Madonna's sophomore feature doesn't have much going for it apart from lavish production design and terrific, well-researched costumes.
James Darcy W.e.
Presenting out-of-competish "W.E," her first directorial feature, Madonna took the Venice Festival mass media by storm Thursday.
The youth movement in this year's choice of Oscar hosts didn't alter the show's dynamics, from the opening insert-actors-in-montage sequence (hello, Billy Crystal) to the stiff, awkward banter…
Stuart Ford's IM Global is courting overseas distribs, flying Madonna and Kevin Smith to the fest to tubthump their pics.
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