Cutting Room for February 23

  • It’s official, Baz Luhrmann’s impending favor to high school English students (aka, a new remake of The Great Gatsby) will be shot in 3D. You know, because social allegories are more wicked awesome when things fly at your head. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan are rumored to star, so at least the faces flying at your face will be pretty faces.

  • GQ has more than just delicious photos of celebrity abdomens, as proven by a particularly insightful column from former Entertainment Weekly executive editor Mark Harris. Titled “The Day the Movies Died,” it’s every bit the optimistic, happy-go-lucky romp you’d imagine. It’s the story of how Hollywood, a place once packed with artists, went wrong … something that the record-breaking 27 sequels that will arrive in 2011 seems to back up. It’s so fascinating while depressing, I’m surprised Iñárritu didn’t direct it.

  • If you haven’t seen the internet trailer for the video game Dead Island, check that business out below, yo!

    Arguably the finest zombie-related material since Shaun “got some red on him,” this Memento-meets-Romero preview is honestly breathtaking. The game may suck, but the trailer has already resulted in a mini-bidding war for the rights to make this a full flick. It may not sustain itself for a full 2 hours, but for 2 minutes, it’s perfect.

  • As if you needed another reason to lust after the impending release of The Muppets, now comes word that a new Toy Story short will appear in front of it. This means we’ll go Gonzo for Buzz before catching our Gonzo Buzz. Pure joy.

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posted at 04:40 pm
on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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