Cannes: Di Caprio in 'Gangs' Preview
Monday brings the long-awaited preview of director Martin Scorsese's long gestating "Gangs of New York" to the Cannes Film Festival, reports Reuters. "I am always nervous about any film. I always make a joke saying, 'Do we really have to release this?'" the acclaimed maker of such classics as "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas," 59, told the British trade paper Screen International. "But that is the nature of things, I suppose, and Cannes is the perfect place to take advantage of the international exposure to build up the buzz for the release at Christmas." (The movie was originally announced to open last Christmas.) Last year, director Peter Jackson showed a 20-minute preview of his "Lord of the Rings" at Cannes, where word on the film was good and helped begin the buzz. Scorsese's epic, set among immigrant clans in New York during the 1860s, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz. He plays a young man intent on avenging his father's death. New York newspapers over the past few months have reported that Scorsese and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Miramax, which is backing the film, have been feuding over the content and violence level of the production, stories that both men have denied. Scorsese's friend and frequent collaborator, actor Robert De Niro, had reportedly wanted the "Gangs" preview at his Tribeca Film Festival last week, but the commitment to Cannes was already in place. That left but one main concern for Scorsese: "I'm making a movie, but I don't necessarily know how to make a 20-minute version of that movie," he said, according to Reuters.
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