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DiCaprio and Jonah Hill: Django Unchained co-stars
on Sydney Harbour...
DiCaprio and Jonah Hill enjoyed the weather during
a boat trip on Sydney Harbour last Friday. The Django
Unchained co-stars were with Hollywood friends Lukas
Haas and Kevin Connolly. Girls about were in bikinis
of course. Earlier in the day they arrived in lear
jet with Jamie Foxx, which Media Man understands was
organised by our friends at The Star (parent company
Echo Entertainment), where the celebrities will be
spending New Year's Eve tonight. They'll be joining
a swag of other stars including Chace Crawford, Matthew
Morrison, Colton Haynes and Samantha Ronson, who will
be likely making appearances at Marquee, with a possibility
of ducking into Cherry and grabbing a few drinks.
We heard a little something about James Bond or Bond
girls, but more on that later. Maybe later Leo and
friends might play a bit of poker too.
New Year's Eve is done and dusted many will fly back
to the U.S so they can also enjoy NYE celebrations
on their own soil. Hollywood or Las Vegas anyone?
DiCaprio Filming The Great Gatsby In Sydney, by Greg
Tingle - 1st November 2011
DiCaprio had enjoyed his first appearance on the Sydney
set of The Great Gatsby yesterday.
megastar, who portrays millionaire Jay Gatsby, walked
around the White Bay set with co-star Tobey Maguire.
understood they worked on matters such as rehearsing
lines. They two were also seen in a vintage yellow
auto to shoot a scene while driving.
was looking dashing in this three-piece suit. Make
no mistake, he's the picture perfect Hollywood leading
man, but is anyone looking to topple 'Our Leo', we
Great Gatsby is a Baz Luhrmann-directed film which
has some key scenes shot in Sydney's inner west (Balmain
- Rozelle region), with production budget in the region
of $88 million. Word is budget may be raised if need
be, such is the importance of the project.
abandoned White Bay power station has been recreated
to resemble a wasteland on the outskirts of 1920's
understand the movie will pour about $120 million
into the New south Wales economy over the four-month
project is a real shot in the arm for the entertainment
industry with about 1300 people working on the film
in some capacity, including 275 full-time crew and
150 in post-production.
locations in Sydney include Fox Studios at Moore Park,
Rozelle - White Bay, but we're yet to know the location
of the mansion which will home 'Our Leo's' character.
and co-star Tobey Maguire have been enjoying their
time on set and have been rehearsing lines and leaving
nothing to chance.
looked dashing in a period suit and trim straw hat,
right out of the 20s. Maguire was right there next
to him, playing perceptive narrator and character
Nick Carraway, seeing right through the deceptiveness
and flaws of Jay Gatsby.
appears to have caught Leonardo DiCaprio fever in
a big way. Expect to hear all sorts of gossip on the
man today - Melbourne Cup Day. We're betting that
The Great Gatsby will prove to be some of the greatest
work ever by DiCaprio, much of the cast and of course
by celebrated director, Mark Anthony "Baz"
Star Casino Hosts Leonardo DiCaprio; Casino VIP Super
Whale With Models, by Greg Tingle
and insider reports state Leo is dating Sydney model
Alyce Crawford, Murdoch's The Daily Tele... that Leonardo
DiCaprio has been gifted a whole floor at The Star
(formally Star City Casino) to live in during his
been bunkered down there since passing on his former
Vaucluse digs because of privacy issues (unwelcome
paps), casino spies have revealed that Echo Entertainment
top brass Larry Mullin was so keen to get DiCaprio
under their roof that a whole floor was transformed
into a luxury super-suite.
were moved," said our friend at The Star, who
reckons the famous actor has a private entrance to
his Astral Tower pad to evade the paparazzi.
entire thing was refurbished and rebuilt from scratch.
It cost a fortune but the directive was 'spare no
about the plush situation for 'Our Leo' at Star, Tabcorp:
does apparently say G'day on occasion with casino
workers and others who cross his path.
was spotted in Black By Ezard and kept his cap on
and head down and didn't engage with anyone. And a
few nights later Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman
was in there and couldn't have been nicer," said
the deep throat.
was chatting to staff and taking pictures and having
a great time. It was interesting to see the difference."
ex-girlfriend Blake Lively has moved on, as has Bar
Refaeli, with the model photographed in an embrace
with Pierre Sarkozy, 25, the son of French Prez Nicolas
Sarkozy, at the Paris nightclub Rasputin.
tuned as Media
Man and its ever growing "spy" network.
As 'Our Leo' says, 'Catch Me If You Can' (and no,
it won't likely be at The Star casino).
DiCaprio to star in Casino
Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is a three-time
Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning
American actor who garnered world wide fame for his
role as Jack Dawson in Titanic. DiCaprio has starred
in many other successful feature films including William
Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Beach (2000),
Catch Me If You Can (2002), and Blood Diamond (2006).
He has appeared in Martin Scorsese's recent films,
including Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004),
and The Departed (2006), causing people to compare
this relationship to the one actor Robert De Niro
benefited from early on in his career.
DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles, California, the
son of George DiCaprio, an underground comic artist
and distributor of comic books, and Irmelin Indenbirken,
a former legal secretary. His mother moved from Oer-Erkenschwick,
Germany, to the U.S. during her childhood, while his
father is of half Italian and half German descent.
DiCaprio's parents met while attending college together
and subsequently moved to Los Angeles. He was named
after artist Leonardo da Vinci, as his pregnant mother
was standing in front of a da Vinci painting at a
museum in Italy when DiCaprio first kicked.
parents divorced when he was one year old. He lived
mostly with his mother, although his father was also
around. During his childhood, he attended Canterbury
Elementary School. He was interested in baseball cards,
comic books and frequently visited museums, with his
father. He also spent part of his childhood in Germany,
where his maternal grandparents, Wilhelm and Helene,
still lived. DiCaprio and his mother lived in several
neighborhoods, such as Echo Park.
his teen years, he lived at 1874 Hillhurst Avenue,
Los Feliz district of Los
Angeles, California (which was later converted
into a local public library) and his mother worked
several jobs to support them. He attended John Marshall
High School, a few blocks away, before attending the
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.
was inspired to become an actor after Adam Starr,
a stepson of his father’s from his father's
re-marriage, began appearing in commercials. DiCaprio
began looking for an agent at the age of twelve, but
was initially turned down several times; one agent
suggested that he anglicize his name to “Lenny
Williams”, which DiCaprio rejected.
acting career began in 1989 when he was cast in the
role of Garry Buckman on the TV version of the film
Parenthood, where he met Tobey Maguire, with whom
he remains close friends. In that same year, DiCaprio
appeared on the soap opera Santa Barbara in the role
of Mason Capwell (in flashbacks as a teenager). From
1991 to 1992 he had the role of Luke Brower, a homeless
boy, on Growing Pains.
DiCaprio is most famous for his roles in motion pictures.
His debut role was as Josh in Critters 3 (1991), a
film with a limited theatrical release, which was
released on video soon after.
years later, his breakthrough came with the role of
Toby in This Boy's Life (1993) co-starring with Robert
De Niro and Ellen Barkin, which led the New York Film
Critics and the National Society of Film Critics to
name him runner-up for Best Supporting Actor. In the
same year he also portrayed a mentally handicapped
boy in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). The role
earned him an Academy Award nomination at the age
1995, he starred in Total Eclipse, a fictionalized
account of the passionate and violent homosexual relationship
between the two 19th century French poets, Paul Verlaine
(David Thewlis) and Arthur Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio).
River Phoenix was originally cast as the lead in the
film, but after his 1993 death, DiCaprio was cast.
black-and-white movie Don's Plum, a low-budget drama
featuring the actor and some of his friends (including
Tobey Maguire) was filmed between 1995 and 1996. Its
release was later blocked in the United States and
Canada by DiCaprio and Maguire, who argued they never
intended to make it a theatrical feature. Nevertheless,
it later premiered on February 9, 2001 in Berlin.
1995 he starred as Jim Carroll, a heroin addict in
The Basketball Diaries. In 1996, DiCaprio also played
the male lead in Romeo + Juliet, a slick and updated
modern-day version of William Shakespeare's play,
directed by Australian director Baz Luhrmann. DiCaprio
was reportedly so dedicated to the project, he flew
coach class, for free to Australia a year before production
started to workshop the film. Following Romeo + Juliet,
in 1996 DiCaprio starred in Marvin's Room along side
Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton.
move from "star" to "superstar"
came when DiCaprio played Jack Dawson in the 1997
blockbuster Titanic, the highest grossing movie ever
(in nominal terms—adjusted for inflation it
is the sixth highest in the United States, while remaining
the highest grossing movie worldwide). It also received
eleven Academy Awards. Over the course of the next
few years he would become a household name worldwide,
synonymous with labels such as "teenage heart-throb"
and sex symbol. People placed him in their annual
"Most Beautiful People" issue on numerous
occasions. At the peak of his celebrity in 1998, DiCaprio
fronted scores of magazine covers ranging from Vanity
Fair to Rolling Stone, and was once the most searched
for personality in the early years of the Internet.
DiCaprio agreed to play the spoof role of his real
life "teen idol" persona during this period,
in Woody Allen's satirical parody, Celebrity. What
came apropos with fame were tales in the tabloids
of excesses and indulgence. In the Japanese media,
he was referred to as Leo-sama (???), with the "sama"
suffix given to show the utmost respect. Time summed
up the fame superhighway and its trappings in an interview
with the actor in 2000, reporting:
DiCaprio still thinks of himself as an edgy indie
actor, not the Tiger Beat cover boy. "I have
no connection with me during that whole Titanic Phenomenon
and what my face became around the world," DiCaprio
commented, adding, "I'll never reach that state
of popularity again, and I don't expect to. It's not
something I'm going to try to achieve either."
the headlines and controversy failed to let up, peaking
when he starred in a project by Danny Boyle based
on Alex Garland's backpacker cult classic The Beach
that year. Because of clashes with the Thai authorities
over the use of the island of Ko Phi Phi in 1999,
the film garnered more bad press than expected. It
was reported that permission granted to the film company
to physically alter the environment inside Phi Phi
Islands National Park was illegal. In the end, the
film also did not score as well as expected at the
box office, losing mainstream commercial appeal due
to its content.
Critically acclaimed acting
2002, DiCaprio began a shift away from his stereotypical
image and moved to engage himself with critically
acclaimed directors by starring in two epic movies:
Gangs of New York (directed by Martin Scorsese), and
Catch Me If You Can (directed by Steven
Spielberg). Both films were very well received
by critics. Forging a collaboration with Scorsese,
the two paired again for a biopic of American businessman
Howard Hughes in The Aviator, a film that scored DiCaprio
a second Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor.
continued his run with Scorsese (some claim him to
be Scorsese's "new De Niro") in the 2006
film The Departed as Billy Costigan, a smart undercover
cop in Boston. His next film was Blood Diamond, released
on December 8, 2006. While the film itself received
mixed reviews, DiCaprio was praised for the authenticity
of his Zimbabwean Afrikaaner accent, known as a difficult
accent of English to emulate. He is also reported
to have purchased the rights to Blink, Malcolm Gladwell's
book on the power and validity of first impressions,
in order to produce a film based on it.
Cruise's film production company, is said to be
developing a screenplay based on Erik Larson's New
York Times bestseller The Devil in the White City,
about H. H. Holmes, a serial killer at the 1893 Chicago
World's Fair. Meanwhile, DiCaprio's production company,
Appian Way Productions, is also developing a film
about Holmes and the World's Fair, in which DiCaprio
2006, the Golden Globes and Broadcast Film Critics
Association nominated DiCaprio twice in the same category:
Best Actor for Blood Diamond and The Departed, which
is an extremely rare honor for actors. Also in the
same year, he received two nominations for the Screen
Actors Guild Awards, a lead actor nomination for Blood
Diamond and a supporting actor nomination for The
Departed. He earned an Oscar nomination for lead actor
in Blood Diamond and a BAFTA nod for lead actor for
working in two Warner
Brothers films, DiCaprio will again star in a
WB production for a film about the collapse of Enron,
based on the book Conspiracy of Fools. The film's
script is currently under negotiations.
is also reportedly attached to a number of other upcoming
projects, including The Chancellor Manuscript, Stephen
Gaghan’s Blink, a biopic of LSD-spokesperson
Professor Timothy Leary, and two projects in collaboration
with Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island, an adaptation
of a novel by Dennis Lehane, and The Rise of Theodore
Roosevelt. All projects are in the developmental stages.
March 22, 2007, DiCaprio signed on to re-team with
his Titanic co-star, Kate Winslet, on an adaptation
of Richard Yates’s critically-lauded 1961 novel
Revolutionary Road. The film of the same name is being
directed by Winslet’s husband, Sam Mendes and
was adapted for the screen by Justin Haythe. They
are currently shooting in New
addition to an already impressive career, DiCaprio
is currently ranked the 5th Best Working Actor Today
by The Screen Directory. In May 2007, DiCaprio was
listed among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential
People in The World.
committed environmentalist, DiCaprio has received
praise from environmental
groups for opting to fly on commercial flights instead
of chartering private jets, which use more fuel. He
has also mentioned that he drives a hybrid car and
that his house has solar panels. His actions have
inspired other celebrities, such as Orlando Bloom
and Penelope Cruz. In an article in Ukula about his
new film 11th Hour (which he co-wrote, co-produced
and narrated), DiCaprio cites global warming as "the
number one environmental challenge." DiCaprio
and former vice-president Al Gore announced at the
ceremony that the Oscars had incorporated environmentally
intelligent practices throughout the planning and
production processes, thus affirming their commitment
to the environment. On July 7, 2007, DiCaprio presented
at the American leg of Live
Earth. During the 2004 Presidential election,
DiCaprio campaigned and donated to John Kerry's presidential
1998, he and his mother donated $35,000 for a state-of-the-art
“Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center” at
the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library
(1874 Hillhurst Avenue) which happens to be the site
of his childhood home. It was rebuilt after the 1994
Northridge earthquake, and opened in early 1999. There
are commemorative placards and curious fans are welcomed
at the library.
the filming of Blood Diamond, DiCaprio worked with
24 orphaned children from the SOS Children's Village
in Maputo, Mozambique, and was said to be extremely
touched by his interactions with the children.
owns a home in Los Angeles and an apartment in New
York. He bought an island in Belize where he is planning
to create an eco-friendly resort.
January, 2008, extradition processes began against
Aretha Wilson, 37, who escaped to Toronto, Canada
after seriously injuring Leonardo DiCaprio with a
broken beer bottle at a June 20, 2005 Hollywood Hills
party. She also has pending aggravated assault cases.
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor, What's Eating
Gilbert Grape (1993)
* Nominated: Best Actor, The Aviator (2004)
* Nominated: Best Actor, Blood Diamond (2006)
* Nominated: Best Actor, The Aviator (2005)
* Nominated: Best Actor, The Departed (2007)
Golden Globe Award
* Nominated: Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture,
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1994)
* Nominated: Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, Titanic
* Nominated: Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, Catch
Me If You Can (2003)
* Won: Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, The Aviator
* Nominated: Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, The
* Nominated: Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, Blood
Diamond (2007) (Credit:
DiCaprio official website
DiCaprio Official Eco-site
DiCaprio Environmental Eleventh Hour film site
and the environment
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