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Baz Luhrmann to remake “The Great Gatsby”? (Eyeroll…)

Redford and Farrow (Photo: Rex Features)
Great Gatsby Pictures, Images and Photos
Really? Why do we need a remake??

OhforPITY.  Seriously?  Is this necessary?  A remake of The Great Gatsby is in the works at the grubby hands of Baz Luhrmann.  Will there be red curtains?  Pop songs on the soundtrack?  Sigh.

via Deadline.com

“While Baz Luhrmann hasn’t settled on whether he’ll make The Great Gatsby his next film, he workshopped the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that he wrote with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce. I’m told that Leonardo DiCaprio read the role of Gatsby, Tobey Maguire read Nick Carraway, and that The Town star Rebecca Hall read the role of Daisy.

The picture is set up at Sony Pictures Entertainment and the reading went well, I’m told. Luhrmann workshops every script he’s considering and there’s no guarantee those actors will wind up starring in the film. Reports have mentioned Amanda Seyfried as a possible Daisy and I’ve heard Baz is sweet on Natalie Portman. Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are producing with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher.”

The ICONIC Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford)

I am warning you right now–I’m about to be snooty and a total name-dropper, but at least I’m owning it, mmmkay?  My husband’s uncle, Eugene Rudolf was the Art Director for this classic 1974 film.  Even if you watch the movie with the SOUND OFF, it’s bloody gorgeous.  (Gene was nominated for an Oscar for his art direction for the 1983 epic, The Right Stuff….and to quote my BFF Patrick, “faaah fah faaaaah fah faaaaaah!”  That’s Snooty Talk.

So NO, and hell no, thankyouverymuch.  Some things are sacred.

“The Black Swan” Trailer – Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis KISS (Video and Photos)

"It's not smut", say Mila Kunis of her kiss with Natalie Portman in "The Black Swan"
Natalie Portman as Nina...

Now that I’ve got your attention…This film looks fantastic.  Here’s a quick synopsis via ONTD:

“A New York City ballet company is producing Swan Lake, and director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) with ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman). Nina lives with Erica (Barbara Hershey), her overbearing mother and a former ballerina.

Nina finds competition in new dancer Lily (Mila Kunis). Swan Lake requires a ballerina who can play the innocent White Swan, which fits Nina, and the sensual Black Swan, which fits Lily. The dancers’ rivalry changes into a bizarre friendship, and Nina begins exploring a dark side of herself.”

What. The. HELL was going on at the very end of this trailer?? I didn’t realize there was a horror element to Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film. It actually seems cool.   I’m troubled though, by prospect the actual dancing — whether it’s implied by professional dancers to be the lead actresses, or if Portman and Kunis will attempt the near-impossible feat of convincing the audience that they are indeed ballerinas.  Swan Lake is my favorite ballet.  I’ve been fortunate enough to seen the Bolshoi Ballet perform this masterpiece and was nearly brought to tears.  (Yeah, yeah…I know.  Name dropper!)

Svetlana Zakharova, as Odette in the Bolshoi's "Swan Lake"

Aside from this one possible distraction, I’m still looking very forward to seeing what Aronofsky brings to the table with The Black Swan.

Filed Under: ART

Video Game Celebrity Look-A-Likes: Hot Dudes Edition

Mark Walhberg as "Max Payne"

Now that we’ve witnessed the miracle that is hot female celebrities looking somewhat like rendered video game characters, it’s time to drool over the same phenomenon – only this time with HOT GUYS!

Guys have done pretty well starring as game characters in the past:   Mark Wahlberg was a dead-ringer for Max Payne, Timothy Olyphant definitely resembled Agent 47 in the Hitman movie, and Jamie Foxx is about to play Lynch in an upcoming Kane and Lynch movie even though Kane is white and it makes no sense even though I enjoy Jamie Foxx as an actor.  Wait.  Did I accidentally change the subject?  Whatever.

Time for Video Game Celebrity Look-A-Likes: Hot Dudes Edition!

1. Paul Walker as Commander Shephard (Mass Effect)

Is it possible for one photo to have TOO much sexy?

I chose Paul Walker over Matthew Fox on this one, even though Matthew voices Commander Shephard and everyone says the resemblance is pretty spot-on. Nah. Paul’s better.
2. Keanu Reeves as Alan Wake (Alan Wake)

Alan is like Neo with a flashlight! ...Sort of.is like Neo with a flashlight! ...Sort of.

The squinty eyes! The facial hair! The slightly open lips as if they’re both about to say, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” Alan is a realistic-looking game character and Keanu is a digital-looking actor! It balances out.

3. Nick Lachey as Nathan Drake (Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune)

Hunks happen.

Nick has never appealed to me, but when comparing him to the gorgeous Nathan Drake suddenly makes him seem ridiculously sexy. It must be that wide-jaw, scruffy, Hollywood bed-head look.
4. Tom Cruise as Dante (Devil May Cry series)

Can you say piercing eyes?

Now THIS is how I like my Tom – the hair, the lips, the eyes. Dante could be the sexiest male game character to ever live; Tommy Boy should be honored to resemble him so closely. If only he had white hair…
5. Vin Diesal as Riddick (Escape from Butcher Bay)

Game technology at its badassiest.

This one is totally cheating because Vin Diesal OWNS the game company that made this game and the character was obviously made to look exactly like him. But goodness GRAY-SHUS look at the resemblance! I love me some Riddick.


6. Hunter Stroud as L (Deathnote, game and TV series)

Now THOSE are some hot, hot emo guys!

DivaJulia’s son, Hunter, is not only an AMAZING musician, but he is also an amazing cosplayer, apparently. I died and went to heaven when I saw this photo! Death Note MOVIE anyone? :)  Sidebar:  Hunter wasn’t even trying to look like “L” from Death Note–this photo was taken on set, in between scenes of the indie horror film Cthuluhu.

What do you guys think of these dudes??