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After two decades of false starts and near misses, the director can now look forward to shooting his long-gestating adaptation of Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo’s novel next summer.
The project, which also will feature Ken Watanabe, is sure to catch the attention of international distributors at the upcoming Cannes market, which marks a new experience for the director, who has headed the Cannes jury and presented four movies in competition.
Sinking into a sofa in his midtown Manhattan office on a recent morning, Scorsese reflected on the planned pic, which he holds particularly dear to his heart. The subject matter — the very roots of religious faith — has long fascinated him, from his childhood »
- Scott Foundas
Good news for Scorsese fans, as his next project, Silence, has not only found financing for a June 2014 start, but has also landed a leading man in The Amazing Spider-man's Andrew Garfield, and a co-star with The Last Samurai's Ken Watanabe. Based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, the film will be a Japanese-language pic, and follow in the tradition of Scorsese's more personal work, like Kundun and The Last Temptation Of Christ. "Garfield will star as Father »
- Paul Shirey
Campaigners stage protest at plans to demolish historic venue to make way for a shopping and entertainment complex
It is Turkey's oldest and most prestigious cinema, an Istanbul landmark that dates back to the early days of Atatürk's rule – and a centrepiece until recently of the city's international film festival.
So plans to demolish the Emek theatre and turn the space into an entertainment and shopping venue have generated widespread disapproval – not least at the recent film festival, at which film directors, critics and residents came together in a passionate protest against the building project.
In 1924, the theatre opened its doors as part of the Cercle d'Orient complex, a listed art deco building designed in 1884 by Levantine architect Alexandre Vallaury. Despite massive public protest the building was leased to a private developer who plans to turn it into an entertainment and shopping complex. Demolition work started last week.
After a »
- Constanze Letsch
There are few directors still plying their trade today who can rival Martin Scorsese when it comes to the quality and variety of their filmography. The native New Yorker has frequently created brutal and violent stories featuring deeply flawed and morally questionable protagonists, covering such sombre subjects as guilt, greed, machismo and mental instability along the way. However, despite these dark elements which give his work such an incisive edge; his movies are always energetic and vibrant affairs and represent pure escapist cinema at its best.
Not only does he deliver movies filled with unforgettable images, but also equally unforgettable soundtracks. In addition to being a master storyteller, Marty is also a master of the pop soundtrack, with so many of his movies reverberating with his love of pop, Motown and rock and roll.
Just a quick glance over some of Scorsese’s masterpieces and immediately you are hit with »
- Rob Keeling
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Family Portrait: Kleine’ Uses Husband as Subject for Light Documentary
Fans of director and actor Andre Gregory should be excited, and, overall, pleased with director Cindy Kleine’s documentary about her husband, Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner, which gives us a rare glimpse of the artist in his personal environment. While he’s perhaps best known to the general movie going public for odd supporting turns in several main stream motion pictures, Gregory is first and foremost an accomplished theater director, and he infamously rehearses one piece for years at a time. Those familiar with the film Vanya on 42nd Street should know exactly what his process entails. Unfortunately, those unfamiliar with Gregory and his work will most likely find Kleine’s documentary aggravating and without any type of thrust beyond a compilation of shared familial memories.
Introduced to the cinema in Louis Malle’s 1981 adaptation of his work, »
- Nicholas Bell
Filmmakers with religious faith needn.t usually pray for miracles when it comes to making their religious epics, as the films usually strike big and have an unending shelf life, from the mega-millions Mel Gibson brought in with his blood-soaked The Passion of the Christ to the record ratings garnered by The History.s Channel.s predictably shallow miniseries The Bible. And even though it wasn.t a box office sensation, Martin Scorsese.s The Last Temptation of Christ features arguably the most critically acclaimed version of Jesus. And back to Last Temptation author Nikos Kazantzakis. well Hollywood goes, as the film rights to his 1954 novel Jesus Recrucified have been acquired by Grindstone Pictures, reports Deadline. The film, written by Gil J. Botello and Vincent Baksanski, will actually carry the less provocative title Christ is Risen. Instead of following the time-honored .adapt the thing we paid to adapt. pattern, the »
Grindstone Pictures has picked up the rights to "Christ Recrucified," a 1948 novel by Nikos Kazantzakis ("The Last Temptation of Christ," "Zorba the Greek"), the company announced on Monday. Grindstone CEO Vincent Miller ("Gabriela") will produce the big-screen adaptation of the novel about a Greek village's attempt to stage a traditional and intense Passion Play -- a task so difficult, it is only done once every seven years. The movie, however, will take place in Mexico and will be retitled, "Christ Is Risen." Also read: 'The Bible' Producers: Obama-Devil Link 'Utter Nonsense' Manolios, the small »
- Greg Gilman
Steve Buscemi is a Golden Globe-winning thespian responsible for such indelible characters as Nucky Thompson on "Boardwalk Empire," Carl Showalter in "Fargo" and Mr. Pink in "Reservoir Dogs." He's a serious man who makes serious films. And so it's only natural that this week he's about to co-star in his latest gritty drama: "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"?
Okay, so Buscemi isn't exactly a complete stranger to comedy, either. After all, he was one of the main characters in the legendary 1998 cult classic "The Big Lebowski." But it's still jarring to see someone like Buscemi get dolled up as a Vegas magician and go toe to toe with the likes of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in an all-out farce.
And that got us thinking: What other "serious" actors have taken a stab at comedy? Sure, funny folks like Carrey and Bill Murray have long transitioned to serious roles, but it's »
- Scott Harris
You know how sometimes your favorite series will do a clip show, or how a popular radio broadcast might replay old segments that tie-in thematically in order to take a vacation? Well, I’m using the occasion of the Academy Awards to do pretty much the same thing. It’s sort of obvious that several of the directors featured in this column are also Oscar winners. It’s a veritable Hall of Fame. Doing an Oscar-themed entry is a little bizarre because several weeks feature a gold-owning alum anyway (so this isn’t a complete list of the Best Directors featured on 6 Filmmaking Tips), but it’s still worth packaging their advice as a kind of collective knowledge set held by people who have statues on their mantel. Which means, depressingly, an excerpt from our most popular entry won’t be featured here. Not to mention others like Kubrick, Cronenberg or PTA. Fortunately »
- Scott Beggs
The movies built around the New Testament Gospel have always tried to explore new sides of Jesus and his teachings. There have been quite a few that have garnered controversy such as “The Passion of the Christ” or “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Even though the story is more than two thousand years old, there are other figures that have not had as much attention.
It seems that Pontius Pilate will now have the spotlight with Brad Pitt rumored to be in the running to portray him. Unlike the typical Biblical epic, the story will center on Pilate’s journey to political power and infamy. From his childhood as the son of a Roman Knight to a soldier himself, he then becomes a political star and is given a governorship. Another major point is his mishandling of the religious struggles of Judea, which will culminate with the crucifixion of Jesus. »
- Ruben Gonzalez
Brad Pitt is reportedly circling the title role in Pontius Pilate, a new interpretation of sorts on the man that ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. A biopic is in the works at Warner Bros who acquired the script from Tortilla Soup writer Vera Blasi.
The 49-year-old actor is not committed, but is reportedly close to signing on for the title role in a big budget Biblical epic.
Instead of a straight-ahead biblical story, the script describes the titular character as a ‘proud, capable Roman soldier’ whose ‘arrogance and inability to grasp the devoutness of the citizenry and its hatred for the Roman occupiers and their pagan gods leads him to make catastrophic decisions’ to allow Jesus to be crucified.
The period drama about one of history’s most vilified figures also features the Roman emperors Caligula and Tiberius as well as New Testament figures such as John the Baptist, »
- Nick Martin
As revealed last autumn, Warners are planning to add to the recent spate of proposed Biblical epics with its own yarn based around Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. Deadline now reveals that Brad Pitt is circling the lead role. Reports that it's because he wants to wash his hands of World War Z remain unverified.The familiar version of Pilate is more or less the one played - rather well - by Hristo Shopov in Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, and by David Bowie in Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ - although perhaps you prefer Telly Savalas in The Greatest Story Ever Told or Michael Palin's portrayal in Life Of Brian. He's the politician who orders Jesus' crucifixion, securing himself a role as one of history's greatest villains.There is plenty more to his story than that, however, and the idea of showing the character's younger »
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