Monday, May 27, 2013

Movie Monday

Opening This Week May 31 

After Earth
Now You See Me
The East (Limited)
The Kings of Summer (Limited)
Shadow Dancer (Limited)

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"Can't Repeat the Past? Why, of Course You Cannes!" Why F. Scott Fitzgerald Fans Should Love Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby"

In 1926, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his family were in France, spending most of their time on the Riviera where Baz Luhrmann's movie of The Great Gatsby will open the Cannes Film Festival tonight. From far away, Fitzgerald followed closely the stage adaptation of Gatsby that Owen Davis was preparing for Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. Davis had won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1923 for Icebound, but didn't even come close for his Gatsbydramatization.

Compared to the novel, the play's terrible -- how can you like a version of Gatsby absent the Valley of Ashes, and in which George Wilson is the Buchanans' chauffeur? However, the play did get good reviews for James Rennie's performance as Gatsby. Rennie, a Canadian-born actor, is still best known as Dorothy Gish's husband, and remembered for smaller roles like Frank MacIntyre in Now, Voyager. He should be famous for being the first Gatsby. The New Yorker termed the play excellent and attractive, with Gatsby's death as the most intense dramatic moment then on Broadway. Rennie was shot onstage in front of his Daisy, Florence Eldredge, and told a newspaper interviewer that it was his own choice to walk toward Daisy as he was dying, smiling because her face was the last thing he'd ever see -- exactly as Gatsby would want it. Keep reading here. 

Tom Cruise Exits 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Due to 'Mission: Impossible 5'

Just one month after Armie Hammer entered talks to join Tom Cruise in Warner Bros. adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with director Guy Ritchie at the helm, the production will be looking for a new leading man yet again. Deadline has word that Cruise has chosen to depart the film due to timing issues with his producing and starring in Mission: Impossible 5, which he hopes to shoot before the end of the year for Paramount Pictures. Honestly, despite the differences in the premises, story and style of the two TV series adaptations, the projects seemed a little too similar for Cruise to star in both. Keep Reading. 

Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain & More Up for 'Rodham' Biopic

Just last month we learned The Spectacular Now and Smashed director James Ponsoldt was attached to direct Rodham, a film about politician Hillary Rodham Clinton's early years during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. The script comes from  Young Il Kim, made the 2012 Black List and is now in development Temple Hill Entertainment. Producers intended to get an actress attached as the lead before getting support from studios and independent financiers, and now some names have surfaced for the lead including Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried. Click here to keep reading.
 New Dark Elf Photos in 'Thor: The Dark World' + Official Site Launch

Now we can finally get a look at the Dark Elves! After set photos a few months ago revealed fully-costumed Dark Elves, official photos have finally appeared in the latest issue of Empire magazine. There are two clear shots scanned online that show the elves, including Christopher Eccleston as their leader Malekith. The first teaser trailer was debuted a few weeks ago and barely had any glimpse of these guys at all. In addition to this debut, the official Marvel website for Thor: The Dark World has launched, and includes a few nice shots of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, plus Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

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