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Adam Whyte joined Obsessed With Film in April of this year and has contributed regular feature articles and reviews from Scotland. This year he attended the Edinburgh Film Festival, reporting daily reports of all that he saw and writing several excellent full length reviews. It’s my hope he will once again attend the festival for us this year and continue his superb writings on movies past, present and future for us.
I particularly love the Top Ten of the year he has turned in here with great detailed reasons why the following are the best he saw in 2010. And having seen and very much enjoyed all the films on the list, I certainly concur…
10. Shutter Island
- Adam Whyte
Fresh from his box office disappointment with "Little Fockers,” Robert De Niro will team up with Martin Scorsese in yet another Irish-themed movie for the acclaimed director. Scorsese’s recent films have included “The Departed” about Irish cops and corruption in Boston, “Gangs of New York” about the Irish in Civil War-era New York City, and now “the Irishman” about an Irish mafia hit man. The film is based on the book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by former prosecutor and Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of Delaware Charles Brandt, which told of the exploits of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who confessed to Brandt that he killed Jimmy Hoffa. The story will be adapted for the screen by Steve Zallian, who also worked with Scorsese on “Gangs of New York.” “The Irishman” will mark the ninth time Scorsese and De Niro have teamed up. The »
It’s nearing the end of another year, so media attention turns to Top 10 lists in all their many forms. So, I thought I’d offer my own rundown of the top TV shows that have entertained and delighted me this year, drawn from the well of UK and Us offerings. I’m only human, so I didn’t see absolutely everything that aired this year, so apologies if there are any glaring omissions in your eyes.
And it’s worth keeping in mind that my Top 10 is ranked by a combination of quality and entertainment-value, which may explain some of the more “unusual” choices and positioning. There are a few quality shows that didn’t make my list because, while I appreciate their many virtues, they just weren’t “appointment TV” for me every week, which is surely what matters the most.
Anyway, on with the countdown, in ascending order:
10. Spartacus: Blood & Sand, »
- Dan Owen
Martin Scorsese will turn back the clock on his career when he reunites with Robert De Niro for a gangster movie about mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. The director and actor last worked together on the 1995 drama Casino.
The Irishman is scripted by Steven Zaillian from Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses. A former union official, Sheeran was linked to the 1975 murder of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa and was one of only two non Italian-Americans on the FBI's list of mafia suspects. He died at a Philadelphia nursing home in December 2003.
Scorsese and De Niro first »
- Xan Brooks
The Academy Awards are defined as “recognizing the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including actors, directors and writers”. Now this may be true, and while most of the films awarded with the prestigious little golden man are indeed excellent, the adjective “best” that goes in front of each award sort of makes you think 'excellent' isn’t always enough.
Here is a list of 10 films, actors, directors and writers that won, they were (mostly) good films, but to deem the “best” that year in their respective categories is a little far-fetched...
10: No Country For Old Men (2008) – Best Adapted Screenplay
The 2008 Academy Awards saw two non-traditional Westerns go head to head: the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2008). Daniel Day Lewis rightly took home the Best Actor in a Leading Role award for his role of Daniel Plainview, »
Exciting news for you feverish followers of legendary actors of the silver screen - Cinema Blend reports that Robert De Niro has confirmed that he is on board to star in Martin Scorsese's next project, The Irishman. Not only that, but De Niro also vouched that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will also join him on the cast list, marking the first time that all three revered entertainers will have appeared in the same production together.
De Niro and Pacino have acted together in such movies as The Godfather II (brilliant), Heat (great) and Righteous Kill (not so great), while De Niro and Pesci have a long history together, starring in the classic Raging Bull, Sergio Leone's final film Once Upon a Time in America, and highly-regarded gangster pics Casino and Goodfellas. Interestingly, Pacino and Pesci have never worked together, nor has Pacino ever been directed by prolific helmsman Martin Scorsese. »
Updated: Matt here, updating Neil’s post from yesterday with exciting news! Doing the press rounds for Little Fockers – Hollywood legend Robert De Niro has confirmed Martin Scorsese’s gangster film The Irishman (based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses) featuring De Niro acting alongside Joe Pesci and Al Pacino once again films next year!
“[W]e do have the one that we’re definitely doing. Me, Joe Pesci, Pacino and Marty Scorsese directing… We have a very good script that Steven Zaillian [American Gangster, Schlinder's List] wrote, and that we’re definitely doing,”.
De Niro explains the more ambitious idea of a two-parter film, the latter of which written by Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and that would star De Niro and Scorsese in a Quasi-biopic of their actor/director working relationship may be a little off;
“The other idea is more ambitious, to do one with Eric »
- Neil Upton
Back in September we got wind of a very, very cool rumor: that Joe Pesci and Al Pacino would be joining the cast of Martin Scorsese's The Irishman with Robert De Niro. Pesci and De Niro are obviously long time friends and co-stars, particularly in films directed by Scorsese, but Pacino has never been worked with the Goodfellas director. That all changes very soon. As was reported on Monday, The Irishman will be Scorsese's next film, and now De Niro has confirmed to MTV that both Pesci and Pacino will be coming along for the ride. Of the three, only De Niro has worked with Pacino previously, having appeared with him in both Michael Mann's Heat and Jon Avnet's Righteous Kill. Based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, the movie will tell the story of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a union official »
At first, that was just another Hollywood rumor, but now it’s a fact, because legendary director has just confirmed they are all set to start shooting a project titled The Irishman in 2011.
The film will focus on Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, who is reputed to have carried out more than 25 mob murders.
The movie is based on a book called I Heard You Paint Houses, which refers to mob slang for contract killings, and the resulting blood splatter on walls and floors.
“…We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part »
Rumours the pair was in talks to star in their ninth collaboration surfaced earlier this year.
And, at a BAFTA's A Life In Pictures question and answer session earlier this month, the legendary filmmaker revealed they are set to start shooting The Irishman in 2011.
The film will focus on Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran, a union official who turns mafia hitman.
Scorsese added that the screenplay will be penned by Gangs of New York writer Steve Zallian, according to Digital Spy.
The way music is used in film makes for an interesting marriage. For every unmemorable movie made memorable because of a perfectly placed pop song, there is an unremarkable song turned iconic by its inclusion great film. There isn't anything inherently brilliant about Donovan's "Atlantis," but when Martin Scorsese used the song during the Billy Batts scene in Goodfellas, it became brilliant. Don't ask me to explain; that's just the way these things work. Who were the Donovans of 2010? Ahead, Movieline offers up the five best music cues of the year. »
In the last decade Martin Scorsese has found his muse in Leonardo DiCaprio, making four films with the actor since 2002. Though that time period brought Scorsese his first Best Director and Best Picture Oscars, cinema will never forget the impact made when the director was working with Robert De Niro. Making eight feature films together, the pair made some of their greatest films side by side, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. The two haven't made a film together as an actor and a director since 1995, but now they're getting the old band back together. Digital Spy has learned that Martin Scorsese will be making The Irishman as his next film, with Robert De Niro as the star. Scorsese delivered the news during a BAFTA's A Life In Pictures Q&A, during which he said that the project is currently looking for financing and could start up some »
The Irishman is a project that has been in the works for a while. Now though, it is starting to pick up steam. Martin Scorsese, who will be getting behind the camera for the project, thinks that the film could start shooting as early as next year. The film will also see Robert De Niro reunite with Goodfellas co-star Joe Pesci. Last time De Niro, Scorsese and Pesci came together to make a movie we got Goodfellas and Casino, so if those are any indication of what these three can do together, you know The Irishman is going to be one hell of a film. »
- Matt Joseph
Formerly known as "I Heard You Paint Houses"--and retitled "The Irishman"--this potential Martin Scorsese vehicle has been in the works for a while, but recently it seems to have picked up steam. Back in September it was reported that the "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas" and "Casino" duo of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were joining the project and it now seems it might happen a lot sooner than we thought. Speaking at BAFTA's A Life In Pictures Q&A, Scorsese has revealed that "The Irishman" is putting together financing and should it all fall into place, the film could go in… »
Since the 1970’s, Robert De Niro has made countless films. While some have clearly missed the mark, a few of them are considered classics in every sense of the word. Some of my favorites are Goodfellas, Heat, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part 2, and Righteous Kill. Kidding with that last one.
However, while he’s made some amazing films, not all of them have been box office hits. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that his two biggest hits were not made with Martin Scorsese, but with Ben Stiller. While some might dismiss Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, Parents made $166 million (worldwide) and Fockers made $280 million (worldwide). With this kind of money, it’s no surprise Universal made a third entry (called Little Fockers) and it gets released December 22.
Anyway, Universal has released 6 clips and a number of new images from the film. Check them »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
“Step aside, kid, and see how it’s done.”
“The Irishman,” based on the novel “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt, tells the story of Frank Sheeran, a union official turned mob hitman, according to Total Film. The film will be the ninth collaboration for De Niro and Scorsese, and their first since 1995′s “Casino.”
De Niro was Scorsese’s muse for the first half of the director’s career, having appeared in “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas,” among others. Scorsese segued into working regularly with Leonardo DiCaprio for the second half of his career, starting with 2002′s “Gangs of New York.”
- Bryan Enk
Martin Scorsese has revealed that he is to team up with Robert De Niro for an epic ninth time with crime drama The Irishman. The pair have been responsible for some of cinema’s finest dramas over the past 30 plus years, with notable team-ups Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and GoodFellas all earning both much kudos. The Irishman marks the first time that Scorsese and De Niro have worked together in 15 years after 1995's Casino. Based on Charles Brandt’s novel I Heard You Paint Houses, Irishman follows the life of...
- Josh Winning
Martin Scorsese has confirmed that he will work with Robert De Niro for a ninth time on crime drama The Irishman. Speaking at BAFTA's A Life In Pictures Q&A, the Oscar-winning Departed director revealed that the project is currently going through financing, and shooting could begin as early as next year. De Niro and Scorsese first teamed up for 1973's Mean Streets before further collaborations on Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, Goodfellas and Casino. The Irishman is based on Charles Brandt's (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Jonathan Hensleigh made a career writing films and then directed Thomas Jane in The Punisher (2004). Now he's done a feature with another Punisher actor: Ray Stevenson. Kill the Irishman adapts Rick Porrello's book To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia. It stars Mr. Stevenson and his wig as the Irishman of the title, who starts out working for the mob and then feels the mob's wrath when he strikes out on his own. Watch the trailer after the break. I can't help but think of similar period gangster movies like Donnie Brasco and American Gangster when I see this trailer. (Not so much Goodfellas, despite the mobbed-up cast.) I like Ray Stevenson quite a lot, and it's nice to see Christopher Walken taking things seriously for a minute. Take away the very out of place song from the middle of this trailer and it might »
- Russ Fischer
When you consider who the director is, we've heard and seen very little about Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret. In fact, we haven't written an article directly about the movie since Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg were added to the cast back in July. A family film from the director of Taxi Driver and Goodfellas, it's hard to know what to expect from the project, but now we have a few set photos to guide us. Posted on the Hugo Cabret Facebook page, the snapshots give us our first look at Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, and Sasha Baron Cohen in their decidedly bizarre costumes. I'm not quite familiar with the book that the film's based on, written by Brian Selznick, but I'm sure there's a reason behind the the incredible number of hairclips and handlebar mustaches. Check out some of the images below and head over to Facebook to see »
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