The Jazz Age (1968– )
Boardwalk Empire delivers yet another great episode, showcasing the character's performative aspects...
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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
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
The Great Gatsby
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton
Running Time: 2 hrs 23 mins
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.
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.
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
From my theatrical review:
“I wanted to love “The Great Gatsby.” I’m a fan of Baz Luhrmann’s passionate, romantic view of cinema.
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
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,
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
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
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,
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,
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
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
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.]
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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.
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
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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