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Remembering Acclaimed Director Jonathan Demme 1944-2017

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Acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Demme, know to most for directing The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, passed away last week at the age of 73. Known for his personal approach to filmmaking, Demme left behind an extensive portfolio of work, ranging from documentaries, independent films, cult remakes, and blockbuster dramas. His early work dates back to 1970s satire films like Fighting Mad and Handle with Care. Melvin and Howard made the director a household name in 1980, and Mr. Demme went on to direct a number of films and documentaries before making history in the early 1990s with Silence and Philadelphia. Both were box-office successes and culturally significant films that touched on a number of highly debated issues. Continue reading

Scorsese Says ‘Devil in the White City’ Is Now Underway

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Having just completed his latest project, Silence, Martin Scorsese is getting back to work on his next, highly anticipated project that will reunite him with Leonardo DiCaprio. The Oscar-winner purchased the rights to Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America back in 2010. Due to scheduling issues between the two film veterans, however, production has been delayed. Now that Silence is finished, Scorsese is ready to get production on this new film underway. As of now, a script is still in the works, but may require more extensive work and research. Continue reading

Catch This Week’s Limited Releases Opening In Theaters This Weekend

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Indie films hardly get the public recognition they deserve outside of the circle of internationally known film festivals, or national premieres outside of New York City or Los Angeles (the recently released Mr. Holmes with Sir Ian McKellen and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence serve as perfect examples). But that’s not to say I wouldn’t recommend seeing any of these. This week several such projects will be seeing limited releases on big screens across the country. First on the list is Grandma from writer/director Paul Weitz (About A Boy, In Good Company), which follows a young teenager, Sage, as she goes to her grandmother, Elle Reid, for help when finding herself in a tight spot. The two embark on a day-long journey of self discovery and life reflection that brings both a sense of comfort and motivation to the audience. Actresses Lily Tomlin (Nine to Five, I Heart Huckabees), Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into The Wild) will be leading the cast on this one. Next on the list is The Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich‘s She’s Funny That Way, starring Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Filth), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris), Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses, We’re The Millers), and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). Given the plot of this one revolves around a love-triangle on the set of a Broadway production in New York, I would recommend this one as a good date-night movie. Last, but not least, is another romantic comedy (you would think it’s Valentine’s Day weekend!) called Some Kind of Beautiful from director Tom Vaughn (What Happens in Vegas, Extraordinary Measures). Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, The Thomas Crown Affair), Salma Hayek (From Dusk Til Dawn, Desperado), Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Awake), and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, The Artist) lead the cast in this tale of a Cambridge poetry professor who comes to a type of midlife crises when he begins to reevaluate his life. All three selections are rated R due to some pretty heavy content, but I think they are all definitely worth seeing, so be sure to check your local theater listings for showtimes in your area, and as always…Enjoy!!

New Documentary ‘The Look of Silence’ Now Playing In Theaters

A new documentary titled The Look of Silence from director Joshua Oppenheimer (The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase, The Globalisation Tapes) is now playing in theaters across the country. A follow-up by Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence follows a family that survives the recent genocides in Indonesia (that was the subject of The Act of Killing) as they confront the men responsible for carrying out the heinous acts against them. The film has received generally positive reviews, particularly at the New York, Venice, and Toronto International Film festivals, although some critics have stated that it does not live-up to the intriguing storytelling and filmmaking Oppenheimer displayed in The Act of Killing. Regardless of what the critics say I would definitely recommend seeing this one if you enjoy good documentary filmmaking, but be sure to watch The Act of Killing first, as Oppenheimer conceived of this new film being the ‘Part 2’ of Act of Killing from the beginning. Check your local listings for showtimes and locations. Enjoy!

Director Marc Webb Set To Direct Amazing Spider-Man 3, Not Sure Yet About #4


With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 coming to theaters this May, there is a lot of buzz going on around Hollywood about director Marc Webb and actor Andrew Garfield and whether or not they will be involved in both the third and fourth installments of the series. Sony Pictures has already set release dates for the next two movies, the third movie being set for release in June, 2016 and the fourth film set for 2018. Variety recently reaffirmed that both Webb and Garfield would be returning for the third film, but beyond that everything is still in the air seeing as there is no official contract. Nevertheless the two will be very busy in the next several years. Sony also recently announced that the Spider-Man franchise would bring to theaters several spin-offs over the next few years, much like the X-Men series has done with Wolverine. There is no telling whether or not Webb will direct any of these, but in the meantime Andrew Garfield will be busy working on a number of dramas between his superhero duties. The actor will be taking a role in Martin Scorsese’s next picture, Silence, as well as 99 Houses, and The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren, which follows a similar story to George Clooney’s Monuments Men, but from a courtroom perspective. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters this May; check out the trailer here on MADE.

Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson Join Scorsese’s Next Project Silence

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Director Martin Scorsese has been very busy the last year trying to get his new project The Wolf of Wall Street into the theaters and onto his trophy shelf. The film experienced several problems during production, including cuts that had to be made for both time and content, but it was all worth the wait. Wall Street has already been nominated for five Oscars and also won Leonardo DiCaprio a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Now the director is moving on to his next project Silence, a film based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo. The story follows a pair of Jesuit priests in the 17th century persecution-era of Christianity, who travel to Japan to spread their faith and to search for their friend and mentor. According to Deadline Hollywood, actors Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider Man) and Liam Neeson (Taken, Nell) will be leading the cast, along with Adam Driver and Ken Watanabe. The film is scheduled for release in 2015, and is supposed to begin shooting in Taiwan later this year.

Martin Scorsese To Retire From Film???

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Just reading the headline makes your stomach churn. Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese has been responsible for some of the finest movies made in cinematic history. His resume includes such classics as Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Raging Bull (1980), Taxi Driver (1976), The Departed (2006), and The Aviator (2004), and that’s only to name a few. Scorsese has maintained his reputation as a director ever since his first breakthrough project, Mean Streets, in 1973, but his talents are definitely not limited to great original storytelling. The director has spent a great number of years following the great rock and roll acts of the 20th century, particularly The Rolling Stones, The Band, Michael Jackson, and George Harrison. His latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, is due out this month, after which he will begin filming his next project, Silence, this upcoming summer. Scorsese won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2007 for The Departed and has been nominated for the same award a total of 7 times, as well as securing four Golden Globes. With all that under his belt one can understand his desire to retire on his own terms, as well as the pressure he must still have to endure during the film process at the age of 71! But we may yet see a few more films before he decides to definitely stop working. He is currently working on a documentary on former president Bill Clinton, and is supposed to helm a Sinatra biopic after Silence is completed, so we’ll hold our breath on this retirement news for now.