Leonardo DiCaprio Might Join Martin Scorsese’s New Joker Origin Film

 

Gird your loins because Batman’s city of Gotham may be getting an award-winning update. It’s already become common knowledge that there is some kind of Joker origin story coming in the form a film because, somehow, Warner Bros. got Martin Scorsese to produce it. I mean, sure, there’s also the director of The Hangover, Todd Phillips, directing – but Martin-fucking-Scorsese. We thought that was the tip of the iceberg but then came the titanic-sized rumor that Leonardo DiCaprio may play the Joker himself.

We are not prepared for this kind of content and, for once in very long time, we’re actually excited for a superhero movie. With the news that studio execs are trying to get Leo to play the titular villain in the film, the Scorsese bomb does make sense. After all, Leo has done some of his best work in the director’s films, including The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio wants either “DiCaprio or another A-lister to play the [Joker] as a gritty crime boss in a Scorsese-esque Gotham underworld.” It signals a new push for ailing movie genre that (besides Wonder Woman) has lagged at the box office. The best news is that, with this particular film, we won’t have to watch other DC Comics films like Suicide Squad or Batman v. Superman because the Joker origin film is taking place outside of their extended universe of movies.

Leonardo DiCaprio Asked to Step Down from Climate Change UN Role

Leonardo DiCaprio’s role as UN Messenger of Peace, focussed on climate change, could be in jeopardy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Swiss charity Bruno Manser Funds has condemned DiCaprio’s potential involvement in a Malaysian money laundering scandal, and offered him an ultimatum:

“If DiCaprio is unwilling to come clean, we ask him to step down as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change, because he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role,” said Lukas Straumann, director of the charity, which has a special focus on deforestation. The charity explained that either DiCaprio renounce ties to Riza Aziz, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s stepson, and return money he’d received from him, or cease his activism with the UN.

“We can’t save the environment if we fail to stop corruption,” Straumann continued.

DiCaprio has reportedly received laundered money from 1MDB, a sovereign wealth fund and potentially the center of the world’s largest embezzlement scandal, in connection with his film The Wolf of Wall Street, and been using said money in his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, aimed at reducing deforestation around the world.

The Sexiest Leading Men Alive

Invigorate your life and wardrobe by shopping the debonair and seductive style of cinema’s sexiest leading men with help from our ebay collection.

Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love

Get Ryan Gosling’s suave and stylish look in Crazy, Stupid, Love with an eccentric yet refined Ermenegildo Zegna jacket, classic Ralph Lauren shades, and sophisticated Salvatore Ferragamo Oxfords.

Ryan Gosling

Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Take inspiration from Brad Pitt’s effortlessly cool and alluring style in Mr. and Mrs. Smith with black patent leather Versace loafers, sleek Oliver Peoples sunglasses, and a clean, white Calvin Klein Oxford shirt.

Brad Pitt

Jon Hamm in Mad Men

Go retro and get Jon Hamm’s 1960s Mad Men look with accoutrements like a sterling silver tie clip, Madison Avenue whiskey glasses, and a vintage amber ashtray.

Jon Hamm

George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven

Look to George Clooney’s sexy and chic Ocean’s Eleven style for inspiration and outfit yourself in Persol polarized sunglasses, a timeless Giorgio Armani watch, and a dashing Tom Ford silk bow-tie (best left untied).

George Clooney

Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street

Go yacht-casual and get Leonardo DiCaprio’s preppy and polished summer look in Wolf of Wall Street with a vintage Tag Heuer watch, Ray Ban Tortoise Boyfriend shades, Gucci leather loafers, and a classic Prada belt.

Leonardo DiCaprio 

A Punk In Paris, Beyonce, And More Flying Condoms

Who could ever predict that ‘whimsical, flying condoms’ might become the art world’s sleeper meme for the spring season? I’ve already discussed Michael Mahalchick’s recently opened show, in which a poster of Keanu Reeves is decorated with brightly colored prophylactics; now, having finally made it to Jordan Wolfson’s exhibition at Zwirner, I can see that this mini-theme is officially ascendant (tumescent?).  The centerpiece is Wolfson’s Raspberry Poser, a 13:54 looped video that combines live action, animation, and various digital effects. The camera zooms in and through a number of familiar and slightly generic places–New York City streets, the unpopulated interiors of plush apartments–over which a floppingly acrobatic condom cavorts, filled with what appear to be red, heart-shaped candies that periodically spill out all over the place. This is all set to a number of pop songs, including Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You and two versions of Beyonce’s Sweet Dreams. The musical segments are intercut with animations in which a tough-looking manchild (whom a catalog essay smartly identifies as a sort of grown-up version of the kid from Calvin & Hobbes) smokes cigarettes and, several times, self-eviscerates, his liberated organs doing a shuffling dance as he bleeds out.

All pretty normal, right? Just wait until you get to the bits where Wolfson himself appears as a generic ‘punk,’ walking around Paris in a leather jacket marked up to celebrate Iggy Pop, carrying a bag of baguettes. He checks his smartphone; harasses strangers; pulls his pants down and humps the grass; and, at one point, appears in hastily-applied blackface, chatting up some guy on a park bench.

20140319_145809

The video is paired with a number of mixed-media works that combine found and original imagery. One work includes a stock image of a woman in the guise of Rosie the Riveter, her portrait marred by bumper stickers advertising CRIPPLED SEX or claiming that “Socrates was an asshole.”

On one hand, this all reeks strongly of disjointed shock-and-awe. But there’s something deeply compelling about whatever it is Wolfson is up to. He’s intelligently obscene, not afraid to entertain, and clearly interested–as are so many younger artists these days–in mirroring the informationally overloaded mindfuck that is our digitally enabled, 21st-century existence.

It’s also nice to think of some of these impolite ‘paintings’ (which reference masturbation,  a certain 4-letter pejorative for the female anatomy, and poetic nonsense like “Choco Nose! Boom Murder! Money”) hanging on the wall of a collector who is trying, probably desperately, to not seem like a prude. Hey, maybe they’ll end up at Leo’s house! The Wolf of Wall Street star is clearly an aficionado of the next wave of flying-condom-based practice; he was chatting up gallery staff alongside Tobey Maguire when I visited.

20140319_145457 20140319_145640 20140319_145658

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio: We’ll Never Let Go

Those who have seen Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island know that although Scorsese tried his best hand at a Hitchcock by way of Lynchian psychological thrill, it was the performance from Leonardo DiCaprio that moved audiences to tears. It could have been an affinity for the dramatic, but he was just so good we couldn’t help but indulge in our emphatic emotions. It’s always that way with Leo—no matter the film—from his boyhood roles in features like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries to his most recent maniacal turns in Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street—in his twenty some odd years gracing our screens, he has never delivered a less than brilliant performance.

Whether he’s playing a mentally-handicapped teenager coping with the strains of his family, an infamous conman making his way around the world, a family man wrestling with the trials of love, or a psychopathic slave-owner, Leo always sinks his teeth fully into every role—giving a performance that’s brimming with conviction, intensity, charm, and agility, always with that signature essence of Leo that lingers no matter within which character he disappears. And it’s that rare amalgamation of charm and talent that’s made him not only one of Hollywood’s most beloved leading men but also a cultural icon with unwavering force. The transition from childhood actor to teen heartthrob to respected adult actor isn’t always an easy feat—many have let their flame burn out too soon and never fulfilled on the promise of their talent, but Leo has done nothing but prove time and time again that he’s more than deserving of that Oscar we’ve yet to see him take home.

STYLE SCOOP: $10k Bounty for Unretouched Vogue Photos, Victoria Beckham Moves

Jezebel is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can retrieve the unretouched photos from Lena Dunham’s Vogue cover shoot. (Underpaid assistants of the art department… time to put your heads together.)

Important: Fashionista has put together a history of Leonardo DiCaprio’s supermodel ex girlfriends.

Victoria Beckham is on the move and about to open up shops in NYC and London (Chelsea and Dover Street Market, respectively).

Visual Xanax: Rolling on Leo’s Breeze

Can’t you feel the warm breeze through the pinwheels?

In honor of his Golden Globe win last night this Monday is dedicated to Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo, we’ll love you forever, you always make it better. And don’t worry, we won’t let go.

Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio photographed by Bruce Weber for Interview, June 1994

Want more Visual Xanax? Click here.

Last Night: Rosewood Was Slamming, Spotted Leo DiCaprio & Amanda Bynes

So last night I had a blast. It was a bit of a pleasant surprise how great the opening of Rosewood, 5 E. 19th St., turned out to be. The space Rosewood occupied was once many clubs run by many operators. In my opinion, none of those joints were any good. Dorsia, some people said, had its moments, but none while I was there, which I admit was rare. The redux of the space into Rosewood seems to be on the cheap but that often doesn’t matter as long as it’s comfortable, the flow is good ,and the overall feeling is positive. I had heard that Leo…yeah “that” Leo, was there at the "friends and family" event a few days before, and that last night other boldface names were expected. From my perspective in the DJ booth, I saw beautiful people committed to a good time, and one semi-celeb: the much-talked-about Amanda Bynes. As far as I could tell, she was behaving marvelously. Noah Tepperberg once introduced me to her at Marquee many years ago, and she was all smiles and sweetness. I like to think of her that way and try to dispel reports of her "Lohanisms.”

The rock-themed den had Kelle Calco following me. His following is so hot that I was left shocked and awed and honored to make them sway. They seemed to enjoy my rock and roll tip. Upstairs, DJ Danny Rockz put the well-heeled crowd into a frenzy. He was like a rockstar with most of the crowd, dancing while facing the DJ booth as he put on a show. The room was illuminated by the requisite sparklers announcing the presence of the sweet set. Rosewood was slamming last night and I congratulate all involved.
 
After my DJ set, I headed to Hotel Chantelle to congratulate the wonderful Luc Carl at his birthday party. Luc is the real deal. He was humble about the event which also had a rock theme, with DJ Ian El Dorado offering rock anthems and crowd pleasers. Tommy London, one of the night’s hosts, handed me a flier for his Bowery Ballroom Dirty Pearls gig on January 4th, 2013. That is the first event in the next year that I have been invited to. It’s kind of eerie. The Pearls are heading off on their first-ever national tour and it couldn’t happen to nicer guys. We scooted off to The Famous Cozy Soup ‘n’ Burger on Broadway off Astor for a late-night burger and coffee malted. OMG I shouldn’t have; it was amazing and I want more but must maintain my figure. Cozy was slammed with familiar faces and eclectic strangers. It reminds me of Kiev, back in the day. Great food and a New York downtown crowd winding down after all the bells and whistles of the infinite night.

Sunday is Funday again at the re-tooled GoldbarJonny Lennon, a rocker from Queens, is at the helm of this weekly must-visit. Jonny and I are getting bro tattoos soon. It’s like that.