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DVD Review – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2014.

Directed by Julie Taymor.

Starring Kathryn Hunter, David Harewood, Tina Benko, Lilly Englert, Mandi Masden, Jake Horowitz, Max Casella, and Zach Appelman.

Synopsis:

Julie Taymor’s filming of her stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s comedies, but under Julie Taymor’s direction, that dream becomes an unnerving nightmare. Stage productions rarely seem to pass onto physical media but, after making the rounds in cinemas, Kino Lorber’s DVD release comes as a special treat. Midsummer’s always been full of dark elements, and sinister interactions, but the party atmosphere made it easier to swallow. Taymor realizes parties only look like celebrations, and when the music speeds up, the revelry pulls you in, ignoring the urge to run way.

Shakespeare’s lines still carry humor, and Taymor’s production is faithful, but darkness is
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Latham-Jones Fully Acquires Ealing Studios Entertainment, Adds Several Projects to Slate

Ben Latham-Jones has fully acquired London’s Ealing Studios Entertainment, and has added several projects to the company’s production slate.

Latham-Jones, who joined the company in 2013 as a partner with Barnaby Thompson, takes over as head of the studio from Thompson. Latham-Jones is looking to expand the Ealing brand, best known for the 1950s comedies, and take “the studio to the next level.”

The new projects include “Encounter,” written and directed by Dominic Savage (“Love + Hate”); “Fisherman’s Friends,” written by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft, who co-wrote “St. Trinian’s”; “Vacation,” a Swedish drama written and directed by Jesper Ganslandt (“Blondie,” “The Ape”), starring Noomi Rapace (“Prometheus,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”) and Marwan Kenzari (“Ben Hur,” “Autobahn”); and the recently announced “Callas,” also starring Rapace.

Ealing is also producing with George Simenon Ltd. two stand-alone films for ITV based on Georges Simenon’s classic “Maigret” novels,
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Tale of Tales Movie Review

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Tale of Tales Movie Review
Title: Tale of Tales Director: Matteo Garrone Starring: Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Alba Rohrwacher, Massimo Ceccherini, Laura Pizzirani, Franco Pistoni, Giselda Volodi, Giuseppina Cervizzi, Jessie Cave, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Guillaume Delaunay, Eric Maclennan, Nicola Sloane, Vincenzo Nemolato, Giulio Beranek, Davide Campagna, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Stacy Martin, Kathryn Hunter, Ryan McParland, Kenneth Collard, Renato Scarpa. Kings, princesses, monsters, ogres, dark fairytales drenched with curses and magic that comes with a price, populate Matteo Garrone’s new cinematic endeavour, through the screen adaptation of a seventeenth-century collections of tales by Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile: ‘Lo cunto de li cunti’ (Pentamerone), i.e. ‘Tale [ Read More ]

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Calling All NYC Anglophiles!

New York City’s celebration of eclectic, electric new theater from the U.K. is back, running between now and June 28 at 59E59 Theaters. The 11th annual Brits Off Broadway Festival welcomes some of the most exciting theater artists from the far North of Scotland, down to Plymouth, and many places in between. If you’re an Anglophile stuck in a New Yorker’s body, check out this year’s lineup featuring the best in innovative new British theater. First up is Anthony Burgess’ “One Hand Clapping,” a dark comedy about a man with a photographic memory that he uses to win a TV quiz show. Emmanuel Darley’s family drama “Tuesdays at Tesco’s,” about a transgender woman struggling to connect with her father, features acclaimed actor Simon Callow. “Cuddles,” a stunning debut from young playwright Joseph Wilde, centers on a 13-year-old vampire isolated from the rest of the world.
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Julie Taymor Returns to New York Stage with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Julie Taymor Returns to New York Stage with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
New York -- There is life after Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. In her first New York stage venture since her rocky experience as the original director and co-creator of that Broadway blockbuster, Julie Taymor will return to her artistic roots with an Off Broadway production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Starring David Harewood (Homeland) as Oberon, Tina Benko as Titania, Max Casella as Bottom and Kathryn Hunter as Puck, the production will inaugurate Theatre for a New Audience's new home, the Center for Shakespeare and Classical Drama in Brooklyn.  Photos: Broadway Musicals That Have Sung

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Tom Hanks, Bette Midler and Steve Martin among 2013 Drama Desk Nominations

Tom Hanks, Bette Midler and Steve Martin among 2013 Drama Desk Nominations
The Drama Desk Awards — commonly known as the theater world’s Golden Globes, though nominees are represented across all NYC productions in a season — are the last precursor to the Tony Awards (check EW.com tomorrow morning for a full list of those). And judging by the list below, it’s going to be quite a competitive year, with some pretty heavy-hitters mixed in with longshots, not to mention some major snubs (Alan Cumming, Cyndi Lauper, Fiona Shaw, Chaplin’s Rob McClure to name a few). The winners will be announced at NYC’s Town Hall on May 19. Below is
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Catch-up TV Guide: From Much Ado About Nothing to TOTP2: Girl Groups

TV: El Wingador

"I was just a guy that liked eating chicken." So begins the story of champion competitive-eater Bill Simmons. Oscar-winning film-maker Errol Morris doesn't do anything fancy with this 10-minute short – it came off the back of shooting a KFC ad – but he really doesn't need to: Simmons carries the load, telling us about his "training" (15lbs of food and three gallons of water a day, apparently), and his inability to ever really be full. On winning the Philadelphia Wing Bowl five times: "You've got to throw some reckless abandonment in and not worry about choking." Grotesque, but great.

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Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

If you weren't able to catch David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing – one of last summer's hottest West End tickets – you can now do so at a fraction of the price and at your own convenience. Caught in high definition with impressive production values,
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Hogwarts Revisited – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

On the fifteenth of July, 2011, the highest grossing film franchise ever will finally come to an end. Spanning ten years, eight movies, four directors and a worldwide box-office gross of over six billion dollars – the Harry Potter film franchise will draw to a close with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, as Harry faces off against He Who Must Not Be Named for the very last time.

Billed as The Motion Picture Event of a Generation, we at HeyUGuys wouldn’t want anybody to miss out. As such, here’s our recap of fifth book in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. So, without further ado, previously on Harry Potter…

I’m sorry Professor, I must not tell lies.

Using Cedric Diggory’s death as an excuse to plant one of their own in Hogwarts, The Ministry of Magic exerts its influence over the
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Collector's Edition Arrives June 14th

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Collector's Edition Arrives June 14th
The definitive inside story continues when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Editions arrive on Blu-ray and DVD June 14 from Warner Home Video. Created for fans of the world's #1 film franchise, each Ultimate Edition features a new chapter of "Creating the World of Harry Potter," a unique 8-hour documentary series with never-before-seen footage, intriguing stories and an authoritative insider look behind the films. Each hour-long chapter deepens the relationship Harry Potter fans have with the movies and adds to their understanding of and connection to their favorite characters and more (more details below). Orders are due May 10 (Blu-ray Disc Srp $49.99/DVD Srp DVD $39.92).

Each spellbinding Harry Potter Ultimate Edition is filled with more than four hours of special features and collectibles including a photo book featuring 44 pages of rare photos of the cast and crew, concept sketches and paintings, and behind-the-scenes insight.
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Winter Arts Calendar

Our critics pick the season's highlights. From Elisabeth Moss on stage to Adele's new album, these are the dates for your cultural diary

January

5 Film 127 Hours

Danny Boyle's 10th film tells the story of Aron Ralston, played by James Franco who severed his own arm with a penknife to escape after becoming trapped while hiking in Utah.

7 Film The King's Speech

Colin Firth is introverted monarch George VI, battling a debilitating stutter with the aid of an extroverted therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The ensuing friendship is touching – and, when the second world war breaks out, of national importance.

9 Classical Hollywood Rhapsody

The Bbcso and Chorus celebrate Hollywood's golden age. Composers include Korngold, Waxman, Rózsa; films range from The Wizard of Oz to Gone with the Wind. Barbican, London. 9 Jan only.

11 Theatre Twelfth Night

To mark his 80th birthday, Peter Hall returns to the National theatre, which he ran until 1988. He directs his daughter Rebecca,
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Harry Potter Movies Being Converted for 3D Blu-ray Release

Two Harry Potter movies being converted for 3D Blu-ray We reported last week that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will not be converted to 3D in time for its theatrical release date. Today, Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. and their DVD division, Warner Home Video, will instead focus on converting two previous Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for 3D Blu-ray.

Work has already started on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at Prime Focus London, with the company's Hollywood and India facilities chipping in as well. Prime Focus was the company behind the rushed 3D conversion of Warner Bros.' Clash of the Titans, although it was said that they are taking their time with these new Potter conversions.

Although work has been halted on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, it
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Begins!

We travel to Orlando, Florida for the grand opening of the new theme park based on the popular film franchise

All eyes are on Orlando, Florida this week for the long awaited grand opening of "The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter," a new theme park based on the phenomenally successful series of children's books and beloved films, which include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and the upcoming final chapters of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. The attraction is located at Universal Orland Resort's Islands Of Adventure, which is their literary themed park that also features Dr. Seuss and Marvel Comics inspired rides and stores.
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Corin Redgrave obituary

A political radical, as an actor he excelled at playing tortured establishment figures

Corin Redgrave, who has died aged 70, was both a formidable actor and a strenuous political activist. But, while it is fashionably easy to suggest that his career was blighted by his political activities, I suspect his talent was intimately related to his radical political convictions. And, if he enjoyed a golden theatrical rebirth from the late 1980s onwards, it may have had less to do with politics than with his determination to inherit the mantle of his revered father. Before he suffered a severe heart attack in 2005, Redgrave's later years yielded some of his finest work.

Redgrave was born, in London, into the theatrical purple. His father, Sir Michael, was both a great classical actor and a popular film star; his mother, Rachel Kempson, was also a distinguished actor. Educated at Westminster school, Redgrave won a scholarship to King's College,
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Corin Redgrave obituary

A political radical, as an actor he excelled at playing tortured establishment figures

Corin Redgrave, who has died aged 70, was both a formidable actor and a strenuous political activist. But, while it is fashionably easy to suggest that his career was blighted by his political activities, I suspect his talent was intimately related to his radical political convictions. And, if he enjoyed a golden theatrical rebirth from the late 1980s onwards, it may have had less to do with politics than with his determination to inherit the mantle of his revered father. Before he suffered a severe heart attack in 2005, Redgrave's later years yielded some of his finest work.

Redgrave was born, in London, into the theatrical purple. His father, Sir Michael, was both a great classical actor and a popular film star; his mother, Rachel Kempson, was also a distinguished actor. Educated at Westminster school, Redgrave won a scholarship to King's College,
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London Calling with Champagne Charlie Dateline: 15 / 3/ 09

As the economy changes a new theatre is coming through with the public not just ready but seemingly keener than ever to see serious work and less spectacle. This is really evident in the Young Vic's latest staging of Kafka Monkey. Staring a real powerhouse performer from the Royal Shakespeare Company - Kathryn Hunter; this short story has been expanded and dramatized by Colin Teevan. Colin is one of the UK?s preeminent adaptors of classical works so critics and public alike are buzzing with anticipation over this latest work of his. I caught up with him with only days to go before the show's opening to get an insight into the staging of this major work.
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Nat Tena to star in Royal Shakespeare Company's Othello

Actress Natalia Tena (Tonks in the Harry Potter films) will star (http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/23163/harry-potter-actress-to-make-rsc-debut-as) in the Royal Shakespeare Company's run of Othello this spring, which will be produced by fellow Order of the Phoenix costar Kathryn Hunter (Mrs. Figg). Nat will play Desdemona in a 1950s-era version of the play, which has been set as so, according to Kathryn, because: ---Quote--- “The way people view women and those of a different race are central to the play, so setting it in a time that predates the modern feminist and race relations era seems to make sense.” ---End Quote--- The play begins its run on January 30th at the Warwick Arts Centre (http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/home), University of Warwick, in Coventry.
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Staunton is latest 'Potter' teacher

Imelda Staunton has been cast as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Principal photography begins Monday with David Yates at the helm and a screenplay by Michael Goldenberg. Potter series vets David Heyman and David Barron are producing. The Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is a key character in the Harry Potter series, and a new one is introduced in each book. Staunton's character is named Dolores Umbridge. Also joining the cast are George Harris (The Interpreter) as Kingsley Shacklebolt, Helen McCrory (Casanova) as Bellatrix Lestrange, Natalia Tena (Mrs. Henderson Presents) as Nymphadora Tonks and Kathryn Hunter (All or Nothing) as Mrs. Figg. Newcomer Evanna Lynch beat more than 15,000 hopefuls at an open casting call to win the role of Luna Lovegood, a Ravenclaw student who becomes an important ally to Harry Potter.

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