First Reactions to Scorsese's SILENCE


New Image of Ridley Scott on the set of Alien: Covenant

New picture of Ridley Scott on the set of Alien: Covenant

Sundance Film Festival announces its lineup

You can now listen to the score for Scorsese's 'Silence' online


"The Eyes Of My Mother" Director Nicolas Pesce [Interview]

Image result for the eyes of my mother

No Surprise: 'Rogue One' Writer Tony Gilroy Made Millions Off Reshoots

What's even more worrisome is the fact that this goes exactly the way my insider source described to me the on-set friction and how Edwards was pushed aside. Gilroy basically became the main director when the reshoots started. I got a lot of heat from fanboys for posting the article, but, fact of the matter is, I believe what he said and he was credible. You can find the whole article HERE.

The Hollywood Reporter has the following:

Just in case you wondered why the last movie in the Hobbit trilogy dragged on...

Just in case you wondered why the last movie in the Hobbit trilogy dragged on...

Lucasfilm President: There Will Be No 'Rogue One' Sequel

Cars 3 Official Poster

I had this to say on 11.21.16

"I love Pixar. The classics they've released over the past 20 years have been tremendous (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3) yet there's always been much hate directed towards 2006's Cars which, I'll admit it, did not have the inventiveness of the previously said titles but had a sweet, good natured simplicity to its Americana vibe. I loved every second of it when I saw it 10 years ago, while on vacation, at a screening room in Alberta's Lux movie theater. Cars 2, on the other hand, I did not love. It is by far the worst movie in Pixar's short 21 year history. While the original had a sweet, western-like, small town simplicity to its delivery, "Cars 2" was all flash and turned into a, gosh, Bond-esque spy caper. The characters were wooden and the marketing for the film's products was all over the screen. Not surprising considering Cars is a major business for Pixar, from lunchboxes to toys, Pixar has been milking it ever since the original's release. Another big mistake was concentrating the center of its plot on red-neck talkin Mater, a caricature that ranks amongst Pixar's worst characters. With all that being said, I do not look forward to "Cars 3."

"Silence" screening for LAFCA/NYFCC tomorrow. Embargo on all reviews until Dec. 10. Social media will, however, be permitted.

Thanks to Variety's, always reliable, Awards pundit Kris Tapley for confirming that this will indeed be the case for tomorrow. I'll be covering the social media firestorm that will happen at around 12:45pm when the first reactions will come out of New York. I'll be catching "Silence" this coming weekend.

"Manchester By The Sea" Named Best Movie Of 2016 by National Board Of Review


I have no problem with this choice whatsoever, it might even top my list. I haven't decided yet, but it's right up there.

Anyway, NBR announcing their picks is the start of awards movie season and I couldn't be happier, look for a lot of more in-depth coverage from hereon in. 

Best Film: “Manchester by the Sea”
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Best Actress: Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Best Supporting Actress: Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese, “Silence”
Best Animated Feature: “Kubo and the Two Strings”
Breakthrough Performance (Male): Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Breakthrough Performance (Female): Royalty Hightower, “The Fits”
Best Directorial Debut: Trey Edward Shults, “Krisha”
Best Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”
Best Documentary: “O.J.: Made in America”
Best Ensemble: “Hidden Figures”
Spotlight Award: Creative Collaboration of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “Cameraperson”

Indian movies are flooding the IMDb 250. Just last month, out of the 14 new movies entering the top, 10 were Indian.

There are supposed 'ratings farms' in India, Turkey and South East Asia. These countries are using the farms to get a bunch of 10/10 votes registered to their movies. BRUTAL. Even Well-received foreign movies never have such a huge disparity between US votes and non-US votes. This is voter manipulation and it seems like IMDB isn't going to be doing anything about, but they should. The IMDB Top 250 is now as iconic a "best of" list as we have in the industry.

Martin Scorsese to screen 'Silence' for Pope Francis privately before the Vatican premiere of the film

The Vatican Press Office has announcted that tomorrow morning at 8:45am Martin Scorsese and Pope Francis will watch "Silence," in a private screening. Afterwards Scorsese and the Pontiff will discuss the film and the mission of the Jesuits, which is the priestly order Pope Francis belongs to. Oh, to be a fly on the wall for this.

As we speak these are the screenings "Silence" has for the next few days:

Thursday, November 30th Vatican City
Thursday, November 30th New York Film Critics Circle
Sunday December 4th Los Angeles Press, Industry

About the New York Film Critics Circle, they vote for their awards on Friday, which means we can somewhat know a little more about the the quality of Scorsese's film by then. That will be interesting to see since NYFCC has not always been kind to Scorsese, his last film to win their Best Picture award was "Goodfellas" more than 26 years ago. Nothing else has come close to taking their big award since then.

We will surely know the consensus being gathered about the film on Sunday evening when the first tweets show up for Scorsese's picture. I'll be covering it, as I always do with these types of big events, right here by updating the page with every new reaction I can gather from social media. Stay tuned people.

Robert De Niro wants to make a movie with Scorsese/Dicaprio and keeps trying to get Joe Pesci to come out of retirement

Natalie Portman might just win the Oscar for her career-best performance as the former first lady in "Jackie"

Natalie Portman’s performance as Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy is masterful. If you thought there was nothing else that could be said about that fateful day when JFK was shot and killed in Dallas then you were wrong. "Jackie" has plenty to say about the events that occurred and the fact that it is told in such an artfully seducing way makes it all the more relevant. 

Director Pablo Larraín (Neruda) dissects the incident through Jackie’s own eyes, as played by a hypnotic Natalie Portman in a career best performance that will be talked about for years to come. The film takes place, for the most part, in the hours following JFK’s death as the First Lady tries to comprehend the magnitude of the event. 

Through the use of finely crafted flashbacks, Larrain strips the cinematic conventions that come with bio-pics and gets to the core of Jackie’s psyche both before and after the tragedy. Through Sebastián Sepúlveda brilliant editing and Noah Oppenheim's maze-like screenplay, Larrain finds the core Jackie's tortured soul. 

Portman’s performance is a high-wire act of intrigue. She never fully reveals the exact reasons for some of Jackie’s behavior and though we can never truly know if there was manipulation involved with her grief, this is hinted at. In a way Larrain and Portman are playing with the audience with an immaculate mix of enigma, grief and cynicism. It’s an artfully crafted thing, this “Jackie.

Cannes 2017 Poster?

A French colleague, who has worked for Cannes in years past, sent me this supposed poster for the 2017 edition. Of course, the poster usually comes out in March, but always fun to speculate whether this is the real thing or not. I wouldn't mind having Marlene Dietrich on it at all.

‘Doctor Strange’ Has Made $207M Domestically, $600M Worldwide; Has Become MCU’s Biggest Single-Character Intro.

Doctor Strange ($616M)
Iron Man ($585M).
Ant-Man ($520M)
Thor ($449M)
Captain America: The First Avenger($371M)
The Incredible Hulk ($263M)


Doctor Strange ($207M)

Thor: The Dark World ($206.4M)
Thor ($181M)
Ant-Man ($180M)
Cap 1 ($177M)
The Incredible Hulk($135M)

Source: Deadline

Ivan Reitman Says There Are ”Many” More ‘Ghostbusters’ Movies in Development

Director Ivan Reitman, who helmed the original series of films in the 80s, doesn't seem to care that Sony Pictures had a Box-Office disappointment this year with the all-female cast "Ghostbusters" reboot. Earlier this month we already mentioned that director Paul Feig wanted to come back and make a sequel (click HERE), but now we also have Reitman who says others might be in development. In keeping with the same female cast? back to an all-male cast? mixed sexes cast? Who knows, but this is the quote we got when he was interviewed for the Mr. Wavvy podcast:

"There’s going to be many other Ghostbusters movies, they’re just in development right now."

"Come Together"– an H&M Christmas ad directed by Wes Anderson

So instead of hiring an ad agency with a creative director who desperately imitates Wes Anderson, they just hired Wes Anderson. Smart. This film actually felt kinda self-aware in how Wes Anderson it was. I think it was a supposed to be a bit self-parody. But I don't know, it is hard to tell sometimes. His style really works for this and I doubt H&M will make a better, more playful commercial. Very well done. 

I think it's safe to say that we all prefer this more than regular, mindless commercial advertising, and it's certainly more beneficial for everyone involved, including the audience. The brand gets an attentive audience (who will even share the content, such as what I'm doing at the moment). The audience ends up enjoying the content and the work of their favorite filmmaker/actor in the short film. And the filmmakers and actors get a small, low-stakes gig to make use of their talents.

Wes Anderson loves his trains. In fact I can just imagine him retiring from being a filmmaker to become a train conductor of some sorts. It also almost seems like Anderson is trying to out Wes Anderson himself with every ensuing thing he releases. "Grand Budapest Hotel" was definitely the most Wes Anderson-y movie Wes Anderson ever made, which took the title from Moonrise Kingdom before that and etc. etc.

Sign of the apocalypse: Vladimir Putin giving Steven Seagal his much sought Russian passport

"Moana" rules the week-end Box-Office with $55 Million intake, "Fantastic Beasts" nabs a solid second week with $45 Million, "Allied" under-performs, Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply" has the sixth worst opening all-time for a film debuting in 2,000+ theaters.

Source: Box Office Mojo

It's really no big secret that Waren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply" was going to be a tough film to market. Its trailer was really all over the place. I don't think I met a single person that was impressed by the trailer. The film ended up garnering mixed reviews and, to nobody's surprise, bombed this coming weekend at the box-office. Not just that, it garnered the 6th worst showing ever for a film that opened in 2000+ theaters nationwide. I didn't even think it would open in that many theaters. Who had the brilliant idea of opening this film wide? 

Trailer for Sean Penn's abysmal "The Last Face" starring Penn, Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.

Paul Schrader on today's cinema

This quote from The Guardian interview dated 11.13.16

"There’s probably more talented people making films today than there were back then (1970s),” says Schrader. “The biggest and only difference – and people don’t understand this – was the audiences were better. The audiences were going through social uncertainty and they wanted artists to help them out. And the moment that a society turns to artists for answers, great art emerges.”
Sure sounds like our time. Will people rely on artists again "for answers" in the age of Drumpf?

The "Best Actor" Oscar showdown this year: Casey Affleck vs Denzel Washington

Source: Gold Derby

Martin Scorsese's "Silence" to premiere at the Vatican - Director will be joined by 400 priests for screening of film

This was the poster Luc Besson created, as a blueprint, with the intention of shooting "Mathilda," a sequel to 1994's "Leon: The Professional."

This was the poster Luc Besson created as a blueprint with the intention of shooting a sequel to "Leon: The Professional." 

Isla Fischer Pasted Amy Adams' Face on Her Family Christmas Cards and No One Noticed

Isla Fischer Pasted Amy Adams' Face on Her Family Christmas Cards and No One Noticed

2017 Has EPIC potential. Movies from PTA, Nolan, Aronofsky, Haynes, Cuaron, Spielberg, Bigelow, Villeneuve, Soderbergh, Von Trier, Haneke and Payne.

The year is almost over and most of the important films have been seen. I promised myself I'd do something like this once "Silence" had a trailer, so here we are, it's Thanksgiving and it looks like Scorsese's epic actually does exist. What titles are you looking forward to the most for 2017? I split the titles I found into three categories. If there's anything, worthy of a mention, missing on this list please let me know and I'll add it.

Editing WSJ's headline about ‘Moonlight'

The first official poster for ‘Alien: Covenant' is just about perfect.

First Color Image for ‘Logan’ Revealed, Director James Mangold: Film Is Not “A City-Block Destroying CG F*ckathon”

Many thanks to my colleagues over at The Playlist for this news, click HERE

The picture above is the first color image for James Mangold's "Logan"

Mangold tweeted the second page of the script which basically gives you everything you need to know about his vision for the film.

The Best Action Movies of All-Time

Over at Complex they just published their list of the "50 Best Action Films of All-Time."
I have to say, their list pretty solid. 9 of their top ten films made my own list, which I wrote for AwardsDaily just last year (click HERE). Here are some excerpts from that article dated 05.30.16: