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Kenneth Branagh Wants To Make An Animated Shakespeare Movie

Sir Kenneth Branagh wants to make an animated Shakespeare film.The 59-year-old actor has directed a number of movies based on William Shakespeare plays, including 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'Hamlet', and admits that he wants...

Frances Mcdormand Thinks Age Makes A Difference In Macbeth

Frances McDormand believes 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' differs from the Shakespeare tale as the main characters are older.The Oscar-winning actress will play Lady Macbeth in a new take on William Shakespeare's play - which features...

Critics Torn Over Rufus Wainwright's Performance Tribute To Shakespeare's Sonnets

Rufus Wainwright has divided opinion with a recent performance of his new album 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets', a celebration in the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, which took place at the...

From 'Romeo + Juliet' To Macbeth: 11 Of The Best William Shakespeare Adaptations In Cinema History

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of the world's most renowned playwright William Shakespeare, we reflect on the best interpretations of his work that have ever hit the big screen. From all Kenneth...

Andrea Riseborough Drops Out Of London Stage Production

The Birdman star was due to return to the London stage for the first time in seven years to portray Rosalind in the National Theatre's production of the classic play, set to open...

Sam Waterston's The Tempest Causes A Storm Among Critics

The former Law & Order star leads the cast of the production at New York City's outdoor Delacorte Theater in Central Park as wizard Prospero opposite Jesse Tyler Ferguson as jester Trinculo, but...

Sir Ian Mckellen Defends Film Roles

Sir Ian McKellen has defended his roles in 'X-Men' and 'The Lord of the Rings'.The 76-year-old actor, who reprised his role as the powerful mutant Magneto in 2014's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and...

Sir Kenneth Branagh Explains Scale Of Cinderella Challenge

Sir Kenneth Branagh found making 'Cinderella' as intimidating as tackling a William Shakespeare production.The 54-year-old director is responsible for the new Disney movie production of the classic fairytale and insists he can't distinguish between 'Cinderella'...

Lily James Believes In True Love

Lily James believes in ''true love''.The 25-year-old actress stars in the Sir Kenneth Branagh-directed version of 'Cinderella', playing the central character alongside Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, and insists she believes in the film's...

Mike Tyson Eyes Shakespearean Role

Mike Tyson hopes to broaden his acting repertoire by starring in a Tv version of William Shakespeare's Othello.The boxing icon has previously made cameo appearances in The Hangover franchise and Scary Movie 5, but he...

Tony Awards 2014: What We Know About The Award Ceremony So Far

The Tony Awards always promises to be a night of drama, stirring songs and as many celebrities as it is physically possible to pack into the Radio City Music Hall, New York. As it's always...

With 'Hamlet', Benedict Cumberbatch Could Become Stage Great

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Hamlet on the London stage next year, in what could become the making of the quintessentially British actor. The 37-year-old will star in William Shakespeare's classic tragedy at the...

Kevin Spacey To Release Film Of Global Richard Iii Project

Kevin Spacey's global trip performing an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Richard Iii is to be released on film.The House of Cards star portrayed the villainous king in a London theatre production of Shakespeare's play two...

Marion Cotillard Struggles With William Shakespeare For Macbeth Role

French actress Marion Cotillard was shocked to be offered a leading role in a new big screen adaptation of Macbeth because she struggled to understand William Shakespeare's classic text.The La Vie en Rose star will...

Ben Kingsley Warns Schools To Promote William Shakespeare

Hollywood actor Sir Ben Kingsley is worried students are no longer interested in the works of William Shakespeare because they do not get the chance to see his plays performed.The Gandhi star insists more needs...

Hailee Steinfeld On 'Awkward' Kissing Scenes

Hailee Steinfeld finds kissing scenes ''awkward''.The 'Romeo and Juliet' actress stars opposite Douglas Booth in the new adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, and she admitted both dying and locking lips on screen were challenging...

Julian Fellowes Outrages Critics By Rewriting William Shakespeare

Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes has been criticised for altering the words of William Shakespeare.The creator of hit British drama Downton Abbey came under fire when he was accused of rewriting lines in his adaptation of...

Matt Damon And Vanessa Redgrave To Take Part In William Shakespeare Reading

Matt Damon is to tackle the works of William Shakespeare with seasoned thespian Vanessa Redgrave during a night of readings in New York City later this month (Jun13).The pair will read sections of the playwright's...

Andrea Riseborough: Men Have Always Dominated Acting

Andrea Riseborough says acting has always been male-dominated.The 31-year-old star was unfazed by her work on 'Welcome to the Punch' despite being surrounded by men in the cast and explained the industry has been a...

James Mcavoy Messed Up Lines In Macbeth Performance

Scottish actor James Mcavoy was left cringing with embarrassment on Monday (04Mar13) after stumbling over his lines during a West End performance of William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth.The X-Men: First Class star has been wowing audiences...

James Mcavoy Injured During Intense Scenes As Macbeth

James Mcavoy has been undergoing physiotherapy sessions to treat injuries he has sustained while playing Macbeth in a new stage adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy.The Wanted star stepped into the role of the doomed...

James Mcavoy Thrills Critics And Stars With Macbeth Debut

Scottish actor James Mcavoy won acclaim from critics and peers alike on Friday night (22Feb13) after debuting his portrayal of Macbeth in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's most famous tragedy in London's West End.The...

Alan Cumming To Stage Ambitious Solo Project On Broadway

Scottish actor Alan Cumming is taking his ambitious solo performance of William Shakespeare's Macbeth to Broadway.The Good Wife star will not only be playing the titular role, but every other part in the play himself,...

James Mcavoy To Play Macbeth In The West End

Scottish actor James Mcavoy will become a Celtic king in a new West End production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.The Atonement star is set to tackle one of the Bard's most famous characters at London's Trafalgar...

Kevin Spacey's New Tv Character Based On Richard Iii

Kevin Spacey had no trouble slipping into the role of a "wily politician" for his upcoming TV drama House Of Cards because the character is based on William Shakespeare's Richard Iii, who the actor recently...

Queen Elizabeth's Olympics Helicopter Jump

Queen Elizabeth showed off her sense of humour by pretending to jump out of a helicopter for the London Olympics Games' Opening Ceremony tonight (27.07.12).The 85-year-old monarch collaborated with Daniel Craig, who was in character...

Alan Cumming Injured In Theatre Rehearsals

Alan Cumming's first day of stage rehearsals for his one-man version of William Shakespeare's Macbeth got off to a shaky start - the actor cut himself on a prop.The X2 star is preparing for the...

Madonna's W.e To Show At London Film Festival

Madonna's 'W.E.' will have its British premiere at the London Film Festival.The film - which gained mixed reviews from critics after a gala screening out of competition at the Venice Film Festival last week -...

Helen Mirren: 'Female Spy Roles Are Undervalued'

Dame Helen Mirren believes there should be more female spy roles.The Oscar-winning actress - who has played an assassin in 'Red' and a retired Israeli secret service agent in 'The Debt' in recent years -...

Helen Mirren: 'Make-up In The Tempest Would Be Ridiculous'

Dame Helen Mirren didn't wear any make-up in 'The Tempest' as it would have been "ridiculous" to do so. The 65-year-old actress portrays sorcerer Prospera in the adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic - in...

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