One of the most tragic love stories of all time, Baz Luhrmann has adapted another rendition of The Great Gatsby for the big screen. Although a bit over-done at times, The Great Gatsby is a refreshing and modern interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.

Set in the height of the roaring 1920s in the greater New York City area, The Great Gatsby is narrated by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) – a Yale graduate, World War I veteran, and a writer-turned-bond salesman. After moving to West Egg – an area on Long Island – Nick reconnects with his second cousin, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), who is married to his [sleazy and arrogant] former Yale classmate, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Slowly, Nick begins to hear bits and pieces about a mysterious man named Mr. Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) – a man that apparently no one has ever seen, yet he throws extravagant parties that basically all of New York attend. A multi-millionaire, Gatsby is said to have traveled the world, attended Oxford, and won many awards for his service in the War. Subsequently, Nick soon learns that Gatsby is his next-door neighbor and receives an invitation to one of his parties. Eventually, Nick meets and becomes acquainted with Gatsby, and soon learns that he is an ambitious man for his own reasons, but he also guards many secrets.

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If Luhrmann’s intention was to adapt a story that is both fresh for the Gastby time period and today’s world, then he did exactly that. The Great Gatsby is the epitome of the 1920s – flappers, the height of the stock market, large parties, and prohibition are all highlighted in the plot. When the novel was published for the first time in 1925, obviously everything just listed was extremely prevalent in America. However, Luhrmann turned this 1920s story and twisted it with 21st-century culture, most noteably the soundtrack. Executive Producer Jay-Z performs many of the songs on the soundtrack, which also includes Beyonce, Florence + The Machine, and more contemporary artists.

Although originally skeptical of these selected artists featured in The Great Gatsby, a setting that is entirely quintessential of the Roaring Twenties, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the mixing of music and eras. While there are some distinctive pieces heard that embody the early 1900s – such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue – the blending of the two eras brings the film into another level of symbology. Examined outside of the era it’s set in, The Great Gatsby plot, at it’s simplest, can be applicable to anyone in any location or time period: Man meets girl, the couple separates for reasons outside of their control, girl meets another man, man attempts to win girl back by lying and financially building himself. By combining styles and music of the 21st century, this only solidifies the message that the plot’s omen can be taken out of historical context and applied to anyone.

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Yes, stylistically, the film produces an extremely high level of detail, and is, at times, a bit overdone, but it’s exactly what I would have expected a Luhrmann rendition of The Great Gatsby to be. The vivid colors, unique cinematography, and over-doneness that is the film is perfectly Baz Luhrmann and Roaring Twenties. At times, the style overcompensated for the plot adaptation, character development, and acting, but the film by no means did Fitzgerald a disgrace. The acting was satisfactory, and is one of DiCaprio’s better roles, but Edgerton, although not extremely well-known, takes the cake in this one. While Nick is the narrator of the story, the story is not about him. There are many scenes in which he is merely a fly on the wall, and everything unravels around him. While the focus was mainly – and understandably – around developing Gatsby and Daisy, the development of Nick could have been better adapted, for the audience to understand who Nick is.

In 1920, Fitzgerald stated that “an author ought to write for the youth of his generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.” While the masterpiece of his novel has unquestionably achieved exactly that, I predict the youth of today will enjoy Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby as well. As for the rest – only time will tell.

Grade: B+

Rated: PG-13 (for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language)

The Great Gatsby opens in theaters on May 10.

Be sure to check out our Gatsby guide before seeing the film!

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21

J.K. Rowling and the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have just announced that the play is coming to the United States.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open on Broadway in Spring 2018 at The Lyric Theatre, which is currently home to Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour show.

An exact Cursed Child Broadway opening date has not been set, but theater owner ATG “plans a multi-million dollar renovation to completely transform, remodel and reconfigure the 1,900 seat theatre and turn it into a scaled down, more intimate playhouse, with approximately 1,500 seats.”

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J.K. Rowling and the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have just announced that the play is coming to the United States.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open on Broadway in Spring 2018 at The Lyric Theatre, which is currently home to Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour show.

An exact Cursed Child Broadway opening date has not been set, but theater owner ATG “plans a multi-million dollar renovation to completely transform, remodel and reconfigure the 1,900 seat theatre and turn it into a scaled down, more intimate playhouse, with approximately 1,500 seats.”

While the script book hasn’t been well-received by fans, attendees of The Cursed Child show in London (including this writer) have adored the two-part event. The magic, characters, humor, and special effects are all remarkable and definitely worth seeing live.

The story follows Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their children 19 years after the events of Deathly Hallows as dark forces return to the Wizarding World.

Here’s the inside of ‘The Cursed Child’s’ Broadway theater

Harry Potter Cursed Child Broadway opening date

Said producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said in a press release, “We are thrilled about ATG’s ambitious plans which will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a unique theatre space tailored to the specific needs of the production over the play’s two parts.”

“The remodeled Lyric will include a smaller auditorium redesigned to the specifications of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child team, as well as an adapted proscenium and stage that can house designer Christine Jones’ glorious set without swamping or compromising director John Tiffany’s brilliant staging. The spacious front of house environment will also be transformed to optimize the atmosphere and audience experience.

“But above all, ATG’s plans will provide Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with a bespoke home that will be intimate enough for a drama, yet big enough for us to deliver on our commitment to provide audiences with access to low priced tickets throughout the auditorium.”

J.K. Rowling added, “I’m delighted we are one step closer in bringing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Broadway and very excited by the proposed plans.”

‘Cursed Child’ Broadway ticket on sale date.

The Cursed Child Broadway ticket on sale date was not announced today. In the U.K. tickets went on sale roughly eight months in advance, so maybe they’ll be on sale by this time in 2017.

The West End production put 60,000 tickets on sale in early November, keeping the show running through February 2018.