Martin Scorsese

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Martin Scorsese (born 17.11.1942)

Martin Scorsese is an Oscar winning, American film director.

Martin Scorsese: Childhood

Martin Scorsese was born and raised in New York City. His parents, Luciano and Catherine, both worked in New York City's Garment District. Luciano often took his son to movie theatres and Martin developed an early passion for film and overtook his initial desire to become a priest.

Martin Scorsese: Film Career

Scorsese avoided having to serve in the Vietnam War, due to his asthma. Instead, he attended New York University's film school, where he made his first feature length film, Who's That Knocking at My Door, along with Harvey Keitel, a fellow student at the time.

Scorsese became good friends with a number of prominent film directors of the 1970s, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Brian De Palma. Scorsese worked as one of the editors on Woodstock, where he met the actor John Cassavetes, who also became a close friend of his.

Martin Scorsese released Boxcar Bertha in 1972, a film that taught him to make a film quickly and on a tight budget.

Mean Streets was Scorsese's breakthrough film and also served as a breakthrough for two of its actors, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. The film featured what would become the hallmarks of a great Scorsese picture: violence, Catholic guilt, machismo and a gritty New York setting.

In 1974, Scorsese directed Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, at the request of the lead actress Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn went on to win an Oscar for the role.

In 1976, Scorsese released Taxi Driver. The film, which again starred Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, also featured Jodie Foster playing an underage prostitute, with Harvey Keitel as her pimp.

Martin Scorsese's first big-budget picture was the stylised musical, New York, New York. The film, which starred Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli, was a failure at the box office.

In the midst of a spiraling depression and addiction to cocaine, Scorsese made the seminal documentary The Last Waltz, capturing the final concert by The Band, a performance that featured the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Neil Diamond and Joni Mitchell.

De Niro finally convinced Martin Scorsese to kick his cocaine habit and return to filmmaking. The result was Raging Bull, the biopic depicting the life of the boxer Jake La Motta.

In 1983, De Niro and Scorsese teamed up again, for The King of Comedy. The film was something of a departure in style for Scorsese and took a satirical view of the world of celebrity and the media.

Scorsese began work on The Last Temptation of Christ in 1983 but pressure from religious groups shut down the production.

After Hours, released in 1985, was a low-budget black comedy about a New York word processor's unfortunate night out and has become something of a cult classic since its release.

In 1986, Scorsese made The Color of Money, a sequel to The Hustler (1961). Paul Newman won an Oscar for his work in the film.

The success of The Color of Money gave Scorsese the financial clout to be able to continue working on The Last Temptation of Christ. The film was the cause of much controversy, even before its release, though it still earned Scorsese a Best Director Oscar nomination.

The 1990 release of Goodfellas was a return to form for Scorsese, as well as its stars, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci (who won an Oscar for his performance). Goodfellas is largely hailed as one of Scorsese's greatest achievements.

In 1991, Scorsese remade Cape Fear, his seventh collaboration with Robert de Niro. Two years later, he directed The Age of Innocence, an adaptation of an Edith Wharton novel. Then, in 1995, Scorsese worked on Casino, again featuring both De Niro and Pesci. The film also featured Sharon Stone, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.

Scorsese's 1997 work, Kundun alienated many of his fans. The account of the life of the 14th Dalai Lama was a huge departure from Scorsese's usual subject matter and its distributor, Disney, distanced itself from the project, due to their desire to expand into the Chinese market.

1999's Bringing Out the Dead was another dark comedy, but did not perform as well as some of the director's previous releases.

Gangs of New York, released in 2002, had a huge budget of over $100 million. Starring Daniel Day Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film took a number of years to complete but eventually won Scorsese his first Golden Globe for Best Director, as well as receiving 10 Oscar nominations.

Leonardo DiCaprio took the lead role in The Aviator, the true story of Howard Hughes. The film, which also starred Cate Blanchett, won five Oscars, though Scorsese lost the Best Director award to Clint Eastwood. Scorsese followed this with No Direction Home, a documentary about Bob Dylan.

With The Departed, Martin Scorsese returned to familiar ground by casting Leonardo DiCaprio and also worked with Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon for the first time. The film also starred Mark Wahlberg. Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas presented Scorsese with his first Best Director Oscar for the film.

In 2006, Martin Scorsese filmed a concert by The Rolling Stones. The footage was made into the highly regarded film Shine a Light.

Martin Scorsese: Personal Life

Martin Scorsese's first marriage was to Laraine Brennan, with whom he had a daughter, Cathy.

His second daughter, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, who is now an actress, is a product of his second marriage, to Julia Cameron.

Between 1979 and 1983, Martin Scorsese was married to Isabella Rossellini.

In 1985, Scorsese married Barbara De Fina but that marriage also ended in divorce.

Martin has been married to Helen Morris since 1999. Their daughter, Francesca, appeared in both The Departed and The Aviator.

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Steve Martin Awarded AFI's Life Achievement Award

5th October 2014 -

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Steve Martin will receive the "highest honour in film", the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The AFI announced the news on their website on Friday (3rd October).Steve Martin has been awarded the AFI Life...

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31st August 2014 -

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In celebrity news you should definitely care about, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are now officially, legally married. It’s been kind of a public secret for the past few days, but Pitt seemed to put...

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30th August 2014 -

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Martin Scorsese is set to direct a documentary movie about the acclaimed New York punk band Ramones ahead of the fortieth anniversary of their debut album in 2016. In addition to the film, a book...

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26th August 2014 -

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Martin Scorsese is in the early stages of developing a Shutter Island prequel series for HBO. The premium cable network is working with the Oscar-winner on a TV show based on the 2010 movie, starring...

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13th June 2014 -

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19th May 2014 -

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The woman who holds the copyright to a 1963 screenplay has been told that she can pursue infringement claims against the studio behind 1980's Raging Bull. Paula Petrella, whose father Frank Petrella wrote the screenplay...

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28th February 2014 -

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20th February 2014 -

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Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff, a character in The Wolf of Wall Street played by actor P.J. Byrne, has come under intense scrutiny after a federal lawsuit asserted that it is "readily apparent" that he is based...

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20th February 2014 -

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Since the Martin Scorsese-directed movie has been released it has garnered success and criticism for its real, yet outlandish, portrayal of corrupt Wall Street brokers in the 90s.As 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is based...

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19th February 2014 -

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A lawyer has launched a lawsuit against Martin Scorsese's movie The Wolf of Wall Street, alleging that he has been defamed by the character Nicky "Rugrat" Roskoff. Andrew Greene's suit that it was "readily apparent"...

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17th February 2014 -

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Leonardo DiCaprio wants to bring the life of American president Theodore Roosevelt to the movies and reportedly has plans to take centre-stage in a new biopic directed by Martin Scorsese. "Leo is telling friends that...

'The Wolf of Wall Street' Becomes Martin Scorsese's Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time

12th February 2014 -

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At the ripe old age of 71, Martin Scorsese reaches new heights of success in his prolific career.The New York born director's newest film 'The Wolf of Wall Street' has just become his highest-grossing film...

'The Wolf of Wall Street' Howls With British Box-Office Success

24th January 2014 -

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British audiences proved this past weekend that they have an appetite for serious films, putting three of the year's top awards contenders in the first three spots on the box office chart. New entry The...

Mick Jagger Rules Out A Memoir: "Look It Up On Wikipedia"

23rd January 2014 -

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Mick Jagger has once again refused to write a memoir to detail the events of his colourful life to the world. The Rolling Stones' frontman has explained that he has lots of other projects he'd...

Jonah Hill's Tiny 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Pay Packet & The Other Stars Who've Taken A Pay-Cut For Success

23rd January 2014 -

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Jonah Hill has made headlines recently after it was revealed he was paid just $60,000 for his Oscar-nominated role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, $60,000 is a lot of money to a lot...

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22nd January 2014 -

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Jonah Hill may play one of the characters motivated by money in Martin Scorsese's new comedy, The Wolf of Wall Street, but the actor is real-life is apparently far less avaricious. The film star has...

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22nd January 2014 -

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Jonah Hill’s character in The Wolf of Wall Street – the ridiculous Donnie Azoff – is a man whose bad taste never outguns his monumental salary. Drugs, alcohol, £3,000 Armani suits and fast cars don’t...

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17th January 2014 -

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The Wolf of Wall Street is set for release in the UK today. The big screen adaption of Jordan Belfort's memoir stars Leonardo DiCaprio and teams him once again with Gangs of New York director...

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17th January 2014 -

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Martin Scorsese is no stranger to controversy (see 1988's The Last Temptation of Christ), but you'd hardly expect a 71-year-old director to be accused of glorifying sex and drugs on-screen. And yet, stories of audience...

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16th January 2014 -

 Movie Review

At age 71, Martin Scorsese proves with this riotous romp that he's one of the most energetic, audacious filmmakers working in America at the moment. And with his long-time 74-year-old editor Thelma Schoonmaker, he has...

Meryl Streep And Leonardo DiCaprio Among 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala Arrivals - Part 2

14th January 2014 -

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The 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York was chock-full of Hollywood's biggest stars of the moment including 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' star and director Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, as...

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14th January 2014 -

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Sure, it's three hours long, but The Wolf of Wall Street has wowed audiences stateside and is planning on wooing the UK this weekend. Martin Scorsese's retelling of the story of New York stockbroker Jordan...

The Real Wolf of Wall Street May Lose His Rights Payment to Compensate Victims

13th January 2014 -

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It’s easy to forget amidst the numerous swearwords, all-star cast and award ceremonies that Jordan Belfort – played by the recently Globed Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street – may lose...

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