Barry Jenkins and Leonardo DiCaprio movie

Barry Jenkins, who won an Oscar for co-writing his Best Picture winner Moonlight, hasn’t made a movie since he wrote and directed the beautiful, heartbreaking adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk in 2018. He’s still hard at work adapting Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad into a TV series for Amazon, and now he’s been hired for yet another adaptation, this time by Netflix.

Jenkins will write the screenplay for Virunga, a live-action feature film adaptation of the 2014 documentary which has the same name. Leonardo DiCaprio, who executive produced that documentary, is on board this version as a producer.  Read More »

flower moon script changes

Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon has the great director working with two of his most famous collaborators, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. You’d think that would be enough to sell any studio on the project, but Paramount had serious issues with Scorsese’s $200 million-plus budget. In order to get the film made, Scorsese took the movie to Apple, who will pay the budget in full while Paramount remains involved only as a partner. So what happened? Why did Paramount end up getting cold feet? A new report reveals that the studio got nervous when DiCaprio decided to change the character he was playing.

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Catch me if you can and the terminal

(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg, an ongoing column and podcast that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. In this edition: Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal.)

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in,” wrote Robert Frost. After the bleak future worlds of A.I. and Minority Report, Steven Spielberg made two seemingly light, breezy films that could very well be cinematic explorations of that Frost quote.

The main characters in Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal are both in search of home. Both in the literal sense, and the abstract sense. If home really is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in, then the main characters of Catch Me and Terminal perhaps have no real home at all. And what a terrifying thought that is.

Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal were Spielberg’s pivots out of darkness. Gone were the oppressive, often hellish futurescapes of A.I. and Minority Report. In place of the darkness came a sunny, funny trip back to the 1960s, followed by a stop-over into present day. On the surface, these two films were light hearted, brisk affairs. Yet even here, beneath the brightly lit retro fashions of Catch Me and the slapstick humor of The Terminal, melancholy still lurks. It was perhaps a confirmation that even when Spielberg tried to go light in the 21st century, darkness still found its way in.

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killers of the flower moon contest

Martin Scorsese‘s next movie – maybe – is Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. And if you’d like to win yourself a walk-on role in the pic – and honestly, who wouldn’t – De Niro and DiCaprio have some news for you. The actors have launched Americas Food Fund to help with the All In Challenge, which raises tens of millions of dollars to feed those in need.

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Killers of the Flower Moon

After delivering the epic crime drama The Irishman last year and earning Netflix no less than 10 Oscar nominations, as well as a slew of other accolades, director Martin Scorsese is still having trouble finding funding for his next movie.

Killers of the Flower Moon is slated to be the next film that Martin Scorsese directs. Paramount Pictures was slated to finance and distribute the movie starring Scorsese’s frequent collaborators Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, but with the budget of movie rising to more than $200 million, the studio opted to let the filmmaker take the project elsewhere. Now Scorsese is hoping Netflix, Apple or another company with deep pockets can help him get the movie off the ground. Read More »

Making of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is nominated in 10 different categories for the 72nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for director/writer Quentin Tarantino. But if for some reason you’re not convinced of the film’s resonance, significance and place among acclaimed movies from 2019, Sony Pictures has something that might interest you.

A nearly 30-minute featurette diving into the making of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been released online. All the stars of the film, ranging from the Oscar nominated Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie to supporting stars like Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, and even the late Luke Perry, offer up their perspective on the movie, praise Tarantino’s love and knowledge of vintage Los Angeles, and the attention to detail in recreating the Hollywood of 1969. Read More »

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Scene Comparison

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s recreation of an episode of The FBI compares to the original series from 1965. Plus, stuntmen react to work from Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Amazing Spider-Man, and find out some fun facts about how the Toy Story franchise has evolved in the 25 years since the original Pixar movie debuted.

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The Aviator 15 Years Later

If we are indeed at the tail end of the era of movie stars, it’s worth considering the career of one of the medium’s brightest lights. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of a few actors who can still open a movie at the box office simply by being its star, and one of a similar few actors who’s yet to be involved in a major franchise of any kind. Over the last quarter-century, he’s navigated the pitfalls of movie stardom at every turn. One of the most important transitions in DiCaprio’s career came 15 years ago, when he turned the corner into adulthood and starred as one of the famous men in American history in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.

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once upon a time in hollywood extended scene

What better way to celebrate both the weekend and the digital release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood than by watching an extended clip of Leonardo DiCaprio singing off-key and dancing around? The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood extended clip below includes a longer version of the “Green Door” scene from the movie, where DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton performs on the show Hullabaloo. Not only do you get more dancing, you also get that hilarious little arm-movement and goofy face combo from DiCaprio that was in all of the trailers but not in the final film.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Vignette

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has come and gone from theaters, but now it’s soon to be buzzed about all over again as awards season starts to heat up. The movie is bound to be in the running for several big awards when the Oscar nominations are announced early next year, but for now, it’s campaigning just like every other hopeful nominee out there. To help make the push across the board, a new vignette takes a look at how Quentin Tarantino‘s passion for old Hollywood is all over this movie.

Watch the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood vignette below! Read More »