Leonardo DiCaprio is well-known for his environmental activism, flying to places hither and yon to talk to world leaders about how somebody should please think of the children! But if there’s another thing about DiCaprio it’s that he’s not especially well-known for his sense of whimsy, but I guess he might be willing to put that aside for the sake of the planet. Captain Planet, that is. Though it’s surely been in the back of the minds of many Hollywood producers for years, DiCaprio and his Appian Way production company are looking to make a big screen, live-action version of Captain Planet and the Planeteers. (more…)
For better and for worse, this year’s Academy Awards ceremony was perhaps the most talked-about one in recent years. This year, the lack of non-white nominees have brought forth a major discussion on Hollywood’s issues with diversity. #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter, several famous people boycotted the ceremony, and just about every online article about the Oscars centered around the controversy. As a result, this year’s show had the stigma of being as white as an angel food cake covered mayonnaise. Needless to say, it left a bad taste in people’s mouths way before it aired. However, despite the controversy leading into it, the end result was a pretty solid show full of satisfying wins and even a few surprises.
The show started off with an opening montage featuring the films that were nominated for awards that night. This year’s host, Chris Rock, proceeded to take the stage, and he certainly didn’t hold back any punches. Chris Rock’s comedy mainly centers around race, so it was pretty much guaranteed that he would roast the Academy for its lack of diversity. He didn’t roast the academy though; he burnt them like Anakin Skywalker at the end of Episode 3. (more…)
02-17-16 • VideogamesPosted by Konstantine Paradias
He’s frozen to death and drowned, he’s been deprived of the love of his life, he’s run the meanest firm in Wall Street and he’s (relatively recently) been forced to eat raw bison liver for the sake of authenticity. Also, he’s portrayed one of the scariest slave-owners in recent Western film tradition. Love him or hate him, Leonardo DiCaprio has done everything to get an Oscar, but all he’s gotten so far is a legion of memes for his trouble. It’s gotten so bad in fact, that his recent attempts have gotten him transported straight into the realm of vidya…
Ohh the wonderful things you hear around the Internet water cooler on a slow news day. You never know where the next whopper that just might be true will come from. This time if involves our favorite talker to animals, Mark Wahlberg, and a classic 70’s television show The Six Million Dollar Man. (more…)
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company Appian Way is teaming with Warner Bros to take us all back to The Island Of Dr. Moreau.The production has hired writers Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy ( Hemlock Grove writers) to update the classic H.G. Wells novel into a combination of Sci-Fi and ecological science and conservatism.
Now the first thing that is going to pop into everyone’s head is Marlon Brando’s 1996 remake, which should immediately ring warning bells. That movie was a train wreck. Who could forget mini-brando? Brando and Val Kilmer were reported as hating each other vehemently and the production was caught between the two super egos.
I’m right there with anyone gathering Internet torches and pitchforks if the plan is to crank out another turd fest like that 1996 version, but for those of you lucky enough to have caught the Burt Lancaster and Micheal York 1977 version on some lazy Sunday afternoon, you know what The Island of Dr. Moreaucould be with today’s technology and effects.
Here’s the 1977 version’s trailer, just to give you a taste.
Star Wars: Episode VII casting is revving up and Darth Mickey is naturally looking around for a few big names to help generate more hype for the film (assuming that’s even possible). And if the rumormill is to be believed, they went so far as to approach Leonardo DiCaprio about a potential role. But DiCaprio won’t be in the flick, because apparently he said no. So… Wtf? It looks like DiCaprio prefers Robotech to Star Wars.
In case you didn’t already know, this awesome-as-fuck anime-turned-US kid’s cartoon is getting made in live-action form for the big screen. The giant, transforming robots and epic space battles are being put together by the team of Nic Mathieu, Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire.
Personally, I’ve been majorly skeptical about a live-action adaptation of what is one of my favorite animes of all-time. DiCaprio, however, is known for being somewhat picky about his roles, migrating toward a certain type of film, a type of film that I usually enjoy. Which, if the rumors are true, means that Robotech might not suck balls after all.
Of course, it’s all still rumor at this point. But rest assured, if the Nerd Bastards find anything else out about this, we’ll let ya’ll know.
Been a while since we’ve had a nice, juicy, moderately outrageous Star Wars: Episode VII rumor to mull over.
Seems Latino Review is reporting that Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling are being courted by Disney for the new film.
The same source is also insisting that Gosling is up for the role of Luke Skywalker’s son–no word on who Zac Efron is supposedly being considered for.
Last we heard, Disney had settled on seven main characters, and preliminary casting had begun–the assumption being that most of the roles would go to newcomers, with one or two reserved for big name stars.
I’m sure there’s no need for me to advise you all to assign VERY little credence to this information until official sources confirm it….But I’m going to do it anyway.
Keep a whole crapload of grains of salt handy, fellow nerds–it’s a long way to May 2015.
Oh, by the by, Latino Review also mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, on Disney‘s radar for Episode VII–but he turned it down to star in Robotech (of all things).
I’m sure we’ll be back soon with more info on this–if there’s the slightest bit of accuracy to it.
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With director Matt Reeves moving on to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Leonardo DiCaprio produced Twilight Zone movie — a separate entity, unrelated to the original 1983 film — very nearly in a state of development hell, that hasn’t stopped networks from trying to get the Twilight Zone television series back on the air and CBS is one step closer to seeing it happen.
Entertainment Weekly has learned that Bryan Singer will be the executive producer on what would be the fourth iteration of the series for CBS TV Studios. It’s not hard to see why they’d bet big on Singer either: a well-known genre director and producer whose upcoming work on X-Men: Days of Future Past may double down on his credibility among fans, Singer surely has the goodwill and bankability to get this project off the ground and not piss fans of the original off in the process. With that said, right now the show is still in the very early stages of conception and CBS might air the series on or with the cooperation of another network or abandon it altogether, rendering these words useless and my time lost into the ether of of things un-remembered and misspent… or something.
So, why now? Well, anthology series has been on the cusp of the death breath for quite some time but there is a mini indie-horror resurgence with the ABCs of Deathand V/H/S. I’d also be remiss if I left outthe always buzz-worthy American Horror Story and it’s anthology approach, though of course AHS switchs up every season and not every episode. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out once more information comes out from the fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man -a.k.a: Hollywood.
With the upcoming release of the latest Quentin Tarantino film many fanboys (and girls) are up in arms with the first few trailers of Django Unchained. It’s classic Tarantino, from the excessive amounts of stage blood to the A-list cast. Actors in the upcoming film include; Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and Jonah Hill (curve ball, anyone?) We don’t have much longer until it’s slated release, to tide yourself over enjoy the just released, action packed, ass kickery below.
While Tarantino’s movies have become cult classics, the movies wouldn’t be where they are today without the amazing music that sets each scene into motion. Which may be why today the entire soundtrack list was released. There aren’t really any spoilers to this, however some titles do elude to moments in the movie. Look at your own risk.
1. WINGED 2. DJANGO (MAIN THEME) – LUIS BACALOV, ROCKY ROBERTS 3. THE BRAYING MULE – ENNIO MORRICONE 4. IN THAT CASE, DJANGO, AFTER YOU… 5. LO CHIAMAVANO KING (HIS NAME IS KING) – LUIS BACALOV, EDDA DELL’ORSO 6. FREEDOM – ANTHONY HAMILTON & ELAYNA BOYNTON 7. FIVE-THOUSAND-DOLLAR NIGGA’S AND GUMMY MOUTH BITCHES 8. LA CORSA (2ND VERSION) – LUIS BACALOV 9. SNEAKY SCHULTZ AND THE DEMISE OF SHARP 10. I GOT A NAME – JIM CROCE 11. I GIORNI DELL’IRA – RIZ ORTOLANI 12. 100 BLACK COFFINS – RICK ROSS 13. NICARAGUA – JERRY GOLDSMITH FEATURING PAT METHENY 14. HILDI’S HOT BOX 15. SISTER SARA’S THEME – ENNIO MORRICONE 16. ANCORA QUI – ENNIO MORRICONE AND ELISA 17. UNCHAINED (THE PAYBACK/UNTOUCHABLE) – JAMES BROWN AND 2PAC 18. WHO DID THAT TO YOU? – JOHN LEGEND 19. TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG – BROTHER DEGE 20. STEPHEN THE POKER PLAYER 21. UN MONUMENTO – ENNIO MORRICONE 22. SIX SHOTS TWO GUNS 23. TRINITY (TITOLI) – ANNIBALE E I CANTORI MODERNI
Aaaand straight from the horse’s mouth here is the statement Tarantino issued with the soundtrack release;
I want to thank all the artists who contributed original songs (a first for me) to the picture. Most of these contributions came out of the artists’ own inspiration and their illustration of the film’s soul is invaluable. In addition to the new original songs I am also using a lot of older recordings on the soundtrack – many of which came from my personal vinyl collection. Instead of having the record companies give me new digitally cleaned up versions of these recordings from the 60’s and 70’s, I wanted to use the vinyl I’ve been listening to for years – complete with all the pops and cracks. I even kept the sound of the needle being put down on the record. Basically because I wanted people’s experience to be the same as mine when they hear this soundtrack for the first time.
As fans of the man who can’t help but cameo in all of his films, we are personally thrilled to see Django. And can’t wait to see the title character beat the ever loving shit out of a racist asshole with a whip.