Turturro Paying for His Own Romance & Cigarettes

When live gives you lemons, finance your own friggin' theatrical run.

by | August 16, 2007 | Comments

Oh, corporate mergers. Shareholders love ’em, but if you’re lost in the shuffle when two industry giants decide to bump uglies, you can find yourself in for a world of frustration — just ask John Turturro, whose Romance & Cigarettes has been twisting in the Sony/MGM merger wind for two years. If you want anything done right, you’ve got to do it yourself, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Turturro is doing just that, self-financing a New York theatrical run for his picture.

The $11 million musical, which features a cast including Susan Sarandon, James Gandolfini, Kate Winslet, and Christopher Walken, premiered at festivals in Toronto and Venice in 2005, netting Turturro a Golden Lion nomination at the latter, in addition to wildly mixed reviews that described the movie as everything from “almost impossible not to adore” to “downright unwatchable.” From the synopsis:

Romance and Cigarettes is a down-and-dirty musical love story set in the world of the working class. Nick (Gandolfini) is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He’s married to Kitty (Sarandon), a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a redheaded woman named Tula (Winslet). Nick is basically a good, hardworking man driven forward by will and blinded by his urges. Like Oedipus at Colonus, he is sent into exile and searches to find his way back through the damage he has done.

If it sounds like your cup of tea, but you aren’t in the New York metro area, just sit tight: The article notes that a video release is on the horizon for 2008.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Tag Cloud

Shudder doctor who New York Comic Con Teen talk show casting Martial Arts TLC Sony Pictures Animation ghosts Character Guide Valentine's Day Red Carpet Comics on TV travel Trivia Schedule Lucasfilm Rocketman disaster series Mindy Kaling biography FXX VH1 cars Ghostbusters Bravo cancelled diversity festivals strong female leads war blockbuster Brie Larson justice league FOX Stephen King cops Calendar batman Elton John cooking NBC Esquire WGN police drama Britbox GIFs SXSW Hulu Pop Musicals finale Pride Month dragons crossover Set visit Comedy BBC America stand-up comedy Marvel Studios Quiz south america ratings thriller historical drama spy thriller Apple TV Plus Hallmark CMT ABC The Arrangement joker Mary poppins revenge zombie renewed TV shows what to watch Summer Amazon Prime History Disney Plus Video Games Nat Geo Musical AMC TCA golden globes El Rey BBC anime CNN Paramount USA discovery theme song ESPN Sundance Now VICE Premiere Dates Lifetime Christmas movies NYCC game of thrones The Walking Dead Amazon Prime Video free movies romance MSNBC Toys sports APB TV breaking bad ITV MTV sequel Marvel Arrowverse latino Opinion video A&E christmas movies Disney spider-man romantic comedy zombies Pet Sematary 007 45 San Diego Comic-Con Year in Review Adult Swim based on movie unscripted Fantasy Emmys Nominations space 2018 President Holiday Lionsgate CW Seed cancelled television 20th Century Fox MCU TV Land 71st Emmy Awards First Look E! Netflix Masterpiece The Witch Music richard e. Grant medical drama dramedy DGA slashers Turner Classic Movies Pirates Reality Lifetime Awards Tour WarnerMedia Spike spain Emmy Nominations vampires true crime Thanksgiving 24 frames Crackle Logo Trailer Star Trek YouTube Red Anna Paquin Walt Disney Pictures technology Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt hispanic Showtime Women's History Month nature elevated horror Dark Horse Comics crime drama DC streaming service mockumentary SundanceTV Cartoon Network crime thriller Fall TV cults YA cartoon Nickelodeon DirecTV Mary Tyler Moore miniseries Disney streaming service Sci-Fi crime aliens Best and Worst PBS dceu anthology Rock Watching Series Netflix Christmas movies television Tarantino FX facebook YouTube Premium dc A24 Kids & Family game show Comedy Central Tumblr Election YouTube docudrama Infographic screenings CBS All Access Amazon HBO Max Mystery Vudu Awards Western Star Wars award winner TNT Winter TV streaming RT History boxoffice serial killer movies BET cats Syfy witnail psycho Disney+ Disney Plus comic quibi supernatural Rocky rotten movies we love Holidays Crunchyroll Hallmark Christmas movies Starz TIFF Oscars Chernobyl Horror See It Skip It CBS adventure independent PaleyFest psychological thriller animated GLAAD Cannes IFC Films Podcast spinoff Super Bowl Writers Guild of America Country Superheroe GoT Drama comics Extras political drama TCM teaser 2017 Countdown kids harry potter Warner Bros. comiccon binge Cosplay canceled IFC HBO Apple TV+ green book TV renewals canceled TV shows Television Academy Shondaland The CW singing competition X-Men Freeform Pixar Family 2016 werewolf Heroines Photos Classic Film The Purge mutant DC Universe adaptation jamie lee curtis foreign LGBT versus tv talk cinemax transformers social media book Reality Competition Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Sneak Peek Certified Fresh robots Rom-Com Sundance Mary Poppins Returns Action TCA 2017 Box Office halloween Peacock Trophy Talk sitcom American Society of Cinematographers politics Film Film Festival Paramount Network Fox News 2015 Comic Book science fiction cancelled TV series Spring TV children's TV First Reviews Mudbound 21st Century Fox Song of Ice and Fire USA Network TruTV Christmas Universal Acorn TV TBS 2020 composers Marathons Columbia Pictures Ellie Kemper Binge Guide cancelled TV shows blaxploitation Interview Marvel Television Winners RT21 Food Network Epix Apple National Geographic 2019 Polls and Games SDCC DC Comics Disney Channel indie Superheroes Ovation LGBTQ E3 Spectrum Originals period drama natural history toy story Grammys Black Mirror spanish language Captain marvel zero dark thirty Creative Arts Emmys Turner Biopics hist OWN ABC Family Tomatazos