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Martin Scorsese lambasted for his film

Posted: 23 Dec 2013 07:50 PM PST

The director's Wolf Of Wall Street is definitely not for everyone.

Martin Scorsese knows that The Wolf Of Wall Street is not for everyone, but he probably didn't expect to be lambasted by an Academy Of Motion Pictures and Sciences (AMPAS) member when he arrived for the official members screening of his film last weekend.

But according to a Facebook post from actress Hope Holiday, that's what happened.

Referring to the graphic three-hour film about the sex-and-drug-filled lifestyle of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, and then to the arrival of Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles, she wrote: "Last night was torture at the Academy – The Wolf Of Wall Street – three hours of torture – same disgusting crap over and over again – after the film they had a discussion which a lot of us did not stay for – the elevator doors opened and Leonardo D. Martin S. and a few others got out then a screen writer ran over to them and started screaming – shame on you – disgusting..."

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street is getting mixed reactions from viewers. 

A Paramount rep who was with Scorsese said that no one screamed at the director, but admitted that one person offered "a negative comment". The film's talent didn't stop to respond, because they were hurrying into the theatre for a post-screening Q&A with Scorsese, DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and writer Terrence Winter.

When asked for additional details by TheWrap, Holiday declined to identify the screenwriter who confronted Scorsese as he exited the elevator on the second floor. But she said that the screenwriter's criticism of Scorsese was "a shocker", and "very awkward and embarrassing" for others waiting for the elevator. Some people at the screening, she added, did applaud the film, while others ("including myself") hated it.

Others report healthy applause for the film, and for the panelists at the Q&A. The screening was reportedly very well attended, despite it being a three-hour film screening on the Saturday night before Christmas. "It's brutal," admitted Scorsese in a conversation with TheWrap last week. "I've seen it with audiences, and I think it plays. I don't know if it will be to everyone's taste – I don't think it will. It's not made for 14 year olds."

To be fair, the Facebook post and its subsequent comments showed that Holiday and her friends clearly aren't the target audience for Scorsese's film, either. The 75-year-old actress, who appeared in The Apartment and Irma la Douce, among others, and her friends bashed current films, including Inside Llewyn Davis, and praised White Christmas, When Harry Met Sally, As Good As It Gets and The Wizard Of Oz.

Holiday did say that she "liked" David O. Russell's American Hustle, but found it "confusing". Saturday's incident was not the first time that a Scorsese film has been rudely greeted by someone in an AMPAS audience. One longtime Academy member told TheWrap that at the members' screening of Scorsese's Casino in 1995, one man stood up in the middle of the film and screamed, "Disgusting! Pornography! Crap!" at the screen. That film received one Oscar nomination for Sharon Stone's lead performance. — Reuters

Jackie Chan's cop saga

Posted: 22 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

Here are some of the legendary actor's top cop films.

Police Story (1985): Considered one of Chan's greatest and most popular movies ever, it features Chan as Ka Kui, a Hong Kong detective who tries to bring down crime lord Chu Tao. This movie contained some of the most inventive action sequences and best stunts he has ever done, including an early chase in which Chan hangs on to a double-decker bus with an umbrella. It also won Best Film at the 1986 Hong Kong Film Awards.

Police Story 2 (1988): After the massive damage he caused in the first film, Ka Kui is demoted to traffic officer. Things soon get messy again when his arch-enemy Chu is released from prison and goes after the cop who put him in the slammer. Though not as memorable as the first film, the sequel still featured a high level of action and stunts. the best one being Chan running across the roofs of buses during a chase scene.

Police Story 3: Supercop (1992): Malaysia Boleh! This was arguably Datuk Michelle Yeoh's breakthrough movie, playing a policewoman from China who joins forces with Ka Kui to bring down a drug ring. Best known as "the one where Jackie Chan flies around Kuala Lumpur while hanging from a helicopter ladder", it was Yeoh's performance and derring-do that caught the eye here.

Police Story 4: First Strike (1996): This was where the franchise started to go downhill. Made during Chan's early days in Hollywood, he tried to appeal to both Eastern and Western audiences by filming this partly in English, which made for some highly cringe-worthy dialogue and a pretty lame plot. Still, it turned out to be Chan's biggest ever box-office hit in Hong Kong at the time.

New Police Story (2004): Older and much wiser, Chan returned to the franchise with this remake of the original, and put the focus more on drama than action. This was probably the first Police Story where Chan's acting stood out more than his fighting, garnering him a Best Actor nomination at the 24th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards. 

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