“Hugh [Jackman] is so at peace with himself—like a John Wayne or a Clint Eastwood—and she’s like electricity. Together, they are such a classic couple. And, well, he is the sexiest man alive!” said Australia director Baz Luhrmann, glancing in the direction of actors Nicole Kidman and Mr. Jackman (who People magazine recently deemed the Read More
Yesterday we were able to catch an early screening of the highly anticipated Australia. This is the first film from Baz Luhrmann since 2001’s Moulin Rouge! and there’s been an awful lot of chatter among those who like to chatter about such things (Oprah loves it!) over whether or not this Read More
The new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Austrailia has us a little dumbfounded. The film, Mr. Luhrmann’s first since striking the fancy of Oscar voters seven years ago with his multiple nominated revisionist musical Moulin Rouge!, features so many references to other movies that it’s actually hard to keep up.
Mostly Australia culls from Read More
Despite talk of marital strife, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban are expecting their first child. According to Britain’s Daily Mail, the 40-year-old actress and the country musician—who has, since they married in June of 2006, been dealing with substance abuse issues—broke the good news to their families over the Read More
Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated production of La Bohème on Broadway is by no means the most moving version of the opera I’ve experienced, but without question it’s the chicest. You can understand why fashionistas rave over Baz. What you’re sure to remember the most is the lovely, cool design-or stylish surface of tragic things.
It’s a Read More
Society orchestra leader
Peter Duchin had not planned to speak at the dinner he co-hosted in Le Cirque’s
upstairs library for Moulin Rouge
director Baz Luhrmann and his costume designer wife, Catherine Martin.
But, after the dinner plates
had been cleared, Peg Siegal, who had organized the event with her
brand-new partner in publicity, Read More
Here we have Weezer’s third album, their first since 1996′s rather excellent, perceived-as-a failure-but-now-hailed-as-a-classic Pinkerton. Let’s leave “the geek ascendant” angle to every other publication in the free world, shall we?
Instead, Weezer, a.k.a. The Green Album (Interscope), should be lauded as a bang-up summer record. As of this writing, it has just debuted at Read More
Despite its celebrated acid wash of spectacle, its campy
send-up of vaudeville and its splashy homage to old movie musicals, Moulin Rouge is the closest thing I’ve
seen to a filmed nervous breakdown. Part Las Vegas floor show, part MTV music
video, part opera, this titanic $53 million turkey brings the Belle Epoque to
life Read More
Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge , from a screenplay by Mr. Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, turns out to be a surprisingly sentimental, mostly badly sung, anti-erotically danced, visually postmodern, claustrophobically designed hodgepodge of musical strategies built around the bizarre assumption that Nicole Kidman is a great musical talent. Her virtually inaudible singing makes Marilyn Monroe sound Read More