Baz Luhrmann was on a panel before the Television Critics Association for his Netflix series The Get Down. The show tells a fictional story about the birth of hip-hop in New York in the 1970s. After the panel, he spoke with reporters more. Grandmaster Flash, who is an associate producer on the series, is portrayed onscreen as a character and there are disco and early hip-hop hits. There is also original music in the style of ’70s crooners. Luhrmann’s films like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! are famous for incorporating anachronistic music. There will be influences of modern music in The Get Down, but only as original music the characters perform.
“We use absolute classic needle drops,” Luhrmann said. “For example, there’s a very famous track that we’ve taken and then we’ll do like a retooling of it. Because they’re mythical characters with a mythical disco style and the boys become a band, so they create their own music. So I do weave some contemporary references or performers in and out of classics, and then sometimes there are just lots and lots of classics. That’s because I wanted to show the point between DJs then and now. I mean, Nile Rodgers works with us on making the disco music so we have the greats in disco as well.” Read More »
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Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last month, HBO cancelled Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl after already having renewed it for a second season. But if you’re mourning the loss of your window into the 1970s New York music scene, fear not — Baz Luhrmann‘s The Get Down is arriving in just a few weeks. Though to be fair, this 1970s New York-set music drama looks pretty damn different from that other 1970s New York-set music drama.
The Get Down unfolds at the dawn of punk, hip-hop, and disco, following the “young, scrappy, and hungry” types at the forefront of those movements. The cast is loaded with intriguing up-and-comers like Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Shameik Moore, and Skylan Brooks, most of whom are trying to make it in music one way or another. Watch the first The Get Down trailer after the jump, but be warned it may make you really frustrated that you can’t watch the show right freakin’ now. Read More »
Since HBO canceled their ’70s-et, music-infused series Vinyl, it’s up to Netflix and Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann to bring us back to the decade with their new series The Get Down. A quick new trailer has just arrived featuring new footage, and more importantly, some of the new music from rap artist Nas that we’ll be hearing in the series.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope had a lot going for it, but one of the very best things it did was introduce the world to Shameik Moore. The relative unknown immediately won us over with his charming, moving performance, and had us eager to find out just what he was going to do next.
As of today, we have our answer. Moore is part of the sprawling ensemble cast of Baz Luhrmann‘s new Netflix drama The Get Down, about the rise of hip-hop, punk, and disco in 1970s New York. Which, yes, sounds a lot like a certain other drama premiering on HBO next month — but the perspective couldn’t be more different, and in any case we live in an age where streaming and DVR allow us to watch as many ’70s music dramas as the industry is willing to churn out. The Get Down looks like a must-watch no matter what other shows exist out there. Watch The Get Down trailer after the jump. Read More »
The latest big name director to make the move to TV is Baz Luhrmann, and he’s following David Fincher to Netflix. The streaming service has just signed on to make 13 one-hour episodes of Luhrmann’s The Get Down, a music-driven show set in 1970s New York City. Luhrmann will serve as executive producer, and direct the first two episodes of the show as well as the season finale. It’ll hit Netflix worldwide in 2016. Read the full press release about the Baz Luhrmann TV show below.
UPDATE: A short trailer has been released. Watch it below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Baz Luhrmann‘s razzle-dazzle style isn’t for everyone, and it doesn’t work for every story. But it’s just perfect for high-end perfume ads, which are all about glam and glitz.
This Chanel No. 5 spot stars Gisele Bündchen and Michiel Huisman (of Treme / Orphan Black / Game of Thrones fame) as star-crossed lovers who variously enjoy surfing (her) and Sam Smith-ified Grease covers (him). Hit the jump to see the sumptuous new Baz Luhrmann perfume ad.
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Elvis Presley was one of the greatest showmen in the history of music. Who better to chronicle his story, then, than one of the greatest showmen in the history of film? Baz Luhrmann, the director of Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, is in talks to direct an untitled biopic about The King. Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova, Saving Mr. Banks and 50 Shades of Grey) is writing the screenplay for Warner Bros. Read more about the potential Baz Luhrmann Elvis movie below. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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