Sam Mendes

45 Transgressive Spins on Shakespeare, Past and Present

After seeing The Public’s production of King Lear this summer, Ira Glass came to the incendiary conclusion that “Shakespeare sucks.” The comment riled many, for reasons that are largely obvious to anyone who understands the Bard’s place in the literary canon, but also because of the threat that such an influential public figure’s disapproval poses to an art form that’s already been noted to be “dying” at the slow pace of a stabbed Shakespearean character. Now, some would counter that theater’s adherence to the past is what’s dooming it in the first place, and that our reverence toward Shakespeare is the core of the problem. But Shakespeare has actually proven to be one of the most vital vessels for change in theater. Here are 45 productions that — through radical politics, outlandish visuals, and enormous Kevin Spacey heads, might change the way you (and Ira Glass) — view… Read More

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Léa Seydoux May Be Your Next Bond Girl

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8 Legendary Deleted Movie Scenes You’ve Never Seen

You’d think, by this point, we’d know just about all there is to know about the Indiana Jones movies, but last week (in honor of the second film’s 30th anniversary), Yahoo! Movies tracked down Nizwar Karanj, the actor on the receiving end of Temple of Doom’s notorious improvised heart removal. And he had a bit of inside information: that scene was supposed to be even gorier than it was. Yet somehow, the original version of the scene hasn’t made its way onto the Indy DVDs or Blu-rays, which makes it one more lost bit of film that somehow hasn’t reached viewers in this age of ubiquitous “Deleted Scene” bonus features. … Read More

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Killer Italian Artwork Inspired by Great American Movies

Italian illustrator and cartoonist Massimo Carnevale has been capturing attention on film blogs all over the world for his beautiful and inventive artwork inspired by scenes from American movies; he makes striking use of color and repurposed iconography, creating works that are both recognizably his and true to the spirit of the films that inspired them. After the jump, join us for a quick stroll past some of our favorites by this prolific artist. … Read More

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10 Best-Selling Novels and the Directors Who Should Adapt Them

Yesterday, we heard that David Fincher, director of Fight Club and The Social Network (among numerous other things), is considering signing on to direct the adaptation of Gone Girl, the thriller that took this year’s book world by storm. Fincher is great and all (and, as Deadline so awkwardly points out, “has handled female-themed Panic Room with Jodie Foster”), but we don’t think he’s the best man for the job. After the jump, we’ve taken a look at ten contemporary bestsellers, including Gone Girl, and picked the directors that we think would be the best at adapting them (even if, er, film versions have already been made). Click through to see our choices, and feel free to argue us down in the comments. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Flick of the Week: ‘Skyfall’ Is Bond at His Best

Skyfall, the 23rd (official) film in the James Bond franchise, opens with a throwaway moment, but one with an electrical charge: a blurry, distant silhouette enters a hallway. Doesn’t sound like much of a scorcher, I know, but that image is accompanied by the first two notes of the iconic Bond theme (if I may approximate: “NUH NUH!”), a musical choice that makes us lean forward in fevered anticipation. He strides down that hallway into a big, beautiful close-up, and gets down to business. That opening shot is making us a promise, that Bond is back and better than ever, and it’s a promise that Skyfall keeps. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. If you were as taken with this cover of New York magazine as most of the world was, here’s Dutch photographer Iwan Baan describing how he captured the stunning image. [via Poynter]

2. MTV will air a fundraising special on November 15th called Restore the Shore. The one-hour show will feature cast… Read More

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50 of Our Favorite James Bond Quotes

Everyone’s favorite spy franchise turns 50 next month. To commemorate five decades of James Bond, MGM is releasing a 22-film Blu-ray set tomorrow that 007 fanatics won’t want to miss. The expansive collection coincides with Sam Mendes’ Skyfall (in UK theaters on October 26 and stateside November 9), starring Daniel Craig who returns to the iconic role of James Bond. A bleach-blonde Javier Bardem plays the gentleman spy’s adversary, and Bond girls Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris join him.

The British Secret Service agent is known for his sophisticated style, cool gadgets, and daring international exploits — with a bevy of unique villains and beautiful women. While MI6 is busy sipping martinis and racing across country in his Aston Martin DB5, he’s always equipped with a cheeky one-liner to set the scene. Six actors delivered Bond’s dry comebacks, and we’ve featured some of the best past the break. Bond is known for his post-mortem puns, but 007 took every opportunity to make a memorable — and often groan-worthy — statement. It’s all in good fun. Celebrate with us, and check out 50 of our favorite James Bond one-liners, below. … Read More

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