Knut, the Berlin Zoo’s world-famous polar bear whose fragile psyche became an international obsession, died after several hundred visitors witnessed him falling in his enclosure.
The four-year-old was raised by zoo keepers after being rejected by his mother. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.
“It’s terrible,” Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit told a local paper, according to the Associated Press.
“He had a special place in all of our hearts. He was the star of Berlin Zoo.”
As a cub, Knut was known as “Knut the Cute.” But later he became known as “Knut the Nut”
If you traveled back in time to 1973 and told the movie-going public that Clint Eastwood, the actor behind such iconic tough-guy characters as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry or the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, would go on to become the nation’s most preeminent and versatile director, few would have believed you.
In that year, Eastwood, volunteered to direct Play Misty For Me for free so he could get his directing career off the ground. Nineteen years later he won an Oscar for the revisionist Western Unforgiven. Even more impressive was that Eastwood didn’t just direct Westerns but a poignant romantic drama (Bridges Of Madison County), a period thriller about a kidnapping scandal (Changeling), a Dennis Lehane adaptation (Mystic River), and a war film told from the point of view of the enemy (Letters From Iwo Jima). In the 2000’s, Eastwood was littered with awards and accolades for practically everything he made.
Eastwood was 74 when he won his second Oscar for Million Dollar Baby and he brought his 96-year old mother to the ceremony with him. Who knew that since then, Eastwood would release an additional five movies to high critical acclaim (technically, four out of the five. Hereafter got mixed reviews) and that at the age of 80, he’d still be working in the business?
Approaching his 81st birthday, Eastwood has come to Washington D.C. to shoot his latest film J. Edgar. The original screenplay was written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role as FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Judi Dench, and Jeffrey Donovan. Donovan, best-known for starring in the TV series Burn Notice, previously starred in Changeling with Eastwood.
Eastwood is notoriously efficient and completes his shooting quickly but be on the lookout for some stars in town. The film is also rumored to contain DiCaprio’s first on-screen kiss with another man.
I’ve been told that all the casting has been done for extras, but there might be an opportunity if you get in with Central Casting.
“You coulda heard a pin drop when Leonardo DiCaprio suddenly got feisty with Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood on the set of J. Edgar,” begins a piece in the National Enquirer.
According to the tab’s “on-set spy,” DiCaprio supposedly “demanded a retake on a scene” because he felt he hadn’t “shocked enough,” but Eastwood refused.
DiCaprio allegedly wouldn’t take no for an answer, and “got upset and demanded that Clint reshoot the scene.”
Apparently, the director then “turned to the cameraman, and said, in a quiet Dirty Harry rasp: ‘He can shoot it again
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Shahrukh Khan, the great superstar of Indian cinema, is set for a big leap into the international cinema with the film Xtrme City that will have him play a Mumbai bhai. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio will play an American cop.
But a typical cops and gangster story it surely won’t be. Writer Mushtaq Sheikh who has co-written the screenplay with director Paul Schrader has revealed the film’s story and from the narration we can assure you that this one’s going to be a helluva nail-biter.
The film will start with both SRK and DiCaprio as unlikely buddies in a UN peacekeeping force in Somalia in the 90s. During the mission, DiCaprio saves SRK’s life and the latter is indebted to the former. Thereafter starts a friendship but when the mission comes to an end they return to their respective countries. DiCaprio becomes a cop in the US while SRK becomes a don in Mumbai.
Years later, DiCaprio comes to Mumbai to seek a favor from SRK but is sucked into the city’s underbelly.
Quite apparently, the film’s title Xtrme City refers to Mumbai.
The film will be produced by Martin Scorsese. Paul Schrader, who has written screenplay for many Scorsese films, will direct it.
Little known actor Miles Fisher has signed on for a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s Hoover biopic J. Edgar, according to Deadline. Fisher will play Agent Garrison, an FBI agent who interviews his boss Hoover at different stages in the movie, which has been filming since February. Leonardo DiCaprio leads the cast as the former FBI director, with Armie Hammer as his best friend/alleged lover, Naomi Watts as his personal secretary, Josh Lucas as famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, Damon Herriman as Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann and Ed Westwick as Agent Smith, a writer who is drafted to pen Hoover’s biography but comes a little too close to Hoover’s secrets. It was also announced earlier today that TV’s Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan will be playing Hoover rival Robert F. Kennedy.
Fisher garnered some buzz for spoofing Tom Cruise in 2008’s Superhero Movie and then Cruise’s Tropic Thunder persona Les Grossman in a video spoofing the pitching of a Pinkberry movie, and has had guest starring roles on Gossip Girl, The Cleaner and Mad Men. Most recently he wrapped one of the lead roles in this summer’s next installment of the franchise that, ironically, will not die: Final Destination 5.
Source: Up and Comers
Australian director Baz Luhrmann has announced that his next film, The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, will be filmed in Sydney this year.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel, published in 1922, has undergone many screen adaptations
Kate Winslet says her close friend Leonardo DiCaprio has been her ”rock” over the years since they starred in blockbuster Titanic in 1997.
The 35-year-old star has praised the 36-year-old actor
Along with Leonardo DiCaprio leading Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar about the historical FBI founder and director, the cast has rounded out beautifully with the likes of Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy, Josh Lucas as Charles Lindbergh, Judi Dench in an unknown role, Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson and more. Now yet another name has been added to the roster as Jeffrey Donovan, who was in Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, recently updated his own Twitter feed saying that, “I fly to LA Sunday. I have been [cast] as Bobby Kennedy opposite [Leonardo DiCaprio] in Hoover. Excited. :) Working with Mr Eastwood again. Dreams come true.”
Donovan definitely deserves some more play on the big screen, but the actor has also been busy with his series Burn Notice on USA Network. It’s unclear just how pivotal the role will be, but whether it’s a brief appearance or not, Donovan’s addition to the cast (noticed on Twitter by Collider) just sweetens the deal. With the film expected in theaters sometime later this year, there’s no doubt this will be a film to keep an eye on when awards season rolls around in early 2012. After being relatively unimpressed with Hereafter, I’m looking forward to Eastwood getting back on track with a strong cast like this. How about you?
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