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'Wolf of Wall Street' Producers Push for End to "Libel in Fiction" Lawsuit

16 October 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With tales of how the guy suing them once had a large role at Stratton Oakmont, was witnessed having sexual relations with a prostitute and ingested Quaaludes and marijuana during his time at the disgraced brokerage firm, the producers of Wolf of Wall Street are seeking an end to a libel lawsuit. On Friday, Paramount Pictures, Red Granite, Martin Scorsese's Sikelia Productions, and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way highlighted evidence in advance of a summary judgment motion.

The lawsuit comes from Andrew Greene, who in the mid-1990s was general counsel at Stratton Oakmont, where he worked with Jordan Belfort and acted as »

- Eriq Gardner

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'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort Still Owes Feds $97.5 Million

10 October 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

There might be a 'Wolf of Wall Street' sequel after all because the real life guy is still heavily in debt to the United States, and the government is digging into his pockets to get the dough. According to new legal docs ... Jordan Belfort still owes the victims a whopping $97,538,621.34 in restitution to satisfy a $110 million judgment against him. Prosecutors for the Eastern District of New York are done waiting for him to make good, »

- TMZ Staff

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Shoe Designer, Ex-Con – ‘Maddman’ Doc Explores the Mysterious Steve Madden (Exclusive Video)

28 September 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Maddman: The Steve Madden Story,” a new documentary from Ben Patterson, poses the question: Who is the iconic shoe designer, really? “I didn’t even think Steve Madden was a real guy,” one bystander says in the clip, obtained exclusively by TheWrap. “I just thought it was a brand.” “I know he was in that movie, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,'” said another. Also Read: FBI Seeks 'Wolf of Wall Street' Proceeds in $1 Billion Asset Seizure Indeed, in the film, Jordan Belfort of Stratton Oakmont (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) takes Madden’s shoe company public in 1993. Madden was played by Dustin Hoffman’s son, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Martin Scorsese Production Company Escapes 'Wolf of Wall Street' Libel Lawsuit

11 September 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Martin Scorsese has successfully convinced a judge that his production company is based in New York. As a result, Sikelia Productions is being dismissed from an ongoing libel lawsuit that targets his 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street.

The lawsuit comes from Andrew Greene, a former executive at Stratton Oakmont, the financial firm whose 1990s exploits were chronicled in the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Stratton Oakmont founder Jordan Belfort. Greene alleges that the character of Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff — played by actor P.J. Byrne — was based on him. Greene is upset how he was portrayed as "a criminal, drug user, degenerate, depraved, and/or »

- Eriq Gardner

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Margot Robbie Looks Totally Unrecognizable as She Transforms into Queen Elizabeth I for New Role

21 August 2017 8:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Margot Robbie is that you?

The Australian actress, 27, made fans do a double-take when she debuted a bold new look while filming in London this week for her upcoming movie Mary Queen of Scots. The film will chronicle the Scottish queen’s unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Robbie’s Queen Elizabeth I for the English crown and her infamous imprisonment and eventual execution.

Robbie’s startling transformation — from her normally glossy blonde locks and flawless skin to a partially shaved head with fiery red hair and a blotchy complexion —  are all part of getting into character for her role. (Queen Elizabeth I »

- Yvonne Juris

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Martin Scorsese’s Top 7 movies

6 August 2017 10:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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There are few filmmakers out there that can boast a filmography that stacks up to Martin Scorsese’s. Argued to be the best director of the Hollywood New Wave generation – not a small feat, considering he’s up against heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone, Scorsese started his career in 1967 with his debut Who’s That Knocking On My Door, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon at his 74 years of age.

With big news coming out regarding his long gestating return to gangster epics The Irishman, we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights of Scorsese’s wide spanning and eclectic career.

Gangs of New York

In many ways Gangs of New York belongs to Scorsese’s modern American gangster genre, albeit it as a prequel to the actual gangster world. Telling the violent »

- David Agnew

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Is the Internet killing the straight-to-home entertainment movie?

23 July 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on whether the internet is killing the straight-to-home entertainment movie…

Going to the cinema has long been an escape. It’s an event. A special outing. When that was your only option of seeing a film it obviously limited the options the general public had. The business became bigger and bigger. Cinemas spread through towns and cities, widening the options further. Then TV allowed us to watch at home. With that, it also bought TV premieres. Films made especially to bypass the big screen (and indeed offer the option of serials, sitcoms, soaps etc).

Then came the video age. This saw an explosion. A whole new wave. Suddenly the quantity of available films become astronomical. This avenue of distribution meant film-makers could shoot something relatively cheaply and then aim directly for the home market. Alternatively it also gave a theatrical film a second bite of the cherry if »

- Amie Cranswick

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Jordan Belfort says North Koreans Should Assassinate Kim Jong-un

5 July 2017 7:49 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_gp7teet0"]] The real-life Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort predicts North Korea's dictator could be killed in a matter of months ... by his own people, with a little prodding. Jordan -- who spent 22 months in prison for fraud and money laundering -- was in Hermosa Beach Tuesday celebrating Independence Day when he went off on the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un ... calling the guy "out of his f****** mind." Jordan says "they" gotta figure out »

- TMZ Staff

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The Most Famous Las Vegas Casinos Used In The Movies

24 May 2017 5:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Las Vegas is a wonderful town. Positioned in the middle of the desert and often known simply as ‘Vegas’, the town boasts to be the ‘entertainment capital of the world’, and if you’ve ever visited, you can see why. The sprawling strip is home to many of the city’s most famous casinos and hotels, and vary from very small to absolutely huge – the MGM Grand boasts 5,124 rooms alone, and is one the biggest hotels in the world.

Vegas has been thriving for many years now, the city bringing in an estimated 40 million visitors every year, something which makes the town the economic life-blood of the state of Nevada, where it lies. Of course there are many ways to gamble online now, and a lot of the sites offer an exclusive casino bonus just to sign up, but Vegas is also home to many concerts, theatre shows and spectacles »

- The Hollywood News

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17 Interesting Facts about Real Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort

16 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you’ve seen the movie The Wolf of Wall Street you’ll now it was an “extreme” portrayal of the real life of one Jordan Belfort, the man Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is based off of.   But what’s crazy about the film and the comparison to Jordan’s real life is that they aren’t as different as you’d expect.  In fact there are many things that happened in the film that happened to Jordan in real life.  If you’ve ever read the book authored by Belfort himself, you can probably recall the amount of times you said to yourself, “no way.” Most people

17 Interesting Facts about Real Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort »

- Nat Berman

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Biopics vs. Their Fictional Counterparts

11 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Some people’s lives are best told truthfully, others more loosely.

In one corner, we have Rocky, the iconic Best Picture-winning boxing movie starring Sylvester Stallone as the made-up Rocky Balboa. In the other corner, we have Chuck, an upcoming biopic starring Liev Schreiber as real-life boxer Chuck Wepner. The latter primarily depicts the 1975 bout between Wepner and Muhammad Ali, which inspired Stallone to write the script for Rocky. He’s since tried to downplay the connection, especially after being sued by Wepner, but it’s close enough to being a film a clef as any.

Chuck received mostly positive reviews when it played the big film festivals last fall, but it’s unlikely to become the phenomenon, let alone Oscar darling, that Rocky was. Its legacy surely won’t be as lasting, in part because true biopics don’t tend to get sequels. There are a lot of benefits to fictionalized accounts of real events and »

- Christopher Campbell

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The Ultimate Crossroad: The Trouble with "Silence"

28 March 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.—Flannery O’Connor The mist uncovers Japanese soldiers as well as the grim sight of severed heads by the side of the hot springs where Catholic priests are being tortured. A priest kneels down in horror, almost catatonic, unable to bring himself to believe in the evilness of these men, the men of the Inquisitor. Why are these priests, who came to this “swamp of Japan” to spread the Word of the Lord, suffering so immensely on the hands of these soldiers?To the modern, secular audience, the theme of Silence (2016) is of great irony: the all-powerful Catholic Church, the institution that spread terror across Europe for 700 years with her bonfires and witch hunts and enforcing an almost maddening outlook at faith and personal behavior, comes to an unconquerable land where »

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Paramount Snags The Black Hand For Leonardo DiCaprio

31 January 2017 5:05 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio has found his next film, as Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has acquired The Black Hand, which the actor will both star in and produce through his Appian Way banner. A search for a writer is now underway and Ashley Brucks and Gabby Canton will oversee the project for the studio.

For those unfamiliar with the source material, Stephan Talty’s novel of the same name follows an NYPD officer named Joe Petrosino, who “unflinchingly went after a ruthless gang that came out of Italy and into America (whose calling card was a black hand) which kidnapped people and then extorted money from their families. They were loathed by law-abiding Italian families who were frightened but nevertheless helped the cop behind the scenes when they could as the viciousness of the gang of thugs knew no boundaries.”

DiCaprio will step into the role of »

- Mark Cassidy

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Jordan Belfort Says He Knew 'Wolf of Wall Street' Producers Were "F—ing Criminals"

30 January 2017 1:59 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When The Wolf of Wall Street last year became engulfed in the multibillion-dollar Malaysian corruption scandal, the irony of a film about a major real-life financial fraud allegedly being funded by another wasn't lost on anyone, least of all its original author. 

Jordan Belfort, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 film about his own illegal activities that would lead him to spend 22 months in prison, has now said that he sensed something fraudulent about production company Red Granite right from the start.

"If you look at the movie, for instance: the movie’s a huge success, and then it »

- Alex Ritman

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