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.
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 Dark Thirty, 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.
Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.
My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.
We recently had a scare with the terrible news that a sequel to Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life was in the works; thankfully, that report was quashed when it was revealed that Paramount still held the rights to the film’s source material. While we’re breathing a collective sigh of relief over that fact, let’s enjoy this new trailer for It’s a Wonderful Life cut in the style of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film, The Wolf of Wall Street. Scorsese’s picture stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in the real life story of the stockbroker’s rise to unfathomable riches and fall due to corruption and criminal behavior. Hit the jump to see how this mash-up measures up.
The Best Director Oscar category quite often mirrors the Best Picture category, with the winners in both matching up year after year. That being said, it’s not wholly uncommon to see a split for one reason or another—in fact, it’s happened 22 times. Sometimes the director of the Best Picture winner gets snubbed out of a nomination (see: Ben Affleck), sometimes heavy backdoor campaigning results in a split (see: Shakespeare in Love take Best Picture and Saving Private Ryan getting Best Director), and sometimes the Academy is simply not willing to award difficult material the grand prize (see: Brokeback Mountain losing Best Picture). This year, however, we have a different scenario that could simply be boiled down to an incredibly tough choice: two excellent, groundbreaking films that both showcase directing at its finest.
The Best Picture showdown appears to be 12 Years a Slave vs. Gravity, and that same showdown is mirrored in the Best Director race. Will there be a split? Can someone like Paul Greengrass or David O. Russell pull an upset? After the jump, we take a look at the current state of the Best Director race in the latest installment of Oscar Beat.
The MPAA has had a chance to weigh in on director Martin Scorsese’s latest film, and on first-look they warned the filmmaker that The Wolf of Wall Street was destined for an NC-17 rating. THR reports that Scorsese “agreed to trim certain scenes of nudity and sex” in order to guarantee an R-rating for the darkly comic drama, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker in the 1990s. Rumors had been swirling for months that Scorsese’s no-holds-barred film ventured well into NC-17 territory, but it appears that he and Paramount Pictures have made some edits in order to ensure that the pic can be seen by wide audiences. No doubt excessive violence is still A-OK for the MPAA, just as long as no one’s naked—the horror!
Additionally, THR confirms that the runtime of The Wolf of Wall Street is 2 hours and 59 minutes, which officially makes this Scorsese’s longest film ever, besting Casino by one minute. Nearly three hours of Scorsese doing dark comedy? Now that’s something to be thankful for. The film opens nationwide Christmas Day.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Paramount Pictures has released two new TV spots for director Martin Scorsese’s darkly comedic drama The Wolf of Wall Street. Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the stranger-than-fiction pic 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. These new TV spots show off a bit of new footage from the film, but at a reported runtime of nearly three hours, there’s no need to worry about spoiling a significant amount of the movie.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street opens in theaters Christmas Day.
How much capitalist corruption and excess can one film hold? When the film’s coming from Martin Scorsese, it could be as much as 2 hours and 59 minutes. We previously reported the runtime on The Wolf of Wall Street was 2 hours and 45 minutes, but France distributor Metropolitan Filmexport tells Allocine [via The Playlist] that the movie runs 179 minutes, which would get it just in under the 3-hour limit usually set by most studios. Early reports also said the film was NC-17, so even with that material cut, there’s still plenty left for the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) raiding Wall Street during the 1990s.
If Allocine is correct, then the movie will be Scorsese’s longest film to date, beating out Casino by one minute. I would advise against buying the large soft drink. The Wolf of Wall Street opens December 25th and stars Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street opens on December 25th. Hit the jump to check out three new posters for the film. [Update: Paramount has also released a batch of new high-resolution images, which are now included after the jump.]
The first clip from Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street is now online. If you watched the movie’s trailer and wondered what the half-naked chick covered in money was all about, this clip will help to answer your question. If you want even more, check out these recently released images from the film.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jon Bernthal, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler,Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, and Rob Reiner, The Wolf of Wall Street opens December 25th. Hit the jump to watch the first clip.
For a minute there it looked like we might not see Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street until next year, but Paramount announced a few weeks ago that the black comedy was simply being pushed to a Christmas Day release. What better way to spend the holidays than enjoying the absurd true story of Jordan Belfort, 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? Some new images from the film highlight a few of Belfort’s shenanigans as portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, and I’m incredibly excited to see the actor and Scorsese going all out with this timely portrait of 90s excess.
Hit the jump to check out the new images. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street opens December 25th.
In the last few months of covering this year’s awards race, it’s become very clear that the 2014 Oscars are going to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. Nowhere is this more clear than in the Best Actor category, which already seems to have congealed into a solid list of five extremely likely candidates with a number of others waiting in the wings to play the spoiler. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and the race starts to firm up, now seems like a good time to start taking a closer look at the individual categories in the 2014 Oscar race.
In today’s edition of Oscar Beat, we begin with the Best Actor category, which will see a couple of acting legends challenging the rise of McConaughey, powerful performances depicting historically important characters, Leo, and more. Read on after the jump.
With Halloween 2013 now a few days behind us, I may be a little late to the punch on this recommendation. Still yet, every October I find myself liking 1995′s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers more and more. Directed by Joe Chappelle (who would later go on to direct episodes of The Wire and Fringe among others) and written by Daniel Farrands (a long-time fan of the franchise who, at the time, had little produced work under his belt), the film is notorious for its troubled production and its “Producers Cut” which features nearly 45 minutes of alternate footage, including a different ending. Watching it as a kid I remember it being the Halloween film that made me fear Michael Myers. To date, I still feel like the pic features the killer at his most ruthless (just try looking at doing the laundry the same way after watching). Rewatching it as an adult, I admire Farrands’ script for exploring the forces at work behind Michael’s madness. Even with October 31st, 2014 a distant 363 days away, I encourage Halloween fans to watch or revisit The Curse of Michael Myers this next week and see how your feelings towards the film stack up against my own.
Mid-90′s horror recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 includes Ender’s Game interviews with Asa Butterfield and more, the excellent first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, a slew of interviews for 12 Years a Slave, a new trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, and a detailed history of the Ghostbusters movies, comics, cartoons, and merch. In what should come as no surprise, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
This year’s Oscar race is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent years. With Gravity and 12 Years a Slave already announcing themselves as major frontrunners in multiple categories, well-received smaller dramas duking it out to overtake the top spot, and films from Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell still on the way, there’s not a lot of breathing room. Perhaps that’s why we’ve already seen a number of would-be contenders get the heck out of Dodge and move to 2014 with the latest being George Clooney’s World War II drama The Monuments Men.
The pic had all the staples of an Academy favorite, but with its release now shifted to next February, which of the other contenders might benefit from its absence? We discuss that and more in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat after the jump.
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for director Martin Scorsese‘s new film The Wolf of Wall Street, and it’s fantastic. Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the stranger-than-fiction pic 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. Whereas the film’s first trailer was more of a tone piece (a batshit crazy tone, but a tone nonetheless), this more traditional trailer lays out the film’s plot as we follow Belfort’s rise to power and struggle to stay on top. The highlight here is the chemistry between DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, which is brilliant. The two play off of each other extremely well, and just when I thought it wasn’t possible for me to be more excited about Scorsese’s return to dark comedy territory, this trailer has ramped up my anticipation even more.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street opens on December 25th.
Briefly: We previously reported that Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street would likely be released on December 25th. The story, based on Jordan Belfort‘s memoir, chronicles the broker’s rise and fall as he vast riches lead him into a hedonistic lifestyle. According to THR, Paramount chairman Brad Grey officially gave a go-ahead for the Christmas release date after seeing Scorsese’s new cut late yesterday. Scorsese’s original cut ran over 180 minutes, but the final runtime is 165 minutes. The movie looks insane, but it will also be the biggest prestige picture on December 25th opening opposite The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 47 Ronin, Grudge Match, and the Justin Bieber documentary Believe. It may not win the box office that weekend, but it could have a serious shot at getting into the awards race.
The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti, P.J. Byrne, and Ethan Suplee. The new trailer will be released later today.