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MARTIN SCORSESE is getting a mini tribute and retrospective this week at the Ziegfeld Theater. The films are his recent classics. On Thursday, February 13th there’s a Q&A with Leonardo DiCaprio, famed editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and “Wolf of Wall Street” screenwrite Terence Winter. How cool is that? You can get tickets at www.bowtiecinemas.com. Here’s the schedule:
Thursday, February 13th
THE AVIATOR – 12:00pm
THE DEPARTED – 3:30pm
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – conversation prior to feature at 7:00pm

Friday, February 14th
SHUTTER ISLAND – 1:00pm
GANGS OF NEW YORK – 4:00pm
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – 7:45pm

DIAHANN CARROLL has exited “Raisin in the Sun” starring Denzel Washington, set for an April opening on Broadway. Let’s face it, she was wrong for this role. The amazing LaTanya Richardson takes her place. She’s only 6 years older than Denzel, but will play his mother. She can do it. Carroll, I’m told, arrived for rehearsals in a fur coat with Chanel sunglasses. She thought it was “Dreamgirls,” I guess…

ED SHEERAN did such a great job singing and playing “In My Life” on the Beatles special. Now he’s been chosen as the entertainer for Elton John and David Furnish’s Oscar party. The dinner and party benefit the wonderful Elton John AIDS Foundation. Tickets are very hard to come by. Go to www.ejaf.org…

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