You might have wondered how Jake LaMotta and producers have the right to make a film named Raging Bull II, when no participant in the original film, save LaMotta, is involved.

MGM started wondering the same thing, then checked back over the old contracts LaMotta signed with United Artists (now owned by MGM) when the first film was being produced. And then the studio filed a lawsuit calling for production on the prequel/sequel to halt, and for none of the footage to ever be released. Read More »

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It’s probably unfair to judge Raging Bull II — which, yes, is really happening — based only on these two early production stills. But stacked up against Martin Scorsese’s original movie, which used a stark black and white aesthetic to brutal effect, these pics don’t have a lot of juice, and that doesn’t flatter the production.

But director Martin Guigui and co-writer Rustam Branaman are working from a book by Jake LaMotta, the subject of both the original film and the new sequel, and maybe they’ve got some angle that really makes this worthwhile. The film stars William Forsythe as the older Jake LaMotta, and Mojean Aria as the younger version of the boxer as the film is both a prequel and sequel to Scorsese’s movie. This shot and the one below suggest that this could be like so many other quickie sequels to classic films — earnest, misguided, and possibly forgettable — but we’ll see how that turns out when the film is finished. Read More »

‘Raging Bull II’ is Shooting Now

What can I say? This one is happening, just as we feared it would.

Martin Guigui (who?) is directing a hybrid prequel/sequel to Martin Scorsese‘s landmark 1980 boxing film Raging Bull. This one, Raging Bull II, was co-written by Guigui and Rustam Branaman, and stars William Forsythe as the older Jake LaMotta, and Mojean Aria playing the younger version of LaMotta for scenes that take place before Scorsese’s film. (Robert De Niro played LaMotta for Scorsese.) Read More »

‘Beneath the Darkness’ Trailer

Dennis Quaid has occasionally played less than squeaky clean characters (like Arlis in Flesh and Bone) but he isn’t known as an actor who regularly jumps back and forth between playing heroes and villains. He’s got too much of a square-jawed appeal and a winning smile for that. But everyone has to change things up once in a while, so here’s Beneath the Darkness, in which Dennis Quaid plays a small-town mortician who is also a murderer. When some kids are witness to his ‘work,’ no one believes them. Because it’s Dennis Quaid!

Check out the trailer after the break, and discuss the following statement: Disturbia : Rear Window :: Beneath the Darkness : Psycho. Read More »

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