Upon its release in May, moviegoers were either fascinated with The Great Gatsby‘s colorful, Baz Luhrmann-ized world or thought that it resembled a videogame version of Candyland with way more alcohol. However you feel about it, you can’t deny the sheer awesomeness of the special effects that helped create this carnival of a movie.
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James Franco wrote a piece for Vice where he discussed some of his impressions of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Franco, unlike a lot of critics, liked the music.
He wrote, “The jazz music of the 20s was raw and dangerous, but if Luhrmann had used that music today, it would have been a museum piece—irrelevant to mainstream and high culture alike, because they would’ve already known what’s coming.” He thought the 3D was fine. He thought Luhrmann succeeded at “breath[ing] life into the ephemera and aura of the 20s.” Sadly, there is no talk of wanting to “make love” to Leo’s performance like he wrote about Ryan Gosling’s acting in The Place Beyond the Pines. READ FULL STORY
The Great Gatsby didn’t take down Iron Man 3 at the box office, but its $51.1 opening weekend was significantly higher than analysts predicted. Audiences — heavily adult and female — were likely drawn to Baz Luhrmann’s surrealistic re-imagination of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel and the film’s hip anachronistic soundtrack, but it’s no secret what really sold this movie: “Three little letters,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “L-E-O.”
Gatsby‘s strong debut was a reminder that Leonardo DiCaprio is a Hollywood superhero — even if he’s never played one on the silver screen. Calling DiCaprio a movie star might seem as self-evident as calling him handsome, but DiCaprio, 38, is unusual among his peers, a throwback actually. READ FULL STORY
Last night The Colbert Report was the inaugural episode of cOlbert’s Book Club (it’s not an Oprah rip-off!) featuring a discussion about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
Colbert definitely read the book so he was all prepared for his scholarly chat with novelist Jennifer Egan with questions such as, “Great Gatsby or the greatest Gatsby?” But, as was obvious to the audience, he secretly didn’t read the book at all, so he met up with Carey Mulligan to compare notes on the famous tale — which should be easy for her, as she stars as Daisy in the movie.
Colbert — decked out as Gatsby, naturally — attempted to get Mulligan’s help with the plot. She names the characters Daisy, Nick and Gatsby, but when it comes to what, you know, actually happened in the book, things fall apart. “He is a movie stunt driver… who also drives getaway cars… who gets in trouble with these really bad guys and he hammers a nail into their head… and that’s the end,” she explained.
Note to high schoolers: This is the plot of Drive. Do not use this in your English papers. After that mishap, Mulligan was forced to confess she never read the book either, and also, she may not be able to read at all.
To say anything else would give too much away, but heads-up to Reading Rainbow fans — you’re going to want to check this out. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Oprah probably won’t mind that Stephen Colbert stole her idea (as a tribute) and started his own book club. It’s called “cOlbert’s Book Club” — with the capital O so it can have a similar logo to Oprah’s — and its first book is The Great Gatsby.
Come Thursday, Colbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, and Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann will be sipping chardonnay and discussing the broad themes of the novel. We predict a lot of 3-D jokes.
“I will be reading right up until my first book-club meeting Thursday, when I assume we will discuss how this opulent, consequence-free lifestyle reaches its inevitable happy ending,” Colbert joked.
Watch the announcement below and remember, you all were supposed to have read it in high school anyway:
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It seems only fitting that the New York City premiere for the The Great Gatsby — a movie set in a time of over-the-top indulgence — would be, well, grand.
From a seemingly never-ending red carpet lined with a Tiffany blue backdrop (the jeweler was one of the sponsors of the opening) to the corrals of fans gathered around the Lincoln Center to applaud and squeal at every arrival, the red carpet felt more like a lead-in to a big awards show than it did a typical movie opening.
While Jay-Z whisked inside with a quick wave to fans, the film’s stars — including Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Amitabh Bachchan — stopped to chat on the carpet. Here’s what they had to say:
Leonardo DiCaprio, on relating to his character, Jay Gatsby: “This novel took on a whole new meaning for me when I became an adult. I really connected and was fascinated by the loneliness and isolation of this man that is a part of this new America that is emerging as this superpower,” said DiCaprio, who we’re pretty sure we saw taking a selfie inside the theater. (See, he’s just like one of us!) READ FULL STORY
The Great Gatsby might be one of the season’s most anticipated Hollywood movies, but F. Scott Fitzgerald’s infamous sojourn to Hollywood was a cruel tragedy that humbled one of the century’s great pens. As Some Like it Hot Director Billy Wilder once said, describing the frustration and futility that Fitzgerald encountered in California, “He made me think of a great sculptor who was hired to do a plumbing job. He did not know how to connect the f—ing pipes.” READ FULL STORY
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