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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
FUQUA DROPS OUT OF 'SCARFACE' REMAKE
'ROGUE ONE' STAR DIEGO LUNA ATTACHED AS LEAD; UNIVERSAL WANTS TO START SHOOTING BY SPRING
Variety's Justin Kroll posted an exclusive last night about Universal's Scarface remake, indicating that, as the studio is eager to get the production up and running by this spring, Antoine Fuqua has decided to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his Denzel Washington-starring sequel to Equalizer. "Sources say Fuqua very much wanted to do the film," states Kroll, "and that he and his team were still trying to figure out a way to make it work even as Uni was meeting with other directors. But ultimately, Fuqua had already spent so much time developing the script for the next Equalizer that he simply couldn’t move on from a project he had so much invested in." (Now would be a great time to see if Pablo Larraín is available again.)

Kroll also states that Rogue One-star Diego Luna is now attached to play the lead, according to "sources". The most recent draft of the screenplay is by Terence Winter.

Previously:

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 3:25 AM CST
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
TWEET - EDWARD HOPPER / 'THE UNTOUCHABLES'

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CST
Updated: Friday, January 27, 2017 12:10 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
'RIVERDALE' EPISODE 3 IS CALLED 'BODY DOUBLE'
SHOWRUNNER ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA EXPLAINS, IT'S "LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A BRIAN DE PALMA MOVIE"


Riverdale premieres Thursday night on the CW network, and A.V. Club's Danette Chavez asked showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa about the show's influences:
When we originally developed the show, the show was a much more straightforward coming-of-age slice-of-life drama. It didn’t have the genre element, the mystery, the crime, the noir of it. When Fox bought it, it was that—it was just a high school show, and in the developing of it, they really pushed us to figure out how its voice would be different from Saved By The Bell or O.C. or Dawson’s Creek or things like that. One real touchstone for me and a couple of the other producers was Twin Peaks. What made it particularly germane to Archie was that the central mystery of Twin Peaks is what happens when a high school homecoming queen is murdered. That was like, “Wow, what would happen if one of the Riverdale kids had been murdered?” And rather than follow an F.B.I. detective through the investigation, you follow the ramifications of that through the points of view of the students.

Another big influence was—there was a great movie called Brick with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which was a suburban noir. That was, I think, an early influence as well. The two other big touchstones for me were movies that I loved when I was a kid and that were coming-of-age movies. One was Stand By Me, which is, of course, about four friends who go on a journey to see a dead body, and River’s Edge, the Keanu Reeves movie, which is about these high school misfits that know one of their friends killed one of their other friends, and the body’s by the river’s edge. When the idea to make Archie more like River’s Edge or more like Stand By Me or more like Twin Peaks—really even more than Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, which is one of my favorite movies—it framed every story we wanted to tell, but gave it a genre element, a genre twist to it. It really became a guiding principle, which was, every story we’ll tell on the show has to work as an Archie story, a high school story, but then also has to work as—there has to be some David Lynch element to it. So in episode three, there’s a slut-shaming story, but there’s a much darker solution to that story that’s almost like something out of a Brian De Palma movie. That’s why the episode is called “Body Double.” It became a way for us to be different from other shows. But you know, every show has a shorthand, and O.C. meets Twin Peaks is a great shorthand.

(Thanks to Frank!)


Posted by Geoff at 11:59 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:03 AM CST
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
DE PALMA TO VISIT NY FILM ACADEMY WEDNESDAY


Previously:
De Palma speaks at class in New York


Posted by Geoff at 8:29 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:45 PM CST
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CARLOTTA UNVEILS 'PHANTOM' ULTRA COVER ART
AND 'PHANTOM' TO SCREEN IN 35MM AT STOCKHOLM CINEMATEK MARCH 21


Two days ago, on its Facebook page, Carlotta Films unveiled the above cover for its upcoming Ultra Collector's Box of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, which will be available April 12th. The cover art was created by Matt Taylor. It sounds like more specs will be announced as we get closer to release date, but the set will include a brand new 2K restoration of the film, two hours of supplements, and a 150-page book that will collect articles and analyses, archived promotional materials, interviews, and more.

Meanwhile, on March 21st, Phantom Of The Paradise will screen in 35mm at the Stockholm Cinematek. The screening will be introduced by Ari Gunnar Thorsteinsson, a film critic who has written for IndieWire, among others.


Posted by Geoff at 8:06 PM CST
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JOBLO'S FACE-OFF - 'PSYCHO' v. 'DRESSED TO KILL'
TURNS OUT TO BE RATHER DISAPPOINTING, SHORT-SIGHTED VIEWPOINT
With M. Night Shyamalan's Split released last week, there have been a lot of articles and reviews mentioning Brian De Palma and especially Raising Cain. JoBlo.com's Cody Hamman posted a "Face-Off" column pitting Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho opposite De Palma's Dressed To Kill, with disappointing remarks such as De Palma's main character, Kate Miller, not coming off as "very likeable, so her death doesn't have much emotional impact despite the fact that we've just spent more than 30 minutes watching her." (I am always flummoxed by criticisms that this or that character is not very likeable.) There's also this, regarding Dressed To Kill: "It's an interesting story of a psycho with multiple personalities, but the way the film mishandles the concept of gender reassignment surgery, treating it as a joke at times, can be rather cringeworthy when you look at it 37 years later."

And then Hamman completely lost me with this short-sighted gem: "De Palma takes wordless sequences to an extreme in DRESSED TO KILL. In the first 35 minutes of the film, the characters exchange maybe around 7 minutes of dialogue. The silent seduction at the museum takes up 10 minutes, and as the film goes on there will be several more lengthy stretches without dialogue. Composer Pino Donaggio plays some good music over these sequences, but that doesn't stop them from coming off as being painfully dull to me. Unable to connect with the characters, I don't care what they're doing when they're not speaking, so as these sequences drag on and on I struggle to keep my attention on the film."

Posted by Geoff at 8:10 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:08 AM CST
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
PASTE SUGGESTS 'THE UNTOUCHABLES'
"CHEERFUL CONTENT" TO HELP "FEEL BETTER THIS WEEKEND"
Paste today posted its "Official List of Cheerful Content," which consists of staff "suggestions for how to feel better this weekend." Staff writer Jason Rhode explains, "Paste friend Sean Doyle had a suggestion: during this highly fraught week, while Paste will certainly be publishing plenty of serious features, it might be helpful if we put together a list of light-hearted/cheerful/delightful media or ideas that we turn to in these moments; really, anything that keeps us sane during the next several days. I asked Paste staffers to compile a staggering list of heart-dazzling brilliance, so all may taste the rainbow. In this winter of discontent, we bring you the winners of this content."

Rhode himself begins the list with his choice of Brian De Palma's The Untouchables:

When I consider media which brings me good cheer, one movie immediately comes to mind. In any moment, for any reason, for any question, there is a single answer, and that is Brian DePalma’s The Untouchables. You know that movie you love? Well, all the movies you love secretly adore this flick, and have been writing fan letters to this piece of pure American kino. Oh, the greybeards and Philip Roth will say that this is not a cheerful movie. You know what makes me cheerful? Knowing when they go to sleep and wake up they are wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Untouchables is one of most encouraging movies ever made. I’ll spare you a recitation of the plot, since we have all watched at least five minutes of TBS in our lives and thereby absorbed DePalma by means of osmosis. What can account for the cultural cachet of this epic tale of brotherhood and bloodspill?

You know all of those empires which have fallen? Looks like they weren’t Untouchable. There are Oscar-winning movies that cover tweens learning violin, kids discovering that dinosaurs were just like us, and how the yam farmer is the noblest of God’s creatures … but they don’t have Kevin Costner pushing a Prohibition baddie off a roof and into a car. Does your beloved Jennifer Lawrence vehicle feature Sean Connery chasing an assassin out of his house in his suit-vest, only to be shot himself? No? Oh, how disappointing that must be for you.

Does your movie happen to be the most heartwarming bro-picture of all time? In the other movies, does an accountant discover in the moment of trial that he can go full truffle-shuffle and wreck shop on Capone’s illegal hooch empire with a gun in his hand, and an even bigger gun in his chest—his heart? Yes, the heart is a gun. The Untouchables teaches this lesson, and so many more. DeNiro’s Capone isn’t even acting; it’s as if the memes from all his Scorsese movies (“To-day! To-day! To-day!”) plugged into an feedbacking amp the size of the world. This movie does not chew the scenery, it devours the backdrop for the fuel to rise above the concept of scenery. That’s the Chicago Way.


Posted by Geoff at 11:50 PM CST
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
PORTLANDIA'S 'MEN'S FILM FESTIVAL' SKETCH
PROMISES NOT TO LET BRIAN DE PALMA'S VOICE BE SILENCED

"We've gotta preserve films made by men." That is the skewed perspective of the sketch above from an upcoming episode of IFC's Portlandia (this one will air February 9th). "If you look at a newspaper, blog, television show," begins one of the two male programmers in the sketch, "what do we hear about? Women in film." The small group of men in the audience nod in agreement. Soon after, the programmer played by Fred Armisen begins by pulling from a container one of the audience's anonymous suggestions of films and directors to showcase: "I see the name Brian De Palma." [Applause] Turning to a young boy in the audience, he asks him if he's heard of Brian De Palma. "No. I was born in 2003." The other programmer (played by Carrie Brownstein) chimes in, "So, you've probably only heard about female film directors." They bring up Kathryn Bigelow, and the boy nods in agreement. After riffing on her, the Armisen male gets animated: "Brian De Palma is this guy who worked overtime to make movies." Brownstein: "Carrie. The Untouchables. Scarface." Armisen: "Do you guys know these movies? No, not so much. Well, we're going to educate you." Brownstein: "We will not let his voice be silenced."

Posted by Geoff at 9:39 PM CST
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
'BLOW-UP' & 'BLOW OUT' IN BROOKLYN THURSDAY
DOUBLE FEATURE IS PART OF "STAFF PICKS" SERIES THIS WEEK AT SYNDICATED
Hot on the heels of last Friday's double feature of Blow Out and The Conversation at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina-- a theater in Brooklyn will pair Brian De Palma's film with its other main antecedent, Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up. The double feature happens at Syndicated this Thursday night (January 19th), as part of the theater's weeklong "Staff Picks" series. Blow-Up screens at 7pm, followed by Blow Out at 9:45pm.

Posted by Geoff at 10:22 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:24 PM CST
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Sunday, January 15, 2017
CRAMPTON: 'ALWAYS SHINE' FEELS VERY DE PALMA


Previously:
Always Shine director discusses her influences
Tweet: Always Shine "feels like De Palma's 3 Women"
Star Mackenzie Davis says the gaze of Always Shine feels very different from that of De Palma's cinema

Posted by Geoff at 11:34 PM CST
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