June 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Leonardo Dicaprio works hard and plays hard in the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”, and does it with a little help from Jonah Hill and Aussie newcomer Margot Robbie. Dicaprio tries to convince us he’s a 26 year old Wall Street wunderkind named Jordan Belfort here, with the yachts, crazy parties, and monkeys in suits because why the hell not to go along with it.
But it’s not all fun and games for Belfort, who struggled with addiction, cheated on his first wife (Broadway star Cristin Milioti), then married Robbie’s character, who had her own addiction problems, and was eventually convicted of securities fraud and money laundering and eventually spent 22 months in federal prison. Kyle Chandler, in what has become his signature film archetype, plays the FBI agent on Belfort’s case, while Matthew McConaughey continues his career renaissance as a showy associate of Belfort’s.
Scorsese and Dicaprio are obviously hoping to strike Oscar gold again with”The Wolf of Wall Street”, set for a November 15th release. See the first trailer below.
April 4, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
With a great cast, a classic tale and an incredible director, our excitement for the hotly anticipated 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” has always been high. Over the last few months the excitement has really ramped up, thanks to images and trailers showcasing everything we love about director Baz Luhrmann, but today’s trailer really delivers – and now we can’t wait for it’s premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Huge fans of Luhrmann, we’re so pleased to see his trademark over-stylised direction, with lush colours that pop off the screen, gorgeous costumes, sweeping cinematography (which we imagine can only help with the 3D aspect), and what sounds like the soundtrack of the year.
The newly released trailer contains much more exposition, giving us backstory for Gatsby and Daisy (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in what are sure to be awards-worthy performances) and also provides more information on Tom, Daisy’s brutish husband played by Joel Edgerton.
Also starring Tobey Maguire as the narrator Nick Carraway, Callum McAuliffe as a young Gatsby and Isla Fisher as Tom’s lover, Luhrmann’s film will premiere at Cannes on May 15th – but will actually be on wide release in US on May 10th.
Check out the trailer below the cut.
March 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Ever since it was delayed from a Christmas 2012 release to May 2013, speculation has pegged Baz Luhrmann’s splashy 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to be eyeing the Cannes Film Festival Opening Night slot, and today the festival has made it official.
Luhrmann and his all-star cast – Leonardo Dicaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke – will walk up the famed red carpeted stairs to the Grand Theatre Lumiere and kick off the 2013 festival on May 15th. The film, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic American novel set in the roaring 20s, will screen in the Out of Competition category. “It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival,” said Luhrmann. “We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël.”
Luhrmann’s 2001 musical extravaganza “Moulin Rouge” also opened Cannes. This year’s festival runs from May 15th-May 26th and once again, we hope to bring you exclusive coverage straight from the Croisette. The full lineup of films will be announced on April 18th. Meanwhile, “The Great Gatsby” will actually be released in the US theaters five days prior to its big Cannes premiere, on May 10th.
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Everything we love about Baz Luhrmann is on full, opulent display in the new trailer for his 3D imagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby.” There’s hyper-stylized 1920s New York (subbed by a soundstage in Australia), gorgeous costumes, anachronistic music and of course, a hard-partying but lovelorn Leonardo Dicaprio at its center.
Along with Carey Mulligan, looking like the perfect Daisy Buchanan and Joel Edgerton as her brutish husband Tom, we also get our first glimpse of Gatbsy’s roots in the form of Aussie up and comer Callan McAuliffe, who plays the rich playboy in his youth. Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke also star.
“The Great Gatsby” was originally slated to open next week, but will now open on May 10, 2013, appearing to follow the “Moulin Rouge!” model, which worked out quite well both critically and box office-wise. The new trailer can be viewed below.
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
After being pushed back by six unexplained months, promo for Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D film “The Great Gatsby” is finally beginning – and to start us off Warners Bros have debuted five new gorgeous character posters.
An adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, “The Great Gatsby” follows narrator Nick Carraway, who is played by Tobey Maguire, during the rip-roaring 1920s.
Carraway rents a house next door to a reclusive millionaire – Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio – who holds extravagent parties but is never seen. Carey Mulligan won the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby’s longing, and Joel Edgerton stars as Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband. Isla Fisher will play Myrtle, a married woman who is having an affair with Tom – and whose death in a car accident sets the stage for the dramatic climax of the story – and Elizabeth Debecki will be Jordan Baker, Daisy’s long-time friend and Nick’s girlfriend.
A visually stunning trailer was released earlier this year, and we called it “a sort of hyper reality doubling for 1920s New York, the costumes, set pieces and cinematography pop with color and hazy, blurry, glowy hints of magical realism.” These posters mirror that magical realism, and also provide quotes from our main characters – giving audiences who haven’t read the book a glimpse into their minds.
“The Great Gatsby” is set for release May 2013.
December 13, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Another day, another list of nominations annnounced. Today it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes, and pushing its reign further towards Oscar success is Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty“, which picked up nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Bigelow and Best Screenplay for Mark Boal. Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained” is bouncing back from being left out of yesterday’s SAG nominations with five nominations including two in Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
“Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain has been nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama category but making for a change, Chastain won’t be competing against her currently expected Oscar competitior Jennifer Lawrence, as Lawrence has been nominated in the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy category. Chastian will come up against Marion Cotillard for her brilliant turn in “Rust and Bone” and Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”.
Lawrence’s “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star Bradley Cooper also gets some love from the HFPA with a nom in the Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy category, alongside Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables” and Jack Black in the critically acclaimed but little seen “Bernie“.
There were several notable films and performances left out though, including “Beasts of the Southern Wild” nor the Globes-friendly “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect“. The cast of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower had begun to garner small wins with critic’s groups, and the Golden Globes seemed like a good place for their awards hopes to expand but there was no room for Ezra Miller nor Emma Watson.
Click below for a full list of nominations. The Golden Globes ceremony will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and will air Sunday, January 13 on NBC.
December 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Bradley Cooper has been named Best Actor by the National Board of Review for his performance in “Silver Lings Playbook”, while Jessica Chastain has won Best Actress for “Zero Dark Thirty”, which also took home the top honor of Best Picture. Supporting acting honors went to Leonardo Dicaprio for “Django Unchained” and Ann Dowd for “Compliance.” The cast of “Les Miserables” – Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks et al – will share the Best Ensemble award, though none were awarded individually.
Over in the Breakthrough acting categories, NBR gave Breakthrough Actress to expected Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis for her performance as Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, which was also awarded Best Directorial Debut for Benh Zeitlin. Breakthrough Actor goes to Tom Holland, the young British star of tsunami disaster pic “The Impossible.” Holland is a much longer shot for an Oscar nom, though he is being pushed for the Lead Actor category.
NBR’s Top 10 Films after “Zero Dark Thirty” are, in alphabetical order: “Argo”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Django Unchained”, “Les Miserables”, “Lincoln”, “Looper”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “Promised Land” and “Silver Linings Playbook”
The full list of winners are below.
June 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Australian actress Margot Robbie was a real breakout star of ABC’s ill-fated and short lived series “Pan Am”, and it looks like she may get a shot at an even bigger career boost now that she’s no longer committed to returning to the show for season 2. Deadline reports Robbie is in talks to take the female lead in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” opposite Leonardo Dicaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Jean Dujardin. Earlier today it was reported Broadway’s “Once” star Cristin Milioti has also landed a role in the film, though it appears that role is secondary to Robbie’s.
Dicaprio will star as Jordan Belfort in the film based on Belfort’s own memoir, which detailed his rise and fall as a tycoon on Wall Street, coupled with a party-hard lifestyle that included drug and alcohol abuse, cheating on his wife and more illegal activities that ultimately sent him to jail for 22 months. Hill will play his best friend and Dujardin a shady Swiss banker associate. Chandler will be the FBI agent who takes him down. Milioti will play his first wife Denise, while Robbie’s role is Nadine, his second wife and a former model with (as Belfort claims) addiction issues of her own.
Robbie was a series regular for three seasons on famous Australian soap “Neighbours”, which has also exported the likes of rising stars Rhys Wakefield, Caitlin Stasey and Ryan Corr, before landing the lead in ABC’s much hyped but short lived 1960s drama “Pan Am.” She is currently filming a supporting role in Richard Curtis’ time travel romantic comedy “About Time” starring Rachel McAdams.
June 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tony nomination down, is Oscar next? Variety reports Broadway’s “Once” star Cristin Milioti, who recently earned a Tony nomination for her role in the musical based on the indie movie, has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Leonardo Dicaprio stars in the Wall St. drama and is joined by Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and recent Oscar winner Jean Dujardin.
Milioti will play the first wife of Dicaprio’s Jordan Belfort, financial wunderkind by day, party-hard drug user and boiler room runner. Hill is on board to play Belfort’s best friend, who is persuaded into going into shady business with him, Dujardin a Swiss banker involved with laundering money into said business, and Chandler the FBI agent building the case that would ultimately bring about his downfall. Milioti will play Belfort’s first wife, who is devoted to her husband and their children and suffers the humiliation of his many infidelities.
Filming is set to begin this summer in New York, which will allow Milioti to continue her role as The Girl in “Once.” She’s primarily a theatre actress but has also appeared in various guest starring roles on TV, including “The Sopranos”, “The Good Wife” and “30 Rock.”
June 15, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Who would have thought that kid from “Superbad” would be working with some of the world’s top directors back to back and have an Oscar nomination to boot? Jonah Hill has already landed a role in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”, and now Deadline reports Quentin Tarantino wants in on the Hill business too, casting him in an unspecified role in the currently filming “Django Unchained.” Hill stars alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in both films, with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and others rounding out the “Django” gang.
“Django Unchained” – starring Foxx and Waltz as a freed slave and bounty hunger, respectively, who team up to take down Dicaprio’s evil plantation owner Calvin Candie and rescue Django’s wife, played by Washington – isn’t just already filming, there’s a trailer out and everything. Hill had been previously eyed for the role of Scott Harmony, but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts. He’s now worked something out with Tarantino and will play another role instead.
Hill, known for highly comedic roles in “Superbad”, “Get Him to the Greek” and most recently “21 Jump Street”, landed an unexpected Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor when he played it straight in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” opposite Brad Pitt. His future slate looks to be a promising mixture of comedy and drama, with ensemble comedy “The Watch” alongside Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn awaiting release this summer, the aforementioned Scorsese flick “Wolf of Wall Stree” and the aptly named courtroom drama “True Story” opposite James Franco still to shoot.