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Hollywood Studios, Agencies in a Daze After Trump Win: ‘Many of Us Will Be Scared and Threatened’

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From Hollywood Reporter: Early Wednesday morning, United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer dispatched a memo to the company’s staff trying to alleviate anxiety and anger in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss to Donald Trump in the presidential election.

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Many of us will be scared and threatened and we can give comfort. Some of us will be happy because our voice was heard. Either way, it’s a challenging moment so let’s be extra sensitive and caring with others,” Zimmer wrote to the agency’s employees.

Across Hollywood, agents, studio executives, producers and thousands of rank-and-file employees showed up at work Wednesday in a daze. A majority of Hollywood’s power brokers and up-and-comers supported Clinton. Her roster of donors reads like a who’s who of Hollywood, including Universal’s Ron Meyer, Jeff Shell and Donna Langley, Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich, Paramount’s Brad Grey, Sony’s Michael Lynton, 20th Century Fox’s Stacey Snider and Disney’s Alan Horn. Harvey Weinstein, Legendary’s Thomas Tull, CAA’s Bryan Lourd and ICM’s Chris Silbermann also were donors, and many top figures, including Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney, hosted events for Clinton. (Entry to an August fundraiser hosted at Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s house was $100,000 per couple.)

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Beil with their hero...

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel with their hero…

There was also super PAC money organized by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Univision’s Haim Saban on top of their personal contributions. All told, the Center for Responsive Politics reports Clinton garnered $22 million in contributions from the entertainment industry, compared to a mere $290,000 for Trump.

Now Clinton’s stunning defeat has left Hollywood in shock — and questioning whether it is out of touch with a wide swath of the country by assuming Clinton would win.

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Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, who runs management and production company Grandview-Automatik, grouped his staff together for a company talk. “It was a heart-to-heart, and we talked through a lot of things,” says Kavanaugh-Jones, whose recent producer credits include the new interracial romance drama Loving. “One point that was brought up was that Hollywood can be a bit sheltered from the rest of the country, so it’s important that we are all open to hearing other people’s points of view and try to reach out across the aisle and hopefully they’ll reach back.”

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Like UTA’s Zimmer, WME Global head Graham Taylor also sent an email attempting to rally the agency’s staff around 1 a.m. Wednesday after the news networks had called the election for Trump.

“While I had hoped for a different outcome for a myriad of reasons, I do strongly believe tomorrow we all have a united challenge to come together as a company,” Taylor wrote. “We have colleagues and clients that are both happy and upset. We have a divided country, a disrupted globe, and the level of fear and cynicism is unprecedented both in our business and the world at large.”

The major film and television studios were similarly taking stock, but top executives were loath to speak out publicly, since their companies will now have to work with a Trump administration after Democratic President Barack Obama’s eight-year administration comes to an end in January. At MGM’s offices, for instance, there was no formal note from management, but executives “have been consoling each other,” with some employees shedding tears, says one insider.

The mood inside another studio’s animation department was akin to an Irish wake, according to an insider, with employees dressed in black, gathered in a communal kitchen nursing a collective hangover.

Another top studio executive tells THR he is “completely devastated” by Clinton’s loss. Still another notes the paucity of phone calls coming in Wednesday morning as the industry focused on Clinton’s concession speech, followed by President Obama’s live address. “Safe to say it’s been an unusually quiet morning,” says the exec.

“It feels weird to conduct business as usual,” says a producer elsewhere. “How can we focus on make-believe stories when the real world seems to need so much help?”

The mood was decidedly “quiet and morose” inside UTA, a major talent brokerage that boasts Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Joel and Ethan Coen among its clients. Stunned employees sat quietly in rows of desks Wednesday morning, reading Zimmer’s missive urging staff to contact clients and assuage their fears.

The question on everyone lips this morning was “How?” How could the vast polling and political punditry complex have been so far off — and how did no one inside Hollywood, save for Michael Moore, see this historic upset coming?

And yet one established Hollywood agent has a different take, even though he voted for Clinton. “This is a town that rewards disgusting behavior, so people being upset is hypocritical,” says the agency partner. “What the cool kids are upset about is that someone they don’t like and someone who is not part of the cool kids, won. Time to grow up and move on.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Urged to Step Down From UN Climate Change Role

DiCaprio needs to hop on a private jet and rendezvous with Loretta Lynch on a tarmac ASAP.

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From Hollywood Reporter: In perhaps the biggest attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental credibility, a rainforest charity on Friday called on the actor to give up his title as UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.

At a press conference in London, the Bruno Manser Funds offered DiCaprio an ultimatum: either he renounce his connections to the “politically exposed persons” at the center of the multi-billion dollar 1MDB Malaysian corruption scandal now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and return corrupt money he allegedly received or resign from the position he was given by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in 2014.

“If DiCaprio is unwilling to come clean, we ask him to step down as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change, because he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role,” said Lukas Straumann, director of the Switzerland-based charity, which has a particular focus on deforestation in Malaysia.

DiCaprio is alleged to have received millions of dollars diverted from the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund for his role as star and producer of The Wolf of Wall Street, alleged by the DOJ to have been funded by stolen Malaysian money and produced by Red Granite, co-founded by Riza Aziz, the stepson of the Malaysian prime minister and a major figure in a DOJ filing. He is also alleged to have received laundered 1MDB money for his charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, from his former close associate Jho Low, the controversial Malaysian businessman at the heart of the scandal.

DiCaprio and Jho Low

DiCaprio and Jho Low

At the press conference, entitled “Recovery of Stolen Malaysian Assets,” a direct link was made between the 1MDB corruption scandal and major environmental issues in Malaysia, such as deforestation, one of the main concerns of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Clare Rewcastle Brown, whose online Sawarak Report has been investigating corruption in Malaysia for several years, said that one of 1MDB’s first initiatives was to “pay off the chief minister of Sawarak,” the Malaysian state on the vast island of Borneo where the 30-year rule of controversial governor Abdul Taib Mahmud has seen deforestation on a grand scale. “When I saw what 1MDB money had been plowed into, this notoriously corrupt timber baron, I was immediately suspicious,” she said.

The press conference took place the morning DiCaprio was confirmed as attending the BFI London Film Festival for Saturday’s European premiere of his environmental documentary Before the Flood. DiCaprio had been invited to talk at the press conference via an open letter from the Bruno Manser Funds, but didn’t respond. A red chair and name plaque were present in his absence.

“We can’t save the environment if we fail to stop corruption,” said Straumann, who called DiCaprio’s criticism of deforestation in the Indonesia-controlled parts of Borneo, “cynical hypocrisy.”

“He needs to become part of the solution,” he added. “But today he is part of the problem.”

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DiCaprio hops from his helicopter into a gas-guzzling private jet as he leaves Saint Tropez just hours after his celebrity eco fundraiser

Par for the course for this Hollyweird hypocrite.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes part in a march against climate change in New York

From Daily Mail: Eco warrior wannabe Leonardo DiCaprio is back doing what he does best: Fighting for the environment while simultaneously contributing to its demise.

On Wednesday, DiCaprio hosted his annual eco fundraiser gala, which saw an impressive cast of A Listers descend on St. Tropez to raise funds for various conservation projects.

‘We are the last generation that has a chance to stop climate change before it is too late,’ the Oscar winner told the crowd.

But his sentiment would be more believable had he not hopped off a helicopter to board a gas guzzling private jet two days later. And to add insult to injury, he was driven by golf buggy across the airport runway for the short distance between the two.

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DiCaprio was pictured donning a pair of camouflage shorts, a purple T Shirt and a straw hat as he made his way across the tarmac in the August heat with friends Tobey Maguire and Vincent Laresca. He was then pictured minutes later talking on the phone and sucking on a vaper, as he was carted across the runway by buggy.

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There seemed be just a handful of passengers making their way on to the private jet, whose fuel on average produces 21 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per gallon burned. He also flew in a bevy of models for the occasion and stuck them on a luxury 300ft yacht.

Critics will be quick to note that the actor’s private jet trips undermine his moral authority to preach reducing carbon emissions.

But perhaps he is hoping this will be offset by the almost $45 million that was raised to support The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Annual Gala To Fund Climate And Biodiversity Projects. The black-tie fundraiser held in a French vineyard was attended by do-gooder Bono, famous receiver of dodgy diamonds Naomi Campbell, and a smattering of other party-hard pals.

In a speech that heralded the start of the lavish affair, he told the star-studded crowd: ‘While we are the first generation that has the technology, the scientific knowledge and the global will to build a truly sustainable economic future for all of humanity—we are the last generation that has a chance to stop climate change before it is too late.’ 

His intentions may be good, but his unashamed weakness for luxury travel does him little favors if he genuinely wishes to be the savior of Planet Earth.

DiCaprio took a private jet twice in May to pick up an environmental award in New York – before flying back to a glitzy gala in France. The actor and environmentalist, 41, was spotted this week in Cannes during the Film Festival.

But he left the French Riviera for a brief trip to New York City, where he collected an honor at the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball on Wednesday, Page Six reported. He then hopped back on another private jet to attend the amfAR gala in Antibes, about eight miles from Cannes, just 24 hours later. 

The actor, who turned his Oscars speech into a pressing warning against climate change in February, accumulated more than 8,000 of air travel in just a couple of days.

DiCaprio was slammed last year by RadarOnline, which reported he had taken six private jets in just six weeks in 2014. Emails leaked from Sony at the time stated DiCaprio had accumulated more than $200,000 worth of private jet travel between April and May, taking two round trips from Los Angeles to New York, then one from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

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Environmental hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio’s new movie bombs during its first weekend

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DiCaprio’s new movie, The Revenant, opened this past weekend. This was the movie of which the environmental hypocrite admitted he was forced to do ‘some of the most difficult things’ he’s ever done during the gruelling nine-month shoot in Canada and Argentina.

Keep in mind he was paid $20 MILLION to do some of the most difficult things he’s ever done on a movie shoot.

So how did The Revenant do on the first weekend of release? It only made $471,000 (limited release). The budget for this fantastic ? $135 MILLION.

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Leonardo DiCaprio says his new film was ‘the most difficult thing’ he’s ever done

Don’t feel too bad for this environmental hypocrite. His salary for this movie was $20 MILLION.

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Daily Mail: Leonardo DiCaprio slept in animal carcasses on the set of The Revenant. The 40-year-old actor plays a fur trapper that sets out on a path of vengeance against his hunting team who left him for dead after a bear mauling in the new film.

And in a new interview he admitted he was forced to do ‘some of the most difficult things’ he’s ever done during the gruelling nine-month shoot in Canada and Argentina.

The four-time Oscar nominee told Yahoo! Movies: ‘I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do.  Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly.

Leonardo says a lot of his horrified reactions in the film were genuine. He continued:  ‘I certainly don’t eat raw bison liver on a regular basis. When you see the movie, you’ll see my reaction to it, because Alejandro [González Iñárritu, the director] kept it in. It says it all. It was an instinctive reaction.’

But the heartthrob hypocrite insists he has no regrets about signing on to start in the film alongside Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson. He said: ‘It’s going to be one of the most unique film-going experiences that audiences have seen in modern times.’

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After raising $40M for the environment, DiCaprio heads off on another luxury yacht vacay

Leonardo DiCaprio takes part in a march against climate change in New York

Leonardo DiCaprio raised over $40 million to help save the planet at an auction in Saint-Tropez, France, on Wednesday night. So how did he celebrate?

All aboard the love boat! Leonardo DiCaprio unwinds in the sun of St. Tropez

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Daily Mail: He raised the titanic figure of $40million at a charity gala earlier this week, so it was no wonder that Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to relax aboard a luxury yacht on Thursday. The 40-year-old actor cut a casual figure as he and his model girlfriend, Kelly Rohrbach, 25, were seen boarding a glamorous boat in the bay of Saint-Tropez, France. After raising a truly Herculean sum at his annual fundraising gala on Wednesday evening, Leo could afford to enjoy a romantic day aboard the vessel with Kelly and recharge his batteries.

Arriving in style at the aft of the vessel in a small boat with his girlfriend and entourage, the Wolf Of Wall Street actor cut a casual figure in keeping with the laid-back day he was enjoying. Sporting his trademark cap pulled low over his brow, aviators and sporting a scruffy man bun, the bearded star looked ready to enjoy the excessive luxury that was available on board.

Keeping comfort a key theme for the rest of his ensemble, Leo looked nautically chic with a polo shirt, shorts and deck shoes. Leggy model Kelly kept a relaxed vibe to her ensemble too, as she wore a white sundress over a leopard print bikini – staying with the laid-back theme of the day whilst also flaunting her toned legs, and cheekily exposing her toned bum at times.

Just the night before the Hollywood heartthrob had managed to raise millions in aid of preserving the planet and its ecosystems. Hosting his second annual fundraiser gala for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the night featured a live auction of fine art, luxury items and one-off experiences. The award-winning actor was joined by an army of A-list stars including Sir Elton John, Naomi Campbell and Michelle Rodriguez at the glittering event.

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This is what 40 years old looks like

. . . when you live a debauched life.

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 21:  Leonardo DiCaprio attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Gisela Schober/WireImage)CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Gisela Schober/WireImage)Leonardo DiCaprio at the amfAR 22nd annual Cinema Against AIDS gala, May 21, 2015, Cannes, France. (Photos by Gisela Schober/WireImage)

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