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Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence Are Each Taking on Zelda Fitzgerald in Battling Biopics

Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence Are Each Taking on Zelda Fitzgerald in Battling Biopics
No one wants to pit two powerful women against each other, but that's kind of what will inevitably happen soon between these two A-listers. Leading ladies Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence will be thrown into an involuntary comparison battle in the near future, as the two stars are each slated to portray the late Zelda Fitzgerald in dueling biopics. The Jazz Age icon and wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald died nearly 70 years ago in a fire at a North Carolina hospital, but her life has been at the forefront of Hollywood's inspiration as of late. Just as Amazon rolls out its own series, Z: The Beginning of Everything, with Christina Ricci playing the "first American flapper," films...
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5 Costume Designer Contenders on Creating Characters and Key Pieces

5 Costume Designer Contenders on Creating Characters and Key Pieces
Catherine Martin The Jazz Age flair of The Great Gatsby Martin is no stranger to Oscar voters, having won two statuettes in 2002 for her Moulin Rouge! costumes and set decor. In The Great Gatsby, her fourth film wit husband-director Baz Lurhmann, she mainlines fresh blood into F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary autopsy of the empty emotional lives of Long Island's wealthy elite during the gin-soaked Prohibition era. Thanks to Martin, who again did double set and costume design duty, the film's parties in Gatsby's East Egg mansion are ocular orgies set to the music of Jay Z, Beyonce and

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Boardwalk Empire season 4 episode 8 review: The Old Ship Of Zion

Review Michael Noble 29 Oct 2013 - 16:04

Boardwalk Empire delivers yet another great episode, showcasing the character's performative aspects...

This review contains spoilers.

4.8 The Old Ship of Zion

The Jazz Age’, they called it. The term came to mean rather more than music, but, like so much of culture, songs were at the heart of things. It was the era of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong; the decade of George and Ira Gershwin, Scott Joplin, ragtime, the Charleston and of course, the blues. It was the age of Bessie Smith and Chalky’s beloved Ma Rainey, whose Farewell Daddy Blues will yet resonate through our fictional world.

In that world it’s also the age of Daughter Maitland, whose exquisite, sensual performances have become standard features of this current run of episodes. Part of Boardwalk Empire’s success as a period piece has been achieved through an evocation of
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The Great Gatsby Blu-Ray Review

Director Baz Luhrmann has been known for making visually pleasing and heavily stylized films, which simply means that he was born to eventually direct the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby. And boy does he direct it; filling the film with lush photography and a general grand presentation that turns the timeless classic into an epic on-screen event that absolutely must be viewed in 3D. Unfortunately, The Great Gatsby also suffers from a director going overboard with his visual flare, while not focusing enough time on the film’s numerous detestable characters, played with a varying range by Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

The film follows a young and aspiring writer by the name of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he ventures off into the big city with hopes and dreams of making it. Things don’t really pan out for Nick at first and he puts
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The Great Gatsby (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack)

Blu-ray Review

The Great Gatsby

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton

Running Time: 2 hrs 23 mins

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: August 27, 2013

Own “The Great Gatsby” on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital Download Now!

Plot: A bondsman (Maguire) becomes witness to a love triangle involving his cousin (Mulligan), her husband (Edgerton), and the wealthy rich man of mystery (DiCaprio) who lives in a mansion next door. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Who’S It For? Fans hoping this movie will honor the spirit of the novel should probably not bother; this film adaptation has its own spirit, one highly directed towards viewers who simply want opulence.

Movie:

The actual story of Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” isn’t all that great. That is a fact of literature; what elevates the novel to its prestige is its vision, its imagination with words.
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Great Gatsby' and More

This week: Leonardo DiCaprio is perfectly cast as the titular character in "The Great Gatsby," director Baz Luhrmann's gaudy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel.

Also new this week is Michael Bay's darkly funny "Pain & Gain" starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, the family drama "At Any Price" with Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron and the cult monster movie "Q: The Winged Serpent" on Blu-ray.

'The Great Gatsby'

Box Office: $145 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 49% Rotten

Storyline: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great American Novel gets the flashy Baz Luhrmann treatment in this adaptation starring Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, a would-be writer who leaves the Midwest and comes to New York in the spring of 1922, an era of bootleg booze, jazz and loosening morals. Nick lives next door to the sprawling mansion of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), which is across the bay from Nick's cousin Daisy
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Blu-ray Review: Lavish Release For Frustrating ‘The Great Gatsby’

Chicago – God, I want to love “The Great Gatsby,” on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. tomorrow, August 27, 2013. I adore “Moulin Rouge!” and think Baz Luhrmann’s approach to the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic was a daring one. And, watching the film again at home, in a great 2D/HD transfer instead of a garish 3D one, I found more to respect here. The film’s flaws were amplified in 3D and they’re allowed to blend into what works on Blu-ray. The special features also amplify the work by illustrating the incredible amount of detail and work that went into the production. I still can’t get over some of the mistakes made, like nearly every decision made by Tobey Maguire, but the Blu-ray gets me closer.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

From my theatrical review:

“I wanted to love “The Great Gatsby.” I’m a fan of Baz Luhrmann’s passionate, romantic view of cinema.
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Review: The Great Gatsby

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When I read The Great Gatsby in AP English back in 1975, I knew it was considered a literary classic but didn’t fall in love with it, despite East Egg’s source material, Great Neck, was nearby. It was a world of the wealthy and decadent that didn’t make sense to me. More recently, though, I reread it for the first time in preparation for my teaching career. With some experience, age, and wisdom, I came to see F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose in a new light. I certainly got to appreciate that this was a fresh take class, wealth, and The American Dream.

So, when I heard director Baz Luhrmann was going to bring his visual sensibilities to bringing the novel to the silver screen, I thought this could be a wonderful treat, matching the imaginativeness of his Romeo & Juliet and verve from Moulin Rouge. The casting — from
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Blu Crew: The Great Gatsby Gets Detailed and Dated

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Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby made some unexpected waves at the box office when it hit theaters at the the beginning of the Summer movie season.  If you missed out on the film in theaters (or just want to see it again), Warner Bros. has just released the details on the upcoming blu-ray.  Come inside to see when you can get your hands on it, and what special features will be on the disc!

You can own The Great Gatsby on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download August 27, 2013.  The film will come packed with a slew of special features.  Check out all the details in the press release I've posted below:

Experience F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece like never before when "The Great Gatsby" arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on August 27 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Oscar® nominee Baz Luhrmann,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Great Gatsby

Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D & DVD Release Date: Aug. 27, 2013

Price: DVD $22.97, DVD Special Edition $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99, Blu-ray 3D $44.95

Studio: Warner Home Video

Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom) brings his distinctive filmmaking style to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel in the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby.

Luhrmann attracted big stars to his drama film. Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception), plays the lavish Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) as his innocent neighbor, Nick Carraway.

The cast also includes Carey Mulligan (An Education), Joel Edgerton (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and Isla Fisher (Bachelorette).

Rated PG-13, The Great Gatsby grossed a tidy $142.5 million in theaters. While moviegoers liked it, critics didn’t. According to Rotten Tomatoes, critics gave the movie 49% approval, compared to 71% from moviegoers.

The romance film is available for the home in four versions, all with special features, except the single DVD. The two-disc DVD Special Edition, Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack and Blu-ray 3D
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'Great Gatsby' Stars Remember Their First Time ... Reading The Novel

[From MTV News] New York: The Jazz Age took center stage Wednesday (May 1), as the stars of Baz Luhrmann's glitzy "The Great Gatsby" — including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan — walked the black carpet outside of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall for the world premiere of their '20s-set film (which opens in theaters May 10).

Often considered one of (if not the) great American novel, the F. Scott Fitzgerald tale — about an enigmatic millionaire trying to win back his long-lost love — is a mainstay of high-school and college curricula, yet the manner in which the stars were introduced to the book are as many and varied as Gatsby's extensive shirt collection.

DiCaprio, like many, read the novel as a boy but found new meaning in it as a man.

"I had a connection with the character very early on, but not until I picked it up as an adult did I
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Briefs: Channing Tatum Would Sleep With George Clooney, and "The New Normal" Throws a Ratings Curve Ball

Birthday shoutouts go to Nathan Fillion (above), who is 42, Dave Koz is 50, Fergie is 38, Mariah Carey is 43, and Jann Arden is 51. The Canadian songstress will always hold a place in my heart for giving us one the greatest singles of the pop wasteland of the 90's.

Towleroad has analysis of today's Scotus event. But it's looking that Doma may be toast. CBS Renews Elementary, The Good Wife, Person Of Interest, NCIS: La, Mentalist, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly & Blue Bloods.Ten years after the last Angelina Jolie sequel, Tomb Raider is about to get a big screen reboot.Joseph Gordon-Levitt is returning to TV! "The former 3rd Rock from the Sun star is set to host a variety show based on his collaborative site, hitReCord, for Participant Media’s newly announced cable network, pivot." I have no idea what that is, but it's great news.In ratings news, The New Normal took a spectacular leap,
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Great Gatsby Movie In the Works With DiCaprio, Maguire and Seyfried Rumored?

“Hello Sport!”… ah one of my favorite books ever written, The Great Gatsby was a classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that explored life in the roaring 20s in New York City during “The Jazz Age.”

Back in December of 2008, we heard a story that Baz Luhrmann wanted to re-adapt The Great Gatsby for the big screen. Production Weekly is now updating the project for the first time, mentioning on Twitter some rumors of the amazing cast he might be putting together. Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio is up for Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire for Nick Carraway and Amanda Seyfried for Daisy Buchanan.

MTV, updated Baz Luhrmann’s status and confirmed that he’s still up for The Great Gatsby, but he’ll have to choose between that and another project he’s been working on. Both are set in New york City, but one is a musical.

The Great Gatsby story follows after World War I,
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Interview: Matthew Rhys and Luke Macfarlane Aren't Just "Hollywood Actors"

Luke Macfarlane, Matthew Rhys

It’s a warm January day on the ABC studio lot in Burbank, California as I wait for Matthew Rhys and Luke Macfarlane, who play Kevin Walker and Scotty Wandell on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, to arrive for a joint interview – an interview that’s been quite some time in the making. So after having first toured the set where Rhys and Rachel Griffiths will later film a scene in an art gallery (a scene that will have major implications for Griffiths' character Sarah Walker), hanging out a few more minutes is no big deal.

Ten minutes pass before Calista Flockhart, Emily VanCamp and Griffiths arrive at the stage via shuttle, while Rhys and Macfarlane turn up a few minutes later … on bicycles. It turns out that this is how they usually get around the lot, which isn’t surprising given how down to earth both
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The 2009 AfterElton Hot 100

After triumphing for two years in a row, Jake Gyllenhaal is not the winner of our third annual AfterElton.com Hot 100 poll (see the results for 2007 here and 2008 here). So which out man did take the top spot? If you’re the kind of person who always burns their mouth biting into that piping hot chocolate chip cookie, you can just cheat and go here to learn who came in first place.

Here at AfterElton.com, we’re thrilled to announce an out gay man topped this year’s list – especially this particular man as most of us voted for him as well. In fact, out gay men snagged nearly 20% of the spots, including the top three. To be sure, we’ve nothing against our straight male crushes, but it says something great about 2009 that there are so many out men to choose from.

What we find almost as interesting
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Great Scott

Luke Macfarlane has a lot of words vying for brain space these days. In addition to his regular stint on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, he's portraying F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Jazz Age, a new play that takes us inside the mind of the famed author, at Los Angeles' Blank Theatre. "Scott's basically on the stage the entire time, so I have all these lines in my head," Macfarlane says. On Brothers & Sisters, "we were shooting a scene the other day, and I'm supposed to walk into an apartment and say, 'You're home!' And of course, the line 'You're late!' came out of my mouth, which is one of my first lines in the play." Still, Macfarlane is thrilled to have the chance to do TV and theatre simultaneously. "In a play, you're constantly trying new things out," he says. "What I really love about the theatre is that
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Gays of our Lives (February 23, 2009)

Chatting With … Sri Rao

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sri Rao, the former head writer of last year’s best soap opera on either daytime or nighttime television, General Hospital: Night Shift. In addition to discussing his work on that gay-inclusive, critically acclaimed show, Rao also shared his thoughts on the depiction of gay characters in the genre, who should write gay characters, how As the World Turns handled the Luke and Noah storyline, as well as news about a new project very close to his heart.

[While very interesting and worthwhile, this interview is five pages long. To skip directly to this week's In My Humble Opinion, Gool Newsbeat and Scoops And Spoilers click here.]

Sri Rao

Photo credit: Entwined Studio

AfterElton.com: You were the head writer for General Hospital: Night Shift. Had you written for soaps before that?

Sri Rao: No, this was my first foray into the soap opera genre. I had been watching General Hospital for my entire life. I’m a long-time fan of the show so I was very familiar with it.
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Gays of our Lives (February 16, 2009)

In The Spotlight – River City

When we last took a peek at BBC Scotland drama River City, gay graphic designer Scott Wallace had lost the child he cared about — not to mention the guy he cared about. Since that storyline wrapped up, Scott has pretty much disappeared; however, a few weeks ago, the show introduced an intriguing new gay character in the very nice form of construction worker Nathan Simpson, played by James Daffern.

When Nathan set up shop in River City, he immediately found himself attracted to bartender Rory Murdoch, played by out actor David Paisley. While Rory was flattered by Nathan’s attentions, Rory is straight … or so he says.

David Paisley (Rory) and James Daffern (Nathan)

When Rory arrived in River City for Christmas back in 2007, he found himself clashing with his father, Lenny, the local gangster in town. Rory has never been involved in his father
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Photo Flash: Blank Theatre Company Presents The Jazz Age

Luke MacFarlane, Jeremy Gabriel, and Heather Prete star in the Blank Theatre Company's production of Allan Knee's play The Jazz Age. The production runs now through March 22, 2009. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ernest Hemingway. Zelda Fitzgerald. Literary history's most intriguing characters. This sexy new play goes inside their minds to fantasize on the question of "inspiration". Punctuated by the pulsating beat of a live jazz trio, The Jazz Age asks the compelling question "Why do we do what we do?"
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Gays of our Lives (January 26, 2009)

Getting To Know … Shameless

The love life of gay teenager Ian Gallagher (Gerard Kearns) on the U.K. series Shameless has never been easy. Whether it’s having to steal a bed just so he can have sex with his hot new boyfriend (somehow landing in prison because of it), trying to keep his ongoing affair with a married man a secret, or that fling with a homophobic drug dealer who has a strange sexual quirk (big surprise), something always comes along to make finding love (or just getting laid) a trying ordeal for poor Ian.

Gerard Kearns as Ian Gallagher

Shameless, which airs on Channel 4, the same network that brings us Hollyoaks, is a dark and perverse comedy/drama about the twisted lives of the extremely dysfunctional Gallagher family, as well as their friends and their enemies. Created by Paul Abbott, who is also the executive producer, the series
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