The Shakespeare Code - Behind the Scenes (Part 3)
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s set report from DWM #382 

It’s becoming light already, so the crew prepares to film the episode’s final scene: Shakespeare’s seduction of Martha, rudely interrupted by the arrival of Queen Elizabeth.  “I’ll sit in for Freema on the camera rehearsal,” says Mr. Steffan Morris, the second assistant director.

“Shakespeare is a fool if he goes for that,” laughs Dean Lennox Kelly, who’s playing the Bard.   In between takes, he and Freema lounge on the stage, chatting about R&B music and fellow thesp Alan Cumming (”Dean can talk about anything,” she tells DWM).

Suddenly, David appears from behind the scenery, wearing a ruff and a rabbit mask, like the psychotic bunny from Donnie Darko!  “Too much?” he asks.

“Far too much!” shrieks Freema.  “That’s not a good look, David.”

[…] On stage, Dean is whispering naughtily into Freema’s ear. “Do I make you nervous, sat here next to you?”

“I trust you,” she beams. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say?”

“That’s the one.”

“Dean used to be a stand-up comic,” David explains, “and it shows. He’s very funny, very quick, very witty, and he’s nailed that slightly rock star take on Shakespeare. It’s clever casting, cos it’s not how a lot of people think of Shakespeare; you look at the young bucks of the RSC, I suppose, don’t you? But Dean confounds your expectations.”

Thank you to everyone who shares set photos!!

Other parts of this set available: [ one ] [ two ]
[ List of all Doctor Who Behind the Scenes photosets ]

I don’t get it? Why are so many SS fans complaining and also expecting so much for the Naruto episode 481 Sasuke/Sakura episode? I have spotted some people or SS fans having actual  reasons into complaining over SP not sticking into Canon, such as making Ino sakura fake friend and also them not confessing their crush to Sasuke. But the

SP hates Sakura/Sasusaku guts

The why there no SS moments like NH?

The I need a reason why Sakura loved Sasuke

The Narusaku moment into Naruto liking sakura

this is just straight up nonsense. I feel like this is the only fandom that always complains about the littlest shit and expects so too much of everything. Like oh god. 

Ok I’ll first get into the: SP hates Sakura/Sasusaku guts

SP doesn’t give a fuck about your character’s/ your ship’s. What is shown in the manga is what they’re going to give you. And that includes EVERYBODY. Just Because of you now noticing its lack of development doesn’t mean SP just fucking with Sakura character and SS for fun. I don’t want to be considered as a freaking “anti-S/SS” for this, but seriously? they don’t hate Sakura and SS or it’s moments.    

Second, Why there no SS moments like NH?

Honestly, what do you mean moment? What have Sasuke has done anything to change Sakura life? What has Sakura has done to change Sasuke life? Why SP gives NH moments? Umm….what moments? All Naruto did was help Hinata stop crying and take her back to her house. I guess, once you look at it, this has to do with what inspired the character into changing or developing I guess. Like for example

Sasuke and Itachi: Sasuke having this strong type of bond with his brother Itachi. So, of course, he is mention.

Sakura to Ino: Ino defending sakura from her bullies/being her first trustful friend.   

Hinata to naruto: Naruto saved/changed Hinata into going to her correct path. (get the joke here)

and Naruto to the third Hokage: being a helper to naruto or whatever

if you get what I mean then you shouldn’t even expect any “SS” moments.

third, The I need a reason why Sakura loved Sasuke

Stop. There was no; NEVER an actual reason into why sakura falls in love with Sasuke. Reason into why was because she liked him for his looks and popularity, That’s it. It’s the same for Ino dying love to Sasuke but that have been ignored for who knows what, forever. This isn’t something new and this isn’t something people should be surprised about. If you want a reason into why Sakura started to fall in love with Sasuke,  fanfic it, please. 

and lastly fourth, the Narusaku moment into Naruto liking sakura

For heaven sake, It hasn’t even given us a reason into why Naruto liked Sakura. What show any scene of Naruto reasonings into Liking sakura? him jumping off his back calling Sakura “Amazing” over I don’t know the fuck she did isn’t a reason into why he liked sakura. Naruto is the same like sakura. liking because he find her cute and he just likes her.

like oh Jesus, this is  just a filler episode, don’t expect too much from it. 


“I don’t know anyone on the planet who hasn’t had their heart broken, and if they exist, I wouldn’t want to meet them.

“Yes, it’s happened to me. I’ve been upset, my heart’s been broken. Love is love. It’s the purest and rawest thing we have in life and everyone experiences it.”

Aidan and fellow Irish thesp Sarah, who is in a Broadway play, met in 2012 and split their time between Dublin and London.

He does not reveal who broke his heart. One candidate could be former co-star Lenora Crichlow , who he dated while working on Being Human from 2009-11. [x]

He also presents to camera a contemporary photograph of himself in which he is possibly drunk and proud owner of a very large moustache. Surely that had been grown for an acting role?

“No,” grimaces the amiable thesp. “Oh dear,” he adds with a chuckle. “I had a big moustache for a long time, from the hippie days. I looked like every ‘Wanted’ poster. If I went abroad, I always got stopped – ‘oh look, here comes Carlos The Jackal,’” he laughs.


Rising star Lily-Rose Depp has joined the cast of Stephanie Di Giusto’s directorial debut “The Dancer,” a 19th-century drama based on the life of American performer Loie Fuller.

Depp will topline Isadora Duncan, a San Francisco native who grew up in poverty and became a dance prodigy, quickly achieving worldwide fame. She had a crucial role in the life of Fuller, who will be interpreted by French musician-turned-thesp Soko. Fuller was a dancer born in rural America who pioneered the Serpentine dance and turned out to achieve international recognition at the turn of the 20th century.

The movie, which is penned by Di Giusto, Thomas Bidegain (“The Cowboys,” “Dheepan”) and Sarah Thiebaud, will chronicle Fuller’s fateful relationship with Duncan.

The high-profile international cast also comprises Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”), Francois Damiens (“Heartbreaker”) and Louis-Do du Lencquesaing (“Taj Mahal”).

Alain Attal, who is producing via his outfit Les Productions du Tresor, pointed out Di Giusto was a talented video artist who will give the project a unique visual identity. Vincent Maraval, Wild Bunch’s co-founder, is co-producing, along with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Les Films du Fleuve and Artemio Benki for Sirena Films.

Depp’s slate also includes Rebecca Zlotowski’s Paris-based period drama “Planetarium” in which she will star alongside Natalie Portman. Ulliel has just finished shooting Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” opposite Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel.

Lensing of “The Dancer” will begin Sept. 28.
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This is a Warrior film release interview (meaning post-Bronson & post-Inception but pre-Max) with Tom Hardy that’s both hilarious and insightful.  The interviewer did a good job capturing both the childlike playfulness of Hardy, and the edgy intimidating feel to being in a room with him.

Tom Hardy: ‘It’s a normal human impulse to watch two people kick the hell out of each other’ - Stuart Jeffries for the Guardian


Hardy jogs into the room flanked by minders as if he’s entering a boxing arena. How about sorting things out mano a mano, I suggest? It could make both our careers. He could get the slightly bonkers rep Christian Bale has had ever since he bawled out his director of photography on set, which might help establish him in Hollywood (Hardy’s current focus). And getting bopped by an angry thesp adds lustre to a hack’s CV. Hardy looks game: “What – out the back?” No, here. “Absolutely!”

Really, I was only joking. For one thing, Tom Hardy would batter me. You just have to look at his improbably pronounced neck muscles to realise that.

Hardy settles on the sofa and pours coffee. For the next hour he writhes and giggles as he chats about his career prospects. As he pours, I ask him about a line in the production notes for Warrior, in which he plays a troubled war vet who, for reasons that made sense when I saw the film, has to cage-fight his brother in a martial arts contest at the drama’s climax. It’s Raging Bull meets Rocky meets Rolf Harris’s song of fraternal solidarity, Two Little Boys. But one passage troubled me: “The son of a Cambridge academic father, Hardy is the first to admit that prior to Warrior he was not a fighting man and not intimately familiar with 'alpha male territory’.”

Surely this makes his dad sound like a mortar board-sporting ponce rather than what he was, namely, the esteemed writer of gags for comedian Dave Allen who, along with his artist mother, brought up their only child (Tom, born 15 September 1977) in the genteel London suburb of East Sheen. “The point is my father’s not really into throwing his fists. He’s got lightning wit, backchat and repartee to get himself out of a scrap – and nothing else. My father came from an intellectual and studious avenue as opposed to a brawler’s avenue. So I had to go further afield and I brought all kinds of unscrupulous oiks back home – earless, toothless vagabonds – to teach me the arts of the old bagarre.”

Hardy – with his machine-gun verbosity, rococo vocabulary and the non-remote possibility that he could turn at any moment and chuck me out of the window – is an appealingly odd interviewee. He pronounces bagarre with an exaggerated angry French accent. Then he repeats it. “Bagaaaaarrrre! It got me into an enormous amount of scrapes and trouble – and eventually I ended up in Warrior, where he [his character Tom Conlon] does it for a living.”


Hardy takes a sip of coffee, rolls on the sofa and stares at the ceiling. This would be the moment to take him. Cushion over the face. Shimmy down the fire escape. PR minder finds him later, open-mouthed and dead. Perhaps not. He sits up again. “In hindsight I can see it’s great drama, but when you’re getting your teeth kicked in and eating endless chicken and broccoli, you don’t really care.”

What does he mean? To look like a cage-fighter he had to eschew carbohydrates and eat chicken and broccoli incessantly. That wasn’t all. “I did two hours boxing a day, two hours muay thai, two hours ju jitsu followed by two hours choreography and two hours of weightlifting seven days a week for three months. So come on! You have to really want to do that, so it was a challenge.”

Hardy’s Warrior regimen put on 28lb of muscle. But what interests him is not the fighting style per se, but its spiritual dimension. “Ju jitsu is very Buddhist. All that we fear we hold close to ourselves to survive. So if you’re drowning and you see a corpse floating by, hang on to it because it will rescue you.”

Hardy rolls over to look at the ceiling. “But the embrace is about the breaking of cycles. The film asks: 'What part do we play in those cycles and what is fated?’ That’s very Greek.” But his character has to be beaten virtually to death by his brother to be spiritually reborn, which is very Christian.

Let’s not go nuts about Warrior’s spiritual dimension. It’s mostly blokes tearing lumps out of each other in a cage encircled by people screaming for blood and/or death. “Again, that’s Greek,” says Hardy. “It’s the gods who have decided to sacrifice this man. But let’s watch. Who do you want to win? Red car? Or blue car? Let’s watch two people kick the shit out of each other.”


Did that resonate for him because he was a drunk and a drug addict? Hardy collapsed in Soho after a crack binge in 2003. “That was a lesson to me, I was fed to the Kraken and popped out the other side. In death I was reborn, just like in the film. Because I’d always been this adrenal kid and then I became a little shit. I’m not now.” He’s eight years clean.

What did playing opposite a recovering alcoholic mean to him? (Nolte is also a recovering alcoholic.) “I guess I’m more sympathetic to the alcoholic. I know in recovery that you are entirely responsible for your actions but I also know you’re not the same person you were yesterday. Paddy doesn’t think he’s the same person he was yesterday, he doesn’t even understand that person.” So how can you be responsible? “Well, that’s the conundrum of the human condition, isn’t it? Deciding when you’re responsible is hard fucking work, man.”

[there’s a fun video interview (press junket - I’ll never find it again) in which Hardy and his Warrior co-star Joel Edgerton are both asked whether they now feel they could win a real fight.  They’d each done that crazy 8-10 hour per day training regimen listed above for 10 weeks before shooting started, and kept going during the shoot - so they both must have had some chops - but they both laughed answering basically ‘No way.’ They each commented that they’d talk their way out if they could, would get their asses kicked if they could’t - basically neither man is inclined to be aggressive in real life.]

Spider-Man is only expected to have a cameo in “Captain America: Civil War,” so there wasn’t a rush to make a decision since the thesp would only be shooting for about a week.

Variety: Tom Holland Is the New Spider-Man, Jon Watts to Direct Film

Highlighting this particular bit of text as I know some people were concerned Spider-Man’s part would be larger/possibly overshadow other characters. It is just a cameo.

Kristen Stewart to Star in Ghost Story ‘Shopper’ for Olivier Assayas

Kristen Stewart is set to star in Olivier Assayas’s “Personal Shopper,” a Paris-set English-language ghost story taking place in the fashion underworld.

Assayas previously directed Stewart in “Sils Maria” which world premiered in competition at Cannes and earned Stewart a best actress Cesar (France’s Oscar equivalent), becoming the first Cesar-winning American thesp ever.

Penned by Assayas,”Personal Shopper” brings back “Sils Maria”‘s team: Producer Charles Gillibert for CG Cinema, MK2 for international sales and Les Films du Losange.

Gillibert said “Personal Shopper” will feature some of same themes as “Sils Maria” and will also have a genre/fantasy dimension.

Shooting will start in the last quarter of 2015 in Paris.