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When glass-eyed Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) tells Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) that all the excess and splendour he drowns in is “from your perfect, irresistible imagination”, it’s hard not to see this entire film in this same light. Director, producer Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer, production designer and co-producer Catherine Martin have concocted a vision of the early 1920s that did not exist yet somehow feels entirely natural. Their Great Gatsby is a twenties parallel universe; the twenties reloaded if you will.
This is a flavour of the 1920s, those details that cinemagoers with just a passing knowledge of the era can recognise: cloche hats, bobbed hair, short fringed dresses and striped blazers. From our first proper look at Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), swooping down on his boater topped head from a skyscraper; we know roughly when and where we are. Specifically, this is 1922. It does not »
- Chris Laverty
Speaking to Flicks and Bits, Maguire said that Carraway and Gatsby's on-screen chemistry was partly rooted in his own relationship with DiCaprio.
"I think Leo and I have a very trusting and close friendship, so I think that just the comfortable, open dialogue that we had in terms of the working process contributed to what we did. We were in it together," he explained.
"In regards to the actual texture chemistry of the relationship it's harder for me to judge what contributed to that but I'm sure that had an effect there."
Maguire continued: "I think the Nick and Gatsby relationship is such an interesting relationship to explore. »
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
Ewan McGregor looked nearly unrecognizable yesterday when he ran errands in West Hollywood. He sported a new, darker hair color, a thick goatee, and huge sideburns as he drove his vintage motorcycle around town. Ewan's new look may be for his new film Jane Got a Gun, which he signed on for earlier this month. Ewan joined Jane Got a Gun for the pivotal villain role, which Bradley Cooper was forced to turn down after April's Boston Marathon bombings disrupted his filming schedule for American Hustle. Natalie Portman and The Great Gatsby's Joel Edgerton will costar in the project alongside Ewan. Even though it is just for a new movie, we can't help but think that Ewan looks like the long-lost brother of Justin Theroux with his bad-boy makeover. View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
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
Ewan McGregor is starting to look a little like Justin Theroux.The "Impossible" actor was seen leaving a salon in West Hollywood on Tuesday after undergoing a crazy transformation. Instead of his reddish-blonde locks, Ewan was sporting dark black hair, a handlebar mustache and matching soul patch as he hopped onto his motorcycle.The actor is prepping to film "Jane Got a Gun" with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton, where he plays the leader of a gang of outlaws.What do you think of his new look? Vote in the gallery above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
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 revolves around mob boss Whitey Bulger, a ruthless Boston kingpin who inspired movie characters such as the one Jack Nicholson played in The Departed and the one Pete Postlethwaite played in The Town. The movie is based on the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob.
Bulger was also an FBI informant so he could help discreetly take down a rival gang. In the end, the tables were turned on him, and he was double crossed and prosecuted by the Feds, along with his partner in crime and the original FBI agent working with him. Edgerton will play John Connolly, the "FBI agent and childhood »
- Joey Paur
Send the Marine!
Cannes has a great tradition of introducing new sex symbols to the world. Following in the dainty footsteps of Bardot, Deneuve and Paradis comes Marine Vacth (as in "pact"), whose performance in François Ozon's Jeune et Jolie had everyone asking, "Who's that girl?" In the film, she plays a gamine, bourgeois 17-year-old who suddenly takes up prostitution. Vacth followed Kate Moss as the face of Ysl perfume La Parisienne having been discovered in a branch of H&M when she was 15. When she did her first undressed shoot, her lorry-driver father sued the magazine and won. In her first-ever English interview, she told me: "My parents now leave me to do what I want. They haven't seen this film yet. But there's nothing they can do about it now. »
- Jason Solomons
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.
Beware Of Mr Baker (15)
(Jay Bulger, 2012, Us) 92 mins
- Steve Rose
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.
With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy. November Man is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: John Lesher‘s Le Grisbi Productions is teamed with Dcm Productions on The Kings Of Rome, a script that will be written by Don MacPherson. The writer penned the upcoming BBC mini Fleming, detailing the exploits of James Bond creator Ian Fleming during WWII. The drama is about an American investigator sent to Rome to collect a debt. There, he gets sucked into a Dantean underworld of corruption, sex and murder that reaches to the highest echelons of the Vatican. It’s the second pic Lesher is doing with Dcm; they are teamed on Harmony Korine’s untitled followup to Spring Breakers. Dcm is a Berlin-based production company which co-financed and produced the Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet, and the Best Foreign Language nominee Kon-Tiki. Lesher’s currently in New York shooting the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed comedy Birdman, and the Guillaume Canet-directed Blood Ties, which is premiering here in Cannes. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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
Up the Croisette come the Troma film crew – a parade of zombies and street punks, posing for tourists and enraging the traffic. They come every year, though one hesitates to call them a Cannes tradition, exactly, seeing as they revile Cannes and all that it stands for. The Troma zombies brandish placards and shout into loud-hailers. They are banging the drum for no-budget cinema and freshly turned brains. "We come to save Cannes from boring movies," they roar at the delegates. If only they could save it from this god-awful weather, too.
The rain rolls in and then takes up residence. The Cote d'Azur is normally prone to passing squalls, abbreviated downpours, but this front is sticking fast. It's got the press pass and a suite at the Carlton. »
- Xan Brooks
That's a nice-looking ring there. The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton was recently spotted wearing a shiny silver band on his left ring finger while promoting the hit film at the Cannes Film Festival this week. The actor was seen with the bling on the red carpet during the premiere and the press call on May 15, which prompted some to wonder whether it was a wedding band. Well, it's not. His rep tells E! News that reports of it being a wedding ring are "inaccurate"; the actor is neither married nor engaged. But he's not lonely. Edgerton's been seen at the French festival displaying major Pda with gorgeous girlfriend Alexis Blake, both at the film's premiere »
Johnny Depp now has a co-star in the form of Joel Edgerton of the upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic, Black Mass. Detailing the life story of the Boston crime boss, the film will have Depp starring as Bulger while Edgerton will play John Connolly, “an FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger tasked with bringing down the Italian mob, but instead helped out his pal and eventually paid the price.”
This is another huge score for Edgerton, who has seen his profile rise considerably ever since 2010′s Animal Kingdom. In recent years, he’s had solid roles in films like Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, Wish You Were Here and The Great Gatsby. He’s quickly turning into one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men and his role in Black Mass will no doubt add another impressive credit to his resume.
I’m not too familiar with Whitey Bulger or his story, »
- Matt Joseph
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
Since he broke through in 2010 with the Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, Aussie Joel Edgerton has been steadily forging a reputation as a captivating actor. From Academy Award-nominated follow-ups like Warrior and Zero Dark Thirty to more mainstream fare like Baz Luhrmann's flashy adaptation The Great Gatsby, Edgerton is gaining momentum. (I'd argue he's the best part of Gatsby, bringing a surprising depth and sex appeal to the mostly loathsome character Tom Buchanan.) Deadline reports he'll soon be stepping up to play a romantic lead opposite Michelle Williams in The Double Hour. A remake of an Italian psychological thriller starring Kseniya Rappoport and Filippo Timi, The Double Hour centers on a pair of lovers (Williams and Edgerton) who meet during a speed dating event. She's a maid; he's a former cop, and soon they are on their way to a romantic weekend in a country cottage. However, once they »
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