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The Devil in the White City will officially come to life (a strange sentence, I know) on the silver screen.

Variety reports that Leonardo DiCaprio will play Holmes for Martin Scorsese in a long-awaited adaptation of the popular book. This will be their sixth collaboration after The Wolf of Wall Street, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, and Shutter Island. According to Variety, the project has been in development for more than a decade.
—Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair

In the era of CGI blockbusters, this breaking casting news for a gritty, dark story is oddly refreshing. Ironically, the outcome will likely not be as refreshing as we expect.

But not for the reason you’re thinking.

Leonardo DiCaprio is a gifted actor with an anywhere, anytime magnetism with fans around the world who become instantly attentive with the mere mention of his name. If he’s in a movie, people will see it. The Devil in the White City is a lauded novel with a gruesome premise: murder. And lots of it. Add in the fact that it’s based on real events and the cringe factor is elevated when reading it from the book’s 400+ pages, let alone graphic visual interpretations from a director who refuses to censor violence and its brutal consequences. As certain as the novel’s intense scenes will come close to meeting our imaginative nightmares, so will the DiCaprio-Scorsese partnership remain within the cinematic confines of their past collaborations.

These two Hollywood veterans will produce impressive performances in their own rights from back in 19th-century Chicago, yet this film will likely prevent DiCaprio from earning that sought-after golden statue at the Oscars.

Leonardo DiCaprio is such a money actor (in many ways) that it’s easy for people to envision him in the roles he accepts. That’s a valuable quality in Hollywood and it should be recognized as a defining characteristic of his everlastingly long career. However, some of the most memorable actors with similar charisma, before holding a golden statue with the words, “Best Actor” on it, took on surprising characters that people criticized with striking bewilderment.

There’s a forty second video clip that’s resurfaced from a 2012 documentary that includes Heath Ledger’s diary used for his preparation for his genius portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger carefully and purposely escaped into becoming the Joker with a terrifyingly original vision and daring creativity that resulted in something truly mesmerizing. There was outcry about his initial casting, yet this was met with nothing but legendary praise following his iconic performance of the diabolical Batman villain.

Heath Ledger shocked the cinematic world in the best ways imaginable in The Dark Knight.

The reason for mentioning Heath Ledger is he (like DiCaprio) had similar skills in playing a wide-variety of characters, but it wasn’t until Ledger took on a role of a lifetime that required him to utilize every single talent he had that he finally revealed himself as a true giant of acting. We were all amazed (and still are) at his performance. At the same time, the audience never saw Heath Ledger on screen. We only saw and heard the Joker.

Discovering how to escape in front of the public eye’s camera is one of DiCaprio’s goals with his personal life, but it’s also the devil he must defeat on film to ultimately grip that coveted golden statue in front of a billion people.

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Happy Monday!

Jonah Hill hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time this past weekend. While “JH” was talking about the inception of the casting for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a surprise guest appeared with something to say.

All in all, it was an SNL monologue of epic proportions. Actually, epic may not be the exact right word. What’s a good synonym for epic?

Happy Monday and Fly into the Week like, You Know!

Happy Monday!

The 2014 Golden Globes once again had its fair share of memorable moments (both good and bad), mostly based on who you were cheering for to win, of course. There is usually buzz for the show at the beginning and the end of the 3-hour production, with the opening monologue as the main attraction.

Last night, there were a few jokes that fell flat from BFF co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but there were also a few comedic jabs that rose to the occasion…even to the brink of outer space hilarity.

Despite the fact the below clip is brought to us from NBC, please turn the volume way up! Two of the best jokes are right off the top, one of which includes Lake Como’s most famous resident. But be sure to stay tuned a couple minutes in for a fun shout-out to Matthew McConaughey.

Happy Monday!