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William Shakespeare

Poems: Five Songs of Spring

John Lundberg | Posted 05.25.2012 | Books
John Lundberg

In his "Ode to Autumn," John Keats somewhat cheekily asks the question, "Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?" Well, spring is back and singing again.

How Spielberg and Shakespeare Found Their Groove

Todd Klick | Posted 05.18.2012 | Arts
Todd Klick

What, you may ask, does a famous English playwright -- who gained acclaim in London in the early 1600s -- have in common with an American film director who directed his first blockbuster in the 1970s?

All Hail the Conquering Hero!

George Heymont | Posted 05.12.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Magnificently reconceived and directed by Ralph Fiennes, this new adaptation of Coriolanus uses Shakespeare's language in a tightly condensed screenplay by John Logan that grips the audience by the throat within the film's first 20 seconds and never lets go.

Movie review: Shakespeare High

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There seem to be an endless series of student competitions about which to make documentaries - and any number have been made over the years. From Sp...

Is This The Real Source Of Shakespeare's Genius?

Posted 01.31.2012 | Home

Read a line from a William Shakespeare play and notice the cadence with which you speak. All of those breaths and pauses from the commas and semicolon...

In Case You Missed It, Here's a De-Cap: HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR!

Charlie Carillo | Posted 03.26.2012 | New York
Charlie Carillo

The man convicted for the crime that inspired the most famous headline in the history of tabloid journalism recently sought parole nearly 29 years after it happened, which put that headline right back in the headlines.

The Other English William

David Teems | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
David Teems

While it certainly deserves the attention, truth is, the King James Bible gets the applause that rightfully belongs to William Tyndale, who translated the first English New Testament 85 years before the first printing of the King James.

Was Shakespeare Gay? One Award-Winning Actor Certainly Thinks So

Posted 01.06.2012 | Gay Voices

"Romeo and Juliet" may have set a multiple-century precedent for star-crossed -- and primarily heterosexual -- love stories, but at least one legendar...

The Iowa Caucuses, What Do They Prove? Shakespeare Was Right About The Masses

Michael Russnow | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Russnow

In reviewing the Iowa Caucuses, wherein former Governor Mitt Romney achieved his desired victory, I can only conclude that the votes demonstrate conclusively Shakespeare was right about the masses and their follow-the-pack mentality.

Amy Lee

Does Shakespeare's Bleakest Play Work For Children?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home

"So great is the suffering depicted in Shakespeare's 'King Lear' that one has trouble finding the words to write about it," begins the Folger Shakespe...

Theater: Titus Andronicus as Bloody and Boring as Ever

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Whether it's the Julie Taymor film version or the numerous other productions from the past, I've never seen a satisfying Titus.

Kevin Spacey Scolds Audience As Richard III

Posted 12.08.2011 | Arts

Kevin Spacey is receiving critical acclaim for more than just his scripted performance in the Sam Mendes production of Shakespeare's Richard III. The ...

Ralph Fiennes likes contradictions in Coriolanus

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ralph Fiennes heard his first Shakespeare as a child, initially on phonograph records, then in films. "I saw (Sir Laurence) Olivier's Henry V in a sm...

Did Shakespeare Really Write All Those Plays? New Film Says No

Posted 12.27.2011 | Home

BY JOCELYN NOVECK, The Associated Press NEW YORK — O, for a juicy literary dispute that would pit scholars against Hollywood, with charges of sno...

Movie Review: Anonymous

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sprawling, bloody, romantic and witty, Roland Emmerich's Anonymous (opening Friday 10/28/11) captures the magic of the theater, even as it folds in th...

Andrew Losowsky

Prisoners Sue For Access To Books

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Losowsky | Posted 12.02.2011 | Books

When Mark Melvin asked his friend to order him a Pulitzer Prize-winning history book, he didn't expect to have to file a lawsuit in order to read it. ...

Monkeys, Shakespeare and the Infinite Library

John Lundberg | Posted 12.02.2011 | Technology
John Lundberg

An American named Jesse Anderson has developed a computer program that tests whether enough monkeys typing on enough typewriters could ever reproduce the works of William Shakespeare.

Actor Josh Hartnett Toys With Swordplay in Bunraku and Lives to Discuss It

Brad Balfour | Posted 11.29.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.

Shakespeare WIll Be Acted Out In Sign Language

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 11.27.2011 | Home

From British Sign Language to Swahili London's Globe Theatre plans to show all 37 of William Shakespeare's plays performed in 37 languages. As part...

Digitally Deconstructing Shakespeare

Ben Arogundade | Posted 11.23.2011 | Books
Ben Arogundade

Four hundred years after he wrote them, Shakespeare's words can be imbued with a brand new set of values, simply by re-arranging them on the page.

Was Hamlet's Dad Gay?

Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.15.2011 | Arts
Priscilla Frank

We've all felt haunted by our sexuality at some point or another, but most of us don't decide to project these frustrations onto one of the great literary masterpieces of all time, while claiming to show "what's really going on."

WATCH: Shakespeare On A Train

Posted 10.17.2011 | Comedy

The subway is home to many a performer, busker and motivational speaker. It's also the site of an occasional Shakespearian performance thanks to a cou...

PHOTOS: Shakespeare's Guide To Italy

Hilary Roe Metternich | Posted 10.10.2011 | Books
Hilary Roe Metternich

For lovers of Shakespeare who simply love his plays, "The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels" by my late father Richard ...

"Too Darn Hot": A Cool Playlist for These Overheated Times

David Wild | Posted 09.21.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

With all the heat currently being felt in Washington -- and in so many places around the country -- let's all look out for ourselves and even for each other. Please stay cool as possible, America.

Need A Good Insult? Ask The Bard

Posted 09.16.2011 | Books

William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest English writer to ever have lived. He was, of course, a true master of words. But just as...