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It wouldn't be a mistake to call John Turturro one of the finest character actors currently working. But he's also an accomplished writer/director with four very different features under his belt, from his debut family drama "Mac" to the period theatre tale "Illuminata" and two music driven efforts, "Romance & Cigarettes" and "Passione." And for his latest turn behind (and in front of) the camera, he shifts gears again with "Fading Gigolo." Featuring Woody Allen taking a rare screen acting role opposite Turturro in a project that isn't one of his own films, the movie is presented within the framework of a sex comedy but with much more happening underneath. While 'Fading Gigolo' tells the story of florist Fioravante who is convinced by his friend to sell his more carnal talents to earn some big cash. There's quite a lovely and tender romance developing in the picture, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Actor John Turturro may be best known as one of the screen’s best character actors who has been a part of the repertory companies of both Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever) and the Coen brothers (Miller’S Crossing, The Big Lebowsky), but he’s begun to make a name for himself behind the camera as well. After directing the music based documentary Passione in 2010 he has now directed his fourth dramatic feature (Mac in 1992, Illuminata in 1998, and the musical Romance And Cigarettes in 2005). Well, this a more of a comedy. To be more precise it’s a New York City-based comedy, much in the same vein as Woody Allen’s 70′s and 80′s classics (for the last few years Woody’s been shooting his stories in Europe and with last year’s Blue Jasmine in ‘gasp’ California). And guess who Mr. Turturro is directing and sharing scenes with? »
- Jim Batts
Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer topliner “Elsa and Fred,” a remake of the 2008 Argentinian/Spanish hit, will open the 31st annual Miami Intl. Film Festival, a ten day event that this year will also screen the world premiere of Raymond De Felitta’s “Rob the Mob” and hand a career achievement award to John Turturro.
Michael Radford’s “Elsa and Fred,” about two people who find love late in life, features MacLaine and Plummer as the titular lovers as well as Marcia Gay Harden, George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin and Wendell Pierce, among others.
“Rob the Mob” (pictured) is the latest team-up for writer-helmer De Felitta and star Andy Garcia, the duo who last collaborated on indie hit “City Island.” Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Ray Romano, Burt Young and Griffin Dunne also are in the cast.
Turturro scores the career tribute for work as an actor that includes “Barton Fink” and “O Brother, »
- Gordon Cox
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