Bong Joon Ho receives heartfelt letter from Martin Scorsese

Parasite director Bong Joon Ho was touched to receive a message of support from Martin Scorsese following his historic Oscars victory.The filmmaker took home four top awards at the prestigious Hollywood ceremony earlier this month, with the thriller ma…

Parasite director Bong Joon Ho was touched to receive a message of support from Martin Scorsese following his historic Oscars victory.

The filmmaker took home four top awards at the prestigious Hollywood ceremony earlier this month, with the thriller making history by becoming the first non-English language movie to claim the Best Picture prize, in addition to wins for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

During a press conference back home in his native South Korea, the director revealed that Scorsese, one of his screen heroes, had sent him a letter of encouragement after his big wins.

“This morning I got a letter from Martin Scorsese,” Bong shared. “I can’t tell you what the letter said because it’s something personal. But towards the end, he wrote, ‘You’ve done well. Now rest. But don’t rest for too long.'”

The 50-year-old added: “He continued by saying how he and other directors were waiting for my next movie.”

The sweet exchange emerges after Bong heaped praise on Scorsese while accepting the Oscar for Best Director, with the iconic filmmaker also nominated in the category for his work on The Irishman.

“When I was young and starting in cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart which is, ‘The most personal is the most creative,'” Bong recalled. “That quote was from our great Martin Scorsese.”

He also praised fellow Best Director nominee Quentin Tarantino for championing his work for many years.

The Okja helmer also told reporters during Oscars weekend that he was thrilled that awards season was almost over as it meant he could finally go home, after spending months promoting the movie in the U.S. and the U.K.

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Robert De Niro fine with viewers pausing The Irishman

Robert De Niro is fine with viewers pausing his three hour-long epic The Irishman and watching it in two sittings.The gangster drama, based on the Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, follows the story of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Shee…

Robert De Niro is fine with viewers pausing his three hour-long epic The Irishman and watching it in two sittings.

The gangster drama, based on the Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, follows the story of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, who was involved in the infamous disappearance and murder of union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

De Niro, who plays Sheeran in Martin Scorsese’s award-winning epic, was made for streaming service Netflix, and only had a limited release in cinemas back in November.

However, viewers at home are struggling with the runtime, which is just over 3.5 hours, and have been pausing the film halfway through to watch it over two sittings.

And in an interview with the BBC on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday, De Niro gave his permission for fans to take their time with the epic.

“It’s okay,” he said after some hesitation. “Ideally you watch it in one sitting, in a big (movie) theatre with people, but there are some people who can’t do that, so it’s okay.”

The Oscar-winning actor didn’t mind that viewers weren’t watching it all in one go, so long as they understood and appreciated the movie, which features stellar performances from his co-stars Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

“So long as you get the feeling from the film, you get it. That’s all,” De Niro stated.

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Rebel Wilson jokes about failure of Cats during 2020 BAFTAs

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday. The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Huds…

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which was savaged by critics and flopped at the box office following its release in December.

And as Wilson took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to present the award for Best Director while wearing a Prabal Gurung wrap dress that was half black and half glittery red, she made a joke at the film’s expense.

“Tonight is all about sustainability, so I made this dress from sewing my two old dresses together. The red is from that one time I didn’t win Miss Australia, and the black is from a funeral I just went to for the feature film Cats,” she said to laughter from the star-studded audience. “Cats. Strangely not nominated for any awards. I’m not sure if everyone here is across the controversy but this year there has been a distinct lack of nominations for felines. Yep, even in this Best Director ‘cat’-egory, no felines have been nominated. It’s really shocking.”

In her hilarious speech, one of the standout moments of the evening, Wilson reeled off the names of the Best Director nominees – Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon Ho – and joked about the fact that they are all men.

“I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do,” the Australian star quipped. “Honestly, I just don’t have the balls.”

Mendes received the prize for 1917, which dominated the evening with seven wins, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

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Sam Mendes scores top prize at Directors Guild of America Awards

Sam Mendes cemented his status as Oscars frontrunner by taking home the top prize at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday for his war epic 1917.The filmmaker’s latest movie beat Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino’s Once …

Sam Mendes cemented his status as Oscars frontrunner by taking home the top prize at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday for his war epic 1917.

The filmmaker’s latest movie beat Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman to win the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award.

His victory comes hot off his success at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) last weekend, meaning he has now secured his status as the one to beat for the Best Director prize at the Academy Awards on 9 February. The last six winners of the main DGA prize have gone on to win the Oscar.

Accepting the DGA honour, Mendes thanked his late grandfather, whose wartime stories inspired the film, and dedicated his win to his young daughter Phoebe.

“My grandfather inspired this film, and he made me when I was 12 sign a contract promising I would write a novel by the age of 18,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not a freak, so I didn’t do that, but I did do this.”

According to Deadline, Mendes told reporters backstage the win meant a lot to him.

“It’s voted for by people who know exactly what I do and that makes a huge difference. For me the whole event was moving,” the 54-year-old commented.

Other DGA winners included Alma Har’el, who won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director award for Honey Boy, and Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, who were also honoured for their Netflix documentary movie, American Factory.

In the TV categories, Bill Hader took home the Comedy Series prize for Barry, Johan Renck was recognised for Chernobyl in the TV Movie/Limited Series category, and Nicole Kassell won for her episode of Watchmen in Dramatic Series.

Mendes previously won the DGA honour in 1999 for American Beauty.

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Netflix acquires Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic

Netflix has acquired Bradley Cooper’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic.Last July, The Hangover star announced he was planning to follow up his Oscar-nominated directorial debut A Star Is Born with a film about the famed composer and conductor for stud…

Netflix has acquired Bradley Cooper’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic.

Last July, The Hangover star announced he was planning to follow up his Oscar-nominated directorial debut A Star Is Born with a film about the famed composer and conductor for studio executives at Paramount.

However, on Tuesday, bosses at streaming service Netflix announced that they had acquired all rights to the untitled project.

“Bradley’s directorial debut was nothing short of brilliant and he quickly cemented himself as a serious filmmaker,” Netflix’s Scott Stuber told Deadline. “His strong passion and clear vision for bringing to life the relationship between the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre promises to do their lives justice as only this renowned filmmaking team can. We are honoured to be working with the Bernsteins to share their family’s story with audiences everywhere.”

Cooper will direct and star in the project, which documents Bernstein’s complex marriage to his wife over the space of 30 years, from a script he co-wrote with Spotlight’s Josh Singer. He will also serve as a producer, along with his producing partner, Joker director Todd Phillips, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese, who was once set to direct his own Bernstein film, as well as Emma Tillinger Koskoff, who worked with Phillips on Joker and Scorsese on The Irishman.

The actor acquired the exclusive rights to the Bernstein estate, which put an end to a rival project which was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal, and has been working with the composer’s children Jamie, Alexander, and Nina, for the past two years. Production is expected to begin early next year.

Bernstein, who was the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic, is best known for composing the music to stage musicals On the Town and West Side Story and the movie On the Waterfront. He died in 1990 at the age of 72.

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Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino land Directors Guild nominations

Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have been nominated for the top honour at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards. The veteran filmmaker has received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 20…

Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have been nominated for the top honour at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards.

The veteran filmmaker has received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2019 for his gangster epic The Irishman and faces competition from Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Bong Joon-Ho for South Korean thriller Parasite, Sam Mendes for one-take war movie 1917, and Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit.

Four of the nominees were also nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, while Joker filmmaker Todd Phillips, who received recognition from BAFTA and the Globes, is surprisingly absent from the shortlist and has been replaced by Waititi. Mendes took home the directing prize at the Globes on Sunday.

The five DGA nominees don’t always line up with the five Oscar nominees for Best Director, but the last six winners of the main DGA prize – most recently, Roma’s Alfonso Cuaron and The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro – have gone on to win the Academy Award.

During the DGA ceremony, which takes place on 25 January, a first-time film director will also receive an award. The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2019 include Mati Diop, who became the first black woman to direct a film featured In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year with Atlantics, Alma Har’el for Shia LaBeouf’s biopic Honey Boy, Melina Matsoukas for Queen & Slim, Joe Talbot for The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz for The Peanut Butter Falcon.

On Tuesday, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) also announced their nominations. The Irishman, 1917, Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are all up for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, alongside Ford v Ferrari, Joker, Knives Out, Little Women, and Marriage Story.

The winner will be announced on 18 January.

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Rob Lowe claims his Christmas movie had more views than The Irishman

Rob Lowe has claimed his Christmas movie beat Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman in views on Netflix.In a Holiday in the Wild, the actor played a pilot who helps heartbroken divorcee Kate, portrayed by Sex and the City star Kristin Davis, to nurse a baby e…

Rob Lowe has claimed his Christmas movie beat Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman in views on Netflix.

In a Holiday in the Wild, the actor played a pilot who helps heartbroken divorcee Kate, portrayed by Sex and the City star Kristin Davis, to nurse a baby elephant back to health in Africa.

The festive romantic flick, which was released on 1 November, became a huge hit for the streaming service, and now Lowe has alleged that it has overtaken Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed gangster epic in views.

“I just did a movie for Netflix, it was the number one movie that they have,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association while promoting his new Fox show, 9-1-1: Lone Star. “It was a stupid Christmas elephant movie. Take that Martin Scorsese. They were like, ‘Don’t tell anybody.'”

And when quizzed about filming locations, Lowe said he doesn’t mind where he works “as long as it’s with people I like, people I like to work with and are telling good stories.”

“Anyway, I will work wherever the opportunities come from,” the 55-year-old quipped.

Back in December, Netflix bosses revealed that The Irishman, which has a runtime of three-and-a-half-hours, had been streamed by over 26 million accounts in seven days.

“My friends, I’ve got some news from the big guy at the top: The Irishman was watched by 26,404,081 accounts globally – within its first seven days on Netflix,” the official Twitter account for the streaming service revealed.

The Irishman and Holiday in the Wild are both currently streaming on Netflix.

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BAFTA officials ‘disappointed’ by lack of diversity in nominations

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards. The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker ca…

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards.

The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker came top with 11 nods, closely followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman with 10.

Social media users swiftly went online to express their outrage at the all-white acting nominees, with them using the hashtag #BAFTASSoWhite. They blasted BAFTA voters for snubbing the likes of Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Cynthia Erivo and opting to give Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson two nods each.

BAFTA executives have now admitted they are also disappointed about the all-white shortlist.

“Being totally honest, we are disappointed and that is not to take anything away from the people who have been nominated,” said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry, according to Press Association. She added that although no female filmmaker made the Best Director shortlist, they were recognised across other categories and this “gives me joy and hope”.

“But we are going to do more, we are not going to stop pushing,” she insisted.

While Marc Samuelson, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, commented: “Clearly everybody knows that everybody in the four acting groups of nominees are white, it’s infuriating, we can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end.”

Samuelson also noted that diversity is improving in other ways, as the percentage of female nominees has risen. However, he did concede, “It doesn’t take anything away from the issue in the acting categories but, nonetheless, it’s something and things are moving.”

The 2020 British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

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Leonardo DiCaprio had ‘strangely comfortable’ relationship with Brad Pitt on new movie

Leonardo DiCaprio had a “strangely comfortable” relationship with Brad Pitt while making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Oscar-winning actor plays failed movie star Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s epic drama, opposite Pitt as his best fr…

Leonardo DiCaprio had a “strangely comfortable” relationship with Brad Pitt while making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actor plays failed movie star Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s epic drama, opposite Pitt as his best friend and stuntman Cliff Booth.

In an interview with Deadline, DiCaprio opened up about his professional relationship with the Fight Club actor, and shared that he and the 56-year-old clicked instantly on the set of the star-studded film.

“What was very interesting about working with Brad was this strange inherent comfort and ease that we really both clicked into day one,” he said. “It didn’t need a lot of prep work. We talked about the script, and we instinctively knew that dynamic and relationship, and who these guys were to one another.”

Calling Pitt “an incredible professional”, he admitted that the duo also enjoyed flexing their acting muscles by improvising a lot of lines while filming.

“Brad and I did a lot of improvising in the movie, but our relationship clicked right off the bat,” DiCaprio explained, adding that director Tarantino had refused to let them ad-lib certain scenes.

“When there is a scene that he has in his head, you hold it as a modern-day type of Shakespeare dialogue,” he shared. “If there’s a scene that is in his head that is written a specific way, you say those lines as they’re written.”

Elsewhere in the interview, DiCaprio said he feels Martin Scorsese is saying farewell to the gangster drama genre with his epic movie, The Irishman.

“When I first heard about it, I was like, please f**king make this movie. This has all of the guys I want to see in one epic master orchestra led by Marty,” he said, noting that the three-and-a-half hour-long film was a “completely new mind-blowing experience.”

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Martin Scorsese in no rush to see Joker

Martin Scorsese is in no rush to watch Joker.Last year’s comic book thriller, directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips and based on the origin story of the iconic DC Comics villain, followed Joaquin Phoenix’s failed comedian Arthur Fleck as he descende…

Martin Scorsese is in no rush to watch Joker.

Last year’s comic book thriller, directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips and based on the origin story of the iconic DC Comics villain, followed Joaquin Phoenix’s failed comedian Arthur Fleck as he descended into madness and chaos and eventually became Batman’s criminal nemesis.

Phillips revealed in several interviews that Joker was heavily inspired by the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s movies Taxi Driver from 1976 and The King of Comedy from 1982.

However, when asked if he’d seen the critically-acclaimed movie, Scorsese said he was in no hurry to check it out.

“I saw clips of it. I know it. So it’s like, why do I need to? I get it. It’s fine,” the 77-year-old told The New York Times.

He also acknowledged that Joker contained many homages to his own work, and revealed he had passed on an offer from Phillips to become involved, though his longtime collaborator Emma Tillinger Koskoff served as producer on the movie instead.

Scorsese previously discussed turning down the opportunity to direct Joker in an interview with the BBC last year, and said it was due to “personal reasons” that he decided to step away from the comic book project.

“I thought about it a lot over the last four years and decided I did not have the time for it,” he explained. “It was personal reasons why I didn’t get involved, but I know the script very well. It has a real energy and (in) Joaquin, you have remarkable work.”

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