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Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” begins production in Sydney

Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” begins production in Sydney (photo)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby” has given generations of high school students a way to show classmates, teachers, possible romantic conquests and even random passersby just how smart, insightful and sensitive they really are. Now, with production commencing on Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” kids who don’t want to read will also have an opportunity to act knowing, intellectual and wise beyond their years.

In what’s either a delicious bit of metafictional irony, or a headslappingly dopey piece of obliviousness, the novel that so effectively skewered the lack of substance in 1920s America, will be turned into a $125 million 3D movie by a director known for his lush, flamboyant productions, all in the midst of a never-ending global recession. Warner Bros. Pictures claims that Lurhmann will be “bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before,” except, presumably, during that actual period.

To that end, the Hollywood Reporter has news that the production is bringing in a “fleet of vintage cars,” some of which are worth up to $3 million each. All of this might sound extravagant for an adaptation of a story that is essentially about the decline of the American dream, but once you see a 1929 Duesenberg lurching toward you in glorious 3D, we’re betting you’ll forget all about your oppressive mortgage payments.

“The Great Gatsby” is shooting in Sydney, where it is receiving 40% rebate on its features budget for shooting in Australia. The film will star Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, as Tobey Maguire steps into the shoes of Nick Carraway, the focal point of the book’s narrative. The cast also includes Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and others and is being planned for a 2012 release.

Are you excited for Luhrmann’s take on “The Great Gatsby”? What’s the over-under on a musical number finding its way into the production? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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