News Nuggets: Leonardo DiCaprio may finally play his dream role and win an Oscar

Every time Leonardo DiCaprio impresses critics and is on the verge of winning an Oscar, “it seems to slide out of his grasp as quickly.” The five-time nominee is now pursuing a role that he has wanted for 20 years. He will produce and star in “The Crowded Room” about “the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law.” While that movie is still in development, he also will have “The Revenant” in the next Oscar derby. Directed by this week’s champ Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman”), it stars DiCaprio as an American wilderness trapper who is severely injured and left for dead. Cinema Blend

Will Smith is back on top of the box office with his new con man comedy “Focus.” The debut brings in $19.1 million for the movie co-starring Margot Robbie. That knocks the blockbuster “Fifty Shades of Grey” into the fourth spot with $10.9 million and $147 million for its overall run. The second position is held by “Kingsman: The Secret Service” with $11.7 million and then “The SpongeBob Movie” with $11.2 million. The Wrap

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Robert Bianco raves about the new Fox comedy series “Last Man on Earth” debuting this weekend. The plot has only one man (Will Forte) remaining after a virus kills everybody in 2020. He says, “There may even be a few cheers for the audacity, inventiveness and achievement (of Forte), who created and stars in the show and has filled it with a warm, goofy spirit that always feels oddly appropriate to the subject matter.” USA Today

For the new AMC drama “Better Call Saul,” little has been revealed so far about what is ailing brother Chuck (Michael McKean). Monday’s episode will offer a much more “clinical” definition of his affliction after events lead him to the hospital. Co-creator Peter Gould says he might be “the smartest character on the show, and yet, he’s trapped by this condition.” TV Guide

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Watch a new video from last week’s Razzie Awards. Keith Allen, star of “Z Nation,” has his own “Birdman” parody featuring him stuck backstage in his underwear. Do you think his version was better than the one by Neil Patrick Harris on the Academy Awards? Razzies

Jon Stewart gathers his famous friends together again for the autism telethon “Night of Too Many Stars.” The semi-regular event has raised $18 million since 2003, and this two-hour show will air March 8 on Comedy Central. Stars this year include Paul Rudd, John Oliver, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Steve Buscemi, Maya Rudolph, Steve Carell, Jon Bon Jovi, and Will Forte. Variety

As had been rumored, Kelly Osbourne is departing “Fashion Police.” The red carpet review show on the E! Network recently had comedian Kathy Griffin take over as host for the late Joan Rivers. The network says she wants to “pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years.” The program returns on March 30. TV Line

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