Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by

Leonardo DiCaprio has made climate change one of his core social issues over the past 15 years, and he has no signs of backing down against naysayers. Leo will turn 40 on November 11, but before that day comes, he can add a new title to his laundry list of professional accolades.

The United Nations just named DiCaprio a “Messenger of Peace” for his years of stewardship toward climate change awareness. “I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history — it is a moment for action,” DiCaprio said in a statement. “How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.” DiCaprio is scheduled to speak at the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23.

As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Leo joins past notable entertainers like Edward Norton, Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron, George Clooney, and Stevie Wonder as a recipient of the honor.

Watch a trailer for DiCaprio’s 2007 climate change documentary The 11th Hour below:

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Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by

Leo takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

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Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by

New project narrated by Leo, via politico.com:

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.

“We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now,” DiCaprio says in his narration of “Carbon,” released Wednesday.

“If national governments won’t take action, your community can,” DiCaprio says. “We can move our economy town by town, state by state to renewable energy and a sustainable future.”

DiCaprio, who also produced the eight-minute film along with Tree Media, has been vocal on environmental issues such as climate change. The film, which comes ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit on Sept. 23, calls for an end to carbon pollution by considering options such as carbon trading or carbon taxes. The film points to similar steps taken in countries like Ireland and Finland.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is featured in the film, points to climate legislation that he and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have introduced calling for a carbon tax.

“People should not have the ‘freedom’ to destroy the planet,” Sanders says in the film. “Given the severity of the problem, we’re not moving fast enough. We are looking at a fight to save this planet, and we have got to be bold, we have to be aggressive.”

“Carbon”Director Leila Connors said that Congress needs to act to put a price on carbon, adding that time is limited.

“We cannot afford to delay any longer. Washington — and governments around the world — need to act on all levels to keep carbon in the ground. The science is clear; the longer we wait, the harder and more costly this problem will be to solve,” she said.

Of DiCaprio’s involvement with the project, Connors said it’s a “powerful force.”

“Leonardo is unique in that he has not only an enormous audience, but also an in-depth knowledge of, and passion for, the issue of climate change,“ Connors said. “Any time you can combine that with a willingness to really get involved, it’s a powerful force for good.”

The actor also recently received praise from Secretary of State John Kerry in June for his efforts and support to raise awareness on climate change at a conference the pair attended.

Kerry said DiCaprio is a “terrific example of how an artist, an actor, a person of celebrity can take that celebrity and make it meaningful in the context of things that matter to people’s lives on a day-to-day base, more than being entertained.”

“Carbon” is the first film in a series called Green World Rising that focuses on climate change, with an additional three films set to be released ahead of September’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York City.

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Public Appearances > 2014 > August 16: Oceana’s Annual SeaChange Summer Party

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Posted on Jul 12, 2014 by

The Playlist – With a prime opening slot for “Birdman” at the Venice Film Festival next month, things look to be going pretty well for Alejandro González Iñárritu, and he even has “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy gearing up to shoot this fall. Or does he?

THR reports that the film, which was slated to start shooting in September, is now in jeopardy after the troubled production company Worldview Entertainment backed out of financing the movie. 20th Century Fox isn’t interested in putting up the money themselves citing the pay-or-play deals for the two leads (meaning they get paid even if the movie doesn’t get made), but there’s more complications. In a typically ambitious move by Iñárritu, he wants to shoot the movie—about a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and robbed, who then goes on a mission of vengeance—in sequence, which would add $7 million dollars to the budget.

But hope is on the horizon with every cinephile’s fave, Megan Ellison (“The Master,” “Her,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Killing Them Softly”), looking to step in and back the movie via Annapurna Pictures. So fingers crossed that Iñárritu gets to the shoot the movie the way he wants, and everything stays on track for what sounds like a potentially great film.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 by

Photos of Leo’s appearance last month at the State Departments Our Ocean can now be found in our gallery:

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– Public Appearances > 2014 > June 17: State Department Hosts ‘Our Ocean’ Conference

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Posted on Jun 18, 2014 by

Foggy Bottom got a little taste of Hollywood Tuesday, when Leonardo DiCaprio appeared at a State Department event to pledge $7 million to ocean conservation.

The Wolf of Wall Street star unveiled the pledge at the State Departments Our Ocean conference, saying the sum would go toward meaningful ocean conservation projects over the next two years, funding organizations and communities that are establishing marine reserves.

DiCaprio spoke on the same day it emerged President Obama would significantly expand marine sanctuary protections in the Pacific Ocean. While the actor applauded the Obama administration and their work on marine conservation, he said more needed to be done by government to protect the fragile ocean environment.

It is the Wild West on the high seas. These last remaining underwater bio gems are being destroyed because there is no proper enforcement or sufficient cooperation among governments to protect them.

DiCaprio, a diving enthusiast, described the environmental devastation that he had witnessed firsthand over the past 20 years in his dives in the Australian Great Barrier Reef. The endless underwater utopia, he said, is now filled with bleached coral reefs and massive dead zones. During a diving trip to Cocos Island in Coasta Rica, he witnessed illegal fishing vessels invade the waters of one of the few shark sanctuaries in the world.

We are plundering the ocean and its vital resources, and just because we cannot see the devastation from dry land does not mean it is any less dangerous. It needs to stop.

DiCaprio has been a longtime ocean conservation advocate. Earlier this year, he gave a $3 million grant to Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, through his Leonardo DiCaprio foundation. (Source)

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Posted on May 22, 2014 by

Earlier today, Leo was in France where he attended the amfAR 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The gala was presented By Worldview, Bold Films and Bvlgari. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

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Posted on May 19, 2014 by

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has become quite a philanthropist by donating $1 million to help save elephants at a fundraising event. The actor made the donation at the Sundown Gala which raised money for the Elephant Crisis Fund.

The event was organisd by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation along with actor Mark Wahlberg and the Wildlife Conservation Network. (Source)

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Posted on Apr 26, 2014 by

Danny Boyle is reportedly in talks with Sony Pictures to direct an upcoming film based on late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the project has so-far shuffled from director to director, with David Fincher the most recent filmmaker to drop out of the project.

Deadline reports that while negotiations are nowhere near finished, Sony is eager to replace Fincher quickly and confirm Boyle for the job. Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to star in the biopic, based on a biography by Walter Isaacson about Jobs.

We will keep you updated on this latest project news. (Source)

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