Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to Reunite for Career-Spanning Tribeca Talk

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Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are reuniting on stage for an in-depth conversation about their respective careers at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

The festival on Tuesday announced its lineup of Tribeca Talks, and Scorsese and festival founder De Niro’s conversation will headline the Directors Series.

The duo will talk about their long, intertwined careers, beginning with “Mean Streets” and through “The Irishman,” which will be released on Netflix later this year. That project is their first time collaborating since 1995’s “Casino.” Together they’ve worked on nine films, including “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy” and “Cape Fear.” The chat between Scorsese and De Niro takes place on April 28 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

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Also added to the Tribeca Talks series as part of the Directors Series are conversations with Guillermo del Toro, and another between David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence.

Then as part of the Storytellers series, The Roots drummer Questlove, comedians Sarah Silverman and Mike Birbiglia, actors Michael J. Fox and Denis Leary, writer Jaron Lanier, and screenwriter and actress Rashida Jones will also all be featured.

Tribeca Talks also announced a conversation between Queen Latifah and “Mudbound” director Dee Rees, and “Metal Gear Solid” creator Hideo Kojima will sit down with “The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus to talk Kojima’s new game for the PlayStation 4, “Death Stranding,” starring Reedus.

The 18th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 24 through May 5. Find out more information about the schedule here.

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Netflix Teases ‘Irishman,’ Scorsese’s Latest, During Oscars – Watch it Here (Video)

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Netflix dropped its first teaser for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” during the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday.

The film will pair Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, two veterans of gangster classics, including “The Godfather” saga and “Heat.” It also marks Scorsese and De Niro’s ninth collaboration together, which has included “Casino,” “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas.” The crime drama will be based on Charles Brandt’s 2004  book, “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

“I understand you’re a brother of mine,” the voiceover says, which is then met with, “Yeah, yeah, glad to meet ya.”

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“I heard you paint houses,” said another voice. No footage was shown during the teaser.

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 hit man, 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.

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Scorsese’s long-gestating adaptation dates back to 2008 when it was reported that De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises and Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions were to team up with Paramount. Pacino and Joe Pesci have both been connected to the project over the years since. The film will also feature Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.

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‘Oscar Mania Is a Post-Harvey Weinstein Thing,’ First-Time Nominee Paul Schrader Says

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A version of this story on Paul Schrader first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

“I have a conflicted feeling,” said Paul Schrader, the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” who has received the first Oscar nomination of his career for “First Reformed.” “You’ve lived your whole life feeling that awards are not important — but then you get an award and you think, ‘Well, maybe it is important.’”

When Schrader was writing those classic films for Martin Scorsese, or directing work like “American Gigolo” and “Hardcore,” though, the awards landscape was far different.

“This Oscar mania is a post-Harvey Weinstein thing,” he said. “I remember I went to the Oscars for ‘Taxi Driver’ [which was nominated for Best Picture, but not for its screenplay], and I didn’t feel well, so I got up and left in the middle. There were no parties afterwards, there was nothing. And now Oscar is a three-month event.”

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“First Reformed,” which stars Ethan Hawke as a pastor undergoing a crisis of faith after the death of his son in Iraq, is one of the most beautiful and haunting films in the career of a man who had to make a break with his strict religious upbringing to start watching and then making films.

“This film rounds off a 50-year arc in my life,” said Schrader, who is 72. “When I started working on it, it had been 50 years since I left Calvin College and came to UCLA to study film. And all the things on that journey, including my book on transcendental style [“Transcendental Style in Film”] and ‘Taxi Driver,’ I could feel coming to a conjunction with this film.”

The film is spare and measured, with a stillness you can also find in Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest” or Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” both inspirations of his. “When you work on the contemplative or spiritual side of the street, you have to get involved with withholding devices,” he said. “If you start taking things away, like music cues or acting cues or compositional cues, the audience is going to start working and investing themselves in the film.”

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Initially, he added, he planned to make the film in the style of “Ida” – “square format, black and white, don’t move the camera, no pan, no tilt. But then the financier lowered the boom – they said, ‘We made these deals, and it has to be in color.’”

But “First Reformed” also explores societal issues that impact spiritual ones, most dramatically in the lead character’s interactions with an environmental activist who doesn’t want his wife to have a child.

“I realized that because of our environmental crisis, a dilemma which was in the past spiritual — that life has no meaning — is now becoming non-metaphorical,” he said. “It’s literally true now that life on Earth has no future.

“That’s quite astounding — we are in a place where our species will not survive this present century in our current form. Something is going to happen, and anyone who’s optimistic isn’t paying attention.”

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Schrader is now planning to make a comic neo-Western with Hawke and Willem Dafoe. “I know I can’t go back into this ‘First Reformed’ territory right away, so it’s a kind of genial film,” he said. “We’re hoping to shoot this summer.” He chuckled. “They tell me I have the financing, but I’ve heard that before.”

And anyway, he’s trying not to rush into it. “I’ve been dragging my feet a bit, just to enjoy this last year,” he said. “It’s a strange thing, because independent film can have a very short lifespan, sometimes only three or four days. And now here we are in the 16th month of having this film be in the conversation.”

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Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio Developing ‘The Devil in the White City’ At Hulu With Paramount TV

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Sundance 2019: Every Movie Sold So Far, From ‘Late Night’ to ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ (Updating)

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This year’s Sundance Film Festival is already shaping up to be a stronger acquisition market than last year’s, with several films already having been sold, including Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” for a whopping $13 million.

The buzzy Richard Wright adaptation “Native Son” was sold to HBO films before it even premiered on Thursday night. Several movies were sold ahead of the festival as well, including Tilda Swinton’s “The Souvenir” and Ryan White’s documentary “Ask Dr. Ruth.”

Several sales agents and buyers predicted a healthy and stable marketplace this year after last year’s somewhat slower festival.

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Several buzzy films are still up for sale, including Awkwafina’s “The Farewell,” Shia LaBeouf’s “Honey Boy” and Julianne Moore’s “After the Wedding.”

Bidding wars have been scarce so far this year. “Buyers are savvy and generally are paying what they think is necessary to make a deal happen while also fitting their individual business model,” one insider said. “I don’t expect there will be more than one or two legitimate bidding wars but I do expect it will be an active market given the number of players in the space looking for content.”

Here are the Sundance entries that have signed new distribution deals so far in Park City:

“Late Night”

The first big festival acquisition was Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” which sold to Amazon Studios for $13 million just shortly after its premiere on Friday night. The film received loud claps and laughs, and many audience members had called it the first commercial hit of this year’s festival.

Nisha Ganatra directed the film that also stars Emma Thompson and John Lithgow. Kaling wrote, produced and starred in the film that follows a legendary late night talk show host (Thompson).

“Native Son”

Ahead of the Thursday night premiere of “Native Son,” HBO Films bought the rights to Rashid Johnson’s modern re-imagining of Richard Wright’s seminal novel, about a young African-American man named Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders) who takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.

Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier, Sanaa Lathan and Bill Camp also star.

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“Ask Dr. Ruth”

Hulu picked up the rights to the “Ask Dr. Ruth” documentary well ahead of the festival.

Directed by Ryan White (“The Keepers,” “The Case Against 8”), “Ask Dr. Ruth” chronicles the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, the documentary follows Dr. Ruth as she revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

“The Tomorrow Man”

Bleecker Street acquired the North American rights to Noble Jones’ debut feature “The Tomorrow Man” a week before the festival.

John Lithgow and Blythe Danner star in the romantic film, which is slated for release on May 19 after its Sundance premiere on Jan. 30.

The film follows Ed (Lithgow), who spends his life preparing for a disaster that might never come, while Ronnie (Danner) shops for things she might not need. The two try to find love while trying not to get lost.

“The Nightingale”

In January, IFC Films acquired the U.S. rights to “The Nightingale,” the latest film from Jennifer Kent, the Australian director of “The Babadook.”

IFC Films is re-teaming with Kent after distributing “The Babadook” in 2014. That horror film made $10.3 million worldwide. IFC is planning a summer release for “The Nightingale,” which first premiered at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize, as well as the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Performer for Baykali Ganambarr.

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“The Souvenir”

In December, Tilda Swinton’s “The Souvenir” was picked up by A24. Martin Scorsese executive produces the film that also stars Honor Swinton-Byrne and Tom Burke. A24 will release the film theatrically in 2019 and acquired it from Protagonist Pictures and 30WEST.

“The Souvenir” follows a quiet film student (Swinton Byrne) who begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Burke). She defies her protective mother (Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

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Martin Scorsese Plans Bob Dylan Documentary ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ for Netflix

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Martin Scorsese is prepping a new Netflix documentary about the career of Bob Dylan, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The film, titled “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese,” documents Dylan’s 1975-1976 tour, the Rolling Thunder Revue, and is expected to include concert footage as well as interviews.

Dylan will also sit down for a rare on-camera interview for the new film, according to Variety, which first reported on the project.

Release plans are still being finalized for what’s expected to be a 2019 release.

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According to the streaming giant’s logline:

“‘Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese’ captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, ‘Rolling Thunder’ is a one of a kind experience, from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese.”

While on this tour, Dylan invited a star-studded group of musicians to perform and record with him, culminating in Dylan’s 1978 film “Renaldo and Clara,” which similarly combined concert footage with documentary segments and even fictional performances with Ronnie Hawkins portraying Dylan.

Some of the famous names who popped up during this period included Joan Baez, Ringo Starr, T Bone Burnett, Allen Ginsburg, Sam Shepard and more. But there’s no official word on whether we can expect to see those individuals in Scorsese’s new film.

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Scorsese previously made a documentary on Dylan, “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” which was released in 2005 and followed Dylan’s evolution in the ’60s from folk singer to going electric.

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