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From 544 F-Words to Five Oscar Nominations

HillScorseseWolfMore than a few departed members of Hollywood’s Golden Age, if somehow magically revived and transported to the present, would likely utter a “WTF?” But as a sign of our more permissive times and Tinseltown’s greater tolerance of profanity than overseas markets, The Wolf of Wall Street scored five major Oscar nominations this morning.

The latest Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio opus is now also a Wolf of Wilshire Blvd., claiming nods for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Adapted Screenplay.Ceremony host Ellen De Generes is already saying her comedy thank you’s.

The number of times the F-word is uttered in Wolf was the subject of some recent media debate. Thankfully, the matter was put to authoritative rest via a Slate investigation by Forrest Wickman.

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DiCaprio Thanks ‘Drunkest Guy’ for Wolf Pointers

Forget YouTube thumbs-up and total views, although the latter number is about to skyrocket for one particular bit of footage shared by user houstondodgeball and others.

That’s because during a Sunday press conference at the NYC junket for The Wolf of Wall Street, star Leonardo DiCaprio explained that for a very memorable scene of Quaalude debauchery, he took inspiration from the above fall 2009 “Drunkest Guy” YouTube video. Per The Huffington Post’s Christopher Rosen:

“A lot of the research that I did really came from watching that one video, on loop… It’s a man trying to get a beer, but his body doesn’t quite [work]. That was a huge inspiration to me.”

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This Week’s Fourth Line: Kevin Ryder, Brad Pitt, Sergio Garcia

The media ice has turned out to be particularly slippery this week.

On Twitter last night during Game 4 of the Kings-Sharks series, Kevin & Bean co-host Kevin Ryder posted a very unfortunate guest tweet @LAKings for which he later apologized. Brad Pitt meanwhile in the pages of the upcoming June/July issue of Esquire is doing himself no favors by once again giving the voracious celebrity news blogosphere misdirect-coverage ammo about his marriage to Jennifer Aniston.

Finally, today on ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Golf Channel reporter Steve Sands called in from London to recount how shocked he and everyone else in the room was Tuesday when Sergio Garcia answered the reporter’s question with an offensive joke about Tiger Woods. Garcia has since apologized, twice.

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On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:

Tapes include Leonardo DiCaprio’s audition for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders; Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves and Dermot Mulroney for Backdraft; Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt and others for roles in Jurassic Park; David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Noah Wylie, Ben Affleck and Lisa Kudrow auditioning with Ellen DeGeneres for Mr. Wrong; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Dempsey and others for A Beautiful Mind; and more.

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Three Solid Gatsby-Cannes Ledes

A news story doesn’t get much more gilded than this. But ahhh, how to still have fun with it?

Perusing this morning’s rat-tat-tat pick-up of the announcement that Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby will open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, here are three quick FishbowlLA favorites:

1) Clever: Dave Itzkoff / New York Times “Arts Beat” blog:

Who said there are no second acts in American lives? Oh, right: It was F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose seminal novel, “The Great Gatsby,” is getting a lavish reinterpretation from the director Baz Luhrmann that will open the Cannes Film Festival, its organizers announced Tuesday.

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Thanks to Drudge N-Word Headline, THR Wednesday Web Traffic Was Off the Chain

The “D” in Drudge Report was anything but silent this past Wednesday for The Hollywood Reporter. As Max Read on Gawker, Derek Thompson of The Atlantic and other media watchers noted, Drudge went crazy with a 40-point, multiple N-word headline pointing to Todd McCarthy‘s Django Unchained review.

Having here at FishbowlLA had a brush or two with the dynamite known as a Drudge mention, we were curious how much traffic – exactly - the item in question received December 12. A spokesperson for THR tells us McCarthy’s Django review registered an astounding 1,000,137 page views.

Drudge often links to McCarthy THR critiques, and not every one of those Wednesday clicks came from his site. But for McCarthy to cross the single-day one million mark a day before being co-opted for an Onion item about The Hobbit, well that’s too cool even for Quentin Tarantino school.

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Breakthrough Award a Perfect Set-Up for Recipient Dustin Hoffman

We’re going to make our first official prediction relating to 2012 film awards season. Dustin Hoffman will go to town at the Hollywood Film Festival when he accepts this year’s Breakthrough Director Award.

Hoffman is technically, yes, a first-time feature film helmer. But he’s also a 74-year-old two-time Academy Award winner who’s been wowing critics since the late 1960s. Giving Hoffman a “breakthrough” prize is a little like bestowing a Lifetime Achievement Award on a guy who is just 32 (that happened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival with Leonardo DiCaprio).

Hoffman loves to goof around on awards show stages, usually going off on some sort of randy, giggly tangent. When his name is called at the Beverly Hilton later this month, expect an obligatory Straight Time reference, the 1977 drama for which the actor did some uncredited work behind the camera. From there, the actor-director will likely launch into a very funny acceptance speech.

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Missing Hollywood Producer Believed To Have Committed Suicide

A body believed to be missing film producer Brian Gerber has been found. The body was found this morning near the wreckage of a car that had plunged off an embankment of Angeles Crest Highway. Police have not confirmed the identity of the body, but their description matches that of the missing man. On Gerber’s Facebook page, a statement from the family says that Gerber is deceased, and are asking for privacy. They say they will be in touch as soon as arrangements have been made for services.

Gerber was a successful film producer and a co-founder of the Digital Hollywood summits. He co-produced The 11th Hour, a 2007 documentary film about environmental crises, with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Police have been searching for Gerber since he went missing Monday. The LA Weekly spoke to Battalion Chief Ron Larriva of the L.A. County Fire Department, who said they found “a suicide note up on the rock” close to where the car went over the embankment.

Photo via Brian Gerber’s Facebook page.

Dylan Howard Deals Out Another High-Stakes Hollywood Poker Scoop

Celebuzz editor-in-chief Dylan Howard has been keeping tabs on the Hollywood high-stakes poker circuit story from day one. In late June 2011, he was the first reporter to detail A-list aspects of the ring via a Star magazine cover story (pictured). This morning, he’s got an exclusive and explosive rundown of a 206-page deposition given this spring by Brad Ruderman, the convicted hedge fund Ponzi scheme operator who was a regular player (and loser) alongside the likes of Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio.

“When all the celebrities in this secret street circuit settled their suits, I didn’t think we’d ever hear from Ruderman – in his own words,” Howard tells FishbowlLA. “With that, I think it would be fair to say a slew of famous names breathed a sigh of relief: they did not have to appear in court, the inner-workings of the ring were therefore saved a public hearing. That is why obtaining Ruderman’s deposition, made before the [May 2012] settlement, was so important in shining a light on this story.”

Howard’s article opens with an explanation of just how instrumental Maguire was in securing Ruderman’s attendance at the bi-weekly matches beginning in 2006. From there, his latest piece about the $50,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em games takes on the sheen of a Vanity Fair-like expose:

Some Hollywood heavy hitters were invited, but rebuffed the group – like Jeffery Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and the former chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “There were people that didn’t want to play in this game because they were concerned about that [the commissioned organization of the home games by Molly Bloom].” He was instructed to name names, under oath. “I’d rather not say, but they’re very, very prominent people,” said Ruderman.“I’m going to request that you answer the question,” a lawyer said. He finally relented. “Was this person’s name brought up at the table?” a lawyer asked.“Did I bring it up? ” he responded. “No. But was Jeffery Katzenberg’s name brought up? Yes.”

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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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