We haven't heard much about Baz Luhrmann's =adaptation of The Great Gatsby since the director announced that it may be shot in 3D, but for any Fitzgerald-philes out there wondering if the production had fallen of the face of the earth, have no fear. New photos taken from the set at Fox Studios in Australia show leading men Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire out for a drive in a period-appropriate–and stylish–car. Though if I'm remembering my high school English class correctly, Gatsby's car was supposed to be green, and green was a metaphor for money or hope or the American Dream or something like that.
The Great Gatsby, for anyone who slept through Junior year, tells the story of wealthy playboy Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) through the eyes of his friend Nick Carraway (Maguire), as Gatsby attempts to reconnect with first love Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) despite the objections of her husband (Joel Edgerton).
Without context, these photographs raise more questions about the film than they answer, in a production already full of questions. Including: why is Luhrmann using Australia as a stand-in for the original setting of Long Island? Will the movie contain that weird ambiguous sex scene from the book? And why the hell are they shooting the film in 3D? Is the symbolism going to fly off the screen into your face?
Luhrmann, for his films' faults, has an undeniable flair for epic romance and striking imagery. Just look at Moulin Rouge and Romeo+Juliet. So while I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt, this next project could also go the way of Australia.
Ten years ago today, R&B singer and actress Aaliyah Dana Houghton, known simply as Aaliyah, died in a plane crash in The Bahamas. Tragically, Aaliyah was only twenty-two years old when she passed. She managed, however, to make a definitive impact on pop culture during her short but fruitful time on Earth. The Brooklyn native began her recording career at the impressive age of fourteen. Throughout and past the nineties, Aaliyah collaborated with artists like Missy Elliott and Timbaland & Magoo, and contributed to the soundtracks of Dr. Dolittle and Anastasia. Some of her more memorable songs included "If Your Girl Only Knew" and "Try Again."
Aaliyah's film career was brief: she starred as the Juliet incarnation in Romeo Must Die, a Shakespeare adaptation. She also played the title role, a sadistic vampire, in Queen of the Damned, which was released after the star's death.
My generation remembers Aaliyah fondly. Her music was a staple of every junior high schooler's springtime soundtrack; I recall one instance in sixth grade, in which a friend and I spent an entire day listening to the radio, and celebrating the frequent reprisal of "Try Again."
Aaliyah was the sort of artist that had just begun to blossom. We all felt as if she'd be of monumental significance within due time. Although her unexpected passing cut this short, her standing contributions should not be devalued: Aaliyah made some wonderful music, and will always be remembered for doing so.
Romeo and Juliet: the most timeless love story in literary history. The story kicks off when the hormonal Montague boy spots the demure Capulet girl at a masquerade party. From the moment he catches glimpse of her, his heart is stolen, and he forgets all about the last gal he was with. What was her name again? The one we never actually met? Rosaline. Did anyone ever wonder what happened to her? Yes. One person, to be exact: Rebecca Serles. She actually wrote a book about it. And now that book, entitled When You Were Mine, will be adapted into a film: Rosaline, starring either Keira Knightley or Lily Collins.
The film will take a look at the Romeo and Juliet story from the perspective of the Romeo's unseen ex, and, to further accentuate the "re-imagination" of it all, will be enacted entirely in contemporary dialogue (none of that “eth” nonsense). Responsible for the script are Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (the (500) Days of Summer team), and Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens) will direct.
This is the sort of premise that warrants a film—the sort only comes around once every seven or eight years. To those out there some might find the contusion of Shakespeare unholy (we can sense you sneering), you would be wise recall a previous experiment of the same nature: the creation of an alternate story from the point of view of a minor character (or, in this case, two) from one of the bard’s most acclaimed works. It went a little something like this: in other words, awesome.
Every once in a while, the best thing that has ever happened happens. Today, we'd like to give gracious thanks to the director that has become of Drew Barrymore: the excited, inward-looking, jungle-flower artist that gave us Whip It has now bestowed unto the world a video for the band Best Coast's "Our Deal."
Drew Barrymore is good at directing. There's something about her style of film that instigates something strange and new in a backdrop of tradition. The video below takes West Side Story, itself derivative of Romeo and Juliet, and makes with it a colorful, moribund tragedy. Without more than four minutes of speechless screen time, we get full, invigorated characters.
Barrymore's presence as a (hopefully increasingly prominent) female filmmaker in and of itself is important. Her first attempt at directing (Whip It) was exemplary, and her creative imagining of Best Coast's ballad will prove memorable.
If you are unmoved by our Barrymorophilia, then at least invest your heartbeat in the stellar cast that makes up the video: playing the leads are Chloe Moretz, whose Kick-Ass performance was haunting and dangerous, and Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey. Backing them up are Miranda Cosgrove (who, though she's way more famous for iCarly, I'll always remember for her stellar delivery of the uptight class president in School of Rock), Alia Shawkat (Maeby frickin' Fünke!), and the only acceptable casting for Peter Parker, the brightest bulb on the Derrick Comedy electric-menorah, the disco spider himself, Donald Glover.
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The 19-year-old actor, who played gay pop star Boy George as a teen in a TV movie, has been cast as the male lead as the cast for the film comes together around 14-year-old 2011 Oscar nominee Steinfeld.
Variety reports Holly Hunter, Kodi-Smit-McPhee and Ed Westwick are also attached to the project, which will shoot in Italy this summer (11).
Two co-stars, not quite alike in dignity. British newbie Douglas Booth has been cast as Romeo in Carlo Carlei’s version of the bard’s tale. Booth, 19, will star alongside True Grit’s Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld, 14 as the starcrossed lovers. The talented young cast also includes Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) as Tybalt and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) as Mercutio.
Booth enters the project largely as an unknown- his prior credits include a role in Starz’s Pillars of the Earth, and little else. His upcoming role in Romeo and Juliet, along with his appearence in the new Miley Cyrus film LOL might make him a name, however. Romeo and Juliet is also the first English-language film for director Carlo Carlei since 1995’s Fluke.
Steinfeld’s casting signaled a younger-leaning cast for the film, perhaps echoing Franco Zeffirelli’s famous 1968 version with a 15-year old lead. Casting actual teens seems appropriate for the story, seeped as it is in age-specific emotional angst, but who knows if this will translate to acting talent. Between this remake and the upcoming Hunger Games film, the next few years will be full of a lot of teens stabbing each other to death.
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The 14-year-old True Grit star has signed up for the most romantic role in Hollywood and a British newspaper revealed this month (Jun11) that screenwriter Julian Fellowes' script called for her character to strip off to play William Shakespeare's tragic heroine.
An excerpt from the script read: "They (Romeo and Juliet) start undressing each other - slowly, gently and carefully until they are naked. They are eternal figures in a Raphael painting. Romeo then carries her to bed, kissing her again and again as they explore uncharted territory. Then they make love, transported into each other's soul."
But Carlei insists the scenes will be more "age-appropriate" for leading lady Steinfeld.
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, he says, "In the original adaptation written by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, there was a lovemaking scene that included nudity for the married Romeo and Juliet. The script was written with a 20-year-old actress in mind.
"As soon as Hailee Steinfeld was cast, all nudity and lovemaking have been exercised from the script. It will be romantic and age-appropriate for a 14-year-old."
The film, which does not have a Romeo on board yet, will shoot in Italy, where the original play was set, later this year (11).
The 14-year-old True Grit star signed up for the most romantic role in Hollywood earlier this year (11) and a copy of screenwriter Julian Fellowes' script reveals her character will have to strip off to play William Shakespeare's tragic heroine.
An excerpt of the script, printed in Britain's the Sunday Times Newspaper, reads: "They (Romeo and Juliet) start undressing each other - slowly, gently and carefully until they are naked. They are eternal figures in a Raphael painting. Romeo then carries her to bed, kissing her again and again as they explore uncharted territory. Then they make love, transported into each other's soul."
Fellowes insists the aim of his take on the classic tragedy is to feature "age-appropriate" actors, just as Shakespeare intended.
He explains, "I wanted Hailee because she is the perfect age. Juliet is at that stage of... what you might call a child/woman. Just like Hailee herself is. My version is a romantic story - one that keeps pretty true to Shakespeare but is, I hope, more accessible."
The film, which does not have a Romeo on board yet, will shoot in Italy, where the original play was set, later this year (11).
Filmmakers are sure to use a body double so as not to upset censors, decency watchdogs and parent groups with images of a naked teen.
In 2006, Dakota Fanning, her mother Joy and writer/director Deborah Kampmeier became targets of media groups and watchdogs when word spread the young actress, then 12, would appear naked in a rape scene in the movie Hounddog.
When the film finally aired at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, the rape scene was not as sensational as reports had suggested, and there were no shots of a naked Fanning.
However, the damage was done and the film - which was tipped as an Oscars vehicle for its young star - was largely unseen. It received a limited release in cinemas in September, 2008.
Ed Westwick's star continues to rise. Since becoming the best thing on The CW's Gossip Girl, he's only made a few appearances on the big screen, including bit parts in Children of Men and Breaking and Entering, but for a young actor getting to work with the likes of Alfonso Cuaron and Anthony Minghella is a big deal and a show of confidence from these stellar filmmakers. Clint Eastwood also saw something special in the Brit and cast him in J. Edgar (another great move), but now he's booked a major part in an upcoming adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.
Variety reports that Westwick will play Tybalt, cousin to Hailee Steinfeld's Juliet, in Italian director Carlo Carlei's rendition of the classic tragedy. Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) penned the screenplay and Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) will produce. Obviously, the linchpin in the films roster will be Romeo, who has not been cast yet. Whoever does take on the role of the star-crossed lover will have big shoes to fill and will also have to work alongside some really talented actors. Coming off of her debut performance in True Grit (which earned her an Oscar nod), Steinfeld has a lot to prove and I believe that all eyes will actually be on her, which both takes some pressure off of Westwick (and the unnamed Romeo) and will entice him to bring his A-game in order to leave his mark on the movie.
Though another version of Romeo and Juliet isn't at all necessary, the cast at least makes it somewhat interesting. Production is set to begin this summer; expect an announcement regarding Romeo soon.
The 23-year-old British actor is in final negotiations to take on the fiery role of Juliet's cousin Tybalt in an upcoming re-imagining of the classic tale, according to Variety.com.
True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld will play the tragic heroine, but movie bosses are still searching for her Romeo.
Holly Hunter will play The Nurse and Carlo Carlie will direct. Shooting is scheduled to begin in Italy this summer (11).
The tragic story of the "star-crossed lovers," and perhaps the most popular of Shakespeare's plays. Two rival families of Verona -- the Capulets and the Montagues -- settle their differences only after the tragic deaths of Juliet, the young daughter of the Capulets, and her secret lover, Romeo, the son of the Montagues.