Andrew J. Rausch examines the creative output of director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro from Mean Streets to Casino.
'Hugo' Wins Oscars for
Art Direction and Cinematography
Leading the field with 11 nominations, "Hugo" won five Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Read more on the awards as well as the recent Golden Globe win.
Hugo is based on the best-selling children's book by Brian Selznick. It tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who lives in a Paris train station in the 1930s.
It has been 35 years since the iconic film Taxi Driver was first released. To honor the anniversary, Sony Pictures has announced that the classic Academy Award-nominated Scorsese picture will be released April 5 2011 on Blu-Ray. It was nominated for four Oscars including Best Original Score (Bernard Herrmann), Best Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Supporting Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Picture.
This special 35-year anniversary edition has been remastered in 1080p video (4k digital restoration from the original negative) and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. It features commentary by Martin Scorsese and the writer Paul Schrader and many more extras.
UPDATE: In addition, Taxi Driver will be shown in theaters for two days only in March more at selected theaters.
'Public Speaking' Goes to the Big Screen
Specialized distributor Rialto Pictures has bought the theatrical rights for the US to Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Fran Lebowitz. The company will open 'Public Speaking' on February 23 at New York’s Film Forum, with special engagements in select U.S. cities to follow throughout 2011.
Since the early 60s, legendar singer Mick Jagger has been at the forefront of rock music.
Who better then to develop a TV series about the music business from rock to hip-hop than Mick and his good friend and fellow collaborator Martin Scorsese?
Working from Jagger's original idea, Scorsese and 'Boardwalk Empire" writer Terence Winter are working with Jagger to develop the HBO drama which is tentatively titled 'History of Music.'
The project, which has beenon Jagger's mind for quite a long time, is described as “a rock ‘n’ roll epic following two friends through 40 years in the music business, from the early days of R&B to contemporary hip-hop.”
HBO is in final negotiations with Paramount to develop the drama series, which will likely have the pilot episode (at least) directed by Scorsese.
Shine A Light
Martin Scorsese's film which follows The Rolling Stones' 2006 world tour will be released on 4 April 2008. The director shot 'Shine A Light' over two nights as the legendary band played intimate concerts at New York's Beacon Theatre.
The film show backstage footage as well as rare archive footage and a host of new interviews.
The music of the Rolling Stones has lit up the soundtrack to many Scorsese films ("Gimme Shelter" has appeared in no less than three of his features--GOODFELLAS, CASINO, and THE DEPARTED). SHINE A LIGHT begins with a few glimpses of the preparation that went into the recording of the show, which was staged over two nights at New York City's Beacon Theatre in 2006. Scorsese also includes some candid footage of the Stones doing a pre-show meet-and-greet with guests Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The bulk of the movie is dedicated to the multi-camera shoot at the Beacon, which captures the Stones playing some of their biggest hits and a few lesser-known numbers. Special guests such as Jack White, Buddy Guy, and Christina Aguilera are ushered on at various points in the show, and the concert footage is broken up by some amusing vintage footage of the band.
The DVD of Shine A Light is available now [ More ]