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'Great Gatsby' to open Cannes Film Festival

PARIS (AP) -- The Cannes Film Festival has an American flavor this year, with a Hollywood icon heading the jury and a quintessential U.S. literary figure opening the event: "The Great Gatsby."

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Organizers said Tuesday that the film "The Great Gatsby," with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann, will open this year's Cannes festival -- in 3D, no less.

Luhrmann stressed the film's French connection, saying in a statement that author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote "some of the most poignant and beautiful passages" of "The Great Gatsby" at a French Riviera villa not far from Cannes. Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan also star in Luhrmann's version of the 1925 novel.

Steven Spielberg is heading the jury at the Cannes festival this year, which runs May 15-26.

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Mar 12, 2013 1:21PM
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No actress could ever replace Lois Chiles as Jordan. Whenever she was in a scene, everything else got blurry.
Mar 12, 2013 3:04PM
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Finally!!!  Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" comes out from under a shroud of secrecy and reshoots that kept it from opening in 2012, and also kept it out of awards season.  Rumor has it that it stinks, though, and nobody can decide how to make it worth viewing for the general public.  But those French at Cannes just might give it a great big welcome, or boo it off the world stage. 
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