Because it 'can can can'.
Finally, Baz Luhrmann's vibrant musical romance 'Moulin Rouge!' is set to hit the stage for the first time. It's been a long time coming - the film came out in 2001 - but it's finally getting the theatrical debut it has long-deserved, courtesy of John Logan and Alex Timbers.
Baz Luhrmann's musical film to be adapted to the theatre
The movie, which starred Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Jim Broadbent, is set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century where a dejected writer named Christian struggles to find inspiration for his work. But soon he meets a group of flamboyant Bohemians who introduces him to Paris' underworld and the Moulin Rouge nightclub where courtesans dance in cabaret shows. A hilarious misunderstanding leads Christian, his new friends and the star of the Moulin Rouge Satine to hastily make up a stage show to be performed for the Duke in exchange for funding. Soon though, Christian and Satine begin to fall deeply in love which puts the club at risk when the jealous Duke founds out. Little do they all know that tragedy is soon to befall them.
'Moulin Rouge!' is famous for the medleys of classic hits with adapted lyrics like the 'Lady Marmalade/Smells Like Teen Spirit' performance from Zidler's Diamond Dogs, and the 'Elephant Love Medley' featuring snippets of the Beatles' 'Love Is All You Need', 'I Was Made For Lovin' You' by KISS, The Communards' 'Don't Leave Me This Way', 'Silly Love Songs' by Paul McCartney, David Bowie's 'Heroes' and more.
More: Read our review of Baz Luhrmann's last movie 'The Great Gatsby'
The main songs are 'Spectacular, Spectacular' (to the tune of 'Can Can' by Offenbach) and 'Come What May' which was originally written for Luhrmann's other film 'Romeo + Juliet'. There's also a version of Elton John's 'Your Song', which was later covered by John Barrowman.
The film is being adapted by writer John Logan ('Skyfall', 'Gladiator') and Broadway director Alex Timbers ('Peter and the Starcatcher', 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'). 'It's immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge! into its rightful theatrical realm', Luhrmann told Variety.
Set in recession-blighted New York in 1977, 'The Get Down' tells the story of the birth of hip-hop.
Ahead of the premiere of ‘The Get Down’ exclusively on Netflix on Friday (August 12th), we take a short look at the new mini-series that promises to offer a snapshot into the lives of early hip-hop culture as it was born in New York in the late seventies.
Described as “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form”, ‘The Get Down’ is set in 1977 during the dying days of disco but before hip-hop and rap became well-known.
“I'm probably the least obvious person you might think to be curating and trying to get this story told,” Luhrmann himself told The Independent this week, as a director who is known much more for his fantastical movies and re-tellings of the likes of Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet.
Continue reading: A Sneak Peek At Baz Luhrmann's New Netflix Series 'The Get Down'
Baz Luhrmann - Tom Corson and Peter Edge of RCA Records to be honored as UJA-Federation of New York's Music Visionaries of the Year at The Pierre Fifth Avenue at 61st Street New York City - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 16th June 2016
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was one of the most breathtaking beauties at this year's Met Gala fashion event. She was snapped stepping out of the Mark Hotel in New York with a guest wearing a gorgeously shaped pale pink gown with her long hair pulled back into a bun.
Nelson George, Misty Copeland and Baz Luhrmann - 2015 Tribeca Film Festival - World Premiere Documentary: 'A Ballerina's Tale' at BMCC Tribeca PAC - Arrivals at Tribeca Film Festival - New York City, United States - Sunday 19th April 2015
The 70s era set show is set to hit screens next year.
From the man who brought colour to Paris, Australia and fair Verona comes 'The Get Down'; a Netflix Original Series created by Baz Luhrmann which illustrates the lives of four teenagers living in the Bronx in the seventies - with as much vibrancy as you've ever seen from this celebrated director.
[L-R] Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks and TJ Brown star in 'The Get Down'
He's known for bringing a certain iridescent quality to stories for the big screen, but now Luhrmann is settling down for the small screen with his first series: 'The Get Down'. The director - whose last film was an adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby' starring Leonardo DiCaprio - has now unveiled the leading male cast for the upcoming Netflix series, which is awash with up and coming talent.
Leonardo DiCaprio did his best to woo Cara Delevingne, to no avail.
Leonardo Dicaprio has certainly racked up an impressive number of supermodel girlfriends over the years, though British Burberry star Cara Delevingne isn't one of them. According to The Sun newspaper, Cara snubbed the Hollywood A-lister at the after-party of the Great Gatsby premiere at Cannes last week.
A source said: "Normally all Leo has to do is look at a girl and they fall at his feet. Though Cara was having none of it.He spent the night chasing after her and essentially she blew him out." The insider says the pair spoke for a while and eventually swapped numbers after Leo had invited her to a party back at his suite. "He tried every trick in the book and apparently kept lunging for her but she kept dodging them," said the source, "Everyone is howling at the fact she actually knocked back the biggest actor in the world.She thought he was too forward and too old."
DiCaprio - who stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel - has previously dated Gisele Bundchen, Bar Refaeli, Erin Heatherton, Anne Vyalitsyna and Eva Herzigova. Delevingne, who previously dated the folk-rock musician Jake Bugg, is said to be moving in with best pal Rita Ora in East London later this year.
Continue reading: So, Why Did Leonardo DiCaprio Get Knocked Back By Cara Delevingne?
Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) is the perfect director to take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel about the American dream, simply because he's an expert at showing the emptiness of hyperactive excess. The film is a feast for the eye from start to finish, but it also eats away at us with its bleak story of people who live the high life even though it leaves them naggingly unsatisfied.
The tale is told by Nick (Maguire), trying to work through his life-changing summer in 1922 Long Island, where he rented a small cottage across the sound from his wealthy cousin Daisy (Mulligan), who is married to his college pal Tom (Edgerton), an all-American sportsman with an eye for other women. Next door to Nick's cottage is the vast mansion owned by reclusive millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), who throws outrageously raucous parties for New York's celebrity class. But Nick realises that Jay only does this to catch the eye of Daisy, because he's still in love with her after a romance five years earlier. Now he wants to take her away from Tom, and he needs Nick's help.
It's tricky to know whether Luhrmann is celebrating Gatsby's luxuriant lifestyle or offering a cautionary tale about the emptiness of materialism. Obviously, the story is trying to do both, and Luhrmann fills the surfaces with decadent extravagance, filling the air with wafting fabric, buckets of glitter and exploding fireworks. Like a lavish 3D pop-up book, the party scenes are wildly over-the-top, as are smaller gatherings in opulent city flats or roaring open-top cars. These people's lives are so vacuous that they live at top speed, always in search of the next thrill. And it's difficult not to see Gatsby's earnest quest as just another greedy acquisition.
Continue reading: The Great Gatsby Review
As the summer blockbusters role in and with The Cannes Film Festival just around the corner this week is a big one in the world of movies.
The big cinematic event this week was the world premiere in London of Fast & Furious 6, which brought the film's stars out on the red carpet. With the city in the background, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster talked to the cameras about the action series and its surprisingly sustained popularity. Set in Europe and billed as the biggest yet in the franchise, the sixth film opens next week in the UK and the following week in the US. And production on part 7 is already underway.
Also this week, Hugh Jackman participated in a global interview via Twitter to talk about his upcoming action movie The Wolverine, which comes out in July. As fans sent in questions, he replied with details about the film, his gruelling preparation to play the muscle-bound X-man and how much he enjoys playing the "toughest guy in the yard". His answers were caught on video.
The Hollywood Reporter says women are flocking to the cinemas to see The Great Gatsby.
This wasn’t in the script. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of the roaring twenties, The Great Gatsby, was one of the most anticipated movies of the year. With a huge budget, an all-star cast and various exotic filming locations, Gatsby was supposed to be the film of 2013. Hell, it was even supposed to be the movie that won Leonardo Dicaprio that elusive Oscar for best actor. Sure, that could still happen, but it's hugely unlikely.
One Of The Many Visually Impressive Scenes In The Great Gatsby
There’s no way to avoid the fact that Gatsby has been mauled by the critics. Though some have pointed in the direction of the stunning visuals, it soon became all too clear that Luhrmann forget one key element: Fitzgerald’s classic tale, the best possible material any director could have to work with. “This dreadful film even derogates the artistry of Fitzgerald, who wrote "The Great Gatsby" while living on Long Island and in Europe,” said Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal. J.R Jones of the Chicago Reader said, “Baz Luhrmann is exactly the wrong person to adapt such a delicately rendered story, and his 3D feature plays like a ghastly Roaring 20s blowout at a sorority house.” R. Kurt Oseland of Slant magazine pondered what could have been, saying, “When The Great Gatsby actually stops to breathe, there is some greatness to be found, however brief it may be.”
Continue reading: It Seems Women Could Rescue Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’
The Great Gatsby hit cinemas this weekend, but should you bother seeing it?
The Great Gatsby is often lauded as being one of the greatest stories told in modern times and one that has been incorporated by Hollywood studios to ensure bums on seats time after time, but as the latest effort continues to underwhelm critics and audiences alike is it time to leave this age old story of the Roaring Twenties to rest?
Baz Luhrmann is known for his grandiose direction style, and in the past his movies have often been criticised for providing style over substance. The Great Gatsby is a story that relies on the extravagance and demands that those on screen ooze an enviable cool - something that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and co all bring to the table - but Luhrmann may very well have placed all his confidence in his actors and his special effects to deliver this much needed dose of style to the latest screen adaptation. But by concentrating on 50% of the contents of the story, the director has almost rendered the tale obsolete and unable to move amongst the clutter of stylistic treatments used in the film.
In a recent interview, Carey Mulligan talks at length about her latest role in the Great Gatsby and what the whole experience meant for her.
In a brand new interview, Brit-actress Carey Mulligan discussed her latest role in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. In it, she discusses how "daunting" the whole experience of working with Luhrmann and the film's star Leonardo Di Caprio was, and how she always knew that she would be an actor some day.
The rising star explains her in-depth research for the role, including getting to read the letters and diaries of Zelda Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, whom the role of Daisy Buchanan is based. Her emersion into the character didn't end in her research either, as the actress looked the part throughout the film, being dressed in exquisit jewellery throughout filming, something that gave her more attention that she may have anticipated. She said, "There was a man who used to follow me around when I was wearing the Tiffany’s jewellery to make sure I didn’t [steal it] and everytime I made a joke where I’d accidentally drop it down my blouse, he would stare at me with daggers."
Continue reading: Carey Mulligan Discusses Her 'Daunting' Role In The Great Gatsby [Video]
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