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Hollywood, the Dream Factory, is the apt setting for the latest cinematic update on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fran Kranz, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, and Rachael Leigh Cook are among the cast in the new Midsummer adaptation. HitFix has an exclusive early look at the film. The new vision of one of the Bard’s greatest comedies is set in present-day Hollywood, a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists, and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. The Athenians are Hollywood glitterati, the mechanicals (Bottom and his troupe of wannabe actors) are film students, and the fairies of the forest are hippies in Topanga Canyon, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains just east of Malibu. Staging or filming a Shakespeare project four centuries after the incomparable playwright lived and after countless artists have already mounted productions of his plays poses several challenges. (Yes, really four centuries, »
- Emily Rome
Ahhh. The glory days of teen movies ... The '90s. You know, the ones where all you had to do was take off the she-geek's glasses and she was gorgeous (like in "She's All That" starring Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr). What about such classics as "Never Been Kissed" with Drew Barrymore essentially getting to redo high school with much better results? Even "The Craft" is a pretty huge classic '90s teen movie that people still watch to this day.
The magic of those classic '90s movies hasn't been lost on the youth of today. No way. In fact, one might say that the classic '90s teen movies have evolved and turned into the plethora of incredible television shows currently on TV today. There are so many amazing television shows from "Game of Thrones" to "Broad City" to, well, just about everything. However, when that »
- Chelsea Perrotty
Rachel Leigh Cook, Paz De La Huerta, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe and Finn Whitrock are starring in a modern-day movie adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Avan Jogia, Fran Kranz, Charity Wakefield and Ted Levine are also starring in the film, which completed production on Dec. 18. Producers announced the project Saturday to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The new version takes place in present-day Hollywood where fantasy and reality collide. It’s set in a world where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead.
Casey Wilder Mott wrote and directed the feature, marking his directorial debut. He also produced through his 5B Productions along with Joshua Skurla of Empyrean Pictures, Fran Kranz and Douglas Matejka. Executive producers are Simon Fawcett and Michael Lee Jackson.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will feature »
- Dave McNary
The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (Tff) unveiled its jury pool today, which includes Danny Glover,Liev Schreiber and Chloe Grace Moretz, to name just a few. Jason Biggs, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mike Birbiglia, Alan Yang, Rachael Leigh Cook, Judy Greer, Mark Conseulos and Mary Stuart Masterson are among some of the other bigger names involved. The jury will be divided among 11 competitive Tff categories. The winners will be announced at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on Thursday, Apr. 21, when the eight juries will award $155,000 in cash and prizes. The 2016 festival itself runs from Apr. 13-24. “The Festival’s goal is »
- Tony Maglio
4 items from 2016
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