Stars including singers Bono and Robin Thicke and supermodel Cara Delevingne helped raise more than $25 million (£14.7 million) for Leonardo DiCaprio's charity at a party in St. Tropez, France on Wednesday (23Jul14). The Titanic actor threw a star-studded bash in the French resort to boost funds for his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and the event attracted a slew of celebrities including Selena Gomez and Jared Leto.
An auction was held at the town's Domaine Bertaud Belieu winery, and the lots included a Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, which sold for more than $673,000 (£395,882), and a Damien Hirst artwork which fetched $6 million (£3.5 million).
U2 frontman Bono auctioned off a guitar and also performed for guests, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The inaugural fundraising gala was in aid of DiCaprio's foundation, which aims to protect the environment and save endangered species.
Joanna Lumley is convinced she was bottom of Martin Scorsese's list when he was casting her character in The Wolf Of Wall Street after Dame Julie Andrews passed on the part. The Absolutely Fabulous actress appeared alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar-nominated movie as Aunt Emma, but she was not the first choice for the job.
The role was first offered to Andrews, but she had to turn it down because she was still recovering from ankle surgery, and Lumley has now revealed it was also offered to fellow British actress Dame Eileen Atkins before she was eventually considered.
She tells Britain's The Times Magazine, "My take on the story is that Julie Andrews couldn't do it and Eileen Atkins was asked but couldn't do it, and then, maybe after 20 people, it came to me. But I don't care. Never mind when someone drops out or someone doesn't want to do it, just get the part. Yeah, lovely."
Maybe 2015 will finally be Leonardo DiCaprio's year (we know, we say that every year, but here's hoping). In addition to reuniting with Jonah Hill to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewel, Deadline reports that the Oscar nominee has signed on to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's adaptation of The Revenant, which is slated to be released next fall. The film, based on the novel by Michael Punke, will see DiCaprio play Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a bear and then robbed and left for dead by some of his cohorts. However, Glass survives both attacks and embarks on a journey to enact revenge on the people who betrayed him. The Revenant is being described as a gritty action thriller, which makes it an unusual choice for both DiCaprio and Inarritu, as both are fixtures on the awards circuit, and tend to stay away from the more stereotypical action films.
While DiCaprio has made a few action films and thrillers over the course of his career — most notably The Departed and Shutter Island with longtime collaborator Martin Scorsese — he tends to stick with grander, more awards-friendly fare, and the few action films he has made heavily feature a psychological element, as those seem to be the kind of thrillers that the Academy likes best. And while Babel had some thrilling, action-heavy moments in it, Inarritu is still primarily known for his work with serious, slightly cerebral films, which is why neither of them seem to be the first choice for a film that sounds like a perfect opportunity for Liam Neeson to break out his most threatening growl.
The most likely explanation for DiCaprio and Inarritu's involvement is that the film has a great screenplay that attracted both of them to the project, but it also seems as if the Academy's attitude towards action films are shifting, which may have given them the incentive to sign on to a big-budget thriller. The big winner at this year's Oscars was Gravity, a sci-fi survival film that, thanks in part to Alfonso Cuaron's direction and a couple of A-List actors, was both critically-acclaimed and a major box office success. All Is Lost, a more artistic take on the typical survival narrative also did well this year. Although it missed out on the Oscars, it still received a great deal of attention and acclaim. Plus, there's also the fact that the current crop of action stars are older men with established careers — led, of course, by Neeson, himself an Oscar nominee — and all of these factors seem to signal a shift in the Academy's perspective.
Survival stories like the one at the center of The Revenant have a strong, emotional thread to connect all the action sequences, as well as the opportunity for character development, and the chance for an actor to transform himself for the role. Therefore, it's not a big surprise that more acclaimed actors and directors are exploring the genre, as it allows them to make a dark, emotional or inspiring film while also differentiating their project from the long line of sentimental, Oscar-baiting films that hit theaters every fall. For Oscar fixtures like DiCaprio, it also gives them the opportunity to step into a role that's different than the ones that have come before it. His most memorable roles are always the ones that show a different side of him, whether that side is a drug-fueled criminal, a sadistic plantation owner or a lovesick teenager, and since Hugh Glass is a completely new kind of character for him, we wouldn't be surprised if he quickly joined the roster of iconic DiCaprio roles.
In addition, well-respected filmmakers like DiCaprio and Inarritu lend the movie a much-needed air of gravitas, which will help convince audiences and Academy members alike to give The Revenant a chance instead of dismissing it outright. Cuaron had already earned a great deal of critical acclaim over the course of his career, and that likely played a large role in helping Oscar voters take the film seriously as an awards contender, rather than ignoring a great film on the basis of its genre. Similarly, All Is Lost benefited from an Oscar-winning writer and a star turn by Robert Redford, both of which helped draw attention to the movie so that it didn't get completely lost in the awards season shuffle. Having both DiCaprio and Inarritu on board helps The Revenant enter the Oscar conversation even before it starts filming, and that kind of buzz could help people see it as more than just another action film.
The A-List team behind The Revenant seems to signal that the trend of high-brow action films is likely to stick around, and it might be just what the Academy needs to change the way it looks at genre films. Besides, a gritty action thriller might just be what DiCaprio has needed all along.
Bosses at movie theatres in Novosibirsk, Russia have been fined for screening Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated movie The Wolf Of Wall Street. Local officials accused the cinema owners of drug-use propaganda by showing the film and ordered them to pay the equivalent of $113,000 (£70, 600).
The ruling follows a complaint from officers at Siberia's Federal Service for Narcotics Control, who felt the movie "reflected a subculture of drug abusers" and idealised the use of illegal drugs, according to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.
The film features Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life con artist, stockbroker and wild man Jordan Belfort and features scenes of debauchery, sex and drug-taking.
Actor Channing Tatum is reportedly in talks to make his directorial debut with a movie adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel The Son. The book will be released in Norway on Thursday (20Mar14) and in the U.S. in May (14) and the Magic Mike star and his producing partner Reid Carolin are hoping to make the story their next project, according to Deadline.com.
Warner Bros. movie executives are also hoping Tatum will star in the movie, which centres on a man who is sent to prison after he takes the blame for crimes committed by others.
This isn't the first novel by the Norwegian author that is set to be adapted for the big screen - Martin Scorsese is attached to develop a film based on The Snowman and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Blood On Snow, which Nesbo wrote under the pseudonym Tom Johansson.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Comedienne Chelsea Handler was once left unable to move at a party at Jane Fonda's house after taking a double dose of Quaaludes. The This Means War star reveals she decided to try the body-paralysing drug after being offered the substance by a friend - but the depressant turned her into a mess.
She tells U.S. shockjock Howard Stern, "I went over to Jane Fonda's house one night and I did a Quaalude. I had never done a Quaalude before. My friend had one. She gave me two Quaaludes. Jane has these dance parties. So I took both of them and that was a disaster.
"I'm a pretty good drinker, I know how to handle myself. I couldn't move (after this). Every time I'd get up I'd fall back down!"
Handler shared her drug dilemma with the legendary actress and was pleasantly surprised by her calm reaction.
She says, "I told Jane that I took two Quaaludes and she said, 'Well then you better sit down and not get up for a while.' She didn't care. She's super cool."
But Handler insists she's done with mind-altering substances and claims she will simply stick to alcohol from now on: "I'm 39 now. I can't do all those drugs anymore."
The funnywoman isn't the only celebrity to confess to taking Quaaludes - director Martin Scorsese once took the drug for a plane flight and used his own experience to help Leonardo DiCaprio act out a scene in The Wolf of Wall Street, in which his Jordan Belfort character finds himself stuck at a country club when the drug kicks in.
Bourne director Paul Greengrass is to be honoured for his moviemaking achievements at Britain's upcoming Jameson Empire Awards. The British filmmaker, who directed two of Matt Damon's Bourne blockbusters, is to receive the Empire Inspiration Award at the annual ceremony in London next month (Mar14).
Greengrass' drama Captain Phillips also looks set to be a big winner at the prizegiving after scoring five nominations, including a Best Director nod for the moviemaker and a mention in the Best Film category.
The picture will go up against 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the top trophy.
Captain Phillips' star Tom Hanks will also compete for the Best Actor trophy with Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), James McAvoy (Filth), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street), and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug).
The Best Actress trophy will be fought out between Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
The competitors for Best British Film include Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Filth, Rush, Sunshine On Leith and The World's End.
The awards, which are voted for by film fans, will be handed out on 30 March (14).
Leonardo DiCaprio was tasked with convincing Daniel Day-Lewis to come out of retirement for Gangs Of New York, because director Martin Scorsese felt sure he would be able to talk the movie great into playing Bill 'the Butcher' Cutting in the film. DiCaprio agreed to meet with Day-Lewis in New York and the two actors went for a stroll through Central Park.
In an online Screen Actors Guild interview on Friday night (21Feb14), The Wolf of Wall Street star revealed he spent weeks trying to persuade one of his heroes to take the role of a vicious thug.
He recalled, "I went to his brownstone (house) and sort of knocked on the door and he opened the door... He goes, 'Shall we walk?' And I go, 'OK'. We started walking through Central Park and he didn't say anything to me for the first couple of minutes, so I said, 'Alright, I'm not gonna say anything to him either'.
"So we kind of walked in silence for about 10 minutes through Central Park... It was incredibly surreal and I just said to myself, 'I'm gonna wait until he's ready to speak to speak'. Finally, in the middle of Central Park, he finds a bench and he goes, 'That looks good; would you like to sit?'
"We sat down and we started talking about acting. I immediately asked him, I said, 'Look, there's a role of a gangster in turn-of-the-century New York, who's a butcher, who carries butcher knives with a top hat and a moustache in a Martin Scorsese movie. Who in their right mind wouldn't do this?'"
However, Day-Lewis wasn't convinced and it took a dinner date with DiCaprio and his pal Tobey Maguire to eventually win him round.
The Shutter Island star added, "We went out to dinner... and it was actually Tobey who said to him, 'Y'know, when somebody has a talent like yours, it's almost their responsibility to do it, to get back in the saddle'.
"I think he slightly disagreed with him at first, but eventually, thank God, he said yes."
DiCaprio later got a taste of what it is like to act opposite one of the movie world's most intense method actors.
He recalled, "There's commitment and then there's Daniel Day-Lewis... It was, like, two days before we started shooting... and I kind of walked by and... I said, 'Morning Daniel...' and he kinda went (grunt). And I said, 'Oh s**t, game on'. I don't think I said another word to him for the nine months we were there (on set). He was Bill the Butcher!"
Jordan Belfort's former business partner is suing director Martin Scorsese over his acclaimed movie The Wolf Of Wall Street. Andrew Greene is a former executive of Stratton Oakmont, the stockbroking firm set up by corrupt financier Belfort, who was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie.
He has filed a federal lawsuit against Scorsese's production company and Paramount Pictures demanding $25 million (£15.6 million) in damages, according to TMZ.com.
Greene, who is said to have inspired the character of Nicky 'Rugrat' Koskoff in the movie, alleges he has been wrongly portrayed as a criminal and a drug-user, and claims the filmmakers did not seek his permission to use his name, likeness or identity.
Koskoff is played by P.J. Byrne in the Oscar-nominated film.