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‘Great Gatsby’ release pushed to summer 2013

In a surprise move, Warner Bros. has pushed back Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” from Dec. 25 to summer 2013.

The 3-D epic, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton.

“Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exiting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible,” said Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman, who announced the move with international distribution president Veronika Kwan Vandenberg.

“Great Gatsby” was considered a prime awards contender for Warners, but the studio isn’t left without contenders between Ben Affleck’s “Argo” (Oct. 12), “Cloud Atlas” (Oct. 26) and New Line’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (Dec. 14), from director Peter Jackson.

It used to be virtually taboo for a Hollywood studio to push back the release date of a high-profile title, but more and more, studios are doing just that for a variety of reasons. One specific issue facing “Great Gatsby”: Mr. DiCaprio stars in another 2012 Christmas Day movie, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”

Robert Lepage’s ‘Ring’ cycle to get DVD, Blu-ray release

Robert Lepage’s much-debated staging of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle will be released on DVD and Blu-ray next month ahead of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth in May.

Deutsche Grammophon said Monday it will issue the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in sets of eight DVDs and five Blu-ray discs on Sept. 11.

Mr. Lepage’s production features a 45-ton set of 24 planks that form the scenery.

Alex Ross wrote in the New Yorker that “pound for pound, ton for ton, it is the most witless and wasteful production in modern operatic history.” Anthony Tommasini wrote in the New York Times that while “the machine represents a breakthrough in stage technology,” it was “the most frustrating opera production I have ever had to grapple with.”

Conducted by James Levine and Fabio Luisi, the cycle stars Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt and Jonas Kaufmann.

The suggested retail price is $147.98 on DVD and $159.98 on Blu-ray.

Compiled from Web and wire reports.

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