The actor: Fiona Shaw is a capital-T thespian, an actor and director who’s done productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, played canonical roles like Electra and Hedda Gabler, and garnered acclaim and accolades in a solo recitation of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Moviegoers first became acquainted with the Irish actor opposite fellow RSC alum Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot as Dr. Eileen Cole, who invites Christy Brown to her clinic for patients with cerebral palsy. (“If you work with me, I’ll help you say ‘fuck off’ more clearly,” she tells him.) Since then, she’s regularly alternated appearances onstage with roles in films and television, including a decade long stretch as Harry Potter’s severe, normalcy-seeking muggle guardian, Aunt Petunia. Currently, Shaw can be seen as the shrewd spy master Carolyn in Killing Eve; she also re-teams with former Killing Eve showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge for a … [Read more...] about Fiona Shaw on
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In an ideal world, Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s dilemma as to who to cast in their Star Wars spinoff would be easy: Go back in time and pluck a 25-year-old carpenter from obscurity a decade ahead of schedule. But failing that, my ideal casting move that doesn’t involve time travel is Aaron Paul as young Han Solo. Paul’s a tremendous actor, who’s perfectly suited to play a charming scoundrel who would definitely shoot Greedo first (which is unambiguously what Han Solo did). But more importantly, Paul showed us on Breaking Bad that he can excel at Han’s stock in trade—escaping by the skin of his teeth when everything around him goes to shit. Paul doesn’t quite have Harrison Ford’s natural confidence, and that works in his favor too—if we want to see Han before he met Luke, we want to see a version of the character who hasn’t yet convinced himself he always has the answers. We want just what Aaron Paul has—charm, nerve, and … [Read more...] about What’s your “if only they were younger” dream casting?
The addition of 21st century hip-hop to the story of the story of an 18th century founding father is not the only way in which Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has been innovative. More so than perhaps any other Broadway musical of the past, the show has been warmly embraced by the fandom community and cross-pollinated with any number of other film and television properties, ranging from Star Wars to Parks And Recreation. Writer Natalie Zutter discusses what makes this particular musical so different from all the others in a Tor piece called “Why Hamilton Is The Perfect Mashup For Every Fandom.” The very fact that the non-sci-fi Hamilton merits coverage at a science-fiction-themed website is an indication of the show’s widespread popularity. Zutter reports that there are people who are familiar with the musical only through its many crossovers with other franchises. … [Read more...] about Read This: Why
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Newt Scamander is back, but this time he’s teaming up with a young Albus Dumbeldore to tangle with the great dark wizard, Grindelwald. Or, something like that. All the original cast is back, including Johnny Depp as the title villain (sigh), and Jude Law as Dumbledore. The first movie was fine but forgettable, but maybe J.K. Rowling can keep the Harry Potter magic alive. (Nov. 16) … [Read more...] about io9’s Guide to All the Movies You Should Give a Damn About in 2018
The new trailer for Fantastic Beasts is here, and we finally actually get to see what’s going on in this movie beyond “Eddie Redmayne doing his best Matt Smith impression, oh also there are monsters.” First we get a taste of Newt Scamander’s... eccentricities as an Englishman in a foreign land, but then we get the real meat: the threat of a deadly war breaking out between the Wizards in hiding and the muggles (err, sorry, No-Majes) of New York. … [Read more...] about Magical Creatures and Cultural Differences Abound In the New
There have been rumors that Luke Skywalker will have turned to the Dark Side ever since Episode VII was first announced. I think that’s unlikely—I doubt Lucasfilm wants to negate his heroic journey from the original trilogy by making him evil—but it’s still within the realm of possibility. But additionally, there’s a surprisingly popular version of this rumor that adds that somehow Luke is the guy wielding the cross-hilted red lightsaber. This is nonsense. While obviously I wouldn’t put it past J.J. Abrams to lie to fans about characters’ true identities (he’s certainly done it before) we’ve seen actual photos of actor Adam Driver in Kylo Ren’s costume, sometimes without his helmet. Also, if you just look at Ren’s body and movement, it’s very clearly not 64-year-old Mark Hamill in that outfit. … [Read more...] about The 13 Craziest Goddamn Rumors About