Peanut butter and jelly. Fish and chips. Scorsese and DiCaprio. These things just go well together. Now, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are getting ready to team-up again for a new film, one tackling the life of Theodore Roosevelt. And somewhere in there, Scorsese is also planning a new documentary about Bob Dylan. Read more about that, and the DiCaprio Scorsese Teddy Roosevelt film below.
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The biggest debate over Martin Scorsese‘s current hit The Wolf of Wall Street hasn’t been its quality. Its been its ethics. The film shows stockbrokers lead by Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) abusing the legal and financial systems to ridiculous gain, only to blow it all on lavish possessions and parties. Some have said the film glorifies these actions. Others, and I’m in this camp, think it paints Belfort as a terrible person and ends up being a harsh criticism of America’s economic character.
Another reason for the controversy is the film features a cameo by Belfort himself, a convicted criminal and informant who is presumably profiting from both the movie and increased sales of his book on which Scorsese’s film is based. Since Belfort has failed to make the restitution payments mandated by his 2003 conviction — he’s got almost $100m to go — that’s been a huge sticking point for some.
However, Belfort has taken to social media to explain where his new money is going. While he will profit from the film, all of the money is being turned over to the government as continuted restitution for his years of criminal activity.
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The teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, which is attached to Inglourious Basterds, might not be online until next week. If true, this means you’ll have to see it on the big screen if you want to see it before next week. So I thought now would be a good time to tell you about the 58-second trailer. Want to know what Inception is really about? We might have the answer.
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Breaking News: Universal Pictures have partnered with The Weinstein Co to produce Quentin Tarantino‘s World War II film Inglorious Bastards. Oh, and there was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Southern California… According to Variety, Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein met with five studios last week, and ended up choosing Universal over Paramount. Seems like a bad decision to me since a film like this needs a strong marketing team behind it, something neither the Weinstein’s or Universal seems to have. Paramount would have been the better choice in the respect. Heck, look what they have done for DreamWorks. Principal photography is scheduled to begin this fall in Germany and France, with both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprico in talks to star.
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