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South Dakota town bets big on Leonardo DiCaprio bear film

South Dakota town bets big on Leonardo DiCaprio bear film

A small town near the border of North and South Dakota is commemorating a grizzly tale this summer, and organizers hope a forthcoming film starring Leonardo DiCaprio will help keep the tradition alive and bring visitors to the region.

Organizers in the town of Lemmon, South Dakota, will launch the first annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous in August in advance of “The Revenant,” which will be released in December.

Glass is a legend in the region for having been mauled by a grizzly in August of 1823 near what is now the Shadehill Reservoir. The frontiersman was left for dead by his fellow travelers, but survived and sought revenge.

Lemmon locals are hoping that the release of the film will generate interest in Glass’ story and drive tourists to the area, and festival, reported the Bismarck Tribune.

“We’re sitting on a little gold nugget,” said LaQuita Shockley, a local newspaper publisher and co-organizer of the first Hugh Glass Rendezvous. “Once the movie is released, there’ll be global attention, and people are going to want to walk upon the very spot.”

Source: CBSNews

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The Revenant at Cinema Con

Call of the Wild

Shot deep in the Canadian tundra by Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (who did things the hard way, utilizing only natural light for the production), footage from The Revenant played out with nary a word of dialogue and didn’t so much lay out the film’s plotline as scene-set its action within a specific milieu. DiCaprio is some kind of old timey mountain man with long, lank hair, a wardrobe of funky furs and leather pelts who’s handy with a musket in a gunfight. The audience was treated to scenes of DiCaprio fording frozen streams, doing hand-to-hand combat with fellow buckskin wearing frontiersmen and shooting at people from horseback. It played as both profound and populist: a kind of prestige popcorn movie with the potential to appeal at both the art house and the multiplex.

Source: EW

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First Look: The Revenant

First Look: The Revenant


Shooting this month in Calgary (average nighttime low: 9 degrees) the writer-director has partnered with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy to tell the true story of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), an American fur trapper and frontiersman in the early 1800s. After being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, Glass made a heroic 200-mile trek back to civilization to find the men who abandoned him in his time of need, played by Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domnhall Gleeson.

“He’s a brave, incredible actor. I’m so surprised about how good he is,” Iñárritu says of DiCaprio. “I think there’s a profound understanding of humanity that I can see through his eyes.”

Source: EW

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Leonardo DiCaprio returning to Calgary area to film major new western

Oscar-nominated movie star Leonardo DiCaprio will be returning to Alberta to shoot his next film, a revenge Western called The Revenant, the Calgary Herald has learned.

Sources say the film will be shot in both B.C. and Alberta, likely in the fall. No firm dates or locations have been confirmed, but sources say production officials have already opened an office in Vancouver and are looking for space in Calgary.

“It’s anticipated a shooting schedule in the October to March range,” said the source about the Alberta shoot. “Eighty days of shooting.”

According to movie-industry news sources, it will be directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, best known for dramas such as 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful. Actors Tom Hardy and Will Poulter, best known for his role in the comedy We’re the Millers, will co-star.

DiCaprio and Hardy were in Alberta in 2010 to shoot Christopher Nolan’s big-budget spectacle Inception.

Based on a novel by Michael Punke, the film “centers on the 1820s’ story of a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, who set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling,” according to Internet Movie Database.

Los Angeles Times reports that Emmanuel Lubezki, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who shot Gravity, has also signed on for the project.