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In a 2011 Vulture article, we sized up the sparse field of young leading men in the movies and plaintively asked, “Where Are the New Leos, Tobeys, and Jakes?” Three years later, that drought has only gotten worse. While the movies can boast a plentiful array of bankable female superstars under 25, including Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, and Kristen Stewart, their male counterparts are meager, and there’s still no young man with an under-25 career comparable to the one had by Leonardo DiCaprio (who’d been Oscar-nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and toplined the then-biggest movie ever, Titanic, before turning 25), Tobey Maguire (who’d by that age starred in classics like The Ice Storm and The Cider House Rules), or Jake Gyllenhaal (who made Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko, and Jarhead before his 25th birthday).What gives? Vulture put the question to Tobey Maguire himself at the Toronto Film Festival, »
- Kyle Buchanan
DiCaprio, a longtime environmental activist, will address the U.N. Climate Change Summit on Sept. 23.
“Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message,” said Ki-moon. “I am pleased he has chosen to add his voice to Un efforts to raise awareness of the urgency and benefits of acting now to combat climate change.”
The actor’s Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was established in 1998 with the mission of protecting the Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions for a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. He’s focused on protecting biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation and climate change.
“It’s an honor to accept the role of Un Messenger of Peace on Climate Change »
- Dave McNary
Daniel Radcliffe will win an Oscar, eventually. He's driven, he's eclectic, he's riding Leonardo DiCaprio-esque blockbuster momentum that he's happy to cash in for provocative material, and, most importantly, he's good. And getting better. Holding his own against Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes for a decade certainly helped. Based on the talent assembled for his latest project, Radcliffe's time could be coming sooner than later. Goldcrest Films announced today that Sir Ben Kinglsey ("Schindler's List") and Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") will join Radcliffe in Killer Films' "Brooklyn Bridge," the story of engineer Washington Roebling and his calamitous road to realizing New York City's iconic structure. Radcliffe will play Roebling, who inherits the Brooklyn Bridge project from his father (Kinglsey) and finds an unlikely working partner in his wife, Emily (Larson). Radcliffe's costars provide an awards-friendly bedrock for "Brooklyn Bridge." Kinglsey is a four-time Oscar nominee, picking »
- Matt Patches
Leonardo DiCaprio has been tapped by the United Nations to be honored with the title of Messenger of Peace, and the actor has been asked to speak on Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit to address the topic of climate change, the international organization announced on Tuesday. “It’s an honor to accept the role of U.N. Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community,” said DiCaprio in a statement. “I feel a moral obligation to
- THR Staff
Via Deadline, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will team up again to make a third Jason Bourne movie following concluding the trilogy with The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. Universal has set the film for a quick production and a release on July 16, 2016. Not only that, this would place the as-of-yet untitled Bourne movie ahead of the Bourne spinoff sequel to The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious).
Deadline mentions that Greengrass had originally planned on stopping the franchise now that Bourne has his memory back, saying there’s nowhere else for the character to go. But this latest update of course flies in the face of news that Greengrass would never make another Bourne movie, that Damon would never make one without Greengrass, and that Damon was anyway attached without Greengrass involved.
This will also be the first Damon/Bourne movie not based on one of Robert Ludlum’s novels, »
- Brian Welk
In the years that followed The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon often said he would not return to make another Jason Bourne movie unless Paul Greengrass was back to direct. The actor revealed in May that he is still open to playing Jason Bourne again, although the actor and filmmaker could not come up with a story that interested them both.
While it isn't known who is writing this new version, the studio is so high on the idea that they plan on fast-tracking this untitled project into production, which would take the July 15, 2016 release date already given to director Justin Lin's Untitled Jason Bourne Sequel. That project is a follow-up to 2012's The Bourne Legacy which starred Jeremy Renner as another Treadstone agent, »
Exclusive: Jason Bourne is coming back. Universal Pictures has begun making deals with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to reunite for their third film in The Bourne Identity series, sources tell me. This is an absolute stunner — and Universal would not comment nor would the reps — because Greengrass told Deadline as recently as last year that once Bourne regained his memory, there was no place else for the character to go creatively. His search formed the spine for the trilogy Damon starred in.
Well, they’ve figured it out. I’m told that the studio is so bullish on this that the intention is to make the reteam the next Bourne film to go into production to make the July 16, 2016, release slot that Universal had previously assigned to an untitled Bourne film. That means it would step in front of the spinoff sequel that is to reprise Jeremy Renner »
- Mike Fleming Jr
It’s an understood rule of comedic actors that they can all do drama, as well. Comedy is harder, of course. But then not every comedic actor is truly an actor. Not every comedic performance is about more than good line readings and having the necessary timing to tell a joke. Stand-up comedians often get starring gigs on sitcoms, but that doesn’t mean they’ll wind up with an Oscar nomination someday. (Sorry, Sinbad.) Those who do end up with Academy recognition are those who were always set to shine on the big screen and wound up on TV as a short little detour along the way. Jennifer Lawrence, for example. And Tom Hanks. And Leonardo DiCaprio. But there are also former TV comedy stars who do great work in dramatic movies and never garner Oscar attention, and then they have to go back and do a Dumb and Dumber sequel. There »
- Christopher Campbell
Paul Greengrass is looking to diect Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in a new film set up at Fox that tells the true story of a security guard named Richard Jewell. The movie is based on a 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner called "The Ballad Of Richard Jewell."
Hill is playing Jewell, who was the security guard that discovered a backpack full of explosives in the Olympics compound at the 1996 Atlanta games. "Initially hailed a hero for reporting the suspicious knapsack and then helping clear bystanders from the area before it exploded, Jewell was subsequently vilified just three days later as a potential suspect, his life and reputation torn apart in the advent of the 24 hour news cycle."
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play a lawyer described as "a Southern attorney who mostly did real estate closings and seemed in over his head, but he guided Jewell through a »
- Joey Paur
Toronto — It’s quite remarkable that up until now there has never been a biopic on the life of Bobby Fischer, arguably the greatest chess player of the 20th Century. Yes, his name was used in the acclaimed 1993 film “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” but that referenced his potential successor. Fisher’s life and his greatest moment, a dramatic match against his Russian counterpart, are finally depicted in the new drama “Pawn Sacrifice,” which screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Fisher’s genius as a chess player first manifested at the age of 12 and by 13 he had become the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Chess Championships. He enjoyed a spectacular rise as a master chess player and by 1957 he won the first of eight U.S. Championships (a competition he never lost). The world stage, on the other hand, was different. Rising to prominence at the height of the Cold War, »
- Gregory Ellwood
With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »
- Christopher Clemente
We’ve known since February that the fabled Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill bromance first seen in The Wolf of Wall Street would continue into a second film. We’ve also known who that film would be about: Richard Jewell, the security guard who saved the ’96 Olympics from a bomb threat and was wrongfully crucified for it. And now thanks to Deadline, we know who’s interested in directing it (“circling” the project, as they say): Paul Greengrass. Makes sense, given that the script is being handled by Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray. Right now, some outlets are referring to the pic as American Nightmare, but it’s not totally clear if that’s the official title or just something taken from the Vanity Fair expose this is all based off of, “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell.” Here’s a quick primer on just who this Richard Jewell guy was: the security guard »
- Adam Bellotto
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Andrew Garfield admits he was surprised by the mixed critical reaction to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He says he "loved" the script by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, but noted that portions of the story were cut from the film: "Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies." Garfield also said that he loves "constructive criticism" and wants to consider further "if we missed anything." [The Daily Beast] Untitled Richard Jewell Movie: We heard a while back that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill would be reteaming for a movie about Richard Jewell, a security guard who went from hero to falsely accused suspect in the 1996 Atlanta...
- Peter Martin
Back towards the beginning of the year, we learned that The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill would team up again for The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a story based on a Vanity Fair article about the security guard who discovered an explosive laden backpack at the 1996 Olympics compound in Atlanta and cleared bystanders, only to be turned on when he was labeled a potential suspect three days after being called a hero. The film is set up at 20th Century Fox and now Deadline reports United 93 and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is circling the director's chair. More below! The project would reteam Greengrass with his Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray, who has already adapted the 1997 article by Marie Brenner, and would make for quite the Oscar contender when the time comes. As previously reported, Hill would play the lead role of Jewell »
- Ethan Anderton
After their huge critical and box-office acclaim opposite each other in The Wolf of Wall Street from Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set to re-team on American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a film based on the life of Richard Jewell, a American security guard who became a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.
Today, Deadline reports that the project may have found its director in the shape of Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips). The siet suggests that Greengrass is circling the film, but no deal has been made as of yet.
Based on the Vanity Fair article of the same name by Marie Brenner, the film will feature Hill as Jewell, whose life is thrown into turmoil following allegations of his involvement in the disaster. DiCaprio, meanwhile, will play his lawyer. Jewell was eventually exonerated, but not at the expense of an investigation that, »
- Scott Davis
Deadline is reporting that Paul Greengrass, best known for his work taking the Bourne series to new heights after a so-so first film, is in talks to helm a movie that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have been looking to make for a while now. I reported several months ago that DiCaprio and Hill, fresh off their well-received onscreen pairing in The Wolf of Wall Street, were looking to work together again and had chosen the real-life story of disgraced security guard Richard Jewell as their next project.
The film will be based on an article from Vanity Fair called The Ballad of Richard Jewell and tells the sickening story of how Jewell, a security guard that helped quell a terrorist attack at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, was turned into a prime suspect and object of ridicule by the news media despite being innocent. What happened to Jewell would »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Paul Greengrass may have found himself another dramatic true-life saga to direct. He’s reportedly circling The Ballad of Richard Jewell, about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. The film would reunite Greengrass with his Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray. Wolf of Wall Street besties Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set to star. Hit the jump […]
- Angie Han
The film is based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner with the same name and tells the true story of the events that took place during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.
Security guard Richard Jewell reports a knapsack bomb at the summer games and finds himself becoming a suspect in the investigation of the terrorist plot. Jonah Hill will be portraying Richard Jewell, while Leonardo DiCaprio is playing his lawyer.
Paul Greengrass will direct from a screenplay by Captain Phillips' scribe Billy Ray. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are also producing with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Kevin Misher. The acting pair previously worked together in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.
A production schedule has not been announced. »
Wolf of Wall Street costars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have plans to reunite on a film about the aftermath of the 1996 Olympics bombing, currently referred to as either American Nightmare or The Ballad of Richard Jewell (in lieu of an official title). The film in the making – based on Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” – is being scripted by Bill Ray, who picked up an Oscar nomination for his work on last year’s Captain Phillips.
Deadline is reporting that the project has now attracted Captain Phillips helsman Paul Greengrass, who is circling the Richard Jewell project and could make the film his next docudrama-esque directorial effort. Greengrass was once prepping the Martin Luther King Jr. memoir Memphis as ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Following their stellar performances in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, for which both were Oscar-nominated, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set to reteam for a biopic centering on Richard Jewell, a heroic security guard who spotted a knapsack bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and cleared the area of bystanders before it exploded, only to find himself accused by the authorities of planting the bomb himself. And now, Deadline is reporting that Paul Greengrass, whose 2013 thriller Captain Phillips racked up six Oscar noms, is circling the project.
News that Greengrass could take the reins on the Richard Jewell pic is especially exciting given that Billy Ray, who penned Captain Phillips to great acclaim, is already set to scribe this film, working from Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell.” Greengrass and Ray’s last collaboration was a true nail-biter, and »
- Isaac Feldberg
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