared in “The Magnificent Seven,” which kicked off this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. His other credits include “Boyhood” and “Training Day.” Seyfried’s work includes the HBO series “Big Love” and the films “Dear John” and “Mama Mia.”
- Brent Lang
You know an actor is fully committed when they're willing go from looking like Superman to looking like a failed rodeo clown just for a role. Christian Bale did it for American Hustle and Robert De Niro famously packed on the pounds for Raging Bull. Now we can add Matthew McConaughey to that illustrious list, as he gained 40 pounds for his new movie Gold which dropped its first trailer (via Vulture). The... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
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Today something significant will be happening. Today, people can prove me wrong about something I've been saying for years.
But I don't think they will.
It centers on the legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, has a stellar cast, and comes from a time in history that's so recent that the film's central figure is still alive today. For advocates of diversity, you have the talented Edgar Ramirez starring as Duran, you have pop music megastar Usher Raymond as the iconic pugilist "Sugar" Ray Leonard, and a supporting cast littered with hispanic performers like Rubén Blades, Ana de Armas, and Yancey Arias.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Some actors and directors go together like spaghetti and meatballs. They just gel together in a rare way that makes their collaborations special. Here is a list of the seven best parings of director and actor in film history.
Of all the parings on this list, these two make the oddest films. (In a good way.) Tim Burton is one of the most visually imaginative filmmakers of his generation and Johnny Depp was once the polymorphous master of playing a wide variety of eccentric characters. They were a natural combo. Depp made most of his best films with Burton, before his current ‘Jack Sparrow’ period began. The duo had the knack for telling stories about misfits and freaks, yet making them seem sympathetic and likable. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Boxing isn’t just about being able to throw a good punch. It’s just as much about how you take the blows that come at you. In the case of Vinny Pazienza, the hit he didn’t see coming happened outside the ring, when a head-on car accident left him with a broken neck and minimal chances of ever walking again, let alone fighting. And yet he refused to throw in the towel.
A comeback story within a comeback story, “Bleed for This” stars Miles Teller as the boxer who simply wouldn’t quit — the “Pazmanian Devil” who agreed to wear a painful halo brace for six months in hopes that he might heal enough to defend his world-champion title. Teller is terrific, which should come as no surprise to “Whiplash” fans, though no less significant, the film represents a significant return for writer-director Ben Younger, the once-hot “Boiler Room »
- Peter Debruge
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