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Kenneth Branagh and Macbeth in Manhattan

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Now, for a measured review of the new production of William Shakespeare's brief, brutal, beautiful tragedy of Macbeth, on through June 22 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

Aisle View: Branagh's Monumentally Masterful Macbeth

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

New York has seen recent Macbeths by the handful, including two star-topped Broadway productions in the last year, but they are best forgotten. Now we have Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth -- starring Branagh and Alex Kingston as his lady, directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford -- and it is monumental.

5 Terrifyingly Treacherous Hosts In Literature

James Heffernan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

Macbeth is surely one of the worst hosts ever dreamed up by a playwright, but he has plenty of company in literature as a whole.

William Shakespeare at 450

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

How can any of us find the words to wish a happy 450th birthday to the single most significant, elegant, funny, wise and human writer ever to use the English language? That's what I, and countless others, have thought and think of Shakespeare.

Zaki's Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Zaki Hasan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

While Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the latest manifestation of Hollywood's current vogue of restarting storied franchises from the ground up, the prev...

Jack Ryan Reboot Points Up Problems of Franchise Management

William Bradley | Posted 01.21.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

While Paramount says the next movie will be released in 50th anniversary year 2016, it still has no director attached and no release date. But why worry after seeing how well the Jack Ryan franchise is being handled?

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Has a Perfect Leading Man in Chris Pine

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Chris Pine is the fourth actor to take on the role of Jack Ryan. He follows in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. In many ways the best has been saved for last.

Mike Ryan

Is Chris Pine The 'Perfect Casting' For Jack Ryan?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Ryan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

The last Jack Ryan movie was released in theaters back in 2002, with Ben Affleck's starring role in "The Sum of All Fears" -- a film that made a lot m...

Emma Thompson Breaks Her Silence About Ex-Husband's Affair

Posted 11.12.2013 | Celebrity

Emma Thompson is finally speaking out about the reported affair that ended her six-year marriage to Kenneth Branagh. Thompson and Branagh married ...

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kenneth Branagh's Thor had a certain playfulness that pitted the ultra-serious world of Asgard, land of the Norse gods, against 21st-century USA. Now director Alan Taylor has taken the reins of the franchise and, with Thor: The Dark World, drains the fun from it.

First Trailer For New Jack Ryan Movie Debuts

Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment

While "Mission: Impossible 5" still a ways off, Paramount may have the next best thing lined up for this holiday season in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,...

First Look At 'Downton Abbey' Star's Cinderella Role

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment

The first glimpse of Lily James as Cinderella is here. The 24-year-old actress is set to star in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic fairy ...

Movie Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I want to applaud Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing for all the things it does right, and I will. But Whedon's side project -- between his various TV and Marvel-related entertainments -- gets one thing unfortunately wrong: It's never very funny.

Fits Like A Glass Slipper? Emma Watson Circles Iconic Role

Posted 02.28.2013 | Entertainment

Emma Watson may get fit for a glass slipper after all. Four years after Watson was loosely attached to star in a musical version of the classic fairy ...

Face Front! It's Stan Lee's Big Birthday Weekend!

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Friends and heroes, let us celebrate a truly great man of American letters: the one and only Stan Lee.

The Queen's Latest Knight

AP | Posted 11.09.2012 | Entertainment

LONDON -- Kenneth Branagh, who has played royalty on stage and screen, has been made a real-life knight by Queen Elizabeth II. The British actor said...

Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones & Evangeline Lilly Up For Jack Ryan Movie Reboot

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.02.2012 | Entertainment

Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones and Evangeline Lilly have something in common -- besides their hair color. The trio of actresses are apparently on the...

Kate Winslet's Royal Honor

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 06.16.2012 | Entertainment

LONDON -- Kate Winslet has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for her titanic contribution to the arts. The actress, who won a best actress Academy A...

Will Kenneth Branagh Direct Jack Ryan?

Vulture | Claude Brodesser | Posted 05.27.2012 | Entertainment

Vulture hears that Paramount is now in negotiations with Kenneth Branagh to take over directing duties for 'Jack Ryan,' the studio's on-again/off-agai...

Oscar Buzz at Grand Central

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.26.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Vanderbilt Hall, a cavernous space at the entrance of historic Grand Central Station, was fitted with Oscar statuettes, for an exhibition to bring the...

Oscar Nominees' Favorite Movie Moments

AP | By SANDY COHEN | Posted 02.23.2012 | Celebrity

LOS ANGELES -- Many of this year's Oscar-nominated actors first experienced the magic of movies as children. When asked on Oscar.com to reflect on th...

Actor Michelle Williams' Uncanny Marilyn Wins Award Noms

Brad Balfour | Posted 04.04.2012 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Who knew that when actress Michelle Williams first appeared as the bad girl in Dawson's Creek, she would have the uncanny good sense to take on roles ...

SAG Awards 2012: Stars Celebrate At Screen Actors Guild Awards (PHOTOS)

AP | DAVID GERMAIN | Posted 03.30.2012 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were the maids of honor at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, where their Deep South drama "The ...

Craig Ferguson Accuses Kenneth Branagh Of Playing With Himself

Posted 02.13.2012 | TV

There was a very strong theme running through Craig Ferguson's interview with Kenneth Branagh on "The Late Late Show" (Weeknights, 12:30AM ET on CBS)....

How Marilyn Monroe Got Her Groove, and How Dad Became Cool

Harvey Weinstein | Posted 01.26.2012 | Entertainment
Harvey Weinstein

As a father of four daughters, I've learned that cool is a gift that only comes occasionally; but for a short time, Marilyn Monroe, and the movie I made about her, made dad cool.