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A starry time is guaranteed aboard Richard Branson's spaceship, sat next to the Hollywood actor – and it's all for charity, too
A charity bidder at Cannes has won a journey into space sat next to Leonardo DiCaprio, writes The Hollywood Reporter. The lot, which went for €1.2m (£1m) at the annual AmFAR Cinema Against Aids gala at the Hotel du Cap, was listed in as a "once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with a mystery guest" on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic fleet of ships. A second pair of seats sold for €1.8m (£1.5m) for the same flight, totalling €3m (£2.6m) of the total €20m (£17m) raised, a 50% increase year-on-year.
The identity of the passenger that the bidder would be sharing starry observations and possible nausea with was not revealed until after the gavel had fallen, but DiCaprio was present at the charity dinner, along with Cannes jurors Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz. »
Washington, May 24: One fan of Leonardo DiCaprio has paid 1.5 million dollars for a trip into space with the actor, during a charity auction at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the winning bidder will get the chance to travel into space orbit on a Virgin Galactic spaceship in a seat next to DiCaprio, Us magazine reported.
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go toward the AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS charity.
A second pair of seats was also auctioned off on Thursday for a whopping 2.3 million dollars.
Initially, the trip was listed in the auction booklet. »
- Meeta Kabra
The Cannes Film Festival is coming to a close this weekend, but the South of France has been flooded with stars since it kicked off last Wednesday. Nicole Kidman held tight to director Ang Lee during the Nebraska red carpet yesterday, while later in the day Kylie Minogue and her model boyfriend, Andrés Velencoso, posed for the annual amfAR gala. Alessandra Ambrosio boarded a yacht for Roberto Cavalli's party on Wednesday night, and before Leonardo DiCaprio hit the Cannes party scene, he joined Carey Mulligan and Baz Luhrmann for The Great Gatsby photocall during the festival's first day. Other stars like Matt Damon, Milla Jovovich, Justin Timberlake, and Alec Baldwin have also been getting in on the Cannes fun this week. Be sure to check back for more Cannes Film Festival photos, and don't forget to vote for your favorite stars in our Popsugar 100 bracket! View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
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How much would you pay to travel to space? Now, how much would you pay to travel to space with Leonardo DiCaprio? One lucky person at the Cannes International Film Festival paid $1.5 million for that honor.
The prize was up for auction at the amfAR charity event at Cannes on Thursday (May 23). According to AceShowbiz, the bidding for the ticket started at one million Euros (about $1.3 million) before going to Russian Vasily Klyukin's winning price. In addition to the seat next to Leo, another pair of seats on the space trip were auctioned off for $2.3 million.
DiCaprio, his guest and a host of famous names like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Ashton Kutcher will get their chance to visit outer space thanks to Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space program. If all goes according to plan, Branson will launch the first tourist flight to space out of New Mexico by »
A bidder at a Cannes charity auction will soon be headed on a trip that is out of this world.
Pics: Fierce Fashions of the 66th Cannes Film Festival
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a fan bid $1.5 million to be seated next to Leonardo DiCaprio on a Virgin Galactic flight into space. The trip, arranged by Harvey Weinstein, reportedly benefits the AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS charity.
Prior to the event, the voyage was touted as "a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with a mystery guest," the news source reports.
Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio were notably missing at some big events recently - Ryan wasn't on the red carpet at Cannes to support his film Only God Forgives, and while Leo was living it up in Cannes, he didn't make it down under for The Great Gatsby's Australian premiere. So we're updating Paula Cole's hit from the '90s and asking: where have all the hot guys gone? »
- Becca Frucht
It's been a star-studded week in France with celebrities flocking to the Cannes Film Festival since it kicked off last Wednesday. Between red carpets, photocalls, parties, and yachting, there have been plenty of memorable snaps - including lots of adorable couples at Cannes. Sometimes just the pictures can't capture the moment, though, so we've rounded up our favorite GIFs from the festival! How funny are Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan primping on the red carpet? For more great GIFs from Cannes, including Matt Damon's sly phone check and Carey Mulligan's crack-up, just read more! Matt Damon slyly checks his phone Zoe Saldana for the win Emma Watson gets animated Leonardo DiCaprio approves of his hot drink Wonder what Jt said to make Carey Mulligan crack up? Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban can't keep their eyes - or lips - off each other Jt and Garrett Hedlund crack up »
- Lauren Turner
Th 84-year-old director rolled into Cannes this week to discuss his latest film La Danza de la Realidad, a magic-realist memoir of his youth. He talks about his troubled childhood, his passion for psychomagic – and why ageing doesn't trouble him
Missing, believed lost, Alejandro Jodorowsky rolls into Cannes like a conquering hero. He has a room at the Croisette and a film in the directors' fortnight – a rambunctious sidebar away from the Palais. "I am like the rain, I go where I'm needed," the director explains. "If I were in the big house, with the red carpet and photographers and all the fancy women, I would be ashamed." He has always been happier way out on the fringes.
Jodorowsky turned 84 last birthday. He has white hair, bright eyes and a crocodile smile. It is now more than four decades since he thrilled the faithful as El Topo, a mysterious gunslinger in rabbinical black, »
- Xan Brooks
J.J. Abrams may want to give Leonardo DiCaprio a call about appearing in the next Star Wars movie. The Great Gatsby star is going to know all about space travel. We just got word that a trip sitting next to DiCaprio on Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flight went for $1.5 million at amfAR's annual gala and auction at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. News: Leo helps raise $38 million for enviornmental causes Another pair of tickets on the same flight went for $1.8 million. Branson hopes to launch the first trip from New Mexico at the end of the year. Seats on the flight go for about $200,000. That's not all DiCaprio had to offer at the star-studded event, which took »
A trip to the stars -- with one of the world's biggest -- has sold at a Cannes charity auction for 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million U.S.). The winning bidder at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS charity dinner held on Thursday night at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc won an unforgettable journey into orbit on Virgin Galactic, seated next to Leonardo DiCaprio. Photos: Cannes: 'The Great Gatsby' Photocall With Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan A second pair of seats on the same flight sold to another bidder for 1.8 million euros ($2.3 million U.S.),
- Sharon Swart
Money may not be able to buy you happiness, but it can buy you a seat in a rocket ship next to Leonardo DiCaprio. One fan won the opportunity of a lifetime with a bid of $1.5 million at the Cannes Film Festival during a charity auction on Thursday, May 23. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the winning bidder will get the chance to travel into space aboard the Virgin Galactic strapped into a seat next to the Great Gatsby actor -- while also doing some good [...] »
It was a special night in France with the 20th annual amfAR gala taking place during the Cannes Film Festival today. The event raises money for AIDS research, and this year, it featured The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show, as well as an auction. Guests were in for a special treat since a trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio was up for bid! Before the fun began inside, though, stars hit the red carpet in their finest. Model Alessandra Ambrosio worked the cameras in a metallic gown while Goldie Hawn brought a pop of color in yellow and Rosario Dawson kept it neutral in black. Milla Jovovich, Jessica Chastain, in a red Saint Laurent look, Sharon Stone, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, and Ellie Goulding also made appearances. View Slideshow › »
- Lauren Turner
Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming back up with Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane. Lehane will script a new World War II drama DiCaprio is developing called Travis McGee. Paul Greengrass (The Green Zone) is set to direct it.
As of right now, DiCaprio is only producing, but like all of the projects he produces, he could end up starring in it as well. The movie will be based on a book called Deep Blue Good-by, which is part of 21 book series with the first one "following its main character as he tries to find treasure from WWII."
This is the first script for a film that Lehane will write that won't be based on one of his own books. Lehane is a great writer, so I trust that he'll do a solid job adapting this. Here's a short description from the novel:
He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. »
- Joey Paur
Leonardo DiCaprio seems to have taken the late Roger Ebert's rating system of "Two Thumbs Up" to the next level. While in town for the Cannes Film Festival, the actor, 38, was photographed partying at Gotha Club on Monday with his friend, fellow actor Lukas Haas - and a mystery woman. Keeping a low profile in a newsboy hat, the Great Gatsby star, 38, was spotted giving a thumbs up to a woman in a white top. Later, she mimicked his gesture and returned it with a smile.Photos: The Best Snapshots from Cannes!Though the extent of relationship is unknown, »
- Maggie Coughlan
Leonardo DiCaprio had a busy few days at the Cannes Film Festival last week as he promoted The Great Gatsby. He teamed up with his costars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fisher for multiple events including the glamorous Gatsby red carpet premiere that opened the festival, but his trip to France wasn't all about work. On Friday, Leo let loose at a nightclub, where he danced with friends, including Lukas Haas, and a few lucky ladies. Leo tried to keep a low profile with his hat on, but he was spotted mingling in the crowd and showing off his moves while also smoking on an electronic cigarette. He followed up the late-night fun by hanging out on a yacht over the weekend and on Tuesday he made his way back out on the water. Leo and Lukas were joined by a group of guys and girls to lounge on Phillip Green's luxury vessel, »
- Lauren Turner
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
This time last week the biggest story coming out of Cannes was The Great Gatsby – but oh, how quickly things change. Since then critics have been getting in a lather about all manner of things, but no film has been quite as divisive as Only God Forgives, Nicholas Winding Refn's follow-up to Drive.
Starring Ryan Gosling as Julian, a westerner submerged in Bangkok's criminal underworld, it's a creepy, ultraviolent revenge tale that provoked boos and walkouts when it screened at Cannes on Wednesday – although that didn't stop Peter Bradshaw awarding it five stars while declaring that "every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance."
Xan Brooks offered more praise (albeit slightly more reserved), while our report from the press conference found the director confessing that he approaches filmmaking "like a pornographer: it's about »
Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz (in another Oscar winning role), and Leonardo Di Caprio, Django is the second of Tarantino’s Rewritten History trilogy after the World War II film Inglorious Basterds.
Once again Tarantino is on top form, the film has won many awards and was critically and commercial hailed as one of the best films of last year. To celebrate the release of Django Unchained on blinkbox the online movie and TV streaming service has created the following infographic detailing the facts and figures about the film, the director and his work.
All of Tarantino’s films are well worth your time, including (some would say especially Jackie Brown which is an underrated classic) but if you »
- Jon Lyus
The actor, who is still in Cannes after the movie opened at its film festival, blamed his failure to attend on a "schedule change", while director Baz Luhrmann cited personal reasons.
"My time shooting, living and working in Sydney - with the most amazing Australian cast and crew - was an experience I won't forget," DiCaprio told Australia's The Daily Telegraph.
"It was such a great joy to reunite with Baz, who was endlessly inspiring on The Great Gatsby and, most importantly, is a great friend of mine.
"Unfortunately I am unable to return to Sydney for the film's Australian premiere due to a schedule change."
Luhrmann told reporters at the event that the star's no show was due to a personal matter, saying: "I know he made the right decision. He shouldn't be here. »
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- Maria Mercedes Lara
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