Martin Scorsese has a number of promising projects on his plate to follow Hugo Cabret: reps say he’ll next make Silence, and then there is a possible indie version of The Wolf of Wall Street, with other movies on the far horizon. One of those is The Irishman, which has been talked up as a reunion of the director with actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. Evidently it is still a going concern, as Robert De Niro said over the weekend. Read More »

Last week, Uncharted 3 game director Justin Richmond attempted to debunk reports that director David O. Russell would be introducing a “family dynamic” (which would possible include the casting of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci as the father and uncle of Drake) in his big screen adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The video game director also claimed that “Mark Wahlberg isn’t anywhere near to being confirmed to play Nathan Drake either.” At the time, I wrote Richmond off as a someone involved with the video game property who clearly wasn’t up to date with the development of the film adaptation. Both of the stories Richmond claimed false came from the mouths of Russell and Wahlberg in interviews with respected publications. While Wahlberg might not yet be signed, I have no doubt that David wants Mark for the role. This is confirmed today by Wahlberg’s response.

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Here’s good news and bad news. The good news is that, yes, confirming recent reports, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are still planning to be part of Martin Scorsese‘s film The Irishman, which is planned to star Robert De Niro as Mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. The bad news is that in talking about the future of the film, Robert De Niro cast doubt on the idea that it will be paired with a much more ambitious second film that has been described in terms related to Fellini’s 8 1/2.

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The idea that David O. Russell might direct the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune seemed rather odd. Sure, he’s done an actionish-movie (Three Kings) and Uncharted is one of the more character-oriented action games out there. But it still seemed like a weird fit.

Then news came out that the director is interested in having Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci play the father and uncle of Drake (Mark Wahlberg), which seemed to put the film a lot closer to the films of Mr. Russell’s past, which dealt with family dynamics in a dramatic, often uncomfortable way. (Even The Fighter, about brothers Mickey Ward and Dickie Eklund, has this angle.)

Now we’ve got more info on Uncharted, including a couple details on just how the story will be expanded from the one in the original game. Read More »

Sometimes a healthy skepticism for rumor makes one look foolish when one turns out to be true. Hopefully you can’t blame me for chuckling a bit when we heard that David O. Russell wants Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to join the cast of his video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. But according to Mark Wahlberg, who says he’s set for the lead role, that’s exactly who the director is hoping to land. Read More »

Last time we heard about a potential reunion of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, it was a pretty credible story. Word was that the actors might both show up (along with Al Pacino) in Martin Scorsese’s long in development The Irishman, based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses. But that film is a ways off, so anything could happen. This new story, which drops the two actors into Sony’s upcoming action/adventure video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, is a lot less credible. Read More »

Shutter Island - Martin ScorseseIn smaller groups, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, and director Martin Scorsese have together made some of the best crime films of all time such as Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Heat, Raging Bull, Mean Streets and Casino. Well, if the rumors are true, these four Oscar winners might soon be teaming up for one giant mob movie.

Pacino and Pesci are reportedly “circling” a film that De Niro and Scorsese have been preparing for several years called The Irishman. Hit the jump for all the details.

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The Love Ranch
The first movie trailer for Ray/An Officer and a Gentleman helmer Taylor Hackford‘s new film The Love Ranch is now online. The indie drama is based on true events, and tells the story of the married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada. The film stars Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Taryn Manning, Bryan Cranston, Bai Ling, M.C. Gainey, and Scout Taylor-Compton. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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In 2008, Ray director Taylor Hackford made a film called Love Ranch. Starring Helen Mirren and the return of Joe Pesci, the film is based on the real story of Joe and Sally Conforte, who in 1971 founded famed brothel the Mustang Ranch. Had the film not ended up on the shelf, it would have been Pesci’s first film since 2006’s The Good Shepherd, and his first big role in a decade.

But the film ended up mired in litigation, and has finally been freed for release. Love Ranch will hit theaters in a limited run this June, thanks to E1 Entertainment. Read More »

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Questionable Internet/playground slang alert: A Bollywood family film entitled Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors is the target of a Warner Bros. lawsuit. The point of contention lies in the title’s similarity to the studio’s multi-billion Harry Potter franchise. Sillier still, Hari Puttar is described online as a blatant Home Alone knockoff. So the robber on the left is Bollywood’s version of Joe Pesci? Serious algebra. As you’d expect, Puttar‘s producers and crew are claiming innocence…

“Hari is a very common Indian name and Puttar stands for son in English,” the film’s music director Aadesh Shrivastav said at the music release of the film earlier.

This is true, and I don’t think the lawsuit holds much weight, but c’mon, the general approach of “Whaa? Harry Potter? Ours is Hari P-u-t-t-a-r” is straight out of This is Spinal Tap (or Bollywood’s knockoff, Tiger Sandwich). Judging from this 2007 event flyer, the similarity didn’t elude Duke University’s South Asian Student Association. And if you’re curious, here’s the logline…

The film revolves around a ten year old boy, Hari Prasad Dhoonda (nicknamed Hari Puttar) who has recently moved from India to the United Kingdom. Left home alone with his cousin Tuk Tuk  when his parents go on vacation, Hari must deal with two burglars who hope steal a secret formula Hari’s father had created.

Discuss: Who do you side with, Puttar or Potter or Daniel Stern? Do you think Warner Bros. has a case? Should American kids see Hari Puttar?