Monday, July 22, 2024

Surprise! (Not Really) Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” with DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci Will Open the New York Film Festival as Predicted


Well, it’s not much of a surprise but it is good news.

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” will open the New York Film Festival on September 27th. The long awaited movie, starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, is based on the book “I Hear You Paint Houses.” It’s all about what may have happened to Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared in July 1975 and is rumored to be part of the concrete foundation of Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands.

Jack Nicholson played Hoffa in the movie of the same name, directed by Danny DeVito, in 1992.

I already see online stories about this movie and the book aren’t accurate, blah blah blah. OK, get out of your systems now. This is a MOVIE. Not a documentary. No one knows what happened to Hoffa. But Scorsese et al are going to make the story mighty entertaining.

Good work, Kent Jones, head of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

PS “The Irishman” comes from Netflix, which as Scorsese said last year, was the only studio who wanted to pay for it. Thank you, Netflix.

And: the title song for the movie has just been released, by SUPERSTARS Robbie Robertson and Van Morrison. Will compete with Elton John (twice), Beyonce, Chrissy Metz and Diane Warren (from “Breakthrough”) for Best Song.

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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