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De Niro says he hopes to work with Martin Scorsese on "The Irishman"

New York, Feb 19 (EFE).- Robert De Niro said he hoped to work with director Martin Scorsese on "The Irishman," a project that would also reunite him with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. De Niro and Scorsese have not worked together since "Casino" (1995), with the director teaming up in recent years with Leonardo DiCaprio. "We have been trying to do (this film) for the last few years, and I think we will do it," De Niro told the art magazine Flatt.

David O. Russell weaves Oscar pattern from his own reinvention

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For the aspiring actor and actress who sits at home during awards season fantasizing that they too could be feted as an Oscar nominee or Golden Globe winner there is a simple recipe: get cast in a film by David O. Russell.

Chinese gold, Asian glory as Berlin film fest wraps up

The 64th Berlin film festival wraps up Sunday after a resounding triumph for Asian cinema at its gala awards ceremony, including the Golden Bear top prize for a Chinese noir mystery. "Bai Ri Yan Huo" (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan about a washed-up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders took the highest honour late Saturday, as well as the Silver Bear best actor award for its star Liao Fan. "It's really hard to believe that this dream has come true," Diao said as he accepted the trophy, fighting back tears.

Muppets creator's son John Henson dies at age 48

(Reuters) - John Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, died on Valentine's Day of a heart attack at age 48, the Jim Henson Company said on Saturday. He died at home with his daughter, the company said in a statement. A shareholder and board member of the Jim Henson Company, he lived in Saugerties, New York, according to a local newspaper, the Times Herald-Record. The Jim Henson Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Stars hail Scorsese at pre-Oscar nominees' lunch

US actor Jonah Hill joked that he would paint Martin Scorsese's house if the film legend asked him to, as he and "The Wolf of Wall Street" star Leonardo DiCaprio praised the veteran director. Hill, who was paid only $60,000 for his role Scorsese's latest film, said he couldn't believe he had been nominated for an Oscar -- but said he will have a speech ready just in case for the Academy Awards show on March 2. Asked if he would negotiate a better deal with Scorsese next time, he said at a lunch for this year's Oscar nominees: "I wouldn't care, honestly.

George Clooney says latest film became "personal"

Los Angeles, Feb 10 (EFE).- George Clooney likes the old war movies, from "The Great Escape" to "Kelly's Heroes," plots about suicide missions with great casts that view the conflict with a certain heroic romanticism, like the kind he tried to infuse in his latest project, "The Monuments Men." Clooney said in an interview that he was so fascinated by incidents in the story that it became "something personal," and he turned the story into a feature film.

Family, actors mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman at private funeral

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Family and close friends bid their final farewells on Friday at a private funeral for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose tragic death of an apparent overdose at the age of 46 robbed the entertainment world of one of its finest talents.

Friends, family hold wake for Hoffman

Friends and family of celebrated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent heroin overdose over the weekend, gathered late Thursday to attend a New York wake in his honor. Film and theater stars were among those who paid their respects to the Oscar-winning actor. Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix and Justin Theroux joined the mourning family. Hoffman's mother Marilyn O'Connor arrived at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home with her face buried in her hands.

Berlin Film Festival opens with late actor Hoffman a noted absence

By Michael Roddy BERLIN (Reuters) - The death of celebrated American character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman of an apparent drug overdose dampened the opening on Thursday of the 64th Berlin film festival where director Wes Anderson's comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel" had its premiere. Anderson's historical fiction stars Ralph Fiennes as a famous concierge who woos octogenarian blonde widows at an alpine hotel in a made-up Central European country in the 1930s.

Clooney directs A-listers to work for cheap in 'Monuments Men'

George Clooney stars both in front of and behind the camera in his latest film, about a little-known group of heroes who risked all to rescue stolen art from the Nazis in World War II. And he managed to persuade some of his fellow A-listers to take big pay cuts to appear in the "The Monuments Men," which is being released Friday in the United States. The movie is Clooney's fifth as a director, after 2002's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), "Leatherheads" (2008) and 2011's "The Ides of March."
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