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Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill heads to big screen as Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus

22 September 2012 4:08 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

An Adaptation of the classic Elizabethan tale Doctor Faustus, starring Doctor Who sidekick Arthur Darvill as Mephistopheles, is among a trio of theatre productions heading to the big screen.

Shakespeare's Globe in partnership with Arts Alliance Media have launched a Globe On Screen season by releasing the stage versions of All's Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Doctor Faustus to cinemas in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Originally staged at Shakespeare's Globe in 2011, the three productions will be shown in their entirety on screens in hundreds of local cinemas, including the Showcase in Coventry. A trailer for the upcoming season is included below.

All's Well That Ends Well kicks off the season on September 26 and is followed by Much Ado About Nothing on October 10 and Doctor Faustus from October 24.

With sumptuous costumes and acclaimed original music, All's Well That Ends Well is directed by John Dove »

- David Bentley

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This week's new films

21 September 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Killing Them Softly (18)

(Andrew Dominik, 2012, Us) Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini. 97 mins

With a cast like that, no prizes for guessing this is a gangster movie. But despite the well-trodden ground, it finds its own patch thanks to an up-to-date landscape of economic hardship and all-round criminal incompetence. Thus, Pitt's suave assassin breezes into town to clean up a mess, but only gets caught in a bigger one. It's tough, violent stuff, but with a certain sleazy finesse.

Savages (15)

(Oliver Stone, 2012, Us) Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively. 130 mins

Stone gives up the politics and returns to crime, with a violent thriller involving two pot-growing California dudes and their run-in with a Mexican drug cartel.

Hysteria (15)

(Tanya Wexler, 2011, UK/Fra/Ger/Lux) Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, 99 mins

The invention of the vibrator and the phenomenon of women's "hysteria" are viewed with jaunty decorum but some political savvy in this Victorian romcom. »

- Steve Rose

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Shakespeare's Globe to screen plays in cinemas worldwide

12 September 2012 7:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Viewers in Australia, New Zealand and the Us will soon be able to see 2011 productions, including All's Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare's Globe will become the latest theatre to screen its stage productions in cinemas worldwide.

Viewers in Australia, New Zealand and the Us will get the chance to see three productions from the Globe's 2011 season from 26 September, as part of a release that will also see the films screened in local cinemas around the UK.

Productions at the Globe have previously been filmed for DVD, but, after pairing with digital cinema provider Arts Alliance Media, the theatre hopes to release a selection of films annually, a year on from the staged run.

Artistic director Dominic Dromgoole said: "With the advent of new technology it is now possible to see and hear theatrical productions in the cinema with a wonderful sharpness and clarity. We are delighted that these productions will be finding new audiences, »

- Matt Trueman

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Theater Review: The Mini-Fest Destiny of Shakespeare in the Park’s As You Like It

22 June 2012 7:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

As You Like It is a crowd-pleaser by charter. (It's right there in the title.) And director Daniel Sullivan, after two summers of moodier outings in the Park (The Merchant of Venice, All's Well That Ends Well), has taken that brief very seriously indeed: There's nothing here but pleasure and pleasantry, making it a fine but minor dish on his long table of Delacorte delicacies. Working off a faintly cartoonish "Frontierland!" theme — rifles, slouch hats, and the sort of oily buckskins and asphyxiating corsetry that slow-cook actors right before your eyes — Sullivan has delivered a consistently winning, persistently inconsequential production of Shakespeare's wooliest cross-dressing comedy, to the amiable autopilot beat of Steve Martin's toothsome bluegrass tunes. (Martin, it turns out, is quite the gifted melodist when he's working with the right lyricist.)Ayli is, of course, a glorious piece of literature ("All the world's a stage ... ," "Your »

- Scott Brown

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Lindsay Lohan jokes about exhaustion incident on Twitter

16 June 2012 10:57 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Although the whole "Lindsay Lohan found unconscious!" thing turned out to be a lot of brouhaha about nothing -- the actress was actually just sleeping, and paramedics declared that she was just exhausted and dehydrated -- she's back on set filming her Lifetime movie, "Liz & Dick."

Lohan saw the absurdity in the whole situation, though, and addressed the incident on Twitter early Saturday morning (June 16): "Note to self.. After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion & 7 paramedics Might show up @ your door.... Hopefully theyre cute. Otherwise it would be a real let down," she jokes.

All's well that ends well -- Lohan confirms that she went back to set for another grueling night shoot.

The actress was reportedly found unconscious in her Marina del Rey, Calif. hotel room. Although initial reports had Lohan rushed to the hospital, »


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Joyce Redman obituary

13 May 2012 7:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Vivacious Irish actor best known for her role opposite Albert Finney in Tom Jones

The red-haired, vivacious and provocative Irish actor Joyce Redman, who has died aged 93, will for ever be remembered for her lubricious meal-time munching and swallowing opposite Albert Finney in Tony Richardson's 1963 film of Tom Jones. Eyes locked, lips smacked and jaws rotated as the two of them tucked into a succulent feast while eyeing up the afters. Sinking one's teeth into a role is one thing. This was quite another, and deliciously naughty, the mother of all modern mastication scenes.

Redman and Finney were renewing a friendship forged five years earlier when both appeared with Charles Laughton in Jane Arden's The Party at the New (now the Noël Coward) theatre. Redman was not blamed by the critic Kenneth Tynan for making nothing of her role as Laughton's wife. "Nothing," he said, "after all, will come of nothing. »

- Michael Coveney

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Terrell Owens on 'Dr. Phil': Confronted by the mothers of his chidren

9 May 2012 3:12 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Terrell Owens may not be playing football right now, but he's not shying away from the spotlight. On Wednesday Owens, who revealed that he was broke and "in hell" earlier this year, appeared on the "Dr. Phil" show. Also invited were the mothers of his children, three out of four of whom decided to participate.

Owens' baby-mamas weren't exactly singing his praises. On the episode he was called "evil," and accused of not keeping up child support payments, which he claims total $50,000 per month. He's currently fighting to get his child support payments reduced significantly.

They accused him of trying to exploit his son with public appearances, and failing to see his 7-year-old daughter (who he has only seen 12 times, according to her mother).

"I would love a relationship with my kids, but...with all the circumstances it's been difficult," Owens said. At the end of the show, he reunited »


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Don't Blame It On Harvey: Terrence Malick Gave 'Wettest County' Its Blessing To Use 'Lawless' Title

22 March 2012 3:50 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier today we revealed and essentially confirmed what was quietly in the cards for a few weeks now: John Hillcoat's Prohibition crime flick "The Wettest County" starring Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and many more is changing its name to "Lawless."

But wait, what about the upcoming Terrence Malick film of the same name? When we revealed the change this morning, there was an outcry from fans, many of them aiming their vitriol at Harvey Weinstein for not only "stealing" the title from Mr. Malick, but for watering down the title of Hillcoat's picture, which is often his wont.

Well, apparently you can't blame the Punisher for this decision. Acccording to the "Wettest County," now "Lawless" producers, who spoke to EW today, they always wanted to re-title their film (which is based on the 2008 historical novel "The Wettest County in the World"). The problem was Malick had the »

- Edward Davis

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Srk and Shirish call truce - News

31 January 2012 8:31 AM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, Jan 31: All's well that ends well. Shah Rukh Khan and Shirish Kunder called a truce Tuesday, a day after they were embroiled in a scuffle at a party. Shirish said their friendship has become stronger than ever now.

"Sajid Nadiadwala and Sajid Khan were the mediators and had arranged a meeting. Whatever issues we had, we kept before each other and the misunderstanding has been solved. Things are sorted out now and our friendship is renewed," Shirish told Ians, after the patch-up.

Shirish along with his wife Farah Khan, brother-in-law Sajid Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala had arranged the meeting at Shah Rukh's house Mannat.

"It. »

- Machan Kumar

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The Descendants gives War Horse a run for its money

31 January 2012 6:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The George Clooney film from Sideways director Alexander Payne enjoys a healthy box-office debut, while the new Sherlock Holmes looks set to overtake its predecessor

The winner

Whether you judge by the box-office form of Alexander Payne, or the performance of George Clooney as an awards contender, 20th Century Fox will be happy with the UK opening of The Descendants. Debuting with £1.8m from 403 screens, the comedy-drama delivered a site average of £4,461. That compares with Clooney's last big Oscars outing, Up in the Air, which started its run in mid-January 2010 with £1.3m from 325 locations, on its way to a total of £6.64m.

Payne's previous films have performed relatively modestly at the box office. His last one, Sideways, kicked off exactly seven years ago, on the last weekend of January 2005, achieving an opening of £350,000 from 72 screens, and a total of £3.86m. Despite benefiting from wider distribution, debuting on 220 screens, Payne's About Schmidt »

- Charles Gant

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