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Posts Tagged ‘Julie Taymor’s’

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 11, 2007

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Potter Breaks Bond Record
Harry Potter used his magic skills to generate billions in box-office receipts – to the tune of $4.47 billion worldwide – making it the most lucrative film franchise of all time. Warner Bros. announced the record-breaking Potter news Monday, reported today in THR. What’s stellar about the record is that the studio still has two Potter pics yet to come.

Bosworth in Book Adaptation
Kate Bosworth has signed on for the title role in Veronika Decides to Die, a film adaptation based on Paulo Coelho’s best-selling book of the same name. THR reports out of Toronto that Bosworth will star in the pic, to be directed by Emily Young and written by Larry Gross.

Kennedy Center Announces Honorees
Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Leon Fleisher, Steve Martin and Martin Scorsese have been tapped as recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. The fete, scheduled for Dec. 2 and airing on CBS, is the 30th annual edition of the star-studded awards gala.

Toronto Reviews
Variety takes its critical eye to film festival pics Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling and Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. Lars - a look inside a small town where a young man introduces a sex doll as his girlfriend – is described as a “gentle comic drama” that will likely have a more successful ancillary life, while Universe is “hard to dislike but hard to take seriously.”

- CHRIS GARDNER

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Nikki Finke Explains What’s Wrong With Across the Universe

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Just the other day, David Carr in the NY Times admitted what we already knew: New Yorkers don’t understand show biz all that much. And today, Hollywood’s own Nikki Finke tears into Sharon Waxman’s version of events surrounding art-chick Julie Taymor’s battle with Joe Roth over some musical romance movie called Who Signed Off On This?, Across the Universe.

The musical uses songs by the Beatles, now owned by Michael Jackson and Sony. Sony Pictures is distributing the movie. Waxman didn’t bother to mention this little detail, but does go on about Taymor’s MacArthur grant.

Finke points out that Taymor’s movies haven’t been (a) very good and (b) profitable. Joe Roth, who Finke thinks should have known better with a girl like Julie, cut his own version of the movie, and it’s not all that hot either. And the songs aren’t performed by the Beatles, they’re covered by the actors, including Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess. With puppets. And Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite. Taymor even cast Selma Hayek. Did we mention the puppets?

Is this Ishtar for the new millenium? Is it Heaven’s Gate for the YouTube set? One of the IMDB commentors says:

an advertisement for LSD

We’re betting Peter Travers uses that line as his blurb.