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Mixed Notes - May 23

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 23, 2012

I took at look at this trailer for the new version of "The Great Gatsby," directed by Baz Luhrmann, and found it wrong in so many wavs, from the excess of some scenes to the thuggy look given Leo's Gatsby. Is it that "Gatsby" simply can't be adapted or that the people who try have no sense of what the book is? The Redford version was sluggish (although I liked Bruce Dern's performance) and the TV production unwilling to see the world Nick saw. Of course, the trailer here may be misleading, as trailers so often are. But it does not make me optimistic.

I was very pleased with the results on "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday, as will be clear later when the last video chat with Lynne Sherwin is posted here. I was and am convinced that the show wanted a Katherine/William final and to the end it appeared the judges wanted a Katherine win. (Will anyone be surprised if Katherine and William sign deals with Disney soon?) But Donald was consistently the most charismatic, powerful dancer on the show, and the judges should be embarrassed by their fawning over lesser performers.

I saw "Men in Black 3" on Tuesday night and was less than thrilled. I had hoped for better, as I explain in my review, which I will post here later. Now I move my enthusiasm on to "The Dark Knight Rises." Speaking of which, Warner is issuing a Christopher Nolan Blu-ray box. The official word:

The Christopher Nolan Blu-ray™ Collection makes its debut June 26th from Warner Home Video. The Collection includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, Insomnia, and Memento. Timed to the upcoming release of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the Collection includes all the films’ original special features  ... as well as a premium book featuring production stills, notes and insights on the making of each film. Each Collection will also include Movie Cash good for up to $8 off one admission ticket to see The Dark Knight Rises at participating theaters between July 20, 2012 and August 5, 2012. Christopher Nolan Blu-ray™ Collection will be available for $49.99 SRP

Because of my moviegoing and the more immediate need to see "DWTS," I have not yet caught up with the "Glee" season finale or the "American Idol" performance show. More on the latter, at least, after the results tonight. I have seen differing predictions, some for Phil-Phil, some for Jessica. My preference for Jessica has been repeatedly expressed, and I wanted a Jessica/Joshua final, so Phil winning would be a bummer, as well as a continuation of the show's white-boy-winning pattern. Of course, "DWTS" went against the grain, so maybe there will be good "Idol" news, too.

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