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“Veep” won over “Louie, “Silicon Valley,” “Modern Family” and “Transparent,” which won the award last year. “Election Night” capped the fourth season of “Veep” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selena Meyer winding up in a tie in electoral college votes for President.
The award, presented by Steven Spielberg, was the first honor announced Saturday night at the DGA’s 68th annual awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza.
It’s the inaugural award for the DGA’s first-time director trophy. Spielberg noted that had the award existed previously, it would have gone to Orson Welles for “Citizen Kane” and John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood.”
- Dave McNary
Leonardo DiCaprio’s lack of an Academy Award is pop culture fodder. Leo’s constant process of giving outstanding performances, being nominated, and then going home empty handed has been the subject of tons of memes, gifs, and posts across social media platforms. Now, since he’s been robbed so many times, it looks like some fans are going to extreme lengths to make sure that DiCaprio can have a golden statue of his own. Vanity Fair is reporting that diehard Leonardo DiCaprio fans in Siberia, Russia are preparing for the worst in case he doesn’t win an Academy Award for his performance in The Revenant. Apparently the female Leo fans are donating their valuable gold and silver jewelry and trinkets to be melted down and used to form Leo’s very own special Oscar statue. That’s right, these fans are »
Paramount Pictures scored a deal for “Conquest,” a new film that would reunite Leonardo DiCaprio with “The Revenant” co-writer Mark L. Smith, TheWrap has learned. Details on the plot and genre of “Conquest” are not yet known. But the screenplay is by Smith, who co-wrote the actor’s Oscar contender “The Revenant” with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. John Davis is attached to produce the new project through his Davis Entertainment Company. DiCaprio’s Appian Way production shingle is not believed to be involved. Also Read: 'Spotlight,' Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson Top Critics' Choice Award Winners Paramount has been in the DiCaprio business of late, »
- Itay Hod
DiCaprio and Smith proved to be a winning team when “The Revenant” tallied a leading 12 nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards; DiCaprio is the frontrunner to take home the best actor Oscar after being nominated in the category three previous times. In addition, Paramount has optioned the Ya climate change novel “The Sandcastle Empire” with DiCaprio on board to produce.
Smith also wrote 2007’s “Vacancy.”
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
Dave McNary contributed to this report.
- Marianne Zumberge
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures reeled in a big one last night. In competitive bidding, the studio closed a deal for Conquest, a package for a star vehicle that reunites The Revenant star Leonardo DiCaprio with Mark L. Smith, who scripted The Revenant with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. John Davis is sole producer through his Davis Entertainment banner. I don’t yet have a log line, as this all just happened last night. This gives Paramount a shot at another picture… »
Before he was a leading contender in this year's Oscar race, Leonardo DiCaprio was an ambitious 19-year-old pestering Johnny Depp. Depp, 52, shared stories of working with DiCaprio on 1993's What's Eating Gilbert Grape during the 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival Thursday, where he was presented with the Maltin Modern Master Award for his accomplishments in the film industry. While on stage, Depp admitted that when making the film, he was going through a rough time and wasn't always very receptive to a young DiCaprio. "It was a hard time for me, that film, for some reason. I don't know why, »
- Mia McNiece
Exclusive: Patrick Wachsberger and his team will commence pre-sales in Berlin on the action adventure starring Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton about a Crusader and a Moorish warrior who lead the fight against a corrupt English town.
In a new statement DiCaprio said: “Robin Hood is a legendary story known to audiences across the globe. When I heard about Otto’s vision for this film, I was immediately drawn to how he plans to transform a powerful script by Joby Harold into a modern, progressive version of a classic story.
“He is an extraordinary storyteller and this film will »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Predicting the Oscar winners this year is a little like predicting the winners of the early presidential caucuses and primaries -- that's how wide open the field is in some categories, particularly Best Director.
In the Oscar race, we had two important guild votes this week, from the actors and the editors, and the results made the Academy's contest a bit more clear. Will the DGA's vote this weekend help make sense of things? Maybe, depending on who wins.
The Screen Actors Guild awards last Saturday did help confirm some of the acting races. SAG winner Leonardo DiCaprio still has a lock on a Best Actor Oscar for "The Revenant," and Brie Larson is still far and away the Best Actress frontrunner for "Room." Alicia Vikander's SAG win for Supporting Actress for "The Danish Girl" puts her ahead of the pack; at this point, her only real competition is »
- Gary Susman
Nobody forgets their first love. But while a lot of us know what it's like to actually be in a real relationship for the first time, our first crushes can sometimes have an even bigger impact . . . especially when it comes to celebrities. From a young Leonardo DiCaprio on Growing Pains to *Nsync's unforgettable years to the many heartthrobs of the '90s, we young girls growing up back in the day had so many handsome guys to hang posters of on our bedroom walls. We decided to ask our Popsugar colleagues about their first celebrity obsessions, and the results are both hilarious and painfully relatable. Keep reading to see who everyone daydreamed about (hint: Leo's slide is huge), then check out 74 things you totally did as a teenager in the 2000s. »
- Caitlin Hacker
Leonardo DiCaprio has been in the spotlight for over 20 years, but we've only recently begun to find out more about his humble beginnings and unconventional childhood. The 41-year-old actor is the only child of Irmelin Indenbirken, a German-born legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, an artist and comic book distributor, and the three are featured in a series of heartwarming family photos taken in Los Angeles in January 1975, when Leo was just a baby. His parents, whom Leo has called "Bohemians in every sense of the word," divorced when he was a year old, and Leo grew up with Irmelin around La; to this day, Leo has gushed about both his mother and father, saying, "They're the people I trust the most in the world," and bringing them as his dates to award shows. Most recently, George accompanied his famous son to the Golden Globes - and after winning at the SAG Awards last month, »
- Brittney Stephens
Everyone’s raving about Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Revenant” performance being a masterclass in acting, but we say look no further than Jonah Hill! The “Hail, Caesar” actor stopped by “The Tonight Show” on Thursday and was quickly forced to flex those Academy Award-nominated acting chops with host Jimmy Fallon. The game, aptly called “Emotional Interview,” had Hill jumping from one emotion to the next. With the ding of a bell, he and Fallon went from condescending (hilarious) to blessed to be alive (even funnier) to... allergic to words with the letter “e” in it? It’s as impossible as it sounds! How would you fare with the goofy acting games? Check out the spot for a quick laugh below. Inspired by this post? Check out our audition listings! »
Behind every great man are great parents. Over the course of many bold career choices and a much-chronicled love life, including many models, the constants in Leonardo DiCaprio's life have been his parents, George and Irmelin DiCaprio. The 41-year-old star, who is up for his fifth Academy Award nomination, credits his parents for his current success. "To my parents, thank you for listening to an overly ambitious, slightly annoying 13-year-old kid who wanted to go on auditions every day after school," he said in his acceptance speech at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Saturday, where he won outstanding performance »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
Behind every great man are great parents. Over the course of countless roles and dating Victoria's Secret models, the two constants in Leonardo DiCaprio's life have been his parents, George and Irmelin DiCaprio. The 41-year-old star, who is up for his fifth Academy Award nomination, credits his parents for his current success. "To my parents, thank you for listening to an overly ambitious, slightly annoying 13-year-old kid who wanted to go on auditions every day after school," he said in his acceptance speech at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Saturday, where he won outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role. »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
Santa Barbara, Calif. — It was a rare treat for those who managed tickets to Thursday night’s presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award to Johnny Depp to kick off the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival’s roll call of fetes this year. After all, the “Black Mass” star never does this kind of thing, a two-hour sit-down chat about his career with plenty of fireside-like anecdotes and even a streak of dead-on impressions of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Donald Trump.
“I’m scared to death,” Depp said at the start of the discussion, moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin, after whom the festival’s highest honor was named last year.
Maltin began by noting that few would have expected the star of television’s “21 Jump Street” to one day immerse himself in the role of ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. “That’s a journey,” Maltin said of such an unlikely trajectory. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Oscars are almost here! While you're probably biting your nails to see if Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win this year, there is so much more to be excited about. Aside from watching to see which nominees will take home an award, one of the best parts of the night is all of the amazing presenters. From Ryan Gosling to Lady Gaga, there are already a slew of Hollywood stars to look forward to. See the group below, and check back - we'll add more as they're announced. »
- Kelsie Gibson
“Time is on your side,” the Rolling Stones have long assured us, though the heavyweight roles nominated for 88th Academy Awards would sing a different tune. Time’s tendency to force or impede behavior had a significant impact on much of the year’s best acting.
Dramatically, you can’t go wrong by setting tight deadlines. In “The Big Short,” Michael Burry (Christian Bale) hurries to exploit mortgage bonds’ weaknesses before anyone else discovers them, and rushes to infer just the right moment to sell before the house of cards collapses.
In “Spotlight,” Mark Ruffalo plays reporter Mike Rezendes, who is always running against time. “There’s a sense of urgency to almost everything Mike does, as if there could never be enough time to get a source to talk, to get the documents, to write the story — it’s why he runs,” Ruffalo says. When proof is found of Catholic Church child abuse cover-up, »
- Bob Verini
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Paramount Pictures has snapped up the rights to Kayla Olson’s as-yet-unpublished Ya novel The Sandcastle Empire, with Leonardo DiCaprio on board to produce through his Appian Way production company.
The Sandcastle Empire “is set in 2049 when the Earth is at a breaking point due to climate change, coastal flooding and overpopulation. A radical faction known as the Wolfpack overthrows the government and takes control. The story centers on a young woman named Eden who escapes a Wolfpack labor camp, joining three others fleeing to an island. During her journey, she will find clues as to what happened to her missing father and find out that she is the key to bringing down the Wolfpack.”
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight The only acting race with a full-on frontrunner that seems extremely unlikely to lose come Oscar night, best actor is all about Leonardo DiCaprio. You'd be unwise to think Leo won't be giving his first speech on the Oscars stage on February 28, for the only other contender with some critical support is Michael Fassbender, though even he is way back in second place. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best actor. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire. Nominees:Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo")Matt Damon ("The Martian")Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant")Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs")Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") Predicted Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio Potential Spoiler: Michael Fassbender For more insight into the 2016 awards season, »
Academy will ban e-cigarettes at prize ceremony, say reports, after American Lung Association criticised star of The Revenant for vaping in public
Leonardo DiCaprio was scolded by the American Lung Association after he was seen vaping at the Screen Actors Guild awards last weekend. Now he may need to find another way to wait for the announcement of the Academy’s best actor prize, after reports that e-cigarettes will not be tolerated at this year’s Oscars.
TMZ says the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is enforcing a strict no-smoking zone inside the Dolby theatre, Los Angeles, which will include vaping. Those who wish to smoke will be asked to do so in dedicated areas next to the venue.
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- Ben Child
[Brightcove "4734867719001" "" "" "auto"] Leonardo DiCaprio has been a force in Hollywood for nearly 30 years, but The Revenant star still has a mysterious air about him that keeps everyone on their toes. The life of the 41-year-old star is featured in this week's issue of People, highlighting some of his finest moments. For more on Leonardo DiCaprio, pick up this week's issue on newsstands Friday.From advice his dad has given him to when he'll be ready to name a lucky someone Mrs. DiCaprio, the above video reveals five things you need to know about the Oscar hopeful. »
- Jessica Fecteau, @jessfect
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