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Rome — Giorgio Albertazzi, the lionlike actor and director who was a leading light of the Italian stage for more than six decades but is best known to global French film lovers for playing the seducer with an Italian accent simply called X in Alain Resnais’ 1961 now classic “Last Year at Marienbad,” died Saturday in his native Tuscany.
He was 92.
The son of a bricklayer, Albertazzi was born in Fiesole, near Florence, where he studied acting and made his stage debut in 1949 with a small part in Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida,” directed by Luchino Visconti. He broke out on the international theatre scene in 1964 playing the lead in “Hamlet” at London’s The Old Vic Theatre directed by Franco Zeffirelli, one of his many Shakespearean roles over the years.
More recently Albertazzi toured internationally playing the emperor in the stage adaptation of Marguerite Yourcenar’s “Memories of Hadrian, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Sharing the screen with two of the world’s most renown actors can be intimidating. It’s especially intimidating when the project is a Shakespeare adaptation and the two actors have delivered some of the most well-regarded modern performances of the Bard’s work. That’s the situation Lynn Collins found herself in when she played Portia in the 2004 film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice. The actress, who has since gone on to appear in movies like John Carter and TV shows like True Blood, starred in Merchant opposite Al Pacino’s Shylock and Jeremy Irons’ Antonio. Collins came to the project with plenty of Shakespeare cred herself, having taking on the Bard’s works onstage several times both professionally and as a student at Juilliard. But when it came time to film the crucial trial scene, a shining moment for Portia, one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines, “I »
- Emily Rome
At the end of her sophomore year of high school, Lynn Collins was faced with a choice: stick with the popular kids or spend her summer preparing for the school’s production of Hamlet. That’s how Collins described a key turning point in her life. Though she’d discovered a talent for reading Shakespeare aloud in her English class, Collins wasn’t involved with her Houston, TX school’s drama department because of the time she put in as class president freshman year. When she lost in elections for sophomore class president, the drama teacher “cornered me in the hall, in between classes one day, and he was like ‘This is the best thing that could have happened to you because we’re doing Hamlet, and I’d like you to play Ophelia,’” Collins recalled. The drama teacher then said, “I just want you to commit to it and »
- Emily Rome
Rachel Leigh Cook, Paz De La Huerta, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe and Finn Whitrock are starring in a modern-day movie adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Avan Jogia, Fran Kranz, Charity Wakefield and Ted Levine are also starring in the film, which completed production on Dec. 18. Producers announced the project Saturday to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The new version takes place in present-day Hollywood where fantasy and reality collide. It’s set in a world where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead.
Casey Wilder Mott wrote and directed the feature, marking his directorial debut. He also produced through his 5B Productions along with Joshua Skurla of Empyrean Pictures, Fran Kranz and Douglas Matejka. Executive producers are Simon Fawcett and Michael Lee Jackson.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will feature »
- Dave McNary
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