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In Engrossing 'De Palma,' One Of America's Great Stylists Reflects On His Career

1 October 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“Logic” is a word that Brian De Palma uses a lot. It turns out that many of his most notorious scenes weren’t conceived for effect, but as a result of problem solving. The almost comically overblown shootout that closes “Scarface” came about because Al Pacino had injured his hand, so De Palma had to keep filming his assembled gunmen for two weeks while awaiting his star’s return. The great length of drill that kills Deborah Shelton in “Body Double” – its preposterous size adding to the furor from women’s groups – was simply because it needed to be long enough to pass through its victim, her floor and the hero’s ceiling.  These observations are made by the director himself in this utterly engrossing documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. And they’re pertinent to so much about him – the controversy that has peppered his career and his »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Nyff 15: ‘De Palma’ is a masterclass on the film industry from a prolific director

30 September 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

De Palma

Directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow

USA, 2015

Noah Baumbach isn’t exactly the first name in a list of directors that comes to mind for a documentary about renowned filmmaker Brian De Palma. With Baumbach’s own work as of late revolving around young and somewhat hip New Yorkers (Frances Ha and his recent release Mistress America), it’s not what anyone might naturally expect him to take on as his next project. But he does so with the help of writer-director Jake Paltrow, together delving into the filmmaker’s extensive and diverse filmography in the aptly named De Palma.

Going chronologically through all of his films, De Palma explores the career of a man with many substantial successes under his belt and a handful of failures along the way. The film is essentially one long interview with De Palma, intercut with footage from his movies. The »

- Sarah Pearce Lord

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Brian De Palma, Noah Baumbach And Jake Paltrow Talk De Palma

14 September 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There were not many surprises at this year’s Venice Film Festival, but one film that proved an unexpected joy was De Palma. A simple talking-head documentary, featuring Brian De Palma gassing happily about his entire CV from Murder A La Mod to Carrie to Scarface to Passion, it’s directed by the unlikely team of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow.“I met Noah at a birthday party for Paul Schrader twenty years ago and Jake at a party about ten years ago,” De Palma told Empire in Venice. “And we just had a rapport and a love for movies”.“There were so many conversations we had with Brian and things he would talk about that at a certain point we thought we should just ask him to talk about it on camera,” says Paltrow. “It was selfish at first. So we asked and he was up for it.”The »

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Brian De Palma: ‘We were fascinated by our different views on how to tell a story’

13 September 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director of Scarface and Carrie on the making of De Palma, a documentary about his career by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow

Brian De Palma was in Venice to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 award, and for the premiere of De Palma.

You famously like to attend festivals just to watch movies. What’s the special appeal of Venice?

I love the city. I spend a lot of time here because my composer [Pino Donaggio] lives here. Each festival has its ambience, but Venice… The food, the location, the canals, and when you’re at the Excelsior, where I usually stay, you run into all your friends in the lobby. It’s a very casual atmosphere.

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- Interview by Jonathan Romney

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Venice 2015: 'De Palma' review

9 September 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's unpretentious documentary De Palma (2015) reveals a clear-sighted and fascinating director, who often seems as bemused by the vagaries and inconsistencies in his own career as everyone else. Brian De Palma was initially seen as the most talented of the Young Turks who came to prominence in the seventies. Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg all deferred to him and his fierce intelligence. However, De Palma was to be left struggling in their wake as they all went on to accrue massive commercial and critical success while his own career, despite the occasional peak, suffered from troughs of ever-deeper despond.

The directors eschews the conventional prologue to such 'Extended Features' fare that would involve a chorus of praise from De Palma's peers, perhaps to forestall those obvious comparisons. It's consistent with his no-frills approach, which has De Palma sitting down »

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A24 Picks up Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s Brian De Palma Documentary

9 September 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A24 acquired worldwide distribution rights to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s documentary “De Palma,” the company announced Wednesday in advance of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film explores the career and legacy of director Brian De Palma, who will be on hand in Venice to receive the festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. De Palma’s filmmaking career began in the 1960s and his body of work includes such acclaimed and diverse films as “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Blow Out,” “Scarface,” “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible.” Also Read: HBO Suspends Pre-Production of Brian De Palma »

- Thom Geier

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A24 Picks Up Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's Documentary 'De Palma'

9 September 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Venice Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Brian De Palma After handling Asif Kapadia's breakout hit "Amy," indie distributor A24 is has just announced their acquisition of another insightful documentary about an icon in "De Palma." Directed by Noah Baumbach ("Mistress America," "Frances Ha") and Jake Paltrow ("Young Ones," "The Good Night"), the film paints a portrait of legendary director Brian De Palma, who is set to be honored this week at the Venice Film Festival with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The documentary promises an honest and candid discussion with the one-of-a-kind director, exploring his illustrious 50-year career, in which he went from New Hollywood bad boy to highly respected film veteran, and directed celebrated and diverse films such as "Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "Scarface," "Blow Out" and "Mission: Impossible." About »

- Tarek Shoukri

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Brian De Palma Documentary Acquired by A24

9 September 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 has acquired distribution rights to the Brian De Palma documentary “De Palma,” which will make its world premiere Wednesday at the Venice Film Festival.

De Palma will be in Venice to receive the festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The movie will also play at the New York Film Festival at the end of the month.

De Palma” was directed and produced by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush served as executive producers. A24 plans a 2016 release.

De Palma’s career has included “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Blow Out,” “Scarface,” “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible.” The doc covers De Palma’s singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his experiences navigating the film business.

“Noah and Jake have not only created a funny, nuanced and deeply insightful portrait of one of the world’s most masterful and uncompromising filmmakers, but they have »

- Dave McNary

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Watch a short film created from nightclub scenes in several films

8 September 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The nightclub visit has been a staple of numerous films across genres, whether it’s thrillers, action films, science fiction, supernatural creature features, or even period pieces. Nightclubs, more often than not, are pivotal elements to the story, either providing a key turning point for the plot, or providing a more in-depth look at a character or a group of characters.

Now youtube user Antonio Maria Da Silva has edited together the nightclub visits of several characters into a short film mashup called Hell’s Club. The mashup short brings together characters of all ilk, crossing genres and even having characters played by the same performer, such as Al Pacino’s Carlito Brigante from Carlito’s Way and Tony Montana from Scarface, interact with each other on occasion. The resulting video can be seen below, with a list of films used appearing at the end.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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The Worlds Of John Wick, Terminator, Star Wars, & More Collide In Amazing Mashup

4 September 2015 6:40 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Tom Cruise. John Wick. The Terminator. Scarface. Blade. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Patrick Bateman. Vincent Vega. Austin Powers... and many, many more star in this very impressive movie mashup that throws an unbelievable amount of our favorite heroes and villains in the same nightclub where all hell breaks loose as Cruise and company attempt to take down the Terminator.  Enter Antonio Maria Da Silva's Hell's Club below: There is a place where all fictional characters meet... Outside of time, Outside of all logic, This place is known as Hell'S Club, But this club is not safe... Terminator Versus Tony Montana Versus Tom Cruise Versus Carlito Brigante Versus Blade Versus John Travolta Versus Al Pacino Versus Pinead Versus The Mask Versus Robocop Versus Darth Vader Versus Michael Jackson. Follow @KingPatel7 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js. »

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Review: Netflix's 'Narcos' Starring Wagner Moura And Boyd Holbrook

2 September 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s no surprise that Pablo Escobar’s decades-long rise from petty street crime to the “The King of Cocaine” has inspired more than a dozen iterations on screen. Beyond the varied TV documentaries, his persona has loomed large in cinema and the small screen ever since his inspiration for Paul Shenar’s Sosa character in 1983’s “Scarface”; Cliff Curtis’ brief but effective turn in “Blow”; last year’s “Escobar: Paradise Lost” starring Benicio del Toro; and the fantastic documentary “The Two Escobars.” The list of upcoming and recent failed attempts at telling Escobar’s story is nearly as long (Oliver Stone and Joe Carnahan each tried, unsuccessfully, to mount a film), and while the kingpin is clearly attractive to Hollywood and beyond, one constant remains — he’s yet to be the lead character in his own story. And it’s an unfortunate fact that continues with “Narcos,” the latest »

- Erik McClanahan

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'Fear the Walking Dead' Stars Are Open to Being Killed Off (as Long as It's 'A Good Death')

23 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

So when you're three of the stars of one of TV's most anticipated but also incredibly hush-hush new series and you're gathered to talk about the series no one's seen without giving away any of its treasured secrets and plots twists, exactly what do you talk about?

A lot, as it turns out.

A trio of "Fear the Walking Dead" actors joined a small group of press prior to the show's debut, determined to explore as much of their experiences making "The Walking Dead's" spinoff/prequel show without being so revealing that the show's writers begin crafting elaborate exit-by-zombie-death scenes for them: Frank Dillane ("Sense8"), who plays Nick, the drug-addicted, downward-spiraling son of series co-lead Madison (Kim Dickens); Alycia Debnam-Carey ("The 100"), who has the role of Nick's overachieving sister Alicia; and Elizabeth Rodriguez ("Orange Is the New Black") playing Liza, the free-spirited ex-wife of series co-lead Travis (Cliff Curtis »

- Scott Huver

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93 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works

19 August 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Craft and The Birds to The Fugitive and She's All That, the many film reboots and remakes currently in the works...

Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.

Without further ado, here's what's coming up...


One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »

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Leigh Day on TCM: From Southern Belle in 'Controversial' Epic to Rape Victim in Code-Buster

18 August 2015 7:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Vivien Leigh ca. late 1940s. Vivien Leigh movies: now controversial 'Gone with the Wind,' little-seen '21 Days Together' on TCM Vivien Leigh is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 18, '15, as TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series continues. Mostly a stage actress, Leigh was seen in only 19 films – in about 15 of which as a leading lady or star – in a movie career spanning three decades. Good for the relatively few who saw her on stage; bad for all those who have access to only a few performances of one of the most remarkable acting talents of the 20th century. This evening, TCM is showing three Vivien Leigh movies: Gone with the Wind (1939), 21 Days Together (1940), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Leigh won Best Actress Academy Awards for the first and the third title. The little-remembered film in-between is a TCM premiere. 'Gone with the Wind' Seemingly all »

- Andre Soares

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Bombay Velvet’

14 August 2015 5:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Martin Scorsese is thanked in the opening credits of “Bombay Velvet,” but that’s far from the last time this splashy Bollywood gangster spectacular pays its respects. As it charts the corrupt historical development of Mumbai into a Western-styled megalopolis, Anurag Kashyap’s garish but engrossing film reflects the transition through blatant hat-tips to Hollywood crime cinema, ranging from Jimmy Cagney star vehicles to Scorsese’s own underworld sagas. The result — co-edited, no less, by the latter’s right-hand woman, Thelma Schoonmaker — may lack the charging formal brio of Kashyap’s 2012 Cannes sensation “Gangs of Wasseypur,” but it’s clear why the pic has already achieved substantial international distribution. Its Locarno festival date could usher in a second wave of cinephile appreciation.

“Our love story will be epic; our life, a smash hit,” our hero informs his paramour toward the end of a sprawling narrative that has already seen its »

- Guy Lodge

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Brian De Palma To Receive Venice Film Festival Award

13 August 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way) will receive the Venice Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award. The award, to be presented September 9, is dedicated to filmmakers who have made an outstanding contribution to cinema over the years. Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s feature-length docu De Palma will world premiere out of competition after the award is presented. The film grew out of the two directors' spending time with… »

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Brian De Palma to receive Venice honour

13 August 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary De Palma by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow to screen out of competition.

Brian De Palma, the Us director of Scarface, Carrie and Carlito’s Way, is to receive the Venice International Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award, dedicated to those who have made significantly original contributions to contemporary cinema.

The award will be given to De Palma on Sept 9 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) and will be followed by the world premiere of documentary De Palma, directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. The film is billed as an intimate conversation between filmmakers, chronicling De Palma’s 55-year career, his life, and his filmmaking process.

De Palma has previously presented seven films at Venice, the first being crime thriller Blood Sisters in 1975.

In 1981, De Palma screened Blow Out in the section Mezzogiorno/Mezzanotte; in 1987, The Untouchables, out-of-competition; in 1992, Raising Cain, the closing film in competition; in 2006, The Black Dahlia, the opening »

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7 WWE T-Shirts That Were Total Rip-Offs

6 August 2015 5:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

For a form of entertainment that usually revolves around two men grappling in their underwear, wrestling really does have a close relationship with t-shirts. Who could forget such classics as Mick Foley’s ‘Wanted’ tee, Cm Punk’s ‘Best In The World’ design, and (of course) the nWo’s now-iconic logo.

The WWE has never been shy of “borrowing” certain elements of pop culture when crafting storylines or characters, and this sensitivity to the mainstream naturally extends to ring attire. Merchandise sales are a crucial part of the promotion’s income, and t-shirts remain the bread and butter of merch.

Occasionally, the influence of a certain t-shirt is slightly too obvious. Close associations with the industries of music, film, and even other wrestling promotions have resulted in some of the most recognisable (even iconic) t-shirts in WWE history.


7. Eddie Guerrero Goes Cuban Universal Pictures/

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Reels on Reels: Is Hollywood Taking Over the Slot Machine Market?

29 July 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2012: a British man, playing an online slot machine for 30p on his laptop, is suddenly greeted by the sight of Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker taking over his screen. Not crude 8-bit interpretations, but full HD actual animation from the Chris Nolan blockbuster – complete with voiceovers.

The player is urged to “take a side” and spin a virtual Wheel of Fortune. The prize at stake: almost £6 million.

The wheel spins, accompanied by the Joker’s maniacal “all it needs is a little push”, and the wheel comes to a random stop on the Mega Jackpot symbol. Hans Zimmer’s score has never seemed so dramatic. The jackpot is won and the player – known only as ‘John’ – goes away a multi-millionaire.

No, not a bizarre DVD extra on The Dark Knight Blu-Ray but a bonus round in Microgaming’s The Dark Knight online slot.

The prize won that day? »

- Kyle Reese

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Al Pacino: ‘What’s the point of quitting?’

23 July 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The star of The Godfather and Scarface, who now supplements his income selling seats on his private jet and doing meet and greets, talks about marriage, ageing and death – and why, with his new film Manglehorn out in August, he has no intention of giving up acting

In 2011, Al Pacino roasted himself. In the Adam Sandler comedy Jack & Jill, he falls for the twin sister of a Los Angeles advertising executive (Sandler), the buxom, boorish Bronxite Jill (also Sandler). Pacino plays himself as a sell-out and a creep, mocking the roles that made him famous by rapping for Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (“You want creamy goodness? I’m your friend. Say hello to my chocolate blend”), carelessly allowing his Oscar to be smashed while trying to impress Jill during an impromptu game of stickball. He is befuddled, paranoid, pretentious and hopeless. He’s confused by La and adrift within his own celebrity. »

- Henry Barnes

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