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Reply #15 on: October 07, 2009, 07:05:57 PM
Snipes, Ferrara reunite on 'Game'
'New York' duo reteam for action thriller
Source: Variety

Wesley Snipes and helmer Abel Ferrara are reuniting on action-thriller "Game of Death."

It's their first project together since Ferrara's 1990 cult pic "King of New York."

Snipes stars as politician's bodyguard who must fend off five of the world's top assassins. Zoe Bell and Robert Davi co-star.

"Death" was penned by James Agnew. Producers are Billy Dietrich and Rafael Primorac. Exec producers are Voltage Pictures' Nicolas Chartier and Nadine de Barros, and Roger Grad. Bridge financiers Alastair Burlingham and Steve Robbins of Perpetual Media Capital also exec produce.

Pic started shooting this week in Detroit.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has U.S. rights, brokered by American Entertainment's Joe Cohen.

Voltage is handling foreign sales and has sold most of the overseas rights, including Germany, France, U.K., Latin America and East Europe.
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Reply #16 on: October 07, 2009, 08:00:06 PM
when did he get out of jail?

it's too bad that Snipes hasn't been in anything that I've liked-- this sounds kind of cool.

edit: Well, i did like the first blade when I was a kid.
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Reply #17 on: December 13, 2013, 12:32:29 PM
imo this year's most glorious trash culture news is the dcp restoration of ms. 45 (from drafthouse, such a fabulous company!)

i've seen this in film, which seems perfect because it's a grainy dirty early80s nyc movie. i couldn't imagine it being any better in dcp. then i watched the new trailer, and now i'm mountains-high excited



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Reply #18 on: December 13, 2013, 12:39:34 PM
looks great, but having never seen it I really shouldn't have watched that trailer! FUUUCCCKKK!!  :doh:

wish I had one of these for times like this:


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Reply #19 on: December 13, 2013, 12:47:26 PM

i recommend the trailer for people who don't already think they want to see it, and i know what reelist means, the trailer will tell you surprises the movie will show you. even knowing what happens, the cool and maybe unexpected quality is how it happens. it's got impressive cinema


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Reply #20 on: December 14, 2013, 04:26:27 AM
I saw this ages ago, knowing nothing about it, when I was about 14 or 15, by chance when I was flipping through channels and realized it just about to start. What a sick, demented, twisted, entertaining flick. And Zoë Lund was such a stunning woman. When I later found out she died really young I felt kinda sad about it.


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Reply #21 on: March 29, 2014, 04:12:04 PM
Director Abel Ferrara on Mysterious 1975 Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini: 'I Know Who Killed Him'
via The Hollywood Reporter

Ferrara just finished shooting a biographical film titled "Pasolini" about the acclaimed Italian director, poet, journalist and intellectual.

ROME -- The death of acclaimed Italian film director, poet, journalist and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini has been shrouded in mystery for nearly 40 years, but director Abel Ferrara, who just finished shooting a bio-film about the end of the Italian director's life, says he knows who did it.

Pasolini died in 1975 after being run over several times by his own car at the seaside near Rome.

Police at first arrested a young male prostitute, but he was released for lack of evidence. Soon after, a search was launched for three men who reportedly opposed Pasolini's leftist and libertine views, but they were never found. And in 2005, police reopened the case after some evidence emerged that Pasolini may have been involved in an extortion scheme. But the case remains a mystery.

Bad Lieutenant director Ferrara just finished filming on Pasolini, and he told Italian media: "I know who killed him," without revealing a name. Local media were split on whether the remark was true insight Ferrara picked up in his research or was aimed at increasing interest in the film, which stars Wiliem Dafoe in the title role.

At least one person close to Pasolini hopes it's the former: His cousin Guido Mazzon has lobbied hard to open the case again so that new evidence can be evaluated.

"I hope that what is claimed with such certainty by the American filmmaker is true, because we cannot bear another round of unfounded speculation," he said.

Pasolini, who was 53 when he died, was a protagonist in the neorealism movement in Italian cinema as well as in poetry, theater and art.

He won top awards in Berlin in back-to-back years with jury prize winner The Decameron in 1971 and Golden Bear winner The Canterbury Tales the following year. He also had films screen in competition in Cannes and Venice.


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Reply #22 on: May 14, 2015, 12:26:44 PM
The male prostitute that was arrested was a patsy for sure. This extortion scheme which has come to light seems to be rather interesting, does anyone have any more information on this? I am sure its in Italian so we would have to refer to google translate.

I hope Abel does a few things: (A) re-link with Nic St. John (B) If he does any sequel to a movie, it should be The Addiction, and make it black and white on film........ (C) If he does do The Last Crew, it needs to star Michael Pitt, he has to play a young Frank White! It should be 2hrs + and unrated or a very hard R. (D) Continue to make documentaries cause his brand of docs are fascinating.

I always happy to to see Abel release a new movie.


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Reply #23 on: December 11, 2020, 04:58:55 AM
Ethan Hawke Teaming With Abel Ferrara On The New War Film, ‘Zeros And Ones’
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According to Capstone Group, who will be shopping the project around to potential distributors and studios, Ethan Hawke has teamed up with legendary filmmaker, Abel Ferrara, for a new feature, “Zeros and Ones.” The film is said to be a war thriller about an American soldier under siege in Rome. Joining Hawke in the film are actors Cristina Chiriac and Phil Neilson. Both of them previously worked with Ferrara on his most recent feature, “Siberia.”

Here’s the synopsis for the new feature:

JJ (Ethan Hawke) is an American soldier stationed in a Rome under siege, locked down, and at war. The Vatican being blown into the night sky is only the beginning of our hero’s journey to uncover and defend against an unknown enemy but threatening the lives of the entire world.

“‘Zeros and Ones’ is a film of lockdown and war, danger and espionage, American soldiers, Chinese middlemen, Mid Eastern holy men, provocateurs, diplomats, rogue elements of the CIA and KGB,” said Ferrara. “I cannot wait to roll the cameras next week in a way that is safe because this film was written during and with an understanding of the pandemic.”


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Reply #24 on: December 28, 2020, 07:51:15 PM
just finished Napoli, Napoli, Napoli, which hosts a rather expansive perspective of Naples, Italy. a wise perspective. it is a neighborhood “built for people to live, but not to have a life.” there are no job possibilities and so people orient themselves toward drugs and drug money (the mafia). no movie theater: seems crazy. just atrocious urban planning and no one at the time of this documentary had helped breathe life into it. more than a couple female prisoners are interviewed, lots of hardship and personal strength

here is Ferrara singing during the end credits and he’s so legit and everything but there he is singing the n word


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Reply #25 on: January 07, 2021, 12:51:24 PM
King of New York approaches big topics and that’s when you start to see a new type of Ferrara I think, and what I mean is the Ferrara of today begins back then, but for me the truly transitional movie was Mary, that’s when I had to think twice about this guy and what he does. i watched Pasolini and that’s a movie that treats emotions seriously. it confronts expansive human topics and when Pasolini dies it shows his mother’s reaction, which is significant. it’s not a plot point when Pasolini dies it’s a real thing. i want to see it in a theater because the killing and other parts of the movie take place at night and i find darkness always works best on a big screen. but i’ll probably watch it at home again and i will watch it again because it is a truly human movie and i appreciate that. it’s not about shock and awe it’s meaningful and that’s cool. part of me wants to find it funny that Dafoe is playing Pasolini but the joke is on me. he treats his role seriously and Ferrara made a serious movie


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Reply #26 on: January 18, 2021, 10:02:10 PM
Mulberry St. is a very fun hangout with Abel’s goonish pals, him also being a goon, just a great film about an insular community facing change and way better than it has any right to be.