Julie Taymor Is a Crazy Brilliant Genius

Today I saw the trailer for Julie Taymor’s new movie, Across the Universe. It looks spectacular! Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood star in this fictional love story set in 1960s America, with the music of the Beatles being paired with pivotal scenes.

I can’t wait to see it. I’ve been a big fan of Julie Taymor since seeing her direction of the Broadway musical version of Disney’s The Lion King, as well as her feature film debut of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. As anyone who is familiar with her work knows, Taymor is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to creating beautiful, fanciful scenes. I’m sure this movie will be nothing short of breathtaking.

Claire Danes Dances Again

In 2005 I went to go see Claire Danes perform a dance piece called “Christina Olson: American Model” at PS 122. Zac Posen was there with flowers. Claire Danes came incredibly close to my face. I was confused.

Now that Danes is no longer a homewrecker (when you are no longer with your homewreck-ee, does that still make you a homewrecker? Like once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic?)–now rid of Billy Crudup–she is free to dance unfettered by gossip. (Ok, not entirely true, gossips say her appropriately named reported beau, Hugh Dancy, swings both ways.) This time with childhood friend Ariel Rogoff Flavin in a piece called “Edith & Jenny” choreographed by Ariel’s mother, Tamar Rogoff.

Performances are January 26- Feb 4. Buy tickets on the PS 122 site.