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Shakespeare has done quite a bit of work. You may have noticed this yourself. But one of his lesser known plays, Cymbeline, does not always get the credit it deserves. Luckily we have the likes of Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke, in a contemporary set film which keeps the bard’s excellent dialogue. Transposing the story of a British king to drug gangs in America, Michael Almereyda once again tackles Shakespeare with Hawke, after their successful 2000 adaptation of Hamlet. Cymbeline also looks to harken back to William Shakespeare’S Romeo + Juliet with the casting choices of John Leguizamo and Vondie Curtis-Hall.
The trailer, with a rip-roaring rock tune to back it up, certainly makes Shakespeare cool again, and the cast all do well at delivering their old timey speech. I’m always up for any adaptation of Shakespeare, so fingers crossed this will bring this play up to the level »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Cymbeline" crime drama, starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin and Penn Badgley. Check it out below. Plot: Based on William Shakespeare's timeless play, "Cymbeline" unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. The new movie is directed by Michael Almereyda. It has yet to get a release date, but is expected to get a Spring 2015 release. Trailer: »
Venice – One of William Shakespeare’s late problem plays, Cymbeline requires a director to juggle multiple tones, blending comedy with swooning romance, vicious court treachery and an improbably happy ending in which the bad guys either turn noble or get conveniently dispatched. Michael Almereyda tackles that tricky challenge by treating the work as a suspenseful action drama, laughs be damned, enlisting an impressive name cast to help make his case. But primarily, what this moody contemporary update does is expose the play as a second-rate Romeo and Juliet that just wasn’t made for these times. Picked up by Lionsgate’s
- David Rooney
Just days before its debut at the Venice International Film Festival, the first trailer and clip has been released from Cymbeline, a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name.
Ethan Hawke leads an all-star cast including Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson in this story set against the backdrop of a deadly battle between crooked cops and and a drug-dealing biker gang. Take a look at the first footage, then read on for more details from Lionsgate's official press release.
Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Hamlet writer/director Michael Almereyda's modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by the film's producers, Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions. The film, starring Academy Award nominees Ethan Hawke (Boyhood »
Michael Almereyda is the latest to tweak William Shakespeare’s work to suit his purposes. Almereyda’s Cymbeline sees him teaming one more with Ethan Hawke, who starred in the director’s Hamlet in 2000. Cymbeline envisions the original text as “an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled America.” Ed […]
- Russ Fischer
"Revenged? How should I be revenged?" Director Michael Almereyda and actor Ethan Hawke have already tackled Shakespeare before with a contemporary adaptation of Hamlet, and this time they're reteaming for more in Cymbeline. Presented with the same style and grit as the FX series "Sons of Anarchy, the story follows a battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America. If you liked Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, then this is right up your alley. Plus the cast has Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson and even John Leguizamo. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Michael Almereyda's Cymbeline from Lionsgate Unlocked: Cymbeline is directed by Michael Almereyda (Hamlet), based on William Shakespeare's original text. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, The Purge) stars in the film which unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. »
- Ethan Anderton
We have a new Cymbeline trailer for you tonight, and as we’ve mentioned, if you’re a fan of Sons of Anarchy which is heavily influenced by William Shakespeare's "Hamlet", then you’re likely to enjoy this badass movie. This time, it’s Michael Almereyda’s unique Shakespeare adaptation that’s full of crime, corruption, and no doubt a lot of bad people. Cymbeline looks to reinvents one of Shakespeare’s »
- Graham McMorrow
Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the modern-day movie adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline,” ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
“Cymbeline” is produced by Anthony Katagas for Keep Your Head Productions and Michael Benaroya, who is fully financing the film through his Benaroya Pictures. Ben Sachs of Benaroya executive produced along with Grindstone’s Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb.
“Cymbeline” centers on a battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America. Shakespeare’s play centered on the daughter of the British king Cymbeline, who discovers she has secretly married a »
- Dave McNary
Michael Almereyda's modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline has landed a North American home with Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment in advance of the movie's Sept. 3 world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson, the up-and-coming actress who nabbed the lead in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey. Cymbeline will be distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, which is planning a limited theatrical release timed to a major digital push. Hawke will be a busy man at Venice, where Good Kill is
- Pamela McClintock
Rome – Venice topper Alberto Barbera has unveiled a promising lineup of fresh fare from around the world set to unspool at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with a rigorous focus on quality, discovery and diversity, likely to reveal some under-the-radar awards-season contenders and also bolster the Lido’s status as a global launching pad for prime auteur pics.
The robust U.S. contingent, largely from the indies, comprises new works from David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Joe Dante, James Franco, Barry Levinson, Michael Almereyda, and Ami Canaan Mann.
As is customary at Venice, new works from name global auteurs, including Fatih Akin, Xavier Beauvois, Abel Ferrara, Andrei Konchalovsky, Shinya Tsukamoto, Amos Gitai, and Moshen Makhmalbaf, will play alongside pics by lesser-known helmers.
At a packed presser at Rome’s Hotel St.Regis Venice topper Alberto Barbera noted that “our job is more complex, more painful, because »
- Nick Vivarelli
"Fifty Shades of Grey" lead Dakota Johnson is attached to star in the film adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid's "Forever, Interrupted: A Novel." The drama centers on a young woman who is struggling to accept the sudden death of her new husband, while striking up an unexpected friendship with his mother. Amy Baer will produce through her company Gidden Media, while Johnson will also executive produce alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe, and John Middleton and Roy Lee. "Taylor’s book is exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest," Bae said in a press release. "Great romantic-drama is so hard to execute, and Taylor nailed it. And Dakota will be exquisite as Elsie, who has to deal with the sudden loss of a great love. She is a deeply thoughtful, sensitive and smart woman and actress.” Added Kahane, “We’re thrilled that Dakota has come on board as a partner in the film, »
- Dave Lewis
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