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Correction: Luhrmann's 'Alexander' Still On

12 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A December 4th news item from WENN entitled "Luhrmann's 'Alexander' Off?" stated that director Baz Luhrmann's long-planned Alexander the Great film had been called off due to investment problems, citing reports in Britain's Heat magazine. According to Universal Pictures' Lorenzo De Maio and producer Dino DeLaurentiis, the film adaptation is moving forward as planned, with Luhrmann slated to direct stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman; a script, which Luhrmann is working on with David Hare (The Hours), is expected to be ready in February. "Baz Luhrmann has created an entirely new visual language for this epic movie, and we must further emphasize that we are not in a race with anyone as we move forward with this rich and complex project," De Laurentiis stated. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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Luhrmann's 'Alexander' Off?

4 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Oliver Stone is breathing a sigh of relief after learning Australian Baz Luhrmann's rival film about Alexander The Great has been called off. Stone has already begun filming his epic Alexander in Morocco with Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie, and Moulin Rouge director Luhrmann was set to follow with his own version of the story, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the historic conqueror. But according to reports in Britain's Heat magazine, Luhrmann's version has been called off after failing to attract enough foreign investment, which was slated to cost $150 million. »

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Leo's Alex on Hold

18 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Leonardo DiCaprio's dreams of playing historical legend Alexander The Great have been put on hold due to a lack of Japanese interest. Reports in yesterday's Daily Variety suggest producer Dino De Laurentiis has failed to pre-sell his project to Japanese investors. The delay means DiCaprio's next movie is likely to see him re-team with Robert De Niro in The Good Shepherd - after he wraps on Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator - instead of shooting Alexander The Great with Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann. Meanwhile, a rival $150 million Alexander project, starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer, and directed by Oliver Stone, is already well underway. »

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DiCaprio's Camera Panic

17 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has offered a $20,000 reward for the return of a camera he lost in a nightclub - prompting speculation over what kind of pictures the camera contained. The Titanic star flew into a panic when he realized the camera - which is not thought to be valuable in itself - had gone missing as he partied in Los Angeles' trendy Shelter nightclub recently, telling fellow revelers that it contained irreplaceable photos, according to Britain's Heat magazine. However, DiCaprio's hysteria over the camera immediately led clubbers to speculate what pictures he had been taking with it. One reveler says, "What sort of pictures were on that roll of film if he's offered that kind of money for it? He was pretty stressed. He really needed to get that camera back." DiCaprio's efforts were in vain however, and the camera remains missing. »

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DiCaprio Movie Hit by California Fires

29 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood bosses have halted filming on new Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Aviator because of the wildfires rampaging through Los Angeles. Several sets created for the film, a biopic of millionaire movie mogul Howard Hughes, have been damaged by the blazes - which have destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California. A spokesperson for studios Warner Bros. says, "This is just a minor inconvenience, as compared to those who are currently suffering through the devastating effects of the fire." Sets created for TV hit Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman have also been ruined by the fires, as has an area of land used to film Mike Myers' upcoming movie The Cat In The Hat. The Aviator, which is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Gwen Stefani, is due for release in December 2004. »

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Ethan's Lover: I Didn't Wreck Marriage

20 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The lover of movie hunk Ethan Hawke insists she didn't wreck his marriage to Kill Bill stunner Uma Thurman - because the couple had already separated. Gorgeous Jennifer Perzow insists Ethan - who has two children with Uma - told her about his marital problems from the moment they first met on the Montreal, Canada set of new movie Taking Lives. The 22-year-old says, "I'm no home-wrecker. All this stuff that I broke up their marriage is just not true. "The truth is, it's Uma who wanted out of the marriage, not Ethan. He's very much a family guy and this hasn't been an easy thing for him. The very first night I met him, he told me he was no longer with his wife - that they were having problems and he was separated. I had no reason to doubt him. Ethan didn't hide me from his public, the people on set or even his best friends. He introduced me to all his close pals, including Leonard DiCaprio. There has to be a reason why Ethan was so open about his relationship with me. And it wasn't because he was being an a**hole and cheating on his wife. It's because there was already something wrong with their marriage long before we met. Ethan's a very down-to-earth, intelligent and caring guy. And very romantic. What we had in Montreal before everything broke loose was great." »

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Maguire Pays Out $197,000 To Settle Money Laundering Suit

26 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire has paid out $197,000 laundered by former financial adviser Dana Giacchetto. The hunky actor is one of a number of celebrities who was unknowingly given money by Giacchetto - who had acquired it by defrauding lesser-known clients. Maguire is the latest big name to settle the matter financially after Cameron Diaz paid back $100,000, Tim Roth wrote a check for $6,000 and Alanis Morissette returned $1,800. Giacchetto is currently serving a four year jail sentence after being convicted of helping himself to funds from various clients, including Titanic superstar Leonardo DiCaprio. »

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Catherine and Michael Raise Landmine Money

25 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have joined a host of other celebrities raising money for the Adopt-a-landmine scheme. The campaign on Tuesday night held a gala dinner at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, where the A-list couple were thanked for their significant support. The event was hosted by Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Heather, with music supplied by the ex-Beatle himself and James Taylor. Michael and Catherine have managed to raise close to $480,000, enabling 373 square miles of land to be cleared of mines in Afghanistan. In his new role as an official United Nations ambassador for peace, Douglas said he was "very disappointed" that America remained one of the few countries not committed to ridding the world of landmines. Other celebrities to lend their support included fellow actors Pierce Brosnan and Leonardo DiCaprio. The event was part of the Night Of A Thousand Dinners campaign, to which attendees can invite friends and well-wishers to raise funds. The initiative was launched in 2000 by the Canadian Landmine Foundation, in association with the Adopt-A-Landmine program, to aid the removal of landmines and provide support to victims. »

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Bundchen hails Fox's 'Taxi' redo for feature debut

16 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen -- well-known for her work with Victoria's Secret and as the girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio -- is stepping off the runway and into 20th Century Fox's Taxi to make her feature acting debut in the Tim Story-directed film. Also joining the cast of the Queen Latifah-Jimmy Fallon starrer, which starts shooting today, are Jennifer Esposito, Christian Kane, Henry Simmons and Ana Cristina De Oliceira. The project, an English-language remake of the 1998 French feature, is being produced by Luc Besson and Bob Simonds. It centers on Belle (Queen Latifah), the best taxi driver in New York, who reluctantly teams with Washburn (Fallon), the worst driver in the history of the New York Police Department, to bring a Brazilian beauty (Bundchen) and her bank-robbing gang to justice. »

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Nicolas Cage Back with Ex-Love

21 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Adaptation star Nicolas Cage has poured scorn on reports he has reconciled with ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley - by going on a string of dates with former flame Kristen Zang. The Oscar-winning actor had been spotted dining out with his ex-spouse, leading to rumors they had patched up the problems that wrecked their short marriage. However, according to gossip website Page Six, Cage has more recently been seen out with Zang - who was the first love of Titanic hunk Leonardo DiCaprio. Cage and the 29-year-old beauty were engaged from 1992 to 1994, but their relationship broke up when he met his first wife Patricia Arquette. Cage's representative Annet Wolff told Page Six, "We don't comment on clients' personal lives." »

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Fincher eyed for 'Lookout'

11 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks Pictures is looking to land David Fincher to direct the thriller The Lookout. Talks are ongoing for the Panic Room helmer to board Lookout, which has attracted such A-list talent as Sam Mendes, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. The project centers on a young man who is rendered quasi-disabled by short-term memory loss in the wake of a car accident. He is then befriended by a local gangster who wants assistance in robbing a bank. The Scott Frank-penned project, developed at the studio for several years, is being produced by studio co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald along with Laurence Mark. Studio production executive Marc Haimes is overseeing. In other Fincher news, the director has turned his attention away from Lords of Dogtown at Columbia Pictures, sources said. The studio is now looking to such contenders as Doug Liman, Jonas Akerlund and Catherine Hardwicke. Fincher is repped by CAA. »

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Worldwide search for young Alexander

1 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- The filmmaking team behind Alexander The Great, producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis, and director, writer and co-producer Baz Luhrmann, on Thursday announced a "massive worldwide casting search" for an actor to play the young version of the conqueror, who will be portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. Coming under the backing of Universal Pictures, which is releasing the film, DreamWorks, and De Laurentiis Productions, Alexander The Great also headlines Nicole Kidman as DiCaprio's mother Olympia, and looks now to be set for a multi-location shoot, according to a statement released by United International Pictures in London. "We are seeking a young actor who could credibly play the role of Alexander the Great at the age of 8 or 9," said Luhrmann. "He must be prepared to learn to ride a horse and, of course, it would be a huge advantage if he already possessed outstanding equestrian skills as one of the significant elements of the film is Alexander's relationship with his legendary horse, Bucephalus. While no previous acting experience is necessary to be considered for the role, naturally he would have to be a good physical match for Leonardo DiCaprio." »

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DiCaprio's Next-Door Purchase

31 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk Leonardo DiCaprio has gone to great lengths to ensure he gets privacy - by snapping up the home next to his. The Catch Me If You Can star, 28, has reportedly purchased the house adjoining his property to prevent any hassles from potential neighbors. A source says, "He snatched up the house as soon as it came on the market. It's a great lot, but the home is now in need of repair and renovations." The source tells American magazine Us Weekly that DiCaprio plans on tearing down his new purchase to putting a fence around the entire area "to ensure his further privacy". »

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Stars Forced To Give Back Stolen Funds

21 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz are among the stars being forced to pay back stolen funds they received from disgraced money manager Dana Giacchetto. Actor Tim Roth and singer Alanis Morisette are also giving back roughly half the money the Cassandra Group's myriad debtors claim Giacchetto gave them while robbing lesser-known clients of all their cash. Three years after Giacchetto went to jail on fraud charges, some of the stars are settling the lawsuit - which accuses them of "fraudulent transfer" and "unjust enrichment" - while others are stubbornly trying to hold onto their money. According to American gossip bible Page Six, former clients who have yet to reach an agreement with the bankruptcy trustee include Tobey Maguire, Courteney Cox, Ben Stiller, Jon Favreau and Chris Cuomo. »

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De Niro Receives Lifetime Honor

13 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary actor Robert De Niro received a lifetime achievement award at a star-studded dinner last night. The American Film Institute (AFI) is paying tribute to the Meet The Parents star for his three decades in the movie business. Martin Scorsese, who has directed him in eight films - including his Best Actor Oscar turn in Raging Bull - will present the award. De Niro's friends and colleagues, including Billy Crystal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster, are due to attend the tribute dinner at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, the home of the Academy Awards. The 59-year-old has created a host of memorable screen characters, such as Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle and Goodfellas' Jimmy Conway. His first Academy Award was for Best Supporting Actor as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II. DeNiro has moved into comedy with recent flicks like Analyze This, tried his hand at directing A Bronx Tale and The Score, and even produced the Queen musical We Will Rock You for the London stage. He also founded New York's Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, as a way of promoting culture and tourism in districts that were suffering in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The AFI hands out lifetime achievement awards to ensure "great accomplishments of the past are recognized to the end that the masters of film may take their deserved place in history beside leaders in other arts." Previous recipients have included Barbra Streisand, Alfred Hitchcock and Clint Eastwood. »

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Kidman Pulls Out of Hepburn Role

11 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning beauty Nicole Kidman has reportedly pulled out of plans to portray movie legend Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator alongside A-list hunk Leonardo DiCaprio. Nicole - who bagged the Best Actress award at this year's Academy Awards for her role in The Hours - was poised to play Hepburn in director Martin Scorsese's upcoming epic about eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes. But after meeting with Scorsese, she discovered the project's schedule clashed with filming on her latest flick The Stepford Wives. A Hollywood insider says, "She was anxious to work with Martin because he is a film legend. But it wasn't to be." Fellow Australian Cate Blanchett will now play Hepburn in the big-budget movie. »

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Crew enlists to spruce up 'Aviator' pic

4 June 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Martin Scorsese is continuing to line up actors to join Leonardo DiCaprio in the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, enlisting Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Adam Scott, Kelli Garner and Gwen Stefani to join the IEG, Warner Bros. Pictures and Miramax Films co-production, sources confirmed. The project, due to start shooting next month in Montreal, centers on the life of billionaire Hughes, to be played by DiCaprio. Among the six actors who are close to finalizing deals to join the project, Blanchett will star as Katharine Hepburn; Beckinsale as Ava Gardner; Scott as Hughes' press agent, Johnny Meyer; Garner as Faith Domergue, a young actress who was discovered by Hughes; and Stefani as Jean Harlow. »

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DiCaprio and 'Alex' Pull Out of Morocco

26 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Leonardo DiCaprio's new project Alexander The Great has had to pull out of Morocco because of fears over terrorist attacks. Following the suicide bombings in Casablanca, movie chiefs fear that DiCaprio may be a target because of his star status. Producer Dino De Laurentiis said: "Unless the situation changes in five or six months, any important American actor could be a target. That's a risk I cannot take." A studio to house the $150 million epic has been built in Ouarzazate, less than 300 miles from Casablanca. But it will be abandoned and production of the movie, directed by Baz Luhrmann, will now be moved to Australia. A rival biopic, Alexander, being made by Oliver Stone will carry on being made in Morocco. »

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Leo and Gisele Back Together

21 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio is back in the arms of his on/off girlfriend, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The Titanic hunk split-up with Bundchen last June after a rollercoaster two- year relationship, but the couple rekindled their love after bumping into each other at a party. Bundchen was recently spotted enjoying a family outing in Los Angeles with DiCaprio, his mom and manager. A witness says, "Gisele was dressed down in jeans and trainers but she still looked like she'd just stepped off the catwalk. Leo's mom was looking even more casual in a pair of leggings and a vest top. They all seemed to be having a relaxing time together." Bundchen reportedly originally broke up with DiCaprio because she was tired of his tantrums. Famously after the split, the Latin model said, "Who needs a man? I have three dogs, two horses and five sisters." »

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Jude Law Takes on Errol Flynn

15 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Jude Law is being lined up to star as film legend Errol Flynn, in a new Martin Scorcese movie. Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio are already signed to star in The Aviator, about the early years of eccentric movie mogul Howard Hughes. Now Hollywood bosses want The Talented Mr Ripley star Law to join the cast for a cameo - playing the dashing Australian born Flynn. A film insider tells British tabloid the Daily Star, "Jude is very interested in the role. Not just because it's Errol Flynn, but also as it's just three days work. He's already catching up on some of Errol's movies to impress producers when he meets them in London." »

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