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December 29, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Martin Scorsese's Wall-Street-gone-wild epic, "The Wolf of Wall Street," was not the leader of the pack at the box office this weekend. The alpha film was "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which topped the charts for the third time in as many weeks of wide release. The second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien racked up $29.9 million over three days, while Paramount's "Wolf," which cost $100 million to make, made a meager $18.5 million. The latter's performance was particularly disappointing as it was expected to challenge Warner Bros.
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December 28, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The extended frame provided by Wednesday's Christmas holiday meant a long, topsy-turvy weekend at the box office. A mix of powerhouse holdovers with a handful of new releases made for an unusual mix in the rankings, with “Frozen,” “Hobbit 2,” “Anchorman 2,” “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” all in play. Disney's animated family hit “Frozen,” in its sixth week of release took in an estimated $10.3 million on Friday in more than 3,300 theaters, pushing it toward an estimated cumulative gross of nearly $230 million.
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December 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" didn't steal quite enough box office riches to beat the "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Wednesday. "Wolf of Wall Street," the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring dark comedy from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, grossed an estimated $9.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, coming in just behind "Smaug," which looks like it generated around $9.3 million in ticket sales.  "Smaug," the second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the book by J.R.R.
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December 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Is it morality or aesthetics that drove down the CinemaScore of “The Wolf of Wall Street”? Or, put more simply, why exactly did people seem to dislike “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese's jamboree of sex, drugs and money that opened on, gulp, Christmas Day. Though the freewheeling film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the finance-world nihilist Jordan Belfort, took in a solid $9.1 million on its first day in theaters, the...
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December 24, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Signing a liability waiver and putting on disposable shoe covers are requisite preliminaries to viewing Wolf Vostell's installation at the Box. They act as a kind of spectator foreplay, setting the mood for something risky, visceral, vulnerable. Even if we don't quite know what, something is clearly at stake here. Booties on and future claims waived, visitors enter a large room through a chain-link gate. The enclosure is a cage and also a graveyard of sorts. Roughly 40 old, boxy television sets are aligned in a loose maze.
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December 24, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Martin Scorsese's corrupt Wall Street tycoon is poised for a solid initial box office showing over the crowded Christmas weekend as a pack of new movies, including "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "Grudge Match" and "47 Ronin," competes for moviegoers.  "The Wolf of Wall Street," from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, should generate about $35 million in ticket sales from Wednesday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to...
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December 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Think you already hate those Wall Street high rollers who took so many investors for a ride in the '90s? Just wait until Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and "The Wolf of Wall Street" are through with you. Man, does this movie have a savage bite. Yet it is such a kick to watch the filmmaker and the star in their fifth collaboration. They go at the black-hearted comedy full throttle, fully tanked and, for DiCaprio, full monty - almost. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The script by Terence Winter stays close to Jordan Belfort's audacious 2007 memoir of his highly leveraged life.
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December 23, 2013 | By Terence Winter
Within the opening pages of Jordan Belfort's memoir, "The Wolf of Wall Street," I felt a certain familiarity; like him, I was always obsessed with becoming rich. During high school, I worked three part-time jobs simultaneously, delivering meat for the neighborhood butcher, working as a waiter at a local synagogue and on Sundays, waxing cars. To fuel my ambition, I'd wander the furniture department at Macy's, coveting the leather couches and Persian rugs I'd one day be able to afford.
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December 23, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
As we've exhaustively reported , the motion picture academy is on the older side. The average age of eligible Oscar voters is now 63. And as much as we'd like to picture these people as open-minded and artistically adventurous, reality just keeps slapping us in the face. To put it another way: We want to picture academy members as being like this guy when, in some cases, they're more like him . Now, with age comes certain privileges , but there is also an expectation that you've learned some manners along the way, which makes the dust-up at Saturday night's academy screening of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" all the more ridiculous.
NEWS
December 19, 2013
Kate Upton joined Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom (clad in a head-warming beanie), Jonah Hill, Joe Pesci and Fran Lebowitz at the after party for Tuesday night's Manhattan premiere of "The Wolf of Wall Street. " Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves also attended the premiere. [WWD] PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaigns vigorously for animal rights and against fur, but Monday in Detroit the organization joined with some other agencies and gave away 100 fur coats it has gathered from repentant consumers, distributing them to the needy (along with leather jackets, wool scarves and angora sweaters)
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