11.27.2007

Madonna aims to boost Revolver flick

Madonna aims to boost her husband Guy Ritchie's new 'Revolver'

Monday, November 26th 2007, 10:12 PM

Madonna is hoping to sprinkle a little stardust on hubbie Guy Ritchie's latest gangster flick, which has been retooled for its delayed U.S. release.

The couple will co-host a VIP preview of "Revolver" with Piaget on Sunday for invited tastemakers including Howard Stern, Lauren Bacall, Helena Christensen, Patricia Clarkson and Ivanka Trump.

Madonna's star power can only help a film that stumbled after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005 and was slammed by critics when released in the U.K.

A pal says the flick was marketed to British audiences as a comedic romp similar to Ritchie's "Snatch" - but it left them confused by its more "cerebral" theme. (Or "pretentious style and fractured storytelling," as The Hollywood Reporter sniffed.)

"You have to pay attention — you may have to sit through it twice to figure it out," co-star Vincent Pastore (who plays opposite Ray Liotta, Jason Statham and Andre Benjamin) told me yesterday. "Which I just did with 'No Country for Old Men,' so it doesn't mean it's a bad movie."

The film, due in cinemas Dec. 7, has been recut for its U.S. release

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