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A Travis Bickle Contact Sheet

There are several reasons why the portion of Hollywood Frame by Frame dedicated to Martin Scorcese‘s 1976 drama Taxi Driver jumps out.

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1) The featured contact sheet is the work of famed photog Steve Schapiro.

2) The 34 thumbnails abut Robert De Niro’s famous “You talkin’ to me?” speech which, as the New York Daily News was the first to reveal a few years ago, was inspired by some Bruce Springsteen concert patter.

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Fifty Years Later, Bob Dylan Assignment Still Reverberates

ForeverYoungCoverAlthough Look magazine killed a planned 1964 feature story on Bob Dylan, deeming the cresting singer “too scruffy for a family magazine,” the photographs from the spiked assignment continue to be appreciated today. The shots were taken over a span of several weeks in New York City, Woodstock and at the Newport Folk Festival.

Photographer Douglas Gilbert was able to reclaim the pics after Look ceased publication, turning them into the 2005 book Forever Young, lending them to Martin Scorsese for a PBS documentary and sharing them via an ongoing, traveling gallery show. With the exhibit currently at Michigan’s South Haven Center for the Arts, area native Gilbert took time to share a few anecdotes with Kalamazoo Gazette entertainment writer John Liberty. Starting with this one:

Gilbert steered through a small town in New York when his passenger, a 23-year-old Bob Dylan, shouted, “Stop the car! Stop the car!”

Gilbert, a relatively green 21-year-old photographer from Michigan, obliged as the curly-haired musician ran to a newspaper stand on the side of the road. Gilbert said Dylan was drawn to a magazine with news about aliens on the cover.

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From 544 F-Words to Five Oscar Nominations

HillScorseseWolfMore than a few departed members of Hollywood’s Golden Age, if somehow magically revived and transported to the present, would likely utter a “WTF?” But as a sign of our more permissive times and Tinseltown’s greater tolerance of profanity than overseas markets, The Wolf of Wall Street scored five major Oscar nominations this morning.

The latest Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio opus is now also a Wolf of Wilshire Blvd., claiming nods for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Adapted Screenplay.Ceremony host Ellen De Generes is already saying her comedy thank you’s.

The number of times the F-word is uttered in Wolf was the subject of some recent media debate. Thankfully, the matter was put to authoritative rest via a Slate investigation by Forrest Wickman.

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An Epic Film Collaboration That Began Five Decades Ago at NYU

Shutterstock_ThelmaSchoonmakerWall Street Journal film features writer Rachel Dodes has the next best thing to a new Martin Scorsese-Thelma Schoonmaker movie: an interview piece about their 46-year collaboration.

So often, great things come from modest beginnings. In other words, neither one of these artists schemed in 1967 to conquer the world, garner X amount of Twitter followers or Y Facebook likes. Instead, they just started collaborating and to the benefit of us all, continue this holiday season with The Wolf of Wall Street:

Schoonmaker, 73, met Scorsese 50 years ago while she was taking a summer-editing course at NYU. She helped him edit his first feature film, 1967′s Who’s That Knocking at My Door. They stayed in touch, working together on Woodstock, a 1970 documentary, but didn’t start collaborating regularly until Raging Bull.

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Jimmy Kimmel Lands Oprah for Oscars Special

For years now, the most entertaining part of the Oscars has been Jimmy Kimmel‘s post-Academy Awards special.

The ABC late night talk show host landed some serious star power for his seventh special Thursday when the network announced Oprah Winfrey would join Kimmel on Feb. 26.

This should be a change of pace for Winfrey, who is normally doing the interviewing.

Kimmel is the right man behind the desk to make the former talk show giant squirm just a little bit while she promotes her new weekly series on OWN, Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Billy Crystal, Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Martin Scorsese will also join Kimmel and Coldplay will close out the show.

Triumph the Insult Dog Rips Golden Collar Awards

Behold the diametrical opposite to all that annual “it’s an honor just to be nominated” nonsense.

In a scathing YouTube video, Conan O’Brien‘s canine correspondent Triumph the Insult Comic Dog rips apart the six nominees for the first-year Golden Collar Awards category of Best Dog in a Television Series. Namely because he isn’t on the list:

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Martin Scorsese: Hugo‘s Doggie Actor Deserves Award Nom

The canine nominees for the first ever Golden Collar Awards were announced last week, and Martin Scorsese was outraged to learn that Hugo star Blackie the Doberman had been overlooked. In an Op-Ed for Sunday’s LA Times, the director made his case for the four-legged actor as a write-in candidate for the “Best Dog in a Theatrical Film” category:

I’m proud of Blackie, who laid it on the line and dared to risk the sympathy of her audience. Let’s just say that on the set, she had a fitting nickname: Citizen Canine. The bath scene alone is a masterpiece of underplaying, with Blackie’s wonderfully aquiline face accentuated by the 3-D.

The editors of Dog News Daily, the publication behind the Golden Collar Awards, have agreed to make Blackie a nominee if and only if they receive 500 “NOMINATE HUGO’S BLACKIE” posts on their Facebook page by Monday, February 6. You know what you have to do, people.

Bob Dylan Photographer Barry Feinstein Dies at 80

Legendary music photographer Barry Feinstein died late last week at the age of 80. Feinstein is legendary for his photographs of the 60′s music scene. He’s probably best known for his images of Bob Dylan. He toured with Bob Dylan and the Band on their controversial electric tour of England in 1966 and shot the poster image for Martin Scorsese‘s 2005 Dylan doc No direction Home.

Feinstein shot all over the world, but got his first big break here in LA in 1955 as a production assistant for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood. He had no formal training as a photographer, but his access to celebrities and musicians helped his emerging craft.

From the LA Times:

A close friend of actor Steve McQueen, he also shot stills during the production of McQueen’s 1968 classic film “Bullitt.”

Noting that her husband had a photography and design studio in Los Angeles for many years, Judith Jamison Feinstein said: “Steve McQueen would pick him up every day at 4 o’clock when he was done with business and off they’d go motorcycling through the Hollywood Hills.”

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From Vegas Mayor to CSI Murder Victim

The Mob Museum in Las Vegas is not scheduled to open until February of 2012. But thanks to a little Jerry Bruckheimer magic, the city’s recently departed mayor will be gunned down in front of a completed version of the building on tonight’s episode of CSI.

Oscar Goodman (pictured) last worked as an actor in Martin Scorsese‘s 1995 classic Goodfellas. He tells Vegas CBS affiliate Channel 8 that a replica of the Mob Museum was built in LA and that his gruesome TV scene will cap appearances in three other segments:

“Some 12 million people, I understand, will be looking at this particular episode and that will show time and time again,” Goodman said. “So the exposure that Las Vegas is getting, that the Mob Museum is getting is extraordinary. I mean as far as advertising dollars is just monumental.”

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Major Media Outlets Run with Wrong ‘Whitey’ Bulger Aliases

Former FishbowlNY contributor Hunter Walker was all over Santa Monica this morning, on the hunt for The Daily scoops about the real-life version of Jack Nicholson‘s character in 2006 Best Picture winner The Departed. News of James “Whitey” Bulger‘s shocking Wednesday arrest after years on the lam with a girlfriend was first reported by the LA Times.

Walker tweeted that several major media outlets (NPR, CBS News, etc.) wrongly reported the westside apartment alias listed for Bulger. Tagged in the confusion was Charlie Rosenzweig, the bad guy’s eighty-ish property owner neighbor, as well as Rosenzweig’s daughter-in-law, whose last name is Fein.

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