Leonardo DiCaprio wants to help the tiger population of Nepal. His Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to work with the Nepal government on protecting the animals. In a statement Wednesday, the actor and activist said he’s “hopeful” the money will help “exceed the goal” of doubling the tiger population that exists in Nepal now. The money will help build up anti-poaching patrols and protect and restore areas for them to breed and expand. The hope is to increase the number of tigers in Nepal by 2022, which is the Chinese Year of the Tiger. Thirty-nine-year-old DiCaprio is a WWF board member.
‘The story follows a disgraced detective who transfers to a town in Missouri and teams with another disgraced officer to fight crime after police officers in the town begin showing up dead execution style making the two believe someone is out to make war with the local authorities.’
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star as the title character in the upcoming film Rasputin, according to Deadline.
The 38-year-old actor will play the Russian mystic “who became an advisor to the Russian Imperial family the Romanovs.” He was embraced by Tsar Nicholas II as a healer for his only son, but his influence with the family in all matters “grew to the point that rivals tried several times to kill him, finally succeeding in 1916.”
Leo reportedly liked the idea that this film brings up different sides to Rasputin that were recently unearthed, like how he was capable of switching easily between kindness and ruthlessness, and that he was a charlatan who prolifically bedded women.
Baz Luhrmann and Leo DiCaprio already have teamed on two literary classics: Romeo + Juliet and now The Great Gatsby. So which text will the Aussie helmer likely tackle next with his go-to leading man?
"Hamlet," Luhrmann told THR at the New York premiere of Gatsby on May 1. "To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?" The first thing Luhrmann needs to do, though, is persuade DiCaprio to take on another Shakespeare work to complete their bookish trifecta: "It’s just a dream at this point," he says.
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is to open the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
Based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic novel, Toby Maguire and Carey Mulligan also star.
Luhrmann - whose debut film Strictly Ballroom was screened at Cannes 21 years ago - said the festival had “always been so close to our hearts”.
The Australian director’s new film will be shown on 15 May at the Grand Theatre Lumiere of the Palais des Festivals.
"F Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphael," Luhrmann said in a statement.
The Great Gatsby was scripted by Luhrmann and co-writer Craig Pearce, who worked together eight-time Oscar nominated film, Moulin Rouge!. That film also opened the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.
DiCaprio, who stars as the tragic romantic Jay Gatsby, last worked with the director on his 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, for which Luhrmann won a Bafta for best screenplay and best direction.
The actor is returning to Cannes for the first time since he presented the 2007 ecological documentary, The 11th Hour, which he produced.
The Great Gatsby features songs by Jack White and rapper Jay-Z - who is also due to attend the opening at Cannes.
It will also be screened in 3D - only the second time in the history of the festival a film has been shown in the format after Pixar’s Up opened in 2009.
The film had been due for release last Christmas but was pushed back by Warner Bros to ensure it “reaches the largest audience possible”.
We’ve known for a while now that 2013 would deliver a new movie from Martin Scorsese, but for the longest time when haven’t known anything more specific than that. For the last few months the Oscar winning filmmaker has been working on The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation of the book by Jordan Belfort with an all star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau Margot Robbie, Cristin Milioti, P.J. Byrne, Ethan Suplee, and Matthew McConaughey. But get ready Scorsese fans: you can finally start an official countdown.
The Hollywood Reporter has found out that Paramount will be releasing The Wolf of Wall Street on November 15th, placing it right in the heart of awards season. The date is actually an exceptionally busy one, and a surprising choice given that the date already belongs to Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, two films that will likely share the same target demographic and split ticket sales. Also set to be released is the boxing comedy Grudge Match starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone.
The Wolf of Wall Street is Scorsese’s first film since Hugo and will have DiCaprio playing Belfort, a New York stockbrocker who lived the highlife back in the 1980s only to see everything torn to shreds by accusations of fraud. Terence Winter, who created the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire (a show produced by Scorsese), adapted the screenplay.
Leonardo DiCaprio is trying to tame what happens to wildlife. In particular, the elephants in Thailand.
The actor has signed a petition in hopes of getting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to ban all ivory trade in the country.
"Illegal wildlife trade is the most urgent threat facing species like tigers, rhinos and elephants. These animals are being killed every day to feed an escalating demand for their body parts," DiCaprio wrote on his Facebook page. "Much of the ivory traade goes through Thailand. We can help save these beautiful animials. Join me and the World Wildlife Fund and tell Thailand to ban all sales of ivory."
The WWF is hoping to reach its goal of one million signatures before presenting the petition to Yingluck at an international trade convention being held in Bangkok on March 3, according to The Hollywood Reporter. So far, more than 400,000 people have signed the petition.
In addition to DiCaprio, other celebrities who have joined the initiative include Alyssa Milano,Ethan Suplee, Ian Somerhalder, Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman.
Cinema has often dipped into the story pool of 1930s crime dramas, which present a simpler time in America’s history. For people making the movies, I mean, not for the people that actually lived through the Depression and subsequent road to war. Without cell phones, DNA analysis, fluorescent bulbs, or terrorists to worry about, movie cops get to be badasses, noir-ish shadows are everywhere, and everything is personal.
Michael Armour’s upcoming novel The Road Home looks like it will establish that same gritty tone, and Deadline reports Warner Bros. has already snatched up the rights for it, with Appian Way, the production company run by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, set to produce. Scott Cooper, who wrote and directed 2009’s countrified Crazy Heart, will also be writing and directing this film. And though DiCaprio is only listed as a producer for now, there’s no telling how attached he’ll get as the project moves forward.
In The Road Home, main character Creek is just your average war veteran-turned-rancher in Depression Era California. He’s asked to privately look into a brutal local murder that the police have covered up, and Creek finds himself way over his head as he uncovers a small town conspiracy. Sounds like it’s got a lot of nail-biting potential.
This will be the second collaboration between DiCaprio and Cooper, who teamed up for Cooper’s upcoming crime thriller Out of the Furnace, which DiCaprio was originally supposed to star in before the role was filled by Christian Bale. But while Cooper was busy with that, DiCaprio was filming Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which will be out later this year.