October 15, 2013 |
Rufus Norris, who began his career as an actor before turning to directing, has been tapped to succeed Nicholas Hytner as the new director of Britain's presitigious National Theatre. Norris is expected to assume his new role when Hytner steps down at the end of March 2015. The National Theatre has grown in international prominence in recent years with its digital broadcasts to cinemas around the world. The London company's NT Live series has broadcast such high-profile productions as "Frankenstein," with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; "Macbeth" with Kenneth Branagh; and "The Audience," with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. CHEATSHEET: Fall arts preview 2013 Norris will be the National Theatre' sixth artistic director.
October 4, 2013 |
"What the hell is going on here?" Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) asks in the new trailer for the latest Tom Clancy-inspired movie, "Jack Ryan: Shadow One," which opens Christmas Day. Judging from the preview, director Kenneth Branagh ("Thor") and screenwriters Adam Cozad and David Koepp really like the Jason Bourne movies, as "Jack Ryan" appears to have as much in common with Robert Ludlum as it does with Clancy, who died this week at age 66. PHOTOS: Tom Clancy: 1947-2013 Like Bourne, the CIA operative Ryan is haunted by flashbacks and appears not to fully grasp what's happening around him. But he slowly starts to figure out that an international terror plot is about to strike at some of the world's biggest cities, including Tokyo and London.
July 10, 2013 |
Kenneth Branagh is back in Bard territory with a new production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that he stars in and co-directed with Rob Ashford at the Manchester International Festival in England. The production marks the first time Branagh has played the Scottish thane and is the actor's first Shakespearean stage role since he played "Richard III" in 2002. "Macbeth" is being performed in a deconsecrated church in the Manchester area. (Branagh-philes will recall that his 1995 comedy "A Midwinter's Tale" featured a production of "Hamlet" set in an old English church .)
June 10, 2013 |
With Joss Whedon's contemporary take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" winning the hearts of most critics and earning a tidy $183,000 in just five theaters in its opening weekend, it's the perfect time to brush up on your Shakespeare movies. Here's a no-holds-Bard look, to speak, at some fun facts at previous cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare: The fact that no one could hear Shakespeare's beautiful prose didn't stop filmmakers during the silent era from adaptations of the Bard.
May 10, 2013 |
After a trip to Amsterdam in the summer of 2008, Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed brought back a curious souvenir: a three-disc Dutch edition of Kenneth Branagh's "The Magic Flute,” which he'd spotted in a remote record-store window. Upon returning home, he watched the 2006 film adaptation of Mozart's opera and was so moved that he wrote: “I am at a loss to understand why this film has been marginalized. 'Flute' is a joy.” The Branagh film, updating the opera from 1791 to World War I, premiered at the Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and had limited overseas runs; but it has never showed in the U.S. -- until now. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage On June 9, the Branagh-directed “Flute” is scheduled to screen at about 150 Emerging Pictures theaters across the country.
June 18, 2012 |
That's "Sir" Kenneth Branagh and "Dame" Zaha Hadid, to you. The birthday honors for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II were announced recently, and among those receiving titles will be actor-director Branagh, a Shakespearean veteran of stage and screen, and architect Hadid, who has won the Pritzker Prize and whose buildings include the London Olympics' Aquatic Centre. Branagh will receive a knighthood for his contributions to drama as well as to the community of his native Northern Ireland.