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'On The Waterfront' On Criterion: Frank Sinatra Was Originally Cast In The Lead, Martin Scorsese's Thoughts & Aspect Ratio Talk

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 21, 2013 6:42 PM
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Elia Kazan's unimpeachable 1954 classic picture "On The Waterfront" is out on Blu-Ray/DVD via the Criterion Collection this week in a beautifully packaged two disc edition. While he was well on his way to becoming known as one of the world's greatest actors -- he was nominated for Best Actor three years in a row between 1952 and 1954 -- Marlon Brando's first Oscar win came for "On The Waterfront" in 1955.

Martin Scorsese Puts Executive Producer Tag On New Films From Luc Besson & 'Infernal Affairs' Director Andrew Lau

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 14, 2013 12:01 PM
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Martin Scorsese seemingly never stops working. Whether it’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” an upcoming Bill Clinton documentary, another one for the New York Review Of Books, or even a Garth Brooks concert film, it seems as if he’s more prolific than ever. But the man isn’t just interested in his own projects; recently he’s been lending a helping hand to other filmmakers as well.

Martin Scorsese Working On A Movie Project About The New York Review Of Books

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 7, 2013 6:06 PM
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This past Monday the esteemed literary magazine, The New York Review of Books, celebrated its 50th anniversary and on hand to help document the event was none other than the legendary award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. The NYRB celebrated its anniversary at a small private party in Greenwich Village and Scorsese was there with a film crew, interviewing current and past writers. The crew also filmed an event the following night.

Sundance: Fox Searchlight Lands 'The Way, Way Back' In Big Deal, 'Austenland' Winds Up At Sony

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 22, 2013 9:29 AM
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The economy might be in rough shape, but major spending is taking place at the Sundance Film Festival. Relativity has already promised big bucks to promote Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" with a $25 million P&A commitment on top of a $4 million price tag. But Fox Searchlight may best them as they're reportedly set to pay $10 million for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's directorial debut, "The Way, Way Back."

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."

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