The following comes from Liz Smith's column in today's NY Post. I hope she's right about a Christmas Day opening--I'm really looking forward to this movie.
This is what Liz has to say:
"'We are the Catholic Church. We can do anything we want!'
"So says Jeremy Irons as the vengeful, pompous Bishop Pucci, in director Lasse Hallstrom's ravishingly romantic, swashbuckling and funny "Casanova." It opens Christmas Day. This film, a fictionalized episode in the adventures of the famous 18th-century libertine Giacomo Casanova, should do wonders to revive Hallstrom, whose recent films — "Shipping News" and "An Unfinished Life" — fell short. "Casanova" has already screened at the Venice Film Festival but has yet to show in the United States or Canada.
"Filmed entirely in Venice — Hallstrom used magic to reinvent the city into its ancient loveliness — the movie stars Heath Ledger as the fabled swordsman. Although inescapably a modern, Heath is handsome and studly in his period costumes and convincing as a lad who has the wit and whatever else to woo and win all women."