Happy 39th birthday Leonardo DiCaprio! Ever since his Growing Pains days as Luke Brower in 1991, DiCaprio has captured our hearts on the silver screen and has since then transformed into the award-winning actor and producer we know and love today. Looking back, who could forget his memorable onscreen roles as Romeo in 1996′s Romeo + Juliet, Titanic’s heartthrob Jack (we’ll never let go!), the suave “pilot” in Catch Me If You Can, to his recent role as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. “He really was this gifted young man,” Luhrmann said to InStyle.com about working with Leo on Romeo + Juliet and this year’s The Great Gatsby. “But now he’s at a point where he’s one of the finest players in the world.” What’s next for DiCaprio? He is starring as the New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated film, The Wolf of Wall Street out in theaters on December 25th. In honor of Leo’s big day, see how much the legendary actor has grown in our gallery!
A massive crowd of over 700 people gathered last night to celebrate Giorgio Armani‘s “One Night Only” event at the SuperPier in New York City. The evening featured several events, including the traveling exhibit “Eccentrico,” which features the best Giorgio Armani Privé looks since 1985. “Eccentrico” was previously shown in Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Rome — where the designer also held “One Night Only” events — although the New York layout has been altered with further additions and oversized photographs of several pieces on the walls. Guest like Glenn Close and Naomi Watts reminisced over their favorite Armani looks before being whisked away to their seats at the runway show, which was the main attraction of the evening. Selections from Armani’s favorite couture collections and the entire Fall 2013 Privé show went down the catwalk, accented with special effects from an oversized screen with gorgeous graphics for each collection. And beautiful it was! Famous Armani fans like Leonardo DiCaprio, Olivia Palermo, Hilary Swank, Dianna Agron, Olivia Munn, Martin Scorsese, Leandra Medine, and Renée Zellweger celebrated at the cocktail party that followed the fashion show, making it a truly a special evening for the designer.
Plus, see more celebrities from this week’s parties!
It’s a sad fact that the Internet isn’t always a nice place, which is why celebs like Lauren Bush Lauren, Leo DiCaprio and Christy Turlington — plus our other Social Media Awards nominees Sophia Bush and Ian Somerhalder — stand out from the roughly 550 million active Twitter users. These five celebs use their streams for good, mainly tweeting their support for everything from the environment to global maternal health, which is how they wound up nominated in our Best Do-Gooder on Twitter category. Learn more about these social good social media bees, and vote for your favorite before polls close this Sunday, September 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Be sure to tweet the celebs your support using hashtag #InStyleSMAs, and look for the winners to be announced in December on InStyle.com and in that month’s issue!
Summer is the season of blockbusters. Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio kicked off 2013’s batch of hits with The Great Gatsby, we’ve been keeping tabs on the flicks that top the box-office each weekend, including Man of Steel, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, and most recently, The Heat (starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy) and The Lone Ranger (starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer). Click to see this summer’s most memorable premieres.
On Sunday, we teamed up with Facebook to launch our Cannes Film Festival edition of the Red Carpet Talk Meter, which measured the amount of buzz surrounding the festival. One key fact we found out: The most popular men talked about in the United States, France, and globally all differ! In the States, Michael Douglas topped the trend list for his role as Liberace in Behind the Candleabra. In France, status updates veered toward the Suit & Tie persuasion, with Justin Timberlake taking the top rank at Cannes’ home base. But the man with the biggest buzz around the globe would be Leonardo DiCaprio, who had fans worldwide swooning over Gatsby.
Curious to see how the rest of the red carpet fared? Click through our gallery to see the most buzzed-about celebrities, designers, fashion trends, and more from the festival.
While the Cannes Film Festival may be over, it is still a trending topic on Facebook! On Sunday, we partnered with the social media giant to find out what people were really saying about Cannes using the Red Carpet Talk Meter, which measures the amount of buzz surrounding a certain event. According to status updates posted around the globe, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Chanel ensembles like Zhang Ziyi’s topped the trending list. Click to see the complete list of buzzed-about celebrities, designers, and red carpet outfits.
When Baz Luhrmann first directed Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet in 1996, he was a young actor on the verge of superstardom. Fast-forward 17 years, and DiCaprio is back working with Luhrmann as the titular role in Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel, The Great Gatsby. But this time, Leo’s different, the director told us at a screening of The Great Gatsby at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” Luhrmann reflected. “He really was this gifted young man, but now he’s at a point where he’s one of the finest players in the world.” And DiCaprio’s star power goes beyond the screen. ”He’s a collaborator,” Luhrmann continued. “He helped me get this green lit. You have no idea how hard it is for a studio to give you a reasonable chunk of money. It’s not easy for anybody; it hardly ever happens. We got it together and made it happen.” Now that’s the power of Leo! Click here to see where The Great Gatsby is playing near you.
Plus, see Leo’s transformation from lassie to Gatsby!
Leonardo Dicaprio has been in the spotlight so long, it’s like we’ve grown up with him. And, we have, from seeing him in 1989’s The New Lassie to his heartthrob-cementing turn as Jack in 1997’s Titanic to his current role as an award-winning actor, producer and environmentalist. Click through to see his transformation and relive your childhood DiCaprio crush all over again, then be sure to check out his new film with Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby, in theaters this weekend.
— Jennifer Merritt