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Oscar Winners Riz Ahmed, Aneil Karia Reteam for Modern ‘Hamlet’ Adaptation

Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia are teaming again for a modern, London-set British Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”The pair won the 2022 best live action short film Oscar for “The Long Goodbye,” which they co-wrote, Ahmed starred in and Karia directed.WME Independent will launch international sales at the Cannes Film Market, while co-representing North American […]

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Why The Northman Has The Same Plot As The Lion King

Warning: spoilers ahead for “The Northman” (and also for “The Lion King” and “Hamlet“).First appearing in Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum, “Deeds of Danes,” the story of Amleth has been told and retold since the early 13th century — and has now been brought to the big screen in Robert Eggers’ direct adaptation, “The Northman.” Over […]

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‘Nosferatu’: Harry Styles Pulled Out Of Robert Eggers’ Remake Of The Classic Vampire Flick

Director Robert Eggers has been one of the more exciting directors using harsh and inhospitable environments to help tell his dark and sometimes horrific tales. Next month sees the release of his violent Viking epic that is directly inspired by an original Scandinavian story that was influenced by William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” The film “The Northman” […]

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Ciaran Hinds Says ‘Yes’ to Everything, but It Took ‘Belfast’ to Make Him an Oscar Nominee

Ciaran Hinds has reached what Miss Jean Brodie would have called his prime. After working in theater, television, and films for 45 years, he now lands juicy roles in studio and indie pictures alike as romantic lead (“Persuasion”), a Roman emperor, “Harry Potter” wizard, many villains, and, this year, as a grandfather in Kenneth Branagh’s […]

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Kenneth Branagh Becomes First Person Nominated in Seven Oscar Categories

Along with being one of the favorites in the best picture category, “Belfast” shepherded producer, writer and director Kenneth Branagh into Oscars history books.With nominations for best picture (as one of the film’s producers) and original screenplay, Branagh is the first person to be nominated in seven individual Oscar categories, surpassing George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón […]

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The Northman Filmmaker Robert Eggers Was Inspired By This Ancient Norse Story

Robert Eggers’ latest offering, “The Northman,” gives its lead Viking (played by Alexander Skarsgård) a simple set of high-stakes motivations: avenge father, save mother, kill Fjolnir. The synopsis for the epic, starring Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe, describes it as a revenge thriller that “explores how far […]

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Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand Bring Joel Coen’s ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ to the Oscars Race

The early days of awards season bring buzz and promise, but they also mean it’s time for studios to develop strategy and brainstorm opportunities to strike.With the Toronto International Film Festival handing out its prestigious People’s Choice prize to Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” the Focus Features drama has the authority to declare itself the best picture […]

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Noomi Rapace to Headline ‘Hamlet’ Adaptation by Ali Abbasi

Noomi Rapace, who shot to global prominence as Lisbeth Salander in the “Millennium” trilogy, will lead the cast of acclaimed “Border” director Ali Abbasi’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”Swedish-Danish-Iranian filmmaker Abbasi made his feature debut in 2018 with “Shelley,” which was selected for the Panorama competition at the Berlin Film Festival. “Border” won Un Certain […]

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