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Baz Luhrmann's boisterous and opulent "The Great Gatsby" has overcome some withering reviews to emerge as an unlikely box office hit. Warner Bros. announced Friday that the Roaring '20s love story has crossed the $100 million mark domestically after 14 days of release. "The Great Gatsby" is the first of the Aussie director's films to reach that milestone stateside. Luhrmann's previous highest grossing domestic release, "Moulin Rouge!," netted $57.4 million when it debuted in 2001. Also read: Why 'The Great Gatsby' Reveals a Huge Divide Between Hollywood and Its Fans (Video) It is »
- Brent Lang
While promoting his latest interpretation of a classic work, “The Great Gatsby,” director Baz Luhrmann revealed that he once had a chance to adapt an even more lucrative feature: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.” During an interview on Britain's “The Graham Norton Show,” Luhrmann discussed how after he directed Warner Bros.'s “Romeo + Juliet,” the studio approached him with an offer to helm the first “Harry Potter” film. Luhrmann admitted that since he was unfamiliar with Rowling's then fairly new books -- and in the midst of planning his next feature -- he turned down the job. “The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, ‘What's that?' And said, ‘Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical,' and that was ‘Moulin Rouge,'” Luhrmann said. “So I'm an obvious idiot, »
- Katie Roberts
Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann is rehashing his career choices as he does world press for his latest splashy spectacle The Great Gatsby. And while appearing on The Graham Norton Show he talked about the films he has done as well as one he shockingly turned down. And according to Digital Spy, the director revealed that after helming his flashy Romeo + Juliet, Warner Bros. actually approached him to helm Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. But unaware of the books and their fast-brewing fanbase, he turned it down: "The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical', and that was Moulin Rouge..So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter." While the Harry Potter »
Cannes - If nothing else -- and like many Cannes folk who entered this morning's screening bleary-eyed, and left it black-eyed, I'm still working out just how much else it is -- "Only God Forgives" may be the single reddest film to grace our screens since "Moulin Rouge!." Just about the only scenes in which blood isn't virtually seeping from the walls in Nicolas Winding Refn's sleek, stunted, undeniably startling revenge thriller are those in which it's quite literally splashing them. Those who tagged "Drive" with the "ultra-violent" label would be well advised to give "Only God Forgives" a wide berth; »
- Guy Lodge
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
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County: Duel of the Oscar winners [See previous post: "Oscar 2014 Watch: Harvey Weinstein Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions."] More Oscar 2014 bait: August: Osage County, directed by John Wells, and starring three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady) and Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich). Is it mere coincidence that Streep’s seventeenth Oscar nomination and third win was for her portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady — distributed by The Weinstein Company two years ago? Either way, Streep’s Oscar 2014 competition should be fierce, as Julia Roberts doesn’t seem to be wearing any makeup in the family drama. (Photo: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County.) Adapted by Tracy Letts from his own play, besides Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, August: Osage County also features Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Dermot Mulroney, Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- Andre Soares
Los Angeles, May 20: Australian director Baz Luhrmann regrets leaving the opportunity to direct the first edition of "Harry Potter" franchise because he was busy with something else.
The movie adaptation of author J.K. Rowling's 10-part wizard story was a huge hit and all books were made into movies starting from 2001, but Luhrmann turned down the offer because he was filming "Moulin Rouge!", reports dailystar.co.uk. The movie starred actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in lead roles. "The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And I said,. »
- Smith Cox
While promoting "The Great Gatsby," director Baz Luhrmann was asked about the time Warner Bros approached him to direct the first "Harry Potter" installment. Luhrmann turned down the offer due to lack of knowledge about the books, but now seems to regret the decision. "The first ['Harry Potter' film] came along and they [called] me," he said. "And while I love the [movies] and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing 'Moulin Rouge.'" Luhrmann added: "So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken 'Harry Potter.'" "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in 2001 and went on to gross $975 million on a budget of $125 million. Seven installments followed, with the last film grossing $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. "Moulin Rouge" grossed only $179 million on a budget of $50 million, but was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. »
“He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way”.
So says Nick Carraway of the titular Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling if flimsy adaptation of the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The quote also aptly applies to director Luhrmann to such a degree, the film is certainly excessively adorned with metaphorical bright feathers, that it almost seems obnoxious to make such an on-the-nose comparison. What is perhaps more surprising as one sits in the Debussy at the Cannes Film Festival, the location for the press screening of The Great Gatsby, is how this could also be used to describe those behind the Cannes Film Festival itself.
Beginning life in the thirties, roughly a decade after Fitzgerald’s novel was published, the Cannes Film Festival grew throughout the following decades and with »
- Craig Skinner
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
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
"The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?' And said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical', and that was Moulin Rouge," he explained.
"So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter."
Luhrmann reunites with his Romeo + Juliet star Leonardo DiCaprio on this week's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and the Australian director said that he couldn't have made the movie without DiCaprio's star power.
"For that role you need »
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. »
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
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
We're getting to know the Film Experience community one-by-one. It's taking a long time, bless you! Today we're talking with Peter, a script supervisor.
Peter working on the set of a movie!
Nathaniel: When and why did you start reading Tfe?
Peter: I was referred to it from Kenneth in (212) and thought Tfe catered to the fun side of film I adored and come awards season... glued. I haven't looked back.
Nathaniel: You work in the industry, right? What's your favorite part of the biz?
Peter: Yeah. I've been a script supervisor primarily for independent features for close to 8 years. It's still strange to me that I get paid to do what I do. Though there are definitely bad days, I generally love what I do. It's great to be on the scene and be so close to the process. My favorite part of this nutty business on the independent »
- NATHANIEL R
★★☆☆☆ Everyone understands that a Baz Luhrmann film - from the imagination that brought us Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia - means bucket-loads of excess, indulgence and, once upon a time, fun. The collective breath was duly drawn when his plans to tackle F. Scott Fitzgerald's tight novel of disappointment and decadence, The Great Gatsby, was first announced - and the results are predictably underwhelming. There's a lot of noise, music, colour and syncopation as Luhrmann transforms the Jazz Age into the kind of theme party that would get Rhu Paul asking discretely that the music be turned down.
Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is a used-up young man recovering at some form of facility complete with drifting snow. As part of the talking cure (then, writing cure), he narrates how he came to his present state. Once a bright-eyed go-getter with aspirations of being a writer, Carraway »
- CineVue UK
Originally scheduled for release last December, Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" finally opened on May 10, but its Best Picture hopes may be as doomed as Gatsby himself. More than 50-percent of readers polled think the film will be snubbed in top Oscar categories and contend only in technical races. The lavish production boasts elaborate costumes and sets that could be contenders at next year's awards; both were designed by Catherine Martin, Luhrmann's wife, who won both categories for Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" in 2001. And three of the last four Best Cinematography winners – "Avatar," "Hugo," and "Life of Pi" – have also been technically audacious 3D productions. Only 30-percent of readers think the film will be nominated for Best Picture, however, with just 12-percent expecting the film to win. Another 13-percent predict nominations in major categories, b »
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 Great Gatsby, 2013.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.
There are few directors I find as perplexing as Baz Luhrmann, best known for films like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!. He’s known for big, garish spectacles that lay on heavy coats of polish. Style being far more important to him than substance. If he were a make up artist, every subject would come out of the trailer looking like a painted whore. The man either lacks or willfully disregards the concept of subtlety. He’s a bedazzled jackhammer shattering your senses. He’s sound and fury, signifying nothing. There are only a handful of movies I have walked out of: Baz Luhrmann directed two of them. So when »
- Flickering Myth
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