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Martin Scorsese Planning To Make 'Silence' Next (Again), Holds Table Read Of 'The Irishman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 3:20 PM
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The last time Martin Scorsese promised his long developing, dream project "Silence" was "next," was after he had wrapped on "Hugo." But as always, something else came first, and this time it was his upcoming "The Wolf Of Wall Street," which started shooting last summer and only wrapped earlier this week. But as you might recall, over the summer Scorsese was sued by Cecchi Gori Pictures, the production company who have been backing development, as they were more or less finally fed up of seeing Scorsese do everything but make "Silence." And perhaps because of that little legal battle, the director is finally promising to make it next.

Martin Scorsese To Direct HBO Documentary About Bill Clinton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 17, 2012 1:55 PM
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Martin Scorsese might have just turned 70 (here's our tribute piece in case you missed it) but he's showing no signs of letting up. The director recently wrapped on "The Wolf Of Wall Street," his reteam with Leonardo DiCaprio that's due next year, and he's got plenty of other projects lined up too, including producing a documentary on Roger Ebert, directing a Garth Brooks concert movie, reuniting with Robert De Niro on "I Heard You Paint Houses," and possibly, helming Scandinavian thriller "The Snowman," and his long-gestating Sinatra biopic.

Watch: 30-Minute Conversation With Martin Scorsese From Jon Favreau's 'Dinner For Five'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 10:25 AM
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If you were a film fan and had the Independent Film Channel in the early aughts, there was no doubt you were watching "Dinner For Five." Jon Favreau led the unscripted show that found him sitting down each week for a meal with four actors, directors, writers etc. to talk about film. The format was simple, and rarely deviated from its conversational tone, except when it came to the legendary Martin Scorsese.

Robert De Niro Says Al Pacino To Play Hoffa In 'Paint Houses'; Martin Scorsese Eyes Directing Garth Brooks Special

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2012 10:38 AM
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Though they haven't worked together as actor and director since 1995's "Casino," the past couple of years has seen a project brewing that would reunite Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. "I Heard You Paint Houses" -- also known as "The Irishman" -- has been in the works since 2010, with Scorsese and De Niro teaming with Joe Pesci, while Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino were also rumored for roles. De Niro and Scorsese insist the project is still on the table, and now this latest bit of info is undeniably intriguing.

Watch: Martin Scorsese Talks Lovingly About Film Restoration & How 'The Seven Year Itch' Spurred His Preservation Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2012 11:59 AM
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There are few filmmakers -- or people -- as dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate about cinema and its history as Martin Scorsese. A virtual walking encyclopedia about any corner of film lore you can think of, he remains fascinated and excited by movies and filmmakers, but in particular is concerned with making sure the early days of the art form aren't lost to the dusts of time. Through The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Foundation, he has worked tirelessly to preserve and restore films for future generations.

Scorsese At 70: 5 Of His Most Underrated Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 16, 2012 12:33 PM
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Tomorrow, November 17th, one Martin Charles Scorsese turns 70. One of the most celebrated American filmmakers in the history of the medium, Scorsese first broke out in the 1970s, coming out of the mentorship of Roger Corman (for whom he made "Boxcar Bertha") to direct the astonishingly confident "Mean Streets." And over the years, the director has made multiple classics, from "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" to recent awards-laden triumphs like "The Departed" and "Hugo."

Watch: The Clash Cameo In 'The King Of Comedy' Plus Martin Scorsese Talks 'Lawrence Of Arabia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 2:31 PM
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Martin Scorsese turns 70 on Friday, and the man has never been busier. In the midst of a multitude of projects, he's currently shooting his next feature, "The Wolf Of Wall Street," but of course, he took some time out recently to talk about David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence Of Arabia," as it arrives in a brand new 4-disc set today (get that Christmas shopping done early, folks). But before we jump into that, let's rewind the clock slightly.

Watch: Rare Footage Of Martin Scorsese & Michael Powell On The Set Of 'The King Of Comedy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2012 2:43 PM
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The short version of the story goes like this. In 1960, Michael Powell of the famed Powell & Pressburger directorial team, struck out on his own and helmed "Peeping Tom." The result? Critics and British industry savaged the movie at the time, and he found himself essentially excommunicated and exiled. However, he was championed by the new school of American filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, in particular. It was through him that he met his future wife, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and the rest is history.

Watch: Martin Scorsese's Cameo In Bertrand Tavernier's 'Round Midnight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 1:05 PM
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Here's a bit of an '80s rewind for you to start your week. While Martin Scorsese is no stranger to popping up in the front of the camera from time to time, the appearances are usually brief, but here's a look at something a little meatier. The director took a very small part in Bertrand Tavernier's 1986 film "Round Midnight." The 1950s-set film stars jazz legend Dexter Gordon as a fading musician who heads to Paris in a last attempt to revitalize his career in the face of alcoholism and personal woes. Scorsese plays a crooked former New York City club manager whose good intentions aren't what they seem. Jazz heads should take note that Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and more make appearances.

Did Christopher Lloyd Turn Down A Role In Martin Scorsese's 'The Last Temptation Of Christ'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2012 11:42 AM
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Film history is littered with incarnations of movies that could've been made under a different situation with an entirely different cast, but for various reasons just didn't work out. Just look at Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" which at one point was gearing up to go with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeremy Renner in the leads, with Reese Witherspoon apparently offered a role (mostly likely the part eventually played by Amy Adams) with Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Deborah Ann Woll all being considered for the smaller role of Elizabeth in the picture. And while Anderson eventually re-mounted the picture that we know today, it's interesting to imagine what might have been. And now there's another similar little morsel to ponder over.

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