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Friday, June 23, 2017
SHADES OF 'FEMME FATALE' OPENING SEQUENCE
ACTRESSES POST 'DOMINO' SET PICS TO INSTAGRAM



Posted by Geoff at 8:05 AM CDT
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
VIDEO LINK - 'DOMINO' TO FILM IN BAKER'S HOME
AFTER DE PALMA & CREW VISIT THE MAN'S BAKERY


A video report posted yesterday by ATV's Walter Schrooten interviews a baker from Borgenhout, who met Brian De Palma when the director and his crew visited the bakery. "A world-renowned American film director," states the article introducing the video, "who enters a Borgerhout bakery and decides to include a part of his movie in that man's living room. That was Brian De Palma, who is here for his new movie Domino. The film is based on the background of terror attacks in Europe. We went to take a look in the bakery's living room, which will be filmed tomorrow."

In the video, the baker explains, "Brian De Palma has been here with his people. They have seen that the house was big. And I agreed, I gave them the house to make the movie." When Schrooten asks whether he met De Palma, the baker replies, "Yeah ... Himself yes, they have been here. And now we have an appointment tomorrow. Then they are back here." The baker continues, "The store is open, but if they want me to close then that's not a problem. That's no problem for me."


Posted by Geoff at 3:49 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:51 AM CDT
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VIDEO - COURTENEY COX ON 'DANCING' AUDITION
AND FILMING THE LITTLE STORY THAT PROVIDES CONTEXT FOR THE SPRINGSTEEN VIDEO

Posted by Geoff at 2:49 AM CDT
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
'DOMINO' SET PIC
PATRICK HAEGEMAN FINDS FLEXIBLE LED SOLUTION, POSTS TO INSTAGRAM


Yesterday, Patrick Haegeman posted the image above to his Instagram page with the following comment: "For the Movie Domino by Brian De Palma we were looking for a flexible led solution on set. In this case we use 10 SL1 Smartlight in our base. Very flexible solution and easy to rig!"

Posted by Geoff at 7:59 AM CDT
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Monday, June 19, 2017
MOHAMMED AZAAY JOINS CAST OF 'DOMINO'
DUTCH ACTOR HAS "KEY ROLE", ACCORDING TO N279 ENTERTAINMENT
According to an APN report yesterday, Dutch actor Mohammed Azaay has been cast in Brian De Palma's Domino. The report quotes the Dutch co-producer N279 Entertainment as stating that Azaay has "an important key role" in the film.

Posted by Geoff at 7:55 AM CDT
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Friday, June 16, 2017
UPDATED EDITION OF VACHAUD/BLUMENFELD BOOK
TO BE PUBLISHED BY THE END OF 2017 BY CARLOTTA FILMS


The end of 2017 will see publication in France of an updated edition of the book, Brian De Palma: entretiens avec Samuel Blumenfeld and Laurent Vachaud. The new edition will be published by Carlotta Films. The original edition was published in France just as De Palma was releasing Femme Fatale, which received only a brief mention at the end of the book. The new edition will include new interviews covering the four features De Palma has made since then (including Femme Fatale), as well as additional interview material to some of the previous films, according to Vachaud. We are very much looking forward to this one!

Posted by Geoff at 7:52 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017 7:44 AM CDT
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
AD - CASTING EXTRAS IN ALMERIA FOR 'DOMINO'
AND MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SWITCH FROM MALAGA TO ALMERIA
The lack of availability of the bullring (Plaza de toros de La Malagueta) in Málaga was the key reason the Domino production decided to film in Almería next month instead of Málaga, according to an article posted yesterday by Francisco Griñán at Diario Sur. The article mentions Kevin Bacon as part of the cast, but I have confirmation that Bacon is not actually involved in Domino. Here is an excerpt from Griñán's article, with the help of Google Translate:
It was going to be the film shoot of the summer. A couple of weeks of filming in Málaga with a Hollywood legend like filmmaker Brian De Palma and one of the actors of the moment, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, the blond 'Lannister' of the TV series, 'Game of Thrones'. A traveling production that passed through Belgium, Copenhagen and ended in Spain. And ever since the 'Domino' project was first discussed two years ago, Málaga was already listed as one of the main locations for this 'thriller' about the pursuit of a terrorist. The entrance of the director of 'The Untouchables of Eliot Ness' and 'Dressed To Kill' reactivated last May this production that was soon in search of its settings in the capital of the Costa del Sol. For script requirements, the main scene to film in Málaga was developed in the bullring of the Malagueta, but the lack of availability of the arena has caused the film to move to Almería.

"Until today - or yesterday - we have been pending to use other locations we had planned such as the Málaga Airport, but finally decided to centralize filming in Almería," said the Sevillian producer Antonio Pérez, who participates in this film which is also funded by Denmark and Belgium. The film will be shot in mid-July in Spain, which coincides with the concerts contracted in La Malagueta - among them the start of the tour in our country of Franco Battiato on the 13th - and that was finally the cause of the cancellation. The biggest impediment has been the impossibility of removing the stage installed in the arena so that a bullfight could be held in which the cop protagonists of the film pursue a terrorist.

Despite this coincidence in the agenda of the concerts and the film, producer Antonio Pérez highlights the absolute availability of the City Council of the capital and Málaga Film Office to facilitate filming, which was also to shoot scenes in the port. "We had all the support from the port authority and Málaga gave us a lot more play, because Almería has a lot of people and boats in July," said the producer, who also said that the airport was intended To be used for scenes set in the different European airfields in which the film is set. Finally, none of these plans will come true and the cast... will travel to the neighboring land of 'spaguetti- western'.

'Domino' narrates the hunt for a terrorist from the Islamic State by a couple of policemen who chase him across Europe to avenge the death of a comrade. Precisely, this police and action plot concludes in Spanish lands and has one of its scenes in the bullring, which is why production has decided to count on the Almerían coast where they had full freedom of use.


Posted by Geoff at 3:10 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, June 15, 2017 7:47 AM CDT
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
'DOMINO' WILL FILM IN ALMERIA, SPAIN
KEY SCENE TO BE SET AT PLAZA DE TOROS BULLRING; DE PALMA VISITED CITY ON SUNDAY
Ideal reported yesterday that Brian De Palma will bring the Domino production to Almería, Spain, this summer, shortly after filming in Antwerp. "Although Málaga was initially chosen as a location for this international thriller," states the article, "Brian De Palma decided to place one of the key scenes of the film in Almería's centenary bullring, which also led to many of the film's scenes taking place in the capital of Almería. In fact, the American filmmaker landed at Almería airport on Sunday June 11 to start work and meet the rest of the team."

Posted by Geoff at 1:48 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:50 AM CDT
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LITHGOW ADMIRES THAT DE PALMA 'WENT THERE'
"HE HAD THE COURAGE OF HIS COMPULSIONS"
Collider's Brian Formo interviews John Lithgow on the occasion of Lithgow's new movie, Beatriz at Dinner, and also talks with the actor about working with Brian De Palma:
Shifting gears, a little, I am a big Brian De Palma fan.

LITHGOW: Ah, great!

Actually, you’re in my favorite of his: Blow Out.

LITHGOW: Oh yeah, that’s correct.

I feel like I’m the resident De Palma blurb writer for lists on our website, but sometimes I have to spent extra time explaining why I don’t think we should be offended by some of his films. I’m wondering, considering gender and gender identity, how so much has changed since he made his films in the 80s does it feel difficult to go back and watch now? I love watching De Palma, but I feel like I can’t really recommend a number my favorite films of his—like Body Double, Dressed to Kill—to too many people, and to a lesser extent Blow Out too because there are so many caveats to put with it, because I know people would get upset by things that happen in it, how groups of people are treated, how lovingly deaths are filmed. I’m just wondering, with a bloated lead in, if you have any thoughts on that triggered nature when we go back and watch these very psychological and interesting films?

LITHGOW: It’s funny, I haven’t been back to see them. It’s pretty rare that I see a film that I did a long, long time ago. I remember being unsettled by Brian’s vision, for want of a better word, even when I was doing many films with him. But I really admired the fact that he went there. For example, in Blow Out his version of women getting carved up in that was very different and much more warped than even a standard slasher movie. You know, I played the Liberty Bell killer, and I murdered women with an ice pick. I [laughs hesitantly] basically drew a Liberty Bell on their torsos with an ice pick; several women, several prostitutes, as I recall, to make it look like I was a psychopathic killer—when in fact, all I was trying to do was rub somebody out, without any motivation. This was not Jack the Ripper. There was no gross statement. Just pure desire to kill and knowing it would be accepted more if there appeared to be some crazy person with a trademark etch behind it. A ghastly premise. Absolutely ghastly. And I think maybe time has moved on to the point where that kind of thing is completely unacceptable. It was appalling, then, don’t get me wrong. It was a nightmarish idea, even then. But Brian is an old friend. He told me the stories of his own life—you must know this if you know a lot about Brian—which so completely connect with his obsessions on film. And I had a real respect for that and I think he was very adventurous in the 80s and it would be hard to find funding to be that adventurous into dark areas now. To me, of all the movie directors I’ve ever worked with, he was the most—this will sound like a crazy thing to say—he was the most like a director like Ingmar Bergman, who takes his own obsessions and puts them on film.

I can definitely see that. If you had that response to the script, what was it like to work on it?

LITHGOW: Oh, I would do anything for Brian. And yes, it’s lurid, it’s psychological thriller in the mode of Hitchcock for mass entertainment. It was gleefully gory stuff. Truly horrific films, but they came out of such a need to make art that critiqued our glee at such sights. Really, it sounds pretentious, but I really had to admire Brian for that. He had the courage of his own compulsions, really.

His horror and erotic thriller films are so extremely icky that if we’re worried about misogyny and misogynistic depictions, his films are so extreme that way that it doesn’t make it look appealing, it’s perfectly ugly for something ugly that exists in the world, stares it right down and wants you to look away but we don’t. And I think that that’s why they’re still fantastic movies and deserve to be looked at in how he shoots misogyny not just dismissing as misogynistic. I was just curious about that because I re-watched a number of his films recently.

LITHGOW: I haven’t seen the documentary on Brian yet.

Oh, it’s great.

LITHGOW: I will catch up with that.


Posted by Geoff at 12:47 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 12:49 AM CDT
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
GAZET REPORTS FROM 1ST DAY FILMING 'DOMINO'
ACTION IN THE CLOSED-OFF STREET, FIGHT IN AN ELEVATOR, ETC.


Rebecca Van Remoortere at the Gazet Van Antwerpen posted a report early this morning on the first day of filming in the area on Brian De Palma's Domino. According to her, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was definitely there for the filming, but no one seemed to have spotted Christina Hendricks yet. The image above appears to be from lunchtime, in which De Palma and company were blocked from being seen entering/exiting vehicles by the tarp near the crew's trailers on the street. Here is a Google-assisted translated excerpt of her article:
The Antwerp filming for the movie Domino of Hollywood director Brian De Palma started yesterday in the Eikenstraat, a side street of the Meir. [Note: Meir is the major shopping area in Antwerp.] For the new film production, De Palma works together with actress Christina Hendricks, especially known for the Mad Men series, and actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, or Jaimie Lannister from Game of Thrones. Of the latter we are sure that he was already in Antwerp for the scene in the Eikenstraat yesterday. Also today, in the walkway of the authentic building with rental apartments, more filming took place.

Wednesday the film team moves to Borgerhout. A scene is to be filmed in the loft complex at the Kattenberg 122. The loft complex also has a courtyard. Where the filming will take place exactly in the building is not clear. But it will not be in the loft of Petra De Pauw and her husband Herman Verbruggen, residents of the complex.

"A long time ago, all residents of the loft complex received a letter in the mailbox that stated that this location would be suitable for filming and whether we wanted to cooperate with them. We did not really pay much attention to that letter and also did not know what film production it would be. We were about to go to South Africa to film for a long time, and were more involved with that," says Petra. "We recently wondered what it actually meant with those filmings, because we know a lot of F.C. De Kampioenen is not over. This week a crane was installed on the inner courtyard. We first thought that there was work on the roof, but apparently it would be for the filming. We also know that it's a movie by Brian De Palma. But nothing more."

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The scene that was filmed yesterday in the Eikenstraat was a fight scene. To this end, the hall of the building in the Eikenstraat had to be emptied, said owner Guido Vandamme. "I could follow the shots what the purpose of the scene was. One of the actors had to fall through a window and in the elevator a combat scene was filmed. Graffiti was sprayed on the walls, but I was promised that they would be painted."

Parking on the Sint-Jaconstraat and the Lange Klarenstraat were prohibited yesterday. There had to be space for the dozens of crew trailers and caravans. Director Brian De Palma drove to the trailers for his lunch. It was only a few hundred meters further, but he was hidden by a tinted car. On leaving, a large cloth was tensioned between the building and the carriage so that the press could not catch any glimpse of the director.

The filming will continue in Antwerp in the Bleekhofstraat in Borgerhout, on the Kiel, on the Left Bank and in the district house of Deurne.



Posted by Geoff at 7:47 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 12:58 AM CDT
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