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April 1, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
The Bard of Avon, who championed the downtrodden in plays like "Coriolanus," was a conniving character in his personal life, British researchers claim -- a tax dodger who profiteered in food commodities during a time of famine. William Shakespeare was fined repeatedly for illegally hoarding grain, malt and barley for resale during a time of food shortages. He also was threatened with jail for avoiding taxes, according to the study of court and tax archives by researchers at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
December 19, 2013 | By Gina McIntyre
Tom Hiddleston is currently starring on the London stage in Shakespeare's political tragedy “Coriolanus,” and reviews of the production, which opened Dec. 17, have been glowing. Critics have praised Hiddleston's performance -- the Telegraph's Charles Spencer called him “compelling and persuasive” -- as the military commander brought low by his own arrogance and intractability in the play, directed by Josie Rourke, at the Donmar Warehouse. Earlier this year, Hiddleston was promoting a starring turn of a very different kind in “Thor: The Dark World,” the Marvel superhero sequel in which he reprised his role as the raven-haired villain Loki from “Thor” and “The Avengers.” The 32-year-old actor talked about his interest in the role -- "Coriolanus" is generally considered one of the Bard's less accessible works -- and his personal relationship to the Donmar.
Sir Peter Hall will stage both "Measure for Measure" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Ahmanson Theatre in June, using a repertory schedule and a company that will feature, among others, Richard Thomas, Kelly McGillis and David Dukes. When the Ahmanson announced its season last year, the lineup included Hall's staging of either "Measure" or "Midsummer."
January 13, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
Three years ago, a handful of Old Globe Theatre patrons heard that Earle Hyman, the black actor who plays Bill Cosby's father on "The Bill Cosby Show," had been cast as the lead in "Julius Caesar." They demanded their money back. Two years ago, when the La Jolla Playhouse production of "The Tempest" used a black actor as Ferdinand, the love interest of the white actress who played Miranda, letters of protest were mailed to artistic director Des McAnuff.
December 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The numerous works of Charles Dickens, perhaps the English language's preeminent storyteller, have been turned into films and television over and over again for more than a century. "The Invisible Woman," however, might be the first film to be made about the great man's private life, and it turns out to be as compellingly dramatic as anything he put on the page. More than that, as directed by and starring the superb Ralph Fiennes as Dickens and splendidly assisted by Britain's Felicity Jones as the title character, "The Invisible Woman" is an exceptional film about love, longing and regret.
Actor, and now director, Ralph Fiennes has given us war and politics on a grand operatic scale in his ambitious and at times thrilling rendering of one of Shakespeare's lesser known works -- "Coriolanus. " For his first foray behind the camera, Fiennes has started off right by surrounding himself with a superlative cast including Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain and an exceptional Brian Cox. He has taken the title role for himself, Caius Martius Coriolanus, in the story of a war hero wading into the political arena only to be undone by his hubris.
March 11, 2010
Fiennes to direct film After two years of struggling to win funding amid the global financial crisis, actor Ralph Fiennes said Wednesday that he would start filming his directorial debut of a Shakespeare tragedy next week in Serbia. Filming of "Coriolanus" will start in Belgrade, Serbia, on March 17 in the country's highest-profile movie project in decades, and is expected to last two months, the British actor said in an interview. In addition to directing, Fiennes will play the leading role of Coriolanus, a Roman general who betrays his native city Rome and allies with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius for revenge.
July 30, 1988 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
You won't find the phrase Who are you, man? in Shakespeare. Or the word amigo . Or even He's a real fighting machine . But you'll find them all in the "Coriolanus" that opened Thursday on a smoky, smoldering, apocalyptic stage at the Old Globe. This sleek and shifty adaptation of the Shakespearean text won't be to all tastes.
December 15, 2011
For many directors, there is often one key scene that pulls the whole film into focus. It's the moment that spurs the action of the rest of the film, or sets the tone for the storytelling, or sometimes it just reassures a director that everything will come together in the end. We talk to five directors about what scene in their new films put them on the right track. But if you haven't seen their movies, beware of minor spoilers ahead. Bennett Miller ("Moneyball") Storyline: Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt)
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