You hear that John Turturro is making a musical, and then you hear that the cast includes: Gandolfini, Sarandon, WInslet, Buscemi, Cannavale, Moore, Parker, Walken, Stritch, Izzard and Sedaris. What's not to like? Well, the 2005 film Romance & Cigarettes has been struggling to get out stateside since premiering at the Venice Film Festival a few years ago. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the musical has been suffering from the merger between MGM and Sony, and the flick's video rights are reportedly Sony's, while the theatrical rights are MGM's. What a mess. A source from the production says: "A lot of the time over the last few years was to figure out just who to talk to and navigate the internal workings of a corporate merger."

It seems that Turturro has taken things into his own hands, got clearance and will be self-releasing the flick on Sept. 7 at New York's Film Forum -- without MGM or Sony's name attached. There's no word on whether the run will continue, or just begin and end in New York. Sometimes likened to karaoke, Romance is a story about a construction worker (Gandolfini) whose wife (Sarandon) finds out that he's cheating on her with Winslet's character. Mixed in with all the drama, the people break out into song, singing along with everyone from Engelbert Humperdinck to Bruce Springsteen.

Yes, I said singing along. I was able to see this film when it hit TIFF just after Venice, and I was pretty disappointed to discover that everyone was singing on top of the music. Had they actually recorded the music themselves... it would've been so much cooler. Still, it's always a treat to see Walken dancing, so if you find yourself in the Big Apple next month, you might want to check it out.
categories Movies, Cinematical