Margaret Atwood, Jo Nesbø, Anne Tyler to Write Updated Versions of Shakespeare Classics

Pop culture loves a good Shakespeare modernization, from West Side Story to 10 Things I Hate About You to Baz Luhrmann’s… Read More

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Is the Shakespeare Resurgence Killing Serious Contemporary Theatre?

This fall, four new productions of Shakespeare’s classic tales hit the Broadway stage. The first, Romeo and Juliet, features Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad leading a mixed-race cast that adds a racial reading to the tale of the star-crossed lovers. Next month, Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry lead an all-male cast in Richard III and Twelfth Night, which will be performed in repertory. Later in October, Ethan Hawke steps into the title role in Macbeth, the second production of the Scottish Play to be on Broadway in 2013 (Tony winner Alan Cumming starred in a one-man production earlier this year). With a new film version of Romeo and Juliet due this out this fall and a modern-day version of Cymbeline (also starring Hawke) currently filming in New York, it seems that Shakespeare’s back! But did he ever go away? … Read More

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Our Favorite Fictional Butlers in Pop Culture

Despite an Academy Award-winning role in The Last King of Scotland, Forest Whitaker remains fairly underrated. His filmography is filled with plenty of misses — the terrible Battlefield Earth amongst them — but when he’s spot on, he blows us away. We’re looking at you Ghost Dog, The Crying Game, and Bird. Unfortunately, his latest film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler — loosely based on the real-life story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who worked for eight presidents — was too heavy-handed for us. We decided to take a breather from Daniels’ “blatant Oscar bait” and look back on some of our favorite fictional butlers in pop culture. … Read More

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17 Amazing Stories of Lost and Found Films

Exciting news for silent comedy fans, movie buffs, and people who generally like things that are awesome: film historian Fernando Pena has discovered an alternate version of the classic Buster Keaton short The Blacksmith, featuring numerous never-before-seen gags and a new ending. The film, buried in a large purchase of European prints from eBay, is the kind of discovery that makes movie lovers’ hearts dance; there are so many great old films either lost entirely or no longer in their original form that these kind of finds in archives, collections, and odd spots make the impossible (the original cuts of Greed or The Magnificent Ambersons, say) seem possible. Here’s a few more exciting moments of cinematic archaeology. … Read More

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Celebrating Summer in Pop Culture

Presented by Reyka

June 21st marks the summer solstice — aka the official start to summer and the longest day of the year. It’s especially long in Iceland, where the sun shines for a full 24 hours. Reyka Vodka, from the first distillery in Iceland (which, let’s just be clear, filters the good stuff through freakin’ lava rocks to get that smooth finish), is celebrating the holiday by flying out one very lucky sun-worshiper to experience the island in all its summer glory. Here at Flavorwire, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite films, books, and music of the summer season. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

We once again have your back here at Flavorwire if you’re in need of some nourishment to satiate your appetite for all things cultural. This week’s round of staff recommendations offers a diverse sampling of art, literature, and sport to keep your brows high and your mind engaged throughout the rest of the week. … Read More

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Liked Whedon’s ‘Much Ado’? Watch Almereyda’s ‘Hamlet’

Welcome to “Like That? Watch This,” a regular feature in which Flavorwire suggests an older film that might be enjoyed by fans of a popular new release. This weekend, everyone was sharing the love for Joss Whedon’s modernized adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing; if you liked that film’s clever updating of the Bard’s classic (or if it hasn’t made its way to your town just yet), you might like Michael Almereyda’s 2000 adaptation of Hamlet.

The late ‘90s and early 2000s saw a mini-boom of Shakespeare updates at the multiplex — some merely swiping story elements and loose narratives, others transposing the Bard’s language into a modern setting. The impetus for the boomlet was the unexpected box office success of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet, which made over Shakespeare’s tragedy into tale of warring businesses and trigger-happy beach bums. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in June

Well, moviegoers, the summer is in full swing, as you may have noticed from the multiplexes shaking with explosions and the marquees bursting with sequels and superheroes. But those whose tastes run a little further from the mainstream have plenty of options for air-conditioned entertainment as well; the art houses have got counter-programming galore, and here’s just a few of the fine indies making their way to you in the month of June. … Read More

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Mikko Kuorinki Elevates the “Quote of the Day” to High Art

Did you ever think you’d see the Mitch Hedberg quote “My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them” displayed in a museum? The late comedian’s joke made its fine-art debut in Wall Piece with 200 Letters, a project that found artist Mikko Kuorinki posting short phrases by a variety of writers on the wall of Finland’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, switching out her quotes every week for ten months. Click through to see which pieces you recognize, and visit Kuorinki’s website for more of her work. … Read More

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