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Barbra Streisand Returns to Directing with Cate Blanchett & Colin Firth in 'Skinny and Cat'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 21, 2012 at 5:20PM

Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are set to star in Barbra Streisand's "Skinny and Cat," her return to directing after sixteen years ("The Mirror Has Two Faces" was in 1996, "Prince of Tides" in 1991 and "Yentl" in 1983). The epic love story...
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Barbra Streisand in "The Mirror Has Two Faces"
Barbra Streisand in "The Mirror Has Two Faces"

Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are set to star in Barbra Streisand's "Skinny and Cat," the actress's return to directing after sixteen years (1996's "The Mirror Has Two Faces" was preceded by "Prince of Tides" in 1991 and "Yentl" in 1983). The epic love story, written by Linda Yellen (who is also producing) is about writer Erskine Caldwell (Firth) and photojournalist Margaret Bourke White (Blanchett). "Gypsy" is still in Streisand's back pocket, but "Skinny and Cat" will gear up in January.

Blanchett is busy with Terrence Malick's two upcoming films, "Knight of Cups" and the one formerly titled "Lawless," as well as "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again." She also has John Crowley's "Carol" in the works and is attached to Woody Allen's untitled next film. Firth's fling with writers the Coen Brothers and co-star Cameron Diaz, "Gambit," hits theaters October 12, and the actor has a handful of other projects in various stages of production, including Jonathan Teplitzky's "The Railway Man" and Atom Egoyan's "Devil's Knot."

This article is related to: IN THE WORKS, News, Directors, Headliners, Colin Firth, Cate Blanchett


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.