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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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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1917 triumphs at Producers Guild Awards

1917 took home the top honour at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday.Sam Mendes’ film won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures during the ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, beating box of…

1917 took home the top honour at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday.

Sam Mendes’ film won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures during the ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, beating box office hits including The Irishman, Joker, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Taking to the stage, Sam paid tribute to the “incredible efforts” of the cast and crew and said working on 1917 – which was filmed to look like one continuous shot – was “humbling and joyful and by far the best experience of my professional life”.

The PGA win, which comes shortly after it was named Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes, means 1917 is now one of the frontrunners for the Best Picture Oscar. The war movie is nominated for 10 prizes at the Academy Awards, which take place on 9 February.

In other categories, the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures went to those behind Apollo 11, while Toy Story 4 took home the PGA award for Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures.

In TV, Succession scooped the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama, Fleabag won the Danny Thomas Award for Episodic Television – Comedy, and Chernobyl collected the David L. Wolper Award for Limited Series Television.

Meanwhile, Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television went to Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television recognised Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and RuPaul’s Drag Race won Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television.

Outstanding Sports Program went to What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali, Sesame Street took home Outstanding Children’s Program, and Outstanding Short-Form Program was awarded to Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Special accolades were also given to Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Marta Kauffman, Octavia Spencer, the film Bombshell, and Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner.

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Joker leads 2020 Oscar nominations

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for…

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.

The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director for Todd Phillips, and Best Adapted Screenplay, plus a host of technical categories such as Best Cinematography.

The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each follows with 10 nods, and will face-off against Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, and Parasite for Best Picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio scored a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with co-star Brad Pitt recognised in the Best Supporting Actor list and director Quentin Tarantino honoured with a Best Director nod.

The Irishman stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci each landed a Best Supporting Actor nomination, with Martin Scorsese also appearing in the Best Director category.

Elsewhere, Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo, Marriage Story’s Scarlett Johansson, Little Women’s Saoirse Ronan, Bombshell’s Charlize Theron, and Judy’s Renee Zellweger make up the Best Actress category.

Despite being tipped for Oscar success, Jennifer Lopez missed out on a nod in the Best Supporting Actress list for her acclaimed performance as stripper Ramona in Hustlers.

Instead, Richard Jewell’s Kathy Bates, Marriage Story’s Laura Dern, Jojo Rabbit’s Johansson, Little Women’s Florence Pugh, and Bombshell’s Margot Robbie will be competing for the prize.

Tom Hanks landed his first Oscar nod in almost 20 years in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as children’s TV favourite Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, with The Two Popes’ Anthony Hopkins completing the category.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Ford v Ferrari

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Todd Phillips – Joker

Leading Actress:

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Leading Actor:

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay:

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

1917 – Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

International Feature:

Corpus Christi

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Honeyland

Documentary Feature:

American Factory

The Cave

For Sama

Honeyland

The Edge of Democracy

Animated Feature:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Missing Link

Klaus

Toy Story 4

Original Score:

1917 – Thomas Newman

Joker – Hildur Gudnadottir

Little Women – Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story – Randy Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

Original Song:

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman

Into the Unknown – Frozen 2

Stand Up – Harriet

Cinematography:

1917 – Roger Deakins

The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Production Design:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Costume Design:

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Judy

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing:

1917

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects:

1917

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Animated Short:

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Documentary short:

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Live Action Short:

Saria

A Sister

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window

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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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Joker leads BAFTA nominations

Joker looks set for success at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards after receiving an impressive 11 nominations.The tragic tale of how Batman’s villainous foe came to be earned nods for star Joaquin Phoenix, who is up for the Leading Actor gong, Direc…

Joker looks set for success at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards after receiving an impressive 11 nominations.

The tragic tale of how Batman’s villainous foe came to be earned nods for star Joaquin Phoenix, who is up for the Leading Actor gong, Director Todd Phillips and Best Film. The movie is also up for the inaugural Best Casting prize, as well as awards for Editing, Production Design, Make-up & Hair and Sound.

Just behind Joker were The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, earning 10 nominations apiece. Martin Scorsese’s mob drama saw him nominated for Best Director, while Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are among those set to battle it out for the Supporting Actor statuette. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood saw nominations for Supporting Actor Brad Pitt, Leading Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and Supporting Actress Margot Robbie.

Robbie actually featured twice in that category, as she’s also up for the award for her movie Bombshell.

Sam Mendes’ 1917 received nine nominations, including one for the prestigious Best Film gong, while Jojo Rabbit is up for six prizes, including Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson. Johansson and Robbie will face off against Laura Dern for Marriage Story and Florence Pugh for Little Women for the prize.

Scarlett is also up for the Leading Actress award, thanks to her role in Marriage Story, alongside fellow competitors Saoirse Ronan for Little Women, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, Renee Zellweger for Judy, and Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose.

Meanwhile, The Two Popes also bagged an impressive nominations haul with five nods, including Supporting Actor for Anthony Hopkins. But the acting veteran has some tough competition from Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, as well as Pacino, Pesci and Pitt. Jonathan Pryce is up for the Leading Actor award for his role in The Two Popes, but will have to beat Marriage Story’s Adam Driver, Rocketman’s Taron Egerton, DiCaprio and Phoenix to take home the award.

It was previously announced that Awkwafina, Micheal Ward, Jack Lowden, Kaitlyn Dever and Kelvin Harrison, Jr. will face off for the EE Rising Star Award, which is voted for by the public.

The nominations were announced on Tuesday morning by Sex Education star Asa Butterfield and Charlie’s Angels’ Ella Balinska in London.

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

The main list of nominees are as follows:

Best Film:

1917

The Irishman

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Outstanding British Film:

1917

Bait

For Sama

Rocketman

Sorry We Missed You

The Two Popes

Leading Actor:

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Leading Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Margot Robbie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

EE Rising Star Award:

Awkwafina

Jack Lowden

Kaitlyn Dever

Kelvin Harrison, Jr.

Micheal Ward

Director:

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Todd Phillips – Joker

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon-Ho – Parasite

Original Screenplay:

Booksmart – Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Casting:

Shayna Markowitz – Joker

Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler – Marriage Story

Victoria Thomas – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sarah Crowe – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Nina Gold – The Two Popes

Animated Film:

Frozen 2

Klaus

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Toy Story 4

Film Not in the English Language:

The Farewell

For Sama

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Original Score:

Thomas Newman – 1917

Michael Giacchino – Jojo Rabbit

Hildur Gudnadottir – Joker

Alexandre Desplat – Little Women

John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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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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Murder Mystery tops Netflix’s most-popular titles of 2019

Comedy hit Murder Mystery has topped Netflix’s list of most-popular titles for 2019.Streaming site officials have unveiled U.S.-based users’ top picks over the past 12 months, with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery leading the overall …

Comedy hit Murder Mystery has topped Netflix’s list of most-popular titles for 2019.

Streaming site officials have unveiled U.S.-based users’ top picks over the past 12 months, with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery leading the overall pack of TV and film releases.

Specific viewership figures have not been released, as per the company’s policy, but the crime caper was previously revealed to have landed the service’s biggest opening weekend ever, with over 30 million accounts worldwide tuning in to watch at least two minutes of the film within the first 28 days of its premiere in June.

The third season of Stranger Things places second on the end-of-year poll, ahead of Ryan Reynolds’s action film 6 Underground, The Incredibles 2, and Martin Scorsese’s mob movie The Irishman.

Other popular choices for 2019 include Henry Cavill’s new series The Witcher, Ben Affleck’s Triple Frontier, and The Umbrella Academy, with all except for The Incredibles 2 made as Netflix originals.

Meanwhile, Netflix officials have also shared rankings for genre-specific projects, with Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones beating Kevin Hart’s Irresponsible to the number one spot for the Most Popular Comedy Specials, and Beyonce’s Homecoming concert special placing fourth on the 10 Most Popular Documentary Releases of 2019 rundown. The most popular programmes for children and families included Raising Dion, Green Eggs and Ham, as well as the second series of Lost in Space, while the most-watched non-fiction shows included Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Jailbirds, Rhythm + Flow, You vs. Wild, and the third season of baking contest Nailed It!

Back in October, editors at The Hollywood Reporter claimed Murder Mystery screenwriter James Vanderbilt was in talks to pen a follow-up. No further details about a potential sequel have been announced.

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