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'The Wolf of Wall Street' is emerging as one of 2013's finest movies. So take that, naysayers.
Nobody really expected The Wolf of Wall Street to be very good. Martin Scorsese was tasked with chopping the movie apart to meet running time expectations and the trailer looked a little ostentatious. Essentially, we all thought we had another Great Gatsby on our hands, albeit set in New York's banking district.
Leonardi DiCaprio, as Jordan Belfort, Throwing a Dwarf
The movie sees Scorsese reteam with Leonardo Dicaprio for an adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir concerning his ride as a crooked banker in the 1990s. Belfort made millions through stock market manipulation and running a stock boiler room, eventually spending 22 months in prison.
PETA and other animal rights campaigners aren't happy with the actor for his use of a chimpanzee in the Martin Scorsese movie
The Wolf of Wall Street arrives in cinemas soon
Leonardo Dicaprio has been on the end of some rather scathing criticism from PETA and other animal rights organisations owing to a scene involving a chimpanzee in his upcoming movie The Wolf of Wall Street. The Martin Scorsese-directed black comedy is the latest in a long line of Hollywood films that unfairly exploit animals from an early age so that they may be used in films, PETA have argued, and they expected better from Leo.
In the film, DiCaprio drags a chimpanzee named Chance through a bustling office party in a scene that has greatly upset the animal rights community, not over what happens in the film, but for how the animal is treated behind the scenes. The true-to-life biopic of Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort has come under fire from animal rights groups for its use of the chimp, claiming "that chimpanzees are abused and taken from their mothers at an early age before being forced into Hollywood."
We can just about picture these two feuding.
In news that hasn’t really been relevant for at least two decades, Mark Wahlberg was apparently “a bit of a d**k” to Leonardo Dicaprio back in the 90s. The Pain and Gain star revealed as much in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Wahlberg talked about many things in the interview – finding religion and supporting gay marriage at the same time, his early years in Hollywood and, as part of that – that time he was almost looked over for a part in The Basketball Diaries alongside Leo.
These two got off on the wrong foot.
Continue reading: Mark Wahlberg Admits He Was "Kind Of A D---" To Leonardo DiCaprio
The perma-stoned comic says that Martin Scorsese's new film wouldn't have happened were it not for him
Leonardo Dicaprio stars as stock market criminal genius Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's latest movie The Wolf of Wall Street, but this is one portrayal that Tommy Chong claims would not have happened were it not for him. Ahead of the film's release, the second half of Cheech and Chong has gone on record to state that he is partially responsible for Belfort's written account of his pre-prison life, making him partially responsible for the film adaptation too.
Tommy Chong says he helped Belfort write The Wolf of Wall Street
Chong was spotted out in Los Angeles last week by TMZ reporters, who quizzed the comic about his time in jail in the early 2000's, the same jail and the same time that Belfort was serving in for stock market manipulation and running a penny stock boiler room. At the time, Chong was serving 9 months for selling bongs online and in his recent on-the-street discussion, Tommy claimed that he got to know Belfort when he was behind bars, going on to claim that he encouraged Belfort to write his memoirs and even saying that he helped him do it.
Continue reading: Tommy Chong Says He's To Thank For 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'
It was a star-studded bash
Perhaps he’s method acting; perhaps he’s just famous and can do what he wants – either way, Leonardo Dicaprio didn’t let his seemingly insignificant 39th birthday pass him by as he celebrated until 4am at TAO, in downtown New York. Special guests included 2Chainz and Kanye West, who, between them, saw the crows entertained with rap music until the wee hours of the morning.
Leonardo DiCaprio Celebrated His Birthday in Style
Leo was even seen dancing on stage with them, according to The Daily Mail. Orlando Bloom, Benicio Del Toro, A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Tobey Maguire, Nicky Hilton and rapper Busta Rhymes also showed up. DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort – a rich and very much corrupt stockbroker living the high life - in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It's one of the hottest movies of the year, but can it contend for awards?
Leonardo DiCaprio threw a birthday party he will never forget!
Leonardo Dicaprio turned 39 year-olds on Monday November 11th and he partied in style.
The birthday celebrations occurred in New York and for the night's entertainment, the 'Great Gatsby' actor acquired the services of Kanye West and 2-Chainz.
The venue, which crammed in 100 of his closest friends and family, was at the TAO Downtown in NY, and in the process Leo raised millions of dollars for his foundation, according to TMZ.
In the interview for Esquire Magazine, Clooney was less-than complimentary when referring to two of his fellow A-listers
George Clooney has had to explain himself after being quoted with some not-so-nice words for two of Hollywood's leading men: Russell Crowe and Leonardo Dicaprio. The hunky actor became a talking point earlier this week after apparently bad mouthing Leo and his entourage, as well as reliving the feud started between himself and Crowe - sparked by Crowe in 2005 - and revealing that there is still bad blood between them.
George's comments were taken out of context
In the interview for Esquire magazine, the 52-year-old actor recalled playing a basketball game against Leo, and complained particularly about the way in which his friends behaved before and during it. After finding himself on the winning side of an 11-0 drubbing, Clooney told the glossy, “And the discrepancy between their game and how they talked about their game made me think of how important it is to have someone in your life to tell you what’s what. I’m not sure Leo has someone like that."
On the plus side, he is friends with Brad Pitt
George Clooney has moulded an image of himself as the nice guy around Hollywood, regularly pitching in on humanitarian projects around the world and hosting and attending fundraisers and the likes for example, but it turns out that Mr Nice has a few bad bones in his body too. In a no-holds-barred interview with Esquire for their December issue, the actor took some unexpected verbal shots at Russell Crowe and Leonardo Dicaprio.
No more Mr. Nice guy
Crowe and Clooney apparently have a long-standing feud, one that Crowe attempted to bring to an end, only for Clooney to laugh off his attempts at reconciliation. Their beef began when Crowe called the 52-year-old Clooney a "sellout" some years ago, with Clooney saying that he has shot down every attempt to win his favour since then.
Virgin Galactic and NBC are teaming up to create a media event around the first commercial space flight.
Preparations for Richard Branson’s inaugural commercial space flight are in full force and this week, the billionaire announced that NBC was tasked with covering the lead-up and the flight itself. If everything goes according to plan Branson and his two children – Holly, 31, and Sam, 28 – could blast off from new Mexico on board the irgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket plane as soon as next August. This is looking increasingly likely, after Branson announced that the aircraft had successfully broken the sound barrier during tests already.
Branson is almost ready for takeoff.
The singer is set to rocket even more out of this world.
Pop star Lady GaGa will play on board one of Virgin Galactic's space shuttles as part of a Zero G Colony music festival in New Mexico, reports US Weekly. The eccentric 27 year-old star will head to suborbital space with her entourage in tow to perform just one song during the 2015 festival.
Lady Gaga To Take Her Show Into Space.
Gaga's performance is planned for the dawn of the third day of the three day festival, which will be held at New Mexico's Spaceport America and is promised to be "like nothing the world has seen before."
Continue reading: Lady Gaga To Perform In Space As Part Of 2015 Festival
The People's Choice Awards this year welcome back the usual suspects.
It’s that time of the year again – time for the most important awards of the season, the People’s Choice Awards (wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) This year the favorites are easy to pick out from the crowd. The award show will be held in January and today was the day that the nominees were finally announced.
The super successful Katy Perry is the favorite in several musical categories.
In the world of TV, Glee is the favorite, with eight nominations, proving that nothing can keep this show down. That may or may not be a good thing. Meanwhile, Katy Perry seems to be the people’s favorite when it comes to music. The Roar singer has nabbed five nods. Coincidentally, that’s also Sandra Bullock’s number. The Gravity actress heads up the movie division.
Continue reading: Teen Choice Awards List Nominees Anounced: The Usual Suspects
Jordan Belfort started out his stockbroker business in a tiny office with a small group of people and had the intention of targeting only the richest people in America as their clientele. With such a small percentage of individuals lined up as hopeful patrons, their dreams of immense fortune and a life of luxury seemed embarrassingly unlikely. However, pretty soon the company starts to ooze more money than they can handle and it's parties, alcohol and women all round. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear to everyone that what Belfort was doing to earn his fortune is not entirely legal and he risks his freedom and his wealthy lifestyle when the FBI get involved.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a white-collar crime drama based on the two memoirs by the real Belfort, who was jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent offences including money laundering. The autobiographies have since been translated into 18 different languages and now the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') directs the screen adaptation which has been written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules'). The movie is set to be release on January 17th 2014.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' release date could mean Martin Scorsese's new movie gets lost in the crowd this awards season.
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as the Wall Street broker and party boy Jordan Belfort, is to be released on December 25, 2013, after the legendary filmmaker delivered a shortened version of the film that was screened for Paramount chairman Brad Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort
Fully financed by Red Granite, the drama has always been expected to play some part in this year's awards race, though Paramount's demand that Scorsese cut the original edit from 180 minutes to 165 minutes is a slight concern. Nevertheless, the studio appeared by buoyed by the changes.
The new Martin Scorsese film will be out on 25 December
Thanks to various intervening forces, the release date of Martin Scorsese's next picture - the Leonardo Dicaprio-starring The Wolf of Wall Street - has been in contention for some time now. At first, it was due out on 15 November, but was pushed back for an unspecified period, with some estimates putting it as far back as spring 2014. Fortunately, we'll only have to wait just over a month longer to see the film, when it is released on 25 December.
DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount decided on the new date after heads at the company saw a shortened version of the film, with the running time cut from 180 minutes to 165 minutes. The studio bosses had initially put back the release in order to give director Scorsese ample time to trim away some of the fat, and he apparently unveiled the finished product this week. Content with how the film played out despite missing a few scenes, they decided to okay the film and set a 2013 release, which will also put it in contention for next years awards season.
'The Great Gatsby' Leonardo Dicaprio was snapped arriving at the Armani One Night Only fashion show event held at the SuperPier in New York. He was joined by 'Goodfellas' director Martin Scorsese and 'Beautiful Creatures' actor Jeremy Irons with his wife Sinead Cusack.
Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was apparently brought to tears by a picture of her ex-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio with actress Blake Lively only months after the couple split up. The model first met 'Django Unchained' star at a Las Vegas party hosted by U2, and went on to date each other for six years before separating in May, 2011. She admitted that she was shocked to discover that he had moved on so quickly with Lively.
In an interview with Israeli newspaper 'Yedioth Ahronoth', Refaeli explained her reaction to seeing the picture, saying: "I suddenly choked up and I started crying uncontrollably. No one knows that I went back to my room and broke down in bitter tears. I couldn't stop crying." She never cried over him again, however, as she stated: "It was like I was cleansed. From that day, I haven't cried since."
Clearly something went horribly wrong as this thriller was being made, because despite a solid cast, gorgeous locations and an intriguing premise, the film is an incoherent mess. Sure, it looks achingly cool, but there isn't a single moment when the characters' motivations make any sense. And there's never a hint of suspense or danger.
It doesn't help that the set-up revolves around two of the least cinematic things on earth: finances and computers. Timberlake plays Princeton grad student Richie, who runs a gambling website to pay his tuition but loses his savings when another site cheats him. So he heads to Costa Rica to confront the online casino boss Ivan (Affleck). Impressed with his initiative, Ivan offers him a job, and soon Richie has more cash than he can possibly spend. But for some reason, all he wants is Ivan's colleague-girlfriend Rebecca (Arterton). Then a nosey FBI agent (Mackie) forces Richie to help him take Ivan down.
Director Fuhrman showed considerable promise with another renegade loner in The Lincoln Lawyer, but this film simply refuses to fill in enough of the gaps. Nothing that happens here is remotely convincing, as the characters are continually thrust into half-developed scenarios. Perhaps there's a more coherent longer version out there, because this one feels like it was edited with a machete. Even as a cautionary tale about the dangers of greed, this story has nothing relevant to say.
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DiCaprio will play yet another President; will he follow in the footsteps of Daniel Day-Lewis?
Leonardo Dicaprio has signed up to play the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, in an upcoming biopic. The film, produced by DiCaprio's Appian Way, will be based on A. Scott Berg's acclaimed biography of the divisive Democrat leader, reports THR.
Will Acting & Producing Allow Leo Enough Time To Focus On His Performance?
Though the biography has only just been released, Warner Bros. are reportedly in talks to pick up the rights to Wilson, with the author said to be involved as producer. The book has received scores of positive reviews for its well-researched and intimate portrait of the President who was elected in 1912 and guided the nation through the first world war.
We take a look at the front-runners and underdogs for next year's Oscars ceremony.
Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?
It’s Oscars season.
Will Ryan Gosling choose Star Wars over Batman?
Ryan Gosling attended a meeting with a view to playing Luke Skywalker's son in Jj Abrams forthcoming Star Wars Episode 7 movie, according to the Latino-Review, which 'broke' the news that Harrison Ford would be returning to the franchise.
Disney is keen to land Gosling for the role though missed out on another high profile star.
According to the website's sources, the studio had a meeting with Leonardo Dicaprio who eventually passed on the project to concentrate on Robotech, a forthcoming "sprawling sci-fi epic" where mankind is forced to use technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling To Play Luke Skywalker's Son In Star Wars Episode 7?
Is Robert Downey really worth $75 million a year?
Robert Downey has obliterated the field in Forbes' annual list of the highest paid actors in the world, earning $75 million in just 12 months thanks to super-hits The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
Robert Downey Jr As Tony Stark in 'Iron Man 3'
Downey Jr didn't even feature in last year's list, though beat second place Channing Tatum by over $30 million in earnings for 2013. He also left the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington in his dust, begging the question: is a man once considered box-office poison by studios really worth the cash?
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Tops Forbes List: What Do You Get For $75 Million?
Rock singer Melissa Etheridge is to marry Linda Wallam, her partner of three years, following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defence of the Marriage Act (DOMA). Married gay couples in California will have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Rocker Melissa Etheridge has announced she is engaged to sitcom writer Linda Wallem. The couple have been dating since 2010. With the overthrow of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), the couple can now legally wed with the same rights as heterosexual couples in California.
The folk-rock singer was delighted with the news and immediately tweeted that she would be marrying her long-term partner Wallam. Her twitter status read "I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem".
The happy couple: Melissa Etheridge (L) and Linda Wallem (R) at Pier 60, New York.
The Wolf of Wall Street will surely become a major player during awards season.
Wow, this one looks pretty damn good doesn't it? The Wolf of Wall Street trailer, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as stockbroker Jordan Belfort, exploded onto the internet on Sunday (June 16, 2013) with tons of verve and energy. Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Belfort's memoirs, the movie boasts a pretty stellar cast headed by DiCaprio and held firmly together by a particularly strong and funny looking performance from the excellent Matthew Mcconaughey.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street
New York stockbroker Belfort refused to cooperate in a large FBI fraud case involving corruption into corporate banking and mob infiltration, living a hard-partying lifestyle at the same time. He made thousands of dollars a minute, spending it on sex, drugs and international travel before it all came crashing down.
Jordan Belfort is a successful stockbroker, multi-millionaire and motivational speaker from New York who had enough money to throw anywhere he wanted. He was arrested and jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent activities surrounding stock market manipulation including money laundering and mob infiltration. He served 22 months in prison after being given a sentence of 4 years, famously refusing to cooperate during the case which exposed massive corruption on Wall Street. His crime was fuelled by his loved of alcohol, parties, women and, generally, the finer things in life including his luxury yacht which was originally built for Coco Chanel. He wrote two memoirs which were published in around 40 countries and have since been translated into 18 different languages.
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We don't know when it happened either, but DiCaprio has become a serious character actor.
Fresh off his promotional efforts for The Great Gatsby, Leonardo Dicaprio is on the way to taking another character part – this time as the Russian mystic Rasputin in the eponymous project, currently in development by Warner Bros. The project was pitched by Jason Hall, the writer behind such films as American Sniper, Deadline has learned exclusively.
It will tell the story of the man whose machinations earned him a place as a medic and then an advisor to the royal family of the Romanovs in Russia during the early 20th century. We know from recent experience that Leo is good at character acting, but, judging from his recent projects, he is still chasing that elusive Oscar. More importantly though, audiences will not only get to experience another piece of history onscreen, but also get to see DiCaprio in quite an impressive beard – an opportunity, which is not to be missed.
The project is apparently part of a long term commitment between Hall and WB, with the scribe having previously worked with the studio on American Sniper and now this project, which was, until recently unnamed, but was known to be in the works for a while. The Rasputin flick will be produced by Kevin McKormick, who will also be taking on American Sniper – it seems pretty clear at this point that we’re witnessing the advent of a powerhouse production team over at Warner.
Space monkey Justin Bieber is latest name to be added to growing list of wealthy celebrities signing up to be amongst the first in space with Sir Richard Branson's planned Virgin Galactic spaceflights.
It is confirmed: pint-sized popstar Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun, are set to be blasted towards the real stars, out into space.
Tycoon Richard Branson, founder and chairman of travel, entertainment and lifestyle company, Virgin Group, was first to break the news on Twitter: "Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" whilst a buzzing Bieber replied: "Let's shoot a music video in SPACE!!"
The 19-year old 'Baby' hitmaker could be fleeing planet Earth to escape from his growing list of shameful actions that have brought the wayward party-boy under media scrutiny, including leaving insensitive messages in the guestbook at Amsterdam's Anne Frank museum, abandoning his pet monkey, 'Mally', in Germany after she was confiscated at customs, arriving onstage two hours late at his concert in London, and threatening to "beat the f**k" out of a photographer. Space might just be the best place for the little reprobate then.
Continue reading: Stars Head For The Stars: Justin Bieber Joins The Virgin Galactic Party
Leonardo DiCaprio did his best to woo Cara Delevingne, to no avail.
Leonardo Dicaprio has certainly racked up an impressive number of supermodel girlfriends over the years, though British Burberry star Cara Delevingne isn't one of them. According to The Sun newspaper, Cara snubbed the Hollywood A-lister at the after-party of the Great Gatsby premiere at Cannes last week.
A source said: "Normally all Leo has to do is look at a girl and they fall at his feet. Though Cara was having none of it.He spent the night chasing after her and essentially she blew him out." The insider says the pair spoke for a while and eventually swapped numbers after Leo had invited her to a party back at his suite. "He tried every trick in the book and apparently kept lunging for her but she kept dodging them," said the source, "Everyone is howling at the fact she actually knocked back the biggest actor in the world.She thought he was too forward and too old."
DiCaprio - who stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel - has previously dated Gisele Bundchen, Bar Refaeli, Erin Heatherton, Anne Vyalitsyna and Eva Herzigova. Delevingne, who previously dated the folk-rock musician Jake Bugg, is said to be moving in with best pal Rita Ora in East London later this year.
Continue reading: So, Why Did Leonardo DiCaprio Get Knocked Back By Cara Delevingne?
The auction raised $32.3 million
Cannes Film Festival may have been blighted of late by some criminal activity, but the glitz and the glamour have prevailed in a charity event that saw a man buy a trip to space with Leonardo Dicaprio for $1.5m.
Vasily Klyukin, 37, a Russian living in Monaco – and enjoying all the tax benefits that come with that - said he had always wanted to go into space. "I want to be a bit daring," Klyukin - who works in real estate and also bought a gold and diamond necklace for $517,000 - told Reuters. "I will have to give up smoking now for sure!" The money will go to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and The Great Gatsby star will board a Virgin Galactic flight into space with a mystery guest; someone who was willing to spend $1.5m to be shot into space with him. Sound maybe a little bit weird? Nah. Actress Sharon Stone explained that the winning bidder would spend three days in training with DiCaprio in New Mexico bfore the trip. "You don't get to go to outer space every day with a handsome movie star," she explained.
This year’s Cannes has seen Leo’s film, The Great Gatbsy, directed by Baz Lurhmann, receive mixed reviews. It was already struggling before hand, having been handed a rare Cannes opening spot despite already opening elsewhere, but given that many were waiting for the spectacle of the Cannes showing, its deficiencies were highlighted further.
One lucky bidder lands an 'Oscar experience' with a seat beside Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey into space.
A trip to space with Leonardo Dicaprio has been auctioned off for a magnificent 1.2 million euros which will be donated to the charity amfAR Cinema Against AIDS.
The lucky bidder has landed the chance to be seated next to 'The Great Gatsby' star aboard Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic fleet on an unforgettable trip to the stars. The prize, which was advertised as 'a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with a mystery guest', was sold at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cannes during a dinner/ auction organised by The Weinstein Company's Harvey Weinstein on Thursday night (May 23rd 2013) in benefit of the amfAR foundation. Two other seats on the same flight have been sold for a total of 1.8 million euros. After informing them of his star prize, Weinstein joked to the Hollywood Reporter that some wished he could be jetted off into the galaxy too. 'But only on a one-way ticket', he adds.
On Thursday, amfAR noted that the event brought in a spectacular $25 million; a stark contrast to their $11 million collection last year. But then, with prizes as enviable as a space holiday with the handsome DiCaprio, it's not surprising how much the event goers managed to cough up.
Continue reading: A Seat Beside Leonardo DiCaprio On Space Journey Sells For Millions
Sounds perfecly reasonable.
Have you ever woken up an thought to yourself “I want to fly into space with Leonardo Dicaprio?” Let’s be honest, we all have and, at a charity auction at Cannes this week one lucky (and very, very rich soul) made that dream a reality. A bidder at the AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS gala shelled out $1.5 million for the opportunity to sit next to the Great Gatsby star on a Virgin Galactic flight into space. The package also includes the opportunity to spend three days training alongside DiCaprio in Mexico. Now if that isn’t an incentive to give to charity, we don’t know what is.
Interestingly enough, that wasn’t even the most expensive prize at the auction. Two other seats on the same shuttle went for $2.3 million, according to E!News. And then another $2.3 million went for an exclusive package to see DiCaprio’s new movie Wolf on Wall Street. And we complain about the local movie theater upping their prices!
Though the 2 million pricetag is sort of justified, considering that the package included two tickets to the premiere and afterparty of DiCaprio's upcoming drama 'Wolf on Wall Street' and an Oscar weekend that includes a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a Chopard watch, tickets to the Weinstein party and attending Elton John's annual viewing bash and Vanity Fair's party with Heidi Klum. That is definitely a long list of perks.
Continue reading: Leonardo DiCaprio's $1.6 Million Space Adventure
Maguire opened up to the magazine about his career and The Great Gatsby.
You know how Tobey Maguire always plays the quiet, unassuming guy? The Great Gatsby, even if it was a great decision for Maguire’s career, only seems to have reaffirmed the stereotype. But recently, the actor has been stepping out of the shadow of bigger fish in Hollywood (cough, Leonardo Dicaprio, cough) to carve his own distinct path. Apparently, said path now includes a sort-of gangster image and knuckle dusters that spell out “CALI”. You know, because you always want to engrave your opponent’s face with your place of birth.
We are, of course, talking about Maguire’s recent, post-Gatsby shoot for German magazine Interview. Apart from the crisp white suit, it isn’t entirely clear how the shots are channeling the Gatsby theme, but they sure are funny. One of the snaps shows Maguire’s face superimposed on a bodybuilder’s body, while the cover shows him in the aforementioned white suit, sporting giant, Mickey Mouse-esque hands, The Daily Mail reports. It’s meant to be hilarious, apparently.
It's been a long time since Maguire's Spiderman and things have definitely changed.
Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) is the perfect director to take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel about the American dream, simply because he's an expert at showing the emptiness of hyperactive excess. The film is a feast for the eye from start to finish, but it also eats away at us with its bleak story of people who live the high life even though it leaves them naggingly unsatisfied.
The tale is told by Nick (Maguire), trying to work through his life-changing summer in 1922 Long Island, where he rented a small cottage across the sound from his wealthy cousin Daisy (Mulligan), who is married to his college pal Tom (Edgerton), an all-American sportsman with an eye for other women. Next door to Nick's cottage is the vast mansion owned by reclusive millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), who throws outrageously raucous parties for New York's celebrity class. But Nick realises that Jay only does this to catch the eye of Daisy, because he's still in love with her after a romance five years earlier. Now he wants to take her away from Tom, and he needs Nick's help.
It's tricky to know whether Luhrmann is celebrating Gatsby's luxuriant lifestyle or offering a cautionary tale about the emptiness of materialism. Obviously, the story is trying to do both, and Luhrmann fills the surfaces with decadent extravagance, filling the air with wafting fabric, buckets of glitter and exploding fireworks. Like a lavish 3D pop-up book, the party scenes are wildly over-the-top, as are smaller gatherings in opulent city flats or roaring open-top cars. These people's lives are so vacuous that they live at top speed, always in search of the next thrill. And it's difficult not to see Gatsby's earnest quest as just another greedy acquisition.
Continue reading: The Great Gatsby Review
John Currin's naked portrait of Bea Arthur fetched a cool $2 million on Wednesday in Manhattan.
John Currin's topless portrait of Golden Girls actress Bea Arthur has sold for $2 million at Christie's auction house in Manhattan. The 1991 creation aptly titled 'Bea Arthur Naked' captures the beloved television actress from the waist up and was imagined from a full-clothed photograph of Arthur.
Notes on the auction house's website describe the portrait as "nostalgic and repelling" and clearly somebody agreed on Wednesday evening (May 15, 2013). The piece of work has been the subject of intense controversy in the past, though things took on a strange new turn before the auction when social media editors at the Daily Beast were locked out of their Facebook accounts for posting a photo of the portrait, an action initially considered a violation of terms. In an article titled 'Bea's Arthur Boobs Got Us Booted From Facebook,' social media editor Brian Ries wrote, "For a crime that wasn't a crime. For a so-called offensive image that was an actual piece of art valued at roughly $2 million. Way to go, Facebook people."
Arthur, who died of cancer in 2009 aged 86, won Emmys for her roles in the 1970s and 80s television shows 'Maude' and 'Golden Girls.'
Continue reading: Currin's Naked Painting Of Golden Girls' Bea Arthur Sells For $2 Million
Good guy DiCaprio helps raise money for his own foundation, which aims to protect the environment.
Leonardo Dicaprio is at it again, making everyone fall in love with him yet again, this time by raising an eye-watering amount for his own charity, which deals with environmental issues. The actor stood as a guest auctioneer at Christie’s in New York as the rich and famous bought and sold art all in the name of charity, at an event that took place a month ago but has been kept under wraps by the ever modest actor until now.
The 11th Hour Charity Auction was held on April 13, with DiCaprio the night's co-host with a Christie's regular, with a host of star guests in the audience to held raise some money, including Mark Ruffalo, Salma Hayek and Bradley Cooper. Organisers had first put together the plans to raise money for Leo's foundation, with an initial goal of $18 million set by organisers, who must have been overwhelmed by the actual amount raise - reported to be $38,827,000 (£25.6 million).
Leonardo DiCaprio's efforts more than paid off
Continue reading: Leonardo DiCaprio Helps Raise Close To $39 Million At Art Auction
The Great Gatsby wasn't regarded as the greatest choice to opening the Cannes Film Festival, now it looks an even worse idea.
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival will open on Wednesday (May 15, 2013) with Baz Luhrmann's 3-D version of The Great Gatsby, a throwback to the roaring twenties adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic book of the same name. The announcement caused unrest earlier in the year given that Gatsby would already have been released in the U.S by the time Cannes came round (it was released last week) though there's a couple of other things to worry about.
The Great Gatsby opened in the United States to fairly lacklustre reviews, dampening the buzz surrounding the start of the 12 day Cannes Film Festival. The critics have already seen it. The critics didn't like it very much. "This dreadful film even derogates the artistry of Fitzgerald, who wrote "The Great Gatsby" while living on Long Island and in Europe," said the Wall Street Journal. It holds a score of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Nevertheless, champagne bottles will be popped, deals will be made and Harvey Weinstein will be wandering around deciding which movie to snap up as his next Oscar winner at this year's festival. Stars expected to attend include Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Ryan Gosling, Emma Watson and the legendary Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachan. "This is the hardest 10 days of the year for me. There are always three or four movies that are exceptional and you have to find them so it is a detective job," said Tom Bernard, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics.
We take a look at the reviews to see where it all went wrong
The Hollywood Reporter says women are flocking to the cinemas to see The Great Gatsby.
This wasn’t in the script. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of the roaring twenties, The Great Gatsby, was one of the most anticipated movies of the year. With a huge budget, an all-star cast and various exotic filming locations, Gatsby was supposed to be the film of 2013. Hell, it was even supposed to be the movie that won Leonardo Dicaprio that elusive Oscar for best actor. Sure, that could still happen, but it's hugely unlikely.
One Of The Many Visually Impressive Scenes In The Great Gatsby
There’s no way to avoid the fact that Gatsby has been mauled by the critics. Though some have pointed in the direction of the stunning visuals, it soon became all too clear that Luhrmann forget one key element: Fitzgerald’s classic tale, the best possible material any director could have to work with. “This dreadful film even derogates the artistry of Fitzgerald, who wrote "The Great Gatsby" while living on Long Island and in Europe,” said Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal. J.R Jones of the Chicago Reader said, “Baz Luhrmann is exactly the wrong person to adapt such a delicately rendered story, and his 3D feature plays like a ghastly Roaring 20s blowout at a sorority house.” R. Kurt Oseland of Slant magazine pondered what could have been, saying, “When The Great Gatsby actually stops to breathe, there is some greatness to be found, however brief it may be.”
Continue reading: It Seems Women Could Rescue Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’
Works by British artist Banksy are amongst the pieces up for sale at the auction.
Leonardo Dicaprio, the actor currently doing the promotional rounds for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, is teaming up with Christie's for a charity auction next week to benefit environmental causes. Thirty-three pieces of art will go under the hammer on Monday (May 13, 2013) in New York and could raise $18 million.
"A lot of the works of this quality have never been at auction. We have what we believe are conservative estimates," Loic Gouzer, international specialist at Christie's and the head of the sale, said in an interview, "It is going to be the biggest one-time environmental fundraiser ever," he added. Amongst the pieces up for sale are Zeng Fanzhi's oil canvas The Tiger and Bharti Kher's The Skin Speaks a Language Not It's Own, on fibreglass. Another is Mark Grotjahn's Untitled (Standard Lotus No. II, Bird of Paradise, Tiger Mouth Face 44.01) an oil on cardboard mounted on canvas. Each other three works has a pre-sale estimate of $1.5 million to $2.5 million. Other artists include the Bristol artist Banksy, Peter Beard, Richard Prince and Elizabeth Peyton. "We explained that we wanted great works and they were very reactive because of the cause. The artists are very sensitive to the fact that we are destroying our planet," Gouzer said.
Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie The Great Gatsby hits theaters today. It has received mixed reviews from critics.
Expensive film takes beating from reviewers
Leonardo Dicaprio’s been talking a good game when it comes to his latest collaboration with Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby, but the critics aren’t impressed with the film adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel whatsoever, with the movie receiving a wide range of disapproving comments – worrying news indeed given the hefty budget that’s been spent on it.
“Frenzied and overwrought, Baz Luhrmann'sThe Great Gatsby is a glitz-filled folly” slammed USA Today, with The AV Club offering a more roundabout way of their criticism, writing “A half-reverent, half-travestying adaptation that's campy but not a betrayal, offering a lively take on a familiar work while sacrificing such niceties as structure, character, and nuance.”
Luhrmann’s films have also looked incredibly slick and stylized, but they’ve always managed to pack a fair bit of punch in the script as well which has prevented any of the criticisms currently winging it’s way towards Gatsby. Indeed it seems that a lack of substance is what’s getting most critics goats, withThe Bloomberg News writing “Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is a gaudy, Ritz-sized rhinestone of a movie, more flashy than dazzling, beguiling from some angles and phony to its core” and the Chicago Sun Times commenting “Even when the movie's not working, its style fascinates. That "not working" part is a deal breaker, though ...” Will it affect the film? We’ll find out when it’s released on May 17th.
Continue reading: 'The Great Gatsby' Not So Great Says Unimpressed Critics
In a recent interview, Carey Mulligan talks at length about her latest role in the Great Gatsby and what the whole experience meant for her.
In a brand new interview, Brit-actress Carey Mulligan discussed her latest role in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. In it, she discusses how "daunting" the whole experience of working with Luhrmann and the film's star Leonardo Di Caprio was, and how she always knew that she would be an actor some day.
The rising star explains her in-depth research for the role, including getting to read the letters and diaries of Zelda Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, whom the role of Daisy Buchanan is based. Her emersion into the character didn't end in her research either, as the actress looked the part throughout the film, being dressed in exquisit jewellery throughout filming, something that gave her more attention that she may have anticipated. She said, "There was a man who used to follow me around when I was wearing the Tiffany’s jewellery to make sure I didn’t [steal it] and everytime I made a joke where I’d accidentally drop it down my blouse, he would stare at me with daggers."
Continue reading: Carey Mulligan Discusses Her 'Daunting' Role In The Great Gatsby [Video]
'Inception' star Leonardo Dicaprio discusses his new movie 'The Great Gatsby' directed by Baz Luhrmann. He talks about the impact the original novel had on the world, how he felt reuniting with Baz and the theme of nostalgia in the story.
Continue reading: Leonardo Dicaprio - The Great Gatsby Video Interview
Leonardo Dicaprio, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher are all interviewed by various reporters on the red carpet at the New York premiere for 'The Great Gatsby'. Carey describes the premiere as 'crazy' and revealed she was too scared to get out of the car. Leonardo says that he 'really connected and was fascinated by the loneliness and isolation' of his character Jay Gatsby while Isla Fisher praises director Baz Luhrmann saying that his movies have 'a specific tone and style and pace [which is] what makes them so fabulous'.
Has Lurhmann just got it all wrong?
Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – the fourth cinematic reimaging of its kind – was supposed to be the biggest film of the summer. But if the early reviews are anything to go by, this is going to be one almighty flop.
Continue reading: The Great Gatsby Reviews – Not So Great
As the film's release approaches, the cast and director are just as excited as fans of the novel.
The upcoming release of the highly anticipated The Great Gatsby, due to hit theatres on May 10th and the Cannes Film Festival on the 15th, will see Carey Mulligan in what is arguably her first big budget flick. The actress has made a name in cult favorites like Drive and An Education, but the Gatsby experience was a different one altogether, she says in an interview with the Detroit Free Press – not least of all because it personifies the luxury of the Jazz Age.
“To be wearing literally millions of dollars worth of jewelry every day really lends a quality of elegance, in a way. You feel very kind of expensive when you’re walking about. I’ve never experienced anything like it,” says Mulligan, speaking by phone from London. You can definitely see what she means, even by the trailer alone (which you can watch below). But, while the film’s actors and creators are going all out for the adaptation of the so-called Great American Novel, Aussie director Baz Luhrman has also put in every effort to keep the details of Gatsby completely faithful to the reality of the roaring 20s.
“If someone says, ‘There were no rubber zebras in the 1920s!’, then I have photos of girls in the 1920s holding them,” Luhrmann says in an interview with The Star. “Everything in this film, despite what people might say, has a historical reference. We’re research junkies.”
Continue reading: "The Great Gatsby" May Just Be One Of 2013's Best And Biggest
Baz Luhrmann and F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel appear to be a match made in heaven.
Baz Luhrmann appears to have done it again. The Australian director has long been known for his visually arresting movies, Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge (2001) and Australia (2008) all garnered high praise for aesthetics and his next project The Great Gatsby - easily the most ambitious to date - appears to continue the trend. Firstly we had the trailer - which looked stunning - and now the latest stills from the movie appear to suggest the French filmmaker and F. Scott Fitzgeralds tale of love, power, money and destruct were a match made in heaven.
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby
Actor calls Carey Mulligan one of the great actors of our generation
Leonardo Di Caprio has been talking about forthcoming film The Great Gatsby, going into detail with his relationship with director Baz Luhrmann – who made him a star aged 18 by putting him in Romeo & Juliet – the pressure of taking on such a hugely influential novel in the 1927 F. Scott Fitzgerald tome, and how he got on with his co-star Carey Mulligan.
Leonardo Dicaprio in The Great Gatsby
"Baz and I have remained friends ever since I was 18 years old…We always talked about working together again…” Di Caprio said of his director, going on to praise him: “He came to me and handed me a first edition of The Great Gatsby and said this is one of my life's passions. I have to do it. He's never been afraid to tackle great literature and has this intense desire to put up on screen, great, intense powerful stories. He's a bold filmmaker.”
Leonardo DiCaprio has explained why he fails to hold down serious relationships.
Leonardo Dicaprio has been linked to shall we say 'several' of the world's most beautiful woman. Let's just leave it that. However, the 38-year-old has been unable to hold down a serious relationship for years: why?
The 'Wolf of Wall Street' actor has reportedly dated Bar Refaeli, Erin Heatherton, Blake Lively, Aferdita Dreshaj and Margot Robbie, though he tells the May issue of Esquire that working hard and maintaining a relationship is simply not an easy thing to balance. "Six months of being on location or being off in Morocco or someplace like that is not the best thing for a relationship," he explained.
It's not difficult to take what DiCaprio is saying as the truth. He's easily one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood and since 2006 has starred in Blood Diamond, Body of Lies, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Inception, J. Edgar, Django Unchained and new movies The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street. Despite all that effort, Leonardo still regards himself as being incredibly fortunate to be in the position he's in. "I always thought of myself as the underdog, because I didn't have nice enough clothes or maybe my hair didn't look good" he explained, adding, "And so you have to understand-getting your foot in the door is like winning the lottery. It's literally like winning the lottery if you get to have a career [In Hollywood]."
Continue reading: Leonardo DiCaprio Blames Hollywood For His Bevy Of Beauties
We take a look at the Django Unchained cast that could have been
Django Unchained caused controversy even before it came out, with people questioning whether Quentin Tarantino should be making a film about slavery, especially considering it was a comedy drama, and was very, very gory.
Tarantino does what Tarantino does, though. And he does whatever he wants. Having made people laugh about Nazi-occupied France and slavery in the southern belt of America, the legendary director will helm a third historical film, completing a trilogy of sorts. But with with all the gun violence and racial tension surrounding the film – a film that won multiple awards – the casting secrets were never revealed.
Quentin Tarantino talks to The Texas Film Hall of Fame
Continue reading: Django Unchained: The Alternative Cast That Never Was
Oscars Snubs: We unveil our Alternate Academy Awards winners
Imagine for a minute an alternate Academy Awards. An Oscars ceremony that decided against rewarding biopics, inaccurate thrillers and lightweight sort-of-indie flicks mainly directed by David O'Russell. This Sunday (February 24, 2013), a rather predictable bunch of nominees will take their seats at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
Daniel Day-Lewis will take home Best Actor, Spielberg will probably add to his collection of Best Director gongs, hell, maybe grumps himself Tommy Lee Jones will snatch a prize. It begs the question: is this really a collection of the very best performances and movies of the year? We present to you our alternate Academy Awards - who missed out on a nomination, though wouldn't have looked out of place with the golden statuette in their hand?
It doesn’t really matter whether Quentin Tarantino films win at the Oscars or not; the director is lucky enough that he’s at the stage where every film he releases becomes obsessed about, pored over and dissected in immense detail by everyone from the critics to the fans to the industry itself. Django Unchained is no different, a film that’s being taken seriously simply because it bears the name of the maverick director.
Well, good news for everyone who enjoys prodding and probing every aspect of Tarantino’s films – the Django Unchained actors have been just as inquisitive about the film that they’ve helped to get nominated for the Oscar best picture this month. A nine-minute Django Unchained featurette has appeared on YouTube, featuring clips of Leonardo Dicaprio et al waxing lyrical about Tarantino’s dialogue and way of working. Some clips have been taken from the various rounds of promotional press they’ve all been doing, but some of its new, and it’s fascinating to see these big stars speak with child-like fandom about their work of the director.
There isn’t anything of Tarantino himself however, apart from shots of him working on the set of the warped spaghetti western. Furthermore, it’s unclear where this featurette is planned to be released, meaning that for now all you have to enjoy it on is YouTube. Which you can, below.
It looks like Benedict Cumberbatch may have lined himself up yet another hotly sought after role as he has emerged as the front runner to take on the role of Alan Turing in an upcoming biopic.
According to Deadline, the Sherlock star, who is currently filming The Fifth Estate - in which he plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - now looks set to take on the role of the Enigma-breaker after Leonardo Dicaprio pulled out of the role. DiCaprio had long been considered for the role of Turing, but following his recent announcement that he is to take time off from acting it looks as though Brit-actor Cumberbatch will be the man for the role. The biopic will be based on Graham Moore's account of Turing's life, The Imitation Game.
Turing was something of a forgotten hero in British history until recent years, greatly aiding Britain's war effort against the Nazis by helping break the Germans' 'unbreakable' Enigma code, used to send commands between military posts. Also considered to be the father of modern computing, Turing's life ended in tragedy after he was convicted of gross indecency seven years after the war for being part of a (then illegal) homosexual relationship. 2001's Enigma was based loosely on the Bletchley Park's codebreakers triumphs during the war, but was heavily criticised for writing out Turing in favour of a heterosexual man named Jericho.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch To Star As Alan Turing In New Biopic?
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch looks set to take on the role of World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing in an upcoming biopic about the Bletchley Park genius, Deadline have revealed.
Initially it had been thought that Leonardo Dicaprio would be the man to take on Turing in the adaptation of Graham Moor's book The Imitation Game, but given his recent declaration that he is to take a step back from filming for the time being, it looks as though Cumberbatch may be the man for the job.
2001's Enigma was the last film to concentrate on the war-winning efforts of the Bletchley Park decryption centre workers, although in that film Turing, a homosexual criminalised for his sexual preferences in 1952, was writen out in favour of a heterosexual character named Jericho. A move that drew grave criticism from critics and Turing-enthusiasts alike.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch To Take On Alan Turing Role?
Joanna Lumley, known mostly for her role as the hilariously loathsome narcissist Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous, alongside Jennifer Saunders, was celebrated with a Special Recognition Award last night at the National Television Awards.
She was lauded by her lovely co-star, Saunders, as well as multi-award winning director Martin Scorsese who worked with Lumley last year on Wolf of Wall Street (set to be released this year) via a series of clips in which they praised her. David Cameron was also in that number, although as a supporter of the Green Party that may not be received by Lumley with quite the emotion of her friends.
In Wolf of Wall Street a co-star of hers is Leonardo Dicaprio, whom she is seen kissing in the movie - a clip of which was played at the awards. Despite Ab Fab being one of her most iconic roles, she has also cropped up in a huge number of other roles including James and the Giant Peach, Ella Enchanted, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
Leonardo Dicaprio might currently be enjoying the glory of Oscar-nominated Django Unchained. And he may shortly be hitting our screens in the highly anticipated Baz Luhrman adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Apparently, though, DiCaprio wants to take a break from acting, as he told German publication Bild recently.
“I'm a little bit drained. I am now going to take a long, long break,” he told them (translation courtesy of Wenn). When he was asked what he might do with his time off, he revealed that he’d like to “improve the world a bit” and talked about his love for environmental activism. Theoretically speaking, DiCaprio could well be in a position to take a well-earned break pretty soon (he’s been acting in movies and on TV since 1990). There’s been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing with The Great Gatsby and he was back in Australia recently re-filming some of his scenes for that but once all of the promo for Luhrman’s ambitious creation is out of the way, he just has Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street to fulfill his obligations for.
DiCaprio’s 38 now and has recently ended his relationship with Erin Heatherton. Maybe a break from acting is just what he needs to take some time out, reassess and possibly even shake off that ‘permanent bachelor’ tag he seems to have landed himself.
Continue reading: "I'm A Little Drained" - Leonardo DiCaprio Taking A Break From Acting?
Tarantino takes an unusually comical approach to a provocative topic, and the result is as controversial as expected. And also startlingly hilarious. At its core, this is another revenge-themed thriller, but Tarantino's snappy, constantly surprising aproach spirals out to explore racial issues over the past 150 years with humour, drama and, of course, grisly violence.
Set two years before the American Civil War in 1858 Texas, the story centres on bounty hunter Schultz (Waltz), who offers the slave Django (Foxx) what seems like a fantasy job: to work with him to capture white criminals dead or alive. Usually dead. Sure enough, everyone is shocked to see a black man not only riding a horse but carrying a gun. When Django helps find three notorious outlaw brothers, he earns his freedom, and Schultz then offers to help free Django's enslaved wife (Washington). This involves staging an elaborate sting on her owner, the bloodthirsty Mississippi plantation owner Calvin (DiCaprio), who runs a ring of slaves who fight each other to the death. But Calvin's butler Stephen (Jackson) suspects that something is up.
Waltz and Foxx have terrific chemistry in the central roles, with Waltz's lively intelligence bouncing off Foxx's physical and emotional intensity. This gives the film an underlying drive that keeps us engaged through the blood-soaked violence as well as the more slapstick-style sequences (a KKK raid led by Johnson and Hill feels like a lost sequence from Blazing Saddles). But Tarantino's screenplay is beautifully constructed to even out the tone with exciting action, harrowing nastiness and some darkly involving drama. All while quietly exploring the twisted history of racial relations in America.
Continue reading: Django Unchained Review
Jason Clarke may be treading in Jessica Chastain’s shadows when it comes to praise for Zero Dark Thirty but he’s fast being recognised as a rising star in Hollywood. In an interview with Comingsoon.net, the interviewer remarks that on watching another on-screen pairing between Clarke & Chastain (Lawless, which came out before ZD30), he realised that Clarke is one of those actors that’s in tons of movies, but you probably don’t know who he is yet.
With a knowing smirk on his face, Jason Clarke explains how he got involved in Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial movie. “Heard about it going on,” he reveals, “really wanted to be part of it, because you realise it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something so relevant.” Since the interview took place, Zero Dark Thirty has become embroiled in controversy, over its portrayal of various torture tactics used by the CIA to get information out of their captives. Clarke’s character Dan is an integral part of those powerfully dramatic scenes and we reckon it won’t be long before he starts getting the roles and the recognition that he deserves.
The Aussie actor can be seen later this year in the highly-anticipated and long-delayed version of The Great Gatsby, due out in May. He plays the role of George Wilson, alongside Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire. Jason Clarke’s light will not be hidden under that bushel for much longer!
Continue reading: Who Is Jason Clarke? Introducing Zero Dark Thirty's Rising Star
And they’d better get a move on because the film’s due out in May, after being delayed to ensure it “reached the largest audience possible,” the BBC reports. The Bullitts tweeted the news the other day, letting the world know that he and his musical companion are busy working on the music for Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy adaptation.
“Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!” came the tweet. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, given that the trailer released for the movie already features Jay Z and Kanye West’s ‘No Church In The Wild.’ There’s been no official word from Jay Z on the matter but we’re excited to hear what he’s created for Luhrmann’s movie.
Continue reading: Delayed Version Of The Great Gatsby Will Feature Jay Z Score
With Tom Cruise on the bill, a film is almost guaranteed to do well, but Jack Reacher had already hit problems when fans were disappointed by the 5ft 7 actor playing a man meant to be at least 6ft as well as being pushed back a week out of respect after the tragic shooting in Newtown. It opened its first week at number two in the box office, but dropped to fifth place this week, beaten by The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Django Unchained and Parental Guidance. With those initial setbacks and some seriously stiff competition at the cinema, the mixed reviews certainly won't be helping it out either.
The Radio Times describes it as "underwhelming" adding that "Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie... piles on the shoot-'em-up clichés and corny dialogue." The Financial Times gives it a mere two stars saying that it's "It's high-gloss tripe with noir pretensions." And no one seems to get away without being lampooned as the New York Times criticizes Cruise noting that "Reacher is a character Mr. Cruise could play in his sleep, which is pretty much what he does."
In contrast, however, the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw was fairly generous, with three stars he describes it as an "outrageous but entertaining pulp-melodrama thriller." And Empire Magazine enjoyed it too, according to them "Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise deliver on their promise, with a witty, violent take on Reacher that makes up for its lack of height with an abundance of smarts and thrills."
Continue reading: Tom Cruise Underwhelms As Jack Reacher
Leonardo Dicaprio has been spotted partying on a yacht with his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill. And frankly, who can blame him? He’s 38, he’s one of the most famous Hollywood stars on the planet, he just recently split from his girlfriend Erin Heatherton. All signs point to party, right!?
Leo and Jonah went out for a spin in the yacht, cruising around Sydney Harbour, with a bunch of bikini clad women. Actually, some of the women ended up less ‘bikini-clad’ as ‘not-so-bikini-clad’ by the end of the trip but hey, it’s Australia, it’s hot, the girls have got to keep cool, right? Absolutely nothing to do with a low-rent attempt at attracting the attention of two Hollywood movie stars, right? I mean, they probably didn’t even KNOW that Leo had just split up with Erin recently, right?
Leonardo was back in Australia after being summoned to the country to re-film some scenes for The Great Gatsby. Even though a second, stunning trailer has been released for the movie, it seems that director Baz Luhrmann is still putting the finishing touches to his ambitious 3D venture. Still, Mr DiCaprio’s work schedule couldn’t have been too hectic, is he found time to lap up the winter sun and take in the… erm… local sights.
The ability to not only play bold, complex heroes, but deplorable villains, too, is the hallmark of a great actor. Leonardo Dicaprio enjoys a turn as Calvin Candie - a slave owener - in Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Django Unchained, and he's been talking to Today about the experience, and the character who most certainly falls under the latter of those two categories.
"He's the most deplorable human being I've ever read in a screenplay in my life," DiCaprio told Willie Geist on TODAY Thursday. "He was rotting from the inside. He was, you know, a young Louis the XIV that had been brought into a world of entitlement and lived his life ... essentially owning other people." One of the biggest criticism of the film, or should we say only, is the 'excessive' use of the 'N-Word', which some consider to be overt and offensive, and others consider to be an accurate representation of the time. DiCaprio hasn't expressed a view either way, but did have trouble uttering the word on set, initially. "It was Sam Jackson and Jamie Foxx that said, 'You really have to go all the way with this man,'" he explained about confronting his fears. "It was an incredibly colorful character and I just had to ... I had to play him."
And play him he did, although, with perhaps a bit too much gusto, as he managed to cut himself on a broken wineglass whilst gesticulating as the nasty plantation owner. "The choice was I supposed to go on and finish my speech or not, and then I noticed that blood was pouring everywhere," he said. "It was very interesting to see Quentin's and Jamie's reaction off screen."
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