Martin Scorsese Commencement Speech 2014

Martin Scorsese gave the commencement address to the 1,275 members of the 2014 graduating class of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts during a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on May 23rd, 2014. Tisch School of the Arts recently put the whole Martin Scorsese commencement speech online for everyone to watch. Martin Scorsese tells the story of how he ended up at NYU, his misadventures in learning about movies. He also tell stories of the frustrating days on film shoots from his nightmares, his first meeting with Elia Kazan in the late 1960′s, a horrifyingly cruel response to his student film, and how awards and success will come and won’t, in varied degrees at various different moments. Watch the 30 minute Martin Scorsese commencement speech now embedded after the jump.

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Al Pacino the irishman

Martin Scorsese has so many different projects on his to-do list at any point that it wouldn’t be a huge shocker if some of them dropped off eventually. But despite the fact that he’s making Silence next, he hasn’t forgotten about The Irishman, at least according to star Al Pacino.

In fact, not only does he still very much intend to make the film, Scorsese’s even added another cast member — Bobby Cannavale. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci remain attached as well. Hit the jump for the latest on Scorsese’s The Irishman.

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Martin Scorsese Planning Film About The Ramones


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The Ramones are one of the most influential rock bands to ever bash out a three-chord gem, but their use in film has been — let’s face it — pretty mediocre. I’ve always wanted to see someone cut some really smashing sequences to Ramones songs, but that has been a rare event. That’s about to change, because Martin Scorsese is reportedly planning to make a Ramones movie. That means we might see a sequence in which Thelma Schoonmaker cuts footage to ‘Blitzkrieg Bop,’ in which case I’ll just lose my mind in the best way. Read More »

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese‘s current HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, is coming to a close soon, and he is now finishing the pilot for a show set in the decadent music scene of ’70s New York, but another plan is coming together to pair the filmmaker and cable network. Ashecliffe is the working title of a Shutter Island TV series that features a pilot script from Dennis Lehane, the author whose novel inspired Scorsese’s original film.

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Scorsese Kodak letter

Last week we reported on a set of directors who had petitioned film studios to help the ailing Kodak keep its motion-picture film stock division alive. Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams each lobbied studios to continue to buy film stock, leading to a deal in which studios will buy a set amount of stock each year. Now Martin Scorsese has chimed in with a letter celebrating film as a creative and archival medium.

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Jamie Foxx Mike Tyson

It is inevitable that Mike Tyson would punch his way to the big screen. Too bad the delivery method won’t be a film based on Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out (hey, it could happen) but a standard biopic will probably draw a crowd, too. Now just such a project is under way, and Jamie Foxx is set to play Tyson. The movie is in early stages of development; there’s not even a script. But Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street) is set to script. And because Foxx’s manager Rick Yorn is producing the film, we can expect that Foxx will stick around through the development process. Read More »

martin scorsese 11 storyboards

Many of us, in our preteen years, conceived stories in crayon and pencil, but most of us did not grow up to be among the most significant directors to work in the medium of film. Martin Scorsese did, of course, and that makes his preteen doodles a bit more interesting than most others. Here we have storyboards created by a very young Scorsese for The Eternal City, a Roman epic about “royalty in Ancient Rome,” for which he dreamt of casting Marlon Brando, Virginia Mayo, Alec Guinness, and Richard Burton. Read More »

Martin Scorsese Silence release

Paramount Pictures, which released The Wolf of Wall Street last year, is now in talks to pick up US rights to the next Martin Scorsese film, Silence. Assuming the deal goes through, Silence would be released late next year, in November 2015. That would prime it for awards season, and a release window that is pretty much exactly what we’d expect to see for a film like this.

Scorsese has been poised to make an adaptation of the Shusako Endo novel for many years, with Silence long being among his tentative “next projects.” Now the movie has financing from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Corsan Entertainment, and it will shoot soon in Taiwan with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver in the lead roles. Read More »

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