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by Eugene Hernandez
July 31, 2010 2:28 AM
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Taymor's "Tempest" Takes NY Fest Slot

Fall film festival lineups continue to take shape. "The Tempest," film and theater director Julie Taymor's adaption of the Shakespeare play, has been chosen as the Centerpiece selection for this year's New York Film Festival. After closing the Venice Film Festival in September, the new film will have its North American premiere at the Manhattan festival on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010.

Helen Mirren stars as the female 'Prospera' in Taymor's "Tempest," a twist on the key role of the play. Her co-stars in the film are Russell Brand, Reeve Carney, Tom Conti, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, Felicity Jones, Alfred Molina, David Strathairn and Ben Whishaw.

"Julie Taymor is one of the boldest, most innovative artists working in American theater and film, and her elegant adaptation of The Tempest is a perfect illustration of her unique artistry," praised Richard Peña, NYFF Selection Committee Chair, in a statement.

The film, one of the final production's of Disney's Miramax Films, is produced by Taymor, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Julia Taylor-Stanley and Jason K. Lau with original music is by Taymor's long-time collaborator, Elliot Goldenthal. Costumes were designed by three-time Oscar winner Sandy Powell and the film was edited by Oscar winner Françoise Bonnot.

Disney's Touchstone Pictures will release the movie on December 10th in New York and Los Angeles.

As was previously announced, the 2010 New York Film Festival will open with David Fincher's Facebook film, "The Social Network."

Early this week, organizers at the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the first round of more than fifty films for their annual event, while in Venice, planners announced the competition selections for the Venice Film Festival.

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