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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ November 16, 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 14th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival honors Martin Scorsese with Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara on November 14, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California.

“One of the most remarkable things about Martin Scorsese — besides being one of our greatest filmmakers — is the generosity that he exudes to everybody on set, from his creative team to his crew and especially the actors that he works with. He treats each and every one of us as a real collaborator and that is not easily said. You can say you’re a collaborator but Marty truly wants to know what you have to say as an artist. These collaborations have been forged through the years. They’re strong, symbiotic relationships with Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, and dare I say myself. Through the years, these collaborations have become more like his alter egos, his muse, or more like his family.” Leonardo expressed during his speech

DiCaprio then recalled the day, nearly 20 years ago, when he first “had the honor of stepping foot” on a Scorsese set for Gangs“I was 25 years old and I remember through the mastery of Dante Ferretti I was walking around these sets, it was like a mass scale caravansary that had popped up. He created New York’s Five Points suddenly before my eyes all within the walls of the very historic Cinecitta Studios in Rome. I knew at that moment my life and my work would never be the same. Working with Marty became almost like an encapsulated ecosystem that vastly enhanced my knowledge and appreciation for cinema as an entire art form historically. He quickly became much more than a director, he became collaborator, a mentor, a friend and a guide through the history of our shared cinematic past.”

Leonardo then turned his attention to the present to open up on his reaction to Scorsese’s latest, The Irishman“With his latest film, Marty has once again reunited with some of his most iconic collaborators,” he said of the epic which casts Pesci, Keitel, Pacino and DeNiro, the latter of whom anchors the story as Frank Sheeran, a truck driver turned top hit man. “It plays like an elegy. It’s a movie about looking upon what you’ve left behind and squaring up with all of it, but for me, what’s more astounding about this film, in my mind, Marty transcends his own signature genre and creates a film that methodically transforms itself into an exploration of our very own universally shared mortality. The film is absolutely breathtaking.”

DiCaprio then said as a whole, Scorsese’s “body of work will be revered for centuries and generations to come.” With that, he welcomed to the stage the man of the evening.

Then Martin Scorsese made his way to Ritz-Carlton Bacara ballroom stage, got a kiss on the cheek from presenter Leonardo DiCaprio and took his place behind the podium. He opened up on how he first fell in love with film at five years old, how Leonardo DiCaprio gave him a “new lease on life,” and why the industry should ignore algorithms and business calculations. But first, it was all about Douglas.

“He really had a very profound influence on me,” Scorsese explained. He said how in the late 1940s and early 1950s, cinema was “very essential” to his life primarily because he had asthma and thus, he wasn’t allowed to run or play ball. “So, they put me in a room and they took me to the movies.”

At that time — post World War II — Scorsese said the “mood of the films being made and the kinds of pictures people wanted to see” was changing. So were the stars on screen.

“There was a whole group of post-war actors, but there was one in the group who really stood out. … It was Kirk Douglas,” he continued. “The thing about this guy is that you couldn’t pin him down.” Scorsese went on to back up his assertion by listing the range Douglas displayed as a gangster in Out of the Past, a fighter in Champion, as a cultured English teacher in A Letter to Three Wives, as a monster producer in The Bad and the Beautiful (its poster has hung on Scorsese’s wall for 30 years) and as a washed-up star in Two Weeks in Another Town.

He loved the latter two films so much that Scorsese said he and frequent collaborator Robert De Niro attempted to pull together remakes for years. “We were obsessed with these pictures,” he noted, explaining that they tried different writers like Richard Price and Paul Schrader. “Somehow it all developed and found its way into The Irishman. That, in a funny way, is our version of what Kirk, [Vicente Minnelli] and all those guys did.”

More about Douglas. Scorsese also name-checked his films The Vikings, Lust for Life, The Juggler, Spartacus, Strangers When We Meet and Man Without a Star. “The thing about Douglas was that he seemed to live in all these films, in all these worlds. You couldn’t pin him down. He brought this very special quality. He had a very strong intensity…a strong desire to not be constrained by any conventions and certainly not limitations of the script, I can tell you. He went deep, deep into the emotional core … and this, kind of set him apart from the others.”

A compliment that has long followed Scorsese — and used to set him apart from the others — is a fierce loyalty to frequent collaborators both behind and in front of the camera. He paid special attention in his speech to the most recognizable ones, De Niro and DiCaprio. Scorsese explained that with the former, whom he has known since they were about 16 years old, there’s “an incredible trust” that has developed after doing so many films together. Their collaborations include iconic films like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino. Their latest is Netflix’s The Irishman, now in theaters, also stars Al Pacino.

Scorsese credited De Niro with introducing him to DiCaprio after the two actors made This Boy’s Life together in 1993. “He called me, he never does this, and said, ‘You gotta work with this kid, he’s really good.” So, they met up and it changed both of their lives thanks to creative partnerships on such films as Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street and the upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon.

“For the past 20 years, he’s given me as a filmmaker, creatively, a new lease on life. I can tell you that. Because I see the same kind of commitment in Leo that Kirk Douglas had. He was inspired in turn by Bob and Al’s generation who was inspired by Kirk’s generation.”

Martin Scorsese on Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbieare joined by director Quentin Tarantino while attending a photo call for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Saturday (August 3) in Rome, Italy.

The three stars attended a premiere for the film the night before in Rome while on an international press tour to promote the movie.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is already a big hit at the box office. It grossed $58.8 million in its first week in the U.S. and the film is expected to pull in another $20 million this weekend.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2019 – August 03: “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood” Photocall in Rome

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie are bringing Hollywood to Rome!

The co-stars stepped out for the premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Friday evening (August 2) at Cinema Adriano in Rome, Italy.

The duo was also joined by director Quentin Tarantino. Their cast mate Brad Pitt was not in attendance.

The cast of Once Upon a time in Hollywood have been on a whirlwind world tour, premiering the movie in several countries including England and Germany.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opened with $40 million across 3,500 North American theaters in its opening weekend. It will hit theaters in Italy on September 19!

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2019 – August 02: “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood” Premiere in Rome

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Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Thursday night (August 1) at the Cinestar, Sony Center in Berlin, Germany.

The actor attended the premiere alongside co-stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie along with director Quentin Tarantino.

Earlier that day, MargotLeo, and Brad attended the German photocall for their movie.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 
opened with $40 million across 3,500 North American theaters in its opening weekend. It will hit theaters in Germany on August 15!

Leonardo DiCaprio is wearing Christian Louboutin shoes.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2019 – August 01: “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood” Premiere in Berlin

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Leonardo DiCaprioMargot Robbie and Brad Pitt are continuing to travel as part of their press tour for their hit film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The three A-listers were in attendance at a photo call for the film, held on Thursday (August 1) in Berlin, Germany. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino was also in attendance for the promo event.

Leonardo DiCaprioMargot Robbie and Brad Pitt also stepped out to promote the film in London the day before.

The Quentin Tarantino film opened with $40 million across 3,500 North American theaters in its opening weekend. It will hit theaters in Germany on August 15!

Leo is wearing Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2019 – August 01: “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood” Photocall in Berlin

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Leonardo DiCaprioMargot Robbie, and Brad Pitt are continuing their press tour for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

The three A-listers were in attendance at a photo call for the film, held at the Corinthia Hotel on Wednesday (July 31) in London, England. Director Quentin Tarantino was also in attendance for the promo event.

The trio premiered the film in town the day before.

The film is currently in theaters in the United States, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2019 – July 31: “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood” Photocall in London at The Corinthia Hotel in London

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Leonardo DiCaprioMargot Robbie and Brad Pitt strike a pose together while hitting the red carpet at the UK premiere of their hit film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood held at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on Tuesday (July 30) in London, England.

The Quentin Tarantino film opened with $40 million across 3,500 North American theaters in its opening weekend.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood tells the story of a faded television actor and his stunt double as they strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. It hits theaters in the UK on August 14!

Leo was wearing Tom Ford with Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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Appearances, Gallery Updates: ♦ July 25, 2019

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood main trio — that would be Leonardo DiCaprioBrad Pitt, and Margot Robbie — didn’t have time to sit down for a chat with Jimmy Kimmel Monday night, what with their film premiere happening across the street. But they did stroll through the studio of Jimmy Kimmel Live to crash the host’s monologue real quick.

First came Robbie, who plays Sharon Tate in the Quentin Tarantino film. Kimmel’s audience erupted in applause as the actress used his stage as a shortcut to get to the premiere across the street.

Then came Pitt, who plays stunt man Cliff Booth. And it was the same deal: quick wave to the crowd, quick mention of having to get to the premiere, and then he was gone.

DiCaprio, however, came with an added surprise. He stopped by to invite Kimmel’s audience to the premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which follows the Revenant star’s Rick Dalton character, a faded television actor trying to strike fame on film with his long-time stunt double.

Kimmel, knowing how passionate DiCaprio is about the environment, called back, “Oh, and good luck with the ocean.”

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2019 – July 22: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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On July 22, Leonardo DiCaprio joined Quentin TarantinoMargot Robbie and Brad Pitt to attend the premiere of their upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that happened in Los Angeles, California.

The 44-year-old Oscar-winning actor looked handsome in a steel blue Giorgio Armani made-to-measure three-piece suit, white button-front shirt and blue neck tie accessorized with David Yurman Streamline cufflinks and brown Christian Louboutin Greggo dress shoes.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2019 – July 22: “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” Los Angeles Premiere in Hollywood – Arrivals

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Articles, Leonardo, News & Updates ♦ July 22, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter

In an age of pre-branded franchises and social media currency, DiCaprio is a Hollywood unicorn, able to gross hundreds of millions of dollars without wearing a cape, wielding a lightsaber or even having an agent. Will Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ extend or break the streak?

In November 1997, six-plus weeks before Titanic opened in the U.S., 20th Century Fox launched the movie at the Tokyo Film Festival in hopes of gen­erating some early buzz in the largely untapped Asian market. Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos, who was running international distribution at Fox at the time, expected the theater to be crowded. After all, the film’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, already enjoyed a budding global popularity thanks to the studio’s 1996 release Romeo + Juliet, which had earned $148 million worldwide — 69 percent of its haul coming from overseas. But Titanic‘s Japan bow was something more akin to Beatlemania.

“It was pandemonium. The entire area of Tokyo basically shut down, with fans coming out to see Leo,” Gianopulos recalls of the James Cameron-directed epic. “He started to be a heartthrob with Romeo + Juliet, but with Titanic, it just became insanity. It was the first time in history that a film was No. 1 in every single country in the world by a massive margin.”

Fast-forward 22 years, and DiCaprio remains a global movie star, one whose consistent bankability and acclaim set him apart from his peers. In fact, he is arguably the only global superstar left in a film industry in which an interchangeable group of actors regularly suit up in spandex or brandish a lightsaber for the latest billion-dollar earner — only to be ignored by audiences outside of franchises. Unlike waning megastars like Will Smith, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Downey Jr., DiCaprio sits alone atop the Hollywood pantheon without ever having made a comic book movie, family film or pre-branded franchise. Leo is the franchise.

Now, after a four-year absence from the big screen following his Oscar-winning turn in The Revenant (a 151-minute R-rated film that earned $533 million worldwide), DiCaprio returns July 26 with Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s adults-only interpretation of the Manson murders.

“One of the things I like about Leo is he just doesn’t plug himself into two movies a year,” says Tarantino, drawing an unstated comparison with current stars like Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, who are omnipresent on social media as well as in multiplexes. “He kind of stands alone today, like Al Pacino or Robert De Niro were in the ’70s, where they weren’t trying to do two movies a year — they could do anything they wanted, and they wanted to do this. So that means this must be pretty good.”

In other words, in an age of brand management, DiCaprio has cultivated a brand “of excellence,” says Sony film chief Tom Rothman, amid an industry where “brand” these days usually means Marvel, DC or Lucas.

“What is remarkable about Leo is his consistency,” says Rothman, who first worked with DiCaprio on Romeo + Juliet and Titanic at Fox. “If he’s in it, the audience knows it’s going to be good because he’s in it. I mean, when is he not great? But that’s not an accident. He works his ass off.”

Sources say DiCaprio took a $15 million upfront payday — $5 million less than his usual $20 million — in order to get Once Upon a Time made, but he stands to make north of $45 million if the film meets expectations (his deal is structured in a way that certain territories yield higher percentages than others).

DiCaprio’s ascent to the pinnacle of actors began well before Romeo + Juliet. A decade after appearing as a toddler on Romper Room, the baby-faced teen landed TV work, including a part on Growing Pains, which proved pivotal for two reasons: It led to him being signed by his manager Rick Yorn, who has guided his career for 27 years (DiCaprio is the rare A-lister who doesn’t work with an agent), and helped him land his first significant film role, the 1993 drama This Boy’s Life. That same year, at age 19, he co-starred in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, earning the first of his five Oscar acting nominations.

After the unprecedented success of Titanic — then the highest-grossing movie of all time — DiCaprio made a choice that would define his career over the next two decades: Instead of following up the blockbuster with a tried-and-true formula of tentpoles or high-concept thrillers, the Los Angeles native eschewed box office glory to work with the top directors in Hollywood.

That includes five feature collaborations with Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New YorkThe AviatorThe DepartedShutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street) and multiple films with Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + JulietThe Great Gatsby) and Tarantino, who also directed him in Django Unchained. And his one-off collaborations represent a who’s-who of Oscar winners and nominees including Cameron, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Danny Boyle.

Among his compatriots, DiCaprio is by far the one most coveted by studio heads and top-tier directors, offering that rare blend of prestige (three of his past five films have been nominated for best picture) and box office prowess (those same films earned a combined $1.8 billion worldwide). While Smith is doing Netflix originals and a Disney remake, Lawrence is on a cold streak and Downey only makes money as Tony Stark, DiCaprio continues to choose films that would seem risky on paper — typically R-rated, longer than 2½ hours and with budgets topping $80 million — bets that have paid off and given him an unrivaled amount of power.

Before their collaboration on Gangs of New York, Scorsese found himself in a creative rut. He credits DiCaprio with reigniting his passion for filmmaking.

“He became the perfect muse. I was rejuvenated again,” Scorsese says. “A key thing about Leo — and I always tell him this — is he’s a natural screen actor. He could have been in silent films. It’s the look on his face, the look in his eyes. He doesn’t have to say anything. It just reads, and you can connect with him. Not everybody is like that.”

Tarantino first met DiCaprio in 1993 at the premiere of True Romance, which the Once Upon a Time helmer wrote. “He was kind of the man of the hour at that party,” Tarantino recalls of the days when DiCaprio first became a fascination of the paparazzi as Hollywood’s latest “It” boy. “He told me he thought the script was really terrific.”

They casually discussed working together and nearly did on 2009’s Inglourious Basterds(“That ended up not working out,” is all Tarantino will say). Ultimately, it took almost two decades before their collaboration came to fruition with 2012’s Django Unchained.

Unlike his Once Upon a Time character, the star’s ruthless slave owner Calvin Candie in Django was not written with DiCaprio in mind. “I had written Calvin Candie to be about 62 or 63 or something like that,” Tarantino remembers. “And then I heard that he wanted to meet me to talk about it. So, we got together and we talked about it, and I was at his house for a couple of hours. A relationship almost always starts at his house, sitting out in the back by the pool and talking about things. I was really interested, but I told him, ‘Look, I’m not going to be convinced right here because this is just such a big change.’ ”

Tarantino went home and gave it some thought, and DiCaprio’s pitch to play what Tarantino had originally envisioned as an old, crusty plantation master began to intrigue him. “I thought about him as being an evil, corrupt boy emperor like Caligula or a young Nero, just fiddling while Rome burns,” he says. “And that was like, ‘Oh wow, that’s an interesting idea!’ He has the power of life and death.”

While modern stars scramble to maintain a constant presence and relevance via social media and nonstop work spanning all platforms, DiCaprio as an actor sticks to cinema (he hasn’t acted for the small screen since a 1992 appearance on Growing Pains). Rather than using Twitter for self-promotion, he offers his 19.1 million followers updates on the Waorani tribe’s efforts to protect the Amazon from oil drilling or to promote vegan burgers.

Off-camera, DiCaprio has maintained a carefully crafted air of mystery. Some crewmembers on Once Upon a Time were instructed to avoid making eye contact with him, according to an on-set source. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, he brought his parents to the Once Upon a Time premiere but skipped other events on the Croisette despite having his security team do a sweep of a Nikki Beach party to promote the environmental documentary And We Go Green, which he produced with longtime friend Fisher Stevens, who says that they are in talks with John Kerry about producing an eco-minded series about threats to the world’s oceans.

Stevens says the public would be surprised by the depth of DiCaprio’s understanding of environmental issues, particularly climate change. “Leo is definitely into meeting people and talking to people on the cutting edge of this issue,” he says. “It’s definitely something he is passionate about.”

DiCaprio rarely talks about his personal life or even his career and typically promotes a film only in partnership with the director (he declined to be interviewed for this piece). Despite being one of the most photographed men in the world, hopping on a Citi Bike in New York or hanging out vaping with supermodels, little is known about his day-to-day life.

If he’s made a misstep, it was becoming entangled with Riza Aziz, whose Red Granite Pictures financed Wolf of Wall Street. In January, DiCaprio gave closed-door testimony to a Washington, D.C., grand jury regarding a multibillion-dollar Malaysian corruption scandal. In June, Aziz was arrested and charged in Malaysia with laundering $248 million from a state investment fund and channeling the funds into Red Granite bank accounts. It remains to be seen if DiCaprio will be dragged into any trials. Regardless, the Red Granite debacle appears to have had little effect on DiCaprio’s standing in Hollywood — agents will say privately that there is no actor or actress that they would rather put their clients next to in a movie.

Django producer Stacey Sher, who has known DiCaprio since he was a teen, notes that the intensity of his performances is no accident. “He makes it look effortless, but he’s that ‘10,000 hours’ and beyond, she says of the Malcolm Gladwell rule that explains success in any field. “I think everybody thinks of him as the greatest actor of his generation first, who happened to become the biggest movie star of his generation.”

It was playing the grizzled frontiersman Hugh Glass in Iñárritu’s dark, violent Western The Revenant that proved DiCaprio could still draw massive audiences despite leaving behind the boyish charm that made him a star. “He is a perfectionist and demands a lot of himself,” says Iñárritu of working with DiCaprio on The Revenant. “There was this scene in the river that he is meant to be floating, and there were huge pieces of ice. He never hesitated, and even when you got the take, he asked for another. He was relentless when it was sometimes not necessary.”

When it came time for Tarantino to cast Once Upon a Time‘s Rick Dalton, an actor experiencing something of a midlife crisis because he’s never lived up to expectations from his youth, the director was hopeful that the famously finicky actor would commit despite taking a four-year hiatus. “I absolutely had him in mind, but I didn’t know if I was going to get him,” says Tarantino. “I’m not presumptuous. I mean, everyone in the world wants him.”

Once Upon a Time producer Shannon McIntosh says there was only one scene that instilled fear in DiCaprio, albeit briefly: a sequence on a campy variety show called Hullabaloo that required singing and dancing. “We were about to walk into dailies one evening, and it was about a week before he had to do the Hullabaloo scene where he sings. And he stopped me and he said, ‘I’m not really a singer. How am I going to sing this in a week?’ Cut to a week later, he was absolutely fearless. He just got up and did something out of his comfort zone.”

Next up, DiCaprio is expected to reteam with Scorsese for Killers of the Flower Moon at Paramount. (Sources say salary and budget negotiations are at a critical juncture.) The film chronicles the FBI investigation into a series of 1920s murders in Oklahoma that likely were tied to oil deposits. In other words, it’s a film that would probably never be made at the studio level without DiCaprio.

“I’ve admired the fact that throughout all of this fame, all of this success, he has maintained his friendships, his relationships, his closeness with his parents,” says Gianopulos. “He is a truly lovely human being. Hollywood can change people, and it really hasn’t changed Leo.”

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