Leonardo DiCaprio has committed to star this September in The Revenant, a gritty thriller that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will direct for New Regency, for fall 2015 release through Fox. Gonzalez Inarritu and Mark L. Smith co-wrote the script. DiCaprio had been attached to team with Gonzalez Inarritu, but he is attached to many projects; getting the star to commit off his Oscar-nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street performance is a big development for Arnon Milchan and Brad Weston’s game plan to make tasteful, star- and director-driven fare.
An adaptation of the Michael Punke novel The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge, Inarritu Gonzalez’s next film will star DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who gets mauled by a grizzly bear, and then is left for dead by cohorts who rob him. When he survives, he is as pissed as a bee-stung bear and sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is wasting no time in making good use of last year’s massive fundraising.
Back in May of 2013, the 39-year-old actor hosted a record-breaking charity art auction at Christie’s that brought in an astounding $38.8M. In November, the first gift from that evening’s festivities was bestowed upon the World Wildlife Fund – a $3 million donation to fund tiger conservation programs. DiCaprio’s foundation doled out another $3 million in February – this time to the ocean conservation group Oceana.
“Protecting our planet’s oceans and the marine species that call it home is one of the most pressing sustainability crises facing humanity today and a moral imperative that we must acknowledge,” said DiCaprio in a statement.
Spread over three years, the donation will allow Oceana to fund habitat protection for marine life – as well as pursue an end to California’s gillnet industry.
The Wolf of Wall Street is nominated for eight MTV Movie Awards! Here are the categories to vote for the film:
Movie of the year: The Wolf of Wall Street Best male performance: Leonardo DiCaprio Breakthrough performance: Margot Robbie Best on-screen duo: Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio Best shirtless performance: Leonardo DiCaprio #wft moment: Leonardo DiCaprio Best musical moment: Leonardo DiCaprio Best comedic performance: Jonah Hill Leo fans make sure you vote every day until voting is over. Lets pass this around on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr and make it a The Wolf of Wall Street sweep!
First, lets look at his nominations, and who he lost out to.
Leo has been nominated twice before in the Best Actor category for ‘The Aviator’ in 2005 and ‘Blood Diamond’ in 2007.
In those years he lost out to Jamie Foxx in ‘Ray’ and Forest Whitaker in ‘The Last King of Scotland’. Two towering and career-defining performances, much like Tommy Lee Jones’ in ’The Fugitive’ which denied him earlier in his career when he was nominated for ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’.
Ditto 2014. Let’s be clear, Leo is fantastic as Jordan Belfort in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. It’s a typically intense performance, but it’s also one that proves he’s got what it takes to do physical comedy too.
However, Matthew McConaughey (who pipped him to the post) is riding the crest of a wave of critical acclaim, in the the biggest year of his acting career. This makes Leo plain unlucky.
The Academy Awards are right around the corner, and it’s so exciting that Leo is nominated!
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Leonardo DiCaprio apologizes as he reaches for an e-cigarette; he’s spent a long day taking photos and doing interviews, and has been longing for a break. As he relaxes in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel, he stops to admire the setting Los Angeles sun and offers a simple tribute: “Wow, that’s gorgeous.”
“When I started acting, I didn’t think of it as a career,” DiCaprio, 39, says of his early start as a pre-teen appearing in commercials. “I always thought Hollywood was this magical world where a fairy came down and said, ‘Come live with the Munchkins; you are now one of us.’?” He laughs. “I didn’t understand the concept of it as a career. I thought I would save up enough money to go to college.”
DiCaprio’s parents divorced when he was a year old, and he lived primarily with his mother, Irmelin, in a hardscrabble neighborhood he affectionately refers to as “Prostitution Alley,” near Western Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. “I saw all the moral decay you could, beginning at 2 years old,” he notes. “But I also got to see how the other half lived.” That was thanks to a to scholarship to University Elementary School, a magnet program of UCLA, in the tony Westwood section of Los Angeles. His mother would drive him 45 minutes to school and back every day. “I could see that this other world was out there. And if I could only get my shot, I would never waste the opportunity. That mentality and that gratitude are still in me.”
“This was a seven-year process and it’s been beyond my wildest dreams,” DiCaprio told THR’s Scott Feinberg. “A film that, I think, takes a lot of chances and is trying or attempting to push the envelope…that takes on the corruption in our financial institutions in a very authentic way, that there’s an audience for that. That’s what’s been amazing. A lot of our instincts have been proven right in that regard and it’s very gratifying.”
The Wolf of Wall Street (2014) as Jordan Belfort
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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