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Despite your feelings regarding Martin Scorsese's Hugo, this little nugget of behind-the-scenes footage is a particular gem. For those who’ve seen the film, you’ll remember this as the steadicam one-take at the conclusion of the film. Props to Steadicam operator Larry McConkey for attaching the GoPro camera atop during the sequence.

Watching the actors hit their marks, furniture getting moved, and sets getting pulled out during the sequence is more than interesting, whether you’re a master filmmaker or a passing fan of film.

According to Deadline’s Mike Fleming, MGM and director Kimberly Peirce have formally offered Chloe Moretz the lead in their adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Carrie.  
For those may be unfamiliar with the novel or Brian De Palma 1976’s film adaptation, here’s a description: 

Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act—of ferocious cruelty—turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s intentions are to be more faithful to the original novel and a little ‘grounded’. No word if the film will be set in modern time or in the 70s. 
Since a majority of the public can’t separate a novel from a previously filmed adaptation, the filmmakers of Carrie 2012 (let’s just call it that) have a giant uphill battle ahead of them. The Brian De Palma version has become a giant piece of the American lexicon. It’s one of De Palma’s best films and it’s anchored by two amazing performances by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie as Carrie and her mother. Both were nominated for Oscars, that year [Editor’s Note: It wasn’t even a weak year for nominees either]. 
It’s not to say that it’s not entirely impossible for Chloe Moretz to create her own unique and hopefully brilliant version of Carrie White, but it will be hard. Then again, Moretz was really great in Let Me In. Anything is possible.  With Moretz in place, we may suggest Melissa Leo as the mother. 

According to Deadline’s Mike Fleming, MGM and director Kimberly Peirce have formally offered Chloe Moretz the lead in their adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Carrie.  

For those may be unfamiliar with the novel or Brian De Palma 1976’s film adaptation, here’s a description: 

Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act—of ferocious cruelty—turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.


Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s intentions are to be more faithful to the original novel and a little ‘grounded’. No word if the film will be set in modern time or in the 70s. 

Since a majority of the public can’t separate a novel from a previously filmed adaptation, the filmmakers of Carrie 2012 (let’s just call it that) have a giant uphill battle ahead of them. The Brian De Palma version has become a giant piece of the American lexicon. It’s one of De Palma’s best films and it’s anchored by two amazing performances by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie as Carrie and her mother. Both were nominated for Oscars, that year [Editor’s Note: It wasn’t even a weak year for nominees either]. 

It’s not to say that it’s not entirely impossible for Chloe Moretz to create her own unique and hopefully brilliant version of Carrie White, but it will be hard. Then again, Moretz was really great in Let Me In. Anything is possible.  With Moretz in place, we may suggest Melissa Leo as the mother. 

Chloe Moretz and Keanu Reeves recreate a scene from Taxi Driver for Harper’s Bazaar’s tribute to the films of Martin Scorsese

Chloe Moretz and Keanu Reeves recreate a scene from Taxi Driver for Harper’s Bazaar’s tribute to the films of Martin Scorsese

Aside from the unnecessary use of 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Kings and Queens,” Martin Scorsese’s Hugo looks pretty awesome. 

Hugo (Dir. Martin Scorsese)

Ask yourself:

Would you honestly care about this film, if Scorsese hadn’t directed it?