By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer
While hailing from the town that inspired West Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby certainly adds to my excitement for Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation out next week. A long list of other factors account for my increasing enthusiasm— the soundtrack and Leonardo DiCaprio, just to name a few.
The star-studded cast, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher, seems to be going head to head with the also star-studded soundtrack that has been recently revealed to the public. Jack White’s rendition of U2’s “Love is Blindness,” can be heard in the film’s first official trailer. The rendition is enough to send chills down your spine as you watch Leo’s character Jay Gatsby toss his abundance of silky shirts at Daisy Buchanan in the novel’s famous scene.
To name-drop a few artists in the fabulous line-up: Gotye, Sia, Fergie, Will.i.am, the xx, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. An article on MTV describes Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful,” the film’s original song, as somber-sounding, which seems only fitting for the mood of the film.
In case you haven’t yet seen the trailer or any of Luhrmann’s other films for that matter, they are over the top. So who better to include in the soundtrack than Beyonce? Combined with Andre 3000, she has produced a cover to Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” Though many are thrilled by the sultry and dark cover, Winehouse’s family is certainly not, especially Winehouse’s father.
According to an article by the Huffington Post, Mitch Winehouse, father of the late singer, has taken to Twitter to voice his discontent with the portrayal. He says the cover “doesn’t bring anything to his daughter’s 2006 original.” Winehouse also states in a tweet from April 2 that he had no idea his daughter’s song was going to be covered by Beyoncé. In response to multiple tweets from the disgruntled father, fans from both parties have taken to the Internet to defend both sides.
One thing for sure is that Baz Luhrmann’s take on the 1920s novel and his overall filmmaking style demand something unique from its predecessor— the 1974 adaptation with Robert Redford— both musically and stylistically.
Check out the trailer below:
By Jasmine Ferrell, Staff Writer
Justin Timberlake recently released a single called “Suit and Tie” featuring Jay-Z, and it’s kinda turning out to be a big deal. Rolling Stone magazine stated that it after the high was projected to be his best week in song sales ever, which is saying a lot considering Timberlake’s previous success. The whole album, The 20/20 Experience, won’t be released until March 19, but until then, let’s all gather around our dormitory heaters and reminisce about the highlights of J.T.’s memorable existence.
He got started on “The New Mickey Mouse Club”, but who really cares about pre-eye candy JT? It all really started in the age of the boy bands, where as a member of N*Sync he charmed his way into every girl’s heart with his bleached hair and ultimate swag.
- While Justin was in N*Sync, they released a couple pretty big hits, likely to have been played at a couple of your school dances. There were the classics like, “Tearing up my Heart” and “Girlfriend,” but nothing can compare to the glory that is “Bye Bye Bye.” That song marks a generation.
- He also dappled a bit in acting and his first film happened to be a little Disney channel number called Model Behavior. A poetic tale of two girls switching places, and wouldn’t you know it? JT plays a love interest.
- Then there was the first solo experience: Justified. His debut CD was released in 2002 and was released at the number two spot on the Billboard charts. It also leads to yet another monument in JT history, the single “Cry Me a River.”
- The whole JT and Britney thing was actually a highlight in itself. What romance of the early 2000’s could’ve been more perfect? Two of the top pop culture icons merging into one glorious couple, brings tears to my eyes still.
- Later in the decade brought more acting to Justin, but more importantly his most famous contribution yet. Future Sex/Love Sounds. Is it even necessary to explain this? No.
Now as we journey closer to the present things die down. Justin seemed to go on a musical hiatus as he acted in some more movies (all rather hit or miss) and well you know, got married. But man, is it good to have him back where he belongs. Let us all gather and celebrate a man we all grow up with and say to the world:
“If you wanna fly, Come and take a ride, Take a space ride with a cowboy, baby.”