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Sundance 2018: Keira Knightley and the new wave of progressive costume drama

With Knightley starring as Colette – alongside Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic and Daisy Ridley as Hamlet’s Ophelia – the period drama has never looked so interesting

The Sundance film festival has sold itself for 40 years as the champion of cutting-edge, radical independent cinema; not a natural habitat for the stiffly costumed and perfectly spoken habits of the literary-inflected costume drama. But this year a choice selection of such films have found their way to Sundance, at a time when the period film has gained considerable currency as an illuminator of contemporary social issues. The Happy Prince, Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic about the writer’s final years will be joined at the festival by Ophelia, a reworking of the Hamlet story starring Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, and Colette, a biopic of the transgressive French literary icon that stars costume-pic veteran Keira Knightley.

All three can claim to be
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Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer

Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer
Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) is a shoo-in for a nomination for Best Actress next week, but she could end up making Oscars history in another category as well as was recently reported by one of our Experts, Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). Robbie is also a producer of the film, so if “I, Tonya” also receives a Best Picture nomination she would be the first actress to receive acting and producing nominations for the same film. After a year that saw actresses Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) all win Emmys as both actors and producers of TV programs, it would be fitting for Robbie’s passion project to go the distance with a pair of historic Oscar nominations.

It has been an incredible year for female stories, both real and fictional. The “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements have shined
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Clive Owen Joins Will Smith in Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ (Exclusive)

Clive Owen Joins Will Smith in Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ (Exclusive)
Clive Owen is in talks to join Will Smith in Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media’s “Gemini Man,” which Ang Lee will direct.

The exact details behind the role are unknown other then that it will be an antagonist role. Lee is expected to meet with Tatiana Maslany, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Elizabeth Debicki for the female lead in the coming weeks, sources tell Variety.

Skydance came on to the project, which has been in development for two decades, last year. Jerry Bruckheimer, Skydance chief David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger are producing. Don Murphy and Chad Oman are executive producing.

The film follows an over-the-hill hitman who faces off against a younger clone of himself. The actioner is set to bow on Oct. 4, 2019.

Gemini Man” was first set up at Disney in 1997 as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing. Curtis Hanson was also attached to direct at one point
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Film Review: ‘Agnyaathavaasi’

Film Review: ‘Agnyaathavaasi’
Indian superstar Pawan Kalyan dashes through a dizzying spectrum of emotional extremes and personality traits in “Agnyaathavaasi,” a ferociously eager-to-please musical melodrama about ruthless ambition, violent revenge, and exuberantly schmaltzy music-video-style production numbers. Launched this week with the widest day-and-date U.S. release ever recorded for a Telugu cinema (Aka Tollywood) production, writer-director Trivikram Srinivas’ dial-it-to-11 extravaganza appears dedicated to the proposition that you can never have too much of several good things in the same scenario, even when such excess veers perilously close to wretched.

By turns exhilarating, exhausting and enervating, the movie likely will be appreciated best by the legions of fans who identify Kalyan as the “Power Star” in their universe, demanding such a range that it suggests a gender-switched remake of “Sybil.” And even for others not similarly enamored, this “Power Star” vehicle might be at least sporadically entertaining, if only for its gonzo verve and novelty value. The title translates
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Ophelia: Daisy Ridley Reimagines Shakespeare’s Heroine in New Image

Daisy Ridley stars as the Shakespearian heroine in a new image from the movie Ophelia. Claire McCarthy directs the period drama, which re-imagines Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. Naomi Watts co-stars as Gertrude, the queen of Denmark and mentor to Ophelia. A first-look image hit the internet last May but news on the film has been scarce since then. Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay, and Dominic Mafham round out the cast.
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How Scores to ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Get Out’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Tune Up Intensity

How Scores to ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Get Out’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Tune Up Intensity
A newcomer and two past Oscar nominees scored 2017’s crop of suspense dramas. Each tells a story — musical and otherwise — vastly different from its competitors but all yield a similar result: intensity. A look at three of the contenders in this year’s awards races.

Get Out

Score by Michael Abels

In scoring “Get Out,” Los Angeles composer Michael Abels looked to writer, director and star Jordan Peele for direction to the social satire in horror-film guise. “In our first meeting, we came up with this idea of ‘gospel horror,'” says Abels, who first came to Peele’s attention via YouTube. After hearing a classical piece by Abels, Peele tracked him down while the film was still in pre-production. “We talked about African-American music and how it usually has elements of hopefulness. He wanted this to be very suspenseful and without that hope.”

According to Abels, Peele looked for an African-American voice to be present, both literally
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Andre Holland, Mark Rylance & More Join New Season at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce Michelle Terry's first season as Artistic Director. 2018's Shakespeare productions include Hamlet, As You Like It, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale, Othello and Love's Labour's Lost. A premiere of three new plays, a national and international tour of Shakespeare and other performances on and off site are announced together with a year-long programme of events exploring the history and future of theatre censorship, as well as a series of events looking at race, refuge and refugees in relation to Shakespeare.
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10 Directors to Watch: Claire McCarthy Explores Shakespeare’s Feminine Side in ‘Ophelia’

10 Directors to Watch: Claire McCarthy Explores Shakespeare’s Feminine Side in ‘Ophelia’
It’s serendipitous timing that McCarthy’s third feature, “Ophelia,” is being released in the midst of the #MeToo movement.

The film, set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Based on the novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by Semi Chellas, it brings Ophelia, the tortured prince’s love interest whose internal conflicts drive her to madness, to the forefront of the story.

Female identity, what it means to be a woman and power dynamics are all themes that McCarthy — who has been with the project for six years — was intent on exploring but found herself fighting for: “In many ways, I wanted to honor the original ‘Hamlet’ and turn the story on its head,” she says. “But that’s been a struggle because it meant putting females in leading roles.” (Debuting in the Premieres section at Sundance, “Ophelia” — the
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Luca Guadagnino Isn’t Remaking ‘Suspiria’: ‘It’s An Homage to the Incredible Emotion I Felt When I Saw It’

Luca Guadagnino Isn’t Remaking ‘Suspiria’: ‘It’s An Homage to the Incredible Emotion I Felt When I Saw It’
Luca Guadagnino is currently in the thick of the Oscar race with his critically acclaimed romance “Call Me by Your Name,” and he’s set to remain in the headlines for the next year thanks to his upcoming “Suspiria” movie. The director finished production on the Amazon-backed film earlier this year, which means we should be seeing it in fall 2018 Whatever you do, stop calling it a remake.

Read More:Luca Guadagnino Couldn’t Direct the Year’s Most Talked-About Sex Scene Until He Tried it Himself

The movie has already received backlash from fans who think it’s very unwise to touch Dario Argento’s 1977 classic of the same name. But while the basic plot will stay the same (a young American ballerina begins training at a German dance academy and uncovers its dark secrets), Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” is not intended to be a remake after all. The director
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Murder on the Orient Express: Interview with Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne

Clothes on Film were fortunate enough to be invited to a display of costumes from the latest adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express (2017), plus interview its costume designer Alexandra Byrne. An Oscar winner for Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008), and well known for her period design work, since 2011 Byrne has become connected to the world of Marvel, her most recent project being Doctor Strange in 2016. Here she chats candidly about recreating the (mainly) glamorous side of the early 1930s and the challenges that faced her and her team.

Alexandra Byrne on shooting in 70 mm:

“Director Ken (Branagh) and I did Hamlet (1996) together which was shot in 70 mm. It just means you learn the hard way – the camera sees Everything. Every stitch, every pile, every detail. Another challenge was that in the story the characters are stuck in an avalanche which meant shooting against a white background so that changed how
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Oscar Isaac Named His Son After His Late Mother

Oscar Isaac Named His Son After His Late Mother
Oscar Isaac named his baby boy Eugene after his late mother, Eugenia. The news was revealed in a New York Times interview with the Star Wars actor that posted Thursday. In the sit-down, Isaac talks about his son for the first time. Eugene was born in April. Isaac's girlfriend Elvira Lind had revealed via a Twitter video that the two had welcomed their first child. In the New York Times Interview, Isaac talked about caring for his mother in her final days. He said she would read from William Shakespeare's Hamlet while his mother was in the hospital. She passed away this past February.  In June, he began a summer run as the...
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5 Things Disney Fans Learned From Growing Up On the Classics

Disney is one of the most recognizable symbols in the entire world. It doesn’t matter if you’re American, there is a Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Hong Kong, a Shanghai Disney resort, a Tokyo Disney resort, and a Hawaii Disney resort and spa in addition to the original Disneyland in Anaheim and the Disney World resort in Florida.

The magic that is Disney and all of its cartoons is a magic that transcends culture, entrances people, compels them to drive hundreds of miles in a vehicle that’s been through a life of love and hard-earned miles, and draws people back into reminiscing about their childhoods. Disney is basically synonymous with happiness. Those who grew up watching the classics learned a lot of valuable life lessons. Though there are many, here are just 6 things fans took away from the Disney classics:

The Circle of Life Moves Us All

Of all of the Disney classics,
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London Publications Under Heat for Publishing Early Review of Benedict Cumberbatch-Led Hamlet

Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, just beganperformances at the Barbican Theatre, and already a popular publication is under heat for their recent coverage of the production. The Times' Kate Matby released a negative review for the play, calling it 'Shakespeare for Kids,'after attending the first preview. The show doesn't officially open until August 25.
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Benedict Cumberbatch-Led Hamlet Eyeing West End, Stateside Runs?

Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, will begin performances at the Barbican Theatre next month. But with hundreds of fans traveling from across the globe to see the Sherlock actor take on the Bard for measly 12-week run, the only thing theatergoerswant to know is -- will the show transfer, towhere,and when
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Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet Becomes Most In-Demand Production of All Time

Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role, doesn't begin performances until next summer at the Barbican Theatre, but according to the Telegraph, the show is already breaking records. Tickets for the play went on sale on August 11, and since then the show 'has become the most in-demand theatre production of all time.'Not only is Hamlet outselling the next most-popular production, the Young Vic's A Streetcar Named Desire, by four to one, but searches for tickets on Viagogo also surpass those for Beyonce and Jay Z's world tour.
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Shraddha Kapoor to sing in Haider

Shraddha Kapoor to sing in Haider
Shraddha Kapoor who made her debut with the 2010 film Teen Patti shot to fame with the massive hit Aashiqui 2 and has been on a roll since its release. Now after the success of her recent film Ek Villain, Shraddha will next be seen in Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider.

Interestingly, the actress does not just reprise the role of Arshia in the film, but will also be seen crooning. In fact Shraddha will be singing a traditional Kashmiri song along with her costar Tabu, titled 'Roshe Valle'. Earlier, Shraddha had sung the track 'Galliyan' in her last release Ek Villain, that went on to become one of the most heard tracks. Apart from singing in the film, both Tabu and Shraddha will apparently also perform live at the music launch of Haider.

Haider, which is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet and is set in Kashmir, stars Tabu, Shahid Kapoor,
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Video: Martha Speaks Celebrates Summer Learning Day

Get ready for Martha Speaketh Weeketh! Summer Learning Day is June 20 and the PBS Kids hit Martha Speaks will join the campaign to encourage young ones to get some summertime education with three new episodes and a cool online game.

The goofy fun begins June 16 when Martha, the ever-hungry talking pooch, eats a copy of William Shakespeare's Hamlet and suddenly starts spouting Elizabethan English. There's more hilarity online with the brand new game, Martha's Steaks (pbskids.org/martha). Kids will expand their vocabulary as they help Martha's furry friends hurdle, dash, soar and tumble to catch treats through Martha's dreamscape of steaks, bacon and drumsticks. Beware of falling hamburgers!

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Exclusive: Hell Baby Gag Reel

Exclusive: Hell Baby Gag Reel
The diverse cast of Hell Baby discuss William Shakespeare's Hamlet, practice vomitting and learn about the devil's practices in our exclusive gag reel from the Blu-ray and DVD which debuts December 31. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant write, direct and star in this comedy that follows an expecting couple who realize their starter house in New Orleans may also be the home to an evil presence. Watch as cast members Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer and the two writer-directors try to keep it together and get their lines right.

The moment Jack (Rob Corddry) and his pregnant wife Vanessa (Leslie Bibb) move into their ramshackle New Orleans starter home, they realize something isn't right. First an overly friendly guy living in the crawl space (Keegan Michael Key) informs them the house has been the scene of multiple murders. Then a naked old lady appears
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Sons of Anarchy meets Shakespeare in the trailer for Cymbeline starring Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke

  • JoBlo
Fans of the FX biker series Sons Of Anarchy are already fully aware that the series is heavily influenced by William Shakespeare's Hamlet. While that series deviates from the classic play in some ways, The Bard's immortal tale is front and center and works perfectly with the modernized setting. While contemporary re-tellings of Shakespeare have been happening since the invention of film, there are countless plays the general public are unfamiliar with that can use a fresh take. The latest...
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Michael Fassbender's Assassin's Creed Movie Finds A Writer

Michael Fassbender has been attached to star in a big screen adaptation of the video game Assassin's Creed for months, but only now are have they completed the search for someone to write the words that he will perform. Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film arm of the France-based video game developer Ubisoft, has hired Michael Lesslie to script the upcoming movie. THR notes that Lesslie is an accomplished playwright, having most recently written Prince of Denmark, a sorta-prequel to William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The play was performed last year at the National Theater in England. His experience in film is more limited, having only credits in shorts, making Assassin's Creed his feature debut. The story follows a character named Desmond Miles who was trained as a killer before rejecting the lifestyle and becoming a bartender. A mysterious organization known as Abstergo Industries finds and kidnaps him and forces him to use
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