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The Cannes Film Festival is coming to a close this weekend, but the South of France has been flooded with stars since it kicked off last Wednesday. Nicole Kidman held tight to director Ang Lee during the Nebraska red carpet yesterday, while later in the day Kylie Minogue and her model boyfriend, Andrés Velencoso, posed for the annual amfAR gala. Alessandra Ambrosio boarded a yacht for Roberto Cavalli's party on Wednesday night, and before Leonardo DiCaprio hit the Cannes party scene, he joined Carey Mulligan and Baz Luhrmann for The Great Gatsby photocall during the festival's first day. Other stars like Matt Damon, Milla Jovovich, Justin Timberlake, and Alec Baldwin have also been getting in on the Cannes fun this week. Be sure to check back for more Cannes Film Festival photos, and don't forget to vote for your favorite stars in our Popsugar 100 bracket! View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
The actor, who is still in Cannes after the movie opened at its film festival, blamed his failure to attend on a "schedule change", while director Baz Luhrmann cited personal reasons.
"My time shooting, living and working in Sydney - with the most amazing Australian cast and crew - was an experience I won't forget," DiCaprio told Australia's The Daily Telegraph.
"It was such a great joy to reunite with Baz, who was endlessly inspiring on The Great Gatsby and, most importantly, is a great friend of mine.
"Unfortunately I am unable to return to Sydney for the film's Australian premiere due to a schedule change."
Luhrmann told reporters at the event that the star's no show was due to a personal matter, saying: "I know he made the right decision. He shouldn't be here. »
In a rather surprising development, Amazon plans to start selling fanfic. Really. The online retailer will let fanfic writers sell their Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars or Vampire Diaries-inspired stories and keep a portion of the sale. All three series are based on books brought to TV by Alloy Entertainment and Amazon says its working to get more properties into the mix. Now, anyone knows if they’ve banned crossovers? It would be fun to see how “A” and Gossip Girl would react to each other.
Why aren’t there more hosting gigs that include moments of shirtlessness?
It’s taken nearly a year, but TLC has picked up the Bukudroos-produced celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?. The new season will include episodes focusing on Zooey Deschanel, Chris O’Donnell and Christina Applegate. »
- Lyle Masaki
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
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th - Sunday 19th May 2013...
It seems that UK audiences can't get enough of the Fast & Furious series. The sixth instalment amassed a hefty £8,717,534 to claim first place in the box office chart this past weekend, delivering a franchise high opening, as well as giving Universal its biggest ever three-day debut on these shores.
Despite being destroyed by Vin Diesel and company, Baz Luhrmann's lavish adaptation of The Great Gatsby pulled in a respectable £4,095,325 in second, with £676k of Thursday previews giving it enough to knock last week's number one film Star Trek Into Darkness down into third.
Thanks to the arrival of Fast & Furious 6 and The Great Gatsby, much of the rest of the top ten were left fighting for scraps, with Iron Man 3 the only other film to break seven figures in fourth; in fact, »
- Flickering Myth
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. »
Cannes, France — James Franco's filmography is starting to look like a book shelf – and a very respectable one, at that.
The 35-year-old American has already played poets Allen Ginsberg ("Howl") and Hart Crane ("The Broken Tower"). He recently finished directing an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God" (having first flirted with doing McCarthy's novel "Blood Meridian"), as well as a biopic of the late poet and novelist Charles Bukowski.
But this week at the Cannes Film Festival, he premiered his version of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," a novel of fractured perspectives and enormous cinematic challenges. Having earlier screened at Cannes a short film he made as a student at New York University ("The Clerk's Tale"), coming to the festival in the Un Certain Regard section – for innovating or daring works by young talent – is something of a graduation for Franco.
"I'm accepted here as a director, »
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 Saturday, "Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi," the capstone of George Lucas' original trilogy, turns 30. Not only does this mean you're old, it means it's time to consider precisely 30 things Lucas and his wildly successful franchise introduced into the world. Some (incest kiss) aren't too popular; others are downright magical. But they're all here thanks to one man and his crazy, mad expensive, dream. Time to scroll, like those revolutionary opening credits.
1. Crowd pleasing science-fiction. Big budget sci-fi movies before "Star Wars” tended to be apocalyptic, along the lines of "Planet of the Apes," or "Soylent Green". Lucas didn't eradicate that genre entirely, but he made room for a new one. In a matter of a few years after "Star Wars," we got not only "Alien" and "Blade Runner," but the significantly kinder world of “E.T.”
2. A "used future." Film scholars credit George Lucas for pioneering the »
- The Huffington Post
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
★★☆☆☆ Following on from Baz Luhrmann's tipsy take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age classic The Great Gatsby, actor/director James Franco offers Cannes the second major literary adaptation from a canonical American author. Adapted faithfully by Franco himself from William Faulkner's novel, As I Lay Dying (2013) tells the tale of the Bundren family. Following the death of their mother, Addie Bundren (Beth Grant) and her kin embark on an epic journey to take the corpse to be buried in her hometown cemetery at Jackson, despite the distance, the rains and the rising river. However, each family member carries with them their own demons.
Jewel (Logan Marshall-Green) is born of an illicit union, Darl (Franco) is half-crazy and the father, Anse (Tim Blake Nelson), has a mouth of rotten stumps that he wants to get repaired. What's more, the relatively normal Cash (Jim Parrack) has his leg horrifically »
- CineVue UK
Baz Luhrmann's high-society adaptation had little chance of surviving a box-office collision with the Fast & Furious franchise
It's not unusual for film franchises to hit their commercial stride with the second or third installment: Austin Powers and Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy are a couple of notable examples. But it's rare for a series to keep on building as it matures into its fourth, fifth and sixth episodes, as Fast & Furious has done. The first three films in the franchise all opened below £3m in the UK, before the fourth picture, confusingly called just Fast & Furious, debuted with a shade under £5m in 2009. Fast & Furious 5 pushed a little further two years later, kicking off with £5.33m, including £1.30m in previews. Now Fast & Furious 6 arrives, screaming out of the starting block with a stunning £8.72m. That's enough to make it already the third-biggest Fast & Furious film at the UK box office, »
- Charles Gant
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is considered by many to be the greatest book ever written, and as a result has impacted many lives. It's an inspirational tome simply from an authorial perspective, namely in its striking themes, incredible characters and ability to both capture and deconstruct an era. It turns out that one of the people influenced by the timeless novel is Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin - who showed his own fanhood by writing a film review of Baz Luhrmann's recently-released adaptation. After seeing the new movie last week the best-selling author took to his Live Journal account to express both his passion for Fitzgerald's work and his opinion of the new movie - which he absolutely loved. In his review he praises the film's visual style, the use of Fitzgerald's own prose in the script, and the performances by Carey Mulligan and »
At the midpoint of the Cannes Film Festival 2013, an exciting range of films – both big and small – have already been screened. The festival opened with Baz Luhrmann’s new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and other works shown so far include Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station.
In competition for the Palme d’Or is Jim Jarmusch’s vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive, a modern vampire romance that sets out to examine the nature of humanity through the eyes of people who lived for centuries, which marks the director’s first film release since 2009′s uneventful The Limits of Control.
Jarmusch’s film was a late addition to the Cannes 2013 selection, but an official pressbook has now been released that is full of stills, plot details, and character descriptions. In particular, it contains a detailed synopsis and a director »
- H. Shaw-Williams
If you're wondering what inspired Baz Luhrmann's use of 3D in his theatrical and tricksy Great Gatsby, look no further. Luhrmann saw Dial M For Murder "many years ago" and noted Hitchcock's use of 3D to crank up the human drama of "actors standing in a room doing an eight-page scene". The original 3D game-changer is back on the big screen in July and has a new stereoscopic poster to let everyone know. Note how the tagline isn't "Hitchcock phones it in!" here.It may not be quite as exalted as Vertigo and Psycho, but with its nasty brand of double-dealing and Hitch's sure sense of the macabre, Dial M endures as one of the best of his straight-up thrillers. Like Rope, with its one-room set-up, it's adapted from a stage play - also by its screenwriter Frederick Knott - and it afforded the Master the opportunity to experiment with a new filmmaking format. »
★★★☆☆ Il Divo and This Must Be the Place director Paolo Sorrentino returns to Italian cinema (with a capital 'I' and a capital 'C') courtesy of The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza, 2013), a visual tour-de-force that strives to fulfil its own title. Long-time Sorrentino collaborator Tony Servillo stars as the film's protagonist Jep Gambardella: an ageing 'King of La Dolce Vita', a man who has written a novel in his youth but has spent the rest of his life in dissipation and distraction. Jep's opening birthday party is an exuberant, invigorating sequence, as Sorrentino weaves music and sweeping saturnalian images together with glee.
It's a virtuoso piece of filmmaking which will have Baz Luhrmann hanging up his glad rags in despair. However, birthdays are as much a moment for reflection as they are for celebration, and the elegant partygoer soon finds himself increasingly gripped by ennui and melancholy. Despite his »
- CineVue UK
Cannes - Adding the title of "film critic" to his well-strung bow of professional achievements, actor-writer-director-artist-musician-academic-activist-probable-ceramicist James Franco recently spoke up for this year's Cannes opener, Baz Luhrmann's flash-and-sizzle adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," against the predictable armada of critics dismissing it. "These people make their living doing readings and critiques of texts in order to generate theories of varying levels of competency," he wrote for Vice magazine. "Luhrmann’s film is his reading and adaptation of a text – his critique, if you will." It was a fair and thoughtful defense of a fellow artist that he was »
- Guy Lodge
So the biggest question this past weekend in Hollywood -- what happened to "Star Trek Into Darkness?" Paramount, the studio behind the latest "Star Trek" saga, predicted, really hoped, that "Star Trek Into Darkness" would open at $100 million. But alas, the latest J.J. Abrams film under-performed at just $84.1 million, and that's including the Wednesday midnight screenings and the hefty IMAX price-tag. Without those, "Star Trek Into Darkness" $70.6 million domestic and $40 million international.
That was well below the first J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" released in 2009 which opened with $75.2 million. Still, it's enough to bring down "Iron Man 3" which fell to No. 2 with $35.2 million domestic and $40.2 million international.
Sure, "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Iron Man 3" made gazillions of dollars overseas but they're no match for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" which made $42.1 million overseas ahead of the science fiction films. Domestically, "The Great Gatsby" was sitting pretty at No. »
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
Critically acclaimed film focuses on struggling musician amid folk-revival scene from which Bob Dylan would emerge
Despite a day lashed by biblical torrents of rain, critics had a spring in their step as they left Cannes' Palais des Festivals on Saturday night, elbowing their way into a forest of umbrellas. The explanation was simple: Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers' latest offering, was roundly greeted as a joyful masterpiece and a serious contender for this year's Palme d'Or.
If the brothers did win, it would be the first time the Cannes favourites have taken the top prize since 1991, when Barton Fink was awarded the Palme.
Inside Llewyn Davis is set in 1961 in New York, amid the folk-revival scene from which Bob Dylan would emerge. But this is not a story about the singer-songwriter, whom Ethan Coen called "the elephant in the room" of the film. The story, inspired by the »
- Charlotte Higgins
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