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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Clip: Shakespeare In The Dark At L.A. Film Festival

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Clip: Shakespeare In The Dark At L.A. Film Festival
Exclusive: American Horror Story alums Lily Rabe and Finn Wittrock reunite here and go from Ryan Murphy to William Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream. It’s the first look at the pic adapted and directed by first-time feature helmer Casey Wilder Mott and now set to bow tomorrow at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The pic is a contemporary take on frolicking lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits — all set in Hollywood…
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer Introduces a Real Butthead

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer Introduces a Real Butthead
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is set for a new adaptation and it features a literal butthead. Head of an ass is supposed to be the head of a donkey, but this "fresh" new take will feature a literal interpretation on the age-old pun. Bottom will have an actual ass for a face and you can see it in the picture below, no pun intended. Shakespeare wrote the comedy in 1595/1596 and it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Thseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. The events include the adventures of six amateur actors, aka the Mechanics and four Athenian lovers who are controlled and manipulated by fairies who live in the forest where most of the play is set.

The trailer for A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and in addition to the previously mentioned ass face,
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Review: Hermia & Helena, Lovely Cinematic Playfulness

Matias Piñeiro's Hermia & Helena begins almost identically as his last film Princess of France, looking down at a soccer field. But they are two very different films. Even though his usual light-as-feather approach at twenty-something's bohemian lives and romantic entanglements might be the same, the tone, the tempo, and the setting of the film is noticeably different in Hermia & Helena. Taking a cue from A MIdsummer Night's Dream, Piñeiro builds up bi-continental tales of love and friendship in his unique way, without ever heavily delving into anything resembling a plot. Just clocking in at 70 or so breezy minutes, and like his other films, it solely relies on a seemingly complicated, incongruous structure and the charms of his regulars (mainly María Villar and...

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Daily Mail Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman reunite... but for an interview series, not a film

The Muse Rich Juzwiak talks to Anne Hathaway about Colossal and the very tired subject of 'Hathahaters'... as I've always said: their loss, she's awesome.

Deadline omg Toni Collette has a lead role again (opposite Thomas Haden Church)

Criterion Director Amy Heckerling (Clueless) visits the Criterion Closet. She loves Federico Fellini, the story of Billy Wilder and Tokyo Story

Coming Soon Director Sam Mendes is considering a movie based on the graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters  about a little girl trying to solve her neighbors murder

Towleroad there's a new documentary about Heath Ledger

This is Not Porn and speaking of... polaroids from the set of Brokeback Mountain

Hollywood Reporter 4 Japanese actresses discuss Ghost in the Shell. This is a fun conversation but I wish they'd engaged more with the central twist
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‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Courtney Love Cast In Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot

Courtney Love has signed on to the cast of Lifetime’s psychological thriller A Midsummer's Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The hourlong scripted pilot started production October 31 in Vancouver. Written by Anthony Jaswinski, the first season of the anthology series introduces four young lovers who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their romantic desires. Their plans are quickly thwarted when terrifying forces target the…
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‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Daisy Head To Topline Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot, Casey Deidrick Set As A Male Lead

After a lengthy search, Lifetime has found its Elena Holland. Daisy Head is set as the lead in Lifetime’s psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer's Nightmare. The deal came down quickly, with Lifetime snagging Head moments after she became available when the Freeform drama series Guilt, which she toplined, was canceled yesterday. Also cast as one of the male leads in Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is Casey Deidrick (Ey…
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‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Five Cast In Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot

Lifetime is rounding out the cast for its psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer's Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Australian newcomer Ellie Gall, Jake Robinson (American Odyssey), Eric Balfour (Haven), Chelsea Gilligan (Starcrossed), and Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom) have been cast in series regular roles opposite Dominic Monaghan. Written by Anthony Jaswinski, A Midsummer's Nightmare introduces four young lovers who steal off…
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‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Dominic Monaghan To Star, Gary Fleder To Direct Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot

The Lord of the Rings and Lost alum Dominic Monaghan has signed on for a key role in Lifetime’s psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Gary Fleder (Kingdom, Zoo) is set to direct and executive produce the hourlong scripted pilot, from A+E Studios and The Firm. Written by Anthony Jaswinski, A Midsummer's Nightmare introduces four young lovers who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their…
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Inviting Chance: An Interview with Matías Piñeiro

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Matías Piñeiro on the set of Hermia & HelenaAfter presenting his complete retrospective at Olhar de Cinema in Brazil this past June, I spoke to the Argentine filmmaker about his new film Hermia & Helena a few days before its world premiere as part of the International Competition at the 69th Locarno Film Festival.In Hermia & Helena, Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels to New York to work on a translation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. With her boyfriend and friends back in Buenos Aires, Camila rethinks old and new relationships. Shot between the two cities, the film is divided into chapters that focus on the different lives Camila experiences, as well as the different people she encounters during her journey.Notebook: Hermia & Helena shares a similar aesthetic with your previous films. At the same time, the overall tone feels much more melancholic now. You have been living
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See Royal Designer Catherine Walker's Eye-Popping Runway on the Streets of London

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See Royal Designer Catherine Walker's Eye-Popping Runway on the Streets of London
Models turned heads along London's iconic King's Road on Wednesday as a pop-up catwalk by one of Princess Kate's favorite designers took the catwalk out on to the streets. A parade of 10 models showed off the latest collection by Catherine Walker & Co timed to the famed Chelsea Flower Show, which kicked off Monday in London. (Not surprisingly, Kate wore an emerald Catherine Walker ensemble to her first-ever appearance there.) The models wore elaborate floral headdresses took about four hours to construct. They handed out blue cornflowers to shoppers to capture the spring-like atmosphere of a country garden. Said Cyrus, Creative Director of Catherine Walker & Co.
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Exclusive photos: Fran Kranz in new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

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Exclusive photos: Fran Kranz in new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Hollywood, the Dream Factory, is the apt setting for the latest cinematic update on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fran Kranz, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, and Rachael Leigh Cook are among the cast in the new Midsummer adaptation. HitFix has an exclusive early look at the film. The new vision of one of the Bard’s greatest comedies is set in present-day Hollywood, a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists, and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. The Athenians are Hollywood glitterati, the mechanicals (Bottom and his troupe of wannabe actors) are film students, and the fairies of the forest are hippies in Topanga Canyon, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains just east of Malibu. Staging or filming a Shakespeare project four centuries after the incomparable playwright lived and after countless artists have already mounted productions of his plays poses several challenges. (Yes, really four centuries,
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Lifetime Plans Bard Horror, Rousey Projects

Lifetime has unveiled a bunch of new projects in the works with the most talked about being the horror anthology series "A Midsummer's Nightmare" from A+E Studios.

Screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski is adapting the project which will take William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and turn it into a contemporary horror mystery. Future seasons will each tackle a different play. This season will follow two young lovers on a getaway in the woods who wind up in a struggle to survive as friends arrive to lure them home.

Other projects in the works include the "Unreal" spin-off "The Faith Diaries," a autobiographical scripted TV series about Selena Gomez's life as seen through the eyes of her friends as her career takes off, three telemovies about female empowerment which Ronda Rousey will produce, and a one-off film called "Sister Dance" based on the dance-off that tennis star Serena Williams
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Maggie Siff on Those Dominatrix Sex Scenes in Billions: 'I Have to Laugh'

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Maggie Siff on Those Dominatrix Sex Scenes in Billions: 'I Have to Laugh'
What's the key to acting your way through steamy Bdsm scenes? "You have to bring an incredible sense of humor to get yourself through it," says Billions actress Maggie Siff, laughing. Siff plays a powerful psychiatrist who is also a dominatrix on the Showtime show, and shares a slew of steamy, sexually-charged scenes with co-star Paul Giamatti, who plays her husband. "When I first read the pilot and read that she was his dominatrix, the first thing that occurred to me was they must have some kind of healthy marriage to make room for that," Siff tells People, adding that
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Maggie Siff on Those Dominatrix Sex Scenes in Billions: 'I Have to Laugh'

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Maggie Siff on Those Dominatrix Sex Scenes in Billions: 'I Have to Laugh'
What's the key to acting your way through steamy Bdsm scenes? "You have to bring an incredible sense of humor to get yourself through it," says Billions actress Maggie Siff, laughing. Siff plays a powerful psychiatrist who is also a dominatrix on the Showtime show, and shares a slew of steamy, sexually-charged scenes with co-star Paul Giamatti, who plays her husband. "When I first read the pilot and read that she was his dominatrix, the first thing that occurred to me was they must have some kind of healthy marriage to make room for that," Siff tells People, adding that
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77 Reasons Christopher Lloyd Is Awesome, in Honor of His 77th Birthday

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Happy 77th birthday to one of our favorite actors, Christopher Lloyd!

The actor, who's played some of filmdom's most beloved characters, including Doc Brown in "Back to the Future," Professor Plum in "Clue," and Uncle Fester in the "Addams Family" films, was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Conn.

Partly because of his height, and partly because of his manic intensity and commitment to even the wildest characters, he's portrayed a series of eccentrics, from mad scientists to aliens; had an impressive, award-winning theater career; and will always be remembered as Reverend Jim on "Taxi."

In honor of his 77th birthday, we've come up with 75 reasons why he's so awesome.

1. He's played a Klingon, a cartoon, the Wizard of Oz, an angel, a leper, and a geriatric vampire.

2. He stands an impressive 6'1."

3. Because he's so tall, he had to hunch over to appear in the same frame with "Back to the Future
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Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream: cast announced

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Bernard Cribbins! Matt Lucas! Maxine Peake! The BBC has announced an impressive cast for Russell T Davies’ Midsummer Night’s Dream…

Russell T Davies is returning to the BBC’s Doctor Who base in Cardiff. But he’ll be dabbling in Shakespeare, not spaceships. The cast for his new version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been announced.

For Who fans, the most exciting news is a reunion between Russell T Davies and Bernard Cribbins, who will play Tom Snout, an amateur performer who memorably portrays a wall in a play within the play. Let's hope Cribbins isn't bricking it, eh?

Elsewhere in the cast, you’ve got Maxine Peake as Titania, Matt Lucas as Bottom, and John Hannah as Theseus. Eleanor Matsuura of Spooks will play Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera (seen in Lion In The Tent) will portray Puck.

Cucumber alum Fisayo Akinade has been cast as Flute,
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Russell T Davies's A Midsummer Night's Dream casts Richard Wilson, Matt Lucas, John Hannah and more

The BBC has revealed an eye-catching cast for its new adaptation of Shakespeare comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, as helmed by Doctor Who veteran Russell T Davies.

A one-off 90-minute TV play set to air in 2016 as part of a special Shakespeare season, the cast includes Matt Lucas (as Bottom), John Hannah (as Theseus) and Richard Wilson (as Starveling).

Then there's Maxine Peake (as Titania), Elaine Paige (as Mistress Quince), Eleanor Matsuura (as Hippolyta) and Bernard Cribbins (as Snout).

The classic Shakespeare comedy - a mainstay of many Gcse courses - sees four plots intersect, with the worlds of humans and fairies colliding thanks to the mischievous Puck (here played by newcomer Hiran Abeysekera).

"This is such an exciting range of actors from stage and screen, from wild comedy to high drama, and some making their first ever appearance on camera," says writer-producer Davies.

"The Dream is coming to life like never before,
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Maxine Peake, Matt Lucas, Elaine Paige Join BBC’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

BBC One's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the adaptation of the classic play from Doctor Who‘s Russell T Davies, is part of the network's 2016 Shakespeare Season. Originally announced last month in Edinburgh, the one-off TV event has completed casting. The Theory Of Everything's Maxine Peake will star as Titania with Matt Lucas (Paddington, Bridesmaids) as Bottom, John Hannah (Four Weddings And A Funeral) as Theseus, Eleanor Matsuura (The Lady In The Van) as Hippolyta and…
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Russell T Davies will bring A Midsummer Night's Dream to BBC One

Russell T Davies is going to tackle Shakespeare - he's adapting A Midsummer Night's Dream for BBC One.

Davies will return to Cardiff - home of Doctor Who - for the 90-minute production, to air in 2016, it was announced at this year's Edinburgh International TV Festival.

"I've wanted to make this for the BBC for my entire adult life - and only the BBC can put on a play like this, for all the family, smack-bang in the heart of prime-time," the award-winning writer said.

"With a riot of prosthetics, CGI, magic and action, it needs the brilliant Doctor Who team in Cardiff to bring it to life."

A new six-part series from 12 Years a Slave filmmaker Steve McQueen has also been formally announced - the as-yet-untitled drama will follow a West Indian community in the heart of London across three decades, beginning in 1968.

Tony Jordan - Hustle creator and
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Strange Magic review

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George Lucas produces the Ilm animated fantasy, Strange Magic. Here's Mark's review of a curious genre mash-up...

Since George Lucas got out of the Star Wars business, he's been lending his Hollywood heft to some long-gestating passion projects that might be difficult to produce independently elsewhere. He started developing Red Tails, a war movie about the Tuskegee airmen, back in 1988 and eventually served as producer and an uncredited co-director on the 2012 movie.

Lucasfilm's latest, Strange Magic, is directed by Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, but it's also been around for much longer than you'd think. 15 years ago, while working on that pesky prequel trilogy, Lucas started thinking about making a film for his daughters. “Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys,” Lucas told Wired upon the film's Us release in January, “Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old girls.”

If that sounds a little reminiscent of when John Travolta
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