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Ralph Fiennes is circling a new movie–a film adaptation of George Orwell’s “Burmese Days.” I’m told he’s so excited about the project that he’s sent the script to Roger Michell, whose “Morning Glory” premieres tomorrow. Producer Avram Ludwig–who work with Doug Liman– is said to be quarterbacking. John Henry Butterworth, who co-wrote “Fair Game,” authored the script. I’m surprised we haven’t seen more Orwell on the screen. It’s a great idea…

Julie Taymor‘s “The Tempest” was screened last night for the Shakespeare Society. Helen Mirren is a superb and commanding Prospera, the first time a woman has taken on the famed lead role. She’s great, of course, and there’s an all-star cast who make memorable appearances: Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, and Djimon Honsou are all terrific. Reeve Carney, who’s about to play Peter Parker in Taymor’s “Spider Man” on Broadway, does a nice job in a supporting role. I hope “The Tempest” gets a real release. Helen Mirren is definitely Oscar material. And all the tech stuff is superb, from costumes to lighting, production design, etc. Russell Brand is a hoot…

Julia Fordham’s wonderful new album with Paul Reiser, is released today. “Unusual Suspects” can be found at www.juliafordham.com and at amazon and ITunes…

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