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.
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?
February 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
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!
February 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
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?
February 11, 2014 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
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.
February 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
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.