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The man behind such film classics as Carrie (1976), Scarface (1983) and The Untouchables (1987) has found his next project. Lights Out is being billed as an action/thriller about a blind Chinese girl who uncovers a secret assassination program. Brian De Palma, one of Hollywood’s most decorated directors, has agreed to work behind the camera. […]
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- Jeff Bricker
Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
Brian De Palma has earned his place in cinema with films like Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, and others; but despite those classics, I've found it hard to get all that excited about his work over the past decade. Brian De Palma's next film will see the director returning to the land of action thriller's with Lights Out, a film which sounds as though it... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Huace Pictures and Arclight Films is pushing ahead with its all-new action thriller Lights Out, and according to Variety, the studios have tapped none other than Brian De Palma to take the reins of the genre piece.
Acting as the director’s first foray behind the lens in almost three years, Lights Out bears semblance to Marvel’s Daredevil comic in some ways in that it orbits around a young and blind Chinese girl who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a clandestine assassination program. Granted, it’s not as though this protagonist actively indulges in vigilantism, but that mixture of urban crime and an inherently vulnerable lead character is certainly rich in potential.
Tailored to be a Chinese production from the ground up, Variety notes that casting is currently underway to find an A-list star to step into the shoes of our heroine. It’ll act as the first motion picture »
- Michael Briers
Brian De Palma, the legendary director known for gangster movies like "Scarface," "The Untouchables" and "Carlito's Way," is set to return to the big screen with the action-thriller "Lights Out." The filmmaker was recently awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. He's also the subject of a new documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, which A24 will release theatrically next year. "Lights Out" tells the story of Lin Shen, a blind Chinese girl who gets caught up in a conspiracy to expose a top-secret assassination program. The movie will be the first joint venture of Arclight Films and Huace Media under the name Aurora Alliance Films. The plot synopsis sits well with the mission De Palma has taken in the past few years. Once a filmmaker that some critics referred to as a "misogynist," he's now trying to skew his perspective to align more with feminist agendas. »
- Jeremy Berkowitz
The film is the story of a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.
Casting is currently underway for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the female action hero lead.
The film is the first to be made by Aurora Alliance Films the joint venture banner between Huace, one of China’s leading TV producers, and Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight. The joint venture company was announced in September with a $300 million slate of high concept action pictures.
De Palma, an iconic member of the ‘New Hollywood’ wave, is one of Hollywood’s top brand name directors. He was recently »
- Patrick Frater
He swore off any future sequels, telling his interrogator, “I’ve got other things I want to do. I have no desire to have 100 million pounds.”
Daniel Craig, routinely described as the best Bond since Connery, is at a similar impasse. His stint as 007 has been among the most financially successful in series history — 2012’s “Skyfall” became the first Bond picture to pass $1 billion worldwide and his latest installment, “Spectre,” has racked up $300 million in two weeks of release.
Yet Craig has hinted in interviews »
- Brent Lang
Nearly 50 years after his film debut, Robert De Niro is going strong, with upcoming projects including David O. Russell’s “Joy.” Earlier this year, the actor promoted the HBO documentary “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.,” about his late father, the abstract expressionist painter. De Niro, Sr. won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968 — the same year his son appeared on screen in Brian De Palma’s “Greetings,” his first mention in Variety.
Did you audition for “Greetings”?
I auditioned for “The Wedding Party,” which was Brian’s first movie, which he co-directed with Wilford Leach. That was my first movie too. And then he asked me if I wanted to (do “Greetings”) … I don’t think I read for “Greetings.” And then we did “Hi, Mom!” And then we did “The Untouchables.” So we did a big jump.
When you filmed “Greetings,” did you have high hopes, or were you just hoping for distribution? »
- Malina Saval
Patrizia von Brandenstein will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award will be presented at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton.
Von Brandenstein began her film career in 1972 as a set decorator on “The Candidate” and subsequently worked as a costume designer on “Between the Lines” and “Saturday Night Fever.” She teamed with her husband and fellow production designer, Stuart Wurtzel, on “Hester Street” and moved into art direction for “Breaking Away” and “Ragtime.”
She collaborated with Mike Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Working Girl” and “Postcards From the Edge.” Her additional production credits include “A Chorus Line,” “Billy Bathgate,” “Leap of Faith,” “A Simple Plan,” “Shaft,” “The Last Station” and “Albert Nobbs. »
- Dave McNary
- Jordan Ruimy
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Robert De Niro, the legendary star of innumerable classic American films over the past 50 years — among them Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The Untouchables, GoodFellas, Casino and Silver Linings Playbook — will receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th Hollywood Film Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The ceremony will take place Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 1.
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- Patrick Shanley
Robert De Niro, the legendary star of innumerable classic American films over the past 50 years — among them Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The Untouchables, GoodFellas, Casino and Silver Linings Playbook — will receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th Hollywood Film Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The ceremony will take place Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 1. The 72-year-old can be seen in three new films this year: Nancy Meyers' The Intern (Sept. 25), opposite Anne Hathaway; Scott Mann's The Heist (Nov. 13), a crime-
- Scott Feinberg
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
Everybody loves a good villain. When it comes down to it, a good villain is simply more fun — or at the very least, more memorable — than the hero. It’s why we remember Robert De Niro’s Al Capone more than Kevin Costner’s Elliott Ness in “The Untouchables,” or why Heath Ledger’s vicious Joker is forever burned into our minds. What’s the fun in doing good and saving the world when you can exude evil in style? The definition of the “villain” in popular entertainment has changed considerably in the wake of what many call Golden Age of Television. Many shows, from “The Sopranos” to “Breaking Bad,” to “Game of Thrones” and “Hannibal,” seek to imbue their titular antiheroes with shades of ambiguity and sometimes — gasp — real human behavior. This is true in films as well — shades of good and evil are no longer painted in black and white, »
- Nicholas Laskin
At the press conference for De Palma, one of the New York Film Festival's engaging Special Events, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, in a conversation with selection committee member Amy Taubin of Film Comment, disclosed that on that particular day Paltrow considered Blow Out to be Brian De Palma's best movie and Carlito's Way one of his favourites - but that changes. Baumbach cites Body Double and The Untouchables as his first encounters with De Palma in the cinema, an entry way into the world of grown-ups that "felt like I was going to be in on some kind of secret."
The eye-opening documentary follows the filmmaker's career, film by film in chronological order, with De Palma talking about each individual movie. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun - New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
In the World Premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun, the director takes a trip with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, the composer for Inherent Vice, The Master and There Will Be Blood. Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma on Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Mission To Mars, The Untouchables, Obsession, Redacted and Carlito’s Way director Brian De Palma and the 53rd New York Film Festival poster artist Laurie Anderson’s Heart Of A Dog are three of the Special Events to look forward to.
László Nemes’s Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), starring Géza Röhrig, Grand Prix winner at the Cannes Film Festival and Hungary's 2016 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film is being screened as a Film Comment Presents. Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave and John Boorman »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The first shot of Johnny Depp as notorious Irish-American crime lord James "Whitey" Bulger in “Black Mass” shows the Boston kingpin shrouded in darkness, looking for all the world like a blue-collar vampire pondering his next prey: Slicked-back thinning hair, rotted teeth, a pasty complexion, a snug leather jacket and contact lenses that turn the onetime teen idol’s dreamy brown eyes into a chilly shade of sociopathic blue. This obviously is a guy who means business. And that business is not just mean but monstrously evil. For anyone else, a role that requires an intensive de-glamming job, brutal acts of bloody murder and even the sexual molestation of the beautiful face of an FBI agent’s wife could easily lead to showboating. Think bat-swinging Robert De Niro as Al Capone in “The Untouchables.” Or Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello, the leering Irish mobster based on Bulger, in “The Departed. »
- Susan Wloszczyna
★★★☆☆ 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 »
- CineVue UK
“De Palma,” the first documentary in which Brian De Palma talks in-depth about his life and career, world-premiered positively at the Venice Film Festival Wednesday. Directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, and also De Palma himself, spoke about how he got drawn out to make this candid reflection on an extraordinary career.
Noah and Jake, you are from different generations than Brian and you’ve never done a documentary before. How did this one come about?
Jake Paltrow: It really comes out of our friendship. Noah and I have known and admired Brian De Palma as a director since we were very very young. Making this movie comes out of us spending so much time with him, and talking to him about making films, and watching films. I can’t tell you how many films I’ve been introduced to by Brian, and Noah, and our group.
Brian De Palma: and vice-versa. »
- Nick Vivarelli
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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