Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Marisa Tomei in “The Dinner” Now Not Directed by Cate Blanchett


It looks like Cate Blanchett can’t possibly do everything even though we think of her as Super woman. She was supposed to direct Herman Koch’s “The Dinner” from a screenplay by Oren Moverman. But now I hear Moverman– director of “The Messenger” and screenwriter of “Love and Mercy”– will direct it himself.

Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, and Marisa Tomei will star in the adaptation of the highly regarded novel. Gere just starred in Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind.”

As for Blanchett she will probably find work as an actress, I hear she’s pretty good. Seriously, she’s in two Oscar buzzed performances right now– “Carol” and “Truth”– and she’s probably signed up for 40 more things as well.

Hopefully, “The Dinner” will go to a better distributor than Moverman’s had for “Love and Mercy”– which was botched– and “Time out of Mind,” which was a disappointment. He’s one of our best writer-directors going forward. And of course, anything with Marisa Tomei is gold, and it’s not just George Costanza who feels that way!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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