Entries in Martin Scorsese (3)


Martin Scorsese Sued by Production Company over Unmade Film

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Martin Scorsese has been sued by a production company that claims he's neglected a project that he agreed in 1990 to direct.

According to, Cecchi Gori Pictures claims production on the film, titled Silence, has been postponed as Scorsese directed three other movies: The Departed, Shutter Island and Hugo. In exchange, the lawsuit says, Scorsese agreed to pay the company a fee for each movie. Cecchi Gori Pictures claims that he never paid the fee for Hugo, his 2011 Oscar-winning family film.

Cecchi Gori Pictures says Scorsese is now planning to take on another film, Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio, instead of Silence.

Cecchi Gori Pictures seeks a 1.5-million-dollar fee for Hugo, plus a percentage of other compensation Scorsese earned from the film. They also want fees for any other movies he decides to direct before he works on Silence.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silence focuses on missionaries in the 1600s who travel to Japan to investigate reports of the emperor torturing Christians.

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Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen Snag Directors Guild Award Nods

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen earned nominations Monday for the top prize at the upcoming Directors Guild of America Awards.

Scorsese received a nod for Hugo, and Allen is in the running for his work on Midnight in Paris.  The other nominees are David Fincher, for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Alexander Payne, for The Descendants; and Michel Hazanavicius, for The Artist.

Absent from the list is Steven Spielberg; he most recently directed The Adventures of Tintin and likely Oscar contender War Horse.

The DGA award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film is considered to be a reliable predictor of who will win the Academy Award for best director.  Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has its feature film winner not gone on to win the best-director Oscar later in the year.

The TV nominees will be announced on Tuesday.  The 64th Annual DGA Awards, hosted by Kelsey Grammer, will be held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 28.

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Scorsese Hit with $2.85 Million Tax Bill

Venturelli/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Legendary director Martin Scorsese was slammed with a nearly $3 million Valentine from the Internal Revenue Service a few weeks ago. The New York Post reports the IRS served Scorsese with a $2.85 million past-due notice on Feb. 14, stemming from unpaid taxes and related interest and penalties Uncle Sam says Scorsese owes.

This is the second celeb this week whose tax troubles have gone public, and sources say both Scorsese's tax troubles and those of Al Pacino both have to do with their former financial adviser Kenneth Starr. Last week, Starr was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for his alleged involvement in a $33 million Ponzi scheme that involved some Scorsese and Pacino's money.

Scorsese's rep insists the director is square with the government, telling the Post, "The IRS prematurely filed this lien...As of this moment, the entire amount is full paid, and he has no current IRS debts."

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