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Robert De Niro Still Interested In 'Taxi Driver' Sequel Despite The Fact Scorsese & Schrader Have Moved On

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 15, 2013 4:00 PM
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Have you ever been in a meeting with someone and you vehemently affirm why something is a terrible idea, state your case with myriad examples and while you’re talking, glowering across the table, you notice the subject in question nodding their head in agreement, but you have that horrible nagging sensation that they’re not really listening to you at all? This is how we picture conversations between Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader about a proposed “Taxi Driver” sequel.

Watch: Martin Scorsese’s Dolce & Gabbana Ad With Scarlett Johansson & Matthew McConaughey; 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Wins First Award

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 12:48 PM
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If we had half the organizational skills of Martin Scorsese, we'd probably get a lot more done. Even with a deadline looming to deliver his nearly 3-hour ode to Wall Street debauchery "Wolf Of Wall Street," a looming gig as the president of next month's Marrakech Film Festival, not to mention countless producing gigs, running his World Cinema Foundation and finding the time to eat and sleep, Scorsese has just dropped a two-and-a-half-minute director's cut of his Dolce & Gabbana ad. And it's actually pretty lovely.

Oscars: Is The Best Director Competition More Than A Two-Horse Race?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 30, 2013 2:53 PM
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If this year's Best Picture race is tough (and it is, even with films like "Foxcatcher" and "Monuments Men" pushed into 2014), it's nothing compared to the fight that's brewing in Best Director. The category has evolved somewhat since the Best Picture field expanded to ten films. Before that change, the line-up tended to mirror the five Best Picture nominees, with the occasional exception, usually for an arthouse Euro-auteur like Mike Leigh (for "Vera Drake" in 2005) or Julian Schnabel (for "Diving Bell & The Butterfly" in 2008). And it's still true that the directing nominees are mostly drawn from the Best Picture nominees, but with more opportunity for a film to get recognized in the bigger category, it does seem to have enabled the directors' branch to be more idiosyncratic in their choices.

Watch: New Trailer For Martin Scorsese's 'Wolf Of Wall Street,' Movie Runs 2 Hours 45 Minutes Long

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2013 7:38 PM
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It looks like we can stop debating about whether or not this movie is coming, and start anticipating. After some talk that it wouldn't be ready in time, "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is definitely coming by the end of the year. And with Paramount now sorting all of that out, they can start making sure they pack theaters this December, but something tells us they won't have any trouble.

Watch: Martin Scorsese's Rare 1990 Giorgio Armani Documentary 'Made In Milan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 11:31 AM
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While nearly every pocket of Martin Scorsese's career has been well-documented and is available to view in some form or another, the filmmaking legend still has some corners of his work that are a bit more difficult to seek out. But thanks to the age of the interwebs, one of his one off projects that currently isn't available on home video can now be streamed, that is until some copyright thug decides to take it town.

Crisis Averted: Martin Scorsese's 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Likely To Make 2013 Release After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 10:18 AM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio Margot Robbie
A couple weeks back, things looked a bit uncertain for Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." Reports surfaced that the filmmaker had only just put together his initial rough cut, and there was still a lot of work to be done if he was to make the previously planned November 15th release date. And things were so up in the air, ideas were floated to possibly move the movie to early 2014 instead, with Paramount eyeing a similar date to "Shutter Island," one of the director's biggest box office hits. But audiences, fans and awards season bookies can now start breathing a bit easier as it looks like 'Wolf' will still bite this year.

'Prisoners' Cinematographer Roger Deakins' Top 5 Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 18, 2013 3:41 PM
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Roger Deakins' Top 5 Films
Denis Villenueve's brilliantly unnerving "Prisoners" is being sold primarily based on the star wattage of its cast, which includes Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Maria Bellow, Terrence Howard, and Paul Dano, and its gripping, worst-fear-realized setup, involving the mysterious abduction of two young girls (read our review here). But "Prisoners" packs a secret weapon every bit as powerful as Wolverine looking for his missing daughter: the work of cinematographer Roger Deakins. With "Prisoners," Deakins pushes his love of source lighting to wild extremes: a candlelight vigil turns into a field of starry bulbs, a captive's face is illuminated solely by the light that seeps in through a small hole, and ashy snowflakes are only visible due to headlights and the spinning lights of a police car. Deakins' work is deeply beautiful, moody stuff (some subtle camera moves also stand-out as best-of-year material too), intrinsic to the movie's oppressively moody atmosphere.

Criterion's December Slate Includes Robert Altman's 'Nashville,' Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 3:48 PM
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There is no better time than the winter months to curl up with a long movie—or a few long movies—and stave off the cold in the comfort of your own home. The Criterion Collection are gonna make it a bit easier with some pretty great cinephile buys headed your way just in time for Christmas.

AMC Launching 'The Walking Dead' Spin-Off Series In 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 12:54 PM
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AMC clearly knows which side their bread is buttered on, and who is spreading. Even with "Breaking Bad" coming to an end in two weeks, they've already greenlit a prequel series, centered around sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman. And now, the network's other smash success show is also expanding, with AMC clearly taking a page from their major studio counterparts.

Harvey Weinstein Says Martin Scorsese's Original Final Cut On 'Gangs Of New York' Was 3 1/2 Hours (But You Won't See It)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 10:43 AM
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Post-"Goodfellas," there's are few misfires in Martin Scorsese's oeuvre more ambitious than "Gangs Of New York." An epic, sprawling tale of the rise of modern day New York City from its gritty, earthy and violent beginnings, the film required a big canvas to tell the story, but with Harvey Weinstein producing the movie, it was inevitable there would be a battle over the length.

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