Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

Spike, Demme and Marty S.: A Raymond De Felitta Joint?

Sorry for the serious lag in updates, posts, entries, what have you. I’ve been on a major writing roll with my new screenplay and have, literally, been too wrung out from writing every day to post. I took today off so here I am. Plus which I have a story

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RIO SHMIO

I wish I hadn’t eaten that hat. The Festival du Cinema a la Rio, or whatever the hell they’re called, blew us off. Not the movie–they’re showing that. But it appears that my presence and (Steven Strait’s) wasn’t quite ringing the same bell for them that Andy Garcia’s was. His

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CITY ISLAND WINS THE F&!#&%G AUDIENCE AWARD!!!

We did it! We won the best award any festival has to offer–the Audience Award. At 8:30 PM last night, me and my producer Lauren Versel and my editor David Leonard mounted a small stage at a Union Square boite upon hearing that “City Island”–the movie that many of you

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CITY ISLAND: BIG FAT HIT!

Below: Mickey Rourke and Andy Garcia chumming it up at our premiere night. This photo appeared in AM New York and will no doubt go down in history as one of the great “odd couple” pairings of all time. Andy told me that Mickey loved the film… NOTE TO PEOPLE

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CITY ISLAND PREEMS AT TRIBECA 2009

It’s official: “City Island” will have it’s US Premiere this April at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Click here for the New York Times “Carpetbagger” mention of our film’s inclusion in this increasingly prestigious film festival–a welcome addition to the New York film scene and a relief from the once omnipotent but

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CITY ISLAND: MEET MICHAEL MALAKOV

Here is the great Alan Arkin (represented both in the flesh and in portraiture prominently displayed behind him) in the role of acting teacher Michael Malakov, whose class Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) attends. In talking with Alan before filming his scenes, I suggested that Malakov might not be a complete

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CITY ISLAND: DELETED CLIP OF EZRA AND CARRIE!

Lo. A previously forgotten, unposted but fully edited little scene between Ezra Miller and Carrie Baker Reynolds was just discovered among my copious download files. This scene didn’t make it past the first assembly–not due to quality but simply because we streamlined the timeline of the story and this connecting

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CREDIT SEQUENCES: A NOT VERY THOROUGH MINI-HISTORY

As a convention, the credit sequence is as old as the hills. Movies used to open with a formal presentation of the credits of the major stars and major technical help (cameraman, costumes, sets, editor, music) responsible for the movie you were about to see. Over the years, though, styles

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CITY ISLAND: DELETED SCENE PLUS BATHROOM HUMOR

We’re back, with access once again to dear, darling youtube and another cut scene–which I mean in both ways: the scene is both edited and excised from the finished film. It features Andy Garcia and Emily Mortimer saying goodnight to each other at the Roosevelt Island tram station. This scene

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In 'As Time Goes By' we are told 'woman needs man and man must have his mate THAT NO ONE CAN DENY'. But is it the specific mate that cannot be denied or the general concept about man needing his mate that can't be denied? I've never been clear on this. Anyone? #cinema #TCMParty

I just discovered this hour-long doc on Don Siegel, featuring a long interview with the man himself. "I find directing very boring, dull...I don't like it" are among some of his more joyous pronouncements. Well worth a watch. #FilmTwitter #Filmmaker #TCM http://raymonddefelitta.org/uncategorized/a-documentary-about-legendary-director-don-siegel/

Old Hollywood studios always had a 'ranch'--land somewhere in LA where they shot their westerns, outdoor stuff etc. Hal Roach's was in a neighborhood called Beverlywood which is near West LA. Dig these before/after views. http://raymonddefelitta.org/film-history/beverlywood-a-hal-roach-child-friendly-community/ #Cinema #LosAngeles #TCMParty

Old school NYC brownstone mailbox. I love when stuff like this remains untouched for decades. Perhaps even a century.

Dig this clip of Nicholas Ray talking about the ending of 'In A Lonely Place' and how it came about. He sure does smoke a good cigarette.#FilmNoir #FilmTwitter http://raymonddefelitta.org/film-history/nick-ray-speaks/

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