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F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said that there were no second acts in American lives, but that presumably didn't include the Welsh-born Christian Bale, whose career to date seems to have been structured by Robert McKee. Beginning as a child star in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," and working consistently into his teens in such films as "Newsies" and "Swing Kids," the actor firmly moved into the adult phase of his career with his iconic performance in "American Psycho." That, in turn, saw him win the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's revival "Batman Begins," which has firmly… »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? The Tunnel Trailer Yes, it's like Rec. Get past that. What I like about this trailer is that it doesn't presuppose that "Gee, another movie where it's about 'found footage. »
- Christopher Stipp
The chilly winter air is thick with snowflakes, the scent of gingerbread, and the sound of jingle bells. The holidays are coming on fast, and for many of us that means hours of potentially mind-numbing travel time lie ahead.
Here at the Film Stage we sympathize. So we’ve compiled a Reading Rainbow-worthy list of suggested titles for you to enjoy during your holiday travels and travails.
Kristy Puchko Suggests:
Has the beginning of the end of the Harry Potter franchise left you with a sense of “What now?” If so, check out the latest craze in Ya crossover fiction. With this novel’s upcoming movie adaptation slated for release in 2013, there’s still time to jump on the bandwagon for the book series so addictive that it should come with a warning label. A dark tale that has attracted scores of kids and adults, »
- Kristy Puchko
While often overshadowed by the holiday season, December is observed as national read a new book month. As you finish up gift shopping, why not pick up a new read for yourself or a loved one?
To help you choose a title, we've compiled a list of classic celebrity favorites as well as a few new releases from celeb authors.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This classic American novel is set on Long Island in the 1920s following World War I. It tells the story of wealth, love, betrayal and prohibition. This imagining of the American dream is a favorite of actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Long before the film franchise, there were seven books. The most famous titled "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." The stories feature children who stumble upon the fictional realm of Narnia, where animals speak and magic is commonplace, »
The Gold Coast, a historic stretch of beaches and mansions best known as the setting for F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby," is getting its own film festival, the Gold Coast International Film Festival. The inaugural festival will take place in June 2011 in the towns of Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn and Port Washington. The festival, according to its mission statement, was inspired by the Great Neck Arts Center and will be presented in partnership with the Town of North Hempstead/Nassau County and Clearview Cinemas. The Gold Coast, which is located »
Hey, New York, ready for another film festival? The Gold Coast International Film Festival will launch in June through the Great Neck Arts Center. The festival's executive director will be Gnac founder Regina Gil. Senior programmer will be Sean McPhillips, the former Miramax acquisitions executive who most recently programmed the 10th installment of the Great Neck Arts Center's Furman Film Series. Former Miramax communications head Matthew Hiltzik will handle media strategy. New York certainly has no shortage of festivals, though not in Nassau County. There is Tribeca in the spring, and the New York Film and Hamptons Film festivals in the fall. The timing of the Gold Coast Festival creates an opportunity to draw films on the rebound from the Cannes Film Festival. The organizers hope to play up the rich history of the mansions of the Gold Coast, which is poised for a re-think as Baz Luhrmann preps a »
- MIKE FLEMING
Carey Mulligan has been "obsessively reading" "The Great Gatsby" to prepare for the forthcoming film. The British actress, who will portray Daisy Buchanan in the Baz Luhrmann-directed movie, felt "surreal" when she found out she had won the role, and is currently reading the book ahead of the movie shoot next year.
"I'm still in shock. It was the most surreal night of my life when I found out I'd got it," Carey told Bang Showbiz when speaking at the Moet British Independent Film Awards. "I'd auditioned twice and waited for a fortnight, and called my agent every two hours for two weeks. He almost sacked me!"
"It was a huge shock and I can't believe I'm going to be working with the people I'm going to be working with. I have a copy of it by my bed that I'm obsessively reading."
Carey, who picked up the prize »
Carey Mulligan has been "obsessively reading" 'The Great Gatsby' to prepare for the forthcoming film. The British actress - who will portray Daisy Buchanan in the Baz Luhrmann-directed movie - felt "surreal" when she found out she had won the role, and is currently reading the book ahead of the movie shoot next year. Speaking at the Moet British Independent Film Awards, Carey told Bang Showbiz: "I'm still in shock. It was the most surreal night of my life when I found out I'd got it. "I'd auditioned twice and waited for a fortnight, and called my agent every two hours for two weeks. He almost sacked me! "It was a huge shock and I can't believe I'm going to be working with the people I'm going to be working with. I have a copy of it by my bed that I'm obsessively reading." Carey - who »
- Jeanie Hamil
Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor in Richard Brooks' The Last Time I Saw Paris (top); Alice Terry, Antonio Moreno in Rex Ingram's Mare Nostrum (middle); Gina Lollobrigida (bottom) F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rex Ingram, and Gina Lollobrigida. No, not together again — or ever, for that matter. But samples of their individual works can all be found this evening on Turner Classic Movies. Right now, TCM is showing Henry King's Tender Is the Night (1962), Jennifer Jones' swan song as a major movie star. Jones was criticized for being too old to play the film's young heroine Nicole Diver — and at 42 or so she surely was. Having said that, let me add that I enjoyed her performance all the same. Coincidentally, I'm currently reading Richard Buller's biography of silent-film actress Lois Moran (the young daughter in the 1925 version of Stella Dallas), who befriended F. Scott Fitzgerald in the late 1920s »
- Andre Soares
Chatting with Baz Luhrmann, who’s currently promoting the Strictly Ballroom: Special Edition DVD that features new interviews detailing his first feature’s storied journey from drama school stage production to the big screen (more on that in Inside Movies Monday), there’s always more than one project to discuss. At this moment, he’s spending his afternoons in Australia working to return Strictly Ballroom to the stage, and his mornings casting Jordan Baker for his upcoming film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. “I’m so thrilled about Carey Mulligan [who's been cast as Daisy]. She’s just fantastic, and »
- Mandi Bierly
Nielsen died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 28 from pneumonia. He was 84. Nielsen was best known as the handsome, somber hero and pitiless villain in dramas and thrillers for the first half of his 60-year career. Then he took a role in a 1980 disaster movie parody called Airplane! The film became an overnight classic and Nielsen’s career was never the same again.
Leslie William Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926, in Regina, Saskatchewan. His father was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and his uncle was actor and esteemed humanitarian Jean Hersholt.
Nielsen began his acting career in radio before attending the Academy of Studio Arts in Toronto. He later studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, which led to a role on the live »
Books: They’re just like movies, only without CGI.
So it’s no wonder that over the past century, Hollywood has consistently turned to books to provide the basis for some of its best works. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” for instance, was based on a book, while “Gigli” wasn’t. See how that works?
With that in mind, then, we decided to put together a sneak peak of all the coolest books currently being turned into major motion pictures (like “The Help,” left). Because these days, the best library you can go to is your local Cineplex.
Status: The third book from the classic C. S. Lewis series to make it to the big screen, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” has flown a bit under the radar thanks to the media »
- Scott Harris
Keri Hilson's latest video, "Pretty Girl Rock," takes a trip through the decades, featuring inspiration from a bevy of legendary "pretty girl" stars, including Doris Day, Diana Ross, Tlc, Janet Jackson, and Josephine Baker.
If you're one of Hilson's young fans who may not be particularly familiar with Baker's legacy, allow us to educate you. Josephine Baker was the first African-American movie star -- in fact, the arguably the first African-American to become a world-famous artist.
Born in 1906 as Freda McDonald, Baker worked for an abusive white woman as a child and was living on the streets of St. Louis by the age of 12. To raise money, she danced on a street corner, and was eventually recruited to the vaudeville stage at 15. Ultimately she moved to France, where she found fame as an exotic dancer who appeared in several successful films.
Baker is often credited as a muse for Langston Hughes, »
I, like many, have been following this story with a great deal of what can only be called intensity, so I am pleased to post that the role of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby will be played by Carey Mulligan.
Luhrmann broke the news to Deadline saying, “The results from the workshop process on The Great Gatsby have been very encouraging. There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film. Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour »
- Erin Vandzura
Director Baz Luhrmann is filling out his cast for his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. With Leonardo DiCaprio set to play Jay Gatsby, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Luhrmann told Deadline that, after reading several actresses for the character of Daisy Buchanan, he has cast Carey Mulligan in the role.
Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world's most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: "Hello, Daisy Buchanan."
Link | Posted 11/17/2010 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
Deadline New York: Nikki Finke and Mike Fleming confirm the tragic news that veteran Oscar publicist Ronni Chasen, 64, was shot and killed a little after midnight on Tuesday morning while driving home from a premiere of “Burlesque.” Chasen “was incredibly well-liked by Hollywood and the media and her enthusiasm for her clients was infectious, even to the most cynical of journalists,” they write. Countless condolences and tributes were posted throughout the day, and will undoubtedly continue to pour in over the days and weeks to come.
Deal Central: Jeff Sneider notes that a “one-word tweak” — namely, editing one use of the f-word so that it “will now be half-uttered” — has swayed the MPAA to change its rating for James L. Brooks’s rom com “How Do You Know” from an R to a PG-13. The folks behind the film are pleased with the news, which they believe will help it »
- Mary Skawinski
After going through a long list of contenders to play the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the visual director made his final decision. In one quick swoop Luhrmann hired actress Carey Mulligan to take on the role of Daisy in the latest re-telling of the popular F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The lucky gal will be surrounded by all sorts of great talent, co-starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.Since this production is shaping up quite the list of talent, who knows which actor will pop into Luhrmann's hands next. He speaks more on how the process of finding the right Daisy went. "Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world's most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular »
Carey Mulligan has been offered the lead female role of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" for Columbia.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are attached to play Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, respectively.Based on the literary classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the book is set in the rich society of 1920s Long Island, N.Y. and focuses on eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby. Buchanan is Gatsby's long lost love.The novel has been made into a film three previous times (1926, 1949, 1974). The 1974 version starred Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby, along with Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson and Sam Waterston.Truman Capote was the original screenwriter for the 1974 version, but »
- Adnan Tezer
Hey there. Kurt here from Your Movie Buddy. Today brings a fun batch of DVD releases. Or an eclectic one, anyway, especially catered to those whose brows are fairly high or exceedingly low.
The first one has something to celebrate, seeing as it just made the Academy's shorlist of Animated Feature contenders. That's right: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore has an outside shot at making it to the Kodak. Oh, what a world. As far as I'm concerned, this is a film that doesn't even enter the critical discussion. It's like Saw 3D – yes, it's one of the worst movies of the year, but it doesn't warrant the energy of placing it on a “Worst of” list. For adults without rugrats, the only logical reason I can think of to see Cats & Dogs 2 is a self-punishing desire to fret over the current state of Bette Midler's film career. »
- Kurtis O
Good news for those of you who didn't like the idea of Rebecca Hall as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby: director Baz Luhrmann has chosen Carey Mulligan for the role. Apparently Mulligan burst into tears on the red carpet when she heard the news - could she be any cuter? For those of you who aren't familiar with the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, Daisy is an outgoing yet shallow young woman who finds herself caught between her "old money" husband, Tom, and her "new money" paramour, Jay Gatsby. Gatsby's infatuation with and love for Daisy prove to be the crux of the story (along with the age-old questions related to relationships and social standing). I know many of you were hoping to see Amanda Seyfried land the part, but how do you feel about Mulligan? If Luhrmann locks in Leonardo DiCaprio (as planned) as Gatsby, this is one »
- Becky Kirsch
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