Joe Pesci is reportedly confirmed for Martin Scorsese’s new gangster movie ‘The Irishman’. It'll be the Oscar-winning 'Home Alone' star's first major role since 'Goodfellas'.
Robert De Niro once expressed his desire to punch Donald Trump in the face, so it stands to reason that he would wholeheartedly approve of his old chum Meryl Streep’s message during her Golden Globes speech on Sunday night. In fact, De Niro sent Streep a letter following her withering takedown of the president-elect’s behaviour, as she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award – a gong De Niro himself won in 2011.
There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese’s long-planned gangster biopic ‘The Irishman’. It’ll be the first time Scorsese and his one-time muse have worked together since ‘Casino’ in 1997 (not counting that ropey advert they made for a Chinese casino last year).
In a video which went viral prior to the US presidential election, Robert De Niro professed a desire to punch Donald Trump in the face. “He’s elected president now, and I think half the country is horrified,” he said, while on the press rounds for his latest movie ‘The Comedian’.
“I mean he is so blatantly stupid,” De Niro said of Trump. Colin Powell [the former US secretary of state under George W. Bush] said it best: he’s a national disaster. Especially since Robert De Niro famously got into such superb shape for his performance as Jake La Motta in ‘Raging Bull’ that he actually fought as a middleweight boxer and won two of his three fights.
Robert De Niro knows a thing or two about insane people. Having expertly portrayed Travis Bickle, Max Cady, and Rupert Pupkin the actor is able to see the signs. “I don’t know, it’s crazy that people that Donald Trump …, he shouldn’t even be where he is, so God help us,” De Niro declared, via Reuters.
The continuing decline of Robert De Niro’s acting career is among the most lamentable in all of cinema. From ‘Taxi Driver’ and 'Raging Bull’ to making jokes about horse penises in 'Dirty Grandpa’, it’s become a seriously sad state of affairs for the former titan of the silver screen. Illustrator James Chapman has brought together the scores of his movies from the reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
- Why is Keanu Reeves at Parliament? Speaking on Bret Easton Ellis’s podcast, she was asked about the decline of De Niro. In a meandering question, Ellis proffered: “I’m constantly asked by people ‘What happened to de Niro?’ I don’t know what to say to them.
It looks as though Robert De Niro could star in ‘The War With Grandpa’. According to The Wrap, the 72-year-old iconic American actor is in talks for a starring role in the upcoming adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s novel, ‘The War With Grandpa’. “Robert De Niro is in talks to join the cast of Dimension’s ‘The War With Grandpa’, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap,” they revealed.
Ever since Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and, maybe, Joe Pesci became attached to ‘The Irishman’ gangster film fans have been waiting for an update. Well, they’ve now been provided with a very, very exciting one, because it’s just been revealed that ‘The Irishman’ was bought by STX Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival for a deal worth $50 million. ‘The Irishman’ is based on Charles Brandt book, ‘I Heard You Paint Houses – Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran And Closing The Case On Jimmy Hoffa’.
Deadline report that the legendary director is close to landing a deal at the Cannes Film Festival to make ‘The Irishman,’ a long-in development adaptation of the memoir of real-life hit man Frank ‘The Irishman’ Shearan and his role in the infamous Jimmy Hoffa disappearance. The reason this give particular cause for excitement is the casting, as ‘The Irishman’ is reportedly poised to star, among others, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
De Niro also said that his wife Grace Hightower noticed a change in their son Elliot, who has autism, after being vaccinated. The Tribeca festival, which De Niro co-founded, pulled screenings of 'Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe’, made by the discredited former gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield, following a backlash and threats of boycotts. “I as a parent of a child who has autism, I’m concerned.
UPDATE: in an about-face, De Niro has now pulled ‘Vaxxed’ from the Tribeca Film Festival - details here. ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe,’ an anti-vaccination documentary directed by a discredited doctor, is set to screen at New York’s prestigious Tribeca Film Festival - much to the chagrin of some critics. “In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming.
Having originally opened in February 1976, ‘Taxi Driver’ remains one of the most acclaimed and controversial films that De Niro and director Martin Scorcese have ever made. In honour of its 40th anniversary, New York’s Tribeca Film Festival (of which De Niro himself is one of the founders) will host a screening of the classic, followed by a talk with the principal cast and crew. After the screening on 21 April, Scorcese, De Niro, writer Paul Schrader and co-stars Jodie Foster and Cybill Sheppard will all take the stage to discuss the film and its legacy.
The upbeat conclusion of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic is actually Travis Bickle’s delusion as he lies bleeding out on a sofa in Harvey Keitel’s brothel having been shot multiple times in a gun battle with child prostitute Iris’s (Jodie Foster) pimp and his accomplices. How likely is it a film as bleak as ‘Taxi Driver’ would have a happy ending?
Woody Allen has always been slightly frustrated that ‘Annie Hall’ is called the greatest romcom of all-time, mostly because his original concept wasn’t a romcom at all. Editor Ralph Rosenblum has said that the original footage was non-dramatic and too disparate, despite being hilarious and sophisticated. In the end, Allen was convinced that the relationship with Annie (Diane Keaton) was the heart of the movie and while some meta stuff remains (fourth wall-breaking, the subtitles, Marshall McLuhan), the simplified, dare we say more romantic version, has rightly taken its place in comedy history.
If you’re of a sensitive disposition – or still hold Robert De Niro in some esteem – then look away now. Starring opposite Zac Efron, it finds De Niro playing a delinquent, recently-widowed grandfather who tricks his grandson (Efron) into driving him to Florida to party, just days ahead of his wedding. Mike Ryan for Uproxx was unequivocal in his opinion of the movie, saying it is 'the worst movie I’ve ever seen in a movie theater’.