New York Opening: Angelo Galasso

Not many designers (er, actually probably no others) can say they’ve dressed Pacino, Jay-Z and Morrissey. But Italian fashion legend Angelo Galasso’s “Tradition in Evolution” philosophy has an appeal that apparently crosses not just a few cultural divides.

His tres elegan-tay new boutique, installed in the Plaza Hotel’s storied Edwardian Room, is his Stateside debut, and oh what an entrance he makes. Galasso’s modern-classical, masculine luxe looks are right at home amongst the space’s magnificent architectural details, including oak wainscoting, opulent chandeliers and a dramatically beamed ceiling. A seriously classy affair.

Scorsese Developing Mob Pic with De Niro (Again)

Martin Scorsese is never without a few irons in the fire, so it’s no wonder that even as he’s been shooting his latest picture, a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, there’s been plenty of speculation about what his next project might be. Thus far, the director’s long-gestating Sinatra biopic—rumored to star Leonardo DiCaprio—has garnered the most media attention, but now THR is reporting that several big name actors are circling still another in-the-works Scorsese film. Anyone surprised it’s a mob picture?

The Irishman is an adaptation of Charles Brandt’s true-crime bestseller, I Heard You Paint Houses, detailing the career of infamous hit-man Frank Sheeran. Scorsese and Robert De Niro have been developing the project through De Niro’s Tribeca productions, and now it looks like both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are considering roles. This is sure to delight and disgust film fans in equal measure. On the one hand, the prospect of De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino starring in a Scorsese-helmed mob film seems like a dream gathering. On the other, it’s a bit on-the-nose, if not outright redundant. Do we really need to see these same individuals get their gangster on again?

Scorsese Likes Pacino as One of Many Sinatras

Martin Scorsese’s intended Frank Sinatra biopic has been on the burner for some time now, but it’s still uncertain who will inhabit the role of Old Blue Eyes. Earlier this year, the director told shortlist.com that the part might even go to more than one actor. “We can’t go through the greatest hits of Sinatra’s life. We tried this already. Just can’t do it. So the other way to go is to have three or four different Sinatras. Younger. Older. Middle-aged. Very old. You cut back and forth in time – and you do it through the music. See what I’m saying? So that’s what we’re trying for. It’s very tricky.” Tricky indeed, to say nothing of that fact that audiences are much more used to watching, say, Marion Cotillard show off her acting chops playing Edith Piaf over a decades-long stretch than they are watching a bevy of actors play musical chairs with a role. I’m not sure if this is daring, foolish, or both, but I like that Scorsese’s game for it, and he recently admitted that he has at least one actor already in mind.

Although it was reported a while back that he wanted regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio for the part, Scorsese has now told Indian daily The Hindu, “My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin.” Whether you can picture these gents in the roles (neither looks the part to me), it’s presumable they’d be playing older versions of Sinatra, so perhaps DiCaprio’s still in the running for Frank’s younger self . But what about Johnny Depp, who Deadline Hollywood reported a year ago was Universal’s first choice? I say throw him in there too. If Bob Dylan needed five actors to compass his multi-faceted persona in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, I’m thinking Sinatra could go for six easy.