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Though Martin Scorsese has been branching out into a number of genres over the past few years—including psychological thrillers (Shutter Island) and family films (Hugo)—he’s returning to the world of black comedy with this month’s The Wolf of Wall Street. The film is based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch. THR has been doing a number of roundtable interviews for this year’s awards contenders, but today they’ve unveiled a treat by way of a 25-minute video interview with Scorsese, DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and screenwriter Terence Winter about all things Wolf of Wall Street. The interview is a great watch, as they discuss their first meetings with each other, how Hill won the role, Steven Spielberg showing up on set, »
- Adam Chitwood
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
There’s still a whole lot we don’t know for certain about the upcoming Terminator 5, otherwise known as Terminator (2015). However, Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirmed to reprise as the titular killing machine (even though he’s now 66 years old), drawing from a screenplay written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) that will reboot the sci-fi franchise’s convoluted timeline, in order to setup for a potential new stand-alone movie trilogy.
Alan Taylor has left news of him directing the film as “rumor” for the time being, though that hasn’t prevented the Thor: The Dark World helmer from saying that – in the purely-hypothetical situation that ...
- Sandy Schaefer
David O. Russell's American Hustle tops the New York Film Critics Circle list of award winners, taking away Best Film, Best Screenplay (Eric Singer & David O. Russell), and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). The third edition of feminist film journal Cléo has arrived, and the theme this time around is "Doom". Among the juicy contents: an interview with Claire Denis by Kiva Reardon, and a piece on Peter Tscherkassky by Tara Judah. The end-of-year lists are pouring in: Tiff's Canada's Top Ten; Sight & Sound's best films of 2013; John Water's top ten for Artforum.
Above: the first images from Gregg Araki's White Bird in Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green. We haven't heard whispers about Scorsese's The Irishman for a while, but word is that it's slated to go in production after Silence. For his blog, David Bordwell writes on "Hitchcock, Lessing, and the bomb under »
- Adam Cook
It may only be November, but the starter pistol has already fired and the Oscars race is well and truly under way. We've already seen a host of films - from Gravity to Captain Phillips - released in cinemas, but many more are on their way looking to leave their impression on Academy Awards voters.
Digital Spy looks at 15 films competing for golden statues below...
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks's bracing hijacking drama Captain Phillips left audiences on the edge of their seats and threw its leading man right into the mix for the Best Actor race. Greengrass bagged a directing nomination back in 2007 for United 93, so expect him to be in the race.
12 Years a Slave
Those who are dying to get a taste of “The Wolf of Wall Street” are getting a special treat today: Paramount has released a one-minute clip of the upcoming Martin Scorsese pic, dubbed, fittingly, “You Work for Me.”
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a ridiculously wealthy New York stockbroker in the ’80s, and the clip shows him in action with costars Jon Bernthal, Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill. Matthew McConaughey, Spike Jonze, Joanna Lumley and Jean Dujardin also appear in the film.
The film is based on Belfort’s memoir of the same name, and is set to be released Christmas Day.
- Alex Stedman
Will it, won’t it? Yes, Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” is arriving in theaters on Christmas Day, but for the better part of the fall, its release date was up in the air with plenty of speculation whether it would be finished in time. And as the question mark of the Oscar season, the picture is starting to emerge. With a February date once mooted, would it be more akin to “Shutter Island,” insofar as that it’s a good piece of entertainment but not quite Oscar material? It is a black comedy, or something else? That’s become clearer. The first clip of from the movie arrived yesterday and, moreover, we spoke to “Boardwalk Empire” creator and “The Wolf Of Wall Street” writer Terence Winter and when asked what the film was like in tone and color he told us it was akin to Scorsese’s own “Goodfellas. »
- Edward Davis
Fox Searchlight have used the annual Utah set fest as both an acquisitions point and launching pad. Just last year they had the pair of The East and Stoker make their world preem debuts. I’m thinking that trend might continue, with programmers having a case of “puppy love” for Bullhead helmer Michael R. Roskam’s English language debut. It’s budgeted north of 10 million, which would make it the priciest pic of my predictions patch and it includes heavy star wattage from abroad in the shape of Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Frecheville, but the kicker is that: this happens to also be James Gandolfini’s very last performance. Despite the passports of verifying nations mentioned above, Animal Rescue is an is an all American crime film affair when you consider the weight/presence of novelist Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island).
- Eric Lavallee
• Guardian and Observer critics' top 10 horror movies
• 'Here's Johnny!': The Shining scene is scariest in movie history, claims study
Martin Scorsese has named his top 11 scary movies – and surprise, surprise, there's not a Hostel or Saw to be seen.
Instead the professorial director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Shutter Island has come down firmly in favour of old-school black-and-white chillers, with Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the Barbara Hershey starrer The Entity, and the child-ghost shocker The Changeling being the most recently-made entries, all in the early 1980s.
Number one on Scorsese's list, compiled for the Daily Beast website, is The Haunting, the 1963 British-made spookfest about a group of ghosthunters staying overnight in a creepy mansion. Directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, »
- Andrew Pulver
How do you sell a scent over a medium that can only physically convey images and sound? Easy, you attach a few famous names, film it in black and white and use lots of ambiguous yet evocative dialogue.
That's what Dolce & Gabbana have done for their new perfume, The One. The short film/advert thingy has Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island) directing Scarlett Johansson (Captin America: The Winter Soldier) and his Wolf of Wall Street collaborator Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike).
There are many Scorsese flairs to enjoy. The black and white cinematography of Raging Bull, his camera movement and the setting of New York, while McConaughey and Johansson are both equally smouldering. It also contains some wonderfully self-reflexive moments ("Are you always this serious?" "Only before a love scene").
It's all pretty easy on the eyes. The advert, that is. The perfume will probably cause inflammation if applied to your face. »
- Oliver Davis
Lost and Found (the book) rocketed to favorite status in my house, and there have rarely been children’s books that have so quickly taken hold in the collective consciousness.
Finally available on DVD, the animated adaptation, winner of numerous awards already, manages to deliver the story of a boy and his penguin in a way that is difficult to believe.
Narrated wonderfully by Jim Broadbent, and with a cheery and somehow cunning musical score, the film pulls at audiences with same ability as the book, which is a feat that is often hoped for, and almost never actualized.
Brilliant in its simplicity, like the book, Lost and Found is a departure from the din of motion and attention grabs that plague all things aimed at children these days. It relies instead on fundamental situations and ideas, and doesn’t need to be overt in what it’s getting at. »
- Marc Eastman
Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars is available now On Demand with a theatrical roll-out planned for December 6th, and to welcome it to the screen, we have three new posters for you cats along with a few videos that recently floated in.
Liev Schreiber (Scream 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) stars alongside Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken), and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman).
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery: fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, »
- Uncle Creepy
Last month came the news that crime writer Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island) was at work on the screenplay for a drama about illegal online drugs bazaar The Silk Road and its recent high profile FBI takedown. It now transpires that Alex Winter is heading in the same direction but approaching from a different angle. The Downloaded director is planning a documentary that will take in The Silk Road but centre on the online currency Bitcoin.Bitcoin was first posited in an academic paper in 2008, and became operational in 2009. Officially an "experimental online currency", it has avoided most of the pitfalls that previous similar experiments have encountered; achieved some degree of legitimacy (sites like Wordpress and Reddit accept it, for example); and been the subject of financial speculation, making it an attractive proposition compared to the euro and the pound... for those with the nerve.Its detractors, however, accuse »
To celebrate the release of The Purge, out on Blu-ray and DVD now, we take a look at the Top 5 Plot Twists we just didn’t see coming…
Back in 1999, Hollywood Pictures brought us the physiological horror The Sixth Sense. Starring Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis and Toni Collette, the film centres around a troubled, isolated boy, Cole, (Osment) who is able to see and talk to the dead, and an equally troubled child psychologist, Malcolm, (Willis) who tries to help him. However, not all is as it seems, since it transpires that all the while Malcolm is trying to help a distressed and petrified Cole find a purpose for his gift, it turns out Malcolm has been dead himself all along…coining the popular catchphrase, ‘I see dead people’, with the film cleaning up at various awards ceremonies. It’s clear to see why most viewers, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Having confirmed its eligibility for the Oscar race by securing a Christmas release date, Paramount Pictures has now dropped a new trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, the latest collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo Dicapario, and you can check it out right here after the official synopsis....
"Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough."
- Gary Collinson
We can't wait for this movie to come out already! The second trailer from Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hilll and Matthew McConaughey looks like one epic roller coaster ride with plenty of parties and teases even more drama. The movie, which is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, follows a New York stockbroker (DiCaprio) who refuses to help the FBI with a large securities fraud case.It's also Leo's 5th feature with Scorsese, who he's worked with on "The Departed," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator" and "Shutter Island."Judging from this trailer, "The Wolf of Wall Street" looks like it won't disappoint. Are you excited for Leo's new movie? Tell toofab in the comment section below!"The Wolf of Wall Street" will hit theaters December 25. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Define Gothic and Dracula immediately comes to mind. The high-arches and cobwebs, the creatures that scurry across the floor and the long drapes that falls from the ceilings – blood on the tips of fangs and white-skin like moonlight in the night. Kim Newman goes as far to state that 1931’s Dracula this “was the true beginning of the horror film as a distinct genre and the vampire movie as its most popular sub-genre”. Indeed, only in this month’s Empire magazine, they have noted how 31 actors have portrayed the fanged-villain – and Bela Lugosi’s unforgettable performance surely remains the most defining portrayal. The double bill of Dracula and The Mummy may initially appear to be connected by their supernatural content alone, but the Universal Horror films are joined by their »
- Gary Collinson
Crime novelist called in to work on American version of award-winning prison epic
• A Prophet set for Hollywood remake
• Xan Brooks on A Prophet: 'An electrifying tale of survival against the odds'
Lehane, several of whose novels have been adapted successfully for the screen, including Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island as well as Mystic River, has been taken on by Sony, as according to Variety, the material was considered to "fit Lehane's style".
A Prophet premiered at Cannes in 2009, winning the runner-up grand prix award. Co-written by Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit, it is the epic tale of a French-Algerian teenager who falls in with the Corsican mafia while in jail, and eventually becomes a top-level gangster in his own right. The »
- Andrew Pulver
Directed by Jacques Audiard, the original film tells the story an Arab man who is sent to a French prison and soon becomes a Mafia kingpin among the prisoners. A Prophet was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 and was honored with the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and nine César Awards (French Oscar), including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor. The film starred Tahar Rahim.
“We think A Prophet will translate perfectly for English-speaking audiences. »
- Laura Frances
Though my feelings about the upcoming American remake of Jacques Audiard’s terrific 2009 prison drama A Prophet remain decidedly mixed, news that novelist Dennis Lehane is now attached to write the screenplay for the remake gives me some hope that the film could turn out all right.
After all, Lehane’s writing ability is undeniable; the talented novelist has turned out many terrific crime thrillers throughout his career, including Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone. Lehane is also no stranger to screenwriting. His work on season 4 of HBO’s The Wire earned him and the other writers an Edgar Award for Best Television Feature and a Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Dramatic Series. Lehane also served as an executive producer on Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shutter Island and recently reteamed with HBO to write for the currently airing fourth season of Boardwalk Empire.
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- Isaac Feldberg
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