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Martin Scorsese, arguably one of the greatest living filmmakers, often gets unfairly branded as a guy who mainly makes “mafia” movies. While it’s true that Scorsese’s contributions to the genre (“Mean Streets,” “Goodfellas,” “The Departed”) are nothing to scoff at, it’s also an unfair and reductive generalization. The truth is that he has contributed to more cinematic genres then you can shake a bloody baseball bat at: from lavish period dramas to rock n’ roll documentaries, religious parables and children’s fantasies. Scorsese also peppers all his pictures with references to films that influenced him: for instance, his underrated “Shutter Island” is deeply indebted to Samuel Fuller’s “Shock Corridor." Of all the New Hollywood filmmakers that emerged in the 1970’s —those film-literate autodidacts who studied the visual language of forebearers Howard Hawks and John Ford and then radically rebelled against that selfsame establishment— Scorsese is almost certainly the most. »
- Nicholas Laskin
A less publicly appreciated (and comparatively unknown) filmmaker, Saul Bass had no less enviable career than any widely recognized director. And he worked with a lot of them, too. Famous—in the film industry—for designing title sequences, Bass was a repeat collaborator to many legendary directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese. He did the titles for such great films as “Vertigo,” “North By Northwest,” “Psycho," “Spartacus,” “Ocean’s 11” (the original), “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” and “Big.” And the list goes on. The guy was prolific and busy. He also designed some of the corporate world’s most famous logos. The Bell System bell in a circle? Him. The At&T globe? Ditto. Continental Airline’s Jetstream and United’s tulip in the '70s? Yup and yup. Bass even won an Academy Award for a short film he directed. Yes, the guy was an Oscar-winning director too. (The »
- Zach Hollwedel
HBO has greenlit-to-series a promising-sounding drama set in New York City's sex-and-drug-fueled music scene during the 1970s. The as-yet-untitled series reunites Boardwalk Empire showrunner Terence Winter and producer-director Martin Scorsese, who will helm the pilot. The cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Juno Temple and Andrew "Dice" Clay. The pitch: "Set in 1970s New York, the series will explore the drug-and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound." Like Boardwalk, the project gives Winter and Scorsese »
- James Hibberd
HBO is ready to rock.
The not-yet-titled series, which is set in New York, “will explore the drug and sex fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound,” the network announced.
When you have at least three hall-of-fame works in your filmography —“Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas”— some of your other films are bound to be overlooked. Don’t weep for Martin Scorsese just yet, since the folks over at No Film School have found a snappy and slick video essay focused on one of Scorsese’s more obscure films. Released in 1985, written by Joseph Minion and starring Griffin Dunne, “After Hours” follows Paul Hackett as he has one of the worst nights had by anyone ever. The film is an absolute delight, Steven Soderbergh is an unabashed fan, and it's incredibly still not on blu-ray, though you can buy an HD version from Amazon or Vudu. Ahead of the film’s 30th anniversary next year, Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez created a breezy nearly-four-minute video essay on the film for Mubi Notebook. As we collectively wait until Warner »
- Cain Rodriguez
The first time Karen and Henry meet in Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese’s pivotal 1990 decades-spanning Italian gangster film, it is on a forced double date that precedes a back room meeting, with the sole purpose being so Tommy can “bang this Jewish broad”. Henry is beyond rude and Karen is timid, although timidly pissed as she has every right to be. Notably, she is dressed to the nines (complete with styled hair and a set of pearls) as she will stay for the duration of the film no matter the situation. When Henry stands her up on the second date she immediately requests, nay demands, to be taken to find him in order to ream him out in front of his cohorts. She is a formidable woman in action as well as spirit, content with embarrassing him in front of his friends without thinking twice while still acknowledging the attraction present between them. »
- Whitney McIntosh
Today, Martin Scorsese turns 72-years-young, and his vast filmography gives you plenty of ways to celebrate (check out our retrospective of his films). But for many, particularly those of a certain age, "Goodfellas" remains, if not his best film, then certainly his most rewatchable and plainly enjoyable. While you've likely seen the movie more than a few times already, you might want to go behind-the-scenes to learn how it was made. The 30-minute "Getting Made: The Making Of Goodfellas," which was included on the film's home video release, has made its way online, and it's great stuff. Featuring insights from Scorese, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and more, the doc covers everything you want to know, from the use of silence in a key scene, the editing and music in the drug-fueled finale, how the "You think I'm funny?" sequence was put together, and much more. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Benedict Cumberbatch is Alan Turing. Benedict Cumberbatch is also the most popular Sherlock Holmes in history, the terrible and stupendous dragon Smaug in The Hobbit film adaptations and the ultimate nemesis that is Khan in the alternate-timeline that constitutes the Star Trek reboot movie cycle.
Benedict Cumberbatch is also set to become Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - the hottest multi-franchise in the galaxy (several galaxies, actually) and the multifaceted pop-cultural entity magnetically attracting the most fascination and speculation right now (even more than the upcoming Star Wars sequels, which Cumberbatch has also been heavily linked with. In all likelihood, for all we know, Benedict Cumberbatch is also a Star Wars secret).
In 2012, director Darren Lynn Bousman and his team hit the road and took Lucifer with them, bringing The Devil’s Carnival film and accompanying live entertainment to cities across America. Now Bousman and company are back to raise a little hell in The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia, in which Lucifer ignites a new scheme to rattle his opposition upstairs, as shown in the first official trailer for the horror musical sequel.
From The Devil’s Carnival YouTube channel: “After triumphant collaborations on 2008’s Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012’s The Devil’S Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise. In The Devil’S Carnival: Alleluia, Lucifer exacts a plot against Heaven, but God and his agents are ready for battle.
- Derek Anderson
Director: Clint Eastwood
If you are familiar with the Broadway show, you will probably be expecting the film to be exactly like it in some shape or form. To some extent it does take elements from the show, but Clint Eastwood has taken an interesting step by giving a more serious account of The Four Seasons. He explores in depth the less glamorized side of the band’s tale, which is emphasized by the use of washed out colors onscreen. Dismal as it may sound, it highlights perfectly the young men’s lowly beginnings which Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) bluntly explains, that there were only three ways out of the neighborhood where they grew up: join the army, get “mobbed up” or get famous.
It’s not all a depressing tale though, as the »
- Louise Tooth
It.s common knowledge that if Martin Scorsese has something to say about the movies, you sit down, shut up, and immediately start taking notes. To celebrate Halloween, the cinematic genius has picked out the 11 scariest films of all time in his opinion. And as you could have probably guessed there are a few freaky flicks on his list. But what film truly terrifies Martin Scorsese? Well, during a in depth interview with the Daily Beast, which he actually conducted last year, the man behind such incredible delights as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas revealed that Robert Wise.s 1963 horror The Haunting is the scariest movie of all time. You can check out a trailer for the psychological horror, which was adapted from Shirley Jackson.s The Haunting Of Hill House, below. Pretty spooky stuff. While The Haunting isn.t quite as famous as others on Scorsese.s list, »
A movie that only comes to life — and then just barely — in its moments of tooth-pulling, finger-slicing, gut-twisting violence, “Revenge of the Green Dragons” offers a flashy but unrewarding intro to the vicious Chinese-American youth gangs that ran amok in Queens in the 1980s and ’90s. The latest and least in a series of baton passes between Martin Scorsese (credited as an exec producer) and the Hong Kong film industry (represented by co-directors Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo), this crudely made thriller plays like a stilted Cantonese riff on organized-crime cliches, substituting blood and brutality for novelty or insight. Scorsese’s imprimatur could give the A24 release a commercial boost Stateside, but lackluster critical response will keep crossover biz at a trickle.
There’s no underestimating the influence that Scorsese’s movies have had on the ranks of Asian action cinema, a connection that was cemented when he made “The Departed, »
- Justin Chang
Disney’s Princesses are some of the most beloved cartoon figures in history, but even they have come under scrutiny as Hollywood pushes for more diversity in their films. Disney’s latest princess will be the first of Pacific Islander descent (unless you count Lilo of Lilo & Stitch as a princess). The CG-animated film is Moana, the story of a born navigator who travels through ancient Oceania along with a demi-God pal named Maui in order to find a secret island.
Deadline reported Monday that the film would be aiming for a November 2016 release date and would be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog). In the meantime, we’ll be awaiting Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dory, both anticipated for 2015. And Deadline reported back in 2013 several other slots for two other Disney and Pixar films in both March and »
- Brian Welk
As far back as we can remember, we always wanted to be a character on The Simpsons. But not everybody feels the same way. Actor Frank Sivero, who played Goodfellas character Frankie Carbone, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios for basing one of The Simpsons's mob characters on his likeness. Sivero alleges that he lived in a Sherman Oaks, California, apartment next door to writers of the show and that Simpsons producer James L. Brooks was "highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons »
The problem with the new Revenge of the Green Dragons is that co-director Andrew Lau and executive producer Martin Scorsese are already joined at the hip over a previous story, which Lau made as Infernal Affairs before Scorsese re-made it as The Departed. Although Revenge of the Green Dragons is an entirely different type of story than those two films, it will inevitably be compared to them, as well as every other classic that the two men have made, and it suffers badly from the comparison.
Of all the films in Lau’s and Scorsese’s catalogs, this most closely resembles Goodfellas, right down to the omnipresent voiceover narration by the lead character. Sonny (Justin Chon of the Twilight series) immigrates to America as a small child, and »
- Mark Young
The Simpsons has parodied too many celebrities to count over its many years in existence from Arnold Schwarzenegger (Rainier Wolfcastle) to Mike Tyson (Drederick Tatum) to Don King (Lucius Sweet) to many, many more. But now a lesser known actor is suing The Simpsons for “stealing” his likeness. That would be Frank Sivero, who played mobster Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas. The character, Louie, on The Simpsons, clearly draws influence from Carbone, and Sivero thinks that’s not only illegal, but worth $250M,which is how much he’s suing for. The motion was filed this week, and Sivero says that he used to live in the same apartment complex as some Simpsons writers, which also led to his influence making its way to the show itself. What’s not clear is why he expects to get $250M from the case, as even if the laws regarding parody are murky at times, »
Frank Sivero Claims Simpsons' Louie Is Based On Him
Sivero starred in Goodfellas as Frankie Carbone, a character he claims Louie was based on. In the suit, Sivero alleges that Simpsons writers lived next door to him in 1989, during the pre-production of Goodfellas, and purposefully studied him to create the Louie character.
“They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas. In fact, they were aware the entire character of ‘Frankie Carbone’ was created and developed by Sivero, who based this character on his own personality… Louie’s appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero,” reads the claim.
Louie, who is a member of the Simpsons mafia, debuted on the show in the 1991 episode, “Bart the Murderer, »
Now here's a number that's hard to fuggedabout. Character actor Frank Sivero, most recognizable from roles in The Godfather Part 2, Goodfellas and The Wedding Singer, has sued Fox Television Studios and parents company 21st Century Fox for $250 million, claiming that the character of wise guy Louie on The Simpsons is based on him—henceforth, he deserves several suitcases-full of cash for the use of his likeness. Seriously, that's a lot of simoleans. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by E! News, Sivero claims that he is the "originator of the idea and character of Louie," who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and is part of mob »
You may not know the name Frank Sivero but, if you’ve seen a mob movie, you know his face. He played Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, the afro-sporting mobster who buys his wife a mink coat and ends up on a meat hook. He’s also an extra in The Godfather and had a bigger role […]
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- Germain Lussier
The Simpsons' Louie acts a lot like Frank Sivero's character does in Goodfellas—and Sivero is filing a lawsuit against The Simpsons. In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday and obtained by Deadline, Sivero claims that he and some Simpsons writers lived next door to each other when Sivero was preparing for his role in Goodfellas, which came out in 1990. In 1991, The Simpsons debuted the character of Louie, a member of the Springfield mob who resembles Sivero in both looks and mannerisms. Louie has appeared in multiple episodes since then. The lawsuit acknowledges that "over the years, The Simpsons were known »
- Ariana Bacle
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