Martin Scorsese will give former President Bill Clinton a documentary treatment at HBO. The pay cable network has teamed with the Oscar-winning director for a documentary spotlighting the 42nd President of the United States. Made with Clinton’s full cooperation, the film will explore his perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world, with Scorsese producing and directing, and Steve Bing producing. “A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world,” Scorsese said. “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.” Added Clinton, “I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film. I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”
Scorsese is a long-time Democrat with ties to the Clintons. He supported Hillary Clinton’s 2000 and 2006 Senate campaigns.
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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has closed a deal for domestic distribution on The Wolf Of Wall Street, the Martin Scorsese-directed saga of the rise and fall of a Wall Street hotshot that stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort. The drama is shooting in New York, and it was financed by Red Granite. The plan is to release in the fourth quarter of 2013, which gives Paramount an awards contender to add to the product the studio showed in New York yesterday.
The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie and The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal. Boardwalk Empire creator Terry Winter wrote the script. This will be a hot title at AFM, but Warner Bros, which originally developed the project, gets to eyeball the bids that come in on each territory before the deals go down. Scorsese and DiCaprio last teamed at Paramount on the hit Shutter Island. Read More »
Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian are teaming to produce a documentary on Roger Ebert inspired by the film critic’s 2011 memoir Life Itself. Steve James, who directed the doc Hoop Dreams, will helm it. Garrett Basch is … Read More »
BREAKING: Martin Scorsese has fired back at Cecchi Gori Pictures after the company sued him for not directing Silence, the long gestating adaptation of the Shusako Endo novel. Cecchi Gori filed sued suit in Los Angeles Superior Court … Read More »
You can read the lawsuit here. Cecchi Gori Pictures and Cecchi Gori USA filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court today against director Martin Scorsese and his production company Sikelia Productions. Cecchi Gori says it invested more than … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Billy Ray to script Sinatra, the film Martin Scorsese will direct about the life of singer-actor Frank Sinatra. The film will be produced by Scott Rudin, Mandalay’s Peter Guber and Cathy … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Before he gets started directing the movie transfer of the Broadway hit musical Jersey Boys, Jon Favreau has joined the cast of the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street. He plays a securities lawyer … Read More »
P.J. Byrne has joined the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf Of Wall Street. The Horrible Bosses actor will play “Wigwam” Cohen, one of the gang of brokers that hang around with … Read More »
Claiming breach of contract and four other counts, MGM put the legal gloves on today with Jake LaMotta and the producers of Raging Bull 2. In a 7-page complaint filed today (read it here) against the 91-year old former boxer and RB II Productions, MGM wants the courts to order production on Raging Bull 2, which is currently filming in LA, stopped. Additionally, the studio wants to make sure the indie movie never sees the light of day. MGM also wants compensatory damages and punitive and exemplary damages and more “awarded in an amount sufficient to punish the RB II defendants and to deter those who would commit or knowingly seek to profit from similar actions, now or in the future.”
MGM alleges LaMotta had no right to allow RB II Productions the rights to his 1986 sequel book without first offering it to them. That comes from a 1976 agreement the boxer and co-author Peter Savage entered into with Chartoff-Winkler Productions. That agreement, which MGM is the successor-in-interest to, not only included his 1970 memoir but extended to any “owner-written sequel,” says the studio. MGM says that RB II has ignored the studio’s attempts to get them and LaMotta to comply with the 1976 agreement.
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Cloris Leachman has jumped in the ring on Raging Bull II. The Emmy winning actress will play the mother of Penelope Ann Miller in the film. Raging Bull II is combo prequel and sequel to Martin Scorsese … Read More »
Rob Reiner is in negotiations to join Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. The director and All In The Family star would play … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Kyle Chandler is joining Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in The Wolf Of Wall Street, the Martin Scorsese-directed adaptation of the Jordan Belfort memoir that was adapted by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter. The film’s being financed by … Read More »
BREAKING: After getting an Oscar nomination playing Brad Pitt’s wing man in Moneyball, Jonah Hill has just been set to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street, the Martin … Read More »
Directors Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee don’t seem fazed by theater owners’ concerns about the expense of installing the technology to show movies in 3D, and moviegoers’ objections to higher-priced tickets and the glasses needed to watch them. “Absolutely it’s the future,” Scorsese said in a joint interview with Lee today at the CinemaCon Filmmakers Forum — an event partly sponsored by 3D technology company RealD. “The moment (film) started, people wanted three things: color, sound and depth.” Lee added that filmmakers “really need your support. It will be a good investment” to install projectors capable of showing 3D movies. Scorsese says that it was a liberating challenge to film Hugo with the extra dimension that reminded him of looking into a View Master. “There was something that transported you to another world,” he says. “There’s a scene where actor Sacha Baron Cohen leans in to intimidate the boy (the film’s lead character). It was like he came off the screen.” But that also made the movie more intimate. ”People would come back and say that they liked being in that world.” He doesn’t have a strong view yet about efforts to increase the image projection speed to 48 frames a second or more from 24 frames. Although critics say the image can look cold and too precise, “we’ve already made an adjustment from the look of nitrate (film) to acetate. So that Read More »
Back in March, Deadline revealed that Martin Scorsese would next direct The Wolf Of Wall Street, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the title character after the upstart Red Granite stepped up with the funding. Here’s the official release:
Los Angeles, CA – April 19, 2012 – Martin Scorsese will direct “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCraprio. The deal, which brings Scorsese and DiCaprio together for their fifth feature collaboration, was made official today.
Red Granite Pictures owns the rights to Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, on which the film is based. Red Granite principals Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland are producing along with Leonardo DiCaprio (Appian Way), Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff (Sikelia Productions) and Alexandra Milchan (EMJAG Productions). Irwin Winkler and Georgia Kacandes will executive produce.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Jordan Belfort – the ‘Wolf of Wall Street.’
Terence Winter (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”) adapted the screenplay, which chronicles Belfort’s dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life, which included drug and alcohol addiction.
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EXCLUSIVE: Director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are committing to make The Wolf of Wall Street their fifth collaboration. The film is based on the Jordan Belfort memoir of his days … Read More »
Hollywood has caught Q&A fever: I have now learned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has plans to keep the Q&A spirit alive year-round and not just “in season”. Academy regulations loosening rules that previously forbid members from attending filmmaker Q&As were severely relaxed this year — particularly in the months leading up to nominations, when members could attend and even be served food and drink at receptions, a past no-no. Post-nomination Q&As are limited to screenings and nominees (or others connected to nominated movies) and members are allowed to appear at just two each, with no food or receptions. But the Q&A craze has spread, and I hear the Academy has decided to make them an option at their own weekend film programs starting in June at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. The programs (usually two on Saturday and two Sunday) give studios and distributors the opportunity to have filmmakers and actors appear after their movies for Q&As with members. Previously only films were shown, but this could increase overall attendance, a goal of the Academy’s to encourage seeing films on the big screen. Read More »
Paramount has shared with Deadline this new Hugo video featuring commentary from the creative team and cast members with clips from the movie.