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10 Movies…That Are Insane Adaptations of Famous Books (To Prepare You For the New ‘Great Gatsby’)

I haven’t seen The Great Gatsby yet, but I can tell already that it just doesn’t add up. The production seems to have missed the point—it’s not about the glitz and glamor and pop songs—it’s about the death of dreams and the danger of being a complete and total sellout, ironically enough. Here are 10 other literary adaptations that were kind of out of control. His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (2007) When you adapt a children’s fantasy novel about goin’ off to kill God, you kind of have to tone that down for the multiplex audiences, and put a lot of polar bears on the promo materials. The Great Gatsby (1974) It’s happened before! Gatsby (Robert Redford) is a leering douchebag who is still in love with Daisy, and we can’t understand why, because Mia Farrow plays her as a hysteric gasbag. And while Luhrmann’s adaptation seems to favor color and sparkles, this movie is just a sea of white and a celebration of nostalgia—ironic for a book known for its color symbolism and …

Numberscruncher: Mass, Class, and the Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the great sports turnaround stories. Yeah, they won the Stanley Cup, and we’re all happy about that here in Chicago, but the big story is how the team went from almost no fan base to a huge one. I was at the home opener in 2006 as a guest of the team’s old ad agency. There was hardly anyone at the United Center that evening. Three years later, the Hawks sold out every game. What changed?

CHART ATTACK!: 11/24/84

Hey everybody!  Just think: one week from now, you’ll probably be feeling full and somewhat nauseous from all the food you’ve ingested.  I say, why wait a week?  Get that nauseous feeling right now as we tackle the Billboard Top 10 from November 24, 1984! 10.  I Just Called to Say I Love You  — Stevie Wonder Amazon iTunes 9.  Penny Lover — Lionel Richie Amazon iTunes 8.  All Through the Night — Cyndi Lauper Amazon iTunes 7.  Strut — Sheena Easton Amazon iTunes 6.  Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) — Billy Ocean Amazon iTunes 5.  Better Be Good to Me — Tina Turner Amazon iTunes 4.  Out of Touch — Daryl Hall and John Oates Amazon iTunes 3.  I Feel For You — Chaka Khan Amazon iTunes 2.  Purple Rain — Prince and the Revolution Amazon iTunes 1.  Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go — Wham! Amazon iTunes 10. I Just Called to Say I Love You — Stevie Wonder I’m sorry. I know it’s cliché, but I have to. [kml_flashembed …