Martin Scorsese: ‘Cinema shouldn’t be invaded by superhero films’

Martin Scorsese has doubled down on his criticism of Marvel movies and called on cinema owners to show a variety of films. The Taxi Driver director courted controversy earlier this month when he told Empire magazine that Marvel movies were “not cinema”…

Martin Scorsese has doubled down on his criticism of Marvel movies and called on cinema owners to show a variety of films.

The Taxi Driver director courted controversy earlier this month when he told Empire magazine that Marvel movies were “not cinema” and likened them to theme parks.

He repeated his comments at the London Film Festival press conference for his new movie, The Irishman, on Sunday, and also begged cinema bosses to not let audiences get “invaded” by superhero films.

“The value of a film that is like a theme park film, Marvel-type pictures, where theatres become amusement parks, that’s a different experience,” he said, according to the Press Association. “It’s not cinema, it’s something else, we shouldn’t be invaded by it, so that is a big issue and we need the theatre owners to step up to allow theatres to show films that are narrative films.”

This echoed similar sentiments he gave on Saturday while delivering BAFTA’s annual David Lean Lecture, during which he claimed movie theatres were “all being taken over” by the genre.

“Theatres have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense,” the 76-year-old stated. “That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.”

The Irishman closed the London Film Festival on Sunday, with Scorsese being joined by his stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino on the red carpet.

Colombian survival thriller Monos was awarded the best film prize at the festival, while Atlantics won the first feature competition.

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Martin Scorsese: ‘Marvel movies are not cinema’

Martin Scorsese has sparked outrage on social media by saying Marvel movies are “not cinema”.The Oscar-winning filmmaker, best known for his epic dramas such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Aviator, was asked about the hugely successful…

Martin Scorsese has sparked outrage on social media by saying Marvel movies are “not cinema”.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, best known for his epic dramas such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Aviator, was asked about the hugely successful Marvel movies, which have raked in more than $8.5 billion (£6.9 billion) since 2008.

However, Scorsese was harsh in his response, and told Empire magazine that he had tried and failed to watch the films, and ended up feeling sorry for the Avengers stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson.

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being,” he shared.

The 76-year-old is gearing up for the release of his highly-anticipated gangster epic, The Irishman, which brings together Hollywood legends Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and longtime Scorsese collaborator, Joe Pesci.

Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige previously opened up about the criticism his superhero movies had received and insisted that the studio were more concerned with pleasing cinemagoers than landing big awards.

“Maybe it’s easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion dollar grosses. I think it is easy to say that you have already been awarded in a certain way,” Feige said last year. “(Alfred) Hitchcock never won best director, so it’s very nice, but it doesn’t mean everything. I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans.”

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Al Pacino didn’t think The Irishman would get made

Al Pacino didn’t think that The Irishman was ever going to get made.The three-and-a-half hour-long gangster drama, directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses and was optioned in 2007.However, rising production costs…

Al Pacino didn’t think that The Irishman was ever going to get made.

The three-and-a-half hour-long gangster drama, directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses and was optioned in 2007.

However, rising production costs and scheduling issues meant that the movie’s start date was constantly being pushed back, leaving Pacino worried that it was dead in the water.

“I didn’t think it was going to get made,” he told Variety. “At some point, I sort of thought, ‘Well, that was a good idea, but a lot of those come along and never happen.'”

The movie follows the true story of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, played by Robert De Niro, who was allegedly involved in the 1975 disappearance of notorious union boss Jimmy Hoffa, played by Pacino.

Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Jesse Plemons and Bobby Cannavale also star in Scorsese’s epic, which will be released by Netflix.

The Oscar-winning director opened up about his unusual decision to opt for the streaming giant, but he confessed that they were the only studio that could afford the project’s $175 million (£142 million) price tag.

“We needed to make an expensive picture,” Scorsese explained. “The movie business is changing hour by hour – not necessarily for the better – and many of the places we would have gone to for funding in the past were no longer viable. Then we started talking to Netflix. We agreed on everything, most importantly that we all wanted to make the same movie. So we went forward.”

The Irishman will be released in cinemas on 1 November before being available to stream on Netflix on 27 November.

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Mickey Rourke: ‘Robert De Niro refused to work with me on The Irishman’

Mickey Rourke has claimed Robert De Niro cost him a role on The Irishman.Martin Scorsese’s epic gangster movie, starring De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, chronicles the 1975 disappearance of notorious union boss Jimmy Hoffa, President of the Internati…

Mickey Rourke has claimed Robert De Niro cost him a role on The Irishman.

Martin Scorsese’s epic gangster movie, starring De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, chronicles the 1975 disappearance of notorious union boss Jimmy Hoffa, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who was involved with organised crime.

And according to the Oscar-nominated actor, he lost out on a role in the highly-anticipated Netflix film because of a decades-long feud with De Niro.

“Marty Scorsese wanted to meet me for a movie with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Robert De Niro. The casting person told my manager that Robert De Niro said he refused to work with me in a movie,” Rourke commented during an interview on Italian television show, Live – Non e la D’Urso.

He also voiced his disappointment over the missed opportunity, as he “needed the money”.

However, De Niro’s rep Stan Rosenfield has swiftly refuted Rourke’s accusation.

“According to The Irishman producers, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and casting director Ellen Lewis, Mickey Rourke was never asked to be in The Irishman nor was he ever even thought of, discussed or considered to be in the movie,’” Rosenfield told The Post.

The alleged feud between the pair began when Rourke starred opposite De Niro, now 76, in the 1987 movie, Angel Heart.

The Hollywood icon, who is famous for his method style of acting, allegedly told The Wrestler star on set: “I think it’s better if we don’t talk.”

Rourke fired: “It hurt my feelings a little bit ’cause I looked up to him. Now I don’t look up to him no more; I look through him… I came up from the s**t. He doesn’t know that life.”

The Irishman’s limited theatrical run will start on 1 November before its Netflix premiere at the end of that month.

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Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf to play father and son in crime drama

Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf have signed on to play a father and son in new crime drama After Exile. The 33-year-old is set to take on the role of Mike Delaney, a convict who has recently been released from prison after serving time for killing an…

Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf have signed on to play a father and son in new crime drama After Exile. 

The 33-year-old is set to take on the role of Mike Delaney, a convict who has recently been released from prison after serving time for killing an innocent bystander in a violent robbery.

Delaney decides to return to his old life to help his alcoholic and guilt-ridden ex-con father, as portrayed by De Niro, and along the way, also tries to save his younger brother from following in his footsteps.  

Jobs director Joshua Michael Stern is helming the independent movie, working from a script penned by Anthony Thorne and Michael Tovo. According to editors at Deadline, Tovo based the story on true events from his own life.  

Thorne is producing alongside Steve Snyder of Pacific Shore Films, while Les Cohen will serve as executive producer on the project. Production is expected to begin in Philadelphia in October.

Two-time Oscar winner De Niro will next be seen onscreen as TV personality Murray Franklin in Joker opposite Joaquin Phoenix, with the film slated for release in October.  

The 75-year-old has also reunited with old buddies and fellow Hollywood icons Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel on Netflix mob thriller The Irishman, which will have its world premiere in New York in late September.  

LaBeouf is currently promoting feel-good comedy-drama The Peanut Butter Falcon, also starring Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern, as well as Honey Boy, for which he wrote the screenplay.  

Honey Boy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and is set to hit cinemas later in the year.  

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Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman to close 2019 London Film Festival

Martin Scorsese’s crime drama The Irishman will close the 2019 London Film Festival. It was recently announced that the Goodfellas director’s highly-anticipated film, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, will premiere on 27 September, whe…

Martin Scorsese’s crime drama The Irishman will close the 2019 London Film Festival.

 It was recently announced that the Goodfellas director’s highly-anticipated film, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, will premiere on 27 September, when it opens the New York Film Festival, and it has now been revealed it will have its international premiere as part of LFF’s Closing Night Gala on 13 October.  

 “I’m extremely honoured to be having the International Premiere of The Irishman at the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival. This picture was many years in the making,” Scorsese said in a statement. “It’s a project that Robert De Niro and I started talking about a long time ago, and we wanted to make it the way it needed to be made. It’s also a picture that all of us could only have made at this point in our lives. We’re all very excited to be bringing The Irishman to London.” 

 The Irishman, which marks the ninth feature collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro, chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history – the disappearance of legendary Union President Jimmy Hoffa in 1975.   

 The Taxi Driver actor stars as the real-life hustler and hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, who, shortly before he died, claimed to have killed Hoffa.  

  Steven Zaillian adapted his screenplay from Charles Brandt’s non-fiction novel I Heard You Paint Houses, which documents what Sheeran told the author about Hoffa, who was legally declared dead in 1982. 

 Festival bosses have also announced that there will be simultaneous preview screenings of the film taking place at cinemas across the U.K., ahead of its Netflix release later this year.  

 The BFI London Film Festival opens with Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel and Tilda Swinton, on 2 October. 

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Steven Spielberg loses Oscars battle with Netflix

Steven Spielberg has lost his campaign for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to prohibit movies produced by streaming sites like Netflix from competing at the Oscars.The Academy revealed on Tuesday (23Apr19) that its Board of Governors ha…

Steven Spielberg has lost his campaign for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to prohibit movies produced by streaming sites like Netflix from competing at the Oscars.

The Academy revealed on Tuesday (23Apr19) that its Board of Governors had approved a number of new rule changes ahead of the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards next year (2020).

While the amendments impact a number of categories, Academy president John Bailey addressed the streaming debate directly and suggested that, as consumer behaviour changes, it’s important for the organisation to adapt accordingly.

“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” he stated. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration. We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.”

Netflix film Roma, which also had a theatrical release, dominated the 2019 Oscars shortlist, eventually taking home three awards.

The Jurassic Park director, 72, had argued that movies produced for streaming services should be eligible for Emmys, the ceremony that honours television shows, as opposed to the Academy Awards.

While Spielberg had previously referred to streaming films as “TV movies” in an interview with ITV News, Netflix’s upcoming original film The Irishman is expected to perform well at the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony, and star of the movie Robert De Niro reflected upon the positive impact of Netflix on the film industry.

“A lot of opportunity has come out of the Netflix thing,” the 75-year-old told CNN. “It’s not so simple and I agree we have to have the theatre format, it’s so important. But I don’t know, things move on in ways that we can’t foresee.”

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Robert De Niro ‘indebted’ to Netflix bosses for The Irishman financing

Robert De Niro is “indebted” to Netflix chiefs for providing the financial backing he and director Martin Scorsese desperately needed to make their passion project The Irishman a reality. The streaming service has been at the centre of much debate in …

Robert De Niro is “indebted” to Netflix chiefs for providing the financial backing he and director Martin Scorsese desperately needed to make their passion project The Irishman a reality.

The streaming service has been at the centre of much debate in recent months over its impact on the traditional movie-going experience, with revered filmmaker Steven Spielberg even trying to convince Academy bosses to prohibit projects produced for Netflix and similar outlets from competing at the Oscars.

His proposal for the rule change was dismissed during a Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday night (23Apr19), and the vote has been welcomed by De Niro, who has had nothing but good things to say about working with Netflix executives to get his upcoming mob movie off the ground after years of setbacks.

“The bottom line is we would not have been able to make the movie the way we would have wanted to make it if we didn’t have the money that Netflix could give us. It wouldn’t happen,” he explains on U.S. breakfast show Today.

De Niro recalls the “headaches” he and Scorsese endured as they attempted to win the backing of big studio heads and private investors, but it ended up being a “crazy mishmosh (sic) chaotic situation” – until Netflix representatives swooped in and saved the day.

“We are indebted to them in many ways…,” he continues. “I can’t say it any better than that.”

The acting icon insists he doesn’t want to see the decline of the cinema, but adapting to modern times is crucial for all industries.

“I love that (theatre) experience, and that’s the tradition that I’m from, so I can’t imagine watching on an iPhone certain movies, especially something like The Irishman, but things are changing,” he shares.

De Niro reunites with his frequent collaborators, Scorsese and co-stars Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for the biopic, which has been in development for more than a decade and reportedly cost Netflix $100 million (£77 million).

The film, about real-life union official-turned-mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, is set for a limited theatre release later this year (19), when it will also premiere via the streaming service.

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Robert De Niro in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Joker movie – report

Robert De Niro is reportedly in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in the new Joker origins movie.The Raging Bull actor is circling the role of a TV talk show host who plays a big part in the early life of Phoenix’s character, according to Deadline. Should…

Robert De Niro is reportedly in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in the new Joker origins movie.

The Raging Bull actor is circling the role of a TV talk show host who plays a big part in the early life of Phoenix’s character, according to Deadline.

Should the deal be confirmed, the Joker movie will mark De Niro’s first foray into comic book films.

After months of speculation, studio bosses at Warner Bros. announced last month (Jun18) that Phoenix would play the DC Comics villain and Batman’s arch-nemesis in the film, following in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto.

Todd Phillips, the man behind the camera for the hit The Hangover comedy franchise, is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, with the screenplay described as a “gritty character study”.

In addition, Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz has been attached to play a single mother who draws the attention of the Joker before he becomes Batman’s nemesis in the project, while The Wrap has reported that Six Feet Under actress Frances Conroy is in talks to play the Joker’s mother.

No other casting details have been announced, though shooting on the film is set to begin in New York City in September. The film has been slated for release in October 2019.

De Niro was most recently seen onscreen in comedies Dirty Grandpa and The Comedian. He has wrapped production on The War with Grandpa, a family movie also starring Uma Thurman and Jane Seymour, and is also returning to his dramatic roots with Martin Scorsese’s biographical crime drama The Irishman, which follows a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

The Irishman, which features an ensemble cast including Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale, is set to hit cinemas in 2019.

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Al Pacino joins Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Da…

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who are trying to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

On Thursday (07Jun18), Variety reported that Pacino is joining the film too and is set to take on the role of Dalton’s agent, Marvin Shwarz. No other details about his character have been announced but the film will mark the first time he has worked with Tarantino.

The Hollywood veteran, known for his performances in The Godfather and Scent of a Woman, recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s mob drama The Irishman, which also stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

Pacino’s casting news comes shortly after a string of high-profile names were attached to star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also joining the cast is Margot Robbie as murdered actress Sharon Tate, Burt Reynolds as ranch owner George Spahn, Damian Lewis as iconic actor Steve McQueen and Dakota Fanning in the part of Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Emile Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Luke Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer.

Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker and Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles, while Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are also set to appear.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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