MOVIE IDOL LEONARDO DICAPRIO IN GREAT GATSBY
THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. Harding
LEO’S RIDE --- “I lived in every capital of Europe, collecting jewels, hunting big game, and painting a little,” Leonardo DiCaprio smoothly says as Jay Gatsby in the forthcoming film sensation The Great Gatsby. The same sentiment of grandeur can be said for Leonardo DiCaprio’s own life. In a changing world filled with one-hit actors and fleeting overnight celebrities, DiCaprio has remained on top as a Hollywood star in every sense of the word for the last fifteen years. In 1998, when Titanic was christened the top grossing film of all time, there wasn't a newsstand that didn't feature his photograph on a magazine cover. Thanks to DiCaprio’s star making role in Titanic, Hollywood had found a new cinematic sensation. Ever since his performance in Titanic, everything Leo touches turns to “gold,” and fortunately for him, he has never been afraid to make edgy film choices. With his recent back-to-back trio of critically acclaimed hit films —Inception, J. Edgar, and Django Unchained—and now the spring 2013 season’s highly anticipated The Great Gatsby, Leonardo is officially acknowledged as being a true “movie idol.”
New pub-firm, Event Bookazines has teamed with New York Times best selling DiCaprio biographer Mark Bego to produce the ultimate publication on the epic journey that has been the life of one of Hollywood’s most shining stars. This is a read for fans and enthusiasts alike. At the end of the month, watch for Leonardo DiCaprio: Movie Idol. We've seen it … pure Leo gold!
STEPHEN STILLS --- I was in college (1971) when I went to see a sold-out show by Stephen Stills at Madison Square Garden. The hall was packed (22,000) and Stills, believe it or not, opened the show by himself, surrounded by a battery of guitars. I don’t know whether it was drink, drugs, or some other reason, but he was erratic, he wasn’t signing totally on key, yet … I couldn’t take my eyes off him. Nor could the audience. An amazing performer in almost every sense; his music, from his days with Buffalo Springfield, to his many incarnations with mates Crosby, Stills and Nash (and, sometimes Young), and perhaps his most creative period with his group Manassas . Rhino Records has just released a 4-CD compilation on his career entitled Carry On. It is a dizzying ride, with almost everything he has released, included here (songs with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton). There’s a 113-page booklet jammed full of notes and details. There’s no denying his talent here; his songs “Dark Star,” “Fishes And Scorpions,” “To A Flame,” “It Doesn’t Matter,” “Colorado,” and “Change Partners” just brimming with originality. It’s amazing he does so many things so well. It also harks back to a time when artists actually rote their own material, as well as performed it. A great ride.