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Felicity Jones has been acting since she was a teenager (when she appeared in the TV movie The Treasure Seekers), but the actress has gained more indie cred over the past few years, after her roles in films like Julie Taymor’s The Tempest - with the Prospero character gender-swapped so that Helen Mirren could play the role – and the Sundance flick Like Crazy, which paired Jones opposite Star Trek‘s Anton Yelchin.
She has since joined her fellow English actor (okay, he was born in America) Andrew Garfield in the cast for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. However, Jones’ role in the superhero movie sequel has been kept under-wraps… until (possibly) now.
Jones and her Like Crazy writer-director Drake ...
- Sandy Schaefer
The Beeb announced this week that Matt Smith, the current actor playing the Doctor on Doctor Who, its long running (50 years!) Sf series, will be leaving the show with the Christmas Special this year. For those of you living outside the Whovian time-space continuum, the Doctor is a time traveling alien who can regenerate entirely at points of mortality. Different face, different body, largely different personality, completely different actor in the role. They’ve done this eleven times so far so, in general, they have the procedure down pat.
I’ve seen some interesting speculations as to who will be the next Doctor. While usually the actor cast as the Doctor is not so well known, a names of a lot of well known actors are being currently tossed around by that mysterious series of tubes running underground known as the Internet. Hugh Laurie, best known as Doctor House here »
- John Ostrander
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Much Ado about Nothing opens today in limited release.] With a few exceptions, William Shakespeare's trips to the big screen have been sumptuous affairs. The plays favor an expansive vision by the director, so we get films like Julie Taymor's Titus and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. But one of the many beautiful things about Shakespeare is how flexible it is in terms of setting. You can set it on a modern battlefield (Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus), in a high school (Tim Blake Nelson's Othello adaptation, O), or in the case of Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing, in an upper-class home. Whedon's Much Ado is a bold challenge for the director not because his adaptation lacks fancy costumes or production design, but because he removes two of his greatest assets: his dialogue and a budget. Of course, nothing Whedon (or anyone else) could write would surpass the Bard, but it's an entertaining exercise seeing the »
- Matt Goldberg
On Friday, Joss Whedon‘s take on Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters. The film is being lauded as one of the funniest screen versions of William Shakespeare‘s work. Whedon’s rendition will join a long list of film adaptations of Shakespeare, whose material has served as the source material for everything from 10 Things I hate About You to West Side Story. In celebration of Shakespeare’s return to the big screen, we’ve rounded up the 15 best adaptations in modern film history.
15. Hamlet (2000)
Bill Murray, Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles star in this modern-day version of Shakespeare’s play (the first of multiple Hamlet entries). It’s rewarded for its efforts to turn the story into a tech thriller.
- Stacy Lambe
Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, »
- Zac Gille
If you listened to the podcast last Friday you heard how I ended up missing a screening of Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, but I can't say it has irked me to any great extent. Adaptations of Shakespeare's work that stick strictly to Shakespeare's language tend to irk me, recent examples being Julie Taymor's The Tempest and Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus. Around the corner, along with Whedon's Nothing, we have Carlo Carlei's Romeo and Juliet and the adaptations are sure to continue from there as yet another has been set up in the last few days. Like the adaptations I mentioned above, Justin Kurzel's take on Shakespeare's Macbeth will be filmed in the play's original language with Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender in the leading roles. Kurzel previously brought us the primal story of Australia's serial killer John Bunting in Snowtown (read my review here »
- Brad Brevet
Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has finally disentangled itself from the 17-month legal dispute between former director Julie Taymor and the show’s current producers. With the settlement, 8 Legged Productions—the entity behind the Broadway tuner—can now focus on boosting profitability, potentially through additional productions of the show outside New York. But can a show that gained early notoriety for injuries dealt to its actors in the Foxwoods Theatre’s made-to-order space safely launch in a touring version, or will traveling turn out to be Spider-Man’s kryptonite? (Sorry, wrong superhero.) To launch a tour along the usual path of proscenium theaters, “Spider-Man” would need to either commit to extended put-ins in each city or complete an overhaul so drastic it would essentially be a different show. “If they travel it will be with minimal automations,” speculated Mike Sullivan, head carpenter at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, »
Julie Taymor has reached a settlement in her ongoing lawsuit against the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the parties said Wednesday. They did not release details of the settlement, but said that the agreement resolves all of the director's pending litigation. "I'm pleased to have reached an agreement and hope for the continued success of Spider-Man, both on Broadway and beyond," Taymor said in a statement. The lawsuit was technically settled for an undisclosed amount last August, but according to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, the parties »
- Brent Lang
Mary-Louise Parker is set to star in the world premiere of The Snow Geese, a new Broadway play from writer Sharr White.
Set in the time of World War I, The Snow Geese follows a widow and her two sons, who set off on their annual hunting trip only to realize that their pre-war life is over, as their days are now clouded with harsh realities of battle and debt.
Premiering for a limited 11-week engagement, The Snow Geese is directed by Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan, who previously directed the Tony Award-nominated Parker in Proof. Previews begin Oct. 1, and the »
- Samantha Highfill
After more than a year of legal bickering (and some very amusing e-mails from Bono), Julie Taymor has reached an agreement with the producers who forced her out of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, though a New York Times source said Taymor stands to make "millions" if Spider-Man turns out to be "lucrative." (That is less of a pipe dream than it was in 2011.) Anyway, time to say good-bye to Sad Julie Taymor. She is Happy Gonna-Be-Richer Julie Taymor now! »
- Amanda Dobbins
A little over two years after Julie Taymor was fired from her job as director of the blockbuster Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, she has finally settled her suit with the show's producers. Taymor and 8 Legged Productions have not released the terms of the settlement that resolved her claims against the company, but a statement released Wednesday indicated that the two sides finally had an agreement in place after several false alarms. Taymor was fired as director due to artistic differences in March 2011 after blistering reviews from the first group of critics to weigh in
- Jordan Zakarin
The very long, very involved legal battle between Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark creative teams past and present finally has been resolved: Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and 8 Legged Productions LLC have settled all their pending claims against each other, they announced today.
“We’re happy to put all this behind us,” 8 Legged’s Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris said in a statement. “We are now looking forward to spreading Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark in new and exciting ways around the world.”
According to the statement, “The parties’ settlement agreement resolves Ms. Taymor’s claims against 8 Legged in connection with »
- Adam Carlson
It was in mid-2011 when we first announced that a Sam Cooke biopic was in the works. At the time, a script had already been written (by the screenwriters who penned Julie Taymor's Across The Universe, and The Commitments - Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais), which was an adaptation of Peter Guralnick's 2005 bio, Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. The news came 4 years after author Guralnick produced the award-winning documentary Sam Cooke: Legend, said to be "the only authorized documentary on Cooke." The film was to cover Cooke's entire life (born in 1931, died in 1964), and, apparently, all rights (music and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Gawker "Magneto to Marry Professor X" the headline is actually true! Sir Ian McKellen is the best.
Playbill I bet you thought you were done hearing about "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark"'s production trouble. Ha! The trial which pits director Julie Taymor against the producers starts this May.
i09 on why condensing those sprawling Game of Thrones books is a very good move for HBO. The show won't be running forever.
Awards Daily breathless online reactions to an August: Osage County screening.
My New Plaid Pants on Xavier Dolan and »
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – Contrary to what James Cameron may have you believe, a 3D movie theater is not the best venue to showcase the super-human physical feats of Cirque du Soleil. In fact, it’s a pretty awful substitute for the visceral thrill of a live performance. The audience experiences it like an English-speaking agnostic attending a Latin mass—there’s plenty of loud pageantry on display, but none of it makes any sense.
That’s because Andrew Adamson’s big-screen novelty, “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” is a tonally disjointed highlight reel that stitches together a greatest hits catalogue of Cirque acts while presenting them with zero context. Attempting to describe any given moment of this picture would be as hopeless an effort as Matt Lauer’s bewildered commentary during Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony at last year’s Olympics. I could tell you that a hobo clown is lit on »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Julie Taymor's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark was supposed to be an epic -- the most expensive Broadway musical ever with audacious stunts and music from U2's Bono and The Edge. The production now continues without her involvement, but the lawsuit survives and has become a thing to behold in its own right. Taymor alleges that her contributions continue to be used in the musical and that she deserves compensation for this. The lawsuit was "settled" in August, but the parties had trouble reaching a final agreement. Then Taymor's attorney told the judge everyone was "within days" of a final
- Eriq Gardner
From Hamlet to Skyfall, The Hour to Cloud Atlas, Ben Whishaw's success and versatility are in no doubt. Yet, as he takes on a new role in Peter and Alice opposite his heroine, Judi Dench, he reveals that he is still unsure of himself
Ben Whishaw has just walked into the Jerwood Space – where he has been rehearsing. Slight and boyish, he is wearing a shirt and T-shirt in jostling colours – plum reds and pinks – as if he has grabbed the first clothes he could find. He certainly does not look as if he has spent hours communing with his mirror. Like Hamlet – the part in which, at 23, he made his name in Trevor Nunn's production – there is distraction in his aspect. When he talks, he has a way of tugging at his hair – as if trying to pull it out. There is a sweetness in him too – evident straight away. »
- Kate Kellaway
Chicago – Audiences cry for many reasons other than sadness. They cry tears of joy, of amusement, of recognition…and of awe. When an artist manages to pull off a groundbreaking technical achievement never before brought to the big screen (or the stage, for that matter), it can elicit a response of overwhelming astonishment. Of course, in the age of digital overkill, such reactions are as rare as original scripts.
Watching Cohen Media Group’s unmissable Blu-ray release of Raoul Walsh’s 1924 masterpiece, “The Thief of Bagdad,” was an experience akin to witnessing the Broadway production of Julie Taymor’s “The Lion King” (which I was lucky enough to catch on a high school trip). The ingenious props and fluid choreography that allowed towering animals to suddenly materialize onstage during the opening “Circle of Life” number caused me to bawl out of sheer exhilaration, and the final, incredible moments of Walsh »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Kristen Stewart’s new co-star Jim is a sexy British actor and musician — sound like someone else in her life? It’s time to decide who’s hotter: Jim or Rob? Read on to vote!
Kristen Stewart‘s set to co-star in the upcoming film The Big Shoe with British hottie Jim Sturgess, an actor who has quite a bit in common with her beau Robert Pattinson! They’re both sexy British actors who have gained critical acclaim for their work, they’re musicians, they’re tall, dark, and handsome! But, who’s hotter, HollywoodLifers?
Jim, 31, burst onto the Hollywood scene in Julie Taymor‘s 2007 musical Across the Universe, garnering critical acclaim for both his acting chops and his singing ability. He’s also been writing and performing his own music since her was 15. He’s written music for some of his films, »
- Billy Nilles
It has been one of the most prolific decades for the film musical since the 1960s – but only the global brands get their moment in the spotlight
Ever since Les Misérables commenced its ground assault on the Oscars last autumn, director Tom Hooper has taken every opportunity to flaunt extreme courage in the line of duty by Hugh Jackman and co, who sung their takes live. Mostly, the critics seem won over by the brinksmanship. Present in every larynx-crack, heaving gulp and passion-flushed cheek, Hooper's authenticity fetishism – peering longingly in the direction of Les Mis's stage origins – is also a reminder of how chummy film and musical theatre have become in the last few years.
It has been one of the most prolific decades for the film musical since the golden-age studio extravaganzas fizzled out in the 1960s. But strictly on limited terms. Only the biggest, global, Broadway-and-beyond brands get »
- Phil Hoad
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