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Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Play President Roosevelt

Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio plans to play former President Theodore Roosevelt for his next film role.

The Wolf of Wall Street actor is pushing for a biopic of the 26th leader of the US to go into production with director Martin Scorsese at the helm. "Leo is telling friends that after his latest movie proved to be a massive box office hit, he's pushing forward with his biopic of Roosevelt which will re-team him with Martin Scorsese. He says it's 'now or never' as he's patiently waited almost a decade for the money to materialize," a source said.

Leonardo will likely have to bulk out to play the strapping president - who was in office from1901 to 1909 - but the source says he's up for the challenge. "He'll do whatever it takes. This is the movie Leo wants to win an Oscar for, and he talks about it all the time," the insider said.

The movie will be based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, but some in Leonardo's camp are worried about the appeal of a political movie, after his last real life historical piece, 2011's J. Edgar - about famed former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover - was a flop.


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Leonardo DiCaprio Reveals Filming Agony

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan BelfortLeonardo DiCaprio needed "a lot of chiropractic work" after filming The Wolf of Wall Street.

The 39-year-old actress portrays notorious stockbroker Jordan Belfort in the movie, and he was advised by the banker on how to act in a scene where he had to crawl to a car while on drugs - and he found mimicking his moves incredibly painful.

"I didn't know anything about Quaaludes, and he had taken a tremendous amount of them. I videotaped him on the floor, rolling around, and he really articulated to me that you have every intention of going to a certain destination, but your body doesn't go along with you. We shot it for, like, a week, and it was a lot of chiropractic work for me because it was incredibly painful," he told The New York Post.

Meanwhile, Leonardo's co-star Jonah Hill admits he wouldn't use the expletive-filled language of the movie in his everyday life: "I'm happy to be in Scorsese's movie. I try not to use those phrases at home. But the script's so brutally honest I didn't mind saying them.

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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Victim Slams DiCaprio, Scorsese in Open Letter

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprioWhile audiences across the country are raving about Martin Scorsese's latest film The Wolf of Wall Street, one woman who was incidentally caught up in the real life drama is making it clear that she has a bone to pick with the Oscar-winning director and his star, Leonardo DiCaprio.

In an open letter in LA Weekly, Christina McDowell - the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a former associate of real life Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort - condemns Scorsese and DiCaprio (who portrays Belfort in the film) for glamorizing crime:

"So here's the deal. You people are dangerous. Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals. We want to get lost in what? These phony financiers' fun sexcapades and coke binges? Come on, we know the truth. This kind of behavior brought America to its knees."

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Box Office Breakdown: Titans Rules Over Competition

Clash of the Titans

’ use of 3D may not have been favorably reviewed, but that didn’t keep the remake from conquering the box office.

The Warner Bros. film, which was delayed for a last-minute technology upgrade, officially became the biggest Easter weekend opener to date. Titans’ $61.2 million topped previous holiday champ Scary Movie 4 and bested 1999’s The Matrix to become the best April release ever. (That 1999 film debuted to $27.8 million.)

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Box Office Breakdown: How to Train Your Dragon Soars to #1

How to Train Your Dragon

Jay Baruchel may be dating a girl out of his league, but he’s now got a dragon under his command.

Friday’s premiere of had both Baruchel and Gerard Butler pulling double-duty over the weekend. The animated feature easily surpassed both Out of My League, Bounty Hunter and - most importantly - the reigning champ (Alice in Wonderland) to take the win with a $43.7 million take.

Unfortunately, even higher ticket prices couldn’t lift the 3-D feature past a previous Dreamworks entry. Last March, Monsters vs. Aliens towered over the competition with a $59.3 million bow.

Meanwhile, - the weekend’s only other new wide release - warmed up to a $14 million debut and a third-place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Wimpy Kid Bests the Bounty Hunter

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Two out of three ain’t bad.

Although Hollywood has yet to present a real threat to Alice in Wonderland, two studios this weekend made strong attempts. , based on a series of Jeff Kinney books, proved there was more than enough room for kid-friendly fare at the box office. Fox’s adaptation unfolded to over $22 million in ticket sales - approximately $12 million shy of the three-time winner, but enough for second place.

- starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler - also managed to nab a decent bounty for itself during this frame. Sony’s critically-panned comedy grossed over $20 million, falling just short of Diary.

Meanwhile, , Friday’s only other wide release, came a distant fourth with $6.1 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Alice in Wonderland in the Green Zone

Alice in Wonderland

The combined forces of Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass could not earn the green.

Although the film nearly matched The Hurt Locker‘s total domestic gross ($15.7 million) in just one weekend, Green became the latest war-based film to open to underwhelming numbers. The movie, which debuted to $14.3 million and cost approximately $100 million to produce, also came nowhere near Damon and Greengrass’ last project together. (The Bourne Ultimatum opened to $69.3 million in 2007.)

Meanwhile, continued along its fantastic journey. The movie, which has now taken in over $209 million domestically, has officially become one of Disney’s Top 20 all-time entries.

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Box Office Breakdown: Wonderful Start for Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Something tells me we’ll be seeing more collaborations between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton soon.

, the latest project from the famous movie-making team, unfolded to a whopping $116 million over the Oscar weekend. Disney’s 3-D adaptation had the best open ever for a non-sequel and the largest debut for any winter release outside of the holiday season. (And we thought Passion of the Christ‘s $83.8 million looked good six years ago.)

Tim Burton’s entry gave the director his best first weekend to date (compared to the $68.5 million Planet of the Apes grossed in 2001). The movie did, though, come in second to Johnny Depp’s personal high. (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men’s Chest raked in $135.6 million in 2006.)

Alice also topped all 3-D openers…including Avatar. (Granted, James Cameron did have a blizzard to contend with at the time.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Cop Out Misses Out

Cop Out

When is a second place finish considered good news? When it’s the biggest debut you’ve had in your career.

Despite recently being kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight and losing out to Shutter Island, Kevin Smith still has something to smile about. His latest directorial project, , opened to $18.2 million over the weekend. That figure surpasses his previous best of $11.1 million for 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

And while Bruce Willis has clearly seen better days, he hasn’t in some time. Fortunately, his comedic partnership with Tracy Morgan raised over $3 million more than his last major outing, Surrogates, did last September.

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Box Office Breakdown: Shutter Island the Weekend’s Top Destination

Shutter Island

Avatar may have finally bested Titanic, but Leonardo DiCaprio still has reason to smile.

, Leo’s latest collaboration with Martin Scorsese, earned $41 million over the past three days—more than twice what it’s nearest competitor pulled in. The gross was not only the actor’s personal best (2002’s Catch Me If You Can earned $30.1 million) but Scorsese’s as well. (The Academy Award winner rang in $26.9 million with 2006’s The Departed.)

Another Oscar-winning helmer, , also had a bit of success at the box office this weekend. The director, who has been at the center of legal drama recently, saw his film The Ghost Writer rake in $183,009 while in limited release. That amount equates to a $45,000 per screen average.

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