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It may not be the best movie of 1998, as its Best Picture honor claims it to be, but Shakespeare in Love is a delight for any drama nerd with a boner for the Bard. Hardly acceptable as a true account of the inspiration for and writing of “Romeo and Juliet,” John Madden’s film is really just a celebration of the work of William Shakespeare by being a pastiche of themes, tropes and lines from his plays. Another proper title for the movie would be “Mark Norman (and Tom Stoppard) in Love With Shakespeare.” In their script are direct reverential references — some of them nods of foreshadowing for things later to be written, others familiar devices employed as general homage — to “Hamlet,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Merchant of Venice” and more. Some of it is kind of silly if you find that sort of celebratory amalgamation and obvious, literal allusion to be a cheap reduction of an artist »
- Christopher Campbell
To TV viewers of a certain age, Kate O’Mara was that rare blend of sex appeal, scares and sassiness. So it is with another “S” word, sadness, that we report she has died at the age of 74.Born in 1939, the daughter of an Raf flying instructor and an actress, O’Mara initially considered art following her boarding school education but quickly became a full-time actress. She made her stage debut in 1963 in a production of The Merchant Of Venice, but truly established herself on television.During the 1960s and 70s, she appeared in a slew of guest starring slots on shows such as Danger Man, The Saint, Z-Cars, The Champions, The Avengers, Department S and Jason King. She became known for her sultry performances and her ability to blend beauty with danger. Her most notable roles came with soaps or sci-fi, including ferry drama Triangle, boating soap Howard’s »
British actress Kate O’Mara, who was known to many Americans during the 1980s as Joan Collins’ sister Cassandra Morell on ABC‘s Dynasty, died in Sussex, England this morning. She was 74. A TV vet since the 1960s with credits that included such cult British shows as The Saint and The Avengers, O’Mara was coveted for her portrayal of alluring, pungent personalities, such as The Rani in Doctor Who from 1985-86 and the ruthless businesswoman Laura Wilde in the BBC drama Howards’ Way. Born in Leicester, UK, O’Mara was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge (The Family Way) and John Carroll. Originally, O’Mara pursued a career as a speech therapist, but she caught the acting bug and made her stage debut at 24 in a production of The Merchant of Venice. After breaking in TV, O’Mara caught the attention of Hammer Studios which cast her in the »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and Raf flying instructor John F Carroll, O'Mara followed a stint at boarding school with enrolment at art school, before achieving her goal of becoming a full-time actress.
Making her stage debut in a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in 1963, O'Mara soon moved into the popular world of television. Throughout the '60s, she appeared in such iconic series as Danger Man, The Champions, The Saint, The Avengers and Z-Cars.
Moving into the 1970s, O'Mara also found success on the big screen – starring in two Hammer Horror outings, The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein – but it was a return to television for BBC drama The Brothers that made her a household name.
Playing the leading role of tough businesswoman Jane Maxwell, »
John Travolta is set to play Gummybear (aka. Gummibar), the multi-lingual digital character that has generated 3.6+ billion downloads and become an established global brand, in a $30 million CG animated feature film spin-off.
A phenomenon similar to the 'Crazy Frog', the character is known for performing the Gummy bear-related series of songs on various albums with the help of content partners like Emi, Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
The 3D feature will be produced in Montreal by Oscar Generale ("Casino Jack"), Transfilm's Jonathan Vanger ("Upside Down") and the UK Spice Factory's ("The Merchant of Venice"). Animation houses in Montreal, China and Korea and are in discussions with directors.
George Gallo ("Bad Boys") penned the script in which Gummy and his friends - a vegetarian vampire bat, a cat and a chameleon -fighting to save an alien planet from destruction. Production is slated to begin on September 29th. »
- Garth Franklin
John Travolta is set to play Gummy Bear, also known as Gummibar in the Us. Since its launch in May 2012 as a multi-lingual character and a virtual band with a library of songs, it has generated 3.6+ billion downloads and has become an established global brand, growing organically. Gummy is averaging over 20 million new users per month over the social networks and is available in 30 languages with major content partners Emi, Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
The film will be produced in Montreal for the big screen in 3D/2D and produced by Oscar Generale in La (Casino Jack), Jonathan Vanger of Transfilm (Upside Down, Brick Mansions) in Canada and Spice Factory in the UK (The Merchant of Venice).
The producers are in talks with animation houses in Montreal, China and Korea and are in discussions with directors.
Stealth Media Group has boarded the $30 million animated feature, which »
John Travolta is set to play Gummy Bear, also known as Gummibar in the Us. Since its launch in May 2012, it has generated 3.6+ billion downloads and has become an established global brand, growing organically. Gummy is averaging over 20 million new users per month over the social networks and is available in 30 languages with major content partners Emi, Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The film will be produced in Montreal for the big screen in 3D/2D and produced by Oscar Generale in La ( Casino Jack ), Jonathan Vanger of Transfilm ( Upside Down , Brick Mansions ) in Canada and Spice Factory in the UK ( The Merchant Of Venice ). The producers are in talks with animation houses in Montreal, China and Korea and are in discussions with directors. »
Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Lynn Collins. Managed by Untitled Entertainment’s Jason Newman and Stephanie Simon, Collins starred in John Carter and also starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. She played Portia opposite Al Pacino in the feature adaptation of The Merchant Of Venice. Onstage, she also played Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, and played Juliet in Romeo And Juliet in the Ahmanson Theatre production. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday. He was 46.
Law enforcement officials said Hoffman died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. No cause of death has been determined but officials suspect the actor may have overdosed on drugs. Law enforcement officials said the actor was found with a needle in his arm.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor was found in his bathroom around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911, the official said.
He was also shooting the “Hunger Games” follow-ups “Mockingjay Part 1″ and “Part 2″ in Atlanta, reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee »
- Stuart Oldham and Pat Saperstein
Jo Nesbo To Rewrite ‘Macbeth’ For Hogarth Shakespeare Project Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo has been tapped to rewrite Shakespeare’s Macbeth for a 21st century audience. The author of the Harry Hole detective series will take on the Bard’s murderous “Scottish Play” for 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the BBC reported. Nesbo, whose books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, is the latest writer tapped by Hogarth Shakespeare to update the Bard’s works; also set for modern adaptations are Margaret Atwood (The Tempest), Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice), Anne Tyler (The Taming Of The Shrew) and Jeanette Winterson (A Winter’s Tale). The Hogarth Shakespeare program is an international publishing initiative from the Penguin Random House imprint. The novels will be released simultaneously in 2016. Dmg’s Chris Fenton Joins Us-Asia Institute Board Dmg Entertainment Motion Picture Group President Chris Fenton has »
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The ITV sitcom Vicious, in which Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi played a barbarous, elderly gay couple, was a surprise hit. The recent Christmas special was equally well-received and work has already commenced on the second series. One of the stars of that show is Philip Voss, who plays one of Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart’s (Jacobi) oldest friends, Mason.
Voss is a face that’s popped up all over the shop across the years, from Doctor Who alongside William Hartnell to Octopussy, and is a regular face in Richard Curtis movies such as Four Weddings… and About Time. But he is first and foremost a theatre actor, having received plaudits for his portrayal of Shylock in the RSC’s 1998 production of The Merchant of Venice, arguably one of the definitive portrayals of the character on stage. Having an admiration for actors both on stage and on-screen- especially »
- Oscar Harding
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