Who really wrote William Shakespeare’s plays? Theories abound as scholars, dramaturges and researchers have accused the Bard of Avon of perpetrating a massive hoax through the centuries and boiled down the suspects. Now a lavish but somewhat tedious costume epic called Anonymous investigates each and every culprit in what often seems like double the time it must have taken to write the 37 plays, 154 sonnets and numerous collected poems of the Shakespeare oeuvre in the first place. It’s an exhausting film, but worth your stamina.
Shakespeare may be the most performed playwright in the history of letters, but in 400 years not one original script has been found in his own handwriting. When he died at 52, survived by an illiterate wife and daughter, he left behind in his will no mention of a single manuscript. In Anonymous, an obvious labor of love for director Roland Emmerich, the culprit is identified as Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, a wealthy aristocrat who could not attach his real name to works of lusty romance, tragedy and political intrigue because they lampooned prominent members of the court.
In between bouts of leftovers and naps, Americans found time to head to movie theaters in droves over Thanksgiving, as the top-ten films grossed a record-setting $278 million over the long weekend. Unsurprisingly, The Twilight Saga: New Moon paced the field, amassing a ridiculous $65.9 million over the 5-day frame, $42.5 million of Read More
And you thought only fanboys could help set box office records. Thanks to an audience that was comprised of 80 percent women, The Twilight Saga: New Moon sunk its teeth into a ridiculous and record-setting $140.7 million to pace the field during what was the second most lucrative weekend in Hollywood history. The Read More
You probably didn’t need a Mayan prophecy to realize that 2012 was going to be the big winner at the box office over the weekend, but even the most optimistic projections didn’t see this coming. The $65 million three-day salvo for 2012 was not only the biggest since Harry Potter and the Half Read More
File this under bad planning: it seems like every week Hollywood offers up yet another schlocky horror movie to the court of public opinion, but today—on the always-spooky Friday the 13th—there isn’t a horror movie in sight. Someone cue up the Price is Right horn! As we do every Friday, here’s a handy Read More
There’s little good to be found in the box office success of 10,000 B.C. (no. 1) over the weekend, except for the faint waft of an imagined warm summer breeze, the typical weather for a Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) release. Each year, Hollywood’s summer season starts a bit earlier, encroaching on—and Read More
Roland Emmerich is a director of monumentally cringe-worthy movies that usually feature two or three minutes of spectacularly cool destruction. He’s blown up most of the world’s major landmarks at one point or another, but has a particular jones for seeing New York City burn. The Day After Tomorrow is his third film, counting Independence Read More
Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot , from a screenplay by Robert Rodat, seems to have inspired a curiously wide range of reactions covering many shades of opinion on the political spectrum. Some conservative columnists friendly to the National Rifle Association have hailed the movie for reminding us of the crucial role played by the local militia Read More