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Baz Luhrmann brings 1970s song and dance to Netflix with The Get Down

Baz Luhrmann , the director of THE GREAT GATSBY, MOULIN ROUGE and ROMEO AND JULIET, is bringing his own show to Netflix. The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco - told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world forever. Luhrmann will direct the first 2 of...
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The UnPopular Opinion: Moulin Rouge

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE**** I am not a big fan of movie musicals from any era. I...
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Check out this stunning before and after video of The Great Gatsby's special effects

As a Baz Luhrmann fan, I was greatly disappointed in THE GREAT GATSBY. Visually stunning as usual, the story itself felt stilted and grossly miscast, something I rarely think when it is Leonardo DiCaprio in the role. But, much like MOULIN ROUGE, you are so entranced by the dazzling show on display that you sometimes overlook the substance in favor of the style. THE GREAT GATSBY as...
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Baz Luhrmann calls himself an idiot for turning down the chance to direct a Harry Potter film

Not sure how many of you went out to see THE GREAT GATSBY when it released, but my Facebook feed was filled with some rather harsh reviews of the flick. Most saying that F. Scott Fitzgerald's book was just not meant for the big screen. One novel that shone brightly in theaters-- HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE was once offered to director Baz Luhrmann . The director...
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Review: The Great Gatsby

PLOT: Nick Carraway ( Tobey Maguire ), a bond trader in New York during the roaring twenties, rents a house on the outskirts of town. His next door neighbor, the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby ( Leonardo DiCaprio ) is infamous for his wild parties, as well as the possibly illicit origins of his wealth. They become fast friends, and Nick learns that Gatsby is secretly in love...
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Cool Videos: Leonardo DiCaprio's career told through his characters screaming

Leonardo is one of the best actors alive who has never won an Oscar. Much like Paul Giamatti , DiCaprio has a simmering intensity that explodes on the big screen often and spectacularly. While Giamatti has often been relegated to a character actor, DiCaprio has leading man good looks which has allowed him to play a wide array of characters who explode at the drop of a hat. The good...
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This featurette gives a convincing argument for why The Great Gatsby should be seen in 3D

Since it was initially announced, I have been skeptical of THE GREAT GATSBY being in 3D. I understood the decision from both a business standpoint as well as the fact that Baz Luhrmann is first and foremost a showman, but what could a drama film really benefit from in the realm of 3D? Now just days before it hits theaters, we have an explanation as to why you should don the polarized...
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Check out the Official selection of the 66th Festival de Cannes!

The official selection of the 66th Festival de Cannes has been announced and it includes a wide variety of films from all over the world. Steven Spielberg is this year's Jury President and will overlook the festival, which runs from 15 - 26 May. More than 1,858 submissions were made this year with the final list being narrowed down to what you see below. Overall, it looks like a fine...
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New trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is all about the mysterious Jay Gatsby. Plus a new poster

I've said before that I'm not that high on THE GREAT GATSBY but this new trailer is my favorite so far for the film. The trailer highlights Leonardo DiCaprio 's Jay Gatsby and hints at some of the character's secret past. If you've read the book you know the film isn't just extravagant parties and polo: things get dark and I'm glad they are more of it is shown in this trailer. One...
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Six new close-up character posters for The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire

To be honest I'm not that excited for Baz Luhrmann 's THE GREAT GATSBY. I'm not the biggest fan of his films (the only one I own is ROMEO + JULIET) and although I'm sure the movie is going to look gorgeous that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a good film (cough AUSTRALIA cough). The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide has six new exclusive character posters for THE GREAT GATSBY that...
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Check out the new action-packed TV spot for The Great Gatsby

Yep, you read that right. I said action-packed. For those of you who went to high school in the United States and didn't rely on Cliff's Notes, you probably don't remember too much action in THE GREAT GATSBY. But, when making a movie these days you often need to alter even the classics. Baz Luhrmann proved with his ROMEO + JULIET that this can often work wonders for the source text....
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Jay-Z will score Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby

If you had any belief that Baz Luhrmann 's adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY would feature era-specific music, you must have never seen any of the director's previous efforts. Based on the trailers alone, which feature musicians like Jack White , Florence + the Machine, and Filter, the movie is going to be quite a visual and aural experience. Jay-Z and Kayne West's song "No Church in the...
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