$$$Budget Battle Ends Soon With Tea Party Loss: King, Corker [Bloomberg]
$$$JP Morgan Reels From Legal Costs [WSJ]
$$$ Silvio Berlusconi's latest girlfriend has discussed the chaotic nature of life at home with the former Italian prime minister, who is 49 years her senior. Francesca Pascale told Italian newspaper Oggi that people had "taken advantage" of her 77-year-old boyfriend, and that his home was in disarray. "When I started to live with him I found a situation unacceptable, I just did what had to be done: a bit of cleaning," she told the publication. "In short, there was no woman in the house." [CNBC]
$$$DiCaprio says he tried to pick up the kinds of details that might slip off the printed page: "The attitude, the lingo, the type of music he listened to, the drugs he took, how he took those drugs, the effects that it had on his mind and his psyche." Asked for an example of this research, DiCaprio describes a large-scale scene, in which Belfort throws a wild party to celebrate his firm's success: "We reach our monthly quota, and I make it a big celebration," says DiCaprio. "A gigantic marching band and a bunch of naked strippers come into the salesroom." Production managers booked trained horses, hired scores of extras and midgets who would be dressed in Velcro suits and thrown at targets, per Belfort's memoir. Then, just days before the shoot, DiCaprio remembered something crucial from his conversations with Belfort and sought out Scorsese: "I said, 'Jordan also mentioned that he had a chimpanzee on roller skates in a diaper that was handing out tickets to all the stockbrokers.' And Marty's like, 'That's great, how do we get a chimpanzee?' And I said, 'I don't know.' And he's like, 'All right, somebody get on it.' " [WSJ]
$$$Like the bond market, we'll be off for Monday's holiday. If you are, too, enjoy the 3-day weekend, and if you're not, brief moral support in the form of opening/closing wraps will be provided. See you on Tuesday!
$$$$10 billion U.K. hedge fund heads Stateside [Fortune]