The Playlist – With a prime opening slot for “Birdman” at the Venice Film Festival next month, things look to be going pretty well for Alejandro González Iñárritu, and he even has “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy gearing up to shoot this fall. Or does he?
THR reports that the film, which was slated to start shooting in September, is now in jeopardy after the troubled production company Worldview Entertainment backed out of financing the movie. 20th Century Fox isn’t interested in putting up the money themselves citing the pay-or-play deals for the two leads (meaning they get paid even if the movie doesn’t get made), but there’s more complications. In a typically ambitious move by Iñárritu, he wants to shoot the movie—about a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and robbed, who then goes on a mission of vengeance—in sequence, which would add $7 million dollars to the budget.
But hope is on the horizon with every cinephile’s fave, Megan Ellison (“The Master,” “Her,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Killing Them Softly”), looking to step in and back the movie via Annapurna Pictures. So fingers crossed that Iñárritu gets to the shoot the movie the way he wants, and everything stays on track for what sounds like a potentially great film.
Photos of Leo’s appearance last month at the State Departments Our Ocean can now be found in our gallery:
– Public Appearances > 2014 > June 17: State Department Hosts ‘Our Ocean’ Conference
Foggy Bottom got a little taste of Hollywood Tuesday, when Leonardo DiCaprio appeared at a State Department event to pledge $7 million to ocean conservation.
The Wolf of Wall Street star unveiled the pledge at the State Departments Our Ocean conference, saying the sum would go toward meaningful ocean conservation projects over the next two years, funding organizations and communities that are establishing marine reserves.
DiCaprio spoke on the same day it emerged President Obama would significantly expand marine sanctuary protections in the Pacific Ocean. While the actor applauded the Obama administration and their work on marine conservation, he said more needed to be done by government to protect the fragile ocean environment.
It is the Wild West on the high seas. These last remaining underwater bio gems are being destroyed because there is no proper enforcement or sufficient cooperation among governments to protect them.
DiCaprio, a diving enthusiast, described the environmental devastation that he had witnessed firsthand over the past 20 years in his dives in the Australian Great Barrier Reef. The endless underwater utopia, he said, is now filled with bleached coral reefs and massive dead zones. During a diving trip to Cocos Island in Coasta Rica, he witnessed illegal fishing vessels invade the waters of one of the few shark sanctuaries in the world.
We are plundering the ocean and its vital resources, and just because we cannot see the devastation from dry land does not mean it is any less dangerous. It needs to stop.
DiCaprio has been a longtime ocean conservation advocate. Earlier this year, he gave a $3 million grant to Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, through his Leonardo DiCaprio foundation. (Source)
Earlier today, Leo was in France where he attended the amfAR 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The gala was presented By Worldview, Bold Films and Bvlgari. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
– Home > Public Appearances > 2014 > May 22: amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has become quite a philanthropist by donating $1 million to help save elephants at a fundraising event. The actor made the donation at the Sundown Gala which raised money for the Elephant Crisis Fund.
The event was organisd by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation along with actor Mark Wahlberg and the Wildlife Conservation Network. (Source)
Danny Boyle is reportedly in talks with Sony Pictures to direct an upcoming film based on late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the project has so-far shuffled from director to director, with David Fincher the most recent filmmaker to drop out of the project.
Deadline reports that while negotiations are nowhere near finished, Sony is eager to replace Fincher quickly and confirm Boyle for the job. Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to star in the biopic, based on a biography by Walter Isaacson about Jobs.
We will keep you updated on this latest project news. (Source)
I have added scans from People magazines Most Beautiful People issue into the gallery. Leo was featured in the magazine’s 25 Years of Beautiful section. The issue is now available on store shelves. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
– Home > Magazine Scans > 2014 > People – May 2014
Earlier in the year, Leo was photographed for the SAG Foundation while in Los Angeles, California. It is a wonderful portrait shot, hopefully many additional outtakes will be released over time. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leo is set to play a fur trapper who is left for dead in the wilderness of early 19th century North America in the period revenge thriller, The Revenant. Directed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu the film will be DiCaprio’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed but controversial Martin Scorsese black comedy, The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Revenant, based on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel, The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.
Punke’s book is set in 1823 in the areas of North America that now make up North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. It centres on 36-year-old Hugh Glass, a real-life figure, who joins the Rocky Mountain Fur Co on a journey into the wild. After being mauled by a bear, he is left at the mercy of two would-be rescuers who later steal his belongings and abandon him when their camp is attacked by Native American raiders. Glass must then travel the 350-mile journey back to civilisation through perilous territory.
Inarritu, who directed Amores Perros and Babel, plans a September shoot for the film adaptation, and is aiming for an autumn 2015 release date. (Source)
I have added HD screen captures from The Wolf of Wall Street into the gallery. Leo received his fourth Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker convicted of fraud and stock market manipulation. Please be advised, some of the screen captures do contain nudity. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
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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