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Titan A.E.

(20th Century Fox; June 16)

The makers: Love: Kenneth Branagh, director; William Shakespeare and Branagh, writers, based on Shakespeare's play; Titan: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, directors; Ben Edlund, John August, and Joss Whedon, writers

The stars: Love: Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Matthew Lillard, Adrian Lester, Alicia Silverstone, Nathan Lane; Titan: voices by Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, Drew Barrymore, Janeane Garofalo, Lane

The pitch: Love's a musical retelling of the Bard's comedy about celibacy and its discontents, augmented with tunes by Cole Porter and George Gershwin; the animated Titan whooshes into hyperdrive as space ace Cale (Damon) fights to save the human race from nasty ETs.

The reason we care: Comic ace Nathan Lane pitches in with plenty of comic relief: in Love he's Costard, a vaudevillian clown; in Titan he's the Jar Jar--esque alien sidekick, Preed.

The inside scoop: In giving voice to Preed, Lane has said he took aural inspiration from none other than the imperious George Sanders, who played All About Eve's snooty theater critic Addison Dewitt. "The particular alien race that Preed belongs to is vary haughty, floating above it all," explains Titan codirector Goldman. "Nathan just seemed appropriate--he can really put on airs when he needs to."
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Jun 6, 2000
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