Because it 'can can can'.
Finally, Baz Luhrmann's vibrant musical romance 'Moulin Rouge!' is set to hit the stage for the first time. It's been a long time coming - the film came out in 2001 - but it's finally getting the theatrical debut it has long-deserved, courtesy of John Logan and Alex Timbers.
Baz Luhrmann's musical film to be adapted to the theatre
The movie, which starred Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Jim Broadbent, is set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century where a dejected writer named Christian struggles to find inspiration for his work. But soon he meets a group of flamboyant Bohemians who introduces him to Paris' underworld and the Moulin Rouge nightclub where courtesans dance in cabaret shows. A hilarious misunderstanding leads Christian, his new friends and the star of the Moulin Rouge Satine to hastily make up a stage show to be performed for the Duke in exchange for funding. Soon though, Christian and Satine begin to fall deeply in love which puts the club at risk when the jealous Duke founds out. Little do they all know that tragedy is soon to befall them.
'Moulin Rouge!' is famous for the medleys of classic hits with adapted lyrics like the 'Lady Marmalade/Smells Like Teen Spirit' performance from Zidler's Diamond Dogs, and the 'Elephant Love Medley' featuring snippets of the Beatles' 'Love Is All You Need', 'I Was Made For Lovin' You' by KISS, The Communards' 'Don't Leave Me This Way', 'Silly Love Songs' by Paul McCartney, David Bowie's 'Heroes' and more.
More: Read our review of Baz Luhrmann's last movie 'The Great Gatsby'
The main songs are 'Spectacular, Spectacular' (to the tune of 'Can Can' by Offenbach) and 'Come What May' which was originally written for Luhrmann's other film 'Romeo + Juliet'. There's also a version of Elton John's 'Your Song', which was later covered by John Barrowman.
The film is being adapted by writer John Logan ('Skyfall', 'Gladiator') and Broadway director Alex Timbers ('Peter and the Starcatcher', 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'). 'It's immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge! into its rightful theatrical realm', Luhrmann told Variety.
Set in recession-blighted New York in 1977, 'The Get Down' tells the story of the birth of hip-hop.
Ahead of the premiere of ‘The Get Down’ exclusively on Netflix on Friday (August 12th), we take a short look at the new mini-series that promises to offer a snapshot into the lives of early hip-hop culture as it was born in New York in the late seventies.
Described as “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form”, ‘The Get Down’ is set in 1977 during the dying days of disco but before hip-hop and rap became well-known.
“I'm probably the least obvious person you might think to be curating and trying to get this story told,” Luhrmann himself told The Independent this week, as a director who is known much more for his fantastical movies and re-tellings of the likes of Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet.
Continue reading: A Sneak Peek At Baz Luhrmann's New Netflix Series 'The Get Down'
Thumbs up from the author's family means everything to Luhrmann.
Stuff what the critics are saying, if you’re pleasing the granddaughter of the person who wrote the original novel then your film’s a-ok. That’s what Baz Luhrmann will be clinging on to (well, that and a load of moolah at the box office) as The Great Gatsby takes a bit of a critical panning.
Yep, according to the Daily Telegraph, the granddaughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote the original novel in 1922, was loving the film adaptation starring Leonardo Di Caprio. At a press conference, Luhrmann told the assembled throng at the Cannes Film Festival that he’d been accompanied to the US premiere by the Fizgerald family member, where she’d told him she “loved the music” and thought her granddad “would be proud of the movie.” He added "For me, that was about as good as it could possibly get.”
Leonardo DiCaprio had some words about the film too, telling reporters "One of the most powerful things about this novel is that it's still discussed 90 years later.” He added "People are still talking about and trying to dissect each one of Fitzgerald's statements, each one of his lines, every bit of symbolism. And it was kind of an endless journey as we discussed this novel, trying to dissect what he truly meant for each scene, from scene to scene."
As the summer blockbusters role in and with The Cannes Film Festival just around the corner this week is a big one in the world of movies.
The big cinematic event this week was the world premiere in London of Fast & Furious 6, which brought the film's stars out on the red carpet. With the city in the background, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster talked to the cameras about the action series and its surprisingly sustained popularity. Set in Europe and billed as the biggest yet in the franchise, the sixth film opens next week in the UK and the following week in the US. And production on part 7 is already underway.
Also this week, Hugh Jackman participated in a global interview via Twitter to talk about his upcoming action movie The Wolverine, which comes out in July. As fans sent in questions, he replied with details about the film, his gruelling preparation to play the muscle-bound X-man and how much he enjoys playing the "toughest guy in the yard". His answers were caught on video.
The Great Gatsby hit cinemas this weekend, but should you bother seeing it?
The Great Gatsby is often lauded as being one of the greatest stories told in modern times and one that has been incorporated by Hollywood studios to ensure bums on seats time after time, but as the latest effort continues to underwhelm critics and audiences alike is it time to leave this age old story of the Roaring Twenties to rest?
Baz Luhrmann is known for his grandiose direction style, and in the past his movies have often been criticised for providing style over substance. The Great Gatsby is a story that relies on the extravagance and demands that those on screen ooze an enviable cool - something that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and co all bring to the table - but Luhrmann may very well have placed all his confidence in his actors and his special effects to deliver this much needed dose of style to the latest screen adaptation. But by concentrating on 50% of the contents of the story, the director has almost rendered the tale obsolete and unable to move amongst the clutter of stylistic treatments used in the film.
The cast of 'The Great Gatsby' discussed their thoughts on the book-to-film adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby'. Among them were director Baz Luhrmann and stars Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Leonardo Dicaprio.
This summer boasts one of the most varied movie seasons for years, with After Earth, The Bling Ring and Man of Steel also getting releases.
Summer's here! But forget about getting your beach towel ready or planning your trip around Europe, because you've got one hell of a movie season to negotiate. Movie fans around the United States lined up for midnight showings of Marvel's Iron Man 3 on Thursday (May 2, 2013) the big-budget movie that the studio hopes will knockout the summer competition as The Avengers did so gloriously last year. Robert Downey Jr returns as Tony Star while a rejuvenated Gwyneth Paltrow (she's the most beautiful woman in the world, don't you know) once again plays Pepper Potts.
Robert Downey Jr As Tony Stark In Iron Man 3
Though The Avengers was the tearaway hit of 2012 - despite competition from the likes of Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises - Iron Man 3 may not have everything its own way. Baz Luhrmann's aepic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby hits US theaters next weekend. Aesthetically it's looking certain to trump anything released in 2013 though plotlines, individual performance and the suitability of a varied looking score could decide whether it ultimately competes for Oscars gold come February 2014. After Gatsby, it's J.J Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17, 2013) which has been creating buzz for months largely on the back of a shadowy performance from British star Benedict Cumberbatch. Abrams will turn his attention to Star Wars Episode 7 after the summer though the latest reviews suggest he's left the rival franchise in a healthy state.
Continue reading: Gatsby, Iron Man 3 Or World War Z? Your Summer Movie Guide 2013
Baz Luhrmann and F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel appear to be a match made in heaven.
Baz Luhrmann appears to have done it again. The Australian director has long been known for his visually arresting movies, Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge (2001) and Australia (2008) all garnered high praise for aesthetics and his next project The Great Gatsby - easily the most ambitious to date - appears to continue the trend. Firstly we had the trailer - which looked stunning - and now the latest stills from the movie appear to suggest the French filmmaker and F. Scott Fitzgeralds tale of love, power, money and destruct were a match made in heaven.
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby
Led by Spielberg, the Cannes jury for 2013 is packed with big names and respected movie talent
This year’s Cannes jury boasts some high profile talent, spanning eight different nationalities. The Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman is perhaps the best known of the line-up and she will be joined by the Austrian actor Christoph Waltz (star of Django Unchained) and the Taiwanese director Ang Lee (Life Of Pi). The jury will be led by Steven Spielberg (E.T.) and will be fleshed out with film veterans from another five countries.
The Indian actress Vidya Balan will not only appear on the jury but will also be at the festival marking 100 years of the Bollywood genre at a gala screening, Entertainment Weekly reports. The Japanese director Naomi Kawase has won the Camera D’Or prize in the past (1997) and the Grand Prize (2007) and will now be taking a place on the judging panel. Similarly, Lynne Ramsey, whose movie We Ned To Talk About Kevin was highly praised at 2011’s Cannes festival. They will be joined by the French actor Daniel Auteil, who won the Best Actor award at Cannes in ’96 and three-times Cannes winner Cristian Mungiu.
This year’s festival will be opened by the highly anticipated Baz Luhrmann movie The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, on May 15. The festival runs until May 26, when it will close with Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom’s Zulu, a political thriller.
Continue reading: Cannes Jury Boasts Stellar Line-Up Featuring Nicole Kidman And Ang Lee
The Vanity Fair Party at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City saw numerous famous faces including 'Sister Act' star Whoopi Goldberg, 'The Deer Hunter' actor Christopher Walken and 'Romeo + Juliet' director Baz Luhrmann. One paparazzo proposes marriage to Whoopi, who declares that they're 'too late' before adding: 'Y'know, it's always too late, I don't wanna marry you'.
Carey Mulligan has likened her character in 'The Great Gatsby' to a certain famous reality star.
Carey Mulligan beat out a slew of Hollywood's finest actresses to land the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's hugely anticipated Great Gatsby movie. Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Michelle Williams had to sit and watch as the British actress snagged the lead role, though the recent trailer appears to suggest Warner Bros made the correct decision.
The 27-year-old appears in an elegant Gatsby inspired shoot for the May issue of Vogue magazine. "It's that kind of feeling: I'm-so-little-and-there's-nothing-to-me, watch-me-have-nothing-to-me," she said of her character in the accompanying interview, "She feels like she's living in a movie of her own life. She's constantly on show, performing all the time. Nothing bad can happen in a dream. You can't die in a dream. She's in her own TV show. She's like a Kardashian." The search for an actress to play Daisy was well-documented at the time, with Keira Knightley and Blake Lively also thought to have been in with a chance. However, after her audition, even co-star Leonardo Dicaprio was smitten. "Leonardo turned to me and he goes, 'Well . . . I guess that's the Next Big Thing in acting," recalls director Luhrmann, "It was a very quick decision after that."
Mulligan, who is married to Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, is best known for her work in Drive, An Education and Never Let Me Go. The Great Gatsby hits theaters in the U.S. On May 10, 2012. Watch the trailer below:
Continue reading: Carey Mulligan On Her Great Gatsby Character, "She's Like A Kardashian"
Leonardo Dicaprio might currently be enjoying the glory of Oscar-nominated Django Unchained. And he may shortly be hitting our screens in the highly anticipated Baz Luhrman adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Apparently, though, DiCaprio wants to take a break from acting, as he told German publication Bild recently.
“I'm a little bit drained. I am now going to take a long, long break,” he told them (translation courtesy of Wenn). When he was asked what he might do with his time off, he revealed that he’d like to “improve the world a bit” and talked about his love for environmental activism. Theoretically speaking, DiCaprio could well be in a position to take a well-earned break pretty soon (he’s been acting in movies and on TV since 1990). There’s been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing with The Great Gatsby and he was back in Australia recently re-filming some of his scenes for that but once all of the promo for Luhrman’s ambitious creation is out of the way, he just has Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street to fulfill his obligations for.
DiCaprio’s 38 now and has recently ended his relationship with Erin Heatherton. Maybe a break from acting is just what he needs to take some time out, reassess and possibly even shake off that ‘permanent bachelor’ tag he seems to have landed himself.
Continue reading: "I'm A Little Drained" - Leonardo DiCaprio Taking A Break From Acting?
And they’d better get a move on because the film’s due out in May, after being delayed to ensure it “reached the largest audience possible,” the BBC reports. The Bullitts tweeted the news the other day, letting the world know that he and his musical companion are busy working on the music for Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy adaptation.
“Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!” came the tweet. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, given that the trailer released for the movie already features Jay Z and Kanye West’s ‘No Church In The Wild.’ There’s been no official word from Jay Z on the matter but we’re excited to hear what he’s created for Luhrmann’s movie.
Continue reading: Delayed Version Of The Great Gatsby Will Feature Jay Z Score
As always, we'll need to sift through a vast number of sequels and remakes to find something original next year. But here are a few things worth looking forward to. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
1. Star Trek: Into Darkness (May)
Continue reading: The Ten Most Anticipated Films Of 2013
The new trailer for The Great Gatsby has now emerged. Originally, Baz Luhrmann's glitzy take on F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel was intended for release this month (December 2012) but now it seems that fans will have to wait for the ambitious cinematic venture. This latest peek at the movie, though, suggests that it might just be worth the wait.
Luhrmann's decision to make the movie in 3D confounded many movie buffs who couldn't see the benefit of 3D for a drama of this ilk. Subtlety, though, has never been a major player in Luhrmann's repertoire and this latest trailer is further evidence of his insistence on big, bold and beautiful, for most things that he does. This second look at the movie focuses less on its aesthetic charms though and more on the story. Particularly, the doubtful Nick Carraway, played by Tobey Maguire, is focused on, as is his relationship with the title character, Jay Gatsby - played here by Leonardo Dicaprio. We also get to see a lot of Carey Mulligan, a scene-stealer, by all accounts, as she shimmers in an array of glitzy dresses, dripping with vintage glamour. It might be bold and brash, but Luhrmann has retained the requisite levels of suave here, too.
Continue reading: The Great Gatsby Trailer No.2: Suave And Glitzy Effort From Baz Luhrmann
When Nick Carraway moved from the Midwest to New York in 1922 to kick start his business career, he unknowingly rents a house right next door to one of the most influential yet elusive characters in the land. The mysterious and great Gatsby who regularly hosts extravagant parties ends up drawing Carroway into his world of sparkle, glamour, wealth and honour with ease as he is already drawn to the overindulgence and luxury of the city. But why does Gatsby, a man known for enjoying his own company, wish to open his doors to the stranger that is Carroway? Nick happens to be the cousin of the Daisy who lives across the bay and that connection gives Gatsby a way in to rekindle an old relationship that has been etched in his mind for several long years. Despite Nick's initial awe of Gatsby's whole existence, he soon begins to have his suspicions of him and starts to uncover the real corrupt and manipulative world of the upper-class.
'The Great Gatsby' has been directed and produced by Baz Luhrmann ('Moulin Rouge', 'Romeo + Juliet'); a man known for his use of glamour and breathtaking splendour in his dramatic flicks. It is a truly remarkable adaptation of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is full to bursting with the glamour, scandal, deceit, romance and tragedy of the 1920's high class world. It is set to be released on May 17th 2013.
Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Callan McAuliffe, Gemma Ward, Amitabh Bachchan, Jason Clarke, Jack Thompson, Jacek Koman, Vince Colosimo, Max Cullen, Barry Otto, Felix Williamson, Stephen James King,
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Next year looks set to be a seminal year for movies. Forget sequels and the so-called impending apocalypse; 2013 is all about beginnings as we discover the dubious past of 'The Wizard of Oz' in upcoming sequel 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' and how loveable 'Monsters, Inc.' protagonists Sulley and Mike got qualified to become scarers. Move over 'Breaking Dawn', 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Skyfall', and let's see what 2013 has in store! There have been plenty of dodgy trailers come out for 2013 releases, but here are ten of the trailers we consider worthy of your time!
Continue reading: 10 Of The Best Big Budget Film Trailers For 2013
It is 1922 and Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who moved to New York to kick off his career, rents a house next door to the mysterious Gatsby who regularly hosts extravagant parties. Everything is different to how it was; bigger buildings, drinking and parties more prevalent; and Nick finds himself becoming increasingly fascinated by the elusive and wealthy character that is Gatsby. Nick's cousin Daisy and her unfaithful, aristocratic husband live across the bay and, after Nick attends a party of his, Gatsby recognises his connection with Daisy and requests a meeting with her hoping to rekindle an old relationship. Nick bears witness to the corrupt and manipulative world of the upper-class and the tragedy and obsession that threatens to collapse their worlds.
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At 165 minutes, Australia is ambitious to a point -- and then, to a fault. You can actually point to two movies jockeying for position on screen (well, one full story and the seeds of another). And while I quite liked the primary story, the third-act coda struck me as fodder for a potential sequel I wasn't prepared to sit through at the time.
Continue reading: Australia Review
Filled with virtuoso special effects and spectacular song-and-dance sequences, Baz Luhrmann's long-awaited Moulin Rouge makes every minute of our collectively held breath worthwhile. In fact, during its opening hour, this critic found it hard to look away even for a second to jot down a note, for fear of missing even a nuanced sparkle in the eye of some French whore.
Continue reading: Moulin Rouge Review
Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) is the perfect director to take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic...
When Nick Carraway moved from the Midwest to New York in 1922 to kick start...
It is 1922 and Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who moved to New York to kick...