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The editing of "The Wolf of Wall Street" has been a long-running story, as Martin Scorsese's film scrambled to get in under the wire -- with reports of various running times (one as long as four hours) along the way. Three-time Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker, who is probably more informed than most on this matter, talks to Melena Ryzik about the "shaving down" process, the improvisations she reluctantly had to lose, and the awkward NSFW moments she encountered along the way. “This is a lot of sex and a lot of drugs. It was a bit of a shock at first. Sometimes people would come in the editing room and there’d be some outrageous image on the screen and I’d say, ‘Wait a minute, let me move that off.’” [New York Times]
"Sleepy Hollow" has built up enough good will at this point that it would be easy to dismiss a more uneven episode like "The Golem" with a shrug and a "Can't wait till next month!" Because, really, even if this wasn't the show's finest hour (and possibly its weakest yet), I still can't wait for the final three episodes next month.
It's probably not fair to say Tom Hanks has experienced a comeback over the past year. He's always been here. His side job as a movie and TV producer has just stolen some of his free time over the past decade or so. 2013 is a watershed for Hanks, however, with acclaimed performances in two Oscar contenders, "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks," now on his resume. "Phillips" has already earned over $100 million domestic, "Banks" is expected to be a major holiday hit and he could earn Academy Award nominations for both films. So on second thought, maybe it's a pseudo comeback.
One of the most upsetting moments in Lucy Walker's new documentary "The Crash Reel" features Kevin Pearce, a world-class snowboarder who was waylaid on his way to the Olympics by a traumatic brain injury, talking to his parents about how he plans to return to snowboarding. This is on the heels of two full years of therapy that have obviously not restored him to anything like peak condition. Pearce seems completely set on going back to competition, and nothing his parents say seems to be eating to him. He's simply incapable of accepting the idea that his brain damage is permanent.
The subject of just how we've approached the health of players involved in full-contact sports is currently undergoing a culture-wide re-examination, and while sports fans might have to cope with some uncomfortable changes to the games that they love, it sounds like those changes have to happen.
There were few people more skeptical out the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher than I was. I wrote about it several times during the production of the film, but when the film finally came out, I found myself won over by Christopher McQuarrie's excellent script and smart, sleek direction. It is a really good old-school action movie, and while Cruise isn't the Jack Reacher I see when I read the books, he's got an intensity that makes up for the physicality.
So when I read that Cruise and McQuarrie, who are currently gearing up for "Mission: Impossible 5," are now set to develop a sequel to "Jack Reacher," I am actually excited by the news. I'm a little baffled by the choice of book, though, and this time, my issue has nothing to do with Cruise and whether or not he's the same size as Reacher.
From Michael Fassbender to Shailene Woodley to Keira Knightley to Ryan Reynolds, Sundance's 2014 Premieres slate (full list here) is certainly a star-studded one, and you can take your first glimpse at a number of the selected films - including Gregg Araki's "White Bird in a Blizzard," David Wain's "They Came Together" and William H. Macy's "Rudderless" - in the gallery below.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16-26 in Park City, Utah.
As I wrote in yesterday's LAFCA voting live-blog, GKIDS' beguiling French creature feature "Ernest and Celestine" is making strides in the animated Oscar race. Yesterday's win from the LA crowd, pipping early critics' favorite "The Wind Rises" to the post, was an unexpected coup. It did well, too, in the Annie Award nominations, where it joined "Frozen" as the only films to score nods for directing and writing, in addition to the top prize. Add to that the news that the film's English-language version -- featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker and Nick Offerman, among others -- has secured a shiny premiere slot at the Sundance Film Festival, and it's clearly a viable contender.
People are so focused on the barrage of sequels and reboots coming in 2015 that it feels like they're overlooking some films that they're going to see sooner. One of the movies that I'm personally flipping out about is "Jupiter Ascending," the new science-fiction action film from Andy and Lana Wachowski.
While I'm a fan of all their films so far, I'm well aware of just how fanboys view them after "Speed Racer" and "Cloud Atlas." It's a shame, since there was a point where "a new sci-fi action movie from the guys who made 'The Matrix'" would have broken the Internet with the release of a new trailer.
I've been doing my best to stay quiet about everything I know about this film. I can say this, though… they're still not really showing you everything that's going on in the film, and they're not really telling you some of the coolest things about these characters. Channing Tatum's character Caine is, as we hear in the trailer, a hunter, but it's more than just training. He is genetically designed to be a hunter, and as such, he's got more than just human DNA bouncing around inside him. His ears, which you just glimpse a bit in the trailer, are the first clue that he's not exactly what he appears to be, and he's not the only modified character. I would love to see what Stinger looks like and who's playing him, but I don't think we even get a glimpse of him here.
NBC will mount another live musical next year -- it's getting swamped with offers
NBC Entertainment boss Robert Greenblatt says he and "The Sound of Music Live" producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who will return for next year's musical, are already "circling a couple of titles." Greenblatt adds: "All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us. Rights holders of musicals have said, 'Please do one of our shows.' We're excited to try it again."
"The Bachelor" wedding invites: Sean Lowe "will marry his best friend" Catherine Giudice
The invitation also states that Catherine "completely adores" Sean.
Ian Ziering: I did "Sharknado" to keep my top-notch health insurance for my 2 babies
"I was really apprehensive," Ziering said of the script, "but as an actor I get my insurance from the Screen Actor's Guild by union, and you have to make so much every year to get that type 1 insurance."
Key & Peele attempt to break the world record for impressions
Most impressions in one minute.
"The Vampire Diaries'" Nina Dobrev: "I had a chunky face" as a kid, and I was bullied
"I had a couple of awkward stages," she says.
Bette Milder to play Mae West in an HBO movie
"The Exorcist's" William Friedkin will direct a biopic on the classic film star.
What other shows should try musical episodes?
"Psych" is doing, but what about "Survivor" and "Duck Dynasty"?
Fake "Simpsons" movies get real posters
Check out posters from MTV and designer Old Red Jalopy.
Fox casting for Batman's Bruce Wayne as a kid
He'll be part of the "Gotham" series focusing on a younger Commissioner Gordon.
"Amazing Race" champs talk about their 2nd-place finishes
Says Amy of Jason & Amy: "We definitely did not want to break the record of most second-place finishes!"
Watch a video history of "SNL's" Bill Brasky
The "Saturday Night Live" sketch returned this weekend after a 15-year hiatus.
What if TMZ covered "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"?
"Rudolph's ex: I hope that sleigh crashes. You cheating bastard!!"
How former MTV VJ Kennedy ended up on the Fox Business Channel
She was recruited by John Stossel, her mentor.
"The Sing-Off" returns: What other shows can learn from this "important show"
It's no "American Idol" or "The Voice," but "The Sing-Off's" nerdy preoccupation with a capella is brilliant.
Josh Holloway poses shirtless in "Intelligence" poster
Check out his Vitruvian man tribute.
The American Film Institute has named their Top 10 TV shows of 2013 - and cable/Netflix dramas emerged as the big winners.