When it comes to Shakespeare, there are basically two settings for an adaptation: New York City, and outer space. From Ethan Hawke’s Hamlet to Men of Honor (in which John Turturro plays an Italian mobster whose rise to power resembles the story of a certain Scottish play), to West Side Story, the Bard’s work has often been played against the backdrop of bustling NYC.
And while the conceit of a modern take on Shakespeare might be worn in theory (O, anyone?), Veritgo’s new comic book, Prince of Cats, found a way to update the most cliched classic–Romeo and Juliet–without it coming off as kitschy.
Perpetual adolescent Peter Pan, already the subject of three separate Broadway musicals—not to mention a novel, several TV movies, an animated Disney film and a peanut butter—is eyeing a return to Broadway.
Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who produced the 2004 Johnny Depp film Finding Neverland—about the character’s creator, J.M. Barrie, and his not-at-all-weird relationship with Read More
Ceaselessly Into the past
Paramount Pictures announced today that Sacha Baron Cohen has chosen a role that will complete the triad that he started with Borat and Bruno. What persona has he chosen to embody following a challenged Kazahkstani and a flamboyantly gay Austrian?
You may be aware of a certain Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Among his less memorable Read More
Those familiar with director Baz Luhrmann’s fixation with excess had every reason to look forward to his upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Sure, the subtle analysis of class warfare, sexuality, and post-war mores that enhance F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterwork will probably be excised, but who cares! Filtered through Baz’s indulgence-happy approach to the cinema, Read More
The critical drubbing administered to Julie Taymor’s The Tempest—which currently enjoys a 26% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes—may surprise fans of the director’s excellent adaptation of Titus. But the fact is, the Bard has a pretty sketchy track record on screen.
Whatever you think of the source material (and we generally think Shakespeare is first-rate!), Read More
Airborne stunt enthusiast, long-maned billionaire, intergalactic transportation pioneer, recent New Jersey party host — Sir Richard Branson is all of these things and more. As people like him are wont to do, the colorful British industrialist chronicled his rise to colossal success in a memoir that was published in 1998. It is called “Losing My Read More