Wolf of Wall Street crowd

UPDATE: Collider has taken back their story saying this information from the producers is incorrect.

Before Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street hit theaters, there was much talk about the film’s length. An early cut was said to be around four hours long but Paramount wanted it to be at least an hour shorter, which reportedly held up the release. From that, a aura of mystery surrounded this rumored extended cut even though Scorsese himself said the theatrical cut, which ran 179 minutes, was his director’s cut. (Scorsese’s theatrical cuts are always his director’s cuts.)

Most of the time, when a master like Scorsese says a cut is a director’s cut, that’s the end of the conversation. But two of his producers now suggest the epic four-hour version of the film will be on the Blu-ray later this Spring. Read More »

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Ray Liotta And Robert De Niro In 'Goodfellas'

Briefly: Martin Scorsese‘s 1990 film Goodfellas has become such an integral part of popular culture, it’s easy to forget it’s based on a true story. Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, was a real figure, and the crimes the film depicts did happen. His biggest caper, both in real life and in the film, is the 1978 Luftansha heist, in which a group of men stole $6 million from John F. Kennedy International Airport. No arrests were ever made, mostly because the man believed to be the mastermind died in jail and, as seen in the movie, others disappeared.

Earlier this week, however, five men were indicted and arrested for their involvement in the robbery, marking the first time that’s happened in the near 40 year investigation. The New York Times wrote about the arrests, which were lead by 78-year-old Vincent Asaro. The narrative is too intricate to summarize in brief, but you can read much more at that link.

Anderson Scorsese

When Paul Thomas Anderson took the world by storm with his second film, Boogie Nights, critics couldn’t help but compare him to a young Martin Scorsese. Anderson was obviously influenced by the filmmaker, and in the years since, they’ve become friends. For Scorsese’s previous film, Hugo, Anderson interviewed the director in Los Angeles and that happened again last week for Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street. You can watch the thirty minutes of the exchange below. Read More »

Wolf of Wall Street jonah hill

Most of us would pay money to work with Martin Scorsese. He’s one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and a chance to spend time with him is priceless. The same thing, it seems, might be felt by actors. Jonah Hill was already an Oscar nominee before he got the part as Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street, but Hill wanted the role so incredibly bad, he took a significant pay cut to star in the film. How much exactly? Read below. Read More »

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There are a lot of complaints about over-reliance on CG in Hollywood films, and some of those gripes are on point. Films that go overboard with computer-generated creatures and digital doubles can quickly increase the distance between an audience and the story, rather than bridging it.

But a great many films use CG in ways that most audiences never think about while a film runs. Take Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street. When Jordan Belfort goes to London to recruit Aunt Emma for a scheme, there’s a simple shot of Leonardo DiCaprio and Joanna Lumley walking into a flat. Think what’s on screen is what was shot on the day? Not really.

Or take the walk along a scenic quay, as seen above. The final shot is almost entirely a digital composite. Same for the white-collar prison where Jordan Belfort ends up, seen in a big crane-shot pullback. For even the most FX-savvy audiences, there are probably a couple shots in the film that didn’t ping as digital creations. Check out the great reel below. Read More »

Adam Driver Joins Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler on Girls

One of the biggest breakouts of HBO’s Girls isn’t a girl at all. Adam Driver‘s name has cropped up in connection to everything from Batman vs. Superman to Star Wars Episode VII, and those are just his rumored roles. He’s actually appeared in projects directed by the likes of Noah Baumbach, Steven Spielberg, and the Coen Brothers. Not bad for a guy we hadn’t heard of two years ago.

Now it seems Martin Scorsese is the latest to take notice of this white-hot star. According to a new report, Driver is set to join Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe in Scorsese’s Silence, a drama set in 17th century Japan. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Wolf of Wall Street Scorsese

Depending on who you talk to in Hollywood, the future of the film industry is in question. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas said last year they think the machine will eventually break because of the massive budgets relied upon for major blockbusters. At the same time, filmmakers are crowdsourcing money to get their smaller, personal movies made for far less than the cost of your average summer movie. The spectrum is broad, and anything is possible.

When you’re talking about the film industry – past, present and future – it’s impossible not to mention Martin Scorsese. Not only has he made some of the best movies, but he continues to do so as he embraces new technology. He has a deeper knowledge of everything film than probably anyone.

So what does Scorsese think the future holds for cinema? He thinks it’s bright. In an open letter addressed to his daughter, The Wolf of Wall Street director points at technology and filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, David Fincher, Alexander Payne, the Coen Brothers, James Gray and Paul Thomas Anderson as beacons of hope. Read More »

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Who will be nominated for the Best Director Oscar this year? We’ve got a pretty good idea now that the nominations for the Directors Guild of America’s own awards have been handed down. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Philips) have been honored with nominations for the 66th DGA award. Three of those (McQueen, Cuaron, Greengrass) are first-time DGA nominations.

Historically, this nomination set is a very good predictor of where the Oscars will go, but last year was a bit of a tradition breaker, as only two of the five DGA nominees got Oscar nominations, and the DGA winner, Ben Affleck, was not among them. (Ang Lee won the Oscar.)

Meanwhile, this is another major guild that has looked past Joel and Ethan Coen and Inside Llewyn Davis; Spike Jonze is another director of significant achievement in 2013 who didn’t get a nomination. 

The full list of feature directorial nominations is below, with accompanying notes from the DGA. Read More »

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