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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ to premiere as the 2019 New York Film Festival’s opening night film

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Amid growing speculation that Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman wouldn’t be ready in time for a potential festival premiere, the New York Film Festival announced Monday that the legendary filmmaker’s latest mafic epic will indeed be premiering as the festival’s opening night film.

The Irishman, which will premiere at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on September 27, is based on Charles Brandt’s true-crime novel I Heard You Paint Houses and details the life of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a high-ranking labor union official and mafia hitman.

The Irishman is so many things: rich, funny, troubling, entertaining and, like all great movies, absolutely singular,” New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said. “It’s the work of masters, made with a command of the art of cinema that I’ve seen very rarely in my lifetime, and it plays out at a level of subtlety and human intimacy that truly stunned me. All I can say is that the minute it was over my immediate reaction was that I wanted to watch it all over again.”

In addition to De Niro, the film’s ensemble cast includes Joe Pesci as Pennysylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino and Al Pacino as Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, who mysteriously vanished in 1975 and was never found. Ray Romano, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, and Bobby Cannavale also star.

“It’s an incredible honor that The Irishman has been selected as the Opening Night of the New York Film Festival. I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year,” said Scorsese. “The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew.”

Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese’s longtime editor, said earlier this year that the first half of the film will feature digitally de-aged versions of De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino, while the second half will show them as their current age. Industrial Light & Magic, the Oscar-winning VFX and animation house founded by George Lucas, collaborated with Scorsese for the special effects-heavy project, which cost nearly $200 million to produce.

The 57th New York Film Festival, which is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will run September 27 through October 13. The Irishman will be released in select theaters and on Netflix this fall.

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to a screening of Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

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Warner Bros. will release Motherless Brooklyn, the new crime drama from writer, director, and star Edward Norton, on October 19 and its giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Motherless Brooklyn happening at Harkins Scottsdale 101 on Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for Motherless Brooklyn as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Edward Norton

Cast: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe

Opens: Friday, November 1

Rating: R for language throughout, including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

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Paul Dano in talks to play the Riddler in ‘The Batman’ as Jonah Hill passes on the role

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Paul Dano is headed to Gotham City as the actor is in talks to play the classic comic book villain the Riddler in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Dano joins a star-studded cast that already includes the likes of Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. Reeves is expected to round out the rest of the cast before the year’s end in anticipation of an early 2020 production start.

The news of Dano’s casting comes less than a day after reports surfaced about Jonah Hill turning down the role after he and his team failed to reach an agreement with Warner Bros. after spending weeks at the negotiating table.

Sources tell Silver Screen Beat that Hill’s camp was trying to broker a $10 million deal for the actor, which is more than half of what Pattinson — the star of the film — is reportedly making.

Reeves, who first boarded The Batman in early 2017 following the unsurprising departure of Ben Affleck, is directing the film from a script he wrote, in addition to producing along with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

The Batman is scheduled to be released June 25, 2021.

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Oscars: Disney not submitting ‘The Lion King’ for consideration in Animated Feature Film

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released Wednesday a list of the 32 features that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards.

Among the many titles that appear on the list are Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen II, Blue Sky Studios’ Spies in Disguise, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, Laika’s Missing Link, and Warner Animation’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Notably absent from the list, however, is Disney’s photorealistic CGI remake of The Lion King, which — despite being billed by the studio as “live-action” in its marketing — was the textbook definition of an animated film and certainly would’ve qualified in the Animated Feature category had Disney submitted it.

The nominations for the 92nd Oscars will be announced Monday, January 13, while the ceremony itself will be held Sunday, February 9.

The complete list of submitted animated features are:

“Abominable”
“The Addams Family”
“The Angry Birds Movie 2”
“Another Day of Life”
“Away”
“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”
“Children of the Sea”
“Dilili in Paris”
“Frozen II”
“Funan”
“Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Primal’ – Tales of Savagery”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Klaus”
“The Last Fiction”
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
“Marona’s Fantastic Tale”
“Missing Link”
“Ne Zha”
“Okko’s Inn”
“Pachamama”
“Promare”
“Rezo”
“The Secret Life of Pets 2”
“Spies in Disguise”
“The Swallows of Kabul”
“This Magnificent Cake!”
“The Tower”
“Toy Story 4”
“Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris”
“Weathering with You”
“White Snake”

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