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WATCH: 'The Great Gatsby' Trailer: There Will Be Screaming

WATCH: 'The Great Gatsby' Trailer: There Will Be Screaming

A new trailer for  The Great Gatsby has hit the web. Let's see if it has all the ingredients of a Baz Luhrmman joint:  Hot, youthful actors with well-defined jaws?  Check. Eye-popping colors? Check. Settings suitable for an Architectural Digest cover story, even when they depict abject poverty?  Check. Iconic period-piece story juxtaposed with hot-right-now soundtrack?  Check. Multiple scenes of operatic emotional outbursts? CHECK! more »

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Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire Eye 2 Animal Poaching Pics; Lee Daniels Eyes Janis Joplin Pic: Biz Break

Leonardo DiCaprio promoting "Aviator" in Hollywood, CA on November 20, 2004. 
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Also in Wednesday morning's round-up of news briefs: Robert DeNiro is set to take Santa Barbara honors; Maggie Smith takes a swipe at Hollywood for "treating [audiences] like five year-olds"; And a writer to pen the Scarface re-make is found.
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Matt Damon, David O. Russell To Receive Gotham Honors; Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire Urge 'Voter Expression': Biz Break

Matt Damon, David O. Russell To Receive Gotham Honors; Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire Urge 'Voter Expression': Biz Break

Also in Monday morning's round-up of news briefs, The Other Dream Team tops a mostly lackluster specialty box office, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower held strong in expansion. Looper tops the foreign box office. And, a French film wins in San Sebastian.
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Kristen Stewart Won't Be In Any Snow White Sequel; Bachelorette An iTunes Hit: Biz Break

Kristen Stewart Won't Be In Any Snow White Sequel; Bachelorette An iTunes Hit: Biz Break

Also in Wednesday morning's round-up of news briefs, Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will direct 90 Church for Universal. Tobey Maguire joins an indie project by Craig Zobel and the New York Times names a new chief.
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Ang Lee's Life Of Pi To Open 50th New York Film Festival

Ang Lee's Life Of Pi To Open 50th New York Film Festival

The World Premiere of Ang Lee's Life Of Pi will open the New York Film Festival September 28th. The screening launching the 50th anniversary of the annually anticipated film event will be a return for the Oscar-winning director, who screened Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as the festival's closing night event 12 years ago. Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and Francois Truffaut are the only other directors to have had more than one film chosen to bow the festival. Lee's The Ice Storm opened the 1997 edition of NYFF.
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Take a Gander at Ang Lee's Life of Pi

Take a Gander at Ang Lee's Life of Pi

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's upcoming 3-D adventure Life of Pi is based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Yann Martel. The fantasy-adventure follows "Pi," an Indian boy who survives a shipwreck and is stranded on a boat in the ocean with a Bengal tiger along with some other charming critters.
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Vacation Gets a Reboot; Channing Tatum as Evel Knievel: Biz Break

Vacation Gets a Reboot; Channing Tatum as Evel Knievel: Biz Break

In Wednesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Ed Helms may take a Vacation of his own. 1962 classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane may get a re-make. And casting news for Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
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Then & Now: The Casts of Spider-Man & The Amazing Spider-Man Answer the Same Questions, 10 Years Apart

Spider-Man (2002) vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

It seems like only yesterday comic book fans were all excited about the very first Spider-Man movie — Sam Raimi's 2002 take on the webslinging superhero, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. With Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone stepping in to lead Marc Webb's high school-set The Amazing Spider-Man, a lot of people are wondering if the reboot is any different at all. Time will tell if fans decide Amazing is better or worse, or maybe just the same as Raimi's Spider-Man — but looking back on interviews from 2002's Spider-Man junket, it turned out some of the exact same questions were asked of both sets of directors and stars.
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The Great Gatsby Trailer: Leo + Baz, Together Again

The Great Gatsby trailer

The first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby has arrived, and yup — this looks exactly like what Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby should look like: A richly stylized 1920s New York, Jazz Age nightclubs swirling with beaded flappers a la Moulin Rouge, star-crossed lovers exchanging torrid looks across impossibly polished sets, the anachronistic sounds of Kanye & Jay-Z & Frank Ocean... Not to mention Leonardo DiCaprio looking mighty fine in his first broodingly romantic role in over a decade. Soak up the moody art deco stylings and weigh in on Lurhmann's Christmas 3-D offering after the jump!
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Andrew Garfield Gives Biggest Spider-Man Interview Yet to... Tobey Maguire

Andrew Garfield Gives Biggest Spider-Man Interview Yet to... Tobey Maguire

Andrew Garfield has passed along comments and notes from his inaugural Spider-Man stint for a while now, but he's saved his first truly in-depth press foray for a chat with the one guy on Earth who can literally relate to every word: Ex-Spider-Man franchise star Tobey Maguire.
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Here Are 13 Videos of Spider-Man Busting Amazing Dance Moves on the Internet

Dancing Spider-Man YouTube

Look, it's Friday. We're all working for the weekend, here. And besides, superhero season is nigh upon us! Do I really need a good reason for posting a collection of YouTube Spider-Men dancing in costumes on the internet? Yeah, didn't think so. ENJOY! With great power comes great responsibility... to get down, Spidey-style.
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First Great Gatsby Images: Welcome to the East Egg Dinner Theater!

First Great Gatsby Images: Welcome to the East Egg Dinner Theater!

So Baz Luhrmann beats on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into 3-D. In the first photos from his splashy new The Great Gatsby adaptation, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton vamp it up like humorlessly obsessed guests at a murder mystery dinner party. Anybody else find the casting here a bit too pat and obvious? Leonardo DiCaprio is a... a moneyed and aloofly self-interested man! Tobey Maguire is... a nervous, kowtowing outsider! Carey Mulligan is... the new Mia Farrow again! Well. Check out the images for yourself and see if I'm too cynical.

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What Do You Get When You Mix Pedro Almodovar, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, and Lee Daniels?

What Do You Get When You Mix Pedro Almodovar, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, and Lee Daniels?

Answer: A film entitled The Paperboy, based on Pete Dexter's 1995 novel. I know, I know; when you hear the word "paperboy" you think A) minimum wage-earning neighborhood scamp, B) the 1984 Atari video game, or C) the 1993 hip-hop jam "Ditty," by the rapper Paperboy. But no! Pedro Almodovar, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Tobey Maguire, Sofia Vergara, and Precious director Lee Daniels have another Paperboy in mind.

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