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, the editing process, and Scorsese confirms that (unsurprisingly) we won’t be seeing a longer director’s cut on home video. Hit the jump to watch the interview. The Wolf of Wall Street opens on Christmas Day.
From co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the FX series American Horror Story uses a unique and compelling approach to television, with a different setting, different characters and a rotating cast of actors for each season. For Season 3, American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America, with a cast of talented actresses that includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and now even Stevie Nicks.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Emma Roberts (who plays out-of-control Hollywood starlet and resident bitch Madison Montgomery) talked about how she came to be a part of Coven, that she was initially nervous about the subject matter, how much fun it is to play a bitch, how far ahead she was made aware of her character’s story arc, the fantastic clothes and shoes she gets to wear, how great it is to work with all of these talented actresses, just how much crazier things can get (they actually cut out a sex scene from Episode 7), the fan reaction she gets from people when she’s out, and how she’d love to return for Season 4. She also talked about how she hopes to continue to find a balance between roles in comedy and drama, and how it’s her dream to play a Margot Tenenbaum (from The Royal Tenenbaums) type of character. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
The Veronica Mars movie will finally be unleashed in theaters on March 14, 2014. The folks at EW broke the news of the release date (and also unveiled an exclusive clip), where the young sleuth will square off against the actioner Need for Speed, the Nicole Kidman-fronted biopic Grace of Monaco, and Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club at the box office. Written and directed by Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars finds Kristen Bell’s titular character returning to her hometown of Neptune for her 10-year high school reunion, only ot find a new mystery she has to solve. Matt was pleased with the footage he saw at Comic-Con this summer, and fans are surely happy to know that the long-awaited feature will finally be in their grasp in three short months.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Noam Murro’s action sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. The story takes place before, during, and after the events of 300, centering on the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green) and the latter’s control over Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). This trailer shows more of what we’ve seen from the previous trailers, highlighting the slow-motion action and rousing speeches. I was pleasantly surprised by the extended footage that Warner Bros. showed off at Comic-Con this summer, so hopefully Murro delivers a film that does the legendary Battle of Artemisum justice.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. 300: Rise of an Empire also stars Lena Headey and opens in 3D on March 7, 2014.
The critics awards are off and running after the New York Film Critics Circle announced its picks for the best of the year yesterday, and today the National Board of Review has named Her the best picture of 2013. Spike Jonze was also named Best Director for the film, while the acting honors went to Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Will Forte (Nebraska), and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station). Always an eclectic list, the NBR’s Top 10 includes The Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, Lone Survivor, and Prisoners. Wholly absent from the Top 10 is the NYFCC’s pick for Best Film, American Hustle.
The NBR winner for Best Picture has failed to match up with Oscar since 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, as last year’s award went to Zero DarkThirty, but for the past 13 years every NBR winner has landed a Best Picture nomination, so this bodes well for Her‘s Oscar prospects. Read the full list of NBR winners after the jump.
Warner Bros. is making moves on Batman vs. Superman. The studio just announced that Fast & Furious star Gal Gadotwill be playing Wonder Woman opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman in the film, and now it appears they have their sights set on casting the pic’s villain. Though the working title would lead us to believe that Batman and Superman’s relationship will at one point be contentious, the film will also have a proper villain. Now that Wonder Woman is set, director Zack Snyder can focus on casting that role, and one of the contenders is reportedly Callan Mulvey.
Hit the jump for more, including which Justice League members will be making cameos in the film.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our Wonder Woman. It’s been clear that Warner Bros. is ramping up its DC presence in the upcoming Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, and rumors have swirled that Wonder Woman would be introduced in the film along with Ben Affleck’s Batman and a few other comics characters. A report surfaced last month that Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) were auditioning for the female lead in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, but the nature of the role was being kept under wraps. Well now not only do we know which actress won the role, but also that the identity of the character is indeed Wonder Woman. Hit the jump for more.
Breaking Bad may be over, but the well deserved victory lap (which will wind ‘round the sure-to-be-bestselling series box set en route to a slew of Emmy Awards next year) continues unabated. Last night, Collider was on the scene in Beverly Hills at the Writer’s Guild Foundation to see the show’s seven member writing staff reunite to share stories and life advice.
The lively panel, moderated by former The Walking Dead Showrunner Glen Mazzara and featuring Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchinson, George Mastras, Moira Walley-Beckett, Thomas Schnauz, and of course Vince Gilligan was full of insight and laughs as the crew reminisced about abandoned home invasion subplots, alternate character deaths, the structure of the writer’s room, alternate endings for the series, Gilligan shooting himself in the thigh with a dart, and much, much more. Hit the jump for a recap and the top thirty things you should know.
Last month, Peter Jackson and some of the cast from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugdid a Q&A with fans that was simulcast across the globe, and they’ll be talking directly to the fans again later today. Jackson and stars Richard Armitage (who plays the dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield) and Evangeline Lilly (who plays the elf Tauriel) will be doing at Google Hangout at 10:15 PST. If you plan to ask them a question, make sure it’s the most obscure, esoteric question possible. If you stump them, you win! Your prize is awkward silence.
Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
Fox’s Dads rose two tenths to a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.34 million viewers, while Brooklyn Nine-Nine was also up a tenth to a 1.6 rating and 3.67 million viewers. The Mindy Project dropped two tenths to a 1.2 rating and 2.36 million viewers.
Over on ABC, The Goldbergs hit a series low 1.4 rating and 4.52 million viewers for a drop of three tenths, while Trophy Wife tied its series low 1.1 rating and scored 3.49 million viewers.
NBC’s Chicago Fire rose two tenths from last week’s 2.1 rating to a 2.3 rating and scored 8.25 million viewers.
The CW’s The Originals was even with last week’s 1.1 rating and scored 2.44 million viewers, and Supernatural matched last week’s 1.1 rating and garnered 2.45 million viewers.
It’s looking like Spencer Smythe will be involved in some capacity in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, although it will probably be a minor role. A couple months ago, The Daily Bugle’s Tumblr page had the report “that OsCorp stock has climbed four points, and that’s due in part because of ‘significant advancements in robotics by the head of the engineering division, Spencer Smythe’.” For those who don’t read the comics, Smythe is the inventor of the robotic Spider Slayers, whose purpose is to seek and destroy Spider-Man. Now the Bugle has an interview with Smythe, and he comes off as arrogant, but also drops the line, “Well, if you want to catch the right fly, you have to spin the right web.”
Hit the jump for the interview. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone,Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. The first trailer will be released tomorrow.
The casting process continues on the upcoming Terminator reboot, and it appears that the search for Sarah Connor has now been whittled down to two actresses. We previously reported that Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) were among the actresses on the shortlist for the lead role of Sarah Connor, and now Deadline reports that the list has been narrowed down to Clarke and Larson. Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor is onboard to direct, and the report notes that Clarke currently has the edge for the part. Of course, Taylor has worked with Clarke before on Game of Thrones, having directed a number of episodes of the HBO series’ first and second season before landing the Marvel gig.
Hit the jump for more on the upcoming Terminator film.
Netflix has come to the rescue with some solid plans for your upcoming Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend. What better way to celebrate your relationship than to sit on the couch for three days straight, binge-watching season two of House of Cards? The streaming service announced today that all 13 episodes of the engrossing political drama series’ second season will be made available on Friday, February 14th, so make reservations with your couch accordingly. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return for season two, as Francis and Claire Underwood “continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts.”
Though David Fincher didn’t direct any season two episodes, he is still involved as an executive producer and fellow producer Dana Brunettirecently told us that the busy filmmaker still had a hand in many aspects of the second season. Wright, Jodie Foster, Carl Franklin, James Foley, and John David Coles all directed episodes from the upcoming season. Watch a silent teaser trailer and read the full press release—which includes a lengthy synopsis—after the jump.
From Frank Darabont, the new TNT drama series Mob City depicts the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster, in 1940s Los Angeles. Based on the critically acclaimed bookL.A. Noirby John Buntin, the story follows Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal), who has been assigned to a new mob task force headed by Det. Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn), as part of the crusade by Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) to free the city of criminals like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), and to stop the corruption in his own police force.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, to promote the three-week television event that premieres on December 4th, actor Jon Bernthal talked about how Frank Darabont asked him to hold his schedule open once he was done on The Walking Dead because he was writing something specifically for him, why he enjoys working with Darabont so much, how important it was to him that this show really push the envelope, and how he’d love for the show to return for more episodes. He also talked about his experience shooting Furywith writer/director David Ayer, and described it as “one of the darkest war movies ever made.” Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Aside from the grief the folks behind Fast & Furious 7 are feeling due to Paul Walker‘s death, they’re also facing a conundrum. As we reported earlier this week, production has been delayed as the studio, producers, and director James Wan figure out how to proceed. According to The Wrap, one of the options they’re considering is to scrap the whole production and start over. Filming was over halfway finished, but they hadn’t shot many of Walker’s key scenes. While this may seem like a costly proposition for a blockbuster feature, the studio is insured and so Universal doesn’t have to worry on that front. The larger concern is how to keep the franchise rolling while still respecting the fans and Walker’s legacy.
Hit the jump for more. [Update: Universal has released an official statement saying that production on Fast & Furious 7 has been shut down indefinitely. Read the full statement after the jump.]