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

THE SUN

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.

BOOZE AND WEED

“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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Articles, Leonardo, News & Updates ♦ November 30, 2019

Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year.

Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government campaign against environmental nonprofit groups operating in Brazil.

DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire,” the president said to supporters in Brasilia.

DiCaprio’s environmental organization Earth Alliance has pledged $5 million to help protect the Amazon after a surge in fires destroyed large parts of the rainforest in July and August. But the actor and committed environmentalist said in a statement sent to The Associated Press Friday his group had not funded any of the two nonprofits named by investigators so far.

“While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted,” the statement read. “The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them.”

DiCaprio offered a lengthier response to Bolsonaro in an Instagram post on Saturday morning. “At this time of crisis for the Amazon, I support the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage. They are an amazing, moving and humbling example of the commitment and passion needed to save the environment.”

“The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them. While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted. I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators and general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilians,” he added.

 

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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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Variety

Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s “Nightmare Alley,” Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water.”

Del Toro will direct the pic and co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan. “Nightmare Alley” is being produced and financed by del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment, with Fox Searchlight acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the film.

While there is a 1947 Fox pic, this film will be more based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The 1947 movie starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

The film shoots this fall as del Toro fills out the remaining roles.

After “The Shape of Water” went on to win several Oscars, including best picture and director for del Toro, the auteur decided to hold off on picking his next directing gig, only focusing his efforts as a producer on the Searchlight movie “Antlers.”

DiCaprio has not been seen in a movie since his Oscar-winning performance in “The Revenant” in 2015, choosing to take some time off before signing on to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” That pic, which also toplines Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, and centers on the Manson family murders, bows on July 26.

He is repped by LBI Entertainment.

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Articles, Leonardo, News & Updates ♦ January 24, 2019

In the early 2000s, stars could still go to bars and let their hair down without becoming a Twitter Moment, as Pantera Sarah, one of the era’s top club promoters, reveals in her personal pictures of A-listers at now-defunct hotspots.

Leonardo DiCaprio (left) and actor-promoter Vincent Laresca at Martini Lounge in the early 2000s.

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Gallery Updates:, Leonardo, Public Events ♦ January 24, 2019

The famed director is honored at the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit. DiCaprio, who’s appeared in five Scorsese films including “Shutter Island,” ”The Departed,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” also went back to his youth to describe the influence Scorsese, 76, had on him.

He told the audience how when he was just 15, and starting his journey as an actor, his father took him to a movie theater for inspiration.

He pointed at the screen, and as the reels of ‘Goodfellas’ began to spin, he said, ‘This is the epitome of modern filmmaking,’DiCaprio recounted. “‘This is someone who you may be lucky enough one day to work with, and when it comes to directors, Martin Scorsese is where the bar is set.‘”

The actor added that from that moment, “I made it a goal, I made it a relentless ambition to work alongside the master we’re celebrating here tonight.” The pair is about to start on its sixth collaboration, the crime thriller “Killers of the Flower Moon.

DiCaprio also spoke of Scorsese as a lifelong teacher, from his constant on-set references to film history to his efforts to restore and preserve old films with The Film Foundation, which he founded in 1990.

No one on earth has so relentlessly pioneered the salvation of movie history with such commitment the way Martin Scorsese has,DiCaprio said.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2018 – November 19: The Museum of Modern Art film benefit presented by Chanel: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese

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