Fugs and Fabs: The Gatsby/Prada Party


I fear the Gatsby movie will never come out and then when it does, it may never leave. It’s like we’ve been living in an endless cycle of Gatsby promotion for the last 17 years of our collective lives.  I have been so worn down that I can’t even launch into my usual diatribe about how GATSBY OF ALL THINGS SHOULD NOT BE IN 3D ARGH NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE IN 3D DON’T YOU GET THAT THE BOOK WAS REALLY NOT THAT POSITIVE ON THE SUBJECT OF VERY KIND OF OTT RIDICULOUSNESS THAT HAS LED TO ENDLESS 3D IN THE FIRST PLACE MAKE IT STOP.

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  1. Helen
    +16

    Maybe Maggie Gyllenhaal should just stick to white dresses? That’s twice she’s got it right, lately, which must be some sort of record. I love this on her! Perfect accessories for it, too.

  2. Fran
    +2

    Sleeves are back!

  3. Sajorina
    +5

    Florence is the coolest! Maggie’s outfit is super cute! And OH, THE SHOES!

  4. LoriK
    +11

    I’m about 99% sure that this movie is going to be terrible on a pretty epic scale. I’ve seen zero evidence that anyone involved with it gets the book at all. and I’m not sold on some of the casting choices. F. Scott has to be spinning in his grave over the 3D stupidity.

    Maggie G looks the best she’s looked in a long time though, so at least the cloud has a small silver linging.

    • Charlotte
      +17

      The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was Isla Fisher’s casting. I have no beef with Isla, she’s a beautiful woman…but that’s exactly the problem. Myrtle is supposed to serve as a contrast to Daisy. Nick specifically describes her as overweight, somewhat older than Daisy, and as someone who may have been very attractive in her youth but who just seems sort of tragic now. The idea is that Tom is slumming (both literally, in that Myrtle is a of a lower class than him, and figuratively in that she is seemingly a large step down from his wife), which makes Nick realize that he’s unsuitable to be Daisy’s husband (making it cool for Gatsby to put the moves on her) and makes the readers realize that Tom’s a tyrannical bully who would deliberately date a lower-class, unattractive woman because she has no social consequence and thus is completely within his power.

      Casting Fisher as Myrtle completely screws up the power dynamic between Tom and Myrtle (and Tom and Nick, and Tom and Daisy). From what I’ve seen of the trailers, Fisher’s not been uglified a la Monster’s Charlize Theron or The Hours’ Nicole Kidman, so…now she’s just Tom’s cute little redhead on the side. *headdesk* Way to completely misread the book, Baz Luhrmann.

      Honestly, if he’s that wrong about something that major, I don’t hold much hope on the rest of the movie being accurate.

      • Charlotte
        +10

        Another casting issue – lord knows I love Tobey Maguire and I’m glad he’s getting work again, but he’s all wrong for Nick. Joseph Gordon-Levitt would have been a much better choice.

        • Brenna
          +2

          Oh really? I have to say, even when I read the book in high school, I imagined Tobey Maguire as Nick. I actually think he’s perfect casting. Carey Mulligan is actually the one I’m not convinced on – I just don’t see her as Daisy.

          • googler
            0

            The girl playing Jordan looks more like how I pictured Daisy, while Carey looks a little more like how I pictured Jordan. I do like the casting of Tobey and Leo, I think they work.

        • G
          0

          TRUTH.

          • G
            +1

            Crap. This was to Charlotte’s comment that Tobey Maguire is an awful cast for Nick.

      • LoriK
        +4

        Exactly. Baz Luhrmann either doesn’t understand the book at all, or doesn’t care. In either case I have no desire to see the result. Also, I don’t know if it was his idea or DeCaprio’s to have Gatsby doing all that yelling, but whichever one it was, I’d like to have a word.

        • fritanga
          +5

          THANK YOU. Gatsby was, if nothing else, completely self-contained. He never yelled at anyone in the book, nor did he have car races while screaming. He was the Don Draper of his time, only with more romance and less cheating on wives.

          DiCaprio looks bloated and awful and totally wrong for the role (no depth – if only they’d given the role to someone like Fassbender or Bale). No beef with Maguire (although the definitive onscreen Carraway will forever be the young Sam Waterston) or Mulligan, who can at least act (I’m just so relieved the role didn’t go to someone awful like AnnE Hathaway, or, THANKS BE TO GOD, Blake Lively, who campaigned hard for it).

          I do object to Mulligan-as-Daisy’s lime green flapper dress on the Vogue cover though. Made in service of the 3-D and not for period verisimilitude. Ugh.

      • Esme
        0

        I think the fact that she’s lower class and doesn’t speak or dress properly and lives over a garage will convey that dynamic fine. And I think Isla Fisher can pull off the slutty (like in Wedding Crashers, just darker) . In any case, I’ll wait to see the movie. I’ve often been outraged by casting of films, only to have to eat my words once I’ve seen the final product.

    • G
      +6

      So glad to read I’m not the only one who isn’t pleased with casting- although I’d call a major one an epic fail. (Ahem, Leo as Gatsby. NOT EVER.)

      I doubt I’ll even see it. And I am a huge fan of Carey Mulligan. I just also love the book, and I actually enjoy the first film. Sam Waterston is a perfect Nick.

      • Morris
        +4

        Baz always goes for style over substance. It’ll look fab on the big screen- flashy, fast, superficial. It’ll be a 3-hour music video. Hence the 3-D. So wrong for this book. But the film will be so vacuous we won’t care about the sad ending (sorry for those who haven’t read it, but come on, you should have by now).

  5. TaraMisu
    +8

    3D??? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy???

    Maggie G actually looks pretty good, I’ll ignore the hair.

    • michelle
      +12

      I agree- 3-D is overrated and- particularly in this movie- completely unneccessary. What were they thinking?

      •  amys
        0

        Is this 3D thing a joke? WHAT?!

        • AJ
          +1

          I actually read I really interesting interview with Baz where he explained the choice to shoot in 3D as a desire to make it feel more like a stage production and remove the camera as a character in the story. That kind of brought me on board.

          Then again, I will confess to being a Baz apologist. I couldn’t even bring myself to hate Australia.

  6. margaret
    +4

    Carey Mulligan here looks like a cross between Tim Robbins and The Grinch.

  7. TonyG
    +6

    Maggie is my favorite here! I never thought I would write that, but there you go.

  8. qwertygirl
    +3

    Considering how much they’ve been promoting it, this move must be downright godawful. If they’re trying this hard to make it a thing, it’s going to be an epic fail. It should be gloriously bad.

  9. goldfish
    +2

    Katy Perry’s “purse” looks just like the money bags my bank uses. Just looking at her makes me think she’s coming off a shift of waiting tables (at the sushi bar!)

  10. Kris
    +7

    Apparently there were only enough hairbrushes for half the people attending this party.

  11. Steph
    +3

    Maggie! She looks great! It makes me all exclamation pointy!

    Isla Fisher is a gorgeous woman who at least in this picture is wearing a cute dress. WHY does she NEVER look happy?! (I realize overall being pretty and having pretty clothes does not always equate to personal happiness…)

    • Sandra
      +16

      Well, she is married to Sascha Baron Cohen, which has to be pretty wearing on a girl.

      • Esme
        +1

        Actually, in “real” life, he’s very down-to-earth and humble; he’s a nice guy.

    • Courtney
      +9

      I read a couple of interviews with her recently and she was super down to earth and thoughtful. I think she might be one of those rare celebs who isn’t really in the business for the attention so much as for the work itself, so events and photographs might not be her favorite part of the job.

      So many pretty clothes and people at this party though!

  12. AliceBlue
    +14

    Katy Perry’s shoes look like first cousins to those monstrosities Elle Fanning wore. You know the ones I mean.

  13. Lizzy
    +6

    “Too much, Katy. Too much” Well that advice will never get worn out, huh?

    And, yes, 3D should be reserved for movies like the Transformers and G.I. Joe because it’s most appreciated by tween boys, no? But I’m thinking that in Baz Luhrmann’s world, it’s all 3D and psychedelics all the time. So he must share.

    • googler
      +2

      That was my thought, too. At first I was scratching my head at them doing this in 3d, then I remembered Baz Luhrmann was directing it. In which case one will probably need Dramamine before seeing this.

  14. googler
    +5

    As much as this movie will probably suck, I bet it’ll be visually stunning. Baz may not always deliver a great movie, but he does deliver some gorgeous visuals.

    • Carolyn
      +1

      His wife delivers the gorgeous visuals. She is the true genius in that relationship.

  15. Gabi
    +4

    When I first heard that Michelle Williams and Leonardo DiCaprio were in this movie I had really high hopes since they are both good at period pieces. The more details I see about the movie though, the more I think it will be a total train wreck. ESPECIALLY with the 3D nonsense – what on earth are they going to have popping out of the screen? Jewelry? Teacups? Tom Buchanan’s mustache? I am truly frightened to find out…

    • Helen
      0

      DAISY Buchanan’s moustache…

      • Jessica
        +2

        I WISH it were Michelle Williams; it’s Carey Mulligan. (Same theory, though.) (Actually, I like Carey Mulligan, though.)

        • Helen
          +1

          Heh, I didn’t even notice that.

          I love Mulligan, and I think she’s an excellent actress who can easily play Daisy’s simultaneous careless arrogance and breathtaking vulnerability. I just object to the remake of the film on general principle.

          Especially now I know it’s going to be in 3-D. So wrong.

  16. Tiffany
    +7

    Personally, I think the 3D and Baz are a good fit for this story. In part, it is a commentary on excess …and what is more excessive than Baz and 3D?

    Also, I was at a 3D film/technology event, and they discussed in great length how 3D can make non-flashy dramas more intense because you literally feel like a fly on the wall. Kind of like how violence/sex in theater is more effecting than in movies because of the proximity. I am interested to see how this all plays out in this movie (and I have a lot of faith in Carey too!)

    • fritanga
      +2

      Yeah, it’s a commentary on excess – but in New York in the 1920s, not Mars in 2525.

      All the trailer is missing is the flying cars.

      And don”t get me started on that heinous soundtrack.

    • Esme
      0

      I agree; I can’t wait to see it.

  17. Big Noise
    +3

    Eh, not feeling so much love for Maggie’s dress — too much “mumsy mum mother of the groom” going on.

  18. lizzy
    +6

    It’s nice to see Florence Welch in make-up that doesn’t make her look like death not-quite-warmed-over.

    • Helen
      +3

      Yes, Florence is giving good face here! And I love her looks, so I’m particularly pleased to see them flattered so well. It’s very light, pretty much a natural look. It’d be nice to see her do that more often.

  19. jay
    +2

    I swear Isla has been everywhere press-wise, at least in the UK it seems that way! I quite like her, and I think that dress looks super cute on her.

  20. maryse
    +3

    i think this movie will be pretty to look at but i think i’ll rewatch the version with robert redford and mia farrow.

    i do love maggie’s new look. she has a tendency to look a little disheveled and with her hair like that, she looks put together.

    • Esme
      0

      Ugh–talk about a dog of a movie; one would have thought those two would have been good for those roles, but one turned out to be tragically wrong. Why any man would obsess over the Daisy that Mia Farrow portrayed is unfathomable.

  21. Cynthia W
    +7

    I like Maggie’s new hair – there I said it. :-)

    • lulu
      0

      I like it too. I was not a fan of the bob. I was never styled nicely, and I think this cut is much more chic.

  22. marykate
    +7

    I love the irony – You are blocking our view to all the fab shoes while wearing the same mass cloned nude pumps that I am getting so freakin’ sick of seeing. Turn around and be ashamed at how much better your shoes could have been!!!

  23. G
    +2

    not sure what your issue with poor isla is, but i suspect you find it more of a problem than she does.

    • Sarah
      +1

      Just wondering if you dislike her because you never saw her as Shannon in Home & Away back in the ’90s or because you did? It could go either way… Personally I love her, and I love this outfit. Good work, Isla.

      • Helen
        +2

        I think it’s that snotty remark she made about Amy Adams. Something to the effect of not understanding how anyone could confuse the two (despite their obvious resemblance to one another) because Amy is “SO MUCH bigger” than Isla.

        Adams, to her credit, did not react, as best I can recall.

        • G
          +1

          probably because she doesnt read US weekly

          can’t say i saw the quote. google instead brought up this. http://www.justjared.com/2012/10/26/amy-adams-isla-fisher-ballet-pick-up-buddies/ total hatin’

          i also remember reading an interview where isla said her family nickname was ‘slug’ because she has a short neck. so i’m kind of unconvinced she was really making a fat dig at amy adams.

        • Esme
          0

          To despise someone over one quote (which may or may not have been taken out of context) is mighty sad.

        • LibraryChick
          0

          Isla Fisher has brown eyes. Amy Adams has blue eyes. Yes, Isla Fisher is tiny, but that does not make Amy Adams fat by default. It’s possible Fisher meant Adams was more average-sized or simply taller.

          On another off-topic note, I have never particularly cared for Barbara Walters, but I have never been able to explain why. GFY Jessica doesn’t have to justify why she feels the way she does about Isla Fisher. I think she was just disclosing it in case anyone said she was too harsh in her critique of the outfit.

  24. HKS
    +1

    I feel like that sentence should be “Too much Katy Perry!” Why is she always everywhere?

  25. Squirrel!
    0

    I think that every one of these outfits could be an “Unfug It Up.”