Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
The year-end prestige movie season was looking especially thick this year, with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained all clamoring for a piece of the box office. As of today, however, one filmmaker who’ll be sitting out that bloodthirsty competition is Baz Luhrmann.
Warner Bros. has just moved Lurhmann’s F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Great Gatsby from December 25 into Summer 2013 in a surprising but understandable move. The Great Gatsby looked at one point like it’d be one of the most formidable contenders in this winter’s awards season, but it seems execs are hoping that a summer release will translate to a wider each.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Ask anyone with even a passing familiarity of contemporary literature what the Great American Novel is, and you’re bound to hear the name The Great Gatsby more a few times. First published in 1924, F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s best loved work captured the zeitgeist of the country in the glittering ’20s, as well as the timeless elation and tragedy of the American Dream.
So it’s not an exaggeration to say that this new cinematic adaptation of the classic tale, from (Australian) director Baz Luhrmann, has a lot to live up to. Happily, Luhrmann’s got a top-shelf cast helping him out. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the title character Jay Gatsby, the ultimate self-made American man, while Tobey Maguire play writer Nick Carraway, who narrates the proceedings. Rounding out the cast are Carey Mulligan as Gatsby’s long-simmering love interest and Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as her brutish husband Tom, Isla Fisher as his mistress Myrtle, and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Daisy’s friend and Nick’s love interest Jordan. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Tuesday morning at CinemaCon, Warner Bros held their big presentation outlining their film releases for the rest of 2012. Filmmakers and stars presented exclusive unseen footage, trailers and sizzle reels.
We screened a five minute tonal sizzle reel for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, 10 minutes of selected cuts from Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit‘ in 48 frames per second 3D, Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and Jay Roach‘s political comedy The Campaign starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
After the jump you can find a video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider and Alex from FirstShowing discussing our reactions to all the footage, including the higher frame rates of The Hobbit.
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After a healthy crop of spy pics have shown up showing Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in costume for Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, here are the first official shots from Warner Bros. They certainly look good, but it would be difficult not to with a $100m+ budget and that cast. Take a gander at two images below and wonder about how the the glitter of the group shot will be so much more dazzling in 3D. Read More »
Certain movies are rumored and talked about for so long it’s kind of surreal to actually see them in production. Among the films on that long and distinguished list might be Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby. For well over a year, the film was set to star Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire as Gatsby and Carraway. Then the search for Daisy, eventually landing on Carey Mulligan, took some time longer. Then there was a question if Luhrmann was going to make the film at all, whether or not he’d be shooting it in 3D and more. Well it is in 3D, it stars all of those people and it is now shooting aimed at a December 25, 2012 release. You can see some great images of the three leads in costume after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: Baz Luhrmann has added two more to his 3D film version of The Great Gatsby. (Why is this 3D, again?)
His take on the ‘great American novel’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald already features Leonardo DiCaprio as the wealthy Jay Gatsby; Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby’s unrequited love; Tobey Maguire as narrator Nick Carraway; Joel Edgerton as Daisy’s husband, old-money dillweed Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher as Myrtle, with whom Tom is having an affair; and Jason Clarke as George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband.
Now Gemma Ward, who was recently seen as a mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, will play an undisclosed role, and Callan McAuliffe has signed on to play the young Jay Gatsby in a few scenes. Along with young Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, who also recently signed on to play Nick Carraway’s love interest, Jordan Baker, that makes a nice complement of Australian actors for this Long Island-set story. Not that I’m complaining; I’ve really warmed up to the idea of Edgerton playing Tom Buchanan. The 3D part on the other hand… well, not so much. [EW and Variety]
The last time we talked about the film version of Green Day‘s album-turned-Broadway show American Idiot, it looked like Green Day bandleader Billie Joe Armstrong might be playing one of the lead roles on screen. That casting is confirmed now, as THR says that Billy Joe will indeed reprised the role of St. Jimmy, which he played in some sold-out Broadway shows, under the direction of Michael Mayer. Dustin Lance Black is scripting the film version of American Idiot, a tale of love and anger acted out through the characters Jesus of Suburbia and St. Jimmy. We’ve heard about the potential for a movie version for several years, but fans can possibly take heart now that there is real forward movement.
After the break, The Great Gatsby casts its last major role, and T.J. Miller gets his first starring gig, in a comedy. Read More »
The process has been incredibly long and arduous, but Baz Luhrmann is slowly putting together an impressive cast for his 3D vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s masterpiece The Great Gatsby. The latest person to join the fray is Joel Edgerton, who’ll play Tom Buchanan, a role that was originally supposed to go to Ben Affleck before he stepped out to direct Argo. Among geeks, Edgerton is best known for his role at Uncle Owen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith but since then, with turns in Animal Kingdom and The Square, has become quite the in-demand leading man. He’s in The Thing prequel that’s on the way, Warrior with Tom Hardy and now, he’ll be popping out of your screen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher. Read what Luhrmann had to say about Edgerton and more after the jump. Read More »
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One of the better-received films at this year’s Sundance was Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The film is playing to good reviews at Cannes now as well, and the writer/director, Jeff Nichols, is prepping his second film. Mud, as the picture is called, has Chris Pine in talks to star as Mud, a fugitive that is assisted in his escape from an island in the Mississippi river by two 14-year old boys.
The LA Times has the news, and says, “the ambiguity of the story lies with Mud, who is both an unsavory and a redemptive character and who teaches the boys as much as he learns from them,” making the obvious and obligatory Huck Finn reference immediately afterward. Stand By Me is also name-dropped. The reviews for Take Shelter are all I need to be interested in what Jeff Nichols does next, and picking Chris Pine for a definitively non-blockbuster sort of role sounds like a good move.
After the break, Matt Dillon may beat up a pretend Linda Lovelace, and a shortlist emerges for the Great Gatsby role that Ben Affleck had to give up. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Up to this point, Baz Luhrmann‘s been filling his 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby with well-known talents: Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and of course, Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Gatsby. So it’s surprising and intriguing that the latest addition to his cast is a newcomer — Elizabeth Debicki, who comes straight out of Australia’s Victorian College of the Arts. Debicki will play golfer Jordan Baker, who in F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s classic novel is a friend of Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan) and the love interest of Nick Carraway (Maguire).
In an interview, Luhrmann acknowledged the unusual nature of his selection:
It was a surprising result, but Elizabeth’s grasp of the material and her chemical connectivity to Tobey Maguire, in addition to her striking, athletic appearance, had us in a place where we were fully confident and ready to take the leap of giving the role of Jordan Baker to what, I guess, people would term ‘a discovery’… We are thrilled.
The major characters yet to be cast is Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan (Ben Affleck was in talks, but bowed out due to schedule conflicts). Isla Fisher has been in talks to play Tom’s mistress Myrtle Wilson. [Deadline]
After the jump, Katie Holmes and Chace Crawford find love, and Alexander Skarsgard signs on for a dramedy.
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