Many young boys grow up with superheroes adorning their walls. Jonah Hill grew up with a picture of Martin Scorsese on his.
The actor related the poignant anecdote at a star-studded benefit Monday evening at the Museum of Modern Art, honoring the celebrated director both for his contributions to both cinema and to film restoration and preservation.
"You might not even understand how often just the image of you creates young people who want to be filmmakers every single day," said Hill, who worked with Scorsese on "The Wolf of Wall Street" and just released his directorial debut, "Mid90s," last month.
Hill added: "As far as I'm concerned that's the coolest thing in the entire world. Thank you for just existing, because I am only up here because you did what you did."
Also among the speakers at MoMA's annual film benefit, which raises funds to bring great works of film to the museum's collection, were Hollywood heavyweights Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, two of the actors most closely associated with Scorsese.
DiCaprio, who's appeared in five Scorsese films including "Shutter Island," ''The Departed," and "The Wolf of Wall Street," also went back to his youth to describe the influence Scorsese, 76, had on him.
He told the audience how when he was just 15, and starting his journey as an actor, his father took him to a movie theater for inspiration.
"He pointed at the screen, and as the reels of 'Goodfellas' began to spin, he said, 'This is the epitome of modern filmmaking,'" DiCaprio recounted. "'This is someone who you may be lucky enough one day to work with, and when it comes to directors, Martin Scorsese is where the bar is set.'"
The actor added that from that moment, "I made it a goal, I made it a relentless ambition to work alongside the master we're celebrating here tonight." The pair is about to start on its sixth collaboration, the crime thriller "Killers of the Flower Moon."
DiCaprio also spoke of Scorsese as a lifelong teacher, from his constant on-set references to film history to his efforts to restore and preserve old films with The Film Foundation, which he founded in 1990.
"No one on earth has so relentlessly pioneered the salvation of movie history with such commitment the way Martin Scorsese has," DiCaprio said.
De Niro, who's made nine feature films with Scorsese, including classics like "Taxi Driver," ''Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas," spoke of the director's many years of friendship.
"Marty's gift for friendship is directly related to his many gifts for filmmaking," the actor said. The director has, he said, "a giant heart that understands and embraces every character he helps us create, and every story he tells."
De Niro also quipped to the crowd that Scorsese's first career ambition was to be a priest. "My theory was that he changed when he realized that being a priest meant serving God, but being a director meant BEING God," he said.
Hill told the story of how Scorsese had instructed an actor in "The Wolf of Wall Street" to punch him for real, because the fake punches were looking, well, fake.
Hill noted that he had adopted that technique for "Mid90s," but Scorsese, when he came to the podium, jokingly admonished him. "I wouldn't advise that for young filmmakers," he said.
Rapper Snoop Dogg was honored with the 2,651st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, KTLA reported.
Born Calvin Broadus Jr., Snoop Dogg has sold more than 40 million albums since “Doggystyle,” his 1993 debut album. He has also been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards.
"I want to thank me for believing in me; I want to thank me for doing all this hard work,” the rapper, actor and entrepreneur said during Monday’s ceremony. “I want to thank me for having no days off; I want to thank me for never quitting.
“I want to thank me for always being a giver, and trying to give more than I receive; I want to thank me for doing more right than wrong; I want to thank me for being me at all times.”
Snoop Dogg's musical hits include "Gin & Juice," "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," "Next Episode," Drop It Like It's Hot" and Beautiful."
The Latest on the White House press and CNN reporter Jim Acosta (all times local):
The Trump administration will fully restore Jim Acosta's White House credentials, but has warned the CNN reporter that he must follow a series of rules at future news conferences.
On Twitter, CNN said: "Today the @WhiteHouse fully restored @Acosta's press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary."
The White House letter sent to Acosta Monday makes clear his credentials could be threatened again, stressing new rules for press conferences, including limiting each reporter to a single question with follow-ups at the discretion of the president.
The White House revoked Acosta's pass after a news conference clash with President Donald Trump.
A federal judge issued a temporary order restoring Acosta's pass last week. The White House quickly sent Acosta a letter threatening to take it away again when that order expired
The Trump administration has again targeted White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
After a federal judge ordered that Acosta's credentials be temporarily restored last week, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying it had made the "preliminary decision" to suspend his pass. The White House said Acosta would continue to hold his credentials while the 14-day judge's order was in effect.
The White House argues Acosta did not follow "basic standards" when he scrapped with President Donald Trump at a news conference. The letter from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Communications Director Bill Shine, says Trump is "aware of this preliminary decision and concurs."
The Rolling Stones will be rolling through the United States next year.
The band says it's adding a 13-show leg to its No Filter tour in spring 2019 that will hit Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C. The tour kicks off in Miami on April 20.
For the past few years the legendary band has mostly played in Europe. Lead singer Mick Jagger says in a statement: "It's a thrill when we play stadiums in the States."
Tickets go on sale Nov. 30.
The band returned to its blues roots in 2016 with the release of "Blue & Lonesome," which earned the Stones a Grammy Award for best traditional blues album.
Peter Simon, a longtime photographer on Martha's Vineyard, has died at the age of 71.
Family friend Mirabai Bush says Simon died Sunday of cardiac arrest at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He had also battled lung cancer.
Simon was the brother of singer Carly Simon, who also lives on the iconic Massachusetts island.
The Martha's Vineyard Times reports that Simon was working for the newspaper as a freelance photographer at the time of his death.
Simon spent his career photographing both celebrities on the island as well as everyday people.
In the spring, he relaunched Vineyard Scenes, which featured photographs from local events and fundraisers.
Simon, who also worked for the Vineyard Gazette, published several books and a yearly calendar with scenic island landscapes.
New York prosecutors pushed back Monday against Harvey Weinstein's latest attempt to have the criminal case against him dismissed, saying there is "ample evidence" to move forward with the sexual assault charges against the former Hollywood producer.
In new court filings, the Manhattan district attorney's office played down the witness coaching allegations against the lead detective in the case, saying the indictment against Weinstein should stand despite prosecutors' recent decision to dismiss one of the six counts.
"There is no possibility that this issue in any way impaired the integrity of the grand jury or prejudiced the defendant," Assistant District Attorney Kevin Wilson wrote in the motion.
Prosecutors also opposed Weinstein's request for an evidentiary hearing to probe allegations of police misconduct.
"In truth, the only reason the defendant wants a hearing is to provide a public circus that will further the public relations campaign the defendant has been waging from the outset of this case," Wilson wrote.
Weinstein lawyer Benjamin Brafman countered in a statement that "it is they who created the circus with the DA and the NYPD calling each other liars."
Monday's back-and-forth came two weeks after Weinstein's lawyers asked a judge to jettison the entire case, citing evidence that Detective Nicholas DiGaudio told a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of a sexual assault allegation against Weinstein.
DiGaudio told the witness that "less is more," prosecutors acknowledged last month.
Prosecutors also have disclosed an allegation that the same officer urged another Weinstein accuser to delete material from her cellphones before handing them over to prosecutors. The material did not pertain to Weinstein, prosecutors said, and ultimately was not deleted.
Weinstein's attorneys have described DiGaudio as "a serial obstructer" who was "singularly hell-bent on concealing the truth." The officer's conduct prompted the district attorney's office to dismiss a count that alleged Weinstein forced Lucia Evans to perform oral sex in 2004 when she was a college student and fledgling actress.
The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they consent to being identified publicly, as Evans has done.
Weinstein, 66, was originally charged with assaulting three women. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
In their attempt to have the case dismissed, Weinstein's lawyers accused prosecutors of failing to show the grand jury evidence that they contend undermines the charges.
Wilson, the assistant district attorney, countered Monday that prosecutors have no obligation to present to the grand jury evidence favorable to a defendant.
"A review of the grand jury minutes will reveal that evidence was presented properly and with correct legal instructions," Wilson wrote in the filing.
Brafman, the defense attorney, said he plans to file a reply to the prosecution's motion after Thanksgiving.
The Rolling Stones are bringing their No Filter tour to the United States with a 13-date schedule at stadiums beginning April 20, the band said on its website Monday.
The tour will open at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and will end June 21 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, according to the website.
There will be a presale on Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. through the band’s site at rollingstones.com/tour. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Nov. 30 at 10 a.m., the band said.
The tour also will make stops in Jacksonville, Florida; Seattle; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Houston; Glendale, Arizona; Pasadena and Santa Clara, California; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and East Rutherford, New Jersey.
“It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the states,” lead singer Mick Jagger said in a statement. “The energy is always amazing.”
“I’ve always loved playing in the states,” lead guitarist Keith Richards said in a statement. “It’s a great crowd.”
This will be the iconic rock ’n’ roll band’s first extended U.S. tour since 2015’s Zip Code tour, Rolling Stone reported.
Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and the late Roy Halladay are the new marquee names on the Hall of Fame Ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, ESPN reported Monday.
Pitcher Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada are among the 20 newcomers on the ballot. There are 15 holdovers from last year’s ballot, including Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina, ESPN reported.
During his 19-year career with the New York Yankees, Rivera had 652 regular-season saves and 42 in the postseason, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He led New York to five World Series titles and went 8-1 with an 0.70 ERA in the postseason.
Halladay threw two no-hitters and won Cy Young Awards in each league, earning the honor with Toronto in 2003 and Philadelphia in 2010. He was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA and pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins in 2010, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Later that fall, Halladay pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati in the opener of the National League Championship Series making him the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason. Don Larsen threw a no-hitter for the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
Halladay died piloting a plane off Florida’s Gulf coast on Nov, 7, 2017.
More than 400 ballots are being sent to eligible voters from the BBWAA, ESPN reported. A player must receive at least 75 percent for election to the Hall of Fame. Ballots are due Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 22.
Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome were elected in 2017.
There has not been a cause of death determined for actress and former model Kim Porter after her sudden death Thursday.
USA Today reported that the Los Angles coroner’s office said an autopsy failed to immediately establish a cause of death. The autopsy was conducted Friday.
“The cause of death was deferred pending additional tests,” Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, told USA Today.
Porter was pronounced dead in her Los Angeles home Thursday, the coroner said.
Many in the entertainment industry continue to mourn her loss, and a celebration of her life was held in Los Angeles Monday.
Porter dated music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs on and off for 13 years. They remained friendly even after breaking up for good in 2007 and had three children together: a 20-year-old son named Christian and 11-year-old twin daughters, D’Lila Star and Jessie James.
Diddy publicly commented on the loss of Porter for the first time Sunday, saying, “For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare. But I haven’t. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much.”
A public memorial service is planned in Oklahoma for singer-guitarist Roy Clark, who headlined the TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century.
A "celebration of life" service will be held Wednesday at Rhema Bible Church in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow. Clark was 85 when he died last week at his home in Tulsa from complications of pneumonia.
Clark was a guitar virtuoso known for hits including "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling." He also played the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments.
Clark was the "Hee Haw" host or co-host for the variety show's entire 24-year run. He also was a frequent guest performer with top orchestras, including the Boston Pops, and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
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