Martin Scorsese Pays Tribute to Jonathan Demme

Martin Scorsese just issued a statement on Jonathan Demme's passing:

“Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. He took so much joy in moviemaking. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground–even a story like The Silence of the Lambs. I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker–I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. There’s so much more to be said, and I hardly know where to begin. I also loved him as a friend, and to me he was always young. My young friend. The idea that he’s gone seems impossible to me.”

Gladiator 2? Ridley Scott says Maximus would use the "portal of a dying warrior" to come back from the dead

Nope, this is not courtesy of The Onion. Ridley Scott really thinks he can find a way to bring back to life Russell Crowe's Maximus for another go-round at the mighty Roman Colosseum. 

"I know how to bring him back," Scott revealed. "I was having this talk with the studio — Whether it will happen I don’t know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell’s changed a little bit. He’s doing something right now but I’m trying to get him back down here."

Scott spoke to ME Movies and actually revealed how he would bring back Maximus from the dead for the sequel. Maximus would use the "portal of a dying warrior" to come back from the dead, whatever that means. Nick Cave has written the script for the unlikely sequel, but, according to Scott, it's been sitting on the DreamWorks shelf for close to 10 years now, good luck dusting that off.

M. Night Shyamalan Reveals 2019 'Unbreakable' Sequel Is Called 'Glass'

'Logan' to be released with a black & white "Noir" version.

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Google Play already has the Noir Version of "Logan," available for pre-sale. This just doesn't do it for me, as much as the "Chrome Edition" of "Mad Max: Fury Road" had no appeal whatsoever. As cool as this all sounds, the color in "Logan" seemed perfect to me. That dreamy dusty gray and brown made it feel like a classic western. I am not too sure if the outdoor scenes would really benefit from black and white.

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Dies At 73

Confirmed Release Dates: Star Wars Episode IX released May 24th, 2019 and Indiana Jones 5 will be released July 10th, 2020

Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" has a poster and a release sate


Of all the great Wes Anderson movies, and there quite a few, I've always a real fondness for "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," a stop-motion animation treat from 2009 that was the most formally realized picture of his career. So it is with great joy that I see  that there's another film of his that will be in stop motion animation form: "Isle of Dogs." If that wasn't enough he has amassed another fantastic cast to take part in this adventure.

Earlier this year, Anderson had mentioned that the film was “less influenced by stop-motion movies than it is by Akira Kurosawa.”

The full cast:

Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, F. Murray Abraham, 
Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Kunichi Nomura, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Yoko Ono (!), Courtney B. Vance (!), Greta Gerwig (!!!), Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban and Liev Schreiber

"Isle of Dogs" comes out on April 20th, 2018. Is it a coincidence that this is coming out on 4/20?

"The Fate of the Furious" Still Unseen

I have yet to see "The Fate of the Furious," nor do I, to tell you the truth, have any motivation to do so, but it is my duty to eventually watch the darn thing. As mentioned in a previous post, I was out of town for the press screening of the film, I have been offered a few chances to watch it during matinee showings, but have unwillingly declined to watch it. All due to the fact that I am just not that interested in what Vin Diesel, The Rock and the gang have in store in this latest installment . The movie has now topped the box-office for two straight weekends, way to go America, and broke the worldwide opening record with almost half a billion in its first 3 or so days alone.

I have seen 4 of the films in the series, the one that seemed to pass the quality test was "Fast Five," which fully took advantage of its luscious Rio setting to create a cinematic atmosphere that the other films lacked. Was it a perfect movie? Hell no, but as far as this franchise goes that seemed to be the peak. It had a great opening sequence, involving a prison escape, and it was The Rock's debut, which many credit as being the beginning of the franchise's resurgence. That was probably one of the best bits of casting a franchise pulled off maybe, ever? The series was DOA until The Rock decided to saddle up for "Fast Five" and it made a world of difference. He brought some real zest to the series. Now it's a billion-dollar making franchise and, yet, I still have no interest in watching another one of these movies ever again.

"Once Upon A Time In Venice" wants to be Bruce Willis' "John Wick"

Oh, Well the obvious thing I'll start off with is that this trailer gives away too much plotting. I felt like I just sat through a big chunk of the movie just by watching these two minutes. Now, as I've mentioned before, Neeson and "Taken" really started a chain reaction of older, more mature-looking, Hollywood A-listers taking a crack at being action stars. It worked for Neeson and Reeves, but Willis? This movie probably needed a better writer and director team as this is from Robb and Mark Cullen, the guys who wrote the god-awful "Cop Out." Also, didn't the whole "they took/killed my dog" revenge trope get used up to death after "John Wick"? 

"Once Upon A Time In Venice" opens on June 16th.

Cannes Jury Announced: Chastain, Will Smith, Sorrentino, Ade, Park Chan-Wook, Agnes Jaoui and more

You know this is going to be an actual good jury when you see Almodovar, Chastain, Ade, Park and Sorrentino. Cannes really wanted to make amends after their last few lackluster Palme choices. I mean, "I, Daniel Blake"? Really? Especially when you had an incredible competition which included "Patterson," "Toni Erdmann," "Elle," Personal Shopper," "American Honey," "The Handmaiden," "The Salesman." Not just that, the George Miller-led Jury gave their consolation prize to Xavier Dolan's misbegotten "It's Only the End of the World"? What were they smoking last year at the croisette air? This year's jury is composed of seasoned veterans, but, more importantly, artists with top-notch artistic credibility. Well, Will Smith excepted ... Although I've been a fan of his over the years, I can see him more as an "I, Daniel Blake" kind of guy than a "Toni Erdmann" or "Elle" fantatic. We will, hopefully, be on track this year with credible winners. I will be there covering the fest starting May 16th.

Pedro Almodóvar – President
(Director, Writer, Producer – Spain)

Maren Ade
(Director, Screenwriter, Producer – Germany)

Jessica Chastain
(Actress, Producer – United States)

Fan Bingbing
(Actress, Producer – China)

Agnès Jaoui
(Actress, Screenwriter, Director, Singer – France)

Park Chan-wook
(Director, Screenwriter, Producer – South Korea)

Will Smith
(Actor, Producer, Musician – United States)

Paolo Sorrentino
(Director, Screenwriter – Italy)

Gabriel Yared
(Composer – France)

David Lynch's Women