David Harewood on SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED – exclusive interview

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED | © 2015 PBS

In 2012, England’s BBC4 and America’s PBS, via member station WNET New York Public Media, joined together to bring forth SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED, a series of documentaries about Shakespeare’s plays, which aired on PBS in 2013. Each segment, hosted by someone famed for their connection to the Bard’s work, was full of insights into the source and inspiration of the plays and interviews with actors, directors and other experts who had insights into the material. This year, a second season of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED is airing on PBS. The first two segments, with Hugh Bonneville on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Christopher […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Delroy Lindo makes you BELIEVE

Delroy Lindo as Winter in BELIEVE - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2014 NBC/Justin Stephens

In NBC’s BELIEVE, Sundays at 9 PM, we meet Bo, a young girl with special powers. Created by Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman and executive-produced by Cuaron, J.J. Abrams and show runner Jonas Pate, BELIEVE chronicles what happens after Bo is forcibly removed from her most recent set of Foster parents. Tate (Jake McLaughlin) is sprung from prison to protect Bo, even though he’s never met the child. The man overseeing Bo’s rescue, Tate’s release and bringing the two together is Milton Winter, played by Delroy Lindo. Lindo, a prolific actor who was born in London, England, has […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Clark Gregg on AGENTS OF SHIELD and AVENGERS 2

Clark Gregg in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Clark Gregg’s character S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson was first introduced to audiences in the original IRON MAN film. Coulson has subsequently helped superheroes and director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in IRON MAN 2, THOR and in the animated ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN series. Coulson was tragically killed by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in writer/director Joss Whedon’s THE AVENGERS, but he’s back as the team leader on ABC’s AGENTS OF SHIELD, Tuesdays at 8 PM. As viewers of the TV show, created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, learned in the episode “The Magical Place,” Coulson’s resurrection was agonizing, with consequences […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THOR star Tom Hiddleston on THE HOLLOW CROWN

Tom HIddleston in GREAT PERFORMANCES: THE HOLLOW CROWN - HENRY IV: PART 1 I I©2013 PBS/BBC

THE HOLLOW CROWN, currently airing Fridays at 9 PM on PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES series, is a collection of four of William Shakespeare’s history plays made into films, with many sequences shot on location. RICHARD II aired last week. The remaining three, HENRY IV PART I, HENRY IV PART II and HENRY V, all star Tom Hiddleston, who begins as the hedonistic Prince Hal and goes through a great deal of personal and royal change to emerge as the regal Henry V. Jeremy Irons stars in the two HENRY IV plays as the title character. London-born, Oxfordshire-raised Hiddleston has an award-winning […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING | (c) 2013 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Tom Lenk Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted for the screen by Joss Whedon Director: Joss Whedon Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: June 7, 2013 If you want to introduce a phobic newcomer – say, a nervous teenager – to the works of William Shakespeare, director/scenarist Joss Whedon’s film adaptation of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is a great place to start. Set in modern moneyed suburbia, where houses have video security systems and the cops carry guns, the text is as ever ‘twas (with […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on the CABIN IN THE WOODS climax

Fran Kranz in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS | ©2012 Lionsgate

CABIN IN THE WOODS, the horror film written by Joss Whedon, who also produced, and Drew Goddard, who also directed, just hit Blu-ray and DVD. It opened theatrically in April of this year, having survived the collapse of original production entity MGM to subsequently be picked up for distribution by Lionsgate. Back in April, we interviewed Fran Kranz, one of CABIN’s stars, about the movie. Kranz worked on CABIN between the two seasons of Whedon’s TV series DOLLHOUSE. In DOLLHOUSE, Kranz played Topher, a techie genius who had a nervous breakdown when he found that his work was largely responsible for causing an apocalypse. […]Read On »

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Interview: Kenneth Branagh returns for WALLANDER III on Masterpiece MYSTERY!

Kenneth Branagh in MASTERPIECE Mystery - WALLANDER III | © Laurence Cendrowicz/ Left Bank/BBC for MASTERPIECE

Kenneth Branagh is famous for a whole lot of things. He’s a noted adapter of the works of William Shakespeare for film, having produced, directed and starred in feature adaptations of HENRY V, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, HAMLET and AS YOU LIKE IT (all of which he’s also done on stage). He also directed last year’s summer blockbuster THOR and is currently embarked on directing and costarring in JACK RYAN, a reboot of the franchise with Chris Pine as the hero who’s already been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Branagh is also active in the community […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE AVENGERS villain Tom Hiddleston on Loki’s God Complex and THOR 2

Tom Hiddleston in THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Marvel/Walt Disney Studios

EDITOR’S NOTE: There have been some questions about one of the quotes in this interview. We have checked the interview tape and it turns out we missed an “if.” We have corrected the quote.  Where there are superheroes, there must be a supervillain. In writer/director Joss Whedon’s film THE AVENGERS, that supervillain is Loki, an extraterrestrial played by Tom Hiddleston, who tries to enslave the Earth with the help of a mysterious but extremely violent alien race. Hiddleston, who hails from London, England, originated the role of the adopted brother of the mighty Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, in 2011’s THOR. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and more – Part 2

Fran Kranz in DOLLHOUSE - Season 1 - | ©2009 Fox/Joe Viles

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with Fran Kranz, the actor talks more about THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, plus the making of Joss Whedon’s film version of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, being on Broadway in DEATH OF A SALESMAN and working with Mike Nichols and Andrew Garfield. ASSIGNMENT X: The Shakespeare readings at Joss Whedon’s house have been talked about for years.  Were you already part of that group, or did MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING kind of come out of the blue for you? KRANZ: No, I had done a reading of MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. I […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANONYMOUS

ANONYMOUS movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower, Derek Jacobi Writer: John Orloff Director: Roland Emmerich Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 28, 2011 What is the problem some historians have with the notion that William Shakespeare wrote the plays that are attributed to him? An argument is made in the film ANONYMOUS that Shakespeare’s father was illiterate, but it seems logical that the mind capable of writing Shakespeare’s plays and poems was capable of learning to read in the first place. In any event, most […]Read On »

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