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08/04/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

The 23-year-old actress told GQ magazine that she got a little lost in the moment and slapped DiCaprio’s face and said ‘F**k you!,’ Contactmusic reported.

The former ‘Pan Am’ star said that there was a stunned silence on the set and then all of them burst out laughing, but she feared that DiCaprio would sue her for it.

Robbie added that she apologised profusely, but DiCaprio was impressed with her courage and asked her to hit him again.

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08/04/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

Among the 900 guests mingling at a star-studded charity event hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio in St-Tropez last week was – perhaps predictably – a Swiss private banker: Julius Baer CEO Boris Collardi. The Swiss bank’s ties to DiCaprio have deepened. It is an unconventional and financially opaque association.

The event, dubbed «the most amazing celebrity auction of all time» by influential U.S. business magazine Forbes, drew more A-listers than some award shows.

Guests included Cate Blanchett, U2’s Bono, George Clooney,Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Robert DeNiro, Chris Rock and Bradley Cooper.

A slew of supermodels which seem to follow Leonardo DiCapriojust about everywhere also attended.

DiCaprio’s Rolex, Scorcese Film Experience

Guests bid on items such as DiCaprio’s Rolex, a private dinner at the Eiffel Tower closed off to tourists, a week on the set of Martin Scorcese’s new film, a private theater performance by Kevin Spacey at home, a tour of Monaco with Prince Albert, a training day with Premier League team Manchester United, and artworks byPablo Picasso, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

Baer has sponsored the event three years running, but doesn’t disclose what the association costs. This year, DiCaprio raised $45 million for personal charity, with the help of prominent Swiss auctioneer and art collector Simon de Pury, who conducted the live auction.

Part of the Job 

The charity auction has prominent «chairs,» or a sort of board set up to oversee the evening. Its members are Blanchett, De Niro, Marion Cotillard, Philippe Cousteau, Jr., Penelope Cruz, Jonah Hill,Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Spacey, Charlize Theron, Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele – and Collardi.

To be sure, hobnobbing with the rich is pretty much a core part of every private banker’s job. Sponsoring is also a crucial part of private banks’ offerings – they are a savvy way to offer an immaterial good or an experience to wealthy clients who already have everything, while dispersing the bank’s brand in a favorable way.

Baer in Limeligght

Performers at the St-Tropez event, which included Mariah Careyand Lana del Rey this year, appeared against a blue backdrop emblazoned with the logo of DiCaprio’s Foundation, as well as Julius Baer’s.

This represents a far higher profile engagement than Baer’s other sponsoring activities, which the bank also isn’t required to provide any financial or other disclosure on.

Those include supporting the British Museum, sponsoring a polo tournament in the «German Hamptons,» or Sylt, and the Zurich Opera.

Undisclosed Sum

Baer also operates its own charitable foundation which supports youth projects around themes such as preventing violence, health and sports, and vocational training. This engagement, a vestige of when Baer was a family-controlled and -operated bank, is typically done behind the scenes and with little public fanfare.

The bank gifts DiCaprio’s foundation, LDF, an undisclosed amount to appear as a sponsor of the St-Tropez auction as well as for Collardi to act as an event chair.

LDF, which is devoted to environmental causes, isn’t required to disclose any financials because of its status as a foundation, but it says it has granted $30 million in the last six years to 76 projects – from protecting Indonesian coral reefs to wild tigers in Nepal.

Feeder Fund

DiCaprio’s entity makes use of a system of community foundations that are commonplace in the United States: LDF is a component fund of the California Community Foundation.

This means DiCaprio’s foundation doesn’t pay taxes or have to provide the same type of accountability that private foundations do. The structure is perfectly legal, if controversial in charitable circles for its lack of transparency.

DiCaprio’s credibility as an environmentalist took a beating after he was mocked in climate circles for frequently using eco-unfriendly private jet travel between Europe and the U.S.

60 Prospective, Current Clients

Collardi, who has given the event his backing for the third year in a row, clearly relishes the event’s glamour – which certainly provides a change of scenery from his day job.

«Because this is a client event with a select group of international clientele, the presence of our CEO makes sense and fits the occasion,» a spokeswoman for Baer said.

The bank sent Collardi and Europe head Remy Bersier to the event, to which it invited 60 current and prospective clients –  and had several of its private bankers in attendance.

Formula E Link

DiCaprio and the bank have another, less high-profile link. The actor co-founded the Venturi team three years ago, which competes on the Formula E circuit. Julius Baer is the global sponsor for Formula E, the first fully-electric racing series.

DiCaprio chairs the circuit’s Sustainability Committee, which Collardi also sits on.

Baer’s engagement in Formula E racing isn’t related to DiCaprio’s involvement, which predates the bank’s, according to a source.

 

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08/04/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio will reportedly host a lunchtime fund-raiser for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with attendance costing a whopping $33,400 per person, according to Variety magazine.

The star-studded Aug. 23 event is called a “Conversation with Hillary” and invites were recently sent out, the magazine said on Monday.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/leonardo-dicaprio-host-fundraiser-hillary-clinton-article-1.2734835

 

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08/04/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, co-stars from the 2013 Academy Award-nominated film, had a surprise run-in on the sidewalks of the West Village Monday when the 41-year-old “Revenant” actor snuck up on his old friend.

First, DiCaprio spots his prey. He’s slightly soft, in jeans and a jacket that aren’t suited for running away.

There’s no time to weigh the perfect attack route. There’s only time to strike.

Leonardo DiCaprio will host fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton

DiCaprio lunges at his co-star. His phone is out, poised to photograph the radiant creature in the wild.

Hill is startled. Who is this strange man? What does he want? Why is he coming toward me? What is that delightful red drink he’s holding?

 

As DiCaprio gets closer, the frightened prey finally realizes what’s happening. There’s no need to worry here. It’s just DiCaprio, rocking two shades of blue and an enviable dad bod.

All is safe, for now.

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07/05/2016  •  Posted By Natalia Airoldi  •  0 Comment(s) Leo News

Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Friday, 10 June 2016 Text size A A A

Fans inundated their social media accounts with celebratory messages after Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar earlier this year.

But not all of the 41-year-old actor’s fanbase received the news of him possibly starring as the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi with the same enthusiasm.

Posting under the #RumiWasntWhite hashtag – a nod towards the blond-haired, blue-eyed Titanic star’s perceived lack of resemblance to Rumi – Twitter users protested the unusual casting suggestion by a prominent Hollywood writer

 

…Read more: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2016/06/10/-Rumi-wasn-t-white-Twitter-reacts-to-DiCaprio-s-new-role-as-Persian-poet.html

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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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