One of the bright spots over the Thanksgiving weekend was the release of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," a loving ode to the power of film, which brought in a solid box office rake in somewhat limited release while also garnering praise from critics already talking about the film's Oscar chances.
But while the movie deals with cinema's past, a new interview with Deadline proves that Scorsese is far more concerned with cinema's future.
Even if he does wish that "Taxi Driver" had been in 3-D.
Not only is the 69-year-old director fully embracing the power of 3-D in "Hugo," he's so taken with the technology that he hopes to make all of his movies in 3-D from now on -- and thinks some of his classics could be improved with it as well. Are you ready for "Raging Bull 3-D?"
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- Scott Harris
Memory works by compartmentalization. Our minds often like to reduce data to patterns, and those patterns get compacted into simple categories. And so for many people Martin Scorsese, despite having made The Last Waltz, Kundun and The Aviator, is just a director of New York gangster movies. (Maybe with a slight detour up to Boston for The Departed.) But those who really know Scorsese's career know that the path he has taken isn't even vaguely that simple. And while it is easy to think of him as a man who works primarily in one mode, it is far more fascinating to see how he has been able to apply his talent to a very diverse array of subjects. If you need a reminder, check out the infographic below. Called 'A Man For All Genres,' it shows just how much Martin Scorsese has really done since he began to make »
- Russ Fischer
The Oscar-winning film-maker, Martin Scorsese, has said he would prefer to shoot all his future films in 3D following his experiences with new movie Hugo, which has received impressive critical notices and is being tipped for awards season success.
In an interview with the Deadline blog, Scorsese also suggested that his previous films Taxi Driver and The Aviator might have benefited from being shot in stereoscope. He compared the recent wave of films using the technology to the arrival of Technicolor in the mid-1930s.
Scorsese was asked by Deadline if he would prefer to shoot all his movies in 3D going forward. "Quite honestly, I would," he replied. "I don't think there's a subject matter that can't absorb 3D; that can't tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique. »
- Ben Child
When undertaking the task of translating the life of a famous historical figure for the purpose of cinema, discounting adventurous "left field" attempts such as Todd Haynes's Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, there are basically two approaches to take: the micro and the macro.
The micro approach selects a defining moment in the said protagonist's life and puts it under close scrutiny, so that we may get a better understanding of the man (or woman) through their actions in some crucial period of their life. The macro approach seeks to find an all encompassing view of the human being by tracing their origins (either from birth or some adolescent period), all significant relationships and events in their life, and the legacy left after their death, fashioning an underlying theme to tie together the hero's existence like a pretty ribbon atop a Christmas present.
A great illustration of the »
- Christopher Lominac
George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) has had it with the movies in "The Artist"Over at Fandor's Keyframe blog I'll be musing about the Oscar race on a biweekly basis. This week's topic is the unusual abundance of movies about movies in this year's Oscar race from Marilyn Monroe (My Week With Marilyn) to George Melies (Hugo) to Hollywood's seismic sound shift in the late 20s (The Artist). But one thing I didn't dwell on too much in the article (which I hope you'll go and read!) is the lack of Oscars won for movies about movies.
Everyone predicting a win for The Artist (2011) before the nominations are even announced should consider the following list and sobering fact: No movie about movies has ever won Best Picture.
Movies About Movies: How Do They Do With Oscar?
(Best Picture Nominees are in red)
Janet Gaynor (already an Oscar winner) was nominated again »
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Hugo may be a film unlike any Martin Scorsese has ever directed, but it's clearly close to his heart. Scorsese has been a frontrunner when it comes to restoring classic films, having recently made headlines with his immaculate restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes and now he's gone all the way back to the beginning, using the films of special effects pioneer George Melies to guide the heart of Hugo, adapted from Brian Selznick's children's book by John Logan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Scorsese's The Aviator. With the pieces and passion clearly in place, the question is whether or not they all came together.
Opening in the early 1930s, Scorsese embraces CG landscapes and 3D camera movements as if he's been using them his entire life as we swoop in on the clocks of a Parisian train station and are introduced to young Hugo »
- Brad Brevet
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hollywoodnews.com: Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale will announce the nominees for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at The London West Hollywood Hotel, it was revealed today by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
As previously announced, the 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The premiere broadcast of the ceremony will air later that evening at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on IFC.
Bios on each actor, from a release:
Anthony Mackie was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama and was discovered playing Tupac Shakur in the off-Broadway play “Up Against the Wind.” He made his film debut in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile and proceeded to garner roles in Spike Lee’s Sucker Free City and She Hate Me, »
- Sean O'Connell
Martin Scorsese seems unlikely as the next director to try his hand at 3D. He has given us plenty of visual spectacle in his films, but 3D always seemed like the sort of gimmick that would go against his artistic sensibilities. Well, like it or not, a director with credentials as impeccable as Scorsese’s has now gone over to the dark side and we will see the fruit of his labours before too long.
With the release date fast approaching, Howard Shore, composing for Scorsese for the umpteenth time (they collaborated on The Aviator, Gangs of New York and The Departed most recently) sat down with Variety to discuss how this score came together. The opening 10 minutes of the film is apparently virtually dialogue free, leaving Shore’s score very much front and centre:-
“The score uses a lot of themes and motifs and variations,” says Shore, “It’s written in an older style. »
- Dave Roper
Oscar winning screenwriter John Logan has spoken to Comingsoon.net on working with Sam Mendes on Skyfall. Logan is best known for his work on The Gladiator and The Aviator, with his collaborators a whose who of Hollywood royalty. "I think what's great about one thing Sam and I share is we have the language of theater, because that's where we grew up, but we're also filmmakers. I would like to think those two things inform all of our work, so back and forth. Purvis and Wade who wrote the last several had worked with Sam very closely and written a fantastic, fantastic script. I came into that with Sam in January, so I've been on for almost a year now, as a matter of fact. It's great. It's so thrilling to work on because like everyone, I grew up on Bond. My first Bond that I remember seeing was »
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Oscar-nominated scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) have reportedly completed their script work for a rebooting of the Tomb Raider movie franchise, which Gk Films acquired the rights to earlier this year. The plan, at that time, was to craft a cinematic reworking of badass adventurer Lara Croft’s origins that could (fairly) quickly begin production, in order to make a 2013 release date.
King snagged an Academy Award for The Departed and has previously worked primarily on higher-pedigree titles, such as Traffic, Ali, The Aviator, and The Town. However, his upcoming production slate includes a mix of popcorn fare (Dark Shadows, World ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Most Cs readers will already know the work of screenwriter John Logan from little movies like Gladiator and The Aviator and The Last Samurai , but his name continues to be associated with some of the most respected filmmakers, including his work on adapting Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" for Martin Scorsese's Hugo . Logan's been keeping busy as the writer brought on by Sam Mendes to work on the script for the next James Bond movie, Skyfall , and he's also recently worked with Darren Aronofsky on his take on a famous biblical story, Noah , which he's making for Paramount. ComingSoon.net spoke to the writer about both of these projects at the recent New York junket. While Logan tends to be a writer involved on a project from beginning to end, his »
Martin Scorsese’s next film, Hugo, is just a couple of weeks away from its highly anticipated release now, and if you’ve missed out on our coverage of the film so far, you can catch up on it all right here.
Based on the novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, the film has been penned by the brilliant John Logan, with whom Scorsese has previously worked on The Aviator, earning both its writer and director an Academy Award nomination.
We’ve now got a new clip to share with you, courtesy of Yahoo Movies, entitled, ‘Big Machine’, as well as five great new international character posters from the film, via Imp Awards.
“Synopsis: Adapted from the Caldecott-winning Brian Selznick novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” Hugo is the story of a resourceful boy who lives in a train station and teams up with a spirited young »
- Kenji Lloyd
In the grand scheme of things, no longer being able to work on Quentin Tarantino‘s movies is only a miniscule part of Sally Menke‘s tragic passing. And, sure, it’s unfortunate that one of his film’s most vital components will no longer be present, but one should also remember that Tarantino more or less played as big a part in crafting his own work once production wound down; whatever editor he hires next has a big task ahead of them, but there’s still someone to help guide them along.
According to TheQuentinTarantinoArchives (via Collider), Fred Raskin will get the editor credit for Tarantino‘s upcoming western, while Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds director of photography Robert Richardson will be back. If you’ve seen the latter’s work — which also includes Shutter Island, JFK, Bringing Out the Dead, and The Aviator — you already know he’s great. »
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While everyone’s rightfully excited that Quentin Tarantino is merely weeks away from starting production on his new pic Django Unchained, it’s also a somewhat bittersweet occasion. This will be Tarantino’s first film without beloved editor Sally Menke, who passed away suddenly at the age of 56 last September. Menke worked closely with Tarantino on each of his movies, earning Oscar nominations for her work on Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. While it's sad to think that Tarantino won't be collaborating with Menke on his "Southern", it appears that he's settled on an editor for the flick. The Quentin Tarantino Archives reports that Fred Raskin will be handling editorial duties, with Robert Richardson (Inglourious Basterds) returning as director of photography. Raskin served as assistant editor on both Kill Bill flicks, so he has some experience with Tarantino's work. His credits as sole editor include Fast Five and Annapolis. Richardson’s return is much welcome, »
- Adam Chitwood
Warren Beatty has not acted since 2001′s disaster Town & Country, or directed since 1998′s Bulworth but the legendary former Hollywood hellraiser has been hard at work perfecting his script on a new Howard Hughes epic. British actress Felicity Jones, soon to be seen opposite Anton Yelchin in Like Crazy, has landed the plum role as the love interest of the billionaire hollywood director-turned reclusive Ocd sufferer.
Beatty who featured in classics Bonnie And Clyde, The Parallax View and Shampoo also directed and starred in equally classic Reds, Heaven Can Wait and the visually stunning Dick Tracy. This latest Hughes film is a passion project for Beatty with a number of Hughes’ fascinating and legendary life events, tales and rumours ripe enough for the big-screen. »
- Craig Hunter
As proof of how quickly an unknown actress can become a highly sought-after rising star (just ask Jessica Chastain), Like Crazy star Felicity Jones has been cast as the female lead in Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes biopic. Sure, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio brought us a Hughes biopic in 2004 with The Aviator, but this time around Beatty will be playing, we presume, an older version of Hughes. Jones will play a young woman who starts a relationship with Hughes' driver. Actors currently being considered for that role include Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich. What this love affair has to do with Hughes has not yet been divulged, but it certainly helps separate it from Scorsese's version. Jones is currently starring and receiving rave reviews for her...
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Not even a decade after Martin Scorsese's decade-spanning Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, Warren Beatty is planning his own take on the industrialist and Hollywood icon. With Beatty set to play Hughes, Deadline reports he's found his female lead in Felicity Jones, the British actress currently breaking out in the small-scale indie Like Crazy. Though you might remember from The Aviator that Hughes had relationships with several Hollywood icons, including Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn, Jones will be playing none of them. With Beatty playing Hughes himself, obviously in his later years, Jones will be playing a young woman who starts a relationship with Hughes's driver-- actors currently being looked at to play that role include Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich. It's unclear exactly how a love story between two young people will have anything to do with Hughes, who in his later years succumbed to obsessive-compulsive disorder and »
27 year old Felicity Jones was just a small bairn back in the mid 80′s when Warren Beatty first became obsessed with the idea of making a movie about the world’s most famous compulsive-obsesser Howard Hughes. Last night, Deadline reported that Beatty has just cast Jones as the love interest in the Hughes biopic that two decades on finally looks like it is going to be made.
Jones will play a woman who is having it off with Hughes’ driver and rare close confidante, before eventually having an affair with the aging man himself. Beatty, 74, is writing, directing and starring as the billionaire weirdo.
Not unlike the last Howard Hughes biopic, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, the film will be set around younger and older periods of Hughes’ life so a young leading man is required. Deadline say Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich (actor in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro »
- Matt Holmes
Legendary actor/director Warren Beatty is firming up plans for his return to the silver screen. Beatty has chosen Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) as the female lead in his untitled pic about Howard Hughes. Jones will play “a young woman who develops a relationship with Hughes’ young driver and confidante, before she falls in love with Hughes.” The Aviator this is not. Beatty wrote, will direct, and plans to star in the film as Hughes. Jones has received high praise for her work in Like Crazy, so she seems like a fine choice for the role. However, I’m more than a little creeped out by the idea of 74-year-old Beatty romancing 27-year-old Jones. We previously reported that Beatty was meeting with a number of actors, including Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson, and his wife Annette Bening to possibly star in the film, and now Deadline adds Justin Timberlake, »
- Adam Chitwood
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