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It’s easy to see what drew filmmaker Aaron I. Naar to his eponymous subject in “Mateo,” but it’s almost impossible to share his enthusiasm or even feel much sympathy for a figure who, for a good chunk of this sluggish yet disconcerting documentary, comes across as a genuinely creepy person. Indeed, if “Mateo” were a dramatic feature, a viewer would be entirely justified, after its first hour or so, in expecting a final scene involving violent outbursts, bloody mayhem and/or neighbors expressing amazement that such a quiet man would ever do such very bad things.
This is the story of Matthew Stoneman, a ginger-haired, New Hampshire-born singer-songwriter who reinvented himself as Mateo after learning to speak Spanish and developing an appreciation for Mexican ballads while serving time in prison for reasons neither he nor his estranged parents care to discuss much.
When the audience meets him, Mateo »
- Joe Leydon
Sure, we have all seen our share of an “Unstable Mabel” in cinema throughout the years. Some, more than others, do stand out in craziness, chaos and curiosity. These furious females in film–at least the ones that we will spotlight in this particular movie column–have something to their off-kilter filter that dares to dig deep on so many psychological levels of frivolity and fury.
In Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies we will examine some of the warped women on the big screen that have a sense of demented diva-like dimensions to their cockeyed characterizations. These mistresses of misbehaving all demonstrate various kinds of detachment and dysfunction that capture our puzzling imaginations. Are there perhaps even stronger and more memorable bombastic she-beasts that have a certain score to settle against their detractors or society as a whole? Of course. However, the »
- Frank Ochieng
First up, a very happy 33rd to Elisabeth Moss, who's teaming up again with Jane Campion for a second season of Top of the Lake. More projects in the works: Pablo Larraín’s Neruda with Gael García Bernal; Ridley Scott's adaptation of Don Winslow's novel, The Cartel; Chad Hartigan's follow-up to This Is Martin Bonner, Morris From America; Richard Jenkins joins Woody Harrelson in Rob Reiner's Lbj; Angelina Jolie will adapt a memoir from Cambodian author and human-rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime and one of her co-producers will be Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture). And Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is headed to Broadway. » - David Hudson »
Martin Scorsese is one of the most revered filmmakers of all time and the vast majority of his movies are considered classics or important works of cinema. While a remake of Goodfellas or Taxi Driver would be sacrilegious, that doesn't mean they cannot be adapted as other formats such as the stage which is where the 1983 dark comedy The King Of Comedy is headed. The King Of Comedy stars Robert... Read More »
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- Ben Child
The Film Society of Lincoln Centre have announced today that Don Cheadle's directorial debut "Miles Ahead," a biopic of legendary musician Miles Davis (played by Cheadle), will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night selection of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival. Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor also star in the film, and the festival runs September 25th to October 11th. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
“Hedwig & The Angry Inch” composer Stephen Trask and “Rock of Ages” writer Chris D’Arienzo have signed on to New Regency’s Broadway musical adaptation of the 1982 film “The King of Comedy.” The original film, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis, followed a comedian who stalks and kidnaps a late-night talk show host in an attempt to land a TV appearance. The film was produced by New Regency and company founder Arnon Milchan. “We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this classic film, with its quirky characters and contemporary themes surrounding. »
- Reid Nakamura
Martin Scorsese's scabrous showbiz satire "The King of Comedy" is one of the director's oft-unsung masterworks, even if it took a box office hit in 1982. Now, it is getting the Broadway musical treatment. Composer and lyricist Stephen Trask (“Hedwig & The Angry Inch”) and Chris D’Arienzo, book writer of the Tony-nominated jukebox musical “Rock of Ages" (which later became the 2012 film flop) will pen this stage version of the cult classic about a desperate comedian who stalks and kidnaps his idol, a late-night TV host. New Regency, whose founder Arnon Milchan produced the original movie starring Robert De Niro, will back the project. Read More: Weinsteins Think Big: Unload TV Division, Spend on Movies, Take 'Finding Neverland' to Broadway (Trailer) Broadway's Hollywood nostalgia has not always paid off. (This year's Tony Awards, however, gave Hollywood the cold shoulder.) "Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark," Julie Taymor's beleaguered comic book musical, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Not every film that crashed and burned at the box office in the 1980s goes on to become a cult hit. But that’s exactly what happened to Martin Scorsese’s The King Of Comedy, which is adding another impressive achievement to its legacy: A Broadway musical. Yes, the story of stage-door autograph hunter and aspiring stand-up comic Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) who sees a chance to make his career dreams come true by kidnapping successful comedian and talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) and holding him until the authorities wrangle him a guest spot in Langford’s TV stage, is headed to the Great White Way.Hedwig And The Angry Inch lyricist Stephen Trask and Rock Of Ages writer Chris D’Arienzo are on hand to adapt Paul Zimmerman’s script, which chronicles Pupkin’s misadventures. There’s no word yet on when it might be making its debut, »
Rupert Pupkin’s delusions of latenight grandeur will soon be set to music.
New Regency will back the musical, which draws on Martin Scorsese’s 1983 black comedy of the same name. The company’s founder Arnon Milchan produced the film, which sent up celebrity worship and starred Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. It centers on an aspiring comedian who kidnaps a talk show host in the hopes of forcing his way onto television.
“The King of Comedy” is a cult classic, but it was a box office disaster in its day, earning only $2.5 million, a fraction of its $19 million cost.
Trask and D’Arienzo are represented by CAA, and Trask is managed by Steven Saporito.
- Brent Lang
Hedwig & The Angry Inch composer/lyricist Stephen Trask and Rock Of Ages author Chris D'Arienzo have signed on for the Broadway musical adaption of Arnon Milchan's The King Of Comedy for New Regency. The 1982 movie, directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by New Regency, starred Jerry Lewis as a talk show host who is kidnapped by a desperate comedian stalker (Robert De Niro) who wants his own fame. "We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this… »
While fans have been going crazy about Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and they are not the only ones! Celebrities have been going gaga too and we saw this when Salman recently visited the sets of popular TV shows Indian Idol Junior, Dance India Dance 4, Comedy Nights with Kapil and a special episode he shot titled ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan Kidnapped’ with kids.
But what is even cooler is that his visits resulted in a series of Dubsmash videos featuring popular dialogues from the film. Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sonakshi Sinha, Mithun Chakraborty, Dance India Dance judge Puneet, Kapil Sharma, Sugandha Mishra have joined the bandwagon showing support with their videos and we have them just for you!.
Now, this is the ultimate dubsmash combo. Check out Salman Khan »
- Stacey Yount
Robert De Niro has been gearing up what’s been known as his “passion project” for some time, a film called The Comedian in which he would play an insult comic modeled off Don Rickles. De Niro has now secured a director for the film, Taylor Hackford (Ray, Parker). Deadline exclusively reported that Hackford came on board after director Mike Newell departed due to scheduling, and that casting for the film is now underway.
Roast comic Jeff Ross wrote all of De Niro’s stand-up material for the film, and the screenplay was penned by Art Linson, who previously wrote De Niro’s What Just Happened and has produced everything from Fight Club to The Untouchables to Into the Wild. It’ll be interesting to see De Niro take on the role, because it’s perhaps most closely similar to his underrated, almost cult performance as Rupert Pupkin in Martin Scorsese »
- Brian Welk
Hackford should be a decent choice for the project – he worked with De Niro’s pal Al Pacino on The Devil’s Advocate, creating another larger than life persona. The Comedian focuses on a politically incorrect gagmeister. Co-producer Art Linson wrote the script, with Jeffrey Ross supplying the jokes.
Production is scheduled to commence in New York in early 2016, for a movie that should see the star returning to the sort of distinctive, character-based material in which he made his name. »
- Steve Palace
Robert De Niro is so widely respected in Hollywood that he could really do anything he wants at this stage in his career. To the Oscar winner’s credit, though, he’s not rolling over and taking easy paycheck roles all the time – for years, De Niro has been pushing to get The Comedian made, with an eye to starring in the Art Linson-penned drama. And now, he’ll finally complete that passion project, having recruited Taylor Hackford to direct the pic.
De Niro will take on the role of a self-destructive, acerbic insult comic inspired partly by comedian Don Rickles (De Niro’s co-star in Casino). It won’t be the actor’s first time playing a professional funnyman – he took on the role of aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin to widespread acclaim in The King of Comedy.
Excitingly, though Linson (known for the De Niro-starring, Hollywood-set What Just Happened? »
- Isaac Feldberg
"Inside Out" is an emotional, sometimes devastating look at a young girl's emotions as illustrated through five dynamic creatures: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader). Fear is the rubberiest member of the quintet, a nervous and jittery fellow whose eyes always seem ready to burst of his head. Naturally Bill Hader is a fine fit for the part. His time on "SNL" proved his greatest strength is playing characters who are soulfully weird. We caught up with Hader to discuss how he got the part of Fear in "Inside Out," how "The Skeleton Twins" changed his life, and why Martin Scorsese is so meaningful to him. Can you see yourself in the physical movements of your character? Is that disturbing? Not disturbing, but it's there. I watched it with my wife at this cast-and-crew screening, and my wife said, »
- Louis Virtel
Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.
5. Ballet 422 (VOD)
There are very few things in this world quite like the birth of a new creative venture. Be it the making of a film, the writing of a new novel or the painstaking artistry that goes into the crafting of a new sculpture, watching an artist or »
- Joshua Brunsting
Once he was The King Of Comedy for Martin Scorsese. Now Robert De Niro is set to be The Comedian for Mike Newell. The actor and director will join forces for the film, based on a screenplay by Art Linson (What Just Happened?).De Niro will also produce the film, and has been keen to get it underway for some time. There's no information on the plot so far, but The Comedian revolves around an aging "insult comic", reportedly not dissimilar to Don Rickles, who made an appearance alongside De Niro in Scorsese's Casino. Comedy Central's Jeffrey Ross has written the stand-up material.Linson, Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton are also among the producers, and shooting is planned for November in New York. »
2015 marks 25 years since Martin Scorsese's gangster phenomenon "Goodfellas" landed in theaters. It's an endlessly rewatchable, wickedly funny, brutally violent and brilliantly incisive example of cinema at both its purest and most coolly, deliciously corrupt. At the time of its making, Scorsese was at exactly that point in his career which he could easily have started a gradual slide into stately irrelevance, having already earned his podium in the Hall Of Fame for his early masterpieces like "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull." His previous few films had seen him move away from his trademark fascination with the visceral and the criminal on the mean streets of New York, since after the box office disappointments of "The King of Comedy" and "After Hours," he'd begun to explore his more spiritual side with "The Last Temptation of Christ" and the more refined if not necessarily gentler impulses in the short "Life »
- The Playlist Staff
In the mid-1980s, Martin Scorsese was regaining his footing as a director after a brutal few years. His passion project, The Last Temptation of Christ, had fallen apart at Paramount just days before production was scheduled to begin, and The King of Comedy had been a commercial, and largely critical, failure – in spite of the fact that it was, and is, one of the most incisive films ever made about celebrity culture. After years of working on studio movies with substantial budgets and luxurious schedules, Scorsese went back to ground zero for After Hours in 1985, stripping his methods […] »
- Jim Hemphill
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