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(Uproxx)   Prince and Lady Gaga are writing songs for The Great Gatsby movie because that's just how Fitzgerald imagined it   (uproxx.com) divider line 42
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2012-10-15 04:53:53 PM
Prince would work.
 
2012-10-15 04:58:35 PM
Actually the choice is pretty appropriate. Wasn't the Great Gatsby about vain and vapid socialites in the 20s?
 
2012-10-15 05:37:36 PM
I just finished a biography on Fitzgerald, and given the life he lived I sincerely believe that he would appreciate the choices.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-15 05:40:08 PM
Neither Prince nor Gaga is a vain and vapid socialite. Vain, maybe, but they both have successful careers and are competent in their jobs. Contrast Paris Hilton, who is famous for being famous, and an endless series of manufactured pop stars. Who's the bad driving celebrity du jour? We need a good car wrecker in a starring role.

I need to reread that book. It was part of my forced reading in school so I instinctively disliked it. Read it again in my 20s and found it was better by choice.
 
2012-10-15 05:42:37 PM
I hope Prince just rewrites "Batdance" as "Gatdance".
 
2012-10-15 06:12:13 PM

ZAZ: Neither Prince nor Gaga is a vain and vapid socialite. Vain, maybe, but they both have successful careers and are competent in their jobs. Contrast Paris Hilton, who is famous for being famous, and an endless series of manufactured pop stars. Who's the bad driving celebrity du jour? We need a good car wrecker in a starring role.

I need to reread that book. It was part of my forced reading in school so I instinctively disliked it. Read it again in my 20s and found it was better by choice.


They both represent a level of zeitgeist-y decadent flashiness for the sake of show.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-15 06:20:41 PM
I'll agree with "decadent flashiness for the sake of show."

My grandmother lived in NYC during the 1920s (place and time of Greaty Gatsby). We never found out what she did, but we suspect it was not conservative and grandmotherly.
 
2012-10-15 06:36:22 PM
Anybody super-psyched about Prince writing a song for this movie should remember the song he wrote for the Vikings.
 
2012-10-15 06:59:06 PM

EyeballKid: Anybody super-psyched about Prince writing a song for this movie should remember the songs he wrote for the Vikings Batman soundtrack.


Fixed.

Also, why not update The Great Gatsby. It's not as if the idea of the American Dream is any less bullshiat now than it was in the 20s.
 
2012-10-15 07:00:18 PM
The interesting thing is the original 1974 film does not have the correct soundtrack on most of the home video editions due to a rights dispute. Some of the very first VHS copies do have the correct songs on it and it makes a pretty big difference.

Some obscure trivia for those that have actually seen it - we watched it in school after reading the book. This was back in the 80s.
 
mjg
2012-10-15 07:00:42 PM
Um, Prince already has written the seminal tome 'Pu$$y Control'.
 
2012-10-15 07:01:56 PM

hulk hogan meat shoes: EyeballKid: Anybody super-psyched about Prince writing a song for this movie should remember the songs he wrote for the Vikings Batman soundtrack.

Fixed.

Also, why not update The Great Gatsby. It's not as if the idea of the American Dream is any less bullshiat now than it was in the 20s.


Actually, I'm pretty certain upward socioeconomic mobility was easier then.
 
2012-10-15 07:10:49 PM
The only thing more boring than The Great Gatsby is anything written by Hemingway. Then again, watching paint dry while on a Thorazine drip and eating handfuls of Lithium pills are more exciting than Hemingway.

I could get behind a faithful adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, however.
 
2012-10-15 07:14:31 PM
Now, if they had leading roles in this yawn fest, I might watch it on late nite Tee Vee.
 
2012-10-15 07:14:35 PM
dammit i hate remakes so much. Gatsby was just a beautiful love story. no need to piss all over it to make gobs of easy money from a new audience. greedy dooshbags, nothing more.
 
2012-10-15 07:19:08 PM
I knew a girl named Gaga I guess you could say she was a fame fiend. I met her in a hotel lobby jerking off on a magazine.
 
2012-10-15 07:28:36 PM

PacManDreaming: The only thing more boring than The Great Gatsby is anything written by Hemingway. Then again, watching paint dry while on a Thorazine drip and eating handfuls of Lithium pills are more exciting than Hemingway.

I could get behind a faithful adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, however.


you just got shaded the dumb*ss color, little kid
 
2012-10-15 07:39:07 PM

stenciledb: you just got shaded the dumb*ss color, little kid


Oh no! Now I won't be able to sleep at night! What will I ever do?

Wait a second....I'll just read about half a paragraph of Hemingway and I'll be out like a light. I would shade you, but "retard" isn't an available color.
 
2012-10-15 07:45:06 PM

KrispyKritter: dammit i hate remakes so much. Gatsby was just a beautiful love story. no need to piss all over it to make gobs of easy money from a new audience. greedy dooshbags, nothing more.


www.lolwut.com
 
2012-10-15 07:45:15 PM

PacManDreaming: stenciledb: you just got shaded the dumb*ss color, little kid

Oh no! Now I won't be able to sleep at night! What will I ever do?

Wait a second....I'll just read about half a paragraph of Hemingway and I'll be out like a light. I would shade you, but "retard" isn't an available color.


PacManDreaming: stenciledb: you just got shaded the dumb*ss color, little kid

Oh no! Now I won't be able to sleep at night! What will I ever do?

Wait a second....I'll just read about half a paragraph of Hemingway and I'll be out like a light. I would shade you, but "retard" isn't an available color.


.......you could stop using cliches to insult someone, but I forgot this was elementary school. It's ok princess, if your mom can't find a Hemingway she can still read you something else. Maybe it will have pictures in it!
 
2012-10-15 07:53:56 PM

stenciledb: .......you could stop using cliches to insult someone, but I forgot this was elementary school. It's ok princess, if your mom can't find a Hemingway she can still read you something else. Maybe it will have pictures in it!


Retard is a cliche, now?

Sheesh...you're really gonna get all bent out of shape because someone on the internet doesn't like Hemingway? Are you suffering from Terminal PMS or something? Take a handful of Midol and relax before you go out and Hemingway yourself.
 
2012-10-15 07:58:05 PM

PacManDreaming: stenciledb: .......you could stop using cliches to insult someone, but I forgot this was elementary school. It's ok princess, if your mom can't find a Hemingway she can still read you something else. Maybe it will have pictures in it!

Retard is a cliche, now?

Sheesh...you're really gonna get all bent out of shape because someone on the internet doesn't like Hemingway? Are you suffering from Terminal PMS or something? Take a handful of Midol and relax before you go out and Hemingway yourself.


....aannnnd, he went limp. What's wrong, son? Not used to someone calling you out on your trolls?
 
2012-10-15 08:30:48 PM

stenciledb: ....aannnnd, he went limp. What's wrong, son? Not used to someone calling you out on your trolls?


Huh? Not liking the exact same authors as you isn't trolling. Trolling is when your tampon fuse gets lit and you start blubbering about how you're gonna shade some "little kid" the "dumb*ss" color.

But, back to Hemingway. Have you actually ever read any of his garbage? Most technical manuals for industrial machinery are more exciting that what he writes. That dude from a week ago that was tweeting while he was supposedly on LSD makes Hemingway look like the most pathetic, piss-poor hack writer that's ever set foot on this planet. Don't believe me? Here's a pdf of Hills Like White Elephants. Read that(if you're able to stay awake, that is) and come back and tell me how great you think he is.

Or, if you're upset because I called The Great Gatsby boring, then you've never actually read it. And don't ask me for my opinion about The Catcher in the Rye. You really will Hemingway yourself.
 
2012-10-15 08:53:33 PM

PacManDreaming: The only thing more boring than The Great Gatsby is anything written by Hemingway. Then again, watching paint dry while on a Thorazine drip and eating handfuls of Lithium pills are more exciting than Hemingway.

I could get behind a faithful adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, however.


Yes. We certainly haven't had enough 'downtrodden man makes good' films set in the Great Depression.

Because the studio would never leave that ending as is. It would be test audienced till it was generic Oscar bait 3.
 
2012-10-15 08:59:02 PM
This is going to be as bad as that Metropolis abomination they edited together with pop music in the 1980s, isn't it?
 
2012-10-15 09:00:49 PM
Prince and Lady G collaborating? I'm going to lose my damn mind from just thinking of the awesomeness.
 
2012-10-15 09:01:23 PM
Look, I get it. You like melodrama. You don't like grown-ups talk. You like bang-bang. Try "The Good Lion" short story Hemingway wrote. It's a kid's story.
 
2012-10-15 09:05:25 PM
That should be truly awesome. She is a very talented writer, and he is simply the greatest musical mind of my generation.
 
2012-10-15 09:43:57 PM
www.usmagazine.com
 
2012-10-15 10:13:58 PM

Aar1012: This is going to be as bad as that Metropolis abomination they edited together with pop music in the 1980s, isn't it?


No.

Though if anyone has a copy of he silent film version of Gatsby, I'd love to see it.
 
2012-10-15 10:20:49 PM

FuryOfFirestorm: Prince and Lady G collaborating? I'm going to lose my damn mind from just thinking of the awesomeness.


The Muthaship: That should be truly awesome. She is a very talented writer, and he is simply the greatest musical mind of my generation.


Nothing left to say. It's like you guys took the thoughts straight from my head.
 
2012-10-15 10:40:47 PM

kroonermanblack: Because the studio would never leave that ending as is. It would be test audienced till it was generic Oscar bait 3.


Sadly, I'm afraid you're right. I don't think people really like movies with endings that leaves you depressed. Not to mention, with the world economy the way it is, The Grapes of Wrath might hit a little too close to home for a lot of people. Heck, I half expect to see the ghost of Tom Joad by the side of the road, thumbing for a ride.
 
2012-10-15 10:45:27 PM

ceebeecates4: Actually the choice is pretty appropriate. Wasn't the Great Gatsby about vain and vapid socialites in the 20s?


Yep. And I agree. I never wanted to smack so many characters while yelling, "Grow up, you're an adult" than I did in that book.
 
2012-10-15 10:50:33 PM
The strategy is to make the movie suck so hard you can't escape being pulled into the theater to see it.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-15 10:59:19 PM
I don't think people really like movies with endings that leaves you depressed.

After reading the book 10 years later, I learned that the movie The World According to Garp had a happy ending. John Irving sure knows how to bring you down.
 
2012-10-15 11:00:58 PM

PacManDreaming: stenciledb: ....aannnnd, he went limp. What's wrong, son? Not used to someone calling you out on your trolls?

Huh? Not liking the exact same authors as you isn't trolling. Trolling is when your tampon fuse gets lit and you start blubbering about how you're gonna shade some "little kid" the "dumb*ss" color.

But, back to Hemingway. Have you actually ever read any of his garbage? Most technical manuals for industrial machinery are more exciting that what he writes. That dude from a week ago that was tweeting while he was supposedly on LSD makes Hemingway look like the most pathetic, piss-poor hack writer that's ever set foot on this planet. Don't believe me? Here's a pdf of Hills Like White Elephants. Read that(if you're able to stay awake, that is) and come back and tell me how great you think he is.

Or, if you're upset because I called The Great Gatsby boring, then you've never actually read it. And don't ask me for my opinion about The Catcher in the Rye. You really will Hemingway yourself.


Welcome to my favorites list.
 
2012-10-15 11:16:35 PM

ZAZ: After reading the book 10 years later, I learned that the movie The World According to Garp had a happy ending. John Irving sure knows how to bring you down.


That seems to happen to a lot of books that get turned into movies. I'm sure it's because the average movie goer wants to see something positive or happy to escape from their own lives for a little while.

the lord god: Welcome to my favorites list.


*takes a bow*
 
2012-10-15 11:48:40 PM

mekki: Yep. And I agree. I never wanted to smack so many characters while yelling, "Grow up, you're an adult" than I did in that book.


You should try something by Bret Easton Ellis, especially the Rules of Attraction.

/you'll want to track down and kill every character he's ever created.
 
2012-10-16 01:45:32 AM

PacManDreaming: ZAZ: After reading the book 10 years later, I learned that the movie The World According to Garp had a happy ending. John Irving sure knows how to bring you down.

That seems to happen to a lot of books that get turned into movies. I'm sure it's because the average movie goer wants to see something positive or happy to escape from their own lives for a little while.


Read the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Watch the Disney movie. When it's mercifully over, you will want to shove a Molotov cocktail up Mickey Mouse's ass. Amazing book (but then, I like Hugo's style- a lot of people utterly hate it when he wanders on tangents), but the movie changes just about everything, up to and including the fundamental message of the book.
 
2012-10-16 01:54:53 AM

cptjeff: PacManDreaming: ZAZ: After reading the book 10 years later, I learned that the movie The World According to Garp had a happy ending. John Irving sure knows how to bring you down.

That seems to happen to a lot of books that get turned into movies. I'm sure it's because the average movie goer wants to see something positive or happy to escape from their own lives for a little while.

Read the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Watch the Disney movie. When it's mercifully over, you will want to shove a Molotov cocktail up Mickey Mouse's ass. Amazing book (but then, I like Hugo's style- a lot of people utterly hate it when he wanders on tangents), but the movie changes just about everything, up to and including the fundamental message of the book.


What did you expect from Disney? They were just trying to sell action figures and lunch boxes.
 
2012-10-16 03:07:04 AM

stoli n coke: What did you expect from Disney? They were just trying to sell action figures and lunch boxes.


I don't know, but that one was particularly egregious. If they went with Les Miserables, it would have ended with Javert arresting Valjean, righteously shooting Marius, and marrying Cosette. And the ghost of Walt Disney would play Thénardier.
 
2012-10-16 07:51:33 AM
Considering they already have a legendary singer in the cast, why wasn't this guy asked to do some songs?

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