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Dench Joins Cumberbatch In "Richard III"

21 August 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Judi Dench is set to play Cecily, Duchess of York opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The BBC's upcoming TV adaptation of Shakespeare's "Richard III".

The telemovie will be part of the second series of "The Hollow Crown," following on from 2012's successful four telemovie adaptations of Shakespeare's historical plays. That series, starring the likes of Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw, adapted "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1," "Henry IV Part 2" and "Henry V".

"The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses" will adapt the other famed historical tetralogy of Shakespeare - the three parts of "Henry VI" and "Richard III". One difference this time out is that the telemovies will be trilogy with "Henry VI" being shrunk from a three-part play into a two-part telemovie.

Tom Sturridge ("On the Road," "The Boat That Rocked") has been cast as Henry VI in both parts of that production. »

- Garth Franklin

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X Factor gets the Game of Thrones treatment for new promo | Media Monkey

1 August 2014 1:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The X Factor has taken battles of the bands to the next level with its latest promotional video based on HBO and Sky Atlantic series Game of Thrones. The Sun reports that the £1m commercial, the most expensive in the series history, used CGI technology and hundreds of extras to give the ITV talent show a Westeros feel. Judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez Versini (takes longer for Monkey to type following her wedding, but its great for the word count), Mel B and Louis Walsh are seen leading armies into battle in a bid to take the X Factor throne. Rallying her troops, Mel B is heard to roar: Things are about to get loud! Sort of puts you in mind of the battle speech from Henry V, doesnt it?

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- Monkey

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Films paid for almost entirely by a wealthy(ish) benefactor

31 July 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Without the help of some brave investors, or the pockets of their makers, the following films would never have existed...

It's now a fairly common mantra that you'd be a fool to put up all of your own personal money into a feature film. By all means invest, but share the risk, or throw a few quid at Kickstarter.

Paying for the bulk of the negative/hard drive yourself, and leaving your own assets exposed? Utter lunacy.

Not that anyone told this lot...

The Passion Of The Christ Paid for by: Mel Gibson

For some time, Mel Gibson had, alongside his acting roles, been heavily invested in his production company, Icon. As such, he had two significant ways to earn money, and he needed both of them when it came to making The Passion Of The Christ.

This is the kind of film that studios run a mile from. All »

- ryanlambie

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' writers talk Caesar, 'Jurassic World,' ...and Shakespeare

11 July 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Before 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, married screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s last screenplay credit was 1997′s The Relic. What a difference a few years make. Today, Rise sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, with a screenplay that Jaffa and Silver co-penned with Mark Bomback. But Dawn is just the tip of the iceberg. Jaffa and Silver are currently hard at work on Avatar 2 alongside director James Cameron. The writers also worked on next year’s dino-reboot Jurassic World. And they’re credited as screenwriters on Ron Howard’s upcoming Heart of the Sea. »

- Darren Franich

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George R.R. Martin: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview

13 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has lived since 1979. The Cinema had been showing the first three seasons of HBO's megahit series Game of Thrones, which is based on Martin's still-in-the-works saga A Song of Ice and Fire. After viewing the ninth episode, "Baelor," in which the story's apparent hero, Ned Stark, is unexpectedly beheaded, with the screen falling to black, Martin sits quietly for several moments, »

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'Macbeth': Theater Review

5 June 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – Kenneth Branagh first made his mark as a screen director with his pared-down yet robust 1989 version of Henry V. His film output since then has ranged with varying success from personal projects like Peter's Friends through further Shakespeare adaptations to giant popcorn odysseys like Thor. This sensational environmental stage production of Macbeth, which Branagh stars in and co-directed with Rob Ashford, is in many ways a logical culmination of that eclectic experience -- a medieval, mystical blockbuster that combines superlative, fuss-free classical theater acting with muscular storytelling, visceral physicality and propulsive rollercoaster pacing. Oh,

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- David Rooney

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Sophie Okonedo Set to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Hollow Crown’: Report

30 May 2014 2:31 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Sophie Okonedo, who was Oscar nommed for “Hotel Rwanda,” is set to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the next series of “The Hollow Crown,” the BBC’s Shakespeare adaptations, according to a report Friday.

The actress will play Queen Margaret, the wife of Henry VI. Cumberbatch is the evil Richard, who kills Henry VI, and becomes Richard III, Baz Bamigboye reported in the Daily Mail.

Okonedo is appearing with Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway until June 15.

The upcoming “The Hollow Crown” series is formed of three films that are drawn from Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and “Richard III.” The Henry VI plays will form two films.

The films will shoot from late September into early 2015. Dominic Cooke will direct all three pics. They are being produced by Neal Street Prods., which is headed by Sam Mendes, former BBC drama topper Pippa Harris, and Caro Newling. »

- Leo Barraclough

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The Marvel Movie Model: Auteurs Need Not Apply

24 May 2014 3:09 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on the Marvel Movie Model….

Edgar Wright quitting Ant-Man over ‘creative differences’ might be the most predictable cinematic event of 2014.  A lot of people saw this coming, and frankly it’s a bit disappointing.  But let’s be real honest here: Marvel doesn’t want auteurs or unique voices helming their films. They’re not looking for great, passionate directors who will fight to see their particular vision brought to life.   They’re looking for line towing, rank and file directors who play by the rules and fall into line with a single snap of the fingers.  Marvel established a principle behind their creative teams that almost falls into the strategies of sabermetrics highlighted in the movie Moneyball: if you can’t afford (or want to pay) big name talent, you go look for those players that can get on base.

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- Anghus Houvouras

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Movie Poster of the Week: Orson Welles’ “Othello” and Shakespeare on Film

25 April 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Us 2014 re-release poster for Othello (Orson Welles, Morocco/Italy, 1952) designed by Dark Star, Paris.

Orson Welles' glorious, noirish, idiosyncratic, benighted Othello opens in New York and Chicago today in a new restoration. And Wednesday, not coincidentally, saw the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. Shakespeare has been adapted for film since the silent dawn of cinema, so it seems only right and fitting that I should mark this occasion with the best posters for Shakespeare on film through the ages, presented here in chronological order. 

Above: German poster for Hamlet (Svend Gade & Heinz Schall, Germany, 1921).

Above: Us one sheet for The Taming of the Shrew (Sam Taylor, USA, 1929).

Above: Us lobby card for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Dieterle & Max Reinhardt, USA, 1935).

Above: 1956 Polish poster for Henry V (Laurence Olivier, UK, 1944) by Jozef Mroszczak.

 Above: Australian poster for Henry V (Laurence Olivier, UK, 1944).

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- Adrian Curry

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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles

23 April 2014 5:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves.  So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones »

- Louis Virtel

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Olivier Awards: 'Chimerica,' 'Book of Mormon' Among Winners

13 April 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London – Jude Law, Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston and Hayley Atwell were among the famous faces who missed out on adding to their trophy cabinets at this year’s Olivier Awards, held on Sunday night at the UK capital’s Royal Opera House to an audience of stars from stage and screen. Law and Hiddleston were competing for awards in the best actor category for their performances in Henry V and Coriolanus, respectively. But they lost on the night to Rory Kinnear for his portrayal of Iago in Othello. Meanwhile Dench was nominated for best actress for Peter and Alice alongside Atwell (The

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- Alex Ritman, The Associated Press

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Benedict Cumberbatch To Tread The Boards As ‘Hamlet’

27 March 2014 5:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is to star as Shakespeare’s Hamlet in August 2015.

The Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness  star will play the procrastinating Danish Prince in a twelve week run at the Barbican Theatre, London.

Cumberbatch is no stranger to weighty theatrical roles. He made his West End début in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in 2005 and he starred, perhaps most memorably, in Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein for the National Theatre, where he alternated the role of creator and creature each night with Johnny Lee Miller.

It’s good to see so many British film and TV actors making the jump to theatre. Jude Law’s recent Henry V was an all round success, and while David Tennant has been treading the boards for years, his recent leading Shakespearean roles for the RSC’s Hamlet and Richard II were hugely popular.

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Benedict Cumberbatch To Play ‘Hamlet’ In London Stage Return

26 March 2014 3:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Benedict Cumberbatch will go from playing a high-functioning sociopath to a troubled Danish prince next summer in a West End production of Hamlet. The Sherlock star will play the eponymous Shakespeare character in a stage run at the Barbican Theatre for 12 weeks beginning in August 2015. The casting had been rumored previously, but was confirmed today by the Barbican as it announced its lineup for the 2014-2015 season. Tony Award winner Sonia Friedman is producing. Her long list of credits includes The Book Of Mormon and last year’s Tom Hanks-starrer Lucky Guy on Broadway, and this year’s Olivier-nominated Chimerica. That play’s Lyndsey Turner, who is one of three women up for the Best Director Olivier in a strong year for female theater helmers, will direct the new take on Hamlet. Cumberbatch was last on stage in London in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein which was »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Jude Law Makes Funny Faces With Jimmy Fallon (Video)

25 March 2014 9:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Having recently appeared on the West End stage in Henry V and currently starring as a drunken safecracker in Dom Hemingway, Jude Law undertook one of his most challenges roles to date on Tuesday night -- making silly faces with Jimmy Fallon. The British actor took part in "Funny Face-Off" with The Tonight Show host, as kids contorted into ridiculous expressions in video clips, and Jude and Jimmy recreated their funny faces live. Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger Recalls His Iconic Movie Lines With Jimmy Fallon As Sylvia sucked her face in to look like a fish, and little Lauren Henderson twisted into what looked

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Mike Bassett sequel in the works

17 March 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: A sequel to Mike Bassett England Manager, the 2001 cult comedy, is planned to shoot later this year.

As teams prepare to head to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup, England’s most notorious football manager is heading back to the big screen.

A sequel to cult comedy Mike Bassett England Manager will see the return of star Ricky Tomlinson back as the foul-mouthed Bassett. Director-producer Steve Barron will return for the sequel, titled Mike Bassett: Interim Manager, and is planned to shoot later this year.

This time, Bassett is brought in to the England camp as number two to the tactically brilliant German coach, Jorgen Mannstein, who has the England team playing like a dream. But not for long.

“Bassett was the last England manager to take the national team to Brazil. We reached the semi’s then, who knows what we could achieve this time?,” said Barron of Bassett’s return.

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- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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The Olivier Awards 2014 Nominations Announced

10 March 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The nominations for The Olivier Awards 2014 were announced today (Monday 10th March) by Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman and there is a great variety of talent being recognised this year for their work in theatre.

New musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along lead the nominations for a single production, each receiving seven. Once, The Book Of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys each receive six. The shortlist for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – the only Olivier Award voted for by the public – includes firm favourites Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Matilda The Musical and Wicked.

There are also some great film and TV actors included in the nominations this year, with nods for Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Judi Dench.The star-studded Olivier Awards 2014 ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13th April.

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U.K.'s Olivier Awards: Jude Law, Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston Among Nominees

10 March 2014 4:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London – Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Judi Dench and Hayley Atwell are among the high-profile nominees vying for an Olivier Award this year. In the best actor and best actress categories, Law and Dench received nominations for their performances in Henry V and Peter and Alice, respectively. At the British equivalent of the Tony Awards, Law competes with Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus), Henry Goodman (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui) and Rory Kinnear (Othello) for best actor. Anna Chancellor (Private Lives), Lesley Manville (Ghosts), Atwell (The Pride) and Dench have a tilt at best actress. Photos: Oscars: Behind-the-Scenes Photos From

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Critical Mass: Can Greece lightning strike twice in '300: Rise of an Empire'?

7 March 2014 7:55 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.

Butler’s King Leonidas is dead, but Athens’ general Themistokles (Strike Back’s Sullivan Stapleton) rallies the fractured Greeks at sea against the invading Persian armada, led by Artemisia, a »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Jude Law Set For Susan Cooper

6 March 2014 12:25 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With Jason Statham already aboard, it would appear that Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy are going very British in their casting choices for spy caper Susan Cooper. Jude Law is the latest actor to sign on.Plot details are being largely kept secret for the film, which seems fitting given that it details the adventures of McCarthy’s unlikely spy. The film will find the actress reuniting with her Bridesmaids and The Heat director for a new comedy outing. What will Statham or Law be up to? That’s anyone’s guess, and without a solid plotline it’s hard to even speculate. Still, we’ll try anyway… Could Statham be spoofing his usual tough guy hero image as the villain? Will Law be a goody two shoes, or will he instead be a charming bad guy? We’ll find out soon enough.Last seen as the louche Dom Hemingway »

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The week ahead in arts

11 February 2014 4:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Eno gets itself a new production of Verdi's tragedy, while Richard Hamilton takes over the Tate Modern and Jude Law puts his Henry V to bed

Opening this week

Rigoletto

Eno finally gets itself a new production of Verdi's tragedy, more than 30 years after the last. Christopher Alden's staging was first seen in Toronto two years ago; Graeme Jenkins conducts it here, with Quinn Kelsey and Anna Christie heading the cast. Coliseum, London (020 7845 9300), in rep from Thursday.

■ Protein: Border Tales

A witty, moving portrait of contemporary multicultural Britain, as seen through the choreographic lens of Luca Silvestrini. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich (01473 295230), Wednesday to Saturday, then touring.

Richard Hamilton

The painter, collagist and illustrator, not to mention founding father of pop art, who died in 2011, gets a major retrospective. Tate Modern (020-7887 8888), London SE1, from Thursday.

Last chance to see:

Henry V

Jude Law plays the king as robust »

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