SEOUL, South Korea – Leonardo DiCaprio says filming violent scenes like in “Django Unchained” doesn’t deter him from wanting his movies to be great art.
The bloody revenge film about slavery before the Civil War has fueled some of the debate about whether Hollywood shows too much on-screen violence. DiCaprio portrays a ruthless plantation owner encountered by a freed slave and bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz).
“My philosophy has kind of always been the same: Pain is temporary, film is forever,” DiCaprio said Thursday.
“You do everything you possibly can, you give it your all, all of your focus, and hopefully you come out with, if all the elements mixed together correctly, you come out with a great piece of art,” he said. “To me, cinema is the great modern art form.”
Director Quentin Tarantino, whose graphically violent filmography also includes “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds,” has taken the long view on “Django” as well, noting films become less controversial as they age.
The film won two Academy Awards last month, supporting actor for Waltz and original screenplay for Tarantino.
DiCaprio spoke at a news conference and attended the film’s red-carpet premiere in Seoul. Mobbed by fans snapping pictures of him on their phones, DiCaprio said it was an incredible welcome for his first trip to South Korea.
“Django Unchained” opened last weekend in Japan, and opens in South Korea and Singapore on March 21.
Cause of Kelly Osbourne’s seizure a mystery
LOS ANGELES – Kelly Osbourne says she had a seizure and doctors are trying to figure out why.
The 28-year-old TV personality posted a photo on Twitter late Thursday of an IV in her tattooed left arm. She thanked her fans for their “beautiful well wishes.”
Osbourne was hospitalized Thursday after collapsing on the set of E! network’s “Fashion Police,” where she serves as a panelist alongside Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos.
Osbourne is the daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and “The Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne. She was profiled with her family on the MTV reality series “The Osbournes” and has appeared as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.” Her representatives had no comment.
‘Little PSY’ will release K-pop song
SEOUL, South Korea – The impish boy who showed off his dance moves alongside PSY in “Gangnam Style” is hoping to go viral, too.
The 7-year-old nicknamed “Little PSY” is releasing an electro pop song next week through iTunes. The boy, whose real name is Hwang Min-woo, said he wants to gain global fame like his “big brother,” PSY.
Sporting a black suit and a sleek haircut, Min-woo performed at a news conference in South Korea on Wednesday. He is the latest recruit in the increasingly global K-pop industry.
Min-woo is a second-grader and his mother comes from Vietnam.
Meanwhile, the big PSY has released a “Gangnam Style” remix and is continuing his worldwide tour. The video released on YouTube in July has a record 1.39 billion views.