“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 new film sensation The Great Gatsby-out May 10th. 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 Leonardo touches turns to “gold,” and fortunately for him, he has never been shy 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 seasons highly anticipated The Great Gatsby (with The Wolf of Wall Street waiting in the wings), Leonardo is officially acknowledged as being a true “movie idol.”
With this lavishly illustrated Event Bookazines, New York Times best-selling DiCaprio biographer Mark Bego pens the ultimate publication leading you 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. This is “Leonardo DiCaprio”
FASHION, FLAPPERS, SEX AND SUFFRAGE – New upstart imprint Event Bookazines are prepping perhaps their most risque title yet, The Great Gatsby Era; all about the fabulous roaring ‘20s that were marked with glitz, glamour and a whole lot of misbehaving. Lovingly edited by Liza Lentini, who did the same outstanding job on their Book Of Miracles issue; the 144-page magazine is filled chapters on Gangster Style; The Cotton Club; Flappers; The Great White Way; and on the novel, The Great Gatsby; which defined the era. According to Event Bookazine major domo Tony Seidl, “I was standing at the airport newsstand, looking at the magazine rack and it dawned on me … many of the usual magazines had been replaced with single-subject magazines, like on The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. I knew then that they were the future of the publishing business. Collectible magazines.” Also next month comes their DiCaprio issue, edited by Mark Bego. Maverick-editor Seidl added, “I helped pioneer the instant book … and, very clearly now, it’s the instant magazine. It's a book, in a magazine format.”
DIS AT 29 --- Veteran PR-magnet David Salidor celebrated his 29th year in business last month; maintaining his dis COMPANY. As busy as ever (he’s worked with Madonna, Run DMC and Debbie Gibson), the peripatetic Salidor sat with us to discuss the changes he’s seen. “Obviously the advent of social media has been key. It’s a development that literally gives you instant access. Facebook and Twitter are just essential in today’s media environment. I also have to say that the demise of the daily issues on Variety and Hollywood Reporter felt strange at first, but make perfect sense in today’s world. I do miss Variety’s Army Archerd, but Cindy Adams is as vital and ever.”
Salidor says that in many ways he’s busier than ever, with clients as diverse as 10-year Nicholas Lampiasi, currently in Disney’s Newsies, and XM Radio’s Brett Winterble. “Brett spoke to Steve Van Zandt yesterday right after the opening of his Rascals show on Broadway and Law & Order’s Richard Belzer today.” He’s also working with new artists Danielle Dease and Dominick DiPietrantonio, as well as Micky Dolenz . “That’s the life of this business … new artists. That’s what keeps me going.”