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This latest piece of awesome brings a bit of the past back to us in the form of some interviews with a few of the movie industry’s greatest.  Some people over at Cinephilia and Beyond managed to track down an old TV special, hosted by the still-living Siskel and Ebert and featuring the likes of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.  It’s about 48 minutes long, but totally worth the watch for any serious film fan.  After nearly 25 years, these guys are still spot-on with many of things they have to say.  Check it out below:

 

Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

One of the many side-effects of pop-culture is that everyone feels the need to pester the biggest and the best on their opinions about every little subject, no matter how unrelated to them it may be.  Recently, this compulsion pinned down Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese to get his views on which are better: Zombies or Vampires?

Scorsese, being the amiable guy that he is, answered the question without scorn or contempt.  He unequivocally cast his vote into the vampire box.

When asked by GQ to elaborate, Scorsese had this to say:

“Well, a vampire, quite honestly, you could have a conversation with.  He has a sexuality.  Zombies, what are you going to do with them?  Just keep chopping them up, shooting at them, shooting at them.”

So there you have it.  For those that really needed to know whether this icon of filmmaking was a vampire guy or a zombie guy, you have your answer.  Sorry, zombie guys, Scorsese isn’t on your side.

From a directorial point of view, this makes perfect sense when you think about it.  Vampires are characters and to a filmmaker like Scorsese, where storytelling is paramount, trying to get a zombie to become interesting would be a chore and nigh-impossible.

Of course, with the quality of vampire films lately, you have to wonder: If Scorsese was forced to sit down and marathon the cinematic vomit that is the Twilight franchise, would he change his tune?

 

Thanks to /Film for the heads up on this one.

Mob films are generally out of the Nerd Bastard wheelhouse, but we can make an exception in the case of  Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas. The 1990 Best Picture nominee directed told the story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), and his rise through the ranks of the Luchesse crime family. It’s a classic mob film and one of the most quoted in its genre. As fan, I’m slightly intrigued and a little PO’d by the prospect of a Goodfellas television series.

According Deadline, Nicholas Pileggi, who adapted his own book entitled Wiseguy into the Goodfellas screenplay, is co-writing the pilot script with Jorge Zamacona and Irwin Winkler for AMC.

Deadline doesn’t have any plot details, saying only that this is “a series version of one of the most praised movies of all time”.

If great minds think a like, then you’d be thinking the same thing I am… didn’t everyone die in the film? This would have to be a prequel then, right? Well, according to what Pileggi mentioned over a year ago, it kinda is a prequel:

Of course, you can’t pick up from Goodfellas, since we murdered everybody, or rather, everybody was murdered! There’s nobody left. But I think we’re going to figure out a way to do the early years – sort of a prequel. The part of the movie people often like best is the opening third, where all the funny stuff is happening, and there’s so much we could fit in.

Funny how? (Yes, that was intentional.) Look, the film was a great classic, but is there really any need to revisit this material again? I really don’t see where they can go with it. Plus, it’ll be no where as graphic and profane as the movie. With that said, I guess it might be worth giving a shot. (Or not.)