Karlovy Vary Review: ‘The World is Yours’ Continues Romain Gavras’ Brand of Poetic, Ironic Postmodernism

Near the close of Howard Hawks’ 1932 film Scarface, Paul Muni’s worn out hoodlum looked up to see a billboard for Cook’s Tours with a slogan that, with more than a dash of existential mockery, read: The World is Yours. Half a century later, in Brian De Palma’s great remake of the Hawks classic, Al Pacino stood similarly beleaguered outside his modernist mansion and saw those very same words scrawl across a passing blimp (Nas would solidify the phrase’s street cred in 1994 when he used it as the basis for the most anthemic track on his debut album). The somewhat comparably unlawful anti-hero of this new film (which takes those four words as its title) is not a whole lot like Muni or Pacino’s immigrant gangsters. Indeed, it’s not the world he’s after at all. He simply wishes to make enough dough from drug
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'Scarface' Reunion: 10 Things We Learned at Tribeca Film Festival Event

The Tribeca Film Festival celebrated the 35th anniversary of Scarface on Thursday night with "the greatest double feature in the history of the Beacon [Theater in Manhattan]:" a screening of the movie followed by a panel featuring three of the actors – Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer – plus director Brian De Palma.

The crowd was raucous throughout the screening, hooting and hollering each time Pacino delivered one of his signature lines or snorted his way through yet another small mountain of cocaine. Viewers brought the same energy into a bizarre, sometimes
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Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Brian De Palma On ‘Scarface’ F-Bombs, Chainsaw And Origin Story – Tribeca

Reprising some familiar stories but filling in plenty of fond nuance, the lead actors and director of Scarface marked the film’s 35th anniversary with a crowd-pleasing Q&A session Thursday night at the Tribeca Film Festival.

After a screening of the 1983 film, director Brian De Palma joined Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer (who played Tony Montana’s gangster partner) to reminisce. As they were brought onstage one by one, the sold-out Beacon Theatre crowd let out loud, concert-worthy roars and gave Pacino a standing ovation before anyone had uttered a word.

“Bombast was part of what we were trying to say with the movie,” Pacino said. “It was bigger than life.”

Pacino recalled stumbling on the original 1932 Scarface when it was playing at the long-shuttered Tiffany Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. Seeing star Paul Muni on screen, he remembered thinking, “I want to be him!
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Scarface Remake Brings Back Director Antoine Fuqua

Universal Pictures has entered negotiations with director Antoine Fuqua to take the helm of their long-awaited Scarface remake, once again. The filmmaker had previously been attached to direct, but he backed out in late January over scheduling conflicts with The Equalizer 2. Ironically, Diego Luna had been attached to star at the same time as Fuqua was leaving, and now the actor's involvement is uncertain, since the changing production timeline may result in scheduling conflicts for the actor.

Last February, Universal Pictures set an August 10, 2018 release date, while bringing in the Coen Brothers to rewrite the script. We reported in May that Suicide Squad and Bright director David Ayer was in talks to take the helm, but we reported in July that he has backed away from the project due to creative differences. David Ayer's exit from the project was the last update we had until now, with this latest report
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The politically incorrect Oscars: 9 white actors who were recognized for playing minorities

After two straight years of all-white acting nominees in 2015 and 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responded to the #OscarsSoWhite issue by inviting a far more diverse and younger field of talent both behind and in front of the camera to join. And though there are miles to go until there is true diversity, the academy’s nominees and winners are beginning to reflect our culture.

Last year, “Moonlight” became the first Best Picture winner with an all-black cast. Its director Barry Jenkins shared the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar with Tarell Alvin McCraney, while Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor. Viola Davis also took home Best Supporting Actress for “Fences.”

This year’s black nominees include Jordan Peele, a triple nominee for producing, directing and writing Best Picture contender “Get Out,” which also scored a Best Actor nomination for Daniel Kaluuya. Two-time winner Denzel Washington is nominated for “Roman J.
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Oscars 2018: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer are 14th acting group scoring back-to-back nominations

Oscars 2018: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer are 14th acting group scoring back-to-back nominations
Among this year’s 20 actors to earn Oscar nominations are Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer, up for their turns in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”; “The Post”; and “The Shape of Water,” respectively. Washington, Streep and Spencer mark the trio of actors to this year earn consecutive Oscar nominations, having last year been up for “Fences,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and “Hidden Figures.” Their achievement marks the 14th occasion in Oscar history in which three or more actors have returned as nominees the following ceremony.

SEEOscars 2018: Nominations in All 24 Categories

In the early days of the Oscars, consecutive acting nominations were commonplace. From 1936 to 1947, there were eight occasions of this nature. Let’s take a look back at those years:

1936 and 1937 (Paul Muni, Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Irene Dunne and Alice Brady)

1939 and 1940 (Laurence Olivier, James Stewart and Bette Davis)

1940 and 1941 (Bette Davis, Joan Fontaine and Walter Brennan)

1941 and 1942 (Gary Cooper,
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The Forgotten: Howard Hawks' "Tiger Shark" (1932)

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The critical consensus about Howard Hawks' themes and talents strikes me as bang on. The Cahiers critics identified him as a classic auteur, continually exploring characters and situations he had an affinity for, and in a consistent style. The surprise is it took so long for style and characters to come together to form the Hawks we know: his best early films are outliers, and only gradually did he come to explore the kind of group dynamics, sexual sparring and codes of professionalism with which he's now justly associated.Early 1930s Hawks just isn't quite all there yet, but you can see lots of Hawksian characters and themes struggling to come together and be their ideal selves.This one has Edward G. Robinson as a "Portagee" fisherman with a Chico Marx accent and an earring. For some reason, Hawks didn't really connect effectively with the urban tough guy actors until Bogart came his way,
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A Look at Al Capone in the Movies

Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.

The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released
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Suicide Squad’s David Ayer to direct the Scarface remake

It looks like Universal has found its replacement for Antoine Fuqua in the director’s chair for its Scarface remake, with Variety reporting that Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer is in talks with the studio.

The new Scarface has been penned by Terrence Winter (Vinyl), with the Coen brothers polishing the script, and will star Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Diego Luna in the title role previously portrayed by Paul Muni in the 1932 movie and Al Pacino in the 1983 remake.

Previous rumours had suggested that David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon) were in contention to direct, but it now looks like Ayer has secured the gig.

Ayer is also attached to helm the Suicide Squad spinoff movie Gotham City Sirens, and at present its unclear how the DC project will be affected should Ayer close a deal with Universal for Scarface. Meanwhile, his
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'Scarface' Back on Track With 'Suicide Squad' Director

Universal is still set on remaking Scarface again. While the first redo starring Al Pacino didn't arrive until 51 years after the Howard Hawks original, the next will come out only 35 years later. If the studio can get the project going on time for its August 10, 2018, release date, that is. Although they have a script and star in place, as well as a sure-thing title, they're still currently without a director. Let's look at a timeline to remind us what's been going on:  April 1932: The first Scarface hits theaters with Paul Muni in the lead as "Tony Camonte" and a story inspired by the life of Al Capone. December 1983: Brian De Palma's remake, written by Oliver Stone, opens with Pacino playing Cuban refugee turned gangster...

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Suicide Squad’s David Ayer in talks to direct Scarface

Tony Sokol May 22, 2017

The Scarface remake looks like it has a new director, as David Ayer enters talks...

Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in early talks to direct and write Universal’s new take on the gangster classic Scarface. Ayer steps in for Antoine Fuqua, who couldn’t fit the film into his schedule, given his current commitment to making The Equalizer 2.

Scarface will follow the rise and fall of a Mexican gangster. It will star Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the bad immigrant made worse. It will be set in the El Sereno area of South Los Angeles

Ayer has form in the genre. Before Suicide Squad he directed the gritty crime films End Of Watch, Hard Times and Street Kings. He also wrote the screenplay for Training Day. Right now, he's currently directing and producing Bright, which will also star Will Smith,
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The Early History of One Actor Playing A Shit Ton of Roles In A Single Film

Containing multitudes is a time-honored cinematic tradition.

Sure, featuring a single actor as more than one character in your movie smells a bit like a gimmick—but at the end of the day, it’s an efficient and often effective means of showcasing the versatility of a performer. And that can hardly be faulted. We caught a whiff of it with Split this year, though McAvoy might be disqualified for being a Legion of One rather than a cast with a shared face. Personally, I had no idea the trend cast such a wide-reaching historical net — I’d stupidly assumed it was something made possible by the advent of modern makeup and digital tech. Again, stupidly.

Be it gimmick or something more nuanced (or both!) — it’s particularly fascinating that it has such a long standing history as a marketing device. Film quality aside, the main draw is often the performative tour-de-force itself. Some
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The Coen brothers rewriting the script for Scarface remake

Last week it was reported that director Antoine Fuqua had exited Universal Pictures’ planned remake of Scarface, and now comes word from Variety that Joel and Ethan Coen have signed on to polish the script for the latest take on the mobster saga.

The Coen brothers, who recently polished the screenplays for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, will work on the original script from Terrence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street).

The new Scarface is said to be a reimagining of the central immigrant story of both the 1932 and 1983 films while being set in La and focusing on a Mexican immigrant. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Diego Luno is attached to the lead role, played previously by Paul Muni and Al Pacino, while the search is currently ongoing for a new director to replace Fuqua.
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Scarface remake set for 2018, Coen brothers penning script

David Crow Simon Brew Feb 13, 2017

Diega Luna is set to headline the new Scarface, and a director shortlist has been drawn up...

The new remake of Scarface continues to gather pace at Universal, and some notable pieces of news surrounding it have just come to light.

Firstly, there's a release date. The new Scarface now has an official date of August 20th 2018. Straight away, that also suggests that the movie is going to be in physical production later this year. Diego Luna (Star Wars: Rogue One) has been confirmed in the lead role. Oh, and there's the small matter of the Coen brothers writing the screenplay.

In a press release, Universal revealed the film will shoot from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, who’ve known their way around crime dramas in the past, having previously penned and helmed Fargo and No Country For Old Men. That is a
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Scarface Remake Gets a Release Date and Coen Brothers Script

Scarface Remake Gets a Release Date and Coen Brothers Script
Just a few weeks after Universal's Scarface remake gained star Diego Luna and lost director Antoine Fuqua, the studio has brought on Joel Coen and Ethan Coen to rewrite the script. The studio has also set an August 10, 2018 release date, a date which the studio had previously set aside for an untitled "event film." As of now, the remake doesn't have any direct competition, although Sony's Holmes & Watson opens a week earlier on August 3, along with an untitled Disney live-action movie.

Variety also reports that the studio is close to finding a new director, following the departure of Antoine Fuqua. Whoever the studio brings on will be the fourth director to sign on, following in the footsteps of David Yates (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Pablo Larrain (Jackie) and Antoine Fuqua. There have also been a slew of writers on the project before the Coen Brothers came aboard,
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Scott Reviews Jack Hill’s The Swinging Cheerleaders [Arrow Video Blu-ray Review]

I’ve always been fascinated by the duality of Pre-Code cinema, which is talked up in classic film circles as a sin-fueled dungeon of excess, but in most cases simply uses outlandish scenarios to moralistic ends. Baby Face might be about a woman sleeping her way to the top of society, but Barbara Stanwyck still has to realize love is more important than all the riches she’s accrued. Scarface might glorify violence, but Paul Muni will still get his in the end. Indulgence and retreat; enjoy the highs, but shape up or be doomed. Similarly, in the 1970s, after the Motion Picture Production Code was shattered and a wave of sex-fueled odysseys came rushing to the screens, they tended to strike out familiar territory, using their exploitative qualities to reinforce the status quo. So it is with The Swinging Cheerleaders. Jack Hill’s 1974 cheapo gets high on its topless women and under-the-table groping,
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Scarface Remake Targets Training Day Director Antoine Fuqua

Scarface Remake Targets Training Day Director Antoine Fuqua
After taking the helm of The Equalizer and this year's highly-anticipated The Magnificent Seven, filmmaker Antoine Fuqua has come aboard to direct yet another high-profile remake. The filmmaker has entered talks with Universal Pictures to direct their new version of Scarface. Filmmaker Pablo Larrain had been attached to direct back in 2014, but he is no longer involved.

Deadline reports that Antoine Fuqua is in negotiations to direct this project, which would mark the third different incarnation of this story. The original Scarface hit theaters in 1932, starring Paul Muni as Chicago gangster Tony Camonte. Al Pacino starred as Tony Montana in the iconic 1983 remake, which shifted the story to Miami. This new version will be set in modern-day Los Angeles.

The last update we had on this project was back in March 2015, when Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman came aboard to write the screenplay. Paul Attanasio and Suicide Squad writer-director
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Antoine Fuqua Is in Talks to Direct New ‘Scarface’ Film

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Antoine Fuqua Is in Talks to Direct New ‘Scarface’ Film
The Magnificent Seven” director Antoine Fuqua is in talks to direct Universal’s new take on “Scarface,” a spokesman for the studio confirmed to TheWrap. The third and latest iteration of “Scarface” will be set in Los Angeles. The original 1932 film starring Paul Muni took place in Chicago, while the 1983 classic featuring Al Pacino as Tony Montana chronicled the Miami cocaine trade. The 1983 movie, directed by Brian de Palma, was only the 16th highest-grossing film of the year, but it has become a cult classic, standard dorm room viewing and a brand with plenty of resonance to people born...
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Antoine Fuqua Circling New ‘Scarface’ At Universal

Antoine Fuqua Circling New ‘Scarface’ At Universal
Exclusive: Antoine Fuqua, whose upcoming Western The Magnificent Seven will serve as the Gala Opening Night Film of the Toronto Film Festival next month, is in talks with Universal to direct a re-imagining of another screen classic. He’s negotiating to direct Scarface, the third iteration of the crime classic that Universal made in 1932 with director Howard Hawks and star Paul Muni and again in 1983 with director Brian De Palma and Al Pacino. The new one borrows the…
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[Cannes Review] Café Society

Café Society is a quintessential later-period Woody Allen film. That is to say, it’s thoroughly mediocre. It’s by now a sad truism that the octogenarian auteur is more interested in maintaining his prodigious output of at least one feature per annum (he hasn’t missed a beat since 1982) than to strive for the supreme heights he reached time and again in his first three decades as a filmmaker. Nowadays, if one of Allen’s films happens to be above average, all the better. If not, who cares? It’ll make its money back on the strength of the director’s reputation and the bankability of an invariably star-studded ensemble, the Cannes Film Festival will, at the very least, include it in its Out of Competition program – hey, perhaps even grant Allen the opening slot (as just happened for the fourth time with Café Society) – and there’s always
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