10 items from 2013
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The Great Gatsby is a classic American novel. Now that director Baz Luhrmann has breathed new life into the story with another big-screen adaptation, kids everywhere are flocking to their local five and dimes to get a hand on the original. Ok, that might not be true, but it is true that on-screen stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been friends for years after first meeting at the casting of the TV show Parenthood (1990 version).
Ah, but now friends will become enemies. That’s right, when Maguire and DiCaprio sit down to read this (because you know they will), it will likely mean the end of their friendship. »
- Jeff Bayer
The film followed a suburban New Jersey sheriff who slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.
The announcement is the first of several over the next two months that will see Colony Capital-owned Miramax become part of various joint venture opportunities and potential co-productions.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
As we say in our review of 2 Guns, don’t let the film’s August release date fool you into thinking it’s not one of summer’s funnest rides. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star as an undercover DEA agent and naval intelligence officer, respectively, who’ve infiltrated a narcotics syndicate with the goal of bringing down drug kingpin Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). The catch: Neither of them knows the other guy isn’t a real criminal until they receive orders to steal $3 million of Papi’s cash from a Savings & Loan but find $40 million more in the vault than they should. »
- Mandi Bierly
Here's our pick of his finest performances – what would you add to the list?
Whether you think of him as the modern day Robert De Niro or an overpraised Norman Lamont-lookalike (as people used to say), you can't deny that Leonardo DiCaprio has been in some excellent films in the course of his 20 year career – and was the obvious choice to take the title role in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
We asked readers to nominate his greatest performances – and here's an attempt to narrow it down to five of the very best, with suggestions from @TomorrowsEnd, @esmehaycox, @bobbyblowdart, @BafflerMeal and @amyjkhan.
Sadly there's no room here for his film debut in Critters 3 – let us know what else you think should have made the list in the comment thread below. Warning: spoilers and adult content feature heavily in these clips.
Here's a notably »
- Adam Boult
While the critical response to Baz Luhrmann's lavish take on The Great Gatsby has been lukewarm, reviews have by and large praised Leonardo DiCaprio's central turn as the mysterious, tragic Jay Gatsby.
Digital Spy looks back on five of DiCaprio's most iconic performances.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
At the tender age of 19, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination for Lasse Hallström's touching family drama. Playing the mentally retarded younger brother of Johnny Depp's put-upon Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio was deservedly singled out for praise by almost every critic despite being a virtual unknown. It's an intensely likeable and physically specific performance that elevates an otherwise predictable story.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Adapted from Jim Carroll's autobiographical novel, Scott Kalvert's drama tracked a high school basketball star's descent into drug addiction. The film debuted to decidedly mixed reviews, but again DiCaprio came out largely unscathed, with Rolling »
Featuring what could be one of Leonardo DiCaprio's most memorable roles to date, “The Great Gatsby” tells the tale of eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby, whom everyone seems to know, but whom no one really knows much about. With that in mind, we've gathered up 18 lesser-known facts about the film's Oscar-nominated leading man. After a little digging, it turns out that DiCaprio may be as mysterious as the enigmatic Gatsby. 1. Leonardo DiCaprio was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. 2. He was born November 11, 1974. He's a Scorpio and was born in the Year of the Tiger. 3. His mother, Irmelin, is German. His father, George DiCaprio, is Italian. 4. His father was a comic-book artist. 5. His is an only child. 6. His middle name is Wilhelm, which is awesome. 7. He was named for the other famous Leonardo: Leonardo DaVinci. Before he was born, the story goes, DiCaprio's mother felt her baby kick for »
- Natasha Young
For those of us who used to plaster our bedroom walls with Leo posters, this weekend's The Great Gatsby is a sad reminder that we're now past our poster-hanging prime, but it's also a happy reminder that Leonardo DiCaprio's face is still quite special. (Say what you will about how it's getting wider with age — we're not listening.) So special, in fact, that we were compelled to rewatch a bunch of Leo movies and make a series of Tiger Beat collages displaying his six most common acting tics — five faces and one very sturdy finger.The Lion-Roar Scream 1. Romeo + Juliet 2. Body of Lies 3. Celebrity 4. Blood Diamond 5. The Great Gatsby 6. This Boy's Life 7. The Beach 8. Revolutionary Road The Heavy-Thoughts Brow 1. Titanic 2. Shutter Island 3. Inception 4. J. Edgar 5. Catch Me If You Can 6. The Basketball Diaries 7. »
- Patti Greco
Whether playing the king of the world, an overzealous pilot in the throes of agony or an inexorable slaveowner, it seems that DiCaprio is sure to throw in a few aggressive shouts. Enjoy the supercut above (be warned: it contains some Nsfw language) and let us know in the comment section which scream should rule them all. (Use the list below as a reference.)
"The Great Gatsby," "Django Unchained," "Titanic," "The Beach," "J. Edgar," "Revolutionary Road," "Blood Diamond," "The Aviator," "Catch Me If You Can," "Romeo + Juliet," "Inception," "Shutter Island," "The Man In The Iron Mask," "Celebrity," "Body Of Lies," "Gangs Of New York," "This Boy's Life," "The Basketball Diaries," "Total Eclipse," "Inception"
- The Huffington Post
Any sport at its best can serve as a motivational metaphor for life ... while any sport at its worst can still beat the Houston Astros. And then there's boxing, which is just two people literally beating each other up for money.
But with "42" (the story of Jackie Robinson's inspirational journey to integrate the major leagues) hitting theaters April 12, we thought we'd take a moment to pay tribute to the less celebrated sports films; the ones that teach us to never try and to always give up because life is just a string of disappointments sandwiched between birth and death.
'Rocky II' (1979)
Remember how great "Rocky" was? Remember the heartwarming story of a boxer past his prime finally getting a shot at the title? Remember how moved you felt when Rocky loses to Apollo but wins the respect of the world? Well, this unsubtle sequel has a message »
- Ben Freiburger
This week's gonzo teen nightmare Spring Breakers is trumpeting the fact that two of its leads - Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez - traditionally play "good girls". But the whole "teen idol gone bad" strategy is a longstanding Hollywood tradition aimed to help transition pigeonholed teen stars into "serious" actors.
Here are a few fellas who tried the tactic, to varying degrees of success.
The squeaky-clean kid from Home Improvement took a step toward tarnishing his image by playing an evil, bisexual hooker in this gritty drama, giving a whole new meaning to "Tool Time"!
Jgl also went the hustler route for his breakout from small-screen teen stardom - only the 3rd Rock star went "the full gay" in this unsettling and excellent indie drama.
Yet another teen heartthrob caught a case of gay hustleritis »
10 items from 2013
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