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“Raging Bull II” headed into production

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Yes, we’re scratching our heads over this one too.

Variety is reporting that production has started on “Raging Bull II,” an upcoming sequel/prequel hybrid that has nothing to do with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro or the original film.

Instead, relative unknown Martin Guigui is directing the movie off a script he cowrote with Rustam Branaman. William Forsythe will star as an older Jake LaMotta, while newcomer Mojean Aria will play him as a younger man. De Niro famously portrayed LaMotta in the first “Raging Bull.” The project also stars Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Ray Wise, Harry Hamlin, Bill Bellamy and James Russo as Rocky Graziano.

Somehow this film — which we’d mark as about as unnecessary a sequel/prequel as there ever was — has stayed off our radar since its inception. Martin Scorsese doesn’t even know what “Raging Bull 2″ could be about either, so we don’t feel so bad being a bit confused. Here’s the publisher’s description of the story (via /Film):

“‘Raging Bull II’ is a continuation of the Jake La Motta story. When Robert De Niro won an Academy Award playing Jake in a film made from the book, La Motta’s life brightened as he shared the limelight with De Niro. Since then he has gone through fortunes, been wealthy and flat broke, and married again in addition to his first five marriages, which ended in divorces before, the film was produced. La Motta now lives with Theresa Miller, his sixth wife. In her he believes he has finally found a marital state that will endure for the balance of his life. All of the conflicts, the fights and the terrors, which have been part and parcel of La Motta’s life, are in these pages. The book takes a sharp look at the real Raging Bull, both as the controversial ring gladiator and as the older, wiser philosophically entertaining performer he has become. In the ex-fighter’s own words, ‘this time [he] has fought not to be a champion gladiator but to become a champion human being.'”

Are you dreading this sequel, or do you think it could be decent? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

Catch That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-10P on IFC.

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Spirit Award Nominee Brie Larson Nabs Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Actress

Will Brie Larson win big at the 2016 Spirit Awards? Find out Feb. 27th starting at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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Not to be confused with Tommy Wiseau’s laughably bad The Room, Lenny Abrahamson’s similarly named film, Room, has fast become the talk of this awards season. And at last night’s Golden Globes ceremony, Room star and Comedy Bang! Bang! guest Brie Larson brought home her first Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for her breathtaking role in the acclaimed film.

Room tells the story of a woman and her son experiencing the outside world after being held captive for years. Of course, a role of that magnitude requires the acting chops to pull off something so unbelievably heart-wrenching. And given the universal praise and accolades the film has already received, there are sure to be more in Larson’s near future.

In fact, Larson is also nominated for Best Female Lead in the 2016 Spirit Awards. The actress is now the talk of social media, with even Scott Aukerman chiming in with kudos.

Tune in to IFC on Saturday, Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT to see if Brie lands another acting award. In the meantime, here’s the full list of the 2016 nominees to see who the frontrunners are in other categories.

Best Feature
Anomalisa
Beasts of No Nation
Carol
Spotlight
Tangerine

Best Director
Sean Baker, Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes, Carol
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight
S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk

Best First Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
James White
Manos Sucias
Mediterranea
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best First Screenplay
Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea
Emma Donoghue, Room
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, The Mend

Best Male Lead
Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Best Supporting Male
Kevin Corrigan, Results
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Best Supporting Female
Robin Bartlett, H.
Marin Ireland, Glass Chin
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa
Cynthia Nixon, James White
Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Best Documentary
(T)error
Best of Enemies
Heart of a Dog
The Look of Silence
Meru
The Russian Woodpecker

Best International Film
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Embrace of the Serpent
Girlhood
Mustang
Son of Saul

Best Cinematography
Beasts of No Nation
Carol
It Follows
Meadlowland
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best Editing
Heaven Knows What
It Follows
Manos Sucias
Room
Spotlight

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)
Advantageous
Christmas, Again
Heaven Knows What
Krisha
Out of My Hand

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)
Spotlight
Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award
Chloe Zhao
Felix Thompson
Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

Piaget Producers Award
Darren Dean
Mel Eslyn
Rebecca Green and Laura D. Smith

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Watch David Cross Engage Seth Meyers In an Epic Stand-Off

Catch the final three episodes of Todd Margaret season three this Thursday, January 14th at 10P ET/PT.

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Here’s a tip for any budding late night hosts who are trying to break into the business: Never let a guest learn the program’s stringent rules on etiquette, lest they use it to their advantage. Case in point: Last night, Todd Margaret star David Cross stopped by the Late Night set to chat with Seth Meyers about the third season of the IFC series in what was to be, for all intents and purposes, a normal interview setting. But prior to his appearance, Cross learned one crucial rule: The host cannot sit down before the guest. And if the host must be as uncomfortable in their respective stations as the guest, well, then there’s fun to be had.

Watch David Cross guilt Seth Meyers into standing, squatting, and discussing David’s unique body hair grooming regimen in the video below. And be sure to catch the final three episodes of Todd Margaret this Thursday, January 14th starting at 10P ET/PT.

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