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Baby, you're a firework: Check out some favorite fireworks in pop culture

The Fourth of July means many things: family, food, sun, shouts of “AMURRICA!” and maybe a mosquito bite or four. But more than anything, it’s fireworks that symbolize Fourth of July celebrations around the country — from the lakeside pier to sparklers in the backyard to the Statue of Liberty and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Movies, music videos, and TV shows have captured fireworks moments for generations, both to show emotion (sparks fly!) and of course to represent the holiday. We’ve put together a list of some of the most memorable firework moments in pop culture history below; make sure to let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite!

Watch 'The Great Gatsby' come to life: So delicious that you can almost fake it


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.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at this Vimeo video with before and after shots posted by the film’s VFX supervisor, Chris Godfrey:  READ FULL STORY

'The Great Gatsby': James Franco has some thoughts


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

Leonardo DiCaprio: Could anyone else have been Jay Gatsby?

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

'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack and the rich history of the rock star composer

Much has been made of Jay-Z’s involvement with Baz Lurhmann’s epic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The music mogul has never before lent his name or his talents to a project in this way before (we’re not counting his “inspired by” American Gangster album). Despite the hype, this soundtrack collaboration is fundamentally safe (if seemingly off to a fast start on the charts.). Not only is The Great Gatsby a tent-pole blockbuster with an above-the-title director and major A-list talent, it’s a grandiose celebration of New York jazz age glamour and excess — which in some ways, makes it a perfect fit for the Brooklyn-born superstar.

But Jay-Z is far from the first talent to marry music and movie-making. In recent years, a number of pop, rock, rap, and indie artists have lent their names and composition skills to film projects, including Daft Punk’s electro score to Joseph Kosinski’s TRON: Legacy, The Chemical Brothers for Joe Wright’s Hanna, Karen O for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, and Skrillex for Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Like Jay-Z’s involvement with Gatsby, these have been one-off collaborations; other rock stars have managed to have second careers as movie composers — even creating some of the most memorable scores of recent years.

Take a look at some of the most prolific musicians-turned-film-score-composers after the jump.


Carey Mulligan struggles to explain 'Great Gatsby' plot to Colbert -- VIDEO

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

Stephen Colbert wants you to read 'The Great Gatsby' by Thursday -- VIDEO

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:

PopWatch Planner: 'The Great Gatsby,' Rihanna's documentary, and more TV finales

May has arrived, spring has (sort of) sprung, and we are officially smack dab in the middle of finale season. We’re also coming up on some of the biggest movie releases of the year. Basically, it’s an exciting time to be an entertainment junkie, folks! So here is what we’ve rounded up for you this week. Whether you’re a Rihanna fan, an avid reader of YA novels, a country music fan, or a Gleek, we’re here to make sure you get the most out of your week … entertainment-wise. The rest is up to you.

Rihanna 777, 8 p.m., Fox
Catch an up-close-and-personal look at life on the road with Rihanna in this documentary about her November 2012 tour, in which she traveled to seven countries for seven concerts in seven days (get it?) to promote her seventh studio album, Unapologetic. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for a Chris Brown cameo … or maybe we shouldn’t.

Golden by Lady Antebellum hits record stores
Lady Antebellum’s fourth studio album marks their return to the sound that fans fell in love with — think “Need You Now.” From upbeat tracks to emotional ballads, this record is sure to please fans. But if you’re looking for something a little more outside-of-the-box, we hear good things about The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which also drops Tuesday.

Amazon Original Pilots, amazon.com
Check out Amazon’s slew of original pilots, watch them for free, and then vote for which pilot you want to be developed into a series. Voting goes through mid-May so act now! Our recommendation: Alpha House, starring John Goodman as a D.C. senator.

Community, 8 p.m., NBC — OR — Glee, 9 p.m., Fox
So many season finales, so little time. Whether you want to spend your night laughing or tapping your feet is up to you, but when it comes to Glee, regionals always provides a good show. Plus, will Blaine go through with proposing to Kurt?!

The Great Gatsby opens in theaters
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic novel is finally here, and it promises to be a visual experience that will leave you feeling one of two things: absolutely in awe or absolutely confused. But one thing is certain: With Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Toby Maguire in the lead roles, the party’s attendees are sure to be as pretty as the parties themselves.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The next big YA novel is here, and it focuses on a brave young female character and what happens to her when the world is invaded by aliens. Oh, and there’s a love interest. More importantly, Sony has already made a deal to launch what Yancey predicts will be a trilogy to the big screen.

Once Upon a Time, 8 p.m., ABC — OR — Revenge, 9 p.m., ABC — OR — Survivor, 8 p.m., CBS
It is an epic three-way battle of finales, and thanks to our best friend, DVR, we don’t have to choose. But if you do have to choose, we hear that big things are going down in Revenge‘s final hour.

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'The Great Gatsby' premiere: On the scene report

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Was he actually overpaid for his Hollywood work?

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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