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Ethan Hawke to Star in Macbeth on Lincoln Center Stage

14 June 2013 9:29 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Ethan Hawke is taking center stage in Shakespeare's Macbeth at New York City's Lincoln Center this winter in the titular role. The seasoned actor will work with director Jack O'Brien, who worked with him on the 2003-2004 Broadway play Henry IV. The play will begin previews for a selected audience on Oct. 24, the Lincoln Center Theater announced Thursday. It appears that Hawke has wanted to play the tragic Scot for quite a while. "It's a part I've always wanted to play," he revealed on the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered. And just in case you don't get your fill of the famous play with Hawke, Michael Fassbender is slated to star as the power-mad ruler in »

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'Downton Abbey' Ep on Dan Stevens' exit, J.J. Abrams and Newt Gingrich

31 May 2013 6:38 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When you're executive producer of one of the biggest hits in the world, "Downton Abbey" -- airing in the U.S. on PBS' "Masterpiece Classic" -- success can bring its own problems.

According to Gareth Neame, the issues for the World War I-era drama about about the aristocratic British Crawley family and its household staff begin at home.

Talking to Zap2it over afternoon tea at the exclusive Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif., Neame says, "To be really honest with you, the show is so successful, and we don't like success in Britain. Everyone loved the show, then when it got really successful, the commentators thought it got too popular, too mainstream, 'It's too successful.'"

Asked why the British press likes to tear down things that do well, Neame says, "Funnily enough, it stems from the very class system that we address on the show. The legacy of the class system is very, »


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