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  1. @Mirella Leo's filmography from Leo's foundation page: https://leonardodicaprio.com/films/ Thanks @Magical for the pics. Leon is the one I am skeptical about. Here's another point...I'm devastated without my Leon updates. 😟 Instagram... Just some R & J randoms...👇 Add-ons, but I don't think the last three are R & J related...
  2. @Mirella I certainly do, and in the strictest traditional sense, believe in paradise. @Jade Bahr You're a bit older than me, yet our storyline which illustrates the genesis of our love for Leonardo seems one in the same. Thanks @oxford25 and @Jade Bahr for the visuals. I don't see an immediate resemblance between Leonardo and the young man mentioned, but what I do know is sixteen is too young to die, but more importantly, too young to consider dying @Magical. I'm no good with tracking new pictures. I rarely know where to look. But I might be okay with the relics 🤷‍♀️. Because November is nearly here, and, because R & J's 25th anniversary arises, (Thanks @Jade Bahr for keeping us updated) I thought it okay to post these...👇. (p.s. I do recall some R & J never before seen London premiere footage posted by @oxford25 back in 2012, but am not sure this.) Disclaimer: Not the greatest quality, but still Leo centred. 😁 I cannot wait to see what Baz has up his sleeves for the commemoration of his MTV version 😬 of R & J.
  3. Yes @Mirella, Leonardo is a mama's boy, but in the highest eulogising manner. Above that, debatably, if father's are the foundations, then mother's must be the pillars. In his case, what a leaning post she is. Always switching gears, I found some featurettes on the web today. All centred round The Beach (2000). The film is one of Leonardo's least mentioned flicks. Or so I claim. Can't imagine why. The Beach noticeably sparked a string of eclectic art pieces which helped conceive Leo's lionised film career. 👇
  4. The Titanic was such a massive recount to tackle. When tragedy strikes, where do we find the larynx to voice it all? Switching gears, I thought Lorraine Bracco's interview was appropriate for the forum. A little awkward and meager in detail, but I think we all have our days. Leo must have been somewhere and around. He's always spoken highly of her. 👇
  5. Yes, love. What a fate! Massive deaths make me sad. Such a statement leaves wiggle room for debate, but I know what I mean. I'm not sure how effective I would have been in a circumstance such as the sinking of the Titanic, I hope better than I anticipate. Here's a victim I identify with... Jack Phillips, (John) really. In my house it is suspected that Jack Dawson's death, and bits of life was modeled after him 👇 (Thanks @Mirellafor the clip)
  6. As I've stated before, I'm not a Titanic fan per se, but the actual tragedy touches me. I don't recall this video being posted here on the forum, so here you go! 👇And Happy Sunday! Also this...before the vid. It's a couple days old. Thanks @oxford25 and @akatosh for the Don't Look Up updates and everyone for the pics and treats. Oklahoma City Museum of Art - We hope you enjoy your visit to The Painters of Pompeii as much as @LeonardoDiCaprio did earlier this summer! There is only one month left to see this historic exhibition, don't miss your cha.html
  7. Hey y'all. Thanks for the Leo content and Leonardo related perceptions. 👍 @akatosh thanks for that gem. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I would witness it from time to time via my suggested vids list on YouTube, but wouldn't indulge...🤔 Here's a topic I tried to raise on Instagram...I've always felt Leonardo was inspired by Orson Welles. After watching Once Upon a Time...I was truly convinced. There is something about that driveway poster...I mean all I could think of is Orson. Oh, well...this is a forum devoted to Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio.
  8. @Mirella devastatingly so. True love...arguably, even truth...is often misapprehended greatly without mismeasure. You're welcome @oxford25 and Leonardo fam (if y'all feel the same)! 🌹 Below are two articles which conjoin to convey aspects recounting the stage behind the flick The Beach (2000). 👇 It can get tiresome, when one pleases for a thing repetitively, but I honestly want nothing more than to contribute not subtract from the community. I can only hope what I present is new enough to be labeled as unseen. 😇 Real Story Behind Island Community That Inspired ‘The Beach’ 17 Nov 2020 by Jasmine Stone in Entertainment, History, Lifestyle, Movies, Vibe Related Posts Yes, I’ve Seen That Video Of The Lizard Climbing Shelves In 7-Eleven Thailand's Famous Full Moon Parties May Never Be The Same Thailand's 'Largest Ketamine Bust' Has Taken An Unexpected Turn You Really Don't Want To Leave A Nasty Hotel Review In Thailand Heir To Red Bull Fortune At Centre Of Scandal Involving Drugs, Death, And Fast Cars [imagesource:here] 2020 has been the sort of year that makes you want to leave it all behind, hole up on a remote island somewhere, and return to a simpler, more laidback way of living. In short, minus the shark attack and eventual unravelling, the lifestyle on show in the famous 2000 movie The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, based off a 1996 novel of the same name. If you somehow haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer: Many who have visited Thailand will tell you that the movie was shot on Maya Beach, on Phi Phi Leh Island, which you can visit as part of a day trip. You and thousands of other tourists, all vying to take a picture that makes it look as tranquil as it was in the movie. The real story behind the inspiration for Alex Garland’s 1996 novel remains somewhat contested, although there are those that say The Sanctuary, a then-secret beach community on Koh Phangan accessible only by hired boat or arduous hike, is clearly what set things off. Two Koh Phangan residents, Gill Beddows and Steve Sanders, started The Sanctuary after becoming disillusioned with the increasingly commercial nature of the island’s party lifestyle, beginning building in 1990. That, reports CNN, is just one of the similarities between The Sanctuary and the community depicted in The Beach: Image: Allstar/20th Century Fox For the first seven or so years, things were kept on the down-low, with friends of friends alerted through word of mouth, as the community became a haven for yoga, detoxing, and other wellness and spirituality practices that are today considered commonplace. Image: The Sanctuary The secrecy surrounding The Sanctuary didn’t last, and the founders eventually decided to “share the knowledge and skills we had developed”, with Doyle taking over as manager in 1998. Image: The Sanctuary Now, as COVID-19 decimates the international tourism industry, The Sanctuary is looking at alternate ways to bring its message to people around the world. Dalby has set up a video recording studio in one of the bungalows, and streams yoga sessions live, and The Sanctuary now has its own video channel which streams both live and taped events. All in all, they’ve come a long way since humble beginnings back in 1990. You can read the full CNN article here. DESTINATIONSFOOD & DRINKNEWSSTAYVIDEO Search STAY How a secretive hippie hideaway in Thailand transformed into a world-renowned beach retreat Joe Cummings, CNN • Published 16th November 2020 FacebookTwitterEmail 1/13 The Sanctuary: Located on Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, The Sanctuary is a popular wellness resort offering spa, yoga and detox services. courtesy The Sanctuary Koh Phangan, Thailand (CNN) — Michael Doyle started making regular trips to Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand in the mid-1980s, enjoying laid-back life in rustic beach bungalows around the island between stints as a psychiatric nurse in Australia. Eventually, he took up residence in Hat Rin, a sunset-facing beach at the southern tip of the island where a fast-growing international hippie scene offered everything from trance music and tai chi to hedonism and spirituality all rolled into one. By 1989, Hat Rin had become world-famous for its monthly Full Moon Party on the beach, and Doyle melted into the flow of "the new Goa." One day in 1991, a chance acquaintance invited Doyle to a celebration for the opening of a new spot on a secret beach further up the coast. It was called "The Sanctuary," and it could only be reached via hired boat or on foot over steep hills and rocky headlands. He accepted, and choosing the latter route, he and his new acquaintances began the strenuous hike. Related content 10 alternative Thai islands for those who hate crowds "As we came over the first hill, the sight of a crystal-white beach below, without anyone on it, was pure magic," recounts Doyle. But they hadn't yet reached "the beach," and so the group trekked on along a narrow path threading between clusters of giant boulders. "We glimpsed the second bay just before sunset," says Doyle. "Walking down from there, I felt as if I were passing through some kind of invisible membrane and I realized, 'well, my life has changed.'" Perched among Volkswagen-sized granite boulders spilling on to white sands, The Sanctuary at that point consisted of a longhouse dorm, a couple of wood-and-thatch bungalows and an open-air cafe. The opening party blasted on for three days, with a spirited sharing of food and entertainment, including the erection of a large bamboo-frame meditation pyramid. An enchanted Doyle stayed on for three months, along with a handful of other overnight long-termers who pitched in to build more bungalows. Originally, The Sanctuary could only be reached by hired boat or on foot. courtesy The Sanctuary The perfect vibe Behind the project were two Koh Phangan residents, Gill Beddows and Steve Sanders, who decided to establish The Sanctuary after becoming annoyed with ongoing commercialization in the Hat Rin scene. "In Hat Rin we ran a café, and we were involved in the big parties," says Beddows. "But one day Steve said he'd found the most amazing beach up the coast." He suggested they try and do something more meaningful there. Known locally as Hat Thian (Mangrove Beach), the bay was owned by a single Thai family whom Sanders had befriended. This made it easier to come to an agreement for leasing the land and building The Sanctuary, compared with the many other bays divided amongst multiple rival families. Pictured here in its early days, The Sanctuary was founded in the 1990s. courtesy The Sanctuary "We started building in 1990," says Beddows. "Steve and I had spent time at the Osho ashram in India, and that experience influenced us a lot. From the very beginning, we were focused on wellness and spirituality, offering an alternative to the party scenes on other beaches. We wanted it to be a center for like-minded people to practice yoga and detox, and various other therapies and treatments that are well accepted now, but which were practically witchcraft back then." For the first seven or eight years, The Sanctuary and its long-term residents were wary of publicity and media attention. "We felt the place had the perfect vibe, and we didn't want it spoiled," says Doyle of those years. "So for a while we tried to keep it to ourselves, as word of mouth among friends, as much as possible." Inspiration for 'The Beach'? Coincidentally or not, in 1996 first-time novelist Alex Garland published "The Beach," a gripping tale tracing the fate of a small, loose-knit group of world travelers who establish their own utopian community on a remote Thai beach. Reprinted 25 times in less than a year, the novel became a "Lord of the Flies" for Generation X, and in 2000 was transformed into a $40 million film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Leonard DiCaprio. The story opens when Richard, the British protagonist, encounters a deranged Scottish backpacker at a guesthouse on Bangkok's Khao San Road who tapes a hand-drawn map to Richard's door before killing himself. Richard and a French couple follow the map to a hidden lagoon on a beautiful island, where they find a colony of hedonistic idealists from around the globe struggling to keep their idyll from being discovered. CNN Travel was unable to reach Garland to confirm or deny the connection, but parallels with The Sanctuary led to rumors that a visit to the reclusive resort had inspired him. “We were living in the hippie belief that everyone could live together, and we didn't need to let the outside world in and let money spoil everything.” Gill Beddows, The Sanctuary co-founder To begin with, both Garland's fictional community and The Sanctuary were established in 1990. Just as Gill Beddows supervised The Sanctuary's development, aided by a partner with building skills, the secret beach community in Garland's novel is overseen by Sal, a woman with a carpenter boyfriend. While Beddows and Sanders hail from the UK, Sal and her partner are American and South African. In the novel, Sal explains to Richard: "Of course, this is more than a beach resort. But at the same time, it is just a beach resort. We come here to relax by a beautiful beach, but it isn't a beach resort because we're trying to get away from beach resorts. Or we're trying to make a place that won't turn into a beach resort. See?" Asked whether Garland actually visited The Sanctuary, Doyle says, "I have a fuzzy memory of a guy hanging out in a hammock and just watching the flow of life for a couple of weeks in the mid-'90s. And I can put names to a few of the characters in the story, so there's that. It didn't click so much with the book as with the film." Beddows is more forthcoming about Garland's inspiration. A variety of sleeping options are on offer, from private suites to shared dorms. courtesy The Sanctuary "As soon as the book came out, I knew." she says. "There were just too many coincidences. "We were living in the hippie belief that everyone could live together, and we didn't need to let the outside world in and let money spoil everything. Gradually reality came in, knowing this wasn't sustainable without income. "As our programs in yoga, self-exploration and detox expanded, and these things became more marketable in Thailand, we realized it would be crazy not to share the knowledge and skills we had developed. We were already ahead of the curve." The couple invited Doyle to manage The Sanctuary in 1998 so that they could attend to other interests in the islands as well as back home in the UK. As a self-confessed "organized, get-stuff-done Capricorn," Doyle ushered the resort into the 21st century, expanding programs in wellness and spirituality for a far-reaching market, while maintaining the intimacy and casualness valued by loyal guests who returned year after year. By 2013, The Sanctuary was booked out most of the time and the staff were turning away hundreds of requests for stays over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Former Sanctuary barman Nolan Dalby took over day-to-day management of the resort in 2016, although Doyle, now a resident of neighboring Koh Samui, remains involved. Covid-19 brings new challenges When the spread of coronavirus began accelerating worldwide in March 2020, The Sanctuary was in the middle of another successful high season. Although international news prompted a majority of guests to depart, and people scheduled to arrive were canceling their reservations, a dozen or so Sanctuary guests stayed on well into the month. As Doyle recalls, "We had to make a lot of decisions quickly, with the threat of borders closing and people still in-house. Taking into account the safety and comfort of our guests, as well as what was sustainable for us as a business, we called everyone into the restaurant one evening for a discussion. "We let them know that during the island lockdown, they might not even be allowed on the beach, and that food supplies might get thin. In the end, everyone left except for a couple to whom we gave favorable rates for as long as they stuck it out." With Dalby and a reduced crew -- many Sanctuary employees chose to return to their homes during Thailand's general lockdown from mid-March until mid-May -- the resort continued to operate. The restaurant offered an abbreviated menu for long-term Hat Thian residents, on a takeaway basis only during lockdown, and then later for dine-in. Dalby purchased a smaller generator to economize on fuel, running electricity for limited hours each day. While many hotels and resorts on Koh Phangan and around Thailand closed down completely from mid-March until June or later, The Sanctuary maintained its record of never closing down for even a day since its original opening. The Sanctuary's wellness programs include yoga, self-exploration and detox. courtesy The Sanctuary "In many ways, these current challenges bring me back to the early days," says Doyle. "I remember when I first arrived in 1991, The Sanctuary had just one little Kubota generator, turned on in the late morning to run a smoothie blender at the restaurant, and then for a few hours more in the evening." With fewer in-house guests to keep him occupied, Dalby shifted his attention to finding ways to deliver the Sanctuary experience to people locked down elsewhere in the world. With the help of a photographer who visited The Sanctuary just after lockdown, Dalby developed a rustic video recording studio in one of the available bungalows so that live yoga classes could be streamed via Facebook and other Internet media. As more gear was acquired, and the open-air studio became more technologically sophisticated, Dalby linked it with Vimeo Livestream Studio online so that they could record teachers, therapists and other experts living outside Thailand presenting instruction in meditation, movement, home detox, Pilates and yoga to live models in the studio. The Sanctuary now has its own video channel streaming both live and taped events via social media as well as a dedicated web page, Sanctuary Wellness Live. "With Thailand's international arrivals still strictly limited, the Vimeo studio keeps The Sanctuary experience open to all," says Dalby. Meanwhile on "the beach," a steady stream of domestic visitors, both Thais and expatriates living in Thailand, are enjoying daily yoga classes, spa services, meditation, healthy dining and detox programs (on request), plus the beautiful bay itself, in relative isolation -- almost like it was 20-odd years ago. The Sanctuary, 6 153/14 Ban Tai, Koh Phangan District, Surat Thani 84280; +66 (0)77 954 073 Next is a choppy video of Leo's rares....👇 I figured it to be fun.
  9. Noted, Ms. @Jade Bahr. But if you will allow it, through my experience, I have found cynics to be frustrated romantics. They are usually meticulous lovers with lofty (forgive the term) expectations or perhaps better stated, possess expectancies and hope far up in altitude than commonly experienced. More often than not, a cynic will forfeit the opportunity to explain their position because they may have pre-accepted high probability of misquote, misunderstanding, misreads, and mistakes concerning their point and need. Not to mention the perceived inability to acquire satisfactory result of their uniquely blended demand. @Mirella a pianist and an intuitionist. Impressive. I must say. Love is immaculate as @Veronika proclaims, but its light and purity can be broadsiding, obstructing logic, which is often portrayed as loveless, making love and common sense enemy? I'm unsure if this article has been posted previously. The forum is comprehensive, but I thought I might add this 👇. Please forgive me if previously posted! Winslet Finally Reveals The Truth About ‘Titanic’ By Meagan Nantwich - July 11, 2019 When Titanic hit theaters in 1997, it was an instant hit. The epic romance is still one of the most successful films of all time, but there were many moments that made us rethink everything. Taking It Off With DiCaprio When Kate Winslet discovered how she would be dressed in the famous portrait drawing scene, she wasn’t uncomfortable, but was unsure about Leo. To lighten up their first scene Kate, introduced herself by giving DiCaprio a glimpse of what the future held… 58K Goldman Sachs Outlines Germany's Key Challenges: Digitization, Green Transformation, Trade Taking It Off With DiCaprio ADVERTISEMENT Gut Wrenching Finish On the last night of filming, the cast and crew became the victims of a vicious prank. Someone decided it was a good idea to spike the soup that everyone was eating, but it caused far more damage than fun. Over 80 people got sick after eating the soup, and more than 50 were hospitalized with hallucinations. James Cameron made himself throw up in so the substances wouldn’t absorb into his blood stream. They were never able to catch the perpetrator. Gut Wrenching Finish Lizo DiCaprio The Titanic set was a hotbed of injuries, but the saddest casualty of them all was probably Leonardo DiCaprio’s pet lizard. Somehow, the lizard got loose on the lot and was hit by a truck. Leo was devastated to find his battered lizard. However, with a lot of extra care, he was able to nurse his pet back to health. He was probably much more careful about keeping him safely caged after that, or only took him out in enclosed spaces. Lizo DiCaprio Cold To The Bone Kate Winslet refused to wear a wetsuit under her costume like all of the other actors who were spending days on end submerged in water. Though James Cameron insists that he had the tank warmed to a comfortable 80 degrees, Kate came down with pneumonia anyway. Her illness almost caused her to quit the production, so Cameron scrambled to find a reason that would convince her to stay. Pneumonia was far from the only bodily injury suffered during filming. Cold To The Bone Relieving A Burden During the many hours spent filming in the water, James Cameron wanted to make sure none of the cast members left the tank in the middle of the shoot. Cameron even went so far as to threaten to fire anyone who considered asking to take a bathroom break. Many extras therefore just relieved themselves in the water because of that policy, though Kate Winslet shared that they weren’t alone in that regards. It wasn’t just hours spent submerged in frigid water that made the film difficult. Relieving A Burden Wrecking The Past The film was almost overly committed to historical accuracy, to the extent that some original clothing was used for the time period. It took the costume department nearly a year to build up the wardrobe they needed for all of the extras, and complicating matters further, the pieces often would get wet. On a certain day, James Cameron needed more extras in the water, so he took a boatful of them, who were all wearing vintage, and dunked them in anyway. Wrecking The Past A Sinking Ship As production for the Titanic progressed, the only buzz the film was getting was negative. Due to a number of delays, sky high expenses, and reports of repeated injuries, the press was sure that the movie would bomb. Executives at both the original studio, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount were ready to come to blows over the disparity between the film’s budget and the actual costs. At one point, the situation was so bad, nearly everyone was convinced the film would bomb. A Sinking Ship Heart Won’t Gone On The hit song played over the film’s closing credits hit a number of speed bumps before it was allowed into the film. For starters, James Cameron never wanted a pop song in the movie in the first place. However, it likely wouldn’t have made the cut if Celine Dion hadn’t performed the vocals. Even she had to be convinced of the song’s merit by her husband, René Angelil, who was a friend of the composer, James Horner. Heart Won’t Gone On Freezing The Extras For the film’s ending sequence, the make up department had a lot of work to do in order to make the scene convincing. In order to make it appear like the actors were actually freezing, they were coated in a special powder that would form crystals when it made contact with water. In order to make it look like everyone had wet hair, the make up arts coated their hair in wax. The only problem was the chemicals in the water kept washing off the powder. Freezing The Extras Keeping The Gaff It’s no surprise that Leo might have made a few mistakes his first days on set. In the iconic portrait drawing scene, Jack tells Rose to lie, “Over on the bed…the couch.” The scripted line was supposed to just have Jack telling Rose to lie on the couch. Leo genuinely forgot the line, and was correcting himself mid-sentence for saying “bed.” Cameron liked the effect of the slip, and therefore left it into the final edit of the film. Keeping The Gaff Getting On His Good Side James Cameron is a notoriously stubborn person to work with, which is no surprise considering he micromanaged the epic film. For all of the complaints the cast and crew had about his directing style, there was only one person who managed to soften his demeanor. Gloria Stuart, who played Old Rose, managed to charm the director. As a joke, Stuart often called him “Herr Director” in an ode to his near German levels of efficiency and precision. Getting On His Good Side Bumps And Bruises Kate Winslet found herself pretty battered while filming the movie. At a certain point, the make up artists wanted to take pictures of her extensive bruises, so they could refer back to them later. On top of that and her pneumonia, Winslet also chipped a bone in her elbow, which led to her saying, “You’d have to pay me an awful lot of money to work with James Cameron again.” We guess the price was right for Avatar 2. Bumps And Bruises Bowing To Tyson’s Complaints Famed scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, was just as pedantic about details then as he is now. When the movie was released, he wrote a letter to Cameron to tell him that the configuration of stars in the final scenes wasn’t correct. Tyson complained again in person the first time he met Cameron, and then a third time when Cameron did an event at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Cameron got the hint and had Tyson send the correct configuration for the re-released film. Bowing To Tyson’s Complaints Thorn In His Side Winslet was utterly convinced that she was the best choice for Rose. The production saw a massive number of well known actresses for the part, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, and Jennifer Aniston. Winslet was persistent, constantly calling and writing to Cameron about choosing her. At a certain point she even said to him, “You don’t understand! I am Rose! I don’t know why you’re even seeing anyone else!” It’s almost as if she was channeling Rose before she got the part. Thorn In His Side Hidden From Gloria Gloria Stuart, the 86 year old actress who played Old Rose didn’t even know Rose’s fate in her final scenes, which was revealed by her grandson, Benjamin Stuart Thompson. Though Gloria asked Cameron if Old Rose was meant to be dead or just dreaming in her final shot, he apparently replied, “Just lie still, Gloria. You don’t need to know!” It seems even her friendly rapport with the director didn’t help her to find out that bit of information. Hidden From Gloria Leo Lobotomized The shooting schedule for Titanic was an intensive process, often starting in the middle of the night, which continued for months on end. In the dinner scene where Jack joins Rose’s family in the first class lounge, Leo was so tired after spending hours getting all of the shots needed for the scene, that he was losing his patience. At a certain point, he reportedly pick up a fork, turned to Kathy Bates, and asked, “Which one of these do I use to lobotomize myself?” Leo Lobotomized Leaving Lindsay A then unknown Lindsay Lohan auditioned to be one of the featured little girls in the film. Though the producers liked her for the role, James Cameron worried that her red hair would be too confusing next to a red-head protagonist. The thinking went that audiences might suspect Lindsay’s would be character might appear to be related to Rose and her mother Ruth. In her place, they cast Alexandrea Owens as the little girl, Cora, that Jack talks to in third class. Leaving Lindsay Smoke And Mirrors The production team needed to employ a number of tricks in order to make the boiler room scene look believable. For starters, in order to make it look like there were an appropriate amount of boilers, the set was constructed with a mirror at the end, which doubled the number of boilers seen from three to six. Because they couldn’t quite construct the set to scale, they also used short actors so it wasn’t apparent to audiences that the boilers were small. Smoke And Mirrors The Cost Of Destruction Titanic ran into its fair share of challenges as it had to shoot the destruction of the ship. The scene where the grand staircase finally floods wasn’t done until the very end of the film. The cinematographers only had one chance to get the shot right, because the force of the flooding water they were pumping into the set would destroy it completely. Luckily for both the crew and for James Cameron, they got the exact footage they needed. The Cost Of Destruction Hindsight’s 2017 Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have shared that they were less than impressed with their performances in the film in retrospect. Winslet went so far as to say that her American accent was truly “awful” while her acting “could have been better.” Leo was not quite as harsh on himself, but he did add that he considers himself to have been a “young punk” in the film. Regardless, the film catapulted both stars into distinguished film careers. Hindsight’s 2017 Too Ruddy For The Role One of the many young male actors to have auditioned for Jack was Paul Rudd. The studio had been more interested in both Matthew McConaughey and Johnny Depp prior to Leo, but they each turned it down. On the other hand, Rudd was interested in the project because his father was captivated by the Titanic’s history. During his audition he must have bored casting directors because he was rattling off a list of facts about the ship. Too Ruddy For The Role Predicting The Disaster In 1898, a novella was released by an American writer named Morgan Robertson. The novella was titled The Wreck of the Titan. The name was already similar enough to set off alarm bells, but the events of the story are even more eerie. The novella’s plot follows an ocean liner that sets off on a journey across the Atlantic ocean. Several days into the journey, the ship hits an iceberg, at roughly the same speed the Titanic was traveling. Moreover, there were too few life boats onboard. Predicting The Disaster Paramount Boards The Ship Twentieth Century Fox was the first studio to sign on to the making of Titanic, but because Cameron was so insistent on getting all of the details as close as possible, the costs increased exponentially, and Fox needed the help of another studio in order to cover it all. In addition to constructing a ship off the coast of Mexico that was almost as large as the original Titanic itself, Cameron cajoled the White Star Line to manufacture replicas of the original decor. Paramount Boards The Ship A Glorious Life Despite the film being made more than 80 years after the sinking of the Titanic, it turns out, one cast member was alive when it happened. Gloria Stuart was 86 when the film was shot, meaning she was the only cast member who was living in 1912. Because Old Rose was supposed to be 100 in the film, the actress had to wear age make up to appear even older than she was. Stuart herself died in 2010 at the age of 100. A Glorious Life Down To The Minute When all of the 1912 scenes are complied together, the run time equals out to the exact amount of time it took for the Titanic to sink, a precise two hours and forty minutes. The exact run time of those scenes may not have been intended, considering Cameron had several hours more footage he could have used. It may not have been as coincidental that the crash with the iceberg in the film lasts 37 seconds, which was the same amount of time as the real ship. Down To The Minute Sparks That Fizzled Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio became one of the most recognizable on-screen couples of the 20th century. Their clear chemistry caused many people to speculate whether or not the actors themselves were involved romantically. Even 20 years after the release, Kate has to clarify that they were only ever friends. She shared their secret of their lifelong friendship with ITV, saying, “We were both very young. And luckily, and this was the fortunate thing, we never fancied each other.” Sparks That Fizzled Spit Takes There’s a scene in Titanic where Jack teaches Rose how to spit like a man. The end result was a charming interaction between the two characters as they fall in love with one another. The scene, however, had never been scripted! James Cameron had a vague outline of what he wanted the characters to do, but he left the details up to Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio. The entire exchange with two spitting off the edge of the ship was improvised. Spit Takes Finding The Truth When James Cameron was writing the original Titanic script, he wanted to choose feature fictitious main characters at the center of the story. Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson were names that Cameron thought up himself. After the film was released, Cameron learned that there had been a real J. Dawson on board the Titanic who died during the sinking. However, the real life Dawson was Joseph, not Jack. He was an Irishman from Dublin who is now buried in Nova Scotia. Finding The Truth Like Crossing An Ocean According to James Horner, who composed the music for the film, the first cut he was shown was over 36 hours long. That’s almost half of the time that the Titanic actually spent traveling. With days on set regularly 14 hours or more, it’s not a surprise that Cameron had an immense amount of footage to sift through. Luckily for the audience, he was able to cut it down to a cohesive three hour movie, and Horner provided a beautiful score. Like Crossing An Ocean Time Stands Still In the final scene, young Rose is seen coming down the grand staircase once more, greeting Jack once more after a lifetime apart. While it’s not clear if the moment is symbolic of Rose’s passing, or she’s simply dreaming of her long lost love, the creative team snuck an extra Easter egg into the scene. As Rose comes down the stairs, the clock is striking 2:20 am. That is the exact time the bulk of the Titanic sank into the ocean. Time Stands Still Room For Two In the years since Titanic’s release, fans have begun arguing that it’s heartbreaking conclusion was avoidable. No, fans aren’t arguing that the ship shouldn’t have sunk, but rather, there should have been room for both Rose and Jack on the door Rose floated on until her rescue. The show Mythbusters even proved just how much space was on the door, which had been based on a real Titanic artifact. James Cameron said, however, that narratively, Jack couldn’t have survived. Room For Two Comedy Of Manners Due to Cameron’s need for nearly 1000 extras who worked on the film throughout the course of its production, he made sure to hire 150 regulars, which reduced the time it took them to get fit into costumes. Moreover, he wanted the extras to be as realistic as possible, so the core extras were also given a three hour class on the customs and mannerisms of people who lived in 1912. The class was taught by Lynne Hockney, Titanic’s choreographer. Comedy Of Manners Flippingly Mad While speaking to the New York Post about his time working on Titanic, Billy Zane had more to say about some of his most famous scenes. For starters, his table flip was completely improved, as Cameron wanted the actors to create their own dialogue. More challenging though, once he decided to flip the table, he had to avoid Kate’s costume. He said, I think after, like, seven takes, I got maybe one drop [of orange juice] on one of the dresses.” Flippingly Mad A Steamy Surprise Kate had a few stories of her own that she’d kept hidden for nearly 20 years. One of the most famous love scenes ever to appear in the movie includes Kate’s had wiping the fogged up glass of an antique car. Kate shared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, “I don’t think it was scripted. I think we came up with it on the day. It did get quite sweaty in the car, but we were spritzed down with spray Evian bottles…” A Steamy Surprise Upscale Hot Dogs In time for the film’s 20th anniversary, Billy Zane, who played the cruel fiancé, Cal, divulged some on set secrets to the New York Post. Zane shared that the set was peppered with hot tubs for the cast to warm themselves in between takes, even while in a tux. He continued, “Then someone walks by and you just reach into a basket and you’re noshing on a hot dog in a tux in a hot tub, just deadpan, without any reaction, like this is completely normal.” Upscale Hot Dogs Blockbuster Budget When the RMS Titanic was constructed, it was designed to be the most luxurious and modern ship ever made. The cost of construction was $7.5 million in 1912. In 1997, that totaled out to be a little over $120 million. The Titanic film was so expensive to make, however, that its costs totaled $200 million in 1997. With inflation, the Titanic’s construction is almost $200 million of today’s dollars. The film still costs over $100 million more, working out to $300 million in today’s dollars. It’s a good thing it earned it all back. Blockbuster Budget Sinking Strausses As the ship goes down in its final moments, there’s a shot of an elderly couple, hugging each other on a bed as the water rises over them. The couple was based on two real Titanic passengers, Ida and Isidor Strauss, who had been been the owner of Macy’s. Ida had a chance to be saved in a lifeboat, however she turned it down, saying to Isidor, “As we have lived together, so we shall die together.” The scene showing this was cut from the movie. Sinking Strausses Kate’s Feelings For Leo Kate had a few stories of her own that she’d kept hidden for nearly 20 years. One of the most famous love scenes ever to appear in the movie includes Kate’s had wiping the fogged up glass of an antique car. Kate shared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, “I don’t think it was scripted. I think we came up with it on the day. It did get quite sweaty in the car, but we were spritzed down with spray Evian bottles…” Kate’s Feelings For Leo ADVERTISEMENT
  10. @Jade Bahr a romantic aren't you? I love the texture of Baz Luhrman's R &J. I loved watching [it] when it rained. I'd get swept away in the essence of it all. A platform for my consistent reveries, but above all, sounds for my lovesickness to track 👇... p.s. @Mirella where are you?
  11. This ain't nothing new, but it looks like Leo still has his wolf fang tat. I wonder if he'll get more small tats, or if more already exists? 🤔
  12. Cool posts everyone! It's refreshing to Leo out and about! All of the pics are righteous. HD's, regular D's, it's all good. @SexyLeo91 of course. Here's some updates on a subject I'm interested in. 👇 I noticed in older posts these readings showed face. Thanks again. 😇 Leonardo DiCaprio Monthly Forecast for September 2021 “I grew up when I was 15 when I had my first opportunity in movies. I watched every great movie for a year and a half, and since then I've asked myself how I can emulate such artistry. That's really my motivation. I want to do something as good as my heroes have done.” September 2021 is a 9 Personal Month in a 9 Personal Year for Leonardo DiCaprio. Now his desire for change reaches a climax. Leonardo is taking steps to implement changes he has been considering for some time. Nothing is stable right now, but that should not worry him. DiCaprio is making progress in hidden ways. He feels insecure about the future, but he rightly knows that these changes must be made. There is a lot of adjusting that must be done, not only for Leonardo DiCaprio, but also for the people close to him. More than at any other time this year, Leonardo lets go of the old and prepare for the new. This takes place in every area of his life - spiritual, emotional, and material. However, September is not a month to make impulsive decisions and starting anything new should be postponed until very late this month or next month.1 A disappointment in romance is possible but it will clear the air for future engagements. Leonardo DiCaprio Yearly Forecast for 2021 “I just want to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully people will watch my movies.” 9 2021 is Leonardo's year to finish up all unfinished business, to clean house and make room for new things. On a material level this is a good time to get rid of unnecessary weight, to give away or sell what he does not need anymore and to pay off old debts. On a spiritual level Leonardo DiCaprio will experience a different mode altogether. His attention should turn to others and their needs, find ways to be of help and give time and energy to worthwhile causes. DiCaprio must lighten his burden of questions and doubts and the best way to do so is by directing his attention to another direction, away from himself and he will find becoming lighter and more in touch with his own self. This is a time of completion, problems can be solved and over with, strained relationships relax or disappear, the sources of stress in work or business can be better understood and dealt with. Leonardo DiCaprio needs to be social and communicative, enjoy music and other arts. His creativity is higher than usual. There can be some difficulties during 2021 due to Leonardo's desire to face obstacles and overcome them. Decisions must be taken, and courage and strength may be severely tested several times. This is not going to be an easy year all the time, but DiCaprio will feel relieved and on the brink of a positive breakthrough by the end of this year. This is the end of a nine-year Epicycle and Leonardo DiCaprio will feel many times the excitement of a new and promising era when optimism is his friend, but he will also experience the fear of letting go. However, the more Leonardo lets go the more room there is to be filled during the next Epicycle.
  13. @Lilja Knoted! @akatosh you're welcome. @Mirella my Venus is in Gemini, now it's confirmed, there's a challenge. @Leo lover honoured to be a part of the community, it's a place of great taste. (Even though this message is random). @Sugarwater DiCaprio moves around doesn't he? @oxford25 you never miss a beat! Thanks! @Jade BahrSeth Rogen, I can see him in Don't Look Up! Surprised... @kellybsblovera book? Maybe when he's older and has fallen in love. I've always envisioned him as a widower. Based on Revolutionary Road and Inception, he might too. @SexyLeo91you are the sweetest! You're energy is addictive! @LuckyGirlDeodorant, baths, cleanliness...Leo is definitely an enigma. I think he does what he wants when he wants, including bathing. Either way, he's a catch. @AliceTThe updates! I've been dying to see every frame of the golden boy. Thanks for the drop! Y'all are the bomb! 😉
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