Leonardo DiCaprio stars in The Great Gatsby. Trailer is cool. Movie might suck? We’ll see.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

Considering how depressingly short Hollywood is on original ideas these days (Oh, COME ON, Adam Sandler in Candy Land?), it’s almost refreshing that someone is mining classic literature.

The Great Gatsby is set for a Christmas release, and though the music in the trailer makes no sense at all, it actually looks kinda okay. Based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that bored you to death in high school — but only because your attention span was too short at the time — the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character. Personally, I’m shocked, but pleased, that they didn’t shorten the name of the movie to just “Gatsby.” That would have been the ultimate Hollywood in 2012 move.

Baz Luhrmann directs, he of the 1996 atrocity Romeo + Juliet.  So he has experience adapting old works to the new form with Leo as the lead. Let’s hope the dialogue is fully updated in this one, ’cause Romeo + Juliet just didn’t make any sense at all.

Watch the trailer for The Great Gatsby below the jump.

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The 5 stages of classic rock fandom

classic rock fans

So, you’re a teenager and you’ve just discovered “classic rock”? It can all be very tricky to wade through, so let this piece be your handy guide on what to expect.

Stage 1

  • AC/DC rules!
  • Zeppelin rules!
  • Collect fake vintage band t-shirts
  • Grow your hair to show how different you are from everyone else in your high school
  • Devour Rolling Stones singles, convince yourself that “Wild Horses” is the world’s greatest song
  • Start to believe that “The Joker” is criminally underrated

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Hear the new Joel Plaskett album, Scrappy Happiness

Joel Plaskett

Canadian pop-rock songster Joel Plaskett is back with his band, The Emergency, for a new record.

 Every once in a while, a new album gets me really excited about music again. And any time Joel Plaskett releases something, that’s the case.

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Jerry “The King” Lawler Piledrives a Clippers Fan & Charles Barkley Threatens Brock Lesnar

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Video: The James Gang in 1971 featuring a young Joe Walsh, “Walk Away”

Found on Youtube: This performance, apparently from 1971, of James Gang. Just a few things to note here…

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TFC: a chance to prove it’s changed

Danny Koevermans

photo: Torontofc.ca

The early days of Toronto FC were easy for local soccer fans to get excited about.

A new team, respectably-named, playing in a sparkling new urban soccer stadium and an instant supporter culture of diehard fans. There was an unbridled optimism around the team in those early days.

Five losing seasons later, Toronto FC’s existence can be summed up as wasted opportunity.
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OK Go in ridiculous, awesome car video

You remember OK Go: rose to prominence (kind of) with “Get Over It” — still the best thing I’ve heard from them — and then hit it big with a series of inventive Internet videos for not-particularly-good songs that nonetheless did their job and garnered huge amounts of views online.

Their latest, a shameless team-up with Chevy, is actually very cool. The video features the band playing 1,000 instruments using their car. And although Chevrolet’s accompanying Super Bowl commercial features a skydiving car, it doesn’t really do much for me as it feels like it should.

From the Youtube description of the OK Go Needing/Getting video:

A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck.

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