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Daily film news briefs: Jonah Hill takes pay cut, Tarantino abandons film

Jonah Hill in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Jonah Hill in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Paramount Pictures

Here's a brief roundup of the major stories in film news for Monday, Jan. 20, 2014:

Jonah Hill took massive pay cut for 'Wolf of Wall Street' role -- Taking a steep pay cut seems to have worked out for Jonah Hill. According to E! Online, Hill accepted the equivalent of Hollywood star minimum wage -- the SAG minimum pay of $60,000 -- just so he could work with director Martin Scorsese. But Hill's decision to take minimal pay to star in a film that took seven months to film (much longer than usual film shooting timelines) earned Hill his second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hill received his first Oscar nomination for his role in 'Moneyball.'

Quentin Tarantino abruptly abandons his upcoming film after script leak -- Tarantino's next project was going to be a western called 'The Hateful Eight' -- that is until the script was leaked. Tarantino personally called a Deadline reporter and said 'The Hateful Eight' was supposed to start filming December 2014 ... however, he has now delayed the project, if he ever films it at all. Tarantino says he's mad because he has given the recently finished first draft to just a handful of people. "I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it," Tarantino told Deadline. The 'Django Unchained' director says he plans on publishing 'Hateful Eight' as a book and maybe adapting it as a film at sometime in the future - but now he's turning his focus toward a second script he's been working on.

Major Oscar contenders released on DVD/Blu-ray this week -- The Somali-pirate thriller 'Captain Phillips' arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week. 'Phillips' received a number of Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actor (Barkah Abdi) and Best Picture. ... Woody Allen's latest movie is a pure showcase for the hands down favorite to win Best Actress this year. Cate Blanchett stars in 'Blue Jasmine' as a woman in the middle of a breakdown after losing everything. Other notable new releases include a 4K remastered version of 'Robocop,' 'Machete Kills' and the indie favorite 'In a World...'

Here is a in-depth list of new DVDs/Blu-rays released this week.