Story | Mar 23, 2012 | 1:39 PM
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Story | May 14, 2014 | 8:30 AMThe offscreen palace intrigue between "Grace of Monaco" director Olivier Dahan and his on-again off-again U.S. distributor Harvey Weinstein turns out to be far livelier than anything on screen in Dahan's cardboard and frequently cornball melodrama about Grace Kelly's bumpy transition from Hollywood to actual princess -- and her (seemingly single-handed) saving of her embattled sovereign state from French annexation. Handsomely produced but as dramatically inert as star Nicole Kidman's frigid cheek muscles, Dahan's strained bid to recapture the critical and commercial success of his smash Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie en rose" is the sort of misbegotten venture no amount of clever re-editing could hope to improve. The decision to release the pic in France and other key Euro territories immediately following its opening-night Cannes berth reps a healthy gamble on Kidman's drawing power against the summer blockbuster deluge.
Story | Feb 27, 2012
The production was filmed in Budapest, Hungary, and mixes real and fictional characters. The plot plays up the class system, which Fellowes explored in "Downton Abbey" and his Oscar-winning screenplay for "Gosford Park." "Downton Abbey," which just...