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Taxi Driver, New York

Starting this Friday, New York City’s Film Forum will screen a newly restored 35mm print of Taxi Driver. Simon Abrams reports on the restoration and takes a look at Martin Scorsese's New York, then and now. Martin Scorsese’s seminal film was restored by Sony Pictures and The Film Foundation, an organization dedicated to film preservation that Scorsese is actively involved in. Now 35 years old, Taxi Driver looks more and more like an expressive time capsule of pre-Giuiliani Manhattan. The most salient sign of the changing times is the fact that the Lyric Theater, the porn house where Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) takes his date to see Swedish skin flick The Swedish Marriage Manual, is now the Foxwoods Theater, the Broadway auditorium where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is playing. Like the Lyric Theater, many of the film's more unsavory locations are gone, replaced by more upscale, tourist-friendly attractions.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • March 18, 2011 12:53 PM
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PR Changes: Julie Fontaine Goes to Lionsgate to Replace Sarah Greenberg, Now at Weinstein Co.

As the indie world keeps turning, more execs keep moving. Following the exit of long-time Lionsgate publicity chief Sarah Greenberg Roberts, who went to work for Harvey Weinstein in New York where her husband is based, Julie Fontaine is taking her place, reporting to Lionsgate marketing president Tim Palen. The PR veteran Fontaine had handled publicity for Miramax's Daniel Battsek, then moved over to big Disney, where she worked on Miramax leftover The Tempest as well as Oscar campaigns for Tron: Legacy, Secretariat and Toy Story 3. She also took on campaigns for upcoming DreamWorks pictures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2011 11:29 AM
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SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson

SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson
A new print of Italian classic, La Dolce Vita, will screen at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival through the support of Gucci and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. The film, from director Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée, will screen at the Castro Theatre, May 1. More information is here and below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 9:30 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Hunger Games, SXSW Interviews, Actresses Directing & Producing, Japan, Taxi Driver

Weekly Wrap: Hunger Games, SXSW Interviews, Actresses Directing & Producing, Japan, Taxi Driver
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 9:26 AM
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SXSW Video: Jodie Foster Talks Beaver Stars Gibson and Lawrence's Pain, Her Own Split Personality

SXSW Video: Jodie Foster Talks Beaver Stars Gibson and Lawrence's Pain, Her Own Split Personality
Jodie Foster had a problem. After completing production on her third feature film, The Beaver, her old pal Mel Gibson, who she had adored since they first worked together in 1994's Maverick, was in terrible trouble. At the end of reshoots on the film, she watched helplessly as he suffered through a career-destroying tabloid crisis of leaked phone tapes during his break-up battle with model Oksana Grigorieva.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2011 9:15 AM
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Entertainment Industry and Celebs Pledge Aid for Japan Relief

As the full horror of the scale of earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan, and its ongoing nuclear radiation crisis, hits Americans, folks in show business are stepping up. (Our initial report on Japan's earthquake aftermath and Hollywood is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 6:25 AM
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Weekend Preview: Limitless, Paul, Lincoln Lawyer For Men, Indies Win Win, Cracks, Winter in Wartime

This weekend, it's Matthew McConaughey and a car vs. Working Title's alien vs. Bradley Cooper on super-human drugs. According to Flixster Forecast: "The Lincoln Lawyer, the first adaptation of a Michael Connelly novel since Clint Eastwood’s Blood Work in 2002, surged in search activity leading into this weekend. Given that its Want-to-See interest is almost entirely centered with women-over-25, the film will probably have to build a strong case to beat out Britcom Paul, opening on more screens; or Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Limitless, which is seeing intense Want-to-See interest that is closer to the middle."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 5:35 AM
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Vanity Fair: Robert Pattinson Talks Twilight, Elephants, Being RPattz, Charlie Sheen

Vanity Fair's Nancy Jo Sales talks with Robert Pattinson about Twilight, Water for Elephants and -- of course -- Robert Pattinson. Here's a taste:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2011 5:00 AM
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SXSW: Greg Mottola Talks Paul's Pegg, Frost and Spielberg; Early Reviews

SXSW: Greg Mottola Talks Paul's Pegg, Frost and Spielberg; Early Reviews
Here's what you need to know about Paul (March 18): It's a Working Title movie, which means that it's smart, tailored to intelligent audiences, and has a British sensibility. Co-writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) dreamed up this light fan boy comedy, went on an American research road trip, and lacking their director of choice, Edgar Wright, they turned to Greg Mottola (Superbad and Adventureland), who has been earning mainstream cred as a director of sharp and funny comedies that do not suck.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2011 8:18 AM
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The Hunger Games Chases Franchise Gold with Indie Darling Jennifer Lawrence: Details

Moving swiftly from indie breakout to star of a major Hollywood franchise, Jennifer Lawrence has landed The Hunger Games.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 17, 2011 7:51 AM
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