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THE TEMPEST

A recipient of the MacArthur "genius” Fellowship, JULIE TAYMOR (Director, Producer & Writer) has had an illustrious career that has spanned the worlds of film, opera and theater.

As a filmmaker, Taymor's three previous feature films have earned a total of eight Oscar® and three Golden Globe® nominations between them. Her feature-film directorial debut, "Titus,” was based on her own Off-Broadway stage production and starred Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming. In 2002 Taymor's biographical film "Frida,” starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, earned six Academy Award® nominations (including one for leading lady Hayek) and won two. In 2007 Taymor took on the music of the Beatles in "Across the Universe,” brilliantly weaving together a tale of the tumultuous 1960s with the group's legendary music as a backdrop. Starring upand- coming young actors Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess, the film earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Motion Picture— Musical or Comedy.

Julie's next film, "The Tempest,” will have its North American premiere as the centerpiece film at the 48th New York Film Festival in October 2010, following a world premiere as the closing-night film at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. Taymor's adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic brings an original dynamic to a 400-year-old story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Oscar® winner Helen Mirren. Prospera's journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural. "The Tempest,” which features an all-star cast that includes Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou and Alfred Molina, will be released by Touchstone Pictures on December 10, 2010.

In 1998 Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical and also won a second Tony for Best Costumes for her groundbreaking production of "The Lion King.” In 2008 the musical won three Molière Awards, including Best Musical and Best Costumes. It also garnered the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor's direction and myriad awards for her original costume, mask and puppet designs. To date, "The Lion King” has been seen by over 50 million people in 13 different countries.

Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with "Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass” (Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater), nominated for five Tony Awards®. Other theater work includes "The Green Bird” (New Victory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and The Cort Theater on Broadway); "Titus Andronicus,” "The Tempest” and "The Taming of the Shrew” (Theatre for a New Audience); "Juan Darién” (Music-Theatre Group); co-adapter and director of "The Transposed Heads” (Lincoln Center and American Music Theatre Festival) and "Liberty's Taken” (Castle Hill Festival).

Taymor returns to Broadway this year with the highly anticipated debut of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” directed by Taymor and cowritten with Glen Berger, featuring new music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge. Drawing from more than 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” spins a new take on the mythic tale of Peter Parker, a teenager whose unremarkable life in Queens is turned upside down when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider. The musical features Taymor's "The Tempest” star Reeve Carney as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson and Patrick Page as Norman Osborn / The Green Goblin and will begin preview performances on Broadway on November 14, with opening night set for December 21, 2010, at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre.

Beyond the theater and screen, Taymor has directed five operas internationally, including "Oedipus Rex” with Jessye Norman, for which she earned the International Classical Music Award for Best Opera Production. She later turned that production into a film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently won her an Emmy® award on PBS' "Great Performances.”

Taymor also directed "Salomé,” "The Flying Dutchman,” "Die Zauberflöte” (which has been in repertory at The Met for six years), "The Magic Flute,” the abridged English version of "Die Zauberflöte,” which inaugurated a new PBS series entitled "Great Performances at The Met,” and Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel.”

Several books on Taymor's career are currently in circulation. An illustrated book entitled "Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire,” was recently expanded and revised by

Harry N. Abrams; her book, "The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway” is published by Hyperion; Taymor's adapted screenplay for "Titus” and an illustrated book, "Frida: Bringing Frida Kahlo's Life and Art to Film,” are both available from Newmarket Press. Abrams will also be publishing an illustrated screenplay of Taymor's adaptation of "The Tempest” this year.

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