Why we can't wait to see ''The Aviator''
RELEASE DATE Dec. 17
WHY WE CAN'T WAIT It's hard to resist a tour of 1930s Hollywood with movie-buff director Martin Scorsese. And we want to see Leonardo DiCaprio make the most of his callowness in a suitably boy-ish role.
THE PREMISE Long before he was a scary recluse with long fingernails, Howard Hughes (DiCaprio, above) was a dashing young flyboy, an aviation tycoon, and a movie mogul who romanced starlets and even directed a couple movies, like 1930's Hell's Angels, starring Jean Harlow (Gwen Stefani, at right).
SOURCE Various biographies of Hughes
THE BACK STORY It was DiCaprio who brought Scorsese aboard the project. In fact, Scorsese harbors a fear of flying, ''but the more anything upsets me, the more I want to learn about it.''
BURNING QUESTION Will this be the year that Oscar stops treating Scorsese like Susan Lucci?
COME FOR Scorsese the epic biographer and DiCaprio the grown-up leading man
STAY FOR The recreation of golden-age Hollywood, featuring Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, Jude Law as Errol Flynn, and Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner