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Watch Fran Kranz spit Shakespearean insults at you

28 April 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fran Kranz was nervous about taking on Shakespeare for Joss Whedon. The Buffy creator’s charming film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing has received tons of praise, including for Kranz’s performance as Claudio, but at the time when the 12-day, secret production of the film was about to start, Kranz was nervous. “I maybe had lost a little of confidence with the language,” said Kranz, who had performed in several Shakespeare productions in high school and at Yale University but not yet professionally. It was Whedon and the intimate way he shot the film — in his own house, a familiar place to his friends and frequent collaborators — that Kranz says calmed his nerves and reinstilled in him confidence with the Bard’s words. Whedon filmed his take on the comedy at his Santa Monica, CA home after having hosted evenings of Shakespeare readings with his friends there for several years. »

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Olivier Awards 2016: Judi Dench breaks own record, Lin-Manuel Miranda wins for 'In the Heights'

4 April 2016 2:44 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Oliver Awards honor outstanding acheivements in the arts in London and  Dame Judi Dench was the belle of the ball at Sunday's celebration of the 40th annual edition of these kudos. She claimed her seventh competitive award winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Paulina in "The Winter's Tale" opposite Kenneth Branagh in his production of the Shakespearean play. She previously prevailed in 1977 for "Macbeth," 1980 for "Juno and the Paycock," 1983 for "Pack of Lies," 1987 for "Antony and Cleopatra," 1995 for "A Little Night Music" and 1996 for "Absolute Hell." And she was feted with a special lifetime achievement award in 2004. (See full list of winners and nominees Here.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Tony Predictions Two transfers of Tony-winning musicals claimed three apiece: Three years after s »

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