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'Wolf Of Wall Street' Christmas Release Now Likely

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This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jonah Hill, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from "The Wolf of Wall Street." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, Mary Cybulski) | AP

Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" will now likely arrive in theaters on Christmas Day. That much, at least, according to an exclusive report from The Los Angeles Times, which offers much of the same information provided by Showbiz411's Roger Friedman in a story he first posted on Oct. 8.

Questions about the "Wolf Of Wall Street" release, however, date back to September. On Sept. 23, HitFix InContention editor Kris Tapley revealed that a "release date bump" for Scorsese's film was "looking very likely." In his piece, Tapley noted that the "sensible" play would be for Paramount, the studio behind Scorsese's latest, to shift the film from Nov. 15 to Christmas Day (a move that would push Paramount's new Jack Ryan film, which was set for a Christmas debut, into January of 2014).

One day later, on Sept. 24, The Hollywood Reporter offered some more specifics: If "Wolf Of Wall Street" landed on Dec. 25, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" would bump to Jan. 17, 2014, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

As The Times notes in its report, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" might not necessarily move at all; the paper suggests that Paramount will make an official announcement on "Wolf Of Wall Street" and "Jack Ryan" in the coming days. Through all of this, Paramount's website has maintained that "Wolf Of Wall Street" was coming on Nov. 15; "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," however, is merely listed as "Coming Soon." Paramount has two other December releases on its schedule: "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," on Dec. 20, and Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," on Dec. 25. ("Labor Day" is a limited release.)

Scorsese's film, about a corrupt banker in the '90s, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie and Cristin Milioti. It's expected to be a major player during awards season, something the Christmas Day release date will hardly diminish. Last year, "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" were both released on Dec. 25 and wound up scoring Best Picture nominations.

For more on "Wolf of Wall Street," head to the Times.

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