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Alarming New Report from Library of Congress Says 70 Percent of America's Silent Films Are Lost and Gone Forever

The National Film Preservation Board and Library of Congress have revealed a depressing if perhaps unsurprising new study claiming that 70 percent of America's silent films, dating between 1919 and 1929, are gone forever.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2013 12:46 PM
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'Charlie Countryman' and 'Wolf of Wall Street' Make Sex Scene Trims for R Rating; Evan Rachel Wood Vents Against MPAA

Martin Scorsese's new movie "The Wolf of Wall Street," which starts screening for press and awards voters the week after Thanksgiving, has already been showed to the MPAA ratings board-- which would not grant an R rating until the director trimmed some sexy material. The movie still came in at two hours 59 minutes--well over two 45-- so it doesn't look like he cut very much. Actress Evan Rachel Wood was dismayed when she saw the final cut of "Charlie Countryman" and took to Twitter Wednesday to vent her displeasure. ‏
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2013 8:05 PM
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On Landing My First Job in the Business on Martin Scorsese's 'Mean Streets'

Ex-literary agent and writing consultant Nancy Nigrosh looks back at landing her first job in the film business, on Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets."
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • November 26, 2013 6:55 PM
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WATCH: In First Clip from Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street,' DiCaprio and Hill Assess the Loot

A first clip has arrived from Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" (December 25). Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 22, 2013 1:41 PM
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WATCH: Martin Scorsese's Dolce & Gabbana Ad 'Street of Dreams,' Starring Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey

Check out Martin Scorsese's new Dolce & Gabbana ad, starring the beautiful likes of Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey. The short film, entitled "Street of Dreams," finds the duo driving the streets of a black-and-white and enchantingly empty New York City.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 6, 2013 1:29 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

On the heels of the official announcement that Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" will open December 25 -- with a running time of 165 minutes -- a new trailer has arrived for the film. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2013 11:25 AM
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Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now?

In Contention's Kris Tapley and I look at where the Oscar race is now. We check out the strengths and weaknesses of the New York Film Festival entries "Captain Phillips," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Ben Stiller's "Secret Life of Walter Mitty." We agree that Tom Hanks reminds us of what a real performance looks like.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Review: Documentary 'Casting By' Heralds the Unsung Yet Crucial Art of the Casting Director

“More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting,” says Martin Scorsese at the outset of Tom Donahue’s engrossing documentary “Casting By,” which will be released in theaters November 1. And Scorsese’s not alone in his feelings -- Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and a legion of others put in face time in the film to trumpet the importance of the unsung, highly intuitive art of casting. The result is a cinephile’s treat.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 12:33 PM
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Will Scorsese be Able to Make New 'Wolf of Wall Street' Deadline? (TRAILER)

Miss the lucrative Christmas break and the Oscar race push and you enter a more unforgiving first quarter or summer season. This year Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" has been under scrutiny, as the director is legendary for his long cuts and editing room fussing. It made sense to push back Scorsese's "Shutter Island," which didn't have Oscar written all over it, as well as Warner Bros.' summer move for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which lost money but not as much as it would have if it had gone out against 2012's Oscar juggernauts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 3:31 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson Joins Martin Scorsese to Present Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' UPDATED (Trailer)

UPDATE: Samuel L. Jackson is joining the previously announced Martin Scorsese in presenting Wong Kar Wai's upcoming kung fu film "The Grandmaster," deeming it "Martin Scorsese and Samuel L. Jackson Present 'The Grandmaster.'" The film hits theaters in limited release this weekend, and has a national roll-out on August 30, via the Weinstein Company.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2013 12:22 PM
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