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EXCLUSIVE: Oscar conversations around town bring differing opinions about what might win in an exceptional year for auteur cinema. It was surprising how many people add: boy would it be nice to see Martin Scorsese get an Oscar for his final mob epic, The Irishman. Sure he won for The Departed, but he got robbed on Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Casino, those epics with Robert De Niro.
Scorsese shared with Deadline moments from those film collaborations with De Niro. Most know the hardship this film went through after De Niro and Scorsese decided to scrap a Paramount greenlit adaptation of the Don Winslow novel The Winter of Frankie Machine to instead make the film about union leader/hitman Frank Sheeran's deathbed regret over crimes that included the murder of his best friend, Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. The Irishman allowed Scorsese and De Niro to focus on the regret and guilt that few mobsters in his earlier films conveyed.
Because it spanned decades, no studio would step up for the de-aging technology that pushed its budget to $160 million, until Netflix embraced it. What is surprising here is how much of a struggle they encountered on every movie Scorsese and De Niro made together.
DEADLINE: A documentary on fellow New York director Sidney Lumet traced how his filmmaking path was forged by watching soldiers pull a young girl on to a train to sexually abuse her, and when it was clear he might not survive an attempt to stop it, he did nothing. The guilt pressed Lumet to make movies about men who summon the courage to stand up for what is right no matter the cost, like in 12 Angry Men. I watched your films, from Silence to Mean Streets and wondered; what events in your own life informed the depictions of guilt, faith, and cowardice of the imperfect male characters in these films? Like the interpreter in Silence who asks for confession to forgive his latest betrayal, knowing full well he's going to do it again the next time he needs to save his own skin. All this began with the relationship between Harvey Keitel and De Niro's characters in Mean Streets.
MARTIN SCORSESE: But that character in Silence, he's really going to try not to [repeat the sin.] That's a difference. He says, I will pray to be stronger. I promise I'll be stronger. It's his condition. It's the human condition and that's such a complicated question. There are so many things I saw growing up...grown men in a male dominated world. There were good, hardworking, decent guys but there were many people around who had money in the street, as they say, and who were involved in real street corner underworld activity. Just thugs, but a lot of those thugs I basically knew as people first. I was eight years old.
Some were nice, some weren't. The ones who weren't, you...
Meanwhile six-time nominee 'Little Women' only won one award, for costume design, in an awards ceremony that featured numerous onstage comments praising the work of female directors.
The 2020 Oscars marked another disappointing awards ceremony for the team behind Netflix's Martin Scorsese-directed mob drama, The Irishman. After being shut out at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, the epic, decade-spanning and decade-in-the-making story starring Robert De Niro and Oscar nominees Al Pacino and Joe Pesci failed to win any of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.
Still, Scorsese got a few shout-outs from the stage, with Chris Rock and Steve Martin mentioning the film and the director in their monologue and best director winner Bong Joon Ho taking a minute to note how, as an aspiring director, he was particularly inspired by Scorsese, comments that prompted the Academy Awards audience to give Scorsese a standing ovation.
Meanwhile, other top nominees had a relatively disappointing night, with six-time nominees Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story and Little Women only taking home one award each. Little Women's prize was arguably the lowest profile award of those one by Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story, only taking home the prize for best costume design. It's poor showing was somewhat ironic given that a theme throughout the show was praising the work of female directors, like Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig, despite the fact that none were nominated for best director again this year. Jojo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay while Marriage Story's Laura Dern won the best supporting actress award she was expected to take home
While Once Upon A Time in Hollywood won two awards, for production design and best supporting actor Brad Pitt, writer-director-producer Quentin Tarantino didn't win any of the awards for which he was nominated including high-profile prizes best original screenplay, best director and best picture.
Similarly, 11-time nominee Joker only won two awards, for best score and best actor Joaquin Phoenix, high-profile victories but a significant drop, numbers-wise, from its leading spot among nominated films.
Also while Parasite was predicted to do well at the 2020 Oscars, with the best picture race shaping up as a battle between the Bong Joon Ho film and Sam Mendes' 1917, many pundits expected 1917 to win best picture or for Mendes to win best director, if not both, particularly after 1917 won the top prizes at the BAFTA Awards last week, in the middle of Oscar voting, after winning the top prizes at the DGA Awards and PGA Awards. And while 1917 won three awards, all were in technical categories.
Other multiple Oscar nominees that were shut out included Harriet and The Two Popes.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
At the age of 28, Logan Lerman's career has already hit impressive s. He's worked alongside some of the most iconic actors in critically acclaimed hits like 3:10 to Yuma and crowd-pleasers like Fury and The Patriot. Further, his coming-of-age hits include Perks of a Wallflower and the Percy Jackson franchise, among other projects. Fast forward to 2020, and Logan's enjoying second billing behind the legendary Al Pacino in Amazon's Hunters series, which is executive produced by Jordan Peele. It's not a bad place to be.
Logan stars in Hunters as Jonah Heidelbaum, a young man who experiences a great tragedy that's not unlike the plight of Peter Parker. Soon enough, Jonah crosses paths with Al Pacino's financier character, who recruits Jonah into his ragtag band of Nazi hunters. The show largely takes place in '70s New York, and it's heavy on the Quentin Tarantino vibes as well as the comic book references. Logan was gracious enough to discuss his role, which involved both a transformation as well as weapon-wielding skills and dancing not at the same time. He described an intense production, but fortunately, Pacino made the experience more than worthwhile for his onscreen protégé.
The Hunters premise has made a lot of people think of Inglorious Basterds.
Of course, naturally, yeah.
For the curious, would you distinguish the two works?
Oh, they're very different tones and subject matter. I haven't thought about Inglourious Basterds enough to tell you what makes this different, but they take place in different time periods, and there's more truth in what's happening in Hunters. This is definitely a big, over-the-top show that's not grounded in reality, but it is grounded in truth in the sense that Nazis were given immunity after World War II and some were living in the U.S. And it plays into that situation, but the center of the series really revolves around a question about morality, about evil and how to combat it. Like, do you have to be evil in order to fight evil. Do you need to become a bad guy in order to fight the bad guys? That's what we're really exploring at the center of the series. That's not the question at the center of Inglourious Basterds, so that's the biggest difference.
And that morality struggle comes up in conversation between Jonah and his friends about Batman and going to the dark side.
Yeah, it's interesting because people are thinking about Inglourious Basterds, but this is much more like a comic book film. It's very much more along the lines of Spider-Man.
We don't want to spoil which side Jonah goes to, but if you personally could be a Batman or a Spider-Man type, who would you pick?
They're both pretty cool characters. I really don't know, to be honest. I haven't read the comic books,...
So far we’ve gotten to read several of the alternate cameos that were pitched for Zombieland before Bill Murray came aboard the project and gave us one of the best cameos in movie history. There was Patrick Swayze in the very first draft of the movie, which unfortunately never got offered to the actor before he was diagnosed with cancer. Then Sylvester Stallone had to pass due to scheduling, and Mark Hamill’s people just flat out said no read those pages here. Now we’ve come to one of the Goodfellas.
Joe Pesci was offered the big cameo in Zombieland. When the offer came through to his agent, co-writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese explained that it was “a small part.” That’s when Joe Pesci’s agent put a Hollywood spin on a common phrase in the industry by saying, “There are no small parts, only small money.” Apparently this part came with small money, so Joe Pesci passed. But now we get to read how the scene would have played out.Joe Pesci Zombieland Cameo
Here are the Zombieland script pages with Joe Pesci’s cameo, as released on Twitter by co-writer Rhett Reese:#gallery-2 #gallery-2 .gallery-item #gallery-2 img #gallery-2 .gallery-caption /* see gallery_shortcode in wp-includes/media.php */
The pages for what would have been Joe Pesci’s cameo in Zombieland again echo the style of Patrick Swayze’s original cameo, but there are merely references to Joe Pesci’s movies instead. The one big change comes in Tallahassee’s love for Pesci never waning in any capacity. In all the other versions of this scene, Tallahassee had a reason to lose his respect and love for Swazye, Stallone and Mark Hamill. But there’s none of that with Joe Pesci. Also, this draft represents the first time that the movie still in the DVD player is actually one of the actor’s bad movies: Gone Fishin’
Instead, what we do get, and I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get to see, is Woody Harrelson doing a Joe Pesci impression several times, including when he takes the baseball bat from Casino to Joe Pesci’s chin. That would have been something to see, even if it’s still nowhere near as good as what we got with Bill Murray.
Other alternate Zombieland cameos that we’re still waiting to see include Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Matthew McConnaughey and more, so stay tuned.