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Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“The Best of Youth,” biopic “Pier Paolo Pasolini: An Italian Crime”) among other works, has been tapped to helm this extensive English-language reconstruction of Dino De Laurentiis’ career, which spans seven decades and combines both Italian and Hollywood movie lore.
The project comprises two separate, though closely related, works: a four-part English-language miniseries being presented to U.S. and international broadcasters, and also a feature for theatrical release.
First announced in the Italian press, the package is being shopped around to U.S. broadcasters, with talks now in advanced stages, Giordana told Variety.
“It will have a largely U.S. cast, but I would like an Italian actor to play the lead,” Giordana said.
Giordana added that “the film version is »
- Nick Vivarelli
• Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) is in talks to play Cinderella in Disney’s adaptation of the musical Into the Woods, not to be confused with Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. That version of the glass-slippered heroine will be played by Lily James. In Into the Woods, Kendrick would be part of a larger ensemble and paired with a prince played by Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness). Kendrick showed off her singing skills on film in 2012′s Pitch Perfect, but has been performing in musicals since she was a child. [THR]
• Daniel Huttleston, who played the role of »
- Lindsey Bahr
A young woman assisting the critically ill to commit suicide has a crisis of conscience when a client is existentially, rather than physically, weary in thesp Valeria Golino’s impressively nuanced helming debut, “Miele.” Approaching the delicate theme of euthanasia with restraint, and aided by Gergely Poharnok’s expert lensing, Golino makes the leap into the director’s chair with consummate assurance, drawing out the script’s subtleties with only a few unnecessary glitches while coaxing a topnotch perf from Jasmine Trinca. Middling Italian B.O. following a May 1 opening should be made sweeter by fest and arthouse support.
Also making a feature-length debut, as producer, is Riccardo Scamarcio, dismissed as just a handsome heartthrob when he first began acting but increasingly positioning himself as a talent to watch in front of and behind the screen. Buena Onda, the shingle he founded with Golino and Viola Prestieri, looks set to »
- Jay Weissberg
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