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'Wolf of Wall Street' runs three hours, might delay release date

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One of the Oscar season’s most anticipated movies is feeling the pressure to get to the party on time. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the true tale of a millionaire broker’s rise and fall starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey, is still scheduled to open in theaters Nov. 15. But as Kris Tapley of HitFix first claimed, Paramount is already making plans to delay its release until Christmas to give Scorsese more time to trim a movie that is currently three hours long, according to a source close to the production.

The studio currently has Jack Ryan slated for Dec. 25, but director Kenneth Branagh’s spy reboot with Chris Pine as the iconic Tom Clancy hero could be pushed to January, according to The Reporter, if need be. That would keep Wolf of Wall Street in the Oscar race, where DiCaprio, Scorsese, and screenwriter Terence Winter would likely receive some attention. But there remains the possibility that the film won’t be release-ready by that date either, in which case it could be pushed to 2014.

Paramount did not respond to EW’s requests for comment. You can view the trailer for the movie below.
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J.D. Salinger biopic on the way, based on 'Salinger' documentary

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Though reviews have been mixed, director Shane Salerno’s documentary about The Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger is extremely cinematic, and imagining a feature film about the mysterious recluse, who passed away in 2010, is irresistible. It turns out you won’t have to wait long. The Weinstein Company, which distributed Salinger and today announced plans to insert new footage into the doc when it expands Sept. 20, is collaborating with Salerno on a separate narrative film that focuses on Salinger’s life between World War II and the 1951 release of The Catcher in the Rye, which made Salinger a literary sensation.

That particular period of Salinger’s life is the crucible that many scholars believe formed everything that came afterward, from his literary work to his aggressively reclusive nature. Salinger stormed the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 and witnessed brutal carnage and atrocities that culminated in the liberation of German concentration camps. Salerno’s documentary attempts to connect the dots between those traumatic experiences and the formation of Holden Caulfield, Catcher‘s teenage narrator who sneers at a world of “phonies.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio's next history project? Woodrow Wilson.

Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrayed longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and squirrelly billionaire Howard Hughes, is digging into early 20th-century history books again for another big-screen biopic. The Great Gatsby star is in talks to produce and possibly star in a Warner Bros. movie about Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. president, who guided the country through World War I and established many of the progressive policies and bureaucracies that still define American government 100 years later.

Warner Bros. is interested in optioning a recent biography from Pulitzer-winning writer A. Scott Berg (Lindbergh), who spent 12 years digging into Wilson’s life and presidential record, one that has long been overshadowed by the liberal New Deal policies of his spiritual successor, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wilson was a proud Southerner whose views on race reflected his family’s Confederate sympathies during the Civil War, a college professor who became president of Princeton University before entering politics, and a shrewd politician who was re-elected president in 1916 by promising to keep America out of World War I — and then almost immediately entered the war against Germany and her allies. As the war came to a close and he became the leading proponent for a League of Nations, a peace-keeping organization that Congress ultimately voted against joining, he suffered a debilitating stroke that was hidden from the public and left his wife secretly making presidential decisions.
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Julianne Moore cast as 'Hunger Games' President Coin

Julianne Moore, the four-time Oscar nominee who also played Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change, has been cast as President Alma Coin, the steely leader of the rebellion in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. In Suzanne Collins’ best-selling books, Coin leads the fight against President Snow and the Capitol that began in the mysterious District 13. Katniss and Coin are reluctant allies at the beginning, due to the need to rally around a symbol — Katniss as heroic Mockingjay — but she begins to suspect that Coin is as untrustworthy as the man she aims to replace.

The third and fourth installments of the Hunger Games are slated for release in November 2014 and November 2015. Catching Fire arrives in theaters on Nov. 22.

J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. announce new movie franchise set in wizarding world

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All ended well for Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s books, but it turns out the author isn’t finished with her magical world. Rowling and Warner Bros. have announced that she will adapt her Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, into an cinematic adventure about that book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Rowling’s first-ever screenplay is expected to be the first of a series of new films about the wizarding world that fans know well from the Potter books and movies.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling, in a statement.  “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Scamander has long been part of the Potter universe, ever since he got a brief mention in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. One of Hogwarts’ esteemed former headmasters, his image occasionally popped up in the wizarding school’s living portraits. Scamander had been an expert Magizoologist — a student of magical creatures — ever since a childhood fascination with hippogriffs and he went on to work for the Ministry of Magic. Beginning in 1918, he spent nearly a decade researching and writing Fantastic Beasts, traveling to every corner of the globe in his spare time to research the wizarding world’s most fascination creatures.

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Toronto: Daniel Radcliffe is damned good at 'Horns' premiere

After one glimpse, the title to Daniel Radcliffe’s newest movie requires no further explanation. But there’s so much more to unwrap in Horns, Alexandre Aja’s subversely funny adaptation of Joe Hill’s macabre mystery novel. Yes, Harry Potter grows horns after his angelic girlfriend (Juno Temple) is brutally murdered and he’s the only suspect. In defense of the town’s quick rush to judgment, there are also scenes where a singed Radcliffe wields a pitchfork and communes with menacing snakes. (Once a parseltongue, always a parseltongue.) Also, he drives a flaming-orange Gremlin, so can you really blame the simple townsfolk for thinking he’s tight with Satan?

Horns, which premiered last night at the Toronto Film Festival, is something totally different and unexpected. Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, who finds that those grotesque horns suddenly growing out of his head have one useful side effect. Rather than being frightened or disgusted, other people are oddly put at ease by the sight of them and compulsively express their deepest and darkest secrets and desires to Ig. There’s the local floozy who really wants to eat all the donuts after sex, the buddy-cops who want to take their relationship to the next level, and Ig’s mother, who just wants him to disappear because his plight makes her so darn sad. “I bring out the worst in people,” Ig laments. But once he begins to understand the blessing that accompanies his curse, he sets out to use his power to find the real killer.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' casts Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam

The search is over: Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate, The Social Network) will play Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) will take over the high-profile role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Author E.L. James tweeted the news this morning. The movie will be released on Aug. 1, 2014.

No clear candidates for the high-profile roles had emerged since Focus Features and Universal paid $5 million in March 2012 for movie rights to the best-selling trilogy — but there were lots of rumors. Earlier this year, Emma Watson’s name hit the mill for Anastasia, which prompted the Harry Potter star to tweet “who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.”

Armie Hammer also had to fend off speculation earlier this year that he was going to play the handsome lead in what he described as a “mommy porn” flick. “No one actually offered me the movie, but while I was working on Lone Ranger my agent brought it up, and I said ‘Nope,’” Hammer told Playboy. “I mean, come on — it’s just mommy porn. I’m not going to sit on top of the laundry machine in spin cycle reading about putting a ball gag in someone’s mouth. That doesn’t do it for me.”

Johnson gained some critical attention for her role in the Fox comedy Ben and Kate last season but the single-camera confection about a single mom who lives with her brother (Nat Faxon) was cancelled because of low ratings. After her small, scantily-clad part in The Social Network (she went to bed with Sean Parker, aka Justin Timberlake), she went on to appear in The Five Year Engagement and 21 Jump Street. She is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson.

For the last six years, Hunnam has starred as Jax Teller in FX’s hit drama Sons of Anarchy. Earlier this year, he was the lead in the movie Pacific Rim.

Script for the 50 Shades adaptation is from Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova).

'Saving Mr. Banks' poster: Mary Poppins casts a long shadow

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And, evidently, so does Mickey Mouse.

This new poster for Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks literally illustrates the film’s central conflict: the struggle between Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), who was firmly against the notion of turning her masterpiece into a feature film, and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), who spent years trying to persuade her to change her mind. Spoiler alert: Disney won.

(Extra spoiler alert: Travers despised the Disney version of Poppins, especially its original songs and animated sequences; she agreed to let Cameron Mackintosh adapt it into a stage musical only if he promised to allow only English-born writers onto its creative team.)

The film premieres in limited release Dec. 13 and in wide release Dec. 20. Check out the trailer below.

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'Gone Girl': Rosamund Pike offered lead role

Rosamund Pike, the former Bond Girl who recently starred in Jack Reacher opposite Tom Cruise, has been offered the starring role in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller about a young wife who goes missing on her fifth anniversary. Sources close to the production confirmed the offer, and the Hollywood Reporter, which initially reported the news, claimed that Pike had won the role over several bigger-name actresses, including Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Emily Blunt.

Ben Affleck has already been cast as the cheating husband who is immediately suspected when his wife disappears without a trace. Reese Witherspoon optioned the novel in 2012 and is producing the film.

Laura Dern signs on to 'The Fault in our Stars'

Laura Dern has been cast in the upcoming The Fault in Our Stars. The Enlightened actress joins Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and the recently announced Nat Wolff)  for the adaptation of the best-selling novel by John Green. She’ll be playing the mother to Hazel Grace—(Woodley) who falls in love with Augustus (Elgort), whom she meets in a teenage cancer support group.

A quick editorial note: isn’t this casting perfect? With just one more major slot to fill—that of Peter van Houten (fantasy pick: Hugh Laurie)—casting is nearly complete. The Fault in Our Stars will begin production next month in Pittsburgh.

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