- July 12th, 1998
LEO: A MOVIE AT LAST!
Ending months of breathless speculation, Leonardo DiCaprio has settled upon his next starring vehicle. Variety says it is to be "The Beach," based on the novel by Alex Garland. The teen heartthrob will play a rootless traveler who is given a hand-drawn map to paradise by a madman. Leo's very next screen appearance, however, will be in the movie "Celebrity," by Woody Allen, which is already in the can, as they say.
- June 30th, 1998
DICAPRIO KEEPS HIS CLOTHES ON
Leonardo DiCaprio settled his lawsuit Monday against Playgirl magazine over nude photos of the young actor. DiCaprio's attorney Linda Goldman confirmed the deal but declined further comment, citing the confidential terms of the settlement. The "Titanic" star sued the magazine in March to prevent it from publishing the photographs in its July issue and on its Internet site. (A fully clothed Leo now appears in the issue. The origin of the nude photos was never publicly revealed) The suit, which sought unspecified damages for invasion of privacy and emotional distress, claimed publishing the photos would be "offensive and objectionable," and a "reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities [would] not want to disclose in a nationally published magazine ... his completely naked body, including full frontal nudity."
- June 29th, 1998
LEO: A BUFF BLUFF
Those much-discussed nude photographs of Leonardo DiCaprio in the July Playgirl, now on the stands, obviously did not make the final cut. Though the "Titanic" star appears on the cover and inside the skin mag -- he's fully clothed throughout. Gossip columnist Liz Smith suggests that the threat of lawsuits prevented the publication from running shots of Leo in the altogether.
- June 26th, 1998
LEO'S VERY GOOD DEED
Leonardo DiCaprio made a young teenager's dream come true. Jennifer Nash, 13, of Hope Mills NC got not only lunch with the current heartthrob of all heartthrobs, but a shirt embroidered by DiCaprio's mother and a bunch of kisses from the man himself. "He was the greatest. He's just so great!" Jennifer exclaimed to the Associated Press just after meeting DiCaprio. Jennifer was one of eight girls who chatted with the "Titanic" star over lunch Wednesday at Planet Hollywood. "He kissed me and kissed me, again and again the whole time, and he brought photographs and just told us about everything! I can't believe it!" Jennifer, who has leukemia, and the other girls met DiCaprio through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.
- June 23rd, 1998
THE LEO WATCH
Speculation continues to mount over what Leonardo DiCaprio will choose for his next project. The Hollywood Reporter says Leo is developing "The Stanford Prison Experiment" with producers who include his father, George. The movie is based on a true story involving a group of Stanford University students who took part in a mock prison experiment that went awry in 1971.
- June 21st, 1998
LEO'S SPY GAME
While Leonardo DiCaprio may or may not do the film version of the grisly novel "American Psycho," it is likely he'll be doing an espionage thriller for Universal called "Bombshell." How come? His father, George DiCaprio, will serve as one of the producers, reports Variety. "Bombshell" tells the story of Theodore Hall, a physics prodigy who was recruited for the Manhattan Project while still a teenager, albeit a recent Harvard grad. The youngest participant in the development of the atomic bomb, Hall passed top secret data to the Soviet Union -- actions that went undiscovered until recently but that historians now claim may have started the Cold War.
LEO TO RUN WITH BATMAN?
Producer Tim Burton has reportedly said he wants Leonardo DiCaprio to play Robin in the next "Batman" feature. In the scenario, the Boy Wonder (up until now played by Chris O'Donnell) will get killed by the evil villain Scarecrow, to be played by "Trainspotting"'s Ewan McGregor. As for the Caped Crusader: Goodbye, George Clooney. Hello, Kurt Russell.
- June 4th, 1998
LEO'S MODEL BEHAVIOR
Leonardo DiCaprio has a new model-girlfriend reports this morning's New York Post. She's Alyssa Sourovoya, an 18-year-old from Moscow whom he met at the hot Manhattan club Moomba Tuesday night. Sources report that she told friends at around 2 a.m., "Leonardo's going to put me in a cab" -- but he never returned to the club.
- June 3rd, 1998
LEO WHO? FOX IS FOXIEST
Matthew Fox is the biggest babe for readers of "Jane" magazine. The "Party of Five" star topped a poll that asked women which celebrity they would most like to marry. Fox finished ahead of such contenders as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and George Clooney. On the other hand -- if marriage were not an issue -- the readers settled on Leo as the one they most want to wake up next to.
- May 28th, 1998
DICAPRIO NOT QUITE 'PSYCHO'
Leonardo DiCaprio is distancing himself from reports that he will play a serial killer in a film based on Brett Easton Ellis' grisly 1991 novel "American Psycho," reports Variety. Leo's handlers went on the offensive Wednesday to correct what they termed the "misinformation" stemming from a widely hyped press release at the recent Cannes Film Festival that said their client would star in the controversial project for a reported $21 million. Leo's camp claims there have been "no negotiations between DiCaprio's representatives and [the producing company] regarding financial and other terms for appearing in 'American Psycho.'" A statement added that Leo had simply "expressed interest" in the film, "as he has for several other scripts."
- May 18th, 1998
LEO GETS MEAN
Leonardo DiCaprio will reportedly collect $21 million to play the evil yuppie protagonist in the $40 million film version of novelist Brett Easton Ellis' 1990 "American Psycho," about a sadistic Wall Street banker who performs unspeakably violent murders. Filming begins this fall in New York, and the finished product is meant to premiere at next year's Cannes Film Festival, says Variety, which raises the question of whether the script's grisly plot will appeal to Leo's hordes of fans. But, as one of the movie's producers said at this year's festival: "To have the most romantic man in movies play someone with no heart or soul will take people's breath away."
- May 14th, 1998
LEO'S CO-STAR IN U2 FILM
Judith Godreche, the French actress who starred in the Oscar-nominated "Ridicule" and the Leonardo DiCaprio picture "The Man in the Iron Mask," has been set as the female lead in "Entropy" opposite Stephen Dorff, says Variety. The film, written and directed by Phil Joanou (who directed the U2 concert film, "Rattle and Hum"), stars Dorff as a first-time director who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to make a feature about U2. As he follows the rock band around the world on its "Pop Mart" tour, he meets the girl of his dreams, played by Godreche. Kelly Macdonald also stars, and U2 lead singer Bono acts in several scenes.
May 12th, 1998
THE HEAT ON LEO
Prosecutors in Manhattan reportedly want to check out Leonardo DiCaprio in connection with a recent street fight, but New York's Daily News says the "Titanic" star isn't talking. The paper says investigators think Leo might know who attacked screenwriter Roger Wilson outside a restaurant in March. Wilson reportedly told police DiCaprio and actor Jay Ferguson were part of a group that followed him out of the restaurant, where he says someone suckerpunched him in the throat.
- May 11th, 1998
LEO TO JOIN SPIKE?
Leonardo DiCaprio is thinking of making a movie with director Spike Lee, say several sources. The star of "Titanic" is reportedly interested in playing an aspiring punk-rock musician in the Bronx in a film called "Summer of Sam." The movie is set in 1976 and 1977 when the Big Apple was terrorized by the Son of Sam serial killings. "Sam," a maniac named David Berkowitz, was eventually caught and sent to an institution.
- May 6th, 1998
LEO IN A MONASTERY
"Stressed out superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has turned to Buddhist monks for spiritual guidance," reports Britain's Mirror. With exclusive photos of Leo accepting a ceremonial Chinese sword (symbolic of cutting the barriers between man and inner peace) and assuming the clasped-handed prayer stance with the monks, the Mirror says the 23-year-old "Titanic" star "cut a bizarre figure as he prayed and chanted with orange-robed, shaven-haired monks in a Los Angeles monastery." Leo reportedly became fascinated with the monks after they displayed some of their Kung Fu technique on the Jay Leno show. The much-pursued star met with the monks because he is having a hard time coping with his overwhelming success. The Mirror then goes on to describe Leo's day at the monastery. The monks, says the tabloid, "welcomed him into their fold with a simple but comforting cup of tea."
- May 1st, 1998
LEO'S LATEST SQUEEZE
Leonardo DiCaprio is dating again. "DiCaprio's luscious love is 20-year-old fashion model Vanessa Haydon. The passionate pair have been inseparable over the past two weeks," reports the New York Post. The two reportedly met in the New York apartment of Leo's financial manager Dana Giacchetto at a party after the premiere of the Robert Downey movie "Two Guys and a Gal." A source told the Post that Leo and Vanessa starting kissing right on the spot. In other news, the paper also says Mira Sorvino is dating Kevin Costner.
- April 16th, 1998
LEO: DISSING 'PLUM' ROLE?
Heartthrob-of-the-minute Leonardo DiCaprio is being sued for $10 million over a film he hopes his fans will never see. Independent producer David Stutman, who made a still-unreleased ultra-low-budget film called "Don's Plum," is suing DiCaprio and actor Tobey Maguire ("The Ice Storm"), claiming the two are blocking his ability to market and release the picture. "Plum," which was partially improvised, was shot during six days in 1995 and 1996. It is about a group of friends who gather regularly at a diner to drink coffee, smoke and converse about everything from drugs to masturbation.
- April 14th, 1998
LEO NABS ACTING NOD
Leonardo DiCaprio may have been snubbed in the Best Actor Oscar race, but he was not overlooked by the audience of MTV, which nominated the heartthrob for Best Male Performance for the 1998 MTV Movie Awards. DiCaprio, along with "Titanic" co-star Kate Winslet, also was nominated in the Best Kiss and Best Onscreen Duo categories. The MTV Awards will be taped May 30 in Santa Monica and aired June 4. (Nominees were chosen through a nationwide poll of MTV viewers. Winners will be selected by viewers via phone or Internet.) Leo's performance competitors are Nicolas Cage ("Face/Off"), Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting"), Samuel L. Jackson ("Jackie Brown") and John Travolta ("Face/Off").
- April 6th, 1998
LEO: A NERD NO MORE
Friends of Leonardo DiCaprio, 23, say he's come a long way since his high school days. TEEN PEOPLE (the younger sister publication of PEOPLE) quotes a former classmate as saying, "He was skinny, kind of wimpy looking. The girls didn't think he was a babe, not like now." But most agree he's trying hard not to let his heartthrob status change who he is. "Leo doesn't try to impress anyone," says "Titanic" director James Cameron. "He knows who he is."
- March 30th, 1998
ON THE LEO FRONT
Scratch Kate Moss from the list of women with whom Leonardo DiCaprio is involved. The New York Post says the super-thin supermodel recently canceled plans to meet DiCaprio for shopping and dinner, saying she couldn't be bothered calling him. In other DiCaprio news, New York's Daily News says the "Titanic" star and his entourage went on the roof of his Manhattan hotel and dropped grapes on the paparazzi waiting for him below.
- March 27th, 1998
DICAPRIO: NO NUDES IS GOOD NUDES
Leonardo DiCaprio is suing Playgirl magazine over its plans to publish unauthorized nude photographs of the 23-year-old heartthrob. DiCaprio's suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages from the New York-based magazine and an injunction to prevent publication of the pictures. The suit says that Playgirl has ignored repeated requests to reveal the source of the photos and that the pictures show the actor's "completely naked body, including full frontal nudity" -- causing him "shame, mortification, hurt feelings, emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and injury to his privacy and peace of mind."
- March 20th, 1998
LEO: LONDON BY STORM
Thousands of squealing English teen-age fans turned out to see Leonardo DiCaprio and his co-stars at Thursday night's London premiere of "The Man in The Iron Mask," reports the Associated Press. DiCaprio, 23, took his grandmother to the show in Leicester Square and introduced her to Prince Charles, whose charity, The Prince's Trust, will benefit from the premiere. The young star gave Charles an iron mask, similar to the one he wore in the movie. About 5,000 people, mainly teen-age girls, had waited for up to six hours pressed against crowd barriers outside the theater to see the star. Inside, during the film, screams of adulation could still be heard. "This publicity trip has been like doing a Rolling Stones tour," said co-star Gabriel Byrne.
- March 17th, 1998
LEO EYES NEXT MOVE
Last week the talk was that Leonardo DiCaprio's next role would be that of real-life illusionist David Blaine in "Street Monkey," opposite Robert De Niro. Though Blaine confirms to PEOPLE that "Monkey" is a go, the film could take some time to jell. Now comes the latest Leo buzz -- exclusive to The PEOPLE Daily -- that the 23-year-old heartthrob is hot to play opposite Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn in Phoenix Pictures' modestly-budgeted adaptation of novelist William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," which Penn may direct in Mississippi next August. "Dying," about a poor rural family's struggle to carry its mother's corpse to her gravesite, would feature DiCaprio as Jewell, a son born of an illicit affair between the deceased mom and a local preacher. Nicholson is being eyed to play family patriarch Anse Burden. (If Penn decides to star, he'd most likely play Cash Bundren, the older, slow son.) A source at Phoenix tells PEOPLE correspondent Jeffrey Wells that, at this stage, "Dying" is nothing more than a great notion but confirms the plan is for Nicholson and DiCaprio to costar. Nicholson's agent Sandy Bresler says the "As I Lay Dying" project "is something I've talked to Sean about, but Jack knows nothing about it." According to a producer who recently spoke to Leo's manager Rick Yorn, Yorn says there are at least 15 scripts waiting for Leo to read, all with offers of at least $15 million -- and the only thing he wants to do is "As I Lay Dying." He wants to work with Nicholson.
LEO'S TOTAL MOON
Those reputed nude photos of Leonardo DiCaprio that Playgirl magazine may publish in its upcoming July issue are reportedly taken from a film Leo shot in 1996. Called "Total Eclipse," the film (available at major video outlets) features Hollywood's current Boy Wonder as a gay poet. The part called for him to appear nude as well as do a love scene with another male.
YET MORE ON LEO
Leo's touch is obviously golden. The offices of agents Gold/Marshak/Liedtke were broken into and a framed $100 bill with Leo's signature on it has been stolen, reports Variety columnist Army Archerd. On the greenback, Leo wrote, "Darryl, you were right!" The office, which represented DiCaprio earlier in his career, pushed Leo to do "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" instead of the movie "S.F.W.," with a $100 bet riding on whether the agents' decision was right. It was: "Grape" earned Leo an Oscar nomination, while the other picture (Leo-less) did a quick fade. "So DiCaprio paid off," writes Archerd. "And some collector has a DiCaprio autograph -- temporarily!"
LEO WET BEATS LEO MASKED
For a record-tying 13th weekend, "Titanic," starring some kid named Leonardo DiCaprio, was the nation's most popular film -- even defeating a new DiCaprio movie, "The Man in the Iron Mask." "Titanic" finished in first place by the smallest margin yet in its swift run on the weekly charts, according to figures released Monday. The film grossed $17.6 million, just $300,000 ahead of "The Man in the Iron Mask," which took in $17.3 million.
- March 16th, 1998
FIGHT OVER NUDE DICAPRIO PICTURES
Locked in a controversy with the magazine's owners over running unauthorized photos of "Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio, the editor-in-chief of Playgirl says she has resigned. "It goes against my ethics," Ceslie Armstrong told the New York Post about running the pictures. "It's an invasion of privacy. I can't be associated with it." The Post quoted execs at the male nudie magazine as saying Armstrong had not quit but had been fired. They gave no reason and did not confirm Playgirl would publish pictures of DiCaprio. Armstrong said they are due to be run in the July issue, reports the Post. The August 1997 issue of Playgirl featured an 11-page spread of unauthorized shots of a naked Brad Pitt, who successfully took Playgirl to court and got the edition removed from newsstands. Publicist Cindy Guagenti, who reps both DiCaprio and Pitt, said Leonardo is consulting his attorneys about this new matter.
In related news: The British film magazine Empire polled its readers online to discover which stars they'd like to see naked. The results: More of "Titanic" stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, and less of Demi Moore and Harvey Keitel. Also welcome to disrobe are Michelle Pfeiffer, Pierce Brosnan and Cameron Diaz. Those who should keep their clothes on include Greta Scacchi, Helen Mirren and Marlon Brando.
LEO TIES HIMSELF UP
The weekend battle of Leo vs. Leo was simply too close to call, according to the distributors of dueling Leonardo DiCaprio starrers "Titanic" and "The Man in the Iron Mask." Paramount and MGM on Sunday each projected $17.5 million weekends for their respective films, agreeing to wait until Monday to crown the three-day box office king. However, "Titanic" was expected to have grossed at least $467 million at the North American box office, pushing it past the $461 million earned by "Star Wars" in 1977 and its re-release last year. In other areas of the weekend box-office race, "U.S. Marshals," with an estimated $11.5 million, came in No. 2, followed by (in order) "Good Will Hunting," "The Wedding Singer," "The Big Lebowski," "Hush" and "Twilight" (tied for No. 7), "As Good as It Gets," "The Borrowers" and "Dark City."
YET MORE LEO
Sill can't get enough of Leonardo DiCaprio? The Disney Channel has unearthed several episodes of the ABC comedy "Growing Pains" from the 1991-92 season, featuring a round-faced DiCaprio as a homeless boy named Luke. The network will begin running the shows today, starting at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- March 13th, 1998
LEO: NO OSCAR, NO SHOW
Leonardo DiCaprio is all over the news today. USA Today reports he won't be at the March 23 Oscar ceremony. "He's not nominated, isn't presenting," writes columnist Jeannie Williams, "and next week has premieres in Paris and London of 'The Man in the Iron Mask.'" As for that movie, which opens in the U.S. today, critics are laughing. "Amusingly ludicrous," The New York Times says of the 17th-century adventure story. Yet even with "a Breck-girl hairdo, an overpowering cast and royally wooden dialogue," says critic Janet Maslin, DiCaprio "rivets attention in practically every scene." The New York Post was less kind. Giving the "costume catastrophe" no stars, reviewer Rod Dreher calls Leo "girlish, shallow and altogether Hanson-like."
On this morning's "Today" show, interviewer Katie Couric asked Leonardo how it felt being today's "It" guy. He replied: "I'm lucky." And the fans' attention? "I don't know these people individually, so it's hard for me to comment on." He did say he's distanced himself from his army of admirers by keeping "my family around me." When Couric asked how he felt about not being nominated for his acting in "Titanic," he said, "It's a non-issue. I was happy to be part of the film. Things happen for a reason, and truthfully, I didn't expect it." Pressed if he wasn't disappointed, Leo told Katie: "The only time I have any kind of reaction to it is when people mention it."
Are You Ready To Go Back To Titanic?
- Monday March 9th, 1998
LEO'S MODEL BEHAVIOR
Leonardo DiCaprio has a thing for supermodels, notes the New York Post. A "friend" told the paper: "He's off Helena [Christensen], he's done with Amber [Valletta] and now it's Kate [Moss'] turn." Leo reportedly met Moss when the two were in Cuba last month; she was on a fashion shoot, he was on a so-called "cultural mission." Naomi Campbell threw a party in her Havana hotel room, which is where the Post says Kate and Leo got "acquainted ... late into the night." Only snag: Kate's now back with Johnny Depp.