‘Dumbed down’ Romeo rewrite panned by critics
A new version of Romeo and Juliet has suffered a critical mauling after screenwriter Julian Fellowes rewrote large stretches of Shakespeare’s original text to make it easier to understand.
Death of actor who ‘changed the art of television’
The sudden death of James Gandolfini, the actor behind Tony Soprano, shocked millions of TV fans yesterday. Did he launch a new artform or merely make money from violence?
Zombie romcom puts Shakespeare on screen
Romeo and Juliet has been updated for every generation: a new movie translates the ‘star-crossed lovers’ to the world of zombie horror. Is this a good metaphor for modern love?
‘Mad’ method wins actor a place among the stars
When Daniel Day-Lewis won his record-breaking third Oscar for Best Actor, a Hollywood legend was born. Is his famously eccentric devotion to ‘method acting’ the secret to his success?
Physics on stage in ‘multiverse’ love story
A hit play seeks to explain cutting edge quantum physics through a love story with infinite variations. Audiences love it. What happens when science meets the arts?
Shakespeare’s history plays revived for a TV age
Four brand new adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays have been launched on the BBC. They tell stories of power, politics and identity — but should the plays really be called history?
New book offers love lessons from literature
Released this week to critical acclaim, a new book called ‘Much Ado About Loving’ distils the works of the world’s literary greats into useful relationship advice for modern readers.
Victorian love saga still pulls in the crowds
A film version of ‘Wuthering Heights’ has cast a striking new light on Emily Brontë’s classic novel. Such adaptations are more popular than ever. What explains their enduring appeal?
Top selling video game sparks anxiety over violence
A new game in the hit ‘Call of Duty’ series has just been released. Critics love it. Fans are buying it in record numbers. But the brutal violence of the series has some people worried.
Shakespeare was Fakespeare, says new film
William Shakespeare is the author whose work has captivated us for centuries. Or did someone else, better educated and worldly, write his plays and poems – and is it for Hollywood to decide?
Downton Abbey triumphs again in Hollywood
The new series of the acclaimed TV drama launched this weekend to a rapturous welcome from critics, public and Hollywood showbiz moguls. What's the magic?