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Nina Ricci-clad Carey Mulligan wielded an umbrella to premiere The Great Gatsby in rainy Sydney today. She had the help of costars Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton and director Baz Luhrmann to debut the film Down Under while Joel Madden, who is currently a judge on the Oz version of The Voice, was also in attendance. Last night wasn't the first time the Gatsby crew donned umbrellas as accessories since their Cannes premiere last week got rained on as well. Mr. Gatsby himself, Leonardo DiCaprio, didn't make it to the latest press stop since he's still in Cannes unwinding. After wrapping his work duties, he let loose flirting in a Cannes nightclub over the weekend and later hit the water to take part in the yacht scene. Isla Fisher also missed out on the premiere in her native Australia since she debuted her other project Now You See Me in NYC last night. »
- Meghan Rooney
This might be the best attempt yet to film Fitzgerald's masterpiece. Which is not to say this is a good film
Writing about Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby in relation to F Scott Fitzgerald's prose, is like trying to describe a gorilla playing with a Fabergé egg. There it is, this great hairy, wild-eyed beast, stomping, roaring, thumping its chest. It neither knows nor cares about the delicate beauty it holds in its mattock hands, and has no idea why so many people think it so precious. …
That's not to say, however, that the film bears no relation to the book. In a charitable review, the reliably eloquent Mark Kermode said that it's as if Luhrmann has decided that he's simply going to shout the text at you. So, for instance, if you take the famous scene where Nick first sees Gatsby looking out across the sound to that single »
- Sam Jordison
Leonardo DiCaprio had a busy few days at the Cannes Film Festival last week as he promoted The Great Gatsby. He teamed up with his costars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fisher for multiple events including the glamorous Gatsby red carpet premiere that opened the festival, but his trip to France wasn't all about work. On Friday, Leo let loose at a nightclub, where he danced with friends, including Lukas Haas, and a few lucky ladies. Leo tried to keep a low profile with his hat on, but he was spotted mingling in the crowd and showing off his moves while also smoking on an electronic cigarette. He followed up the late-night fun by hanging out on a yacht over the weekend and on Tuesday he made his way back out on the water. Leo and Lukas were joined by a group of guys and girls to lounge on Phillip Green's luxury vessel, »
- Lauren Turner
Whatever good deeds they happen to gift upon the world, the superheroes we see on our screens also seem to have taken up positions as “purveyors of ill-judged decisions,” many of which could have been totally avoided, had they stopped for a moment to consider what it was that was happening. No one can be perfect all the time, of course, and everybody is human (although there is a Norse God and a demon on this list, to be fair), and the superpowers present are a mixture of natural and man-made. That aside… accidents happen, right?
The general conclusion we can draw from this, though, is that sometimes these guys get a bit too excitable and either get caught up in their plans, or in the moment entirely, causing them to forget that they need to use their brains now and again; some of these decisions are impulsive and were made during a fight, »
- Charlotte Tobitt
The Great Gatsby, 2013.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
A young writers life is forever changed when he meets the mysterious and elusive Jay Gatsby.
When Baz Luhrmann was handed the reigns to F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic piece of literature, many wondered if he could handle it with the substance and nuance that is required. The results are mixed as The Great Gatsby is a cross between peaks of brilliance and troughs of shallow, fancy visuals.
The film opens with Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) beginning to recount the events of his Summer in 1920's New York, as he leaves his creative writing endeavours and the American Midwest behind in favour of seeking fortune in the booming stock market which occurred after the first World War. Moving in to a small house on West Egg, »
- Flickering Myth
The story follows "a teenage girl who lives alone and maintains a farm in the only valley with breathable air in the wake of nuclear war. Her world is turned upside down when two strangers wander in from the forest."
Everyone at Material Pictures and Zik Zak Filmworks is thrilled “Z for Zachariah” has attracted such a dynamic and talented cast. With Modi’s enthralling script and the vision Zobel has for the film, we’re excited to bring such a captivating story to audiences.
I'm not really sure what to expect from this movie, »
- Joey Paur
F Scott Fitzgerald did more for Hollywood than it has done for him. After his first stint in California he wrote the pitiless story, "Crazy Sunday", about an alcoholic screenwriter. In the late 30s came the series of insightful comic tales about the ageing movie hack Pat Hobby, and finally The Last Tycoon, the best, least patronising of novels about the movie industry, all the more intriguing for being unfinished. In return, Hollywood paid him handsomely for a while but treated him without respect and made mediocre movies of his books.
So what of this 3D fourth screen version of The Great Gatsby? It is, you might say, a story of three eggs. The mysterious central character is the self-made Jay Gatsby, a millionaire bootlegger who in the summer of 1922 lives at West Egg, the »
- Philip French
The Great Gatsby (12A)
No one's disputing that Luhrmann can put on a show, but can he tell a story? In a way, F Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s parable is a perfect fit: a study of surfaces and seduction and the hollowness of the wealthy. The hedonism and vulgarity are ravishing to behold and the hand-tinted-photo aesthetic is gorgeous. When the fireworks die down, however, that artificiality works against the romantic tragedy, and the characters are too flat to really stir any great emotions. Maybe that's the point.
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- Steve Rose
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire share the big screen as pals Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, which hit theaters last week and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, but their real-life relationship started long ago. Leo and Tobey have been friends for 25 years, after meeting at an audition in the late '80s. Getty Leo Recalls Their First Meeting Fondly "After I met Tobey at an audition, I felt like I wanted this guy to be my friend. I remember driving back from school and he was doing Hot Rod Brown Class Clown with Whoopi Goldberg outside Hollywood High. It was a high school. And I jumped out of my car in the middle of the scene, as they were shooting, practically." Leo added, "I was like, 'Tobey! Tobey! Tobey! Give me your number.' He was like, 'Yeah, who are you again?'" For quotes - and video! »
- Lauren Turner
Right now audiences can see Chris Pine back in space for Star Trek Into Darkness, and his action thriller Jack Ryan arrives this Christmas, but his next project will be a little more low key. Variety has word that Pine is set to star in an indie called Z for Zachariah, which will also feature Amanda Seyfried and Chiwetel Ejiofor. What makes this project truly interesting is Craig Zobel is directing the film after making a splash at Sundance last year with his film Compliance. Based on Robert O'Brien's book of the same name, the setting finds a girl isolated in the wake of a nuclear war that took everyone in her life away. But one day, in a deep valley that somehow still has breathable air, two strangers emerge from the forest, but she might have been better off being alone. The script comes from new writer Nissar Modi »
- Ethan Anderton
No, despite the image shown above, Star Trek Into Darkness won't crash at the box office Paramount Pictures' Star Trek sequel grossed $11.5 million on Thursday as it heads to over $90 million. Into Darkness helmed by J.J. Abrams should post over $20 million from a regular theater spread in 3,868 theaters today, after opening Wednesday with $2 million in IMAX locations only. Although this won't be any Iron Man 3, a $90-$100 million four day pull is no slouch, but looks like minor money compared to Disney's Marvel flick. Warner Bros. Pictures' The Great Gatsby should show a low change this weekend and battles Iron Man 3 for second place in its sophomore weekend at the box office. Baz Luhrmann's drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Elizabeth Debicki, has so far accumulated a domestic gross of around $66.7 »
The Great Gatsby goes head to head with Fast & Furious 6 in this week's special Cannes-based Empire Podcast, with Vin Diesel and The Rock narrowly overtaking Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan at The Valley Of Ashes to win three stars to Jay-g's two.Discover more about the world's biggest film festival by listening to one of the world's top five Damos - that's Damon Wise, our own Cannes expert - talking about this year's line-up and the news so far. Then be sure to check out Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton discussing that Gatsby chap everyone's banging out about. Warning: contains mention of Satan's Alley.That's all not forgetting Pop Pop himself, Jeffrey Tambor, who enjoys speaking in an English accent as he ruminates upon the return of Arrested Development to Netflix on May 26. It's all here, and it's all very much downloadable, via iTunes, our RSS feed or SoundCloud below. »
Baz Luhrmann's lurid, 3-D take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" works despite itself. Jay Gatsby's doomed love for Daisy Buchanan is in danger of getting subsumed in the glitter of 1920s New York, which unravels in a montage of Charleston and chatter, but the film thankfully finds its soul just in time.
The director of "Moulin Rouge" - in familiar territory as he painstakingly recreates the Jazz Age when mammon ruled the New York of lofty mansions and giddy parties - rescues his film to leave behind an aching loss of a love that was never to be.
- Ketali Mehta
Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann brings his customary flamboyant flair to F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the sumptuous life of enigmatic American millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Viewed through the eyes of his Long Island neighbour and aspiring stock broker Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), it's the story of Gatsby's clandestine wooing of married old flame Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) against a backdrop of opulently corrupt 1920s America. Brash and brilliant, it's an off-kilter adaptation but one that just about gets away with it. »
With The Great Gatsby heading into UK cinemas this weekend, on the back of some mixed reviews, the critical reception – including my own review from the Cannes film festival – has pointed to Tobey Maguire as one of the weak points of Luhrmann’s grand romantic tragedy.
Unfortunately for Maguire, this is not the first time he has faced criticism, and for all of his heralded performances, there have been those which have attracted negative press. He has certainly found it more difficult recently to find his niche, after a very strong start (and mostly in the wake of Spider-Man 3), but there is no doubting his potential to offer more great performances when given the right roles.
- Simon Gallagher
Gatsby, though not competing at Cannes, was a surprise choice to open the 66th Festival. In the spirit of the film.s Jazz-age, 1920.s .flapper. dancers hit the red carpet on Wednesday night as well as stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and director Luhrmann..
Despite the party atmosphere of both the festival and the film, Gatsby did not appear to inspire much excitement in the audience..
According to Gregg Kilday of the Hollywood reporter, .instead of a de rigeur standing ovation, the 3D movie.s conclusion was met with polite but muted applause...
ABC Online went one further, claiming .the Roaring Twenties classic got a cool reception at a press screening, where it met prolonged silence punctuated by some whistles of disapproval and a smattering of supportive applause. »
- Emily Blatchford
As the summer blockbuster season kicks off with superheroes and spaceships, The Great Gatsby arrives and planks itself right in the middle. A movie based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. To many The Great Gatsby name may be familiar, and you’d be correct. You may have last seen Jim Carrey read from it as Andy Kaufman in Man On The Moon. It may also be on your book shelf, or you may have been forced upon you in school. Regardless, it tells the story of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) who is lured into the lavish and luxurious world of his neighbour Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Di Caprio). Gatsby has an ulterior motive for befriending Carraway, namely his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan). What follows is a tale of opulence, deceit and love, all set in the early 1920s. And we’ll park that there as I don’t want to »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
They would be Star Trek Into Darkness’ Chris Pine, Serenity’s Chiwetal Ejiofor and Les Miserables’ Amanda Seyfried. The film comes from a script by Nissar Modi. Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures is set to produce. Shooting begins in August on the film.
The book “is a psychological thriller about a girl who believes she is the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, but comes to learn she is not alone.” »
- Andy Greene
With their movies currently rolling out into theatres, Chris Pine and Tobey Maguire are back in the news as part of a collaboration to adapt Z For Zachariah, the iconic 1974 young adult novel set in the wake of a nuclear holocaust.Maguire has been driving this project as producer in partnership with Zik Zak Filmworks for some years now, and they recently attached Compliance director Craig Zobel after flirting with Snowtown helmer Justin Kurzel initially. Zobel will direct from a script by Nissar Modi, which took the 26th spot on the 2009 Black List for unproduced screenplays.With Pine's Star Trek Into Darkness about to fly into cinemas, the producers have announced that Pine will star in the film with Amanda Seyfried and man of the...
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Director: Baz Luhrmann.
Running Time: 142 minutes.
Synopsis: Yale graduate Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) moves next door to the mansion of a mysterious millionaire renowned for his lavish parties. Spending time in Long Island brings him closer to cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton), but other eyes are watching Daisy from afar.
The fictional Long Island setting of West Egg plays host to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age tale of the price of obsession. The roaring twenties are a paradoxical time of cheap alcohol and family pride, with the constant debauchery a platform for temptation. Luhrmann sure wants us to enjoy the party, but it’s only when the revelry is over that his adaptation becomes any fun.
Not afraid of large-scale, colourful visual assaults, Gatsby’s first half lets Luhrmann luxuriate in, »
- Emma Thrower
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