Kristopher Tapley offers up two important news items about “The Wolf of Wall Street,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Paramount will release the 165-minute film throughout the U.S. on Christmas Day. And it will compete at the Golden Globes in the comedy/musical categories, where it could face stiff competition from “August: Osage County” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.” HitFix.
In other category news, Clayton Davis reports that past Oscar winner Sofia Coppola is campaigning for Best Original Screenplay of “The Bling Ring,” even though the script was based on a Vanity Fair article. Danny Strong (“The Butler”) is following the same path, despite a script inspired by a feature article. Awards Circuit.
Sasha Stone offers up her “state of the race” for Best Director at the Oscars. She proclaims Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave“), Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity“), and Alexander Payne (“Nebraska“) as locks, and Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips“) and Joel and Ethan Coen (“Inside Llewyn Davis“) as probable nominees. Awards Daily.
In a tribute to Halloween, what are the 25 best horror movies since Stanley Kubrick‘s “The Shining” was released in 1980? A special photo gallery touts “Mulholland Dr.,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Fly,” “Donnie Darko,” “Blue Velvet,” and “Evil Dead 2” as some of the top choices. Vulture.
“Homeland,” an Emmy and Globe winner for Best Drama Series, delivers its highest ratings this season for its fifth episode on Sunday. Airing against the World Series and the popular “The Walking Dead,” the program brought in two million viewers. It was the second biggest audience in the show’s three years on Showtime. Deadline.
AFI Fest 2013 adds more panels to its upcoming Hollywood event. A “rising stars” Q&A on November 8 will feature Dane DeHaan (“Kill Your Darlings“), Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha“), Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station“), Brie Larson (“Short Term 12“), and Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now“). McQueen is a special guest on November 10. Annette Bening chats about her career on November 12. Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire.
With the Jonas Brothers breaking up, who are the other famous musical siblings with feuds or major break-ups? A video gallery and rundown includes Allman Brothers, Jackson 5, Kings of Leon, New Kids on the Block, and Oasis. USA Today.
William Keck breaks the news that game show legend Bob Barker will return to “The Price is Right.” The long-running CBS program will have a weeklong tribute December 9-13, and Barker will appear on his 90th birthday that Thursday to give away a showcase. TV Guide.