When we first saw these photographs of Leonardo DiCaprio wielding lobsters like they were maracas, we thought he had caught the last train to Loony Town. Fortunately, he was shooting a scene — on a yacht, no less — for Martin Scorsese‘s new movie The Wolf Of Wall Street. It’s going to be released in 2013 and DiCaprio plays the lead role of a high-powered New York stockbroker called Jordan Belfort, who we’re guessing is the titular “wolf” on Wall Street. The movie is based on a memoir with the same name, but we haven’t read it as yet. The actor, and his lobsters, spent the day filming with co-star, Kyle Chandler and two hot blonds in cutout swimsuits on the massive yacht in Downtown Manhattan. One of them was not model girlfriend Erin Heatherton, but that’s who he gets to hang out with when he gets off set. Not the worst job in the world. See the photograph below for reference.
We still haven’t figured out what the hell he was doing with those lobsters. Making lunch? Throwing them at unsuspecting bystanders? Miming a panto scene for the entertainment of the blonds? The movie will reveal all, we suppose.
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It’s still early days for movie awards season — regular folks haven’t even seen most of the contenders yet — but the latest round of critics picks are telling us a little about what to expect. Today the National Board of Review awarded Hugo Best Film and its director, Martin Scorsese, Best Director.
The Descendants picked up a number of significant prizes from the NBR, including Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Supporting Actress for Shailene Woodley and Best Adapted Screenplay for Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
Two of Shailene’s biggest competitors for next-big-thing status, Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara, were awarded the Best Breakthrough prize. Michael Fassbender got the Spotlight Award, which we can only assume goes to the person who has bestowed his hotness upon the most movies this year (and oh man, we just caught a screener of him in one more to come, Haywire … yum).
See the rest of the winners (Tilda Swinton, Harry Potter, The Help) on the National Board of Review site.
Related: Independent Spirit Award Nominees Give Us Awards Season Fever
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That’s Chloe Moretz and Keanu Reeves re-creating Taxi Driver for the November issue of Harpers Bazaar, by the way. The magazine pays homage to Martin Scorsese with a photo spread re-enacting some of his most memorable movie scenes. It’s a pretty fantastic idea with stars like Kate Bosworth doing The Age of Innocence and our favorite: Christina Hendricks posing for Gangs of New York.
The shoot accompanies an article with celebrities talking about their Marty moments — collaborations, anecdotes, stories from the set and such! Jodie Foster reminisces about Taxi Driver, saying, “When we were shooting Taxi Driver, I think Marty was really uncomfortable with the fact that I was so young. The memory I have is of him and Robert De Niro trying to tell me how to unzip [De Niro’s] pants. And Marty keeps bursting out laughing. He can’t get a word out, and he tries to act serious, you know? He keeps smoothing down his face on both sides, but he just keeps laughing…” This one’s a classic, folks. Especially if you’re a movie buff. Scorcese’s first-ever 3-D family flick, Hugo, is in theaters on November 23.
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If Elizabeth Taylor lived to see this…it probably wouldn’t be happening. Following a bidding war spurred by the legendary actress’ death, Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has optioned Furious Love, the popular book chronicling the relationship between Taylor and two-time husband Richard Burton. Martin Scorsese is set to direct the film—which will avoid the standard biopic structure to focus solely on their relationship. No casting announcements have been made, though you can bet the competition will get hot if Scorsese’s officially signed.
This isn’t the first time Scorsese’s taken a look back at old Hollywood—on top of 2004’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, Scorsese is set to direct a film on the life of Frank Sinatra, ironically after trying to make a film about Dean Martin with Tom Hanks for years. With the Sinatra film still in pre-production and his two-monks-in-Japan epic Silence still allegedly in the cards, there’s no promise this film is any more certain to arrive than Scorsese’s aborted Theodore Roosevelt film with Leonardo DiCaprio. But unless you think the director’s time would be better spent getting one last mobster epic out of Robert DeNiro, it’s something to look forward to!
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Ronald Weasley just got a huge break (take that Harry)! The redheaded sidekick to Harry Potter has caught the eye of Martin Scorsese, who thinks the actor, Rupert Grint, could possibly become the next He Who Should Be Named. Marty thinks that Grint has mega potential and even compares him to his current muse, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Apparently he thinks the ginge actor could pull off a meaty negative role in one of his films saying, ” I thought he [Grint] was a great actor in the Harry Potter movies. In a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show. He will always have respect for the movies that gave him such a huge break, but at his age it’s important he doesn’t become typecast. He has to do something really out of his comfort zone in the next few years – play a gangster, play a dirty cop, play a kid with learning difficulties.”
That’s also when he added the movie star comparisons saying, “I would be interested in working with him. I would have no issues in casting him as a gangster, he is a very talented young man … When Leo was in Titanic and Romeo and Juliet, nobody saw him becoming a bad ass in movies like The Departed. But he has become one of the greatest actors of all time. The very same could be true of Rupert.”
Okay, who knew Scorsese was such a Potterhead? And while we may not see adorable, if not slightly gormless Ron-Ron as a bad ass, Marty’s the boss. Accio movie!
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Cop Leonardo DiCaprio has one hell of an assignment. He and fellow dick Mark Ruffalo are looking for an escapee from what this thriller keeps reminding us a “mental institute … for the criminally insane.” An inconvenient hurricane keeps them stranded on the godforsaken isle, all the better to experience the asylum’s oddball staff, Gothic trappings and a Nazi or two. It’s enough to drive anyone insane, and as the flashbacks pile up, it begins to appear the DiCaprio might an agenda hidden behind his anachronistic beard. Martin Scorsese‘s adaptation of the best-seller from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) is best not taken too seriously. The security chief of the island is, after all, played by Silence of the Lambs‘ Buffalo Bill. The director is both paying homage and giving a sly wink to the campy film noirs like Shock Corridor he grew up with.
Extras: The Blu-Ray has a “making of” featurette and a segment on 1950s mental institutions.
– By C. Bottomley