The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 1

The Hollow CrownThe Hollow Crown continued on PBS’s Great Performances this weekend with Henry IV Part 1, and while Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons were just as wonderful as you’d expect, a particular highlight for me was Michelle Dockery as Lady Percy. She really does the best eye-rolling of anyone in the business. Miss the episode? Thanks to PBS, you can watch the whole thing below:

Romeo & Juliet Clip: The Balcony Scene

Romeo & JulietRomeo & Juliet will be in theaters in just a few weeks, on October 11th, and now thanks to Yahoo! Movies, we can get a taste of one of the play’s most famous moments: the balcony scene. What do you think of their take on the big moment? This version was written by Julian Fellowes and stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld along with Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti, and more.

The Hollow Crown: Richard II

The Hollow CrownThe Hollow Crown premiered on PBS on Friday night with Richard II, and honestly, it was even better than I’d expected, and I expected it to be good. Ben Whishaw was completely mesmerizing as Richard – he plays insane so very, very well. The cast had a surfeit of talent – Patrick Stewart, David Morrissey, James Purefoy, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Clemence Poesy, Tom Hughes, Lindsay Duncan, and more – and they all pulled this off beautifully. Shakespearean language on screen can sometimes seem artificial or stilted, but this absolutely did not; it was natural and full of meaning and emotion.

If you missed it, you can watch the whole episode right here:

The series continues this Friday with Henry IV, Part I.

Tom Hiddleston Previews The Hollow Crown

The Hollow CrownIn this video from PBS, Tom Hiddleston hosts a preview for The Hollow Crown, which premieres a week from today, Friday, September 20th, as part of the Great Performances series. It’s based on Shakespeare’s plays Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V. In addition to Hiddleston, the series stars Jeremy Irons, Michelle Dockery, Ben Whishaw, and more.

Shakespeare Casting: Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth + Cymbeline Updates

Marion CotillardDeadline reports that Marion Cotillard (Inception, Midnight in Paris) has joined the upcoming Macbeth movie as Lady Macbeth, opposite Michael Fassbender. (Natalie Portman was previously attached to the role.) The movie is set to start filming in the UK in January, and I’m pretty excited to see what they do with it. Any opinions on this casting?

In addition, Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) and Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) have been cast in the Cymbeline modernization that also stars Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris. It’s set for release on September 12, 2014.

New Trailer: Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & JulietVia MTV, we have a new trailer for Julian Fellowes’s version of Romeo & Juliet, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, and more. It’s very pretty, but mostly just makes me want to shake the characters. You met two days ago! Not worth dying over! Ahem. Anyway. Here it is!

Romeo & Juliet in Theaters September 6th

Romeo & JulietGood news, Shakespeare fans: According to a Variety exclusive, Carlo Carlei’s big-screen adaptation of Romeo and Juliet will be distributed by Relativity and hit theaters on September 6th. It stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the ill-fated couple; the cast also includes Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, and Stellan Skarsgard. The script was written by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey.