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).
January 18, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
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
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
Dallas Buyers Club
Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
20 Feet From Stardom
Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Missing Picture
Dallas Buyers Club
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.
January 16, 2014 at 6:04 am by Jennifer
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.
January 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
The Wolf of Wall Street is getting a lot of shit lately for being pretty awful. Martin Scorsese has been getting harassed at screenings, critics have been writing some pretty scathing things… it’s not a good deal. I can’t speak too much on the movie either way because I haven’t seen it and have no interest in it, but word on the street is that it’s a really unrepentant glorification of Wall Street greed with zero consequences for the pigs who benefit by fucking other people over. Whether or not that holds any truth is neither here nor there, because Leonardo DiCaprio thinks you’re all missing the point.
“This film may be misunderstood by some; I hope people understand we’re not condoning this behavior, that we’re indicting it. The book was a cautionary tale and if you sit through the end of the film, you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world, because it’s an intoxicating one. I think it’s amazing somebody like Martin Scorsese is still making films that are vital and talked about, and have an element of controversy about them and are appealing to people of my generation. We grew up watching his films and he’s still making stuff that’s punk rock. It’s an amazing achievement.”
Well… fair enough. However, I think it’s a shitty justification to say that because Martin Scorsese is a legend that he couldn’t possibly do any wrong. That’s great that you grew up watching his films, but that doesn’t preclude him from including problematic elements in his projects. That’s not really how things work.
As for the “cautionary tale” bit, eh, maybe so. I’m torn on the reaction, though – even if it doesn’t have a great message and punish the bad guys, or whatever, is it really worth getting that up in arms about a MOVIE when shit like that is happening in real life EVERY DAY? On the other hand, art is wonderful and it’s great people are so passionate about it, yada yada. Deep thoughts for New Year’s Day.
January 1, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Leonardo DiCaprio is a great, underrated actor, so it should be no surprise that he likes to do his own “stunts”, and by stunts I mean his own sex scenes. While some have suggested that Leo got a body double in for the intimate parts of The Wolf of Wall Street, he wants you to know that’s not the case and in fact it’s his very own body you see “flopping around”. Try to hold back your vomit after reading that description.
From Extra TV:
DiCaprio revealed, “It was all me, pal… all the flopping around, everything, it was all me!” — including a sex scene involving a candle.
Leo added, “Look, when you do a character like this, you have to go all-out, we can’t pull any punches and you have to just swing for the fences, so hopefully people enjoy it.”
Swing for the fences? Is that a thing people say? Also, calling people “pal”? Has Leonardo DiCaprio turned into everyone’s grandad? I sorta love it. Still don’t love the idea of thinking of ANYONE “flopping around”, though. Not a great visual, pal.
What do you think the percentage is of stars using body doubles for sex scenes? I’ve not seen The Wolf of Wall Street, but I can’t imagine there’s any full frontal nudity, which is something I can see having someone stand in for. But how many stars even refuse to show ass or even bare back? I remember Sarah Jessica Parker used to insist on keeping her bra on in Sex and the City for her sex scenes, which I always found really hilarious.
December 17, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Who knew Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio hated each other? I didn’t, but they did for a long time. Apparently this has been going on since 1995 when Mark got a part in The Basketball Diaries because Leo didn’t take him seriously as an actor or something. Don’t worry, though – they’re pals now!
From The Hollywood Reporter:
He started to dream big, but others found his aspirations laughable — not least Leonardo DiCaprio, who was openly hostile when it was suggested Wahlberg should appear opposite him in the 1995 drama The Basketball Diaries. “Leonardo was like, ‘Over my dead f—ing body. Marky Mark’s not going to be in this f—ing movie,’ ” says Wahlberg. “Because we’d had a thing — I didn’t even realize it, [but] I was a bit of a dick to him at a charity basketball game. So he was like, ‘This f—ing asshole is not going to be in this movie.’ ”
Thanks to the perseverance of casting director Avy Kaufman, DiCaprio reluctantly agreed to read with Wahlberg. “So I come in and I do the audition and I kind of look at him and he kind of looks at me, and then we do a scene, and they’re like, ‘Hmm, this f—ing dude’s pretty good, right?’ ” Wahlberg says, laughing. “The next thing you know, boom, we’re hanging out.”
I don’t mind Mark Wahlberg as an actor. I don’t think he’s anything special, but he’s a damn sight better at making movies than he was at making music. Also, I can totally see these two butting heads. Leo takes himself seriously as an actor and Mark just doesn’t seem to give a fuck, so that’s kind of a recipe for disaster.