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Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street will be released on December 25th 2013. THR reports that the filmmaker delivered a shortened version of the film to Paramount. Original story follows after the jump.

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Officially, The Wolf of Wall Street is still set to open November 15. But a couple of weeks back, word got around that Martin Scorsese was having trouble getting it together in time for that deadline, and it looked like we’d have to wait until 2014 to see it.

Today, though, we’re hearing that the situation might not be quite that dire. According to a new report, Scorsese and his editor Thelma Schoonmaker are scrambling to finish the cut by Thanksgiving. That’d allow them to open the film by the end of the year, keeping it in contention for next year’s Oscars. Hit the jump for the latest update on this much-anticipated project.

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Nothing is official yet, but multiple outlets are reporting Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street is highly unlikely to hit its November 15, 2013 release date.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Jean Dujardin, and rumor has it Scorsese recently turned in a near-three hour cut and needs to slim it down closer to two. That’ll take some time, and that time will likely mean the film misses the 2013 Oscar race. Read More »

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Harvey Weinstein is a guy whose nature leads to intensely polarized opinions. He’s a mogul in the old style, who exerts his will with force, and grandstands, and makes good movies and irritating decisions in equal measure. Having been part of some of the biggest films of the last couple decades, Harvey also has endless stories to tell, and when he opens up there’s great stuff to learn.

Take Gangs of New York, the Martin Scorsese film that Weinstein produced in 2002. The massive project shot in Rome, and quickly became legendary in some circles as an example of Harvey’s heavy-handed demands for a shorter cut than the filmmaker wanted to deliver. Weinstein recently talked about that aspect of the film, but he also explained the origin of the CG elephant that roams through the elaborate riot sequence that acts as the climax of the film. Read More »

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Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, developed by and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a black comedy that traces the rise and fall of a stockbroker who played fast and loose with the rules. (DiCaprio describes some of the humor as “pretty sadistic,” and explains “We take the lives of the people in the film seriously; we don’t take the genre seriously.”)

The film is based on Jordan Belfort’s book The Wolf of Wall Street, and we see DiCaprio as Belfort, who made millions and relished the excess pleasures that came with outrageous success in the early/mid ’90s.

What little footage we’ve seen of the film explodes with an exuberant energy. But there’s a different vibe in some new behind the scenes stills, a few of which, shot in black and white, are almost classic in their appeal. One example is above; check out more below. Read More »

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Almost twenty-five years ago, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert sat down with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese to talk about the future of cinema. At the time, Scorsese had yet to release Goodfellas, Spielberg had yet to win an Oscar and George Lucas had to to commit to the Star Wars prequels. Each was already incredibly accomplished, but not even close to the peaks of their success.

Looking back at the conversation, it’s fascinating to think about where these guys thought cinema would go, how they themselves would help push it there, and what they were wrong about. Of course, earlier this year Spielberg and Lucas once again talked about the future of movies and their predictions were much more pessimistic. I wouldn’t bet against these guys.

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Damn, this trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film The Wolf of Wall Street is a great piece of work. Might be one of the year’s best trailers by the time 2013 is all said and done.

This edit struts along to the tune of ‘Black Skinhead‘ from Kanye West and flashes all the symbols of excess you’d expect from a movie about a stock trader who made nearly a million dollars a week when he was only 26. There are cars, boats, women, drugs, parties, guns, cash… and Matthew McConaughey just stealing the end of the trailer right out from under Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s a bit like watching Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby by way of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.

That said, DiCaprio is definitely the star here playing Jordan Belfort, whose meteoric rise and dizzying fall inspired the film. It’s weird to be at a point where it’s a minor stretch to see Leonardo DiCaprio play a 26-year old (he’s 38) but if the movie has this sort of energy it’ll probably work out just fine. This is his fifth film with Scorsese, and we’ll be watching closely to see how their partnership has evolved.

Check out the trailer below.

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Luc Besson‘s The Family (once called Malativa) seems like a fun amalgamation of well-known film ideas, as Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play the two heads of a former mob family that has gone into witness protection in France. Despite the helpful guidance of Tommy Lee Jones, things don’t go so well, thanks to a comically toxic combination of elements: the family’s inability to change, and the attentions of a clean-up crew that wants to silence them.

The trailer is below, and you’ll see some Coppola, Demme, and Scorsese in this footage. (It even opens with a Rolling Stones song — maybe the best Stones song, actually — but Scorsese did serve as a consultant and exec producer who worked on the edit.) There’s also a good bit of Besson’s trademark energy, and along with the cast looking engaged that makes the whole thing worth a look. Read More »

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