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Rooney Mara signs on to musical 'Ziggy'

Rooney Mara signs on to musical 'Ziggy'

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 12 (UPI) --Rooney Mara has signed on to star in the musical "Ziggy" from writer-director Diesel Shwarze.
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Gisele Bundchen is the new face of Chanel No. 5

Gisele Bundchen is the new face of Chanel No. 5

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) --Gisele Bundchen has been named the new face of Chanel's fragrance Chanel No. 5.
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Baz Luhrmann in talks to adapt martial arts Western 'Kung Fu'

Baz Luhrmann in talks to adapt martial arts Western 'Kung Fu'

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- "Moulin Rouge" and "Great Gatsby" director Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct a film adaptation of martial arts Western series "Kung Fu."
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'Strictly Ballroom' to feature music by composers Warren and Foster

'Strictly Ballroom' to feature music by composers Warren and Foster

SYDNEY, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Australian film and theater director Baz Luhrmann says he worked with composers David Foster and Diane Warren on the music for "Strictly Ballroom the Musical."
'Strictly Ballroom,' the stage musical, starts rehearsals in Sydney

'Strictly Ballroom,' the stage musical, starts rehearsals in Sydney

SYDNEY, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Aussie director Baz Luhrmann has begun an eight-week intensive rehearsal period at Carriageworks in Sydney for "Strictly Ballroom the Musical," producers said.
'Strictly Ballroom' musical to open in Sydney in March

'Strictly Ballroom' musical to open in Sydney in March

SYDNEY, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Baz Luhrmann's "Strictly Ballroom the Musical" will have its world premiere in Sydney, Australia, next March, producers announced.
'The Great Gatsby' crosses $100M milestone in North America

'The Great Gatsby' crosses $100M milestone in North America

BURBANK, Calif., May 24 (UPI) -- Baz Luhrmann's big-screen adaptation of the classic novel, "The Great Gatsby," has crossed the $100 million mark at the North American box office.
Cohen, Fisher wear bathrobes to DiCaprio's 'Gatsby' party

Cohen, Fisher wear bathrobes to DiCaprio's 'Gatsby' party

CANNES, France, May 17 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher showed up at Leonardo DiCaprio's party in France dressed for bed and complaining about the noise, the New York Post said.
Leonardo DiCaprio says he could relate to Gatsby character

Leonardo DiCaprio says he could relate to Gatsby character

NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Having grown up with ambition, but not monetary wealth, actor Leonardo DiCaprio says he can relate to the character he plays in the big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel "The Great Gatsby."
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Kidman, Waltz, Lee join Spielberg on Cannes jury

CANNES, France, April 24 (UPI) -- This year's Cannes International Film Festival jury features Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz and Ang Lee, the organization said Wednesday.
Works by Soderbergh, the Coen brothers among Cannes film fest lineup

Works by Soderbergh, the Coen brothers among Cannes film fest lineup

CANNES, France, April 18 (UPI) -- Movies by Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and Alexander Payne will be competing at France's Cannes Film Festival next month, organizers said.
Whitaker-Bloom movie 'Zulu' to close Cannes film fest

Whitaker-Bloom movie 'Zulu' to close Cannes film fest

CANNES, France, April 12 (UPI) -- France's 66th Festival de Cannes is to close with a screening of "Zulu," a thriller starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom shot in South Africa.
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Beyonce, Gotye perform on 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack

Beyonce, Gotye perform on 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- The soundtrack for the New York-set Jazz Age movie "The Great Gatsby" will include recordings by Beyonce, Gotye, will.i.am and Jack White.
Jay-Z gets executive producer credit for 'Gatsby'

Jay-Z gets executive producer credit for 'Gatsby'

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- Rapper Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has been named an executive producer on the upcoming New York-set film, "The Great Gatsby," Warner Bros. said.
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Director Baz Luhrmann (R) and Japanses actress Ryoko Yonekura (L) attend the Japan premiere of the film "Australia" in Tokyo, Japan, on February 26, 2009. (UPI Photo/keizo Mori)
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Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (pronounced /ˈbæz ˈlʊərmən/; born 17 September 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, which includes his films Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!. In 2008, he released his film Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

Luhrmann was born in Sydney to a ballroom dance teacher/dress shop owner mother, and Leonard Luhrmann, a farmer. He was raised in Herons Creek, a tiny rural settlement in northern New South Wales, where his father ran a petrol station and a movie theatre, both of which would influence his son's film-making career. He attended St. Joseph's Hasting Regional School, Port Macquarie 1975-1978 and Balgowlah Boys Campus. He attended Year 11 at Narrabeen Sports High School in Sydney, performing in the school's version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1. His nickname was given to him because of a perceived resemblance to the character Basil Brush. He graduated from NIDA in 1985.

Luhrmann married Catherine Martin, the production designer on all of his films, on 26 January 1997. They have two children, Lillian Amanda Luhrmann and William Alexander Luhrmann.

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