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Even Gordon Gekko looks like a veritable lap dog compared to Jordan Belfort, the self-proclaimed “Wolf of Wall Street” whose coked-up, pill-popping, high-rolling shenanigans made him a multi-millionaire at age 26, a convicted felon a decade later, and a bestselling author and motivational speaker a decade after that. Now, Belfort’s riches-to-slightly-less-riches tale has been brought to the screen by no less a connoisseur of charismatic sociopaths than Martin Scorsese, and the result is a big, unruly bacchanal of a movie that huffs and puffs and nearly blows its own house down, but holds together by sheer virtue of its furious filmmaking energy and a Leonardo DiCaprio star turn so electric it could wake the dead.
Arriving six weeks past its original November release date and still showing signs of editing-room haste, “Wolf” should ride a high want-to-see factor and generally admiring reviews to solid holiday B.O., though its length »
- Scott Foundas
Is there a better way to spend a frosty Sunday morning than breathing the rarified air of both Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio? Nay, we say! Moviefone hustled to a swank hotel in Manhattan for "The Wolf of Wall Street" press conference, with Scorsese, DiCaprio, Kyle Chandler, writer Terence Winter, and producers Riza Aziz, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Joey McFarland in attendance to discuss their crazy tale of real life greed and debauchery. Here's what we learned.
1. It Was All Leo's idea, But It Wasn't Easy
Surprise! Not everything comes easily to Leonardo DiCaprio -- even a juicy project like this.
"About six years ago, I picked up this novel by Jordan Belfort, which was a fascinating read simply because I felt like it was really a reflection of -- his biography was a reflection of everything that's wrong in today's society. This hedonistic lifestyle, this time period in Wall »
- Jenni Miller
Emilia Clarke will be trading in her dragons and handmaidens for a boy tank and some guns. The Game of Thrones actress has signed on to star in Paramount’s Terminator reboot to play the part of Sarah Connor. EW confirmed the casting Friday.
Director Alan Taylor, who helmed Thor: The Dark World, had reportedly met with Short Term 12′s Brie Larson and The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie for the part as well, but Khalessi won out in the end. Deadline first reported the news.
The joint Paramount, Skydance Productions, and Annapurna Pictures project has already »
- Lindsey Bahr
The comic actor admitted that he suffered as a result of fight scenes with the Shutter Island star and so decided to take action.
"The thing about Leo is, he's a really great actor, but he plays rough," Hill explained to WENN.
"We had fight scenes in the movie where we have to play physical with each other, and he basically beat the crap out of me for six months - and he's bigger than me, so I couldn't really retaliate and cause damage.
"I was like, 'I have to get this guy back. What do I do?'"
Hill continued: "In one of the most emotional scenes in the movie, we're eating sushi and in the script he's supposed to say, 'Do you want that last piece?'... and I say, 'Yes', »
Said to be one of two finalists for the role last week , "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke has won the role of Sarah Connor in the upcoming Terminator reboot. Deadline has the news, reporting that Clarke joins the already-attached Arnold Schwarzenegger with Jason Clarke nearly set to play a later version of Sarah Connor's son, John Connor. The first in a stand-alone trilogy, Terminator will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis ( Avatar, Shutter Island ) and Patrick Lussier ( Drive Angry ) are attached to write the screenplay. Alan Taylor, who has previously worked with Emilia Clarke on the hit HBO fantasy series, is »
Martin Scorsese is a legendary film-maker, having brought us so many undeniably great films over the years such as GoodFellas, The King of Comedy, The Departed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Shutter Island... the list goes on and on. The director had a few words to say at the Marrakech Film Festival, in which he briefly said he'd love to keep making films, but at the tender age of 71 he'll be retiring very soon. Or as Martin put it "Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I'm 71 and there's only a couple more left if I get to make them". The director also had the following to say...
"I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that’s done, it’s over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family. »
Scorsese is known for collaborating with the same actors on multiple productions, he has extensively worked with actors such as Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro and most recently Leonardo DiCaprio. His upcoming film The Wolf Of Wall Street, which is due for release this Christmas, is the fifth time he has worked with the fantastic DiCaprio after Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island. Now in a recent Q & A with the acclaimed director to promote his upcoming true-life crime caper, Scorsese has hinted that he may have as little as two productions left in his career before the 71 year old film maker retires. Here is what he had to say:
‘Desire? Yes, I »
- Ben Read
Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars (review here) is available now On Demand and in limited theatrical release, and on tap we have the first five minutes for you cats. Wanna see the rest? You know what to do!
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, he disobeys »
- Uncle Creepy
Directed by S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf and narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Contradictions of Fair Hope examines "a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed 'benevolent societies' to respond to abject hunger, illness and fear of a pauper’s grave. Setting the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, the film traces the developments, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of traditions of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies known as 'The Fair Hope Benevolent Society.'" We've been following the feature documentary throughout its film festival run, and now Shutter Island has »
- Jai Tiggett
Martin Scorsese, one of the most beloved and prolific American directors in cinema history and a champion of film preservation, may only have a couple more films left in his oeuvre.
During a Q&A at the Marrakech Film Festival, a journalist asked Scorsese what future projects he desires to make. The filmmaker responded with the following:
“Desire? Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them. I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that’s done, it’s over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family. I’ve been very lucky in the last 10 years or so, to have found projects that combine the desire, the subject matter—from The Aviator to now—with, »
- Jordan Adler
Following the dismal Terminator Salvation and eventual downfall of TV show The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the Terminator series was in dire need of a fresh start. Now, after idling in development hell with occasional updates, we can at the very least say that some headway has finally been made. As of today, the series’ in-development reboot will officially be called Terminator: Genesis.
It’s not the best title, but it’s the first film in a planned reboot trilogy and is certainly functional. /Film points out that the title could also be a simple placeholder, which is definitely a possibility.
There’s no hard info on anything else regarding the new film as of yet, but one could reasonably infer that it will follow a similar plot trajectory to that of the original quadrilogy. At this point, all we know about the reboot is that it will be written »
- Christopher Sheridan
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
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