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'The Great Gatsby' Launches Cannes, Luhrmann Reveals Wrangling with Warners

After a solid opening in wide release Stateside, grossing over $50 million in over 3,500 theaters, Baz Luhrmann took his "The Great Gatsby" on the road to officially open the Cannes Film Festival. It is the first film in recent memory to open what is arguably the world's most important film event after a theatrical roll out in the U.S., but judging by the rush of press for the morning screening here and the pile-up to get into the press conference afterwards, enthusiasm for the film has only grown.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 15, 2013 11:58 AM
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Review Roundup: 'The Great Gatsby' A Swooning But Excessive Piece of Cinema (TRAILER)

The reviews are in for Baz Luhrmann's epically mounted display of bacchanalia "The Great Gatsby," which opens in the US on Friday before premiering again at Cannes on May 15. As expected, the film is incredibly divisive.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 6, 2013 1:07 PM
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REVIEW: Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Wows with Audacious 3-D Visuals, Sags Dramatically

"The Great Gatsby" is a guilty pleasure, a swirling, audacious piece of cinema --in 3-D!--that could prove a crowdpleaser for young audiences. Set during the Roaring Twenties, the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has been a fave of high school and college kids for decades. It plays young, partly because it's about young people in love--or their idea of love, which judging from this latest take on the story, makes people incredibly stupid.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2013 1:04 AM
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Baz Luhrmann's Despair, Drive and Gamble Behind 'The Great Gatsby'

The making of "The Great Gatsby," the opening night film at Cannes, and the struggles and successes that Aussie director Baz Luhrmann faced during production are the subject of THR's latest cover story.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 25, 2013 2:41 PM
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In the Works: Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mikhail Gorbachev Teaming for HBO's 'Gorbachev'

Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev will be collaborating on HBO film "Gorbachev," chronicling the last years before the Soviet Union's fall. Hanks and DiCaprio will both be taking on executive producing roles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 12:30 PM
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First Look: Six 'Great Gatsby' Character Posters

Warner Bros. is displaying six new character posters for Baz Luhrmann's giddily awaited film, "The Great Gatsby," colorfully adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. These jazzy posters feature our golden boy anti-hero (Leonardo DiCaprio), Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki) and her beau Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2013 4:02 PM
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WATCH: Rare Audition Tapes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman Air on 'Today'

Three anonymous casting directors have put 54 early Hollywood audition tapes on the auction block. On Friday, "The Today Show" aired an amusing reel of these endearingly awkward auditions. Clips include early readings from Leonardo DiCaprio vying for a role in the 1990 TV series "The Outsiders," Brad Pitt auditioning for Ron Howard's 1991 "Backdraft" and Nicole Kidman in a particularly dramatic bid for a part in 1991's "Shattered."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 1, 2013 7:00 PM
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Cannes Picks Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' to Open Fest May 15, After its Stateside Release UPDATED

Cannes opening night is always Fest Delegate General Thierry Frémaux's biggest headache. How to find the right combination of "big" movie with artistic pretensions directed by a proven auteur delivering some glamorous stars for the red carpet? All too often, the actual quality of the film is irrelevant. Thus the opening night of the 66th Festival du Cannes is "The Great Gatsby," Warner Bros.' 3-D spectacular from Baz Luhrmann. The Australian filmmaker memorably opened the fest with Fox's "Moulin Rouge" in 2001, with one of the best parties I have ever been to in my life. I remember Rupert Murdoch dancing with Nicole Kidman, among other things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 12, 2013 1:53 AM
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As Berlinale Kicks Off, Watch Hollywood Speak Deutsch [VIDEO]

With the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17), check out these videos of Hollywood stars who speak German. Bradley Cooper's fluency in French? Passé. Deutsch is where it's at -- just ask Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 11:42 AM
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Santa Barbara Festival to Open with 'Disconnect'; Honors DiCaprio with American Riviera Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will open the 2013 fest with the U.S. premiere of "Disconnect," directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard. Additionally, Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the American Riviera Award on February 1, which recognizes an artist with a strong influence on American cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 3, 2013 12:47 PM
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