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Leonardo DiCaprio Was Almost the Star of ‘Moulin Rouge’

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Moulin Rouge did relatively well at the box office despite being so boring, I fell asleep watching it. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor did some nice little singing, there were classic Baz Luhrmann colours, it was all fine and well but nothing special.

Well, Leonardo DiCaprio wants you to know that he was almost the star of that movie, but he missed out on the role because he can’t sing a lick.

From Variety:

At this point in his career, it’s hard to believe there is any role DiCaprio couldn’t get, but he reveals this isn’t true. Years earlier, he met with Luhrmann about the role in “Moulin Rogue!” that eventually went to Ewan McGregor.

“To be honest, I’m not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice,” he notes. “But we had a friendly thing where it was me and him and a piano player, and we tried to sing a song together. It didn’t go too well. I think it was ‘Lean on Me,’ and when I hit the high note, he just turned to me.” At this point, DiCaprio affects Luhrmann’s Australian accent, “?‘Yes, D, I don’t know if this conversation should continue.’?”

To be honest, I doubt anyone is looking to see Leonardo Dicaprio sing and dance, so no big loss there. Also, it’s probably a good thing that he didn’t do that – I don’t think it did any favours for either Nicole or Ewan.

Did any of you like Moulin Rouge? Would you want to see Leo in a musical?

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Best And Worst Celebrity Looks Of The Week

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Last week on Best and Worst Celebrity Looks of the Week, we saw Camilla Belle wearing something diabolical. This week, Shia LaBeouf (above) clearly takes my WTF spot for the BEST, WORST, and most WTF look of the week. But do you agree? See what others wore this week below (and ask yourself, “Did Laura Prepon do something to her face?”) and make your choices!

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So, This Is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Year for the Oscar, Right?

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CNN is pretty psyched about the Oscars, so they’ve been doing a lot of promo for the upcoming ceremony, going behind the scenes into what makes the show come together and all that. Well, the other day they showed the plaques made for the award winners to be soldered onto their trophies, and the broadcaster held up one made up for Leonardo DiCaprio.

BUT HOW CAN THIS BE? Academy members haven’t even finished voting and the ceremony isn’t for another several weeks! Is this thing really pre-decided?! HAS LEO FINALLY WON AN OSCAR?

Well… maybe, but maybe not. Turns out, the explanation is that the Academy Awards organizers apparently have a plaque like this made for every single nominee, in the case that they do turn out to be the winner. I feel like that’s sorta silly (and perhaps outright bullshit) since it would take 24 hours at most for an express engraving job to be done for the winners once they DID know the results, but let’s go with it.

I do think this will be Leo’s year – I’ll be absolutely shocked if it isn’t. Do you think this is a spoiler, or is it really the case that everyone has a plaque like this made?

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Leonardo DiCaprio Doth Protest Too Much: ‘I Have Never Taken Drugs’

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I’m not sure why this is even a discussion at this point, to be honest, but apparently people are super interested on how many drugs Leonardo DiCaprio has done in his life, given his role in The Wolf of Wall Street as a coke snorting asshole. Well, here’s an answer for you: NONE! Leo swears that not a single drug has ever entered his body in any form, which I find a little hard to believe and kinda silly to lie about, but whatever.

From The Los Angeles Times:

“There was a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere. It really was like Taxi Driver in a lot of ways. I grew up very poor and I got to see the other side of the spectrum.”

“I’ve never done drugs. That’s because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was 3 or 4 years old.  So Hollywood was a walk in the park for me. I’d go to parties and it was there, and yeah, there’s that temptation.”

Hmm, well, maybe he’s one of the rare few that actually never has done drugs, and I’m just being cynical – it’s been known to happen (lol). And it kinda doesn’t matter either way, really, I suppose (despite the fact that addiction is RIFE in Hollywood and how fatal that addiction can turn out to be) – it’s his life. Seeing the awful underbelly and consequences of that lifestyle is enough to scare anyone away, so good for Leo for avoiding it, if that’s the case.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Ready to Turn 40

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In surprising news that isn’t at all surprising, Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t worried about turning 40. Have you ever met a man who was? (Yes, I’m sure one or two, but in general…) After all, if Leo hits a mid-life crisis, he’s got plenty of money to blow on fast cars, more supermodels and, well, blow (though he swears he’s never done cocaine in his life). In fact, he’s looking forward to the milestone birthday.

He told Shortlist:

“I suppose 40 represents something different, but I’ve been thinking about 40 for so long that I’m prepared for it.

“It seems like the age barometer where you’re still considered youthful is getting higher and higher. I’m going to hold on to that ideal as long as I can.”

Eh, 40 is kinda no big deal, especially for dudes. Now, if you asked a female actress the same question, you might get a different answer (or the same answer, but you’d know the difference it means in terms of the public eye/society – time to get the Botox started if they haven’t already).

As for Leo, he’s really hitting his stride now – he’ll probably win an Oscar this year (FINALLY) and he’s still booking roles left and right. Something tells me he’ll be juuuuuust fine.

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The Oscar Nominations Are Here!

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The Academy just hosted their live stream at 5:38am PST and within 10 mins, all the excitement is now over and we know who our 2014 nominations are going to. I’ll stick with the categories covered on the live stream, but a full list is available on the Oscars website for the lesser-known (but equally important!) categories. These are in the order that they were announced during the broadcast.

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 years a Slave
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska

Best Original Song

‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ – Alone Yet Not Alone
‘Happy’ – Dispicable Me 2
‘Let It Go’ – Frozen
‘The Moon Song’ – Her
‘Ordinary Love’ – Mandela

Best Adapted Screenplay

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight
Billy Ray – Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Terrence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club
Her
Nebraska

Best Animated Feature

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Best Documentary Feature

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture
Omar

Best Director

David O. Russell – American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese – Wolf of Wall Street

Best  Actress

Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

Best Actor

Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
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Chitwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Picture

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

And there we have it. What do we think? No big surprises there, I don’t think. Who do we think will take the big awards? I think 12 Years a Slave has got Best Picture on lock, but anything could happen. The Oscars will be held on March 2nd, so there’s plenty of time to make your predictiongs.

A Giant Shark Almost Ate Leonardo DiCaprio

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I’m not really sure what Leonardo DiCaprio‘s life is all about. He apparently has orgies with tons of women and hangs around on sailboats all the time but surprisingly, this injury didn’t happen during one of his vacations, but rather while he was shooting Blood Diamond all the way back in ’06. Want the story? Okay, here’s how he told it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (via DS):

“I had a huge fear of sharks, and when I did Blood Diamond in 2006, I actually got stuck in a cage with a Great White, which was awesome. It was a gigantic Great White.

“They actually said in 30 years this has never happened, but the tuna kind of got stuck on the top of the cage and the Great White leapt out and tried to bite it and went into the cage with me.

“Half of its body was in and out, and I flattened down at the bottom, and it was this far away, and it chomped a few times but I survived it.”

Scary! I’m not scared of sharks or anything, but I don’t like the idea of all the shit that’s in the ocean that potentially wants to bite/sting/eat you. You can’t even see what’s there! There are weird creatures that don’t even have names that we’re still discovering! It’s all very amazing and nature is very wonderful, but I’m not trying to go out like that.

In any case, that dive Leo did was for a charity that works to protect animals, and while he really admires the work that organisations like that do on a daily basis, he swore he would never dive again, and I don’t blame him.

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