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Leonardo DiCaprio defends 'Wolf of Wall Street': 'We're not condoning this behavior, we're indicting it'

The public seems to be torn on Martin Scorsese’s latest film venture, The Wolf of Wall Street. While some are praising the three-hour film, which takes a hard look at American greed, naysayers fear that the film focuses too much on celebrating the shallow lifestyle of convicted stock market manipulator Jordan Belfort.

Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Belfort in the new Scorsese film, however, says that those who believe that The Wolf of Wall Street is condoning such behavior may be misunderstanding the true message of the film.

Critical Mass: Bears and bulls wage war over 'Wolf of Wall Street'

“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

New 'Wolf of Wall Street' trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio is king of the world -- VIDEO

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:

'Wolf of Wall Street' nabs Christmas release date, stays in Oscar hunt


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.

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


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.

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.

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]

Warner Bros. acquires 'Rasputin' pitch with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star

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.

Cannes rolls out the red carpet for Leonardo DiCaprio and 'The Great Gatsby'

The Cannes Film Festival got under way with a blockbuster day of Steven Spielberg and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

The French Riviera extravaganza began on a rainy Wednesday, where the prestigious festival was to open with the 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.

In a press conference Wednesday, the cast came in sailing on popular success, if not great reviews.

“I knew that would come,” said Luhrmann, noting the initially poor critical response in 1925 to the novel. “I just care that people are going out there and seeing it.”

But Gatsby opened with a strong performance at the box office, taking in $51.1 million. The film is making its European premiere at Cannes on Wednesday night, nearly a week after opening in North America. READ FULL STORY

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