In Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas, a pre-Quentin Tarantino movie that is turning out to be the post-Tarantino touchstone for how to make a drama about the lethal seductions of bad behavior (Boogie Nights, The Sopranos, and American Hustle are all honorary sons of GoodFellas), Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), the shark/schlub wise-guy antihero, sucks the audience right into his dream of doing whatever the hell he pleases the moment he announces, in that opening voiceover, “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” To watch GoodFellas is to think: And who wouldn’t? A quintessential here’s why you want to be a gangster moment is the famous entering-the-restaurant tracking shot, in which Henry and his date, Karen (Lorraine Bracco), get to bypass the crowd by snaking in through the kitchen, only to land at the best table in the house. That’s the Horatio Alger myth compressed into 30 ecstatic Scorsesesque seconds: Being a gangster isn’t just acting like a hoodlum — it’s rising up and flowing past the horde, fulfilling a fantasy of coming out on top. It is, on some level, what all of us crave. GoodFellas has a lot of moments like that, but Scorsese is too great a filmmaker to make the gangster life look easier than it is. To live by violence gets you treated like a king, but it’s also a brutal existence that gradually eats away at you. In the classic “You think I’m funny?” scene, Joe Pesci’s is-he-kidding? tweaking of Henry isn’t just a goof, it’s a sinister preview of what every gangster ultimately faces: the Mob’s violence turning on them. As GoodFellas goes on, the freedom that Henry Hill saw in the gangster life begins to look like a trap, and by the end, when he’s coked to the gills, trying to escape his cronies and the law, no one in his right mind would want to trade places with him. READ FULL STORY
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“It’s too long!” “It’s obscene!” “It’s Marty’s best since Goodfellas!” “It’s shameful!” “It’s hilarious!”
By now, you probably know that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is this season’s most polarizing film. Dropped on Christmas Day in the midst of Oscar season, the debauched tale about Wall Street swindler Jordan Belfort has pushed critics into two camps: it’s either a worthy companion piece to Goodfellas about white-collar greed, or a misguided, misogynistic opus that glorifies everything it claims to abhor. No one seems to be saying, “Um, it was okay.”
Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance, however, is something most everyone agrees upon. After Django Unchained and the Wolf, it’s going to be difficult for some to look at Titanic the same way again — but he’s great and fascinating in the way Jack Nicholson was great and fascinating during his historic early 1970′s run. As Belfort, “he gives a hell of a performance that’s electrifyingly loose, perversely funny, and dripping with jerk charisma,” says EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “It says something about DiCaprio’s oily charm that you almost want him to get away with it.”
Maybe you’ve already seen the movie and just want to see the pundits go at it. Or maybe you wisely chose Saving Mr. Banks for your family’s Christmas Day movie selection, slyly postponing Wolf for yourself the day after grandmom flies home. Either way, click below to see bull and bear critics wage war over The Wolf of Wall Street. READ FULL STORY
If you can’t get enough of The Wolf of Wall Street, today is your lucky day. A new full-length trailer for the highly anticipated Martin Scorsese film has just been released, hot on the heels of the announcement that the film would indeed be opening on Christmas Day.
The second trailer showcases DiCaprio as former Wall Street broker and hard partyer Jordan Belfort and also features Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Margot Robbie (About Time), and Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty). The upcoming Scorsese film is based on Belfort’s memoir, which tells the story of his time as a stock swindler who was eventually sentenced to prison for fraud and insider trading.
Watch the second trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street below:
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It looks like The Wolf of Wall Street is going to make it in time for the Oscar party after all.
Martin Scorsese’s star-studded tale of 1990′s greed and hubris, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Jonah Hill, was one of the awards season’s most anticipated films, expected to arrive in theaters on Nov. 15. But when reports emerged that the Oscar-winning director had handed in a three-hour cut, Paramount began making plans to delay its release until Christmas — or maybe even early 2014 — in order to trim and fine-tune the movie. A Christmas date seemed harmless enough, but a 2014 release would rob Paramount and this year’s Oscars of one of its crown jewels.
Fortunately, Paramount confirmed the rumors today that Wolf will slide into the Dec. 25 slot once filled by Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Paramount’s reboot of Tom Clancy’s most-famous cold-war character, starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, and Keira Knightley, was recently bumped to Jan. 17.
Paramount is sure to mount an aggressive Oscar campaign for DiCaprio, who is becoming a sentimental choice to win after three previous acting nominations, as well as ones for Scorsese, the supporting cast, and the picture itself.
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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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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Kyle Chandler on 'The Spectacular Now', 'Wolf of Wall Street', and those 'Friday Night Lights' rumors
For the devoted, it’s hard to watch Kyle Chander play anyone but man-among-men Coach Eric Taylor from Friday Night Lights. But in the terrific, bittersweet indie The Spectacular Now—Owen Gleiberman calls it “one of the rare truly soulful and authentic teen movies“— Chandler plays a character who’s practically the anti-coach: a deadbeat, boozy and long-absent father to Miles Teller’s character. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Julianne Moore eyed for 'Mockingjay'; Plus Leonardo DiCaprio re-teams with Jamie Foxx, more
• According to Deadline, Julianne Moore may be among the top candidates for the role of President Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, the third and fourth films in the series. A rep from Lionsgate had no comment. [Deadline]
• Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the unfinished book Mean Business on North Ganson Street as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx, who starred together in Django Unchained. The story finds a disgraced detective (DiCaprio) sent to a fictional Missouri town (Victory) to investigate its rise in crime. There, he teams up with another detective played by Foxx as things begin to escalate and someone starts killing off the entire police force. Author S. Craig Zahler will adapt the script for the big screen. [Deadline]
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s next leading role may be Grigori Rasputin, the famed Russian mystic who was an advisor for the Russian Imperial family before he was brutally murdered. But we shouldn’t expect it to be anything like the last time we saw the historical figure on film — as the Christopher Lloyd-voiced animated villain in Anastasia.
The role would be for a film called, fittingly, Rasputin that is being developed with DiCaprio attached to star. Warner Bros. bought the pitch for the project that comes from Jason Hall, screenwriter of upcoming Bradley Cooper movie American Sniper. Deadline first reported the news.
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