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Saturday, March 24, 2012
'CARRIE' REMAKE LEAD NARROWED DOWN TO TWO
AS OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL SET TO CLOSE TWO WEEKS EARLY, ON APRIL 8
According to Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner, Kimberly Peirce has narrowed her choices down to two actresses for the lead in her remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie: 15-year-old Chloë Moretz (who made a splash in Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, and also appeared in Martin Scorsese's Hugo) and the 24-year-old Haley Bennett, who played the title role in Mickey Liddell's The Haunting of Molly Hartley. In the latter film, according to The Toronto Star's Tony Wong, Bennett gave a performance that was "evocative of Mia Farrow's turn in Rosemary's Baby, in a role that is more demanding than most teen horror flicks." Wong further stated that the "verse-spewing mother" in Molly Hartley was "straight out of Carrie." Speaking of the mother character, Brodesser-Akner suggests that Peirce is taking a tip from the Oscar nods previously thrown to Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie for their work in De Palma's Carrie and going after Oscar-winning actresses for the part of Carrie's mother. For that role, the Vulture article states that "Peirce has approached Jodie Foster and is interested in Julianne Moore." Shock Till You Drop's Ryan Turek notes that the latter two actresses have each portrayed Clarice Starling on film.

Meanwhile, Broadway.com reports that "Prom Night is Over." Carrie: The Musical, which had been extended through April 22, will instead close early off-Broadway on April 8. According to Broadway.com, "The production officially opened on March 1 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and will have played 34 previews and 46 regular performances at the time of closing."

Posted by Geoff at 1:50 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2012 10:53 AM CDT
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Sunday, March 18, 2012
'PASSION' UPDATES
GESTALTEN BOOKS TO MAKE 'CAMEO'; KAROLINE SHOCKED BY PAPARAZZI
Gestalten, a Berlin-based company that, according to its web site, "specializes in developing content for aficionados of cutting-edge visual culture worldwide," tweeted on Friday that "our books are going to make a cameo appearance in Brian De Palma's film Passion."

One day earlier, on Thursday, Karoline Herfurth posted on her Facebook wall about the "insanity" of the paparazzi at Tuesday's cemetery set of Passion:

Insanity! We actually had a Paparrazzi on the set. A genuine paparazzi. We're shooting a scene at the cemetery and suddenly I see a man on a roof with a giant lens! Is that not crazy? And at one point he suddenly shoots over the cemetery wall! This is something I've never seen! Fortunately, this is a rare exception in Germany. That would make me so mad!

Posted by Geoff at 5:04 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 1:07 AM CDT
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Saturday, March 17, 2012
'SNAKE EYES' ESSAY AT A.V. CLUB
AS DE PALMA THRILLER SCREENS TONIGHT AT TORONTO'S BELL LIGHTBOX
TIFF is having an ongoing late night series called "Bangkok Dangerous: The Cinema of Nicolas Cage." Up tonight is Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes, which has prompted A.V. Club Toronto to post a series of essays about the actor, called "Caged Wisdom." This week, John Semley posted an essay that delves into Snake Eyes' opening shot, the odd criticism of De Palma as a "stylist," and the film's intricate split screen sequence. Regarding the opening sequence, Semley writes, "It’s a persuasive, hypnotizing bit of film craft, ranking right up there with the director’s best. It’s not closed-off enough to function as a self-contained short film or anything. But as a piece of geometry, as an object lesson in what it is that Brian De Palma does as a filmmaker, it’s instructive—truly bravura. Oddly, it’s this sense of bravura, this virtuoso quality, that has earned De Palma so many detractors."

Posted by Geoff at 5:03 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012 9:08 AM CDT
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
SET PICS & ARTICLE FROM 'PASSION' CEMETERY SCENE
DE PALMA, RAPACE, HERFURTH FROM YESTERDAY'S SHOOT AT SCHÖNEBERG CEMETERY

BZ published an article with pictures from Tuesday's set of Passion at the St. Matthew's cemetery in Schöneberg, where they were filming a funeral scene. Pictured above is Brian De Palma, Noomi Rapace, and Karoline Herfurth on the set. The article by Bea Peters says that while the scene was serious, in between takes Rapace and Herfurth could be seen laughing and joking around with each other. The article mentions that while Rachel McAdams was not there, the actress has been seen flitting around Berlin on her bicycle in between takes.

Posted by Geoff at 7:20 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012 5:05 PM CDT
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
NICOLAS CAGE TALKS 'SNAKE EYES'
"THE TRACKING SHOT IS WHAT BRIAN WOULD CALL 'NO NET PRODUCTIONS'"

The past two issues of Fangoria have featured parts one and two of a terrific interview with Nicolas Cage, conducted by Chris Alexander. In the current issue (#311), the discussion leads to Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes:

FANG: You've worked with most of the living masters, including David Lynch in the wonderful Wild At Heart. But I must say, Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes is woefully undervalued, both as a De Palma film and a Cage film. And that tracking shot...

CAGE: I don't watch my movies, but that one, if I catch it on television... I'll shut it off after two minutes, but I'll look at it and go, "Oh, wow, what did we get up to there?" That movie is remarkable, really. It has a style that's all its own, and the tracking shot is what Brian would call "No Net Productions." It was as if we were on a high wire and we'd go for five minutes, doing nonstop dialogue, movement, rehearsing all day long and if one line was blown, we'd have to stop, set it up and do it all over again.

FANG: How many times did you do it?

CAGE: I don't remember, but I know I was rehearsing it day and night, in my head all the time, even in the shower. Then on the day we were filming, we rehearsed well past lunch before we actually started to shoot. I often tell people I'm working with, if they are interested in tracking shots, to check out the beginning of Snake Eyes, because it is a standout, right up there with Touch Of Evil.

'SILENT HOUSE' CREATES ILLUSION OF SINGLE-TAKE FOR REAL TIME HORROR
Speaking of long tracking shots, this issue of Fangoria also includes an article about the just-released remake of Gustavo Hernández' The Silent House (the new version shortens the title to Silent House). Hernández' film stood out for its use of one long single-take to present its haunted house story in real time. In the Fangoria article, Open Water filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau describe how they worked hard to give the illusion that their Silent House is done in one long single-take, although it is made up of a string of very long continuous takes itself. (De Palma's opening 15 minutes of Snake Eyes also includes one or two well-designed cuts to present the illusion of a single take.) The pair also explains why, after showing the film at Sundance in 2011, they went back and shot a new ending. "We actually reshot quite a bit of the movie, like the last 15 minutes," Lau tells Fangoria's Michael Gingold, "and obviously one reason was that because it's a continuous take, it was not simple to change that film!"


Posted by Geoff at 10:33 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012 10:36 PM CST
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KAROLINE'S FB POST ABOUT FIRST DAY ON SET
HAIR IS "SHORT AND RED", 'PASSION' SET IS "EXCITING"
Earlier this afternoon (German time), Karoline Herfurth posted on her Facebook page about her first day on the set of Brian De Palma's Passion:

Thank you for your kind greetings. Spent my first day of filming on the set of [Brian] De Palma. My hair was made up short and red, which I have to adjust to. Once the hair stylist for the shooting is done, it even looks really good, but when I'm home in front of the mirror and don't know where the damn volume mousse is supposed to go, then it is a disaster. Close your eyes and go for it, after shooting until I can return to the hairdresser ... :-) This set is and remains exciting :-)

Posted by Geoff at 3:52 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012 7:14 PM CST
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Saturday, March 10, 2012
'PASSION' UPDATE
It looks like Brian De Palma and friends did an overnight shoot Friday inside the Bode Museum in Berlin, wrapping up the night's work at about 5am this morning.

Posted by Geoff at 10:29 PM CST
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 5:07 PM CDT
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
DE PALMA ON SET IN BERLIN
MORE PICS FROM MONDAY'S FIRST DAY OF 'PASSION'

Posted by Geoff at 7:37 PM CST
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
FIRST PICS FROM SET OF 'PASSION' IN BERLIN
FILMING BEGAN MONDAY NIGHT IN FRONT OF SUBURBAN VILLA
Rachel McAdams Online has the first pictures from the set of Passion, which began shooting Monday in Berlin. According to the Berliner Morgenpost, the first scene was shot Monday night in front of a villa in Lankwitz, a southern suburb of Berlin. The initial shots involved Rachel McAdams, who was joined by co-star Noomi Rapace around 8:30pm.

Posted by Geoff at 12:33 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:34 AM CST
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
'HEAT' IS HAPPENING
SIERRA/AFFINITY SELLS GERMAN THEATRICAL & TV RIGHTS TO UNIVERSUM
Hot on the heels of Passion, which began filming yesterday in Berlin, The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Roxborough reports that Universum Film has acquired the German theatrical rights to Brian De Palma's remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds vehicle Heat, which will star Jason Statham. Universum's sister company RTL took the TV rights for the territory. For this film, De Palma will film again in France, eleven years after shooting Femme Fatale in that country. William Goldman is revising his 1986 script for the new film, according to Roxborough. A March 7 2012 Hollywood Reporter article by Pamela McClintock further reveals that Heat "scored distribution deals with Universum in Germany, SPI in Eastern Europe, Sun Distribution in Latin America, Tanweer in India, Cathay-Keris in Singapore and Studio Solutions Group in Taiwan, among others."

Meanwhile, Outlaw Vern recently watched the Burt Reynolds movie for the first time, and surmises, "I can see why some people would write it off (ha ha Burt Reynolds) but the sleazy tone, the unorthodox structure and the strong relationships with the prostitute, the blackjack dealer and the software nerd all make it a forgotten gem in my opinion. Also he uses a credit card to slit a guy’s throat."

Posted by Geoff at 6:42 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 11:24 PM CST
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