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Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Joel Coen A24 ‘Macbeth’ Movie On Hiatus

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Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Joel Coen A24 ‘Macbeth’ Movie On Hiatus
Exclusive: A24’s Macbeth is just one of the many feature productions to hit pause out of safety during the coronavirus climate. The latest feature version of the William Shakespeare play, adapted and directed by Joel Coen, sans brother Ethan, was set to film here in Los Angeles.

The pic stars Denzel Washington as Macbeth with Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth, along with Brendan Gleeson as Duncan, Corey Hawkins as Macduff and The Legend of Buster Scruggs alum Harry Melling as Malcolm. It’s Joel Coen’s ninth movie with wife McDormand. Scott Rudin is also reteaming with Coen and producing Macbeth. Rudin won the Oscar for Best Picture for Coen’s No Country for Old Men.

Macbeth follows a Scottish lord who becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he is destined to become king of Scotland. With the help of his ambitious wife, he goes to extreme and violent lengths to seize the crown.

Washington is no stranger to the Bard, having played the title role in the 1990 NYC Shakespeare in the Park stage production of Richard III and the role of Brutas in the spring 2005 Broadway production of Julius Caesar which wound up reportedly doing quite financially, recouping its $3M investment back in the day. Washington also played the role of Don Pedro in Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 feature adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which grossed over $22.5M WW.

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starred in the last feature version of Macbeth from director Justin Kurzel back in 2015.

Other notable Shakespeare titles at the domestic box office include Franco Zeffirelli’s 1990 Hamlet starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close which did $20.7M and Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 Henry V which grossed $10.1M.
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10 Directors Who Should Direct A Video Game Film

10 Directors Who Should Direct A Video Game Film
Video games seem to be the one thing Hollywood cannot crack. Over the last century of film, we have seen countless adaptations of books, comics, television shows and even other TV shows do well both critically and commercially. Video games are always subject to some of the worst films ever, even when everything seems to be perfect (such as the director of 2015’s Macbeth directing an Assassin’s Creed film starring Michael Fassbender).

Related: 5 Best (& 5 Worst) Video Game Movies

Sure, maybe it’s hard because plenty of games already feel like strange amalgamations of movies (like Uncharted and Tomb Raider clearly taking inspiration from the Indiana Jones trilogy) or because studio meddling gets in the way. Regardless, the success of Sonic The Hedgehog and Detective Pikachu have proven there’s definitely room for game adaptations to succeed. Here are ten filmmakers that should consider throwing their skills at some virtual worlds.
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‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ Trailer: George MacKay Tackles a Legendary Aussie Criminal

‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ Trailer: George MacKay Tackles a Legendary Aussie Criminal
Hot off the awards-season buzz for “1917,” George MacKay makes his next big-screen appearance in “True History of the Kelly Gang” from “Macbeth” director Justin Kurzel. Here, MacKay stars as 19th Century Australian criminal Ned Kelly, who was executed in 1880 with the famous last words “Such is life.” Watch the new U.S. trailer below. IFC Films opens “True History of the Kelly Gang” in theaters and on VOD April 24.

Set against the unforgiving landscape of 19th Century Australia, the movie follows the legendary outlaw Ned Kelly, who’s raised under the iron rule of the colonial English. Food is scarce and survival is filled with daily struggle as colonizers degrade their victims with ceaseless brutality. Similarly, fellow Aussie filmmaker Jennifer Kent explored this world in last year’s rape-revenge tale “The Nightingale,” and “True History of the Kelly Gang” features Essie Davis, who starred in Kent’s debut “The Babadook,
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‘True History Of The Kelly Gang’ Trailer: George MacKay & Russell Crowe Star In Justin Kurzel’s Latest

‘True History Of The Kelly Gang’ Trailer: George MacKay & Russell Crowe Star In Justin Kurzel’s Latest
Despite a hiccup with “Assassin’s Creed,” Justin Kurzel is thought of as one of the better filmmakers working today, particularly with his films such as “Snowtown” and “Macbeth.” And judging by the new trailer for the upcoming film, “True History of the Kelly Gang,” it appears that Kurzel is going to rebound nicely from his oft-maligned video game adaptation.

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Julia Child Series Ordered to Pilot at HBO Max

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Julia Child Series Ordered to Pilot at HBO Max
HBO Max has given a pilot order to a series based on the life and work of Julia Child.

Called “Julia,” the hourlong series from Lionsgate is described as “inspired by Julia Child’s extraordinary life and her show The French Chef, which essentially invented food television. Through Julia and her singular can-do spirit, it explores an evolving time in American history – the emergence of a new social institution called public television, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity, and America’s cultural growth. At its heart, the show is a portrait of a marriage with an evolving and complicated power dynamic.”

The cast so far includes Sarah Lancashire (“Happy Valley”), who will play Child, Tom Hollander playing her husband, Paul, as well as Jefferson Mays (“I Am the Night”), Brittany Bradford (Broadway’s “Macbeth”), Fran Kranz (“The Loudest Voice”), Fiona Glascott (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”), Bebe Neuwirth,
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Exclusive: Cosmo Jarvis and Niamh Algar interview on Calm With Horses

Exclusive: Cosmo Jarvis and Niamh Algar interview on Calm With Horses
Calm With Horses is a gritty, moving drama that boasts having a cast of some of the most exciting young talent in the UK and Ireland. We were fortunate enough to meet two of them, sitting down with two of the film’s leads Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth) and Niamh Algar (The Virtues).

Jarvis tells us about his process getting into the head of lead character Arm and the physical transformation that came with it, not to mention his scarily accurate accent. Algar also talks about her role, and her hopes for her future in the industry. We also ask Jarvis about Lady Macbeth, following the remarkable rise of the careers of both him and his female co-stars Florence Pugh and Naomi Ackie, and whether they all have a WhatsApp group…

Watch the full interview below:

Synopsis

In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas `Arm’ Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family,
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Alan Cumming Signs With ICM Partners

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Alan Cumming Signs With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Alan Cumming, the multihyphenate who was nominated for multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and Golden Globes for his turn on The Good Wife and won a Tony for Cabaret, has signed with ICM Partners. The move comes as he is co-starring opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the Old Vic production of Endgame, which wraps its run at month’s end.

The Scotland-born Cumming stars opposite Rosario Dawson in USA Network’s freshman drama series Briarpatch, which airs at 11 p.m. Mondays. He previously starred on the two-season run of CBS’ Instinct, playing a former CIA operative lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. It was the first broadcast drama series with an openly gay leading character.

Cumming’s film credits include Emma, Circle of Friends, Golden Eye, X2, the Spy Kids movies and Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. He and Jennifer Jason Leigh co-wrote,
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Trailer for Julian Fellowes Netflix series ‘The English Game’

Trailer for Julian Fellowes Netflix series ‘The English Game’
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The trailer for Julian Fellowes’ upcoming Netflix series, The English Game, which is set for release on the streaming platform later this month, has been released online.

The six-part drama charts the origins of football and how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world’s most popular sport. The series is written and executive produced by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and produced by 42.

The series will star Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Kevin Guthrie, Charlotte Hope, Craig Parkinson, James Harkness, Niamh Walsh, Gerard Kearns, Joncie Elmore, Sam Keeley (Anthropoid), Daniel Ings, Kate Dickie, Henry Lloyd Hughes, Kate Phillips, Ben Batt, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Harry Michell and Anthony Andrews (The King’s Speech).

The English Game lands on 20th March. Here’s the trailer.

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UK box office preview: ‘The Invisible Man’ faces ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’

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UK box office preview: ‘The Invisible Man’ faces ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’
True History Of The Kelly Gang’, ‘Downhill’ among other new openers.

Universal’s Blumhouse Productions horror The Invisible Man faces off against Curzon Artificial Eye’s Cannes title Portrait Of A Lady On Fire this weekend at the UK box office.

Directed by Saw writer Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss as a lady who believes her ex’s recent suicide was a hoax, and that she is being hunted by a being no-one else can see.

It marks an incredible 99th film production for Blumhouse, the company established by former Miramax executive Jason Blum in 2000.

43 of the
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Exclusive: George Mackay, Essie Davis and Justin Kurzel on “reimagining” Ned Kelly film, True History of the Kelly Gang

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Exclusive: George Mackay, Essie Davis and Justin Kurzel on “reimagining” Ned Kelly film, True History of the Kelly Gang
To celebrate the release of the acclaimed new drama/thriller True History of the Kelly Gang, we sat down with stars George Mackay (1917) and Essie Davis (The Babadook) and director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) to chat all things about the legendary outlaw Ned Kelly.

Based on the novel by Peter Carey, The True History of the Kelly Gang reimagines the history and legacy of Ned Kelly somewhat and tells of his history from a young man in Victoria, Australia up to him and his gang’s final shootout at Glenrowan. Telling a different side to history, which is a huge part of Australian culture, Mackay and Davis talk about being part of this moment in time but also bringing a new “vision” to it, whilst Kurzel talks about wanting to tell a more grounded, realistic version of events that encompasses all aspects of the legend.

The film also stars Nicholas Hoult
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True History of The Kelly Gang Review

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True History of The Kelly Gang Review
Though usually depicted as a quasi-Robin Hood folktale, Justin Kurzel’s take on Ned Kelly’s story centres on a title character bound by morbid destiny. Similarly to Peter Carey’s Booker Prize winning book – on which this film is based – the whole story is framed through the extended letter the eponymous Kelly is writing in the film’s closing movements.

Written from this point in time, it’s unsurprising that Kelly sees his life as pre-determined; or at the very least, that every event edged him towards the police shoot-out which has lived on in public consciousness. By book-ending the film with the same shot of a singular rider surging through the outback, Kurzel underlines the butterfly effect which Kelly himself feels a product of.

Unlike the more sympathetic, Heath Ledger-led Ned Kelly (2003), True History of the Kelly Gang is violent, visceral and completely lacking in gloss. This
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Interviews: George MacKay, Essie Davis & Justin Kurzel on ‘True History Of The Kelly Gang’

Interviews: George MacKay, Essie Davis & Justin Kurzel on ‘True History Of The Kelly Gang’
One of the best-known figures in Australian history, Ned Kelly is often described as their equivalent of Robin Hood. The 19th-century outlaw and gang leader who earned his place in legend for wearing a bulletproof iron suit during his final shootout with the police, he’s now the subject of True History Of The Kelly Gang, based on the book of the same name by Peter Carey.

It’s directed by Justin Kurzel who, in the interview below, explains why he believes Australia has a complicated relationship with its most famous anti-hero – and why the previous films about Kelly spurred him on to make one of his own.

Playing the title role in the film is 1917’s George Mackay, who reveals why he and the actors playing the gang formed a punk band as part of the preparation for their roles. Essie Davis (The Babadook), who appears as Kelly’s mother,
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Actress Zoe Caldwell Who Won 4 Tony Awards Dies at 86

Actress Zoe Caldwell Who Won 4 Tony Awards Dies at 86
Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award-winner, has passed away at the age of 86.

The actress died peacefully in her home in Pound Ridge, New York on Sunday from complications due to Parkinson’s disease, a spokesperson for her son, Charlie Whitehead, confirmed to People.

Born in Australia, Caldwell first started her professional career at 9 years old in a production of Peter Pan before going on to appear in productions at Melbourne’s Union Theatre Repertory Company and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company.

She moved to London to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959 and began her American acting career as
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Zoe Caldwell Dies: Four-Time Tony Winner Who Played Maria Callas In ‘Master Class’ Was 86

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Zoe Caldwell Dies: Four-Time Tony Winner Who Played Maria Callas In ‘Master Class’ Was 86
Zoe Caldwell, a veteran stage, TV and film actress who won four Tony Awards and originated the Broadway roles of Maria Callas in Master Class and the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, has died. She was 86.

Her son, Charlie Whitehead, said she died Sunday of Parkinson’s disease complications at her home in Pound Ridge, NY.

Caldwell won four lead actress Tony Awards spanning 30 years. Along with Master Class (1996) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1968), she also scored trophies for Slapstick Tragedy (1966) and Madea (1982).

Along with her 45-year career on the Great White Way, the Australia native appeared in such films as Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo and the 2002 Disney toon Lilo & Stitch. Among her many telefilm roles were adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Her most recent credit was as Oskar’s (Thomas Horn) grandmother
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Is It Too Soon to Talk About Next Year’s Oscars?

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Is It Too Soon to Talk About Next Year’s Oscars?
Hollywood may still be shaking off its awards-season hangover, but before it puts the tuxedos and gowns back in storage, Variety wants to take a look at some of the films that seem destined to dominate the next Oscars race.

It’s true that on paper many movies that now appear earmarked for awards greatness may collapse on the shoals of audience indifference or fall prey to a good old-fashioned critical savaging. Why, this time last year, “The Goldfinch,” an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s beloved best-seller with Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort, looked like a certified best picture contender. Those dreams deflated when audiences actually saw the movie or, more to the point, chose not to see the movie.

Still, sight unseen, there’s a crop of films that studio executives and awards consultants already have on their radar. In part, that’s because of the track
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John Shrapnel obituary

Actor known for his work at the RSC and National Theatre who brought force and intelligence to stage and screen roles

Richly variegated and utterly plausible, with a distinctively weak “r”, the voice of the actor John Shrapnel, who has died aged 77 after suffering from cancer, was instantly recognisable on stage or screen over the past 50 years. He was therefore much in demand for voiceover work on documentaries or television adverts. He always sounded warm and urgent.

But his glory was on the stage, often with the Royal Shakespeare Company or the National Theatre, for whom he played leading and prominent supporting roles from 1968 onwards, including a clutch with Laurence Olivier’s Nt company at the Old Vic – Banquo in Macbeth, Pentheus in the Bacchae and Orsino in Twelfth Night – between 1972 and 1975.
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Brendan Gleeson, Corey Hawkins & More Join Denzel Washington In Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’

Almost exactly a year ago, it was reported that Joel Coen was branching off on his own to write and direct a new version of the William Shakespeare drama, “Macbeth,” for A24. And as if that wasn’t intriguing enough, we learned that the cast would be led by Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. However, since then, things have been fairly quiet.

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Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’ With Denzel Washington & Frances McDormand Readies For Shoot, ‘Buster Scruggs’ Actor Joins

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Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’ With Denzel Washington & Frances McDormand Readies For Shoot, ‘Buster Scruggs’ Actor Joins
Exclusive: The Legend Of Buster Scruggs actor Harry Melling is the latest to join the cast of Joel Coen’s update of Shakespeare classic Macbeth. We hear production is due to get underway in mid-February.

Melling will take on the role of Malcolm, a son of former Scottish king Duncan, and a threat to Macbeth’s reign.

Denzel Washington will star as Macbeth with Frances McDormand co-starring as Lady Macbeth. We understand Brendan Gleeson will portray Duncan and Corey Hawkins will play Macduff. Ralph Ineson is also among supporting cast.

It’s unclear at this stage who will play the famous witches or the character of Banquo in the project which is produced by Scott Rudin and backed by A24. None of the producers or relevant agencies were available to confirm castings.

Coen is directing from his own original screenplay. The movie marks his first without his brother Ethan, with whom he shares four Oscars.
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Newcomer Moses Ingram Joins Denzel Washington in Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’

Newcomer Moses Ingram has been cast alongside Denzel Washington and Corey Hawkins in Joel Coen‘s adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth, Collider has exclusively learned. Washington will play the title character, while two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand will co-star as Lady Macbeth. Elsewhere, Hawkins will play Macduff, and Emmy winner Brendan Gleeson will play King Duncan in the A24 movie, which is being produced by Scott Rudin. Coen is directing from his own original screenplay, and Macbeth will mark his first time not working alongside his brother, Ethan Coen, with whom he shares four Oscars. Production is …
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Ned Kelly Returns in True History Of The Kelly Gang [Trailer]

Ned Kelly isn't new to movies. The famous, or more accurately infamous, Australian bushranger has appeared numerous times on film, perhaps most notably in 2003 when Heath Ledger, played the outlaw in Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly.

The latest iteration of Kelly comes via Justin Kurzel, the great Australian director best known for The Snowtown Murders, Macbeth and most recently Assassin's Creed.

Adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name, True History of the Kelly Gang stars George MacKay (currently having a great moment as the star of the excellent 1917), as Kelly and tracks the history of Kelly's rise and eventual fall as one of the most famous of all bushrangers.

Along with MacKay, the film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Charlie
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