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2011 in Review: Sting, Martin Scorsese, Bill Maher and Dozens More Look Back

America's smartest, funniest people tackle Occupy Wall Street, Lady Gaga and a bunch more things you wish you could forget
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Martin Scorsese

WHAT 'OCCUPY' MEANS TO ME It's where I live. It's almost a new spin on Gangs of New York, with all the turbulence among the urban poor during the 1860s. The Five Points and Zuccotti Park, practically the same neighborhood. Lower Manhattan. Now it's spreading all over the country. Take away their livelihood, take away their money, and people have to get up and protest.

POLITICAL AWAKENING I came from a very conservative background. Films opened me up first, then literature. But what ultimately changed me was being a student at Washington Square College at NYU in 1960. The Vietnam War protests. They took me into the world. Made me aware. These Wall Street protesters see an unfair system. I agree. We have to rethink that system. Rework it. Get something done.

3D MOVIES I've wanted to direct a 3D movie since I saw House of Wax in 1953. Orson Welles said that making Citizen Kane was fun, like "the best electric train set a boy ever had." Working in 3D was like that for me. In addition to the mechanics of it, 3D brings you closer to the actors. I wouldn't mind making all my movies in 3D, especially when the technology gets better and eliminates the glasses. If I could go back in time, I'd shoot Taxi Driver in 3D. Bob De Niro in the mirror as Travis Bickle. Imagine how intimidating. "You talking to me? You talking to me?" Amazing possibilities.

DREAM CAST My wish for next year is to get my friends Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio together. Not for pasta – in a movie directed by me. I've done eight films with Bob, four with Leo. They are my friends and collaborators. Now I want to join them up. It's my dream. And I'm going to make it happen.

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