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A romantic drama directed by Madonna is heading to U.S. theaters

June 13, 2011 | 11:44 am

For all her music success, Madonna's efforts as a film director -– a documentary about Malawi and a romantic comedy titled "Filth and Wisdom" -- have been more niche, getting only token releases in the United States.

Mado But broader audiences will have the chance to evaluate her latest effort, a historical romance titled "W.E." that has been picked up for distribution by the Weinstein Co. 

The independently made film, which Madonna wrote with her "Truth or Dare" collaborator Alek Keshishian, cuts between a relatively contemporary lonely woman in New York named Wally (Abbie Cornish) and the early 20th century romance with which she’s obsessed, that of Britain's King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough). As Wally gets further immersed in studying the historical romance, she finds it was not as neat or as glamorous as it appears to be.

In announcing the deal Monday, Harvey Weinstein said that "Madonna has really come into her own as a filmmaker with 'W.E.'" He added, "It's a terrific addition to our U.S. release slate." The company says it is planning a 2011 release but did not offer further details; its release slate is relatively packed for the remainder of the year.

 Madonna said in a statement that "'W.E.' is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made." Despite the partial period setting, Weinstein added that the film's take was "smart, sexy and thoroughly modern."


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Photo: Madonna at a Metropolitan Museum of Art gala in New York in May. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

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Starting off with a terrible title, I doubt Lady Gaga's mom will be on Broadway next with U2

kbonson: If we all based our judgements on titles, half the movies that are actually worthy, would be terrible. You don't seem to be very familiar with the Weinstein company either.

I'll be shocked if this is actually good. Madonna is a rotten actress, so I hope her directing is better.

This movie sounds uses a device that is so common with other romcoms like Julia/Julia. W.E. has gimmick written all over it. I would hope it does not have a soundtrack written by Madonna.

That's the name? W.E.? Madge should've stuck with the working title: Gigli II.

Even Harvey can't polish a turd.

Madonna is very talented as a musician, she's the greatest female entertainer ever! I hope her being in movies will be as equally successful. This is from www.loveloveandmorelove.weebly.com.

Based on her attention to details in her stage life on tour, I think she will knock her debut with a major motion film out of the park. She is a visionary in this regard and seems to make things happen. Her acting was not her strength, but I really am certain based on her past tours she will deliver on WE. She knows she will be heavily critized as always so I highly doubt she will release a flop film. Curious.

Sounds interesting! Why are people so mean to Madona?

unfortunately, unthinking haters have ten fingers and access to a keyboard that connects to the internet

"Filth & Wisdom" was an excellent film, and if anyone knows about performance and telling a story, it's definitely Madonna - cannot wait.

Give Madonna a break people...When she's in control, she's undeniably great...Her tours, videos, album art...She always puts 100% into anything she does and she personally chooses who she works with and they are the best. Madonna has made many lucky men and woman's careers just by working with them. And based on early buzz, the film looks like an artistic and creative triumph...Not to mention she's keeping it punk rock by doing it herself. I can't wait. BTW, I LOVE Abbie Cornish and romantic period dramas so I will surely be there with my rasinets and popcorn dissecting the camera angles and dialog. Madonna will never rest on her laurals and seems to always push the limits of her career choices wether they be performing, humanitarian, making music, modeling...I'll have to agree with they people who say that her movies aside from Evita were not very good, but it's not because she sucked as an actress, it's just that people can't get over her persona...it's just too overpowering and directors can't figure out how to make it work.

Madonna is a good story teller. I think it will be good. America doesn't know good films. They are doused in computerized crap with no story. They only base movies as good depending on special effects. Real movies come from Europe and Madonna's influences come from there. I think it will be good.


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