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    Martin Scorsese Goes Too Far

    Back in December, a movie called the Wolf of Wall Street was released on the big screen. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It was based on a book by the same name, penned by a man named Jordan Belfort while he was doing time for ripping off thousands of people via his boiler room operation, […]

    / Feb 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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    Was The Financial Crisis Caused By A Fictional Hooker-Loving Master Of The Universe? At Least One Guy Thinks Maybe

    Several weeks back, Michael Douglas appeared in public service announcement shot by the FBI, in which he tells people that while they may have been taken by his character in Wall Street, that it’s important to remember that that was just a movie and in real life, insider trading is wrong. Next up among actors who think roles they portrayed on the big screen contributed to the financial crisis is Richard Gere. Glamorizing being a corporate raider who made enough money to buy a hooker is his personal cross to bear.

    It was the modern-day fairytale that captivated hundreds of millions of film fans the world over. But it seems Pretty Woman holds nothing but regrets for its leading man, Richard Gere. While promoting his new financial thriller Arbitrage recently, the 62-year-old shared his scorn for the feelgood 1990 chick flick, telling Woman’s Day, “It’s my least favourite thing.”

    Richard adds, “People ask me about that movie, but I’ve forgotten it. That was a silly romantic comedy. This is a much more serious movie that has some real cause and effect.” Incredibly, the grumpy star also claims his Pretty Womancharacter Edward Lewis helped contribute to the global financial crisis, as he glorified greedy and selfish Wall Street types. “It made those guys seem dashing, which was so wrong,” Richard explains.

    Related, what’s it gonna take to smoke Vin Diesel out of his hole? It’s pretty obvious it was around the time his turn as senior broker in Boiler Room premiered that Dick Fuld ramped up the shit on Lehman Brothers balance sheet that ultimately took the firm down.

    Richard Gere: Pretty Woman Was Rubbish [WD via Dealbook]

    / Mar 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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    Would Sarah Jessica Parker Make A Convincing Hedge Fund Manager?

    At least one person- the casting director on her latest movie- seems to think so. (Bonus follow-up: without knowing their strategies, who would you feel more comfortable putting your money with- fake hedge fund manager SJP or fake horse-breeder-turned-hedge-fund-manager Arnold Schwarzenegger?)

    / Jun 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    How’d You Like Too Big To Fail?

    If you watched the HBO version of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book last week, what kind of tears did you shed while watching?

    / May 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM
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    DB At The Movies: Too Big To Fail

    If you’ve been keeping up with your HBO original programming schedule, you know that Too Big To Fail, the movie based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s 2009 book, airs next Monday evening. Last night was the premiere at the Museum of Modern Art and while the trailers looked promising, in order to make sure none of […]

    / May 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    Casting The Raj Rajaratnam Movie

    Earlier this morning, Raj Rajaratnam was found guilty on 9 counts on insider trading and 5 counts of conspiracy. He is probably not in the best of moods right now, as he may be going away to a place that doesn’t give you extra mayo on the side of your tuna sandwich, for nearly 20 […]

    / May 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    Would Arnold Schwarzenegger Make A Convincing Kentucky Derby-Winning Horse Breeder Turned Hedge Fund Trader?

    We’ll soon find out because a movie involving all that and more (depression, Mexico, murder) is actually being produced.

    / May 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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    Jamie Dimon May Be Getting A Call For Tips About How To Be A ‘Hot Piece Of Ass’ (For A Banker) In The Near Future

    Now that Graydon “JPMorgan emerged from the crisis a winner because Jamie Dimon is tall, fit and nice-looking (for a banker)” Carter has been cast in Arbitrage as “the head of an investment bank trying to snap up a firm from a hedge-fund magnate, played by Richard Gere.” [NYP, earlier]

    / Apr 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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    DB At The Movies: Margin Call

    The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest. “Margin Call” is not “Wall Street,” “Boiler Room,” or “Glengarry Glen Ross.” It’s not trying to be any of those. There are no fistfights, car chases or explosions. There are no dick jokes. Strippers, hookers and blow are alluded to, but remain off-screen. Despite […]

    / Mar 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    New Movie With Proud Goldman Sachs Plotline Suggests Masters Of The Universe Are BACK

    The past few years have been an interesting time for Goldman Sachs. They’ve never lost “it” and in fact have only grown stronger, yet the public seems to have thought otherwise. It got to the point where GS employees were told point blank not to mention the firm’s name in public, and you’d be hard […]

    / Mar 4, 2011 at 1:57 PM
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    Would Richard Gere Make A Convincing Hedge Fund Manager?

    He’ll be giving it his best shot in “Arbitrage,” in which he plays an “evil” investor “desperate to sell his firm to a major bank before his fraud can be uncovered” (in a role that originally went to Al Pacino). On cautiously optimistic side, he probably couldn’t do any worse than all of the characters […]

    / Feb 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM
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    Whitney Tilson Welcomes Feedback On Netflix Short

    Whitney Tilson sent out T2 Partner’s analysis of Netflix yesterday, explaining why it’s their “largest bearish bet.” If you have any thoughts on why they’re right or wrong, he’s all ears.

    / Dec 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    Actor Playing Dick Fuld In Too Big To Fail Predicts A Double Dip

    In fact, James Woods isn’t sure the economy can be saved at all, an outlook with which his girlfriend silently agrees.

    / Nov 9, 2010 at 9:38 AM
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    Al Pacino Takes A Stab At Trading

    Variety reports that Al Pacino has been cast as a hedge fund manager in a “financial thriller” tentatively titled Arbitrage, opposite Eva Green and Susan Sarandon. The only plot details that have been revealed are that Pacino is a “magnate” who gets “in over his head” and is “desperate to complete the sale of his […]

    / Nov 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM
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    DB At The Movies: Inside Job

    The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest. Had Travis Bickle had made a good-looking documentary about the perils of deregulation, he would have made “Inside Job.” Sony Pictures Classics gave auteur Charles Ferguson complete creative and editorial control over his sophomore effort. It shows.

    / Oct 4, 2010 at 1:54 PM
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    Eliot Spitzer Ended Up With The One Prostitue Who Made Him Work For It

    We haven’t had a conversation at length about it (YET), but it’s been pretty well-confirmed by this point that one of main reasons Eliot Spitzer patronized prosties was the no muss, no fuss aspect. He was very busy, he had “needs” and he wanted to get in and get out. Ashley Dupré was pretty okay […]

    / Oct 1, 2010 at 4:06 PM
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    Money. Sex. Power. Betrayal. The Name Of Eliot Spitzer’s Penis. YOU DON’T KNOW THE REAL STORY.

    Here are a list of things we know about the “rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer”: * Attorney General * Went after a lot of people on Wall Street * Governor * Fucked a prostitute named Ashley for $2,000 an hour * Used the name of a campaign contributor when paying-to-lay * Used the Mayflower […]

    / Sep 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM
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    Jess And Bess At The Movies: Money Never Sleeps

    Daily Intel Jessica and I saw a screening of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps last week. We haven’t shared our thoughts on it until now because we haven’t wanted to/been ready to talk about it. I’m not going to say it’s so bad you shouldn’t see it, but that’s just because it’s so bad […]

    / Sep 8, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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    Nouriel Roubini Warns Against Next Generation Of Gordon Gekkos, Promotes Wall Street Sequel

    Sayeth the Doctor: In the 1987 film Wall Street, the character Gordon Gekko famously declared, “Greed is good.” His creed became the ethos of a decade of corporate and financial-sector excesses that ended in the late 1980’s collapse of the junk-bond market and the Savings & Loan crisis. Gekko himself was packed off to prison. […]

    / Aug 16, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    Lisa Maria Falcone’s Debut Film Opens To Rave Reviews

    Is there nothing this woman can’t do? The answer is no. Whether it’s playing soccer in jewels, teaching a pig how to play the piano, demonstrating “school-girl chic,” keeping a hockey player happy, dressing herself while inebriated, attending galas on crutches, shoe shopping with a broken foot, dancing her ass off, and or producing an […]

    / Jul 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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    Kevin Spacey Has Some Questions For Wall Street

    Kevin Spacey is reportedly starring in a 24-esque film called Margin Call (also starring Demi Moore as a chief risk officer). Last week Spacey started researching the role at Citi’s downtown offices where he peppered the Little Viks with questions such as “What is it like to earn millions of dollars in one afternoon [which […]

    / Jun 22, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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    Fox Developing Movie Based On E*Trade Baby

    Please let what has the potential to be the worst film of the year have a part for Linday “Whore Baby” Lohan, involving her substance (milk) abuse problem.

    / Mar 31, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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    Casting The Crisis

    As previously mentioned, HBO has purchased the rights to Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail. John Mack has stated that his part should go to Bobby DeNiro and that of Lloyd Blankfein to Danny DeVito. Today the HuffPo has offered its picks for the other spots and while we’re in strong agreement with some […]

    / Mar 25, 2010 at 5:15 PM
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    Lehman Taser Game Lives On In Film

    Not a day goes by when we don’t feel an overwhelming sense of loss and emptiness over the fact that we no longer live in a world in which Lehman Brothers exists. We miss the palpable sexual tension between Erin Callan and David Einhorn. We miss Dick Fuld, entering his office on the 31st floor […]

    / Feb 18, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    What Movie Did Lloyd Blankfein Quote To Jamie Dimon During Last Year’s Crisis?

    If you need a hint, the context: Thursday, September 18, 2008. Andrew Ross Sorkin reports in his new book that Lloyd Blankfein had just received an email from one of his traders claiming that JPMorgan was trying to steal Goldman hedge fund clients by spreading rumors the firm was going under. LB was pissed and […]

    / Oct 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM
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    Not Even Merrill Lynch Wants To Be Associated With Tom Cruise

    Merrill Lynch may very well be in danger of failing but recent intel shows anecdotal evidence of Thain and Co. at least pretending to give a rat’s ass about not ending up both broke and crazy (by association). The Post reports that the firm is looking for any excuse to “retool” a deal made last […]

    / Aug 25, 2008 at 10:55 AM

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