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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E11 “Confessions”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show.  There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories.  No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show.  So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go. Read More »

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Ah, fall — not only are new shows debuting and old shows returning, shows that don’t even exist yet are getting picked up left and right. After the jump:

  • HBO renews Treme for a fourth and final season
  • Ron Moore is adapting A Knight’s Tale for ABC
  • Fox updates Hamlet for modern-day Washington, DC
  • Homeland casts F. Murray Abraham as a CIA agent
  • James Caan will be a mob boss on Starz’ Magic City
  • Ricky Gervais‘ comedy Derek is headed to Netflix

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Did we really need another film rendition of Hamlet? Probably not, but I’d be lying if I said Emile Hirch and Catherine Hardwicke‘s “suspense thriller” take on the material didn’t intrigue me at least a little, if only to see how it’d turn out. Alas, looks like we’ll never know. For reasons that haven’t yet been made clear, the project is no more. Read More »

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Brian Cox is one of my favorite actors of all time. The volume of his work is incredible, but his range is also impressive. Today a video has surfaced online (via Gawker.TV) of Brian teaching a two-year old the “To Be Or Not To Be” soliloquy from Hamlet. Apparently, Cox is a great acting teacher as well, although according to Cox, this little tyke is “the best drama student [he's] ever had.” Hit the jump for the video. Warning: This will probably be the most adorable thing you see all day.
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hangoverposter1In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, and Adam Quigley ponder the implications of drastic changes to The Warriors, complain about different versions of movies in theaters, remember cinematic versions of Shakespeare plays, and mourn the loss of a beloved actor. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinemablend and Jesse Thorn joins us from The Sound of Young America. Also, Dave interviews actor Jeremy Renner from Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film The Hurt Locker.

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Overture Films has announced a new, modernized version of Hamlet. This one is to star Emile Hirsch in the title role and be directed by his Lords of Dogtown collaborator, Catherine Hardwicke. The screenplay is being written by Ron Nyswaner who was previously a writer on Philadelphia, Smithereens and apparently, though without a credit, Jonathan Demme’s greatly undervalued Swing Shift. Without Nyswaner on board I’d have absolutely no hope for this film at all.

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