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Thelma Schoonmaker Says 2-Part, 4-Hour 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Was Considered Plus Watch 1-Hour 'Charlie Rose' Talk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2013 12:05 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese has pretty much done it all in his career—tackling a wide variety of genres, delving into no small range of subject matter for documentaries and lending his name as a producer to projects for film and television. But did we nearly get his own "Kill Bill"? In the run-up to this week's release of "The Wolf Of Wall Street" (read our review), there was much talk about the editing process, the race to meet the deadline and the initial 4-hour cut of the movie. While Scorsese eventually got the movie down to a minute under three hours, it seems there was some thought about dropping that longer cut.

Leonardo DiCaprio Is Out Of Control: New Pics & Clips From 'The Wolf Of Wall Steet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 11:27 AM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
A three hour ode to excess, indulgence and the perversion of the American Dream, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is probably the most outrageous, boundary pushing studio movie you will see in 2013 (just read our review for a taste of the debauchery). Indeed, it will leave a stamp on your brain no matter what you think of the movie (no shocker it made our Most Memorable Movie Moments Of 2013 list) and you will see cocaine used in more ways than you ever thought imaginable (along with crack, quaaludes, booze and all manner of other drugs). And while we're a bit surprised Paramount didn't bother cutting a red band trailer for 'Wolf' (though we'd understand if they feared turning off audiences expecting "Wall Street 3: Gangs Of Inception") some new promo material gives a taste of the naughty stuff.

Watch: Have A Marty Party With This 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Inspired Rap Video

It says something about "The Wolf Of Wall Street" that even though it's still a week away, the film's insane level of debauchery (yes, really — check out our review), and have-a-good-time-doing-bad-things vibe is inspiring some playful parody. So here is the first of what will likely be much more (believe us — the movie is a GIF-able classic already if anything). Read More »

Retrospective: The Films Of Martin Scorsese

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2013 2:05 PM
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Retrospective: Martin Scorsese
As a director Martin Scorsese ranks at the forefront of the all-time top tier of American filmmakers, but even as a presence in the film world in general he is pre-eminent. It is merely the just desserts of a life which, more than any we can think of, has been entirely dedicated, saturated and invigorated by cinema. For any of us who spend any portion of our days thinking about movies, Scorsese is, as much as we have one, a patron saint, perhaps the figure to whom the less Godly among us might whisper our evening prayers. Yet Scorsese also belies the directorial cliché of egotism, a Welles or a De Mille striding around with a bullhorn booming out orders to scuttling minions, because he has always been dinstictively softly if rapidly spoken, and thoughtful, especially when talking about cinema. Just to hear him talk about cinema is one of the great joys of the man. He is erudite, passionate and opinionated, with a film knowledge so vast that it’s hard to imagine where he ever found the time to make a single movie himself.

Review: Martin Scorsese’s Outrageous 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Pushes The Boundaries Of R-Rated Depravity

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
In the immortal words of Rick James, “Cocaine is a helluva drug.” And in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” an outrageous, nearly three-hour-long hedonistic opus and cynical paean to American privilege, greed and debauchery, the characters hoover up mountains and mountains of cocaine. Based on Jordan Belfort’s memoirs about his time running a boiler room on Wall Street, his rise to extreme wealth, his wicked acts of decadence, and his inevitable downfall, “The Wolf Of Wall Street” is orgiastic and shocking; a gluttonous smorgasbord of sex, drugs, strippers, depravity and worse. Intensely perverse on many levels, it’s also one of the most darkly hilarious movies of the year.

Download Over 30 Oscar-Contending Screenplays Including ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Gravity’ ‘12 Years A Slave’ & More

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • December 16, 2013 2:27 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
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Cocaine, Sex & 10 Things Learned About The Making Of 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • December 16, 2013 1:11 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
When you make a film about the debaucherous activities of Wall Street traders, you’re guaranteed to have some entertaining stories on how it got made––which is exactly what we heard this past weekend when the cast and crew of "The Wolf of Wall Street" spoke about the movie at a press conference in New York City.

NY Times A.O. Scott's Top Films Of 2013 Include 'Frances Ha,' 'Bling Ring,' 'Pain And Gain' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 4:46 PM
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We're sure the water cooler is buzzing over at the New York Times today as both of the paper's major film critics have released their assessment of this year's best movies. We've already seen what Manohla Dargis had to say, and now it's time for A.O. Scott to pour one out for 2013.

The 15 Best Soundtracks Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 11, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013: The Best Soundtracks
Some people—a convenient straw man, for instance—might argue that the days of the movie soundtrack are numbered. “From & Inspired By The Motion Picture” releases are less and less common, it's hard to find music videos for specially written singles that feature footage from the movie in the way that was so common in the 1990s (thank God), and in the iTunes and YouTube era, you can find the one song that you love from a movie without needing to pick up a whole CD of stuff you don't care about.

'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Soundtrack Features The Lemonheads, Billy Joel & More Plus 2 New TV Spots And Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 9:25 AM
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The Wolf of Wall Street
Yes, some of us at The Playlist have seen the 3-hour ode to excess "The Wolf Of Wall Street," and no, we're not able to talk about it yet. But we can say this: when looking over the tracklisting for the upcoming soundtrack release, one of us quipped, "How is this soundtrack not a 5-disc box set?" Indeed, there is a lot of music in Martin Scorsese's upcoming epic but sixteen of those tracks have been rounded up into one place and it's a pretty good mix.

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