BREAKING: I can confirm that tonight’s New York Film Festival mystery film is Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, the John Logan-scripted adaptation of the Brian Selznick novel Hugo Cabret. The festival revealed late last week that it would feature a film by a master filmmaker, and speculation covered everything from Clint Eastwood’s J Edgar to Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I’m told that Richard Pena will introduce the picture at Avery Fisher Hall, but I’m not sure if Scorsese will be in the house. The film isn’t quite finished, but it will be shown in 3D, though there might be some green screen moments. Paramount releases Hugo on November 23. Scorsese hasn’t shown an unfinished film like this before (though he did once tell me that The Last Temptation Of Christ qualified as that when Universal rushed it into release because protesters were dragging crosses in front of the houses of studio higher-ups like Sid Sheinberg), and the NYFF hasn’t shown an unfinished print like this since Disney’s Beauty And The Beast in 1991. But it’s a great opportunity to build buzz on the movie, Scorsese’s first family and 3D film.
EXCLUSIVE: Marking a high profile kick-off to Paramount’s Shutter Island Oscar campaign, American Cinematheque will present a retrospective of the film collaborations of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre the weekend of November 13 with the pair participating in a live “conversation” following a November 14 screening. DiCaprio will appear in person while Scorsese will be satellited in from London where he is currently working on his new film Hugo Cabret. All four of their film ventures together will be highlighted with The Departed and Gangs Of New York screenings as a double bill Saturday followed by The Aviator and Shutter Island on Sunday. The former three fllms all went on to Best Picture nominations with The Departed winning. DiCaprio received a Best Actor nomination for Aviator. Obviously Paramount is hoping the streak won’t be broken even though its early 2010 release date of February 19 puts it at a disadvantage with other later-breaking contenders including Par’s own December entries, The Fighter (December 10) and True Grit (December 25).