Presenter ideas to spice up the show

Posted by · 1:23 pm · February 17th, 2011

Over at his indieWIRE blog The Lost Boy, Peter Knegt expresses some displeasure with what he calls a “boring” list of Academy Award presenters announced so far.  So he’s compiled a list of suggestions that could spice things up on Oscar night. For instance, what a howler it would be to see Bono and Julie […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Venice winners, Toronto bites, ‘Network’ raves

Posted by · 7:05 pm · September 17th, 2010

• Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” surprised many by taking top honors at the Venice Film Festival; we took a closer look at the Lido winners. • Meanwhile, we were considerably less than wowed by the festival closer, Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest.” • This week’s Off the Carpet column reflected on the unusual depth of this year’s […]

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REVIEW: “The Tempest” (*)

Posted by · 3:52 am · September 11th, 2010

Venice Film Festival If any one title in the Shakespeare library has been sufficiently fiddled about with on screen, it’s “The Tempest,” among the most tonally malleable of his comedies, and a fantasy that gifts filmmakers with obvious opportunities for spectacle. “Forbidden Planet,” a terrific 1956 sci-fi riff on the play, perhaps took this adaptability […]

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Taymor’s ‘Tempest’ to bookend Venice fest

Posted by · 9:56 am · July 26th, 2010

Days after naming Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” as the festival’s curtain-raiser, the Venice Film Festival’s have picked another not-entirely-expected title to close the fest on September 11: Julie Taymor’s long-delayed Shakespeare adaptation, “The Tempest.” The decision to bookend proceedings with highly anticipated U.S. productions suggests the Venice brass are aiming for higher star wattage on […]

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‘Tempest’ finally ready for its close-up

Posted by · 6:20 pm · May 10th, 2010

Hey, remember “The Tempest?” Julie Taymor’s adaptation of the William Shakespeare play — with Helen Mirren stepping into the gender-switching lead of Prospera – seems to have been on deck forever.  But while I believe the film truly wasn’t completed until recently, being trapped in the sinking ship that was Miramax surely couldn’t have helped […]

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Scratch Mirren, Powell

Posted by · 1:12 pm · August 25th, 2009

One of the films I’ve been keeping an eye on as we march up to the awards season is Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest,” a re-imagining of the William Shakespeare yarn with a female lead rather than male.  Helen Mirren seemed a great bet in the lead actress race and of course design heads Sandy Powell […]

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