Baz Luhrmann Kung Fu

Several times in the past, Baz Luhrmann has shown a tendency towards tweaked applications of tropes from western movies. So there’s a weird and somewhat thrilling sense of appropriate convergence to the fact that Luhrmann is now in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary. The original TV show, which first ran from 1972 to 1975, starred David Carradine as Caine, a Shaolin monk who roamed the American west, and has lived in pop-culture memory in no small part thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s fandom. There will be some changes in the new version, but with Luhrmann as director, there will be no shortage of great-looking visions. Read More »

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Baz Luhrmann directing The Great Gatsby

One of the greatest films that never was could finally be coming to fruition, and Baz Luhrmann might be the man to make it happen. Steven Spielberg and HBO are reportedly eyeing the Great Gatsby director for Napoleon, a miniseries based on a never-produced script by the great Stanley Kubrick. Hit the jump for more on the project and its epic history.

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Baz Luhrmann‘s films have become increasingly reliant on digital effects over the years, and his recent adaptation of The Great Gatsby is a massive confection of digital imagery and practical photography. Sometimes the blend is seamless, other times less so, but Luhrmann consistently uses digital effects to create a vision of New York City that may have never quite existed, complete with surrounding areas and lavish Long Island homesteads.

Now you can watch a reel that, in a few minutes, begins to break down just what was real and what was not in the finished product. Read More »

‘The Great Gatsby’ Trailer: Party ‘Til You Drop

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Though Fergie‘s contribution to the The Great Gatsby soundtrack insists that “a little party never killed nobody,” anyone who’s read the book will know that’s not exactly how things turn out for Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his pals. But until the consequences come, you can bet they’ll take her suggestion to “dance until we drop.”

While the earlier trailers have played up the tragedy of Gatsby’s tale, the latest one mostly emphasizes the hardcore partying. That means fast cars, fancy boats, sparkling diamonds, glitter by the bucketful, and all the booze one could possibly want. Watch the video after the jump.

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Great Gatsby headerThis short UK trailer for Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby puts the focus on the (possibly) manufactured nature of Gatsby’s life and persona. That was a big part of the last full trailer, too, but here the aim more than ever is to show the personal nature of the conflict between Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), with Daisy (Carey Mulligan) in the middle.

In addition, a few more posters (yep, one more set, to complement the other two) have come online. Read More »

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A week’s worth of new posters have paved the way for The Great Gatsby‘s latest trailer, which shows off quite a bit of new footage. In contrast to the earlier trailers, which played up the heady party atmosphere of the 1920s, this one emphasizes the fiery passions that drive the Baz Luhrmann-directed tale. Specifically, it delves into the mysterious Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), the tragic embodiment of the American Dream.

To complement the shift in focus, the trailer also samples some different tunes from the soundtrack, including a haunting cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” by Beyoncé and André 3000. Check it out after the jump.

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The latest films from Baz Luhrmann, Michael Bay and Seth Rogen all have new posters out today.

There’s The Great Gatsby, Luhrmann’s 3D epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, out May 10. Then there’s Pain & Gain, Michael Bay’s return to “small” films, starring Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie, which is out April 26.

Finally, there’s This Is The End, the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and his partner Evan Goldberg, starring James Franco, Danny McBride and Jonah Hill. It’s out June 12. Check out the three new posters below.

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The Great Gatsby

Originally slated for Christmas 2012, Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby is now preparing to make a splash as a summer release this May. It’s been fairly quiet on the marketing front for the past few months, but that’s changing with the new release date just around the corner.

A new series of character posters featuring Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Nick (Tobey Maguire), Tom (Joel Edgerton), Myrtle (Isla Fisher), and Jordan (newcomer Elizabeth Debicki) has just hit the web, giving us a glimpse at the troubled characters who populate this glitzy landscape. In addition, two TV spots show off Lurhmann’s ostentatious style. Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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