Hugo (2011)

It’s a long time getting there, but Martin Scorsese eventually breathes stirring life into Hugo, the story of a little boy, an automaton and a sad old man. Each of them is broken, missing a part that keeps them from working as they should, but each of them is interconnected in ways they can’t fathom. Within that unexpected connection lies the key that will make them all whole again.

The King of Comedy (1983)

Robert De Niro is Rupert Pupkin, a man who will do anything to make it in show business in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy

David Cronenberg talks to LiC about “A Dangerous Method”

David Cronenberg’s latest film, A Dangerous Method, opens in limited release this week. The film provides modern audiences with a look into how the relationship between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and their love triangle involving the troubled Sabina Spielrein (Kiera Knightley) gave birth to modern-day psychoanalysis. I sat down with Cronenberg last week in Beverly Hills to discuss his latest film and prolific career.

Teasing Daniel Radcliffe in “The Woman in Black”

The Woman in Black is shaping up to be a good, old-fashioned, Victorian haunted house story and distributor CBS Films really wants you to know it. It doesn’t open until February 2nd but they’ve been sending out new marketing material every couple of weeks for a while now. Check it out after the jump.

Manhattan (1979) – Happy 50th Birthday, Mariel Hemingway

Manhattan (1979) written and directed by Woody Allen Mariel Hemingway as Tracy and Woody Allen as Isaac Davis. Isaac: Where the hell does a little Radcliffe tootsie come off rating Scott Fitzgerald and Gustav Mahler and, and Heinrich Boll? Tracy: I don’t understand why you’re getting so mad. Isaac: I’m mad because I don’t like (read…)

Julie Delpy attached to direct bio of Clash front man Joe Strummer

A new film about the life of musician Joe Strummer is in the works called The Right Profile after a Clash song from their fantastic 1979 album London Calling. Julie Delpy is attached to direct and Variety speculates she might even appear in the film since she has a habit of turning up in her (read…)

Amber Heard to star in revenge flick “Motor City”

Amber Heard, the busy star of the recently cancelled The Playboy Club, The Rum Diary, Zombieland and Pineapple Express has been chosen for the female lead opposite Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn, The Devil’s Double, Tamara Drewe) in Albert Hughes’ Motor City. Cooper plays an ex-con who gets out of jail and tracks down (read…)

John Neville (1925 – 2011)

John Neville, best known to people of my generation from his title role in Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and as The Well-Manicured Man on TV’s The X-Files died Saturday at age 86. Of course previous generations may well remember him best as one of the bright lights of the English stage in (read…)

Chris Evans replaces James Franco on “The Iceman”

Chris Evans, the appealing star of the only superhero movie this summer that was actually any fun, has replaced James Franco in The Iceman. He’ll play Robert Pronge, the mentor to contract killer Richard Kuklinski played by Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories).  Ariel Vromen is directing the film based on Anthony Bruno’s book The (read…)

Hawke/Linklater working on Sunrise/Sunset follow-up

It’s early days yet, but Ethan Hawke tells Allocine that he, Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy have been talking for six months about a sequel to their beloved indie romances Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.  This summer will mark 9 years since the last one and since the first two were 9 years apart, Hawke (read…)

Scorsese officially attached to adaptation of Nesbo’s “The Snowman”

Martin Scorsese had been rumored to be circling the project for a while, but a Swedish newspaper (reported by Twitch on Friday) says that Martin Scorsese is officially attached to direct an adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo’s crime thriller The Snowman. It’s actually the 7th of 9 Nesbo novels to feature the alcoholic detective (read…)

Schwarzenegger is as adept at DVD commentary as acting

Which is to say, not at all. At first I thought this was a parody of what a Schwarzenegger commentary might be like, but no. It’s real. And this is the guy who everyone is excited about making a comeback. Seriously, you’ve gone through puberty now. Move on. via: Vulture

Casino (1995)

Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Martin Scorsese’s epic tale of Las Vegas

Dancing the Oscar Dance with Soderbergh and Del Toro

The good news is I can cross “Shake hands and engage in pointless small-talk with Steven Soderbergh” off my list of things to do before I die. The bad news is I also have to put a big fat check mark next to “Humiliate myself in front of Benicio Del Toro” on my even longer list of things to avoid. Allow me to explain…

Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”

Hey, thanks to Yahoo for putting a stinking ad in front of this charming little clip that isn’t much longer than the ad itself. Check it out after the jump and then go buy stuff. Obey! Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott Medal-winning story (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace (read…)

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Willem Dafoe and Verna Bloom as Jesus and Mary in a scene from Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ book

Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) – Meg Ryan’s 50th Birthday

A quote from Meg Ryan on her 50th birthday

The 2011 Oscar documentary short list

I haven’t seen all of these so I can’t complain too loudly that Where Soldiers Come From did not make the short list, but I’m thrilled to see Pina (above) on this list because it just might be the movie of my year. Buck and Project Nim are also nice choices and I’ve heard great (read…)

Madonna’s royal drama “W.E.”

Well, it’s gotten mostly clobbered by critics at the film festivals, but the curiosity remains high for Madonna’s bio of Wallace Simpson, the American woman who married a king. Here’s the official synopsis. Check out the trailer and a few more images after the jump.

Madonna’s W.E. is a beautifully crafted, passionate tale about the search for true love in the modern world, viewed through the prism of one of history’s most fabled romances.

Woody Harrelson in “Rampart”

Click to Enlarge Oren Moverman’s Rampart has been earning Woody Harrelson’s performance as the most crooked of LA cops some stellar reviews since the film debuted at Toronto. I hope to catch it myself in the next couple of days before it opens in NY and LA on 11/23 for an Oscar qualifying run. Check (read…)

Tanna Frederick to make 5th film with Henry Jaglom

Press Release: Tanna Frederick will star in indie film director Henry Jaglom’s romantic comedy The ‘M’ Word, which begins principal photography November 28th in Los Angeles. Corey Feldman (Lost Boys), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Francis Fisher (Janie Jones) will co-star. The ‘M’ Word will explore the themes of menopause, men and menses. It will (read…)

Ricky Gervais promises his third will be his last Golden Globes

So that translates into, what, about 18 more months of him continually crowing about how naughty and un-Hollywood he is? via: Vulture

That Cronenberg Fly sequel you never really thought would happen probably really isn’t happening

David Cronenberg is doing press rounds for next week’s A Dangerous Method (stay tuned for an LiC interview) and that means he has to field lots of questions not about his latest film, but about this or that fanboy dream possibly coming down the pipeline. So yeah. Fox isn’t crazy about the Fly script he (read…)

Clooney Ascendant

This weekend’s new releases are led off by George Clooney in the comic drama The Descendants. Also of note: Tyrannosaur

Elle Fanning, Allesandro Nivola arm Sally Potter’s ‘Bomb’

Somewhere star Elle Fanning, who will next be seen in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, joins Allesandro Nivola (Junebug, Coco Before Chanel) for a 60’s-set drama written and to be directed by Sally Potter (Orlando). Nivola plays a London writer and Fanning a teenager caught between the cold war and the sexual revolution. Have (read…)

Luke Wilson in talks to join Bana and Huston in ‘Elvis & Nixon’

Kevin Connolly (Entourage) has also joined the drama starring Eric Bana as Elvis Presley and Danny Huston as President Richard Nixon. Actor Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) will be making his directorial debut from a script he co-wrote, a culture clash drama about Elvis’ 1970 meeting with the President. If he signs, Luke Wilson will (read…)

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

The terrific Ellen Burstyn in Martin Scorsese’s original chick flick

Soderbergh cries “No U.N.C.L.E.” drops out of WB franchise

The Playlist is reporting that Steven Soderbergh has joined pal George Clooney in dropping out of Warner Bros. long-in-the-works big screen adaptation of ’60s spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. According to unnamed insiders, the studio on Soderbergh could not come to an agreement on a budget or a Clooney replacement with both parties apparently (read…)

Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut, Capote’s Summer Crossing, lines up producers

Scarlett Johnasson told the world back in September that she planned on making her directorial debut with an adaptation of Truman Capote’s long lost novella Summer Crossing and you would’ve known this if you were an avid reader of Women’s Wear Daily. Anyway, Variety reported this evening that the project which tells the story of (read…)

Asa Butterfield: From Hugo to Hugo Award-winner “Ender’s Game”

Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine) is directing the adaptation of the Orson Scott Card novel Ender’s Game and Asa Butterfield, the young star of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Hugo, has been offered the title role. Set on a future earth following an alien invasion, an international military unit that trains children to fight back through simulated zero-gravity (read…)

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