Today on indieWIRE, Madonna got some love from Harvey Weinstein, 'Terri' got some love from our critics and much more.
- The Weinstein Company has officially set a limited release date for their recent acquisition 'W.E.,' which marks the second directorial effort of Madonna after 'Filth and Wisdom' (despite the fact that official press releases are listing it as her debut). [For Anne Thompson's report go here.] Also lined up to hit theaters around the same time? Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse.' Go here for the just-released trailer.
- Director Azazel Jacobs' ('Momma's Man') perceptive coming-of-age dramedy, 'Terri,' charmed the pants off of audiences at Sundance earlier this year, where the film had its world premiere. It opens this Friday in limited release. Jacobs provided indieWIRE with an exclusive scene from his film along with his thoughts on the shoot. Check it out here.
- Speaking of 'Terri,' it's the criticWIRE pick of the week heading into this holiday weekend. Following two straight weeks of documentaries ('Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' and 'Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times') topping iW's weekly chart, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival alum edged out the likes of Cristi Puiu's 'Aurora' and Nick Tomnay's 'The Perfect Host,' both of which also open this week.
- June happens to be one of those months in the calendar year that seems to attract many a festival. It's the beginning of Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere), so always a good time to break out the local film event. Festivals are particularly ubiquitous in the U.S. in June, though it is definitely rivaled by April. So, as a one-stop shop, iW has compiled a number of festivals that played around the U.S. (and the world) listing major winners.
- Israel Luna's low-budget horror film 'Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives' will make its U.S. television debut on Showtime July 2. The film was the subject of a GLAAD-sponsored protest that encouraged the Tribeca Film Festival to pull the film from its 2010 lineup, and according to an indieWIRE interview with the director, the communication between the director and GLAAD was inconsistent. The protest was unsuccessful and the film went on to play several horror and LGBT film festivals around the world.
- The Playlist hated on Tom Hanks' latest directorial effort: "His first film had a number of things that 'Larry Crowne' is desperately missing -- namely texture, scope, and believable characters that you actually engage with (as well as a thematic and philosophical point-of-view)." More here.
- Thompson on Hollywood reported: "Catherine Hardwicke will direct Noomi Rapace ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo') in a biopic of Swedish singer Anita Lindblom and her romance with boxer Bosse Högberg, to be played by Ola Rapace, the actress' husband, who has been training as a boxer for this role four years (during the project's long development stage)." More here.