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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles, CA. He's been known mostly for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic and has been in lots of other project along with his former co-star Kate Winslet in which they reunited in Revolutionary Road. His next movie will feature him as Hugh Glass in The Revenant.
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Trapping beaver, they contend daily with the threat of Indian tribes turned warlike over the white men’s encroachment on their land, and other prairie foes–like the unforgiving landscape and its creatures. Hugh Glass is among the Company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive.
The Company’s captain dispatches two of his men to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies, and to give him the respect of a proper burial. When the two men abandon him instead, taking his only means of protecting himself–including his precious gun and hatchet– with them, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.
With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. In Michael Punke’s hauntingly spare and gripping prose, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
Leo is pulling his money out of fossil fuels…if he had any there to begin with. It sounds like a huge, flashy number: $2.6 trillion.
That’s probably why the environmental activist group 350.org used it in a headline for a press release today announcing a report on the growing movement to divest from dirty energy companies: “FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT PLEDGES SURPASS $2.6 TRILLION.”
But the report itself tells a somewhat different story.
Released this morning at a New York press conference, the report tallied commitments—made by a global assortment of universities, local governments, pension funds, charitable foundations, religious institutions, and more—to sell off investments in the fossil fuel industry. The tactic has become popular with climate activists as a way to call attention to the industry’s transgressions against the climate, and maybe even to destabilize its bottom line.
On hand to trumpet the findings: Leonardo DiCaprio, along with the head of the UN climate agency (via video) and a packed room of top brass from environmental groups, clean energy companies, and major foundations. DiCaprio himself joined the list, pledging to divest his personal finances and his foundation’s holdings from fossil fuels.
That big number—$2.6 trillion—has nothing to do with the amount of money that is actually being pulled out of fossil fuel stocks.
“To date,” the report reads, “436 institutions and 2,040 individuals across 43 countries and representing $2.6 trillion in assets have committed to divest from fossil fuel companies.”
“That’s real money,” said Ellen Dorsey, director of the Wallace Global Fund, in announcing the number, to much applause.
And it is! Pulling that kind of cash out of the fossil fuel juggernaut could land a true financial blow, a clear victory in the global war to stop climate change.
But there’s a catch. That big number—$2.6 trillion—has nothing to do with the amount of money that is actually being pulled out of fossil fuel stocks. In fact, the investment consultancy behind today’s report has no idea how much money the institutions surveyed have invested in fossil fuels, and thus how much they have pledged to divest.
Instead, that number refers to the total size of all the assets held by those institutions—hence the word “representing” in the quote above from the report. And that’s a huge difference.
Here’s a perfect example: The report lists the University of California system as a prominent new entry into the divestment movement. Earlier this month, the UC’s chief investment officer announced that the system’s endowment would sell off its holdings in coal and tar sands oil. Those holdings were worth about $200 million. An undisclosed amount is still invested in oil and gas. But the report uses the full amount of the university’s total endowment: $98 billion. That’s 490 times higher than the amount of money actually being divested.
So what’s the exact portion of the $2.6 trillion that is being divested from fossil fuels? No one knows. Indeed, Dorsey couldn’t even confirm that all the institutions listed in the report necessarily had any fossil fuel holdings in their portfolios before they decided to divest. As for DiCaprio, when asked by reporters to clarify the exact amount of his personal stake in fossil fuels, he smiled and waved but kept mum.
“Every investment portfolio is different, and some are exceedingly complex,” Dorsey said.
Brad Goz, the director of business development for a New York consultancy that helps institutions figure out how to divest, agreed that it can be difficult to figure out how and where a fund is invested.
“Hedge funds like to keep it opaque,” he said. “But that becomes less challenging when CEOs demand [the information].”
The best Dorsey could offer was an estimate based on the portion of the value of the S&P 500 that comes from fossil fuel companies: 3 to 7 percent. In other words, that $2.6 trillion statistic is probably much closer to $182 billion—a pretty small piece of the roughly $6 trillion value of the global market for coal, oil, and gas. Dorsey also clarified that the promised divestments are scheduled to take place over the next five years, not overnight.
When asked by reporters to clarify the exact amount of his personal stake in fossil fuels, DiCaprio smiled and waved but kept mum.
To be fair, the real divestment figure isn’t nothing, and there’s some evidence that it’s growing: When this same analysis was released last year, the reported figure was just $50 billion (compared with $2.6 trillion this year). Still, it’s not clear whether any of this is enough to actually draw the notice of corporations like Exxon and Shell, and the report offered no evidence that the divestment campaign has had a specific, tangible impact on share prices.
In an interview following the announcement, May Boeve, director of the activist group 350.org, defended the framing of the announcement, saying she doesn’t “think it’s misleading.”
“The purpose of divestment is to make the point that the [fossil fuel] industry is losing legitimacy,” she said. “It’s about their reputation, which is less quantifiable but equally damaging.”
If she meant that the appearance of a big divestment movement can help promote more divestment, she’s probably right. Expect to see more announcements like this over the next few weeks in advance of the upcoming UN climate talks in Paris. Just make sure to read the fine print.
Leonardo DiCaprio poses for a photo following a press conference to shed investments in fossil fuels on Tuesday (September 22) in New York City.The 40-year-old actor, along with hundreds of individuals and companies, are pulling money from fossil fuel companies.
“Climate change is severely impacting the health of our planet and all of its inhabitants, and we must transition to a clean energy economy that does not rely on fossil fuels. Now is the time to divest and invest to let our world leaders know that we, as individuals and institutions, are taking action to address climate change, and we expect them to do their part in Paris,” Leonardo said. There will be a United Nations climate change negotiation meeting in Paris this December.
Leonardo DiCaprio has traded in his scraggly beard for a much more attractive scruff. Ah, there’s that beautiful face we know and love! The 40-year-old actor was spotted out biking with some friends in New York on Tuesday rockin’ the new look.
The beard wasn’t just for fun and games, though! Leo has been filming The Revenant with co-star Tom Hardy, which will hit theaters in 2016! Whether the fresh look is just a change for a role or because of his girlfriend and Sports Illustrated model Kelly Rohrbach – we hope it’s here to stay!
The hit Martin Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio is to be developed into a TV series, with Scorsese directing the pilot episode, and Dennis Lehane writing the script
Martin Scorsese Shutter Island
HBO and Paramount are teaming up to produce a TV version of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 film Shutter Island, Deadline reports.
The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a US marshal investigating the disappearance of a psychiatric patient from an island hospital, was a classy chiller that grossed nearly $300m worldwide. The series, tentatively named Ashecliffe after the hospital the film is set in, would be a prequel, exploring the stories of its founders.
Scorsese is in line to direct the pilot episode, which will be scripted by Dennis Lehane, the crime writer who wrote the novel that Shutter Island is based on – Lehane also wrote Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, each of which were also adapted into films.
At 71, Scorsese is as busy as he’s ever been. This TV project is added to documentaries he’s recently completed about Bill Clinton and the New York Review of Books, as well as the forthcoming feature film Silence about priests trying to bring Christianity to Japan in the 17th century, which begins filming later this year. He’s already got one project with HBO on the go too: a drama about the music industry set in New York at the birth of punk and disco. Co-produced by Mick Jagger, it stars Jagger’s son James alongside Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano and Andrew Dice Clay.
He also may or may not be involved with a Mike Tyson biopic, with Tyson claiming that the director would helm a film with Jamie Foxx in the lead role.
Film crew rep claims executives on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, ignored multiple warnings about safety concerns
Monday 27 July 2015 13.36 BST
How far is too far in pursuit of that perfect shot? Filming during Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest offering, The Revenant, has been described as “a living hell” according to some cast and crew, a fact the director does not dispute.
While conditions were undeniably brutal, now Damian Petti, president of film crew union body IATSE Local 212, suggests that cast and crew may have been in real danger. He told the Hollywood Reporter that production executives ignored multiple warnings about safety concerns.
The Revenant sees Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Hugh Glass betrayed by his companions during a fur trapping expedition in 1823. CGI was out of the question as “the film would be a piece of shit”, according to its director, and so The Revenant was shot in harsh conditions in the Canadian winter, a far cry from a soundstage in Los Angeles.
Petti criticised what he calls an “it’s all worth it because the picture looks really good” attitude stating: “That’s a very dangerous road for any of us to be on and to buy into.
“In terms of our industry, it’s important that people differentiate between getting an amazing movie at all costs, and safety.”
The Revenant producer New Regency deny these allegations, insisting that on-set safety was duly followed throughout the shoot: “While filming in challenging conditions, safety was not compromised.”
Petti is acting as a voice for crew members he feels were “not … taken seriously” and who fear the consequences of speaking out. Petti claims that around 15 to 20 crew members quit or were fired during production, some of whom “raised safety issues”.
New Regency, in its defence, say it hired specialists to ensure overall safety while shooting in harsh conditions: “We hired experts who worked with us in swift-water, mountain-climbing, bear behaviour, helicopter operations and cold-weather safety to complement the US production management team.”
But Petti insists that a host of safety concerns abound in “extreme conditions” including “cold weather, remote locations, slippery ground, cold water and communications challenges”. Petti says that it’s hard to explain to an LA executive that “all of these things are adding up to the outer edge of safety”.
‘I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I done it already.’ That’s the only line in the new trailer for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s new film, ‘The Revenant,’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Calling it now, this one is Oscar-worthy.
Introducing Leonardo DiCaprio like you’ve never seen him before in The Revenant, a story inspired by true events. He takes the role of legendary explorer Hugh Glass, a fur trapper and frontiersman in the 1820s. During an expedition in the wilderness, he was attached by a bear and stranded after his own hunting team leaves him for dead. With that, he is forced to take on the world alone, travel over 200 miles to find safey — and face his closest ally who betrayed him, John Fitzgerald, played by Tom Hardy.
Also starring Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, the film looks absolutely beautiful as it was shot entirely in natural light. Directed by Birdman‘s Alejandro G. Iñárritu, we have a feeling that this movie will definitely land an Oscar nomination — and it’s about freaking time Leo win one. Birdman won four Oscars, including Best Picture at last year’s Academy Awards.
“We are shooting very small hours. It was planned this way, to be little-by-little jewel moments; that’s the way I designed the production. That was both to create intensity in these moments, as well as the climate conditions,” the director said in a recent interview. “We are shooting in such remote far-away locations that, by the time we arrive and have to return, we have already spent 40% of the day. But those locations are so gorgeous and so powerful, they look like they have never been touched by a human being, and that’s what I needed. The light is very reduced here in winter, and we are not shooting with any electrical lighting, just natural light. And every single scene is so difficult — emotionally, technically. I’ve gotten myself in trouble again, but I’m trying my best.”
We have a feeling it will work out. The film hits theaters on Christmas day. Will you see it?
Perhaps the most recognizable face in Hollywood over the last twenty years, Leonardo DiCaprio has it all: the looks, the acting chops, and of course, the style. His career has seen memorable turns in Titanic, The Beach, Blood Diamond, and Wolf of Wall Street to name but a few. Whilst he’s just about the only actor to have never done a bad movie (well, if he has, we can’t remember it), DiCaprio is equally famous for his boyish good looks and keen sense of style. Whilst the suits may attract the most attention on the red carpet, his sunglasses are another crucial aspect of how Leonardo DiCaprio stays on top of the fashion game, both on and off screen.
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Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
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