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Sunday, May 21, 2017
VIDEO - PFEIFFER ON HOW SHE GOT ELVIRA ROLE
"BRIAN WAS ROOTING FOR ME" - PACINO NOT CONVINCED UNTIL SHE LET GO OF HER FEARS, MADE HIM BLEED

Michelle Pfeiffer visited Jimmy Fallon on NBC's The Tonight Show on Thursday, May 11th. Pfeiffer described how she eventually won the role of Elvira in Scarface, after Fallon asked her if Al Pacino "was intense" during the making of the film:
Michelle Pfeiffer: Well, he was probably more intense back then, or at least, I think it was maybe the nature of the project. And he didn’t particularly want me for the part.

Jimmy Fallon: He didn’t?

MP: No.

JF: Really?

MP: Look, my last credit before that was Grease 2—can you blame him?

JF: Well, no—Scarface could’ve been a fun musical, who knows? We’ll see, it’s going to be on Broadway once and we’ll be laughing. We’ll look back on this and laugh—yes, Scarface: The Musical.

MP: Yeah…

JF: (dancing and singing) Say hello to my little friend! Say hello to my little friend.

MP: You know (pointing at Jimmy), that could happen…

JF: That’s what I’m saying. It could… Okay, so you go into the audition, and he doesn’t want you for that… he’s like, “No…”

MP: Well, it was really, it was a very long, drawn-out auditioning process, and there were a number of women auditioning, and it went over a period of about, I don’t know, it seemed like forever, but I think it was about two or three months…

JF: Wow—just auditioning…

MP: And I was terrified. And I was really young. And I knew he didn’t want me. And as it went on, the worse I got, because I just got so afraid. And by the end of it, Brian De Palma was very sweet, and he was really rooting for me, Brian, and he said, ‘I’m sorry, but you’re just bad now. [Laughter] What’s going on?’ And you know, it was true, and I was like, ‘I know, I know, I’m just so up in knots.’ And [he says] ‘It’s not gonna work out babe.’ ‘Right.’ So I went away, and then about a month later, they called and they said, ‘They wanted to screen test you,’ and I’m like [gasp, drops shoulders as in oh, ugh, no]. Because part of me was just relieved to have the torture end.

JF: Heh heh he, and move on with your life!

MP: And when they called, I just said, [eyeroll] ‘No’. So, anyway, I show up, and I kind of drag myself—and I have, you know, no feeling at all that I have any shot at getting this, so… So it kind of freed me up, you know, and so I wasn’t afraid. And I just sort of, I show up, and do this scene, the restaurant scene at the end, where I kind of freak out at the end, and…

JF: …trash the place

MP: [getting animated] I threw dishes, and everything went flying, and broke things…Cut! I was IN IT! And there was blood everywhere.

JF: What!?! [Laughter]

MP: And everyone comes running over to me, checking me out for blood, where am I cut, they’re not finding anything, there are no cuts on me… I look over and Al is bleeding.

JF: Oh, no, ohhh, my gosh! [Laughter] You cut Al Pacino?!?

MP: [Nodding] I cut Al Pacino! And I…

JF: [Mimicking Tony Montana] I cannot believe you threw this dish! Broke a dish… (I can’t do Al Pacino)… [more laughter]

MP: Oh my God, I cut Al Pacino!

JF: No way, oh my God! And that’s how you got the…

MP: [Regains composure with glimmering triumph] And that’s how I got the part.

[Applause, to which Michelle Pfeiffer takes a bow]


Posted by Geoff at 10:17 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:21 PM CDT
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
DAVID AYER IN TALKS FOR 'SCARFACE' REMAKE
WOULD DIRECT COEN BROS. SCREENPLAY STARRING DIEGO LUNA, RELEASE SET FOR AUG 10 2018
Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr reported yesterday that David Ayer "is in early negotiations to direct" the Scarface remake for Universal. Diego Luna is still attached to star, from a screenplay most recently rewritten by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Ayer is currently finishing up post-production work on Bright, a Will Smith vehicle for Netflix. Ayer and Smith had previously collaborated on Suicide Squad. Ayer wrote the 2001 film, Training Day, which was directed by Antoine Fuqua, who at one time had been attached to direct this remake of Scarface prior to the Coen Brothers' involvement.

Previously:

Coen Brothers will rewrite Scarface script
Fuqua drops out of Scarface remake; Diego Luna will play lead
Terence Winter to tackle Scarface script
The Scarface remake just got a lot less interesting
Scarface remake is Larraín's dream project
The Scarface remake just got a lot more interesting


Posted by Geoff at 3:28 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017 3:37 PM CDT
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
LONGER PLOT DESCRIPTION FOR 'DOMINO'
FROM IM GLOBAL AS CANNES MARKET OPENS
IM Global has a large slate of films to present to buyers at the Cannes market, including Domino. ComingSoon.net posted IM Global's publicity descriptions for each film. Here's the one for Domino:
Directed by Brian De Palma (Mission: Impossible, Scarface, The Untouchables), DOMINO stars Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones, Oblivion, The Other Woman) and six time Emmy® award nominee Christina Hendricks (Drive, The Neon Demon, Mad Men), is written by Petter Skavlan (Kon-Tiki, Sophie’s World) and produced by Peter Garde and Michel Schønnemann.

In this fast-paced thriller, legendary director Brian De Palma weaves a multi-national tale about Christian (Coster-Waldau), a Copenhagen police officer seeking justice for his partner’s murder by a mysterious man called Imran. In a world wracked by terror and suspicion, Christian and Alex (Hendricks), a fellow cop and his late partner’s mistress, embark on a mission to hunt Imran down, but are unwittingly caught in a cat and mouse chase with a duplicitous CIA agent who is using Imran as a pawn to trap ISIS members. Soon Christian and Alex are racing against the clock – not only seeking revenge, but to save their own lives. From the frosty cities of Scandinavia to the sun-drenched landscapes of Spain, De Palma sets up a spectacular battle of multiple opposing forces and leaves the audience breathless until the climactic moment when we learn who will be the last person to survive.


Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:09 AM CDT
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
LEVINSON TAKES ON PATERNO AT HBO w/PACINO
DE PALMA HAD WALKED AWAY FROM PROJECT AFTER TOO MANY SCRIPT MEETINGS WITH HBO
"I find that television executives are very intrusive," Brian De Palma told Variety's Nick Vivarelli at the Venice Film Festival in September, 2015. "I’ve never had so many meetings with so many notes about a script than the one I developed for Al Pacino [about the fall of Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno] that HBO wanted to influence in a way that made it unworkable. I got to a point where I said: ‘guys, I’m done.'"

One year earlier, in September of 2014, HBO suspended pre-production on Happy Valley "for a moment to deal with budget issues," the network said at the time in a statement to Deadline, adding, "but the project is still intact at HBO with the entire creative team as before." Deadline then cited other unnamed sources to say that "the suspension would also be used for additional script work." Sounds like all that script work irked De Palma the wrong way, and he eventually walked away.

This morning, Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman reported that Barry Levinson will now direct Pacino in an untitled movie "about Joe Paterno and the Sandusky scandals at Penn State." Levinson and Pacino had previously collaborated on HBO's Jack Kervorkian biopic You Don't Know Jack in 2010. Levinson has a current vibe with HBO-- his Bernie Madoff biopic, The Wizard Of Lies, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, premieres on the network this weekend. In 2013, Pacino made another biopic for HBO, with David Mamet directing him in Phil Spector.


Posted by Geoff at 11:59 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:40 PM CDT
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
SAKAMOTO TO INTRODUCE 'FEMME FATALE' MAY 14
PART OF SAKAMOTO FILM SERIES THIS WEEKEND AT THE QUAD IN NEW YORK


Ryuichi Sakamoto will introduce a 35mm screening of Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale Sunday, May 14, 7pm at the Quad in New York. The screening is part of a four-day series this weekend: "Forbidden Colours: Ryuichi Sakamoto at the Movies". Femme Fatale will screen again Monday, May 15, at 9:15pm.

"Multitalented Japanese electronic music superstar Ryuichi Sakamoto crossed over into movies as both actor and composer in Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence in 1982," reads the Quad website series description. "Since then he has provided over 40 features and documentaries with his unique sound. On the occasion of async, his first album in eight years, which he has described as 'a soundtrack for an Andrei Tarkovsky film that does not exist,' we present eight of the best."

The site's Femme Fatale description reads: "Sakamoto’s reshaped version of Ravel’s 'Bolero' accompanies the virtuoso Cannes Film Festival-set jewel-heist setpiece that sets in motion a dreamy, sinuously crafted thriller that’s filled with surface pleasures and meta-cinematic tricks. Rebecca Romijn plays the titular thief, whose attempts to start a new life in Paris are complicated when she crosses paths with photographer Antonio Banderas."

Bilge Ebiri at The Village Voice posted a preview of the series yesterday:

When The Revenant got twelve Oscar nominations a couple of years ago, I was struck by the fact that Alejandro González Iñárritu's film wasn't nominated for best score, the one category it deserved to win. The mournful, ethereal music of Ryuichi Sakamoto was everything Iñárritu's overbaked pseudo-western wasn't — understated, evocative, and ultimately rousing.

The Revenant isn't screening in the Quad Cinema's short tribute to the Japanese composer, but some of Sakamoto's greatest work is. A classically trained pianist and ethnomusicologist, he had already achieved international fame as a member of the pioneering Japanese synthpop trio Yellow Magic Orchestra when director Nagisa Oshima hired him to star in and score the 1983 P.O.W. drama Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. His music for the film is at times playful, even bordering on pop — particularly in the catchy main theme — and at times discombobulating, almost atonal. The seesawing mood makes an ideal match for Oshima's heated, surreal tale of obsession and torment.

Scoring diverse films, Sakamoto has revealed himself as surprisingly good at pastiche: His music for Pedro Almodóvar's High Heels (1991) is the noirest noir that ever noired. His traipsing boleros and Vertigo homages in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale (2002) are unforgettable. (Also included in this retro is a rare 35mm screening of Volker Schlöndorff's 1990 The Handmaid's Tale, a first go at adapting Margaret Atwood's seminal novel.)

But I'd argue that Sakamoto's best work came in collaboration with Bernardo Bertolucci. An opera fanatic, the director often had lush, unabashedly melodramatic scores in his earlier pictures (think back to Georges Delerue's rhapsodic melodies for The Conformist, Ennio Morricone's sweeping marches for 1900, or Gato Barbieri's crashing jazz crescendos in Last Tango in Paris). He clearly connected with Sakamoto's ability to mix the lyrical and the ethereal, to nestle brisk compositions within stretches of melancholy ambience.


Posted by Geoff at 4:20 AM CDT
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Sunday, May 7, 2017
TWEET - MCWEENY REACTS TO DOMINO NEWS

Posted by Geoff at 3:23 PM CDT
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Saturday, May 6, 2017
DONAGGIO'S DTK SHOWER THEME ON REFN ALBUM
COMPILES MUSIC REFN LISTENED TO WHILE WRITING & FILMING 'THE NEON DEMON'


Last month, Nicolas Winding Refn released The Wicked Die Young on CD and vinyl. A compilation of music he listened to while writing and filming The Neon Demon, it includes Pino Donaggio's Shower Theme from Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill. "The fourteen tracks on this compilation represent the various ideas I had while preparing The Neon Demon and each song represents a specific emotion," Refn states in promotional materials for the collection. "Some of the tracks are from the past and some the present including new material by Cliff Martinez, Julian Winding, and Electric Youth. Since I wanted my film to be both a horror film and a melodrama with camp, glitter, and vulgarity, as well as a comedy and of course a little science fiction, all these various tracks made me able to step into a parallel world to tell the story."

Refn acknowledged two other De Palma/Donaggio collaborations last summer when Carrie and Body Double screened at Picturehouse cinemas in the U.K. as part of a series titled "Nicolas Winding Refn Presents…" Each film was promoted with Nicolas Winding Refn's verdict: "a visual feast" (Carrie), and, "They should make more movies like this nowadays" (Body Double).


Posted by Geoff at 10:49 PM CDT
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Thursday, May 4, 2017
RAPACE CONTRASTS DE PALMA / RIDLEY SCOTT
SAYS DE PALMA KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS - "HONEY, I'M EDITING IN MY HEAD ALREADY"
Noomi Rapace is the subject of yesterday's "Early Works" column at VICE. Here's the last paragraph, as she told it to Larry Fitzmaurice:
I went right into Prometheus after Sherlock Holmes, and then I worked with Brian De Palma on Passion. Ridley and Brian are filmmakers from the same generation, and obviously I grew up watching Brian's work—Scarface, Carlito's Way. When I heard that he wanted to meet with me, I was quite shocked. It was interesting to work with him, because he knew exactly what he wanted. He did very long takes, sometimes for four minutes. When he had three takes, he was like, "I'm happy. I'm good. We're moving on." Very different from Ridley's films and what I was used to. I was like, "Whoa, wait! We're not doing coverage?" But he was like, "Honey, I'm editing in my head already. No need for that. We're moving on." He's someone who knows exactly what he wants. It was very different and interesting working with him.

Posted by Geoff at 3:03 AM CDT
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
DE PALMA TO SHOOT 'DOMINO' THIS SUMMER
'FRENCH CONNECTION'-STYLE THRILLER STARS NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU & CHRISTINA HENDRICKS
Variety's Elsa Keslassy and Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Ford & Borys Kit all report that Brian De Palma is on board to direct Domino, a "contemporary high-voltage thriller" (Variety) that will star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, The Neon Demon). The film, which will start shooting this summer, was written by Norwegian Petter Skavlan, best known for Kon-Tiki and Sophie's World. Prior to De Palma's involvement, Skavlan's fellow Norwegian Hans Petter Moland had been listed as the director at IMDB.

According to Keslassy, Domino "stars Coster-Waldau as a Danish cop who goes rogue with the help of a fellow police officer Hendricks to track down a suspect who killed his partner in Copenhagen while Europe is being targeted by terror attacks. What the pair doesn’t know is that the suspect they are chasing is working for a CIA operative and is on the trail of the ISIS cell behind the attacks."

Combine the above description with the Hollywood Reporter's: "The story follows a Copenhagen police officer (Coster-Waldau) who is seeking justice for his partner's murder by a mysterious man called Imran. He teams up with a fellow cop and his late partner's mistress (Hendricks), to hunt Imran down, but are unwittingly caught in a cat and mouse chase with a duplicitous CIA agent that will take them from Scandinavia to the sun-drenched landscapes of Spain."

Michel Schønnemann, who is producing Domino for Schønne Film in Denmark, is quoted by Keslassy: "I have been a huge fan of Brian De Palma ever since I saw Scarface in 1983. So it is with great pride that I look forward to produce Domino, a script I have developed together with screenwriter Petter Skavlan. From the start our ambitions have been to create a suspense-filled thriller in the line of such classics as French Connection; having Brian De Palma on board only heightens this ambition."

The film is being financed by Paris-based company Backup. David Atlan-Jackson, partner at Backup, is also quoted by Keslassy: "Working with Brian De Palma is like a dream, especially with such a classic-hollywood looking cast and a script that feels tailor-made for him."

Co-producers on Domino are Antonio Perez Perez’ Maestranza in Spain and Jaqueline de Gooeij for Zilvermeer in Belgium. The film will be introduced to buyers at the Cannes market later this month by IM Global.

This project is undoubtedly the film for which De Palma is said to have been seeking actors in Brussels. Last week, Brussels actor Mourade Zeguendi stated that he had been offered a role as a "Molenbeek terrorist" in an upcoming film being made by Brian De Palma, but turned it down. "Never in my life could I think I would refuse a role in a Brian De Palma film," Zeguendi says in a video he posted to Instagram and Facebook. "Imagine: something that you only encounter once in your life, and you say no. De Palma makes a movie in Brussels and the role they present to me: a terrorist from Molenbeek. So I said no."

It's been 12 years since Tony Scott's Domino was released in theaters. We'll see if the title sticks for this new film, or if it gets changed somewhere along the way, during production.


Posted by Geoff at 5:39 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017 3:12 AM CDT
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
MICHELLE PFEIFFER RECALLS MAKING 'SCARFACE'
INTERVIEWED BY DARREN ARONOFSKY IN CURRENT ISSUE OF INTERVIEW MAGAZINE


Michelle Pfeiffer talks with Darren Aronofsky for the cover story of the April 2017 issue of Interview. At one point, Aronofsky steers the conversation to Brian De Palma's Scarface. "How’d it happen?" Pfeiffer says. "I’m very willful, you know. I’m a survivor. It’s in my nature. I don’t look so tough, but I am. And I think I was able to hide behind the tough exterior of that character, who was just sort of tuned out and tuned off, drugged. I can tell you that I was terrified. And it was a six-month shoot I think. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and I were really the only females. It was a boys’ club. And it was also the nature of the relationship, for Tony Montana to be very dismissive of my character. So I would go to sleep some nights crying."

Mark Margolis, who played Alberto "The Shadow" in Scarface, has appeared in several of Aronofsky's films.


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