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Cannes 2013: 7 Things We Learned About 'The Great Gatsby' From Baz Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio & Co

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 15, 2013 10:05 AM
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A perhaps unexpected offering to kick off this fortnight of high-profile international, arthouse and independent filmmaking, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will nonetheless burst open the Cannes Film Festival later tonight like a giant glitter-and-feather-filled pinata. Which means that this morning was all about the real reason the film snagged its prestigious opening slot: the dazzling constellation of stars it brings in its wake to walk the red carpet, get their pictures taken and talk up the film in handy soundbite format to the assembled roiling masses of journalists at the press conference.

The 5 Most Ridiculous Things About 'The Great Gatsby,' Old Sport

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 13, 2013 12:04 PM
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The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio
Opening a bit bigger than expected this past weekend and getting ready to explode confetti over crowds at Cannes later this week, Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, is totally ridiculous. It’s a rococo doodle, one full of flash and dazzle and sparkle, but empty inside, which would be an apt metaphor for the titular character if Luhrmann would slow down long enough to establish such things (even if he did bother to try to the make the connection, it would probably be besieged by schizophrenic cutting and accompanied by a Jay-Z song). In fact, it was something of a chore to narrow down the list of the most ridiculous things about “The Great Gatsby” to just five. We could go on and on all day. Oh, and spoiler warning old sport.

Box Office: 'Iron Man 3' Continues To Speed Towards $1 Billion Worldwide, 'Gatsby' Does 'Great'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2013 12:00 PM
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Big business, big business: the actors behind "The Avengers" were smart to pick a week where "Iron Man 3" was making cash hand over fist to air out their salary grievances. The stats are pure gonzo for the third installment in the robot-man series, with the picture smashing expectations worldwide as it cruises towards a cool billion. By the end of this weekend, it will have eclipsed the domestic results of any non-"Iron Man" Marvel film aside from "The Avengers," though globally it's already the biggest of all Marvel superhero films behind last summer's billion dollar superhero team-up.

5 Things Learned From Baz Luhrmann On The Road To ‘The Great Gatsby’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 12, 2013 10:02 AM
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Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby
This weekend Baz Luhrmann's gold-encrusted, glitter-covered, FM radio-fueled "The Great Gatsby" hit theaters, and while critics may be split, audiences turned up in droves. But it wasn't the easiest journey to the big screen. The expensive production underwent reshoots, was pushed back from its previously planned Christmas Day release last year, and some wondered if it was a sign that the movie was troubled. But undoubtedly, it's Luhrmann's vision through and through.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Gatsby' & 'Peeples' To Attract Lots Of 'Sightseers' But Generate Little 'Aftershock'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 10, 2013 2:23 PM
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Some weekends are just perfect for dishing out oodles of death and destruction. This one, for instance, brings us a theater schedule that features all manner of gory violence and evil plotting, followed by some good old-fashioned, cold-blooded killin' sprees. We have revenge-hungry assassins, period piece murder, vacationing serial killers, natural disaster fatalities, and a deadly hang-gliding accident. Plus, the Williams Sisters totally kill it on the tennis court. And there's always the chance that David Alan Grier might off Craig Robinson for trying to wed his daughter in the latest "Tyler Perry Presents" movie. Frankly, the debut of B-grade bloodbath "No One Lives" could not be better timed, its title capturing the mood and material of this release slate with judicious pith. With that in mind, we'd like to know, dear readers: which homicidal stories pique your debauched interest? Or will you be hanging with F. Scott Fitzgerald instead? Tell us in the comments below!

To Sleep, Perchance To Dream: Baz Luhrmann Would Love To Make 'Hamlet' With Leonardo DiCaprio

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 8, 2013 1:29 PM
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When Leonardo DiCaprio first worked with Baz Luhrmann, he was barely old enough to drink. Seventeen years and three Oscar nominations later, DiCaprio’s long-awaited second collaboration with Luhrmann comes out this weekend and it sees them taking on yet another classic work of literature together. As expected, reaction to “The Great Gatsby” thus far has been mixed (here’s our review), but that’s not stopping Luhrmann from dreaming up his next possible project with his leading man.

The Top 5 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies About Doomed Romances

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 6, 2013 3:06 PM
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The Great Gatsby
This weekend, “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann’s overstuffed piñata of a literary adaptation, opens everywhere (read our review). Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the mysterious mogul Jay Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the object of his very intense desire. Anyone who has taken a freshman literature course (um, spoiler alert?) knows that the central love story of “The Great Gatsby” doesn’t exactly end well, but even more alarming is the fact that within the career of Mr DiCaprio this seems to be what a therapist would describe as “a definite pattern.” Over the years leo has been embroiled in a quite shocking array of cinematic trysts that ended in absolute catastrophe.

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.

Listen: Stream The Entire 'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack Now

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 2, 2013 12:17 PM
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It’s been teased endlessly through a series of snippets and television commercials, but now it’s here for your streaming pleasure – the entire Jay Z-cultivated soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s hellzapoppin’ “The Great Gatsby,” courtesy of NPR. Turn off Spotify, close your iTunes, this will be the soundtrack to the rest of your day. Pink pinstripe suit optional.

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.

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