Monday, December 04, 2006

Leonardo Di Caprio on Oprah

It's good to see Leonardo Wilhelm Di Caprio as a grown man, just having turned 32. The main reason I watched Oprah Winfrey today was to see what progress he is making on his documentary on global warming. The film will be called 11th Hour, which he wrote with Nadia Conners, who in turn codirects the film with Leila Conners Petersen. The production company is Tree Media Group (sorry, not One Tree Hill). There is no commercial distributor listed on imdb yet.

The film will make an important complement to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"

Di Caprio offers two short films "Global Warming" and "Water Planet" on his "eco-site." Di Caprio was already involved with an earlier Discovery film "The Great Warming" (dir. Judith Hallet). See reviews here.

On the show, Oprah discussed his two other big movies this year: The Departed, in which he co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Marky Mark Walhberg, and Blood Diamond, directed by Edward Zwick (Warner Brothers), in which Di Caprio plays a mercenary (Australian?) running diamonds in Sierra Leone in 1999, where diamond money funds oppression and civil war, which Sebastian Junger had reported live when it happened. There is controversy about "conflict diamonds" and retailers worry that the film could affect sales. NBC4 story is here. Di Caprio said on the show that consumers should be conscious of the possibility that luxury products that they buy could fund harmful activities ("tainted fruits").

The link for this show on Oprah is here.

A related story where Al Gore appears on Oprah Dec 5 is here.

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