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‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ Review: Broadway’s Mighty Janet McTeer Brings Legend To Life

‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ Review: Broadway’s Mighty Janet McTeer Brings Legend To Life
Whatever combination of passion, narcissism and bravery swirl to form an actor’s decision to tackle Hamlet must merit a spot in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Short of that, we’ll have to rely on the wondrous Janet McTeer’s star turn in Theresa Rebeck’s spirited, funny new play Bernhardt/Hamlet to guide us up theater’s Mount Everest.

Opening tonight at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre, Bernhardt/Hamlet is based on a real-life chapter in the life of legendary stage actress Sarah Bernhardt. Rebeck’s play – by turns comedy and drama – goes backstage as “the Divine Sarah” rehearses for her scandalous, much-anticipated debut as the Dane.

Weary of coasting along in one lucrative revival of Camille after another, the 55-year-old Bernhardt is risking her career, her reputation and her feeble bank account to pull up her pants and go, literally, for broke.
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How National Theatre Brings Its Live Plays to the Movies

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For nearly a decade, National Theatre Live has brought live theater from London’s acclaimed Royal National Theatre to a global audience, broadcasting productions such as “Hamlet” and “War Horse” via satellite to movie theaters all over the world.

“It’s unadulterated, unedited, no post-production,” says Creative Broadcast Solutions’ Chris Bretnall, who has served as National Theatre Live’s technical producer since the initiative’s inception.

The goal is “to replicate — as best as we possibly can — the experience you’re going to get seeing a play in the Lyttelton Theatre or the Olivier or the Dorfman and give you the best seat in the house in whichever country, whichever time zone you might be in,” Bretnall says.

The next play coming to U.S. movie theaters courtesy of National Theatre Live is “Julie” on Sept. 6. The modern take on August Strindberg’s 1888 play “Miss Julie” stars Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa.
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Now Stream This: ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller’, ‘Revenge’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘They Came Together’, and More

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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Another edition of Now Stream This is here to offer you a smorgasbord of streaming options! Be honest – you don’t want to leave your house. You want to stay inside and watch […]

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Broadway Box Office Droops To $29M; ‘Straight White Men’ Signs Off

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Broadway Box Office Droops To $29M; ‘Straight White Men’ Signs Off
Bernhardt/Hamlet and The Nap braved the summer heat with Broadway previews last week as overall box office dropped about 8% to $29.5 million. Attendance for the 31 productions running during Week 15 (ending Sept. 9) was 249,078, about 85% of capacity.

In its second week of previews at American Airlines Theatre, Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet, starring the great Janet McTeer, took in $243,681 for seven performances, 45% of potential. Attendance of 4,301 was about 83% of capacity, with an average ticket going for $57. (Opening night is September 25).

The Nap, from English playwright Richard Bean and starring Ben Schnetzer and John Ellison Conlee, played its first six performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, grossing $106,016, a small 17% of potential, even with an average ticket price of $36. Attendance was 2,945, about 76% of capacity. The comedy thriller, directed by Daniel Sullivan, has some time to gain traction before its September 27 opening.

In the final week of its limited engagement, Straight White Men, starring Josh Charles,
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Toronto Film Review: Julianne Moore in ‘Gloria Bell’

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Toronto Film Review: Julianne Moore in ‘Gloria Bell’
Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria Bell” is the second film this year to end with the Laura Branigan song “Gloria” — the kind of high-energy empowerment anthem that recasts its leading lady in a different light — the other being Netflix’s recent Gloria Allred docu “Seeing Allred.” Speaking of recasting leading ladies, it also happens to be the second of Lelio’s films to close with that song, although there’s a perfectly good explanation for that: “Gloria Bell” is a nearly scene-for-scene remake of the “A Fantastic Woman” director’s 2013 single-woman drama, this time in English and featuring Julianne Moore in the role that earned Paulina García the Berlin Film Festival’s best actress prize.

Many were skeptical when the project was announced, much as they were to the news that Jack Nicholson might star in an American version of “Toni Erdmann,” and yet Moore insisted in this case that if
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Press star Paapa Essiedu: ‘The word diversity doesn’t mean anything’

The rising British actor on representation, the elitism of theatre and the role of newspapers in 2018

It has been a few weeks since he returned from a trip to the Edinburgh fringe and actor Paapa Essiedu is talking about how “amazing” it was to “see certain stories celebrated in what has been a huge arts festival, but not necessarily a representative one”. He sighs. “As is always the case when we have this conversation, it does feel like there’s steps being made, but there are so many steps still to go.”

For many black British actors, particularly those from lower income backgrounds, the so-called “diversity debate” is one they’re often pulled into – whether they want to be or not. Instead of talk, Essiedu seems to prefer action, speaking in glowing terms about his work with Open Door, a charitable organisation that aims to widen access to drama schools
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Casting Alert: Shakespeare in Utah, Virginia Woolf in Kentucky + More Smaller Market Gigs

Plenty of creative gigs are available in smaller acting markets to start your fall off right. In Lexington, Kentucky, an Equity production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” is seeking union and nonunion talent for several lead roles. Or discover a new hidden talent and perform as a Freddie Mercury lookalike in Chicago. Whatever your talent, Backstage has plenty of opportunities for you. Utah Shakespeare Festival 2019 Season, Cedar CITYJoin the Utah Shakespeare Festival for its upcoming season, which will include “Book of Will” ( written by Lauren Gunderson), “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night,” “Hamlet,” “The Conclusion of Henry VI pt. 2 and 3,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice), “Every Brilliant Thing” (written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe), and Arthur Miller’s “The Price.” The festival is seeking male and female Equity actors, aged 18 and older. There will be an Equity principal audition on Sept. 24. Four
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‘Sons of Anarchy’ at 10: Kurt Sutter Reflects on Biker Drama Worldbuilding and Legacy

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ at 10: Kurt Sutter Reflects on Biker Drama Worldbuilding and Legacy
Ten years ago, “Sons of Anarchy,” Kurt Sutter’s crime drama about a gun-running motorcycle gang in the fictional town of Charming, Calif., premiered on FX. Over the course of the seven-season run that followed, the show became the top-rated show on the cable network and developed a dedicated audience on social media before concluding in 2014.

Starring Ron Perlman as Mc president Clay Morrow, and Charlie Hunnam as vice president and Clay’s stepson, the show offered up themes of brotherhood, redemption, and most of all, family. Loosely framed around the story of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the members of the motorcycle club clashed with rival MCs, forged uneasy alliances with other criminal outfits, they worked constantly to earn a living while staying one step ahead of the law.

Prior to “Sons,” Sutter was working on “The Shield” for the cabler, starting as a staff writer there but ultimately promoted to executive producer.
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Carl Reiner Pays Tribute to ‘Genius’ Neil Simon: ‘The Guy With the Voice of a Turtle’ (Exclusive Video)

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Carl Reiner Pays Tribute to ‘Genius’ Neil Simon: ‘The Guy With the Voice of a Turtle’ (Exclusive Video)
On Sunday, Neil Simon died at the age of 91. Carl Reiner knew and worked with Simon on “Your Show of Shows” in the early 1950s, and they were longtime friends. Reiner reflects on the memory of his friend, as told to TheWrap’s Daniel Kohn.

I first met him when he was a young writer on “Your Show of Shows.” A neophyte writer, he came with his brother, who was an established writer. And Neil was very quiet, sat quietly in the writers’ room, along with Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks, Joe Stein, Tony Webster. He was a very quiet guy, but he had a mind like no other.

As a matter of fact, I called him “the guy with the voice of a turtle” — he talked so quietly that nobody ever heard him. Lucky for both of us, I was sitting next to him, and this was a phrase that
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Zingbot zings the ‘Big Brother’ 20 houseguests, but did he go too far by calling Sam ‘crazy’?

Fan-favorite robot Zingbot returned to the “Big Brother” house to zing the Season 20 houseguests, but some fans think he may have gone too far by calling Sam Bledsoe “crazy.” This welder from Stuarts Draft, Virginia has had a rough time in the house so far, including her memorable stint as a robot back in the first week. Sam has frequently mentioned that she doesn’t fit in with the others and is often seen crying in the Diary Room. That’s why during Wednesday’s episode when Zingbot said the “c” word, the rest of her houseguests reacted in pure shock. Did Zingbot go too far with his latest dis?

SEESorry, Scottie: 61% of America wants you evicted from ‘Big Brother’ on August 23 instead of Brett

Zingbot first popped up in 2010 during Season 12 to host the Veto competition. Fan reaction was so positive that the robot has returned to roast the
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Pop Culture Imports: Surreal Turkish Horror, a Hindi Adaptation of ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi,’ and More

Pop Culture Imports: Surreal Turkish Horror, a Hindi Adaptation of ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi,’ and More
(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.) The end of the month always brings with it a few eclectic stragglers on the “new to streaming” lists. But that’s why this column is here: to help you find out the foreign movies […]

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‘Big Brother’ 20 episode 25 recap: Did Zingbot’s Veto save either Scottie or Brett on August 22? [Updating Live Blog]

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‘Big Brother’ 20 episode 25 recap: Did Zingbot’s Veto save either Scottie or Brett on August 22? [Updating Live Blog]
Heading into Wednesday’s Veto episode of “Big Brother,” the house was still in shock over Head of Household Faysal Shafaat‘s decision to nominate his ally Scottie Salton for eviction next to Brett Robinson. Thanks to Jc Mounduix‘s “puppet master” skills, Faysal was made to believe that Scottie was in love with his girl Haleigh Broucher, so Faysal retaliated by putting him on the block. Did tonight’s Veto challenge, which was hosted by fan-favorite robot Zingbot, save either Scottie or Brett? If so, who did Faysal put up as a replacement nominee?

Seejc on ‘Big Brother’ 20 jaw-dropper: ‘I am the best puppet master ever!’ he brags after Faysal nominates Scottie for eviction

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 20, Episode 25 to find out what happened Wednesday, August 22 at 8/7c. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite houseguests on CBS’ reality TV show,
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‘Patrick Melrose’: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became an Expert in Addiction to Deliver His Career Best

Not only is Showtime’s five-part mini-series “Patrick Melrose” a superb cinematic adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s five searing novels, it marks Benedict Cumberbatch’s best performance ever. While some may prefer his Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game,” star-making Emmy-winner “Sherlock,” or little-seen Emmy-nominated role in “Parade’s End,” it’s “Patrick Melrose” that feels like a role he was born to play.

The 42-year-old British star, who moves easily from comic-book roles like Marvel’s Doctor Strange to the BBC’s urbane “Sherlock” and the high drama of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” scored his sixth Emmy nomination (one of five for the series) for his tour-de-force portrayal of a not-so-functioning drug addict with icky family secrets. The series, written by David Nicholls (“One Day”) and directed by Edward Berger (“Deutchland 83”), is entertaining and moving in equal measure, thanks to Cumberbatch’s careening yet precise performance. He nails this guy.

“This
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Digital Make-Believe: Imagining the Self in Pixelvision

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In Pixelvision, everybody’s beautiful, everybody’s a hero.—Joe Militus, “Discontinued: The Story of the Pxl-2000” (1997)11Hamlet (2000)First announced at the American International Toy Fair in 1987, toy company Fisher-Price released the Pxl-2000 at a starting price range of $100 to $200. The camcorder—known colloquially as the "Pixelvision"—was initially developed2 as one of many “toys for older children.” But because of its high costs and ambiguous target audience—too demanding for some kids; too juvenile for others—the Pixelvision waned in sales until Fisher-Price eventually halted its production in 19893. The discontinuation, however, did not circumscribe Pixelvision’s noticeable surge in popularity among zealous Dv aficionados. But for those in need of affordable and portable film equipment, the firmware of Pixelvision was both a blessing and a curse: Requiring only a cheap audiocassette tape, the lightweight device records eleven to fifteen minutes of grainy black-and-white footage at a time; but each frame is ruptured by inextricable,
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Sons of Anarchy: 20 Storylines That Were Completely Abandoned

Praised for its family-themed melodrama infused with biker culture, Sons of Anarchy began as Hamlet on wheels. The FX series told the harrowing tale of Jax Teller, a young man born into violence whose hatred for his step-father and Mc President Clay Morrow threatened to unravel the very life he grew up loving. Running for 92 episodes and spanning seven seasons, Sons of Anarchy was a rollercoaster ride of betrayal, deceit, and family feuds set within the small town of Charming, California.

Created by Kurt Sutter and starring Charlie Hunnam, Katy Sagal, and Perlman, the show boasted some serious talent in its vast, ever-changing cast. Over the course of its seven-year run, the Sons of Anarchy dealt with a truckload of adversaries, from rival gangs to traitorous former memebers. Along the way, they also had they their fair share of authority figures to deal with, including local police officers, Atf agents,
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Rebecca Hall to Direct Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson in ‘Passing’

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Rebecca Hall to Direct Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson in ‘Passing’
Rebecca Hall has been hired to direct Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in the thriller “Passing.”

Hall is making her feature directorial debut on the project, directing from a script she adapted from Nella Larsen’s Harlem Renaissance novella. Margot Hand of Picture Films and Oren Moverman of Sight Unseen are set to produce, with Angela Robinson executive producing.

“Passing” follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities. Larsen’s story was first published in 1929 by Knopf and her exploration of race was informed by her own mixed racial heritage and the increasingly common practice of racial passing in the 1920s.

Hall’s acting credits include “Christine,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Frost/Nixon,” and “The Dinner.” Negga will be seen next on stage in Dublin at the Gate performing in “Hamlet” and in James Gray’s “Ad Astra.
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Patrick Stewart returning to ‘Star Trek,’ but can he finally win Emmy for his iconic role? Make it so!

Patrick Stewart returning to ‘Star Trek,’ but can he finally win Emmy for his iconic role? Make it so!
Actor Patrick Stewart made a surprise appearance at the “Star Trek” convention in Las Vegas on August 4. He was there to reveal important news to fans about the next “Trek” series being developed for CBS All Access, the streaming service that currently airs “Star Trek: Discovery” as well as “The Good Fight.” He revealed to eager audiences, “Jean-Luc Picard is back.” But would you believe he never won an Emmy for that iconic role? Worse, he was never even nominated.

“I have spent a lot of time recently watching ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ including episodes I had never seen before,” Stewart told the convention crowd, “and gradually it became clearer and clearer to me that the power of that show, the success of that show, the benefits that it gave — I have never grown tired of hearing from people who stop me in the street … who say to me,
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Avengers: Infinity War Audio Commentary Confirms Thor Director’s Cameo

It was back in 2011 that director Kenneth Branagh brought the son of Odin to the big screen with the first Thor movie, and now things have come full circle with an uncredited voice cameo in Avengers: Infinity War.

It’s long been rumored that the very first line of dialogue heard in the Marvel mega-hit was spoken by the Northern Irish Academy Award nominee. The opening words take the form of a distress call sent by a spaceship carrying the last survivors of Asgard, including the God of Thunder himself, after their journey’s interrupted by an attack from Thanos and his minions. Though we never see who makes this cry for help, Twitter user Jeremy Conrad has reported that the audio commentary for the movie’s upcoming home video release reveals the speaker’s identity:

“The #InfinityWar audio commentary confirms it Is Kenneth Branagh who is the voice of
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First is the worst: Faysal had the worst Crap App on ‘Big Brother 20,’ readers vote

No ifs, hams or buts about it: Faysal, the first least trending houseguest, had the worst Crap App on “Big Brother 20,” 63 percent of our readers voted in a recent poll.

Even if it wasn’t worst, Fessy’s Crap App was definitely the grossest since he had to consume seemingly interminable amounts of vegan ham for a week. Again, we’re not exactly sure why Fessy, a Muslim, chose something named Hamazon. Obviously it’s gonna be something to do with ham, and you can’t eat ham, so… Not the sharpest tool in the shed there.

See ‘Big Brother 20’ spoilers: Here’s all the drama that went down at the Week 4 Veto ceremony

Coming in second with 32 percent is Haleigh, who had to recite “Hamlet” in a Shakespearean accent and garb for a week. It wasn’t difficult or stomach-churning, just tedious since Haleigh had to read aloud the
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Sons Of Anarchy: 20 Characters Who Were Completely Abandoned

Ready to hit the road on your hog, riding into the wind at 90 Mph+, on the lookout for the ghosts of old friends? Then you might be ready for this look back at an aspect of Sons of Anarchy which fans may have overlooked.

The much-beloved FX biker saga ran for 92 episodes over seven years with an almost modern-day Shakespearean pedigree. There’s the Hamlet relationship between Clay and Jax, the Lady Macbeth-like Gemma, and plenty of Montagues and Capulets wearing leather, club patches, and lots of tattoos.

Over seven seasons, the story of Jax Teller took us from the fictional town of Charming, California to the border of Mexico and even Northern Ireland, always into some serious drama. Incredibly complex storylines were explored from outlaw activities to family honor debts and all out war with rival motorcycle gangs. In that time, we met a bike-load of rough and tumble characters,
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