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The Great Gatsby remake starts up in Oz

The Great Gatsby remake starts up in Oz

Director Baz Luhrmann, who brought us "Moulin Rouge," has started production of his remake of "The Great Gatsby" in Sydney, Australia, and I hope his version is better than the last.

Luhrmann's version, scheduled for a 2012 release, will have plenty of stars: Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. It will also be shot in 3-D, which will be interesting for a film that doesn't exactly have the pacing of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

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I just hope no koala sneaks into the frame.

You may recall the novel's opening lines: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."

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