Before Michael Fassbender was cast as Steve Jobs, the biopic went down a long and complicated road in pre-production. Directors (including David Fincher) were offered the job and passed. Actors (Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, among them) were offered the title role and passed. With an Aaron Sorkin script we now know is very, very good, it’s surprising that so many talented people declined to participate in the movie. But, we now have an idea why these people decided to pass on Steve Jobs and it has nothing to do with the quality of the film.
If you’re already looking ahead and wondering what movies will wind up with Oscar nominations in early 2016, you should start paying close attention to The Revenant. The new trailer for the Leonardo DiCaprio wilderness revenge thriller has arrived and, wow, is it beautiful.
It was so cold when Leonardo DiCaprio filmed Alejandro G. Iñárittu’s upcoming explorer epic The Revenant that the below-zero temperatures have already created a load of controversy for the film. “I was cold basically every day, especially my hands,” DiCaprio told Entertainment Weekly, adding that an on-set warming machine was his “savior.”
Poor Leonardo DiCaprio may never get that Oscar, but would an Emmy suffice? The ubiquitous Scorsese star has set his sights on TV, developing a new 1980s gangster drama with Showtime, exploring Wall Street’s influence on the mafia and law enforcement alike.
Black Mass hits theaters in a few weeks, and it promises to be one of the most compelling crime dramas of the year with a potential, long-awaited return to form for Johnny Depp (no silly hats!). Director Scott Cooper has already attracted some very good company for his next project, American Wolf, which will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.
Forget all the superhero news for a moment because this is absolutely the most exciting news of the day. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have just closed a deal with Paramount to re-team on a new film project scripted by Billy Ray, best known for his recent screenplays for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips. The new film is based on Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America — a very fascinating and very, very dark story.
Christopher Nolan’s Inception ultimately became one of the most celebrated sci-fi thrillers of the last decade, but did you know Nolan originally envisioned his unique heist story as a horror film? That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which burrows deep into your subconscious for a journey into Inception!
Ridley Scott’s The Martian doesn’t hit theaters until later this year, but the director is already lining up his next ambitious project: The Cartel, based on the best-selling, and much-buzzed-about book by Don Winslow. In addition, 20th Century Fox is reportedly eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio to take the leading role, which could attract some healthy awards season attention.
Like last year’s Oscar-winning Birdman, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s latest effort is also rather ambitious. The director has been in production on The Revenant since last September, choosing to shoot the film using only natural light, which made the experience rather difficult for both the cast and crew. Following the release of the very impressive first trailer, Iñárritu and leading man Leonardo DiCaprio are opening up about what we can expect from the upcoming film — and what we shouldn’t expect.
So do you think this movie has any cuts?