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Movies: Madonna in Venice, Lesbianic Love Crimes, Hunky Shark Bait

Kristin Scott Thomas plays headgames (and sniffing hair games?) with  Ludivine Sagnier

...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

In the absence of heavy hitting new releases it's a perfect time to get caught up on something you missed before it leaves theaters for good. More awards hopefuls are just around the corner to crowd out the summer thrills in our weirdly segregated distribution system. But if you've been slacking and want to get a jump on future Oscar nominees, try to find showings of Beginners (review), The Help (review), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (remarkably still in theaters) if you can. They're all four looking good for a nomination or three in various categories. 

Sharkbait-zylka Among the new releases there's two final summer-specific pictures, A GOOD OLD FASHION ORGY is set in the Hamptons as a group of 30something friends decide to throw a (heterosexual) orgy, SHARK BAIT invites you to watch young hotties be devoured in 3D. One of the stars Chris Zylka (left) was recently named a future movie heartthrob in VMan. Zylka will next appear in The Amazing Spider-Man as "Flash Thompson" which means he'll either be bullying Andrew Garfield or befriending him. Or both and in that order if you know your Spidey history. 

 In limited release France's LOVE CRIME is fun if you're a fan of enormously convoluted thrillers that only take themselves half seriously. It's also worth a peek if you're a fan of Kristin Scott Thomas or Ludivine Sagnier ...and in both cases you should be. Brian de Palma (Carrie, Femme Fatale, The Black Dahlia) has the Hollywood remake rights to this one already and knowing de Palma, he's going to amp up the psychosexual lesbian subtext until it's just plain old text. Boldface text, even. That would actually benefit Love Crime. The French movie is bizarrely shy about its sexuality -- when's the last time you heard that? But Kristin and Ludivine are having fun with their cat & mouse / tyrant boss & victimized employee roles.


 road All cinematic eyes are trained on Venice right now where global icons like Madonna and George Clooney are working the red carpet.



Both Clooney and Madonna seem to be charming the press to an extent that their movies The Ides of March and W.E. haven't quite been able to.

Here's the Queen at the premiere of W.E., her drama about the infamous love story of Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and at the cast photo op earlier in the day.





The cast from left to right: Oscar Isaac (Total up and comer. He's also in the sensational Ryan Gosling movie called Drive which opens soon -- do not miss it.), Madonna (who needs no introduction), Andrea Riseborough (Likely to be a major actress in 3...2...1...), Abbie Cornish (who stars in the modern half of the picture), and James D'Arcy.

If only Madonna had walked the red carpet in a wedding dress with a lion at her side! This being Venice and all. More on Venice premieres and films here. Kate Winslet and Todd Haynes are also in town -- she's starring in Roman Polanski's Carnage and he's on the competition jury -- but their remake of Mildred Pierce happens to be showing at the festival as well.


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  1. Wow! Madonna looks beautiful! I've heard some great things about W.E.! Can't wait!

    Posted by: Brendan | Sep 1, 2011 7:11:29 PM

  2. I read people broke out laughing at the Venice premiere of WE and its not a comedy.

    Posted by: Nicholas | Sep 1, 2011 7:37:57 PM

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  5. @Nicholas: Whatever. Where exactly did you read this? I've read multiple reviews from Venice and haven't heard any such thing. Can you prove your source? I was at one of the first test screenings here in NYC and no one laughed inappropriately, no one stormed out, no one booed or threw anything at the screens. They also wisely didn't mention Madonna's name nor show the rough cut with any credits so the film could be judged fairly. It looks beautiful and while the modern part of the story drags (I kept wishing they'd just cut back to more of the Wallis Simpson story), it's quite entertaining.

    Posted by: PRECIOUS | Sep 2, 2011 8:57:51 AM

  6. Clooney needs to gain a few pounds, if you ask me.

    Posted by: borut | Sep 2, 2011 8:59:36 AM

  7. following up - I just googled "madonna venice laughter" to find 1 single UK review that slips in a mention of laughter at some of the lines (after praising Andrea Riseboroughs perfomance). Keep in mind this is a review of film that takes the time to discuss who the director is currently dating. Have you ever read about that in ANY other director's reviews? Unless it has some consequence on the work, on the script, on the film itself, than why on earth must that be inserted into the discussion? It's just typical and total B.S.

    Posted by: PRECIOUS | Sep 2, 2011 9:10:08 AM

  8. They always have their knives out when it comes to Madonna - it's to be expected regardless of how good or bad the project's sad really.

    Posted by: jeremy | Sep 2, 2011 1:02:45 PM

  9. From a distance she may look good, but check out the closeups. Tragic.

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