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From Toronto Film Fest: Forget Kabbalah Meetings, He Makes Movies Too

On the subject of love triangles, real and possibly imagined,the 33rd Toronto Film Festival won't be denied.

For those who like that sort of thing, take Brangelina and Jen. Please.

George Clooney might not be here with his buddy Brad Pitt to hawk the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading" but Pitt's ex, Jennifer Anniston, was scheduled to show up to sell her upcoming Coenesque comedy "Management" (in which she plays a together woman trying desperately to shed the attentions of a not-so-together Steve Zahn).

Of such Pitt family discomforts are show biz now made.

On the other hand, those addicted to celebrity sex geometry, should consider the triangle (possibly a publicity figment) of Madonna, husband Guy Ritchie and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. Ritchie is here to show the world his fifth and newest film "Rocknrolla" which is, thank God, reminiscent of the post-Tarantino, wiseass who made his first two films "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" and not the marital aid who directed his wife Madge in their deeply regrettable remake of Lina Wertmuller's wonderfully perverse "Swept Away" (which was ever-so-loosely based on James M. Barrie's "The Admirable Crichton.)

Madonna may need Ritchie to look after the kids and accompany her to weekly Kabbalah sessions.

The movie world, on the other hand, actually needs Ritchie to be the kind of filmmaker who can connect his kind of funny thug movie to the exploding world of London Real Estate.

Voila. "Rocknrolla," in which a bald Tom Wilkinson in perpetual shades plays the mega-fixer of London's Real Estate and Underworld, both.

Gerard Butler of "300" plays a put-upon thug, Thandie Newton plays a sleek, gorgeous, greedy mob accountant and Ludacris and Jeremy Piven are a couple of wiseguy club owners whose private parts are threatened unless they can cough up the movie's eponymous missing junkie (who is, it seems, the mega-fixer's stepson.)

The movie is too long, for sure, but who can resist a cast like that in top form?

Which they mostly are.

It's fun, more or less.

On the other hand, if A-Rod and the Yanks played the Bluejays with Ritchie in town, his mood might take a definite dive.

--Jeff Simon



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