the irishman

A stylish period thriller about love, betrayal, violence and the Mafia starring Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci: Goodfellas or The Irishman? Scorsese is aware of the similarities between his classic gangster movie and his upcoming Mafia hitman film, which is set to be produced by Netflix.

But just because he’s treading familiar and comfortable ground doesn’t mean he’ll be making the same movie. The director has explained how the two films are completely different.

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The Irishman filming

Before the summer ends, Martin Scorsese will start de-aging Robert De NiroAl Pacino, and Joe Pesci. The three actors will help tell the story of professional hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, which spans decades. The spectacular trio will play heir characters at the ages of 30, 50, and 70. ILM will handle the de-aging effect, while Netflix will take care of the film’s the release.

Below, learn more about The Irishman.

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the irishman budget

Last week we heard the exciting news that Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman found a home at Netflix, following a split from a currently risk-averse Paramount Studios. Robert De NiroJoe Pesci, and Al Pacino are starring in the gangster drama. Considering all the heavy-hitters and special effects involved in the film, it’s not too surprising to learn The Irishman is going to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $125 million.

Below, learn more about The Irishman budget.

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Home Alone with Blood

Even though The Wet Bandits only walk away with various, scrapes, bruises and burns, after going through Kevin McCallister’s traps in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, the real injuries that would be sustained by Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) would be much worse in real life.

In an attempt to bring some gravity to the injuries that Harry and Marv would endure if they were ever hit in the face with a shovel, large pipe or a brick, one YouTube user decided to add some blood effects to footage from both Home Alone and Home Alone 2. You can see just how much more gruesome that makes Kevin McCallister’s antics below. Read More »

Robert De Niro digitally de-aged

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are getting back together, and this time it’s not to shoot commercials for casinos in Manila, Philippines. For a while now we’ve heard rumblings about The Irishman, a Scorsese gangster film starring De Niro as real-life mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Sheeran murdered 25 people and claimed to have had a hand in the famous disappearance of the union leader, Jimmy Hoffa, who went mysteriously missing in 1975. To portray the many years of Sheeran’s life in crime, Scorsese plans on digitally de-aging De Niro.

Below, learn more about the next Martin Scorsese and De Niro team up.

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Home Alone 25th anniversary

There’s been a lot of focus on the anniversary of Back to the Future this year, but plenty of other beloved films have anniversaries to celebrate too. In fact, this year marks the special anniversary of one modern holiday classic that audiences watch every year around Christmastime.

Home Alone is the movie that skyrocketed child actor Macaulay Culkin to fame, with a big help from a fun script by John Hughes and kid-friendly director Chris Columbus. It might be hard to believe, but this year marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday comedy that turned Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern into a couple of punching bags, and to celebrate, a Home Alone 25h anniversary theatrical re-release is happening in November. Read More »

Wet Bandits Home Alone

It’s a thought we’ve all had while watching Home Alone. No, not that thing about the plane ticket. “If this movie was real, would Harry and Marv have been killed by Kevin McCallister’s fun house?” That answer is, of course, “Yes.” The next question is “Exactly how many times would they have died not only in the first movie, but the second movie, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York?”

To get the answer, Screen Junkies asked an actual doctor to watch the films, diagnose the injuries and figure out how many times the character would have kicked the bucket. Check out the video below. Read More »

The film Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father has had a difficult path from development to screen. In fact, it looks like the project has fully stalled out before cameras were even able to roll.

While Barry Levinson came on board a few months ago (replacing Nick Cassavetes) and a cast had started to shape up with deals for John Travolta, Al Pacino, Ben Foster, Kelly Preston and possibly Joe Pesci, the time has come when some of those people were meant to be paid. And if reports are correct, there is no money to pay them. As a result, the movie has been put on hold. It almost certainly won’t make a planned January start date, but we don’t know if the project will die altogether. Read More »

The development of a film about father and son crime figures John ‘The Teflon Don’ Gotti and John Gotti, Jr. has already turned into something of a saga, with Nick Cassavetes set to direct, then departing and leaving a void ultimately filled by Barry Levinson. John Travola, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were cast, and now Joe Pesci is suing the production, which we’ll get to in a moment. Lindsay Lohan was reportedly cast, then quite or was fired, then cast again, and now evidently not part of the project. There’s probably more, but that’s enough to start with.

Fiore Films has now announced what may be the final title for the film, Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, along with a shoot date for January 2012. And there’s a rumor that Dominic Cooper will join the cast as well. Read More »

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Barry Levinson is moving from the horrors of man’s manipulations with nature to man’s own horrible nature. Last year he put together the low-key ‘found footage’ eco-horror thriller The Bay, which will be released this year by Lionsgate. And now he has been tapped as the director for Gotti: Three Generations, which recently saw the departure of planned director Nick Cassavetes. Read More »