Claire Danes stands by decision to turn down Titanic

Claire Danes has “zero” regrets about turning down one of the lead roles in Titanic.The Homeland actress declined the part of Rose in James Cameron’s historical epic back in 1996 because it felt too familiar after having just starred opposite leading m…

Claire Danes has “zero” regrets about turning down one of the lead roles in Titanic.

The Homeland actress declined the part of Rose in James Cameron’s historical epic back in 1996 because it felt too familiar after having just starred opposite leading man Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

The gig eventually went to Kate Winslet, and the historical epic won 11 Oscars in 1998, including a Best Actress nod for the British star.

However, Danes is still pleased she turned down Titanic because she simply wanted a different type of movie to get her teeth into.

“I had just made this romantic epic with Leo in Mexico City, which is where they were going to shoot Titanic!” she said during a sit down with Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast. “And I just didn’t have it in me!”

The 40-year-old then recalled a conversation with DiCaprio as he wrestled with the decision to star in Cameron’s epic.

“He just looked up at me and said, ‘I’m doing it! I’m doing it!'” Danes said. “And I could see he wasn’t sure. But he was like, ‘F**k it, I gotta do this thing.'”

The Golden Globe winner later confessed that she wouldn’t have been able to deal with the huge fame both DiCaprio and Winslet received when the film was released.

“I think I really wasn’t ready for it. And I remember after that movie came out… and he just went into another stratosphere,” she explained. “I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t want it. I was just really clear about it. I wasn’t conflicted.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘I’ll keep acting as long as people want me’

Leonardo DiCaprio plans to keep acting for as long as he continues to be hired for projects. The Oscar winner made his screen debut with TV show The New Lassie when he was only 15 years old, and he has since gone on to work with the likes of acclaimed…

Leonardo DiCaprio plans to keep acting for as long as he continues to be hired for projects.

The Oscar winner made his screen debut with TV show The New Lassie when he was only 15 years old, and he has since gone on to work with the likes of acclaimed directors Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, and Quentin Tarantino.

Although he has taken some lengthy breaks from acting over the years, including between 2015’s The Revenant and his new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, DiCaprio has insisted he feels so lucky to be an actor, he wants to keep going as long as he can.

“I suppose at one point I might retire, but I always looked at this as the greatest gift anyone’s ever given to me,” the 44-year-old said to Variety when asked about retirement. “I feel like I won the lotto so I’m going to keep going as long as they’ll have me.”

In his new movie, DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, a fading Hollywood star in the 1960s who has been reduced to guest spots on television shows and Spaghetti Westerns in Italy.

When asking about the ups and downs of an actor’s career, the Titanic star said, “I know there’s ebbs and flows in everyone’s careers – sometimes they’re a little hotter, sometimes you may not be hot at all – but if you love what you do, you gotta just keep doing it.”

But if he ever ends up in a position like his character, when he’s not such a hot property, the actor insists he will bid his time and “wait around until something good pops up.”

DiCaprio appears alongside Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in Tarantino’s latest project, which hits U.S. cinemas from Friday.

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James Cameron praises Marvel after Avengers: Endgame becomes biggest movie of all time

James Cameron has congratulated Marvel bosses for beating his movie Avatar’s box office record with Avengers: Endgame. Over the weekend, it was confirmed that the Marvel superhero epic, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, had …

James Cameron has congratulated Marvel bosses for beating his movie Avatar’s box office record with Avengers: Endgame.

Over the weekend, it was confirmed that the Marvel superhero epic, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, had beaten Cameron’s 2009 movie to become the highest-grossing of all time, making more than Avatar’s $2.78 billion global box office takings in just 13 weeks.

Showing he was a good sport about his 10-year reign on top coming to an end, Cameron offered up his congratulations via Avatar’s official Twitter account on Monday.

“Oel ngati kameie (I see you), I see you Marvel – Congratulations to Avengers Endgame on becoming the new box-office King,” the message read, quoting the language used by Avatar characters, the Na’vi – the blue-skinned species who inhabit the fictional world of Pandora.

The message was accompanied by an image showing Iron Man surrounded by woodsprites, the jellyfish-looking seeds from the Tree of Souls of Pandora. The seeds are sacred spirits which are planted with the body of a deceased Na’vi, which is fitting as Iron Man / Tony Stark sacrificed himself to beat Thanos and his army at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame.

Cameron previously saluted Marvel bosses for Endgame’s box office performance back in May, when it beat his 1997 disaster movie Titanic’s record to become the second highest-grossing movie ever.

“An iceberg sank the real Titanic,” he wrote. “It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at (Cameron’s production company) Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve down that the movie industry is not only alive and well. It’s bigger than ever!”

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Brad Pitt grills Leonardo DiCaprio over iconic Titanic death scene

Brad Pitt has teased Leonardo DiCaprio for an answer on whether Jack could have fit on the door at the end of movie Titanic. In the James Cameron-directed classic, the 44-year-old played Jack Dawson, who was seen sacrificing himself at the end of the …

Brad Pitt has teased Leonardo DiCaprio for an answer on whether Jack could have fit on the door at the end of movie Titanic.

In the James Cameron-directed classic, the 44-year-old played Jack Dawson, who was seen sacrificing himself at the end of the movie so his love Rose, played by Kate Winslet, could survive the ship’s sinking by staying afloat on a door.

Fans of the movie often argue over the moment, insisting that there was room for them both of them on the door, and in a chat with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, DiCaprio’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood co-star badgered the actor for a definitive answer once and for all.

“Could you? Could you squeeze in?” Pitt questioned, to which DiCaprio replied: “No comment.”

Pitt was then asked by Horowitz for his opinion, to which he replied: “That is fun. Well I’m going to go back and look now, certainly.”

Margot Robbie joined the pair, reminiscing about how she “bawled her eyes out” as she watched Jack’s hypothermia set in, but her The Wolf Of Wall Street co-star maintained he had “no comment”.

She then asked: “Did you mention it at the time, should we make the door bigger?” But an unmoved DiCaprio would only reply: “Like I said I have no comment.”

“Could you? Could you squeeze in?” interjected Brad, still looking for an answer from his co-star, but the Catch Me If You Can actor stood firm with a “no comment.”

DiCaprio’s tight-lipped response comes after director Cameron revealed the star wasn’t keen on saying the movie’s famous line, “I’m the king of the world.”

“We had tried this and tried that, and tried this line and tried that line and nothing was really working,” the 64-year-old explained to BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb. “I said, ‘All right, I’ve got one for you, just say I’m the king of the world, and just spread your arms out wide, and just be in the moment, and just love it and celebrate the moment.'”

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Celine Dion steps out in replica of iconic Titanic necklace

Celine Dion has revisited one of cinema’s most iconic gems by stepping out with a costume version of Heart of the Ocean necklace from Titanic. The Canadian superstar, who sang My Heart Will Go On – the Oscar-winning theme song from the 1997 film – was…

Celine Dion has revisited one of cinema’s most iconic gems by stepping out with a costume version of Heart of the Ocean necklace from Titanic.

The Canadian superstar, who sang My Heart Will Go On – the Oscar-winning theme song from the 1997 film – was spotting wearing the accessory during an outing in Paris, France on Wednesday.

The costume version of the item, which was worn by Kate Winslet in the movie classic, was recently featured in Vetements’ spring 2020 catwalk runway show at Paris Fashion Week.

Dion wore a more expensive version of the necklace, designed by Asprey & Garrard, at the 1998 Academy Awards ceremony. The 171-carat item later sold at a charity auction for $1.4 million (£1 million).

The star recently referred to the performance during the event as one of the biggest moments in her career.

“I think performing My Heart Will Go On at the Academy Awards was a defining moment for me,” she said in an interview which accompanied the announcement that she is the new global brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. “I was already in love with music and passionate about my career, but everything really skyrocketed after that song debuted.”

Dion has been photographed wearing a slew of stunning outfits while attending various fashion shows during the annual event. On Wednesday, the Grammy winner attended the Valentino fall/winter 2019/2010 couture runway show in a cream-coloured long-sleeved feathered frock.

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Avengers: Endgame becomes second biggest movie of all time

Avengers: Endgame has continued to smash box office records worldwide by overtaking Titanic to become the second highest-grossing movie in cinema history. The all-star superhero blockbuster, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, cracked the $2 billion mi…

Avengers: Endgame has continued to smash box office records worldwide by overtaking Titanic to become the second highest-grossing movie in cinema history.

The all-star superhero blockbuster, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, cracked the $2 billion milestone on Saturday (04May19), and continued to sail past James Cameron’s 1997 disaster epic by the end of the weekend, beating Titanic’s $2.187 billion gross by $1.2 million (£912,500).

Director Cameron still holds the top spot on the all-time list with Avatar’s $2.78 billion, but Endgame is widely expected to crush that figure in the near future.

The massive global take not only makes Endgame the fifth film ever to hit $2 billion – it’s also achieved the feat in the shortest amount of time with 11 days, compared to Avatar’s 47 days back in 2009.

The popularity of the Marvel movie easily helped it hold on to the number one spot on the North American box office chart, generating another $145 million (£110.2 million) in its second weekend on release.

Psychological thriller The Intruder, starring Dennis Quaid, claims a distant second place with an $11 million (£8.4 million) debut, while Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen’s romantic comedy, Long Shot, lands at three with a $10 million (£7.6 million) opening.

The animated UglyDolls, which features the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and Nick Jonas, fell short of expectations with an $8.5 million (£6.5 million) launch, while Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel climbed to fifth place with an extra $4.3 million (£3.3 million) in its ninth weekend in theatres, likely given a boost by her character’s involvement in Endgame.

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Tess Holliday calls for greater diversity at 2019 Met Gala

Tess Holliday has called out organisers of the Met Gala for failing to represent plus-size bodies on their guest list in previous years.The model, who advocates for body confidence and positivity, took to Twitter on Monday (29Apr19) to beg those behind…

Tess Holliday has called out organisers of the Met Gala for failing to represent plus-size bodies on their guest list in previous years.

The model, who advocates for body confidence and positivity, took to Twitter on Monday (29Apr19) to beg those behind the 2019 event to invite more “fat folks and drag queens” to the annual fashion bash.

“As we approach the Met Gala, I’m just waiting for the day they invite some fat folks & drag queens bc (because) we would actually SHOW up (sic),” she began. “I get so bored seeing some celebs not take the inspo (inspiration) seriously, while sitting over here knowing me & my friends would slay the house down.”

The plus-size beauty went on to claim that style should transcend body shape and size and insisted that limited access to ready-to-wear clothing for fuller figures and drag performance has naturally increased their style and fashion instincts.

“Like, fat folks & queens have always had to be innovative with clothing bc (because) we had no choice,” the 33-year-old continued. “If it didn’t come in our size or meet our taste levels, we had to do that s**t ourselves.”

Tess then joked that she holds out little hope for an invite to the bash and quipped that she’ll “be over here waiting” alongside a GIF of the older version of Rose from James Cameron’s Titanic movie, with the caption “It’s been 84 years…”.

Despite exuding confidence, the star recently admitted in an essay she penned for InStyle magazine that she battled insecurities before starting work as a model and is now compelled to carry on in order to create a body of work that celebrates bodies of all sizes.

“I’m creating something that’s going to be around much longer than me, something that brings more visibility to the world so little kids and women feel represented,” she wrote.

The 2019 Met Gala will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City on 6 May (19).

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James Cameron: ‘I almost swiped Harvey Weinstein with my Oscar’

Moviemaker James Cameron almost hit Harvey Weinstein with his Oscar statuette during an altercation at the 1998 Academy Awards. The Titanic director insists that if Oscars bosses were not begging him to return to his seat after a commercial break, he …

Moviemaker James Cameron almost hit Harvey Weinstein with his Oscar statuette during an altercation at the 1998 Academy Awards.

The Titanic director insists that if Oscars bosses were not begging him to return to his seat after a commercial break, he would have lashed out at the disgraced movie mogul over the way he and his production company partners at Miramax treated his friend Guillermo del Toro during the making of his film Mimic.

Ironically, the 1997 film featured Mira Sorvino, one of the many actresses who accused Weinstein of assault and/or harassment following the publication of a New York Times expose detailing his bad behaviour over decades.

In a new Vanity Fair interview Cameron recalled “almost getting in a fight” and hitting the producer “with my Oscar”, adding, “Harvey came up glad-handing me, talking about how great they (Oscars) were for the artist, and I just read him chapter and verse about how great I thought he was for the artist, based on my friend’s experience, and that led to an altercation.

“The music had started to play to get back in our seats (and) the people around us were saying, ‘Not here! Not here!’ Like it was OK to fight in the parking lot, you know, but it was not OK there when the music was playing – and they were about to go live.”

Looking back, Cameron often thinks he should have taken a swipe at Weinstein, joking there are many people in Hollywood “that would’ve preferred I had played through on that one”.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and/or assault by more than 50 women and is currently under investigation by multiple police departments. He has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

The producer was expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences last year (18).

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Johnny Depp defends acting with an earpiece

Johnny Depp has confirmed that he does use an earpiece when acting on set.The Hollywood actor is currently in a legal battle with his ex-managers, Joel and Robert Mandel of The Management Group (TMG), who he has accused of mishandling his finances and …

Johnny Depp has confirmed that he does use an earpiece when acting on set.

The Hollywood actor is currently in a legal battle with his ex-managers, Joel and Robert Mandel of The Management Group (TMG), who he has accused of mishandling his finances and causing him to rack up more than $40 million (£30 million) in debt. The Mandel brothers have responded with a countersuit, with one allegation made in a lawsuit filed in May 2017 alleging that Depp paid hundreds of dollars to employ a sound engineer to feed him his lines through an earpiece so he doesn’t have to memorise scripts.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star has now explained that he does sometimes use an earpiece to help him act “with just his eyes”.

“I’ve got bagpipes, a baby crying and bombs going off,” the 55-year-old said in a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone magazine. “It creates a truth. Some of my biggest heroes were in silent film. It had to be behind the eyes. And my feeling is, that if there’s no truth behind the eyes, doesn’t matter what the f**king words are.”

Rumours regarding Depp’s use of earpieces have swirled for a long time, with actress Kirsten Dunst claiming in a 2008 chat with Vulture that he liked to have music playing through earbuds when he acts.

In the Rolling Stone discussion, Depp also touched upon a number of personal topics, including how he became depressed in the face of his crumbling financial situation and divorce from Amber Heard, which was finalised in 2017.

Looking to the future, he divulged that he is keen to adapt a French book about a man in his forties who loses his wife and checks into a rest home, and would like to make a remake of 1997 blockbuster Titanic, filmed entirely in a bathtub.

“That would be great, but Hollywood never takes risks anymore,” he sighed.

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Kate Winslet critical of women who bare their bodies on the red carpet

Kate Winslet has criticised women who reveal too much flesh on the red carpet in a bid to gain attention.The Oscar-winning actress is famous for her elegant appearances on the red carpet, and prefers to represent classic, Old Hollywood glamour. However…

Kate Winslet has criticised women who reveal too much flesh on the red carpet in a bid to gain attention.

The Oscar-winning actress is famous for her elegant appearances on the red carpet, and prefers to represent classic, Old Hollywood glamour.

However, in an interview for Pret-a-Reporter, the Titanic star admitted she often worried over whether her outfits are age-appropriate and also shared her views about how other women present themselves.

“I’m suddenly entering that zone, even though my daughter (Mia) will say, ‘Well, Mom, it doesn’t b**ody matter.’ But actually, at events I think it does, though in real life it doesn’t matter at all,” she told the publication at the equestrian event, Longines Masters of New York. “If I have to come to an event, it’s always nice to feel a bit pulled together, but nothing that draws too much attention.”

Kate attributed her conservative style to advice she received from her late mother Sally, who died from liver cancer last year.

“My mother always said, ‘I don’t like showoffs, please don’t wear any showoff clothes,'” the actress recalled. “Even post-Titanic, she would still say, ‘Please, darling, don’t wear anything that draws too much attention.'”

And while she couldn’t care less whether people look at her, the 42-year-old admitted it bothers her when her women flash the flesh to gain column inches.

“There’s something sort of uncomfortable to me about seeing women who are clearly presenting themselves in a way that’s designed to make people stare, but not for the right reasons,” she continued. “When I walk into a room, I hope to have interesting conversations with people; I’m not interested in whether people look at me or not. In fact, quite the opposite.”

The mother of three, who is married to Virgin Galactic executive Ned Rocknroll, is currently working with Titanic director James Cameron on Avatar 2, which is set for release in December 2020.

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