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.
When I saw Inception in theatres, my mind was blown. But I was surprised to find that a lot of my friends didn’t feel the same way. Screen Junkies Honest Trailers took on the film with deafening horn noises, justifying the opinions of all those naysayers.
Just like the audience, the characters in the film (Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Loves-it, Ellen Page and a dreidel) can’t figure out what the hell is going on. The movie is so complex is requires intense concentration at any moment.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27th and the evening dragged on in it’s traditional lengthy fashion as it honoured the best of film in 2011.
The evening was full of predictable results, with some surprises thrown into the mix. Those included Kirk Douglas’ flirtatious shenanigans, Melissa Leo’s heartfelt f-bomb, James Franco in drag, Bob Hope’s brief resurrection, and the ‘In Memory’ tribute that somehow forgot to acknowledge Charlie Sheen’s career.
Franco and Hathaway lured in a younger demographic with their good looks and auto-tuned shorts of Harry Potter and Toy Story, but the awards still targeted the traditional Academy audience. Keep in mind that the average age of those voting in the Academy is 56.
As for the awards, the Best Picture went to The King’s Speech, Best Actor went to Colin Firth for his performance in The King’s Speech and Best Actress went to Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Other contenders that cleaned up were Inception with 4 awards and The Social Network took home 3,
Here is the complete list of winners and nominees:
127 HOURS (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
INCEPTION (Warner Bros Pictures)
THE FIGHTER (Relativity Media/Paramount Pictures)
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Focus Features)
THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Co)
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Sony Pictures)
TOY STORY 3 (Pixar/Walt Disney Studios)
TRUE GRIT (Paramount Pictures)
WINTER’S BONE (Roadside Attractions)
JEFF BRIDGES – TRUE GRIT
JAVIER BARDEM – BIUTIFUL
JESSE EISENBERG – THE SOCIAL NETWORK
COLIN FIRTH – THE KING’S SPEECH
JAMES FRANCO – 127 HOURS
The Dark Night Rises has been buzzed about for over a year now. Slowly the mystery is unravelled and new details of the production are revealed. According to totalfilm.com, Inception star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has joined the cast of the third installment.
Ever since Inception rumors have been stirring about Levitt’s possible involvement in the project. It seemed likely that Nolan would cast the talented actor again, but those rumors were constantly refuted by Nolan and Levitt’s reps. Well, to set the record straight, Levitt will in fact be starring in The Dark Night Rises. Unfortunately, in true Nolan fashion (that we have struggled with for over a year), there is no word as to which character he will be playing and whether or not he will be a villain.
However, since it has been confirmed that Levitt is starring, speculations have resurfaced about him playing the titular role of the conniving Riddler. As per usual, Nolan probably still has some tricks up his sleeve. Regardless of Nolan’s ploys, fans of Levitt should be thrilled to see that baby face dawning the silver screen once again.
Though the nominations were very predictable (as my previous articles suggest), there were a few surprising snubs. Christopher Nolan is not nominated for Best Director, which is as perplexing as Inception and Ryan Gosling did not get nominated for Best Male Lead even though his performance in Blue Valentine was incredible heart-wrenching. However, this is the fun of the Oscars, the commotion and conflict the nominations stir up in Hollywood.
Here is the full list of nominations:
Best picture “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers?“The Fighter” (Paramount), A Relativity Media Production, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers?“Inception” (Warner Bros.), A Warner Bros. UK Services Production, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers?“The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features), An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production, Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers?“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers?“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), An Hours Production, Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers?“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), A Columbia Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers?“Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Production, Darla K. Anderson, Producer?“True Grit” (Paramount), A Paramount Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers?“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions), A Winter’s Bone Production, Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Performance by an actor in a leading role Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions)?Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (Paramount)?Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing)?Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)?James Franco in “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight)
Performance by an actor in a supporting role Christian Bale in “The Fighter” (Paramount)?John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions)?Jeremy Renner in “The Town” (Warner Bros.)?Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features)?Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)
It was a big night for showbiz as Hollywood’s most talented gathered in Los Angeles for the 2011 Golden Globes. The ever-hilarious Ricky Gervais hosted, bringing his trademark barbed quips and off-the-cuff jokes to the stage as the room celebrated the most inspired productions of the year.
Big winners included The Social Network, who took home the awards Best Director, Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Musical Comedy Glee also took home a bucketful of globes, including one for fan favourite Chris Colfer’s performance on the show.
But the most buzzed-about win of the night was Natalie Portman’s statue for her work in Black Swan, the Darren Aronofsky thriller about a ballerina driven mad by her role in the classic ballet Swan Lake.
We’re pretty unhappy that Christopher Nolan’s Inception didn’t fare very well, but you can’t win ‘em all, right?
Click HERE for a full list of last night’s winners and losers!
It’s been over a month since I released my picks for this year’s Academy Award best picture category. I think it is time to revise the picks as the ceremony is getting closer and closer and I have seen more of the films.
Like last year, I am still disappointed by many of the “Oscar worthy” films this season, but that is a discussion for another time. Here is my list of nominees for best picture revised.
1. 127 Hours (Danny Boyle)
2. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
3. Black Swan (Daron Aronofsky)
4. The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper)
5. The Social Network (David Fincher)
6. The Fighter (David O. Russell)
7. Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik)
8. The Rabbit Hole (John Cameron Mitchell)
9. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
10. Made in Dagenham (Nigel Cole)
Leonardo DiCaprio was slashed in the face a few years back, allegedly by Aretha Wilson and RadarOnline is reporting that the woman has formally pled no contest to the felony charge.
With the plea entered, Wilson now awaits sentencing at her hearing on November 22nd, where DiCaprio could see justice served. The felony charge carries a punishment of up to four years in a state prison—but with time already served in jail that could be reduced.
Wilson slashed DiCaprio’s face at a party held by Rick Salomon—the guy in the Paris Hilton porn video—in the Hollywood Hills back in 2005. The attack left Leo with a wound that required over 15 stitches to patch up.
Maybe DiCaprio should have gone into Wilson’s dreams and persuaded her to not do such a crazy thing. Either way, at least she’s taking some kind of ownership for her actions and will have to pay the price for her crime.