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Betsy von Furstenberg, Actress and Aristocrat, Dies at 83

30 April 2015 4:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Betsy von Furstenberg, an elegant star of Broadway during the 1950s who also made appearances in early television and on daytime soaps, died April 21 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Manhattan. She was 83.

The stylish actress played a series of debutantes and society girls onstage. She made a big impression playing Myra Hagerman in Edward Chodorov’s original comedy “Oh, Men! Oh, Women!” on Broadway in 1953. (Barbara Rush played the role in the 1957 feature adaptation). During the decade she enjoyed success on the Rialto in plays including “The Chalk Garden,” “Child of Fortune,” “Nature’s Way” and a revival of “Much Ado About Nothing,”

She made her screen debut in director Géza von Radványi’s 1950 Italian war drama “Women Without Names.” During the 1950s she appeared in a number of episodic anthology shows beginning with “Starlight Theatre” in 1951 and also including “Playhouse 90,” “Pulitzer Prize Theatre,” “Armstrong Circle Theatre” and “Kraft Theatre. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Podcast: 'Wonder Woman' Director Departs, 'Game of Thrones', New DVDs & More

14 April 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Every now and then it's rather difficult to figure out a headline for these episodes, especially when there isn't any one topic discussed for an extended period. I almost feel I should just set up a word randomizer rather than attempt to actually come up with something coherent. That said, on today's episode we talk a little about "Game of Thrones", a little about Michelle MacLaren departing the Wonder Woman directing gig, about new DVDs and Blu-rays, play some games, chat box office and all the standard shenanigans. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may »

- Brad Brevet

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Writer-Producer Rolin Jones Mixes Stage and TV in New Neighborhood

10 April 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A deal under the 20th Century Fox TV banner is oiling the wheels for a souped-up new theater company, in an unusual pact that could become a new model for producing live theatrical entertainment in a variety of venues.

Playwright and TV writer-producer Rolin Jones (“Weeds,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Boardwalk Empire”) inked a two-year pact in January with 20th TV to develop projects for network and cable under the shingle New Neighborhood.

But in a departure for Hollywood deals, Jones’ group will also create theater projects with a virtual company of artists from across the country, coming together in real life at various sites as projects demand. The troupe will co-produce with interested regional theaters, offering fresh product, talent, energy and some enhancement dollars.

“It’s all about storytelling,” says Jones, pictured above left with fellow New Neighborhood company member Jackson Gay. “We envision it a lot less like theater »

- Frank Rizzo

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Video of the Day: Watch a movie supercut of Hamlet’s To Be Or Not To Be speech

27 March 2015 5:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

William Shakespeare’s works have, over the years, been a rich source of cinematic adaptations, whether they’re direct works such as 1989’s Henry V, loose interpretations such as 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You, or somewhere in between, such as 2012’s Much Ado About Nothing.

One of the more popular of Shakespeare’s plays is Hamlet, which itself has seen numerous onscreen incarnations. Among the most recognisable soliloquies in the play is the “To Be Or Not To Be” speech, delivered by the titular character as he considers whether his life is worth living. Now, JoBlo has made a supercut of the numerous times the soliloquy has been delivered, putting together the whole speech by interspersing the numerous performers and contexts in which it has been said. The resulting video, which includes everyone from Charlie Chaplin to David Tennant, can be seen below, along with the monologue in its text form. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Martin Scorsese May Turn Kenneth Branagh's 'Macbeth' into a Film

24 March 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Director Kenneth Branagh has already brought several of William Shakespeare's classic plays, such as Hamlet, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, to the big screen. But now it looks like he's going to let a cinema master turn one of his own stage productions of another Shakespeare tragedy into a film instead. Branagh recently appeared on BBC Radio's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review (via The Playlist) and revealed that his stage production of Macbeth is being developed to become a feature film directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. It doesn't sound like it's a done deal yet, but there's definitely been talks. Read on! Branagh said, "Fingers are hovering above pieces of paper. Everybody wants to do it, it's just a question of schedules. I'm very very hopeful it's going to happen." Right now Scorsese is busy directing his long-gestating adaptation of Silence, so he's certainly got his hands full for now. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Kenneth Branagh interview: Cinderella, audiences, Statham

24 March 2015 7:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kenneth Branagh chats to us about directing Cinderella, Cate Blanchett, Patrick Doyle and his favourite Jason Statham film.

With an opening weekend that topped $70m in the Us, Kenneth Branagh may have the hit of his movie directing career on his hands with his live action Cinderella take. It's a strong film too, that finally makes it to the UK this week. And ahead of its release, he spared us some time for a natter about it...

I think I've worked out what you're up to. I've worked out your ruse. You do Thor, Cinderella and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Three different juggernauts, aimed at three different segments of the market, opening your work up to an audience that may otherwise not be familiar with it.

This is all about selling DVDs of Peter's Friends, isn't it?

[Laughs] That would be a lovely by-product.

Were you consciously looking for different audience subsets, »

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Raven-Symone Defends Univision Anchor's Michelle Obama Comments: "Some People Do Look Like Animals"

17 March 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Much ado about nothing? Raven-Symone thinks so. Appearing as a guest host on The View on Monday, March 16, the former Cosby Show star offered an unpopular opinion about the Univision host who was fired recently for his comments about First Lady Michelle Obama. As previously reported, Rodner Figueroa was dismissed from his position on El Gordo y la Flaca after he said on air, "You know that Michelle Obama looks like she's from the cast of Planet of the Apes, the movie." Amid the ensuing backlash, [...] »

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Cinderella review

12 March 2015 5:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kenneth Branagh's live action take on Cinderella is a significant upgrade over Alice In Wonderland. Here's our review...

You really shouldn't walk into a screening of a film not expecting an awful lot. As the mantra goes, you're supposed to go in hoping for something wonderful, else you soon go down a cynical cul-de-sac, with little hope of return. Cinderella, though, was a stretch. I can understand the business sense to Disney of making a live action Cinderella - heck, the thoroughly ordinary Alice In Wonderland took more than $1bn at the box office - but what about the appeal to a director such as Kenneth Branagh? And, more importantly, what about the appeal to, well, us?

Because the problem with such well told tales is just that. You know what's going to happen, and when. Then you read the film is just shy of two hours, and recall »

- simonbrew

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Cymbeline Review

10 March 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As universally revered as William Shakespeare is within the English literary canon, all Michael Almereyda’s modernized Cymbeline demonstrates is that even the masters had their off-days. The centuries-old play is one of the Bard’s most contrived and convoluted works, and certainly not one that would be unanimously considered a “classic,” though simply bearing Shakespeare’s name has been enough to ensure multiple adaptations of it over the years. Almereyda’s film, disappointingly, just highlights its source material’s messier moments, never justifying its solemn tone or updated setting.

As reimagined here, Cymbeline‘s eponymous character is a drug kingpin (Ed Harris), the leader of an outlaw bike gang that rules over a burned-out town. Cymbeline’s word is law, even to the crooked cops with whom he’s embroiled in a power struggle. When his beautiful daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson) quietly marries servant Posthumus (Penn Badgely), defying Cymbeline »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Interview – Wamg Talks To Cinderella Soundtrack Composer Patrick Doyle

9 March 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Friday, March 13, Disney will release the live action version of Cinderella from director Kenneth Branagh.

The original animated movie opened on February 15, 1950 to universal acclaim and 65 years later, Cinderella has become one of studio’s most treasured titles.

Branagh has once again turned to the Scottish composer Patrick Doyle for the score. The album features original music by Doyle marking the eleventh time he has teamed with Branagh.

In 1989, the director commissioned Doyle to compose the score for Henry V and they have subsequently collaborated on numerous pictures, including Dead Again, Mary Shelley’S Frankenstein, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, As You Like It and Thor, and most recently Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Doyle scored Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes for 20th Century Fox and Brave for Disney Pixar, which was awarded Best Original Composition for Film at the International Music and Sound Awards.

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- Michelle McCue

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Judi Dench Gets (Very) Candid About Aging: 'I'd Rather Be Young and Know Nothing'

5 March 2015 3:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Judi Dench is not about to put the brakes on a remarkable career that has already spanned nearly six decades. But the 80-year-old wouldn't mind shaving off a few of those years. In an interview in People's new issue, she shares some candid thoughts about her time in life. "There's nothing good about being my age," she says with a smile. "Someone said to me, 'You have such a wealth of knowledge,' and I just said 'I'd rather be young and know nothing, actually.' Bugger the wealth of knowledge." Dench's latest movie, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Judi Dench Gets (Very) Candid About Aging: 'I'd Rather Be Young and Know Nothing'

5 March 2015 3:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Judi Dench is not about to put the brakes on a remarkable career that has already spanned nearly six decades. But the 80-year-old wouldn't mind shaving off a few of those years. In an interview in People's new issue, she shares some candid thoughts about her time in life. "There's nothing good about being my age," she says with a smile. "Someone said to me, 'You have such a wealth of knowledge,' and I just said 'I'd rather be young and know nothing, actually.' Bugger the wealth of knowledge." Dench's latest movie, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Cinderella Soundtrack, Featuring Original Score by Patrick Doyle, Available March 10

2 March 2015 7:08 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack for Cinderella on March 10, 2015.

The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) marking the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford. The film arrives in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Patrick Doyle’s long-time creative collaboration with Branagh began in 1989 with “Henry V.” The film’s song ‘Non Nobis Domine’ was awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. In 1991, they re-teamed for “Dead Again,” which earned Doyle a Golden Globe-nomination. Subsequent collaborations include “Frankenstein,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” (for which Doyle received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score), “Sleuth,” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

Patrick Doyle at the World Premiere of Cinderella. »

- Michelle McCue

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Berlin: Jirafa, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras Set ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

12 February 2015 2:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – Valdivia’s Jirafa – Monday’s winner of the Berlinale’s Co-production Market’s Arte International Prize for Marcela Said’s “Small Talk” – is teaming with Chilean writer-director Alejandro Almendras Fernandez, for “Aquí no ha pasado nada” (Much Ado About Nothing’).

Produced by Jirafa’s Augusto Matte and inspired by a political scandal which outraged Chile, “Much Ado” is set for an April shoot, confirming it as Almendras Fernandez’s follow-up to the career milestone “To Kill a Man,” which won the 2014 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and confirmed a move by Almendras Fernandez from exquisite art film towards broader audience filmmaking.

Announced Tuesday to Variety at Berlin, “Much Ado,” like “Small Talk” or Pablo Larrain’s Berlinale competition player “The Club,” forms part of what could be called as building cinema of discrepancy in Latin America: Films which questions the socioeconomic limits to real democratic change after the »

- John Hopewell

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Watch: Michael Keaton Isn't Like 'Birdman' (Exclusive Interview)

9 February 2015 2:01 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At 63, Michael Keaton is enjoying the attention that comes with hitting a challenging role out of the park. Look closely at his career, and you see a man who always paid attention to the details and pushed for more than the ordinary as he built his characters, no matter what the movie. During his long Sbiff Modern Master chat with Leonard Maltin, Keaton ranged from running around naked as a kid performing for his seven siblings, early standup at Catch a Rising Star and The Improv, which allowed him to "write little plays and perform, not asking permission," and comedies like "Night Shift," "Mr. Mom" and "Johnny Dangerously" to Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (he'd love to take it to the stage) and drama "Clean and Sober."  He recalled how he surprised director Tim Burton with his wild and crazy take on "Beetlejuice" (yes, he'd still love to do a »

- Anne Thompson

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Geraldine McEwan 1932-2015

1 February 2015 9:39 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

She’s possibly most famous for taking over a beloved character and making it her own with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, but Geraldine McEwan has enjoyed a long career on stage and screen. She died at the age of 82 on Friday following a stroke in October.Born in Windsor, she got her start acting early, making her debut at the age of 14 at the city’s Theatre Royale. She quickly graduated to London’s West End, and went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1961. There, she appeared in leading roles in plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and Twelfth Night and ended up touring he world with various productions.On the West End stage, she originated a leading role in Joe Orton’s Loot and appeared on Broadway in The School For Scandal, The Private Ear And The Public Eye and The Chairs, »

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Miss Marple Actress Geraldine McEwan Dies at the Age of 82

1 February 2015 4:12 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Actress Geraldine McEwan, best known for her role as Agatha Christie’s amateur detective Miss Marple, has died at the age of 82, her family have told the BBC.

She died on Jan. 30 following a stroke in late October, her family said.

McEwan won the BAFTA TV award in 1991 for best actress for her role in “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.” She also won awards for her theater work, taking Evening Standard best actress awards for “The Rivals” in 1983 and for “The Way of the World” in 1995.

She was nominated for a Tony Award for the 1998 production of Ionesco’s “The Chairs.”

McEwan appeared as Miss Marple in 12 episodes of the ITV television series “Agatha Christie’s Marple” from 2004 to 2009.

She also featured in 1991 Hollywood movie “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” as evil witch Mortianna, and in indie films like Kenneth Branagh’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Henry V, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Don't call it a comeback: Michael Keaton on biding time, waiting for a 'Birdman'

29 January 2015 11:12 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Santa Monica — It's been really easy for the media to talk about "Birdman" and Michael Keaton's award-winning performance in terms of being a "comeback," and of course, the meta angle of playing an actor who formerly starred as a superhero is just begging for attention. On one hand it's a fortunate hook to help sell the movie, but on the other, it's been a pretty simplistic reduction, not necessarily one that Keaton has had a big problem with, but one that could certainly be discussed with a little more nuance. You might have to go back to the late '90s for examples of the actor's work that really landed culturally, but in the time since, while he's certainly taken a few breathers, he's worked very consistently. He's done TV spots on popular shows. He's starred in acclaimed TV movies like "Live from Baghdad" and the TNT miniseries "The Company. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Michael Keaton says he was lucky to be a part of Batmania

28 January 2015 10:56 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Santa Monica — Michael Keaton has been asked about a sequel to "Beetlejuice" enough times to surely be sick of it by now, because the thing has moved at such a glacial pace there just isn't much to be said. But his work in the original film came at a time when his career was really taking off, and playing in the expressionistic world of Tim Burton in both that film and the first two "Batman" movies was a wholly new and exciting experience for him. In one, he helped build a character from the ground up, while in the other, he found himself at the center of a raging pop culture tempest. Both roles are iconic in their own ways, and looking back, Keaton can — as ever — find nothing but gratitude for getting to be a part of it. "Batman" in particular was a personal landmark, a movie that grabbed »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Dies at 88

9 January 2015 8:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., the son of a fiercely independent-minded Hollywood mogul and the producer of many independent films in his own right including “Mystic Pizza” and studio hits including “Master and Commander,” died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88. His son John Goldwyn told the New York Times he died of congestive heart failure.

Goldwyn Jr. received his final credit as a producer, together with son John and others, on Fox’s long-gestating remake of the Goldwyn Sr.-produced classic “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Ben Stiller and released in December 2013.

The courtly and soft-spoken scion was known for shepherding independent and foreign films and got his start in documentary filmmaking, in contrast to his brash father, who made his way from a youth of poverty in Poland to a partner in MGM.

I love it. If you don’t love this business, »

- Carmel Dagan

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