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06/15/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

Director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter have already given depositions in a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Stratton Oakmont executive.

The parties involved in a dispute over whether Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street defamed former Stratton Oakmont executive Andrew Greene are quarreling over the need to depose Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Jordan Belfort in the film.Greene alleges that the toupee-wearing character of Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff, played by actor P.J. Byrne, hurt his reputation and damaged him by $15 million. In October, a judge dismissed the many claims including an asserted privacy intrusion, but gave Greene a small amount of wiggle room to possibly move forward. Greene still hasn’t filed an amended complaint, but as he seeks to establish that producers including Paramount Pictures, Red Granite Pictures, DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and Sikelia Productions maliciously spread untruths about him, the parties have engaged in a limited amount of discovery.

According to court documents filed on Monday, Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter have been disposed. As for DiCaprio, Greene’s lawyer writes to the judge that the actor is “knowledgeable regarding significant issues in this case” and want him to face questioning regardless of his busy schedule.

“Plaintiff’s counsel has offered to travel to Los Angeles if necessary,” attorney Aaron Goldsmith writes. “However, it should be noted that Mr. DiCaprio has made headlines in the recent weeks for making trips back and forth to New York to attend events and celebrations.”

Vincent Cox, the attorney for the defendants, responds with more information about the objection to DiCaprio’s deposition. He writes in his own letter that the deposition is “unnecessary” because either Greene’s alleged depiction was part of the script (in which case, Winter could discuss) or the product of on-set improvisation (in which case, Scorsese would discuss). The lawyer notes whose deposition is not being taken.

“Plaintiff’s insistence upon taking the deposition of Mr. DiCaprio has certain earmarks of the intentional infliction of burden,” he writes. “Specifically, Plaintiff is taking the deposition of Mr. DiCaprio, who did not write the screenplay or direct the film, and has elected to not take the depositions of the actor who played Nicky ‘Rugrat’ Koskoff, and has not taken the deposition of Jordan Belfort, the author of the underlying allegedly defamatory material upon which the film is based or of Steve Madden, the money-laundering co-conspirator of Andrew Greene.”

The argument that DiCapro’s deposition won’t add anything will likely be addressed Thursday at a status conference. The defendants are suggesting there could be a nefarious motive. “Discovery should not be used as an instrument of burden to coerce an outcome that is not based upon the merits of the case,” writes Cox.

It should also be noted that the demand for DiCaprio to talk under oath about development of the film is happening as federal authorities are reportedly investigating the source of money that Red Granite used to fund Wolf of Wall Street.

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06/15/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

Some dormant movie projects about Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi in Iran have recently come into the spotlight once again after Hollywood cineastes David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown revealed their plan to make a biopic about the Persian poet and mystic.

By Seyyed Mostafa Mousavi Sabet

TEHRAN — Some dormant movie projects about Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi in Iran have recently come into the spotlight once again after Hollywood cineastes David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown revealed their plan to make a biopic about the Persian poet and mystic.

Iranian filmmakers Dariush Mehrjui and Mojtaba Raei have recently elaborated on their projects on Rumi that failed to be completed due to a lack of funds.

Mehrjui, a pioneer of Iran’s new wave cinema and the director of the acclaimed 1969 drama “The Cow”, was commissioned by the U.S.-based Iranian producer Marjaneh Moghimi in 2008 to write a screenplay about Rumi, which was to be filmed in English outside Iran.

The script entitled “Rumi’s Kimia” was completed in 2009 based on Iranian writer Saeideh Qods’ bestselling novel “Kimia Khatoon” about Rumi and Shams of Tabriz.

However, Moghimi could not lure investors into the project, Mehrjui told the Persian service of IRNA last Monday.

“Producing the film based on the screenplay I wrote needed a big budget and I wanted to make it in Kazakhstan, but the producer could not afford the project and she could not even attract investors in Iran,” he added.

“The screenplay mostly focuses on the literary and philosophical sides of Rumi,” Mehrjui stated.

In June 2014, the Cinema Organization of Iran announced its plan to team up with Turkey to jointly produce “The Drunken Peacock”, which was about a professor who metamorphoses under the influence of Rumi’s ethics. Raei, who wrote the script, was also scheduled to direct the movie.

In an interview with the Persian service of ISNA last week, Raei said that the project also failed to be implemented due to a dearth of money.

“We did not have enough money to make a film about Rumi while others have enough to make them,” he lamented.

Franzoni’s collaboration with Brown on the Rumi project has not received a welcome in Iran and the film may even be viewed as ‘anti-Iranian’ in the country after it is completed.

In an article entitled “Hollywood Appropriation of Rumi”, IRNA focused on the project.

The article also criticized Franzoni and Brown for their wish to hire Leonardo DiCaprio to play Rumi, and Robert Downey to star as Shams of Tabriz.

The article stated that the roles are so much greater than what these actors can play.

“The scriptwriter [Franzoni] said they wanted to challenge the stereotypical portrayal of Muslim characters in Western cinema in the movie, but their casting for the leading roles shows that they are not  being true to their words,” the article read.

However, Raei said, “Rumi not only belongs to Iran… He belongs to the world as a whole.”

He pointed to the probable objections from Iran about the Hollywood project and noted, “It is perfectly natural that any art production has its fans and opponents.”

Photo: Portrait of Rumi, the celebrated poet and Muslim scholar

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06/15/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

He accessorized his pared-back ensemble with a simple gold medallion on a light chain worn over his low cut T-shirt. Leo appeared in high spirits and laughed and smiled as he chatted with his friends who had accompanied him on his outing.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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05/23/2016  •  Posted By admin  •  0 Comment(s) Gallery

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05/18/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

Leonardo DiCaprio credits his dad with helping him pick such winning roles.

Despite having been nominated for four Oscars, Leonardo only took home his first statuette in February (16). From his break out role in 1993’s This Boy’s Life, where he was handpicked by Robert De Niro to play a rebellious teenager in the ‘50s, to his award-winning role in The Revenant, the 41-year-old has played a wide spectrum of characters and is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation.

“My dad has been incredibly influential,” he told Britain’s GQ magazine. “I give him credit for so many of my choices as an actor, especially early on, steering me towards non-obvious sorts of characters and to take risks.

“My father says basically this: ‘No matter what you do, two things matter. Try to lead an interesting life and no matter what your life is like, try to find a way to wake up every morning and just be happy you can put your pants on’.”

As well as attracting some of the world’s hottest women, namely a bevy of supermodels, Leonardo’s A-list status has also seen his form strong bonds with fellow stars. One actor he’s been extremely close to over the years is former Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire.

“I just made him my pal. When I want someone to be my friend, I just make them my friend,” he smiled to the publication.

Leonardo currently doesn’t have any new roles on the horizon, as he’s enjoying some down time after 23 years of working solidly in Hollywood. He partied with rumoured girlfriend Rihanna at Coachella Festival, and was also snapped last week (end29Apr16) with dad George at baseball star Mike Piazza’s Italian Hall of Fame party in New York.

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05/18/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

LEONARDO DICAPRIO has once again proven that despite being romantically linked to some of the most famous women in the world, his mother is his number-one girl. While in Cannes this weekend the Oscar-winning actor splashed out $18,000 on aChanel handbag at the Heart Fund’s Generous People Dinner Gala auction, reports Page Six, revealing to a fellow attendee that it was for his mum, Irmelin Indenbirken.

It’s not the first time that DiCaprio has shown his affection for Indenbirken in a public way. Last year at the same event he won an $11,000 bid for a bag which was also said to be a gift for her, while back in February, when he was in London for the BAFTAs, he dedicated his Best Actor award (for The Revenant) to her.

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05/18/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions has signed a three-year, first-look production deal with Paramount Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by DiCaprio and Paramount CEO Brad Grey.

DiCaprio’s company, which previously had a deal at Warner Bros., currently has four projects in development at Paramount: The Devil in the White City, based on the book by Erik Larson about a serial killer in 1890s Chicago, which is being adapted by screenwriter Billy Ray and will reunite DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese; Sandcastle Empire, an adaptation of Kayla Olson’s novel about an apocalyptic future in which the climate is collapsing; an untitled project about the recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal based on a book proposal by The New York Times‘ Jack Ewing; and a limited TV series based on A. Scott Berg’s biography of Charles Lindbergh.

Appian Way’s upcoming films include Ben Affleck’s period crime tale Live by Night, starring Affleck and Scott Eastwood, which Warners will release in 2017, and Robin Hood: Origins, starring Taron Egerton, which Lionsgate will release in 2017.

The film and production company was launched by DiCaprio with its first production, 2004’s The Assassination of Richard Nixon, followed closely by The Aviator. Jennifer Davisson serves as its president of production. Other projects in its pipeline include Jaume Collet Serra’s adaptation of the Japanese anime science-fiction Akira, written by Dante Harper; Joseph Kosinski’s film adaptation of The Twilight Zone; and an untitled Richard Jewell project starring Jonah Hill.

Appian Way has been involved in producing such films as the recent Oscar winner The Revenant,The Wolf of Wall Street (which was released by Paramount), Out of the Furnace, Ides of March,Shutter Island (another Paramount release) and Public Enemies.

“Leo is one of the great talents of our time,” Grey said in announcing the deal. “He is a masterful actor, storyteller and producer, with impeccable taste and skill that has shaped his extraordinary career. Our first project together was The Departed, before I came to Paramount. Since then, working with the legendary Martin Scorsese, we have partnered on two wonderful pictures, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. We are proud and excited to grow our relationship with him, [his manager] Rick Yorn, Jennifer Davisson and the entire team at Appian Way.”

DiCaprio commented, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brad and the team at Paramount Pictures on a number projects throughout my career. I can not think of a better home for Appian Way as we continue our growth.”

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