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- 04/06/13--18:09: _FRIDAY BOX OFFICE
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- 04/05/13--21:35: Lindsay Lohan Breaks Up With Boyfriend Avi Snow
- 04/05/13--21:35: Anderson Cooper is adorable as always, reveals first crush...
- 04/05/13--21:36: T-Shirt Designs for The Veronica Mars Movie
- 04/05/13--21:58: Britney Wants A Baby
- 04/05/13--21:58: First Look: Paget Brewster Gets Pulled Into a Modern Family Feud
- 04/05/13--22:26: Ed Sheeran: 1D ♥ Rom-Coms!
- 04/05/13--22:44: British Library set to archive internet
- 04/06/13--17:50: Passport Images from Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer
- 04/06/13--17:51: Jamie Lynn Introduced Britney And David
- 04/06/13--17:59: Vampire Weekend frontman compares N-Dubz to The Beatles
- 04/06/13--18:09: Justin Bieber’s New Music Is A Thing Of Beauty, Hints Ed Sheeran
- 04/06/13--18:09: FRIDAY BOX OFFICE
- 04/06/13--18:18: 'Girls' Season 3: Richard E. Grant Headed to HBO Series
- 04/06/13--18:48: Baz Lhurmann Speaks on directing "The Great Gatsby"
- 04/06/13--18:49: Saturday Nostalgia Post ! O-Town: What Are They Up To Now?
The 1990s are back. They’re on the runway in shades of Hedi Slimane’s new collection for Saint Laurent, the year 1993 is the singular subject of a new show at New York’s New Museum, and punk will be the subject of a sweeping show at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute this spring.
And where there’s a ’90s revival, Chloë Sevigny is never far away. Now, in a “takeover” of the über-cool video site Nowness, Sevigny—practically the poster child of ’90s irreverence—releases two never-before-seen videos of herself as a fresh-faced actress in the early years of the decade.
The first film, Surface, is a home movie shot by Michael Cleary and styled by Alister Mackie in Mackie’s London apartment. In the footage, filmed soon after she completed filming for the cult-classic Kids. Sevigny wears an Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking and Chanel jewels as she robotically ticks through her to-do list. “Get some fresh air…water the plants…try and get some more Valium.”
“The inspiration for the film was really Chloë herself,” Mackie told Nowness. “The anti-fashion aesthetic and deconstructed finishes…it was the last really revolutionary period in fashion where things actually changed.”
In 1995, Sevigny starred in X-Girl, a short film directed by Phil Morrison and made for designer Kim Gordon’s mid-’90s line that bore the same name. The film is a winding but hilarious window in her world, featuring a bowl cut and a "Marc Jacobs situation."
As Christopher Bollen wrote of Sevigny in Interview in 2008 (PDF): she “has been her generation’s heroine, fashion icon, and girl-on-the-edge,” all wrapped into one.
Lindsay Lohan is back on the market.
Sources confirm exclusively to E! News that she and rocker Avi Snow have broken up after a brief, yet PDA-friendly, romance.
The details of what led to their demise as a couple remain scarce and it's unclear if they've seen each other since Snow saw her off to Brazil last week.
The rehab-bound actress, who, quite frankly, spent a week living it up in South America while ostensibly on a business trip, flew back to L.A. on Tuesday.
Snow, meanwhile, jetted to New York after his then-girlfriend left town, but then drove back to L.A. with his City of the Sun bandmates.
He told E! News after City of the Sun's L.A. gig last week, before Lohan took off, that she was "really awesome" and "a lot of fun."
Lohan is due in New York next week to appear on Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday, after which she's planning on returning to SoCal to attend the Coachella music festival that weekend. According to her rep, she will not be attending the NYC premiere of Scary Movie 5 next Friday.
Anderson Cooper revealed one of his childhood crushes during a guessing game on his daytime show Friday.
He had to guess the names of 70s and 80s television shows based on clues from guest Jessica Walters. Walters gave the following clue: "One of the stars was Anderson's childhood crush."
Guest host Andy Cohen looked quizzically at Cooper, who spit out, "Which one?" Cooper correctly guessed "Joanie Loves Chachi."
"Wait, was the crush Scott Baio —" Cohen began to ask.
"Yea," Anderson admitted. He said that Baio was once a guest on the show, but that he "didn't have the courage to tell him" that he was one of his childhood crushes.
Who were your first celebrity/irl crushes, ONTD ? Revealing ma age in the gif below...
Rob Thomas released the Veronica Mars T-Shirt designs via his Twitter today!
I was hoping for something more creative, but my pledge package includes some other perks that are so much better than a T-Shirt.
So why are today's leading ladies at their most alluring when they are scaring the crap out of us? Early this year in Mama, Jessica Chastain was a goth gal who probably shouldn't ever be anyone's mom (excuse you she did a fairly good job with those damn kids). Especially when it comes to forest-dwelling kiddos who cling to a ghost. Then there's the upcoming wicked Evil Dead with an almost unrecognizable Jane Levy (Suburgatory) soaked in mud, blood,and much worse. When she explains "You're all gonna die tonight," we trust she knows her Book of the Dead backward and forwards. (Mostly backward.) They aren't all pure evil, though, Halle Berry is the star and hero of The Call, playing a 911 operator who helps a kidnapped young woman. Here are the women that had us cheering (and kind of freaking) out at the box office.
1. India Stoker, Stoker: On India's (Mia Wasikowska)18th, birthday her father (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a horrible accident. Then an uncle (Matthew Goode) she never knew existed arrives to change things up...with murder! Nicole Kidman plays India's unhinged mom. Meanwhile, the boys in school have given India the nickname "Stroker." Something was bound to snap. At the center of Korean director Park Chan-wook fractured world, Wasikowska manages to be both unnerving and relatable. Maybe the biggest thing to learn is that you can't keep giving her the same schoolgirl shoes every year and not expect some sort of retaliation.
2. Brit and Candy, Spring Breakers: The coeds (Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens) begin by holding up a Chicken Shack with water pistols, but soon they're packing real heat. Their goal: keeping up their spring break shenanigans. What's most scary about them is the way they shame and ridicule anyone who gets in their way.
3. Jordan Turner, The Call: Seen the commercials? Then you know, Berry won't be in that chair for long as 911 operator Jordan Turner. In her line of work you can't make things personal, but when a madman plans to kill another young girl (Abigail Breslin) on Jordan's watch, things get more than personal. Almost a mash-up of Criminal Minds and Silence of the Lambs, the jolts here are way over-the-top, but highly engaging.
4. Emily Taylor, Side Effects: When Emily (Rooney Mara) is charged with a horrible crime, is the new prescription her doctor (Jude Law) prescribed to blame? Is Emily merely a victim? Either way, Rooney is the queen of tiny-framed femmes with icy stares.
5. Mia, Evil Dead: We would read the Necronomicon (aka Evil Dead's The Book of the Dead) out loud right now if that meant we could see the Evil Dead remake before it hits theaters on Friday, April 5. We've watched that red band trailer over and over. We just can't stop! The normally sassy Jane Levy sounds more than a little off when she whispers, "You have to get me out of her. Right. Now." Also not at all subtle "They're gonna gethcha, not another peep, get you in your sleep!"
Do these actresses give you goose bumps? Or are you rooting for them no matter what? Sound off in the comments!
This list kind of blows. Happy Friday night, ONTD :)
Roger Ebert passed away yesterday, leaving the world with years and years of movie reviews to remember him by. When Ebert liked a movie, he was well spoken, complimentary and often poignant. When he didn't like a movie, he was scathing, relentless and all around funny as hell.
So we've rounded up 13 of his best (bad) reviews and organized them by category, for your easy reading. With Ebert, it didn't even matter if you'd seen the movie to enjoy his review. But read on and you'll see that for yourself:
On The Twilight Saga: New Moon: "Sitting through this experience is like driving a tractor in low gear though a sullen sea of Brylcreem."
On Battlefield Earth:"Battlefield Earth is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way."
On Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:"If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."
On The Brown Bunny:"I had a colonoscopy once, and they let me watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown Bunny."
He's sometimes slip in some dating advice:
On Battle: Los Angeles:"Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots. Young women: If your date likes this movie, tell him you've been thinking it over, and you think you should consider spending some time apart."
And sometimes he was simply scathing:
On Freddy Got Fingered:"This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels."
On North:"I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it...Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."
Last but certainly not least, this double whammy, which not only ripped the movie that he was reviewing but Britney Spears' cinematic debut: "Sorority Boys will be the worst movie playing in any multiplex in America this weekend, and, yes, I realize Crossroads is still out there."
For the rest of the list check the source
Britney reportedly wants a baby with boyfriend David Lucado after her Las Vegas residency wraps up
The two have already started talking about how they’d raise their kids
“Britney has been talking about her hopes to have a baby when her Vegas residency ends,” a source told Closer magazine. “They want David to be the stay-at-home dad while she’s performing, and says he can’t wait to be hands-on.”
It was believed one major reason Britney and Jason split was because she wanted more children, and Jason didn’t. She’s moved on real quick because she knows what she wants, it’s just a matter of how she’ll get it. Cue David.
But the baby won’t be any time soon. Britney’s looking hotter than ever and wants to maintain her healthy regimen for the time being.
“Britney’s in the best shape she’s been in for years. Being with David has really inspired her. He makes her really happy and she wants to look sexy for him,” a source explained. “Although she already looks amazing, Brit wants to get back the six-pack she had in the Slave 4 U video which she filmed when she was 19– she’s hell-bent on looking perfect.”
But she’s no robot; homegirl gets one cheat day a week.
“Britney’s the Queen of drive-thrus and takes full advantage of her cheat day – even getting KFC if she fancies it. But she’s totally committed on the other six days,” revealed the insider.
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Next week on ABC’s Modern Family (Wednesdays at 8/7c), Gloria’s ex, Javier, pays a visit — with his new girlfriend, played by Criminal Minds vet Paget Brewster, in tow. And TVLine has a first look at the not-so-warm welcome that Trish gets.
In this exclusive clip from the episode, Jay asks Trish, an art expert, for her opinion on a piece he acquired from “a gallery in one of the finer Vegas casinos.” Longtime viewers of the ABC comedy who recognize the item in question should also recall what Gloria thought about it back during Season 1. And sure enough, she barks her strong opinion again, while Trish and Javier (returning guest star Benjamin Bratt) argue for the piece’s merits.
Brewster this pilot season booked a role on ABC’s adaptation of the British comedy Spy, playing ex-wife to Rob Corddry’s titular character. At the start of this TV season, she guested on Law & Order: SVU — which also aired opposite Criminal Minds.
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One Direction love board games and rom-coms.
The 'Little Things' group - comprising Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - are not very "rock n' roll" and prefer gentle pursuits in their time off, their close friend Ed Sheeran has claimed.
He said: "Whenever I hang out with them, they are very relaxed.
"A couple came to stay at my house over Christmas.
"When Niall was there we played Monopoly and when Harry was there we watched 'One Day' because he insisted on seeing it.
"I didn't know what it was but I was made to watch it. Harry fast-forwarded it to the end, showed me the bike bit, and said that's what happens and then we watched it.
"The last couple of times we hung out, we did the least rock 'n' roll things."
The 'A Team' hitmaker insisted their quiet behaviour isn't unusual, as most current chart acts prefer to be "really polite" to win over fans, rather than cause outrage with controversial antics.
He added to the Daily Star newspaper: "Nobody goes round smashing TVs any more. Everyone in music, bar a couple of people, is really polite now.
"The reason is people have to like you to buy your record. You can't just go out there and be an idiot."
The British Library is on an urgent mission to try to capture the unruly, ever-changing internet.
For centuries the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain.
Starting tomorrow, it'll also be bound to record every British website, e-book, online newsletter and blog in a bid to preserve the nation's digital memory.
As if that's not a big enough task, the library also has to make the digital archive available to future researchers - come time, tide or technological change.
The library says the work is urgent as ever since people began switching from paper and ink to computers and mobile phones, material that would fascinate future historians has been disappearing into a digital black hole.
The library says firsthand accounts of everything from the 2005 London transit bombings to Britain's 2010 election campaign have already vanished.
The library plans to make the content publicly available by the end of this year.
I know it's not celeb related, but it's interesting... seems like a giant waste of time to me. Especially as the internet changes every millisecond.
How big is their server? And will there be a separate section for Adults Only?
No official tracklist yet.
The first batch of clever promotional material that Snowpiercer has to offer comes in the form of passports for its miserable looking characters, and they perfectly portray the dark, dreary and mysterious tone the film seems to exude.
Snowpiercer takes place in a near-future where an environmentally-damaged Earth is in the midst of an Ice Age, and the planet’s remaining survivors are all riders on a speeding train powered by perpetual motion. One would hope that during such an ordeal, humanity would come together as one, and the need for such xenophobic identification as passports would be outdated. But the film is probably closer to the truth, and the train’s cars are set up as a class system, keeping everyone separated.
Not quite sure what to expect from this movie yet but I'm intrigued.
Courtney Love has revealed that she is close to signing up to become a judge on a big US talent show.
Though not naming the specific programme she is in talks to appear on, Love has revealed that she wants to bring her own brand of honesty to television and promised to be herself while on screen. Speaking to Wonderland, Love says: "I don’t know if it’s gonna happen or not, but they’re looking at me to judge one of these talent shows. Some people go on them and they have butterflies come out of their ass. I’m not saying I’m gonna go on and be a cunt, but I would just be myself."
Continuing to discuss her possible new career in TV, Love adds: "I’m not afraid to be honest. I always said I would never, ever, ever do one, but I’m not talking about the one judging dogs – it’s the other one, I don’t wanna say the name of it. If Ellen DeGeneres can be a judge, I mean, hello?"
The topic of music also came up in the interview with Love revealing that she has a new single coming out later this month. "I have two A-sides coming out in mid-April and I tour through June and July, playing about 70 shows. I had six songs, but I decided to pick the two excellent songs instead of four really good songs and two excellent songs." One of the new tracks is titled 'California', a title the former Hole singer knew had to be paired with a big song. "I keep writing about California so I just finally called a song straight up fucking California. Not even Malibu, which I still don’t have the keys to the city and I’m really pissed – 13,000 people and they don’t give me the fucking keys to the city! It’s like when Billy Corgan told me he was calling a song ‘Tonight, Tonight’. I was like, “If that song isn’t the best fucking song I’ve ever heard, you will be carted out of town on a cross.” You don’t call a song ‘Tonight, Tonight’ or ‘California’ unless you know it’s major."
Meanwhile, Love is currently starring in an advert for Njoy e-cigarettes. Wearing a pink gown, she takes a drag from the cigarette and says: "Relax, it's a fucking Njoy", when lambasted for smoking at a posh indoor event. The Hole song 'Celebrity Skin' then starts playing.
She also recently collaborated with REM's Michael Stipe on Johnny Depp's album of sea shanties. The track, titled 'Rio Grande', appeared on the pirate-themed album 'Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys', which was released in February.
Britney’s in the latest issue of Star magazine, which claims it was Jamie Lynn who introduced Britney to current boyfriend David Lucado.
It was previously reported Brit’s dad Jamie set the two up. “Jamie has known David for a while, and always thought he was a thoughtful, and an all-around good guy,” said a source. “Britney needed someone to keep her company after she and Jason (Trawick) broke up.”
Shame on you, JL, shame on you!
Ezra Koenig frontman Vampire Weekend has said that he is a fan of Dappy and N-Dubz, comparing the pop band to The Beatles.
Koenig told Esquire that he had been struck by one of the trio's videos and thought that they reminded him of the early days of The Beatles or The Monkees. He did, however, admit that he needed to look into their music more to fully grasp what they did. "I saw N-Dubz on TV last night," he said. "They struck me as very self-aware and funny, at least the main guy. They really held their own. They got it. I didn't know what to make of the song they played, but when they were messing around.. It was almost like some Monkees or early Beatles kind of vibe." He added: "I should probably research them more."
Vampire Weekend's forthcoming third album, 'Modern Vampires Of The City', will be released next month after being put back a week due to "unanticipated delays". The album was due to be released on May 7 but will now be with fans on May 14. Posting a message to fans about the delay, the band wrote: "Vampire Weekend's upcoming album 'Modern Vampires of The City' will be released on May 14, one week later than originally announced due to unanticipated delays in the production of physical copies of the record. The new date ensures that CDs and vinyl will be in stores on release day. We all worked very hard on this record and promise it will be worth the wait."
'Modern Vampires Of The City' will be Vampire Weekend's third album following their self-titled debut and 2010's 'Contra'.
Justin Bieber’s music wasn’t always the polarizing subject it is now. Despite selling millions, it’s become customary — almost mandatory — to mock the Canadian’s brand of R&N flecked pop.
However, Grammy nominated artist Ed Sheeran recently sent a ringing flare of approval around the world for Bieber’s as yet unheard new material.
Despite previous rumors about the pair co-writing for Bieber’s Believe Acoustic album, at the time Sheeran said he didn’t think a collaboration would work.
However, it looks like the Brit troubadour stayed in contact with the 19-year-old and has even been sent previews of Bieber’s upcoming music.
The two recently exchanged supportive messages on Twitter that will certainly touch off curiosity about Bieber’s new output. The “Boyfriend” singer has kept fans updated with intermittent tweets about the music he is writing while on his ‘Believe’ world tour.
“@edsheeran hope you liked the new tunes,“ he wrote to Sheeran on April 4.
The “Give me Love” singer replied:
“@justinbieber very cool direction you’re taking the new stuff.”
Sheeran’s endorsement may come as a surprise to Tyler, The Creator, who told Billboard that he thought Bieber’s tunes could be better. The rapper revealed that he submitted a Frank Ocean co-written song for the Believe album, but it didn’t make the cut.
“I’ve got so many beats and songs, but no one’s giving me a chance yet,” the Odd Future frontman said. “I want to take Justin Bieber for a month and just lock him up in a cage where we sit and make music. He’s one of the most successful people in the world, but his music could be so much tighter.”
so true sigh
Meanwhile, Bieber has been getting support of a different kind from Hollywood actor Will Smith.
The After Earth star and his wife spoke to Extra about the 19-year-old’s recent spate of eyebrow raising behavior at an L.A premiere for Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Describing Bieber’s press as akin to a “war” on young artists, Smith added:
“When somebody is 19 years old they are going to do what they are going to do, just like we did. For me, the most important thing for him to know anytime he can call and I’ll come, whatever happens.”
With Will and Jada Smith, Sheeran and an ever growing cast of supporters in his corner, perhaps Bieber will survive the storm after all.
Daily chart from Box Office Mojo
Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes
How was your Friday night, ONTD?
"Girls" may have lost one star this week, but it gained a "Doctor Who" alum.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Richard E. Grant has booked a guest role on "Girl" Season 3 Jasper. Little is know as to what the former Doctor's role will entail, except that he will appear in the Season 3 premiere of he HBO series.
This isn't the first casting development "Girls" has seen this week. On Thursday, it was announced that series regular Christopher Abbot (Charlie) was exiting the series reportedly due to creative differences.
“They’ve just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena,” the New York Post reported. “He didn’t like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map.”
"Girls" Season 3 will also see the return of Andrew Rannells, who recurred as Elijah on Seasons 1 and 2. A scheduling conflict with his NBC show "The New Normal" forced Rannells to leave four episodes into Season 2 of "Girls," but he told Hollywood.com, he'll be back."It’s very exciting ... I don’t know what’s in store ... But my fingers are crossed that I’ll come back at least for a little bit more. I’m super excited for that, I’m looking forward to it," he said.
It should say that "[he] has booked a guest role on 'Girls' Season 3, playing Jasper." They need a proofreader.
An epic retelling of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel about 1920s New York aristocracy, director Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby finds the director balancing themes that were as prevalent in the early 1900s, as they are today. In this exclusive interview with Life+Times, Luhrmann speaks on his take of the classic American tale, working with JAY Z on the film’s score, and what he wants people to take away from seeing the film.
Life+Times: The most interesting things about the film is the tension between the novel, (set in the New York aristocracy of the ’20s), your modern cinematic eye, and the music JAY Z has placed in it. How did you balance all these references?
The inspiration to weave these references together came from F. Scott Fitzgerald himself, because, although we did very accurate research on NYC in the 1920s and all the imagery and expression of the city in the 1920s is accurate in the film (even the rubber zebras in the pool), we knew we had to unlock for the audience a way of letting them feel what it was like to read Fitzgerald’s book in the 1920s – to be in New York City at that time. And one of the things Fitzgerald did very successfully was take all things new and modern, take pop-culture and put those in his novel. Particularly he utilized the then new African-American street music – jazz, which was called a “fad” by many, and placed it in the novel, to help tell story. To do something similar for today’s audience was our challenge. And I am a great fan of jazz. But it is a bit rarified today. So it was a natural fit to translate the African-American music that came from the streets called hip-hop, and weave it into a jazz language. When you are talking hip-hop, collaboration, and storytelling, the first person I think of is JAY Z, and this is where it seemed serendipitous that Leo [DiCaprio] and I found ourselves with Jay on the night he was recording “No Church in the Wild” in New York.
L+T: Being a sacred, widely-read book, did you feel that you had to stay close to the source material, or did you give yourself license in the adaptation?
Our real focus was to reveal the book. There were a number of steps we took to do so. First of all, Craig Pearce and I went through the book and said, ”What scenes are absolutely fundamental to the story? What scenes must be in our film? And what scenes can we do with out, even if we love them?” We know for a fact that if you read the whole book or perform it that it takes seven hours – there has recently been a brilliant stage production of the whole book. But we did not have a seven-hour movie in mind. We had to do it in two. So we had to make choices and we chose to stay very focused on the linear plot of the book. Second, one of the big devices in the book is that the story is told from inside the mind of Nick Carraway (who in our interpretation is very much like F. Scott himself). He is “within and without,” a watcher of and a participator in the story. In fact, in the novel, Fitzgerald very deftly alludes to the fact that Nick is writing a book about Jay Gatsby in the book, this fascinating character Nick met – “Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book” – “Reading over what I have written so far…” So Craig and I were looking for a way that we could show, rather than just have disembodied voiceover throughout the whole film, show Nick actually dealing with the writing, dealing with his experience of Gatsby, as he does in the novel. How we do really is the one big difference in the film. I won’t say how. I will let the audience discover that for themselves…
L+T: What in 2013 makes this adaptation of the film especially poignant?
The Great Gatsby has managed to be relevant in all times. But it is particularly relevant today because, although Fitzgerald published the novel in 1925, in it he more-or-less predicts the crash that is coming in 1929. The ’20s was a time, because of the shared national hypocrisy of Prohibition (people were railing against alcohol one minute and demanding wine at their table the next), that a slight rubbery morality was allowed to flourish, that there was confusion in the national moral dials so to speak. 1920s New York City was flush with money and booze, the stocks went ever-higher, skyscrapers vaulted to new peaks, and so it seemed that man-kind could only go up. But Fitzgerald – and I think you can see and read this in Gatsby and in much of Fitzgerald’s work – he can see that something is corrupt morally in society and it is going to come crashing down. And I think to a certain extent we have gone through that ourselves recently. Since 9/11 there has been an added slight moral rubberiness in our world, and we all know that things came crashing down. And it is this that makes the Gatsby story especially relevant today.
L+T: With the film’s release pushed back from its original date, how have you continued to evolve the film, and how much has it changed from the film since you initially shot it?
With everything I make, I set out with a very clear plan. We pursue that plan. But of course there will be deus ex machina, acts of God, and in this case it was the weather. As we were shooting, Sydney was being drenched day in and day out by La Nina, some of the wettest weather on record, and so we had to shut down shooting and then resume shooting the following year. But this had a silver lining. I had just begun to connect with JAY Z, and both of us connected over the idea of doing what Fitzgerald did – using popular music, the music of the streets, a blend, jazz, hip-hop and popular music throughout the film. In our thinking it became clear to us both, especially given the variety of artists we were working with, that this was no ordinary soundtrack and no ordinary music collaboration. And the extra time allowed us to spend more time together, to include some more of Jay’s great collaborators, including Jeymes Samuel, who, in my estimation, is the king of popular cultural references and has a true musical spirit that uplifted the project. All of this also made the project a greater joy, as I was able to go further in the collaboration as we had more time.
L+T: How did the soundtrack influence the film’s overall tone?
Actually they speak to each other. Like musical instruments they have to work in concert. But there is no doubt that popular music played such a fundamental part in the art of Fitzgerald. So music and popular culture had to play a part in the telling of this story. For example, Fitzgerald was a lover of all things modern, of cinema. And that is why I wanted to take the leap into 3D. Not to have things whooshing at the audience, but because I had the privilege of seeing Hitchcock’s first 3D drama Dial M for Murder (1954) on the original projectors. I saw actors (in this case Grace Kelly) moving on sets, where camera wasn’t moving, but they were simply acting in a space. Much like the theatre. And it occurred to me that our real special affect could be seeing a group of some of the finest actors of this generation go at each other in intensely dramatic scenes in the 3D idiom. Now, in 3D, when you take music, you also almost have to think about it in 3D too, the layering of the music. There is one scene in the speakeasy, for example, where we go in a very short time from JAY Z rapping over a contemporary track, “100$ Dolla Bills,” into a jazz version of that contemporary track, into a piece of score, back to the contemporary track, back into traditional jazz by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra, and then end the scene with a new contemporary track that is jazz influenced. So what we are saying is, although our story may be set in the 1920s, to quote one of Jay’s rhymes “history doesn’t repeat itself, it rhymes.” What I get from that is just that the universal truth moves through time and geography. There was a Jay Gatsby in 1922; there is a Jay Gatsby today. And we all know one.
L+T: What do you want people to take away from this adaption of The Great Gatsby?
In the end, as Jay said when he first saw it, the book is very aspirational. The idea being that in America you can pursue a dream. Of course, Gatsby is meant to end tragically because he has such an absolute ideal in his mind, an absolute dream, and he will not let reality rewrite the script of that dream. This makes him an inspirational character for us less-romantic types, but it also means he is headed for a tragic conclusion. Apart from the attractiveness of the decadence of this time, which JAY Z’s ”No Church in the Wild” evokes early on in the film, you can recognize in the story that Nick begins by giving up his dream, his love and desire to write, and instead goes to make money on Wall Street, and ends by beginning his life afresh and anew, realizing that he must reveal himself to himself, he must find his own journey. As it turns out for Nick that journey is a creative one, and the first step in that creativity is writing a book about a guy he met once who everyone wrote off as a gangster but really was much more than that. I thought JAY Z, when he first saw the rough cut, put it very succinctly. He turned to me and said “It is not really about whether Gatsby made his money illegally or not, it is about whether he was a good person or not.” And I think that is the big idea in the book. It is about finding a personal moral compass, not a perceived moral compass.
I'm so excited and I am not here for hate for Bey & Andre's take on Back to Black. Shit sounds hot imo
ASHLEY PARKER ANGEL
O-Town announced plans to reunite in 2011, but Ashley said, "Thanks, but no thanks."
Ashley told TMZ:
"O-Town was one of the greatest chapters of my life, so when the idea of a reunion was brought to me, of course I was intrigued."
He continues, "However I have made the decision not to be a part of an O-Town reunion. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately necessary to move on with the next chapter of my career."
Nowadays, Ashley's focusing on his acting career and a new musical project, called Mansions of Arcadia.
He played Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway from 2007 to 2008, as well as a smattering of small TV and film roles over the years.
This is what he looks like now:
He's still trucking on with music, even though Rebecca Black almost had him lose faith.
These days, Erik-Michael is an avid tweeter and Instagram selfie pro.
He's also acting in a film called Bang Bang Brokers, set to come out later this year.
The trailer looks...intense?
Now he sports newsboy caps and thick-rimmed glasses.
And tweets about the Lakers. A lot.
These days, Dan is a bit of a jack of all trades.
And also a Lebron James hater, apparently.
The remaining O-Town members tweeted out this holiday photo this past December. It may be only a matter of time until they make that comeback.
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