Huff Post - 5/4/13: "F. SCOTT FITZGERALD AND HOLLYWOOD - WRITING FOR THE MOVIES (1937 - 1940)"
Huff Post - 4/6/13: "WHAT DID FITZGERALD THINK OF 'THE GREAT GATSBY' THE MOVIE IN 1926? HE WALKED OUT!"
Director Baz Luhrmann's new age / period fusion rendition of Fitzgerald's 1925 American Classic THE GREAT GATSBY has those who've never read the book flocking to bookstores and libraries (remember those?) and firing up their Kindles; and at the same time has die hard purist fans of the novel holding bated breath. Like it or no, this isn't the first time F. Scott's seminal work has been adapted to the screen. A 1926 silent version with Werner Baxton, Lois Wilson and William Powell so incensed the author, he and Zelda stormed from the theater. Then there was the 1949 rendition with Alan Ladd; Jack Clayton's sumptuous (though some felt hollow) 1974 take with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and even a 2000 A&E cable TV booting starring Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd, which some feel is the closest in text and spirit to Fitzgerald's romantic "Jazz Age" melodrama.
iterature Professor / Fitzgerald biographer Anne Margaret Daniel offers up TWO in depth examinations of Fitzgerald's love / hate relationship with Hollywood. "Writing For The Movies" delves into the author's brief career flirtation as a screenwriter on projects such as A YANK AT OXFORD, THREE COMRADES, THE WOMEN, ... and even a minor draft of GONE WITH THE WIND. And in "What Did Fitzgerald Think of THE GREAT GATSBY The Movie - 1926" she accesses Zelda's actual letters in presenting a 1st person "at the time of release 'review' of the first of Fitzgerald's work adapted to film.
"LEONARD MALTIN'S 'OFF HOLLYWOOD' (5/3/13) -
THE FIVE BEST FILMS TO SEE THIS MONTH"
"As we head toward the starting line for the summer movie season, which in
Hollywood terms begins in early May, it may seem like a difficult time to find
stimulating entertainment that doesn't involve superheroes or special effects.
In point of fact, several distributors make a practice of releasing some of
their best movies at this time of year, as counter-programming, and thank
goodness for that. I have nothing against IRON MAN 3, which happens to be a very entertaining
film, but I like variety in my movie diet, which is why I'm happy to recommend
some smaller pictures that are now making their way across the country. I'm
especially fond of MUD, and I feel confident that Jeff Nichols is someone whose
work will stand the test of time". Also includes reviews of LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST, KON-TIKI, and FAME HIGH.
INDIEPLEX - 5/1/13: "ZACH BRAFF 'KICKSTARTER' CONTROVERSY RAGES ON - PT. 1 :
Founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler, "Kickstarter" - the "crowd funding" website purview of independent film makers, playwrights, musicians, game designers and artists, reached a milestone when in March of this year the producers of a prospective VERONICA MARS feature film shattered expectations (and fund-raising records) with nearly $6 million in fan pledges on it's original $2 million goal. Following in it's wake, WISH I WAS HERE, the new film from Zach Braff (writer / director / star of GARDEN STATE) and producers Michael Shamberg & Stacey Sher, has ignited controversy as many are now crying "foul" in that established (and already financially viable filmmakers - Shamberg & Sher are the producers of PULP FICTION, OUT OF SIGHT, GATTACA, CONTAGION, DJANGO UNCHAINED and more) now seem to be using the Kickstarter format to augment already deep fundraising pockets to the detriment of independent and local artists truly in need.
BEYOND THE TRAILER Video Report (4/31/13) - "KICKSTARTER: VERONICA MARS & ZACH BRAFF - MOVIE MATH"