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Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z, and Tobey Maguire Toast to 'Gatsby' and More Celebrity News

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z, and Tobey Maguire Toast to 'Gatsby' and More Celebrity News

What a way to end a week! Tons of your favorite celebrities were spotted out and about this week. And with the Met Ball on Monday in New York City, there are bound to be plenty more.

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Leonardo DiCaprio sure knows how to throw a party. After the VIP screening of his upcoming mega-movie, The Great Gatsby, at Lincoln Center and the after-party at The Plaza Hotel, DiCaprio and best friend (and co-star) Tobey Maguire threw a huge party at The Darby, a favorite hangout of DiCaprio's. All the A-listers were in attendance — Baz Luhrmann, Jay-Z, Jennifer Meyer, Carey Mulligan, Florence Welch, Jamie Foxx, Amanda Seyfried, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anja Rubik, Coco Rocha, Lil Jon, Gayle King and Rohan Marley and the group jammed to 1920s-themed tunes while sipping Voli cocktails and champagne. As the night wore down, DiCaprio, Jay-Z, and Maguire continued on at 1OAK until the wee hours. [NY Post]

Alex Rodriguez treated himself to a giant steak dinner with buddies at Miami's Prime 112. [NY Post]

It's good to know some things never change. Manhattan's Beatrice Inn was jam-packed with celebrities on Tuesday night including Ashton Kutcher, Jerry Seinfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Brian Williams were all seen throughout the night at separate tables. [NY Post]

After finishing his time in rehab, Cory Monteith returned home to Canada with girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele. The couple, alongside Montheith's mom Ann, had fish and chips at Barb's Fish and Chips Floating Seafood Restaurant in Victoria. [E!]

Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz lunched at New York City's Nello. [NY Post]

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nicole Richie attended a dinner for Balmain at Chateau Marmont. [US]

Kristin Cavallari and son Camden had lunch at Los Angeles' Urth Café. [US]

Nichole Scherzinger and her puppy dined at E Baldi in Beverly Hills. [Just Jared]

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Check out Beyonce's insane rider food requests. [The Daily Meal]

Rebel Wilson thanked her fans for helping her reach the 1 million Twitter followers mark with a sweet dessert surprise. [Twitter/RebelWilson]

Bryan Greenberg went hunting in NYC for the last Twinkie. [Instagram/BryanGreenberg]

Apparently Lauren Graham and Connie Britton were roommates once upon a time ago. The Parenthood actress told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happpens Live, "We lived in an empty house that we weren't supposed to be living in. We had no furniture and all we ate were Rice Krispies Treats." [US]

Alison Sweeney is all about rewarding your children for good behavior and grades, just not with food. [The Daily Meal]

After eating nearly 70 pieces of candy while shooting and reshooting the same scene for a TV show, Winona Ryder vowed to never actually eat in a film again. [The Daily Meal]


DiCaprio the middleman in Jay-Z's Great score

Leonardo DiCaprio introduced Baz Luhrmann to Jay-Z for 'The Great Gatsby' score.

Leonardo DiCaprio introduced Baz Luhrmann to Jay-Z for 'The Great Gatsby' score.

The 38-year-old actor - who plays the titular role in the big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel - brought the two artists together for the project, which led to a two-year collaboration between the pair to create a "modern twist" for the soundtrack.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, said: "As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. 'The Great Gatsby' is that classic American story of one's introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion.

"It's ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to 'Moulin Rouge' made it a masterpiece, and the 'Romeo + Juliet' score wasn't just in the background - the music became a character. This film's vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience."

Luhrmann believes the rapper is a "natural fit" for the film and will help portray the jazz music of the era perfectly.

He explained: "[Jay-Z is] a credible and natural fit. Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories - not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase 'the Jazz Age'.

"Not only is Jay-Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording 'No Church in the Wild,' and the collaboration grew from there."

The film - which also stars Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan - is set for release on May 10 and will kick off the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15.


Why Leonardo DiCaprio is the perfect GATSBY!

Own “The Great Gatsby” on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital Download 8/27!

The critics have praised Leonardo DiCaprio?s performance in ?The Great Gatsby?, the flashy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most popular novel. ?DiCaprio is without a doubt, the film?s driving force. There couldn?t be a more appropriate actor to take on such a fascinating role. Leonardo brought so much depth and focus to Jay Gatsby.

Leonardo DiCaprio is in terrific form as the enigmatic Jay Gatsby. The 38-year-old actor perfectly embodies?a multi-dimensional character that is powerful and vulnerable.? Leo has the presence, the acting abilities and the impeccable looks to make an already beloved literary character into an iconic movie role.

We are celebrating the DVD, Blu-Ray release of ?The Great Gatsby? and Leo?s remarkable?performance by discussing all the reasons why we think Leonardo is the perfect GATSBY!

DiCaprio, as Jay Gatsby, is a handsome playboy with the perfect combination of susceptibility and sex appeal. He’s devilishly handsome, graceful, self-assured, macho and sexy – everything that you want in Gatsby. DiCaprio?s youthful good looks suit Gatsby perfectly. Just like Gatsby, Leo is a mysterious millionaire with the manners, affectations, elegance and style of America’s?old Hollywood stars.

Gatsby is an adoring and passionate man seeking the love of the effervescent and beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby is also a great lover who would do anything for the woman that he loves. Leonardo captured the essence of this romance effortlessly. DiCaprio has always been linked to gorgeous women. He has remained the ultimate heartthrob for many years. Women and some men can?t help but be infatuated by this gorgeous bachelor.

Jay Gatsby is a powerful American businessman and a playboy with great connections, who drives expensive cars and lives in a sumptuous mansion. We all admire Gastby?s extravagant and opulent lifestyle. Gatsby is in his element at societies? lavish, flashy and over the top parties, while eating exquisite food and drinking their booze.

DiCaprio knows a thing or two about fancy cars, rich mansions and glamorous lifestyle. His celebrity status has allowed him to experience all the magnificence and luxury of the movie business.

Gastby is an archetype of the self-made American man?whose name has become synonymous with success and triumph. DiCaprio has been a thriving and celebrated actor throughout his 24-year career with three?Academy Award?nominations. He has also been? nominated for other awards including The Golden Globe Awards,?Screen Actors Guild,?Satellite Awards, and the?British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Leo is also a heart-warning philanthropist for environmental causes, dedicated to making the earth a better place.

?The Great Gatsby? arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on August 27th, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

?The Great Gatsby? is an elegant and lush romantic treat for the eyes. This epic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald?s literary classic is a truly irresistible production!

Directed by by Oscar? nominee Baz Luhrmann, the genius behind?(?Moulin Rouge!? and ?Romeo + Juliet?) Gatsby is one of 2013’s most unique films. It?s definitely a dazzlingly original piece of art and passion and a magnificent cinematic achievement.

This adaptation of a classic American novel celebrates the wealth, excess and glamour of the early 20?s.?The glitzy production design pays homage to the out of control attitudes and the pursuit of wealth of ?The Jazz Age?.

Seen through the eyes of its narrator, the story is an unlikely tale of friendship, mystery and tragic love. Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is a young man from Minnesota, who moves to New York to learn about the bond business. He rents a house in the swanky West End district of Long Island where he eventually meets his enigmatic neighbour Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and gets caught up in his world of extravagant parties and rich people.

The most enticing factor about the film would be its star-studded cast. The cast of the film is first-rate. The movie stars Academy Award? nominee DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, along with Joel Edgerton and Oscar? nominee?Carey Mulligan as Tom and Daisy Buchanan Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson and Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.

The film is as deep, impressive and extravagant as its? cinematography. This movie is undeniably beautiful the opulence in set and lavish period costumes is staggering. All the fireworks and the cascading champagne and the sensational parties are featured in a flamboyant style?with hyper-hypnotic visuals that are radiant and dazzling. Every frame is a superb and sophisticated picture-postcard.

Music is front and center in ?The Great Gatsby,? featuring a stunning array of contemporary and classic music/rhythms, blending modern-day?music?with the sounds of the Jazz Age. The Soundtrack became the best-selling movie soundtrack of the year and includes artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, and?Lana?Del?Rey.

This is a truly must have DVD for any Leo fan. Any fan of the trailblazing director Baz Luhrmann will know what to expect heavily stylized elements, fantastic?music, spectacular visuals and stunning costumes.

The Great Gatsby Blu-ray delivers incredible video and audio quality and a great pack of features and extras. Don?t forget to buy your copy on August 27th.

“The Great Gatsby” follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

The Great Gatsby” is now available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and the 2-disc DVD Special Edition include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“The Great Gatsby” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Standard Definition DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

  • The Greatness of Gatsby
  • “Within and Without” With Tobey Maguire
  • The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby
  • The Jazz Age
  • Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the 󈧘s
  • Fitzgerald’s Visual Poetry
  • Gatsby Revealed
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers

*UltraViolet allows you to collect, watch and share movies?and TV shows in a whole new way.? Available?with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs, DVDs and?Digital?Downloads, UltraViolet lets you?create a digital collection of movies and TV shows.? Services such as Flixster and VUDU allow you to instantly stream and download?UltraViolet content across a wide range of devices including?computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.? Restrictions and limitations apply.? Go to ultraviolet.flixster.com/info for details.? For more information on compatible devices go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices.

Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack. $44.95

Standard Street Date: August 27, 2013

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese

BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese

Rating: PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language

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ReThink Review: The Great Gatsby - Classic Literature in 3-D

Martin Scorcese's 2011 film Hugo was considered a milestone as the first digital 3-D film for "adults," since 3-D is still largely considered a moneymaking gimmick for action and animated movies. Hugo was a critical (if not commercial) success, so the 3-3-D-for-adults experiment continues with Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby. But with a cast of largely baby-faced actors, Jay-Z as an executive producer, and a soundtrack weighted towards hip hop and electronic music, is The Great Gatsby more for younger fans of Luhrmann's more boisterous previous films like Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet? Also, are we still convinced that Tobey Maguire is a good actor? Watch my ReThink Review of The Great Gatsby below (transcript following).

Transcript:

F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby is considered one of America's greatest novels. It's been adapted for the big and small screen with limited success, with many claiming it to be unfilmmable due to Fitzgerald's conspicuously artsy prose. So there's a lot of potential in the idea of Baz Luhrmann, a director known for over-the-top spectacle, tackling this story and attempting to translate Fitzgerald's words with the color, vibrance, quick pace, and glamor Luhrmann became known for with his period mash-up musical, Moulin Rouge! Or all that glitz and style, in 3-D to boot, could be a distraction to this tragic, uniquely American tale of greed, love lost, pasts hidden, and the emptiness of wealth. And that's what I think happened with the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby.

Set in the roaring 20s, the story is narrated by Nick Carraway, an aspiring Wall Street bond salesman played by Tobey Maguire. Nick rents a cottage on Long Island next to a megamansion owned by Jay Gatsby, a millionaire with a mysterious past played by Leonardo DiCaprio who's known for throwing extravagant parties every weekend attended by the toast of New York. Moulin Rouge! fans will love these early party scenes, which are filled with era-mashing dance music, beautiful period outfits, confetti, and wild dancing. However, they're short-lived, since it's learned that these parties are only thrown to lure Daisy Buchanan, Nick's second cousin (played by Carey Mulligan) who lives across the bay from Gatsby in a mansion owned by her husband Tom, an old money polo star, philanderer, and white supremacist played by Joel Edgerton.

Turns out that Gatsby and Daisy fell in love years earlier, with Gatsby vowing to return from World War I and marry her when he had enough money. To do this, he fabricated a new identity and backstory to hide his humble roots, becoming so consumed with amassing greater and greater wealth that he neglected to return to Daisy, who eventually gave up on him and married Tom. Nick and Daisy's friend Jordan (played by Elizabeth Debicki) help reunite Gatsby and Daisy, setting up a love triangle between Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom, with Gatsby urging Daisy to move into his mansion and pretend that her marriage to Tom never happened.

A lot has been made about the fact that The Great Gatsby is a "serious" 3-D movie for adults, and in case you're wondering, yes, it is a distraction, as is a lot of the signature style Luhrmann brings to the film, which is constantly drawing attention to itself and away from the story. The soundtrack -- which features rap, old-timey-sounding covers of recent hits, techno club music, and new songs -- seems more designed to sell the soundtrack than inform the scenes, where you'll find yourself pulled out of a moment wondering, "Wait, is that an old-timey cover of Beyoncé's 'Crazy In Love'?" The 3=D and the widespread use of computer-generated scenery gives the movie a feeling of unreality, which might help if The Great Gatsby was more of a fable. But the story of Gatsby is an idiosyncratic, distinctly American one, whose themes fit with modern times but are not well served by the film.

In many ways, Gatsby embodies the American dream, disowning his past and reinventing himself in pursuit of wealth, ostensibly so he can marry Daisy. But is the dark side of that dream the fact that Gatsby seems to have become consumed by his money, unwilling to give it up or stop pursuing more for the woman he's supposedly amassing it for? Or that the upper crust Gatsby has struggled to emulate are largely portrayed as jerks who contribute nothing to society? Is Gatsby's confidence that Daisy will disavow her marriage a function of naivety, being a romantic, what Nick calls Gatsby's "extraordinary gift for hope", or that Gatsby was successfully able to ignore his own past? Or has Gatsby been in the bubble of wealth so long that he simply expects to get whatever he wants, an indictment of the dehumanizing effects of wealth and power? While DiCaprio does a great job and reaffirms himself as perhaps the most watchable and intense actor of his generation, Luhrmann's adaptation feels like too much style for those wanting substance, and not enough pizzazz for those wanting Moulin Rouge 2!.


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Jay-Z Producing Music for ‘Great Gatsby’

Jay-Z is entering the Jazz Age: He’s producing and making music for the upcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. According to a press release reported by Reuters, the rapper is looking to meld both period and contemporary music with jazz and hip-hop. Jay-Z was introduced to director Baz Luhrmann by star Leonardo DiCaprio, leading to a two-year collaboration.

“The question for me in approaching Gatsby was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and pop cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience? And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop,” said Luhrmann, noting he met Jay-Z as the rapper was recording the Watch the Throne track “No Church in the Wild.”

“As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project,” added Jay-Z. “The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion.”

Jay-Z is also working with longtime Luhrmann composer and collaborator Craig Armstrong and music supervisor Anton Monsted, and his contributions will be integrated into Armstrong’s score. The Great Gatsby, out May 10th, stars DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as narrator Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan.


The Great Gatsby: Film Review

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan star in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Todd McCarthy

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The center holds amidst all the razzle-dazzle and razzmatazz of Baz Luhrmann‘s endlessly extravagant screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s imperishable The Great Gatsby.

As is inevitable with the Australian showman, who’s never met a scene he didn’t think could be improved by more music, costumes, extras and camera tricks, this enormous production begins by being over-the-top and moves on from there. But, given the immoderate lifestyle of the title character, this approach is not exactly inappropriate, even if it is at sharp odds with the refined nature of the author’s prose. Although the dramatic challenges posed by the character of narrator Nick Carraway remain problematic, the cast is first-rate, the ambiance and story provide a measure of intoxication and, most importantly, the core thematic concerns pertaining to the American dream, self-reinvention and love lost, regained and lost again are tenaciously addressed.

Set to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, five days after its U.S. theatrical bow, the Warner Bros. release stands to receive the full range of critical responses and is backed by an unstinting promotional push to spark big openings, which are far from assured. Its ultimate box office fate, though, will be determined by whether or not the film catches on with younger audiences it’ll be a matter of the zeitgeist.

At the very least, Luhrmann must be given credit for delivering a real interpretation of the famous 1925 novel, something not seriously attempted by the previous two big screen adaptations (there was a now-lost 1926 silent version). Paramount’s long-elusive 1949 release, directed by Elliott Nugent, suffered from threadbare production values and uneven performances but Alan Ladd was a terrific Gatsby. The same studio’s second attempt, in 1974, felt suffocating and stillborn it had the wrong director in Jack Clayton, and Robert Redford was opaque in the title role. A 2000 television adaptation did not make a significant impression.

For many, the thought of Luhrmann tarting up such a revered classic with 3-D, anachronistic Jay Z and Beyonce music, techno-spiced party scenes and Australian locations was sacrilegious, if not criminal. Perhaps even fans of what the director did with William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! might have wondered if he was the right guy to take on the work most often proposed as The Great American Novel.

But no matter how frenzied and elaborate and sometimes distracting his technique may be, Luhrmann’s personal connection and commitment to the material remains palpable, which makes for a film that, most of the time, feels vibrantly alive while remaining quite faithful to the spirit, if not the letter or the tone, of its source.

It begins gently, in patchy black-and-white that, accompanied by somber music, turns into a depth-enhancing color 3-D frame that provides an equivalent for Luhrmann’s previous red curtains and at length gives way to the famous green light at the end of Daisy’s pier. Curiously, we are introduced to Nick (Tobey Maguire) as a patient in a sanitarium, where he begins to tell a doctor (Jack Thompson) the story of what happened during the summer of 1922.

Luhrmann’s cultural collisions and dislocations then commence as a synthesis of archival footage and CGI (some of which looks to feature the Empire State Building and other yet-to-be-built skyscrapers a decade before their time, and one shot featuring an unlikely copy of James Joyce‘s Ulysses, which had only just been published in Paris) inflected on the track by modern music, all to the purpose of evoking the Jazz Age that Fitzgerald did so much to name and popularize. A polite lad of modest means trying to find a toehold on Wall Street, Nick was at Yale with rich bruiser Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and has taken a little house in West Egg, Long Island, right across the bay from Tom and his wife, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and in the shadow of the ostentatious mansion owned by the elusive Jay Gatsby.

Everybody from party girls to politicians comes to Gatsby’s extravagant parties, where the booze flows and the music plays and the carousing goes on all night. But no one ever sees the host, whose wealth is surpassed only by his mysteriousness. No one knows where he or his money came from but, during the nocturnal bacchanals, no one much cares.

Luhrmann and his ever-essential design collaborator (and co-producer and wife) Catherine Martin always seem extra-stimulated by such scenes, which involve hundreds of ornate costumes, constant movement and music, which here imposes blends as unlikely as hip hop and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Whether you can abide some of the specific musical choices or not, the way Luhrmann and his music editors mix and match wildly disparate source material is ballsy and impressive the operating principle is mood and emotion, with a surprise element that can be jarring and/or inspired.

In time-honored dramatic fashion, Gatsby’s entrance is delayed for a half-hour and, when the moment comes, there’s something in the way it’s shot combined with the self-possessed I-own-the-world smile on Leonardo DiCaprio‘s face that reminds of the first time you see the young Charles Foster Kane in an earlier film about a fellow with more money than he knows what to do with. This moment and, even more so, in the superb compositions and cutting of Gatsby’s death, show how classically precise Luhrmann can be when he wants to be. Throughout, he photographs DiCaprio the way a movie star used to be shot — glamorously and admiringly, taking full advantage of the charismatic attributes with which only the anointed few are blessed.

Brandishing his favorite phrase, &ldquoOld sport,&rdquo as well as a slightly affected accent no doubt carefully cultivated to disguise his origins, Gatsby befriends the innocent Nick, whom he asks to arrange a rendezvous with Daisy, his sweetheart from five years earlier when he was a soldier off to Europe and the battlefront. Having already been taken into New York by Tom and his mistress, Myrtle (Isla Fisher), for a debauched afternoon, Nick now accompanies Gatsby for lunch at a mixed-race speakeasy with notorious gambling associate Meyer Wolfshiem (curiously impersonated by Indian cinema star Amitabh Bachchan).

Once Gatsby and Daisy reunite, nearly an hour in, the film settles down a bit to focus on Gatsby’s sincere effort to recapture the girl who got away, who, when he went to war, married rich boy Tom. Gatsby wants to believe they can rewind the clock to the moment when they fell in love, to the purity of what they once had. &ldquoIf I could just get back to the start,&rdquo he says, choosing to ignore Nick’s warning that, &ldquoYou can’t repeat the past.&rdquo

They do try, organizing a nervous lunch to break the news to Tom, then heading into Manhattan on a sweltering afternoon where, in room at the Plaza, everyone’s truths come tumbling out, followed by tragedy on the road back and, ultimately, in Gatsby’s pool. The precipitating automobile accident is perhaps too sketchily portrayed for full impact, and the final stretch is slowed by too much commentary by Nick, who has become a bit of a bore by now.

Narrator/observer characters like Nick, or Stingo in Sophie’s Choice, are almost always uncomfortable fits onscreen, especially when they’re far more bland and naive than everyone else around them but still prone to making assessments and judgments about people actually living life rather than standing to the side of it. This is exacerbated here by an element of hero worship towards Gatsby that distorts the more wistful, ambivalent attitude conveyed in the book’s final pages. Maguire’s slightly aging boyishness has become tiresome by the film’s second half and a reduction of Nick’s concluding commentary would have helped.

By contrast, we don’t see enough of Daisy’s best friend, the sporty, haughty Jordan Baker, who epitomizes the sort of modern 20th -century woman who has just arrived, newly hatched, in the world and will take from it what she pleases. Australian newcomer Elizabeth Debicki, who, with her towering slim build, black hair and pool-like blue eyes resembles an elongated Zooey Deschanel, is terrific as far as the part goes, but after a few prominent scenes up front, the character recedes.

After a number of roles which, however well acted, may not have been comfortably in his wheelhouse, DiCaprio looks and feels just right as Gatsby the glamor and allure as at one with his film star persona, he’s sufficiently savvy to convince as a successful bootlegger but still young enough to recapture the hopes and innocence of youth.

Daisy is a difficult character for any actress to embody to everyone’s satisfaction because she’s a woman onto whom the reader tends to project one’s own ideal. Accordingly, viewers will debate whether or not Mulligan has the beauty, the bearing, the dream qualities desired for the part, but she lucidly portrays the desperate tear Daisy feels between her unquestionable love for Gatsby and fear of her husband. Edgerton is excellent as the proud, entitled and seething bully Tom.

Opulence defines the production values, led by Martin’s sets and costumes. As for the use of 3-D by Luhrmann and cinematographer Simon Duggan, it is probably the most naturalistic aspect of the film only rarely do you notice it in a pronounced way and yet it really does add something to the experience, drawing you in as if escorting you through a series of opening gates, doors and emotional states.


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It was the age of jazz, flappers, gangsters and Prohibition—as well as the setting for F. Scott Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel The Great Gatsby. With Baz Luhrmann's intoxicating adaptation now in theaters, you'll want to host your own lavish, Gatsby-inspired soiree, so we've mixed up 10 Roaring ✠s cocktails to help you party in speakeasy style.

Best of all, since Prohibition ended 80 years ago, you won't need bootleg hooch or bathtub gin to make any of these drinks.

No matter how you shake or stir ɾm, you're sure to be the cat's pajamas!

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GIN RICKEY
In Luhrmann's 3-D spectacular, Tobey Maguire stars as Nick Carraway, the Fitzgerald-like author and narrator of the liquor-soaked love story. Fitzgerald's drink of choice was gin, so it's only fitting that we toast the heavy-drinking novelist with a light, delicious Rickey—a mixture of gin and limejuice with a splash of club soda.

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA
Enigmatic Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) lives in a nouveau-riche section of Long Island, NY, which makes the popular Long Island Iced Tea an apropos choice. Unfortunately, the history of this potent concoction (five different spirits!) is as clear as the added cola—some trace its origins to the 1920s while others say the 1970s. Regardless, the LIIT is no more anachronistic than Jay-Z's Gatsby soundtrack!

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MINT JULEP
Carey Mulligan stars as Gatsby's true love, beautiful socialite Daisy Buchanan, who's unhappily married to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). In the novel, she comes to blows with Tom and Gatsby while drinking mint juleps. A native of Louisville, Daisy would surely make her julep with real Kentucky bourbon—and you can too. Just add ice, simple syrup, and mint, and you're ready to sip and enjoy The Great Gatsby or the Kentucky Derby!

MANHATTAN
Daisy's hubby, Tom, keeps an apartment in Manhattan for his married mistress, Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher). Though not as old as adultery, the Manhattan cocktail does date back to the 1870s. The original was made with American Rye Whiskey (plus sweet vermouth and bitters), but during Prohibition, Canadian Whiskey was primarily used since it was more available. Canadian hooch still works, eh?

PLANTER'S PUNCH
Rum became popular during Prohibition as "rumrunners" smuggled it into the U.S. from Mexico and the Caribbean. To make this Jazz Age bevvy, you only need to run to the liquor store for dark rum, which you mix with fruit juices and top with grenadine. The colorful cocktail not only packs a punch—it's also a great way to cool down at summer soirees.

FRENCH 75
Made from gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar, the French 75 was named after a small, powerful gun used during World War I. This hard-hitting refresher is the perfect libation for Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), a friend of Daisy's and a well-known competitive golfer. We can just imagine Jordan downing a French 75 after heating up the dance floor or scoring a hole-in-one.

SCOFFLAW
During Prohibition, people who defied the law banning booze—the 18th Amendment, to be exact—were called "scofflaws." Which pretty much describes all the partygoers at Gatsby's mansion! You too can scoff as you quaff the cocktail named after them, a combo of rye and dry vermouth with lemon juice and grenadine.

TUXEDO #2
Dress up any affair—black tie or not—with a formally named drink that originated in the late 1800s and reappeared during the roaring drunk ✠s. A chic spin on the classic martini, the Tuxedo #2 combines gin and vermouth with bitters, maraschino liqueur and a touch of "the green fairy," absinthe. So dapper!

BEE'S KNEES
"The bee's knees" is flapper-speak for the most awesomest thing ever, which accurately describes this buzzy mix of gin, lemon juice and a spoonful of honey. During Prohibition, citrus and honey helped take the edge (and pungent smell) off the illegal rotgut. Nowadays, we have many quality spirits to choose from, and that's the bee's knees!

CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
Everyone's fizzy favorite, champagne, adds glitz and glamour to any get-together. So pop a cork and let the bubbly flow as you stir in a sugar cube and bitters, then garnish with a lemon slice. The sparkling Champagne Cocktail is lovely and sophisticated, which is how—Luhrmann's excess and razzamatazz aside—weɽ like to remember Daisy and Gatsby.


Don`t see `The Great Gatsby` role as Hollywood debut: Bachchan

New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan has called his belated Hollywood debut in `The Great Gatsby` "just a friendly gesture" but would not mind doing an encore if he comes across something interesting.

"I don`t look upon it as my Hollywood debut. It is just a friendly gesture and nothing more. It is just a small scene with Gatsby and his friend, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Meyer Wolfsheim is looked upon as some kind of mentor to Gatsby in the story," Bachchan told reporters in an interview over phone from Mumbai.

Asked whether he is open to doing more Hollywood films, Bachchan said, "I don`t know. If something is offered and I need to consider, I will certainly consider it."

The Baz Luhrmann directed film, a 3D adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald`s 1925 novel, is set in the roaring 1920s of America and stars DiCaprio, Maguire and Carey Mulligan in lead roles.

Warner Bros is releasing the film in India on May 17, just two days after its screening at Cannes film festival.

Bachchan`s appearance in the Hollywood film comes after a successful four-decade-long career in India as he "never came upon a Hollywood role" before.

The megastar is seen sporting sideburns and impressive whiskers in the movie, something that Luhrmann came up with.

"The look was Luhrmann`s idea. I have got nothing to do with it. I only told him that I can`t remove my beard because I was in the middle of continuity and he incorporated that."

Asked about re-teaming with the Australian director, he said,
"That`s something he will have to decide. I can`t speak for him but it would be wonderful if he does and it would be fantastic if he were to ask me to work again."

Bachchan is happy that India is making its presence felt globally with its cinematic culture.

"I am delighted that India is being looked upon as a nation that is culturally important as far as cinema is concerned. A lot of talent is going across and working in Hollywood, there are many co-productions.

"We hope that in future many films get shot here and also have Indian artistes in it. I find these are happy moments."

Bachchan first met Luhrmann, who is famous for his colourful movies set on a huge canvas, while the director was on a private trip to India.

"I was quite surprised that he (Luhrmann) wanted to meet me or knew who I was. We met but we did not talk about any film. He was just touring India. One day he called me and said,'there is a small, little role. I know this is not big for you but I would be really happy if you could do it.' So I said, 'fine'," says Bachchan recounting how he came onboard for the film.

Besides the cameo, Bachchan's famous baritone also appears in one of the songs in the movie. Rapper Jay-Z, who is behind the music in the film, has incorporated a portion of his dialogue in one of the tracks.

"Jay-Z who has done the music on it, wanted to use a portion of my dialogue in the song that he has composed. Baz Luhrmann just asked me whether he could use my voice. The song probably has something to do who Gatsby is," Bachchan said.

Describing his meeting with DiCaprio and Maguire, Bachchan said they were very normal and friendly.

"We did not talk about Indian films. I don't think they (DiCaprio and Maguire) know me at all but it was nice meeting them and they were just very casual, normal individuals. They were very friendly, very warm and very cooperative."
Bachchan spent about a week shooting his part and was charmed by the professionalism on the movie set.

"We worked for 2-3 days in preparation and I think about two days of shooting. It was just marvellous to watch the kind of dedication that people have on sets.
Yes, the atmosphere is no different from any other set but there is a certain method of working where everybody has designated jobs and goes ahead and fulfils it in the most efficient manner possible.

"There is huge amount of professionalism, great research and detailing that goes into preparing something like this, especially if it is a period film and this was about 1920s New York."


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