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    ‘Cymbeline’ is an admirable Shakespeare adaptation, but far too convoluted

    Cymbeline is director Michael Almereyda’s second Shakespeare adaptation set in modern day, his last being 2000’s Hamlet, also starring Ethan Hawke. The Bard’s late work tragedy, previously set in the Royal Court of Olde England, receives a face-lift, updated to a war between the Roman police force and the Briton Motorcycle Club ran by Cymbeline (Ed Harris). The King trades in a crown for an Uzi and a leather jacket as a drug kingpin troubled by familial strife. His second wife (the serpentine Mila Jovovich) despises Cymbeline’s daughter, Imogen (Dakota Johnson, proving she has acting chops that viewers may not find in Fifty Shades of Grey), for not marrying her son, Cloten (Anton Yelchin). In secret, Imogen has pledged herself to Posthumus (Penn Badgley), much to Cymbeline’s displeasure. More

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    Saturday Night Live, Ep. 40.14: “Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes” waits too long to actually be funny

    Between the monologue, one whole sketch, and the punchline of another sketch, you would think that Fifty Shades of Grey is Dakota Johnson’s first acting role. Even though it is her big break, Johnson has had roles before (Ben and Kate forever!) and she will likely have roles after. But the titillation of being able to make jokes at the expense of BDSM is just too strong for the writers this week. And it’s easy not to blame them, because Johnson comes off as utterly uncomfortable with her duties tonight. Johnson appeared to be a bundle of nerves during her monologue, standing stiff, not moving her arms, her voice shaky. More

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    ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is a boring lay

    Fifty Shades of Grey is not horrible. In fact, the first hour isn’t bad at all. A dry, offbeat charm complements a delicate story structure that would be at home in any generic romance film. The second hour, however, is an epic endurance test. This material is woefully thin, and because the filmmakers have scaled back the smut factor, there’s not enough eye candy to keep things interesting, either. By the end, you’ll be fifty shades of bored. More

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    Forget ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and check out the trailer for ‘Fifty Shades of Buscemi’

    If you’re thinking of seeing Fifty Shades of Grey this Valentine’s Day, then you’re not alone. Fans of the smutty trilogy by E.L. James will be gathering worldwide to see the first installment of the Fifty Shades saga. It was recently confirmed by Focus Features that two sequels have been ordered, but thankfully there’s no plans to split the last of the books into two separate films. More

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    ‘Cymbeline’, the latest Shakespeare adaptation, gets a new trailer

    As one of the most popular playwrights in the world, a number of Shakespeare’s works have been adapted for the big screen, with filmmakers such as Baz Luhrmann, Kenneth Branagh, and Joss Whedon drawing from Shakespeare’s material. Filmmaker Michael Almereyda himself added to the collection with 2000’s Hamlet, and his latest feature sees him returning […] More

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    Watch the steamy, stylish ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer

    E.L. James’ wildly popular yet controversial romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey could easily be one of the biggest hits of 2015, especially since the movie has been mired in just as much controversy, courtesy of casting disputes and departures. But audiences are now getting their first look at Sam Taylor-Johnson’s (Nowhere Boy) film adaptation […] More

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    The Televerse #117- Ben and Kate with Deepayan Sengupta

    It’s another full week in television, giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we kick things off with a look at a few of the notable comedies this week as well as some memorable reality, then we talk genre, including the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who, and we finish up with drama, including the Boardwalk Empire finale. Next it’s over to the DVD Shelf, as SoS’s own Deepayan Sengupta joins us once again to discuss the short-lived sitcom delight, Ben and Kate. More

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    The Televerse #117- Ben and Kate with Deepayan Sengupta

    It’s another full week in television, giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we kick things off with a look at a few of the notable comedies this week as well as some memorable reality, then we talk genre, including the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who, and we finish up with drama, including the Boardwalk Empire finale. Next it’s over to the DVD Shelf, as SoS’s own Deepayan Sengupta joins us once again to discuss the short-lived sitcom delight, Ben and Kate. More