We recently learned that actress Cate Blanchett is getting ready to make her directorial debut. This is awesome because 1.) it’s Cate Blanchett and 2.) it’s always cool to see more women getting behind the camera. Many of us are familiar with the big names — Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, and Miranda July for the indie-lovers. But there are plenty of other women filmmakers who are making good, quality productions and who should be on everyone’s radar. Spike Lee recently made an addendum to his list of Essential Films and added five female filmmakers; here are some up-and-comers we think might make similar lists in a few years.
The Oscar-nominated actress best known for her leading roles in Juno and Inception will soon make her directorial debut with Miss Stevens. We’re seriously excited about the coming-of-age story (starring Anna Faris) that she’ll be bringing to the big screen.
Probably best known for her 2007 film Things We Lost In The Fire (starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro), Bier’s next film Serena will re-team Jennifer Lawrence with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. Set in Depression-era North Carolina and based on the book by Ron Nash, we’re expecting big things from this seasoned director.
Having found some success with indie flicks like L!fe Happens and the hilarious short Idiots (starring Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth), Coiro’s most-recent release And While We Were Here -- an affair film starring Bosworth and Iddo Goldberg -- debuted to strong reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival and later in theatres. We’re looking forward to more slow-moving love stories and comedic-dramas with strong femme leads from Coiro.
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"The boy and I spent a blissful week in Italy. Much pasta and salami was consumed... I think I'm actually having pasta withdrawals." British actress Ashley Madekwe enjoyed an Italian honeymoon with new husband Iddo Goldberg following their wedding in London on 17 June (12).
The Revenge star and her The Tourist actor beau tied the knot during a ceremony in the English countryside on Sunday (17Jun12), according to UsMagazine.com.
Taking to his Twitter.com page following the nuptials, the bride's brother Archie Madekwe writes, "What an amazing day, couldn't love you more (Ashley). You couldn't have found someone better then IddoG (sic), love you both."
The happy couple was joined by fellow celebrities including Friends star David Schwimmer and British comedian David Walliams, who both took on the role as best man.
On his Twitter.com page, Walliams writes, "Me and David Schwimmer just made a best man's speech at a wedding. We were in competition to be our friend Iddo Goldberg's favourite David."
The pair announced plans to marry earlier this year (12), telling UsMagazine.com, "We already live together. We've been together for so long and we were friends before we were a couple. We know each other so well!"
"We already live together. We've been together for so long and we were friends before we were a couple. We know each other so well!" British Revenge actress Ashley Madekwe is set to wed her The Tourist actor boyfriend Iddo Goldberg in London this June (12).
The Tourist is about as difficult to get through as spotting the vowels in the name of its director. Florian Henckel von Donnersmark was last seen receiving a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2007 for The Lives of Others which was about a couple living in East Berlin who were being monitored by the police of the German Democratic Republic. Its positive reception made way for the assumption that Donnersmark would continue to populate the USA with films of seemingly otherworldly and underrepresented themes. But his current project is saddening in its superficiality and total implausibility.
The film’s only real upside is its stars: two of our most prized Americans. Johnny Depp plays Frank Tupelo a math teacher from Wisconsin who travels to Europe after his wife leaves him presumably because of his weakness and simplicity. While en route to Venice he meets Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie) who situates herself in his company after she receives a letter from her criminal lover Alexander Pearce (who stole some billions from a very wealthy Russian and the British government) with instructions to find someone on a train who looks like him and make the police believe that he is the real Alexander Pearce to throw the authorities and the Russians off his track. Elise picks Frank and after they are photographed kissing each other on the balcony of Elise’s hotel everyone begins to believe Frank is the real Pearce and so begins the chase.
While Donnersmark could not have picked two better looking people to film roaming around Venice his lack of faith in the audience is obvious. Every aspect of the characters is hammed up again and again as if Donnersmark felt burdened with the task of making us see his vision. Doubtful that we’re capable of getting to where he wants us he has crafted a movie completely devoid of subtlety. Elise’s strength and superiority over Frank are portrayed by close-ups and repeated instances of men burping up their lungs upon seeing her (as if her beauty is in any way subjective?). And in case we forgot that Frank is the victim in this story -- even though he’s been tricked chased and shot at - Donnersmark still felt the need to pin him with a lame electronic cigarette to puff on. Frank and Elise somehow manage to lack mystery even though we get very few factual details about each of them.
Nothing extraordinary comes to us in the way of the film’s structural elements either. There is very little of the action that The Tourist’s marketing led us to believe and the dialog is often painful. The plot itself is almost shockingly unbelievable especially when we’re asked to believe that Elise falls in love with Frank after a combination of kissing him once and her disclosed habit of swooning over men she only spent an hour with (yes that was on her CV).
The Tourist is rather empty and cosmetic. It’s worth seeing if you’re a superfan of Jolie or Depp but don’t expect to walk out of the theater with anything more than the stub you came in with.