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We've highlighted one of the awards season roundtables from The Hollywood Reporter featuring the directors of some of the likely Oscar contenders, and the trade has plenty more extended talks that you can check out with writers, actors, actresses, cinematographers and more right here. Now we have a roundtable focusing on one specific film: The Wolf of Wall Street. Legendary director Martin Scorsese sits down with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and screenwriter Terrence Winter for a 26-minute chat about the film, including the difficulty of cutting down the film from an initial 4-hour cut and much more. Watch! Here's the 26-minute roundtable for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street from THR: The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by legendary Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, of everything from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to Cape Fear to Goodfellas to Casino to Aviator to Departed to Shutter Island and Hugo recently. »
- Ethan Anderton
By any metric, Robert De Niro is one of the most important actors of the last 40 years. Two Academy Awards, a collection of hit movies, a long-running collaboration with a celebrated American director, the man responsible for the much-parodied “You talkin’ to me?” scene from Taxi Driver: De Niro is iconic, revered, influential. And yet there seems to be a permanent disappointment associated with his legacy—a sense that he somehow let us down along the way. It’s a perception that’s both understandable but also a little unfair. Do we honor him for the first 25 years or so of his career and ignore/rationalize the rest? Or do we allow them to coexist? »
It's that busy time of year with tons of screenings, reviews to be written and awards handed out, and rising from the ashes of the chaos is yet another episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast. Today's episode is rather straight forward as we address several of your questions, play our regular round up of games and dig into the latest news including Paul Walker's sudden passing. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An »
- Brad Brevet
Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers' hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin' in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' picks of the 10 best
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Historically, the British musical has been intertwined with British music, drawing on music hall in the 1940s and the pop charts in the 50s – low-budget films of provincial interest and nothing to trouble the bosses at MGM. In the late 60s, however, the genre enjoyed a brief, high-profile heyday, and between Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence (1967) and Richard Attenborough's star-studded Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) came the biggest of them all: Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's adaptation of Lionel Bart's 1960 stage hit and the recipient of six Academy awards. »
Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
The Simpsons: Season Sixteen
Photo credit: Fox
“The Simpsons: Season Sixteen”
While the quality of the show itself has gone down, some would say notably, Fox continues to truly impress with the Blu-ray and DVD releases for the legendary hit. Not only do they include notable bonus material and great transfers but they have commentaries on every single episode. These are still the standard-bearers for television on Blu-ray and DVD. Go ahead, make fun of the quality of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Robert Redford is one of the movie stars of our time, yet I would contend that he’s always been an underrated actor. There are a host of reasons for that, and they feed into each other in subtle, at times mythic ways. You could say, on the one hand, that Redford was too golden-boy pretty (always a surefire way to not get nearly the respect you deserve), or that he was too understated as a screen presence, or that he was too openly skeptical of the Hollywood game. Redford had his first major big-screen role in 1965, in Inside Daisy Clover, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby might only be the second-most wild, decadent party of 2013, if recent news about Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street is to be believed. The film, which will arrive this Christmas, was recently forced to make some cuts to avoid being slapped with an Nc-17 rating for excessive sex and nudity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
If Scorsese is pushing the envelope with his highly-anticipated financial drama, it wouldn’t be a first for the director. Taxi Driver and The Last Temptation of Christ both courted considerable controversy at the times of their release with brutal violence and sexuality. The Wolf of Wall Street‘s protagonist, stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), lived a thoroughly hedonistic life throughout the ’80s and ’90s, consistently indulging in women, drugs and alcohol, so Scorsese will likely focus heavily on the character’s promiscuity in the film. »
- Isaac Feldberg
You might think that, given his standing in the cinematic community, Martin Scorsese would be able to escape the censor’s scissors. But Us ratings board the Motion Picture Association of America cares naught for the man who made Taxi Driver and GoodFellas, and the director has had to make some small trims to his latest, The Wolf Of Wall Street, to avoid a box office-bothering Nc-17 rating. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker snipped a few moments of the film’s drug use and sex in order to get the desired rating for the movie, which is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his wild party days as a stockbroker before the federal authorities came calling.Still, the edits haven’t stopped the new film, which features Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey, becoming the longest Scorsese release by a minute, clocking in at 2 hours 59 minutes. »
"Hey listen, I quit - I'm going into stocks." This looks so damn good! Paramount has debuted two new TV spots online for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, getting a marketing push to build buzz for its December release coming up soon. Early buzz from Darren Aronofsky is glowing: "hilarious, gutwrenching. @LeoDiCaprio fearless, brave, brilliant @JonahHill revelation. quaalude mayhem!" With Jonah Hill on the rise, the actor gets just as much time in these new TV spots as Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on that kind of buzz, it's a smart move. And it's working - I cannot wait to see this, even if it's almost 3 hours long. Enjoy! Here's the two latest TV spots for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, direct from YouTube: The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by legendary Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, of everything from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull »
- Alex Billington
Quentin Tarantino says he beat a taxi driver in a Tarantino-esque fight more than a year ago that included the driver biting his nipple. Tarantino described the fight on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Tuesday. No, it wasn’t an homage to Travis Bickle. Tarantino says he challenged the driver after he insulted his date. Also read: Indie Theater Tries to Scare Bostonians Out of Moving to NYC With ‘Taxi Driver,’ Slasher Flicks Here’s how it went down, according to Tarantino, who didn’t say exactly when it happened. He and his date were in the back of the cab in New York, »
- Tim Molloy
“When I was really young I remember watching The Sting  and I loved that music,” recalls Marcelo Zarvos. “It was one of those things which made me want to play the piano.” The instrument would play a major part in obsession which would become a career for the aspiring musician. “When I was a kid I played rock ’n’ roll in bands. I left Brazil when I was 18 years old. I used to write the music for the band and eventually I became interested in film.” The native of São Paulo was fascinated by the effectiveness of the musical scores featured in The Godfather (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), The Mission (1986) and Blade Runner (1982). “There was a new wave of Brazilian movies that was very good and interesting »
Director Paul Schrader (writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, director of Hardcore, American Gigolo and Cat People) and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho) team up for The Canyons, a searing indictment of Hollywood culture and the year’s most controversial film.
The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in its R-rated theatrical version, with SRPs, respectively, of $24.98 and $29.98; the Unrated Director’s Cut will also be available on Blu-ray for $29.98.
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Arrogant young trust-fund baby Christian (adult-film star James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. »
- Movie Geeks
Hearing the names Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the same breath brings up a whole slew of cinema memories. Whether it be Cape Fear, Raging Bull, or Taxi Driver, fans have their favorite collaborations. But, it is the gangster movies they made together, Goodfellas and Casino, that most fans hold an eternal place for. We have hoped beyond hope that they would reunite for another film someday. Scorsese has long been developing a movie called The Irishman that would feature De Niro, »
- Alex Maidy
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Like most Americans living today, I was born after November 22, 1963, so I don't remember John F. Kennedy and can't tell you where I was when news broke of his assassination. So here's what I know about the man, his presidency, and his death, thanks to the history professors of Hollywood.
Let me see if I have this right: JFK was a handsome man with the charisma of a movie star. (Indeed, he had connections to Hollywood through his father, a onetime movie producer; through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford and fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra; and through his torrid affair with Marilyn Monroe.) Through his youth, good looks, charisma, and forward-looking rhetoric, he inspired a nation to stop wearing hats, build rockets to the moon, and join the Peace Corps. His even more attractive, youthful, stylish, and patrician wife Jackie swept out the dowdy cobwebs of the Eisenhower years and turned »
- Gary Susman
Jackson Ball on his five essential underrated Martin Scorsese films....
In terms of auteur directors, there are few who are as revered and as admired as Martin Scorsese. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker has carved out a career spanning over 50 years, filled with some the most influential American movies in history. From his intense psychological character studies, to his notable contribution to the gangster genre, to his politically and religiously charged dramas, Scorsese’s films have rarely been far from either controversy or accolades.
With that in mind, it is easy to neglect some of his lesser appreciated films. We’ve all discussed at great length the intricacies of Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, but when every other film is a masterpiece it means that some other efforts fall by the wayside in comparison.
With such a rich back-catalogue, it’s always possible to overlook the odd cinematic gem. So to right this wrong, »
- Gary Collinson
Our sister publication Variety just bannered an exclusive that there is a sequel in the works to the charming Frank Capra-directed Jimmy Stewart film It’s A Wonderful Life. Here, the actress who played Bailey daughter Zuzu (Karolyn Grimes) returns as an angel to advise George Bailey’s grandson (cleverly named George Bailey) because he has turned into a douchebag. While my first impulse is to label this a sign of the apocalypse, particularly after I see stories about Robert De Niro talking about a Taxi Driver sequel, maybe the Wonderful Life‘s backers at Star Partners are on to something. Even if something is considered a sacred cow, if that cow was run through the slaughterhouse, wouldn’t there be some tasty steaks for all? I need to stop judging. You could take the progeny of a number of classic films and continue those beloved story lines. Why, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Director: Philip Kaufman
Running Time: 115 minutes
Synopsis: In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones.
Philip Kaufman’s acclaimed adaptation of Don Siegel’s 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion Of The Body Snatchers remains one the earliest and beloved remakes in the genre, while remaining faithful with author Jack Finney’s source novel ‘The Body Snatchers’. Director Kaufman’s paranoia-fuelled update improves on the simple storyline of a population being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates by shifting the extraterrestrial terror to one of the United States’ most iconic cities. San Francisco adds a sometimes epic scope to proceedings, and also suggests this could very well be a sequel as these pod-like otherworldly arrivals, with the ability to eerily clone human beings, have expanded beyond that initial and unlucky small town. »
- Craig Hunter
“You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Oh… Well, what if I told you my really cool idea for a Taxi Driver sequel? Would you talk to me then?”
While that’s not a direct quote from the recent interview that Robert De Niro did with The Guardian, it’s a pretty accurate paraphrasing. It appears that De Niro is furtively glancing at his cinematic past through a rearview mirror, perhaps struck with a paranoia that his best days are behind him.
This isn’t the first time he has raised the idea, but it is an idea that no one else involved with the original movie seems particularly interested in. Screenwriter Paul Schrader called De Niro’s proposed sequel “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Obviously that was before he was pitched the idea of directing The Canyons, which became the new dumbest idea he’d ever heard, »
- Jeremy Clymer
Have you ever been in a meeting with someone and you vehemently affirm why something is a terrible idea, state your case with myriad examples and while you’re talking, glowering across the table, you notice the subject in question nodding their head in agreement, but you have that horrible nagging sensation that they’re not really listening to you at all? This is how we picture conversations between Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader about a proposed “Taxi Driver” sequel. The idea has come up several times over the years, mostly spurned on by De Niro in the 1990s. It was quickly quashed. In a very candid Reddit Ama earlier this year, Schrader said, in no uncertain terms, that he shut the actor’s idea down immediately. “[Robert] De Niro suggested [a 'Taxi Driver' sequel] to Marty and I about 15 years ago and I told him it was »
- Edward Davis
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