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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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Articles, News & Updates ♦ January 24, 2019

The story behind the making of the new Netflix documentary Struggle, which tells the tale of a talented but obscure Polish artist named Stanislaw Szukalski, is nearly as strange as the plot of the film itself.

For one thing, it was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and his father, George DiCaprio, who was friends with Szukalski and a group of artists that included R. Crumb, Robert Williams. and comic collector Glenn Bray

It was Bray who first became fascinated by Szukalski’s work when, in 1971, he came across one of the artist’s books. He was struck by the imagery, and astounded to learn that not only was the artist still alive, but he was living just a few miles away in Burbank, California. Bray befriended the artist and began recording his rambling musings about his life history and his bizarre personal mythologies, including “Zermatism,” his belief that people are under the control of a race of human-yeti hybrids.

George DiCaprio appears throughout the film in interviews while the only reference to Leonardo is a picture of him as a child with Szukalski and holding a note written to the boy advising him not to grow up too fast.

The film, which begins steaming on Netflix on December 21, shines a light on Szukalski’s colorful life and the hardships he endured during World War II. Born in Poland in 1893, he moved back and forth between Chicago and his native Poland as a young artist on the rise. By 1934, Poland had declared him the country’s greatest living artist and the Szukalski National Museum in Warsaw was home to most of his intricate paintings and massive sculptures, notable for their dramatic mythological imagery.

However, when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, the museum and most of Szukalski’s life’s work was destroyed. He fled to the US and settled in Los Angeles, took odd jobs, and continued to write and work, while slipping into near total obscurity. Until, that is, Bray discovered him.

By the end of the artist’s life, Bray had become a close friend and, by that time, perhaps his only one. (Szukalski’s wife died in 1980.) Bray collaborated on and published several books with Szukalski in addition to the beta recordings, all the while certain that his life and work was a story that needed to be shared with a broader audience.

Bray was also left in charge of Szukalski’s estate and archives when the artist died in 1987. He currently works with a foundry in Hollywood that produces editions of the artist’s work in bronze, since only plasters remained in Los Angeles.

“The timing of this project couldn’t have been better,” Bray told artnet News. “If you go back eight years ago, Netflix was still mailing red envelopes. They weren’t funding movies and they weren’t streaming. I’m so lucky that everything fell into place and that I happened to know George DiCaprio when I was young.”

A major stumbling block, one that is addressed in the documentary and will likely cause further debate, came at the end of filming when the crew happened upon some of Szukalski’s 1930s texts in Polish that suggest he held nationalistic, anti-Semitic views. In the film, George expresses regret about his friendship with the artist and spoke of being “blindsided,” but Bray is convinced that Szukalski was just caught up in the nationalist fervor sweeping Europe at the time, and that his ideologies changed over time.

Szukalski himself recounts a story from the time his star was on the rise of attracting the notice of a high-ranking Nazi official who asked whether he would be interested in making art for the German government. Needless to say, the drawing he says he submitted depicting Hitler in a tutu was promptly rejected and no further requests were forthcoming.

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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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Articles, News & Updates ♦ November 17, 2018

Brad Pit and Leonardo DiCaprio definitely look the part in Quentin Tarantino’s new ’60s-set movie.

The actors are starring in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Tarantino’s highly-anticipated ninth film that centers on the two as they navigate Hollywood in the groovy era. Pitt and DiCaprio have been spotted shooting with Tarantino all over Los Angeles since mid-summer and have recently been joined by costars.

They were most recently seen shooting with Margaret Qualley and Margot Robbie, who plays Sharon Tate. They’ve also been spotted with Lena Dunham; the cast also includes Dakota Fanning and Emile Hirsch.

This time around, the two were solo and showed off their late ’60s looks. Pitt was in an all-white denim get up with a black shirt underneath, while DiCaprio went for pastels with salmon-colored pants and a similarly toned striped shirt.

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Articles, News & Updates ♦ November 17, 2018

TreePeople honored DiCaprio, mother of actor Leonardo DiCaprio, with the Evergreen Award for her work bettering the environment. The organization’s founder, Andy Lipkis, expressed his disappointment at the Senate decision as well, while presenting DiCaprio with her award.

“It’s hard right now,” Lipkis said. “We had a chance to save people, and we didn’t.”

While accepting the honor, DiCaprio detailed the origins of her family’s passion for the environment and the beginnings of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which she and her son established in 1998.

“I moved to Los Angeles and made it a point to live right at the edge of Griffith Park because the image of the forest in Germany was always in me,” DiCaprio said.

“This is where Leonardo was born — right there, within walking distance of the greatest city park in the world, and luckily, a short distance to the Hollywood movie studios. Even as a young child, Leonardo was always fascinated with nature and animals.”

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Articles, News & Updates ♦ November 17, 2018

Ronan Keating has opened up about the awkward moment Leonardo DiCaprio told him he couldn’t act. The Boyzone singer revealed he was flown to New York to audition for Moulin Rouge, for Baz Luhrmann himself, alongside Leo and Ewan McGregor. But fans will know Ewan manged to win the role, starring opposite Nicole Kidman in the 2001 musical. And, speaking about the audition, the dad-of-four explained: ‘Baz Luhrmann brought me to New York and I read for Moulin Rouge.

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Articles, News & Updates ♦ November 17, 2018

The party is officially over for one Thai bay made famous by the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio flick “The Beach,” as the beach has been closed indefinitely due to environmental concerns over extreme tourism.

Thai officials announced Monday that Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea will remain shuttered to visitors following a four-month temporary closure that began June 1, in an attempt to save the local coral reefs, Reuters reported.

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Articles, News & Updates ♦ November 17, 2018

He has his own foundation committed to environmental causes around the globe.And on Wednesday, Leonardo DiCaprio posted to social media promoting a plant-based alternative to meat. The Titanic star, 43, is an investor in the company Beyond Meat and on Twitter and Instagram he touted their meatless Beyond Burger.

The graphic claimed that the meatless product requires 99 percent less water and 93 percent less land to produce. Its production results in 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, the company claims, and uses 46 percent less energy. In his tweet, the actor wrote: ‘Proud to be an investor in the #futureofprotein’ and included a link to the Beyond Meat website. Link to his instagram post can be found here.

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