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Unfair Verona: plans to limit tourists at Juliet’s balcony are blocked

Decade-long feud continues over popular selfie spot linked to Shakespeare’s Romeo and JulietPlans to curtail the number of tourists who flock to Verona for a selfie beneath the balcony where Romeo is said to have wooed Juliet have been blocked amid a feud over the site that has lasted more than a decade.Tourists can enter the tiny courtyard – free-of-charge – simply to take a photo of the balcony or to rub their hand on the right breast of a bronze statue of Juliet as part of a ritual that is sa...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, Culture, Italy, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Verona, Romeo, Juliet

Master of the Revels

In the English royal household, the Master of the Revels was responsible for overseeing royal festivities (aka revels) and stage censorship. An important role in the time of William Shakespeare, which turns out to be a key DTAP (Destination Time And Place) in Nicole Galland’s follow-up to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., aptly titled Master of the Revels. Galland had collaborated with Neal Stephenson on the first book, but took this sequel on by herself. I’m always curious about how authors collab...
Tags: Science Fiction, Japan, England, Movies, Italy, William Shakespeare, Bill, Shakespeare, Neal Stephenson, Stephenson, Ned, Leonardo da Vinci, Galland, Grainne, Arts & Letters, Nicole Galland

‘What If Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare, But Someone Else Wrote Him First?’

That’s how one scholar summarizes the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were written, yes, by the glover’s son from Stratford-upon-Avon — but adapted from scripts and prose works by the courtier and Latin translator Sir Thomas North. Here’s a look at the evidence. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Theatre, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Stratford, Thomas North, 04.06.21

15 Restorative Films to Stream in the Springtime

Spring is here, a perfect time to reflect on the cycle of rebirth and growth, and to watch some springtimey-y films that are an inspiration for both. The right springtime films offer the feeling of a fresh start and remind us of things in bloom, whether that’s thanks to sweeping views of the rolling hills and flowers…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Films, Netflix, Tennessee, Ivy League, William Shakespeare, Lifehacks, John Lithgow, Ewan McGregor, Maria, Colin Firth, Mean Girls, Broadway Musicals, Michelle Yeoh, Julie Andrews, Moore

To you I owe the most: tales of debt from Shakespeare’s England to the present day

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been paying off credit card debt in unprecedented numbers. Without travel or commutes, some households have been able to spend less and save more. Yet for many others, reliance on credit has become more necessary than ever. Furloughs, job losses, and reduced work for the self-employed have slashed incomes and increased emergency borrowing. Longstanding debts and periodic payments—student loans, rent—continue to fall due like clockwork. In the US, large h...
Tags: Books, England, Featured, US, Debt, Literature, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare, George Saunders, Antonio, Gary Shteyngart, Lodge, Arts & Humanities, Bassanio, Brittney Powell

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 1-8

  The Petersen Automotive Museum reopened on Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021 after closing at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)     Here is a sampling of upcoming in-person and online things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area. EVENTS   Six Flags Magic Mountain: Reopens on April 1. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Check the website for details and tickets. Tickets are for California residents only at this time. 26101 Ma...
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New discoveries about John Shakespeare: financial ruin and government corruption

A golden age for some, crooked and dishonest for others? Perhaps William Shakespeare grew up thinking this way about Elizabeth I and her ministers as disaster befell his father. Like thousands of others during Elizabeth’s reign, John Shakespeare’s business activities were denounced by well-connected informers linked to corrupt Exchequer officials. Once the queen had taken her cut, part of the profits went to privileged insiders who saw local men as easy targets. As documents recently discovered ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Featured, Court, History, House Of Commons, Literature, William Shakespeare, John, British, William, Shakespeare, National Archives, Warwickshire, Warwick

Italians defend Dante from claims he was 'light years' behind Shakespeare

Leaders rally in support of ‘father of Italian language’ after withering comments in German newspaperItalian political and cultural leaders have sprung to the defence of their much-revered poet Dante Alighieri after a German newspaper downplayed his importance to the Italian language and said he was “light years” away from William Shakespeare.In a comment piece in Frankfurter Rundschau, Arno Widmann wrote that even though Dante “brought the national language to great heights”, Italian schoolchil...
Tags: Europe, Books, Germany, Poetry, World news, Culture, Italy, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Dante, Dante Alighieri, Frankfurter Rundschau Arno Widmann

Maggie O'Farrell: ‘Severe illness refigures you – it’s like passing through a fire’

The Women’s prize winner reflects on the life‑threatening virus that shaped her writing, the superstitions that held her back, and why her prize-winning novel Hamnet speaks to our timesMaggie O’Farrell found the prospect of writing the central scenes of her prize-winning novel Hamnet, in which a mother sits helplessly by the bedside of her dying son, so traumatic that she couldn’t write them in the house. Instead, she had to escape to the shed, and “not a smart writing shed like Philip Pullman’s...
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Culture, Awards and prizes, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Philip Pullman, Alexandria, Stratford, Judith, Maggie O Farrell, Women's prize for fiction, Hamnet

Superhero Bits: William Shakespeare’s Avengers, Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie Would Have Had Batgirl & More

Will you read William Shakespeare’s version of the Avengers movies? Want to learn how to drawn Daredevil? Who is playing Black Mask in the second season of Batwoman? Want to see a WandaVision credits sequence in the style of the sitcom Friends? How would Batgirl have popped up in Ben Affleck‘s abandoned Batman movie? Want to see Groot‘s lines from the MCU translated? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Find out how to draw The Man Without Fear in a Daredevil lesson with Ma...
Tags: Comic Book/Superhero, Superhero Bits, Avengers, Batgirl, Batman, Batwoman, Black Adam, Daredevil, Justice-League, Spider-man, Superman, Superman and Lois, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, The-Flash, WandaVision

Disability, access, and the virtual conference

After my first Zoom meeting of the pandemic, I found myself lying on the bathroom floor with my noise-cancelling headphones on, on the verge of a full-blown meltdown. As an autistic person, I’ve always been hypersensitive to noise and to visual stimuli—but I hadn’t realized that a Zoom meeting with my colleagues could cause sensory overload. The number of images on the computer screen, the amount of movement in those tiny thumb-nail images, and the speed with which the images had moved, flashed,...
Tags: Books, Featured, Accessibility, Virtual Conference, Disability, Autism, Sociology, Literature, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shape, Health & Medicine, Social Sciences, Editor's Picks, Science & Medicine, Arts & Humanities

'Self-satisfied pork butcher': Shakespeare grave effigy believed to be definitive likeness

Exclusive: Bust in Holy Trinity church was modelled by tomb-maker Nicholas Johnson, research findsThey say you should never meet your heroes, which has been just as well for literature fans who for centuries have been told they would never even see an accurate likeness of William Shakespeare. Until recently, there were only two definitive portraits of the playwright widely regarded to be the greatest writer in the English language and both were thought to have been painted posthumously. Art crit...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Nicholas Johnson, Thomas Overbury

From Gnomeo & Juliet to Baz Luhrmann: 10 of the best Romeo and Juliets

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers have provided inspiration across stage and screen, via slang-singing gangs and warring garden ornamentsModern Toss on Shakespeare’s classic romanceSun’s out, guns out: Baz Luhrmann captures the temper-fraying, passion-sparking heat of Shakespeare’s summertime tragedy. We’re in Verona (or is that Venice?) Beach, where the boardwalk throbs and shirts are either loud or absent. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are love’s young dreamers, and – in a jostle of brill...
Tags: Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Leonardo Dicaprio, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare, Verona, Claire Danes, Romeo, Baz Luhrmann, Juliet, Romeo And Juliet, Pete Postlethwaite

Folger Shakespeare Library – Director of Programming

An international hub for Shakespeare scholarship and the study of the early modern period, the Folger Shakespeare Library (Folger) connects the 21st century with William Shakespeare’s work, ideas, and times in which he lived. The Folger is dedicated to cultivating new audiences for a new world, with a renewed and revitalized commitment to connecting Shakespeare’s stories to the world so that all visitors will find their stories reflected. The Folger creates lovers of Shakespeare and the humaniti...
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Paramount Lands Kenneth Branagh to Helm Bee Gees Biopic

Paramount lands Kenneth Branagh to helm Bee Gees biopic Nearly a year and a half since last hearing word that Bohemian Rhapsody scribe had been set to pen the script for the project, Paramount Pictures’ untitled Bee Gees biopic has gained new ground as five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh (Death on the Nile) has signed on to direct, according to Variety. RELATED: Bee Gees Biopic in Development at Paramount Pictures if (typeof readAdmiralCookie === "functi...
Tags: Movies, Elton John, Judi Dench, William Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh, Paramount Pictures, Barry, Agatha Christie, Steven Spielberg, Elton, Bee Gees, Roger Corman, Robin, Jane Featherstone, Gibbs, Rock Roll Hall of Fame

The Morning Watch: ‘WandaVision’ Series Finale Easter Eggs, Tom Felton Reacts to His ‘Harry Potter’ Performance & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch as Harry Potter franchise co-star Tom Felton reacts to his performance in Harry Potter in the Sorcerer’s Stone. Plus, check out nearly seven dozen Easter eggs and comic references from the WandaVision ...
Tags: Movies, New Orleans, Harry-Potter, William Shakespeare, Tom Felton, Hogwarts, Anthony Mackie, Draco Malfoy, Video Of The Day, ScreenCrush, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, Hot Ones, The Morning Watch, WandaVision, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, Peacock Harry Potter

The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge: Part 1

Editor’s Note: This month, MIT Open Learning’s Peter B. Kaufman has published The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge, a book that takes a historical look at the powerful forces that have purposely crippled our efforts to share knowledge widely and freely. His new work also maps out what we can do about it. In the coming days, Peter will be making his book available through Open Culture by publishing three short essays along with links to corresponding sections of his book. Today,...
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Bruce Campbell Heavily Implies That He’s in ‘Doctor Strange 2’

If you were to make a list of the most indelible actor/director pairings of all time, it wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. The duo have worked together multiple times since first teaming up for a short film back in 1976, and now Campbell has taken to Twitter and may have hinted that they’ve just added another tally to their long list of collaborations. Is Bruce Campbell in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the big Marvel Studios sequel that Raimi i...
Tags: London, Movies, Casting, Sequels, William Shakespeare, Tobey Maguire, Marvel Studios, Bruce-Campbell, Parker, Campbell, Sam-Raimi, Raimi, Peter Parker, MCU, Comic Book/Superhero, Doctor Strange 2

The First AI-written Play Isn't Shakespeare - but It Has Its Moments

Science magazine describes what happens when a robot writes a play: The 60-minute production — AI: When a Robot Writes a Play — tells the journey of a character (this time a robot), who goes out into the world to learn about society, human emotions, and even death. The script was created by a widely available artificial intelligence (AI) system called GPT-2. Created by Elon Musk's company OpenAI, this "robot" is a computer model designed to generate text by drawing from the enormous repositor...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Prague, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Rosa, Charles University, GPT, Rudolf Rosa

Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Feb. 25-March 4

  Mark Maggiori’s “Hold On to What Is Good” is part of the “Masters of the American West” annual exhibit and sale presented by the Autry Museum of the American West. This year the exhibit is online and opens on Feb. 27. (Photo courtesy of the Autry Museum of the American West)     Here’s a sampling of online and in-person experiences, Feb. 25 to March 4.   EVENTS   Fair Foodie Fest: Purchase favorite fair foods at a no-contact and drive-thru event, Feb. 26-28. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Fridays;...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, California, La, Nazis, Israel, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Pandora, Vienna, Soccer, Brooklyn, United States, Glendale, Alaska

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

Andrea, Jennifer, and The 2 Williams.

I assured you that I would write this post. It's something that should be very fun for me, but I've made it obligatory. I said "It's one of my favorite stories ever." And then, fooling about in the comments: Every task seems like more fun than the subject I regard as the ripest of the week, Andrea, Jennifer, and The 2 Williams. What is wrong with me? I just got up to make my 5th cup of coffee! Did William Shakespeare drink coffee? Did William Faulkner?... "He didn't have coffee, he didn't have v...
Tags: Google, Coffee, Law, Washington, Nbc News, Ted Cruz, Fox News, University of Pennsylvania, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Donald Trump, Cruz, Macbeth, Mitchell, Hemingway

We now have new evidence that Richard III murdered the princes in the tower (ars technica)

Enlarge / Vintage engraving (1876) depicting the murderers of the "Princes in the Tower": King Edward V and his younger brother Prince Richard, Duke of York. New evidence has emerged that Richard III did indeed order the murders. (credit: Getty Images) England's King Richard III is at the center of one of the most famous assassination legends in history, immortalized in one of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. It's quite the tale: a power-hungry duke seizes the throne when his brother...
Tags: England, London, News, William Shakespeare, Parliament, Richard, Richard III, Gloucester, Edward, Jennifer Ouellette, Edward V, Saint George, Prince Richard Duke of York, Shrewsbury Duke of York, Richard Duke

‘R#J’ Review: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Retold Across Phone Screens [Sundance 2021]

Using the same Screenlife technology that powered films like 2018’s innovative Searching, director Carey Williams reimagines William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet through phone screens and social media accounts in his debut feature R#J. That approach might sound obnoxious, but for the most part, it works surprisingly well. Just as Baz Luhrmann did in 1996 with his stylish Romeo + Juliet, Williams aims to keep the story fresh for the next generation, and despite using Instagram ...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Los Angeles, Features, Movie Reviews, Williams, William Shakespeare, Facetime, Romeo, Baz Luhrmann, Noël, Sundance, Juliet, Romeo And Juliet, Montagues, Engels

Sundance: 'R#J' explores what would happen if Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' chatted on Instagram

The creative gamble of "R#J" — William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" meets Instagram — at Sundance Film Festival paid off.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, William Shakespeare, Usa Today, Shakespeare, Romeo, Juliet

The 2020 list of bizarre items left behind at Travelodge hotels

Where would you find a life-size R2-D2 robot, a money tree bearing £50 notes to the value of £10,000, a William Shakespeare outfit & skull, a 6ft cuddly polar bear, a case of union jack face masks, a 60 year old marriage certificate, a stethoscope and an adorable Siberian Husky called Saskia - where else but Travelodge's lost and found office.
Tags: Travel, William Shakespeare, Travelodge, Saskia

Thornton Wilder's Our Town is America's answer to Shakespeare

The Pulitzer-winning drama, set in the small town of Grover’s Corners, has a beating heart that will resonate through the yearsIt is frequently called the quintessential American play, but if productions of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer prize winner Our Town focus on its “American-ness”, they’re missing the point.Much as the Russian-set, Jewish-themed Fiddler on the Roof became an international hit in numerous languages, Our Town has lasted as one of the most produced US plays in the global mo...
Tags: Theatre, US, America, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, New Hampshire Continue, Grover, Thornton Wilder, Our Town

‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’, New Joel Coen Movie With Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, Was Shot in Black-and-White

The Tragedy of Macbeth, Joel Coen‘s first movie without brother Ethan, doesn’t have a release date yet, but here’s hoping we can see it this year. As we wait for some sort of release announcement (and a trailer, please?), we now have some news: the film was shot in black-and-white by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. This is news that will no doubt make some cinephiles (like me, for instance) start watering at the mouth. Let us see this movie, damn it! Macbeth has been covered on the big scre...
Tags: Movies, Washington, Frances-McDormand, Adaptation, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, A24, Macbeth, Denzel-Washington, Joel, Llewyn Davis, Ethan, Lady Macbeth, Denzel, Coen, Deakins

New to Netflix - ALL IS TRUE

William Shakespeare returns to Stratford and struggles with retirement. Read more >>> [Author: The Movie Waffler]
Tags: Movies, Netflix, William Shakespeare, Stratford, New Releases, The Movie Waffler, By Eric Hillis

2020 in Books

We’ve finally reached the end of 2020 and, much as we might not want to, it’s always a bit natural to take step back and examine where we are and what we’ve done. In this case, I’m focusing on one of the brighter spots of 2020, which was my year in books. I was very fortunate to have a job that easily transitioned to work-from-home, but even then, it’s obvious that the pandemic had a large impact on my reading habits. I keep track of (we should be friends there), and they have a bunch of f...
Tags: Movies, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Theodore Sturgeon, Arts & Letters, Hollywood Economist