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Articles, Interviews, News & Updates ♦ January 17, 2020

LA TIMES

In “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Leonardo DiCaprio plays a struggling actor who can only dream of being nominated for an Academy Award. He has to fight for good parts, is never recognized for industry accolades and is forced to travel overseas to get work.

That, of course, is far from DiCaprio’s reality. On Monday, the 45-year-old scored his sixth acting Oscar nomination for his leading turn in Quentin Tarantino’s film. The actor, who took home the coveted trophy in 2016 for “The Revenant,” said he woke up at his home in Los Angeles a couple of hours after the nominations were announced.

How do you think Rick Dalton would react to being nominated for an Oscar?

I think Rick Dalton would be ecstatic. This film, in a lot of ways, was Quentin’s love letter to Los Angeles and this entire industry — so many of the actors before me that built the foundation of this entire town. Rick was becoming obsolete, and embodied that major cultural transition in the industry. It was a great joy to do the research of that time period with Quentin.

When you won an Oscar in 2016, you seemed very moved during your acceptance speech. Does Oscar recognition really mean a lot to you?

Absolutely. I think everyone feels that way. We inhabit these roles, we go off on location to do these performances, and you never know how the audience or critics are going to feel about what you do.

You and costar Brad Pitt seem to have grown especially close on the awards trail. How has your friendship evolved since filming?

Both of us connected with the relationship that the two characters have in the film — the support system they have for one another. Having grown up in this industry around the same time and places, we just clicked into these people. It was a really natural, implicit understanding. It was amazing working with Brad.

At the Golden Globes this month, he cracked that he thought Jack should’ve shared the life raft with Rose at the end of “Titanic.” Were you surprised by the depth of his “Titanic” knowledge?

He always comes prepared with some good quip on stage — especially the last-minute ones.

There was a lot of talk at the Globes about the fires in Australia. Should you get a chance on the Oscar stage, would you take the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to you?

Absolutely. If it’s something that you’re passionate about — whether that be the environment or not — there’s not many opportunities for us as artists to have a voice that reaches to millions and millions of people around the world. We’re going through an unprecedented shift in the environmental moment — seeing disasters happening faster and at a scary level. The Australian bush fires are — as Russell Crowe put it — related to climate change and temperatures rising and droughts. We need to bring a voice to these issues, and we have a platform that is unprecedented and unmatched.

You’ve produced a handful of environmental documentaries over the past few years, but none has gotten as much attention as a film like “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” Does that bother you?

Well, the truth is, as much as you would love to see people bring as much attention to something I did like “Sea of Shadows” — about the possible extinction of the vaquita — or the climate change film “Before the Flood,” at the end of the day we are in the renaissance of documentaries. There’s more funding for these films and these ideas, and the truth is that they’re getting millions and millions more eyeballs than before because of these streaming services.

At the Globes, Ricky Gervais poked fun at the fact that you’ve dated many women who are younger than you. Does that make you happy there is no host for this year’s Oscars?

No, it’s all good fun. It’s the Oscars, at the end of the day. Is this a common thing? Do you think this will become common — the no-host thing? I do like a host. But after watching it with no host last year, you know, it wasn’t that bad, either. Both ways were kinda cool with me. But you’ve gotta have somebody who’s excited to do it, which Ricky was.

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Today, Leo received his 7th Oscar nomination! We all are so proud of him.

Here’s Leo‘s reaction statement about being nominated;

. “I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing my work along with the incredible performances of my fellow nominees. I’ve been incredibly fortunate, with this film, to have partnered with brilliant collaborators in Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. This film is an homage to the city of Los Angeles, and I had the opportunity to portray an actor facing his own obsolescence, at a time when our culture was going through massive change. This film in many ways is a tribute to all those who were a part of this industry. Cinema is, and continues to be a powerful form of free artistic expression. This film along with so many others this year, were truly original and impactful. I hope as we progress, we continue to see even more of them. I feel honored to be a part of it all. Thank you again.
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News & Updates, Nominations ♦ January 07, 2020

Today (January 07), was announced the nominees of the BAFTA 2020 and Leonardo received his 5th nomination.

Best actor

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

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Interviews, News & Updates ♦ January 07, 2020

Marc Maron’s beloved WTF podcast is known for having some big names on the show, but even by Maron’s standards, this week’s guests were a pretty big deal. “I’m not a starstruck person, but these guys are shiny f–kers,” Maron admitted in his introduction to the Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio episode, calling them both “great actors” and “naturally gifted” movie stars. Pitt, as it turns out, is almost as big a fan of Maron, enthusiastically referring to the host as “the great Marc Maron” when he walked into the ArcLight theatre where they recorded the episode.

Pitt even referred to the host’s cancelled IFC show Maron as his “happy place”. With a love fest like that right off the bat, it was clear to listeners this was going to be a good chat.

The pair were on the podcast to promote their Quentin Tarantino flick, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won both QT and Pitt a Golden Globe Sunday night and which finds DiCaprio playing a washed-up television cowboy who spends much of his time with Pitt’s character, his best friend and stunt double, and they were in fine form, laughing and looking back at the respective careers from their early gigs to the moment they hit that level of fame that meant nothing would be the same.

Art lovers & entertainers

Maron brought up the subject of art, mentioning Pitt’s enthusiasm for the fine art world and asking if he’d ever tried to make any of his own. The actor shared that he’d dabbled in sculpture, calling it “meditative” and recognizing the practice as a good, solitary mental break from the collaborative process of film-making. When Maron asked his guests if they recognized their own film work as art, DiCaprio quickly replied, “Yeah, I hope so,” while Pitt more hesitantly added, “We’re certainly entertainers.” (For the record, neither of them have any current aspirations of directing.)

 

Marc Maron’s beloved WTF podcast is known for having some big names on the show, but even by Maron’s standards, this week’s guests were a pretty big deal. “I’m not a starstruck person, but these guys are shiny f–kers,” Maron admitted in his introduction to the Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio episode, calling them both “great actors” and “naturally gifted” movie stars. Pitt, as it turns out, is almost as big a fan of Maron, enthusiastically referring to the host as “the great Marc Maron” when he walked into the ArcLight theatre where they recorded the episode.

Pitt even referred to the host’s cancelled IFC show Maron as his “happy place”. With a love fest like that right off the bat, it was clear to listeners this was going to be a good chat.

The pair were on the podcast to promote their Quentin Tarantino flick, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won both QT and Pitt a Golden Globe Sunday night and which finds DiCaprio playing a washed-up television cowboy who spends much of his time with Pitt’s character, his best friend and stunt double, and they were in fine form, laughing and looking back at the respective careers from their early gigs to the moment they hit that level of fame that meant nothing would be the same.

Art lovers & entertainers

Maron brought up the subject of art, mentioning Pitt’s enthusiasm for the fine art world and asking if he’d ever tried to make any of his own. The actor shared that he’d dabbled in sculpture, calling it “meditative” and recognizing the practice as a good, solitary mental break from the collaborative process of film-making. When Maron asked his guests if they recognized their own film work as art, DiCaprio quickly replied, “Yeah, I hope so,” while Pitt more hesitantly added, “We’re certainly entertainers.” (For the record, neither of them have any current aspirations of directing.)

 

 

DiCaprio and Pitt both started their careers on the small screen. In talking about first roles, Leo mentioned briefly working on the show Parenthood (based on the 1989 Steve Martin movie where DiCaprio took on the role originated by Joaquin Phoenix!) before joining Growing Pains in the early ’90s. Pitt had actually guest-starred on Growing Pains a few years earlier, playing a minor role on the iconic sitcom with Canadian television dad, Alan Thicke. Pitt went on to star in Dark Side of the Sun, a long-forgotten (if completely unknown) Yugoslavian film about a man who had to cover his entire face and body at all times because exposure to the sun could kill him. His summary of the character? “Yeah, he dies.”

While Brad and Leo are arguably amongst the most famous people currently living on planet earth, it wasn’t always that way. Both admitted that they could immediately tell when a movie didn’t work and even well-meaning friends weren’t able to lie about the results.

DiCaprio wouldn’t mention the film by name, but his friend’s five-word reaction was all he needed to know that he didn’t have a hit on his hands: “Wasn’t my cup of tea.”

First rule of Fight Club

Even some of their most popular films missed the mark with initial audiences and they have the stories to prove it.

Pitt told a hilarious tale about one of the first screenings to Fight Club. “We had the best screening ever. We had it at the Venice Film Festival and they do this midnight screening…for some reason, [Edward Norton] and I thought it would be a good idea to smoke a joint beforehand. And we go in, and they put you up in a balcony and you sit next to the guy who runs the festival, everyone’s looking at you, they clap and you sit down, it’s very formal…then the movie starts and the first joke comes up and it’s crickets, dead silence, and another joke, and it’s just dead silence…and this thing is not translating, you know, it’s subtitles.”

“The more that happened, the funnier it got to Ed and I. So we’re the a**holes in the back laughing at our own jokes.” The festival director squirmed with discomfort as he watched and eventually left the theatre without a word, which made Norton and Pitt crack up even more. “Oh, we had a good time.”

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ January 07, 2020

On Sunday (January 05, 2020) Leonardo DiCaprio alongside with the cast and director of “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” attended the  77th Annual Golden Globe Awards that happened in Los Angeles. Leo was nominated but didn’t win.

Check the photos in our gallery:

 

GALLERY LINKS:

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 05: 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 05: 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Cocktails

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 05: 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Press Room

Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 05: 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Show

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ January 05, 2020

Awards season is about to hit fever pitch with the Golden Globes rolling out on Sunday, and this ritzy day event bills itself as ‘a respite from the hectic and demanding’ time for nominees and other stars.

Leonardo DiCaprio led the charge of stars at the BAFTA LA Tea Party, which took place Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

He was joined by the likes of Saoirse Ronan and Isla Fisher, as well as Laura Dern and Gillian Anderson.

BAFTA, or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, will announce its nominations for the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards on Tuesday January 7th, with the awards ceremony itself to take place on Sunday, February 2nd.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 04: The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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We’ve add ScreenCapturesStillsSpecial FeaturesBehind the Scenes and On Set pictures of Leonardo in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).

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Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Film Screencaptures

Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Promotional Pictures

Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Production Stills

Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Posters

Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Behind the scenes

Film Productions – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Trailer #1

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Gallery Updates:, Public Events ♦ January 04, 2020

Leonardo DiCaprio catches up with old friends Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper while attending the 2020 AFI Awards on Friday afternoon (January 3) in Los Angeles.

Brad and Leo are at the event to support their movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is being honored as one of the Top 10 Movies of the Year.

Also in attendance were their co-star Margaret Qualley and writer/director Quentin Tarantino.

BradLeo, and Quentin are all nominated for Golden Globes at this weekend’s ceremony and the film is also up for Best Picture.

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Appearances & Public Events – Events in 2020 – January 03: 20th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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The Critics’ Choice Association announced the nominees on Sunday morning and Leo was nomineted as a Best actor. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” earned 12 noms,

BEST ACTOR
Antonio Banderas – “Pain and Glory”
Robert De Niro – “The Irishman”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver – “Marriage Story”
Eddie Murphy – “Dolemite Is My Name”
Joaquin Phoenix – “Joker”
Adam Sandler – “Uncut Gems”

The Critics’ Choice Awards gala, once again be hosted by Taye Diggs, will broadcast live on The CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12 at 7 p.m. ET.

And on Monday (09),  Leonardo DiCaprio received his 12th Golden Globes nomination when he was nommed for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

It was won of five nominations this morning for Tarantino’s ode to 1969 Hollywood, which Sony Pictures released in July and has grossed $372 million worldwide to date. Tarantino was nominated for both Directing and Screenplay, and Brad Pitt scored a Supporting nom.

DiCaprio has won three Globes, for 2005’s The Aviator, 2014’s The Wolf of Wall Street and most recently in 2016 for The Revenant, a victory he replicated later that year at the Oscars.

“I am humbled to be in the company of the other honorees,” DiCaprio said in a statement today. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a celebration of cinema, a film that would not exist without the vision of Quentin Tarantino. It is a love letter to the city of Los Angeles and the people who make this industry so incredibly special. A heartfelt thanks to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this recognition.”

DiCaprio’s first Globes nom was in 1994 for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, one of two Supporting noms in the stretch including Tarantino’s 2013 film Django Unchained.

He is joined in this year’s Best Actor – Comedy/Drama race by Daniel Craig (for Knives Out), Roman Griffith Davis (Jojo Rabbit), Taron Egerton (Rocketman) and Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name).

The 77th Golden Globes awards ceremony will be hosted by Ricky Gervais on Jan. 5, 2020.

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Articles, Leonardo, News & Updates ♦ November 30, 2019

Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year.

Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government campaign against environmental nonprofit groups operating in Brazil.

DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire,” the president said to supporters in Brasilia.

DiCaprio’s environmental organization Earth Alliance has pledged $5 million to help protect the Amazon after a surge in fires destroyed large parts of the rainforest in July and August. But the actor and committed environmentalist said in a statement sent to The Associated Press Friday his group had not funded any of the two nonprofits named by investigators so far.

“While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted,” the statement read. “The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them.”

DiCaprio offered a lengthier response to Bolsonaro in an Instagram post on Saturday morning. “At this time of crisis for the Amazon, I support the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage. They are an amazing, moving and humbling example of the commitment and passion needed to save the environment.”

“The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them. While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted. I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators and general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilians,” he added.

 

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