Editor Thelma Schoonmaker Talks THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, the 4-Hour Cut, the MPAA, Reflecting on GOODFELLAS and CASINO, and More

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Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street is now in theaters, and for those who aren’t familiar with the film, it’s based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.  The film also stars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, and Matthew McConaughey.  For more on the movie, watch the trailer.

A few days ago, I landed an exclusive interview with Scorsese’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker.  As a huge fan of her work, it was very cool to be able to talk to her.  During the interview she discussed when she made the switch to cutting digitally, the original four-hour cut of The Wolf of Wall Street (and whether we’ll ever get to see it), the back-and-forth they had with the MPAA over the theatrical cut of the film, whether it was a tough edit, her memories of working on Goodfellas and Casino, why she doesn’t work with other filmmakers, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say and make sure to see The Wolf of Wall Street.  It’s a great ride.


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We first heard about the possibility of a Goodfellas TV series in October of 2010, but since then, no more solid details have surfaced. Now some great news for those anticipating a TV adaptation of Martin Scorsese‘s classic mafia drama comes from Deadline who reveals that AMC is behind the development of the series with the film’s writer, Nicholas Pileggi, and producer Irwin Winkler, along with his son David Winkler, are executive producing the series along with writer/producer Jorge Zamacona (Homicide: Life on the Street).

The 1990 film chronicled the rise and fall of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) who got caught up in the sweet life of the mob without thinking about the repercussions. It’s not clear what the series adaptation will focus on, but with AMC at the helm of a period mob drama series, I’m hoping to see the mafia with some Mad Men flare. The question is whether or not the network could wrangle Martin Scorsese to at least direct the pilot and give the series a great launch. After all, he kicked off Boardwalk Empire off with a bang, and this could be just as exquisite.


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As I said yesterday when I posted my interview with Jim Carrey, I’ve learned that if I wear my Goodfellas t-shirt during an on camera interview, I should expect whoever I’m speaking with to talk about the movie.  This happened when I wore the shirt for my The Adjustment Bureau interview with Matt Damon, where he ended up talking about Scorsese’s gangster classic, and again when I spoke with Carrey.

Anyway, the reason I’m talking about my Goodfellas t-shirt is that I recently interviewed Carla Gugino for her new family film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Based on the 1938 children’s novel, Gugino plays Carrey’s ex-wife and  she watches as her former husband starts to change after  he inherits some penguins from his kooky father.  During the interview, Gugino talks about her love for Martin Scorsese’s Casino and Goodfellas, what it was like to work with Carrey, and how she got involved with Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Hit the jump to watch.  And you can watch the trailer here.

Jim Carrey Talks GOODFELLAS, Don Knotts and MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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I’ve learned a valuable lesson: if I wear my Goodfellas t-shirt during an on camera interview, I should expect whoever I’m speaking with to talk about the movie.  The last time I wore it was for The Adjustment Bureau, and I spent most of my time with Matt Damon discussing Martin Scorsese and his gangster masterpiece.  Actually, if you missed that interview, it’s one of my favorites.  Make sure to watch to the very end as Damon tells an awesome Godfather story.

Anyway, the reason I’m talking about my Goodfellas t-shirt is that I wore it when I interviewed Jim Carrey for his new family film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and like last time, we spent a lot of time talked about the film.  Of course, we also talked about how he got involved with Mr. Popper’s Penguins (he admits to loving the animals) and the conversation even moved to the late/great Don Knotts at one point.  Hit the jump to watch.

The 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time

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Wednesdays suck. We all know it and we all do everything we can to make the day go by as painlessly as possible. Today a nice little video has hit the internet to help the rough midweek marker pass by a little more smoothly. Feeling frustrated today? I guarantee you aren’t nearly as frustrated as anyone in this video. It’s a compilation of the 100 Greatest Movie Threats Of All Time. Like any compilation like this, there’s a good chance one or two of your favorite lines aren’t included, but the video is pretty damn comprehensive. We’re talking about lines from everything from Full Metal Jacket and Goodfellas to Con Air and Home Alone. If you can think of a better video to help blow off some Wednesday steam than this compilation featuring the likes of Schwarzenegger, Pacino, Stallone, Cage, and a puppet from Team America tearing some offscreen a-hole a new one, we’d like to hear it. Hit the jump to see the clip in all of its NSFW glory.


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I’ve been a fan of Matt Damon’s since Good Will Hunting.  In the thirteen years since that film got released, Damon has starred in countless films and even though he is known the world over, every time that I’ve been fortunate enough to talk to him, he’s always been beyond cool and willing to answer any question.  So when I sat down to talk about his new film The Adjustment Bureau for our partners at Omelete, I figured I was in for a good conversation.  However, no matter what I was thinking when I walked in, I left the room even more impressed with Damon.  That’s because when I first walked in he told me how much he loved my Goodfellas t-shirt and then we spent a few minutes talking about Martin Scorsese and Goodfellas.  He was going to tell me a Godfather Part 2 story when I actually forced him to switch gears.  However, after telling me some great stories about making The Adjustment Bureau, Damon gave me updates on Cameron Crowe’s We Built a Zoo and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium.

But I’ve left out the best part.

At the end of the interview, I told him I’d love to hear his Godfather Part 2 story and then he smiled and proceeded to tell me an awesome story about the making of The Godfather Part 2 which he must have heard from either Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola.  I’m a huge fan of the Godfather films and had never heard what he told me.  If you’re a fan of Damon’s, or just want to hear an awesome actor geek out like the film nerd that he is, you definitely want to hit the jump:

Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi to Create GOODFELLAS TV Series

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Sharpen your knives, load your guns, and get your fuckin’ shinebox because more Goodfellas is on the way. While rumors regarding a television series based on the mobster classic have circulated the internet for a while now, nothing was ever set in stone. But now, Digital Spy reports the TV series has not only been confirmed, but that it is in the early planning stages, and that Goodfellas’ director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi are on board.

Said Pileggi: “I want to do it, Marty wants to do it, Warner Bros wants to do it. Of course, you can’t pick up from Goodfellas, since we murdered everybody, or rather, everybody was murdered! There’s nobody left. But I think we’re going to figure out a way to do the early years – sort of a prequel.” Hit the jump for more.


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“See what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?”  This is the type of incomprehensible sentence that results when Broadcast Standards and Practices decide that a particular piece of dialogue is too salty for television.  The above example is from the edited-for-TV version of The Big Lebowski, which is included in a clip alongside similar instances from Snakes on a Plane, The Usual Suspects, The Departed, Scarface, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, Basic Instinct, There’s Something About Mary, Beverly Hills Cop, Casino, Goodfellas, and Wild Things.  Check it out after the jump; be warned of NSFW language.

GOODFELLAS TV Series in the Works

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Maybe it’s a ripple from the splash of Boardwalk Empire.  Maybe series adaptations of hit films from the nineties are simply en vogue right now.  Maybe it’s even a good idea.  No matter the motivation, the powers that be are developing a television series based on the 1990 Martin Scorsese mob classic Goodfellas, co-written by Nicholas Pileggi.  According to Deadline, Pileggi will likely script “at least the pilot episode,” with producer Irwin Winkler expected to board the project as well.  It is unclear at this point whether Scorsese will participate in any capacity.  Hit the jump for the synopsis of the original film.

100 Greatest Movie Insults of All-Time

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The American Film Institute should’ve put together a list of the 100 Greatest Movie Insults.  Unfortunately for them but fortunately for us, the fine folks over at Pajiba already did it.  Editor Harry Hanrahan has put together a great compilation of insults of all shapes and colors.  From the subtle to the vulgar, to the sharp-witted barb to the epic throw-down of colorful adjectives—this is a video worth watching.

Hit the jump to check it out.


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At some point you could argue that Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood started making movies to get Oscars. This is reductive and not fair to their body of work, but when you look at much of the 21st century for both artists there’s a sense of making Oscar pictures that perhaps have other merits, but definitely with an eye toward that goal. The rebirth of Scorsese as Oscar contender came in 1990, when Goodfellas lost to Dances with Wolves and engendered years of vitriol. Mystic River lost in the year of Return of the King, but it kicked off Eastwood’s current run of Oscar-bait pictures that have done well in terms of nominations until recently. The Scorsese film stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in one of the greatest mob films ever made, while Mystic River is a literary adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of wrongful death and suspicious behavior. My review of both after the jump.

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