SXSW 2013: Joss Whedon on Spinning from Marvel to Shakespeare

AUSTIN, TX: Director Joss Whedon and most of the large ensemble cast for his new film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing turned up at the SXSW Film Festival for the picture’s first screening Saturday afternoon, participating in a panel discussion and Q&A that ran a full hour and touched on everything from the film’s sexiness to drinking on set to its director’s previous, sharply different gig directing a certain superhero blockbuster. … Read More

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10 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at SXSW 2013

A confession: nothing against Sundance or any of our other regulars, but SXSW is probably our favorite film festival to attend. The warm weather is a nice respite from late-winter NYC, there’s a relaxed and chatty vibe in the lines, and Tex-Mex and BBQ are always within reach. Oh, and the movies are great. If you’re headed down to Austin, we’ve got plenty of cool events for you to check out. And for those of you who plan to spend your days shotgunning as many movies as possible, here are a few of the flicks we’re eager to take… Read More

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Long-Weekend Viewing: Films About Manipulative Political Masterminds for ‘House of Cards’ Fans

If you’ve already binge-watched all of Netflix’s addictive new original series, House of Cards, it’s understandable that you’d be thirsting for more. After all, an antihero like House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) — who has every right to be furious about not being handed the position of Secretary of State after all his years backing the newly elected president — is insanely fun to watch as he dismantles the US political system, one sly move at a time. If you prefer a calculating politician to your average superhero, here is a selection of films (and one miniseries) you have to see. … Read More

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The Best Things Flavorwire Staffers Did in New York This Year

As another year comes to a close, like everyone else on the Internet, we’ve compiled lists of our favorite films and books and albums. But in an office full of New Yorkers who spend so much time enjoying — and participating in — the cultural life of our city, we would be remiss not to look back on what we actually went out and did this year. Below you’ll find Flavorwire staffers’ favorite NY cultural experiences of 2012, from theater to art to live music to cinema; tell us about yours in the comments. … Read More

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The Pop Cultural Landscape (According to Books)

Earlier this week, we spotted a great list of the most mentioned songs in literature over at PWxyz. They’d gotten their info from Small Demons, a fantastic website devoted to connecting books to each other and to the world in interesting ways. Inspired, we did some exploring of our own, and came up with a snapshot of the pop cultural landscape — at least if our books can be believed. Though all of these lists are of necessity always changing as new works get added to the database (and the world), we still think they give a pretty good picture — click through to see the artists, musicians, songs, films and even clothing brands that get most mentioned in literature printed in English, and let us know if you think the book world reflects our culture accurately in the comments. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got a peek at the British Museum’s new Shakespeare exhibition. We discovered what our favorite books say about us. We read the best Full House article on the Internet this week. We saw librarian tattoos that weren’t terrible. We learned about Portland’s teacher… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got to know an artist who paints with blood. We learned about that time the Rolling Stones hung out at Andy Warhol’s East Hampton pad. We browsed some alternative Shakespeare book covers. We wondered what Joe Biden was whispering to this biker lady.… Read More

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Gallery: Cats as Famous Shakespeare Characters

If there’s any one thing that could instantly improve all of Shakespeare’s plays, what would it be? How about replacing some of his most recognizable characters with cats? You might think we’re joking, that’s exactly what artist Susan Herbert did in her 2004 book Shakespeare Cats, a collection of 32 hilarious paintings that reimagine some of the Bard’s most beloved works as acted out by felines. Thanks a post over on thaeger, we’ve gathered some of our favorites for you to peruse after the jump. We know the Internet will love these silly, cat-infiltrated scenes, but what do you think your high school English teacher would say? … Read More

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The Most Beautiful Outdoor Theaters in the World

A Swedish proverb tells us that a life without love is like a year without summer. Who better, then, to comment on the joy of our favorite season than a country that experiences never-ending midsummer days when the sun never sets? The summer solstice is fast approaching, and our yearly anticipation of the sultry, dog days is reaching an all time high. Our plans for the inevitable rooftop gatherings are in place, our outdoor event lists have been made, and bathing suits and sun hats have been purchased. Summer fun, we’re ready for you.

In honor of the long, sun-drenched days ahead, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most amazing open-air play spaces in the world. From the largest natural amphitheater in America, surrounded by some of The West’s most perfect picnic spots, to stunning forest theaters to a stage jutting into the sea along the rugged coast of Cornwall, click through to check out showstopping outdoor stages that have us wishing summer would last forever. Nominate your local favorites in the comments below! … Read More

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10 Ingenious Shakespeare Adaptations on Film

The best of this week’s (admittedly lean) DVD releases is Coriolanus, the sleek and muscular Shakespeare adaptation from star and first-time director Ralph Fiennes. He’s been angling to bring the play to the screen for nearly a dozen years now, since he first played it on the London stage, and when the time came to do so, he did what many a filmmaker before him has done to make Shakespeare tenable to today’s audience: he modernized it. But the text is so open, and his staging is so robust, that the interpretation works; it couldn’t feel more timely and appropriate, with (perhaps intentional, perhaps accidental) allusions to the Tea Party, Congressional dysfunction, and the Occupy movement that land without the clumsiness that so often batters political cinema.

In honor of a job well done, we’ve assembled ten other films that altered the Bard’s plots and texts in a similarly entertaining fashion. Check them out after the jump, and add your own in the comments. … Read More

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