John Turturro will self-distribute his $11 million musical Romance & Cigarettes, which stars James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken, Bobby Cannavale, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Elaine Stritch, Eddie Izzard, and Amy Sedaris.
The story is about a Queens construction worker (Gandolfini) who gets in trouble when his wife (Sarandon) discovers he has a lusty mistress (Winslet). The characters break into songs ranging from James Brown to Engelbert Humperdinck to Bruce Springsteen.
Although the movie was filmed in 2004 and premiered in 2005 at the Venice Film Festival, it has been caught in limbo since Sony merged with MGM in 2005.
It has received mixed reviews, being described as ''almost impossible not to adore'' by some, and ''downright unwatchable'' by others. It will be given an open-ended theatrical release Sept. 7 at New York's Film Forum.
I had actually thought that this was out for ages given all the clip available on You Tube, but I guess I am wrong. All I know is Kate Winslet is glorious in the segments I have seen her in. Is there anything she cannot do?