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Robert DeNiro is so happy about reuniting with Harvey Keitel in “Little Fockers” but their meeting is brief, and funny. The pair are associated in people’s minds from early Martin Scorsese movies.

So now DeNiro is really happy because he says Scorsese is putting together “The Irishman,” with him. Keitel, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. Steve Zaillian has written the script, based on the novel., “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

DeNiro lit up when he was telling me about it last night at the Roseland Ballroom at the “Little Fockers” party. “We’re going to do it,” he insisted. Indeed, Scorsese is finishing up “Hugo Cabret.” This may be his next outing. As for his last one, “Shutter Island,” DeNiro is an unabashed fan. “It’s a very good film,” he said. And underrated.

Meanwhile, everyone from Universal and Paramount was fairly pleased with the out come of “Little Fockers.” Directed by Paul Weitz, with a script by John Hamburg, “Little Fockers” is very funny, and the perfect ending to the lucrative Fockers trilogy.It also lets DeNiro really send himself up with a running gag about “The GodFocker.” DeNiro, of course, played the real Godfather, young Don Corleone, and won an Oscar for his work in “The Godfather Pt. 2.”

Something really interesting about “Fockers,” Star Ben Stiller shot it right after finishing Noah Baumbach‘s “Greenberg.” Somewhere in there his acting style didn’t so much change put it picked up a new texture. He’s different. In “Fockers,” he seems more mature and grounded, less jokey and more centered. Rent “Greenberg” and see what I mean.

Also featured in “Fockers:” Ben’s talented actress sister, Amy Stiller, who has a nice little part. Like Ben, she’s a chip off the Stiller and Meara block.

Last night’s party for “Fockers” raised $750,000 for the Tribeca Film Institute. As Jane Rosenthal said, “Now we can pay our overheard for the next year.” Bravo!

At the party: the whole cast–Stiller, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Dustin Hoffman, etc– except for Streisand, who was accepting an award in California.Plus Susannah Hoffs, of the Bangles, married for a long time to one of the film’s producers Jay Roach (director of “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers”). She’s a doll.

The night’s revelation: Jessica Alba, who does a superb comic turn as Stiller’s business associate. It’s a new Jessica Alba, who told me she’s been busy at home with her two and a half year old daughter. “Fockers” was the right move.

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  1. [...] You know what the worst part of this is?  As I was researching a few details for this piece, I came upon the following: ‘The Irishman’ Confirmed: Scorsese Directing De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Keitel in 2011 By Peter Martin It could be a dream come true. Robert De Niro confirmed to MTV that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will indeed be joining the cast of ‘The Irishman,’ a drama based on the real-life story of a Mafia hit man, to be directed by Martin Scorsese. And Harvey Keitel may be along for the ride as well, according to Showbiz 411. [...]

  2. [...] Back on September 17, we mentioned that Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro might be getting together with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci to make The Irishman, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt about mob hitman Frank Sheeran. This week the story picked up again with both De Niro and Scorsese openly talking about it. De Niro confirmed that Scorsese would direct himself, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in at least one film written by Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List), and he also revealed to MTV that there could be a second film written by Eric Roth (The Good Shepherd). Harvey Keitel, De Niro’s co-star in Mean Streets, could also join the cast, according to Showbiz 411. [...]

  3. [...] ‘The Irishman’ Confirmed: Scorsese Directing De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Keitel in 2011 December 16th, 2010 by broadsword Categories: Oomph Test No Responses It could be a dream come true. Robert De Niro confirmed to MTV that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will indeed be joining the cast of ‘The Irishman,’ a drama based on the real-life story of a Mafia hit man, to be directed by Martin Scorsese. And Harvey Keitel may be along for the ride as well, according to Showbiz 411. [...]

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