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Chicago – From Heath Ledger’s searing portrayal of The Joker in “The Dark Knight” to Sean Penn’s riveting embodiment of Harvey Milk in “Milk,” 2008 has been an excellent year for on-screen performances. However, the onslaught of high-caliber performances at the end of the year – including Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon,” the reunion of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in “Revolutionary Road,” Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and the quartet of regularly nominated actors from “Doubt” – has left some great work from earlier in the year underappreciated and underrated.
Sometimes it’s a case of critics and award voters seemingly only being able to remember one actor from a certain film and sometimes it’s a tragic case of an entire movie not being recognized thoroughly while late-season, high-profile films incorrectly steal their thunder. Either way, it was shockingly easy to come up »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The play kicks off a run at New York's Studio 54 on 30 April.
The international trailer for Dragonball: Evolution, aka The Film Formerly Known As Dragonball Until About Five Minutes Ago, has just gone online over at IGN.Ever since James Wong’s movie, based on a long-running manga about a young man who must fulfil his destiny and become a kick-arse fighter while stopping evil overlords from getting their hands on seven mystical objects known as Dragon Balls, was announced, we haven’t been able to make our minds up about it. Is it genius? Or is it goat?And the trailer, to be honest, hasn’t helped – but it looks absolutely bonkers, in a good way. It starts with the Godlike Chow Yun-fat, as Roshi, banging on about the Dragon Balls and an eclipse, and then we’re quickly introduced to Justin Chatwin’s Goku, a hero with hair so big that it makes Robert Pattinson’s barnet look like Patrick Stewart’s, »
The 37-year-old had to scrap his Monday night performance of the Shakespeare play at London's Novello Theatre.
And the star was once again absent for Tuesday's performance, which was also press night where he was due to face London's fiercest theatre critics.
But Tennant is desperately trying to shake off the injury, and hopes to be back on stage soon.
The play's director, Gregory Doran, says, "David is gutted, not only at the thought of disappointing audiences, but also to be unable to perform a role that he has worked on and developed throughout 60 performances in Stratford-upon-Avon.
"Before this injury, he has only ever been off for one performance in his entire career to date, and is hoping that he will be able to return to the show as quickly as possible."
The sold-out production, which also stars Patrick Stewart, is due to end its run on 10 January. »
But Tennant had to scrap his Monday night performance at London's Novello Theatre because of his back problems.
The sold-out show recently transferred from Stratford-Upon-Avon, England to the British capital, and production company officials hope that Tennant will be back on his feet ahead of a planned performance in front of London's fiercest theatre critics on Tuesday night.
A spokesperson for the Royal Shakespeare Company says, "We're waiting to hear whether he'll be able to perform." »
In August, Screen Rant reported that David Goyer would be writing and directing the upcoming Magneto spinoff film. The movie reportedly would take place before the X-Men trilogy and would center around the origins of none other than our favorite magnetism magician.
Last week, The Geek Files department of the Coventry Telegraph received the official plot synopsis and here are some key parts:
“The original X-Men film began with a prologue that showed the character as a child being led to a concentration camp by Nazis and that is the period in which the Magneto film will take place. This setup will allow a future villain to at least flirt with the designation of protagonist since the character will be seen almost exclusively in his formative years.”
It sounds as if Magneto grows up to combat the Nazis and this story would definitely explain how he has come to hate »
- Rob Keyes
“The original X-Men film began with a prologue that showed the character as a child being led to a concentration camp by Nazis and that is the period in which the Magneto film will take place. This setup will allow a future villain to at least flirt with the designation of protagonist since the character will be seen almost exclusively in his formative years. The storyline will heavily involve Professor X, the wheelchair-using X-Men leader. That character was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps. The professor meets Magneto after the war and while they bond over the realization that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies.”
While Sir Ian McKellen »
- Robert Greenberger
The beloved festive story will be acted out onstage at Los Angeles' home of the Oscars, the Kodak Theatre, for 14 performances, beginning 22 December. »
You might remember the big shocker last month that Terrence Howard wouldn't be returning as Rhodes in Iron Man 2 because he got replaced by Don Cheadle. The actor said he found out through the trades like the rest of us, and rumors began to run rampant. Now Ew is trying to get to the bottom of things and got an interesting bit of news from insiders who say that two things were to blame for the recasting -- money and Howard's performance. The latter isn't too interesting -- apparently Favs wasn't happy with the footage.
But the former -- it appears that Mr. Howard was the highest paid actor on set. Oh yes, he signed first for some hefty sum, and no one else, not even the Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. got as much. So the story goes -- Howard got a drastically reduced offer for #2 unsurprisingly, balked, »
- Monika Bartyzel
That's right, homeboys! Magneto and Professor Xavier have mutually knocked over their respective king pieces, deciding on a "gray" middle ground over a "black" or "white" dominant party, and are starring alongside one another for an on-stage production of Waiting For Godot.
Okay, yeah, before you leave, we're talking about theater. No major shifts in the sociopolitical dynamics between mankind and mutantkind, but, hey, this is pretty close.
The two well known thespians, who shared the silver screen with each other as Erik Lansherr and Charles Xavier in the X-Men trilogy, will star alongside each other in Waiting For Godot on The West End, according to Variety.
- Josh Wigler
The British actors have both signed up to appear in a new adaptation of Samuel Beckett's 1955 play Waiting for Godot.
McKellen and Stewart played arch-adversaries Magneto and Professor X in the hit comic book movie franchise, and first worked together in 1977 in a play for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Waiting for Godot will open next year, touring the U.K. before a run in London. »
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London -- "X-Men" foes Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are set to star together in a stage production of the Samuel Beckett classic "Waiting for Godot" at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket in the spring.
The Theatre Royal's artistic director for 2009, Sean Mathias, will direct the production, which will run April 30-June 28 following a tour of provincial U.K. cities.
Premiered in Paris in 1953 and in London in 1955, "Waiting for Godot" follows two tramps over two days as they contemplate life while waiting for the mysterious Godot to show up. Beckett won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. »
- By Ray Bennett
Kevin Spacey is preparing to give his first lecture at Oxford University, having been named a visiting professor of St Catherine's College earlier this year. The actor, 49, took on the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre role from Patrick Stewart and will remain in the post for one year. He said: "It really is an honour for me to have been invited to (more) »
- By Sarah Rollo
Kevin Spacey is preparing to give his first lecture at Oxford University, having been named a visiting professor of St Catherine's College earlier this year. The actor, 49, took on the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre role from Patrick Stewart and will remain in post for one year. He said: "It really is an honour for me to have been invited to follow (more) »
- By Sarah Rollo
British stage and film director David Jones has died of a heart attack. He was 74.
Jones passed away on 18 September in Rockport, Maine.
Beginning his career at the BBC, Jones was hired by the Royal Shakespeare Company's Peter Hall in the early 1960s where he became known for his stage work.
His Broadway directing assignments included 1994's No Man's Land, and The Caretaker, starring Patrick Stewart.
He is survived by his companion, Joyce Tenneson, and two sons. »
The American Beauty star will give his inaugural speech as a visiting professor at St Catherine's College in Oxford on Monday.
And he is delighted to be fulfilling the role as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre.
He says, "If my mother was still alive she would be smiling because she was a great Anglophile.
"She loved Britain and this would make her quite pleased."
The role promotes interest in contemporary theatre at the university. Spacey will hold the position for one year. »
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News like this is what I wait for when writing about movie news -- announcements that merge so many good things that you can't help but get the tingle of excitement. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Julie Taymor is taking on William Shakespeare yet again, and with one starry-eyed and stellar cast. Strike that ... The stellar cast.
This time around, we get The Tempest, but with a spin -- there's a bit of gender bending. Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan who became a sorcerer, is getting a sex change so that Helen Mirren can play the part. The lovely Mirren will be joined by Jeremy Irons, who will play Prospera's brother Alonso, Djimon Hounsou, who will tackle Caliban, Russell Brand as the jester Trinculo, Alfred Molina, who will be the drunken Stephano, Ben Wishaw as the spirit Ariel, and Felicity Jones as Prospera's daughter, »
- Monika Bartyzel
Pumpkin King Jack Skellington is bored with Halloween, tired of delivering the same old scares each and every year. After inadvertently discovering a doorway to Christmastown, the good-natured skeletal ruler decides to give Santa Claus and his elves a bit of a break and take over the holiday himself, positive he can do a better job bring happiness and joy to the children of the world than the jolly man in red ever could. Things unfortunately do not go as planned. Jack discovers the true meaning of Christmas, but doing it so late he puts the entire holiday in mortal jeopardy. I've always had a great fondness for The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton's yuletide fable of ghoulish delights and sinisterly merry songs. Directed by stop-motion maestro Henry Selick and with a score by frequent Burton collaborator Danny Elfman, the film is one-of-kind family entertainment that both tickles my »
- Sara Michelle Fetters
According to a report in the UK’s Daily Star, Stewart has reportedly been offered the role of the Meddling Monk, a Time Lord once featured on the series. Apparently the BBC has offered him the role and are willing to wait for Stewart's schedule to clear so it may happen for one of the 2009 specials or the new season beginning in 2010.
British fans have been treated to David Tennant, the current Doctor, and Stewart, formerly known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, performing Hamlet together. The two have become fast friends and Stewart is an avowed fan of the series.
The Monk was introduced as someone who encountered the first Doctor, back in the early 1960s. As portrayed by Peter Butterworth, »
- Robert Greenberger
In a move that may be construed as either a gift from the Gods or the coming of Ragnarok itself, Variety has announced that Kenneth Branagh is in negotiations to direct Thor for Marvel Studios. Branagh's previous directing and acting credits include Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing. He also starred as Gilderoy Lockart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The trade reminds us that Branagh is joining a pantheon of well established directors such as Bryan Singer, Chris Nolan and Jon Favreau that have crossed from arthouse film to big studio projects. What they aren't emphasizing nearly enough is that Branagh is a Shakespearean actor at his core, bringing the kind of gravitas that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan lended to their roles in X-Men.
- Josh Wigler
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