18 posts categorized "LEONARDO DiCAPRIO"

Sep 21 2011
G(ay)-Men Comments (5)

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The official trailer for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic J. Edgar—written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black—is out, unlike its subject...

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Dec 13 2010
She Blows Comments (8)

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I remember when Titanic (you know, the original Twilight?) was about to be released and everyone thought it was a potential mega-bomb of all time—it had cost way too much and been delayed way too often. Then it became the biggest movie of all time and made household names of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. I even edited this magazine about Leo, using early-years photos:

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Jul 28 2010
Please Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming! Comments (6)

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Tomhardy071106_243x359Inception's Tom Hardy engaged to Charlotte Riley, displays a refreshing bit of honesty when asked if he's had sex with men: 

"As a boy? Of course I have. I'm an actor for fuck's sake. I've played with everything and everyone. I love the form and the physicality, but now that I'm in my thirties, it doesn't do it for me. I'm done experimenting but there's plenty of stuff in a relationship with another men, especially gay men, that I need in my life."

More here.

 
Jul 15 2010
Starry-Eyed: Joy Behar Comments (0)

Joy Behar caught the Inception screening the same night I did. She was fussing with her phone as the lights went down, eliciting a sharp rebuke to "Turn off the game!" from someone nearby. She snapped, "All right—calm down!" Later, she seemed to say she liked Leo but was "terrified" by the movie; not sure she liked it.

 
Sep 11 2009
Punky Power! Comments (1)
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In Touch (September 21, 2009) brought to my attention the fact that Soleil Moon Frye (1) has 1,000,000 Twitter followers (whoa!) and that (2) she gifted her followers by dressing up as Punky Brewster for the first time in a million years:


If memory serves, after I published a Leonardo DiCaprio tribute magazine about 12 Photo years ago when he was the "It" boy, a young, agitated woman called me up to bitterly complain about it. I challenged her right to be so upset and she said she was in some of the pictures in the magazine, then she calmed down totally once I made clear that the magazine had been done with the cooperation of the photographer of all these early-years Leo pix. "He's a cool guy," she observed, and then she was done ranting. In looking through the mag and in remembering her voice, it was clear this had been a protective Punky Brewster. Maybe her loyalty is why she's remained friends with the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore over the years.
 
Jan 22 2009
If Oscar Loves A Good Nazi Flick, How Much Must It Hate Tom Cruise? Comments (4)

WinsletThe Reader means Stepen Daldry's gotten nom'd for all 3 films he's made.

The full list of Oscar nominations is here, with expert opinion on them here. Talking points to make you look smart here.

My impressions:

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I'm shocked that The Reader did so well! It raked in major nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, and yet it stands at a mere 60% on RottenTomatoes.com with 150 reviews counted. Could it be the least positively reviewed film to get a Best Picture nod since...Ghost?

Large_brolin-penn I would hazard a guess that its Nazi theme helped it with the Hollywood crowd. Anything about the Nazis—presuming it's good in the first place—gets an extra boost. Remember Adrien Brody's out-of-nowhere win for Best Actor? Not casting aspersions (I've been dying to see the movie), it's just an interesting trend to me. Hollywood also smiles upon movies with liberal social agendas, such as The Cider House Rules or Crash (realllly smiled upon it) or this year's Milk. It's not that they aren't good, it's that they're probably extra-favored for content as well as form.

425.Revolutionary.Road.DiCaprio.Winslet.082208 I'm a bit miffed that Revolutionary Road was overlooked. I loved it! But it's also quite interesting considering the film was directed for Oscar winner Sam Mendes and stars two beloved Hollywood actors. Maybe the Academy felt giving nods to Brangelina was enough red-carpet consideration.

The eight nominations for Milk show a genuine affection and respect for the film, even if I think it will only win for Best Original Screenplay. ("Only" he says—that would be an amazing award.)

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button gets 13 nods, but I would guess it will lose most of those. It's such a BIG movie with so many potential nominees, but none jump out as sure-bet winners.

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Jan 01 2009
Are We Living Or Dying? Comments (5)

2008_revolutionary_road_009When life hands you lemons...

In 2007, Premiere Magazine offered its 20 Most Overrated Movies Of All Time list, with the Oscar-winning Sam Mendes drama American Beauty (1998) at the top. (Then Premiere died, so go figure.) Probably it deserves a spot on the list, if not at #1, but I kind of suspect his latest—the searing drama Revolutionary Road starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet—is likely to earn a place on some sort of Underrated Movies list thanks to its highly stylized feel and relentlessly bleak tone. I hope I'm wrong, because I loved this unique, hypnotic cautionary tale.

How you see the film might depend on your answer to the title of this post.

2008_revolutionary_road_001 Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet) Wheeler are an intelligent, thrill-seeking young couple who find they have settled into '50s suburban somnambulant stasis almost without realizing it—Frank's a salesman for an early computer company and April is a homemaker, the mother of their two children, with aspirations of being an actress or...anything else at all.

Their fights call to mind Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? set in a Far From Heaven world where Frank commits adultery for lack of anything better to do and April brushes up on how to give herself an abortion when an unexpected pregnancy threatens to derail their impulsive plan to skip town and relocate in Paris to live—really live.

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The Campbells = The Wheelers Lite?

Complicating the Wheelers' plot is their tight if superficial friendship with their more conventional neighbors the Campbells (David Harbour & Kathryn Hahn) and Frank's accidental competence at his job. At first, they delight in all their friends' and co-workers' stunned reactions to their move, but Frank's cold feet leave April less stunned than disbelieving.

The brilliance of the film is that the Wheelers are not only representative of an average couple in the 1950s, but also of the elusive American Dream, which more often than not—due to its being steeped in conformity—is a bit of a nightmare.

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April glowers.

Winslet is Oscar-worthy as always, communicating the uncompromising urgency in April's wanderlust while simultaneously radiating movie-star beauty that makes sense in light of the Wheelers' somewhat 2008_revolutionary_road_011 cowed acquaintances. She is the coolest person they've ever met or even seen, and her entrance into and exit from their lives—more so than Frank's—will never be forgotten.

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Nov 21 2008
Man Crushes Of The Year Comments (0)

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GQ's "Men Of The Year" issue (December 2008) reads like People's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue with all the choice beefcake inside.

Leonardo DiCaprio:

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Rafael Nadal:

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Sean Penn:

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James Franco:

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After the jump, Jon Hamm, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Phelps and Jason Statham...

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