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Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.
The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released »
- Tom Stockman
The concept of a remake is not a new one. In fact, some of the most beloved and classic films in history are remakes. Brian De Palma’s Scarface, John Carpenter’s The Thing and David Cronenberg’s The Fly are great examples of what can be accomplished when a remake is done properly. However, the popular consensus […] »
- Brent Parks
Steven Bauer must be the go-to guy to play narcos. The actor is best known for his role as Manny Ribera alongside Al Pacino in Scarface (1983), and he's played a drug cartel boss in Traffic, and on AMC's series Breaking Bad. The Cuban-American actor resisted playing another crime boss when first approached for a role in USA's Queen Of The South season 2, but he tells CineMovie a Queen Of The South producer convinced the Ray Donovan star it would be worth his while. Watch the interview below.
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Film critic Charles Taylor’s first collection of essays, “Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-in Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American ’70s,” explores the rich history of ’70s-era American filmmaking through a unique lens, opting to highlight some of the period’s underseen and often underappreciated gems. As one of the most fruitful times in American filmmaking, Taylor understands why certain features — including offerings from such respected filmmakers as Jonathan Demme, Walter Hill, and Irvin Kershner — didn’t quite make it big at a crowded box office, but he’s also eager to give them their due.
Told with an eye towards the current state of cinema — a blockbuster-driven machine that Taylor calls “nonsensical” and contributing to “the destruction of the idea of content” — the book is a loving look at some forgotten gems and the power of moviemaking that can often be ignored. In our excerpt from the book, »
- Indiewire Staff
Almost two years after HBO hit pause on its film about the Penn State football scandal starring Al Pacino, the project is moving forward with a green light and a new director. Barry Levinson is set to direct and executive produce the movie, reuniting with Pacino and HBO. Originally, HBO Films had the Scarface duo of director Brian De Palma and Pacino who had paired up for the project, then titled Happy Valley, in 2012. The film was in pre-production in fall 2014 when it wa… »
Hollywood has already had two cracks at the gangster tale – here’s hoping they look to the 30s original, not De Palma, for inspiration
Just how hungry are we all for another remake of Scarface? I have to say I’m pretty happy with the ones we’ve already got, but that won’t stop Universal from remaking it again. They’ve been trying for most of this decade, churning through directors of the reboot persuasion such as Antoine Fuqua of The Equalizer and The Magnificent Seven, and top-table screenwriters of a gangsterish inclination like Paul Attanasio, Terence Winter and the Coen brothers. But now it looks as if they might be getting somewhere, thanks to news that the studio is currently in talks with Training Day scribe and Suicide Squad director David Ayer.
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- John Patterson
Author: Zehra Phelan
Say hello to my little friend! Well, Suicide Squad’s David Ayer to be precise. More news of the Universal press comes in the form of Ayers in deep negotiations to step into the director’s chair for the reimaging of Scarface, a chair which was left vacant by Southpaw and The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua.
The reimagining of the Brain De Palma’s 1983 classic which starred Al Pacino in the lead as Tony Montana, will hit screens thirty-five years after De Palma’s version with a scheduled release date of August 2018 and currently has Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Diego Luna attached to play Montana, but with a new director set to take over the helm’s a cast shake-up could very well be on the cards for the remake of a film which should be left very well alone.
The Wolf of Wall Street writer, »
- Zehra Phelan
It looks like Universal has found its replacement for Antoine Fuqua in the director’s chair for its Scarface remake, with Variety reporting that Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer is in talks with the studio.
The new Scarface has been penned by Terrence Winter (Vinyl), with the Coen brothers polishing the script, and will star Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Diego Luna in the title role previously portrayed by Paul Muni in the 1932 movie and Al Pacino in the 1983 remake.
Ayer is also attached to helm the Suicide Squad spinoff movie Gotham City Sirens, and at present its unclear how the DC project will be affected should Ayer close a deal with Universal for Scarface. Meanwhile, his »
- Gary Collinson
Universal is still set on remaking Scarface again. While the first redo starring Al Pacino didn't arrive until 51 years after the Howard Hawks original, the next will come out only 35 years later. If the studio can get the project going on time for its August 10, 2018, release date, that is. Although they have a script and star in place, as well as a sure-thing title, they're still currently without a director. Let's look at a timeline to remind us what's been going on: April 1932: The first Scarface hits theaters with Paul Muni in the lead as "Tony Camonte" and a story inspired by the life of Al Capone. December 1983: Brian De Palma's remake, written by Oliver Stone, opens with Pacino playing Cuban refugee turned gangster...
- Christopher Campbell
Writer and director David Ayer knows how to make a certain type of gritty, street-level film, evident in his epic takes on war and crime in Fury and End of Watch. Ayer, who is a military veteran, understands the intense brotherhood that exists between Soldiers, cops, and criminals. He knows what makes these people tick and how to express their points-of-view on film with a degree of authenticity that few others in Hollywood can achieve.
For whatever reason, Ayer's sensibilities didn't translate particularly well to the big-budget anti-superhero film Suicide Squad (don't let the box office fool you, this was not a good movie). Deadline is reporting that Ayer is in negotiations with Universal to direct a reboot of the classic gangster film Scarface, this time set in modern-day Los Angeles and starring actor Diego Luna (Rogue One).
- David Kozlowski
Tony Sokol May 22, 2017
Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in early talks to direct and write Universal’s new take on the gangster classic Scarface. Ayer steps in for Antoine Fuqua, who couldn’t fit the film into his schedule, given his current commitment to making The Equalizer 2.
Scarface will follow the rise and fall of a Mexican gangster. It will star Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the bad immigrant made worse. It will be set in the El Sereno area of South Los Angeles
Ayer has form in the genre. Before Suicide Squad he directed the gritty crime films End Of Watch, Hard Times and Street Kings. He also wrote the screenplay for Training Day. Right now, he's currently directing and producing Bright, which will also star Will Smith, »
The Al Pacino Scarface has achieved a legendary status since its release in 1983, and so naturally a remake is coming. The movie has been struggling for a bit to hold a director, but now that empty box is very close to being checked-off as director David Ayer is in early negotiations to helm the flick. Deadline got the news the Suicide Squad director is close to sealing the deal for the flick months after... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
The long-rumored Scarface reboot has officially been placed on the fast track over at Universal, no thanks to the appointment of Joel and Ethan Coen, and it seems the studio is wasting no time in its search for a director.
Deadline is reporting today that David Ayer, director of Fury, Suicide Squad and Netflix’s upcoming fantasy flick Bright, has entered talks to take point at the helm. Negotiations are ongoing, but this revelation means Ayer is now the first filmmaker to be linked with the project ever since Antoine Fuqua departed due to issues with scheduling. But there was some good news to counter the disappointment of losing the Training Day director: Rogue One‘s Diego Luna had climbed aboard to headline.
Luna is still involved in Universal’s long-gestating redo, thank the heavens, and assuming David Ayer and the Powers That Be at Universal reach some form of agreement over the coming weeks, »
- Michael Briers
Universal is trucking along with it's Scarface reboot, despite some very vocal fans declaring it blasphemous. Today, we have word that Suicide Squad director David Ayer is getting ready to take on the project. So, what exactly does that mean for Gotham City Sirens over at DC?
The 1983 version of Scarface is a rare beast in cinema. It has gone beyond being 'just a movie' to being a way of life. It's almost a religion in the same way that Star Wars has become one. And though it depicts an Italian gangster's rise and fall, the hip hop community has gravitated to its messages of wealth and power the most. The new Scarface is not delving into Black culture, though. This new take will follow the rise and fall of a Mexican gangster, giving it a whole new spin.
And who better to capture that than director David Ayer, who »
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After tackling supervillains with Suicide Squad, David Ayer is heading back to the streets of Los Angeles. Ayer, who won acclaim penning the hard-hitting Training Day and making gritty movies such as End of Watch, is in talks to direct Universal's Scarface, which is trading in its Miami locale for the streets of L.A. Scarface tells the story of the rise and fall of a gangster, which has seen previous versions made in 1932 and 1983, the latter of which came from director Brian De Palma and starred Al Pacino. Diego Luna »
- Mia Galuppo ,Borys Kit
Variety first reported that Antoine Fuqua left the director’s chair. Sources reveal that the studio is now very close to landing a new helmer. Diego Luna, who starred in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” had been attached to play the role made famous by Al Pacino in Brian De Palma’s classic, but it’s unknown at this time whether he will still topline, now that the project is courting a new director.
Coen Brothers to Polish Script for ‘Scarface’ Reimagining
The Coen brothers recently polished the script. Terence Winter had penned an earlier version.
The new “Scarface,” will be produced by Dylan Clark for his Dylan Clark Productions and Scott Stuber. Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 original, will return to produce again. The studio first bought rights to “Scarface” in 1932.
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer is in early negotiations to direct Universal's Scarface, the new take on the gangster movie that the studio already has slated for an August 2018 bow. This has been a coveted job since Antoine Fuqua dropped out over scheduling. Diego Luna is attached to star in the pic, a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 film versions, the latter directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and… »
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
“Il Bello Marcello” highlights Italy’s greatest actor and, in turn, its greatest filmmakers.
Stalker continues its run.
Museum of the Moving Image
The Caan Film Festival is underway! Films from Michael Mann, Coppola, Hawks, and more kick it off.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari plays on Sunday.
- Nick Newman
Michelle Pfeiffer is making a super chic return to the limelight.
On Thursday night, the 59-year-old actress turned heads in a sleek, all-black Monse suit and Prada shoes at the premiere of HBO's Wizard of Lies in New York City, and was joined by her writer husband, David E. Kelly.
Pfeiffer stars alongside Robert De Niro in the TV movie, making this her first acting project since The Family in 2013, which also starred De Niro. Wizard of Lies tells the story of Bernie Madoff (De Niro) and his Ponzi scheme, with Pfeiffer taking on the role of Bernie's wife Ruth.
Watch: 8 Actresses Who Were Told They Weren't Pretty Enough to Succeed
"It was kind of daunting," Pfeiffer told Et's Jennifer Peros at the premiere. "I had never played a real person before, and the fact that she was still alive and the fact that she had been through so much ...I felt responsible for telling her part »
Iconic director Brian De Palma is on board to helm ‘Domino,’ a thriller written by Norwegian scribe Petter Skavlan (“Kon-Tiki”), with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Christina Hendricks set to star. According to Variety, production on the film is set to start in the summer.
“Domino” follows a Danish cop (Coster-Waldau) who, with the help of a fellow police officer (Hendricks), sets out to track down his partner’s killer in Copenhagen. The film is being produced by Michel Schønnemann for Schønne Film in Denmark. Antonio Perez Perez of Maestranza in Spain and Jaqueline de Gooeij of Zilvermeer in Belgium are co-producers.
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- Yoselin Acevedo
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