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Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96

Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96
Award-winning casting director Alixe Gordin died at her home in Duxbury, Massachusetts on November 28. She was 96. Additional details about her death were not revealed.

Born Alixe Glas on April 10, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, she took her stage name Gordin when she started performing as a musician and an actor. She got into casting in the ’60s with Studio One and The Defenders on CBS.

Gordin is known for her casting work on some of the most iconic films in history. She served as casting director for the Brian De Palma classic Scarface which earned Al Pacino and Steven Bauer a Golden Globe nomination in 1984. She worked on Alan J. Pakula’s Klute which won Jane Fonda an Academy Award in 1971. She reteamed with Pakula for his film Sophie’s Choice which went on to win an Academy Award for Meryl Streep in 1982. Gordin’s magic touch would continue with John Huston’s Prizzi’s Honor,
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Marrakech: Robert De Niro Says 'The Irishman' Set for the Big Screen

The Irishman is set for the big screen next year when it is released by Netflix, star Robert De Niro said Sunday while speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival.

The pic is the actor's latest collaboration with Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese, which also stars Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, and is set in the crime world.

“We've talked about it with Netflix. They are going to do a presentation of our film the way it should be, in a theater, in certain venues, the best theatrical venues there can be,” De Niro said, hinting that ...
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‘Nona’, From Kate Bosworth & Michael Polish, Gets December Release Date – Update

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‘Nona’, From Kate Bosworth & Michael Polish, Gets December Release Date – Update
Updated with release date info: North of Two has set a December 7 release date for Nona, Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish’s feature film that the distributor acquired in May. The film, which puts a face to Central America’s sex trafficking industry, was produced under the couple’s Make Pictures Productions. It will be released beginning in Los Angeles and New York.

Nona tells the story of a girl from Honduras who meets a charming boy, Hecho who promises to get her safely to America to reunite with her mother. Instead, Nona faces a perilous journey when he doesn’t deliver on that promise. Nona — short for No Name — will deliver a message to change the way the world is dealing with sex trafficking.

“All of our North of Two filmmakers define the spirit, determination and grit that living North of Two means,” said CEO Mark Cartier. “Both Kate
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‘King Lear’: Al Pacino to Star in New Shakespeare Adaptation

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‘King Lear’: Al Pacino to Star in New Shakespeare Adaptation
Al Pacino is taking on Shakespeare again. After playing Shylock in 2004’s “The Merchant of Venice,” the Oscar winner is set to star as the title character in a new adaptation of the Bard’s “King Lear.” Michael Radford, who directed that version of “Venice” and received an Oscar nomination for “Il Postino,” is helming the new project.

“Lear is the one that everyone aims for. Al has been toying with the idea for a long time. There’s a difference between Shylock, who’s only in five scenes, and Lear, who is in every scene, pretty much,” Radford said. “It’s enormous. I think [Pacino] would like to have that kind of kudos because he’s a terrific actor.”

“Before, we had the passion and the desire, but we never had a start date. We all have the energy to do [King Lear] now. We’re creating, hopefully, an epic,” said producer Barry Navidi,
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From the Godfather to Shakespeare’s mad king – Al Pacino takes on Lear

Veteran aspires to acting kudos in British-made film adaptation

For years it has been whispered in artistic circles. Now it’s official. Al Pacino will play King Lear on the big screen, heading the cast of a major film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy that starts shooting next year.

Pacino made his name playing gangsters and cops in films such as The Godfather, Scarface and Serpico. With King Lear he is following in the footsteps of Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles, and taking on one of the world’s most coveted acting roles.
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Golden Globes: It’s Time to Pay Respect to Hollywood’s Foreign Press

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It’s become an annual awards-season tradition to mock the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the Golden Globes. But when xenophobia is on the rise and journalists are considered the “enemy of the people,” this is a good time to give a pat on the back to the HFPA.

For one, philanthropy: the organization has given $3.25 million to 80 nonprofits this year; $29 million over past three decades.

Second, the show on NBC is fun, which is no minor accomplishment.

Third, the HFPA has saluted TV and film work that “highbrow” voting groups ignored, from Gene Wilder in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” to Hugh Jackman in “The Greatest Showman,” while the organization’s voters awarded “The X-Files” and “Mad Men” before anybody else did.

But mainstream media have been sniping for decades. Journalists love to write about other journalists, especially negative stories. The HFPA is an easy target because no
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Eric Roth on What He Learned From William Goldman: ‘Take the Reader by the Heart’

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Eric Roth on What He Learned From William Goldman: ‘Take the Reader by the Heart’
Somebody (I think it was my hero Francis Coppola) said the movies that most affect us, the moments that changed us, live on the other side of the moon while we live our lives.

Al Pacino kissing Fredo on the lips. Bob De Niro asking a mirror if it’s talking to him. James Dean discovering oil reaching to the heavens in “Giant.” Those Red Shoes. Burt Lancaster waltzing in Visconti’s “The Leopard.” Mary Badham being told to stand up in “To Kill a Mockingbird” because her father was leaving the room. Kubrick looking beyond Jupiter. All of those emotions and images still exist as the movies play out for the rest of our lives.

And how many of these images that walk around with us are from the imagination and the grandeur of William Goldman. He wrote the book for me, literally, on what a screenplay is, and try as I might,
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Aisha Tyler To Direct Irwin Winkler-Produced Drama ‘Vigilante’

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Aisha Tyler To Direct Irwin Winkler-Produced Drama ‘Vigilante’
Exclusive: Aisha Tyler has been set to direct Vigilante, a female-themed thriller scripted by Irwin Winkler and Jose Ruisanchez. Winkler, who has Creed II opening next week, will produce.

Pic is described as a socially charged #MeToo era thriller that follows the journey of a young woman who, after suffering a brutal attack, channels her anger and grief into protecting others. The film shines a light on shining a spotlight on a cross section of survivors whose voices have been dulled by societal complacency and indifference.

Best known for her actress turns on Friends, 24, Criminal Minds and lending her voice the FX’s Archer, Tyler received critical acclaim for her feature directorial debut, Axis, an indie psychological thriller that won awards at numerous festivals. She also directed episodes of Criminal Minds.

“Irwin’s body of work is extraordinary, and his taste impeccable,” said Tyler. “I am thrilled he has
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‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Dp Benoit Delhomme on Working With Julian Schnabel

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‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Dp Benoit Delhomme on Working With Julian Schnabel
People who follow movies know that “At Eternity’s Gate,” which opened the Camerimage film festival and traces the tragic final two years in the life of Vincent van Gogh, is a film about a painter directed by another painter: Julian Schnabel, a successful New York artist who has also now helmed five features. Less well known is the fact that Schnabel’s cinematographer on his latest picture is also a painter: Benoit Delhomme, a French Dp probably best known for “The Theory of Everything,” who paints whenever he’s not shooting.

How did you and Julian originally connect?

A few years ago I was shooting “Salomé,” an experimental film that Al Pacino was directing. Julian was a friend of Pacino and came to the set. I loved Julian as a painter and I loved his film “Basquiat,” which was about a painter. At the end of the day he said to me,
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Oscar predictions slugfest 2019: Will Lady Gaga be crowned ‘queen of Hollywood’ like Jennifer Lawrence was? [Video & Audio Podcast]

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Oscar predictions slugfest 2019: Will Lady Gaga be crowned ‘queen of Hollywood’ like Jennifer Lawrence was? [Video & Audio Podcast]
“I would argue that the most egregious Oscar snub was when Judy Garland lost Best Actress for her ‘Star is Born’ to Grace Kelly,” says Gold Derby editor Paul Sheehan. Can Lady Gaga “right that wrong” by winning for her version of “A Star is Born“? That’s what Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil thinks, although he’s “tempted every three seconds” to switch to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite“). Watch Sheehan, O’Neil and Daniel Montgomery debate the Best Actress race in the slugfest video above or listen to the audio podcast version below. See our latest prediction rankings for Best Actress here.

“Lady Gaga is at a point in her pop culture trajectory like Jennifer Lawrence was when she won for ‘Silver Linings Playbook,'” O’Neil argues. “When Jennifer Lawrence won it was a crown. She was the queen of Hollywood, and the academy placed that tiara on her head.
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Karina Longworth Traces Hollywood Sexism Back to Howard Hughes

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Karina Longworth has long ridden the swells of writing about Hollywood, whether as an early movie blogger at Cinematical and Spout, long-form reviewer at La Weekly, author, or podcaster at the Panoply network and now Slate. And in her latest book, “Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood,” she looks back at how women rose to power in a time when the only hope was to please the men who got there first.

“Seduction” fashions a revisionist feminist Hollywood narrative by using notorious womanizer and Rko mogul producer Hughes as a way to examine 10 actresses caught in his maw from the 1920s through the 1950s. These include Katharine Hepburn and Jane Russell (for whom Hughes famously fashioned an aeronautic brassiere), and Ida Lupino, who turned herself from a teen blond bombshell into a top actress, writer and director. All found success by doing something women have done
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Inside Leonardo DiCaprio's Star-Studded 44th Birthday Party

Inside Leonardo DiCaprio's Star-Studded 44th Birthday Party
Leonardo DiCaprio turns 44 on Sunday and celebrated on Friday at a star-studded birthday party at the Spring Place members-only club in Beverly Hills. Celebs spotted at the bash included Jennifer Aniston—who was spotted with friend and Leo's pal Tobey Maguire's ex Jennifer Meyer, Gwyneth Paltrow and new husband Brad Falchuk, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Alex Rodriguez, Kate Beckinsale, Rita Ora, Fka twigs, G-Eazy and Naomi Campbell. E! News has learned that 500 people were invited to the party, which followed a smaller birthday dinner for 50 guests, whose invitee included Oprah Winfrey. Party guests were served a massive blue sheet cake...
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Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" - More Leaked Images

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Sneak Peek more leaked set images of Margot Robbie as 'Sharon Tate' from "Kill Bill" writer/director Quentin Tarantino's currently shooting mystery crime feature "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, opening July 26, 2019:

"...a TV actor and his personal stunt double..

"...embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry...

"...during the time of the 'Manson' murders in 1969 Los Angeles..."

Cast also includes Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr., Nicholas Hammond, Al Pacino...

...Scoot McNairy, Spencer Garrett, Mike Moh, Keith Jefferson, Eddie Perez, Maurice Compte, Lew Temple, Zoë Bell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen...

...Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant...

...James Marsden, Julia Butters, James Remar, Martin Kove, Brenda Vaccaro...

...Nichole Galicia, Craig Stark...

...Marco Rodríguez, Ramón Franco and Raul Cardona.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood"...
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Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" - New Leaked Images

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Sneak Peek more leaked set images of Margot Robbie as a pregnant 'Sharon Tate' from "Kill Bill" writer/director Quentin Tarantino's currently shooting 1960's mystery crime feature "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", opening July 26, 2019, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio:

"...a TV actor and his personal stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry, during the time of the 'Manson' murders in Los Angeles, circa 1969..."

Cast also includes Brad Pitt, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning...

...Clifton Collins Jr., Nicholas Hammond, Al Pacino...

...Scoot McNairy, Spencer Garrett, Mike Moh, Keith Jefferson, Eddie Perez, Maurice Compte, Lew Temple, Zoë Bell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen...

...Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, James Marsden, Julia Butters, James Remar, Martin Kove, Brenda Vaccaro...

...Nichole Galicia, Craig Stark...

...Marco Rodríguez, Ramón Franco, Raul Cardona and a whole lot more...

Click the images to enlarge
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Beatty Holding Onto His "Dick Tracy" ?

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Because of a "pre-existing licensing deal" with Tribune Co. "Archie" Comics had to kill their comic book reboot of plainclothes officer, private detective "Dick Tracy", with actor Warren Beatty ("McCabe & Mrs. Miller") continuing to hold onto the character's rights, despite a 'use it' or 'lose it' clause in a long-standing agreement with Tribune to produce a "Dick Tracy" movie or TV series:

The monthly comic book series was illustrated in a more realistic style, than that of "Dick Tracy" creator Chester Gould...

Created by Gould as a newspaper comic strip, 'Dick Tracy' has appeared in five movie serials from 1937 through 1941...

...six movies, including Beatty's 1990 feature, plus three TV series including animated cartoons.

In a previous announcement of the new comic book series, Tribune Co. was "...very excited to work with Archie Comics. 'Dick Tracy' is an iconic character, who still resonates with his fan base. 

"The reboot of the franchise
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Bron & New Mandate Set Barry Levinson To Direct Ben Foster-Starrer ‘Harry Haft’

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Exclusive: Bron Studios and New Mandate Films have set a February production start on Harry Haft, a fact-based historical drama that Barry Levinson will direct, with Ben Foster set to star as the title character. Justine Juel Gillmer wrote a Black List script based on the Alan Scott Haft novel ‘Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano.‘ the film tells the story of a boxer who survived Auschwitz by being forced to fight fellow prisoners in the concentration camps in ghoulish gladiatorial battles. If he won, he got fed and allowed to live long enough for the next bout, while the 76 opponents he beat were led to their deaths in the camps. Haunted by the memories and guilt over the price of survival, Haft attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to rediscover a reason to live and to again find
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10 Sweetest Donut Scenes in Movies and TV, From ‘The Simpsons’ to ‘Full Metal Jacket’ (Videos)

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10 Sweetest Donut Scenes in Movies and TV, From ‘The Simpsons’ to ‘Full Metal Jacket’ (Videos)
Happy #NationalDonutDay, or as we like to call it, Friday. Whether it’s glazed, sprinkled, jelly filled, or in the case of those revolting eclairs from “Van Wilder,” (gulp) dog semen, we’ll take a donut over a croissant or the heartiest of bagels any day. And these colorful treats always look good on screen, so this round lifesaver has found its way into some particularly famous moments of movies and TV. To quote Homer Simpson, “Donuts, is there anything they can’t do?”

Full Metal Jacket

Rip R. Lee Ermey. Only he could find a way to make the donut the ultimate motivational tool in this chilling scene from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.”

Zootopia

Among all the creative, memorable moments in Disney’s “Zootopia,” this delightful one of Officer Hopps chasing down a robber through the tiny mouse town stands out for Officer Hopps’s donut heroics.
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Spike Lee delivers David Lean lecture at BAFTAs: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is not just a peculiarity of America, this stuff is global

Spike Lee delivers David Lean lecture at BAFTAs: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is not just a peculiarity of America, this stuff is global
Spike Lee took to the stage at 194 Piccadilly in London to deliver BAFTA’s annual David Lean lecture. Previous speakers have included Paul Greengrass, Robert Altman, Peter Weir, Oliver Stone and David Lynch – but none of those filmmakers was as outspoken in their lecture as Lee.

In a lively 90-minute talk, which concluded with a Q&A, Lee addressed a wide range of topics from the Oscars to Donald Trump to his new movie “BlacKkKlansman.” In between, he played various clips from both his own films – including “Malcolm X” and “25th Hour” – as well as classics by others, such as David Lean’s “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

Lee wasn’t afraid to ruffle feathers during his lecture, first discussing the treatment of black people in Hollywood and in cinema following a clip from his 2000 movie “Bamboozled.” As he observed, “This movie is about demonization and degradation of black people.
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Al Pacino, Meadows Williams Join MoviePass Films’ ‘Axis Sally’

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Al Pacino, Meadows Williams Join MoviePass Films’ ‘Axis Sally’
Al Pacino and Meadow Williams have signed on to”Axis Sally,” the latest addition to MoviePass Films’ production slate.

The film is a true story drama Mildred Gillars, the woman who unwittingly became the voice of Nazi propaganda aimed at U.S. troops during World War II, earning the titular nickname.

Williams will play Gillars, with Pacino playing the lawyer tasked with representing Gillars after she was arrested on eight counts of treason. Vance Owen and Darryl Hicks wrote the script, which is adapted from the William Owen nonfiction book “Axis Sally Confidential.” Michael Polish will direct the film, which will start filming in January.

Also Read: MoviePass Owner Needs to Raise Capital as It Loses Stock Distribution Deal

Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce the film through their Emmett Furla Oasis Films (Efo) banner, which was purchased earlier this year by MoviePass to create the subscription ticket company’s production wing,
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Al Pacino, Meadow Williams Star In MoviePass Films Drama ‘Axis Sally’

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Al Pacino, Meadow Williams Star In MoviePass Films Drama ‘Axis Sally’
Exclusive: Al Pacino and Meadow Williams will star in Axis Sally, a Michael Polish-directed drama for MoviePass Films based on the true story of a woman who unwittingly became the voice of German propaganda targeted to American troops. Williams will play Mildred ‘Axis Sally’ Gillars and Pacino will play the attorney who represented her once she was arrested and put on trial in the States. Swen Temmel is also joining the cast. Swen Temmel rounds out the cast of the $25 million budget film.

Vance Owen and Darryl Hicks wrote the script, based on the book Axis Sally Confidential by William Owen. Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce with Vance Owen and Tucker Tooley. Ted Farnsworth will executive produce alongside Meadow Williams, Lydia Hull, and MoviePass FilmsTim Sullivan and Alex Eckert.

Axis Sally, which is set to shoot January 22,is the latest addition to MoviePass Films’ already very ambitious slate.
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