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New Pics From 'Damsels In Distress,' 'Dark Horse,' 'Wild Salome,' '4:44 Last Day On Earth' & 'W.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 5:22 AM
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Can't make it to any of the festivals? Or didn't get the selections you wanted while shopping for your TIFF tickets? Well, hopefully these pics will tide you over. The Venice Film Festival has a plethora of new looks at some films that will be making waves this fall.

Watch: First Footage From Madonna's Venice Flop 'W.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2011 2:23 AM
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The fall festival season had its first major league flop as Madonna's sophomore directorial effort "W.E." was roundly crucified and/or dismissed as an opulent folly after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Our own Oliver Lyttelton gave the film an F, saying that "despite a couple of solid performances, the film can’t be redeemed," pointing to a litany of gaffes from clumsy editing and shot blocking to the script itself, which offers very little reason to be providing two parallel storylines that seemingly have little to connect them. Naturally, the failure has grown curiosity about the film, and two clips have now landed online that give a taste of what Madonna delivered to the critics in Italy.
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Venice '11 Review: Madonna's 'W.E.' Is A Royal Disaster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2011 3:13 AM
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Just as news of an actor excitedly announcing that they've got a definitely-not-a-vanity-project album on the way is generally greeted with a reaction somewhere between mockery and outright terror, news of a musician moving into the movies is rarely a good thing. But all in all, pop megastar Madonna's made a better attempt than most.

First Look At Color & Black & White Photos From Madonna's 'W.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 5:43 AM
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Update: Photos removed by the request of the Weinstein Company. Update 2: 1 photo back up at the TIFF site.

Oscar Contender? The Weinstein Company Sets Madonna's 'W.E.' For December 9th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 6:35 AM
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Looks like Harvey Weinstein has an embarrassment of Oscar riches this year. Just a couple weeks after The Weinstein Company peppered the awards season slate with release dates for "The Iron Lady," "Coriolanus," "My Week with Marilyn" and "The Artist" he's throwing one more potential contender into the mix.

The Weinstein Company Picks Up Madonna's 'W.E.,' Official Synopsis Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2011 5:25 AM
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We'll give it up to Madge. She's certainly ambitious. After whiffing pretty hard on her directorial debut "Filth & Wisdom" she raised the stakes for her sophomore effort, the dual narrative "W.E." and now she's got some major players to help get it out there.

Polanski's 'Carnage,' Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' Set For Premieres At Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 1:07 AM
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New Films From Todd Solondz, Steven Soderbergh, Steve McQueen, Michael Winterbottom, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, Tomas Alfredson, Yorgos Lanthimos & More All In Contention Too

Madonna Reportedly Working With William Orbit & Abel Korzeniowski On Classical Score For 'W.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2011 4:00 AM
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For her sophomore directorial effort "W.E.," Madonna is certainly surrounding herself with some solid talent. She's got Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy to lead the cast in the highly ambitious film, that tells the parallel stories of the love affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, which led to the royal’s abdication, and the contemporary story of a woman, Wally Winthrop, with romantic problems of her own, in addition to an obsession with the life of the Duchess of Windsor. And with all that pomp and circumstance going on, a classical score is unsurprisingly being prepped and the Queen Of Pop has roped in some intriguing collaborators.

Madonna's Daughter Lourdes To Play Younger Version Of Abbie Cornish In 'W.E.'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 13, 2011 3:02 AM
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Film Eyeing Premiere At The Venice Film Festival This FallDuring its production, rumor had it that Madonna's daughter, Lourdes, had been cast in her mother's picture in an unknown role. While it was reportedly debunked at the time, the casting turned out to be true with star Abbie Cornish revealing the famous offspring will play a younger version of her own character, Wally Simpson.

Abbie Cornish Talks Her Next Role In The Mexican-Set Indie Drama, 'The Girl' & Working With Madonna

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 6, 2011 5:23 AM
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Aussie Actress Says 'W.E.' Filmmaker Madonna Is A "Natural" DirectorOK, actress Abbie Cornish went on far too long this weekend during the "Limitless" junket about being a vegetarian (booooring), but the Australian beauty is still tops in our book. Coming off an amazing (and sadly unrecognized turn) in Jane Campion's "Bright Star," Cornish's career has taken some interesting twists and turns. While it feels as if she's gone mainstream or at least is taking off, nabbing roles in Zack Snyder's tentpole ,"Sucker Punch," the high-concept "Limitless," and seemingly finding herself in the mix for several hot projects ("The Great Gatsby," "Prometheus" and many more), Cornish's journey seems to simply be an exploratory one; trying on whatever comes her way that sounds like a new challenge, indie, tentpole or otherwise.

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