Martin Scorsese to release ‘very personal’ short film documenting lockdown experience

Martin Scorsese has made a “very personal” short film documenting his experiences during the coronavirus lockdown.After officials began imposing restrictions to try and stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus earlier this year, the Hollywood director dec…

Martin Scorsese has made a “very personal” short film documenting his experiences during the coronavirus lockdown.

After officials began imposing restrictions to try and stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus earlier this year, the Hollywood director decided to film his exploits while holed up in his New York City home.

The “exclusive and very personal” film will be featured in the finale of the BBC Two series Lockdown Culture with Mary Beard, in which the British professor examines the links between risk, culture, and creativity.

“What I look forward to in the future is carrying with me what I have been forced to learn in these circumstances,” Scorsese commented. “It is the essential. The people you love. Being able to take care of them and be with them as much as you can.”

In a short clip, the 77-year-old can be seen discussing his self-imposed quarantine at his home, which he said has been “intense”.

“We had been working so hard on so many different projects, and things were spinning and spinning and spinning and suddenly, there was a crash – and a stop,” the Oscar winner explained. “And at first, there was a day or so of kind of relief. I didn’t have to go anywhere, do anything – I mean, I had to do everything, but I didn’t have to do it then – kind of a relief. And then, the anxiety set in…”

Beard shared her joy at Scorsese’s involvement in the series, and noted that The Irishman filmmaker was looking at lockdown “through the lens” of classic Hitchcock movies.

“I was absolutely over the moon when he agreed to do it for us. It feels a bit like hosting a little premiere. And it all contributes to a pretty amazing finale,” she added.

Lockdown Culture with Mary Beard will air on Thursday.

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Jonah Hill ‘humbled’ after surpassing Samuel L. Jackson’s onscreen cursing record

Jonah Hill has been “humbled” to learn he has surpassed Samuel L. Jackson’s onscreen cursing record.The Superbad actor took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a screenshot of an article on The Wrap with the headline, “Jonah Hill Passes Samuel L Jackson …

Jonah Hill has been “humbled” to learn he has surpassed Samuel L. Jackson’s onscreen cursing record.

The Superbad actor took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a screenshot of an article on The Wrap with the headline, “Jonah Hill Passes Samuel L Jackson With Most F**king Swear Words on Film.”

In the accompanying caption, Jonah celebrated the news by thanking his The Wolf of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese for helping him to achieve the record.

“So many people to thank. @martinscorsese_ thanks for pushing me over the edge. And of course the great @samuelljackson. Humbled,” he wrote, adding: “(Also ‘new report’? Lol what team of scientists cracked this one?). Lots of love.”

According to the new Profanity on Film report from Buzz Bingo, Hill has collectively said the most swear words in all the movies he’s appeared in, with a total of 376 profanities. He was followed by his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in the rankings, who has 361 curse words recorded, and Jackson, who had 301.

Jackson has become well known for using curse words in films, especially in flicks like Jackie Brown and Snakes on a Plane.

Other celebrities on the list included Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, Billy Bob Thornton, Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, and Danny McBride.

Responding to Hill’s Instagram post, his friend and frequent collaborator Rogen simply commented, “The dream.”

And in response, the 36-year-old wrote: “We should make a last dance (2020 series about Michael Jordan’s basketball career) style doc of me exhausted getting to the final f**k. ‘I can’t do it anymore!'”

Buzz Bingo’s analysts studied over 3,500 movie scripts for their report.

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Chris Hemsworth hopes Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences to reopened cinemas

Chris Hemsworth hopes that the upcoming Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences back to cinemas once the coronavirus pandemic is over.The 36-year-old, who has played the Norse god Thor since 2011, is gearing up to star in the fourth film, Thor: Love a…

Chris Hemsworth hopes that the upcoming Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences back to cinemas once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The 36-year-old, who has played the Norse god Thor since 2011, is gearing up to star in the fourth film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which was due to being production this summer.

However, production on numerous films has been halted due to the pandemic, which has led to the closure of cinemas and the postponement of film releases, with Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters such as Black Widow and Eternals getting pushed back.

Hemsworth believes that these superhero movies are the key to reigniting the industry once the cinemas reopen.

“Films (like Marvel) that you can best appreciate on the big screen, those will draw people out of their homes again,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He also said he understood the critics of Marvel movies, including Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, who slammed the big-budget flicks for eradicating the competition.

“I hear those concerns, too. That (the MCU) takes up so much real estate, (and) is there enough room for the other things to exist, the art house films and the smaller films we love and admire equally,” Hemsworth explained.

Right now, the Thor star is enjoying a break from his intense Marvel schedule as he self-isolates in Australia with wife Elsa Pataky and their three children.

“I’ve wanted to just stop being controlled by a schedule,” he said. “So to be home now with the kids full time, and to be able to go ‘Wow, this is truly what’s important.’ It would be a real miss if I didn’t use this opportunity to soak up that time.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio behind Matthew McConaughey’s chant in The Wolf of Wall Street

Matthew McConaughey has credited Leonardo DiCaprio with the idea for his character’s infamous chant in The Wolf of Wall Street.The Oscar-winning actor had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed 2013 film as New York stockbroker Mar…

Matthew McConaughey has credited Leonardo DiCaprio with the idea for his character’s infamous chant in The Wolf of Wall Street.

The Oscar-winning actor had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed 2013 film as New York stockbroker Mark Hanna, who hires Jordan Belfort, played by DiCaprio, to work at merchant and investment banking firm L.F. Rothschild.

In one famous scene, the characters are out to lunch, and while waiting for their drinks, Hanna begins to beat his chest and chant, much to the amusement of Belfort.

During his weekly video series on Twitter called McConaughey Takes, the 50-year-old candidly discussed his role in the movie, and that scene in particular, revealing that it was DiCaprio who wanted to include the chant after hearing his co-star humming during takes.

“The actual chant, that is something I’ll do not only in this film but before scenes in a lot of films,” McConaughey explained. “I’ll come up with a different tune and it’s a relaxation tool for me. It’s musical, so it gets me out of my head because I don’t want to be thinking as an actor, I want to be doing. I was doing it before every take and then on ‘action,’ I’d go to do the scene.

“It keeps my voice low and my instrument loose,” he continued. “We did five takes and we have the scene, Martin is ready to move on and I’m good. As we’re packing up to go onto another scene, Leonardo goes, ‘What’s that thing you’re doing before the scene? What if we put that in the scene?'”

He also told his viewers his favourite line in The Wolf of Wall Street is his character’s “launchpad line”, which he said sparked his imagination once he read it in the script for the first time.

“That line with Mark Hanna is, he’s explaining the secret of his business to Leonardo’s character and he says, ‘The secret is cocaine and hookers.’ I just read that and said, ‘If this guy really believes that, then who the hell is this guy?'” he laughed.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro offering walk-on role in Killers of the Flower Moon

Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are giving fans the opportunity to win a walk-on role in Martin Scorsese’s crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon. The actors, both frequent Scorsese collaborators, are both set to reunite with The Irishman director…

Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are giving fans the opportunity to win a walk-on role in Martin Scorsese’s crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon.

The actors, both frequent Scorsese collaborators, are both set to reunite with The Irishman director on the movie adaptation of David Grann’s bestselling book, which follows the FBI’s investigation into the 1920s Osage murders – when Native Americans were killed soon after oil deposits were found underneath their land.

On Wednesday, The Wolf of Wall Street actor announced that one lucky fan could land themselves a walk-on role in the movie by donating to the ALL IN Challenge to help feed the vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Bob and I are going to be starring in a film called Killers of the Flower Moon. If you ever wondered what it was like to be able to work with the great Martin Scorsese, this is your chance,” DiCaprio said in a video posted on his Instagram page on Wednesday.

“We want to offer you a walk-on role, you’ll spend a day on the set with the three of us and of course you’ll attend the premiere,” De Niro added.

In the caption, DiCaprio wrote, “We recently launched #AmericasFoodFund to help make sure every family in need gets access to food at this critical time. Our most vulnerable communities need our support now more than ever. That’s why we’re asking you to help us with the #AllinChallenge.”

Fans can enter the prize draw by donating whatever amount they can to the challenge. All of the donations will go towards the Meal on Wheels and No Kid Hungry, nonprofit organisations which are providing meals for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and America’s Food Fund, which was recently set up by DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, among others, to support Feeding America and World Central Kitchen during the crisis.

At the end of the video, the duo called upon Matthew McConaughey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jamie Foxx to create experiences as part of the fundraising initiative.

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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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