Branagh in talks to direct 'Thor'

Branagh in talks to direct 'Thor'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Northern Irish actor-director Kenneth Branagh reportedly is in talks to direct the upcoming Marvel Comics superhero movie "Thor."

Actor George Grizzard dead at 79

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Veteran film, television and stage actor George Grizzard has died at a New York City hospital of complications from lung cancer. He was 79.

Comic books to bring Shakespeare to life

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A new series of comic books set to be released by a British company is oriented towards bringing the works of William Shakespeare to a new audience.

CliffNotes now available in DVD format

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. students will soon get even more help in limiting their studying time thanks to a new DVD collection that acts as a video form of CliffNotes.

Family marks Olivier's 100th birthday

LONDON, May 23 (UPI) -- Family members attended a private ceremony at Westminster Abbey marking the 100th birthday of the late Laurence Olivier, one of Britain's best-loved actors.

Branagh tabbed to head 'Sleuth' remake

LONDON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- When the film production of "Sleuth" begins in London next year, actor-director Kenneth Branagh will be at the helm of the long-awaited cinematic remake.

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Man loses Henry V home after divorce

TYWYN, Wales, July 24 (UPI) -- The owner of a Tywyn, Wales, estate reputedly won from Britain's King Henry V has said he will soon be forced to give up the home in a costly divorce battle.

Michael C. Hall returns to Broadway

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Actor Michael C. Hall, best known as David Fisher on HBO's "Six Feet Under," is returning to the New York stage.

Renaissance Films heads for bankruptcy

LONDON, July 5 (UPI) -- One-time British film giant Renaissance Films failed to raise enough cash to stay afloat, laid off its London workers and headed into bankruptcy.

Kenneth Branagh plans new Shakespeare film

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- Kenneth Branagh will direct Kevin Kline and Bryce Dallas Howard in a film version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" for HBO Films.

NJ man sells Jackson mementos

ASBURY PARK, N.J., March 4 (UPI) -- A New Jersey man has sold his extensive collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia to a European buyer, Billboard.com reported.

Review: Kevin Kline steals 'Henry IV'

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- If there is one performance that demands to be seen on the New York stage this season it is Kevin Kline's deeply conceived characterization of Shakespeare's tosspot philosopher Falstaff in a production that combines the two "Henry IV" plays into one seaml

'Manchurian Candidate' remake on

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- Liev Schreiber will join Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep in the Jonathan Demme-directed remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" at Paramount Pictures.

Book review: 'War Is a Force ...'

SAN DIEGO, June 24 (UPI) -- The contents of Chris Hedges' "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" are both terrifying and deeply saddening. He brings us face to face with our ignorance, our
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Henry V
A mammoth collection of stage costumes, photographs, documents and props belonging to Jackson and his famous family were sold to a European buyer, after spending 18 months under wraps in the gritty shore city of Asbury Park, New Jersey. The collection was acquired by Henry V. Vaccaro after he payed off a storage and shipping bill owed by the Jackson family to an Oxnard, California warehouse. The unidentified buyer intends to display the collection in Europe and Japan. (UPI Photo/POOL)

Henry V is a 1944 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The on-screen title is The Cronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (the title of the 1600 quarto edition of the play). It stars Laurence Olivier, who also directed. The play was adapted for the screen by Olivier, Dallas Bower, and Alan Dent. The score is by William Walton.

The film begins as a recreation of a stage production of the play in the Globe Theatre, then gradually turns into a stylized cinematic rendition of the play, with sets reminiscent of a medieval Book of Hours. It follows the overall pattern of Shakespeare's play, depicting Henry's campaign in France, through the siege of Harfleur. The film then shows the Battle of Agincourt in a real setting, after which the film quickly begins to revert to backdrops that are once again more and more like medieval illuminated manuscripts. We then see the negotiations for Treaty of Troyes and Henry's courtship of Princess Katherine followed by their marriage. At the end of the scene, the setting reverts to the Globe Playhouse and the audience applauding.

The film was made near the end of World War II and was intended as a morale booster for Britain. Consequently, the film was partly funded by the British government. The movie won Olivier an Academy Honorary Award for "his Outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen."

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