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If We Don’t See the 27 Star Wars Takes of Carrie Fisher Slapping Oscar Isaac, What Are We Even Doing?

Oscar Isaac recently went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert for an interview that has everything you could ever want, including incredible anecdotes about Carrie Fisher, childhood movie clips, dad jokes, and geeking out about Shakespeare interpretations as the actor prepares for his debut as Hamlet.

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Things We Saw Today: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts May Star in Ophelia

Things We Saw Today: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts May Star in Ophelia

Daisy Ridley is reportedly in final talks to play the titular role in Ophelia, an adaptation of Hamlet that tells the play's story from the viewpoint of Ophelia.

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To Act, Or Not To Act: Oscar Isaac Might Play Hamlet on Stage is reporting that Isaac (who's best known for his roles in Star Wars, Inside Llewyn Davis and basically being the boyfriend of the Internet) has been offered the titular role of Hamlet in an upcoming production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn, NY.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to a UK Government Not Doing Enough For Syrian Refugees: “F**k the Politicians!”

Benedict Cumberbatch s a vocal campaigner for the Syrian refugee crisis, and during his current run as the lead in Hamlet, he's been doing a nightly collection for Save the Children to try and help the children suffering as they flee their war-torn home. However, after Tuesday night's performance, Cumberbatch showed that there are some problems that are so big and so deserving of attention that even a typically unflappable British actor has permission to lose his cool.

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Sherlock and Shakespeare Nerds Rejoice! Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet Comes to the Big Screen

Sure, most of us might not be able to jet off to the UK to see Benedict Cumberbatch play Hamlet live and in-person at the National Theater, but we'll soon be able to see that production in movie theaters. Check out the trailer for the experience after the jump!

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Boston Comic Con 2015: Interview with Michael Cho, Shoplifter Creator

We spoke to Michael Cho at Boston Comic Con about his latest graphic novel, Shoplifter, his thoughts on writing well-rounded characters, and his belief in prioritizing constructive critique from his peers rather than trying to please everybody.

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Don’t Film Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet With Your Smartphone

Theatre Etiquette 101

Benedict Cumberbatch called out his own overzealous fans last Saturday night following his performance as the lead in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre in London. Due to technical difficulties, the performance had a few stops and starts. In a short speech at the stage door after the performance, Cumberbatch pointed out that overcoming these small difficulties had become even more difficult due to his fans' use of smartphones to record the show.

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Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be Turns Shakespearean Tragedy Into Shakespearean Hilarity

Alas, poor LOLrick. I knew him well.

If you've thought to yourself, "Hmm, I need more massacres and more humor in my life," you should probably speak to a doctor. Or maybe give Ryan North's Hamlet-based choose-your-own-adventure game, To Be or Not to Be a spin. Either way. Talk to someone about that.

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The Mary Sue Interview: Katie Chironis and Connor Fallon on Elsinore

Shakespeare meets Majora's Mask/Groundhog Day? Take all my money, please.

At GDC back in March, The Mary Sue had a chance encounter with Elsinore's Connor Fallon and Val Reznitskaya at one of the myriad impromptu game lounges set up in San Francisco's Moscone Center. We recently had a chance to chat with Fallon and Elsinore's team lead and writer, Katie Chironis about their now fully funded Kickstarter campaign for Elsinore.

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10 Female-Directed Movies to Look Forward to in 2015

Feat. Channing Tatum with elf ears

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens isn't the only movie coming out in 2015. (Though it might as well be, in my heart of hearts. Moses is going to a galaxy far far away! *sob*) These 10 offerings from female directors are hitting theaters as well, and you should keep 'em on your radar. There will be a quiz later.

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The Actual Odds of 100 Monkeys With Typewriters Randomly Outputting Hamlet: A Descent Into Madness

Let's just say don't hold your breath for Monkey Hamlet.

As the saying goes, "If you put 100 monkeys with typewriters in a room long enough, eventually you'll get Hamlet." But will you though? What are the actual odds of a monkey randomly replicating Hamlet. Let's use reason and my C+ in college statistics to figure this out.

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British Library Wi-Fi Blocks Access to Shakespeare’s Hamlet Due to Violent Content

I die, Horatio! The rest is error 404.

Author Mark Forsyth was writing his latest book in the British Library when he needed to cite a line from Hamlet. Too bad the British Library decided he wasn't allowed to do that because the play is too violent! Kids could get the wrong idea about poisoning their brothers or uncles, you see.

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Something Rotten In the State of Denmark: Testicle-Biting Fish Reportedly On The Rise

Rosenfish and Testiclestern are Dead.

As with the coming of Fortinbras, Denmark is once again facing threat of foreign invasion. Except this time around it's not a fictional Norwegian prince so much as a species of fish related to the piranha and that likes to go after peoples' testicles. Yikes. I think we can all agree that fratricide and incest would be way more preferable.

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Police Discover Austrian Man’s Bone Collection of 56 Stolen Skulls

The grave-robber was caught after trying to sell human remains at a flea market, which was probably like, the fourth or fifth creepiest thing on sale at that flea market.

Austrian police raided a man's home to find a personal museum consisting of 56 skulls and dozens of other bones. He was charged for raiding a church cemetery, but I'm sure he has a good explanation for this. Maybe he was trying to put on 56 technically-accurate performances of Hamlet?

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Mark Ruffalo Compares Hulk to Hamlet

Mark Ruffalo is a fantastic actor -- most recently in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right -- but that doesn't make his usurpation of Edward Norton's Hulk role for the upcoming Joss Whedon-directed adaptation of The Avengers any less unfortunate. In an interview with the NY Post, Ruffalo said, "We feel like it's our generation's Hamlet, and we're all going to get a crack it." As for smoothing any patches with his friend Norton, he noted, "We're copacetic; we're cool." Looks like Ruffalo is already taking Marvel's Shakespearean pedigree seriously. David Mamet provides an excellent definition and etymology of "copacetic" here. [NYP; pic via adherents]

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