<p>Yes, that's a chimp.</p>

Yes, that's a chimp.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Exclusive: Chaos ensues in new poster for 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Dark comedy set for release on Christmas Day

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is set to finally start screening this weekend and one can only imagine Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" won't be too far behind. The film has finally been screened internally at Paramount and is slowly making its way out into the light of day. Will it be an Oscar player? With four of Scorsese's last five features having made the cut, it's certainly fair to speculate along those lines.

But this will be a different breed. Set to compete in the comedy/musical category at the Golden Globes, "Wolf" will be a dark comedy and something of an antidote to the more somber pieces prevalent in this year's Oscar race. That tone is readily apparent in a new poster Paramount has provided us with to premiere this afternoon. Just look at the chaos going on below. This should be more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Wait! There's ACTUALLY a monkey! (OK, it's a chimp.)

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<p>Charlotte Gainsbourg is completely clothed in the rest of this shot, of course.</p>

Charlotte Gainsbourg is completely clothed in the rest of this shot, of course.

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Don't say you weren't warned: 'Nymphomaniac' debuts highly NSFW trailer

Sex and whips and vagina close-ups, oh my

"Oh Lars, that was intense." Those were the words famously muttered by a mortified Kirsten Dunst after his infamous 2011 Cannes press conference, though I imagine many will say something similar after viewing the trailer the Danish provocateur dropped today for "Nymphomaniac." And the bomb-like implications of the verb "dropped" are fully applicable here: a brief but direct close-up of a plucked vagina sets the tone for a two-minute taster that was plainly calculated to generate maximum chatter about the all-star sex epic, and is already doing its job admirably.

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Oscar Talk: AFI Fest, 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Lone Survivor' and preparing for the critics awards

Oscar Talk: AFI Fest, 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Lone Survivor' and preparing for the critics awards

Will the precursor awards matter more than usual in this crowded season?

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>Jason Statham doing something vaguely stunt-y in&nbsp;&quot;Killer Elite.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Jason Statham doing something vaguely stunt-y in "Killer Elite." 

Credit: Open Road Films

Roundup: Jason Statham calls for stunt Oscars

Also: Cannes wants von Trier back, and a 'Nebraska' without Dern

Hardly a week goes by in the awards season without someone or other lobbying for a new Oscar category. But while the likes of Woody Allen are calling for casting Oscars, Jason Statham is joining the chorus for to see stunt work recognized by the Academy: Jason Statham calls for an Oscar category for stunt artists. The British action man rants: “I think it is an overlooked category ... Nobody is giving them any credibility. They’re risking their necks. And then you’ve got poncy actors pretending like they’re doing [the stunts] ... It’s like a farce." Of course, SAG has a stunt award, but I'm not convinced many Academy voters would know how to judge the category. [Vanity Fair

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<p>Jane Fonda at the 2013 Outfest Legacy Awards.</p>

Jane Fonda at the 2013 Outfest Legacy Awards.

Credit: HitFix

Jane Fonda steals the show from Lee Daniels at Outfest Legacy Awards

Plus: Did Raven-Symoné make her first 'out' appearance?

LOS ANGELES — If you've ever met Lee Daniels or seen an interview with him, you'd quickly ascertain that the director of "Precious" and "The Butler" is his own force of nature. He has a charisma and passion that has helped fuel his success as a filmmaker. So, to be fair, only a true diva could upstage him and especially on a night he's receiving a prestigious lifetime achievement award.

Enter Jane Fonda.

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Fingers crossed these contenders make the Spirit Awards nominations list

Fingers crossed these contenders make the Spirit Awards nominations list

This year's lot will be revealed on Tuesday morning

Tuesday morning Film Independent will announce this year's list of nominees for the 29th annual Spirit Awards. There are certainly a lot of opportunities to right some of the slights made by the Independent Film Project's list of Gotham Award nominees, revealed a few weeks ago, and plenty of considerations to be taken into account besides.

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<p>Watch out for &quot;Bad Grandpa&quot;&nbsp;in this race. No, seriously...</p>

Watch out for "Bad Grandpa" in this race. No, seriously...

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Tech Support: Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar race features 'Rush,' 'The Butler' and... 'Bad Grandpa?'

Nothing's a sure thing in this year's stacked race

Welcome to the second year of Best "Makeup and Hairstyling." Last year’s long overdue official addition of hairstylists to the title of this category did not officially change anything; hairstylists had always been rewarded. But it was nice to see the recognition in the name.

Did that affect who was nominated? In this extremely unique category (with only three nominees), probably not, but one never knows as "Les Misérables" trumped "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Hitchcock" for the win. This branch loves aging, monster makeup, period makeup and transforming famous actors into famous persons and there's plenty of all of that on display this season.

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<p>Steve McQueen</p>

Steve McQueen

Credit: AP Photo

Roundup: McQueen named Director of the Year by Palm Springs

Also: Robert Duvall campaigns for casting doc, and BAFTA nabs Stephen Fry again

Another day, another Palm Springs Film Festival award announcement. The fest's latest honoree is Steve McQueen, who has been named Director of the Year for "12 Years a Slave," and will receive the prize at an awards gala on January 4. For those of you keeping score, the British filmmaker joins Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Career Achievement Award winner Bruce Dern on the winners' list. As with the other Palm Springs awards, the director prize usually goes to an imminent Oscar nominee, though last year's recipient, Robert Zemeckis for "Flight," was an exception. “[McQueen] is a master of utilizing the senses to create the essence of his works," says Palm Springs chief Harold Metzner. [PSIFF]

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<p>A detail from the new poster for &quot;Nymphomaniac.&quot;</p>

A detail from the new poster for "Nymphomaniac."

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Charlotte Gainsbourg's ready for her close-up in latest 'Nymphomaniac' posters

The long, strange campaign for a long, (presumably) strange film continues

The procession of publicity materials for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has been so long and complex that I'm not only beginning to lose track of which ones I have and haven't seen -- though I've maintained a blanket avoidance of the clips and trailers thus far -- but find myself wondering if there's actually a film behind all the, er, foreplay. I rather hope there is, since "Nymphomaniac"'s seemingly ceaseless campaign hasn't yet succeeded in dulling my anticipation for von Trier's gargantuan sex epic: I'm a Lars die-hard, admittedly, but the sheer brazen loopiness of this project on paper would have me intrigued even as an agnostic.

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<p>A&nbsp;scene from &quot;Aningaaq&quot;</p>

A scene from "Aningaaq"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Watch 'Aningaaq,' the 'Gravity' short film companion piece

You don't have to wait for DVD/Blu-ray after all

Last month we broke the news that Warner Bros. will be submitting the short film "Aningaaq," a companion piece to Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" directed by Jonás Cuarón, for Oscar consideration in the Best Live Action Short race. We also talked to the father and son about what the thought process was behind the piece. Today, well ahead of the film's DVD/Blu-ray release, it looks like you can have a look at the short yourself.

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