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Julie Taymor's The Tempest to Close Venice Film Festival

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 26, 2010 at 3:26AM

The Venice International Film Festival announced Monday morning that Julie Taymor's The Tempest will close the fest, which runs September 1 through 11th. Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is the opener.
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The Venice International Film Festival announced Monday morning that Julie Taymor's The Tempest will close the fest, which runs September 1 through 11th. Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is the opener.

The $20-million indie-funded Miramax pick-up is finally coming out in December via Disney's Touchstone label, which is fine with Taymor. At Cannes she said that the film wasn't ready in May (Icon screened it in the Cannes market, though not for press) and would play the fall fest circuit. No matter how commercial Taymor's latest Shakespeare adaptation turns out to be, with Helen Mirren as Prospera, Ben Whishaw as Ariel and Djiman Hounsou as Caliban, costumes (Oscar-winner Sandy Powell), cinematography (Stuart Dryburgh), production design (Mark Friedberg) and score (Elliot Goldenthal) should be factors in the Oscar mix. L.A. rocker Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker in Taymor's Broadway musical adaptation of Spider-Man, stars in The Tempest as young Prince Ferdinand.

My two-part interview with Taymor at Cannes is below.

Taymor is no stranger to the Lido; in 2002 she debuted Frida in the Venice competition.

Although Miramax is for sale, Disney claimed this title early on as one of its own.

Taymor and I spoke poolside at The Majestic:

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Here's my Taymor profile for Across the Universe..

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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.