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The last Oscars screener shipped to the full academy: 'Australia'

29 December 2008 9:09 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Now that Oscars ballots are in the hands of academy voters, the derby has officially started and the campaign blitz of DVD screeners is over. The last to arrive in the mailboxes of the full academy membership: "Australia" around Dec. 23. That's strange because its star, Hugh Jackman, is host of the Oscar gala and because 20th Century Fox had early, high Oscar hopes for the latest screen work by director Baz Luhrmann, whose "Moulin Rouge!" scored eight nominations in 2001, including best picture. That's not going to happen to "Australia" now that stone-hearted film critics with no sense of humor attacked it with nuclear weapons. However, many audiences — and Oscar voters — adored »

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Baz Luhrmann's Next Film: 'The Great Gatsby'

18 December 2008 3:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, long considered one of the greatest of American novels, has never had a definitive big-screen treatment. Neither the 1949 Alan Ladd/Betty Field version nor the 1974 Robert Redford/Mia Farrow version is particularly well regarded, and to even attempt an adaptation of such a beloved classic is fraught with peril.

Naturally, that means Baz Luhrmann wants to take a stab at it. Nikke Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting "exclusive" inside information that Luhrmann -- whose Australia is currently struggling to make back its bloated budget -- will make The Great Gatsby for Twentieth Century Fox as his next project. Finke says the Aussie director is looking for cast members now.

I love this book and would love to see a film version that captures it -- but honestly, I don't see Baz Luhrmann doing that. His loose, frenetic, slapsticky style (which is great in the right context, »

- Eric D. Snider

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Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

18 December 2008 1:16 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

According to Nikki Finke, Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet director Baz Luhrmann (we’ll pretend Australia never happened) has signed on to helm a big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read F. Scott’s 1922 novel or seen any of the many movie adaptations (one of which starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow with a script by Francis Ford Coppola and another starring… Paul Rudd?), so I’ll refrain from even pretending to know a little about what I’m talking about with this one. You can read the entire book on Google’s Book Search. The official description from the Scriber Classics paperback follows:

“The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds’ third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and »

- Peter Sciretta

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Luhrmann rushes from 'Australia' to 'Gatsby'

18 December 2008 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Baz Luhrmann's "Australia" may be doing some middling U.S. boxoffice, earning about $38 million since it opened Thanksgiving weekend, but the director is unrepentant as the movie nears its first month of release stateside.

In one of his first interviews since the movie opened, he sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and spoke out against "Australia's" critics and those he feels call him the "black hole of cinema." He also said he will move quickly on his next project, "The Great Gatsby," which he said will be a perfect parable for economic disaster.

"A lot of reviewers like 'Australia.' And we're making people cry; I know because they write to us," he said. "But there are those that don't get it. A lot of the film scientists don't get it. And it's not just that that they don't get it, but they hate it and they hate me, »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Kidman, Luhrmann not to work together again

17 December 2008 5:46 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Australia filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has revealed that he will never work with Nicole Kidman again. Luhrmann, who previously directed Kidman in 2001 musical Moulin Rouge!, told The Telegraph that the decision was down to the pair's collaborations coinciding with emotional upheaval in their personal lives. "On Moulin Rouge! she was breaking up with Tom Cruise, and my father died on the first day of filming. "The six weeks before we finished filming Australia, (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Kidman And Luhrmann Will Never Work Together Again

17 December 2008 4:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Baz Luhrmann will never work with Nicole Kidman again - because too many life-changing events occur when they team up.

The pair first collaborated on 2001's Moulin Rouge! as Kidman's marriage to Tom Cruise was coming to an end. The Hollywood actor filed for divorce in February 2001 - just three months before the movie's world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Lurhmann's father also died during the production.

And during their second project together - new movie Australia - Kidman found out she was pregnant with daughter Sunday Rose by husband Keith Urban after previously fearing she was unable to conceive.

And Lurhmann admits their time together is so emotional, they have agreed not to put themselves through the stress again.

He says, "On Moulin Rouge! she was breaking up with Tom Cruise, and my father died on the first day of filming. The six weeks before we finished filming Australia, we were doing a scene where her character has to say she can't have children and she goes, 'Bazzy, Bazzy I've got to see you,' and we sit down under a tree and she tells me she's pregnant and she burst into tears and I did too, because I knew that was what she wanted more than anything else.

"We both said we can't make another movie together because there are only so many life-transforming events we can go through." »

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2008 Continues to 'Stand Still' for 20th Century Fox - Will 2009 be Any Better?

13 December 2008 1:56 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Once again it appears 20th Century Fox has a film that won't be breaking any box-office records as their late-2008 sci-fi blockbuster The Day the Earth Stood Still earned $12.5 million on Friday and looks like it probably won't reach even the mid-to-upper $30 million mark many predicted and certainly not the overwhelming $55.2 million our Box-Office Oracle Laremy Legel assumed it would take in. At this point I'm sure Fox is just waiting for 2008 to end as this has been one of the worst years for a major studio that I can remember. Their biggest hits are an animated flick (Horton Hears a Who) and the awful comedy What Happens in Vegas. I am sure they were hoping The Day the Earth Stood Still would at least drum up some of the support last year's I Am Legend managed in the same frame when it earned $77.2 million in three days, but Keanu Reeves »

- Brad Brevet

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Australia

11 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Casting Directors: Ronna Kress and Nikki Barrett Director: Baz Luhrmann Writers: Baz Luhrmann and Stuart Beattie Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown The Pitch: During World War II, an English aristocrat (Kidman) inherits a massive ranch and teams up with a rough-hewn drover (Jackman) to protect her new property from a takeover plot.Baz Luhrmann tackles everything in large-scale, unorthodox fashion. After completing his "red curtain" trilogy — Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge! — he decided to go back to his cultural roots with the epic Australia, which follows an Englishwoman who teams with an Aussie cattle driver to save her inheritance, just as World War II comes knocking Down Under. He turned to Australian casting director Nikki Barrett (Candy, The Proposition, Babe: Pig in the City) and American CD Ronna Kress to populate the film, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Kress is accustomed to Luhrmann's scale, »

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Emma Watson moves on from "Harry Potter" to play Princess Pea

8 December 2008 7:00 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Hermione, don't move! Someone's put an Engorgement Charm on a rat, and he's about to eat your hand off! Let me just get my wand. Finite Incantatem! Finite Incantatem! What's going on? It won't shrink! It must be Dark Magic!

I'm only kidding. I know that's not a rat; it's a mouse. In fact, it's my favorite mouse from my favorite (non-Harry Potter) children's book written in the last 10 years: The Tale of Despereaux.

Universal's animated telling of Kate Dicamillo's Newberry Award-winning book opens this weekend. Emma Watson voices Princess Pea, the daughter of a widowed king who, in his grief over his deceased wife, outlaws both soup and rats. (It seems like a peripheral detail — the rats and the soup — but it becomes really important.) Princess Pea's gentleness and affection cause little Desperaux Tilling, a tiny mouse with enormous ears, to fall quite hopelessly and recklessly in love with her. »

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Review: Australia

7 December 2008 1:39 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Australia is the latest film from visionary Baz Luhrman (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge) and as expected, it's a big, exuberant, sweeping epic filled with romance and adventure.

Taking place in the title country circa 1939, this old fashioned epic stars Nicole Kidman as Sarah Ashley, a woman of privilege who joins forces with Drover, a tough as nails cattle hand named after his profession. Together, along with the aid of a trustworthy crew, they attempt to transport a herd across treacherous Outback terrain in hopes that they'll be able to make enough money to save Sarah's ranch. Inevitably, there's a spark between the Sarah and Drover, but will their vastly different outlooks on life keep them apart?

Australia is jam packed with enough subject matter to fill ten movies. In fact, midway through the picture, plot points are resolved leading the audience to believe that perhaps the movie is over. »

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007 Has Nicole Kidman And Hugh Jackman In His Sites: "Quantum" Outpaces "Australia" Down Under

4 December 2008 4:37 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Director Baz Luhrmann's Australia may be the most expensive and highly promoted Aussie movie ever made, but a dapper Englishman has taken a toll on the movie's grosses. The James Bond pic Quantum Of Solace continues its astonishing pace in the Oz market, raking in huge grosses at the expense of the romantic love story. Australia isn't a bomb, however - it's grosses are respectable and the studio has hopes that business will build with good world-of-mouth as it did with Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge. For more click here »

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National Board of Review poll: What will win best picture?

2 December 2008 12:48 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The National Board of Review will unveil its winners Thursday. What do you think will win the top prize? Keep this in mind: The Nbr often likes to pick offbeat fare in order to push its own pony into the derby. It did that with dark horses that subsequently went the distance ("Chariots of Fire") and others that didn't but at least got nominated ("Moulin Rouge!" — its director, Baz Luhrmann, is back in the derby now with "Australia"). Of course, it has also been totally off track ("Quills"), but I think it's more focused on predicting the Oscars nowadays. In recent years there was a power coup that ousted the old Trotskyites who once »

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Exclusive: Why Baz Luhrmann loves tripping up the derby with wild ponies like 'Moulin Rouge!' and 'Australia'

1 December 2008 2:50 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Seven years after director Baz Luhrmann experienced a crazy romp through the kudos derby riding "Moulin Rouge!" he's back with "Australia. " What does he think of awardsmania? Why does he risk the wrath of gritty film critics to make his wildly romantic movies in the cynical 21st century? Last Wednesday night, Baz and I teamed up to do a Q&A screening chat at the Directors Guild of America theater in New York. We didn't have enough time to cover all key topics, so we hooked up again on Friday afternoon to continue dishing — this time with a video camera tuned in so you can watch. Camerawork by Paul Sheehan »

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Weekend Box Office: Christmas Takes Thanksgiving

1 December 2008 7:03 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I think critics should start boycotting the yearly Christmas Family Comedy. It's amazing: these movies are never good. I can't think of another distinct subgenre with such a poor track record over the last decade. And of course, I went and saw Four Christmases, of my own free will. I'm an idiot.

In any event, it was silly of me to imply that Four Christmases didn't have the muscle to win the weekend; high-profile Christmas movies almost always do well. The $31.7 million three-day is one of the best openings ever for a movie of this kind; last year's Fred Claus, also starring Vince Vaughn, only managed $18.5 million in early November. Four Christmases even squeaked out Elf. Its five-day gross was an impressive $46.7 million.

Australia, on the other hand: oh boy. Baz Luhrmann's ultra-expensive, ultra-long epic made $20 million over the five days, which is less than inspiring -- especially considering »

- Eugene Novikov

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'Four Christmases' takes Thanksgiving b.o.

30 November 2008 8:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros.' seasonal comedy "Four Christmases" grabbed the biggest helping of Thanksgiving weekend boxoffice, dishing up an estimated $31.7 million in Friday-Sunday grosses.

The Vince Vaughn-Reese Witherspoon starrer stuffed its five-day cume to a heaping $46.7 million since arriving in theaters on Wednesday, one of three wide openers positioned to make full use of a holiday-lengthened session.

Fox's Baz Luhrmann-helmed action adventure "Australia" debuted in fifth place, as the Hugh Jackman-Nicole Kidman starrer fetched $14.8 million on the weekend and $20 million over its first five days. Lionsgate's action three-quel "Transporter 3," starring Jason Statham, landed in seventh place with a first-weekend tally of $12.3 million and five-day cume of $18.5 million.

Elsewhere, Disney's CG-animated feature "Bolt" marked an incredible 1% uptick from its soft opening frame of a week earlier, registering $26.6 million in second place over the latest session. The impressive comeback performance boosted the family comedy's 10-day cume to $66.9 million. »

- By Carl DiOrio

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Weekend Box Office Report: November 28 to 30: Four Christmases and a Turkey

30 November 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Weekend Top 10 # Title Gross % Chg. Theaters Weeks Avg Total Distributor 1 Four Christmases $31.7M New 3,310 1 9,571 $46.7M New Line 2 Bolt $26.6M  +1.4 3,654 2 7,279 $66.9M Buena Vista 3 Twilight $26.4M -62.1 3,425 2 7,699 $119.7M Summit 4 Quantum of Solace $19.5M -27.0 3,501 3 5,570 $142.1M Sony 5 Australia $14.8M New 2,642 1 5,607 $20.M Fox 6 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $14.5M -7.4 3,709 4 3,909 $159.5M Dreamworks 7 Transporter 3 $12.3M New 2,626 1 4,695 $18.5M Lionsgate 8 Role Models $5.3M -27.9 2,195 4 2,407 $57.9M Universal 9 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas $1.7M +2.6 582 4 2,904 $5.2M Miramax 10 Milk $1.4M New 36 1 38,361 $1.9M Focus Ah, Thanksgiving.  You can always count on this special holiday, even in times of crushing economic woe, to reinvigorate the marketplace and get people spending again.  It just makes me feel so warm inside.  After all, there are now less than 30 days until the mother of all holidays.  You can avoid putting up the lights or block out the holiday tunes at the mall but Christmas has hit the theatres.  In fact, four Christmases have hit. »

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Australia

26 November 2008 5:00 AM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Australia Release Date: Nov. 26

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Writer: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Bryan Brown, Brandon Walters

Stuart Beattie, Baz Luhrmann, Ronald Harwood and Richard Flanagan

Studio/Run Time: 20th Century Fox, 176 mins.

Well-mannered lust in the dust

The country's tourism board may have sunk a tidy sum into the picture, but Australia, the return of Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrman, is less a commercial for travel than a plea for tolerance. Alongside the gorgeous landscapes and simmering love story between Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman is the story of prejudice against half-caste Aboriginal children and, by extension, all of the continent's original residents. But while Luhrman's intent is admirable, he seems to realize that the only way to tell a tale of social consciousness is to wrap it in a fantasy. »

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Movie Review: Australia

25 November 2008 11:10 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Nov 26, 2008  

 

Baz Luhrmann has never been accused of subtlety. His gloriously romantic vision led to the charming simplicity of Strictly Ballroom, the unapologetic theatricality of Romeo Juliet, and the absolutely wonderful Moulin Rouge! I love all three of those movies. I find myself having to make excuses for his latest, Australia, in order to even say that I like it at all. It's a deeply flawed, bloated, distant, poorly paced film with some beautiful scenery, old-fashioned storytelling, and solid performances. ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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"Australia" Review: A disaster of blockbuster proportions

25 November 2008 10:04 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Amazing how a film stuffed with romance, action and wartime history only leads to utter frustration. More cinematic soup than epic moviemaking, director/co-writer Baz Luhrmann may claim something for every taste in his sprawling adventure “Australia” but he fails at each attempted genre. "Australia," arguably the biggest movie of the holiday season, is also a film of missed opportunities, few laughs, insufficient romance and clumsy action. For Luhrmann, director of the wonderful musical "Moulin Rouge!" and the romantic and hip "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," “Australia” is the type of costly, creative misstep that derails careers. English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels to Australia in 1939 and partners with a horseman and cattle rancher nicknamed "The Drover" (Hugh Jackman). Together, they will work together to save the ranch she inherited from her late husband by driving her cattle to the port city of Darwin and selling the beef to the Australian Army. »

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"Australia" Review: A disaster of blockbuster proportions

25 November 2008 10:04 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Amazing how a film stuffed with romance, action and wartime history only leads to utter frustration. More cinematic soup than epic moviemaking, director/co-writer Baz Luhrmann may claim something for every taste in his sprawling adventure “Australia” but he fails at each attempted genre. "Australia," arguably the biggest movie of the holiday season, is also a film of missed opportunities, few laughs, insufficient romance and clumsy action. For Luhrmann, director of the wonderful musical "Moulin Rouge!" and the romantic and hip "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," “Australia” is the type of costly, creative misstep that derails careers. English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels to Australia in 1939 and partners with a horseman and cattle rancher nicknamed "The Drover" (Hugh Jackman). Together, they will work together to save the ranch she inherited from her late husband by driving her cattle to the port city of Darwin and selling the beef to the Australian Army. »

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