Hey, we’re close, right? I trust you and you trust me. If I say something is good you’ll at least give it a fair chance, and likewise if you suggest something to me, I’ll give it a shot. We’ve reached that level of friendship, right? Ok, good. So believe me when I tell you this that Doctor Who is a fantastic television show. It might not be your cup of tea (it is a British Sci-fi show after all) but trust me, it's good television.
Anyway, without going into too much Who mythology, the current companion Amy Pond is played by the stunning Karen Gillan and she just landed another time traveling role in Romeo and Brittney. She’ll play Brittney, who finds herself suddenly transported into the actual Romeo and Juliet story as Juliet and the rest of her high school cast mates as the real people. But since she knows how the play ends, complications ensue (I imagine).
Please trust me when I tell you that if this is done right, it will be awesome. Smart female centric comedies can work (Easy A) and Gillan is a great actress. Well, I’m pretty sure she’s a great actress. She certainly looks amazing enough. And she makes Doctor Who fun again -- she's easily my favorite companion. She’s about as fun as Donna but better looking (and yeah, I know Rose was good looking but honestly she looked weird at times)... and Martha, poor Martha, she never even had a chance. But Amy? Ah, now that is a lovely companion. She hasn’t really been put to the test yet against the Daleks or Cybermen, really but she still has a whole other season ahead of her and she has proven herself to be levelheaded when the Dream Catcher caught them in the TARDIS and oh my god I just nerded out there for a minute. Sorry.
Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Atonement) is turning into an actress that constantly takes challenging and controversial roles. Roles that require her character to undergo extremely difficult challenges in life like rape, losing loved ones, being mentally handicapped, etc. etc. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it probably makes you more likely to win big during awards season and get you respect from your peers. The only "problem" is Ronan is taking these roles and she’s 16.
Or at least, some people think it's a problem. The latest role the young actress has been offered is the lead in Effie, which has already raised some eyebrows. The film follows Effie Gray, a 17 year old woman in Victorian England who is married to an art critic. During their rough nine year marriage they never engage in sexual intercourse but she does engage in an affair. And apparently this is a big deal because Ronan is currently 16 and that is just too young.
Why the uproar? I mean, sure she is young, but 16 year old's have sex all the time. There’s a whole damn show on MTV about it. Where’s the uproar about that Teen Mom? Or Skins? This is a film about a different time period, when girls as young as 14 and 15 were married off to older gentlemen. What do they think happened after the honeymoon? They just talked at night? After all, Romeo and Juliet are supposed to be around 15 or 16 and most of their motivation for getting married in the first place is so they can bump uglies (technical term). And this film is about a couple that DOESN’T have sex, so it won’t show any actual intercourse taking place.
Lets all chill out folks. Thanks.
Here’s the thing about television shows. They have to have a premise with enough potential to create stories for at least several dozens of episodes. They’re on TV after all. They have to bring a different story each week, week after week. There can be interesting characters to explore, or it can take place in an unusual location that permits different story lines, and it should be able to reinvent itself when the older characters get stale like Law and Order.
Which is why trying to adapt Romeo and Juliet into a show is the Face Palm of the Day. There is a reason why Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest love stories ever told, and why it is a true classic. It is a contained story: boy meets girl, boy and girl can’t be together, boy and girl run away, boy and girl commit suicide together. The End. That’s it. We don’t need any more explanation or back story or forward story. Everything that is needed for a classical drama is there.
Basically what I’m saying is if it ain’t broke, why are you fucking trying to fix it?
I’m not saying that it shouldn’t be adapted. If they wanted to make their own version of it as a television movie, for example, I would be fine. Or a mini-series. But as a full blown television series? That’s just stupid. We know how the story ends and once you get to that point, you can’t go any further. Shakespeare didn’t want to go past that point, andjudging from who is behind this, they definitely aren’t, so they shouldn't go past that point either! This is just going to be a disaster.
Okay, you want more proof this going to suck beyond my theories on episodic television? Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct it. She directed a little movie, Twilight, that dealt with crossed lovers, but with a little more brooding and lip biting than what the Bard put to the page.
Painful confession time: I have read all the Twilight books (including the unpublished Midnight Sun) and seen all the movies multiple time. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re pure trash, but at the same time I find them fascinating. There is a decent story somewhere in those books buried under piles of angst and describing stuff as “ice cold” forty billion times. It would be very hard to mess up an adaptation of the book with a professional crew and the backing of a studio, and yet Catherine Hardwicke managed to do just that. Every idea she brought to the table was absolutely horrific and she set the characters up (acting wise) that they couldn’t escape and actually perform in the later movies. And yes, I know it is her fault because I listened to her commentary on Twilight. No, you’re a wuss.
Anyway, if she managed to ruin something as easy as Twilight I have no faith in her ability to adapt something as complex and beautiful as Romeo and Juliet.
The Oscar-nominated producer, director and writer passed away on Friday (01Oct10) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering complications from hip surgery.
Flaum began his career as an actor, appearing on Broadway opposite stars including Basil Rathbone in Julius Caesar and Olivia de Havilland in Romeo and Juliet.
He later moved to TV and kickstarted his involvement with documentaries, which won him five Emmy Awards throughout his long-running career. He also scored two Academy Award nominations for 1963's The Yanks Are Coming and Let My People Go: the Story of Israel in 1965. Flaum also notably worked with famed explorer Jacques Cousteau.
His daughter Erica says, "His flair for drama and entertainment made those documentaries stand out. His view of history was very cultural and not very dry... It was very important to him to have some kind of historical story. You always had the feeling of the times."
Flaum is survived by his wife, Gita. and son, Seth, as well as Erica.
Well, here's a casting rumor you don't hear every day: how about Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Amanda Seyfried for Baz Luhrmann's (Moulin Rouge) adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 masterwork, The Great Gatsby?
Granted, the source of this particular bit of hearsay comes courtesy of Production Weekly's Twitter feed - not exactly the most trustworthy font of information - but I'd like to believe it's true because, honestly, who better to play Jay Gatsby than Leonardo DiCaprio, mixing equal parts Catch Me If You Can and The Aviator? Plus, DiCaprio has a prior history with Luhrmann, having worked with the director on his powerful 1996 adaptation Romeo + Juliet.
Maguire, for his part, has proved himself more than capable in period pieces of this type with The Cider House Rules and Seabiscuit; narrator Nick Carraway won't be a stretch. And Seyfried seems born to play the lovely blonde Daisy Buchanan, the blank slate that Gatsby projects his desires onto, whose voice he famously describes as "full of money."
Unfortunately, Luhrmann has been equivocating on the state of Gatsby ever since the director bought the rights to Fitzgerald's oft-heralded "Great American Novel" back in 2008. His latest interview - with MTV News just yesterday - did little to change that. "The rumors are out!" Luhrmann admitted. "I've got [two films] going. One is a musical and one is a period work [Gatsby], both based in New York City, and I'm about to make that decision. I've got the script for both of them and I'm making that decision in four to six weeks."
Asked if Gatsby could be getting a Moulin Rouge-style musical treatment, Luhrmann exclaimed "Singing 'Gatsby'? No! 'Gatsby,' it is the Fitzgerald book and I've been working on that quite a lot. The other one is also New York based and music-driven and it's just a question of... what is the next right step for me." And casting? "You know I think of casting all the time, but I put that to the side and I complete the text," he said. "Obviously there are natural choices and there is a natural top of the list, but I really refuse to say anything until we have text right." Natural choices like... Leonardo DiCaprio?
Hopefully Luhrmann will decide to move forward with Gatsby, and with this stellar (rumored) cast in place. What musical could the director possibly have up his sleeve that could top this? And really, what better time to make a movie critiquing the American dream, greed, and decadence than during our current post-economic-collapse climate? You couldn't ask for a more appropriate recession-era catharsis - and with such pretty people!
The actor joined his former co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in signing up to the American Library Association's READ campaign, which encourages children and teenagers to indulge in classic literature.
But Grint has made a macabre choice for his recommended reading - Anthony Burgess' rape-and-violence fuelled 1962 book.
Campaign posters show the three actors holding up their favourite novel, and Grint's co-stars have made a more sombre choice - Radcliffe loves Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita while Watson recommends Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
The actress, 25, hopes to hit the stage as Juliet in a new production of Romeo & Juliet next year (11).
She tells WENN, "I've been talking to someone about Romeo & Juliet and I'd never sort of gone after it and tried to make that happen. I've never done Shakespeare, so that really scares me. But it's exciting.
"I won't be able to play Juliet in a couple of years and if I'm ever gonna do it I should do it now."
And Mulligan insists she'll always return to the stage in between movies - because theatre's in her blood.
She adds, "I love doing film but I do think I'm more comfortable on stage because the film was never the dream."
Researchers were delighted after unearthing hundreds of hours of lost British dramas from 1957 and 1970 in the archive in Washington, D.C.
The footage includes performances from several of Britain's biggest acting stars, including Connery in a production of Jean Anouilh's Colombe from 1960 and a 1967 production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing starring Smith.
Jane Asher can be seen in a 1962 school production of Romeo and Juliet, while Gambon has a bit part in a 1967 staging of the same tragic love story.
Officials at the Library of Congress have agreed to loan the broadcasts to the British Film Institute (BFI) to showcase the highlights in November (10).
A spokesperson for the BFI says, "Negotiations to secure the release of these dramas have been going on for some time and we have been holding on to the information until the time is right. It is very exciting, but we don't have all the information yet."
September 02, 2010 11:35am EST
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson are rumored to star in an upcoming Diablo Cody-produced adaptation of the novel Breathers: A Zombie's Lament. Currently, it's being called a "zom-rom-com." Yeah, seriously -- a zom-rom-com. Double-you-tee-eff.
Breathers tells the story of Andy (most likely played by Gordon-Levitt), who dies and comes back to life as a zombie. Naturally, he doesn't fit in (because he's a friggin' zombie!) and he's forced to find his way in a prejudice world. Johansson will probably play Andy's lover, Rita. So basically, it's kind of like Romeo & Juliet -- with zombies!
No words come from Diablo Cody this time around, as Geoff LaTulippe (Going the Distance) penned the adaptation. After the disaster that was Jennifer's Body, she probably just wanted to attach herself to something that's guaranteed to succeed.
Regardless, Gordon-Levitt and Johansson will be an entertaining couple on screen. Both are fantastic actors who will be able to set the standard in the... zom-rom-com genre.
Source: Screen Rant
The tragic story of the "star-crossed lovers," and perhaps the most popular of Shakespeare's plays. Two rival families of Verona -- the Capulets and the Montagues -- settle their differences only after the tragic deaths of Juliet, the young daughter of the Capulets, and her secret lover, Romeo, the son of the Montagues.