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‘Margin Call’ (2011) Blu-Ray Review

3 December 2012 8:29 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Margin Call

Directed by J.C. Chandor

Written by J.C. Chandor

2011, USA

It’s taken a while – almost four years by my calendar – but eventually the dire progenitors of the age of austerity seem to have finally percolated into the emissions of the dream factory. Whilst the likes of The Company Men, Up In The Air and even Horrible Bosses offer obtuse takes on the slow disintegration of the current financial ideology, zeroing in the individual symptoms rather than the brooding cancer at the core, after the Oscar success of Inside Job the path seems clear for a fictional tale on the 2008 commercial devastation foisted on the world by the 1% and their ambitious acolytes. I’ve always found this cabalistic world immensely fascinating, having worked at one of these firms for a few years back in the noughties any audit of the seductive world of elite commerce is destined to broker my interest, »

- John

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Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, to receive the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” for “Argo” by Josh Abraham

3 October 2012 8:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news » The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that the feature "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck, will receive the "Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award." "We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of "Argo," for their dramatic and outstanding performances," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor director David O. Russell with the "Hollywood Director Award"; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award"; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the "Hollywood Actress Award"; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the "Hollywood Supporting Actress Award"; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the "Hollywood Producers Award"; writer/director Judd Apatow with the "Hollywood Comedy Award"; actor John Hawkes with the "Hollywood Breakout Performance Award" for "The Sessions"; and Quvenzhané Wallis »

- Josh Abraham

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Telluride Reaction: Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ is a Brilliant Nail-Biting Suspense-Filled Thriller

1 September 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The lone secret premiere of the 2011 Telluride Film Festival ended up being Ben Affleck‘s dramatic thriller Argo. I’ve never understood the negativity regularly thrown at Ben Affleck. When given the right material, he’s delivered some great performances as an actor (Good Will HuntingShakespeare in Love, Boiler Room, Hollywoodland…etc). And in recent years he’s made the transition and [...] »

- Peter Sciretta

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Reelz Recommends: Glengarry Glen Ross

31 August 2012 10:26 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Always. Be. Closing.

What movie? 1992's Glengarry Glen Ross. The movie, based on David Mamet's Pulitzer-winning stage pay (Mamet also wrote the movie's script), is about four underhanded real estate salesmen who sink to varying levels of deceit in order to sell their dubious properties.

Who's in it? The cast is unparalleled. Not only do you have legends like Al Pacino, Jack Lemon, Alan Arkin, and Ed Harris headlining but even the movie's small supporting cast is filled with heavyweights like Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin, who gives one hell of a memorable monologue.

Why we recommend it: Critics have called the movie brilliant, gutsy, clever, and genius. The dialogue is incredibly sharp and very quotable. Though the scope of the movie is small, the storytelling and acting are grand and poignant. Though the movie didn't do well at the box office, it has gone on to become somewhat »

- Chris Ortiz

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First look at Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street

26 August 2012 2:23 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Marking the fifth time Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have worked together, The Wolf Of Wall Street tells the true story of New York Stockbroker Jordan Belfort (who already inspired the 2000 film Boiler Room) and his dramatic rise and fall in the 1990's, including his involvement in several fraud cases. Joining DiCaprio are Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favereau, Jean DuJardin, and Matthew McConaughey. Filming has just begun, and below are the first images from the the set, including DiCaprio in full costume as Belfort. No release date has been given as of yet. Source: Coming Soon


- (Tom White)

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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ Interview with writing/acting duo Rashida Jones and Will McCormack

9 August 2012 2:11 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Written by actress Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and her actor friend Will McCormack (Boiler Room), Celeste and Jesse Forever is an unusual out-of-love story about two people who try to maintain their best friendship despite being unofficially divorced. Although the two writers were never married in real life, the film (directed by Lee Toland Krieger) is inspired by their own relationship, with Andy Samberg playing Will’s “part” opposite Rashida Jones as Celeste. McCormack is in the film as a drug-dealing friend of Celeste’s named “Skillz.”

In an exclusive interview, I sat down with the amicable writing duo for  a chat about their first film. Amongst many things, we talked about their first produced project, the key to good stoned acting, and we also had a very real conversation towards the end about Jones’ perspective on platonic relationships.

Celeste and Jesse Forever opens in Chicago theaters on August 10.

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- Nick Allen

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Tony Award Nominee Cristin Milioti Weds DiCaprio In Scorsese's Wolf Of Wall Street

18 June 2012 4:12 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For their fifth feature film together, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are heading to the New York financial district in the 1990s. The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir by Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos' Terrence Winter, is about the rapid success, excessive lifestyle and ensuing fall of the morally bankrupt young stock broker. Belfort's shading dealings would eventually put him in prison for just under two years. Have you seen the film Boiler Room? Well, Belfort founded the fraudulent brokerage firm which served as the inspiration for that film as well, however, with Mr. Scorsese at the helm, not to mention the all-star cast that he's assembled so far, expectations for the legendary director's next picture are a little higher. And speaking of the all-star cast, one that currently includes Academy Award nominees DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, Emmy winner Kyle Chandler, last year's Best »

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Why Cosmopolis's natural born banker does not add up

18 June 2012 3:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel is yet another film that gives financiers an aura of genius. But is there really any mystery to these masters of the universe?

Financiers have fascinated a generation. When Wall Street appeared, the world was transfixed by their Rumpelstiltskin-like capacity to spin limitless gold out of nothing. By the time Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps came out, it was just as mesmerised by their expertise in doing the opposite. It's easy to see why the movies have been drawn to this apparently awesome breed.

David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis seems intent on illuminating their essence. The film's chosen method, complementing ridiculous activities with sententious verbiage, hasn't impressed everyone. Still, the subject matter enthrals. What is it with those masters of the universe?

Perhaps understandably for a film-maker so obsessed with corporeality, what seems to have most struck »

- David Cox

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Jean Dujardin Joins The Wolf of Wall Street

14 June 2012 12:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Artist star Jean Dujardin is in talks to star in The Wolf of Wall Street for Red Granite Pictures and director Martin Scorsese.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, who made millions as a fraudulent stockbroker out of Long Island. The story follows his meteoric rise and hard-partying lifestyle, before he was eventually caught and sentenced to 20 months in jail for securities fraud.

Jean Dujardin will play a Swiss banker who laundered money for Belfort. Jonah Hill will play Belfort's best friend, and Kyle Chandler is portraying the FBI agent who busts him.

Martin Scorsese is directing from a screenplay by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), adapted from Belfort's autobiography. The story also served as a primary inspiration for the 2000 cult classic Boiler Room.

Production is scheduled to begin this August in New York City.

The Wolf of Wall Street is in development and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, »

- MovieWeb

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Rob Lowe Playing Liberace’s Plastic Surgeon In HBO Tale

13 June 2012 5:31 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Rob Lowe is in talks to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon in Behind The Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed film for HBO that stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his young limo driver and live-in lover Scott Thorson in a chronicle of their tempestuous hush-hush relationship. Dan Aykroyd and Debbie Reynolds are also starring and Jerry Weintraub is exec producer, with script by Richard Lagravanese. Nicky Katt is also in talks to join the film, playing Mr. Y, a mysterious figure in the life of Liberace and Thorson. Katt starred in Soderbergh’s Full Frontal and The Limey, as well as Boiler Room and Sin City. The project originated as an indie feature, but seems a strong fit for HBO, where everybody will see it. Gregory Jacobs and Susan Ekins are producing. Lowe most recently completed the indie political film Knife Fight, and is currently shooting a »


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Soundtrack Review: From Inside (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

4 June 2012 3:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Score Produced and Performed by: Brett Smith

Release Date: May 22, 2012

Format: Audio CD

Number of Discs: 1 (approx. 1 hour)

Label: Lakeshore Records

From Inside – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features original music by Brett Smith (the band Caul). Based on the epic graphic novel by John Bergin, From Inside is the story of Cee, a young pregnant woman who finds herself on a damaged train slowly transcribing its way across a bleak post-apocalyptic landscape. Flood, war, starvation and a plague of death threaten the train’s passengers. Cee struggles through these dangers while coping with the memory of her lost husband and the imminent birth of her child.

A post-apocalyptic landscape needs a dark score. Composer Brett Smith found this a particular challenge. He said, “I had to somehow convey the weight of the world, misery and despair that Cee had never been exposed to.”

One such scene is when Cee walks through the packed train, »

- Erin Willard

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The Machine: Director Signs On To Helm Horrible Vin Diesel Flick

23 May 2012 9:41 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

And no, it isn’t Michael Bay.

I look at Vin Diesel as being somewhat akin to Sylvester Stallone, in that he started out his career with well-regarded work in a few (in terms relative to his later work) “serious projects,” only to make a severe and conscious decision to assemble a dossier littered with meathead machine-gun flicks, with the occasional half-baked family comedy thrown in as chump bait.

Like Stallone, Terrell Owens, and the latter-day Orson Welles, Vin Diesel is quite strictly a paycheck player: a highly visible, somewhat bankable figure who will sell a baseline number of tickets (or DVDs) no matter how shitty the project, but who, at best, pays only lip service to the notion of a quality finished product. And it’s the baseline, not necessarily the bottom line, that keeps the lights in the Redbox lit.

At first blush, Diesel’s latest announced project, »

- Josh Converse

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Anthony Mackie to Take Down Ben Affleck’s Online Gambling Operation

17 May 2012 8:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Anthony Mackie is set to join Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in Brad Furman's Runner Runner. He'll play an FBI agent trying to put a stop to an illegal gambling site owned by Affleck's character. Timberlake plays a college student who winds up working for the company after losing his tuition money in a game of online poker. This all feels more reminiscent of Boiler Room than it actually is. »

- Caroline Bankoff

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'Gladiator' Goof, Hill for Scorsese's 'Wolf,' Copley for 'Maleficent' and New Release Dates

5 May 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

First off, I thought this was pretty funny. A Reddit user posted the above screen capture from Gladiator pointing out the gentleman to the left in t-shirt and jeans just as Maximus (Russell Crowe) is asking, "Are you not entertained?!?!?" [source] Jonah Hill is set to join Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street with Martin Scorsese directing. The film is based on the Jordan Belfort memoir, which will find DiCaprio is playing Belfort, a Long Island penny stock broker who served 20 months in prison for participating in a massive 1990s securities fraud that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration. Belfort served as an inspiration for Ben Younger's 2000 movie Boiler Room. [source] Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) is set to direct an adaptation of John le Carre's novel "Our Kind of Traitor" from a script written by Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman »

- Brad Brevet

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Jonah Hill Joins Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall Street

4 May 2012 9:56 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Everybody’s best friend lands another high profile gig.

Okay, so you probably already have Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street on your Watch List.  You don’t need to have Flavor Flav standing in front of you to know what time it is, and you certainly don’t need some nerd at a desk in Chicago to tell you that a Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration concerning greed and the stock market is deserving of your attention.  Hell, you were smart enough to find your way to the Complex to begin with, right?

Right.  So, it’s not going to hurt your feelings any to know that Jonah Hill is joining the Wolf of Wall Street fray.  According to Deadline, Jonah Hill will reprise his role as the World’s Bestest Buddy for the film.  In this incarnation, he will portray Jordan Belfort’s (DiCaprio) business partner, »

- Josh Converse

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Jonah Hill to Join Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street

4 May 2012 5:12 PM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Apparently it wasn't the weight-loss that got Jonah Hill his Oscar nomination for "Moneyball." Because now that he has put the pounds back on, Martin Scorsese is still looking to sign him for "The Wolf of Wall Street," opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio is playing Belfort, a Long Island penny stock broker who served twenty months in prison for participating in a massive 1990s securities fraud that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration. Belfort -- who lived large, owned a yacht that sank off the coast of Sardinia and became an alcoholic and drug addict -- served as an inspiration for Ben Younger's 2000 movie Boiler Room. Hill is set to play Danny Porush, who is convinced by his future best friend and business partner Belfort to quit his job in furniture sales and enter the lucrative yet volatile world of stock brokering. »

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Jonah Hill In Talks To Join Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street

4 May 2012 2:10 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Better known for his comedic performances, Jonah Hill proved his ability to take on a dramatic role when he starred alongside Brad Pitt in Moneyball. In addition to Hill's strong performance, the success of the film, which included an Oscar nom for Hill, certainly helped his credibility as a dramatic actor. With the success of Moneyball, it's not a huge surprise to see him pursuing other dramatic roles, among which may be the Scorsese-directed film The Wolf of Wall Street. The Wolf of Wall Street follows the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a man who made a fortune in the stock market and started the firm that apparently inspired the story for the film Boiler Room. He was also known to party hard and have substance abuse issues. Variety shared the latest casting news for The Wolf of Wall Street, stating that Hill is in negotiations to star alongside »

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Jonah Hill Joins The Wolf of Wall Street

4 May 2012 1:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jonah Hill has entered into negotiations to join the cast of The Wolf of Wall Street for Red Granite Pictures. We reported last month that Martin Scorsese will direct, and Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star.

The drama is based on the autobiography of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who made millions as a fraudulent stock broker operating out of Long Island. He spent 20 months in prison for his role in a massive securities fraud that involved widespread Wall Street corruption.

Jonah Hill will play Danny Porush, Jordan Belfort's best friend who convinced him to quit his menial job as a furniture salesman, and become a stock broker. The true story also served as the inspiration for the 2000 financial drama Boiler Room.

Martin Scorsese is directing from an adapted screenplay by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter. Production is scheduled to begin this August in New York City.

The Wolf of »

- MovieWeb

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Steve Harris of 'Awake' on Why You Should Watch 'The Best Drama on TV'

5 April 2012 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

Steve Harris would do well to look on the bright side. If his show, Awake (which airs Thursdays on NBC at 10pm), is cancelled during or after its critically-acclaimed first season run, he can certainly fall back on a career in sales.

In a scene that evoked memories of Ben Affleck in Boiler Room, Harris met a trio of reporters at 30 Rockerfeller Plaza on Monday, and made a sales pitch for Awake that rivaled anything Affleck offered in the 2000 cult classic. »


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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Commit for The Wolf of Wall Street

19 March 2012 8:53 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

After kicking around a ton of different possibilities for their next collaboration, it appears that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have finally settled on a project that they can both sink their teeth into. According to Deadline, they have both committed to The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name. DiCaprio will play Belfort, a drug-addicted stockbroker who partied hard throughout the '90s but was eventually indicted for securities fraud and money laundering in 1998. The script for the project is written by Terence Winter, creator of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and former writer / producer on The Sopranos, and it will be the fifth film that Scorsese and DiCaprio have made together. It sounds interesting, but could it be that the subject matter is simply too well-worn to offer anything new? Movies exploring the decadence of the Wall Street lifestyle in »

- Sean

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