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Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese to reunite for gangster film

- November 20th, 2013

It’s been almost 20 years since Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese’s film collaboration – 1995′s Casino – and the pair have finally announced they are reuniting for a new film.

Speaking at a press conference in London, De Niro said: “I have another gangster film I’m gonna do with Scorsese and it’s a very interesting one … We’re preparing it. We have a script and Marty has another film he’s doing before so it won’t be for a while.”

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Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are seen in this 2013 file photo. AFP

 

Since the early 2000s, Scorsese has worked almost exclusively with Leonardo Di Caprio, directing the young star in Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and the upcoming Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

Scorsese and De Niro have worked together in the ’70s (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York), ’80s (Raging Bull, The King of Comedy) and ’90s (Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino), but have yet to make a film in the 2000s.

There were rumblings that the pair would reunite for The Departed, but De Niro opted to make The Good Shepard instead.

De Niro didn’t elaborate on what the new movie will be, but it’s been long rumoured that the pair would join forces with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci (what, no Di Caprio?) for The Irishman, a biopic of mafia hitman Frank Sheeran who confessed to killing Jimmy Hoffa.

While we wait for more news, De Niro’s audition for the role of Sonny in The Godfather has been released online. Check it out below.

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ moved to Christmas Day

- October 29th, 2013

Up until today, there had been some speculation that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street would not be ready in time to make its much publicized Nov. 15 release date.

Well Leo fans, it seems you will have to wait a little longer to see the latest collab between DiCaprio and Scorsese. Paramount has announced that The Wolf of Wall Street (which will run a whopping 165 minutes) will now be released Christmas Day.

As a result, Paramount’s other big holiday release, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, has been shuffled to Jan. 17.

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on Jordan Belfort’s autobiography as a stock swindler who spent 22 months in prison in the 1990s. In addition to DiCaprio, the film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin and Jonah Hill.

Shifting to a Christmas Day release keeps the film’s Oscar ambitions alive.

A number of other prominent films have been moved out of their awards season slots, including George Clooney’s Oscar-hopeful The Monuments Men.

On its new date, Wolf of Wall Street will be squaring off against Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Keanu Reeves’ samurai epic 47 Ronin, Stallone and De Niro’s Grudge Match and the Justin Bieber documentary Believe.

I like Leo’s box office chances.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to star Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron?

- July 25th, 2013
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Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are seen at the Toronto International Film Festival in this combination file photo. QMI Agency/REUTERS

 

You’ll need to take this latest Star Wars rumour with a heaping tablespoon of salt.

According to a report on the film site Latino Review, actor Ryan Gosling has met with Star Wars execs to discuss playing the role of Luke Skywalker’s son in Episode VII.

Representatives for Gosling denied the rumour in an e-mail to the Huffington Post.

Latino Review also mentions that Zac Efron has been in talks for another unspecified role. The site speculates that the 25-year-old could be eyed for the part of Han Solo’s son.

Episode VII is rumoured to take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

Earlier this year, Latino Review broke the news that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Han Solo in the new film.

After basically confirming his appearance in March, Ford has since been coy about whether or not he’ll return.

Last month, BleedingCool.com reported casting breakdowns they claimed were “100% confirmed” for the new film.

Among the characters director J.J. Abrams is looking to fill are: a “military type” 40-something male; two teenage females, “tough, smart and fit;” a not traditionally good looking 20-something male; a 30-something guy who “apparently doesn’t need to be fit;” a 70-something male “with strong opinions and tough demeanour;” and a late 20-something male who is “handsome and confident.”

Earlier casting rumours have indicated that Episode VII would have a female lead.

In addition to the Gosling and Efron news, Latino-Review also reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was approached to play a role in the new film but declined because he’s interested in doing a big screen version of Robotech.

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Starting with 2015′s Episode VII, Disney is planning a new Star Wars film every year for at least five years. Spinoffs have been eyed for Boba Fett, Yoda and a young Han Solo film.

So, what do you make of these latest rumours? Do you approve of Gosling and Efron in the new film, or would you rather see someone else? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments.

First look at DiCaprio and Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

- June 17th, 2013

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Guess what? Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are working together again. Surprised? Me neither. Happy? You betcha.

I love Leo’s collabs with Marty and after 2010′s cerebral thriller, Shutter Island, it looks like this fall’s The Wolf of Wall Street finds them poking the greed bear.

DiCaprio plays the real-life Jordan Belfort, a financier whose shady business transactions helped him amass a huge fortune on Wall Street. “By the time I was 26,” DiCaprio says in a voice over, “I made $49 million. [That] really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.”

Wolf, which is based on Belfort’s 2007 memoir, also stars a very mature-looking Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. Set to Kanye West’s beat-heavy, Black Skinhead, we see DiCaprio and company taunting the FBI, throwing away $100 bills and tossing dwarfs (not a typo). There’s also a scene where Matthew McConaughey tries to pronounce “fugazi” the right way.

Belfort was arrested in 1998 for manipulating the stock market, and ended up in jail for 22 months.

“Was all this legal?” DiCaprio’s slicked-back interpretation asks. “Absolutely not. We were making more money than we knew what to do with.”

I would love to see this one at TIFF and with The Wolf Of Wall Street hitting theatres November 15, it’s not totally out of the realm of possibility that we’ll see this film make its North American debut in Hogtown this September.

Are you excited for Leo’s latest? Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

New posters for ‘The Great Gatsby’

- April 2nd, 2013

The Great Gatsby was supposed to be part of Leonardo DiCaprio’s one-two Oscar punch last Christmas. With a Dec. 25 release date, it would have pitted him against himself in Django Unchained. But the film was abruptly shifted to this summer last August.

In a statement, Dan Feldman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, said: “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

Some felt the date shift might have meant the film was in trouble. But according to the Los Angeles Times, the film was delayed so that producers could complete the 3D affects.

Well, the film is now being released May 10 and Warner Bros. has just dropped six new posters ahead of a new trailer later this week. Check ‘em out and let us know what you think in the comments.

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