Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio has finally found the secret to winning his first Academy Award. He has been nominated five times for roles in films including “The Aviator” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but, The Washington Post points out, maybe he never won because he just looked too pretty. But now comes the trailer for Alejandro “Birdman” Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” the gritty Western about a pioneer out for vengeance. And DiCaprio is transformed, “complete with dirty, stringy hair, tortuously chapped lips and bad teeth,” as The Post says. “Leo has prostrated himself at your feet, tousling a bear, getting buried in dirt and submerging himself in freezing cold mud and rain all for the sake of his craft. How long before we see a story where DiCaprio reveals he nearly lost a toe to frostbite?” “The Revenant” opens in a few cities on Christmas and comes to KC Jan. 8.
To boldly go
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Apparently, Dubai is the coolest place in the world to film. Five years ago, Tom Cruise dangled from the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, for “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.” “Furious 7” filmed there, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” braved the nearby Abu Dhabi desert. This week: “Star Trek Beyond,” touching down for a 13-day shoot, says Deadline Hollywood. “We came searching for the future and we found it,” producer Jeffrey Chernov said in a news conference Wednesday. Added Chris Pine, aka the new Capt. Kirk: “I woke up this morning, opened up the blinds and it looks like whatever ‘tomorrow’ will be. It’s future land.” The cast and crew had just finished three months in that other Hollywood favorite, Vancouver. The movie, which also stars Idris Elba as the villain, is due next July.
Fairy tale come true
Remember way back eight years ago when Amy Adams “Enchanted” critics and audiences in her tune-filled, Oscar-nominated fairy tale? You’d think there would have been a sequel by now, given that plenty of undeserving movies get three-quels and more. Now Collider reports that Disney is moving ahead and even has a title: “Disenchanted.” The studio must be humming the “Happy Working Song”: Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal”) will direct, and the script is coming along. But no word on whether any of the stars will return.
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