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The film industry is a largely secular area, but that trend has waned in recent years with the multiple religious-based movies coming down the pipeline. Now it appears that it’s Lionsgates turn to hop on the bandwagon as they’ve announced a new project that their working on, titled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Despite the title, the movie might not paint Jesus as the Son of God like other films have. Reza Aslan, a Muslim religious scholar, wrote the book with the intention of exploring Jesus and his life in a historical, humanistic context. That doesn’t mean that the film won’t feature any of the man’s many miracles (raising the dead, walking on water), but Aslan’s intention is to portray Jesus in a “Humanisitic, as opposed to religious, context,” which might have some up in arms.
“Reza Aslan has written »
- Christopher Sheridan
Us director credits Leonardo DiCaprio as source of inspiration but looks to make only a 'couple more' films
• Watch the trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese has said he expects to retire after making a "couple more" movies.
Speaking over the weekend at the Marrakech film festival, where he was acting as jury president, the Oscar-winning director also revealed he had been reinvigorated by working with Leonardo DiCaprio on their series of five films. The pair's latest collaboration, The Wolf of Wolf Street, has just been completed in time for an awards season run ahead of the Oscars in March.
"I have the desire to make many films, but as of now, I'm 71 and there's only a couple more left if I get to make them," said Scorsese. He added: "I miss the time when I »
- Ben Child
Over the weekend at the Marrakech Film Festival, as a final treat before the red carpet got rolled up for another year, 2013 Jury President Martin Scorsese did a brief Q&A at the local film school, to which he is apparently a returning guest. Scorsese has filmed twice in the area ("The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Kundun" both made extensive use of the arid desertland around the nearby Ouarzazarte studios) and so has filmmaking ties to the region that led to the students referring to him, endearingly, as their "godfather." In answer to the diverse questions that came in from the largely student audience, Scorsese may have made frequent reference to his advancing years, but especially considering the 71-year-old was at the end of a long ten days viewing and adjudicating the competition films, he was, as ever, gracious and chatty about his life in film, past, present and future. »
- Jessica Kiang
Today’s film is the 2013 short The Smile Man. The film is written and directed by Anton Lanshakov. The film stars David St. James, Camille Guaty, and Willem Dafoe. Dafoe has been in the acting industry for over 30 years, appearing in movies such as Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning, The English Patient, American Psycho, and Spider-Man, among many notable roles. His newest feature, titled Out of the Furnace, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby might only be the second-most wild, decadent party of 2013, if recent news about Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street is to be believed. The film, which will arrive this Christmas, was recently forced to make some cuts to avoid being slapped with an Nc-17 rating for excessive sex and nudity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
If Scorsese is pushing the envelope with his highly-anticipated financial drama, it wouldn’t be a first for the director. Taxi Driver and The Last Temptation of Christ both courted considerable controversy at the times of their release with brutal violence and sexuality. The Wolf of Wall Street‘s protagonist, stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), lived a thoroughly hedonistic life throughout the ’80s and ’90s, consistently indulging in women, drugs and alcohol, so Scorsese will likely focus heavily on the character’s promiscuity in the film. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bath Film Festival | Nordic Film Festival | Assemble: A Survey Of Recent Artists' Film And Video In Britain 2008-2013 | Utopia
Bath Film Festival
As well as funding this festival, IMDb (the world's biggest movie site) is sponsoring some new awards, all of which hopefully means punters get a great selection of films. Sneak previews include Ralph Fiennes's Dickens movie The Invisible Woman, Robert Redford's All Is Lost and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Plus a striking pair of religious screenings: The Last Temptation Of Christ in Wells Cathedral, and The Passion Of Joan Of Arc in Bath Abbey, with a live score by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).
Various venues, Mon to 8 Dec
Nordic Film Festival, London, Edinburgh & Glasgow
Our Scandinavian neighbours are probably scratching their heads at our seemingly never-ending obsession with their TV detective shows. Why aren't we as fascinated with their movies as well? »
- Steve Rose
Perhaps you’ve heard by now that Martin Scorsese‘s highly anticipated The Wolf of Wall Street is (finally) set to hit theaters on Christmas Day after persistent chatter that the film could be pushed all the way until sometime next year, making it the most gaudy and bonkers gift most of us are likely to recieve this holiday season. But the film’s official new release date also comes with word on the film’s runtime – an intersting bit of trivia, considering its delays were reportedly rooted in the studio’s need for Scorsese to chop down its original 180-minute cut – that now clocks in at a heady 165 minutes. The film’s fresh runtime is already getting plenty of buzz on the Internet – most people seem jazzed about so much madness and Leonardo DiCaprio dancing and toasting to enjoy, but a few people are already blowing raspberries about such length (what’s wrong with you?!), so »
- Kate Erbland
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Seven years after their first collaboration The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, filmmaker Fiennes and Slovene philosopher/cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek team up once more to straddle the line between documentary and film essay with a skilful, smart but rather scattershot dissection of how cinema shapes our sociopolitical worldview. As before, Fiennes steps behind the camera and into the shadows to allow Žižek - a man whose thick Eastern European accent and apparent tics have invited eccentric but endearing comparison to that of a mad professor; a reputation he must surely relish- free rein to highlight the raft of hidden messages and life lessons we all probably missed.
He begins with a well-known and relatively unchallenging example: John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi satire They Live, a film he considers to be ‘‘one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood left”. In it, drifter John Nada (played by »
- Dan Wakefield
Darren Aronofsky takes on the Bible for his next movie Noah, and though the film won't be in cinemas until 2014, there's already controversy swirling around the big budget drama. Paramount's recent test-screenings - to Jewish, Christian and general audiences - reportedly prompted "troubled reactions", leading to much speculation about what Aronofsky's epic has in store.
Noah is not the first film to fall foul of church groups - it seems that anytime a movie portrays religion, headlines and column inches swiftly follow. Digital Spy takes a look at six movies that have sparked religious uproar below...
The Devils (1971)
Ken Russell relished his reputation as a provocateur, and his early '70s drama The Devils was prime bait for the tabloids with its depiction of witchcraft, explicit nudity and Vanessa Redgrave as a masturbating nun. The film naturally fell foul of ratings boards and was heavily censored on its initial release. »
There are so many excellent movie duos out there. Magneto and Charles. Neal and Del. Harry and Lloyd. Susan and David. Norman and Norma. Jules and Vincent. Vincent and Max. Thelma and Louise. Damiel and Marion. Jay and Silent Bob. Joel and Clementine. Clarice and Hannibal. Celie and Nettie. Bruce and Alfred. Dad and Junior. Mason and Goodspeed. Young-goon and Il-sun. Threepio and R2. Blade and Whistler. Rachel and Frank. Wayne and Garth. Lieberman and Mengele. Riggs and Murtaugh. Harold and Maude. Raph and Casey. Faye and Cop 663. Marty and Doc. Doc and Clara. Cliff and Peevy. Martin and Clifford. John and Tars. Powell and Caulder.
Like ensembles, quartets, or trios, duos can be truly epic in their own ways. There’s nothing like watching two characters develop through one another.
There also seem to be almost just as many great movie duos based on real life. I don’t »
- Ian Boucher
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel once famously ruled that no movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton could be entirely bad. That spoke to both the veteran actor’s indelible, laconic presence as well as the kinds of offbeat movies that would even bother to cast him in the first place. For all that, Stanton, now 87, has been in nearly 200 very different films over the course of a career that began in the late fifties — including such diverse classics as Repo Man, Paris, Texas, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Cool Hand Luke, Alien, Pretty in Pink, and The Last Temptation of Christ. In the mesmerizing new documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, this man of few words opens up, offering little bits of wisdom, anecdotes about his career, and, true to form, long passages of quiet contemplation. He also sings, a lot — Stanton is an acclaimed musician, and his touching »
- Bilge Ebiri
Director Josh Boone adds, "One of my favorite actors, Willem Dafoe, will play Peter Van Houten in #tfiosmovie! Dafoe stars in several of my favorite films including The Last Temptation of Christ, Born on he Fourth of July, and Platoon."
Houten was one of the last major roles in "The Fault in Our Stars" left to be cast. The movie currently stars Elgort as Gus, Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Mike Birbiglia as Patrick, Laura Dern as Mrs. Lancaster, Sam Trammel as Mr. Lancaster and Nat Wolff as Isaac. The film is slated to »
The adaptation of John Green.s bestselling novel The Fault In Our Stars already has an impressive cast of young actors and veterans, with Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff and Mike Birbiglia all already attached, but today the film has added another great name to its ranks: Willem Dafoe. The director of the movie, Josh Boone, took to his own personal Twitter account with the news, clearly excited to get such a great actor involved with his project. One of my favorite actors, Willem Dafoe, will play Peter Van Houten in #tfiosmovie!. Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) September 6, 2013 The filmmaker followed up the announcement with a declaration of his favorite Dafoe films, which also happen to be some of his favorite movies in general. @JoshBooneMovies Dafoe stars in several of my favorite films including The Last Temptation of Christ, Born on he Fourth of July, and Platoon. Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) September »
Martin Scorsese has been tapped Jury president for the 13th edition of the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival.
Succeeding John Boorman, Scorsese will serve as jury prexy of the feature film competition, whose lineup will soon be unveiled.
Over the years, Scorsese has built a relationship with Marrakech and has helped raise its international profile. In 2005, he was feted with a career homage. Two years later, he was back to present “The Aviator” and host a masterclass.
“I have made two films in Morocco, during which time I came to admire the spirit of the Moroccan people and the beauty of their culture. I am eager to discover the movies coming from all around the world to this unique festival,” commented Scorsese, whose latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street” will roll out on Nov. »
- Elsa Keslassy
‘Paradise: Faith’ screenings in Los Angeles and New York draw Catholic protests (photo: Maria Hofstätter in ‘Paradise: Faith’) "Oh boy. People are picketing our box office in protest of Paradise Faith." That’s a tweet by Cinefamily, referring to the Wednesday, August 28, 2013, screening of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise: Faith at the Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood. Part two of Seidl’s "Paradise" trilogy — which began with the Cannes Film Festival entry Paradise: Love and ends with Paradise: Hope — Paradise: Faith was co-written by Seidl and Veronika Franz. The stark drama revolves around a Viennese woman (Maria Hofstätter) who happens to be both the wife of a paraplegic Muslim man (Nabil Saleh) and an ardent Catholic, along the lines of the religiously demented Hazel Motes from Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. Ulrich Seidl: More merciless than Michael Haneke "Mr. Seidl’s eye is even more merciless — some would »
- Andre Soares
Summer's end. Halleloo! I can practically taste the fall and it is delicious. Mmmmm dead leaves. Here are some key posts from the dog days of summer in case you missed them.
Cinema Swimwear The Film Experience launches a clothing line! Why didn't you purchase anything?
Short Term 12 How many films this good does August ever bring? Go see it!
The Worst of the Worst Tim looks back at 3 horrifying cinema summers
The Last Temptation of Christ Michael wonders if it still has the power to outrage?
Skarsgård Reads Naked ...how the mind wanders
Team Hitchcock are these the 10 most memorable performances in his films?
Podcasting The Butler the gang is all back and the podcasts are now weekly!
Coming In September: It's Back to School Month so we'll be visiting some edumucational movies -- any suggestions? »
- NATHANIEL R
Growing up Catholic I was taught that Jesus was both human and divine, yet the depictions of Jesus I was presented with invariably paid minimal lip service to his human side while emphasizing the holy. Flicks like King of Kings and The Greatest Story Ever Told presented a Christ with all the humanity of a figure on a stained glass window. The Jesus in these movies is forever staring off into the distance, beatific smile on his face, arms outstretched, making proclamations in the gentle tones of an easy listening DJ. Even his words seem to be walking on water.
It wasn’t until college when I saw Scorsese’s version that I finally grasped what it meant for Jesus to have the same »
- Michael C.
Make a list of the most controversial films ever released. Go ahead, I'll wait. Done? Ok, Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ is on your list, right? If it isn't, go back and add it. I don't care where. I mean, top 10, for sure. You can't name 10 movies that were more controversial than The Last Temptation of Christ. Don't make me laugh. Remember the hubbub it caused? Of course you do. Anyway, the point is, it came out on August 12, 1988, and that was 25 years ago this week, and You're Old®. Scorsese had run into a few mild controversies in his career (like the time his eyebrows broke free from his forehead and killed a man), but nothing compared to the religious rhubarb that erupted over this depiction of the life of Jesus. Skittish...
- Eric D. Snider
With the screenplays for Sydney Pollack’s “The Yakuza” (1975), Brian De Palma’s “Obsession” (1976), John Flynn’s “Rolling Thunder,” Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” (1976) and “Raging Bull” (1980) under his belt, Paul Schrader's legacy as a seminal figure in 1970s American screenwriting was unassailably assured. Yet not only did he go on to write "The Mosquito Coast" and Scorsese's "The Last Temptation Of Christ," he has also enjoyed a long, diverse career as a director, with his most recent foray being released last week: the controversial, chatter-worthy "The Canyons" (you can read our review here). While not as celebrated (or maybe as consistently assured) as his writing, Schrader’s directing career is nevertheless an intriguing one. Often tapping into the same sordid corners of the human psyche that his most famous screenplays deal in, with morally layered themes of obsession, guilt, repression, catharsis and psychosis often culminating in acts of anti-social psychosexual. »
- The Playlist Staff
Discussing The Canyons and ignoring the cause celebre which has hung over the production since its inception is a difficult task indeed. Sight unseen The Canyons appeared to be a film that was doomed to fail. The New York Times article about the film detailed several production mishaps from difficult relationships between the actors on set to disagreements between the director, the writer and the producer over the final cut and the tone of the movie. All the stories, despite later denials from some quarters, seemed to have the ring of truth about it considering the backgrounds of its major players and creatives.
Trying to put all that to the back of your mind while watching the film and not let it infiltrate your perception of the finished project is near impossible. But after finishing The Canyons all that brouhaha which has surrounded it informs all the issues that the finished project has. »
- Will Chadwick
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