Julie Taymor is cheering up these days. Her movie of Shakespeare's The Tempest--which had been in limbo at Miramax-- is now closing night at the Venice Film Fest (here's the new poster) and a centerpiece gala at New York, and is set to open December 10. Meanwhile her long-in-the-works Broadway musical Spider-Man finally has an opening date: December 21.
The Tempest stars Helen Mirren as Prospera, Ben Whishaw as Ariel and Djiman Hounsou as Caliban; costumes are designed by Oscar-winner Sandy Powell, the cinematographer is Stuart Dryburgh, production designer is Mark Friedberg and as usual, Taymor's partner Elliot Goldenthal composed the score. L.A. rocker Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker on Broadway, stars in The Tempest as young Prince Ferdinand.