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Interviews, News & Updates ♦ January 07, 2020

Marc Maron’s beloved WTF podcast is known for having some big names on the show, but even by Maron’s standards, this week’s guests were a pretty big deal. “I’m not a starstruck person, but these guys are shiny f–kers,” Maron admitted in his introduction to the Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio episode, calling them both “great actors” and “naturally gifted” movie stars. Pitt, as it turns out, is almost as big a fan of Maron, enthusiastically referring to the host as “the great Marc Maron” when he walked into the ArcLight theatre where they recorded the episode.

Pitt even referred to the host’s cancelled IFC show Maron as his “happy place”. With a love fest like that right off the bat, it was clear to listeners this was going to be a good chat.

The pair were on the podcast to promote their Quentin Tarantino flick, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won both QT and Pitt a Golden Globe Sunday night and which finds DiCaprio playing a washed-up television cowboy who spends much of his time with Pitt’s character, his best friend and stunt double, and they were in fine form, laughing and looking back at the respective careers from their early gigs to the moment they hit that level of fame that meant nothing would be the same.

Art lovers & entertainers

Maron brought up the subject of art, mentioning Pitt’s enthusiasm for the fine art world and asking if he’d ever tried to make any of his own. The actor shared that he’d dabbled in sculpture, calling it “meditative” and recognizing the practice as a good, solitary mental break from the collaborative process of film-making. When Maron asked his guests if they recognized their own film work as art, DiCaprio quickly replied, “Yeah, I hope so,” while Pitt more hesitantly added, “We’re certainly entertainers.” (For the record, neither of them have any current aspirations of directing.)

 

Marc Maron’s beloved WTF podcast is known for having some big names on the show, but even by Maron’s standards, this week’s guests were a pretty big deal. “I’m not a starstruck person, but these guys are shiny f–kers,” Maron admitted in his introduction to the Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio episode, calling them both “great actors” and “naturally gifted” movie stars. Pitt, as it turns out, is almost as big a fan of Maron, enthusiastically referring to the host as “the great Marc Maron” when he walked into the ArcLight theatre where they recorded the episode.

Pitt even referred to the host’s cancelled IFC show Maron as his “happy place”. With a love fest like that right off the bat, it was clear to listeners this was going to be a good chat.

The pair were on the podcast to promote their Quentin Tarantino flick, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won both QT and Pitt a Golden Globe Sunday night and which finds DiCaprio playing a washed-up television cowboy who spends much of his time with Pitt’s character, his best friend and stunt double, and they were in fine form, laughing and looking back at the respective careers from their early gigs to the moment they hit that level of fame that meant nothing would be the same.

Art lovers & entertainers

Maron brought up the subject of art, mentioning Pitt’s enthusiasm for the fine art world and asking if he’d ever tried to make any of his own. The actor shared that he’d dabbled in sculpture, calling it “meditative” and recognizing the practice as a good, solitary mental break from the collaborative process of film-making. When Maron asked his guests if they recognized their own film work as art, DiCaprio quickly replied, “Yeah, I hope so,” while Pitt more hesitantly added, “We’re certainly entertainers.” (For the record, neither of them have any current aspirations of directing.)

 

 

DiCaprio and Pitt both started their careers on the small screen. In talking about first roles, Leo mentioned briefly working on the show Parenthood (based on the 1989 Steve Martin movie where DiCaprio took on the role originated by Joaquin Phoenix!) before joining Growing Pains in the early ’90s. Pitt had actually guest-starred on Growing Pains a few years earlier, playing a minor role on the iconic sitcom with Canadian television dad, Alan Thicke. Pitt went on to star in Dark Side of the Sun, a long-forgotten (if completely unknown) Yugoslavian film about a man who had to cover his entire face and body at all times because exposure to the sun could kill him. His summary of the character? “Yeah, he dies.”

While Brad and Leo are arguably amongst the most famous people currently living on planet earth, it wasn’t always that way. Both admitted that they could immediately tell when a movie didn’t work and even well-meaning friends weren’t able to lie about the results.

DiCaprio wouldn’t mention the film by name, but his friend’s five-word reaction was all he needed to know that he didn’t have a hit on his hands: “Wasn’t my cup of tea.”

First rule of Fight Club

Even some of their most popular films missed the mark with initial audiences and they have the stories to prove it.

Pitt told a hilarious tale about one of the first screenings to Fight Club. “We had the best screening ever. We had it at the Venice Film Festival and they do this midnight screening…for some reason, [Edward Norton] and I thought it would be a good idea to smoke a joint beforehand. And we go in, and they put you up in a balcony and you sit next to the guy who runs the festival, everyone’s looking at you, they clap and you sit down, it’s very formal…then the movie starts and the first joke comes up and it’s crickets, dead silence, and another joke, and it’s just dead silence…and this thing is not translating, you know, it’s subtitles.”

“The more that happened, the funnier it got to Ed and I. So we’re the a**holes in the back laughing at our own jokes.” The festival director squirmed with discomfort as he watched and eventually left the theatre without a word, which made Norton and Pitt crack up even more. “Oh, we had a good time.”

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ January 07, 2020

On Sunday (January 05, 2020) Leonardo DiCaprio alongside with the cast and director of “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” attended the  77th Annual Golden Globe Awards that happened in Los Angeles. Leo was nominated but didn’t win.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 05: 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Show

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ January 05, 2020

Awards season is about to hit fever pitch with the Golden Globes rolling out on Sunday, and this ritzy day event bills itself as ‘a respite from the hectic and demanding’ time for nominees and other stars.

Leonardo DiCaprio led the charge of stars at the BAFTA LA Tea Party, which took place Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

He was joined by the likes of Saoirse Ronan and Isla Fisher, as well as Laura Dern and Gillian Anderson.

BAFTA, or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, will announce its nominations for the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards on Tuesday January 7th, with the awards ceremony itself to take place on Sunday, February 2nd.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 04: The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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We’ve add ScreenCapturesStillsSpecial FeaturesBehind the Scenes and On Set pictures of Leonardo in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).

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Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Posters

Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Behind the scenes

Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Trailer #1

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ January 04, 2020

Leonardo DiCaprio catches up with old friends Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper while attending the 2020 AFI Awards on Friday afternoon (January 3) in Los Angeles.

Brad and Leo are at the event to support their movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is being honored as one of the Top 10 Movies of the Year.

Also in attendance were their co-star Margaret Qualley and writer/director Quentin Tarantino.

BradLeo, and Quentin are all nominated for Golden Globes at this weekend’s ceremony and the film is also up for Best Picture.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 03: 20th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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The Critics’ Choice Association announced the nominees on Sunday morning and Leo was nomineted as a Best actor. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” earned 12 noms,

BEST ACTOR
Antonio Banderas – “Pain and Glory”
Robert De Niro – “The Irishman”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver – “Marriage Story”
Eddie Murphy – “Dolemite Is My Name”
Joaquin Phoenix – “Joker”
Adam Sandler – “Uncut Gems”

The Critics’ Choice Awards gala, once again be hosted by Taye Diggs, will broadcast live on The CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12 at 7 p.m. ET.

And on Monday (09),  Leonardo DiCaprio received his 12th Golden Globes nomination when he was nommed for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

It was won of five nominations this morning for Tarantino’s ode to 1969 Hollywood, which Sony Pictures released in July and has grossed $372 million worldwide to date. Tarantino was nominated for both Directing and Screenplay, and Brad Pitt scored a Supporting nom.

DiCaprio has won three Globes, for 2005’s The Aviator, 2014’s The Wolf of Wall Street and most recently in 2016 for The Revenant, a victory he replicated later that year at the Oscars.

“I am humbled to be in the company of the other honorees,” DiCaprio said in a statement today. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a celebration of cinema, a film that would not exist without the vision of Quentin Tarantino. It is a love letter to the city of Los Angeles and the people who make this industry so incredibly special. A heartfelt thanks to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this recognition.”

DiCaprio’s first Globes nom was in 1994 for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, one of two Supporting noms in the stretch including Tarantino’s 2013 film Django Unchained.

He is joined in this year’s Best Actor – Comedy/Drama race by Daniel Craig (for Knives Out), Roman Griffith Davis (Jojo Rabbit), Taron Egerton (Rocketman) and Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name).

The 77th Golden Globes awards ceremony will be hosted by Ricky Gervais on Jan. 5, 2020.

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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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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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