Martin Scorsese is returning to the small screen. The legendary director is not shying away from testing new cinematic mediums, juggling projects released through both streaming websites and the regular old studio system. His past two TV projects have been prestigious period projects released through HBO and developed with Terence Winter, but Scorsese seems to be breaking the mold once again.

For his next television project, Scorsese is teaming up with a new partner and going to a time period that he has never explored before: Ancient Rome.

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The Irishman Budget

Martin Scorsese is going to milk Netflix for all they’re worth. The filmmaker is currently shooting the highly anticipated crime pic The Irishman for the streaming giant, and reports indicate Scorsese’s budget is steadily increasing. As of now, the budget is $140 million and climbing. Good. Get that money, Marty.

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Martin Scorsese Silence streaming

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Happy Holidays, I guess. As we wind down the clock on this garbage year, let us take time to appreciate the few good things in life: movies. Where would we be without movies? The answer, I think, is the grave. Or maybe I’m exaggerating. Either way, there’s something comforting about tuning out the world for two hours or so and engrossing yourself in a moving piece of entertainment (unless you’re one of those jerks who looks at their phone through an entire movie; stop that, kids).

If you’re looking for some streaming recommendations as the days grow shorter and winter arrives, look no further. I’ve assembled a hearty helping of films for you to sample. There’s a new Martin Scorsese masterpiece, a Shane Black comedy, a film about a ranting, raving president (no, not the current one), a suburban Western, and more! Here are the best movies streaming right now! So let’s get streaming.

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the irishman theatrical run

The long road to release for Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman just became a little more rocky, with Netflix remaining silent on whether the legendary director’s ambitious mob movie will get a theatrical run.

Scorsese’s costly film has long bounced around Hollywood on account of its hefty price tag — the director wanted to use de-aging and aging technology to depict Robert de Niro and Al Pacino‘s characters at different stages of their lives — resulting in the project landing at Netflix. The streaming service promised to back the movie’s ballooning budget, but apparently has made no promises about a theatrical release, which would qualify the movie for Oscar contention.

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The Snowman screenplay

The Snowman isn’t even in wide release yet and it’s already been met with a chilly reception. U.K. critics who got to see the film early have panned it across the board, and it looks like American critics aren’t going to be much kinder. Now The Snowman director Tomas Alfredson seems to be doing a bit of damage control, explaining script issues hampered the project.

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martin scorsese rotten tomatoes

The animosity between the film industry and internet “aggregators” has been simmering since the summer, but it’s just kicked up a notch with the introduction of legendary director Martin Scorsese into the fray.

Scorsese penned an excoriating essay against Rotten Tomatoes, Cinemascore, and other digital aggregation sites, calling them “hostile to serious filmmakers,” and a bane on the film criticism community. It’s another entry in the ongoing debate over the influence Rotten Tomatoes has over film studios and the box office.

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scorsese dicaprio teddy roosevelt movie

Peanut butter and jelly. Fish and chips. Scorsese and DiCaprio. These things just go well together. Now, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are getting ready to team-up again for a new film, one tackling the life of Theodore Roosevelt. And somewhere in there, Scorsese is also planning a new documentary about Bob Dylan. Read more about that, and the DiCaprio Scorsese Teddy Roosevelt film below.

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Martin Scorsese masterclass

There’s a good chance you’ve seen online ads for MasterClass somewhere, where a famous person sits down in front of a camera and teaches you the art of their particular craft. There have been MasterClassses featuring Christina Aguilera, Kevin Spacey, Usher, Serena Williams, James Patterson, Dustin Hoffman, Werner Herzog, Shonda Rhimes, Steve Martin, and more. Now MasterClass have announced one of their most exciting instructors yet: Martin Scorsese. The acclaimed director will teach you all about the art of filmmaking starting in early 2018. More details about the Martin Scorsese MasterClass await you below.

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Steven Spielberg Documentary Trailer

There aren’t too many filmmakers who general audiences know by name. But if there’s one name still making movies today that they’ll recognize the most, it’s Steven Spielberg.

The man has been behind the movie magic and suspense of Jaws and Jurassic Park, the wonder of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, the adventure and action of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Minority Report, and the powerful drama of The Color Purple and Schindler’s List. Now he’s getting in front of the camera for an extensive documentary profile on HBO that is simply called Spielberg, and the first trailer not only has the man himself, but it also features an impressive array of talent talking about the Oscar-winning filmmaker and his undeniable influence on cinema at large.

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zodiac

Hello, /Film readers. It is I, Chris Evangelista. You may (or may not!) be familiar with my writing here, as I’ve been contributing to /Film since April. But now I’m part of the staff, and I’m very excited about that. I’m also very excited to tell you my 15 favorite movies. Some of these movies are downright masterpieces, others are like comforting junk food. I try not to limit myself in terms of “quality.” If a movie gets a reaction out of me, I consider it a success.  

I see a lot of movies. Too many, in fact. And what I’m always looking for is that spark. That feeling that I’m seeing something unique; something special; something to make me sit up and take notice.

This was a bit harder than I thought it would be, simply because there are so many movies I could include on this list, but these are the ones that I think are the most important. For now, at least. This list could easily change in a week.

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