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Domino is
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De Palma on Domino
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timing of the
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in the news"

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Washington Post
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Karoline Herfurth
Leila Rozario

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AV Club Review
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Saturday, April 9, 2016
VIDEO - DE PALMA INTERVIEW FROM BEAUNE FEST
TALKS 'PASSION', BIG SCREENS VS. LITTLE, 40s NOIR AS INSPIRATION, MORE


Here are a few select transcripts from the video above:

What is your impression of the evolution of the thriller genre?

De Palma: That’s really hard to say, because mysteries are done a lot on television, all types of forms. They explore every story and character form you can imagine. But since I’m more of a visual storyteller, I find inspiration in the ‘40s and ‘50s where you told your stories more visually, rather than relying on the dialogue to explore the mystery.

Can you share your recollections of filming Passion?

De Palma: Well, you know, it’s made from a French film—I know both of the actresses that were in the French film—in fact, I talked to Ludivine yesterday. Unfortunately, when the film was made, the director was very ill, and so there was a lot of difficulty getting through the material. And I sort of felt from the actresses that they were not given the kind of range to explore their characters. In retelling the story in English, I had two actresses that knew each other very well, that took the story and their involvement into all kinds of bizarre directions, that made it a lot more intriguing. And I added a certain surrealistic element to it that I think improved the original.

Any opinions on current trends in new films?

De Palma: Of course there will be new fantastic movies. One disturbing problem is, of course, a lot of the new generation is watching movies on telephones and iPads and computers, so they’re not used to seeing things on a large screen. Which I think is a great loss, because some of the great classics are composed for the large screen. I mean, I don’t see how you could explain Once Upon A Time In The West or some of David Lean’s great movies unless you show this largeness, the scope that he portrayed on the screen. So that’s going to be kind of lost, but with every new technical invention, like I’m looking at right now, there are great advantages, and you discover new forms in order to tell stories.

Which filmmakers inspire you?

De Palma: Well, I live in New York and I spend a lot of time with a group of young directors that live downtown. And I quite like their work. One is Wes Anderson, and the other is Noah Baumbach. And they make movies entirely different than I do, but I find their work quite original. And I’ve known these directors for years. We try to meet once a week, and talk about cinema, and what’s going on, and what we like and what we don’t like.


Posted by Geoff at 2:19 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, April 10, 2016 2:57 PM CDT
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
'DE PALMA & DONAGGIO: MASTERS OF PURE CINEMA'
TRAILER ON VIMEO - DOC INCLUDES INTERVIEWS W/DONAGGIO, MASSARA, VACHAUD, MORE

(Thanks to Barnabé!)

Posted by Geoff at 11:54 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 12:06 AM CDT
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Monday, April 4, 2016
DE PALMA ON 'LIGHTS OUT'
"I'D LIKE MY FILM TO BE A KIND OF MIXTURE BETWEEN 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE' & 'WAIT UNTIL DARK'"
The picture at left, from France 3 TV, shows Brian De Palma on stage during Saturday's Cinema Masterclass at the Beaune International Thriller Film Festival. I'll post more about that this week, but for now, here is what De Palma told Alain Grasset at Le Parisien regarding his current project, Lights Out: "Yet another thriller-but I love so much this genre - which tells the story of a blind Chinese girl whose father is involved in a secret operation with the CIA. It will take place between China and Canada. I would like my film to be a kind of mixture between Mission: Impossible and Wait Until Dark, with Audrey Hepburn. Hopefully, I will start shooting this summer." Metro News mentioned the other day that the screenplay for Lights Out is still being worked on and finalized.

Posted by Geoff at 1:54 AM CDT
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Friday, April 1, 2016
BEAUNE THRILLER FEST - TRIBUTE TO DE PALMA
FILMMAKER RECEIVES STANDING OVATION, SPEAKS; INTERVIEW TRANSLATIONS TO COME
Some nice photos (taken by Philippe Bruchot) from the Beaune International Thriller Film Festival have been posted at Le Bien Public today, which paid tribute to Brian De Palma. De Palma received a standing ovation. So far, two French outlets have posted interviews with De Palma today from Beaune: Metro News and 20 Minutes. The interviews cover such topics as reality TV, Donald Trump, trying to work for television and having to fight for final cut, and De Palma's current project, Lights Out, for which he is currently finalizing the script with an eye to begin shooting this summer. I'll get translations of those interviews later this weekend. For now, here are a couple more photos:



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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
'CARRIE' MIDNIGHTS APRIL 1 & 2 AT IFC, NEW YORK
40th ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS KICK OFF MONTHS-LONG MIDNIGHT STEPHEN KING SERIES
Brian De Palma's Carrie will have midnight screenings this Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at the IFC Center in New York City. The screenings, which will be from DCP, kick off a thirteen-film midnight series, "Stephen King on Film." The IFC description of the series reads, in part, "Presented in honor of the 40th anniversary of Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma), the horror classic adapted from King’s first novel and the first of what would be countless films and TV productions derived from King’s work, the series showcases more than three decades of terrifying cinema inspired by the writer—an extensive, but by no means exhaustive selection."

Posted by Geoff at 9:13 PM CDT
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Sunday, March 27, 2016
'CARRIE' TUESDAY IN SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA
SHORT FILM 'THE BIRTHDAY', INSPIRED BY 'CARRIE', WILL PLAY BEFOREHAND
This Tuesday night (March 29) at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, California, Frida volunteer Trevor Dillon will present his short film The Birthday at 8pm, and then right after, Dillon will present a screening of one of the films that inspired his "70s horror-themed" short: Brian De Palma's Carrie. The night of horror is also the launch of Dillon's indie horror company, Ghost Party Productions.

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, March 28, 2016 12:08 AM CDT
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Saturday, March 26, 2016
'WAR DOGS' POSTER PARODIES 'SCARFACE'
TAGLINE: "AN AMERICAN DREAM"; RELEASES AUGUST 19 2016

Posted by Geoff at 2:34 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2016 2:36 AM CDT
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Friday, March 25, 2016
GUILLERMO DEL TORO TWEETS 'PHANTOM' ART



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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
'DE PALMA' AT HOT DOCS IN TORONTO MAY 2, 3, 6
SHANE SMITH: "LIVELY & UNEXPECTEDLY MOVING DOCUMENTARY"
The full schedule for Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto was posted today. Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma is set to play Monday, May 2 (6:15pm), Tuesday, May 3 (10am), and Friday, May 6 (9:30pm).

On the film's event page, Shane Smith writes of the film: "One of the most talented, influential and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma started his career in the 1960s. It has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito's Way and Mission: Impossible. In this lively and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking. Touching on his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field, what emerges is a funny and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist. It's an exhilarating look at the last 50 years of film through the eyes of someone who's truly seen it all."

Posted by Geoff at 8:26 PM CDT
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Sunday, March 20, 2016
DE PALMA TO GIVE MASTERCLASS AT THRILLER FEST
BEAUNE THRILLER FEST WILL ALSO PAY TRIBUTE TO DE PALMA, SCREENING 6 OF HIS FILMS


The Beaune International Thriller Film Festival, celebrating its 8th annual edition this year, will pay tribute to Brian De Palma on April 1st. De Palma will present a Cinema Masterclass at the fest on April 2nd. As part of the tribute, the festival, which takes place in Beaune, France, from March 30 to April 3, will screen six of De Palma's films: Dressed To Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito's Way, and his latest, Passion. (The festival organizers may have missed a serendipitous opportunity, as Sandrine Bonnaire, who has a cameo as herself in De Palma's Femme Fatale, is their jury president this year.)

The festival's selected filmography for De Palma lists The Key Man along with Lights Out as a film currently in development. While De Palma had been announced as director for The Key Man back in 2011, it was reported the following year that De Palma was no longer attached, and that Oskar Thor Axelsson was then negotiating to direct. Here in 2016, nothing seems to be going on with that project with either director, and one wonders if its inclusion in the Beaune fest's filmography for De Palma is simply a mistake.


Posted by Geoff at 7:42 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, March 20, 2016 7:45 PM CDT
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