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Two Jews' Review 'Anonymous' And Battle Over This Political Thriller (Video)

October 25th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Anonymous
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Yes 'Anonymous' is a political thriller, but it's one that is set in the past, 400 years ago to be precise.

The film, directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff (took him 15 drafts to get it right) supports the premise that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, (Rhys Ifans)a prominent aristocrat, was the real author of the works attributed to William Shakespeare. Sounds dull? Believe me, it's anything but.

Whether you agree with the premise or not, 'Anonymous' is an exciting, sexy, suspenseful, exquisitely acted and intriguing fi...
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Highlights From Last Night's 'Important Things With Demetri Martin"

February 26th, 2009 4:00pm EST
Important Things with Demetri Martin
Last night the third episode of Important Things with Demetri Martin aired on Comedy Central. In case anyone missed it, here's a few highlights from the show, which was all about brains.

Below you'll find three clips: Shakespeare, Ben Franklin and Galileo Galilei acting up at a restaurant (with The Daily Show's John Oliver), jokes about brains, and some deleted scenes.

"Greatest Minds" Galileo Galilei (Demetri Martin), William Shakespeare (John Oliver) and Ben Franklin get stupid at a modern day restaurant.

Jokes about Brains: Demetri Martin muses about conjoi...
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Overrated & Underrated High School Movies

September 26th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Bring It On
It's the end of September, and now there's no turning back. Summer is too distant a memory, Christmas Break is a speck on the horizon and the work is beginning to pile up. Yes, school is back in full swing and an escape from the dullness of its routine couldn't even be accomplished by the craftiest of magicians.

The only respite at this point is fantasy. Dreaming of a life outside of ours, one where school is but a minor inconvenience and can even serve as a method of deriving happiness.

Where does this place exist? The movies, of course. High school movies are enjoyed by stud...
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Memorable Acting Performances By Professional Wrestlers

July 30th, 2008 10:44am EDT
The Marine
Ah acting-a craft that stands as one of the finest, and most difficult in the world. Some of our culture's most influential people were actors: William Shakespeare, Ronald Reagan, Yul Brenner, the list is endless, really. Then you have professional wrestling. Pro-wrestling feels a bit like modern gladiatorial combat, except it would drive a Ford F-150 complete with a sticker of Calvin peeing on a Chevrolet in its rear window. You see how these two coincide, right? Sure, it's fair to call wrestlers entertainers. Athletes? Why not? Actors? Eh… Did you guys see The Marine? Neither did we, but ...
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Sundance Hit 'Hamlet 2' Debuts In Theaters August 22

May 18th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Hamlet 2
A world premiere at-– and the comedy smash of-– the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In the irreverent comedy, Hamlet 2, A failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama teacher (Steve Coogan) rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages a politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Written by Andrew Fleming and Pam Brady ("South Park," "Team America"), Hamlet 2 stars Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette and Elisabeth Shue. Hamlet 2 opens August 22 in select cities and August 29 nationwide.

"Hamlet 2" Trailer: QuickTime High | Low...
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'Legend Of The Black Scorpion' Arrives On 2-Disc DVD Feb. 26

February 10th, 2008 3:30pm EST
Blending dazzling choreography, dramatic camerawork and a Shakespeare tragedy, Legend Of The Black Scorpion debuts as a two-disc Ultimate Edition DVD set February 26th under the Dragon Dynasty label from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Hong Kong's 2006 Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Legend Of The Black Scorpion stage is set in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period of 10th Century China, featuring elaborate period costumes and sets.

Starring stunning Golden Globe® nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs Of A Geisha, Rush Hour 2) and directed by Feng Xia...
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New Series Of Jazz Icons(tm) DVDs Features Vintage Unseen Concerts

July 18th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
John Coltrane
The eagerly anticipated release of the second series of Jazz Icons(TM) DVDs is here. Reelin' In The Years Productions and Naxos are proud to announce the September 4, 2007 release of the next seven titles in the illustrious DVD series featuring performances by John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Charles Mingus.

Filmed in Europe between 1958 and 1966, this set of Jazz Icons(TM) DVDs features concerts by seven of the most influential jazz artists of the 20th century captured in their prime and accompanied by some of the most leg...
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Ian McKellen Says Playing King Lear More Nerve-Racking Than Movie Roles As Gandalf, Magneto

July 18th, 2007 1:34pm EDT
Ian McKellen
SINGAPORE (AP) - Ian McKellen says playing the title character in William Shakespeare's ''King Lear'' is more nerve-racking than his recent Hollywood film roles.

Singapore is the first stop on the Royal Shakespeare Company's international tour of ''King Lear'' and ''The Seagull'' by Anton Chekhov.

'''King Lear,' I've been seeing all my life. I mean, the great actors of my lifetime ... to join their company, as it were, by playing a part that's challenged them, is one of the great joys of being an actor who does the classics,'' the 68-year-old actor said Wednesday at a briefing. ''...
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Branagh Adapts And Directs Shakespeare's 'As You Like It,' Debuting Aug. 21, On HBO

July 16th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Kenneth Branagh
In the latter part of the 19th century, Japan opened up for trade with the West. Merchant adventurers arrived from all over the world, many of them English. Some traded in silk and rice and lived in enclaves around the "treaty ports." They brought their families and their followers and created private mini-empires where they tried to embrace this extraordinary culture, its beauties and its dangers... A dream of Japan... Love and nature in disguise... All the world's a stage...

HBO Films presents director Kenneth Branagh's imaginative adaptation of Shakespeare's classic As You Like I...
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Bryan Ferry To Release Entire Album Of Bob Dylan Covers June 26; Listen

May 13th, 2007 11:00am EDT
Bryan Ferry
There is a racing, joyous intensity to Bryan Ferry's interpretations of the songs of Bob Dylan. Just as his legendary version of 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', recorded back in 1973, exchanged apocalyptic vision for exuberant swagger, so at the heart of these new recordings lies Ferry's brilliance in both paying homage to the original track, and reinventing it as entirely and iconically his own. Back then, in 1973, he had an idea: "I just thought it would be great to make a whole album of Dylan songs. And at the end of last year, finally, it happened."

Between the idea and its executio...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 23

April 23rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
John Cena
Happy Birthday to Slovakian tennis player Daniela Hantuchova (1983), "Sin City" actress Jamie King (1979), WWE champ John Cena (197), Mexican singer Patricia Manterola (1972), "CSI NY" actress Melina Kanakaredes (1967), sitcom actor George Lopez (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark (1960; d. 1991), "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (1960), filmmaker Michael Moore (1954), "Three's Company" star Joyce DeWitt (1949), actress Sandra Dee (1942; d. 2005), "The Six Million Dollar Man" star Lee Majors (1939), singer/songwriter Roy Orbison (1936; d. 1988), American singer Ray Peter...
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'Romeo and Juliet:' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Released In Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition

February 14th, 2007 4:00pm EST
William Shakespeare
A dazzling and unconventional contemporary re-telling of William Shakespeare's classic love story, Romeo+Juliet comes to life in a whole new way on February 6 as Capitol/EMI and Fox Home Entertainment celebrate the 1997 hit film's 10th anniversary with new commemorative releases. On February 6, Capitol/EMI will release an expanded 10th Anniversary Edition of the film's hit soundtrack on CD and digitally, and Fox Home Entertainment will release an expanded Music Edition DVD. Both releases include previously unreleased and newly produced material. Capitol/EMI's soundtrack is expanded to 18...
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New Movies on DVD, July 18

July 18th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Amanda Bynes
The only new major film release this week is She's The Man starring Amanda Bynes. A simple case of assumed identity snowballs into a romantic mix-up of epic proportions in director Andy Fickman's contemporary teen take on William Shakespeare's +Twelfth Night.
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 23

April 23rd, 2006 3:00am EDT
John Cena
Happy Birthday to Slovakian tennis player Daniela Hantuchova (1983), "Sin City" actress Jamie King (1979), WWE champ John Cena (197), Mexican singer Patricia Manterola (1972), "CSI NY" actress Melina Kanakaredes (1967), sitcom actor George Lopez (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark (1960; d. 1991), "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (1960), filmmaker Michael Moore (1954), "Three's Company" star Joyce DeWitt (1949), actress Sandra Dee (1942; d. 2005), "The Six Million Dollar Man" star Lee Majors (1939), singer/songwriter Roy Orbison (1936; d. 1988), American singer Ray Peter...
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