Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Watson, Gosling in New Set Photos, First Look at 'Gatsby'

Showbiz Buzz
Coveted role in Catching Fire down to three?
    * E! Online cites an anonymous source as saying Catching Fire studio Lionsgate has a short list for the role of Finnick Odair, who, as fans of the novel know, is a major player in the second book. The list: Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, and Armie Hammer. My money is on Kitsch, despite his terrible 2012 thus far (box office duds John Carter, Battleship).

    * has exclusive new images from the set of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson and Kirsten Dunst.

    * New photos from the set of Only God Forgives, the new film from the team that brought us Drive: Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn.

    * WARNING! New photos reveal a major spoiler from the set of Iron Man 3.

    * Zac Efron, Jason Bateman, and Leslie Mann highlight the prospective cast of This is Where I Leave You, about a family airing its dirty laundry while sitting shiva for the patriarch.

On Set Photo of the Week
Blood Ties co-stars snuggle up

Blood Ties co-stars Zoe Saldana and Billy Crudup look like a natural couple on the set of their new film, directed by Guillaume Canet.

Oscar Watch 2013
The word on Moonrise Kingdom, Les Miserables
    * This week brought the first glimpses of two prospective Oscar films: The Great Gatsby (see above) and Les Miserables, Tom Hooper's (The King's Speech) adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo play. Yes, this version of Les Mis will be a musical and, if there's anything the trailer proves, it will also be very cinematic. Featuring many moving parts, Hooper looks to be going all out in his quest to update the tale of convict Jean Valjean (played by Hugh Jackman). Hooper's camera has never been more alive and this film looks like a throwback to the classic Merchant Ivory productions of the early '90s (Howard's End, The Remains of the Day). Look for Hooper to collect his second Best Director nomination for this one.

    * Zimbio Review - 'Moonrise Kingdom,' a Celebration of Love Above All

    * The first film on our list of prospective Oscar favorites will debut this week. Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's Cannes-opening ode to love, does not disappoint. Containing many of the themes (parentless children, infidelity) and styles (dollhouse set cross-sections) of his past films, Moonrise manages to stay unique with its romantic depiction of two youngsters who would rather risk it all and run away than stay miserable living their current lives. Critics are nearly unanimous in praise of the film which could spell Oscar gold for Anderson. He has previously been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums and for Best Animated Feature for Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Trailer of the Week
The Great Gatsby

We got our first glimpse of one of the most-anticipated films of the year this week. The glimmering one, Baz Luhrmann, has truly made F. Scott's Fitzgerald's tale of the roaring '20s his own. The trailer starts off like early 2000s Scorsese as we fly into New York City and enter one of Gatsby's legendary parties. The trailer takes off with the help of Jack White's cover of U2's "Love is Blindness," which tears through the background. The pageantry and glamour are pure Luhrmann, who seems born to breathe life into Gatsby. With a tendency to overdramatize, some critics worried about the Moulin Rouge director's ability to adapt the classic novel. The trailer doesn't exactly assuage these concerns, but the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire as the film's leads should help balance them out. This may be another Oscar-worthy turn for Leo, especially.

Red Carpet Photo of the Week
Baldwin the chivalrous

Alec Baldwin lends his less-than-practically-adorned girlfriend, Hilaria Thomas, a hand up the staircase at Cannes. Click the photo for an entire album of some of the best shots of the week from the Festival.

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