“A Film by Quentin Tarantino” – those five words are like Viagra for film geeks. The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Django Unchained, has been released. Set in the south two years before the civil war, Django Unchained stars Academy award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (Academy award-winner Christoph Waltz). Together, they try to retrieve Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the charming but sadistic Francophile plantation owner Calvin Candie (a dandified Leonardo DiCaprio) and his band of ruthless slavers. Great talent, sensational soundtrack and sharp dialogue? Must be a Tarantino film. Django Unchained opens in Australia on 24 January 2013.
“New York, 1922. The tempo of the city had changed sharply. The buildings were higher, parties were bigger, the morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper. The restlessness appraoched hysteria” – so goes the opening voiceover for the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. We’ve monitored the casting, we’ve seen the poster and now we can crtique the trailer! Featuring Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Australia’s Joel Edgerton, The Greaty Gatsby is the most anticipated screen adaptation this year. The film has been unapologetically filmed in 3D and the trailer is typical Luhramann: contemporary, pacey, colourful and loud. The soundtrack kicks in with Jay-Z and Kanye’s “No Church in the Wild” and segues to Jack White’s rendition of U2′s “Love is Blindness”. That plus Leo DiCaprio looking intense – what’s not to like?!
Here is the movie poster for one of the most anticipated films of 2012, Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. Leo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan bring to life one of literatures most iconic romances, controversially, in 3D. The movie is set be released on 25 December.
Here’s the trailer for Clint Eastwood’s latest biopic, J. Edgar, about the life and career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Leonardo DiCaprio is in the title role with Josh Lucas, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench in support. Oh yeah, and Ed Westwick makes an appearance too. DiCaprio is no stranger to playing real life figures on screen, having already played con-man Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can and Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. DiCaprio should have fun with this one.
Here’s some mildly interesting yet perfectly useless pop cultural information that you can drop at a dinner party this weekend. Forbes Magazine has released its annual list of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. At the very top of the list is Leonardo DiCaprio, who has apparently raked in $77 million in the past year. Johnny Depp was a not particularly close second, with $50 million.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million)
2. Johnny Depp ($50 million)
3. Adam Sandler ($40 million)
4. Will Smith ($36 million)
5. Tom Hanks ($35 million)
6. Ben Stiller ($34 million)
7. Robert Downey, Jr. ($31 million)
8. Mark Wahlberg ($28 million)
9. Tim Allen ($22 million)
10. Tom Cruise ($22 million)
11. Jim Carrey ($20 million)
12. Daniel Craig ($20 million)
13. Robert Pattinson ($20 million)
14. Brad Pitt ($20 million)
15. Matt Damon ($18 million)
Forbes state, “To compile our earnings numbers we talked to agents, lawyers, producers and other industry insiders to come up with an estimate for what each actor earned between May 1, 2010 and May 1, 2011. Earnings consist of pretax gross income. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted.”
Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are already on board. The cast is taking shape and this has the potential to be awesome:
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has found his Daisy Buchanan. He has officially given the starring role in The Great Gatsby to Carey Mulligan, the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Never Let Me Go star who’ll play the manipulative heroine when Luhrmann starts production on his adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary classic.
Read more here.
Inception. Love it or hate it – it’s part of the pop-cultural conversation. Personally, I loved it (even watched it twice!). My favourite interpretation of the film comes from Bilge Ebiri in New York Magazine:
Inception’s titular concept is the placement of an idea into a character’s subconscious — a notion that the film presents as being more or less unprecedented. And the plot mostly concerns the efforts of our heroes, led by master dream extractor Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) to somehow convince Fischer (Cillian Murphy), the heir to a major energy titan, to split up his father’s empire, without realizing that the idea came from them. But since this is a Christopher Nolan movie, we’re not convinced it’s all that simple; the director’s films almost always turn in on themselves. We think there might be another inception going on in Inception.
Read Ebiri’s full article here.
The plot of the contemporary sci-fi actioner has also inspired some pretty cool infographics. Love it or hate it, take your pick from the infographics below!
The teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Inception was released in some US theaters with Inglourious Basterds last Friday, and the one-minute clip is now online. Inception is Nolan’s first original screenplay since The Dark Knight. The tagline of the movie is,”Your mind is the scene of the crime”. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page (Juno), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) and Batman veterans, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine, /Film is calling Inception a “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind”. So, it sounds like your average Nolan mindfuck then. Can’t wait.