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Stagecraft Special Edition: Tom Hiddleston Talks Shakespeare, ‘Avengers’

Today we offer a special “Passion Projects” edition of “Stagecraft,” with Variety‘s deputy awards and features editor Jenelle Riley speaking to actor Tom Hiddleston about his recent production of “Hamlet,” directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Hiddleston, who rose to prominence playing the God of Mischief Loki in “Thor” and subsequent films like “The Avengers,” will be reprising the role in theaters with “Avengers: Infinity War,” opening this week. But he began his career in the theater, where he discovered early on the works of William Shakespeare, which have remained a constant throughout his professional life, having appeared in several adaptations, including “Cymbeline” and “Coriolanus” onstage and in the BBC’s “Hollow Crown” series.

Among other things, Hiddleston cites a 1997 production of “Othello” at the Royal National Theater directed by Sam Mendes for opening his eyes to what Shakespeare could be. “I was blown clean away. I just understood it, I connected with it,
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Kevin Feige Regrets Dying Chris Hemsworth’s Hair Blonde For Thor

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the one element from the McU that he would change if he could, and it has nothing to with plot, character arcs, or casting. His one issue with the franchise has to do with the God of Thunder’s eyebrows in director Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an epic franchise so far spanning an entire decade, but the man in charge of it all, Kevin Feige, isn’t 100 percent pleased.
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All 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

Nobody on the internet wants to talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s a topic we just can’t go on ignoring. But seriously: even though this seemingly unstoppable franchise has rabid fans across the globe, no one can agree on which ones they like best (or least, for that matter). TheWrap’s Film Reviews Editor Alonso Duralde take his own stab at the subject — and no, he’s not getting paid by anyone at Disney to like (or dislike, for that matter) any of these films.

19. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)

Released just five years after Ang Lee‘s “Hulk,” this second attempt to make a leading man out of the big green Gamma-radiated creature proved to be similarly disappointing. If we’ve learned anything from the Avengers movies, it’s that Bruce Banner works best when he’s a supporting character (and when he’s played by Mark Ruffalo)

18. “Ant-Man” (2015).

While this movie deserves credit for not putting the fate of mankind on the line — the stakes are more child’s-toy-train-sized — the film’s stabs at humor seem overplayed, and little of Paul Rudd‘s natural charm comes to the forefront of what should be a breezy caper. We can only wonder what Edgar Wright‘s original version might have been like.

17. “Thor” (2011).

Director Kenneth Branagh nails the thee-and-thou of the Asgard segments, but the small town where the climax plays out is one of the screen’s cheesiest fake cities since the terrible 1980s “Supergirl” movie. On the upside, actor Chris Hemsworth demonstrates a twinkly wit in this thunder god adventure, matched with impressive brawn.

16. “Iron Man 2” (2010).

The best McU movies do a good job of distracting you from all the setting-up of future franchise entries; this one offers so much empire-building that it might as well have a “Pardon Our Dust” sign on it. Still, the first appearance of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, dispatching a hallway’s worth of opponents, made an unforgettable impression.

15. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011).

Much as he did in “The Rocketeer,” director Joe Johnston excels at portraying the gloss of the 1940s, although the characters aren’t nearly as vivid as the Uso bunting. But fear not, true believers — Cap’s onscreen adventures got way better in his subsequent solo and team movies.

14.”Thor: The Dark World” (2013).

Firmly average, yes, but an improvement on its predecessor and a straight-up good time, skillfully balancing superheroics, second bananas, entertaining villains and the occasional killer one-liner. By no means a cornerstone of the McU, but this one, mostly, works.

13. “Iron Man 3” (2013).

Director and co-writer Shane Black doesn’t always have the tightest grasp on the story — what does the nefarious Extremis do again, and why? — but he shows off his skill at witty banter (which Robert Downey, Jr. can perform within an inch of its life) and breathtaking action (a mid-air rescue of a dozen passengers who have just tumbled out of Air Force One).

12. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015).

It’s always fun when the band gets back together, but it’s also difficult to recapture the magic of that first time. This sequel offers plenty of excitement and Joss Whedon-scripted badinage, but it’s also a little overstuffed with supporting characters and set-ups for the next round of McU movies. Lovers and haters of superhero movies can both find bolsters for their arguments here.

11. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017) The band is back together, and they’re as bristly hilarious as in their first outing, but overall this sequel feels like it’s just vamping (entertainingly) until the next major plot shift in the McU. Kurt Russell pops up as Ego the Living Planet, who claims to be the long-lost father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and while the movie is more concerned with character and emotion than plot, not all of the moving moments ring true.

10. “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018): It’s a little tough to judge this one on its own merits since it’s so clearly half a movie; we won’t really know how this film comes to fruition until we get the sequel. But in the meantime, it does a fairly impressive job of juggling some 25 major McU characters and keeping its sense of humor even in the face of mass destruction (and intense scenes involving torture and genocide).

9. “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

Director Taika Waititi (“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) strikes a delicate balance between breathless action and fate-of-the-universe stakes on one hand and tongue-in-cheek silliness and snappy banter on the other. Luckily, he’s got Chris Hemsworth, who excels at both, surrounded by the witty likes of Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and franchise newbies Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum and a gloriously over-the-top Cate Blanchett.

8.”Captain America: Civil War” (2016) .

The plotting and pacing aren’t as tight as in “Winter Soldier,” but if you’re looking for dark human conflict and rousing superhero-on-superhero action, this movie does a whole lot right that “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” did wrong.

7. “Iron Man” (2008) .

It all starts here — a superhero origin story for literalists who can’t get behind exploding planets or radioactive spiders. Jon Favreau, then most famous for directing “Elf” and writing and co-starring in “Swingers,” seemed an odd choice for the material, but he knows how to give us both the characters (played by Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow with panache) and the ka-blam.

6. Black Panther (2018).

While Chadwick Boseman’s titular African king-superhero takes something of a back seat to a troika of fascinating female characters — played by Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright — the movie nonetheless overflows with excitement and rich backstory. (And Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger ranks among the franchise’s greatest villains.)

5. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) Less guilt-driven and haunted than previous iterations of the character (on the page or on screen), this Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has enough on his plate dealing with his superhero growing pains. Hungry to join The Avengers but still grappling with all he has to learn — he’s only 15, after all — our hero faces off against blue-collar bad guy The Vulture (Michael Keaton, Birdman at last) in an adventure that’s breezy and funny while also featuring genuine stakes, terrific characterizations and wonderfully detailed casting. (You gotta love a teen movie that works in Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Abraham Attah and J.J. Totah, plus scene-stealing newcomer Jacob Batalon.) 4. “Doctor Strange” (2016).

It would be all too easy to make the spell-casting Master of the Mystic Arts look ridiculous on the big screen, but somehow director Scott Derrickson and his crew gave us a version of surgeon-turned-magician Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who seems at home in the real world, rubbing shoulders with the Avengers, and traversing trippy, eye-popping dimensions where none other could go.

3. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) .

Breezy, flippant and soaking in the super hits of the ’70s, this comedy adventure is something of an outlier — both tonally and geographically — in the Marvel Universe. Still, whether or not Rocket Raccoon and Black Widow ever cross paths, this star-spanning saga was a reminder that there’s more than one way to tell a superhero story.

2. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014) .

Aggressive patriotism meets anti-government paranoia in this exciting tale that pits the Captain against labyrinthine conspiracies. It also turns out that Steve Rogers is way more interesting displaced in time in the 2000s than firmly at home in the 1940s. And you will believe The Falcon can fly.

1. “The Avengers” (2012) .

Still the gold standard of the McU, this movie reveals that Joss Whedon gets comic books down to their DNA, in the same way that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were fluent in the language of serials in the “Indiana Jones” movies. Putting all these heroes in one room (or helicarrier, anyway) yielded terrific results, even if the film’s success led to the all-superheroes-all-the-time ethos of contemporary Hollywood.

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Kenneth Branagh is A Gentleman in Moscow

Variety is reporting that Kenneth Branagh (Murder on the Orient Express) is set to produce and star in an adaptation of Amor Towles’ novel A Gentleman in Moscow, which has Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders) attached to direct.

Set in Russia (as you’d assume from the title) and spanning 30 years from the 1920s, the series will star Branagh as Count Alexander Rostov, a man ordered to spend the remainder of his life inside a luxury hotel.

“A Gentleman in Moscow is a life-affirming book full of humor and charm that brings together the profound, the political and the personal,” said Harper. “I am thrilled to be working with Ken, whose masterful talent will allow us to bring this extraordinary story to life.”

“Ken is a world class talent celebrated for portraying captivating and layered characters, and Tom is a master at crafting gripping and thought-provoking television,” adds Mark Gordon of Entertainment One.
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Kenneth Branagh to star in and produce 'A Gentleman In Moscow' for eOne

TV series based on Amor Towles’ best-selling 2016 novel.

Entertainment One (eOne) has signed Kenneth Branagh to star in and produce its TV series based on A Gentleman In Moscow, Amor Towles’ best-selling 2016 novel.

Tom Harper is set to direct the series and produce alongside Xavier Marchand of Moonriver Content. eOne will serve as the studio for the project and controls worldwide rights.

Branagh and Mark Gordon, eOne’s president and chief content officer, film television and digital, recently collaborated as producers of Murder On The Orient Express, the feature film Agatha Christie adaptation that Branagh directed and starred in. Gordon
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Kenneth Branagh to Produce and Star in ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’

Kenneth Branagh to Produce and Star in ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’
Kenneth Branagh will star in, and produce, “A Gentleman in Moscow,” the TV adaptation of Amor Towles’ novel.

Entertainment One will produce and Tom Harper (“Peaky Blinders”) will direct the series, which is set in Russia, starts in the 1920s and spans 30 years. It tells the story of a man ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Branagh will play the lead, Count Alexander Rostov.

“Ken is a world class talent celebrated for portraying captivating and layered characters, and Tom is a master at crafting gripping and thought-provoking television,” said Mark Gordon, eOne’s president and chief content officer,
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Kenneth Branagh to Star in TV Adaptation of 'A Gentleman in Moscow'

Kenneth Branagh is set to star in and produce Entertainment One's TV adaptation of A Gentleman in Moscow, based on the Amor Towles novel of the same name.

The project reteams Branagh with Mark Gordon, who was recently named president and chief content officer at eOne, after their collaboration on Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh and the Designated Survivor producer also worked together on Warm Springs for HBO and Disney's Swing Kids.

Branagh's credits as an actor and/or director include Much Ado About Nothing, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Dunkirk. The period drama A Gentleman in...
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Kenneth Branagh To Star & Produce eOne’s TV Adaptation Of ‘A Gentleman In Moscow’

Exclusive: Fresh from playing Hercule Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh is to re-team with Mark Gordon in Entertainment One's television adaptation of A Gentleman in Moscow. I hear the Dunkirk star is attached to star in and produce Tom Harper's adaptation of Amor Towles' novel, which tells the story of an man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Branagh will play the novel's protagonist Count Alexander Rostov…
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The Handmaid’s Tale director to helm Anne Frank drama

Emmy Award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano is in talks to helm the Anne Frank drama Keeper of the Diary for Fox Searchlight.

The film will detail Anne’s father Otto Frank’s quest to find a publisher for his daughter’s diary, which recounts her family’s experience as they found themselves trapped in Amsterdam during the Nazi’s persecution of the Jews during World War II. Otto is aided in his efforts by the ambitious young junior editor Barbara Zimmerman, who would go on to become the founder of the New York Review of Books.

Kenneth Branagh had previously been in talks to direct the movie, as well as starring as Otto Frank. However, he is no longer involved in the project in any capacity.

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'The Handmaid's Tale' Director Reed Morano Tapped to Direct Anne Frank Drama

'The Handmaid's Tale' Director Reed Morano Tapped to Direct Anne Frank Drama
Fresh off of her Emmy win for The Handmaid's Tale, director Reed Morano is eyeing another story amplifying a woman's voice, a drama about the search for a publisher of Anne Frank's diary.

Morano is in talks to direct Keeper of the Diary, about Otto Frank's quest to find a publisher for the diary his daughter, Anne, kept while in hiding from the Nazis in the World War II-era Netherlands, for Fox Searchlight. He finds an ally in Doubleday junior editor Barbara Zimmerman, who later co-founded and co-edited The New York Review of Books.

Kenneth Branagh was previously in talks...
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano in Talks for Anne Frank Drama ‘Keeper of the Diary’ (Exclusive)

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano in Talks for Anne Frank Drama ‘Keeper of the Diary’ (Exclusive)
The Handmaid’s Tale” director Reed Morano is in talks to direct the Anne Frank-diary drama “Keeper of the Diary” for Fox Searchlight, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Morano won an Emmy last season for directing episodes of Hulu’s dystopian feminist drama. “Keeper of the Diary” is about Otto Frank’s search for a publisher for the diary his teenage daughter kept while they hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust. Anne Frank died in a concentration camp before the book was published years later. Kenneth Branagh was previously in talks to direct and star as Otto Frank. Searchlight won “Keeper of the Diary”...
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The Batman Fan Art Imagines Daniel Craig As The Dceu’s Two-Face

The Batman doesn’t seem like it’ll arrive on the silver screen anytime soon, so fans of the Dark Knight are free to fill their time imagining who will be cast as the many members of the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery. One of the premier individuals of that club is, of course, Harvey Dent Aka Two-Face. But who could play the corrupt District Attorney in the DC Extended Universe?

Here’s one name to throw into the mix: 007 himself, Daniel Craig. An awesome piece of fan art created by digital artist Spider-maguire was shared by Redditer @-Csumbi- and features the James Bond star mocked up as Gotham’s former white knight.

As you can see, he scrubs up pretty well as Harvey Dent, which makes us think he would do a great job as the villain. Craig has already played a couple of psychotic characters in the likes
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Avengers: Infinity War Won’t Undo Thor’s Development in Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth has admitted that he was concerned that Avengers: Infinity War would undo Thor’s development, following his dramatic journey and character arc during Thor: Ragnarok.

Since he started playing Thor Odinson in 2011, Hemsworth’s God of Thunder has had one of the more dramatic character arcs out of any superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directors Kenneth Branagh, Alan Taylor, and Taika Waititi each brought their own version of the character to life in their respective Thor solo movies.
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Big B, Kamal, Mani Ratnam, Srk and Aamir to share dais with Christopher Nolan?

Cinema The director of ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception’ will be in Mumbai to take part in an event to preserve celluloid film in the digital age.Digital NativeIt has already been reported that the Hollywood director Christopher Nolan would be in India to take part in an event that would be on the preservation of celluloid film in the current digital era. Well, it is now almost confirmed that the Bollywood icon, Amitabh Bachchan would be hosting the event titled ‘Reframing the Future of Film’ at the Tata Theatre in Mumbai. The exact dates of this event is yet to be announced. This is one of the biggest film-related events that is going to happen in to the country with almost all the top stars, filmmakers and technicians agreeing to grace the occasion. Reports are that director Mani Ratnam, actors Kamal Haasan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Shyam Benegal, Santosh Sivan, Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar, and others will be attending this event. Christopher Nolan, an aclaimed English-American director, producer, and screenwriter, has directed ten feature films and four short films. His career as a feature film director began with the 1998 directorial Following. He then went on to direct movies such as Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and Dunkirk. His last film release, Dunkirk, starred Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. The film was made on a budget of $100 million and went on to collect $525.6 million worldwide. Christopher Nolan has won several awards in his career including Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, the Board of the Governors Award, the Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, Visionary Award, the Writers Guild of America Award for the Best Original Screenplay for Inception, the African-American Film Critics Association for Best Picture for The Dark Knight. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Filming begins on Artemis Fowl by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-03-15 17:24:14

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Filming has begun on Disney's live-action adaptation of Eoin Colfer's book Artemis Fowl. It will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw as the title character, alongside Lara McDonnell, Dame Judi Dench and Josh Gad.

The film - which sees 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl engaged in a battle against a powerful race of fairies who may be responsible for his father's disappearance - will be shot in England, Northern Ireland and Ho Chi Minh City. The book was adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson.

McDonnell plays Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold, while Dench plays Commander Root, the leader of the reconnaissance division of the LEPrecon, the fairy police force, and...
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Production underway on Disney’s Artemis Fowl

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced that filming is now underway on Artemis Fowl, director Kenneth Branagh’s (Murder on the Orient Express) adaptation of the first book of Eoin Colfer’s best-selling series of the same name. Here’s the official press release from Disney:

Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.

Newcomer Ferdia Shaw plays the title character, with Lara McDonnell (“Love, Rosie”) playing Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold.

In the underground fairy world of Haven City, Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench (“Skyfall”) plays Commander Root, the leader of the reconnaissance division of the LEPrecon, the fairy police force, and Josh Gad (“Beauty and the Beast”) plays Mulch Diggums,
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Netflix Picks Up Lily James’ Guernsey Literary Adaptation

Netflix has acquired distribution rights to U.K. historical drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Based on the book by the same name, the film has been a long time in the making, with a 2012 version originally promising Kate Winslet in the lead role and Kenneth Branagh directing. Now it’s Downton Abbey star Lily James playing journalist Juliet Ashton, and Mike Newell at the helm.
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Artemis Fowl (2019): Principal Photography Starts On Disney’s Science Fantasy Film

Disney Begins Principal Photography On Artemis Fowl

Shooting is now underway on Disney’s planned adaptation of the first book in the Irish science fantasy book series Artemis Fowl.

Helmed by Shakespearean actor and Thor director Kenneth Branagh, the movie is set to film in England, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam. The shooting locations indicate there will be quite a [...]

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Kenneth Branagh Begins Shooting Disney's Artemis Fowl

Based on the first book of Eoin Colfer's best-selling series of the same name, and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Disney's Artemis Fowl has begun principal photography and will film in England, Northern Ireland and Ho Chi Minh City. The book was adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson.

Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father's disappearance.

Newcomer Ferdia Shaw plays the title character, with Lara McDonnell (Love, Rosie) playing Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold.

In the underground fairy world of Haven City, Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall) plays Commander Root, the leader of the reconnaissance division of the LEPrecon, the fairy police force, and Josh Gad
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Filming Begins On Kenneth Branagh’s Artemis Fowl – Photography In England, Northern Ireland And Ho Chi Minh City

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Based on the first book of Eoin Colfer’s best-selling series of the same name, and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” has begun principal photography and will film in England, Northern Ireland and Ho Chi Minh City. The book was adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson.

Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.

Newcomer Ferdia Shaw plays the title character, with Lara McDonnell (“Love, Rosie”) playing Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold.

In the underground fairy world of Haven City, Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench (“Skyfall”) plays Commander Root, the leader of the reconnaissance division of the LEPrecon, the fairy police force,
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