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Martin Scorsese Birthday Special: From Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort, 11 Fantastic Characters That the Legendary Director Has Given Us (LatestLY Exclusive)

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Martin Scorsese Birthday Special: From Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort, 11 Fantastic Characters That the Legendary Director Has Given Us (LatestLY Exclusive)

It is strange that, while writing a birthday feature for a director I totally revere, I have to start with a complaint. Despite an illustrious career with several masterpieces or at least, cult favourites, Martin Scorsese has written very few strongly-written female character. The few rare examples that comes to my mind are for Sharon Stone in Casino, Cate Blanchett in The Aviator, Chloë Grace Moretz in Hugo, or Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street. Apart from that, it is difficult to find a very interesting female character in his movies. His latest film, The Irishman, featured Anna Paquin whose role only had her utter merely a line or two. The Irishman Movie Review: A Vintage Martin Scorsese Extracts Brilliant Performances From Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci in Netflix’s Crime Drama.

But look at all the male characters that he had given us, and there are some absolutely fantastic ones, from nearly every great film he directed – Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, et al. On the occasion of Martin Scorsese’s 77th birthday, we look at 11 great characters that the director has given through some amazing movies.

Rupert Pupkin in The King of Comedy

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) in The King of Comedy

Played by: Robert De Niro

Expect the great De Niro to appear in this list a couple of times (and so also Leonardo DiCaprio). Starting this list, with an underrated performance in a very underrated Scorsese film, De Niro is a wannabe comedian and a huge Jerry Lewis fan, who kidnaps his idol to seek the fame he thinks this act of crime will get. The King of Comedy got renewed attention when 2019’s Joker came out, as fans drew parallels between Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck and De Niro’s Pupkin. Robert De Niro Birthday Special: 7 Underrated Films of The Actor Par Excellence That You Need to Check Out Right Now!

Jake Lamotta in Raging Bull

Jake Lamotta (Robert De Niro) in Raging Bull

Played by: Robert De Niro

Called by some fans as an ‘anti-Rocky‘ film, this masterpiece by Scorsese is based on the life of boxer Jake Lamotta. However, instead of harping on his sporting achievements which sports biopic usually do, Raging Bull is rather focussed on the psyche on the man. It delves into his rage issues that leads to some dark areas in his personal and professional life, with De Niro giving a performance of a lifetime (though that adage applies to many performances of his, amazing actor that he is!).

Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver

Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) in Taxi Driver

Played by: Robert De Niro

I assure you that this is not a Robert De Niro appreciation post, though it threatens to be one. But how can we not mention one of the greatest anti-heroes of cinema, Travis Bickle, a character that feels so relevant in present times? A cab driver who wants to keep his street clean of all the vile elements, Bickle doesn’t recognise that he is himself seen as one such element by the society. His “You talking to me?” quote while speaking to his mirror reflection has become iconic. Travis Bickle is also an inspiration for Sanjay Dutt’s character in Sadak.

Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas

Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) in Goodfellas

Played by: Joe Pesci

If Travis Bickle is one of the greatest anti-heroes, then Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas should be among the greatest villains in cinema. An Italian mobster, what makes DeVito so dangerous, despite his unassuming looks, is his complete unpredictability. In one moment, he might be laughing and joking, and the very next instant, he might be shooting someone dead. And it is this volatile nature that becomes the reason of his doom. Joe Pesci, rightfully, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. Martin Scorsese Birthday Special: 7 Lesser-Talked About but Brilliant Films by The Irishman Director That You Need to Watch Right Away!

Ginger McKenna in Casino

Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone) in Casino

Played by: Sharon Stone

Like I wrote before, Scorsese films don’t usually have well-written female characters, which is why Ginger McKenna in Casino is such a fantastic exception. While Casino has often been compared with Goodfellas as they share actors De Niro and Pesci and a similar tone, what makes Casino so different is the importance given to Ginger. Stuck in a bored marriage, Ginger finds ways to rebel against her powerful husband, including having an affair, but that only deteriorates her own mental condition, while creating more chaos and leading to a tragic demise for her. Stone got an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for her performance. Martin Scorsese Birthday Special: From Goodfellas to Taxi Driver, How the Filmmaker Skillfully Used Tracking Shots (Watch Videos).

Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York

Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis) in Gangs of New York

Played by: Daniel Day-Lewis

Gangs of New York is not considered as one of Scorsese’s best films, though it is still a good movie. It is most remembered for the first of the many Scorsese-DiCaprio collabs, and the only time the director worked with the great Daniel Day-Lewis. Bill the Butcher, is a ruthless gang-leader,who has killed the protagonist’s father and is now the target of the vendetta saga. But he is a very sly, cunning man, not easy to beat, and knows his enemies’ moves even before they plan it out.

Howard Hughes in The Aviator

Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) in The Aviator

Played by: Leonardo DiCaprio

Scorsese has this knack of making memorable characters out of real-life personalities. Like for example, his take on the late Howard Hughes, eccentric innovator, entrepreneur and filmmaker, is as enigmatic and mesmerising as his crime dramas. Both Scorsese and DiCaprio does an excellent job of portraying Hughes’ over-ambitious attitude, his OCD and his eventual descent into paranoia.

Colin Sullivan in The Departed

Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) in The Departed

Played by: Matt Damon

The Departed, a remake of the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, has some well-written characters any of whom could have made it to this list. Be it Jack Nicholson’s boorish mob boss Frank Costello, DiCaprio’s conflicted undercover cop or Mark Wahlberg’s foul-mouthed detective. But I feel Matt Damon’s two-faced cop Colin Sullivan hasn’t gotten the recognition he is due, despite being such a fantastic character. The actual antagonist of the film, Sullivan is very unlikeable, without the need for any showiness. Like a rat. It is the sneakiness of the character that makes him be so, switching sides when it comes to saving his own skin and his luck favouring him at every turn. Till it runs out in the end, and he find himself at the receiving end of a silent bullet.

Edward Daniels in Shutter Island

Edward Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Shutter Island

Played by: Leonardo DiCaprio

A psychological mystery thriller, the movie follows DiCaprio’s detective Daniels as he tries to investigate the mysterious happenings in an asylum on a secluded island. As his investigation progresses, he finds out that not everything in the island including the doctors and the inmates are what they seem, while his own mental state seems to be betraying him on occasions. Till he faces his the actual truth that he has been trying to hide away. Jaws, Evil Dead, Basic Instinct, American Pie – 11 Cult Hollywood Movies That Bollywood Dared to Remake and You Never Even Noticed.

Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio is Jordan Belfort in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET,

Played by: Leonardo DiCaprio

In tone, The Wolf of Wall Street is Scorsese’s funnest film, a film that is about excesses. Excess filth words, excess scenes of drug-intaking, nudity and sex. It is unfairly criticised to glamourise these elements, which is exactly the opposite what Scorsese wanted to show through the exploits of Jordan Belfort, a real-life former tainted Wall Street investor. Through Belfort, Scorsese wanted to portray how his and his fellow brokers’ debauched lifestyle is churned out of drilling holes in the economy, and the crime always catches up with the guilty in the end. Like nearly all of his films.

Jimmy Hoffa in The Irishman

Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) in The Irishman

Played by: Al Pacino

It is really strange that despite being strongly active in the ’80s and the ’90s, Al Pacino and Scorsese never got the chance to work with each other, which was rectified in last year’s ambitious Netflix offering, The Irishman. While the focus of the film was the rise and decline of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), an enforcer for a powerful mob family, it is with Pacino’s entry as the trade union leader Jimmy Hoffa that the film gets a renewed vigor. Scorsese does a terrific job of showing how Hoffa becomes a powerful authority thanks to his association with Sheeran and his boss, Bufalino (Joe Pesci), before the latter felt he was growing bigger for his shoes. His assassination sequence is a highlight in the film, in the way it is so abruptly shot and Pacino’s fantastic performance there.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 17, 2020 09:11 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Master: Thalapathy Vijay’s Action Thriller to Release in Theatres and Not Have a Digital Premiere, Makers Issue Statement (View Tweet)

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Master: Thalapathy Vijay’s Action Thriller to Release in Theatres and Not Have a Digital Premiere, Makers Issue Statement (View Tweet)

Thalapathy Vijay and Vijay Sethupati’s upcoming project Master has been making a lot of noise ever since the teaser of the film was out a few weeks back. The craze around the movie is so much that its teaser has crossed over 40 million views on YouTube. Amid this, a report in India Today mentioned that Master will be premiering on Netflix as the streaming giant has bought its right. However, looks like that’s not the case. As the makers on Saturday took to social media and cleared the air that the thriller is not releasing on any OTT platform and will hit the big screens soon. Master Teaser Out: Thalapathy Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi Lock Horns in This Gritty and Power-Packed Action Promo (Watch Video). 

The makers in their post mentioned how releasing a film in the theatres is the need of the hour for the revival of the Tamil showbiz, which has incurred a huge loss due to the pandemic. “With lot of rumours surfacing in the past few days, we would like to clarify our stand on it. Though we have an offer from a reputed OTT service provider, we prefer to the theatrical release,” a part of the statement read. This sets the record straight. Master: Teaser of Thalapathy Vijay’s 64th Film To Arrive on November 14 at 6 PM, Makers Announce News With A Fresh Poster Also Featuring Vijay Sethupathi (View Pic). 

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Earlier, Master was supposed to make it to the theatres in April this year, but it was unable to. Reportedly, the film will now be released in January 2021. Helmed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, apart from the leads, it will also feature Malavika Mohanan, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Arjun Das and Andrea Jeremiah in pivotal roles.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 29, 2020 09:52 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Happy Birthday Don Cheadle: 5 Inspiring Quotes From the Actor’s Films That We All Need to Live By (View Pics)

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Happy Birthday Don Cheadle: 5 Inspiring Quotes From the Actor’s Films That We All Need to Live By (View Pics)

Don Cheadle has been a part of movies that range from life lessons to hilarious moments. The actor is one of the most versatile actors we know and we all know we are in for good fun if we are seeing him on the screen. Don started his career with a small role in one of the episodes of Hill Street Blues, where he played a teenager with learning difficulties. He went on to do many shows and movies after that but got his first widespread notice for his portrayal of Mouse Alexander in the film Devil in a Blue Dress.  Don Cheadle Birthday Special: 10 Times When the Avengers EndGame Star Stole the Show As War Machine in Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Not just an amazing actor but Don Cheadle is also an amazing author, director, producer and writer.  His most passionate project was Miles Ahead which took him ten years of writing and producing to finish the film. The film was based on the life of jazz musician Miles Davis and was directed by him as well. Cheadle also starred in the film.

We cannot move ahead without mention his Marvel stint. He stepped into te shoes of the role of War Machine / James Rhodes in Iron Man 2. Don had replaced Terrence Howard and went on to appear in Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Avengers Endgame Actor Don Cheadle Joins NBA Star LeBron James and Sonequa Martin-Green for Space Jam 2.

Being a writer and an actor also meant that Don was able to give the audience some very amazing knowledge about life, films, arts and emotions. His words always had some great value and today as the actor celebrates his 56th birthday, we thought of listing 5 of his best quotes that will keep you inspired and positive as well:

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Word!

Quote from Traitor (Pic Credit: Google)

Quote from Traitor (Pic Credit: Google)

Love All Hate None!

Quote from The United States Of LeLand (Pic Credit: Google)

A Little Bit Of Kindness Is All We Need!

Quote from Traitor (Pic Credit: Google)

Aren’t We All Tryin To Find Ourselves?

Quote from Miles Ahead (Pic Credit: Google)

After all, Family Is All We Got!

Quote from Hotel Rwanda (Pic Credit: Google)

On the professional front, Don Cheadle’s banner Radicle Act has now partnered with HBO Max to produce the dark comedy, Max. The show revolves around the life of a black millennial woman who is trying to balance her hectic professional life and complex sex life, with some moderate sociopathic tendencies.

We hope to see more and more of Don’s beautiful work on the big and small screen. Here’s wishing the talented actor a very happy 56th birthday.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 29, 2020 09:40 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Ankita Lokhande to Pay Tribute to Late Actor Sushant Singh Rajput at an Awards Show, Shares Rehearsal Video!

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Ankita Lokhande to Pay Tribute to Late Actor Sushant Singh Rajput at an Awards Show, Shares Rehearsal Video!

One of the most disheartening events that happened this year is Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. It has been five months since SSR left us, but the pain is still there among the actor’s fans and close ones. During the time of his untimely demise, many tributes poured in from around the globe. Now, SSR’s former girlfriend Ankita Lokhande is all set to pay a dancing tribute to the late star. The actress shared a rehearsal video on Instagram that sees her practising. Going by the looks, it seems she is going to perform at a television awards show. Ankita Lokhande Remembers Sushant SIngh Rajput, Says ‘Keep Smiling Wherever You Are’ (View Post). 

Indeed, who better than Ankita to do the honours as she was one of the closest ones to Sushant and knew him in and out. FYI, it was Lokhande who demanded CBI probe into SSR’s death and also expressed that he never suffered from depression. “This time it’s very different and difficult to perform. From me to u. it’s painful !!!!#sushantsinghrajput #manavarchana #ankitalokhande,” she captioned the video. Dil Bechara: Ankita Lokhande Reminisces Late Sushant Singh Rajput’s Journey From Pavitra Rishta To Dil Bechara (View Post). 

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Ankita and Sushant dated for 6 years until 2016. Not just this, the two made audiences go gaga over their chemistry as Manav and Archana on Zee TV’s iconic serial Pavitra Rishta. We are damn sure the tribute by Ankita is going to make one and all teary-eyed. Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on June 14, 2020. Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 29, 2020 09:18 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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