More charities are calling on Leonardo DiCaprio to return donations to his philanthropic foundation which appear to have come from a money laundering scam in Malaysia. DiCaprio, though not said to have acted improperly, received money for his foundation though fundraising events from individuals connected to one of the biggest fraud cases in the world. Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman and friend of DiCaprio, has spent millions at the lavish fundraisers and auctions, flooding the foundation with money.
Oscar front-runner The Revenant dramatizes the incredible, real-life tale of early-American fur trader Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his relentless will to survive after being left for dead following a brutal bear attack during the winter of 1823. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and based on the 2002 nonfiction book by Michael Punke, the harrowing story has proven to be a huge hit at the box office as well as a serious awards-season contender, earning 12 Oscar nominations, the most of the year. Whether or not The Revenant wins big at the Oscars on Feb. 28, it’s sure to inspire future movies about unbelievable outdoorsmen and women.
If The Revenant sparked your curiosity about the American frontier and Native American history, there’s much to think about in A World Unseen, a new documentary (watch it above) about the making of the 12-time Oscar nominee. More than a look into the bitter cold that filmmakers and actors endured — though it’s that, too — the 45-minute companion piece attempts to connect the dots on themes touched upon in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s lauded film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as frontiersman Hugh Glass. The doc weaves together an impression of how westward expansion during the fur trade decimated both natural resources and indigenous populations.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant has earned high marks — and three Golden Globe awards — for its scenic beauty and rugged brutality. A harrowing survival tale based on early 1800s frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), the film is also winning praise for its powerful performances — one of which comes from Forrest Goodluck in his first major film role. Without spoiling the film, Goodluck holds his own among his more seasoned costars Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, and DiCaprio, in some very intense scenes shot in wintry landscapes.
In the the horror movie ‘The Forest’ (in theaters now), Natalie Dormer becomes the latest in a long line of actors who’ve had us seeing double as they play identical twins in a movie. Click through for a mini-history of this time-tested cinematic phenomenon.
Based on this sneak peek, Leonardo DiCaprio could be in the hunt for that elusive Oscar for his starring role in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s upcoming drama The Revenant. From there Glass has to do everything he can to survive the brutal cold, predatory animals, and warring tribes of the wilderness.