WHO Julie Taymor
THE MOVIE “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
THE DEAL The director will come to Long Island this month to present a screening of her latest film. It captures her 2013 stage production of the Shakespeare comedy, a big-budget show (estimated at $2 million) that inaugurated the small 299-seat Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Bob Balaban will host a conversation with Taymor after the screening.
INFO July 19 at 8 p.m. at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Tickets are $25; 631-324-0806, guildhall.org
WHO Mel Gibson
THE MOVIE “Blood Father”
THE DEAL Dogged by a history of drunken behavior and racist comments, the Australian actor hopes to rehabilitate his career with a new action thriller in which he plays a recovering alcoholic who runs afoul of a Mexican criminal. In May, Variety reviewed the movie out of Cannes, calling it “90 minutes of hardened shotgun mayhem” and “a perfect platform to launch the comeback of Mel Gibson.” Over the weekend, TheWrap reviewed it at the Karlovy Vary film festival and applauded the return of “an old pro like Gibson.” The film’s Australian release date is Aug. 25.
THE MOVIE “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”
THE DEAL The big-screen version of the U.K. sitcom about two hard-partying, middle-age media types (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) is now the biggest British film of the year, according to London’s Daily Mail. The film opened with more than 4 million pounds ($5.2 million) in tickets sold over the weekend. Whether the film can perform as well in the United States, where the show was a mid-1990s hit for Comedy Central, remains to be seen. It opens July 22.