The Titanic star turned 38 on Sunday (11Nov12), and he celebrated by hosting a bash at Manhattan hotspot The Darby on Saturday night (10Nov12).
DiCaprio partied with famous pals including Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z, as well as longtime movie collaborator Martin Scorsese, his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill, Harry Potter's Emma Watson, and actor Jamie Foxx.
Other guests included Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton, Chris Rock and Busta Rhymes, while the evening featured musical performances from Gary Clark, Jr., jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and pianist Eric Lewis.
The Hollywood star showed his charitable side by using the party to raise money for a good cause by adding a fee to every bottle of booze sold.
A $500,000 donation was made to the American Red Cross, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The Titanic star invited Robert De Niro, Naomi Campbell, Bradley Cooper, Edward Norton and Benicio Del Toro to his bash at the Avenue nightclub on Friday (11Nov11).
DJs Mark Ronson, Q-tip and Jus Ske entertained the crowd, while Swedish pop group Miike Snow performed their hit Animal.
The birthday boy shared his good fortune by raising $1.3 million (£812,500) for his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation at the party.
The actor placed an additional fee on all drinks and Champagne bottles and will donate the money to his charity, which helps preserve wildlife and provides relief for disaster-hit areas.
An auction at the event also raised more than $50,000 (£31,250) for the cause.
Australian Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans are outraged after Edward Schumacher,
the organizer and promoter of the annual Slayercon Convention, disappeared in
April with $380,000 of their money.
Up to a thousand followers of the cult series and its spin off Angel were
hoping to attend the two day event in Adelaide next month, after paying
$800 to meet their idols.
The Office of Consumer and Business Affairs (OCBA) are trying to locate
Schumacher after 10 fans expressed fears that he has left the country and they
have lost their entrance fee for the convention as well as deposits on
accommodation and airline tickets with no chance of recovering them.
Mark Bodycoat, the commissioner for consumer affairs for South Australia,
says, "The primary reason for trying to contact the promoter is to seek redress
for those consumers who have purchased a ticket."
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Top Story: Britney Could be the Next Bond Girl
The syndicated television show Extra reports pop princess Britney Spears met with the producers of the James Bond movies while she was in London, a meeting Spears reportedly requested herself, The Associated Press reports. The singer's only other film appearance has been in the widely panned 2002 Crossroads. Meanwhile, Spears' official Web site says she has signed on to produce and star in an adaptation of author Tobi Tobin's Door to Door, in which she will play a teenager trying to catch her big break in Hollywood. If Britney does happen to join the Bond Girl club (and we think she'd be perfect for the job), she'll be in good company. Other glam gals who have appeared in the franchise include Ursula Andress, Jane Seymour, Denise Richards and Halle Berry.
More Brouhaha Over Super Bowl Antics
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake aren't the only ones getting their hands slapped for inappropriate behavior during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show. Kid Rock has also come under fire from The Veterans of Foreign Wars for performing in a poncho made out of the American flag, AP reports. The VFW is upset media outlets are ignoring this stunt. Kid Rock's outfit was "in poor taste and extremely disrespectful," VFW's commander in chief, Edward Banas Sr., told AP, adding he was appalled that the NFL, MTV and CBS have issued apologies for Timberlake's ripping Jackson's clothes but have said nothing about Kid Rock. CBS faces a Federal Communications Commission investigation into whether the Super Bowl show violated decency laws, with potential fines of up to $27,500. If applied to each CBS station, the fines could reach into the millions, AP reports.
And Still More Super Bowl News…
Due to the uproar of the halftime show, for which America Online paid a reported $7.5 million to sponsor, has canceled plans to stream the show on-demand. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Time Warner, which owns AOL, is also seeking a refund for all or some of that money. The sponsorship fee included several ads for its new TopSpeed service, which went for $2.3 million per 30-second Super Bowl ad.
But Wait, There's More! Grammys Won't Allow a Super Bowl-Type Stunt
CBS and the Recording Academy aren't taking any chances with Sunday's live Grammys broadcast, according to plans announced Wednesday. City News reports the network's five-second delay, typically used to edit "objectionable" audio, will be lengthened in time and include the ability to delay video as well, should there be any "inappropriate and unexpected events,'' a la Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake. The lengthened time has not been determined; in fact, CBS has yet to create the technology to make it happen.
The Academy Examines Actor's Role in Screener Bust
Looks like veteran actor Carmine Caridi--who is responsible for sending out Oscar "screeners" that were later pirated--will likely lose his 22-year Academy membership, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors met Tuesday night to decide the fate of Caridi, who, like many of the Academy members, signed an agreement before he received the screeners promising "not to allow the screeners to circulate outside [his] residence or office" and agreeing if he violated this agreement, it would be considered "grounds for expulsion." Caridi is also being sued by Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures for copyright infringement.
Shriver Says Goodbye to NBC
As her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, carries on his duties as governor of California, Maria Shriver has officially given up her post as a NBC news journalist to avoid the appearance of a conflict, Reuters reports. Shriver, 48, who briefly returned to her job from a leave of absence in late November following her husband's inauguration, said, "It would be difficult to maintain my journalistic credentials and still be an active first lady" of California. As the decision was a mutual one between Shriver and NBC, Shriver said she looks forward to eventually going back to NBC News "sometime in the future."
Sharon Gets the Axe
Warner Bros. has pulled the plug on the syndicated talk show The Sharon Osbourne Show, Variety reports, due to low ratings and lack of interest from the host herself. Following her husband's ATV accident, Osbourne indicated she wanted out to help him recuperate. The show is expected to continue through May sweeps.
Barrymore Gets a Star
In conjunction with the release of her newest comedy 50 First Dates, in which she stars with Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore joined the hundreds of celebrities whose names are trod upon daily on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame with her own star, AP reports. "I've just been a ball of nerves about this day and now here I am and I can't stop thinking about what everybody kept saying: 'Let this in. Be aware of the moment,'" the giddy actress gushed at Tuesday's ceremony.
Combs Settles Suit With Driver
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs settled a $3 million civil suit Monday in New York with the driver who accused the rap mogul of forcing him to flee police after a 1999 nightclub shooting, MTV News.com reports. In the lawsuit, filed October 6, 2000, Wardel Fenderson claimed he suffered post-traumatic emotional stress from the incident and testified that he didn't pull over Combs' Lincoln Navigator right away because the rapper ordered him not to stop. According to MTV News.com, after the chauffeur was finally pulled over by police, who found a gun in the car, Fenderson claimed Combs offered him $50,000 and a diamond pinky ring to say the weapon was his. The judge accepted the undisclosed settlement and dismissed the case.
Douglas Donates $1M to UCSB
Michael Douglas has given $1 million to his a
Paul Hogan, whose third Crocodile Dundee yarn will open April 20, is disputing a Writers Guild of America decision to award the film's writing credits to Matthew Berry and Eric Abrams, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Hogan said he wrote the original screenplay, invented the characters and developed the jokes for Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, a far cry from the "characters created by" credit the WGA awarded him.
"I have an ongoing problem with the Writers Guild because I am also the producer," Hogan told the Hollywood Reporter. "The producer is the natural enemy of the writer."
In Hogan's corner: Simon Wincer, who said that he directed a script written by Hogan.
The guild considers "any challenge a good-faith disagreement" and would prevail should Hogan sue, a WGA spokeswoman told the Hollywood Reporter.
Drescher to write about fight against cancer
Fran Drescher will receive $1 million from Warner Books to pen a memoir chronicling her battle against uterine cancer, according to Variety.
Drescher, whose CBS sitcom The Nanny ended in 1999 after six years, managed to beat the cancer because of an early diagnosis. She discussed her fight in an interview in the May issue of Rosie, the new magazine published by talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell.
Drescher also wrote about her career in Whining.
Ex-Beatle may sell mansion because of 1999 attack
George Harrison has told friends that he may sell the 120-room mansion where he was attacked and stabbed in December 1999 by an intruder, according to Britain's The Mail on Sunday.
The ex-Beatle's 34-acre estate, in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, could be placed on the market for 15 million pounds ($21.56 million). He purchased the mansion in 1970 for 135,000 pounds ($194,000).
Harrison almost died when Michael Abram punctured his lung with a knife. Harrison's wife, Olivia, saved him by striking Abram with a poker. He is now serving an indefinite term in a psychiatric hospital.
Rosie O'Donnell calls on friends to host show
Talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell will continue to recuperate this week after undergoing a medical procedure related to a previous injury, according to the New York Daily News. O'Donnell has called on Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Caroline Rhea and Kathy Griffin to guest host her talk show.
Last week, O'Donnell had a wound on her left hand drained. She cut herself in August when she removed a price tag from a fishing pole belonging to son Parker.
Gandolfini makes Rutgers an offer it can't refuse
Mess with Rutgers University's besieged football team and you could find yourself sleeping with the fishes.
Alumnus James Gandolfini has filmed a morale-boosting commercial for the team, which endured a 3-8 record last season. Gandolfini, who displays his prolific powers of persuasion as The Sopranos' mob boss, appears in the commercial with new coach Greg Schiano.
De Niro to Lopez: "Love Me or Leave Me"
Jennifer Lopez may string Robert De Niro along in a remake of the 1955 romance, Love Me or Leave Me, for Warner Bros., according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The original starred Doris Day as an up-and-coming singer who woos Chicago racketeer James Cagney purely to advance her career.
Unlike the original, the proposed remake would not be based on the real-life story of 1930s singer Ruth Etting.
De Niro and Lopez would each likely squeeze another film into their schedules should they decide to make Love Me or Leave Me. De Niro's slate includes sequels to Analyze This and Meet the Parents; Lopez recently dropped out of the Francis Ford Coppola-produced biopic of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo to negotiate a $10 million paycheck for Taking Lives, a thriller Tony Scott may direct.
Roberts' "Sweethearts" dances against De Niro's "The Score"
Better scratch plans to spend Independence Day with Julia Roberts.
Sony has pushed back the Oscar winner's new comedy, America's Sweethearts, from July 4 to July 13, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Roberts will go head to head with MGM's just-confirmed Legally Blonde, a comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, and Paramount's The Score, a heist flick headlined by masters of method acting Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando and Edward Norton.
Rather than compete against itself, Sony also has moved its expensive CGI-animated epic Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within from July 13 to July 11.
MGM also announced it will release the oft-delayed Original Sin, a steamy period thriller pitting Antonio Banderas against Angelina Jolie, on Aug. 3 and its Rollerball remake possibly on Aug. 17.
Besson loses "Yamakaso" lawsuit
French director Luc Besson's production company must pay $50,000 to writer-director Julien Seri, who sued after being fired from the Besson-produced thriller Yamakaso, according to Variety.
The French labor court, ruling in Seri's favor, dismissed a suggestion by Besson's production company, LeeLoo, that Seri had been asked to resign.
Seri and Yamakao co-writer Phillippe Lyon recently lost their legal bid to halt the release of the film, which hit French theaters Wednesday.
Universal snaps up EMusic.com
Universal Music Group will purchase Web song-swap service EMusic.com for close to $23 million in cash, EMusic.com announced Monday.
Universal will pay 57 cents for each outstanding EMusic.com share.
The service, founded in 1998, first operated on a fee-per-download basis. It began offering a subscription service as an alternative to Napster, which allowed users to download music for free, in most cases without the music industry's permission.
EMusic also operates such sites as RollingStone.com and DownBeat.com.
"EMusic represents a tremendous group of assets that appeal to a wide range of music fans, including the popular RollingStone.com and DownBeat.com brands and a deep catalog of digital music," said Larry Kenswil, president, eLabs, Universal Music Group, in a statement posted Monday on EMusic.com. "We feel that EMusic complements Universal's other digital and Internet initiatives and we look forward to joining with them to offer music lovers more and more compelling online destinations and experiences."