I love Leonardo DiCaprio for the same reason I love ice cream: there’s so many flavours! Whether your favorite’s the cute kid, the teen heartthrob, or the blockbuster star, you’ll love these pics and clips from the long-standing A-lister’s early acting days.
Born and raised in Hollywood
L.A. has been Leo’s home for literally his whole life. Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974 and grew up in the capital city of acting. The origin of his epic name? Apparently his mom was staring at a Leonardo da Vinci painting when she felt his first kick!
He could sell anything
Leo knew acting was his calling by his early teens. In 1988, 14-year-old Leo started starring in commercials for everything from Matchbox racing cars to Apple Jack’s cereal. His hair in this ad for Bubble Yum gum could easily fight Harry Styles’ flow to the death.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar win and general flawlessness has pretty much solidified that she is the woman of the internet’s dreams. She’s funny, smart and doesn’t mind making a fool out of herself. While she was meant to play the role of The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen, we also think she had another major role only meant for her in the stars: The MGM Lion.
Because you know it’s going to be a good movie when the first thing you see is Jennifer Lawrence.
Last night was like watching the Tony Awards as the 2013 Oscars were jam packed with performances ranging from Seth Mcfarlane all the way to Shirley Bassey. The best part of last nights festivities were no doubt the performances. Um, hello? THE Barbra Streisand performing? Yes, please.
My personal favourite performances was Les Mis for the sole reason that experienced and talented broadway actors like Aaron Tveit got to perform on the Oscar stage for the very first time — they now have it made. Also, I can watch Hugh Jackman perform any day, all day. He can really do ANYTHING. He and Anne Hathaway look and sound so great together on screen and on stage (think back to when she performed with him when he was hosting a few years ago).
For your viewing pleasure, may we present all the night’s performances in one place!
We Saw Your Boobs (Seth Mcfarlane)
I wonder if this song was offensive or not…I have yet to decide. I just enjoyed Jennifer Lawrence being really happy we haven’t seen her boobs.
Les Mis performance
Sing it Aaron Tveit, werk that Oscar stage girl (thanks patrick-dempsey for his gif-able catwalk)
Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey) Read more…
In another of edition of “Jennifer Lawrence, be my best friend!,” the recent best actress winner experienced what every fangirl goes through when they finally meet their idol. But it wasn’t One Direction that did for Lawrence—instead, it was longtime movie star Jack Nicholson that had her freaking out. Adorbz!
Jennifer Lawrence has been flawless during this hectic award show season. Not only has the face of Miss Dior been killing it on the red carpet, she has quickly become a journalist’s dream as she was probably the most quotable celebrity ever.
Asides from her breathless acceptance speech, she didn’t let her fall up the stairs to claim her awards (looking like a Disney princess no less) faze her. Lawrence’s comedic timing during her post-win press conference was amazing. From sharing what she was thinking when she fell (“It started with F”) and revealing that yes, she did take a shot beforehand, Lawrence was the face of best humble brag (if you could even call it that).
If Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can’t host next year’s Academy Awards, may we suggest Lawrence? Just forget the teleprompter and let her ramble throughout the show.
During his annual post-Academy Awards late night show, Jimmy Kimmel debuted the sequel to last year’s wildly popular Movie: The Movie spoof trailer.
Movie: The Movie: V2 jammed-packed a lot of sexy creatures (vampires, mummies, zombies and leprechauns: “taste the rainbow”) destroying the world. The late night show has to call on a group of not-so-super hero pals to save the day. The trailer is brimming with Kimmel’s celebrity pals, including:
Also featured is a gigantic Channing Tatum who’s ultimate power resides from his glowing crotch. With that in mind, the trailer is yet another parody of all of our favourite movie tropes.
Watch below and see if you can catch them all (it’s just like pokémon!)
Anne Hathaway’s Oscar campaigning for her role in Les Miserables may be getting on some people’s nerves having won a string of awards including the SAG, a Critic’s Choice Award and a Golden Globe. Performing awkward and super chipper awards’ speeches, it has become a little too obvious that Hathaway wants the Oscar REALLY, REALLY BADLY.
While I can’t deny how brilliant she was in Fantine (I mean she cut her hair and sang live in one take, bitches!!), this parody really knocks the ball out of the park. Reminding the Academy one last time why she MUST win at the 85th Academy Awards, I present to you…The Anne Hathaway “For Your Consideration” video.
If any of you have watched any of the Best Picture nominees for the Oscars this year, then you will definitely giggle at these slightly-modified movie posters.
Changing the titles of films such as Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook these posters certainly display a lot of truth. Because honestly, we will never forget Ben Affleck for his roles in Daredevil AND Gigli. (via collegehumor)
Not sure if you caught the
sn ooze-fest Oscars last night but the best parts of the opening monologue included a romantic kiss between a suave George Clooney and an unconscious Billy Crystal, and later an appearance from Justin Bieber. The pop star’s presence was apparently Crystal’s way of drawing in the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.
The sketch, which parodies Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, had Bieber chumming with
Billy Crystal Sammy Davis Junior on their way to kill Hitler. The tux-wearing singer said to Crystal: “What’s up? I’m here to get you the 18-24 demographic. So how long do you want me to sit here for?” Then he gazed in the distance for a grand total of 15 seconds.
The Oscars are finally trying to do something to draw in a younger audience.
Did it work for you or did it turn you away?
If swear words are your favourite part of any movie, then this “profanity reel” will pretty much bring you up to speed with all the angst in this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees.
“You selfish butthead,” “shithouse crazy” and “sourpus” are the most PG words (mostly from the Help) and they just get worse from there.
It makes me think that someone has a little bit too much time on their hands. I mean, they had to keep track of all the swear words in every nominated film, go back, cut it and make it flow together.
Cirque du Soleil’s halftime Oscar show was mesmerizing. So mesmerizing, that I want to watch it over and over. There were over 50 performers on stage and stunning visual effects were displayed in the background. The Oscars can be pretty dull but they really picked it up with this performance, which captured the spirit and nostalgia of going to the movies: the popcorn crunch, the crinkle of the projector.
This performance was a decade after their first and only appearance at the Oscars. Come back, please?!
Watch it below:
Everybody calm down. If Jennifer Lopez had a nip slip at the Oscars you are not going to see it. Immediately after presenting the Oscars for costume design and makeup with Cameron Diaz, Twitter erupted because of the two ladies’ strange behaviour.
Halfway through presenting, the two ladies turned their backs toward the cameras and started giggling. J Lo’s dress was very low cut so it’s possible she did a quick rearrangement. No word from the Academy, J Lo’s breasts or any legitimate person in America.
It’s red carpet moments like these that make me cringe but it’s also partly why I watch. Midway through his interview with Ryan Seacrest,
Sacha Baron Cohen the Dictator spilled sand “Kim Jong-Il’s” ashes on the E! host.
Ryan Seacrest did not look impressed and who can blame him? The guy is just doing his job and WHOP! There we go, ashes all over the expensive suit. Security immediately escorted the actor away from the interview but his plan worked because the next few celebrities who saw Ryan’s suit and the leftover ashes couldn’t stop asking questions.
The stunt doesn’t make me want to see his movie more, it just makes me more intrigued to see what epic publicity stunt he’ll come up with next.
We saw a lot of white at the Oscars tonight, but the shade wasn’t my favourite. It looked a little too bridal and boring to me. It also washed out some ladies on camera, like Rooney Mara. Long sleeves were another big look, which I personally loved. Some critics deemed it too “mature” but who cares about those rules anyway?
Ladies in colour, Michelle Williams and Emma Stone
My absolute favourite look of the night goes to Michelle Williams who wore a coral Louis Vuitton gown. It looked like a vibrant red on camera but this photo really brings out the coral. She paired it with a simple necklace and brooch. She can do no wrong!
Emma Stone wore a beautiful red haute couture dress by Giambattista Valli. I know there will be a bit of disagreement about the bow but I like that she’s fearless. There was some chatter that her dress was too similar to one of Nicole Kidman’s past dresses, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. Especially considering how many similar little black dresses we see on the carpet each year.
Sarah Hyland’s lilac dress was a little too prom for me. I like the cap sleeve on her right shoulder but found the cut to be a little plain. I originally liked Shailene Woodley’s Valentino dress when I first saw it, but it didn’t photograph as well as it looked on camera. Although some critics thought it wasn’t “age appropriate,” I like the fact that she has a very unique style for being so young. Instead of bare arms and a low cut she went for a dress that’s comparatively conservative. In comparison, Rooney Mara’s Givenchy white dress washed her out and was ill-fitting. She said she picked it out that morning and it showed!
Screen Gold, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman
No joke, I’ve always had a weird affinity for capes. They rock. And Gwyneth Paltrow, who wore Tom Ford, rocks for wearing one. Natalie Portman’s dress was a little too 50s sweetheart to me. We see her in the “cute” dress a lot and I wish she’d mix it up for a change. But still, the style makes her comfortable so I can’t blame her for going that route. My second best of the night goes to Angelina Jolie. She looked HOT with that slit in the leg and she actually cracked a smile.
Funny ladies, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy
My favourite of these ladies was Rose Byrne. Her haircut is the type of style that makes me chop off my hair and then immediately regret it. But it looks chic on her. Maya Rudolph looked great in a simple purple. In comparison, her SNL buddy Kristen Wiig was a little too beachy and casual for the night. If she pulled up her hair it would have made a huge difference. I heard some different points of view about Melissa McCarthy’s dress but I don’t think it’s structured enough and I’m not huge on the colour.
Best of the night? Sacha Baron Cohen
Eddie Murphy has officially stepped down as host of the 84th Academy Awards telecast, less than 24 hours after the show’s producer Brett Ratner stepped aside after a storm of criticism over his use of an anti-gay slur over the weekend.
In all fairness, Ratner and Murphy’s attachment to the broadcast lasted longer than the Kardashian marriage, by twenty-four days.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak said Wednesday in a statement, “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well.”
Ratner was named the Oscar co-producer in early August, resigned on Tuesday morning because of his anti-gay slurs on Howard Stern’s radio program on Sirius XM Radio show.
According to the New York Times, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation strongly objected to the derisive remark about gays, and a flood of objections by academy members and media commentators quickly made clear that the Academy’s Feb. 26 Oscar show on ABC, if Mr. Ratner remained in charge, was going to be as much about Mr. Ratner as the movies.
Murphy followed his friend and director of his latest film “Tower Heist” and flew the coop, he commented, “First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.
More to come….
Well in the case of James Franco, that’s what happened to him when he poked fun at her during an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”
“I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway,” Franco said back in March.
Hathaway, who hosted this year’s Academy Awards with Franco to less than rave reviews, fired back, correcting Franco on his word choice.
“I let James know that a whirling dervish is a more flattering comparison than a Tasmanian devil. I called him, and we e-mailed a bit,” she reveals to Harper’s Bazaar.
But perhaps there aren’t any hard feelings, as Hathaway felt hosting the awards show was more of a positive experience in just getting to be there.
“In the grand scheme of things, I got to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she tells Harper’s. “I met great people, wore beautiful clothes. And I got to put on a show. I don’t see a downside. Anyone who disliked my personality probably disliked my personality before the Oscars.”
Good on Anne for not firing back angrily to her haters. After all, she was the center of attention that night, not to mention all the lovely outfits she got to wear! Stay classy! It really is better to focus on the positive and move on in life.
But in other Anne Hathaway news, she is gearing up to play Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale, “The Dark Knight Rises” as well as the summer romance, “One Day”, alongside Jim Sturgess.
The Academy Awards will now allow between five and 10 best picture nominees, reports CTV.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday that the number of nominees will be dictated by voting. In order to be nominated, a film will need a minimum of 5 per cent first-place votes.
In 2009, the Oscars expanded the best picture nominees from 5 to 10, but now, the number of nominees has been changed again after analyzing the voting from the last two years.
Retiring Academy executive director Bruce Davis recommended the change, saying:
“In studying the data, what stood out was that Academy members had regularly shown a strong admiration for more than five movies,” said Davis. “A best picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”
The unknown number of nominees will add a new sense of mystery to the awards too, as filmmakers don’t know how many spots they are vying for. The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards will be announced January 24.
I personally think 10 was too much, so I like this idea. Nominate as many movies that deserve it, not just because they need 10 spots. Hopefully this means the award show will be shorter, too, as less people are nominated.
British import The King’s Speech has officially taken home the little golden man for best picture at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
Steven Spielberg presented the film’s cast and crew with the statue, placing emphasis on the true honour of even being nominated in such a prestigious category.
Director Tom Hooper was also honoured in the Best Directing Category, leading man Colin Firth snagged an Oscar in his category, and screenwriter David Seidler managed to nab a win too.
It was a spectacular film, but being die-had Christopher Nolan fans we couldn’t help but root for Inception! Still, the award was absolutely well-deserved and the film was excellent.
Click HERE to check out a full list of big winners!
A shocking report was released by Variety early this week. The report claims that reports that the scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right and The Fighter will be disqualified for the 83rd Academy Awards.
The trade says that Black Swan and True Grit scores won’t be competing because they are “diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music. Clint Mansell’s score for Black Swan is solely based on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Carter Burwell’s True Grit score is based on 19th century hymns. The scores are being criticized for their lack of originality.
Whereas, The scores for The Kids Are All Right and The Fighter won’t be competing because they are “diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs.”
I mean, I think this is a little harsh. It still takes a tremendous amount of work to compile a film score even if the songs are not all original. Of course, the totalitarian ruling Academy is pulling the plug on these films. It’s not a surprising move from one of the most biased institutes.
Mid-November is a time where we start hearing the same Christmas songs in every single store, Starbucks features their holiday drinks, peppermint hot chocolate and the gingerbread latte, and the first (or third) snowfall is upon us. Apart from all the holiday season cliches, all Oscar buzzing films are released consecutively. Though the Academy Awards, set for February 27 2011, are three months away, it is time to start the Oscar pools.
The Academy Awards is a pretty predictable awards show. Every year viewers are disappointed with the winners because of an Academy institution conspiracy. The voting process is not really democratic, although members of the board claim that it is. This year there are many Oscar buzzing films. Last year was a poor year (in my opinion) for North American cinema, but this year is looking up.
The nomination ballads are due on Monday December 27, and the official nominations will be announced a month later on January 27. With two months to decide, I say that we can somewhat accurately guess the ten best picture nominations.
As of November 18 2010 my Best Picture nominations are as follows (subject to change):
1. 127 Hours (Danny Boyle)
2. Made in Dagenham (Nigel Cole)
3. True Grit (Cohen Brothers)
4. The Social Network (David Fincher)
5. Conviction (Tony Goldwyn)
6. Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik)
7. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
8. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
9. The Rabbit Hole (John Cameron Mitchell)
10. For Colored Girls (Tyler Perry)
As a warning I am not necessarily in accordance with all of these films, but I am trying to delve into the minds of the conspirators.