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Netflix’s ‘The King’ Spoiler Review: Shakespeare Without the Dialogue, Anchored by an Intense Timothée Chalamet

Netflix’s The King is a reverse Hobbit: instead of adapting one book into three movies, it adapts three plays into one film. Shorn of Shakespearean dialogue, this loose retelling of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V gets by on character and plot. Timothée Chalamet brings a brooding intensity to the Henry V role, […]

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Taika Waititi (‘Jojo Rabbit’) would make Oscar history with Supporting Actor nomination

Taika Waititi (‘Jojo Rabbit’) would make Oscar history with Supporting Actor nomination
As actor-director Taika Waititi continues to establish his eccentric presence in Hollywood, he might just be on the precipice of making Oscar history. Waititi’s latest film, “Jojo Rabbit,” finds him not only in the director’s chair but co-starring as Adolf Hitler, who appears as an imaginary friend to young Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis). Described as an “anti-hate satire,” the film has been divisive among festival-goers thus far, but Waititi has earned strong praise from critics for his unique take on one of history’s biggest monsters. If the praise continues all the way to Waititi landing a Best Supporting Actor nomination, he wouldn’t just be the latest person to direct themselves to an Oscar nomination for acting. He would be the first person in Oscar history to direct himself to a supporting nomination.

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‘The King’ is a showcase for Timothee Chalamet but watch out for scene stealer Robert Pattinson

‘The King’ is a showcase for Timothee Chalamet but watch out for scene stealer Robert Pattinson
Timothee Chalamet was determined not to be typecast after his breakout, Oscar-nominated performance in “Call Me By Your Name” two years ago. Since then he has appeared in an eclectic mix of films, each different from the last. His latest, David Michod‘s “The King,” is based on on several plays from William Shakespeare‘s historical plays, collectively referred to as the “Henriad.” It recently screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival and will be released stateside by Netflix on October 11 before it streams starting on November 1.

As Henry V, Chalamet shows a steely brutality mixed with measured strength in a physical role that presents him as a leader amongst much more experienced men. He redeems himself in a part played on-screen previously by Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh. Those knighted actors headlined straightforward adaptations of Shakespeare’s play “Henry V.” This new film, which was written by
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Joel Edgerton Praises Korea’s Top Film Directors

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Joel Edgerton Praises Korea’s Top Film Directors
Joel Edgerton, star of “The Great Gatsby” and “Star Wars,” heaped praise on South Korea’s top film directors Tuesday during a visit to the Busan International Film Festival.

Edgerton, Timothee Chalamet and director David Michod are in Busan for a public screening of Michod’s “The King.” They were accompanied by producer Dede Gardner.

Edgerton said that ahead of the trip to Korea he had re-watched Bong’s 2003 crime classic “Memories of Murder.” “Two weeks ago I watched it (Bong’s ‘Memories of Murder’) again because I’m making a movie about a true crime in Australia next year,” he said

“The ending of the movie is so excellent. I’m a big fan of movies that end on ambiguity. When (leading Korean actor) Song Kang-ho looks into the camera it can be taken in many different ways.” (Song plays an intuitive and sympathetic detective.)

In recent weeks Korean
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‘The King’ Trailer: Timothée Chalamet Leads Netflix’s Star-Studded New Film

Netflix has released the first The King trailer for the streaming service's upcoming historical drama film. Timothée Chalamet stars in this adaptation of the William Shakespeare plays Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V, which was written by David Michod and Joel Edgerton. Michod directs, making this the Rover filmmaker’s second Netflix movie after the Brad Pitt-fronted satire War Machine. The King was originally in the works at Warner Bros. before moving over to Netflix. The story revolves around a wayward prince who ascends the English Throne upon his father’s death, at which …
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‘The King’ Trailer: Timothee Chalamet Becomes A Man And A Monarch In David Michôd’s Shakespeare Adaptation

It is said in “Henry V” that “men of few words are the best men.” Actions really do speak louder than words and the sooner that one understands that, the sooner one can put themselves into action to enhance the lives of all those around them. Somebody can talk until they’re blue in the face about all the improvements they may make, but it’s a waste of air if nothing is accomplished.

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Timothée Chalamet Is ‘The King’ in First Image from Netflix’s Oscar Hopeful

Along with the announcement that the Netflix original film The King will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month, the streaming service released the first image from the historical drama. Timothée Chalamet stars in this adaptation of the William Shakespeare plays Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V, which was written by David Michod and Joel Edgerton. Michod directs, making this the Rover filmmaker’s second Netflix movie after the Brad Pitt-fronted satire War Machine. The King was originally in the works at Warner Bros. before moving over to Netflix. The story …
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Laurence Olivier movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Laurence Olivier movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Laurence Olivier would’ve celebrated his 112th birthday on May 22, 2019. The Oscar-winning thespian is best remembered for his psychologically intense Shakespeare adaptations, both as an actor and a director. Yet his filmography extends well past the Bard’s work. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1907 in Surrey, England, Olivier first came to prominence on the British stage. A series of acclaimed theatrical performances, most notably in Noel Coward‘s “Private Lives,” caught the attention of filmmakers both in the UK and the Us.

He earned his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor for William Wyler‘s “Wuthering Heights” (1939), competing the very next year for Alfred Hitchcock‘s “Rebecca” (1940). Having firmly established himself as a formidable talent in front of the camera, he stepped behind it to great success with “Henry V”, the first of
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‘All Is True’ Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Biopic Aims High, Falls Flat

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‘All Is True’ Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Biopic Aims High, Falls Flat
How do we honor an icon when so little truth is known about his life? If Kenneth Branagh’s earnest Shakespearean biopic is any guide, we would do best to stick with the Bard’s own works. Indeed, it’s hard to watch “All Is True” without noticing what’s missing most: the nimble wit and profound insight we’ve already seen in Branagh’s own Shakespearean adaptations.

One can certainly empathize with the director’s desire to dig more deeply, after 35 years of committing the Bard of Avon’s work to stage and screen so successfully. But in the end, this fictionalized biography primarily reminds us how rare its subject’s talents really were.

As depicted by screenwriter Ben Elton, Shakespeare (Branagh) comes home to Stratford in 1613, hoping for a quiet retirement. He has been devastated by a recent fire, which burned his beloved Globe Theatre to the ground.
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Jason Patric Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

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Jason Patric Signs With Abrams Artists Agency
Jason Patric, the actor known for his roles in films like The Lost Boys, After Dark My Sweet, and Speed 2: Cruise Control, has signed with Abrams Artists Agency for theatrical representation. Patric, who was previously repped by Apa, recently filmed The Yellow Birds opposite Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette and co-starred in the Fox series, Wayward Pines.

Patric, son of actor/playwright Jason Miller, has appeared in stage productions such as Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Beirut, Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap, Henry V, and the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season.

His forthcoming film slate includes the action-thriller Hour Of Lead, from writer-director Peter Facinelli, the William Coakley-directed indie, Runt, and psychological thriller, Becoming, with Toby Kebbell.

Patric will continue to be repped by Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal.
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Will Spike Lee (‘BlacKkKlansman’) be the latest to win a competitive Oscar after receiving an honorary one?

Will Spike Lee (‘BlacKkKlansman’) be the latest to win a competitive Oscar after receiving an honorary one?
It was just three years ago that Spike Lee collected an Honorary Oscar, which is often the academy’s way of rewarding an overdue veteran who hasn’t picked up a competitive prize. But the iconoclastic filmmaker seems poised to return to the awards race in a big way with the hard-hitting “BlacKkKlansman,” which has already earned him nominations from the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild, the Writers Guild and much more. Should Lee win Oscars for writing, directing or producing — or all three — he’d join an elite group of people who have taken home the gold in a competitive race after receiving a career-achievement award.

The last person to do this was Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian composer who lost five Oscars for Best Original Score — “Days of Heaven” (1978), “The Mission” (1986), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Bugsy” (1991), and “Malena” (2000) — before being handed an honorary statuette in 2007. Several years later, however, he
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Kenneth Branagh (‘All Is True’): ‘I was excited more than daunted’ to play William Shakespeare [Complete Interview Transcript]

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Kenneth Branagh (‘All Is True’): ‘I was excited more than daunted’ to play William Shakespeare [Complete Interview Transcript]
Sir Kenneth Branagh just released his latest directorial effort, “All Is True,” in which he plays a character very familiar to him, William Shakespeare. Branagh has a history of earning acclaim for his Shakespeare adaptations, earning two Oscar nominations for directing and starring in “Henry V” (1989) and another for adapting “Hamlet” (1996).

Branagh recently spoke with Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum about his fascination with Shakespeare, working with legends like Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, and the experience of being knighted. Watch the exclusive webchat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

SEEBrush up your Shakespeare with the trailer for ‘All Is True,’ with Kenneth Branagh as a late-life Bard

Gold Derby: Sir Kenneth Branagh, I just saw your new movie “All Is True” last week and it’s a wonderful new accomplishment for you as a director and the lead actor in it. Tell me, though, you have
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Film Review: ‘All Is True’

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Film Review: ‘All Is True’
Little is known about the events in “All Is True,” an ill-advised Kenneth Branagh indulgence that reimagines the months immediately following William Shakespeare’s retirement to Stratford-Upon-Avon with a wink — to the extent that even the title is an inside joke for the Bard’s fans, a reference to the name by which his play “Henry VIII” was originally known. Incidentally, it was that very play that destroyed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, quite literally, when a prop cannon misfired, burning the building beyond repair. And so Branagh’s story begins, in 1613, as the Bard returns home to be with his family, at which point some or none or who-knows-which of the events depicted in “All Is True” did or did not take place.

The movie, written with heavy hand and sodden-witted offense, has a few too many 400-years-the-wiser admonitions it wants to deliver about the way that Shakespeare, for all
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Kenneth Branagh (‘All Is True’) on ‘trying to make a connection’ to the iconic William Shakespeare [Exclusive Video Interview]

Kenneth Branagh (‘All Is True’) on ‘trying to make a connection’ to the iconic William Shakespeare [Exclusive Video Interview]
Sir Kenneth Branagh has been fascinated by William Shakespeare since he was very young. In fact, he hitchhiked to his fabled home in Stratford-upon-Avon when he was in high school. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he reveals, “When I was 16, it was a journey I didn’t even realize I was starting on was trying to make a connection between the man and this great icon… I was walking around in a place of the man we know to be William Shakespeare lived and seeing the work he produced in that theater. Little did I know I was going to spend the rest of my life trying to get closer to him.”

SEEBrush up your Shakespeare with the trailer for ‘All Is True,’ with Kenneth Branagh as a late-life Bard

While Branagh has appeared in many films and plays based on the works of Shakespeare, he
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Brush up your Shakespeare with the trailer for ‘All Is True,’ with Kenneth Branagh as a late-life Bard

Brush up your Shakespeare with the trailer for ‘All Is True,’ with Kenneth Branagh as a late-life Bard
Kenneth Branagh is someone who doesn’t need to brush up his Shakespeare, given that he has directed and starred in six of the Bard’s greatest hits: 1989’s “Henry V” (Oscar-nominated for Best Actor and Best Director); 1993’s “Much Ado About Nothing”; 1995’s “Othello”; 1996’s “Hamlet” (Best Adapted Screenplay); 2000’s “ Love’s Labour’s Lost”; and 2006’s “As You Like It.”

But with “All Is True,” a late awards-season arrival from Sony Pictures Classics that will have a one-week qualifying run in Los Angeles starting Dec. 21 before opening nationally in late February, Branagh actually plays the reknown dramatist himself in 1613, the year of his retirement in Stratford as he mourns both the loss of his son and the fire that consumed the Globe Theatre. All is not well nor is it ending well as he tries to make up for lost time with his estranged family members and struggles
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Douglas Rain Dies: Stage Actor And Voice Of Hal 9000 In ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Was 90

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Douglas Rain Dies: Stage Actor And Voice Of Hal 9000 In ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Was 90
Actor of stage and screen Douglas Rain died Sunday morning from natural causes in St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital outside Stratford, Ontario. He was 90.

If you don’t recognize Rain’s from his numerous roles on stage, you may recognize his voice as the sentient computer Hal 9000 from Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Born on March 13, 1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Rain began his career as a radio actor and then trained at Old Vic Theatre in London. He went on to become one of the trailblazing members of the Stratford Festival, a renowned repertory theatre festival based in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. In the 1953 inaugural season of the company, he played Marquis of Dorset and Tyrrell in William Shakespeare’s Richard III. He was the understudy for the title role of the play which was portrayed by Alec lec Guinness, who is best known for his role as
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Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) would be third actor to direct himself to an Oscar

Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) would be third actor to direct himself to an Oscar
Bradley Cooper is currently at the top of Gold Derby’s charts to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as alcoholic singer Jackson Maine “A Star Is Born.” Should he take the award home he would become only the third performer in Oscar history to have also directed the performance for which he prevailed. The only other two actors who accomplished this were Laurence Olivier for “Hamlet” in 1948 and Roberto Benigni for “Life is Beautiful” in 1998.

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Reviews for Cooper’s performance and his direction have been strong and the film has performed well at the box office so he is well placed to be a strong Oscar contender. He is also overdue for a win after losing three consecutive bids from 2012-2014 for “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle” and “American Sniper” respectively.
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Sony Classics Buys Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Drama ‘All Is True’

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the historical drama “All Is True,” starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and Ian McKellen.

Branagh directed from Ben Elton’s script about the little-known period in the final years of William Shakespeare. Branagh portrays the playwright with Dench as his wife Anne, while McKellen plays the Earl of Southampton.

The movie is set in 1613 with Shakespeare acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters and is forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. Shakespeare died in 1616 at the age of 52.

The film is produced by Tamar Thomas and Ted Gagliano. Judy Hofflund, Matt Jenkins,
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The Millennials are coming! Bo Burnham (‘Eighth Grade’) could become the 3rd youngest Oscar nominee for Best Director

The Millennials are coming! Bo Burnham (‘Eighth Grade’) could become the 3rd youngest Oscar nominee for Best Director
Just a couple of years ago Damien Chazelle became the youngest person ever to win the Oscar for Best Director when he prevailed for “La La Land” (2016) at age 32. That also made him the first Best Director winner born in the 1980s — 1985 specifically, which made him the first Millennial to win the award. Chazelle could return to the race this year for “First Man,” but the academy could trade him in for an even younger model: 28-year-old Bo Burnham, who directed “Eighth Grade” to some of the year’s best reviews and would be the third youngest person ever nominated for the award.

Born August 21, 1990, Burnham got his start as a stand-up comedian and YouTube personality. This year he made his feature film debut as a writer and director exploring the life of someone even younger: “Eighth Grade” takes place during the last week of middle school for Kayla (Elsie Fisher
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Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) would be 9th person to get Best Director and Actor Oscar nominations for the same film

Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) would be 9th person to get Best Director and Actor Oscar nominations for the same film
Bradley Cooper has probably been on cloud nine since his directorial debut “A Star Is Born” opened to gushing raves at the Venice Film Festival. “Nine” is also his magic number when it comes to the Oscars: If he gets Best Director and Best Actor nominations, as he’s expected to do, he’ll be the ninth person to be nominated for both for the same film. And if he somehow wins both, he’d be the first to do so.

The first eight men to receive these double nominations, with two having been nominated twice, are:

1. Orson Welles, “Citizen Kane” (1941)

2. Sir Laurence Olivier, “Hamlet” (1948)

3. Woody Allen, “Annie Hall” (1977)

4. Warren Beatty, “Heaven Can Wait” (1978)

5. Warren Beatty, “Reds” (1981)

6. Kenneth Branagh, “Henry V” (1989)

7. Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves” (1990)

8. Clint Eastwood, “Unforgiven” (1992)

9. Roberto Benigni, “Life Is Beautiful” (1998)

10. Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

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