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Taymor's Tempest and Spider-Man Musical Both Open in December

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 11, 2010 at 12:54PM

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.
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Thompson on Hollywood

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.

Here's my talk with Taymor at Cannes.


This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Studios, Production , NYFF, Period, Musical, Disney , Costume Design, Art Direction , Sound and Score


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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.