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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 …

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Watch Carly Rae Jepsen Play “Call Me Maybe” on Classroom Instruments with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots

Yeah, I know we’re all supposed to hate this song by now. But put your pure pop cynicism away long enough to watch Carly Rae Jepsen add her own jam to the growing pile of “Call Me Maybe” covers, joining Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on a version played entirely on classroom instruments. I mean, if you can’t rock it on the xylophone, it isn’t a well-written song. Truth:

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Greatest Un-Hits: Bad Lip Reading’s “Gang Fight”

“Friday” is the Song of the Year for 2011. Over the course of about two weeks, this thing went from pseudo-professional amateur project to hipster YouTube sensation to cultural phenomenon to moderately hit single to subject of ironic covers (Stephen Colbert with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) to non-ironic covers (Glee‘s pretty good version) to a passé, life-ruining embarrassment for the awkward teenage girl, Rebecca Black, at the center of it. “Friday” itself was released as a single and went to #58 on the singles chart, an impressive showing for a 13-year-old girl that came out of nowhere on a tiny, ridiculous vanity label called Ark Music Factory, which was designed to charge stage parents to make their children into stars. And a completely Internet-based success, too, which in spite of the changes in the mainstream music world over the past decade, is still a rarity. Anything “Friday”-related got its moment, mostly, people on Twitter making jokes about the song’s idiotic lyrics (“yesterday was Thursday / today is Friday / Saturday comes after …

Bootleg City: The Movie!

To fully enjoy the following piece of news from the mayor of Bootleg City, you must put on your 3-D glasses. And in order to be fully exploited by the 3-D movie experience, you must flush $15 down the toilet. Now, without further ado, Mayor Robert Cass … Citizens of Bootleg City, I have an exciting announcement — a major motion picture is going to be filmed in our town! (Now would be a good time for a 3-D effect, so please take this opportunity to throw something at your face, or ask a small child to do it for you.) I’m not allowed to say much about it until the contract’s been signed, but the Big-Time Hollywood Producer I talked to said our downtown area is “ready-made” for the bombed-out postapocalyptic setting of his movie. How great is that! (Now would be a good time to have an out-of-control car flip over several times and careen toward your head, but unless you have a note from your doctor or you’re a coward, don’t duck …

Conan O’Brien Says No to 12:05

Are you tired of having it shoved up your ass by the suits? If so, then Conan O’ Brien is your man. After being toyed with by what passes as the braintrust at NBC for way too long, Conan issued an open letter today. What makes his statement particularly powerful is that he doesn’t seek pity, but rather seeks to protect the great legacy of The Tonight Show. Johnny Carson would be very proud of Conan today. Without further ado, here is what Conan O’Brien has to say … People of Earth: In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision. Six years ago, I signed a contract …

Unsolicited Career Advice for … D’Angelo

Many thanks to Reader Jeff (an old pal from my Rutgers days) for reminding me about the time Uncle Donnie was invited up on stage at a D’Angelo show to play tambourine. Well, he wasn’t really invited; he just kinda wandered up there. But according to Jeff, Donnie had some mad percussion skills, so much so that D’Angelo didn’t notice him until the encore. Jeff also mentioned the air in the arena was thick with the scent of the stuff we used to smell coming out of “Boner” Bonaski’s room on the weekends. Anyway, Uncle Donnie recently had some words for D’Angelo, and I faithfully reprint them here. – RS TO: D’Angelo FROM: Don Skwatzenschitz RE: Career advice Nine years? Could it really be nine years since you dropped Voodoo on us, made everyone who heard you a fan, wowed everyone who saw you live with one of the great soul tours of the last two or three decades, excited all the women who thought they were seeing you naked in that video (including Mitzi, …