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'The Great Gatsby' trailer: Baz Lurhmann's take on the classic novel looks as gonzo as you expected

One thing you can count on with Baz Luhrmann: The man sure knows how to spin cultural anachronisms to his favor. The trailer for his latest — an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel of roaring wealth and excess in 1922 New York City — opens with a cut from Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne, and follows up with an extended cut of Jack White covering U2’s “Love is Blindness.” And yet somehow, it works.

We also get a good sense of the gonzo parties thrown by the enigmatic Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), as well as a few shots of Gatsby making doe eyes at former flame Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), and Tobey Maguire as Midwestern outsider (and audience proxy) Nick Carraway taking it all in. Curiously, the trailer spends a considerable amount of time with a face less familiar to American audiences — Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan (as Meyer Wolfsheim) — and also introduces newcomer Elizabeth Debicki (as Jordan Baker).

Mostly, though, this first look at Luhrmann’s take on the high school lit class staple looks to be wildly different than the soporific 1974 adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and that is nothing but a good thing. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin adapting 'Steve Jobs' into feature film

Aaron Sorkin has officially signed on to adapt Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple co-founder, Sony Pictures announced late Tuesday.

Sorkin, of course, won an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Social Network about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which led to speculation as far back as last October that he might take on the task of marshaling Jobs’ formidable life story into a workable feature-length film. “Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time,” said Sony Pictures co-head Amy Pascal in a statement. “There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”

Sorkin’s plate is quite full these days. His HBO series The Newsroom is set to debut June 24. And he is still committed to adapt and direct The Politician, about the undoing of Sen. John Edwards’ promising political career as seen through the eyes of his former aide Andrew Young.

No director is attached yet to Steve Jobs, which is being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin, and Guymon Casady. Meanwhile, actor Ashton Kutcher is playing Jobs in an unrelated indie film about the technology guru.

Read more:
EW review of ‘Steve Jobs’
Ashton Kutcher secures Steve Wozniak’s blessing to play Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs: 9 Ways He Changed the Movie Biz

Adam Sandler's production company adapting Brad Meltzer's 'Heroes for My Son' -- EXCLUSIVE

What do Adam Sandler, a Price is Right controversy, and cartoon versions of Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln have in common?

Answer: novelist, comic book scribe, mystery-hunter, and jack-of-all-trades Brad Meltzer.

Meltzer’s bestselling non-fiction book Heroes for My Son has been optioned by Sandler’s Happy Madison production company, while the author also has two other surprising projects in the works — one involving a movie about a shocking moment on the iconic CBS game show, and the other turning various historical figures into cute illustrations as a way to inspire kids. READ FULL STORY

'Life of Pi' first look: Ang Lee brings his visual style to the award-winning novel -- PHOTO

Much of the reason it took roughly a decade to bring the award-winning 2001 novel Life of Pi to the screen can be boiled down to the question: How do you make an Indian teenage boy stuck in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days into a compelling film? Well, first, you hire Ang Lee to make it, and judging from this first look at the film, the Oscar-winning director of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has brought his signature striking visual style to the production: READ FULL STORY

Stephenie Meyer on optioning suspense novel 'Down a Dark Hall': 'It gave me some serious nightmares'

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is pushing further into the world of filmmaking, optioning the movie rights to Lois Duncan’s 1974 YA horror/suspense novel Down a Dark Hall. Meyer is developing the film through her Fickle Fish production company, along with Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment. (Variety first reported the story.)

The story follows 14-year-old Kit Gordy as she enrolls in the creepy Blackwood boarding school, which has only four students. READ FULL STORY

Matt Lucas signs onto 'Therese' opposite Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Olsen -- EXCLUSIVE

Bridesmaids and Alice in Wonderland star Matt Lucas has signed on to costar in the dark erotic thriller Therese.

Set in 17th century France, director Charlie Stratton’s adaptation of the Emile Zola novel and play Thérèse Raquin follows the title character (Elizabeth Olsen), who is stuck in a loveless marriage with her sickly first cousin (Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton). The union was arranged under the watchful eye of her oppressive aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). When Therese enters an affair with her husband’s friend Laurent (Drive‘s Oscar Isaac), it plunges everyone’s lives into a tragic downward spiral, and the illicit couple conspire to kill Therese’s husband.

Lucas will play Olivier, a policeman who, along with his inspector father, regularly calls upon the Raquin family. The film begins production in mid-May.

Lucas’ first major dramatic role, the gonzo ensemble drama Small Apartments, premiered last month at SXSW. He’s also set to play the drag queen Divine in Michael Winterbottom’s The King of Soho, about famed London strip-club entrepreneur Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan).

Read more:
Jessica Lange joins Elizabeth Olsen, ‘Harry Potter’ vet Tom Felton in ‘Therese Raquin’
‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Little Britain’ star Matt Lucas on baring (almost) all in ‘Small Apartments’

Shawn Levy to produce 'Man Made' book about toughened-up dad -- EXCLUSIVE

Many fatherhood comedies feature a hard-edged old man who’s tougher than he needs to be, but producer Shawn Levy has picked up a story about a new dad who needs to grow a pair.

Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment production company and Fox 2000 have acquired the upcoming book Man Made by Joel Stein (out May 15), about a guy trying to learn how to be a man so he can be a better role model for his infant son. READ FULL STORY

'Trishna' trailer: Freida Pinto gets 'Tess'-ty in new Michael Winterbottom movie -- VIDEO

Likes: Long walks on the beach, Bollywood dancing, handsome upperclassmen.
Dislikes: The caste system, servitude, controlling boyfriends.

That’s the skinny on the heroine of Michael Winterbottom’s India-set Tess of the d’Urbervilles adaptation as told through its new trailer. Immortals‘ Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) play the class-crossing lovers, and much of the clip focuses on the two leads’ searing chemistry. It takes an ominous turn at the end, of course, and if you’ve read Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel, I needn’t tell you any more. Simply enjoy the eye candy below. READ FULL STORY

‘Bel Ami’ trailer: Frenchman gets frisky (and Robert Pattinson gets shirtless)

Now that I’ve enticed you with my devilish headline, prepare yourself for the most French thing since Jean Dujardin.

In the new trailer for Magnolia Pictures’ Bel Ami, everything you’ve ever loved and hated about uppity Parisian bourgeois period pieces comes together in a story about a young man (Robert Pattinson) who snoozes his way to the top by sleeping with wealthy women (Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas, among others) in 19th-century France. The Pattinson vehicle, based on the 1885 novel by Guy de Maupassant, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival last month, but will finally see wide release in the US on June 8.

Watch the trailer below, and decide for yourself whether a fangless Pattinson can win you over with his antique couture:  READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games': The sequels won't be rated R, but 'Mockingjay' still might be split in two


Where the Harry Potter series started off in a brightly lit world of wonder and whimsy before descending into a world of warfare and washed-out color, The Hunger Games starts off gritty and violent and goes from there. As written, Suzanne Collins’ two sequels — Mockingjay in particular, with its many scenes of all-out combat — don’t shy away from building upon the brutality established in the first book.

Understandably, many fans are wondering whether this could mean that the inevitable movie adaptations might garner an R rating from the MPAA. But according to producer Nina Jacobson, it’s pretty much out of the question that any subsequent films would receive anything harsher than the PG-13 given to The Hunger Games. READ FULL STORY

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