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Scorsese, DiCaprio, Hill on Wolf

Our Saturday Night Cinema this week has Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill Discuss ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Five-time collaborators Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have teamed up with actor Jonah Hill to film the most audacious movie about Wall Street ever made.


THE FIRST COUPLE DAYS of rehearsal were extremely, extremely intimidating,” says the actor Jonah Hill of working on set with director Martin Scorsese and costar Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street. “I definitely felt like I was invading somebody else’s space. To watch a director and an actor have the connection that Marty and Leo have is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

In theaters next month, the glitzy, audacious blockbuster is based on real-life rogue trader Jordan Belfort’s memoir of his 1990s pump-and-dump flameout, during which he launched the infamous Stratton Oakmont “boiler room” brokerage, inflicted over $200 million of losses on investors and sunk a 167-foot yacht—all on his way to a federal indictment for securities fraud and money laundering and 22 months in prison. (Belfort is currently working toward building a career as a motivational speaker and paying $110 million back to investors.) The film will be the fifth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio, following Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator and Shutter Island. And by all accounts, filming it was an act of deep mutual trust: their most adult, debauched project to date. “[Our relationship has] evolved in the sense that with every new picture, we get to know each other a little better, trust each other a little more and go a little further,” says Scorsese.

“It’s gotten better and better as the years have gone by,” says DiCaprio, who notes that the film is their most improvisatory, “simply because the trust level’s there.”

Ben Younger’s tightly focused 2000 drama Boiler Room covered a sliver of Belfort’s story, but if that low-budget film was a penny stock, The Wolf of Wall Street is pure blue chip. To capture the criminal spectacle of the era, the duo aimed to make a film every bit as excessive as Belfort’s ego. However, it takes money to make movies about money: vintage Lamborghinis, sprawling casts and Manhattan locations don’t come cheap. “It was a very difficult movie to finance,” says DiCaprio. “It’s an R-rated film, and it needed to have a certain amount of scale and scope.”

Arguably Hollywood’s most bankable star, DiCaprio spent over five years developing the film—and, somewhat ironically, convincing Wall Street financiers to fund what he sees as a portrait of “the real epitome of American greed.” The long development period may have actually improved the film, since it allowed DiCaprio to spend more time with Belfort, who was “incredibly open about his life, especially the most embarrassing parts,” says DiCaprio. “I spent a long time with Jordan. I interviewed him incessantly and tried to pull out every detail I possibly could. We incorporated a lot of other stories that weren’t even in the book into the movie.”





Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill Discuss ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Logan Hill
WSJ, Oct. 11, 2013

Category: Film, Weekend

Saturday Night Cinema: Money For Nothing

I wanted to suggest the following documentary:  Money For Nothing.  Trailer is below  (Yeah, I have a few words in it).

Here’s are some reviews,:

“A timely, revealing documentary.” — Washington Diplomat

“… goes a long way to explaining the history of the Federal Reserve’s easy money policies” — Time

“revealing — and damning — indictments of mistakes the Fed made in the run-up to the crisis.” — Wall Street Journal

“A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed’s origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies.” — Variety

“If Fahrenheit 9/11 was Michael Moore’s seminal repudiation of George W. Bush’s foreign policy, ‘Money For Nothing’ is writer/director Jim Bruce’s similar critique of the history of The Federal Reserve.” — Business Insider

“Eye-opening, informative and detailed documentary” — IndieWire

“I advise President Barack Obama and his top economic advisers to immediately order up a private viewing of the trenchant and worrisome documentary film ‘Money For Nothing,’ before making a final decision on who the next chairman of the The Federal Reserve Bank is to be.” — Forbes

“A slick, thoughtful and alternately infuriating-and-funny documentary.” — Reuters

“It should be required viewing for the next generation of leaders, investors, and decision-makers.” — Minyanville

“A thrillingly dense documentary that will enlighten and infuriate” — CriterionCast

“Bruce has pulled together what may be the most reasoned, constructive and accessible documentary of the post-crisis genre.” — Reuters, Breakingviews

“should be required viewing for all of America’s citizens” — PA/PA Reviews

“What makes the film so convincing is its cast. There is not a single nut in the 104-minute film. It’s full of articulate economists and investors and, most importantly, Fed insiders.” — American Banker

Source: Rotten Tomatoes


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Category: Federal Reserve, Film

Jack Nicholson Retiring ?

With rumors flying that Jack Nicholson will be retiring from his career of almost 60 years, we got a little nostalgic for some of his best moments. There’s a lot of innuendo, even more cursing, a whole lot of yelling, and we appreciate every bit of it.     NSFW: We’ll Never Let Go, Jack!

Category: Film, Weekend

Saturday Night Cinema: Hitchcock’s Cinematic Obsessions

Click to enlarge Source: Fast Company

Category: Film

Saturday Night Cinema: Wolf of Wall Street

From Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese comes The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. See also: 15 Scenes We Can’t Wait To See (BI) The Wolf of Wall Street Official Movie Site.

Category: Film, Weekend

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Category: Film

Saturday Night Cinema: Most “Paused” Movie Moments

Blink and you might miss ‘em. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 most-paused movie moments. For this list, we’ve picked the spots in movies where you ask yourself: did I just see that? And then rewind and pause a million times just to make sure.

Top 10 Most Paused Movie Moments

Category: Film, Video

Saturday Night Cinema: Spike Jonze’s “Her”

What Happens If You Fall In Love With Siri?

Category: Film, Video

Aykroyd: Let Me Explain the End of ‘Trading Places’

We previously discussed what actually happens at the end of Trading Places (July 20th, 2013). As a follow up, Businessweek cornered legendary actor, comedian and entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd to find out why “Trading Places” is the greatest business movie of all time.   Bloomberg, August 6 2013

Category: Film, Trading, Weekend

Saturday Night Cinema: Wolverine: A Film By Woody Allen

In the trailer for Woody Allen’s new X-Men blockbuster, Wolverine, we meet Logan Singer a mutant-writer who is in love with Rogue – a woman he can never kiss. He’s indestructible but totally crippled by his insecurities

Category: Film, Humor