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The Daily Stream: The Tragedy Of Macbeth Renews Shakespeare As An A24 Horror Film By Joel Coen

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they've been watching, why it's worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)The Movie: "The Tragedy of Macbeth"Where You Can Stream It: Apple TV+The Pitch: An esteemed thane and his wife commit regicide in a bid for Scotland's throne and soon enter a downward spiral of further murder and madness.In "The Tragedy of Macbeth," writer-director Joel Coen goes solo without losing a step. "The Ballad of Buster Scru...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Scotland, Netflix, Akira Kurosawa, Michael Fassbender, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Ross, Macbeth, Carter Burwell, Hunter, Coen Brothers, Indiewire, Gollum, Fritz Lang


Station Eleven Spoiler Review: Finding Hope Among Harsh Times Through Creativity And Serendipity

HBO Max's "Station Eleven" has been structured in such a way that the shape of the narrative was not immediately evident from its first three episodes, which premiered in mid-December and which we covered in our non-spoiler review. It was only as the weeks went on that it became fully clear what this sublime miniseries from showrunner Patrick Somerville was doing as it alternated between odd-numbered, character-centric flashback episodes and even-numbered ones rooted in the post-pandemic present...
Tags: Reviews, Asia, Television, Movies, Earth, Denmark, Peter Pan, Hamlet, Miranda, Prophet, Frank, Elizabeth, Clark, Arthur, Hugo, Tyler


The Tender Bar Screenwriter William Monahan On Adapting JR Moehringer's Unusual Memoir [Interview]

"The Tender Bar" is a story with a kind heart. Based on JR Moehringer's memoir, the film adaptation doesn't sugarcoat conflict to achieve any of its feel-good moments, either. The drama focuses on the bad times as much as the good times. Screenwriter William Monahan is behind the adaptation, which features Ben Affleck as the watchful Uncle Charlie. Anyone with a large family or lucky enough to have an Uncle Charlie, related or not, will recognize the beauty of the character. The story is about f...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Movies, News, Ben Affleck, Matt Taibbi, Hamlet, Times, David Foster Wallace, Hemingway, Michael Mann, Don, Charlie, Hunter Thompson, Fitzgerald, Monahan


The Northman Filmmaker Robert Eggers Was Inspired By This Ancient Norse Story

Robert Eggers' latest offering, "The Northman," gives its lead Viking (played by Alexander Skarsgård) a simple set of high-stakes motivations: avenge father, save mother, kill Fjolnir. The synopsis for the epic, starring Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe, describes it as a revenge thriller that "explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father." If that sounds a bit like William Shakespeare's classic traged...
Tags: Movies, News, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Viking, Bard, Alexander Skarsgard, Eggers, Willem Dafoe, Robert Eggers, Claudius, Northman, Northman Eggers, Amleth, Empire Amleth


Station Eleven Cinematographer On Capturing The Post-Apocalyptic World Of The HBO Max Series [Interview]

"Station Eleven," now streaming on HBO Max (read our review), serves as an antidote to the dour color palette and mood of other post-apocalyptic narratives on television and in film. Laced with humor and heartache, it's perhaps the brightest, most fanciful end-of-the-world drama you'll ever see. The 10-episode miniseries follows several characters and their interconnected lives during a global pandemic and its aftermath.Needless to say, it's a show that very much mirrors our own reality. "Statio...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Toronto, Chicago, David, Canada, Kmart, Vancouver, Christian, Jeremy, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Bill Pullman, Alberta


Give Thanks, and Take Turkeys

     The autumn sky shines blue as the meeting’s attendees gather. The barn was empty and large, but voices filled the room. Talk of the year’s successful harvest and chitter of the week to come hushed when the first American pardoned turkey, Hamlet, reached his feathers for the gavel. He stood at a plywood podium that had a plaque that read “founding of the presidentially pardoned turkeys” and demanded that the room become attentive.      “Alright fellow turkeys, we gather here today to refr...
Tags: Jobs, Thanksgiving, Entertainment, Turkey, Hamlet, Barack, Bush, Nixon, Short Story, Pardoned Turkeys, Jim Jim Jim


Kenneth Branagh Stopped Anthony Hopkins From Retiring While Making Thor

Sir Anthony Hopkins won his second Oscar for Best Actor this year for his performance in "The Father," but it might never have happened had another knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire kept him from retiring ... with a role in a Marvel movie. That's right: it was Sir Kenneth Branagh, the director of the first "Thor" film, who convinced Hopkins not to retire by having him play Odin the Allfather.This is just one of the behind-the-scenes tidbits from the production history of t...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, News, Clarke, Hannibal Lecter, Thor, Kenneth Branagh, Hamlet, Anthony, Anthony Hopkins, Henry V, Hopkins, Ken, Branagh, Robert Ford, Odin


‘Hamlet’ Review: Cush Jumbo Ignites London Production

There are two reasons that, among recent Hamlets, Cush Jumbo (“The Good Fight”) is right up there alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Ian McKellen. Like those two actors, Jumbo has dazzling ease on stage as the magnetic, glowing center of “Hamlet.” But frustratingly, also like Cumberbatch and McKellen, the actor is robbed of her full potential […]
Tags: Reviews, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Hamlet, Ian Mckellen, McKellen, Cush Jumbo, Cush Jumbo Ignites London Production, Hamlets Cush Jumbo


James Gunn Says Mantis And Nebula Have 'Pretty Huge' Roles In Guardians Of The Galaxy 3

Who needs Hamlet when you've got Nebula? Karen Gillan's blue cyborg space assassin may have 12 soliloquies in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," if James Gunn's official verified Twitter account is to be believed.That's likely a joke on Gunn's part. However, he recently replied to a retweeted ComicBook.com article that said a reading of his "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" script left Gillan and her co-star, Pom Klementieff — who plays Mantis — in "floods of tears." He said, "I hope it's not beca...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, News, Disney, Hamlet, James Gunn, Thunder, John Cena, Gunn, Karen Gillan, Gillan, Galaxy Vol, Klementieff, Maybe Nebula, Gunpowder Milkshake and Black Mirror Guardians


The 15 Best Glenn Close Roles Ranked

With a career that has risen to legendary status, Glenn Close has become one of the most treasured actors of her time. With characters have empowered female viewers everywhere and performances that have scared audiences from the first frame onward, Close has proven time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with. Plus, with all of the incredible powerhouse directors she's collaborated with, Close has genuinely cemented herself as the secret ingredient to any great movie, regardless o...
Tags: New York, Television, Movies, Robin Williams, White House, Disney, Williams, Ford, Rose Byrne, Roy, Ellen, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman, Peter Pan, Glenn Close, Mel Gibson


Turkish Series ‘Hamlet’ Recasts Tragedy for the Modern Equine Empire

Kaan Müjdeci’s “Hamlet” reskins Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy in a modern retelling of family betrayal and horse carriages. When Kedir Kesmeci murders his brother in secret, his niece Hazar must find the courage to expose him. Indeed her sorrows “come not single spies,” and there on the island of Büyükada, off the coast of Istanbul, she […]
Tags: Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Istanbul, Series Mania, Buyukada, Kaan Müjdeci, Kedir Kesmeci, Hazar


‘Hamlet’ Review: Ian McKellen’s Greatness Shines Intermittently in a Rudderless Production

Skeptics puzzling over the logic of watching 82-year-old Ian McKellen playing student prince Hamlet need only look as far as the play’s second scene in which Hamlet rebukes his mother. “I have that within which passeth show.” It’s an amplification of the line Shakespeare gave his chorus character ten years earlier in “Henry V”: “Let […]
Tags: Reviews, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Ian Mckellen, Hamilton, Henry V


Experience: I was stabbed while playing Hamlet

The audience thought it was part of the play and gave us a round of applause. I remember thinking I was about to dieWhen I was cast in a travelling production of Hamlet in 2011, I was very nervous – Hamlet has an awful lot of lines. But I was 24 at the time, and having a leading role was a big deal.We performed the show for six weeks without a hitch in a Dublin theatre. Then it transferred to Cork. Time was tight, which meant we didn’t get to finish our technical rehearsal before opening night, ...
Tags: Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Acting, Dublin, Hamlet, Cork Time


Michelangelo’s middlebrow moment

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about how Irving Stone—and Charlton Heston—introduced Michelangelo to a generation of American readers and filmgoers. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Like Shakespeare and Beethoven, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) is one of those giants of Western culture who is known by only one name—and not just to highbrows but pretty much everybody. Even those whose awareness of the visual arts is restricted to the Mona Lisa and “The Last Sup...
Tags: Art, David, Vatican, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Rex Harrison, Michelangelo, Charlton Heston, Sistine Chapel, Irving Stone, Carol Reed, Beethoven Michelangelo Buonarroti


Shakespeare and the sciences of emotion

What role should literature have in the interdisciplinary study of emotion? The dominant answer today seems to be “not much.” Scholars of literature of course write about emotion but fundamental questions about what emotion is and how it works belong elsewhere: to psychology, cognitive science, neurophysiology, philosophy of mind. In Shakespeare’s time the picture was different. What the period called “passions” were material for ethics and for that part of natural philosophy dealing with the so...
Tags: Books, Featured, Literature, Philosophy, Emotions, Francis Bacon, Bacon, Rhetoric, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Smith, Shape, Aristotle, Wright, Locke, Hume


Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Novel is a Fascinating, Frustrating Display of the Filmmaker’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Quentin Tarantino is now a novelist. Since the beginning of his career, his films have employed a novelistic structure, but now he’s writing actual books, the first of which adapts his last movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, for the page. Usually, it’s the other way around and we’re talking about the leap from page to screen. For whatever reason, movie novelizations have never been afforded artistic respect like film adaptations even though they fulfill a comparable task by translating a sto...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Features, Marvin, Sony, Leonardo Dicaprio, Monkees, Brad Pitt, Charles Manson, Banksy, Steve McQueen, Harpercollins, Hitler, Quentin-Tarantino, Hamlet, Damian Lewis


Adapting Shakespeare: shattering stereotypes of Asian women onstage and onscreen

In 1930, English novelist Evelyn Waugh entertained the prospect of Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong playing Ophelia, Hamlet’s love interest: “I should like to see Miss Wong playing Shakespeare. Why not a Chinese Ophelia? It seems to me that Miss Wong has exactly those attributes which one most requires of Shakespearean heroines.” Waugh went on to say that “I cannot see her as Lady Macbeth, but she seems to me perfectly suited for the role of Juliet or to any of the heroines of the comedies...
Tags: Books, Featured, Literature, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Evelyn Waugh, Kyoto, Wong, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Waugh, Laertes, Arts & Humanities, Theatre & Dance, Anna May Wong


Director Stephen Surjik Talks The Umbrella Academy and The Witcher

(Photo by Jackson Lee Davis/CBS via Getty Images) Stephen Surjik is a legend in the television industry having helmed episodes of The X-Files, Monk, Psych, Burn Notice, The Blacklist, The Flash, Bates Motel, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Lost in Space, FBI, The Witcher, and, most recently, The Umbrella Academy. Surjik also directed the feature film Wayne’s World 2. Lucky for us, Surjik was kind enough to chat with ComingSoon about his career, the ever-changing television industry, and...
Tags: England, TV, Movies, Interview, Getty Images, Fbi, Netflix, Canada, New Zealand, TV News, Streaming, Cbs, Scarborough, Christopher Walken, Mike Myers, Mars


Patrick Stewart Does Hamlet on Sesame Street

Patrick Stewart, displaying the Shakespearian acting chops that landed him the role of Captain Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, appeared on Sesame Street in 1996, performing a parody of Hamlet’s soliloquy with the letter “B”. Stewart never doesn’t give it his all when acting. Tags: Hamlet   Patrick Stewart   remix   Sesame Street   TV   video   William Shakespeare [Author: Jason Kottke]
Tags: William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Patrick Stewart, Jason Kottke, Stewart, Picard, Hamlet Patrick Stewart


My dearest foe in heaven, or: not near but dear

It was Hamlet who was ready to meet his dearest foe in heaven. In addition to dear “regarded with affection,” from dēor(e), English once had dear “savage, wild, grievous,” from dēor. Shakespeare used this word many times. It often occurred before him (for example, in Beowulf and in the Middle period) but slowly disappeared, possibly because having homonyms with two almost opposite meanings caused confusion, even though their coexistence had not bothered anyone for centuries and though such cases...
Tags: Books, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Beowulf, Scott Carroll, Spenser, Walter W Skeat, Kluge, Friedrich Kluge, OED, James A H Murray, Wikimedia Commons CC BY SA, Ernest Weekley, Elroy Serrao, Shakko, Beowulf Beowulf


‘Rosaline’: Kaitlyn Dever Will Star in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Spin-Off

The classic doomed romance of Romeo and Juliet gets a twist with Rosaline, a new film that will star Kaitlyn Dever. Based on the novel When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle, the story retells Romeo and Juliet through the perspective of Juliet’s cousin, and Romeo’s ex-girlfriend, Rosaline. Rosaline is mentioned several times in Shakespeare’s play, but she remains unseen throughout the whole story. Deadline broke the news that Booksmart star Kaitlyn Dever will star in Rosaline, a Romeo and Julie...
Tags: Movies, Casting, Adaptation, Rob, Shakespeare, Hamlet, MGM, Romeo, Tom Stoppard, Rose, Rosencrantz, Juliet, Dan Cohen, Shawn Levy, Rosaline, Kaitlyn Dever


Limerick-Off Award (468)

It’s time to announce the latest Limerick-Off winners based on submissions (on this blog and on Facebook) in the last Limerick-Off. Congratulations to LISI NORTMAN ARDISSONE, who wins the Limerick-Off Award for this funny limerick: Although gone, she was strangely alert. Still a nudge, even under the dirt. Right there at her plot, A voice said, “Do not Come visit me wearing that shirt.” Congratulations to TERRY MARTER, who wins the Special DRONES-Themed Limerick Award for this funny limerick: ...
Tags: Facebook, Fox, Humor, Isaac Newton, Contests, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Macbeth, Limerick, Duncan, Dave Johnson, Tony Holmes, Limericks, Limerick Award Winners, Limerick Competition, Limerick Contest


Do you worry too much? Stoicism can help

Stoicism is the philosophy that nothing about the world is good or bad in itself, and that we have control over both our judgments and our reactions to things. It is hardest to control our reactions to the things that come unexpectedly. By meditating every day on the "worst case scenario," we can take the sting out of the worst that life can throw our way. Are you a worrier? Do you imagine nightmare scenarios and then get worked up and anxious about them? Does your mind get caught in a horribl...
Tags: Anxiety, Innovation, Oxford, Philosophy, Stoicism, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Catastrophizing, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Robyn Beck, Getty ImagesOne, Jonny Thomson


Sir Ian McKellen on playing 'young prince' Hamlet at 81

The production will be one of the first to open when lockdown restrictions on theatres are eased in June.
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Highlights for March 29-April 4, 2021: Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up Dates and times are given for U.S. Pacific Time zone. Commit F resh from their conjunction in Aries, the Sun (March 31, 2:04 pm PDT) and Venus (March 30, 8:47 am) make their union official this week with sextile aspects to Saturn. What you love and value, you’re now invited to make into something lasting. Particularly if you’re a Leo (ruled by the Sun), or a Taurus or Libra (ruled by Venus), check in with a trusted advisor for counsel, instruction, and wisdom. You’re ready...
Tags: Leo, Mars, Hamlet, Pluto, Neptune, Venus, Aries, Astrology, Pisces, Don, Weekly, Weekly highlights, Elliott Kent Jen


The Guy Who Possibly Found The Author Of Shakespeare’s Source Material For Hamlet

And other plays too. This isn’t a “Shakespeare didn’t write his own plays” theory; it’s a theory about an Elizabethan playwright named Thomas North – and Thomas North’s cousin George. – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Words, Shakespeare, Hamlet, 03.19.21, Thomas North


Opinion: Ted Cruz isn't the only issue in Texas

"O Gertrude, Gertrude," King Claudius says to his wife in Act IV of Hamlet. "When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions." A distraught Ophelia has just exited, leaving the royal couple worrying about her madness, the brooding of Gertrude's son Hamlet and their own fates.
Tags: Texas, News, Ted Cruz, Stories, Hamlet, Gertrude, Ophelia, Gertrude Gertrude King Claudius


Opinion: Lone Star state's trouble comes in bunches

"O Gertrude, Gertrude," King Claudius says to his wife in Act IV of Hamlet. "When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions." A distraught Ophelia has just exited, leaving the royal couple worrying about her madness, the brooding of Gertrude's son Hamlet and their own fates.
Tags: News, Stories, Hamlet, Gertrude, Ophelia, Gertrude Gertrude King Claudius


Pigs proven intelligent enough to play video games

A quartet of porcine subjects at the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science learned to play a simple video game.All of the pigs scored well at the games' hardest level.Gaming skills were improved with human verbal and tactile encouragement. As evidence keeps mounting in support of the idea that pigs are highly intelligent—and despite some researchers viewing the species merely as a source of organs for human transplant—there's some compelling new evidence from scientists at the Purdue Center ...
Tags: Gaming, Learning, Animals, Intelligence, Innovation, Yorkshire, Consciousness, Pigs, Hamlet, Purdue University, Panepinto, Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science, Candace Croney, Croney


Five themes in Asian Shakespeare adaptations

Since the nineteenth century, stage and film directors have mounted hundreds of adaptations of Shakespeare drawn on East Asian motifs, and by the late twentieth century, Shakespeare had become one of the most frequently performed playwrights in East Asia. There are five striking themes surrounding cultural, racial, and gender dynamics. Gender roles in the play take on new meanings in translation, and familiar and unfamiliar accents expanded the characters’ racial identities. 1. What’s in a name?...
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Books, Featured, Literature, Manhattan, William Shakespeare, Akira Kurosawa, Shakespeare, Hamlet, George Lucas, Leia, Romeo, Baz Luhrmann, Lucas, Thich Nhat Hanh