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For Your Consideration: Leonardo DiCaprio Dropping N-Bombs

Based on reports coming out of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival sneak peak at Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, it’s going to be a very schizophrenic Christmas at the movies for perennial Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio.

Arriving in theaters December 25 together with Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby will be a DiCaprio we’ve never seen or heard before. Per Kyle Buchanan’s Vulture dispatch on the seven minutes of footage shown:

The big surprise? How funny this potentially controversial Western has turned out to be. In particular, Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be having the time of his life dropping N-bombs and smiling rotted teeth as plantation owner Calvin Candie, whom freed slave Jamie Foxx and bounty hunter Christoph Waltz must defeat in order to save Foxx’s wife Kerry Washington.

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Women in PR Honors Veteran Publicist Eileen Koch*

Tomorrow at the Roosevelt Hotel, Miami based organization Women in PR will host an awards luncheon for Eileen Koch. The event is timed to coincide with this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Koch moved from New York to LA at age 16, working initially as a dancer. But in recent decades, she has made her mark with celebrity PR moves under the banner of Eileen Koch and Company. Clients past and present include Jamie Foxx, Derek Fisher, Guess?Marciano, Carmen Electra, and Marisa Miller. Her path to publicity began in the corridors of personal management and a certain Ukrainian beauty:

Koch decided in her late 20s to start her own management company specializing in children and teens. One of the first young faces to catch her eye was Milla Jovovich; Koch discovered and managed the Ukrainian beauty secure pivotal jobs that would propel her from obscurity into a top model and actress virtually overnight.

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Helping | One Not The Other | Down the Hatch

  • TVNewser: Jamie Foxx lends a hand to new GMA host Josh Elliot. Surprisingly, Foxx isn’t annoying at all. In fact, he’s pretty funny.
  • PRNewser: A new study says people should be pitching videos. Just, you know, not that one of you lip-synching to Justin Bieber songs.
  • AllTwitter: Twitter finally figured out that alcohol equals money.

Nancy Sinatra’s Choice to Play Dad: Simon Baker

There’s a long and very informative Q&A today by PR.com’s Allison Kugel with singer Nancy Sinatra. The conversation covers everything from the famous daughter’s early World Wide Web fan interaction efforts in partnership with dad to her blunt assessment of getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Sinatra also confirms she’s been part of the meetings process with Martin Scorsese about the long-rumored Hollywood biopic of Frank, and that at this point it’s still all about the script. She then shares a tantalizing casting suggestion:

Personally, I think Simon Baker (The Mentalist) could do it. But I’m not involved in the casting. I see his smiling and his twinkling eyes and I see my dad. I don’t think anybody’s ever mentioned him and I certainly haven’t mentioned him to my sister or to Marty [Scorsese], and I wouldn’t because that’s not my job… but in a meeting I might.

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Ross Mathews Finally Makes It Into an Oscar Night Party

All these years of doing bits for Jay Leno, and Sunday, February 27th turned out to be the first time Ross Mathews finally crossed over from the red carpet into a big-time LA Oscar party.

His report from Sir Elton John‘s fundraising bash at the Pacific Design Center aired Monday and features a range of celebs including Jamie Foxx, Glee‘s Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd, American Idol judge Steven Tyler, and Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet. A running gag had Mathews asking each famous interviewee to donate an item to Jay’s “gift bag.”

Things took an unexpected turn for the X-rated when The Tonight Show correspondent ran into Tori Spelling. The combination of her crotchless panties and the venue’s mirrored floor actually led to some brief NBC blurring:

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Leno’s Back at Late Night Line-Up: American Heroes and Zeros

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NBC’s revival of their prime time line-up, er Jay Leno moving back to late night, starts next week. His guests include athletes who won gold at the Olympics like Apolo Ohno, Lindsay Vonn and Shaun White and others who are just famous for being trashy and on TV like the Jersey Shore kids, Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin.

From NYT:

Monday, March 1 – Guests include Jamie Foxx, the Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and a musical performance by Brad Paisley

Tuesday, March 2 – Guests include Sarah Palin, the Olympic snowboarder Shaun White

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Paramount Retributively Pushes ‘Soloist’ Back Again

soloist.jpgParamount Pictures, perhaps getting a dig into former partner DreamWorks, has pushed back the potential Oscar nominee Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.‘s “The Soloist” from March 13 to April 24 of next year, Variety reports.

DreamWorks was caught off guard in October when Paramount pushed back the release of “The Soloist” from this year to March 13 at the 11th hour, thus depriving it of Oscar consideration.

The Joe Wright-directed film was originally to have opened Nov. 21.

In the April 24 slot, “Soloist” will open one week before the official start of the summer box office, which is theoretically considered primetime for moviegoing.

DreamWorks and Paramount had a mutually agreeable division last month when they announced the distribution splits for the next two year’s worth of film product.

“The Soloist” is based on a series of articles by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and tells the story of a homeless schizophrenic musician’s dream to play at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

‘The Soloist’ Pulled From Oscar Contention

“The Soloist,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxxfoxx.jpg and based on a series of L.A. Times columns, won’t be given a 2008 release, thus disqualifying it for the Oscars, according to several outletsdowney.jpg.

Sources say Viacom is under financial pressure and is unwilling to spend the cash to release the film, which has been discussed as a potential Oscar winner.

But it may be a moot point as the film was originally slated for a Nov. 21 release, but will now bow on March 13, 2009.

DreamWorks, which produced the film, had no comment, but insiders said execs are very disappointed by the move even though they concede it could benefit the film’s box office by distancing it from a crowded year-end field.

Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”), “Soloist” is based on a series of Los Angeles Times columns by Steve Lopez about a homeless schizophrenic musician’s dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Whenever a movie’s release date is changed in such a manner, there is a risk the media will read it as a vote of no-confidence. Still, it had generated strong buzz in early screenings.

However, it was not clear if “Soloist” might receive an Academy-qualifying run before Dec. 31, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

“We decided it’s a commercial movie that will play well in the spring, and we’ll give it an aggressive wide release then,” Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said.

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 1, 2007

rock.jpegGame Plan Picks Off Kingdom
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson rocked the box-office over the weekend with his family laffer The Game Plan from Disney. The kid pic opened at $22.7 million, exceeding weekend expecations, THR reports. The showing bested the No. 2 movie in theaters, the Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner-starrer The Kingdom, which grossed $17.7 million.

Desperate Housewives Win Night for ABC
The women of Wisteria Lane saw their season premiere last night on ABC and the Desperate Housewives showing was good enough for a first place finish in the primetime race, THR reports, but the ratings were still off 23% from last year’s season opener. However, THR also writes that it was the show’s best ratings since Nov. 26, 2006.

Morgan Readies Queen Sequel
Oscar-nominated scribe Peter Morgan is penning a sequel to the Helen Mirren-starrer The Queen, reports Variety. The pic – Morgan’s third in a ‘Blair trilogy’ – will center on former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair’s relationships with presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Michael Sheen, who played Blair in The Queen, is expected to reprise his role. But the bigger question is – who will play Clinton and Bush?!

- CHRIS GARDNER

LAT in 90: Fame/Infamy

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The Los Angeles Times, hand-picked.

On Deadly Ground
Steven Seagal blames the FBI for his career downswing. Did they tie him up and stuff him with doughnuts?

Tell Me Something Good

Joel Stein’s column on celebrity interview tips is clever, smart and readable. Who knew?

Bless the Beasts…
John Giona’s Column One piece on drive-by deaths of farm animals is searing to read.

And Children
Did CBS exploit kids in Kid Nation? Or did the producers take advantage of the nation’s stupidest parents?

Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture
Steve Lopez’s columns about the homeless musician, Nathaniel Ayers, will become a Dreamworks vehicle for Jamie Foxx–with the feeling of Midnight Cowboy. Bet that changes in rewrite.