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Leonardo DiCaprio Spotted with Victoria's Secret Model -- Leonardo DiCaprio was seen touring the palace of Versailles in France with Victoria’s Secret model Toni Garrn. The two have been linked since May.

The 38-year-old Great Gatsby actor and 20-year-old model were joined by a large group, including DiCaprio’s longtime friend Lukas Haas.

The group toured the property and snapped photos from a balcony, looking low-key and casual. DiCaprio wore a newsboy cap and a t-shirt, while Garrn stuck to a white tee, jean cut-offs and sunglasses.

Last month, the pair was photographed leaving the yacht Odessa, in Port Saint Laurent Du Var, and watching the Monaco Formula One Grand Pix.

“They’ve been getting quite close over the last week,” a source told the New York Daily News. “There is definitely chemistry there.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio: I Was ‘Reluctant’ to Play Gatsby

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's 3-D version of The Great Gatsby, said he was initially reluctant to be the one to take on the famous role due to all the pressure that comes with it.

“I was reluctant because I think that what's so powerful about this novel is that everyone has their own interpretation of these characters,” DiCaprio said on an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday.

DiCaprio said that the character’s depth has a lot to do with everyone’s personal interpretations.

“I think what people identify with Jay Gatsby is he's the iconic American dreamer. And he's holding onto a relic of the past that is Daisy Buchanan, but she's a mirage and she no longer exists,” DiCaprio explained. “But that's what I became fascinated by in portraying him was his obsession, you know, his obsession and his relentless hope that he could recreate the past, but of course he couldn't.”

The actor said he gained a new appreciation for the character after Luhrmann told him to reread the classic novel.

“I read it in junior high school and it made sense to me. And in my mind it was a sort of traditional love story, and the time period was representative of the roaring 20s and I kind've tapped into Gatsby's obsession,” he said. “But Baz handed me a first edition copy and said, ‘I want to rediscover this novel. And I want to put it up on film. And I want you to re-read it.’ And as an adult, that's what so incredibly powerful about this novel, it takes on a different meaning.”

The Great Gatsby premiers Friday.



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Leonardo DiCaprio Plans 'Long, Long Break' from Acting

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a busy last couple of years shooting and promoting films such as Inception, J. Edgar and Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio is ready for a break.

The star, who will be seen later this year in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, tells the German newspaper Bild that he’s staying away from movie sets for a while.

“I’m a bit drained.  I’m now going to take a long, long, break," DiCaprio says, adding, "I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out.” 

DiCaprio will also been seen later this year in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street.

The 38-year-old star says he’d like to spend his downtime flying around the world “doing good for the environment.”  DiCaprio is an active environmentalist who drives an electric car and powers his home with solar panels.

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Celebrities Urge You to "Vote for Stuff"


(LOS ANGELES) -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Ellen DeGeneres and several other stars have banded together to send out a message this election season: "Vote 4 Stuff."

They appear in a new public service announcement for the non-partisan campaign Vote 4 Stuff, urging people to head to the polls on Election Day, November 6. The clip, which is now available on YouTube, also features Jonah Hill, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zac Efron, Edward Norton, Selena Gomez, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman andBenicio Del Toro.

The video begins with the celebrities asking the question, "If you could vote for anything in the world...what would it be?" They initially provide humorous suggestions -- Hill deadpans, "Dogs would pick up my poop with a plastic bag. See how they like it."

Eventually they get serious and mention real issues, like employment, education and taxes.

The stars ask viewers to submit tweets, photos and videos to Vote 4 Stuff's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages regarding the issues that are important to them. The entries will be incorporated into the campaign.

DiCaprio's production company is a producer of Vote 4 Stuff.

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Tarantino Lets 'Django Unchained' Off the Chain with Trailer Debut

The Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) -- The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's period revenge flick Django Unchained has just been revealed, and the snippet promises the film will be chock full of the filmmaker's trademark stylistic violence and offbeat music cues.

The film -- set to Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave" and James Brown's "The Payback" -- shows Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as a slave freed by a bounty hunter played by Inglourious Basterds Oscar-nominee Christoph Waltz, who needs his partner to track down a gang of killers. In addition to his freedom, Foxx's character also gets to find his wife, still enslaved by a ruthless slave owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film opens Dec. 25th.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Buys ‘Wizard of Oz’ Slippers for Oscar Academy

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Leonardio DiCaprio on Wednesday opened up his wallet to help the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acquire the ruby shoes from The Wizard of Oz.

According to a press release put out by the Academy, he led a group of “angel donors,” including Steven Spielberg, whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled them to purchase the iconic slippers. The amount of their donation was not disclosed.

The slippers will eventually be displayed at the forthcoming Academy Museum in Los Angeles.

While four pairs of ruby slippers were used in The Wizard of Oz, the pair that DiCaprio helped the Academy acquire is thought to be the one that Judy Garland wore when Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return to Kansas.

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Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of ‘J. Edgar’

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI(LOS ANGELES) -- How did J. Edgar come to be?

Check out this exclusive clip featuring interviews with star Leonardo DiCaprio and writer Dustin Lance Black about how they brought the story of the founder of the FBI to life, and watch more never-before-seen clips on the J. Edgar Blu-ray and DVD, on sale Tuesday.

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Movie Review: 'J. Edgar'

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The website Funny or released a parody this week of Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, the crux of which is DiCaprio’s apparent desire to win an Oscar by appearing in a biopic and adopting a strange accent.  As far as parodies go, it’s pretty hilarious.  When you see the movie, however, you’ll quickly realize that regardless of Leo’s Oscar desires, he delivers a great performance.

J. Edgar Hoover is easily one of the most compelling figures in American history.  There’s no denying he changed the way we solve crimes and catch criminals, and his reign over the FBI is unprecedented for a government agency and will never again be seen.  The fact that Hoover himself is the reason his tenure will never be repeated makes his story even more compelling.

The story of J. Edgar unfolds through his own words as an elder Hoover, in the midst of serving his eighth and final president (Nixon), dictates the history of the FBI for a memoir.  We’re then taken back in time to a fascinating rendering of a tumultuous moment in American history seldom discussed: namely, a series of bombings by radicals against public officials that led to the 1919 Palmer Raids.  It is, according to the film, the pivotal moment in 24-year-old J. Edgar’s professional career. Young Hoover is fastidious and filled with ideas, most notably his desire to use science -- such as fingerprint evidence -- to hunt down criminals.

With every ounce of genius, though, comes a pound of paranoia.  Hoover begins collecting files on public figures, essentially blackmailing his enemies, including presidents.  The man’s private life was equally controversial, and that’s where Armie Hammer’s Clyde Tolson comes in.

It’s believed that Hoover and Tolson were lovers. Had this been public knowledge, it would have ruined Hoover and, perhaps, destroyed the FBI. Hammer was a revelation as the Winklevii in The Social Network and continues to impress here.  The only weakness in his performance has nothing to do with him: his old-man makeup is disconcerting. Fortunately, Hammer’s sharp acting cuts through the obvious layers of latex.

While Tolson represented Hoover’s secrets, Helen Gandy protected them.  Naomi Watts is unrecognizable as Hoover’s life-long secretary, and that’s impressive.  The role seems to come as naturally to her as breathing.  Watts continues to be one of film’s best actresses, and we hope one day the Academy recognizes her talents.

Director Clint Eastwood presents this portrait of Hoover using muted colors, dark lighting, tight spaces and closed doors. It’s an aesthetic, whether intentional or not, that creates a metaphorical cage -- or perhaps a very large closet -- for Hoover’s incredibly complex ego and personality.  He is, for all intents and purposes, trapped in a prison he spent a lifetime building.

Artistically, J. Edgar is one of Eastwood’s best films. Legendary for his hands-off approach to directing, Eastwood trusts his actors to do their jobs, and that’s what  DiCaprio does and then some. Once again acting against his type, he doesn’t just play ugly -- he becomes ugly.  And tortured.  And paranoid.  And fantastic.  Not since his work in 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has DiCaprio so thoroughly disappeared into a character. His J. Edgar will haunt you for days.

Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Is Leonardo DiCaprio Dating an Australian Model?

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Leonardo DiCaprio hasn't been sulking at home ever since he and Blake Lively broke up.  He reportedly has bounced back with a new girlfriend, 21-year-old Australian model Alyce Crawford.

A source tells Australia's Daily Telegraph, "It's been going on about two weeks.  He texts her when he wants to see her and they hook up a few times a week."

DiCaprio, 36, is in the Land Down Under to shoot The Great Gatsby.

Lively reportedly has also moved on, having been romantically linked earlier this week to her Green Lantern co-star Ryan Reynolds.  According to E! Online, they were "all over each other" before she boarded a train Monday in Boston that was headed for New York City.  She reportedly had been visiting him in Beantown, where Reynolds is working on a film.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively Split

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After a five-month courtship and thousands of flight miles to exotic destinations all over the world, Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer Green Lantern actress Blake Lively’s superhero. Us Weekly reports the couple have parted ways but “remain friends.”

The pair were first spotted together during the Cannes Film Festival, weeks after the Inception star split from model Bar Rafaeli. Soon, Leo, 36, and Lively, 24, were literally seen around the world, from Venice, Italy, to New York City and virtually every romantic locale in between.

Reps for the couple did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

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