F. Scott Fitzgerald In Drag Is Delightful

Long before there was Kanye in a kilt, there was The Great Gatsby novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald turned out in drag. 

The images are from publiclity photos for a 1916 school musical The Evil Eye! which Fitzy co-wrote for the Princeton Triangle Club while at Princeton.  

  1. Even though a photo of him in drag appeared in the New York Times for promotion, Fitzgerald wasn’t allowed by the university to actually perform in the show due to his poor academic performance, Open Culture explained (and they posted the full-size images in all their glory). 
  • What a shame. The Times called him the "most beautiful girl" in the show. Don’t you agree?

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It All Gets Real In New ‘Gatsby’ Trailer

Leonardo DiCaprio is having a pretty big end of the year, having scored critical admiration and even a Golden Globe nomation for his performance as the sinister Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s new Django Unchained. For those who have forgotten what he looks like without antebellum-meets-cartoon-villain facial hair, the second trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s much-hyped The Great Gatsby adaptation, in which DiCaprio plays the title role, is live for your viewing pleasure.

This time around, the glittery, almost animated New York skyline plays much less of a role, but as "No Church In the Wild" thumps once again, we get more of the Jay Gatsby backstory you may recall from such moments as your highschool English class. There’s a yacht, and some footage from World War I, and the first glimpses of the infatuation and wrath unfolding from the book’s noted love triangle. Cue a montage of Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan and Leo’s Gatsby canoodling and gazing dreamily in each other’s eyes in true Baz Luhrmann love scene fashion, all set to Filter’s shouty and unsettling cover of the Turtles’ "Happy Together." And then, it all gets real. Broken dishes, punches thrown, identities revealed, cars chasing, the whole shebang. 

The film was initially set to be released on Christmas Day (as in next week), but will now hit theatres on May 10th, 2013. In the meantime, Frank Ocean is here to sing you into 1920s New York, which may start to grow on you after all.

Five Of Your Favorite Novels Head To The Big Screen in 2013

With a slew of new page-to-popcorn films in the works, here’s a look at what will be making its way onto the silver screen next year.

THÉRÈSE

French writer Émile Zola’s novel-turned-play Thérèse Raquin has been adapted for the screen many times, but this December we’ll get a taste of director Charlie Stratton’s take on the haunting classic. The psychological tale of affaires de coeur and betrayal centers on Thérèse, a young woman forcibly married to her first cousin, who soon begins a turbulent affair with her husband’s friend. After the lovers conspire to murder her husband, they find themselves haunted by his ghost as their love turns to fiery rage. Elizabeth Olsen takes the reins as Thérèse, with Jessica Lange, Tom Felton, and Oscar Isaac adding to the cast of tortured characters.

CARRIE

After Brian De Palma released his cult-classic adaptation of Stephen King’s novel in 1976, who knew there needed to be another one? But as Hollywood is wont to do, audiences are in store for a new spin on the bloody story of a shy high school outcast who taps into her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on her bullying schoolmates. Helmed by Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, the film stars budding ingénue Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role alongside Julianne Moore and Judy Greer in the new adaptation of one of the most frequently banned books in the U.S.

THE GREAT GATSBY

Like a boat against the current “borne back ceaselessly into the past,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most celebrated work of obsession and tragedy will make its way to the screen once again this spring. The long-awaited adaptation will reunite director Baz Luhrmann with Leonardo DiCaprio, as Gatsby, and stars Carey Mulligan as his unattainable love, Daisy. After being pushed from its December release to May, anticipation for the film has only increased, with audiences wondering just what Luhrmann’s theatrical aesthetic will add to the beloved tale.

THE SEVENTH SON

Adapted from Joseph Delaney’s 2004 children’s novel, The Spook’s Apprentice, this 18th Century adventure film centers around a mystical young boy, Thomas, who becomes an apprentice to the local Spook (a cloaked man who travels the country fighting evil spirits for those who cannot) in order to learn the supernatural trade. Directed by Sergei Bodrov, the film will star The Chronicles of Narnia’s Ben Barnes in the lead role, with Julianne Moore as a cannibalistic, mischievous witch named Mother Malkin. Jeff Bridges and Alicia Vikander also join the cast.

ENDER’S GAME

Orson Scott Card’s science fiction thriller has been inching its way to the screen for years. First published in 1977 as a short story, the futuristic tale of alien warfare and adventure is set to hit theaters in November. Featuring Hugo’s Asa Butterfield and Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin, the film tells the story of a gifted boy sent to a space-based military school to prepare for an alien invasion. The sci-fi classic will be directed by actor/director Gavin Hood, who leads Hollywood veterans Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley into the dystopian future.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Gatsby’ Now Has A Trailer

Time to break out the flappers-and-gangsters garb and brush up on your high school reading, folks. After speculation and promo photos, the official trailer for colorful filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel is now available for your viewing pleasure. And in the first 30 seconds, we get all the classic Luhrmann tropes: bright lights, flashy, lavish party scenes and cityscapes and instant collision of past and present (the trailer opens with the commanding opening hook from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s "No Church In the Wild" and later goes into U2’s "Love Is Blindness"). 

We also get quite a bit of Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular playboy, looking dashing and mysterious as a Jay Gatsby should, and the love story unfolding between him and Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan. There’s a little bit at the beginning, but not much of, an indication as to how Tobey Maguire is utilized as Fitzgerald’s narrator, Nick Carraway and how Luhrmann handles the voice. Perhaps most surprising is the complete lack of anyone calling anyone else "old sport."

And then, at the end, "Now in realD 3-D." We can’t help but wonder what F. Scott Fitzgerald would think about that.