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04/19/2007


Christmas Movies: Wolf of Wall Street, Walter Mitty, and More

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"Gatsby" wasn't enough. Leonardo DiCaprio is throwing more baucherous parties again

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Who can keep up at Christmas time at the multiplex? At the moment you can indulge in three more hours of Hobbitry (as pleasurable as the first nine hours were, ten years ago, can we move on?), the eye-candy cast of American Hustle with their 70s tight curls and plunging cleavage (and that's just Bradley Cooper), supercalifragilistic Emma Thompson as the creator of Mary Poppins in Saving Mr Banks, and Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with Scarlett Johansson's operating system (not a euphemism) in Her. And there's still more movies to come before Oscar nominations. Happy Holidays!

As is their yuletide tradition all the major movie studios have fused together into one frightening Mecha-Santa and are dropping so many gifts that you'll be crushed in the bows and boxes and festive bedazzlements alone. So can we talk about gift-wrapping for just one second?

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Leonardo DiCaprio Flexes his Stockbroker Muscle in Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street': VIDEO

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Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is out this November and its first trailer features LEonardo DiCaprio indulging in the kind of excess that only a stock market bubble can bring.

The film is based on a memoir by New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort and co-stars Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. The film's raucous trailer is set to the overture of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" from Yeezus.

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Weekend Movies: The Great Gatsby

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Leonardo DiCaprio welcomes you to the summer's most lavish party

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

"Gatsby. What Gatsby?"

Daisy asks with a rush of girlish 'it can't be!' alarm, her nerves far overpowering the tiny glimmer of hope you think you hear in her voice. Which is as sensible a reaction as anyone could have when hearing about the arrival of another Jay Gatsby in movie theaters. You don't mean THE GREAT GATSBY, do you?

2_gatsbyThe F Scott Fitzgerald classic is a tough book to crack for filmmakers, its power so tied to its gorgeous (slim) prose, its subtle and cynical evocations and condemnations of American wealth and unspoken caste system. Further complicating adaptations is that the story is subjectively narrated. It's all told by Nick Carraway and his is, despite blood ties to the wealthy, an outsider's point of view. It's an easy book to love but a difficult one to adapt. But Hollywood keeps trying once every thirty years or so. 

The story, if you are unfamiliar (though you won't want to admit that out loud) follows the attempts of the elusive mysterious extremely wealthy Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) to win back his lost love Daisy (Carey Mulligan) who he abandoned many years earlier while penniless to seek his fortune. That sounds like something out of a fairy tale, but to the novel's credit Fitzgerald doesn't exactly take it at face value as a hero's journey; what's so heroic about vast sums of money used only for personal gain?

Gatsby buys up an estate in West Egg Long Island where he has a direct eyeline across the water to a similarly palatial home in East Egg where Daisy lives with her rich and shady husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) who is carrying on an affair with low class Myrtle (Isla Fisher) who lives above a gas station in "The Valley of Ashes" which director Baz Luhrmann stages like it's the 10th circle of hell. Gatsby throws decadent flashy parties hoping to lure Daisy in and seduces her cousin Nick (Tobey Maguire, our narrator) into helping him facilitate the reunion.

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A New Trailer for Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Has Arrived: VIDEO

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A new trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby has hit the web today and features music  from Beyoncé x André 3000, Florence + The Machine, and a moody track from Lana Del Rey.

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Golden Globes Nominations Announced For 70th Annual Awards

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Hollywood's awards season is officially underway, and the Hollywood Foreign Press joined the party by announcing its Golden Globe nominations for best picture, best actor, best actress and all the other categories among cinema and television's 2012 crop.

The biopic Lincoln garnered seven nominations, making it the leader. Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained received five nominations, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Waltz against one another for best supporting actor, while Les Misérables has been nominated in three categories, including best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway (congrats, babe!) and best supporting for Hugh Jackman.

In the realm of television, Girls, Modern Family and the underrated Showtime series Episodes were nominated for best comedy, while Downton Abbey, The Newsroom and Breaking Bad are among the dramas singled out for consideration.

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Ellen DeGeneres Joins Winslet, DiCaprio with Role in 'Titanic 3-D': VIDEO

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"Holy tugboats."

Ellen DeGeneres was in the original Titanic but her part ended up on the cutting room floor. It's been replaced for the rerelease Titanic 3-D, and Ellen previews a scene here.

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