Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas, Eastwood: Whose Secret Film Will Be Shown Monday?


The film word is buzzing. It’s a great publicity stunt. On Monday night at 7pm, a film billed as a work in progress will be shown at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. The film, a surprise for theĀ  New York Film Festival, is billed as one by a master filmmaker. It hasn’t been shown to anyone yet. No screenings. So: what could it be?

The field narrows to four. Here are the choices: “Hugo,” from Martin Scorsese. The only problem there is that “Hugo” has been screened by Scorsese privately. I heard a whole account of that showing at least two weeks ago. “J. Edgar” by Clint Eastwood might be the one. But a “work in progress”? Not likely. “J Edgar” has to be finished. Its release is imminent. How about “War Horse” by Steven Spielberg? Not due until December. And the “War Horse” play is showing at Lincoln Center. So there’s that connection. But “War Horse” also seems like an unlikely work in progress.

This afternoon I’m leaning toward George Lucas’s “Red Tails.” Filming started years ago, and the movie has been something of a mystery. Knowing Lucas, it’s still not ready. There’s a release date of January 6, 2012 which misses the Oscar deadline. Maybe Lucas wants to test the waters for an Oscar run. “Red Tails,” if it’s good, could be the blockbuster Oscar picture Hollywood needs this season. The plot thickens. But what fun!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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