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Chicago – The presence of Sir Ben Kingsley – yes, he was knighted in his native Britain – is the first thing that commands a room. The regal and precise actor, who was awarded an Best Actor Oscar for his definitive performance in “Gandhi,” is back portraying a native of India in his latest film, “Learning to Drive.”
The film is a transition story for the two main characters. Darwan (Kingsley) is a Indian Sikh who gained political asylum in America shortly before September 11th. He is a driving instructor, and encounters a new student in Wendy (Patricia Clarkson). The woman is going through a bitter divorce, and is using the potential of learning to drive to gain more freedom. The two disparate souls help each other in essential ways, and at the same time weather the storm of some extreme life changes.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
A new trailer for independent movie Campus Code sets up an intriguing premise: how did a young man (Jesse McCartney) survive getting pushed off a tall building? The young man and his friends visit a doctor, who examines the college student and concludes: "Everything checks out alright." Then the doctor turns around and … it's Martin Scorsese! Why is he showing up in a trailer for a low-budget sci-fi flick? Nowadays, Scorsese is best known for his sprawling, big-budget, award-worthy epics, movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo, and Shutter Island. Long before that, however, Scorsese was a struggling filmmaker in New York who made movies on the cheap. He established relationships with talented people early on in his career, and his loyalty began...
- Peter Martin
Last we reported on Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Live By Night, it had slipped down the actor-director’s pecking order as he focused attention on donning the cape and cowl for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. But with a November start date fast-approaching, Affleck is ready to assemble his cast and crew for the crime drama, itself an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s (Shutter Island) eponymous novel.
The latest star to enter talks to board the thriller is The Mindy Project and The Newsroom alum, Chris Messina, who could reunite with his Argo co-star should this deal pan out. Rather than a tense hostage situation, Live By Night would have Messina step into the role of Affleck’s literal partner in crime. Then again, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana are all still circling the gestating project, which has suffered setbacks due to Affleck »
- Michael Briers
Credit: Linda Kallerus/Broad Green Pictures
Chosen as the Audience Award runner-up at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and inspired by a true story, Learning To Drive stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley in a feel-good comedy about an improbable friendship.
Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, »
- Michelle McCue
Movie posters are designed to sell the film - but not sell the film out, surely?
Take this as a warning, movie marketeers: giving away all the best bits in the trailer is one thing, but ruining an entire movie with a single image is something else...
(And in case you hadn't guessed, be warned that this article contains spoilers.)
Spoiler alert: Hey look, just beneath Arnie's giant face - that's Jason Clarke's John Connor! And he's on fire! And looks like a Terminator! He couldn't secretly be a Terminator, could he?
2. Rocky IV
Spoiler alert: In Rocky IV, America's very own, um, Italian Stallion takes on the Soviet Union's very own Ivan Drago. Three guesses who wins. Okay, one guess.
Spoiler alert: If you were wondering whether Optimus Prime rides a gargantuan robot dinosaur at the very end of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, »
When it was announced in 2010 that Leonardo DiCaprio had purchased the rights to The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, the book based on America’s first serial killer Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, moviegoers and critics alike cheered at the prospect of DiCaprio acting in another horror/thriller. With Shutter Island and Inception under his belt that same year, he was the perfect candidate to take on such a legendary topic and such a critically-acclaimed book.
When Deadline got the exclusive that DiCaprio would undertake the film with legendary director Martin Scorsese at the helm, it made fans go wild. Who better than these two to take on a story about a man who literally built a murder hotel so he could torture and sell the bodies of his suspected 200 victims during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago?
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- Joseph Burge
It was the hair, at first I thought I would hate this movie because of the kid’s hair. Allow me to explain, Jude is one messed up teenager (aren’t all teenagers messed up in the movies?) At the very start we see his Father and Mother break up. His Father,( Ethan Hawke: Gattaca), likes to grow marijuana in his green house, and that is where he sleeps when Mom kicks him out of the house. Jude’s Father, Les, explains to young Jude,( Henry Keleman,) exactly what happened and how that will impact the future story.
Fast forward a few years and Jude, now played by Asa Butterfield, is a young man with troubles. He and his best friend,( apparently his only friend,) Teddy (Avan Jogia) like to get high and listen to Hard Core Punk Rock. Through the early part of the movie Jude has one »
- Sam Moffitt
The Devil in the White City: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will reunite to make The Devil in the White City. Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) will write the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by Erik Larson about a notorious serial killer in 18th century Chicago. The actor and the director previousy teamed on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street (above). [Deadline] Baywatch: Zac Efron (above in Neighbors) is in negotiations to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) will direct the big-screen adaptation of the 1990s television series. Johnson will play a "by-the-book and very serious" Southern California lifeguard, while Efron would portray "a young...
- Peter Martin
Since The Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have enjoyed quite the working relationship, with the actor and director re-teaming for The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, Deadline are reporting a sixth collaboration is in the offing for the pair, with Paramount Pictures picking up the rights to Erik Larson’s true crime novel The Devil in the White City as the next project for the director and leading man. Published in 2003, the novel tells the story of America’s first serial killer, H. H. Holmes, who murdered an untold number of people, with reports ranging from twenty seven to two hundred, at the 1983 Chicago World’s Fair. The adaption will focus on not only Holmes and his murderous activities inside the World’s Fair (most of which took place inside his own personal ‘murder castle’, The World’s Fair Hotel, »
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The 40-year-old actor - who has been linked with the movie since 2010 - will take on the role of Dr Hh Holmes, a serial killer who murdered hundreds of victims at his infamous World's Fair Hotel in Chicago.
Holmes used the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to slaughter his victims in the hotel - nicknamed his 'Murder Castle' - a structure containing a gas chamber, dissection table and a crematorium.
The news was confirmed after Paramount acquired the rights to Erik Larson's true crime book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness At The Fair That Changed America.
Paramount outbid Universal and Fox to secure the rights to Larson's book in a competitive auction.
Screenwriter Billy Ray will also work on the project.
DiCaprio and Scorsese have worked »
The actor and director have teamed up to make five acclaimed movies, and they're reuniting once again for "Devil in the White City."
Deadline reports that Paramount has optioned the rights to Erik Larson's nonfiction book about a serial killer in Chicago in the late 19th century. DiCaprio will play Hh Holmes, who murdered between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women.
The movie is set against the backdrop of the 1893 World's Fair, and also tells the story of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham. Holmes, who works with Burnham, builds the World's Fair Hotel and uses it as a means of luring in his victims. It was a nightmarish place that had a gas chamber, crematorium, and dissecting table.
- Kelly Woo
Untitled film adapted from the book Devil in the White City will be the duo’s follow-up to acclaimed 2013 biographical black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street
The long-gestating film – DiCaprio has been eyeing a film about the Chicago mass murderer since at least 2010 – will become the pair’s sixth collaboration after Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. It will be based on Erik Larson’s acclaimed 2003 non-fiction book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, which DiCaprio bought the rights to five years ago and has now been adapted by the screenwriter of Captain Phillips, Billy Ray.
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- Ben Child
The Devil in the White City: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will reunite to make The Devil in the White City. Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) will write the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by Erik Larson about a notorious serial killer in 18th century Chicago. The actor and the director previously teamed on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street (above). [Deadline] Baywatch: Zac Efron (above in Neighbors) is...
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Paramount Pictures has won the rights to Erik Larson's non-fiction book The Devil in the White City, which has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star and Martin Scorsese set to direct. Paramount beat out four other studios, including Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. The adaptation is a passion project for Leonardo DiCaprio, who was attached to star when the adaptation was set up at Warner Bros. back in 2011. The studio let the rights lapse last month, leading to the bidding war that Paramount eventually won.
The Devil in the White City centers on Dr. H.H. Holmes (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is believed to be one of America's first serial killers. The story is set in 1893, during the Chicago World's Fair, where he is said to have killed anywhere between 27 and 200 people. Holmes built The World's Fair Hotel, which he designed to lure in his victims, specifically young, single women. »
When something works, it works, and the partnership between Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese is definitely one which works. The pair have brought us Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf Of Wall Street and now Deadline reports that a sixth collaboration is in the works as well. After a period of aggressive bidding, Paramount has snagged the rights to the... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Here’s one we’re really, really excited about. It is, in fact, the adaptation of Erik Larson’s excellent true-crime thriller novel The Devil In The White City, which Leonardo DiCaprio has been trying to make for years with no success. Things are finally sharpening up for the film, with Martin Scorsese coming aboard to direct. Larson’s scrupulously researched and endlessly compelling tome chronicles real-life serial killer Dr H.H. Holmes, who might not have gained the infamy of Jack the Ripper, but is alleged to have killed a slew of people around the time of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. A weird and charismatic, if ghoulish figure, it’s easy to see why Holmes would appeal to DiCaprio on screen, even though the result will likely be darker than anything he’s tackled in the past (yes, even The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Jordan Belfort »
The most lucrative director/actor partnership of the last decade plus has been Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese: Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and most recently, The Wolf of Wall Street. For what will be their sixth film together, Scorsese, DiCaprio, and Paramount Pictures have closed the deal on the rights to Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.
Deadline reports that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) will adapt the screenplay about Chicago’s most violent and notorious serial killer. Set in the late 19th Century at the Chicago World’s Fair, a fair worker named Dr. H. H. Holmes, who used the fair and his charm to lure anywhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly young women, back to his “murder castle”, complete with gas chambers, dissection tables, and a crematorium. »
- Brian Welk
After giving us five excellent films in Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and, of course, The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese will be teaming up once again with Leonardo DiCaprio for The Devil in the White City, an adaptation of Erik Larson’s novel of the same name.
Set to be penned by Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray, the film will tell the story of Dr. Hh Holmes, a man who “preyed on anywhere from 27 to 200 people at a time when the city of Chicago was enthralled with hosting the World’s Fair of 1893.” He would use “charm and guile to lure guests into what became known as a ‘murder castle,’” which featured a gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table.”
The project is currently housed at Paramount and is expected to be the next film for both Scorsese and DiCaprio, with the latter playing the doctor. »
- James Garcia
The project, which has been in the works for more than a decade, reunites DiCaprio with Scorsese two years after “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Paramount won an auction to buy the movie rights to Erik Larson’s book “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.” The studio has previously owned the rights twice.
Billy Ray, whose credits include “Captain Phillips” and “The Hunger Games,” will write the script. Producers are DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson along with Stacey Sher, Scorsese and Rick Yorn.
DiCaprio first joined the project in 2010.
DiCaprio will play H.H. Holmes, who murdered between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women. Set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, “The Devil »
- Dave McNary
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