Here’s What Leonardo DiCaprio Is Serving for Dinner at His Fundraiser in Sonoma

Leonardo DiCaprio’s charity gala on September 15th in Sonoma will be a combination of glamorous guests, a gourmet (and sustainable!) menu and good works — and PEOPLE has an exclusive look at the night!

DiCaprio, who is currently filming Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his foundation. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to protecting the Earth, including conservation of oceans and wildlife and fighting climate change. 

The gala, held at Jackson Park in Sonoma County, will be hosted by DiCaprio and Laurene Powell Jobs, philanthropist and widow of Steve Jobs. The night will include a special performance from Chris Martin of Coldplay and an auction by Sotheby’s. The auction catalog available for bidding includes artworks by Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Prince and David Hockney, all selected by DiCaprio’s art advisor, Lisa Schiff.

The menu will include a three-course dinner and dessert. DiCaprio requested a sustainable menu, which was created by Chef Kyle Connaughton from SingleThread Farms.

The menu’s first course, “Summer in Sonoma”, consists of various vegetables with a creamy tofu sauce and seafood, all from local food suppliers. The vegetable selection includes heirloom melon and goma dare (a Japanese sesame sauce) broccolini, followed by seafood including pickled oysters and smoked scallops.

The second course features heirloom tomatoes with homemade tofu and pickled wasabi leaves, followed by the entrée course of roasted turbot with heirloom squash and Sonoma mushrooms. For dessert, guests will dine on sesame semifreddo, an Italian treat made with heavy cream and sesame seeds. The wine selection, put together by Jackson Family Wines in Sonoma, features a Sauvignon Blanc (pictured below), a Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay all from California vineyards.

The star-studded event will be attended by celebrities including Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo.

DiCaprio has always been outspoken about climate change. In his acceptance speech after winning an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2016 he said, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species.”

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Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio ‘Said No’ to Playing Lovers in Brokeback Mountain, Says Gus Van Sant

Picture a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt falling into a forbidden love as they herd sheep through the Wyoming mountains.

Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed Brokeback Mountain (2005), which famously starred Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Academy Award-nominated performances, could have been a different film altogether, Milk director Gus Van Sant recently revealed to Indiewire.

The Oscar-nominated director, best known for Good Will Hunting (1997) and My Own Private Idaho (1991), said he was pitched the opportunity to direct the gay romance before Lee signed on.

“I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no,” Van Sant recalled. “Nobody wanted to do it.”

“What I could have done, and what I probably should have done, was cast more unknowns, not worried about who were the lead actors,” he added.

Ironically enough, DiCaprio and Pitt will finally appear together onscreen in Quentin Tarantino’s controversial movie about the Manson murders, titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The director also revealed that he came close to directing another gay classic, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name (2017), which went on to win an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

“I don’t think it would have panned out the way it did if I had directed it. I think it was great,” he said.

Van Sant’s latest movie, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, is now playing in select theaters.

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Kylie Jenner, Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio! Inside All of Coachella’s Hottest Parties

The first weekend of Coachella 2018 may be coming to an end, but memories of epic performances and parties will last forever.

On Friday, the stars started flooding into the Palm Springs, California, area for the annual music festival, which featured headliners The Weeknd, Beyoncé and Eminem.

And since it’s not all just about the music — celebrities like RihannaLeonardo DiCaprioKendall and Kylie Jenner and more hit up exclusive parties to get in some pampering, catch up with friends and dance the night away.

Kicking off the weekend with a bang, Rachel Zoe hosted her fourth annual ZOEasis Style Retreat at Coachella on Friday. She welcomed guests including Olivia Culpo, Paris Hilton, Whitney Port and Victoria Justice to her Moroccan-themed bash at the Parker Palm Springs. Lisa Rinna and Amelia Hamlin made the event a fun mother-daughter outing. Brody Jenner’s fiancée Kaitlynn Carter showed up wearing the same dress as Zoe, and the ladies posed together for a festive who-wore-it-best moment. While at the party, guests enjoyed cocktails using Belvedere Vodka’s new flavor Ginger Zest and had the chance to get their ears pierced and hands painted with henna.

Later on in the night, Sean “Diddy” Combs was spotted partying at the nANA jUDY Cabana with his girlfriend, singer Cassie Ventura, while at CombsFest — an event hosted by his sons, Christian and Justin. The party featured a high-energy performance by Lil Wayne, who had a blast performing and couldn’t stop thanking the fans in the crowd for the support. Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, hung out on the side of the stage for the entire duration of her dad’s set and could be seen excitedly dancing and rapping along to all of his hits.

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Friday’s headliner The Weeknd celebrated at the TAO X Revolve Desert Nights party afterparty in Palms Springs with a group of pals, including recent Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet. After surprising fans with Jamie Foxx and Rita Ora appearance on the festival stage, Norwegian DJ Kygo stopped by for a post-performance celebration. Ansel Elgort was one of the first to arrive at the private estate with his longtime girlfriend Violetta Komyshan. Iggy Azalea arrived hand-in-hand with rapper Tyga, and the two sparked romance speculation while posting in front of the DJ booth for most of the party. Nicki Minaj arrived with Migos rapper Quavo, with whom she took over VIP section. The duo left together but not before Nicki danced atop a couch to her new song “Chun-Li.” New parents Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott arrived alongside Kourtney Kardashian and her boyfriend Younes Bendjima, Jordyn Woods and Chance the Rapper. The crew joined Minaj and Quavo at a VIP table and shared a few laughs before closing down the party for the evening.

Jenner and Kardashian’s group later arrived at the BMWi presents the Poppy pop up, which was held to celebrate their new Kourt X Kylie makeup collection, a collaboration between the new mom and her older sister. Just before 3 a.m., Scott grabbed the mic and began to DJ with his girlfriend’s sister Kendall. Although Jenner attended the party sporting bright pink hair, she tried to keep a relatively low profile and spent the night standing behind her boyfriend and sister. During Scott’s set, she stood behind him alongside her friends Woods and Justine Skye.

On Saturday, a stylish crowd flocked to REVOLVE’s Desert House at the Merv Griffin Estate, including Emily Ratajkowski (arm-in-arm with her new husband Sebastian Bear-McClard), Nicole Richie, Shay Mitchell and a slew of Victoria’s Secret models. More than 1,000 guests danced the day away to A$ AP Rocky and 21 Savage while stars and VIPs beat the heat in poolside cabanas with goblets of Moët Ice Imperial — the first-ever champagne created to specifically be enjoyed over ice.

At Lucky Brand’s Desert Jam, Charli XCX and Harry Hudson performed for a poolside crowd, including Patrick Schwarzenegger and his girlfriend Abby Champion.

Meanwhile, Bootsy Bellows hosted a huge pool party sponsored by McDonald’s and PacSun at a private estate. After Erika Jayne was one of the first to arrive, Amber Rose made a grand entrance with a group of friends, all of whom wore matching cheerleading outfits with the word “Sluts” on the front. Ariel Winter and her boyfriend Levi Meaden, along with her Modern Family costar Nolan Gould, made their way to a poolside table before chowing down on some fries. Sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid commanded a separate table with their friends, including Hailey Baldwin. Anwar Hadid cuddled up with his girlfriend Nicola Peltz at a table, which also included Brooklyn Beckham, Kaia and Presley Gerber and Jaden Smith’s ex-girlfriend, Sarah Snyder.

The party featured a performance by Rae Sremmurd, who closed out the event by jumping in the pool — with microphone in hand! Arriving just before 6 p.m., Kendall Jenner made her way into the party alone and met up with the Hadid sisters and Baldwin. Though Jenner was previously linked to NBA star Blake Griffin, the two seemingly avoided each other. When Griffin walked past Jenner’s table, she looked straight at him and turned to whisper something to a friend.

DiCaprio rolled up to Rihanna’s Drippin’ pool party for Fenty x Puma with his entourage and headed for the singer’s VIP tent. The two famously were spotted hanging out together at the Neon Carnival in 2016, which DiCaprio made his way to again this year later on that night.

The Oscar-winning actor hasn’t missed Neon Carnival, which is presented by Levi’s and Tequila Don Julio, since the party’s inception. He arrived incognito in a blue hoodie, hat and 3D glasses and was escorted through a private entrance to his VIP table, where he and friends sipped on Don Julio 1942. Chance the Rapper was spotted dancing at his table next to French Montana at the event, which featured a slew of carnival rides and games. Bachelor Nation’s Nick Viall, Dean Unglert and Kristina Schulman could also be seen taking in the party.

Additional reporting by CHELSEA WHITE

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PLANET HOLLYWOOD: Flexing his power in the name of the planet, Leonardo DiCaprio pulled a surprise performance by Madonna out of the hat for the fourth edition of his namesake foundation’s annual gala, held in Saint-Tropez on Wednesday night.
The evergreen pop star performed a string of greatest hits including “Ray of Light,” “Open Your Heart” and “La Isla Bonita” to guests including DiCaprio bestie Kate Winslet, Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Tobey Maguire and Gerard Butler, with Grammy-winning artist Lenny Kravitz also entertaining the crowd.
In fact, the evening turned into a reunion for “Titanic” costars DiCaprio, Winslet and Billy Zane, who posted a picture of the three on Instagram with the caption: “Gang’s back together. Now we’re saving icebergs. Go figure.”

Kate Winslet at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 4th Annual Gala in Saint-Tropez. 
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Works by artists including Damien Hirst, Urs Fischer and Richard Prince went on the block during a live auction conducted by Simon de Pury, with $ 30 million raised so far, as guests dined on a sustainable pescatarian menu featuring local fish and produce also sourced locally.
The night’s chairs included Prince Albert II of Monaco, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Tom Hanks, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Emma

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Leonardo Del Vecchio, Benetton Lead Stock Ranking

STOCK VALUE: In a ranking published by Italy’s daily La Repubblica on Thursday, Luxottica founder Leonardo Del Vecchio’s stock value came second after the country’s Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, a joint-stock company under public control, which regroups firms including energy giant Eni and shipping group Fincantieri, among others. As reported earlier this month, the Italian government has taken a major stake in a new Milan-based sovereign fund being launched to support Italian companies, including in fashion, called FSI Midmarket Growth Equity Fund. CDP is the fund’s anchor investor with a 25 percent stake. CDP’s value was down 9 percent to 20.7 billion euros as of July 19, compared with January 1.
Del Vecchio’s stock includes shares in his eyewear company, insurance firm Generali, banking group Unicredit and commercial property group Foncière des Régions, whose value rose 1.9 percent to 19.9 billion euros as of July 19 compared with January 1.
The Benetton family was ranked fifth, with its investments in Atlantia, which manages highways; Mediobanca, and Autogrill. Their stock value rose 13.6 percent to 7.6 billion euros.
They were followed by the Agnelli family’s Exor, which controls Ferrari and FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, with 6.4 billion euros and up 22 percent.
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Newly Single Leonardo DiCaprio Surrounded By A Bevy Of Models In Cannes

Looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is doing just fine after that breakup. 

The newly single actor, who split with his model girlfriend Nina Agdal earlier this month, was spotted in Cannes on Thursday at the amfAR Gala, surrounded by a bevy of beautiful women including Bella Hadid and Rita Ora. DiCaprio is known for his penchant for models, having previously dated Gisele Bundchen, Bar Refaeli, Erin Heatherton, Toni Garrn and Kelly Rohrbach, so these photos are, shall we say, priceless. 

DiCaprio and Agdal dated for over a year before their split was announced last week. Shortly after the reveal, the actor was spotted with friend and fellow bachelor Tobey Maguire at LA hotspots The Peppermint Club and Avenue LA. Maguire was also in attendance at the amfAR event in France’s Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. He was photographed onstage with Chris Tucker, Uma Thurman, Will Smith and Jessica Chastain during the soiree. 

We can imagine Tobey sending Leo a text about letting loose in Cannes, to which Leo responds: You mean tonight, Boo Boo? Club-wise?

Head over to the Daily Mail to see more photos of DiCaprio in his element. 

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Leonardo DiCaprio Remembers TV Dad Alan Thicke As The Coolest Guy In The Room

Before Leonardo DiCaprio was Leonardo DiCaprio, he was a child actor who scored a recurring role on the beloved TV sitcom “Growing Pains.” He played Luke Brower, a homeless teen who was taken under the wing of the Seaver family in the show’s final season. 

DiCaprio obviously went on to bigger and better things, but he’s spoken about his time on the ABC series fondly. Following the death of Alan Thicke, who played TV dad Jason Seaver for seven seasons, DiCaprio shared a touching tribute to the actor on Facebook. 

“Alan was a devoted father, husband, friend and role model,” he wrote. “He knew how to harness the power of the entertainment industry to be a positive influence in so many lives — including mine. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Alan early in my career.”

“I’ve seen him a number of times over the years and when Alan Thicke walked in the room, quite frankly, no one was cooler,” DiCaprio wrote.

Thicke suffered a fatal heart attack on Tuesday while playing hockey with his son Carter. He was pronounced dead later that night at at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California.

Those touched by Thicke’s legacy, including his son Robin Thicke and fellow “Growing Pains” cast members, memorialized the actor with emotional tributes across social media

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Leonardo DiCaprio Taking A Selfie Is Beyond Entertaining

Human Academy Award Leonardo DiCaprio is as close to a perfect specimen as we’re going to get in our lifetime.

Because, amid a bevy of iconic roles and shelves full of awards, “The Revenant” actor is at heart a humanitarian, an environmentalist and an expert at hiding from his fans. He’s also great at taking selfies. 

To prove it, here’s a selfie the actor took in support of the recently-signed Paris Agreement (again, he’s amazing). 

With that stare, we’d agree to anything. 

And though we’re pretty sure DiCaprio hasn’t taken a photo with a gigantic Twitter phone/mirror thing before, he seems really happy with how his selfie came out. 

Like, really happy. It’s like he didn’t even know that he was actually that handsome. 

Keep the selfies (and monkey photos) coming, Leo. 

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New Look At Leonardo da Vinci Masterpiece Shows Even Geniuses Second-Guess Themselves

Leonardo da Vinci may have been called a genius, but that doesn’t mean he never second-guessed himself.

In a new book, optical engineer Pascal Cotte explains how a new imaging technology known as the layer amplification method (LAM) helped show that Leonardo painted two previous versions of his “Lady with an Ermine” masterpiece before settling on the version that we know today. One version of the 15th Century artwork didn’t even include the ermine at all.

“We’ve discovered that Leonardo is always changing his mind,” Cotte, CTO of the Lumiere Technology company in Paris, told BBC News. “This is someone who hesitates — he erases things, he adds things, he changes his mind again and again… The LAM technique gives us the capability to peel the painting like an onion, removing the surface to see what’s happening inside and behind the different layers of paint.”

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The three phases of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” painting. Leonardo first painted the portrait without the ermine, and later added in two different versions of the animal. Credit: © Pascal Cotte

The LAM technique involves using the reflection of light to reveal images in different layers of paint, according to a statement from the company.

“It tells us a lot more about the way Leonardo’s mind worked when he was doing a painting,” Martin Kemp, emeritus professor of the history of art at the University of Oxford, told BBC News. “We know that he fiddled around a good deal at the beginning, but now we know that he kept fiddling around all the time and it helps explain why he had so much difficulty finishing paintings.”

As for the woman depicted in the painting, experts have long believed it to be Cecilia Gallerani, who was the mistress of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. According to the Wall Street Journal, just before this portrait was painted, Sforza was awarded the insignia of the Order of the Ermine by the King of Naples, becoming known as “l’Ermellino.” Scholars believe the ermine symbolizes the Duke, or serves as a visual pun on Cecilia’s surname (ermine in Greek is galay.)

Cotte’s book, “Lumiere on the Lady with an Ermine,” was published on Sept. 1 and is available on Amazon.

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The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo’s writings are mostly in mirror-image cursive. The reason may have been more a practical expediency than for reasons of secrecy as is often suggested. Since Leonardo wrote with his left hand, it is probable that it was easier for him to write from right to left. His notes and drawings display an enormous range of interests and preoccupations, some as mundane as lists of groceries and people who owed him money and some as intriguing as designs for wings and shoes for walking on water. There are compositions for paintings, studies of details and drapery, studies of faces and emotions, of animals, babies, dissections, plant studies, rock formations, whirl pools, war machines, helicopters and architecture. These notebooks—originally loose papers of different types and sizes, distributed by friends after his death—have found their way into major collections such as the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, the Louvre, the Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan which holds the twelve-volume Codex Atlanticus, and British Library in London which has put a selection from its notebook BL Arundel MS 263 online. The Codex Leicester is the only major scientific work of Leonardo’s in private hands. It is owned by Bill Gates, and is displayed once a year in different cities around the world. Leonardo’s notes appear to have been intended for publication because many of the sheets have a form and order that would facilitate this. In many cases a single topic, for example, the heart or the human foetus, is covered in detail in both words and pictures, on a single sheet. Why they were not published within Leonardo’s lifetime is unknown.

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