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Paris Hilton Latest: 'Gatsby' Remake

QUOTE Maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald is rolling in his grave. Then again, maybe not.

All I know is, entrepreneurial 'N Sync singer Lance Bass is getting ready to produce a big-screen take on "The Great Gatsby" with Paris Hilton as an updated Daisy Buchanan.

Maybe someone will ask Paris tonight at her, uh, book party if she's even read "The Great Gatsby." Perhaps Merle Ginsberg, the ghostwriter of "Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose," will read it to her tonight at Lot 61.

Anyway, if Bass and his partners get their way, the Jay Gatsby character will be played by Chris Carmack, the third lead young man on Fox's TV series "The O.C."

Jamie-Lynn DiScala, of "The Sopranos," will play Tom Buchanan's love interest � made famous in the 1974 film version by Karen Black and in 1949 by Shelley Winters.

So to review: That's Paris doing Mia Farrow, who in turn did Betty Field, and a guy from "The O.C." as Robert Redford, previously incarnated by Alan Ladd.

No word on who will play the story's conscience, Nick Carraway, who was brought to the screen in 1974 by Sam Waterston. I'm thinking Freddie Prinze, Jr., but no one asked me.

All kidding aside, Lance continues to be a tireless presence who will not rest on the 'N Sync laurels. He's just produced another film, "Lovewrecked," directed by Randal Kleiser and also starring Jamie-Lynn and Carmack alongside Amanda Bynes.

Tonight he'll attend bandmate Joey Fatone's wedding somewhere in New York along with Justin, Nick, J.C. and the other one. But don't look for any new music for a long time.

"It all depends on whether Justin wants to do it, and he doesn't," Lance told me recently about Timberlake. "He doesn't even want to make his own new solo album. He just wants to make movies."

By the way, here's a title for the Gatsby update: "Jay G." I'm not kidding.


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The Mia Farrow-Robert Redford version was bad enough. I might have to burn my beloved edition of the novel if Paris Hilton gets her paws on Daisy Buchanan.

Has anyone seen the A&E version, starring Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd? Wasn't bad, except the guy who played Gatsby (can't recall his name, but he's Maggie Smith's son) was woefully inept ... he came off with a high schooler's interpretation of the role. Sorvino was pretty good, though, and Rudd was excellent as Nick Carraway.

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Carey Mulligan will play Daisy Buchanan for Baz Luhrmann in The Great Gatsby.

Also starring DiCaprio as Gatsby, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway.

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Well, DiCaprio and Luhrman have a history, going back to Romeo + Juliet. So this would mark a reunion of sorts.

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This actually sounds comforting to me, knowing that the Luhrmann/DiCaprio combo is bound to produce a lavish translation of the book. One look at the paperback cover we are all most familiar with screams Lurhmann, so I am happy to see his stylized take on the whole affair.

Gatsby is a work with a great many facets, the intense visual bombast of Luhrmann being one of them. I won't be expecting a Whit Stillman muse on Fitzgerald's lifelong concerns here, and that is okay. Gatsby is a vast text that contains enough room for different visions.

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Well, DiCaprio and Luhrman have a history, going back to Romeo + Juliet. So this would mark a reunion of sorts.

Yeah, but given how much I despise ROMEO + JULIET, that doesn't exactly make me happy. :P

One look at the paperback cover we are all most familiar with screams Lurhmann, so I am happy to see his stylized take on the whole affair.

Fair point.

But (I'm going off memory here, since it's been many, many years since I read THE GREAT GATSBY) I don't recall the story being one overflowing with spectacle. Perhaps the potential is there, but I seem to recall THE GREAT GATSBY being a generally melancholy, quiet tale abundant in humanity. Frankly, I've never found Luhrmann's films to offer much in the way of emotional depth.

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Well, DiCaprio and Luhrman have a history, going back to Romeo + Juliet. So this would mark a reunion of sorts.

Yeah, but given how much I despise ROMEO + JULIET, that doesn't exactly make me happy. :P

One look at the paperback cover we are all most familiar with screams Lurhmann, so I am happy to see his stylized take on the whole affair.

Fair point.

But (I'm going off memory here, since it's been many, many years since I read THE GREAT GATSBY) I don't recall the story being one overflowing with spectacle. Perhaps the potential is there, but I seem to recall THE GREAT GATSBY being a generally melancholy, quiet tale abundant in humanity. Frankly, I've never found Luhrmann's films to offer much in the way of emotional depth.

Gatsby's parties are nothing if not spectacle.

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After Australia, I pie-crust promised I'd never sit through another Luhrmann film. But the novel is certainly durable enough to withstand his excesses (I think).

I wonder if this will rekindle interest in the 1974 version of Gatsby, which, while not entirely successful, is shamefully underrated. Having one of Britain's greatest directors behind the camera always helps.

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Ross Douthat defends the concept of a Baz Luhrman adaptation of this novel, and quotes a passage from the book to make his point.

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Warner Bros Nearing Deal To Acquire Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

EXCLUSIVE: While James Bond has gotten the lion's share of attention from studios this week, Jay Gatsby has also been making a stir around town. I'm told Warner Bros has emerged as the clear frontrunner to finance and take worldwide distribution on The Great Gatsby, the Baz Luhrmann-directed adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic.

Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, February 9

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The video game tie-in has already been created.

http://greatgatsbygame.com/

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Isla Fisher "will play Myrtle, a married woman having an affair with Buchanan."

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I can certainly understand why people might not care for Mr. Di Caprio, but Jay Gatsby seems like the kind of role that would have been invented specifically for him. I can think of no character for which he would be better suited to play. That said, what I'm most excited about is Carey Mulligan and I'm a bit surprised there hasn't been more discussion about the possibilities with her as Daisy. She's quickly becoming an actress whose films I would watch even if I wasn't inclined to see the film otherwise.

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Scratch Ben Affleck.

I've always wanted to say that.

Huh, I say too bad. I think Ben would have made a great Tom Buchanan.

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