| May 8, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Even if it's true, let's forget the "great American novel" business regarding "The Great Gatsby" for a minute. What makes F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, published in the spring of 1925 but set three years earlier, such a haunted portrait of a time, a...
| May 7, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Remarkable how two words, scribbled nearly a century ago about a 16-year-old Lake Forest debutante, can evoke a whole country, its hypocrisies and promises, its aspirations and crushing realities.
Last week, the University of South Carolina posted...
| May 19, 2013
| 9:43 AM
"Star Trek Into Darkness" opened atop the U.S. box office, though its debut didn't quite make the jump to warp speed that Paramount Pictures executives expected.
"Into Darkness," the second J.J. Abrams-directed installment in the long-running science-...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 9:00 AM
In watching Marc Forster's new action drama "World War Z," it's hard not to be struck by how well Brad Pitt is aging.
Yes, there's the slightest of silver highlighting his long locks, and the added distinction those little lines are etching on his face,...
| May 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Baz Luhrmann didn't want to answer the question.
"I can't really say it about myself," he said. "But yes, I do."
The Australian director behind this month's hip-hop-inspired adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" had been asked if he thinks his movies...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 2:03 PM
On Wednesday, Forbes released its annual list of highest-paid actors and, for the first time, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list. The man best known these days for playing Tony Stark had raked in $75 million between June 2012 and June of this year, best...
| May 11, 2013
What's to live for? The price of wine continues to skyrocket, and Warren Buffett is now tweeting. What's next for us culturally? Bingo night at the Louvre?
Meanwhile, the criminal justice system insists on hammering on poor Lindsay Lohan. It's only a...
| May 14, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Even the casual car fans who helped push "The Great Gatsby" to a $51.1-million opening weekend probably noticed the Duesenberg Model J driven by Leonardo DiCaprio’s title character.
The more chronologically inclined car fans may have also noticed...
| May 20, 2013
| 9:46 AM
With its glitzy opening night premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last week, "The Great Gatsby" arrived overseas with a splash. Or at least that's what Warner Bros. was hoping for as the movie played for the festival crowd days before it debuted in...
| May 11, 2013
| 4:04 PM
One detail I didn't have room to include in last weekend's Arts & Books feature on the soundtrack to "The Great Gatsby" was just how the film's director, Baz Luhrmann, recruited Jay-Z to help him assemble the music for the movie.
In an interview...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 8:31 AM
After the coffee. Before wishing I didn't have to wait until next year to see 'The Great Gatsby.'
The Skinny: Warner Bros. announced Monday that it was bumping the release of its "The Great Gatsby" adaptation from Christmas to summer 2013, and I'm...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Watching "Love, Marilyn," Liz Garbus' pointed, poetic and occasionally overwrought documentary about the life of Marilyn Monroe, I kept thinking about "The Great Gatsby," another tragedy in two acts recently resurrected for our viewing pleasure.