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If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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Put Martin Scorsese up against any filmmaker and the native New Yorker has a fighting shot. Hawkes? Ford? Kubrick? Hitchcock? Spielberg? All legends, but Scorsese is undeniably in the same league. And this weekend marks one of the first full gallery shows specifically dedicated to his films.

Spoke Art has taken over New York’s Bold Hype Gallery for Scorsese: An Art Show Tribute, featuring work based on films such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Casino and many more. Artists such as Scott Campbell, Joshua Budich, Dave Perillo, Fernando Reza, Jayson Weidel, Jessica Deahl, Jon Smith, New Flesh, Paul Shipper, Rhys Cooper, Rich Pellegrino and Sam Smith have all contributed to the show, which is open Friday April 19 through Sunday April 21.

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This is a huge time for Mondo. The company kicked off SXSW last week with their massive Game of Thrones show. Later this week is the even bigger Stout/Taylor show. (Check back Friday for more on that.) And today they’ve revealed a truly historic entry into their archive.

Martin Ansin has done a poster for Martin Scorsese‘s Taxi Driver, tied to a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX next week. Not only did Robert De Niro allow Mondo to use his likeness, Scorsese himself approved the poster. Check it out in full, below. Read More »

We’ve already seen how Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich, and Zooey Deschanel use their iPhone 4S and now director Martin Scorsese is getting into the mix. He’s the latest celebrity to endorse Apple’s signature product and if you enjoyed the previous commercials, this one is more of the same. A celebrity uses an iPhone 4S featuring a version of Siri with grossly exaggerated speed and personality. Whatever, it’s still fun. Plus, it contains a nice little Taxi Driver easter egg, and who doesn’t love that? Read More »

Michel Gondry‘s Be Kind, Rewind was far from a box office smash when it was released in 2008, and drew decent but not spectacular critical reviews. It might have been forgotten by now if it weren’t for its introduction of “sweding,” or the practice of shooting no-budget remakes of big-budget projects. The trend has waned a bit over the years but it’s far from dead, as evidenced by two videos making the rounds that are as charmingly low-fi as any we’ve seen so far.

The first comes from Gondry, the master of sweding himself, who shot a three-minute version of the classic Taxi Driver starring himself in the Robert De Niro role, while the other is Roque Rodriguez and Bryan Harley‘s adorable, cardboard-heavy recreation of the recently released The Dark Knight Rises trailer. Watch both videos after the jump.

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Really, you could call any of the past few decades “The Age of Scorsese” — the timelessness of his best work is what makes him such a revered filmmaker, and he’s been working steadily since the ’70s. But every fashion photoshoot needs an inspiration, so for their latest issue, Harper’s Bazaar pulled together a bevy of stars to pay tribute to Martin Scorsese under that “Age of” title. The spread sees Chloe Moretz, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Michael PittSir Ben Kingsley and several other high-profile actors come together to recreate some of the director’s most iconic scenes. Flip through the photos after the jump.

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Reading this, you know you’re a film fan. You wouldn’t be on this site if you weren’t. Visiting movie themed websites is just one of many outlets film fans have to feed their passion. Going to the movies is another, writing about them fits too and then there are the select few who go above and beyond and make their own art based on their favorite films.

That’s what /Film reader Mahdi Chowdhury has done and his work is worthy of your time. He’s currently in the process of making some beautiful and thoughtful posters for some of his favorite films like Reservoir Dogs, Apocalypse Now, Leon, Lost in Translation, Taxi Driver and we’ve got a look after the jump. Read More »

There are many reasons I am glad that Lars Von Trier is out in the world, playing with film, and one is that he actually plays with film. Sometimes that playfulness is also quite perverse — OK, it is often perverse — but that’s still valuable. Dogme was an attempt to set boundaries in which films could be made with an artistic (and consequently a political) freedom from the tropes of Hollywood filmmaking. And The Five Obstructions, in which LVT challenged Jorgen Leth to remake his short The Perfect Human in five ways, with different ‘obstructions’ in his way each time, was another way to play with the creative boundaries of filmmaking.

Over a year ago, a meeting between Lars Von Trier and Martin Scorsese produced the rumor that LVT might remake Taxi Driver, possibly in a framework like The Five Obstructions. That was quickly denied, but that denial said that Lars Von Trier wasn’t going to remake Taxi Driver. What if Martin Scorsese would? Now there is confirmation from their respective production companies that both directors will participate in The Five Obstructions (yep, same title) and the unconfirmed rumor is that Martin Scorsese’s narrative material will indeed be Taxi Driver. Read More »

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