This may be a relatively straightforward documentary about a lengthy legal case, but it carries such a powerful emotional kick that it forces the audience to see the bigger picture. For that reason, this is essential viewing: both as an exploration of how the American legal system works and as a personal story of people standing up for compassion and equality.
The ball starts rolling on the day Barack Obama was first elected US President in 2008, the same day California voted in favour of Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. Over the next five years, an unlikely legal team came together made up of Ted Olson and David Boies, well-known respectively as the Republican and Democrat who went head-to-head on another extremely high-profile case: the contested Bush v Gore election in 2000. Working with two couples (Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo) who are willing to stand as claimants, they escalate the case up through a series of appeals, arguments, hearings and courtroom battles, all the way to the Supreme Court, which repealed Prop 8 in June 2013.
Filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White lay the events out chronologically, using interviews with the people involved, plus access to all kinds of media material and backstage drama. But instead of going for a flashy editing style, they let the people tell their own stories, which adds a compelling emotional angle. It's impossible not to see these couples' bravery in the face of outrageous abuse, and there's a terrific sense of momentum as the case moves forward, with moments that are gripping, moving and even thrilling, even though we know where it's heading. Along the way, the film brings out fresh angles on an issue we think we know forward and backward, pointing out why using words like "traditional" to describe marriage is essentially meaningless. As historical scholar Nancy Cott argued in court, "Marriage has never been universally defined as a union of one man and one woman, and ... religion has never had any bearing on the legality of a marriage."
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Oren Little is a wealthy realtor well-known for his abhorrent personality and generally poisonous attitude towards anyone who disagrees with or annoys him. Having spent a career lying and cheating his way through lucrative housing deals, he's just about ready to retire - but, unfortunately for him, a quiet lapse into old age is not what awaits him. When his estranged son arrives on his doorstep with his young daughter, Oren is horrified that he has now been charged with taking care of her. He attempts to get his neighbour Leah to take her in, but he soon begins to realise that there's a lot more love in his heart than he, or anybody, had ever thought. As well as finally opening his arms to his granddaughter, he is even starting to feel for Leah - though, being so used to offending people, even his attempts to be nice don't turn out right.
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'Last Vegas' star Michael Douglas and his 'Rock of Ages' actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones were snapped holding hands on the red carpet at the 41st annual Chaplin Award Gala. Also spotted arriving at the event was 'The Wolf of Wall Street' star Rob Reiner who was being honoured with an accolade.
At age 71, Martin Scorsese proves with this riotous romp that he's one of the most energetic, audacious filmmakers working in America at the moment. And with his long-time 74-year-old editor Thelma Schoonmaker, he has created one of the most entertaining cautionary tales in recent memory. Not only does it highlight an unruly period in banking history, but it has a lot to say about where we are now.
This is the true story of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), who was 21 when he got his first job on Wall Street in the rough-and-tumble 1980s. Thanks to his illicit deals, he was a multi-millionaire within five years, tutored by a jaded veteran (McConaughey) and assisted by an enthusiastic novice (Hill). Along the way, he also swaps for a much more glamorous wife (Robbie), whose British aunt (Lumley) becomes part of his scam to stash his cash with a shady Swiss banker (Dujardin). But with an FBI agent (Chandler) on his trail, Jordan suspects that the high life can't go on forever.
At just under three hours long, the film sometimes feels like it is wallowing in the excessive sex and drugs along with these Wall Street criminals. But there's a jagged undercurrent to everything: all of this hedonism may look like fun, but someone is paying the price. The film is an often thrilling series of set-pieces that roll out in waves of comedy, tragedy and farce as these people play on the edge of an abyss. And it's great to see scenes play out in real time, with deep conversations, riotous comedy riffs and characters who are full of conflicting layers.
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Several stars from Martin Scorsese's corporate crime drama 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' were snapped on their arrival at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York including Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau and Rob Reiner.
It's a wild ride of drinking, drugs, debauchery and deception when the ambitious Jordan Belfort decides that he wants to be one of the rich kids. Starting out his stockbroker business in a small office with a handful of employees, his aims are simple; target only the richest people in the country. It isn't long before Belfort and his team find themselves with more money than they know what to do with and begin to live their lives manically high off the success. However, Belfort hasn't exactly been making what you'd call an honest living and pretty soon the secrets of his fraudulent profits and money laundering draws attention from the authorities. And not only that, his disregard for others' sufferings means he's got a lot more to lose than his beloved business.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a gritty white-collar crime drama based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a former stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for his fraudulent activity in 1998 and subsequently wrote two memoirs entitled 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Catching the Wolf of Wall Street'. The new movie has been directed by the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') and written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules').
Jordan Belfort started out his stockbroker business in a tiny office with a small group of people and had the intention of targeting only the richest people in America as their clientele. With such a small percentage of individuals lined up as hopeful patrons, their dreams of immense fortune and a life of luxury seemed embarrassingly unlikely. However, pretty soon the company starts to ooze more money than they can handle and it's parties, alcohol and women all round. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear to everyone that what Belfort was doing to earn his fortune is not entirely legal and he risks his freedom and his wealthy lifestyle when the FBI get involved.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a white-collar crime drama based on the two memoirs by the real Belfort, who was jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent offences including money laundering. The autobiographies have since been translated into 18 different languages and now the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') directs the screen adaptation which has been written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules'). The movie is set to be release on January 17th 2014.
The Wolf of Wall Street will surely become a major player during awards season.
Wow, this one looks pretty damn good doesn't it? The Wolf of Wall Street trailer, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as stockbroker Jordan Belfort, exploded onto the internet on Sunday (June 16, 2013) with tons of verve and energy. Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Belfort's memoirs, the movie boasts a pretty stellar cast headed by DiCaprio and held firmly together by a particularly strong and funny looking performance from the excellent Matthew Mcconaughey.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street
New York stockbroker Belfort refused to cooperate in a large FBI fraud case involving corruption into corporate banking and mob infiltration, living a hard-partying lifestyle at the same time. He made thousands of dollars a minute, spending it on sex, drugs and international travel before it all came crashing down.
Jordan Belfort is a successful stockbroker, multi-millionaire and motivational speaker from New York who had enough money to throw anywhere he wanted. He was arrested and jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent activities surrounding stock market manipulation including money laundering and mob infiltration. He served 22 months in prison after being given a sentence of 4 years, famously refusing to cooperate during the case which exposed massive corruption on Wall Street. His crime was fuelled by his loved of alcohol, parties, women and, generally, the finer things in life including his luxury yacht which was originally built for Coco Chanel. He wrote two memoirs which were published in around 40 countries and have since been translated into 18 different languages.
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The Twitter comedy festival will see comedians embracing new video sharing app Vine.
Twitter is spreading its wings into the world of comedy and launching its own comedy festival played out in just 140 characters and six-second videos. Twitter is teaming up with Comedy Central for the 'ComedyFest' event, set to debut on April 29, 2013. Comedians will tweet jokes and post videos with the recently launched video app Vine over five days.
The launch of the festival is expected to be officially announced later on Monday (April 22, 2013), with big names such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Amy Schumer and director Paul Feig all thought to be taking part. Twitter introduced Vine in January - a video sharing service that lets users post six-second clips that matches the brevity of the social network's word limit.
On the Tuesday of the festival, comedian Steve Agee will host a 'Vine Dining' party, telling stories in six-second videos, while the cast of satirical political comedy 'Veep' will share 'Vines' from the set, as will the cast of ABC's hit show 'Scandal'.
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