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Telluride Review: Martin Scorsese's 'The 50 Year Argument'

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 1, 2014 11:33 AM
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The 50 Year Argument
One of the greater pleasures of watching "The 50 Year Argument," a new documentary about the history of the New York Review of Books, is anticipating its HBO premiere on Sept. 29th and imagining just how torturous this saga of a venerable literary journal might be for anyone who chanced upon the channel hoping to come across an episode of "Taxicab Confessions." The closest thing TV viewers will get to a true confession is Joan Didion admitting that she both knew very little and cared very little for national party politics when the magazine implored her to go write about a Democratic convention. Hard to believe they got this chick to sign a release after that, right?

Martin Scorsese Reportedly Directing A Feature Film About Punk Legends The Ramones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2014 5:55 PM
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Martin Scorsese The Ramones
Martin Scorsese's rock 'n roll bonafides have never been in doubt. From his longtime association with The Rolling Stones to helming the legendary "The Last Waltz," as well as the Bob Dylan pic "No Direction Home," the filmmaker is an ardent music lover. Even the energy of his films seems electric; "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is a fast moving opus of excess that's almost like one long, blistering guitar solo. And now, Scorsese may channel the punk spirit of that movie into a music biopic.

Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' Will Become A TV Series On HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 3:30 PM
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Because television shows are being treated with the same artistic reverence as movies now (just look at the Sundance Film Festival screening Jane Campion's "Top Of The Lake," or the upcoming Venice Film Festival unspooling "Olive Kitteridge"), big studio TV shows are desperately trying to keep up. With "Fargo" in particular showing that movie properties can become TV shows and find an audience with critics and the public, the race is on. And Paramount is going hard.

Watch: 30-Minute Documentary 'History Man' About Martin Scorese And Making 'Gangs Of New York'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2014 2:53 PM
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Gangs Of New York Martin Scorsese Leonardo DiCaprio
We're between Martin Scorsese movies at the moment, with "The Wolf Of Wall Street" in the rearview and "Silence" still a ways off, so you might be wondering what you can do in the meantime. Well, you could catch up with the director's list of 39 Foreign Films To See Before You Die, or you could revisit one of his more underrated movies, "Gangs Of New York."

Watch: Trailers For Martin Scorsese’s List Of The 39 Foreign Films You Should See Before You Die

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 20, 2014 4:14 PM
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Martin Scorsese’s Foreign Essentials
You may have heard this one before: several years ago a young filmmaker (Colin Levy) wrote to Martin Scorsese asking which films he should see in order to broaden his cinematic horizons. Much to his surprise the director answered him and provided a list, through his assistant, of 39 essential foreign films to watch – or as many are calling it, the 39 films you should see before you die.

NYFF Doc Line Up Includes Films From Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman, Albert Maysles & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 5:02 PM
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Martin Scorsese
The fall festival lineup keeps growing and growing. This morning TIFF beefed up their slate, and now the New York Film Festival is highlighting the titles in their documentary section. And they've got a lot of familiar faces.

TIFF Trailer: 'Infernal Affairs' Director Andrew Lau's 'Revenge Of The Green Dragons' Produced By Martin Scorsese

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 2:46 PM
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Revenge Of The Green Dragons
Eight years after remaking Andrew Lau's "Infernal Affairs" as the multiple Oscar winning "The Departed" (including Best Picture and Best Director), Martin Scorsese has lent his support to the next effort from the Hong Kong filmmaker by putting his executive producer imprimatur on the project. And with a world premiere slated for the Toronto International Film Festival, the first trailer for "Revenge Of The Green Dragons" has arrived.

Watch: If Cliff Martinez Scored Martin Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' It Might Look Something Like This

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 3:23 PM
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Raging Bull Cliff Martinez
Even if you don't know his name, you know his scores. From his work for Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive," "Only God Forgives"), Harmony Korine ("Spring Breakers"), Robert Redford ("The Company You Keep") and ten collaborations with Steven Soderbergh (including "The Knick," listen to a track here), Cliff Martinez has established a distinct voice with his pulsating, throbbing compositions. But one filmmaker he has yet to work with is Martin Scorsese. And seemingly just because, someone has decided to mashup Martinez's work with "Raging Bull."

Watch: 25-Minute Documentary On The Making Of 'The Age Of Innocence' With Martin Scorsese, Daniel Day-Lewis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 10:48 AM
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The Age Of Innocence
While the phrase "wildly underrated" is probably not quite fitting for Martin Scorsese's 1993 period drama "The Age Of Innocence," the film certainly deserves a reappraisal. Arriving after "Goodfellas" and "Cape Fear," it was a big switch in direction for the filmmaker and given the lukewarm reception the movie received at the time, it wasn't a big surprise that two years later he essentially made a new version of "Goodfellas" with "Casino." But as we noted in our Martin Scorsese Retrospective last year, while the movie "is neither as broad nor as deep as Scorsese at his best, there is still a great deal to enjoy here." And perhaps the brief documentary below will inspire you to give it another chance.

Must Read: Martin Scorsese's Statement Supporting Kodak's Continued Production Of Film Stock

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 10:50 AM
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Joining together as if an Avengers-styled team of super-directors, last week it was reported that Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams had teamed up to lobby the major studios to commit to purchasing a set amount of film stock per year from Kodak. This would ensure that the legendary photo company could continue manufacturing film stock, while also ensuring that the format still had a place in the machinery of big studio moviemaking that's increasingly becoming dominated by digital photography. Now one more voice has entered the fray.

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