Formula E – the environmentally friendly rival to F1 backed by Leonardo DiCaprio – receives £40m boost

Formula E, the new environmentally-friendly racing alternative to Formula One based in the UK, has received another boost with €50 million (£41 million) of funding.

The all-electric series, which will reveal its 40 new cars on Thursday at Donnington Park, begins around the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Park in Beijing in September.

While organizers have claimed they are not treading on F1’s toes, they are at pains to emphasize the relevance of the technology, while F1 continues to bicker about whether to continue its “green” venture.

Californian technology company Qualcomm and Amura Capital, an Andorran private equity firm, are the main new backers.

The formula will race around 10 street circuits across the world for the 2014-15 season, with one in London.

Source: telegraph

Blood on Snow

Special thanks to Sarah for the alert on this.

Warner Bros is setting Chris Sparling to adapt the bestselling Jo Nesbo crime novel Blood On Snow for Daniel Espinosa to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to produce and potentially star in. Sparling is best known for scripting the Ryan Reynolds-in-a-coffin thriller Buried, and he generated what looks to be one of the hot sales titles at Cannes. He scripted Sea Of Trees, the film that Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will star in for director Gus Van Sant. He’s written several other scripts he plans to direct.

The studio set up Blood On Snow last March for Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran to produce with Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park. Jo Nesbo and Niclas Salomonsson are executive producers on the project. This is a two-book series that the Norwegian crime novelist Nesbo wrote under the pseudonym Tom Johansson. Knopf will publish them in the U.S. It revolves around a hit man who’s forced to go into hiding after he fails on a job and finds himself on the run with his intended target, who unfortunately happens to be his boss’ wife.

Source: Deadline

Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Jane Goodall to Help Elephants

Leonardo DiCaprio has lent his voice to speak out on behalf of elephants. The actor/activist who founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation recently joined with Jane Goodall, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and others to voice their concern about the ivory trade.

“In the past century, the number of elephants in the wild has declined by 50 percent,” DiCaprio explains. “Their disappearance could devastate ecosystems and have a lasting impact on the biodiversity of our planet.”

Source: Parade

Leonardo DiCaprio Adds Steve Jobs Role To Pile Of Potential Movies

As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo DiCaprio could play Steve Jobs for director Danny Boyle in Aaron Sorkin’s untitled movie about the Apple Computer co-founder. David Fincher was previously attached to direct the film, albeit in the loosest of terms, with rumors that he wanted Christian Bale to play Jobs.

Whether this ever happens with DiCaprio is, of course, up for great debate. Since saying in December of 2013 that he was ready to take a “long break” after filming “The Great Gatsby,” “Django Unchained” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” in succession, DiCaprio has found himself attached to no fewer five projects. In the last 13 months, he’s been associated with nine films. Ahead a brief rundown of DiCaprio’s ever-growing docket, as told by the Hollywood trades.

Source: HP

The Revenant

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.

Source: Deadline

Leonardo DiCaprio donates $3 million for ocean conservation

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.

Source: sacbee.com

MTV Movie Awards

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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!

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6 reasons Leonardo Dicaprio is yet to win an Oscar

He’s been unlucky

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.

Source: Yahoo UK

Leo at the Oscars

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