Netflix Mum on Theatrical Release for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Shooting is underway in and around New York on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” but there’s no iron-clad guarantee yet that the big-budget mobster film, which is backed by Netflix, will make it to the big screen. Scorsese, an ardent cinephile, is believed to have asked for a commitment from Netflix that the long-gestating film – […]

Shooting is underway in and around New York on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” but there’s no iron-clad guarantee yet that the big-budget mobster film, which is backed by Netflix, will make it to the big screen. Scorsese, an ardent cinephile, is believed to have asked for a commitment from Netflix that the long-gestating film – […]

Anna Paquin Cast as Robert DeNiro’s Daughter in ‘The Irishman’

Oscar and Emmy winner Anna Paquin has been cast as the daughter of Robert De Niro’s hitman character in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Paquin joins an all-star cast in the Netflix Original that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

The crime drama is based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 book, “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

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Brandt’s book follows revelations from Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran about the 1975 disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the killing of Joey Gallo, and J.F.K’s assassination.

A professional mobster and hitman, Sheeran claims to have killed and dismembered Hoffa, with the title of the book referring to Hoffa’s quote to him: “I heard you paint houses ” — mob talk meaning to kill a man, as a house’s walls are then covered with blood.

Production is underway in New York, and the film is expected to get an Oscar-qualifying theatrical release.

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Paquin’s most recent credits include the CBC crime drama “Bellevue” and History’s miniseries remake of “Roots.” Paquin recently wrapped shooting on “The Parting Glass,” which she is co-producing, and next will be seen in two streaming series that premiere in November: Netflix’s “Alias Grace” and Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s “Electric Dreams.”

Paquin is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Oscar and Emmy winner Anna Paquin has been cast as the daughter of Robert De Niro’s hitman character in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Paquin joins an all-star cast in the Netflix Original that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

The crime drama is based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 book, “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

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See Anna Paquin's latest POWER MOVE.

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Brandt’s book follows revelations from Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran about the 1975 disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the killing of Joey Gallo, and J.F.K’s assassination.

A professional mobster and hitman, Sheeran claims to have killed and dismembered Hoffa, with the title of the book referring to Hoffa’s quote to him: “I heard you paint houses ” — mob talk meaning to kill a man, as a house’s walls are then covered with blood.

Production is underway in New York, and the film is expected to get an Oscar-qualifying theatrical release.

Paquin’s most recent credits include the CBC crime drama “Bellevue” and History’s miniseries remake of “Roots.” Paquin recently wrapped shooting on “The Parting Glass,” which she is co-producing, and next will be seen in two streaming series that premiere in November: Netflix’s “Alias Grace” and Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s “Electric Dreams.”

Paquin is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Casts Former Nightlife Kingpin Danny A Abeckaser (Exclusive)

Former nightlife impresario-turned actor Danny A. Abeckaser has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” TheWrap has learned.

Abeckaser joins an all-star cast in the Netflix Original that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

The project centers around Jimmy Hoffa, the controversial Teamsters labor union leader who vanished without a trace in the ’70s. Abeckaser previously worked with Scorsese on the HBO drama “Vinyl.”

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Reps for the actor and Netflix did not immediately return TheWraps’ request for comment.

Abeckaser’s credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Iceman,” starring Michael Shannon. After 15 years as a gatekeeper for New York celebrity nightlife haunts like Marquee and Avenue, he pivoted to his lifelong dream of acting.

Israeli born and Brooklyn raised, Abeckaser will also release “First We Take Brooklyn” this November. He directed and stars in the crime drama, via his company 2B Films, alongside Keitel and AnnaLynne McCord.

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Former nightlife impresario-turned actor Danny A. Abeckaser has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” TheWrap has learned.

Abeckaser joins an all-star cast in the Netflix Original that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

The project centers around Jimmy Hoffa, the controversial Teamsters labor union leader who vanished without a trace in the ’70s. Abeckaser previously worked with Scorsese on the HBO drama “Vinyl.”

Reps for the actor and Netflix did not immediately return TheWraps’ request for comment.

Abeckaser’s credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Iceman,” starring Michael Shannon. After 15 years as a gatekeeper for New York celebrity nightlife haunts like Marquee and Avenue, he pivoted to his lifelong dream of acting.

Israeli born and Brooklyn raised, Abeckaser will also release “First We Take Brooklyn” this November. He directed and stars in the crime drama, via his company 2B Films, alongside Keitel and AnnaLynne McCord.

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Comedy Classic ‘My Cousin Vinny’ Updated By New Novel, ‘Back To Brooklyn’

Fans of the 1992 fish-out-of-water comedy My Cousin Vinny have always wondered what happened to the characters played by Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei when they rode off at the end of the film.
Author Lawrence Kelter is attempting to provide the answer. The Brooklyn attorney obtained the rights and absolution from screenwriter Dale Launer, the Writers Guild, and 20th Century Fox to do a new novel based on the characters. The result is Back to Brooklyn (Down and Out…

Fans of the 1992 fish-out-of-water comedy My Cousin Vinny have always wondered what happened to the characters played by Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei when they rode off at the end of the film. Author Lawrence Kelter is attempting to provide the answer. The Brooklyn attorney obtained the rights and absolution from screenwriter Dale Launer, the Writers Guild, and 20th Century Fox to do a new novel based on the characters. The result is Back to Brooklyn (Down and Out…

Joe Pesci Joins Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’; Others In Talks

UPDATED with more information: Martin Scorsese is putting the band back together. Joe Pesci has officially joined Al Pacino (whose deal is currently being finalized) and Robert De Niro in Scorsese’s Jimmy Hoffa disappearance film The Irishman. We were told that Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale have been talking about joining the production; they are in talks. (We regret the error as we had been told they were all in.)

The Irishman will mark the first time Pacino and…

UPDATED with more information: Martin Scorsese is putting the band back together. Joe Pesci has officially joined Al Pacino (whose deal is currently being finalized) and Robert De Niro in Scorsese’s Jimmy Hoffa disappearance film The Irishman. We were told that Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale have been talking about joining the production; they are in talks. (We regret the error as we had been told they were all in.) The Irishman will mark the first time Pacino and…

‘Goodfellas’ Reunion is Official: Joe Pesci Confirmed For Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

The $100-million gangster movie shoots next month.

Back in May, rumors were swirling that Joe Pesci was attached for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” but it was unclear if the semi-retired actor would actually reunite with his “Goodfellas” co-star, Robert De Niro, for the $100-million gangster movie. Now, it seems that Pesci is officially on board to star as mafioso Russell Bufalino, Deadline reports.

Netflix acquired “The Irishman” earlier this year, and shooting is scheduled to start next month. The movie marks the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro, who plays Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who supposedly was involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa.

Steve Zaillian (“Moneyball”) adapted “The Irishman” from Charles Brandt‘s 2003 book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” about Sheeran’s career as a hitman. In certain scenes, De Niro will be made to look around 30 years old by VFX company Industrial Light & Magic.

Director of photography Rodrigo Prieto will shoot “The Irishman,” having previously served as cinematographer on Scorsese’s “Silence” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Paramount Pictures, which still has a production deal with Scorsese through 2019, was originally planning on producing “The Irishman” before Netflix took all world rights in February. The project was first announced back in 2008.

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3 Times ‘Sesame Street’ Trolled Donald Trump, Years Before He Targeted PBS (Videos)

Years before he became president, Donald Trump was mercilessly and gleefully mocked by “Sesame Street.”

The iconic children’s show has never been big on politics. But in the last few decades its writers featured the real-estate tycoon as Ronald Grump, a heartless and unsympathetic character looking to trick residents out of their homes so he could built his lavish “Grump Tower” project.

Now, the episodes featuring Grump are being resurfaced just as the man who inspired them is threatening to defund PBS, the network which airs the show (it also airs now on HBO.)

Also Read: ‘Sesame Street’ Production Company Slams Trump Budget Cut Plans

“Sesame Street” introduced its Trump-trolling character in 1988 when it aired an episode featuring a Ronald Grump, a smarmy real-estate developer obsessed with building Grump Tower, made entirely out of trash cans.

Making sketchy promises, Grump convinces Oscar the Grouch to let him build his high-rise on his property. The deal eventually falls through.

Grump’s second-ever appearance  — this time as a human — was in 1994 for the show’s 25 anniversary special.

“It may be the end of the road for ‘Sesame Street,’” says an ominous Barbara Walters as she introduces her “25/25” report about Grump’s announced plans for his new luxury apartment complex.

Portrayed by a toupee-wearing Joe Pesci, Grump can be heard telling Sesame Street residents they have two weeks to “pack up and get out.”

“In a stunning turn of events, it looks like ‘Sesame Street’ may be no more, due to one man, Ronald Grump,” says reporter Kathy Lee Kathy in a line that now seems eerily prescient.

Despite pushback from teary-eyed residents, Grump won’t budge. But after Oscar reveals that his trash can is government property, Grump eventually decides to drop his plans.

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In 2005, “Sesame Street” went for a parody of “The Apprentice,” starring Donald Grump (not Ronald this time), a filthy-rich grouch “whose name is on every piece of trash in town.”

This latest Grump incarnation is a loud muppet sporting a poofy orange wig searching for his apprentice as he fires Omagrossa (a take on Omarosa Manigault, the former “Apprentice” contestant who is now a Trump White House staffer).

The videos are now finding their way onto social media as Trump announced that his budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR radio stations nationwide.

Last week “Sesame Street” released a statement explaining that while it receives no direct funding from PBS or CPB, “PBS makes Sesame Street available to all Americans, and thereby continues to play a major role in helping less privileged kids gain access to preschool education that has proven and enduring value.”

Also Read: Trump Budget Proposes Killing All Funding for PBS, NPR and National Endowment for the Arts

And in case you haven’t yet read between the lines, these “Sesame Street” Trump parodies are brought to you by the letters “F” and “U.”

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Years before he became president, Donald Trump was mercilessly and gleefully mocked by “Sesame Street.”

The iconic children’s show has never been big on politics. But in the last few decades its writers featured the real-estate tycoon as Ronald Grump, a heartless and unsympathetic character looking to trick residents out of their homes so he could built his lavish “Grump Tower” project.

Now, the episodes featuring Grump are being resurfaced just as the man who inspired them is threatening to defund PBS, the network which airs the show (it also airs now on HBO.)

“Sesame Street” introduced its Trump-trolling character in 1988 when it aired an episode featuring a Ronald Grump, a smarmy real-estate developer obsessed with building Grump Tower, made entirely out of trash cans.

Making sketchy promises, Grump convinces Oscar the Grouch to let him build his high-rise on his property. The deal eventually falls through.

Grump’s second-ever appearance  — this time as a human — was in 1994 for the show’s 25 anniversary special.

“It may be the end of the road for ‘Sesame Street,'” says an ominous Barbara Walters as she introduces her “25/25” report about Grump’s announced plans for his new luxury apartment complex.

Portrayed by a toupee-wearing Joe Pesci, Grump can be heard telling Sesame Street residents they have two weeks to “pack up and get out.”

“In a stunning turn of events, it looks like ‘Sesame Street’ may be no more, due to one man, Ronald Grump,” says reporter Kathy Lee Kathy in a line that now seems eerily prescient.

Despite pushback from teary-eyed residents, Grump won’t budge. But after Oscar reveals that his trash can is government property, Grump eventually decides to drop his plans.

In 2005, “Sesame Street” went for a parody of “The Apprentice,” starring Donald Grump (not Ronald this time), a filthy-rich grouch “whose name is on every piece of trash in town.”

This latest Grump incarnation is a loud muppet sporting a poofy orange wig searching for his apprentice as he fires Omagrossa (a take on Omarosa Manigault, the former “Apprentice” contestant who is now a Trump White House staffer).

The videos are now finding their way onto social media as Trump announced that his budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR radio stations nationwide.

Last week “Sesame Street” released a statement explaining that while it receives no direct funding from PBS or CPB, “PBS makes Sesame Street available to all Americans, and thereby continues to play a major role in helping less privileged kids gain access to preschool education that has proven and enduring value.”

And in case you haven’t yet read between the lines, these “Sesame Street” Trump parodies are brought to you by the letters “F” and “U.”

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