Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby is a classic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, arrives in theaters May 10, 2013
*I was prepared to be bored in reviewing the Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Picture presentation of The Great Gatsby, based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it was an enchanting and wonder-filled experience. The Baz Luhrmann director project shown in 3D and 2D in selected theaters May 10, 2013 is sure to be a classic. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire who both gave performances worthy of accolades.
The screenplay was written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce and offered a realistic look in to the roaring ‘20s era from the dirt poor neighborhoods to the lavishly rich. The film showed the realistic look into the era when morals went wild, when Jazz was the major influence (with a Cab Calloway look-a-like), and when the wealthy were either those born-into-money or those who made it rich by bootlegging, gambling and stock investments – all in pursuit of the American dream.
The Great Gatsby is told and seen through the eyes of Bond handler Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who dreams of being a writer and is encouraged to do so by a psychologist helping him with his drinking and drug addiction. The focus is his relationship with his neighbor, the mystery and very rich Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio).
A tragic love story between Gatsby and a lost love Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Nick’s cousin, who Gatsby left because he felt he was too poor. Daisy marries a philandering born-to-money suitor Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Gatsby life for the next five years was to make his fortune and come back to claim her.
The soundtrack of The Great Gatsby brings the film to the modern era, some may not agree that it’s suited for the film, but I feel it says to the audience this can happen to you too. The soundtrack included original music by Jay-Z (executive producer), Beyonce’ and Alicia Keys singing her famed “New York,” the backdrop of the film.
Barrie M. Osborne and Bruce Berman are also executive producers on The Great Gatsby which also stars Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, and Amitabh Bachchan. The Great Gatsby is Rated PG-13 and arrives in theaters May 10, 2013. Log onto www.TheGreatGatsby.WarnerBros.com to watch the trailer.
Tangi Miller’s burning the candle on both ends as actress and producer, releases The Good Wifey on DVD
*“I have a producer/writer I work with and she had a script a little bit different,” said actress/producer Tangi Miller (Madea’s Family Reunion) about her recently released film project The Good Wifey. “I’ve been known for romantic comedy…this is a dramatic thriller. It’s a bit more work as an actress because she is dealing with all these issues…she is fragile because of her past.”
Miller, who has at least 10 movie projects she has produced/written and starred in, made sure to point out this film is also at Redbox for only 99 cents. The Good Wifey also stars Persia White, Chico Benymon and David Ramsey.
“David Ramsey is an incredible actor,” Tangi added when questioned about her co-stars. “I didn’t know who he was…but I was blown away by his work.”
“I just helped produce The Good Life. We shot it in Chicago,” Miller informed me about her other projects. “Christopher Nolen directed it. It’s about the journey of what to do in your life. There’s another (film), Hollywood Chaos, about a woman who wants to be an anchor but has to rat out her friends – get their secrets.”
Tangi confessed it’s hard to produce and act at the same time but in order for her to keep working she had to.
“I had to create my own opportunities and my own niche,” she said honestly. “I’m about to shoot Diva’s Diary about a woman who lives in Los Angeles making it happen.”
Tangi Miller, also a dancer, is making it happen too. Aside from her own films she has starred in such projects as “Felicity,” Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood, Love and Other 4 Letter Words, “Half & Half,” “Cold case” and “The District.”
Learn more about this fascinating woman and her projects at www.TangiMiller.com.
(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)