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found me a Daisy

If Baz Luhrmann decides to make his next film project the remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” he has found his Daisy Buchanan.

Deadline.com have reported that they have been contacted by Baz to let them know that he has chosen English actress Carey Mulligan for the part. Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar last year for her role in “An Education”. She has won the role over a host of actresses who were considered or tested for the part. Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams,Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson amongst them.

Leonardo DiCaprio, will play Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire is expected to play his friend, Nick Carraway. No word yet on who’ll play the other major parts.

Daisy was played by Mia Farrow in the 1974 film.

PHOTO CREDIT: Carey Mulligan photographed auditioning for the role of Daisy Buchanan. New York City, November 2, 2010. Photo: Baz Luhrmann. Copyright: Bazmark

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Ryan & Rocky remake – please no

Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter

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My last post dealt with unoriginality and remakes, this one takes the cake – please don’t let this happen.

Ryan Murphy, the creator of the hit TV series “Glee” (of which Babs is a huge fan), is apparently in line to possibly direct a remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. He has dedicated an upcoming Glee episode to the cult musical.

Now I am an admirer of Mr. Murphy when it comes to his TV show incarnations (I am a fan of Nip/Tuck as well). So he is a good show runner/creator.

But he is not such a good director – especially when it comes to the movies.

His film adaptation of Augustine Burrough’s successful novel “Running With Scissors” was a travesty (how can you make Annette Bening act so bad?). “Eat Pray Love” ( another successful novel), although not a flop at the box office, was greeted by a lot of hostile reviews. I personally expected a real dog of a movie, but it wasn’t that bad – just instantly forgettable. He always attracts a cast that is worth checking out and his films have an appealing visual style. It is just his storytelling skills are nil. It is interesting that Baz Luhrmann is interested in directing an episode of Glee – like minds?

He is also slated to direct the film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s AIDs themed play “The Normal Heart” into a film – Mark Ruffalo in the lead role (good casting). The other Babs – Barbra Striesand wanted to direct and star in it many years ago, now I am wishing she had – just to keep Mr Murphy away.

Back to the Rocky Horror remake idea.

There are a lot of reasons to not remake this camp classic, but the only real reason for me is that there is no way in the world that the extraordinary performance of Tim Curry in the role of Franknfurter can ever be topped – and I mean ever!  So just leave it alone.

Mind you the rumoured remake a few years back that was to be directed by Stephan (Priscilla) Elliott was much less desirable, thank god that is not on the drawing board (or should I say slab?) anymore.

By the way, Mr Murphy is also in line to direct the big screen adaptation of the huge hit musical “Wicked” ( he sure is popular), he can have this one – the stage show was so awful surely it can only approve?

A message to Mr Murphy – stick to one thing for a little while – your baby “Glee” is suffering this season, Babs ain’t happy bout that!

 

 

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Baz and his unoriginal bone

Cover of "The Great Gatsby"

Cover of The Great Gatsby

Does Baz Luhrmann have an original bone in his body?  In my opinion the answer is no.

He did once I guess – when he co-created  the original production of Strictly Ballroom whilst at NIDA.

Don’t get me wrong, he does bring a touch of originality to the way he directs his movies.

“Romeo & Juliet” was a terrific update of the Shakespeare classic (his best film). “Moulin Rouge” was clever in its use of pop songs to enliven the movie musical. “Australia” was not so clever or original in his desire to bring back the old fashioned Hollywood epic – a la “Gone With The Wind”. It had the weakest of his story lines ever.

Baz recently had a workshop in New York for his proposed remake of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby“.

What will Baz do to this one? I can just imagine how over the top the party scenes will be. I can imagine just how much substance he will (not) bring to the Gatsby character – I predict a cardboard cut-out version. But this is his proposed new movie project, to be made after his proposed stage musical version of Stricly Ballroom – how original is that????

In the workshop Leonardo DiCaprio read Jay Gatsby, Tobey MacGuire was Nick, and Rebecca Hall was Daisy – not bad casting at least.

It is a pity that someone with his showmanship visual flair can’t come up with something 100% original. Vincent Minnelli he aint.

 

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