Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa Revealed in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

Al Pacino has been spotted on the set of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman in Suffern, New York. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were first seen filming back at the end of September, but Pacino has not been seen until now. The 77-year old Al Pacino was filming scenes with 74-year old De Niro and the two appear to be enjoying their reunion as they can clearly be seen smiling in between takes. De Niro has worked with Pacino on 1995′s Heat, 2008′s Righteous Kill, and they were both in The Godfather Part II, though they never appeared on screen together.

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have made eight movies together, one of the most fruitful and consistent creative partnerships in Hollywood history. Joe Pesci has had supporting roles in three Scorsese pictures including Raging BullGoodfellas, and Casino. Shockingly, Scorsese has never worked with Pacino before, despite the actor’s role in one of the greatest crime sagas not made by Scorsese, The Godfather. Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa, who served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union and was also involved with organized crime. Hoff mysteriously disappeared in 1975 at the age of 62.

The Irishman is based on the 2003 book, I Heard You Paint Houses, by Charles Brandt, which recounts the years Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro) spent as a mob hitman. Brandt interviewed Sheeran over a 5-year period, during which the mobster confessed to being involved in more than 25 hits for the mob. Sheeran was allegedly (detectives do not believe that he was responsible) involved in the death of legendary mob boss Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), who went missing in July 1975 and was never found. The Irishman is the first gangster movie that Martin Scorsese has made in over a decade and was reportedly good enough to get Joe Pesci out of retirement.

The Irishman will have Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran as an older man, looking back at his life and his mob hits that made him infamous. In order to tell the story realistically, Martin Scorsese is teaming up with George Lucas’ VFX company, Industrial Light and Magic, to utilize the same effects used on Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button so that De Niro can be digitally aged to look younger in the flashback scenes. The Irishman will include flashbacks that span decades, and De Niro is set to play Sheeran in all of them. He’ll reportedly appear as young as 30 years old in the movie.

There is no official premiere date for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman yet, but production is expected to wrap in December. One has to imagine that applying the CGI de-aging effects in post-production will take quite a while, so we might not see the movie for a while. That being said, Scorsese intends to have The Irishman have a short theater run so that it can be for awards season. In the meantime, check out some new pictures of Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa on the set of The Irishman courtesy of the ExperimentalFilmSoc’s Twitter account below.

Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro are reunited for the first time in nine years as they film scenes in New York for Martin Scorsese’s new gangster film The Irishman.

— ExperimentalFilmSoc (@efsbroadcast) October 12, 2017

First image of Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorcese’s ‘The Irishman.’

— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) October 13, 2017

Behind the scenes Al Pacino, Bobby DeNiro & Martin Scorsese. First time these 3 heavy hitters are workin together. The Irishman drops in ‘19

— ????????MojadoULove2Hate (@GoldenSt8OfMind) October 12, 2017


Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels

With Avatar 2 and the rest of the Avatar sequels starting production just a few weeks ago, the cast continues to be rounded out, with the latest addition returning from the original blockbuster Avatar. Giovanni Ribisi has come aboard to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge from the original Avatar, joining returning stars such as Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch), CCH Pounder (Moat) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet). This also comes a few weeks after the young Avatar 2 cast was announced, which make up the Sully family, members of the Metkayina Clan and a former Hell’s Gate Adolescent.

Giovanni Ribisi also joins a slew of new cast members including Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Pandora underwater reef clan known as the Metkayina Clan, Oona Chaplin as a new character named Varang and Kate Winslet, reuniting with her Titanic director James Cameron, playing Ronal, although no details have been given about her character. The young cast members revealed when production got under include Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton and Trinity Bliss and Jake Sully and Neytiri’s children, Neteyam, Lo’ak and Tuktirey, a.k.a. Tuk. The Metakyina Clan, who are said to reside on “gigantic oceanic atoll reefs, include Bailey Bass as the free-diver Tsireya, described as the Neytiri of the ocean, with Filip Geljo playing Aonung and Duane Evans Jr. playing Roxto, both described as male hunters and free-divers. The final young cast member is Jack Champion, who is playing Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager, born at Hell’s Gate but prefers his time in the Pandoran rainforest more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.

In the original Avatar, Giovanni Ribisi’s character Parker Selfridge is a corporate administrator for the Resources Development Administration (RDA), which has been tasked with finding new natural resources for Earth, since the planet’s own resources have depleted, leading to global energy crisis. This leads the RDA to Pandora, where they’ve been mining the resource known as “unobtanium.” At first he seems willing to wipe out the Na’vi to protect the RDA’s interests, he becomes hesitant and only agrees to attack the Na’vi after Quaritch convinces him the attacks will be humane, but protests when he finds out that isn’t the case.

James Cameron is directing the Avatar sequels from scripts that he wrote with a number of different co-writers. Avatar 2 was co-written by Josh Friedman (War Of the Worlds) and Shane Salerno (Savages), with Avatar 3 co-written by the writing team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Shane Salerno, who also co-wrote Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 solely with James Cameron. Production will take place concurrently on all four films, with the Avatar sequels said to cost a whopping $1 billion altogether.

Very few story details have been released at this time, so it remains to be seen how large a role Giovanni Ribisi will have, but the actor has been confirmed for all four sequels, so he’ll certainly be sticking around for all of these upcoming Avatar movies. After several years of delays, the Avatar sequels release dates were finally set in April, with Avatar 2 arriving December 18, 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20, 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025. This casting news was broke by Deadline earlier today. Giovanni Ribisi most recently starred in The Bad Batch and he returns as the title character in the new season of Amazon’s Sneaky Pete.


This Friday the 13th Marks Flight 666′s Final Trip to HEL

Lucky passengers flying from Copenhagen to HEL on flight 666 landed safely on Friday the 13th at Helsinki Airport. The most metal way to fly has officially ended since Nordic airline Finnair will now use a new flight number after 11 years of flight 666 taking passengers to HEL. Friday the 13th is known as an unlucky day in Western culture, so mix that with the Mark of the Beast and you could end up with some pretty uncomfortable passengers, especially since the flight goes straight to HEL.

A spokesperson for Finnair said, “today will be the final time that our AY666 flight flies to HEL.” As of Oct 29th, some of the flight numbers in the Finnair network will change and AY666 flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki will change to AY954. In 11 years, flight 666 flight to HEL has flown on Friday the 13th a total of 21 times, all without incident. The flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki takes about an hour and half. Pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto said, “It has been quite a joke among the pilots. I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.” Since black metal music is huge in that part of the world, the brutal flight has probably prompted more bragging rights than nervous glances among its passengers. 

The Number of the Beast is a term in the Book of Revelations, of the New Testament, that is associated with the Beast of Revelation in, get this, chapter 13. Most avoid the number 666 out of irrational fear and superstition or completely embrace it like metal group Iron Maiden. In 1989, Nancy Reagan had their address changed from 666 St. Cloud Road to 668 and in 2003, U.S. Route 666 was changed to 491 out of fear of the devil.

Why is Friday the 13th a thing? The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, when describing the last supper. Some claim that it has Biblical origins with 13 people present for Jesus’ last supper, which is the day before Christ was crucified. It is possible that the publication in 1907 of Thomas W. Lawson’s popular novel, Friday the Thirteenth, contributed to the superstition over time and it was also the day in which Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of Knight of the Templar. And obviously, there’s the entire Friday the 13th movie franchise that is the most notable.

Put Friday the 13th and the Mark of the Beast flying straight to HEL all on the same day and you’re bound to have some nervous and or excited guests on that flight. Regardless, flight 666 has flown over some pretty spooky waters successfully 21 times on Friday the 13th. The historic Baltic Sea is home to the myth of the Klabautermann, which would appear to fisherman on doomed ships, as well as the location of the Mars shipwreck that went up in flames in the late 1500s. But as of today, flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th is no longer a thing. You can read more about the historic flight via Fortune.

Hi there! We have something better in opur mind: our heavy metal themed bus will give one HEL of a ride for #AY666 passengers!

— Helsinki Airport (@HelsinkiAirport) October 13, 2017

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— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 13, 2017


‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: ‘Winnie The Pooh’ Origin Story Is A Family Film Worth Savoring

Call it a trend or a coincidence, but suddenly there is a flood of new movies that explore the creation of famous characters in literature that were eventually turned into films themselves. Upcoming this season is the utterly delightful The Man Who Invented Christmas, which chronicles how Charles Dickens came up with and wrote A Christmas Carol, starring Dan Stevens as Dickens and Christopher Plummer as the Scrooge inside his head. This weekend comes Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, about the man who brought us the Wonder Woman comic book after being inspired by his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their lover (review coming Friday), and Goodbye Christopher Robin, which is an absolutely fascinating look at how the Winnie the Pooh book came into the world along with the toll it took on the real-life Christopher Robin.


As I say in my video review of the latter (click the link above to watch), director Simon Curtis — working from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan — has crafted an exceptionally handsome and eye-opening account of the creation of this landmark children’s classic book. Domhnall Gleeson is superb as author A.A. Milne, who comes back from World War I with a bad case of PTSD (called “shellshock” then) and a strong anti-war attitude. It affects his home life with wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), who longs for the pre-war husband and the swinging life they had in London. Now living in the country with their son Christopher Robin (Will Tiltson), Milne just can’t seem to crack a severe case of writers block, and it deeply affects his family life.

Eventually Daphne takes off for the big city, leaving her child and husband behind until he turns his career around, or so she says. The film then morphs into a father/son story that leads Milne to pay more attention to his kid’s interests, including the stuffed animals that become the germ of the first good idea he has had in a long time. The movie details the creation of Winnie the Pooh, into which he inserts his real-life son (whom his parents refer to as Billy Moon). At first that seems like a fine idea, but when the book eventually becomes a worldwide phenomenon, Christopher becomes an instant star and experiences the downside of that kind of fame. An idyllic childhood is turned upside down, and as the years go on (Alex Lawther plays the teenage Christopher) and he goes off to boarding school, being a part of his father’s iconic book no longer seems like it was a good idea.

In Curtis’ hands, Goodbye Christopher Robin avoids cheap sentimentality and surprisingly explores the underbelly of what instant celebrity can do to you, especially if you are a kid. There is so much here that is a complete delight to watch, particularly as the elements of the book come together, but the film has a strong serious side and much to say. It is that rare family film that doesn’t talk down to its intended audience or insult adults. In addition to Domhnall, Robbie does what she can with a largely unsympathetic role. As Christopher’s nanny Olive, Kelly MacDonald is terrific, the beating warm heart of the film. Tiltson is a once-in-a-lifetime find to play this role, and he manages to overcome the cute aspects to make Christopher Robin wonderfully relatable.

The production credits across the board are first rate. Producers are Steve Christian and Damian Jones. Following up his previous very fine real-life tales My Week with Marilyn and Woman in Gold, Curtis again finds his sweet spot with Goodbye Christopher Robin. Fox Searchlight releases Friday.

Do you plan to see it? Let us know what you think.


Oliver Stone on Harvey Weinstein: “It’s Not Easy What He’s Going Through”

Director Oliver Stone has condemned a rush to judgment on producer Harvey Weinstein and the allegations by many women of sexual harassment, charges that led to Weinstein being fired from the company that bears his name.

Speaking at the Busan International Film Festival, held in the large port city in South Korea, Stone responded to a question on Weinstein by stating, “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial. I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either. He was a rival and I never did business with him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business. So I’m not going to comment on that. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.”

Stone also weighed in on North Korea. “The U.S. government must accept that North Korea has nuclear weapons.” He also called for the US to negotiate with the Kim Jong-un regime, and bring others to the table. “We must get China and Russia around the table. Or else this thing will not end well.”

Stone was president of the festival’s New Currents competition jury. The Academy Award-winning director led four jurors for the New Currents, a competitive section in Asia’s largest film festival, that introduces the works of up-and-coming Asian directors.

Stone has become an outspoken voice in Hollywood specifically when it comes to American culture, politics, and military. His most recent film Snowden followed the controversy and life surrounding American whistleblower Edward Snowden and his 2008 film W. was a satirical view on former U.S. President George W. Bush.  .

The Busan International Film Festival has been having its fair share of trouble in the past year. In October 2016, BIFF came under fire when organizers were ordered by Busan government chiefs to cancel a screening of The Truth Shall Not Sink, a documentary which criticized the government’s failed rescue measures at the 2014 Seoul ferry disaster. This resulted in local filmmakers boycotting the event. Former fest head Lee Yong-Kwan was a big supporter of screening the film at the fest, which then resulted in his ousting from the event. Soon after, BIFF founder Kim Dong-Ho and fest director Kang Soo-Youn announced that they would also be leaving after this year’s edition.


Channing Tatum’s Gambit Gets New 2019 Release Date

After years of delays, it seems 20th Century Fox is finally getting ready to pull the trigger on Gambit, with the studio setting a February 14, 2019 release date. As of now, the only other movies slated for release on that date are Warner Bros.’ Isn’t It Romantic, starring Priyanka Chopra and Liam Hemsworth, and an untitled Blumhouse horror project for Universal Pictures. The studio hasn’t released a production schedule for this superhero adaptation, but this release date falls in line with a report from February, which claimed that Gambit starts filming at some point in 2018.

It’s possible that 20th Century Fox is trying to replicate the success of their R-rated superhero movie Deadpool, which also opened on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2016, shattering box office records for highest R-rated opening weekend ($132.4 million) and highest-grossing R-rated movie worldwide ($783.1 million). It helps that there isn’t much competition on this particular weekend, and it’s also strange that the studio is giving this movie a Thursday release directly on Valentine’s Day, instead of giving it a release on Friday, February 15. Perhaps they have a more romantic plan in place for Gambit, although that seems unlikely, but it’s still strange since no other movies have planted their flag on the February 15 date. Still, a week beforehand on February 8, 2019, Warner Bros. will roll out their highly-anticipated sequel The Lego Movie 2, while Sony debuts its superhero spin-off Silver and Black, along with Summit’s Flarsky.

Channing Tatum, who has been attached to play Remy LeBeau/Gambit since 2014, revealed in August that Gambit will start from scratch, following the success of 20th Century Fox’s R-rated superhero movies Deadpool and this year’s Logan. The actor stated that the success of those movies, “really kicked the doors down” and allowed them to do some of the things they always wanted to do. While he doesn’t come out and specifically say it, it seems likely that Gambit will be aiming for an R-rating, to build off their success of Deadpool and Logan. While Hugh Jackman has hung up the claws as Logan/Wolverine, it’s possible that Deadpool could be brought aboard for at least a cameo, but it’s still early in the creative process, since they’re starting a new story from scratch.

The story had previously been described as a “sexy heist thriller,” but now that the writing process is starting over from scratch, it remains to be seen if those elements are still in play. There was also a report last week that Channing Tatum’s Logan Lucky co-star Daniel Craig may come aboard to play the villainous Mr. Sinister, but that character has yet to be confirmed either. There had been rumors that the movie was struggling to find the right tone, but now that the floodgates have seemingly been opened to craft what is believed to be an R-rated superhero movie, it seems those struggles may in fact be over. Since Marvel Studios, Warner Bros./DCEU or Sony have released an R-rated superhero movie yet, it wouldn’t be surprising if 20th Century Fox continues its string of R-rated superhero hits.

The latest we’ve heard about Gambit is that director Gore Verbinski was eyeing the project, although no deal is in place quite yet. Still, if the director does come on board, then we’ll likely be hearing more about casting as the potential 2018 production start date gets closer and closer. Deadline broke the news on this release date change, although no further details about the story, casting, or production were given at this time. Hopefully that changes soon if production does start in just a few months.


Kevin Feige Wants Marvel Only Comic-Con Style Event

Marvel Studios has become a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a model that literally everyone in Hollywood wants to emulate, but something few have had success doing. Given the popularity of the MCU, the Marvel brand is stronger than ever. With that, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige feels that the brand is strong enough to hold their own massive event, like San Diego Comic-Con, but just for Marvel.

The man behind the MCU is currently promoting Thor: Ragnarok, which arrives in theaters on November 3. He recently spoke with Fandango and, during the course of the conversation, the concept of Marvel having its own, possibly annual event came up. It turns out, it’s something that’s been discussed and, what’s more, it’s something that Kevin Feige is very much open to. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“Over the years there have been discussions about that [...] I think what we try to do occasionally in San Diego we’re very proud of and think is a fun tradition. That being said, I think [Star Wars] Celebration is pretty amazing. I’ve been to a few Celebrations and the idea of doing something like that … I think we have enough content, and enough fans, and enough ideas that we could easily do something like that, I’m just not sure where or when.”

Even though San Diego Comic-Con is the most recognizable gathering of this kind, that maybe isn’t the best basis for comparison. As Kevin Feige points out, Star Wars Celebration is probably a more similar event to what Marvel could eventually host. For one, Marvel is one of the brands on the planet that could possibly justify an event like that, with Star Wars being one of the few others. There’s also Disney’s D23 Expo, which happens once every two years, but the Mouse House controls an awful lot, including both Marvel and Star Wars. So it’s easy to see how they could manage to fill an entire weekend with programming.

Marvel has plenty though. Not only is the Marvel Cinematic Universe arguably stronger than its ever been, but they have more TV shows in development than fans may realize, with The Runaways and Cloak and Dagger coming soon, just to name a couple. Plus, there’s the deal they have with Netflix and, let’s not forget, the comics. There’s also the animated shows to consider. So they would have plenty to showcase at such an event.

There are issues to think about as well. Fans who go to San Diego Comic-Con and other such events expect Marvel to be there. If Marvel holds their own events, as Kevin Feige suggests he’d like to do in this interview with Fandango, wouldn’t that harm their presence at things like SDCC? There’s certainly a lot to consider. But as Feige says, this isn’t happening right now, even if it does, they wouldn’t have to do it every year. In any case, it sounds like Marvel fans may have something big to look forward to at some point in the future.


Amazon Studios’ Roy Price Suspended Amid Sexual Harassment Claims; COO Albert Cheng Named Interim Boss

UPDATED: Amazon Studios boss Roy Price is going on a leave of absence, the company confirmed, amid details emerging of a 2015 incident involving Isa Hackett Dick, executive producer of Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle and upcoming Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams.

The suspension, which Deadline had earlier reported was expected, is effective immediately. Amazon said the studio’s COO Albert Cheng will take over the division on an interim basis.

The news comes as Hackett Dick, the daughter of Philip K. Dick,  detailed to the Hollywood Reporter today exactly how and where Price propositioned her during Comic-Con 2015 in San Diego.

After downplaying the Price matter for months as being addressed internally and already dealt with following an independent investigation, Amazon for most of the day had been silent in responding to the specifics Hackett Dick told to THR weeks after the incident with Price first became public.

At the same time, Deadline has learned that attorney Lisa Bloom has left Price’s side. “My representation of Roy Price has concluded,” the former advisor to Harvey Weinstein told Deadline today. “It concluded before the producer went public,” she added.

The specifics of the revelations against Price came out as the same time one of Weinstein’s main accusers, actress Rose McGowan, launched a scathing attack on Amazon via Twitter. In a rambling series of tweets addressed to Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos, she claims she had told the head of Amazon Studios — that would be Price — about being raped by Weinstein and urged the company not to “bailout” Weinstein, which she claims led to her Amazon project getting killed.

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Amazon has not responded to request for comment on that matter.

The online retail giant also was silent when a watered-down version of the story about the alleged 2015 incident involving Hackett Dick and Price appeared a month and a half ago on the online site The Information. Price continued to run the studio, which recently revealed that, upon orders from Bezos, is making a major course correction, putting an emphasis on finding a breakout genre drama of the size of Game Of Thrones. While launching a few series that had gotten traction, most notably the awards-winning Transparent and The Man In the High Castle, Amazon is still seeking a big, broad signature series.

Meanwhile, since the 2015 incident, Hackett Dick has continued her duties on Amazon’s The Man In the High Castle and sold a second show to the streaming network, the upcoming Electric Dreams.

Price had been at Amazon Studios since the very start, launching and building the TV division about five years ago.

Nellie Andreeva contributed to this report. 

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