Kenneth Branagh , Lindsay Brunnock - Kenneth Branagh arrives on a flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with wife Lindsay Brunnock - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 18th January 2016
Sir Kenneth Branagh Has Been Named A Patron For Film London's Shakespeare On Screen Programme.
The Thor director and bosses at the movie agency will work together to present William Shakespeare productions throughout the year-long project. The first productions announced include a feature film, two shorts from all-female filmmaking teams, three animations and a documentary centring on the playwright's enduring screen legacy, according to BroadwayWorld.com.
"Much of my work has involved bringing Shakespeare to the stage and the screen, so I'm looking forward to working with Film London as their patron for Shakespeare on Screen," he says. "Storytellers at every stage of their careers continue to draw from the playwright's work, so it is fitting that this project - through an ambitious series of brand new commissions - showcases emerging and established talent alike. It is a pleasure to be involved with a project which aims to bring his work to countless new audiences, inspiring as many people as possible along the way."
Branagh recently launched his own theatre company and kicked off a year-long residency at London's Garrick Theatre in October (15) with an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale, in which the revered actor returned to the stage in the British capital for the first time since 2008, alongside Dame Judi Dench.
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Revered British Actor/director Kenneth Branagh Helped Billy Crystal Ease His Nerves On The Set Of Their 1996 Movie Hamlet By Encouraging The Comedian To Mimic Robert De Niro.
Crystal was wracked with nerves as he prepared to shoot his scenes for the Shakespeare tragedy, because he feared he wouldn't be able to shake his New York accent, and would stand out for all the wrong reasons.
So the filmmaker came up with a quirky way to make Crystal feel comfortable as the First Gravedigger - by urging him to do an impression of De Niro from Taxi Driver, while Branagh, who portrayed the titular Danish prince, put on his best Joe Pesci voice from Goodfellas.
"I was the gravedigger in Hamlet, and it was the scariest thing I've ever had to do," Crystal told U.S. talk show host James Corden. "I have this little Bronx voice... and you know, it's Shakespeare, the great Branagh, and I'm playing the gravedigger and I have to give him the skull so he can say, 'Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well, Horatio'. It's an incredible responsibility.
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A Direct-to-cinema Screening Of Kenneth Branagh And Dame Judi Dench's Latest Shakespeare Play Was Such A Big Hit On Thursday Night (26nov15) More Brits Saw It Than Any Other Film.
The live broadcast of The Winter's Tale was the night's biggest box office draw in the U.K. as fans flocked to see the play on the big screen.
The production hit 520 cinemas across Britain and took in well over $1.5 million (GBP940,000), ahead of blockbuster sequel The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.
The play, in which Branagh plays King Leontes and Dench Paulina, will be broadcast in select U.S. cinemas on Monday (30Nov15).
Branagh will not only be directing the project, but will also be starring as the famous Belgian detective in Fox's new adaptation.
The 54 year old English actor, whose directing credits include Thor, Henry V and 2015’s box-office success Cinderella, is reported by Variety to have signed up for the Fox re-make that has been in the pipelines since 2013. Ridley Scott, fresh from his success with The Martian, is also attached to the project as a co-producer.
Sir Kenneth Branagh will be directing and starring in the new adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic novel
Kenneth Branagh Is To Direct And Star In A New Adaptation Of Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express.
Twentieth Century Fox president Emma Watts has confirmed rumours the iconic novel is being rebooted for the big screen, and surprised fans by revealing Kenneth will direct the project and star as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
Poirot is one of Christie's most-loved characters, and he appeared in 33 of her novels. The fastidious detective was previously played by Albert Finney in the 1974 film version of Murder on the Orient Express, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
Peter Ustinov also previously played the role, and British actor David Suchet portrayed the detective for more than 20 years in U.K. TV series Agatha Christie's Poirot, which ended in 2013.
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The Shakespearean actor and director is being recognised for his glittering 34-year career.
Sir Kenneth Branagh has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Britain’s most well-established critics organisation. The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced that the impresario will be given the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film in the new year.
54 year old Branagh, who was knighted in 2012 for his contributions to the stage and screen, will receive the award at the Circle’s annual ceremony in London on January 17th, 2016, when the recipients of other prizes for achievements in movie-making are revealed.
Sir Kenneth Branagh is to be honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film
British Actor And Director Kenneth Branagh Will Be Honoured For His 34-Year Movie Career At The London Critics' Circle Film Awards In January (16).
The Thor director will receive the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, which is named after the late British author and critic, during an awards ceremony at The May Fair Hotel in London on 17 January (16).
Kenneth reveals the award means a lot to him because he met Powell before her death in 1995.
"As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell," he explains. "She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics' Circle."
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Celebrated Irish Author Eoin Colfer Has Been Commissioned To Write The Next Novel In The Iron Man Series By Bosses At Marvel.
Colfer, the man behind the beloved Artemis Fowl series of children's books, plans to release his take on Tony Stark's alter-ego next autumn (16).
Announcing the news on Tuesday (03Nov15), the Wexford-based writer said, "Some of you may have heard that I am doing an Iron Man book for Marvel which I'm very excited about. I'm hoping to take Tony Stark to some places he has never been before. Very possibly he will be visiting Ireland and will get himself into some severe trouble."
The former school teacher is the current Irish Laureate of Children's Books. His 2016 is shaping up to be quite a year - Kenneth Branagh is set to direct an adaptation of his first Artemis Fowl book and Colfer reveals that project will begin next year, too.
Sir Kenneth Branagh Has Paid Tribute To Swedish Writer Henning Mankell, The Creator Of Wallander, Following His Death On Monday (05oct15).
Mankell passed away in his sleep in Gothenburg, Sweden, aged 67, following a battle with cancer.
He is best known for creating police detective Kurt Wallander for a series of crime novels released between 1991 and 2009.
Branagh portrayed the character in the British TV adaptation of the same name, which began in 2008.
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Swedish Thriller Writer Henning Mankell, Has Died, Aged 67, After A Battle With Cancer.
Mankell, best known for creating fictional detective Kurt Wallander, passed away in Gothenburg, Sweden on Monday (05Oct15).
His death was confirmed in a statement released by his publishing house, Leopard Forlag.
It reads, "The Swedish author and playwright Henning Mankell is dead. He died in his sleep early this morning in Goteborg (Gothenburg)."
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Date of birth
10th December, 1960