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Luhrmann's take on the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel - starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Tobey Maguire - enters the charts in first place with receipts of Au$6.8m, giving it the biggest opening weekend total for any Australian film to date.
Meanwhile, animated family comedy The Croods spends a tenth week on the chart, »
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
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. »
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
Bonnie Tyler failed to impress at the musical extravaganza in Sweden, but the show was still watched by nearly 8m in the UK
The traditional poor showing for the UK's Eurovision entrant, Bonnie Tyler, did not stop BBC1's live coverage averaging nearly 8 million viewers on Saturday night.
BBC1's Eurovision Song Contest averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 35.3% audience share over three and a half hours from 8pm.
The annual cheesefest was overshadowed by ITV's Britain's Got Talent (7.30pm-8.45pm: 9.2 million/40.1%) early on, but otherwise ruled the roost ratings-wise on Saturday evening, reaching a five-minute peak of 9.3 million viewers.
ITV competition later in the evening included The Cube (3.4 million/14.3%) and The Jonathan Ross Show (1.8 million/8.6%).
Eurovision ratings were very similar to last year, when an average of 7.5 million tuned in (36.2%).
Earlier in BBC1's Saturday schedule, series seven of the revived Doctor Who bowed out with 5.5 million viewers and a 25.9% audience share, »
- Jason Deans
I'll answer the question first. I might, though I probably shouldn't say that I might. For each year I make an internal plan to read all of the books on which upcoming films are based. Guess how many I usually get through? But given that I'd never trade F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" for any film version that might ever exist, I should probably try and read source material quicker once I know it's going to be a movie. I weep proactively, for example, for anyone who sees August: Osage County first as a movie (if it's not good) without having previously known the brilliance of the play. With this year's "Adapted" crowd, I have actually had read/experienced at least five of them... plus all the superhero stuff, 'natch.
intimate knowledge *before* seeing the movies, 2013 edition
This topic is on the mind since I've posted my predictions »
- NATHANIEL R
Nicole Kidman is here in Cannes, so is Ang Lee, and Audrey Tautou, and a second-generation Jagger, and Justin Timberlake, and Cindy Crawford, and Cheryl Cole, and Pelé, and all of them have been rained on, stubbornly, for days. Rain at Cannes used to be rare, regulars say. Russell Crowe has an anecdote about sitting in a screening wearing sodden zip-ups back in 1991, and Bruce Willis got splashed by a freak wave in 2006 – but for a couple of decades straight, at least, this festival was a dry deal, screenings and parties staged outdoors, everyone "cooked to a turn" (as F Scott Fitzgerald described the local way of sunbathing). Then last year the roof of the Soixantième theatre blew off. »
- Tom Lamont
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.
Beware Of Mr Baker (15)
(Jay Bulger, 2012, Us) 92 mins
- Steve Rose
The latest film version of The Great Gatsby is currently the talk of the film industry, having just debuted Stateside and opened the Cannes Film Festival this week. Based on F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, the story showcases everything from seduction and money to buried secrets among the elite society in the Roaring '20s.
This is the only Gatsby film to have been made in Fitzgerald's lifetime and the only silent interpretation of the story. Directed by Herbert Brenon and released by Paramount Pictures, this is a true example of a "lost film" with the below trailer the only evidence of its existence. According to Anne Margaret Daniel in the Huffington Post, the film was not appreciated by the author and his wife Zelda Fitzgerald, »
The director of the new film of The Great Gatsby is under no illusions that his style is everyone's cup of tea – and that, he says, is why he has such a kinship with the novel's author
It takes a lot of heavy lifting to make a lavish party swing. On the day before The Great Gatsby opens this year's Cannes film festival, the nearby Carlton Hotel has been recast as a chaotic factory of harried PRs and industry factotums. An immaculate woman, all but blinded by the potted plant she is carrying, blunders haplessly through a platter of macaroons that has been left on the floor. The cakes go everywhere; the carpet is carnage. "Merde," exclaims the woman, but she barely breaks her stride.
If high-rolling Jay Gatsby had ever come to Cannes, he would surely have boarded at a joint like this, with its grand beehive domes and tranquil private beach. »
- Xan Brooks
London, May 17: The literary editions collected by an English teacher from Stirling were sold for a total of 226,000 pounds at an auction in Edinburgh.
Bruce Ritchie, who died in October 2012, owned first editions of classic works such as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -1843.
- Machan Kumar
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. »
The television host allowed Baz Luhrmann access to his vintage car collection during the making of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The crew recorded the sound of his Duesenbergs for the period film.
The yellow 1929 Duesenberg which appears anachronistically in the 1922 setting was a fake made from fibreglass and a Ford V-8 engine.
The Great Gatsby is now playing in the Us and UK.
Gallery - Great Gatsby Cannes screening: »
Director: Baz Luhrmann; Screenwriters: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce; Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki; Running time: 142 mins; Certificate: 12A
Flashing the cash is a way of life for angst-ridden, nouveau riche party boy Jay Gatsby, the hero of F Scott Fitzgerald's 'Great American Novel'. But for director Baz Luhrmann, too, there's a kind of mad urgency, an itchy desperation in the way he throws so much money at the screen to fill almost every moment of this adaptation with all things glittery and bright. Thankfully, in the title role, Leonardo DiCaprio has a million-dollar smile to match the décor and, behind that, a shade of something darker.
Gatsby only enters the scene after half an hour, while his legend is built up in the reminiscences of grudging Wall Street trader Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). In one of the few add-ons to the novel, »
Title: The Great Gatsby Director: Baz Luhrmann Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Amitabh Bachchan, Elisabeth Debicki. Fitzgerald’s novel, offers an amorous ideal hopelessly bound to cynicism, fostered by rapid changes taking place in American society (Prohibition, the conversion of industry for war to industry for consumer goods, the explosion of the entertainment industry as a vast, inspiring and influential force), channelled by the epitome of the American Dream. Baz Luhrmann has had an osmotic approach in metabolising every single word of Francis Scott Fitzgerald and transforming it into a majestic piece of entertainment. ‘The Great Gatsby’ can be seen as a social satire commenting [ Read More ]
The post The Great Gatsby Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Brash and exuberant, the opening movie of the 66th festival has divided critics, but its director is upbeat about audience response
It has divided the critics, who have either praised it for its exuberant, operatic, roaring approach to its material – or derided as a crass, tin-eared rendering of F Scott Fitzgerald's precisely tuned text. But, as The Great Gatsby opened the 66th Cannes film festival, its director and co-adaptor, Baz Luhrmann, defended the film, saying that his chief concern was the healthy box office.
"People are going out to see it" after a "very nervous [opening] weekend" when it was up against "giant action films", he said.
He was used to audience reaction outgunning the critics' voices, he said. "Look, I made Moulin Rouge. And Romeo + Juliet, and Strictly Ballroom for that matter, and they never got those high critics' scores."
He noted that in the last week the novel »
- Charlotte Higgins
The film has already taken over $50 million at the Us box office after its opening weekend.
The Cannes Film Festival will run between May 15 and 26, with the jurors' prizes being announced on the closing night.
The Great Gatsby is released in the UK on May 17.
Watch a trailer below: »
Though it's failed to completely win over film critics, Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby has secured the endorsement of two important groups: people who buy movie tickets, and American high school English teachers.
It's the latter group that is especially important, because F Scott Fitzgerald's Great American Novel is one of the most commonly assigned books in Us high school literature classes. As such, it's also one of the most commonly avoided books in Us high school literature classes.
"As an interpretation I think he really nailed the high school angle of it," New York teacher Kyle Mullins told the Atlantic. "The symbolism was really overt. It bothered me being someone who studied it more seriously to see it be so blunt. … It just lacks subtlety, I guess, but that's »
- Erin McCann
The director, whose adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel premieres tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, told reporters during a press conference that he anticipated a lukewarm response from critics.
"I never get one of those big, high critics scores," Reuters quotes Luhrmann as saying, before referencing the poor response to the novel upon its 1945 release.
"I knew [the criticism] would come. I just care that people are going out and seeing it. I really am so moved by that."
Luhrmann recently revealed that his ideal next project would be »
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