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Review: 'The Great Gatsby' Is A Decadently Empty Tale Of Empty Decadence & Impossible Love

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 6, 2013 9:01 AM
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The Great Gatsby
The distinctive, vista-obsessed movies of Baz Luhrmann are nothing if not stylish, generally flamboyant and lavish in their candy-colored visual treatments. Subtlety has never been of much interest to the Australian filmmaker who has leaned heavily on melodrama and romantic fairy tales told in a passionate, bright Technicolor style. But sincerity and resplendent ardor have generally anchored his always-plush films, even when they’ve been too long and affected (“Australia”) or overpowered with the odor of teen angst (“Romeo + Juliet”). Luhrmann, it seems, was born to tell stories of impossible love in the most sumptuous ways possible.

Baz Luhrmann Wants You To Celebrate 'The Great Gatsby' All Summer, Says 3D Is “Poetic Glue”

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 2, 2013 12:07 PM
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If yesterday's jazzy cover of Beyoncé's “Crazy in Love” by ever-present vocalist Emeli Sande and the Bryan Ferry Orchestra had you sashaying instead of scratching your head, “The Great Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann would like your help. We already know the film's going to have an absolutely thumping soundtrack (courtesy of exec producer Jay-Z), but the director is hoping the beat will keep 'Gatsby' on everyone's mind through the summer.

Listen: Jake Gyllenhaal Reads 'The Great Gatsby' Movie Tie-In Audiobook

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 9:20 AM
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It seems Hollywood is in the full blown grip of F. Scott Fitzgerald fever, or they're at least reading "The Great Gatsby" again. Of course, there is Baz Luhrmann's ambitious adaptation dropping next month, but if you're looking to catch up with the source material without having to actually read anything, Jake Gyllenhaal is here to help.

Baz Luhrmann Says 'The Great Gatsby' Will Have One Major Difference From The Book & Rain Delayed The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2013 9:22 AM
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Giving your summer movie viewing a requisite dose of literary authority, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is coming with an equal mix of high expectations, quiet rumbling about a troubled production, star power, a Cannes Film Festival opening slot, 3D, Jay-Z and whatever else you can add on the pile. It's a helluva basket of eggs. And if that weren't enough, the director is already hinting that the familiar story from the classic book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, could be in for a bit of tweaking.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer & 4 Posters For Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 8:20 AM
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Well, you gotta admit, Baz Luhrmann has a pretty big pair of brass ones when it comes to "The Great Gatsby." With a soundtrack dressing up the classic American novel with songs by will.i.am, Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Jay-Z and The xx, he's certainly taking F. Scott Fitzgerald's book out of the classroom and into...somewhere else. And with 3D visuals, lavish set design and, oh yeah, an all star cast, it's go big or go home. And now a few more treats are here to bring you into Luhrmann's world.

Watch: Step Into Baz Luhrmann's Jazz Age With New Trailer For 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2013 9:03 AM
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There is probably no bigger (or riskier) question mark this spring than Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which has battled a delay and rumors of a troubled production only to nab the opening slot at the Cannes Film Festival (and in the process breaking an unspoken tradition of the Croisette hosting world premieres only -- it will open in the U.S. a week earlier). But there are reasons to be excited. Namely, Luhrmann has faced this kind of scrutiny before and won people over, and also, the always charming Jason Clarke excitedly told us last year that the 3D will "....be amazing and there's never been anything like it."

6 New Character Posters For ‘The Great Gatsby’ Get Close-Up & Intimate

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 31, 2013 5:21 PM
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Warner Bros. has released six new “The Great Gatsby” character posters. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the posters’ Art Deco-style gilded trim evokes the glitz of the flapper era and the pizzazz we’ve all come to expect from the director of “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge.” As you can see below, each poster shows a literal close-up of the character along with a figurative close-up in the backdrop.

Prep For Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' With A Handy & Stylish Character Map, Plus First TV Spots For The Film

  • By India Ross
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  • March 26, 2013 11:35 AM
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If your audience needs to read up beforehand, your movie may be a little over-ambitious. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” however, which stands at sub-200 pages and with a tally of no more than seven principal characters, doesn’t present itself as an obvious adaptive head-scratcher. So a new character map for Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited Cannes opener from graphic designer Something So Sam, is presumably more fun than function.

Jay-Z Didn't Score 'The Great Gatsby'; But Will Contribute To & Executive Produce The Soundtrack

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 14, 2013 5:27 PM
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When rapper/entrepreneur Jay-Z was reported to be "scoring" Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" the first thing we were asked was, why didn't we report this? Well, for one, we're sticklers for language. You wouldn't say Diablo Cody wrote "Evil Dead" if she just did a dialogue pass on it, right? Well, there's that and there's the fact that longtime Luhrmann composer Craig Armstrong was listed as the composer for the movie from the very first (and all subsequent) trailers. So while it sounded nice, it likely wasn't quite right, but of course WB wouldn't comment, so we had to wait. (But yes, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church In The Wild" features in the trailers).

Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' To Open 2013 Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 12, 2013 5:59 AM
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After years of faintly disastrous picks that meant the reputation of the Cannes opener was somewhat sullied, the festival, the world's most prestigious, has stepped up its game in the last few years. Of the last four years, three of the Opening Night films -- Pixar's "Up," Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" and Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," went on to see wide acclaim and success around the world (the outlier, Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood," which kicked off the festival in 2010, not so much).

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