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Romeo and Juliet is a timeless tragic tale. A new film version of Shakespears’s play written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abby) and directed by Carlo Carlei is out in theaters now. It stars Hailee Steinfeld (Juliet), Douglas Booth (Romeo), Damian Lewis , and Paul Giamatti. During the press day for the movie Stienfield, Booth, Carlei, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and the ever-charming Fellows gave insight into working on the film. Hailee Steinfeld discussed her appreciation of small romantic gestures, the challenge of tackling Shakespearian language, and how as a sixteen year old she found it easy to relate to the young but strong and determined Juliet. Douglas Booth who plays Romeo talked [ Read More ]
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Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families. The families of Montague and Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever. Written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville. At the film’s press day, screenwriter Julian Fellowes (who is also the creator/writer of the hit drama series Downton Abbey) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he was excited to tackle Romeo & Juliet for the big screen, how he worked exclusively from the play itself, and watching actors Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld bring it to life. He also »
- Christina Radish
Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" held onto the top spot for the second weekend in a row with a whopping $44.3 million, dropping a mere 20% from its record-breaking debut last weekend. After just ten days, it has managed a $123.4 million domestic gross and a $68 million overseas gross.
The Tom Hanks-led "Captain Phillips" opened to strong reviews and a very healthy $26 million - that's better than several of Hanks' last few movies, and better than the opening of "Argo" ($19.5M) in the same release slot last year.
Not faring so well was Robert Rodriguez's sequel "Machete Kills," the heavily promoted action comedy which landed in fourth place with a mere $3.8 million - making it one of the worst wide opening releases of the year (think "Paranoia" bad). Reviews were terrible, but as »
- Garth Franklin
Wow, what a hold for Gravity, dropping only 20.7% from its October record opening weekend and bringing in $44.2 million. As BoxOfficeMojo.com tweets, this is a second weekend bigger than Inception ($42.7M), Skyfall ($41.1M) and The Blind Side ($40.1M). What I'm most curious about when I look at this result, however, is to wonder what exactly people are taking away from the film. How many see Gravity as an auteur's visionc How many see it as a space thrillerc How many see it as a popcorn featurec I can only assume it's a movie many audience members take away a different impression of what they just saw... which I can only assume is the reason for its success outside of the fact it's a very solid movie. However, that's not the end of the success to be found at the box office. This same time last year, Argo was opening to $19.4 million. »
- Brad Brevet
The specialty box office saw subdued results this weekend as adults favored wide players Gravity and Captain Phillips. British film Romeo & Juliet, from an adapted script by Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, quickly fizzled, grossing $509,000 from 461 theaters for a dismal location average of $1,104. The latest adaptation of William Shakespeare's play stars Hailee Steinfeld and British actor Douglas Booth as the tragic lovers, with Carlo Carlei directing. Box Office: 'Gravity' a Monster With $44.3 Mil; 'Captain Phillips' No. 2 With $26 Mil Homeland star Damian Lewis plays Lord Capulet, Juliet's father. Paul Giamatti and
- Pamela McClintock
Director: Carlo Carlei.
Running Time: 118 minutes.
Synopsis: Romeo (Douglas Booth) and Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld) secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each another. A chain of fateful events soon change the lives of both families forever.
“To see the original in its absolutely unchanged form, you require a kind of Shakespearian scholarship and you need to understand the language and analyse it and so on,” claimed screenwriter Julian Fellowes in defence of his rewrite of the Bard’s most famous tragedy. “I can do that,” he continued, “because I had a very expensive education, I went to Cambridge.” The message is this: the poor proles not blessed with Fellowes’ formidable understanding can only struggle through confusion and bafflement when watching proper Shakespeare, »
- Nathanael Smith
Chicago – When I walked out of my screening for 2013’s “Romeo and Juliet” with Hailee Steinfeld (Oscar nominated for “True Grit”) and London’s Douglas Booth (previously unknown to the U.S.), I had to remember that not everyone’s seen this story in one way or another.
So, I immediately polled four teenage girls. Batting away their butterflies and seeing through the hearts glossing over their eyes, they unanimously loved it, thought Booth was so very dreamy and went home with a new outlook on love – probably that love conquers all. For their modern-day version, they’d probably even give up texting for 12 whole days if it meant they couldn’t be with their boy crush.
Read Adam Fendelman’s full review of “Romeo and Juliet”.
But back to my reality and like most other humans on planet Earth, I’ve seen this William Shakespeare tragedy told mostly »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families. The families of Montague and Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever. Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Ed Westwick (“Tybalt”) talked about his first exposure to Shakespeare, why he was so drawn to this take on Romeo & Juliet, how he formed his take on Tybalt, and how much he enjoyed getting to do the fight scenes. He also talked about being a part of the vampire genre while getting to »
- Christina Radish
The Fifth Estate (15)
Cumberbatch was seemingly born to play Julian Assange, though this pacy hot-button-issue thriller struggles to make the Wikileaks story into another Social Network. There are some questionable cinematic flourishes (ooh, cyberspace!), but at the core is the bromance between Brühl's wide-eyed German techie (Daniel Berg) and the enigmatic Aussie – partners in a morally hazardous social justice crusade that climaxes with, er, the Guardian.
Le Week-end (15)
Before Midnight for seniors, as a 60-something couple's Parisian second honeymoon gives rise to bickering, regrets, and fears for the future, but youthful romantic comedy too. There's wit and wisdom in the writing and the seasoned performers are very good company. »
- Steve Rose
The star-crossed lovers return to the big screen in a new film adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet.’ The timeless love story unfolds with a couple of twists — and appearances from some of young Hollywood’s biggest stars!
If you’re a fan of the English playwright, you might want to scrap your plans for this weekend and check out Romeo and Juliet , hitting theaters Oct. 11. It’s the classic story of two star-crossed lovers whose tragic courtship (eventually) ends the rift between their feuding families, but with a modern twist you won’t be able to resist.
‘Romeo & Juliet:’ Expect Surprising Performances From Your Favorite Stars
You’re probably already familiar with Romeo and Juliet, but you might not have pictured the star-crossed lovers played by some of Hollywood’s hottest stars. Hailee Steinfeld, 16, brings the beautiful Juliet to life and adds a playful twist to the love-struck protagonist; and British heartthrob Douglas Booth, »
- HL Intern
Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families. The families of Montague and the Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever. Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville. At the film’s press day, actor Douglas Booth spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being excited for the challenge of tackling Shakespeare, having to fight for the role of Romeo, screen testing with Hailee Steinfeld, getting to work with both a younger and more veteran cast, and taking his time to wrap his head around the language. He »
- Christina Radish
“Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s epic and enduring tale of star-crossed lovers, comes to exciting life on the big screen for a new generation. Beautifully directed by Carlo Carlei from a compelling screenplay adaptation penned by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, the ageless story from the world’s most renowned author is reimagined for the 21st [...]
- Sheila Roberts
Modernizing Shakespeare has become so endemic in recent years that the Medieval knights who come charging out of the gates in the opening shots of the new Romeo and Juliet have an aura of brazenness about them. This version, they seem to promise us, as director Carlo Carlei’s camera races around them, will be fearlessly, defiantly traditional. In other words, when a character yells, “Put up your sword” this time around, he won’t be pulling out a gun. Madness!Still, there’s only so much the new film can do, and we know all the key beats already: “In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,” Montague hunk Romeo (Douglas Booth) crashes a costume ball thrown by his family’s mortal rivals the Capulets and falls for their prize beauty, Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld). One fateful balcony encounter later, the two swoon for each other and, unbeknownst to their families, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Plot: Romeo and Juliet, two teenagers at opposite sides of forever dueling families, fall in love at first sight. It doesn't end well. Review: Carlo Carlei's Romeo & Juliet is a lovely looking film that lacks the fiery passion inherent in William Shakespeare's play, and has completely miscast the two lead roles. It's also altered the lines of the play in order to appeal to a younder crowd; in fact, by the looks of all the hunky dudes on display and the treacly, PG-13 romance that »
- Eric Walkuski
Following on from the immense critical acclaim of television series Downton Abbey, writer Julian Fellowes has been granted the creative licence to write pretty much whatever he wants, knowing fully well someone out there will commission it. Well, he’s audaciously tackled Shakespeare with his latest project, teaming up with director Carlo Carlei to adapt Romeo and Juliet. However it’s this very temerity in rewriting one of the Bard’s most defining plays, that provides this adaption with with its one – and only – unique aspect.
The plot synopsis speaks for itself really, with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld taking on the eponymous leading roles. Meanwhile, Damien Lewis plays Lord Capulet, Kodi Smit-McPhee takes on Benvolio, while Paul Giamatti plays Friar Laurence, in this tragic love story of two people hopelessly falling in love, yet under immense social pressure to remain apart, given the intense rivalry between the two conflicting families they have spawned from. »
- Stefan Pape
There are two major problems when it comes to bringing Romeo and Juliet to the big screen. Firstly, the story is so well known and the text so sacrosanct that drastically changing it up is out of the question. Secondly, Baz Luhrmann's mid-'90s take was so energetic and invigorating, how do you move Shakespeare's great tragedy on from that and still keep it feeling fresh? The last film to have a go at this was 2011's entertaining Gnomeo & Juliet, an animation with a cast of garden gnomes backed by classic Elton John tunes (yes, really!).
This 2013 live-action edition appears to have all the right ingredients, with Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes on adaptation duties and fast-rising stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld leading a cast that »
The 2013 incarnation hits today (October 11) and stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the star-crossed lovers, alongside Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgard and Paul Giamatti, with the screenplay written by Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
There have been plenty of adaptations from over the years, so here we pick out the best of the bunch...
West Side Story (1961)
Perhaps not the most blatant adaptation of Shakespeare's play, but the inspiration is clearly abundant in directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins's Oscar-winning musical from 1961. The story revolves around two youngsters - Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer - from rival gangs who fall in love (sound familiar?) that fuels the feud between members of the White Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. »
One of the key elements of Shakespeare’s plays is that no matter how many times you see an adaptation of one of his works, you can derive something new from it. That’s certainly true of Carlo Carlei’s version of Romeo and Juliet. Given that the tale has been recreated countless times, the idea of a straightforward adaptation is refreshing. The story, like many of Shakespeare’s works, has been done to death, but his vivid language is seldom short of breathtaking and thus, never tiring.
There’s also a lovely score by Abel Korzeniowski, stunning costumes by Carlo Poggioli, and production designer Tonino Zera’s utilization of the still breathtaking sites of Verona and Mantua (where some of the project was shot). Unfortunately, there’s also a lot to be desired.
- Justine Browning
So much updating of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been done over the years that some of the subtleties that made the story such a classic may have gotten lost in the shuffle (the first film version in 1936 starred 34-year-old Norma Shearer and 43-year-old Leslie Howard as the 15-years old doomed lovers!). That is why the newest take from Italian director Carlo Carlei is such a pleasure. He seems to have a great, classical, purist understanding of the material, and though Romeo And Juliet is pared down, Carlei has the skill to make his version as cinematic as possible while respecting the source. The plot is well known, loaded with tragedy that could always have been so easily averted. It takes place in 16th century renaissance Italy. Romeo Montague (Douglas Booth) and Juliet Capulet (Hailee Steinfeld) fall in love, despite the fact that their families are bitter enemies. Their »
- Tom Stockman
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been resurrected for another film adaptation in an effort to introduce the classic play to a new generation. But unlike the previous version directed by Baz Luhrmann, which modernized Shakespeare’s work and added a boisterous soundtrack to it, this effort, directed by Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei, brings the play back to its more traditional, romantic version.
At a recent press conference for Romeo and Juliet, held in Los Angeles, we had the chance to hear Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Carlo Carlei and writer Julian Fellowes chat about the film. Among the many things they discussed were how the actors wrapped their heads around the dialogue, how Booth and Steinfeld kept the chemistry going on set, what challenges the adaptation presented and more.
Check out the interview below and enjoy!
Regarding the sword fighting in the movie, did you have to learn to »
- Ben Kenber
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