I love the BBC’s Shakespearean history play adaptations that are collected together as The Hollow Crown, and while I haven’t yet seen a date for the new season airing in the U.S., the Beeb has kindly put a bunch of clips on YouTube, so at least we can enjoy those!
Queen Margaret strikes the Duchess of Gloucester:
Edward IV is captivated by Elizabeth:
Richard III dreams of the throne:
Richard III and Richmond rally their troops for battle:
I hear some of you like Benedict Cumberbatch? Here he is talking about playing Richard III in the new season of The Hollow Crown. (I just glanced at the cast list for that episode and it’s GREAT, of course.)
Apparently Josh Boone has confirmed he’s written a script for the Interview with the Vampire reboot. Maybe I will finally get around to reading that book.
Someone is making The Catcher Was a Spy into a movie! Starring Paul Rudd! I haven’t actually read that book yet, but I read about Moe Berg in a different baseball-related book and his story was FASCINATING.
Oprah Winfrey will star in the movie based on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Amazon is doing a new Jack Ryan series starring . . . John Krasinksi? I’m not sure I’ve actually seen a Jack Ryan movie but that casting feels . . . different. I am intrigued.
I am also intrigued by The Lears, a comedic (?!) King Lear adaptation starring Bruce Dern and Anthony Michael Hall.
The movie based on Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, which is also Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, is now set to come out on October 21st.
Ooh! Joel David Moore – of Bones – is directing a “semi-dystopian” adaptation of Timon of Athens! That story calls it a “modern day Gatsby,” which makes me realize I might not have any idea what Timon of Athens is about. Huh.
I know we all laugh at the “Romeo & Juliet sequel” concept, but I hear that the book Still Star-Crossed is actually quite good, so the show will be worth a look. Anyway, they’ve cast Clara Rugaard to play Juliet… in flashbacks, I assume?
As soon as news broke yesterday that ABC ordered a pilot for a Romeo & Juliet sequel, the Internet was covered in “But how could there be a sequel? THEY’RE BOTH DEAD” jokes. And sure, fine joke, but in case you’re actually curious about the answer: it’s about the surviving members of the Montague and Capulet families after Romeo and Juliet themselves die, and it actually sounds pretty interesting! (I’m here for anything involving palace intrigue, really.) I hear that the novel, Melinda Taub’s Still Star-Crossed, is actually quite good; I’ll try to get it from the library soon and let you know what I think. But I’m hopeful about this one. (Though I do think they should probably change the title to avoid association with the failed CW show.)
I was excited about the prospect of this new Macbeth movie from the start – I love the play, and stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are both great. But this trailer has me BESIDE MYSELF with excitement. It’s visually gorgeous, and if it’s any indication of the tone of the movie, it will be dark and intense and gritty without seeming gimmicky or modern. (I mean, I know it’s not modernized, but sometimes with historical things trying to be “new” the tone can just be – off, and this doesn’t seem that way, so far.) And it’s still recognizably Shakespeare without coming across as a filmed stage production. Is it December 4th yet??
The Hollow Crown has concluded its run on PBS’s Great Performances with Henry V, starring Tom Hiddleston. If you missed this final episode, you can watch it below, thanks to PBS. Did you watch this series? What did you think? I haven’t had a chance to watch this last episode yet, but I’ve been extremely impressed with the series in general.
The Hollow Crown concludes its run on PBS’s Great Performances tomorrow with Henry V, which of course includes the famous St. Crispin’s Day speech (whence the phrase “band of brothers,” among others). Want to see Tom Hiddleston give that speech? Of course you do.