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!

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!