Shakespeare is rolling in his grave

Julie Taymor (Across The Universe), aka one of the most overrated directors working today and ironically one of the most respected female directors ugh, is about to start production on her rape of The Tempest, adapted from the play by William Shakespeare (Romeo And Juliet). The film will star Helen Mirren (National Treasure: Book Of Secrets), Jeremy Irons (Appaloosa), Djimon Hounsou (Never Back Down), Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code), Ben Wishaw (Brideshead Revisited), Felicity Jones (Brideshead Revisited) and possibly Geoffrey Rush (the Elizabeth movies).

Although the play centers on Prospero, an exiled duke-turned-sorcerer, Taymor — who likes to take an experimental approach to her stage and film projects — has rechristened the lead character Prospera so that Mirren can take on the role.

Shakespeare’s play mixes romance with fraternal politics and the supernatural. As revised for the screen, it will center around Prospera, her daughter Miranda (Jones) and a shipwrecked crew full of Prospera’s enemies.

The island’s other inhabitants include Hounsou as the deformed slave Caliban and Wishaw as the airy spirit Ariel.

On the ship are rising comedy star Brand, playing Trinculo, a jester; Irons, as Alonso, the King of Naples; and Molina as the drunken butler Stephano. Rush would play Gonzalo, a royal adviser and old ally of Prospera’s.

Sure the cast is good, but that’s never stopped a bad film and that’s all I’ve seen from Taymor. Is anyone else here disgusted at this travesty? Kenneth Branagh maybe?

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New Trailer: Madea Goes To Jail

The new movie from the incredibly prolific and successful Tyler Perry (The Family That Preys), produced, written, directed, and acted by the man himself and based on his own play, Madea Goes To Jail also stars Derek Luke (Miracle At St. Anna) and Sofía Vergara (Meet The Browns). I’ve seen none of Mr Perry’s movies because, well, they just don’t get released over here, but this looks like it could be amusing. The film will premiere in the US on February 20th.

Movie Of The Day: Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933)

Set during The Great Depression, Gold Diggers Of 1933 is the third adaptation of a Broadway musical by Avery Hopwood (The Bat). It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy (Mister Roberts) and written by Erwin S. Gelsey (Swing Time), James Seymour (42nd Street), David Boehm (Always) and Ben Markson (What Price Hollywood?). It stars Dick Powell (The Bad And The Beautiful), Joan Blondell (Grease), Warren William (The Wolf Man), Aline MacMahon (The Man From Laramie), Guy Kibbee (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington), Ruby Keeler (42nd Street), Ned Sparks (42nd Street) and Ginger Rogers (Top Hat).

Three out-of-work actresses are cast in a new show which will get going only once funding his provided. One of the girls’ boyfriend, a gifted musician decides to produce the show, but refuses to perform in it despite his obvious talent. When he’s forced to go on stage at the premiere following an unexpected, his identity is revealed and it turns out he’s part of powerful rich family. Concerned, his brother and the family lawyer arrive to stop him from marrying a gold digging showgirl but they mistake one of the other actresses as the girlfriend in question. The girls decide to play along and comedy ensues. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading