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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.

Is the 3-D fad over?

All the way back in 2009, eager studio executives eyed Avatar‘s $2.8 billion worldwide gross and gushed “I see you” to the film’s groundbreaking 3-D technology. A few months later, Alice in Wonderland became a $1 billion hit, and before Johnny Depp had even wiped the makeup off his face, the industry had decided 3-D would be its savior.

Fox, Paramount, Disney, and Universal collectively shelled out $700 million to help equip theaters with new projectors, and the number of 3-D releases jumped from 20 in 2009 to 45 in 2011. Perhaps most importantly, audiences proved willing to pay an extra $3.50 per ticket, so Hollywood made a point of “enhancing” every film into a “premium” 3-D experience. Oh, what a difference four years makes: 3-D box office receipts are taking a serious tumble these days, and audiences are increasingly opting for cheaper 2-D tickets. So how did the format fall so far so fast? READ FULL STORY

The 15 most impressive box office performances of 2013 -- so far

We’re officially halfway through 2013, and if you’re an obsessive box office junkie like me, that means it’s time to reflect back on the past six months at the movies and give credit to some of the best box office performances so far this year.

By “best,” I don’t simply mean “highest grossing” — you can find that list here – I mean most impressive. Since each movie has its own budget, its own marketing costs, and its own distribution challenges, each movie also has its own standard for success. I like to judge films on their own rubrics — so I have!

This year, there were a lot of close calls. Films like Oz The Great and Powerful and This is the End were this close to making the list (A Good Day to Die Hard and Jack the Giant Slayer, meanwhile, were not), but not everything could make the cut. Thus, here is my totally-up-for-debate list of the 15 Most Impressive Box Office Performances of 2013 so far. (Shown in order of highest-to-lowest grossing)
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Box office report: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' blasts off with a $70.6 million weekend

The USS Enterprise picked up steam throughout the weekend, despite a somewhat unimpressive start. Early estimates show that J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (CinemaScore: A) could bring in $70.6 million on the three-day weekend, and $84.1 million for the four and a half days that it has been open. Though nothing to scoff at, it’s still underperforming according to initial projections which hoped for a $100 million extended weekend and $80 million on the three-day.

The first Star Trek of the Abrams era opened in early May of 2009 and made an impressive $75.2 million on its first weekend out of the gates, without the benefit of 3-D surcharges. This newest film is showing in 336 IMAX 3-D theaters, whereas the first showed in 138 IMAX venues — accounting for $8.5 million in ticket sales on its first weekend. As we wrote about yesterday, the nature of Abrams’ four different directing projects makes him difficult to analyze in terms of pure box office numbers, so his Star Trek successes and potential will have to stand on its own. The first film stayed in theaters for 21 weeks, ultimately grossing $257.7 million for Paramount. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' flies into first place

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J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness beamed into first place Friday, pushing Tony Stark and his Iron Man suit into the No. 2 spot. The highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel, which opened wide on Wednesday, made an estimated $22.0 million on Friday in 3,868 locations, including 336 IMAX 3D locations, bringing its domestic total to $35.5 million. This was somewhat shy of expectations: The first Star Trek of the Abrams era opened in May 2009 to a $26.98 million Friday in 3,849 theaters.

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Cannes 2013: The girls have gone wild in 'The Bling Ring,' Sofia Coppola's most provocative film yet

I’m writing my first post here at Cannes while I sit at one of my favorite side-street bistros, digging into a bowl of spaghetti carbonara, which is somehow less fattening than it would be in the U.S., because there are so many less additives in European food. That’s kind of how I feel about Sofia Coppola’s filmmaking: It’s additive-free — a series of simple and direct gazes, purged of the usual syrup and glop, though maybe I should add that it’s deceptively simple, because the way that Coppola now works is to take her refreshingly unhurried, open-eyed, and empathetic camera style (which doesn’t descend from her father’s; I’d say it’s closer to Jonathan Demme meets mumblecore) and apply it to subjects of over-the-top extravagance. She first embraced this mode in Marie Antoinette (2006), and now, in her acerbically witty and arresting fifth feature, The Bling Ring, which premiered this morning at Cannes, she pushes it into the docudrama terrain of an American youth culture gone mad. READ FULL STORY

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

Box office report: 'Iron Man 3' leads with $72.5 million; 'The Great Gatsby' shines in second

If second place is the first loser — then this week, that’s a pretty great place to be. Warner Bros.’ literary adaptation The Great Gatsby stunned the industry today with a magnificent $51.1 million debut. Of course, that number wasn’t large enough to take down Disney’s superhero sequel, Iron Man 3, which topped the box office for a second weekend with $72.5 million, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Ah, the summer movie season: when films actually make money! (Provided that they’re not called Peeples.)

Iron Man 3, which had the second best opening of all time last weekend with $174.1 million, fell 58 percent in its second frame — a slimmer drop than Iron Man 2 managed (59 percent), but a heftier one than The Avengers scored (50 percent). Iron Man 3‘s gargantuan $72.5 million weekend gave it a sizzling $17,400 per theater average from 4,253 locations and lifted its domestic box office total to $284.9 million after just 10 days. Internationally, the film is proving even more invincible. The $200 million Marvel title has now earned $664.1 million overseas, led by massive business in Asia. Iron Man 3’s top two international markets are currently China ($95.3 million) and Korea ($54.1 million), and it has become the highest grossing film of all time in both Indonesia and Malaysia. Worldwide, Iron Man 3 has grossed a truly jaw-dropping $949 million, guaranteeing it will surpass $1 billion sometime this week.

In second place, Baz Luhrmann’s roaring ’20s drama The Great Gatsby took in $51.1 million — the third best opening weekend ever for a film that didn’t hit No. 1. (In 2004, The Day After Tomorrow debuted with $68.7 million but trailed Shrek 2. In 2009, Sherlock Holmes started with $62.3 million but couldn’t overtake Avatar.) The glossy F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton, broke out at the box office despite middling reviews and a “B” CinemaScore grade. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Great Gatsby' soars on Friday with $19.4 million, but can't topple 'Iron Man 3'

The rich just keep getting richer. Last weekend, billionaire playboy Tony Stark scored the second best opening weekend of all time in Iron Man 3. This time around, another millionaire playboy, Jay Gatsby, is breaking out at the box office.

The Great Gatsby had a fantastic first day in theaters, grossing $19.4 million, which puts Warner Bros.’ literary adaptation on pace for a $50-55 million weekend — above even the highest expectations. (I predicted a $43 million frame.) The Baz Luhrmann film, which cost about $100 million to produce, will easily become the director’s best debut ever, and ultimately, his highest grossing film ever — surpassing Moulin Rouge, which earned $57 million in 2001. For star Leonardo DiCaprio, Gatsby‘s big opening will rank second behind Inception, which debuted with $62.8 million in 2010. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Will 'Gatsby' have a great opening?

Almost a full year after the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D adaptation of The Great Gatsby debuted, the much-buzzed-about (and long-delayed) F. Scott Fitzgerald tale is finally coming to the big screen. Gatsby will Charleston its way into theaters on Friday alongside Tyler Perry’s latest comedy, Peeples. Neither of the newcomers has a legitimate shot at taking out Iron Man 3, which will soar in its second weekend, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make an impact at the box office. To the contrary, Gatsby‘s prospects look surprisingly strong.

Here’s how the box office may look this weekend:
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