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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 6, 1997)
By The Associated Press
Getting attention is not hard for
Leonardo DiCaprio, blond, with a
tousled, brooding look and a bad-boy
DiCaprio, who turns 23 on Nov.
11, received his first name after kick
ing his mother inside the womb as
she studied a Leonardo da Vinci
At age 5, he was booted from the
set of the kiddie show “Romper
Room” because of his uncontrollable
It would be 11 years until he land
ed a big-screen role. In the mean
time, he had to settle for some 30
commercials and a handful of guest
appearances on “The New Lassie,”
“Roseanne” and “Santa Barbara.”
One agent rejected him for having
“the wrong haircut.”
At age 16, DiCapno finally land
ed a successful, regular role as a
homeless boy in the sitcom
By 1992, DiCaprio had beaten
out 400 other boys to grab the break
through part of Tobias Wolff in “This
Boy’s Life.” One critic had the temer
ity to say the young upstart outshone
the star, Robert De Niro.
DiCaprio continued to grab the
attention of the critics with his next
outing, “What’s Eating Gilbert
Grape,” playing Johnny Depp’s broth
er. Bang: Academy Award nomination.
Suddenly DiCaprio found him
self hailed as the new rebel - the
young half-man, half-boy Hollywood
loves so much to devour. The succes
sor to River Phoenix and Brad Pitt
was on deck.
1 want to take my tune with each
role, and that’s how you plan a long
career rather than doing it all at once
in a big explosion,” DiCaprio says.
DiCaprio is already streaking: He
acquitted himself well in the retelling
of Romeo and Juliet, with Claire
Danes, and in “Marvin’s Room,”
with Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton.
Next up is “Titanic.” Then there’s
“The Man in the Iron Mask.” Woody
Allen has already snagged him for
his next movie.
“He has an innate ability to get
under the skin of a character that I
believe even he himself doesn’t quite
understand,” says David Rubin, who
cast DiCaprio in “William
Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.”
“He’s one of the most instinctual
young actors today.”
And he got to keep his haircut.
Old films scoring
By Gerry Beltz
Douglas Theatre Co. took a gam
ble, and it has paid off.
For the last three weeks, its
Cinema Twin Theatre, 201N. 13th St.,
has devoted a screen to playing older
movies from the 1940s and ’50s.
Films such as “Casablanca,”
“Summer Stock,” “Citizen Kane” and
(opening Friday) “Meet Me In St.
Louis” all have enjoyed weeklong
runs on the big screen once again,
much to the delight of both moviego
ers and DTC personnel.
“Everyone has been really excited
about it, especially those people who
haven’t been to the movies in quite a
while,” said Jennifer Speck, manager
of the Cinema Twin. “We didn’t sell
out, but the people who have come to
the movies have loved it, so it’s been
Frank Rhodes, film booker for
DTC, said he also was pleased with
the films’ attention.
“Personally, I think the response
has been sensational, especially for
this market, where there is no real
classic art theater in the city of
Lincoln,” he said.
Rhodes said DTC tried to book
several other films, such as “The
Maltese Falcon,” “Key Largo” and
“North By Northwest,” but to no
“A lot of the films we wanted
were already booked out,” Rhodes
said. “Some of the films did have
prints available but were in too bad of
condition to bring in.
“We’re not going to bring in a film
and have it break five or six times dur
ing a one-week run,” Rhodes said.
“We want to offer the best possible
product to our customers.”
Although the older films are done
playing for this year, talks have
already begun about the prospect of
running the series sometime in early
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“There’s a possibility of it starting
again in January, but it could be in
February or even March when it
begins,” Rhodes said.
“It’s hard in wintertime to get peo
ple to trudge through the snow to go
to a movie,” Speck said. “That’s what
killed us with ‘Summer Stock,’ but
we’re hoping to go out with a bang
with ‘Meet Me In St. Louis.’
“I think if we do it again, we will
be booking a group of films all at one
time. This time, we started with two,
then two turned into four. Next time,
we will book more films ahead of
time and have a set schedule.”
Speck said organizing the project
had been long and hard, but worth it.
“I"would love to do this again,”
she said. “I’ve had a fabulous time.
People have taken the time to write
the office, and those letters really sup
port me in my work.
“I’ve really benefited from these
shows as a manager because I have
gotten to talk a lot more to my cus
tomers,” Speck said. “The people
who are coming to these movies have
something to say. They come out of
these movies energized and want to
share that eneigy with you.”
Debby Brehm, vice president of
DTC, said although phone calls and
letters have been a medium of support
for the classic films, most of the fan
fare has come over the Internet - and
“Our electronic mailbox has been
very full,” Brehm said. “People have
been writing in, telling us how much
they appreciate we are offering movie
“The majority of the e-mail has
been coming from students - an aver
age of about four a day for the last
three weeks. Most of them also name
off movies they would like us to try to
get, and I turn those lists over to our
“We will continue to try to
respond to the public requests.”
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