By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire June 29, 2011 at 8:23AM
Today on indieWIRE Madonna got some love from Harvey Weinstein, "Terri" got some love from our critics and much more.
Oscar Race Heats Up!
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 world premiered. It opens this Friday, July 1, in limited release. Jacobs provided indieWIRE with an exclusive scene from his film along with his thoughts on the shoot. Check it out here.
What to See This Week?
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.
Get to Know Your June Festivals
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.
See Some Trannies Get Pissed on TV
Israel Luna’s low-budget horror film “Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives” will make its US television debut on Showtime July 2, 2011. 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.
"Larry Crowne" Gets a Failing Grade
The Playlist hated on Tom Hanks' latest film: "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.
Europe's Answer to Brangelina
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, whose been training as a boxer for this role four years (during the project’s long development stage)." More here.