The writer who best captured the essence of what he dubbed the "Jazz Age," author F. Scott Fitzgerald was a man whose literary career and personal life were fueled by aspirations of success and ultima...
Guy Pearce is set to tackle the role of The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald opposite British actor Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway in new movie Genius. Theatre director Michael Grandage will make his feature film debut with the big screen adaptation of A. Scott Berg's award-wining biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, about the relationship between American novelist Thomas Wolfe, played by Jude Law, and his editor Max Perkins, who will be portrayed by Colin Firth.
Now Iron Man 3 star Pearce and The Wire actor West have joined the line-up for the movie as Perkins' other famous writers.
The film will also feature Nicole Kidman as costume designer and writer Aline Bernstein, who was romantically linked to Wolfe in the 1920s, and Laura Linney as Perkins' wife, Louise.
Production on the project is due to begin in the U.K. next month (Oct14).
The period movie will reunite Grandage with Law, who starred in the theatre mogul's West End production of Henry V last year (13), and Pearce with Kidman, who co-star in forthcoming thriller Strangerland.
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Summer is finally here, which means the mosquitoes will inherit the earth for three sweltering months and our only retreat is the freon blasted confines of your local movie theater. Luckily, there are a ton of comedy movies heading our way this summer, and there's certainly a little something for everyone on the calendar. Whether you enjoy the meta-absurdity of 22 Jump Street, the talky romance of Woody Allen's latest, or the costume hijinks of Let's Be Cops, we've created a handy guide to help you determine which of this year's summer comedies is best for you.
22 Jump Street
Release Date: June 13What's It About: In this sequel to 21 Jump Street, Detectives Schmidt and Jenko go undercover once again. This time, a new, hip drug is making its way through a college campus. Time to do the same thing all over again.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were seriously hyper, jumping from one activity to another so quickly, it drove your parents bonkers. Besides having way too much energy, you were also pretty quick witted and funny. Jokes were falling from your mouth every second, and as a result, you spent many school days hanging out in the principal's office. He's actually was a pretty swell guy once you got to know him.What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: A stand-up comic. A career that could take all that jubilant energy and turn it into some it some crushing self-deprecating comedy. If not that, then perhaps a screenwriter.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Catching up on classic Mel Brooks and Monty Python flicks at your local movie theater's special midnight showings. You have to keep in touch with the greats if you want to become the best comedian you can.
Release Date: July 2What's It About: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Tammy hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother in order to see Niagara Falls.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were a wild child. If you're a guy, you probably had the finest pre-school mullet in the Tri-State area. It was a real work of art. You were that kid that people mostly got along with, but everyone was still slightly afraid of, and for good reason.What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: Is being a professional robber a thing? If it is, then definitely that. If that didn't work out, you wanted to be a professional wrestler.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Wearing sleeveless T-shirts, because sleeves in the summertime are for fancy people and democrats.
Release Date: July 18What's It About: After 10 years of a so-so marriage, Jay and Annie try to spice up their routine by making a sex tape, but the recording gets shared to that mysterious cloud thing all the young people are talking about, and the couple struggles to get it back.What Were You Like as a Kid: Even as a child, you yearned for the comforting ease of domestic life. While everyone else couldn't wait to get wild and crazy at college, you just wanted to settle down, have 2.5 kids, and live in a quiet suburb where nothing really happens. You wanted to get married to you middle-age sweetheart that you only met two weeks prior, because true love isn't bound by silly adult things like logic.What You Wanted to Be when You Grew Up: A lawyer or a doctor. Something that looks really good on a business card.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Hitting the local country club for a couple swings of golf, praying that no one else realizes you have no idea what you're doing. What the hell is a bogey anyway?
Magic in the Moonlight
Release Date: July 25What’s It About: In the 1920s, skeptic and stage musician Stanley tries to debunk a young woman named Sophie, who claims to be a spiritualist.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were a romantic. While the other kids lived in constant fear of a class 5 cooties outbreak, you spent your formative years working on your game. You saw yourself as a young ladykiller or dudeslayer, and hoped to grow up into a player. You listened to jazz, read F. Scott Fitzgerald, asked your grandpa for style advice. Most teachers said you had an “old soul.”What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: You were saddened to learn that “professional fancy person” wasn’t really a feasible career choice, but you’d settle with museum curator.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Sitting on a deserted beach and reading a nice jazz-age novel.
Let's Be Cops
Release Date: August 13What's It About: Best Friends Ryan and Justin go to a costume party dressed up as cops, but when everyone at the shindig actually believes that they're real officers of the law, they let the new found power go to their heads and they get wrapped up with actual mobsters.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were a control freak. You were most likely a hall monitor in elementary school and wore that plastic badge like it was the real deal. You tormented your classmates with detention slips and everything was in your jurisdiction, even the water fountains. You walked down the halls like the big man on campus and flexed what little bit of power so hard for all its worth. You liked to think of yourself as tough, but the second a big kid real threatened you, you went straight to a teacher to tattle. Hey, this cheap orange sash and badge is cool, but it ain't that cool.What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: A cop, obviously, but you'll probably end up a mid-level manager at your local Applebees, using your those same hall monitor scare tactics on your new 16-year-old wait staff.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Lifeguarding. What other summer activity allows you to exact dominion over people for 15 dollars an hour?
Life of CrimeRelease Date: August 29What's it About: Loving wife Margaret Dawson is kidnapped by a couple of career criminals and held for ransom, but her husband has no intention of paying to get her back.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were a hustler. You were always scheming to make more cash, whether it be selling candy out of your backpack or doing homework for the dumb kids. Eventually you refined you hustle into something more lucrative, but everyone has to start somewhere.What You Wanted to Be When You Grew up: Sawyer from Lost.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Extreme Couponing. Being an actual con man is quite dangerous, but you can still get that same adrenaline rush from scoring 300 tubes of toothpaste for 50 cents. Ah, the thrill of the chase.
Uncensored versions of works by The Great Gatsby writer F. Scott Fitzgerald are to be published for the first time in 80 years. Fitzgerald's fourth collection of short stories, Taps at Reveille, was heavily edited when it was first serialised in American magazine The Saturday Evening Post in the 1920s and 1930s, but it is now set to be published in its original form in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The original drafts of the stories contained sexual innuendos, profanities and anti-Semitic slurs, but these were removed by editors at the Post, who feared offending their readers.
The new edition's general editor James West reveals the decision to publish the uncensored versions was made "because we want to read what Fitzgerald wrote, not what the editors at the Post thought he should have written".
New York is probably America's most filmed and depicted city, but few films really capture what the city actually feels like. Since David O' Russell is doing his best impression of 1970's New York with American Hustle, we've picked out a film or a television show for each of the past nine decades that we feel perfectly encapsulates New York at that time.
1920s: The Great GatsbyBaz Luhrmann’s adaptation explodes with glitz and glamour as it depicts New York’s 1920s opulence with bold colors and blaring hip hop billowing through the scenes. While being terribly anachronistic, in an odd (and intentional) way, Luhrmann’s peculiar choices still help give The Great Gatsby a maximalist vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel that suits the roaring '20s, and New York, perfectly.
1930s: King KongThe image of King Kong straddling the Empire State Building is one of cinema’s most iconic scenes, and it’s as New York as it come. It’s a massive beast taking on man’s tallest and most lofty achievement in the center New York at the height of its power.
1940s: The GodfatherWhile America was in the midst of war overseas, there was a war unfolding on the streets of New York between the crime families in The Godfather. Michael Corleone comes home from WWII and gets himself wrapped up in his family’s ongoing battle for mob supremecy. The Godfather offers an elegant and romanticized version of New York where the criminals still had class.
1950s: Rear WindowNew Yorkers tend to be cramped up pretty tight on the city that only lets us build up rather than out, and this feeling of claustraphobia is captured perfectly in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window. James Stewart finds himself getting a little too involved in his neighbors' lives when he begins snooping on them with a pair of binoculars.
1960s: Mad MenThe '60s was a time of great cultural change in America and Mad Men puts New York at its nucleus. The traditional suits of the Madison Avenue ad world begin to feel their world closing in on them when traditional values are ripped from their seams, and a new normal is stitched in its place.
1970s: Taxi DriverTaxi Driver painted a dark portrait of New York filled with the grit and gristle of crime, prostitution, and corruption, all seen through the cracked vision of Travis Bickle, an unhinged cabbie who will go to great lengths to clean up the streets his own dangerous way.
1980s: Do the Right ThingEven though Hollywood sometimes forgets, New York is more than just the island of Manhattan. There are four other boroughs, each with their own unique flavor and character. Spike Lee crafts a loving letter to Brooklyn with Do the Right Thing. Lee showcased a slice of Brooklyn in the 80’s you couldn’t see on the 11’o clock news — one brimming with life, culture, and vibrancy, but one that also crackled with racial tension and unresolved issues.
1990s: SeinfeldIn the show about nothing, four friends bounced around a '90s New York contemplating life’s funny curiosities and generally being terrible to each other and everyone else they came in contact in.
The 2000s: Spider-ManIn Spider-Man, Sam Raimi made Peter Parker’s identity as a New Yorker just as important as his identity as the super hero. Peter Parker crammed his way into tiny studio apartments and took on crappy jobs just like any other 20-something New Yorker would. The only exception was that he spent his free time fighting evil and trying to get the girl. The film also showed how New Yorkers come together in the face of a tragedy, whether it be something like Hurricane Sandy or the latest Green Goblin attack.
The 2010s: GirlsNothing on television feels like such a pertinent snapshot of New York circa right now than HBO's Girls. Modern day gentrified Brooklyn comes alive as we follow the mis-adventures of Hannah Horvath and her friends as they navigate aimlessly towards adulthood, and stumble on every step along the way.
The Great Gatsby looks set to dominate the third annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards next month (Jan14) after landing 14 nominations, including Best Film. Aussie director Baz Luhrmann's film failed to live up to expectations when it was released earlier this year (13), but it's still a favourite Down Under.
Luhrmann gets a Best Director nod for the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan have scored Best Actor and Best Actress nominations, and Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki and Isla Fisher all scooped mentions in the Best Supporting Actor and actress categories.
Also competing for double-figure awards is director Kim Mordaunt's Laotian-language drama The Rocket, which is Australia's official entry for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Oscar. It picked up 10 AACTA nominations, including a Best Actor nod for leading man Sitthiphon Disamoe.
Also up for the Best Film prize are Satellite Boy, Mystery Road and Dead Europe.
Meanwhile, Jane Campion's acclaimed mini-series Top of the Lake picked up 10 nominations in the TV prize categories.
The AACTA Awards will be handed out in Sydney on 28 January (14).
What do Tyler Durden, Las Vegas commercials, and Justin Bieber have in common? They all know the importance of keeping a secret. And for Bieber, the price of keeping that secret is a small fee of $3 million dollars. According to TMZ, when the pop star threw a massive Gatsby-themed party at his home in California this weekend, he made all of the guests and workers attending sign a confidentiality agreement stating that they would reveal via the press or their social media accounts any details about what went on inside, or else they would have to pony up the $3 million. In true Bieber fashion, though, this wasn't the only reason the party made the news: apparently, whatever shenanigans the singer and his friends got up to were so loud and raucous that Bieber's neighbors called the cops on three separate occasions to complain about the noise.
Since it's very unlikely that any of Bieber's guests have a few million conveniently lying around — other than Snoop Lion, although he doesn't seem the type to reveal party details to the press — the world will probably never know just what went on inside of his Gatsby bash. But, if we had to guess, we're sure that the Biebs took inspiration from Baz Lurhmann's recent adaptation of the novel, which he's probably never read, and outfitted himself and his posse in pristine tuxes. Bieber would, of course, be Jay Gatsby, as he seems like someone who would want to take after Leonardo DiCaprio in all aspects of life.
As the party goers danced to the hip hop/jazz mashups that were featured on the film's soundtrack, he would swan through the crowd, pouring champagne and giving tours of his ridiculously large mansion. Girls would fawn over the idea of getting a glimpse of the party's elusive host, and those that managed to get an audience with him would brag about it for years to come. As the party raged on towards the wee hours of the morning, Bieber would feel himself overcome with a feeling of melancholy and would escape to a tall balcony, where he would stand alone and stare into the distance towards Selena Gomez's house, and if he really concentrated, he could just barely make out the blinking green light of her phone charging in the window.
There he would stand, casting a shadow down onto the party goers below, a solitary figure of both legendary parties and pining heartbreak. Finally, as the sun began to rise, Bieber's guests would go home, and as his friends crashed on various couches throughout his home to sleep off the party, Bieber would make his way down to the pool, where he would decide to take a morning swim, but would be so tired that he would probably just collapse face-first into the water, and float there for a bit before dragging himself off to bed.
Of course, there's no way of knowing if any of that is actually true, but we do know that were he alive, the idea of Bieber throwing a Gatsby-inspired party would horrify F. Scott Fitzgerald less than the idea that the host likely wouldn't consider him cool enough to attend.
Rock icon David Bowie has published a list of his favourite reading material and revealed he is a big fan of comic books. The Ashes to Ashes hitmaker has detailed his 'Top 100 Books' in a post on his official website, and the rundown includes classics such as Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, 1984 by George Orwell, Homer's Iliad, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
But in among the highbrow literature, Bowie shows his humorous side by admitting his love for British children's comic The Beano and satirical magazine Private Eye.
He also loves reading adult comic Viz and 1980s underground mag Raw.
"Now a major motion picture" is the worst thing that can ever happen to a book — short of, say, an open flame. And in this day and age, no one is safe. It happened to Life of Pi; it happened to The Great Gatsby; heck, it happened to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And now it has happened to William Faulkner. James Franco's scowling mug now takes up 70% of the cover for As I Lay Dying.
Since our copies of the novel are lovingly battered, dog-eared, and annotated, and, that being the way we like it, we haven't been in the market for a new edition recently, we didn't make this discovery until Time Out New York's Keith Uhlich tweeted the travesty (below). A facepalm has never been so well deserved.
Oh for fuck's sake. pic.twitter.com/3V0dMgB9fI
— Keith Uhlich (@keithuhlich) September 12, 2013
We've been skeptical of this adaptation for a long time, due less to Franco's involvement than to the seemily unadaptable nature of the book, but now we hate it. We hate the whole project and what it's doing to American literature. We hate James Franco's stupid face. (Well, not really, but it's about as close as we've ever come.) We need someone to blame for this crime against literature, and he's literally the poster boy.
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It is widely believed that F. Scott Fitzgerald was inspired to write The Great Gatsby by his own tumultuous, passionate, and often toxic relationship with wife Zelda. While Baz Luhrmann wasn't driven to bring the book to life on the big screen by his own personal turmoils, it was an interesting journey that brought him to the project. Growing up with Gatsby in the form of Robert Redford's 1974 picture, Luhrmann always ached to know more about the character, a pursuit he took on during a long trainride in his later years. It was this revelatory journey that gave him the image of Gatsby as we saw it earlier this year.
Still, the director attributes a good deal of his Great Gatsby adaptation to stars Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, whom he accredits with truly devoted performances. Watch Luhrmann discuss the film in the interview above, and catch Gatsby on Blu-ray and DVD now.
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In its 106 years in operation, the Plaza Hotel has never had a more loyal, more esteemed client than one F. Scott Fitzgerald. A regular patron of the New York City establishment, the author would submit to stays, crank out literary gems therein, and even take to frolicking in the grounds' fountains with his wife Zelda. In honor of the eccentric artist's history with the hotel, the Plaza timed a redesign of one of its elite suites with the theatrical release of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Just prior to the film's opening, the Plaza unveiled the Fitzgerald Suite, created by Gatsby producer and set/costume designer Catherine Martin. And on the new Blu-ray edition of the movie, now available for purchase, fans can get a deeper look at the world Martin created for Luhrmann's Gatsby.
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The Blu-ray not only takes a look at the physical world surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, but also the cultural world, dissecting the music, language, and the fashion — some of the jewelry, created specifically by Tiffany's for Carey Mulligan's Daisy Buchanan, is rawther dashing (as one might say in the Plaza). Catch the Blu-ray/DVD in stores now, in both 3D and 2D formats.
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The writer who best captured the essence of what he dubbed the "Jazz Age," author F. Scott Fitzgerald was a man whose literary career and personal life were fueled by aspirations of success and ultimately damaged by the destructive influence of alcohol. At the age of 24, the young writer became an overnight sensation with his debut novel <i>This Side of Paradise</i> in 1920, allowing him to marry the girl of his dreams, wild child socialite, Zelda Sayre. Together they embarked on a legendary decade of overindulgence and bad behavior in the clubs of New York and on the shores of the French Riviera. Fitzgerald published over a 160 short stories - increasingly a necessity as the sales of his later novels steadily declined - and at the height of his creative powers he wrote <i>The Great Gatsby</i>, a book later considered by many to be the finest American novel of the 20th Century. By the 1930s, Fitzgerald's tumultuous marriage to Zelda, plagued by his alcohol consumption and her deteriorating mental health, exacerbated his writer's block and contributed to his professional decline, as the literary contributions of contemporaries like his friend Ernest Hemingway only increased. With Zelda institutionalized back East, Fitzgerald escaped to Hollywood in 1937, where he finished out his years as a frequently uncredited screenwriter until his death from a heart attack in 1940. His legacy, however, would only grow, as Fitzgerald's works remained continuously in print and inspired dozens of film, television and theater adaptations for decades to come.