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'Moulin Rouge!' in 3-D? Baz Luhrmann says he wants to convert his hit musical

The opulent, candy-colored dance numbers in 2001’s Moulin Rouge! were some of the most eye-popping moments in the history of movie musicals.  But what if they had an extra dimension?

In an interview today on Entertainment Weekly Radio, director Baz Luhrmann says that Moulin Rouge! 3D might be in the works soon, joining the conversion craze that has produced hit rereleases like Titanic and The Lion King. “Because conversion is getting better and better, I’m going to ask the guys at Fox… maybe can we convert Moulin Rouge! to 3-D,” says Luhrmann, who shot The Great Gatsby (out on Blu-Ray Aug. 27) in 3-D. “Because I think in a strange way I was trying to make a 3-D movie.”

But Luhrmann isn’t looking to convert all his old titles. “I think Moulin Rouge! would suit it. Romeo + Juliet I’m not sure about,” he says.

Tune in to the Movie Editor’s Hour on Entertainment Weekly Radio, SIRIUS XM 105, today at 2 p.m. EST to hear the rest of our interview with Luhrmann. And let us know in the comments below: Would you see Moulin Rouge! again in 3-D?

Update: Luhrmann also shared his opinion on the news that Ben Affleck, who almost played Tom Buchanan in his adaptation of The Great Gatsby, has been cast as the new Batman.

Cannes rolls out the red carpet for Leonardo DiCaprio and 'The Great Gatsby'

The Cannes Film Festival got under way with a blockbuster day of Steven Spielberg and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

The French Riviera extravaganza began on a rainy Wednesday, where the prestigious festival was to open with the 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.

In a press conference Wednesday, the cast came in sailing on popular success, if not great reviews.

“I knew that would come,” said Luhrmann, noting the initially poor critical response in 1925 to the novel. “I just care that people are going out there and seeing it.”

But Gatsby opened with a strong performance at the box office, taking in $51.1 million. The film is making its European premiere at Cannes on Wednesday night, nearly a week after opening in North America. READ FULL STORY

New 'Great Gatsby' shipper posters: Long live Jaisy!

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If The Great Gatsby were retooled as a contemporary YA book — oh look, it already had been! Twice! — you just know that rabid fans wouldn’t hesitate to pledge their undying allegiance to their “ship” of choice. These new posters seem tailor made for those hypothetical shippers — there’s one featuring Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-lost love Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), one with narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and his girlfriend Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), and one devoted to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and his mistress Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher.) See the rest after the jump, but act fast — it may be days or even hours before new new Gatsby posters are released.

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'The Great Gatsby' trailer: Beyonce covers Amy Winehouse. Plus: Lana Del Rey and Florence + The Machine

The new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s glitter-bomb adaptation of The Great Gatsby features three songs from the Jay-Z-produced Gatsby soundtrack, and it’s an apppropriately eclectic and wackadoo anachronistic mix. There’s Beyoncé and André 3000 covering Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” There’s Lana Del Rey — certainly a minor character in her own tragicomic F. Scott Fitzgerald short story — with the heretofore unreleased track “Young & Beautiful,” which used to be called “Will You Still Love Me.”

Last up is Florence + The Machine, who have a song called “Over The Love” that includes the lyrics “I can see the green light/I can see it in your eye.” Somewhere, a high schooler is already adding that song to the end of their sophomore-English PowerPoint Presentation, “The Man With The Yellow Car: Color Themes in The Great Gatsby.” The point is, Fitzgerald would be proud/too drunk to care. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

New 'Great Gatsby' character posters feature glitz, glamour, green light -- PHOTOS

Between the trailers, the stills, and your vague recollections of 9th grade English class, you may feel like you’ve already seen Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby. Even so, this awards bait adaptation turned summer blockbuster certainly looks appealing — especially in these pensive new character posters, which combine fabulous ’20s style with the shiniest eyes this side of The Host.

Can English rose Carey Mulligan credibly embody American Jazz Age icon Daisy Buchanan? Will Leonardo DiCaprio’s Gatsby force the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to finally come to its senses? And what’s Tobey Maguire like these days, anyway? We won’t know for sure until Gatsby is finally released May 10 — but in the meantime, these six images can get the discussion started. Prepare to be borne back ceaselessly into the past:

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'The Great Gatsby' to open Cannes Film Festival

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The Cannes Film Festival has an American flavor this year, with a Hollywood icon heading the jury and a quintessential U.S. literary figure opening the event: The Great Gatsby.

Organizers said Tuesday that the film The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann, will open this year’s Cannes festival — in 3-D, no less.

Luhrmann stressed the film’s French connection, saying in a statement that author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “some of the most poignant and beautiful passages” of The Great Gatsby at a French Riviera villa not far from Cannes. Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan also star in Luhrmann’s version of the 1925 novel.

Steven Spielberg is heading the jury at the Cannes festival this year, which runs May 15-26.

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'The Great Gatsby' posters: Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton as Myrtle and Tom -- PHOTOS

Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D take on The Great Gatsby, which was originally set to open Christmas Day but will now be released May 10, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton. The first character posters acknowledge the film’s famous literary roots with quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book about two of its main supporting characters. In the first picture, check out Edgerton as Tom Buchanan alongside Fitzgerald’s passage about “careless people”: READ FULL STORY

'The Great Gatsby' gets new release date

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Director Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D film The Great Gatsby will open in theaters nationwide and in Canada on May 10, then worldwide the following week. The film was initially scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas day, but Warner Bros. pushed the release back last August.

The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton. The film will now be able to “beat on, against the current” as it will no longer be competing with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les MisérablesThis is 40, Zero Dark ThirtyDjango Unchained, and other December blockbusters.

“Audiences have been looking forward to Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of one of the most beloved books of all time, and we felt this beautifully extravagant and dramatic film would be a perfect way for us to kick off our Summer slate,” president of Warner Bros. domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in press release.

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