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'Rango' Sweeps The 2012 VES Awards

February 8th, 2012 8:05am EST
Rango
Johnny Depp's animated Western Rango was the runaway winner at the 10th annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards on Tuesday after scooping four trophies.

The film, in which Depp voiced a chameleon stranded in the Mojave Desert, was honored for its outstanding visual effects, animated character (Rango), created environment and virtual cinematography.

Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's Oscar contender Hugo nabbed two awards including outstanding supporting visual effects and virtual cinematography.

Other big winners included Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Rise of the Planet of the Apes,...
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Sharon Stone Receives AARP Lifetime Achievement Award

February 7th, 2012 10:25am EST
Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone broke down in tears as she accepted a lifetime achievement prize from Martin Scorsese on Monday.

The veteran star became emotional as her Casino director presented her with the trophy at the 11th Annual AARP Magazine Movies for Grownups Awards in Beverly Hills.

Fighting back tears, Stone told reporters, "I must've died and gone to heaven. I've gotten a lifetime achievement award from Martin Scorsese!"

"I am so grateful for this day. I'm grateful I'm here in this moment. I'm grateful I'm here, because it wasn't always a sure thing."

Other big winners at the star-studded ...
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Martin Scorsese Explains 'Goodfellas' Garlic Trick On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' (Video)

February 1st, 2012 9:38pm EST
Martin Scorsese
Moviemaker Martin Scorsese showed off his culinary skills on TV Tuesday night when he sliced garlic with a razor blade.

The director was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and agreed to show the host how to perfect the odd chopping method, which featured in his cult film Goodfellas after Kimmel confessed he had tried to do it at home and failed miserably.

The TV host admitted he liked the idea of garlic being sliced so thin it melted in olive oil - but the trick never worked for him.

Scorsese revealed it was difficult to do, but his mother had perfected it in a dish that is now served at pal ...
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Blackie The Doberman From 'Hugo' Nominated For Golden Collar Award

February 1st, 2012 9:04am EST
Hugo
Director Martin Scorsese has successfully managed to score the canine star of his movie Hugo a nomination for a Golden Collar Award.

The filmmaker was disappointed to learn Blackie the Doberman had failed to secure a nod for "Best Dog In A Theatrical Film" at the annual prizegiving, which recognizes the most talented pooches in Hollywood.

Scorsese wrote an open letter to the Los Angeles Times complaining about Blackie's snub, insisting his furry friend was just as deserving for a nomination as Uggie the Jack Russell, who has been recognized twice for his work in "The Artist" and "Water fo...
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Nominated For 11 Academy Awards Including Best Picture, Martin Scorsese's 'HUGO' Comes To Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD Feb. 28

January 30th, 2012 10:32pm EST
Hugo
Renowned director Martin Scorsese's groundbreaking and original adventure HUGO makes its highly-anticipated debut on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, all with UltraViolet, On Demand and for Digital Download on February 28, 2012 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Recipient of more Academy Award nominations than any other film, is bursting with dynamic action, sumptuous imagery and a heartwarming and magical story that audiences of all ages can enjoy.

, plus interviews with the cast and crew and more. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD. All Blu-ray and DVD releases ava...
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Martin Scorsese Leads Crusade For 'Hugo' Dog Award

January 30th, 2012 9:21am EST
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese has launched a campaign to land the canine star of his movie Hugo a Golden Collar Award nomination.

The legendary director was upset after Blackie the Doberman failed to secure a nod for Best Dog In A Theatrical Film at the annual prize giving, which recognizes the most talented pooches in Hollywood.

He wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Times to complain about Blackie's snub, and pointed out that Uggie the Jack Russell scored two nominations for The Artist and Water for Elephants.

Scorsese ranted, "How could she not be nominated? Jack Russell terriers are small and cut...
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Spotlight: Liam Neeson - The Unexpected Movie Star

January 27th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Liam Neeson in The Grey
This weekend, audiences will get the chance to see Liam Neeson fight a pack of hungry wolves in order to say alive in “The Grey” from director Joe Carnahan. Though he has become a worldwide action star with films like “Taken” and “Unknown,” 15 years ago the Irish-born former amateur boxer was better known for dramas like “Schindler’s List” and “Michael Collins.” That’s not to say he takes the craft of acting any less seriously now than he did back then. He is still as talented and charismatic as ever, only now he seems to be having a lot more fun.

So how did Neeson go from being a serious ...
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'The Artist' Leads 2012 BAFTA Nominations

January 17th, 2012 8:17am EST
The Artist
Silent movie The Artist looks set to continue its winning streak after picking up a massive 12 nominations for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

The critically-acclaimed film, which won a coveted Best Picture prize at the Golden Globes on Sunday, now looks set to dominate the U.K. film awards after the nominations were announced on Tuesday.

The Artist scored 12 nods in categories including Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, as well as acting honors for its stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

British drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is another major c...
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'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

January 13th, 2012 8:12am EST
The Help
The Help and The Artist dominated the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, scooping the event's top prizes.

The film about the treatment of black maids in 1960s America landed three of the coveted acting honors, including a Best Actress prize for Viola Davis, while her co-star Octavia Spencer picked up the night's first award, Best Supporting Actress.

Davis told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, "I consider it an honor to pay homage to these woman who at that time period were not allowed to dream."

The ladies were handed another trophy, Best Acting Ensemble, bu...
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AMC Greenlights 'Goodfellas' TV Series

January 12th, 2012 10:26am EST
Goodfellas
A TV series based on Martin Scorsese's gangster classic Goodfellas has been given the go-ahead by bosses at U.S. network AMC.

Rumors circulated back in 2010 that a TV version of the hit 1990 movie was in the works following the success crime drama Boardwalk Empire, and now writer Nicholas Pileggi, who created the original screenplay, has officially signed on to pen the script.

Goodfellas producer Irwin Winkler and his son David are also attached to the project, according to Deadline.com.

The storyline is set to follow Ray Liotta's mobster character, Henry Hill, throughout his early years...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Boardwalk Empire - The Complete First Season'

January 10th, 2012 10:15am EST
Boardwalk Empire photo
A period drama about the Prohibition era, starring Steve ‘Mr. Pink’ Buscemi and with a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese – sound like heaven? We’re gonna find out, as we review the new series "Boardwalk Empire – The Complete First Season" out on Blu-ray Jan. 10 from HBO Home Entertainment.

Title: "Boardwalk Empire – The Complete First Season"

Grade: 2

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon

Director: Martin Scorsese, Various

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 732 minutes

Release Company: HBO Home Entertainment

Website: www.HBO.com

The Flick: Having heard SO much a...
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Directors Guild Awards Awards Include David Fincher, Oust Steven Speilberg

January 10th, 2012 9:25am EST
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
The Directors Guild Awards announced the nominees for the best film director award yesterday. There were a couple of surprises that may change the shape of the Oscar race.

There are only five nominees at the DGAs. This year, they are:

Woody Allen for ‘Midnight in Paris’

David Fincher for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Alexander Payne for ‘The Descendants’

Michael Hazanivicius for ‘The Artist’

Martin Scorsese for ‘Hugo’

The most surprising inclusion here is Fincher. ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ has gotten good reviews, and while the box office is steady, it’s not exactly a run...
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Martin Scorsese To Be Honored With BAFTA Fellowship Award

January 4th, 2012 10:54am EST
Martin Scorsese
Director Martin Scorsese will be honored with the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Academy Fellowship at the annual prize giving next month.

The Taxi Driver and Raging Bull legend will be presented with the Academy's highest accolade in recognition of his contribution to the film industry - and the 69 year old is thrilled with the award.

He says, "It is a great honor to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends."

BAFTA boss Tim Corrie adds, "Martin Scorsese is a legend in his l...
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Jessica Chastain To Be Honored At 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival

December 29th, 2011 9:50am EST
Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain has been selected to receive a top prize at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.

The actress will be presented with the Spotlight Award in recognition of her performances in a string of 2011 movies including The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Debt.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner says, "Through a series of virtuoso performances, Jessica Chastain has established herself as one of the cinema's most versatile and most sought after young actresses."

Composer Howard Shore will take home the Frederick Loewe Music Award for his work...
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'The Help', 'The Artist' And 'The Descendants' Dominate 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2011 10:30am EST
The Artist
The Help, The Artist and The Descendants will be the ones to beat at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards after landing four nominations each.

The Help will go head-to-head with The Descendants in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category alongside The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Moneyball.

The Help also received nods in the Best Performance by an Actress (Drama) category, thanks to Viola Davis, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer's work.

The Descendants scooped mentions for Best Performa...
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'The Artist' And 'Hugo' Lead Critic Choice Awards Nominations

December 13th, 2011 2:31pm EST
Hugo
The Artist and Hugo have both been given major Oscars boosts after landing 11 nominations apiece for the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards.

The two films, which have already picked up early awards, will compete for the Best Picture at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Awards, as selected by the Broadcast Film Critics Association in America.

They will be up against Midnight in Paris, Drive, The Help, Moneyball, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Tree of Life and War Horse.

George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Michael F...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,' 'Carnage,' & More

December 12th, 2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Sadly, I haven’t caught last week’s pick yet: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” However I did have the misfortune of watching the David Gordon Green comedy “The Sitter,” which turned out to be a complete dud. If you haven’t already read my review, give it a look to find out why I think Jonah Hill deserves better.

Arriving in theaters this week are the Guy Ritchie sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” the Roman Polanski parental dramedy “Carnage,” the third Chipmunks adventure “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked,” and the Roger Corman themed documentary “Corman’s World: Exploits of a...
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'Twilight' Maintains Number-One Hold At Box Office

December 5th, 2011 8:47am EST
Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is still a big hit in cinemas, keeping "The Muppets" off the top of the box office for another week.

"The Muppets" were expected to take over the top spot on Sunday, but a weekend surge from "Twilight" fans kept the sequel at number one with ticket sales of $16.9 million.

In 17 days since its release in the U.S., the film has grossed an impressive $247.3 million domestically.

"The Muppets" came in second with $11.2 million.

Martin Scorsese's 3D family film "Hugo" grossed $7.6 million to take third place and animated festive movie "Arthur Chris...
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Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Wins Big At National Board Of Review Awards (Full List Of Winners)

December 1st, 2011 9:24pm EST
Hugo
Martin Scorsese's first 3D movie Hugo has been named 2011's Best Picture by America's National Board of Review.

Scorsese also picked up the Best Director prize when the honors were announced on Thursday.

George Clooney took home the Best Actor trophy for The Descendants and his Michael Clayton co-star Tilda Swinton was honored with the Best Actress prize for harrowing drama We Need to Talk About Kevin. Clooney's movie daughter Shailene Woodley picked up the Best Supporting Actress award.

Meanwhile, cancer survivor Will Reiser was handed the Best Screenplay accolade for his honest 50/50, ...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'After Hours'

November 25th, 2011 12:10pm EST
After Hours
Tired of "Arthur Christmas" Thanksgiving turkey? Not eager to gobble up more mindless "Muppet Movie" mayhem? Ready to "Hugo" back home and avoid the money-saving hounds from hell on Black friday? Well then come with us as we infuse a little quirky comedy into your movie-watching day with another edition of...Forgotten Friday Flick! Weird scars, bad beehive hairdo’s, strange sculptures, Mohawk Night and Kiki Bridges and her Plaster of Paris bagel and cream cheese paperweights – all make up the oddity that is Martin Scorsese’s 1985 comedy cult classic..."After Hours."

Paul Hackett...
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Two Jews' Review 'Hugo' Only One Feels Scorsese's 3D Fantasy Will Capture Your Heart (Video)

November 24th, 2011 11:00am EST
Hugo
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: When you hear the name, Martin Scorsese several things may pop into your mind... New York City, Italian Gangsters, Films about Italian Gangsters... Casino, Heat and Goodfellas, just to name a few.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure you would never associate this extraordinary filmmaker with a children's fantasy film, shot in 3D and set in Paris in the 1930's. However, with Scorsese's newest film 'Hugo' that's about to change.

'Hugo', directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on the illustrated bestselling novel, The Invention of Hug...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Muppets,' 'My Week With Marilyn,' 'Hugo' & More

November 21st, 2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk
This week Jason Segel brings back everyone’s favorite puppets in The Muppets, Martin Scorsese gives 1930s Paris life in Hugo, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung feud in A Dangerous Method, Simon Curtis gives us an intimate look at Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, Santa’s son Arthur embarks on an adventure in Arthur Christmas, and a silent film star deals with the arrival of talking pictures in The Artist.

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: The Muppets

THE MUPPETS

Three huge Muppet fans Gary, Mary, and Walter (Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and voice of Peter Linz) help reunite the Muppets to save their...
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Film Independent At LACMA Review - 'Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel' Inspiring But Incomplete

November 14th, 2011 3:10pm EST
Roger corman
Anyone doing a documentary on infamous B-movie master Roger Corman has got a plethora of product to draw from. As the driving force behind over three hundred plus titles equal parts good, bad and ugly, Corman’s career as both director and producer spans decades and the sheer magnitude of his body of work is both a blessing and a curse for newbie doc filmmaker Alex Stapleton and her flick "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel" – inspiring but incomplete.

Corman’s story is one of an outsider deciding to embrace going against the grain. After working on an early Fox picture titled ...
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Julian Lennon Fuming Over Paul McCartney Wedding Snub

November 3rd, 2011 10:31am EDT
Julian Lennon
John Lennon's son Julian is convinced he has been "snubbed" and "ignored" by Paul McCartney after the former Beatle failed to invite him to his recent wedding.

The music legend married American heiress Nancy Shevell in London on October 2nd and followed it up with a second reception in New York later that month.

Lennon claims he wasn't invited to either of the wedding parties, and alleges he was "snubbed" at the London premiere of Martin Scorsese's film, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, last month and the five-year anniversary performance of the Beatles musical Love in Las...
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Blu-ray Interview: Rosanna Arquette Talks 'Pulp Fiction' Blu-ray, Past Work And Going Dark For Xavier Gens

October 3rd, 2011 1:30pm EDT
Rosanna Arquette
“Which one’s Trudi? The one with all the sh#t in her face?” “No, that’s Jody. That’s my wife.” And so we are introduced to Eric Stoltz’s bitter better half Rosanna Arquette in Quentin Tarantino’s famed iconic runaway smash. That’ right fans, the five-star "Pulp Fiction" is finally hitting Blu-ray Oct. 4 from Lionsgate (check out the review below!) and we thought we’d celebrate it’s release with some one-on-one interview time with the fabulous Trudy 'sixteen piercings all done with a needle' gal herself Rosanna Arquette. We chatted with the lovely Rosanna about all things Pulp includin...
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George Harrison Memorabilia To Be Exhibited

September 10th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
George Harrison
Guitars, clothing and lyrics from George Harrison's collection are to be exhibited in Los Angeles to coincide with the release of Martin Scorsese's new film about the late Beatle.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will mount a major exhibition on the life and music of Harrison next month, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World - which is also the name of Scorsese's film.

The museum is working closely with Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison and his son Dhani, in putting together what is being described as the first major look at Harrison, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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'Mad Men' And 'Mildred Pierce' Lead 2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations (See List)

July 14th, 2011 10:19am EDT
Mad Men
Hit drama Mad Men looks set to dominate the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards after scoring 19 nominations, including Best Drama.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Laurie (House) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law).

The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a closely-fought affair - Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Friday Night Ligh...
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Martin Scorsese Owes $2.85 Million In Taxes

March 8th, 2011 8:54am EST
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese is in financial trouble again - he has been slapped with a tax bill for almost $3 million, according to a report.

The Goodfellas director has had a series of tax demands and debt issues over the years - throughout 2002 and 2003 he was hit with three separate liens from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), totaling $1.9 million. A year later another $149,437 demand was made, and last year the filmmaker faced a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay $600,000 to his jailed accountant Kenneth Starr.

Scorsese has since settled his previous tax debt in full, according to Finance ...
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'The King's Speech' Shocks With DGA Win

January 30th, 2011 6:05pm EST
The King's Speech
'The King's Speech' director Tom Hooper turned a few heads Saturday by winning the Directors Guild of America award, beating out the favorite, David Fincher, who helmed 'The Social Network.' After pulling off a similar upset with the Producers Guild last week, 'The King's Speech' seems poised to march to the status of front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar.

On the TV side, awards went to Martin Scorsese for directing the pilot episode of 'Boardwalk Empire' and to Michael Spiller, who helmed the 'Halloween' episode of 'Modern Family.' Mick Jackson also won for his work directing the HBO...
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Check Out 'Raging Bull' On Blu-ray Jan. 11

January 10th, 2011 7:10am EST
Raging Bull
A powerhouse film that introduced unflinching realism to stunned audiences in 1980, "Raging Bull" smashes onto Blu-ray in a special 30th Anniversary Edition from MGM Home
Entertainment on January 11.

With an Academy Award-winning performance by Robert De Niro and celebrated direction by Martin Scorsese, this critically-acclaimed film was described as an "exceedingly violent as well as poetic" fight picture that maps "the landscape of the soul" by The New York Times. The new Anniversary Edition Blu-ray boasts over 50 minutes of brand new features, including exclusive, new interviews with D...
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