November 2nd, 2010
05:28 PM ET
Leonardo DiCaprio has landed himself a killer new role - the actor will portray a murderer in the upcoming movie adaptation of the New York Times best-seller, "The Devil in the White City," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Set during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the film - which DiCaprio will also produce - focuses on fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who was said to be the mastermind behind a series of murders that took place around the time of the event.
A charming man masquerading as a doctor, Holmes created and erected the World's Fair Hotel, which he used to lure in his many victims, whose body count was estimated between 27 to 200, reports Deadline.com. Holmes's hotel included a gas chamber, crematorium, and a dissecting table where he would strip skeletons and sell parts for scientific study.
July 22nd, 2010
02:44 PM ET
Who would've thought Leonardo DiCaprio gets anxious?
The “Inception” star opened up about his anxiety, his childhood and his post-“Titanic” love life in the new issue of Rolling Stone, currently on newsstands.
"[My stomach churns over] really stupid stuff," DiCaprio told Rolling Stone. "Things that shouldn't make you anxious whatsoever. It's crazy how your mind will become this database to make you worry about things that are so arbitrary.”
July 5th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
Even A-list stars can’t resist the lure of the vuvuzela!
Oscar nominee Leo DiCaprio was spotted blasting the long red trumpet – and possibly annoying music legend Mick Jagger – as he watched Germany claim victory over Argentina at the World Cup quarter final soccer match on July 3.
DiCaprio, whose mother, Irmalin, is German, was seated directly behind Jagger at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. As he watched Germany beat its rivals 4-0, the 35-year-old “Inception” star would frequently stand up and unleash that distinctive toot – right near the Rolling Stones rocker’s head.
Let’s hope 66-year-old Jagger – who was accompanied by his young son Lucas - was a good sport and didn’t end up with a Titanic headache.
April 23rd, 2010
12:16 PM ET
The boys - and one esteemed woman - are back in this week's casting report roundup.
Robert Downey Jr. is said to be in the running to play the wizard in a Disney prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," the LA Times reports.
Downey has reportedly been chatting with the film’s producers about portraying the wizard before he became the man behind the curtain. Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) and Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”) are said to be the two directors in talks to lead the cast. Word on the street is that this film, just like everything else these days, is aiming to be in 3-D. If this sounds all kinds of awesome to you, don't get your hopes up - the LA Times noted that Downey's schedule may prevent him taking the part.
Jack Nicholson, 73, has been offered a part in your grandfather's version of “The Hangover,” NYMag's Vulture reports.
January 27th, 2010
06:20 PM ET
Bravehearted Scots? Check. Mayan warriors? Been there, done that. What else have you got for us, Mel Gibson? Turns out the answer is... Vikings.
I caught up with him last night at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood for the premiere of his new crime drama, "Edge of Darkness," and he confirmed he's working on a new Viking saga. And no, it won't be centered on Brett Favre and whether or not he's going to retire.
"It's going to be good. I'm writing it with Bill Monahan ("The Departed") and he's a good writer," he says. "And I get some pretty good ideas sometimes," he adds with a smile, "It's going to be Viking with a capital 'V.' I've never seen a good Viking movie, have you?"
Off the top of my head, I couldn't think of one. So is this thing going to be like "Braveheart" with boats?
"No, it will be pretty good, it's different. I cracked [the story]. I'll give you that in about, you might see that in 18 months, two years. It's a long gestation period."
Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly set to play the lead. Let the pillaging begin!
January 25th, 2010
03:39 PM ET
One of the commenters today on our Haiti telethon blog post made an interesting request: "I would like to see a list of all the Hollywood types who have contributed to this telethon and how much they contributed. Actions speak louder than words (or performances)."
Of course, as other posters noted, those performances were aimed at increasing donations, by getting more people to tune in to the telethon. In addition, many celebrities are donating their time to raising funds and awareness for the cause, such as Ben Stiller's fundraising through Save The Children for a school in Haiti. And, as unlikely as it may seem, some celebs may have contributed without putting out press releases.
Nevertheless, this sounded like a "Find The Good" challenge, so here's what I've been able to dig up. This list is by no means complete, or in any kind of order, but it should provide an idea of who's giving what.
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