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Harry Potter alumni shortlisted for respective theatrical roles in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Mojo
Radcliffe is nominated in the best actor category of the 14th WhatsOnStage awards for his performance as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan.
He is up against Ben Whishaw for Mojo and Peter and Alice, James McAvoy for Macbeth, Lenny Henry for Fences and Rory Kinnear for Iago in the National Theatre's production of Othello. Kinnear also appears in the best new play category for his writing debut, The Herd.
Grint, making his stage debut as the endearingly dim Sweets in Mojo, is nominated in the London newcomer of the year. The category also includes actors Jack Huston (Strangers on a Train), Kyle Scatliffe (The Scottsboro Boys), Olivia Vinall »
- Mark Brown
Exclusive: Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul (Nlp) is launching new venture Goldfinch Pictures Ltd, dedicated to supporting British films.
Goldfinch Pictures Ltd is setting up an Eis company that aims to raise $6.5m (£4m) from investors.
Goldfinch Pictures has been set up by Kirsty Bell, a film specialist and partner at Nyman Libson Paul. She will be managing director of the operation, which will support eight separate films over three years, all of which will be closely scrutinised and vetted by the expert panel, and have the appropriate approval from the Inland Revenue.
At the same time as launching Goldfinch Pictures, Nyman Libson Paul is putting together a number of smaller Seis operations aimed at particular sectors to include animation, ballet, Shakespeare »
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Emma Thompson stars in the new (and very favorably reviewed) Saving Mr. Banks, in which she plays Mary Poppins‘ protective author P.L. Travers. And thank God, because she nails the damn role. In fact, Thompson is so consistent onscreen and such a legend of cinema that it’s hard to believe we’ve only been watching her for 25 years. Hell, unless you saw Henry V, you were almost certainly introduced to her in the ’90s. For a legend, she’s moved quickly.
And today, I suggest another layer to her legacy: Gay Icon. Here are five reasons the marvelous double Oscar-winner should be sanctified in the name of gay adoration.
1. Every gay man has a favorite Emma Thompson role.
- Louis Virtel
Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
- Movie Geeks
Whether he is gaining publicity for the right or wrong reasons, Jude Law is ever-present. The actor's private life has sometimes overshadowed his achievements, yet he is still going strong both on screen and stage.
With his new film Dom Hemingway, in which he plays a destructive safecracker, hitting cinemas next week, we round up ten facts about Mr. Law.
1. Jude Law was born on December 29, 1972 to teachers Margaret Anne and Peter Robert in Lewisham, South London. His older sister, Natasha, is a renowned painter and graphic designer. Their parents now run a theatre company in France.
2. The actor's name derives from Beatles song 'Hey Jude' and Thomas Hardy's Jude The Obscure. He also has a tattoo on his arm of lyrics from the Fab Four's 'Sexy Sadie': "You came along to turn on everyone Sexy Sadie", which is purportedly meant to link to ex-wife Sadie Frost.
3. Law started »
When talking to Telegraph UK, Taylor spoke about his approach to following up Kenneth Branagh. He states with a laugh that when conceiving the project he initially felt "fear and self-loathing,” but added that “The scariest part was talking to these actors who are so good at what they do, knowing they’d done these characters with, you know, him(Branagh). Ever since Henry V he’s been a hero and he’s an actor so he speaks their language more than I ever will.” When the topic turned on location shooting, Taylor brought up the difficulty of shooting in London, namely St Paul’s Cathedral and Greenwich’s Royal Naval College. “They’re very sensitive about St Paul’s. You can’t destroy it because it survived the Blitz so they really don’t want superheroes to smash it. So we had to »
It follows "Richard II" and "Henry IV (Parts One and Two)," but these new film versions of the Bard of Avon's historical dramas about English monarchs weren't shot in order. Right after "Richard II" ended, "Henry V" swung into production.
Hiddleston's first day on location was also a doozy.
To set the scene, it's 1415, and Henry V is on a quest to conquer France, to which he believes he has an ancestral claim. He and his army laid siege to the walled French town of Harfleur in mid-August, and now it's late September, and Henry has had about enough. »
Hiddleston has been absolutely phenomenal as Henry V in PBS Great Performances - The Hollow Crown. The filmed series is a remarkable adaptation of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays; Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V.
While he may be formidable as the villain Loki in the Thor movies, nothing compares to his regal portrayal as King Henry who rallies the troops with the famous speech, “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”
From Marvel Studios comes the highly anticipated Thor: The Dark World, continuing the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that pre-dates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers, »
- Michelle McCue
Written by Scott Frank
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
No one probably expected Kenneth Branagh’s follow-up to Henry V to be a black and white neo-noir dark romance with gut-wrenching psychological thrills. Dead Again is equal parts suspense and supernatural puzzles, but also a very strange send-up to classic Hollywood and Hitchcock.
Alternating between Los Angeles in 1949 and the city in present day, Mike Church (Branagh), a former cop working as a private investigator is asked to investigate the identity of a mute amnesiac, who he names Grace (Emma Thompson). She’s suffering from terrible nightmares about the brutal murder of pianist Margaret Strauss (also played by Thompson) at the hands of her composer husband Roman (also Branagh) in the late 1940s. As Mike and Grace search for her true identity, they come to believe, with the help of a shifty hypnotist (Derek Jacobi) and former psychiatrist »
Tonight (Friday, Sept. 17), on PBS' "Great Performances" (check local listings), "The Hollow Crown" series of royal dramas by William Shakespeare continues with "Henry IV, Part 1," starring Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias") in the title role of the British monarch; Tom Hiddleston playing his wayward son, Prince Hal; and "Downton Abbey" star Michelle Dockery as Lady Percy.
In real life, it won't be long before Hiddleston takes up the Bard live once again.
On Dec,. 6, the British actor returns to his favorite playwright as he assumes the title role of the war-themed Shakespeare tragedy "Coriolanus" at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End. The production will be filmed and broadcast as part of National Theatre Live on Jan. 30, 2014.
Although Hiddleston has had big-screen success in the U.S. playing the villain Loki in director Kenneth Branagh's ("Much Ado About Nothing," "Hamlet," "Henry V") 2011 film version of the "Thor" comic book -- »
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 26 Sep 2013 - 07:09
The year 1991 is the focus for our latest underappreciated films list, which includes dramas, thrillers, and a smattering of horror...
Ah, 1991. The year Robert Patrick ran after cars in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Kevin Costner grew a spectacular mullet for Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. But outside the top ten blockbuster list, there lies an entire world of other, less celebrated films to discover.
Some of the movies on this list have been included because they were overlooked in theatres, while others have been added because they were unfairly dismissed by critics. One or two others were modest successes, but (whisper it) we decided to include them anyway because we really, really like them.
So here, for your delectation, is our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1991.
Laurence Olivier was the greatest British actor of his time, primus inter pares of the trio who dominated our theatre from the early 1930s to the 1980s. His superiority to his chief rivals, Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, resides in the role he played in the creation of the National Theatre and in the way he came to embody for the public at large a sense of national greatness. His most magnificent and emblematic performances were as Henry V and as Archie Rice in John Osborne's The Entertainer. The former was the warrior king in the patriotic second world war movie that captured the Churchillian spirit of Britain at her finest hour. The latter was the second-rate music hall comedian, full of imperial bluster and bad faith, who symbolised in the aftermath of the Suez debacle a nation that had, »
- Philip French
Beginning tonight, you can see Tom Hiddleston tackling Shakespearean sonnets in PBS' four-part miniseries The Hollow Crown, which assembles Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V into a single chronological narrative. But if you're a member of The Television Critics Association, you were gifted with an impromptu live performance at this summer's Press Tour when the actor continuously -- and miraculously -- recited sonnets off the top of his head to illustrate his points.
It was glorious.
Following his triumphant TCA debut, I caught up with Hiddleston where he elaborated on his Hollow Crown experience, revealed the underlying professional edict that guides all his acting choices and continued to quote Shakespeare, much to my elation.
ETonline: While you were on stage, I was struck by the passion with which you speak about this project. Would you struggle to promote a project you couldn't speak about that passionately?
Tom Hiddleston: Yes. I »
Enthusiasts of the Bard, take note. "The Hollow Crown," the Sam Mendes-produced BBC series of four Shakespeare adaptations, "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1" and "Part 2," and "Henry V," begins its stateside airings tonight (September 20) on PBS. Critics have good things to say about the ambitious endeavor, which features a star-studded cast including Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons and Ben Whishaw. The A.V. Club is the most praise-worthy, writing that "Shakespeare has never been brought to television so well," while the La Times claims "the performances are so wonderful it feels wrong to single any out." "The Hollow Crown," clocking in at a sprawling 505 minutes, hit iTunes, VOD and DVD on August 27, via Focus World. Los Angeles Times:It's too much to say that this is what television was made for — since it was also made for professional wrestling and situation comedies — but it is part of its original promise and compact, »
- Beth Hanna
Airing on PBS’ Great Performances, The Hollow Crown is a lavish series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V – which tell the rise and fall of three kings and how their destiny shaped English history. Filmed on location in England between summer 2011 and spring 2012, Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston are supported by a phenomenal cast including Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey in Richard II, Simon Russell Beale, Michelle Dockery, Julie Walters and Maxine Peake in Henry IV and John Hurt, Anton Lesser and Paterson Joseph in Henry V. Collider recently had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Hiddleston to chat about all things Shakespeare, and I was immediately struck by how passionate the actor is on the subject and impressed by how he can recall speeches, seemingly at will. During the interview, »
- Christina Radish
Tom Hiddleston, who stars as King Henry V in PBS' "The Hollow Crown," makes some very good points about William Shakespeare that just might make his works seem more approachable to modern TV viewers and moviegoers.
Hiddleston is a great fan of both reading and performing Shakespeare, and tells the New York Daily News he is always elated when modern writers find a way to present a Shakespearean approach in a different package. Such as the role of "Loki" Hiddleston will reprise in Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," in theaters Nov. 8.
"There's nothing about human nature Shakespeare doesn't understand," Hiddleston,says. "So a character like Loki, who I greatly enjoy playing, is in many ways a very Shakespearian villain."
Chicago – This time of year is so rich with Blu-ray and DVD releases of last year’s television seasons that we thought we’d break out the latest ones into their own special edition of What to Watch. Stay tuned for a movie-specific one later in the week that includes “World War Z,” “The East,” “All is Bright,” and more, but this is just for you TV junkies. Pick your faves from the recently-released seasons of television on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming platforms. Most of these are new to Blu-ray and DVD today, September 17, 2013. If I had to rank them in order of preference, here’s how it would go…
Bates Motel: Season One
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“Bates Motel: Season One”
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One of the most well-respected actresses working today is Dame Judi Dench. A career spanning over 50 years has seen her work in both film and television, appearing in A Room With A View, Shakespeare in Love, and The Shipping News, as well as numerous Shakespeare adaptations, including Hamlet and Henry V, and memorably playing James Bond’s superior M in films such as Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Her involvement in a film automatically elevates a project, and her newest feature has been no different. Working with High Fidelity and The Queen director Stephen Frears, Dench stars in the film alongside Steve Coogan, who also co-wrote the screeplay with Jeff Pope. The first clip from the film, which will be screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
That’s right people, you read the headline correctly, the genius and poetic beauty of Shakespeare and his iambic pentameter has found its way into a galaxy far, far away, and not a single Jawa or droid has been overlooked, resulting in this fabulous, albeit awfully familiar, book.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is the latest mash-up offering from the independent publishing company aptly named Quirk Books, and is the creation of mega Star Wars and Shakespeare fan, Ian Doescher. Quirk is a company that has been around for some time, and if you are like me, part pop culture fanboy, part literary book-worm, then there is no doubt that you have come across a book or two from Quirk. If you have never heard of Quirk Books then shame on you, because if you love anything to do with sci-fi, zombies, steam-punk or any other fanboy troupes, »
- Joe McFarlane
I asked this question before, over two years ago, and I thought once more unto the breach (to quote Shakespeare's Henry V), and ask it again, to see what kind of responses we get from our readers this time around.So let’s say you’re a filmmaker who has gotten the funding to make a film, along with final cut and total control, except you have to remake a previous film - what film would you remake? I’ve asked that question myself, to friends and now to you readers out there.There are so many films I could name, but I assume, like me, you would want to try your hand at redoing some guilty pleasure that just missed the mark. Not a great film by any means, but one with a great premise that »
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