The Year Observed
Good catch, guy! Several sharp-eyed Twitters managed to freeze-frame a second of Jake Tapper’s CNN segment about the making of the actual Academy Awards this week, where you can see the nameplate clearly read: “Leonardo DiCaprio Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role For The Wolf of Wall Street.”
‘Philomena,’ ‘Prisoners’ and ‘American Hustle,’ among other movies. Read More
The Wolf of Wall Street has been awarded a nose-thumbing Bronx cheer by some critics as noisy, vulgar, flashy, disgusting and over the top— the same reasons they adored the talented but self-indulgent Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, one of the dreariest, most pointless and ludicrously overrated films of the year. O.K., it has all those things, not to mention nudity, violence, graphic sex, out-of-control drug use and filthy dialogue. It is also sensational entertainment. This $100 million extravaganza is—let’s face it—rampantly over the top. Hell, it’s by Martin Scorsese, who is always over the top. But unlike the Coen brothers, who have been getting away with murder for years, he puts thrilling stuff on the screen that is unforgettable.
Fall Arts Preview 2013
It’s time for the Golden Globe nominations, and with some of the more satellite awards pulling for early frontrunners (Gotham, Film Critics from New York, LA and Boston, etc.,) we’re starting to see some movie trends confirmed. Everyone loved 12 Years a Slave! Unsurprisingly! And Breaking Bad and Girls and Nebraska and American Hustle and Spike Jonze and Martin Scorcese movies that aren’t even out yet!
But there are some surprises…Brooklyn Nine-Nine, anyone? Rush? The Butler gets no love? Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha? That movie was great and all, but Lena Dunham is already representing the affected Brooklyn 20-something constituents with her Girls nominations, are you telling us that the portrayal of overly self-involved young women trying to “make it” in New York is going to start being a thing? Is already a thing?
See the full list of nominees below.
DIRECTOR: Nicole Holofcener
STARRING Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener
One of the few actors from Seinfeld to maintain a successful career in television—The New Adventures of Old Christine ran for five seasons and Veep is a smash—Julia Louis-Dreyfus is now making a serious jump into movie stardom. Read More
It’s been several years since Bret Easton Ellis’ most famous character, Patrick Bateman, relaunched the career of former Newsies actor Christian Bale and essentially turned him into Batman. So we can only imagine how Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas-esque rendition of a real-life Bateman — Jordan Belfort, the founder of 90s pump-and-dump firm Stratton Oakmont – will affect the already meteororic rise of Leonardo DiCaprio, who hasn’t had a day off from a film set since What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Here’s Gatsby being great in the first official Wolf of Wall Street trailer; more fun than he’s seemingly had in years and tearing as voraciously into the character of Belfort as another sort of wise guy you’d expect to see in a Scorsese film.