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Articles, News & Updates ♦ April 09, 2020

The ‘Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood‘ star has joined forces with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple’s Steve Jobs, to pledge a whopping $12 million to help supply food to those who need it most.

He said in a statement: “In the face of this crisis, organisations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need. I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support.

Whilst Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, added: “On behalf of Feeding America, I would like to thank Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Tim Cook for their generosity and support, which will help our network of food banks provide food and other resources to communities impacted by this crisis. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 37 million people in this country did not have consistent access to nutritious meals – including 11 million children and 5.5 million seniors. These numbers are quickly rising, and it is critical that we rally together as a nation to support our neighbours during this time of great need.

Since their pledge, Oprah Winfrey has pledged an extra $10 million to support the fund.

Taking to Twitter, she shared: “@chefjoseandres and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot have teamed up with @LeoDiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and @Apple to launch America’s Food Fund to help feed local communities … I believe that America’s Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors in need and am committing $1 million to this fund to support those facing food insecurity … I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up. (sic)”

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ February 24, 2020

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised the audience at the 2020 American Black Film Festival on Sunday night when he emerged onstage to present the excellence in the arts award to his friend and “Django Unchained” co-star Jaime Foxx.

“I love you, man,” Foxx told DiCaprio after opening his speech reminiscing over their working relationship and friendship. “You are my friend and my colleague and this means the world.” Foxx’s latest film, “Just Mercy,” was also awarded the ceremony’s movie of the year award.

The annual ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel and hosted by actor and comedian Deon Cole, was created to celebrate and uplift black actors, entertainers and artists — enduringly relevant in a year when no actors of color were nominated at the BAFTAS and just one, Cynthia Erivo, was nominated for an Oscar.

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Events in 2020 – American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony – Inside

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – February 23: American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony – Backstage

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ February 13, 2020

On Sunday (09), Leonardo DiCaprio attended the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. Leo was nominated for the Best Actor but Joachim Phoenix took the award.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – February 09: 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland in LA – Inside

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – February 09: 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland in LA – Arrivals

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Articles, Leonardo, News & Updates ♦ February 09, 2020


WITH an Oscars Best Actor nod last night, Leonardo DiCaprio spent the weekend preparing for one of his biggest ever tear-ups.

But as one of Hollywood’s most notorious party lovers, he did it in his trademark style.

The A-lister kept a low profile in the run-up to the big awards ceremony at LA’s Dolby Theatre.

He wore a baseball cap pulled down over his face as he turned up with model girlfriend Camilla Morrone to a pre-party thrown by super-agency WME.

But I can reveal Leo — who was Oscar-nominated for his lead role in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood — then quietly quit this sophisticated soiree in favour of a wilder do until 5am in nearby Beverly Hills.

It was thrown at a friend’s £9million mansion complete with under-ground night-club. Leo got on the booze with fellow ladies’ man Jamie Foxx and they were soon swarmed by models.

But the night descended into chaos as the home was overrun with mystery gate-crashers who had got in by scaling a nearby fence, and a heavy-duty security team was called in to bring the mayhem under control.

An insider told me: “Leo had tried to go incognito, in his usual black cap, and he headed straight for the underground club, which was very dimly lit.

“He was drinking and smoking with Jamie, who was with a huge crew and some hot models. Adam Sandler was there, too.

“It all started pretty chilled out but as the night went on, many of the guests were totally wasted on booze and weed and suddenly it was just chaos and security couldn’t keep control.


“Word had got round about the party being the place to be with so many big stars turning up and people were even trying to break in via a building site next door.

“Many of those partying didn’t even know whose house it was.”

Leo, who plays ageing TV star Rick Dalton in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, was competing for the Best Actor spoils against Antonio Banderas, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix and Jonathan Pryce.

His girlfriend Camila, 23 years his junior, made a rare appearance without him at the Chanel And Charles Finch pre-awards bash.

The pair have been dating since 2017.

Despite his heavy night with Jamie Foxx, party king Leo found the energy to hit the town again late on Saturday at Fox Studios’ annual Night Before bash.

Movie awards aside, Leo sounds like he’s winning almost every night to me.

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ January 29, 2020

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt step out for the annual luncheon in celebration of the 92nd Oscars in Hollywood on Monday afternoon (January 27).

The two nominated actors were joined by their Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director, Quentin Tarantino.

Other stars and directors in attendance were The Two Popes‘ Jonathan PryceThe Irishman‘s Robert De NiroParasite‘s Bong Joon-HoJoker‘s Todd Phillips, and Jojo Rabbit‘s Taika Waititi.

1917‘s Sam MendesDean-Charles Chapman, and George Mackay were also spotted inside the venue with Knives Out‘s Rian Johnson.

The 2020 Oscars will take place on Sunday, February 9.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 27: 2nd Oscars Nominees Luncheon in Hollywood, California

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”I swear to God, I had to hide a tear,” Brad Pitt says, looking over at Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio, remembering the first time Tarantino played him the José Feliciano cover of “California Dreamin’” on the set of “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” “Look,” Pitt continues. “I’m not ashamed to say it. I got a little misty.”

We’ve settled onto a couple of sofas inside a bungalow at the Chateau Marmont because … where else would we meet to talk about Tarantino’s wistful elegy to a bygone Hollywood? As the song declares, it’s a winter’s day, though the (palm tree) leaves are green, not brown, and the sun setting just beyond the swimming pool is making the sky periwinkle blue, not a dismal gray.

But otherwise, yeah, we’re California dreamin’, sitting back, talking about a movie that earned 10 Oscar nominations — three for Tarantino as a director, writer and producer, and acting nods for DiCaprio and Pitt — and also considering the good fortune that has graced their lives over the last few decades.

“You know, when I first moved out here, it was the summer of ’86 and I didn’t know [expletive]-all about Los Angeles, other than what I’d seen on ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ and ‘Dragnet,’” Pitt says. “I landed in Burbank at a house I could crash at for a month or so. It was just me and a maid from Thailand who couldn’t speak English. Man, I was just so up for the adventure, and so excited when I’d drive by a studio where they make movies. It meant the world to me.”

“Then I moved and it was one of those eight guys in a two-bedroom apartment in North Hollywood kind of things,” Pitt continues, smiling at the memory. “You have your little corner where you keep your clothes folded up in a little bedroll. I became quite accustomed to McDonald’s and Shakey’s Pizza buffet. I didn’t mind. The city was a wide-open experience.”

Pitt presses Tarantino to tell tales of living in his car, writing scripts. “Which part of town?” he asks. Tarantino evades the queries for a bit, then relents. “It was at the back of Video Archives,” Tarantino says, talking about the Manhattan Beach video store where he worked in the ‘80s, turning customers on to kung fu and blaxploitation movies while writing “Reservoir Dogs.” And, yes, he slept in his car, a Ford Capri, around back in the parking lot.

“You’re not stretching out in a Ford Capri, are you?” Pitt asks, laughing.

DiCaprio’s parents moved to L.A. at the behest of his mom, who spied a Venice Beach postcard while living in the Bronx and thought, “This is where I want to move.” They settled east of Hollywood. Tarantino can picture the precise location because the apartment was right by the pool hall where Martin Scorsese shot the interiors for his 1973 drama “Mean Streets.”

“Hollywood and Western,” DiCaprio says, pinpointing the cross streets. “Then we moved to Silver Lake and it was me bugging my parents on the commute to go to school on the Westside to please, please, please drop me off at auditions. But I kept getting rejected by agents. I think because I was a break dancer at the time and had crazy haircuts …”

Pitt interrupts with a burst of laughter. “You were a break dancer? There’s got to be video somewhere.” DiCaprio cops to owning a little footage. “Oh, my God,” Pitt says. “VHS of course. I’ve got to see it. We need a movie night.”

“But that rejection,” DiCaprio continues, “it was like, even though I lived in the mecca of this dream land that was the movie industry, it felt like this intangible world where I needed a fairy godmother to come down and say, ‘You are anointed as an actor.’”

“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” considers the idea of which actors become blessed and the others who remain on the periphery, as well as the insecurities inherent in the profession and the value in simply being a working actor making a living. It’s a couple of days in the lives of a fading TV western star named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) trying to forge a career in a changing Hollywood and his loyal, longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth (Pitt), a good friend and possible scoundrel who, rumor has it, killed his wife. There’s no plot, just the dark shadow of history lurking around the edges. Rick lives in Benedict Canyon on Cielo Drive. Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate, are renting the house next door.

Pitt and particularly DiCaprio were single-minded in their determination to make a go of it as actors. They succeeded, but they know it could easily have turned out differently. Tarantino loves to pepper Pitt with questions about his early acting career, a drill that seems both a quest for knowledge and an exercise that he knows will end only in frustration.

“I want him to be more excited about it than he is because I get excited by it,” Tarantino says, warming up. “Like, I think it would have been [expletive] awesome in the ‘60s to guest on ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and do a scene with David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin. That would have been cool. It would have been [expletive] awesome to do a ‘Baretta’ with Robert Blake. Or a ‘Kung Fu’ with David Carradine.

“And Brad did things like that. ‘You did a “Dallas”? Did you do a scene with J.R.?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘YOU DON’T REMEMBER IF YOU HAD A SCENE WITH J.R.?!?’” Pitt, seated next to Tarantino, wearing a parka because he’s feeling “toxic,” nearly lands on the floor, laughing. “‘I did a “21 Jump Street.” ‘Oh. Did you and Depp have a scene together?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘YOU DO NOT REMEMBER IF YOU HAD A [EXPLETIVE] SCENE WITH JOHNNY DEPP ON “21 JUMP STREET”?’ He’s just being cool. ‘Yeah, whatever. I don’t remember any of that [expletive].’”

“It’s not that bad,” Pitt offers in his defense. “I was on three episodes of ‘Dallas’ and I think I had one line. And it was either ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ And that I cannot remember.” Tarantino adds that Pitt played Charlene Tilton’s boyfriend. Apparently he was the strong silent type.

The conversation circles back around to “California Dreamin’,” Feliciano’s haunting cover of the Mamas and the Papas song heard in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” as Rick and Cliff drive home after a rather eventful day. Rick has gone through hell and back, shooting a guest spot on a TV pilot called “Lancer,” first trashing his trailer in a rage fueled by self-pity, doubt and a haze of whiskey sours and then recovering to later nail his big scene. Cliff has picked up a hippie hitchhiker, dropped her off at Spahn Ranch and then engaged in a showdown with Manson family members on the western town movie set.

“They both had these pretty insane days, and then we get in the car and I remember asking Quentin, ‘Should we talk about this?’” DiCaprio says. “And Quentin was like, ‘Just get in the car and drive.’ And it’s like this palate cleanser. And it’s also sincerely who these two guys were. We’re going home, get a pizza, drink some beer and watch me on ‘The FBI.’ That’s our therapy. And I have that relationship with some of my friends. ‘Let’s just sit and say nothing.’”

Pitt nods. “And then maybe three days later, Cliff would tell him what happened. Or he probably didn’t tell Rick because he’d get pissed off that he’d have to spend the 18 bucks to fix the flat tire. ‘What the [expletive] were you driving to Chatsworth for? Why is the mileage in my car so off?’”

Of all the lines in all the reviews written about “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” the one that Tarantino cherishes relates to the film’s verisimilitude in re-creating a Los Angeles with half a century in its rear-view mirror.

“It was, ‘When Cliff drives through L.A. it was like Brad Pitt driving through a documentary,’” Tarantino remembers, laughing. “And, frankly, if you do a movie like this, that’s the thing you want to nail and really be proud of that. It’s like [Werner] Herzog. ‘Yeah, we really nailed the Amazon in ‘Fitzcarraldo.’ Well, we nailed Los Angeles.”

DiCaprio loves this comparison so deeply that he will repeat “we really nailed the Amazon” half a dozen times before we leave. It also triggers an idea, a sort of side hustle that he seems willing to bankroll.

“Do a ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ tour and take on the TMZ buses that show up at our houses,” DiCaprio says. “We could make a lot of moolah and put them out of business.” Tarantino starts ticking off the possible locales — Westwood Village, Musso & Frank Grill, the landmark Mexican restaurants El Coyote and Casa Vega — noting that he recently went on a Vienna walking tour of spots used in Carol Reed’s 1946 film noir “The Third Man” and loved it. “Except for the rats in the sewers,” he adds. “They freaked me out.”

“But it needs to be done sooner than later,” DiCaprio adds. “There’s such a disposability to this town. We create this permanence in these movies and they get burned into celluloid and that’s what we live with. Everything else just evaporates and disappears. Los Angeles is constantly evolving and changing. That’s why movies like this are so engaging.”

At some point, unnoticed, Pitt has wrapped a knit scarf around his neck, though it’s not so much a scarf as a throw blanket. The sun has disappeared and it’s time to leave, embarking on journeys along Hollywood streets that can no longer be navigated with the ease that Cliff Booth employed in his Karmann Ghia.

“We’re all just passing through, doing the best we can in these movies,” Pitt says, offering an elbow bump as a departure greeting. “But this one, I would say it’s one of the few times where the experience is as special and unique as the final film. Like our life is as important as the final product. For me, that’s, ‘We’re livin.’”

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ January 21, 2020

On January 19, Leonardo DiCaprio attended the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Leo may not have won Best Actor at Screen Actors Guild Awards, but he was on many people’s minds.

Joaquin Phoenix and Brad Pitt both gave the actor a shout-out in their acceptance speeches.

Pitt also revealed that DiCaprio‘s nickname for him is ‘lover‘ as he walked the red carpet.

Following the star-studded awards ceremonythe duo danced the night away at the 26th SAG Awards Gala hosted by PEOPLE on Sunday night.

At the afterparty, the two actors were joined by their costar Margaret Qualley, 25, and her older sister, Rainey Qualley, 29, and the group enthusiastically danced and sang along to songs like the Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly,” Juvenile’s “Back That A– Up,” and Lizzo‘s “Truth Hurts.”

During one point of the night, Pitt, 56, sang the line “pick it up, pick it up, pick it up” in Fatman Scoop’s “Be Faithful,” while DiCaprio, 45, later belted along to Too Short’s “Blow the Whistle” and LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out.”

The actors also mingled with Tarantino at their table, which was roped off from the rest of the gala and protected by additional security.

Thy also attended the Netflix after party.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 19: 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium – Arrivals

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 19: 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium – Show/Inside

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 19: 2020 Netflix SAG After Party at Sunset Tower in Los Angeles

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 19: 2020 PEOPLE SAG Awards Afterparty at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles

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Articles, Interviews, News & Updates ♦ January 17, 2020


In “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Leonardo DiCaprio plays a struggling actor who can only dream of being nominated for an Academy Award. He has to fight for good parts, is never recognized for industry accolades and is forced to travel overseas to get work.

That, of course, is far from DiCaprio’s reality. On Monday, the 45-year-old scored his sixth acting Oscar nomination for his leading turn in Quentin Tarantino’s film. The actor, who took home the coveted trophy in 2016 for “The Revenant,” said he woke up at his home in Los Angeles a couple of hours after the nominations were announced.

How do you think Rick Dalton would react to being nominated for an Oscar?

I think Rick Dalton would be ecstatic. This film, in a lot of ways, was Quentin’s love letter to Los Angeles and this entire industry — so many of the actors before me that built the foundation of this entire town. Rick was becoming obsolete, and embodied that major cultural transition in the industry. It was a great joy to do the research of that time period with Quentin.

When you won an Oscar in 2016, you seemed very moved during your acceptance speech. Does Oscar recognition really mean a lot to you?

Absolutely. I think everyone feels that way. We inhabit these roles, we go off on location to do these performances, and you never know how the audience or critics are going to feel about what you do.

You and costar Brad Pitt seem to have grown especially close on the awards trail. How has your friendship evolved since filming?

Both of us connected with the relationship that the two characters have in the film — the support system they have for one another. Having grown up in this industry around the same time and places, we just clicked into these people. It was a really natural, implicit understanding. It was amazing working with Brad.

At the Golden Globes this month, he cracked that he thought Jack should’ve shared the life raft with Rose at the end of “Titanic.” Were you surprised by the depth of his “Titanic” knowledge?

He always comes prepared with some good quip on stage — especially the last-minute ones.

There was a lot of talk at the Globes about the fires in Australia. Should you get a chance on the Oscar stage, would you take the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to you?

Absolutely. If it’s something that you’re passionate about — whether that be the environment or not — there’s not many opportunities for us as artists to have a voice that reaches to millions and millions of people around the world. We’re going through an unprecedented shift in the environmental moment — seeing disasters happening faster and at a scary level. The Australian bush fires are — as Russell Crowe put it — related to climate change and temperatures rising and droughts. We need to bring a voice to these issues, and we have a platform that is unprecedented and unmatched.

You’ve produced a handful of environmental documentaries over the past few years, but none has gotten as much attention as a film like “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” Does that bother you?

Well, the truth is, as much as you would love to see people bring as much attention to something I did like “Sea of Shadows” — about the possible extinction of the vaquita — or the climate change film “Before the Flood,” at the end of the day we are in the renaissance of documentaries. There’s more funding for these films and these ideas, and the truth is that they’re getting millions and millions more eyeballs than before because of these streaming services.

At the Globes, Ricky Gervais poked fun at the fact that you’ve dated many women who are younger than you. Does that make you happy there is no host for this year’s Oscars?

No, it’s all good fun. It’s the Oscars, at the end of the day. Is this a common thing? Do you think this will become common — the no-host thing? I do like a host. But after watching it with no host last year, you know, it wasn’t that bad, either. Both ways were kinda cool with me. But you’ve gotta have somebody who’s excited to do it, which Ricky was.

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Today, Leo received his 7th Oscar nomination! We all are so proud of him.

Here’s Leo‘s reaction statement about being nominated;

. “I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing my work along with the incredible performances of my fellow nominees. I’ve been incredibly fortunate, with this film, to have partnered with brilliant collaborators in Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. This film is an homage to the city of Los Angeles, and I had the opportunity to portray an actor facing his own obsolescence, at a time when our culture was going through massive change. This film in many ways is a tribute to all those who were a part of this industry. Cinema is, and continues to be a powerful form of free artistic expression. This film along with so many others this year, were truly original and impactful. I hope as we progress, we continue to see even more of them. I feel honored to be a part of it all. Thank you again.

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News & Updates, Nominations ♦ January 07, 2020

Today (January 07), was announced the nominees of the BAFTA 2020 and Leonardo received his 5th nomination.

Best actor

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

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