It’s Tuesday again and you know what that means! This week is dedicated to The Bard. I just adore Shakespeare and it was about that time to show it off, with other people’s tattoos lol! Literary tattoos are my all time favorite because literature means so much to me (I got my Bachelors in Secondary Ed- English). I feel like literary quotes can not only be deeply personal but also has the ability to share the commonalities of the many people who can relate to that quote/author/book or character. If you have any literary tattoos (or geeky tattoos in general) let me know so I can feature you, if you’d like in a future Tattoo Tuesday.
What are your favorite Shakespeare plays? Some of my favorites are Hamlet, Richard III, Othello, Macbeth, A Mid Summer Nights Dream and Romeo and Juliet. If I start listing my favorite Shakespeare sonnets we’d be here all day! I haven’t read all of his plays, but a good portion of them. I do have his complete works and plan on getting it to once I get through this comic book binge that I’ve been on, if I ever get through it, which I probably won’t.
***Click on the images for the source link. A lot of them have the longer versions of the quotes.***
"Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind." - "Hamlet"
"Romeo and Juliet"
"Romeo and Juliet"
"Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire." - "Romeo and Juliet"
"All's Well That Ends Well"
"As You Like It"
"As You Like It"
"I am not what I am" - "Othello"
"so long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this and this gives life to thee." -"Sonnet 18"
Megan Fox with "King Lear" tattoo, "We will all laugh at the gilded butterflies."
Here’s a look at the big-screen adaptation of William Shakespeare The Tempest directed by Julie Taymor (Across the Universe). It opens in New York City and Los Angeles on December 10th. It’s starring the Helen Mirren (playing Prospero/Prospera), Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn. The Tempest wasn’t one of my favorite plays from the Bard, probably because by brain was fried from college finals when I was reading it. Or maybe it’s because I didn’t care for the plot very much. Either way, I will probably try to catch the movie when it comes out in NYC because I love the African hunk Djimon Hounsou and think Dame Helen Mirren is a great actress and well Shakespeare is still Shakespeare and I adore him.
Tempest Summary via Wiki:
“It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s low nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.”
[Source Just Jared Cinema Blend Wikipedia]
Catherine Hardwicke (director of Twilight and Thirteen) is going to remake and modernize Shakespeare’s Hamlet (according to The Hollywood Reporter). Emile Hirsch (from Milk, Into the Wild, Speed Racer) is set to play Hamlet. The movie won’t take place in the rotten state of Denmark, but rather in contemporary America. It will have the same theme of whether Hamlet will avenge his father’s murder by killing his uncle. Hirsch said,
“It’s almost like mixing ‘Hamlet’ with ‘The Shining’ a little bit, and making this kind of scary-cool vision of the play.”
The script writer is set to be Ron Nyswaner who wrote Philadelphia and the producers are Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen who produced Milk. They said their goal is to, “to present the story as a suspense thriller. We want to make it exciting and accessible for an audience today.”
The people responsible for Twilight, Milk and Philadelphia with a touch of The Shining are going to retell Hamlet?… I have no idea how this movie will turn out. But Milk, Philadelphia and The Shining were all great movies, but Twilight… well you should already know how I feel about that. I guess I’ll be able to be a better judge whenever the preview comes out. Hardwicke is busy working on The Girl with the Red Riding Hood so the release date is pending.
Hardwicke also said,
“In our version, we’re working hard to make Hamlet a thrilling cinema experience – the violent, intense, and romantic scenes that happen ‘off-stage’ in the play will be shown in vivid detail.”
“Off-stage” hmm… I guess. We all know remakes of The Bards plays are nothing new. There was Hamlet with Ethan Hawk, O set in a high school, 10 Things I Hate About You remake of The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes to name a few. How do you think Hardwicke will do?
If you live in NYC you already know how amazing NYC summers are. Mainly because of the boatload of free events they have. Many of you, hopefully, have heard of Shakespeare in the Park, you probably also know how difficult it is to get tickets.
This is because:
1. It’s Shakespeare and he’s amazing (duh)
2. They usually have one big time actor in the play
3. It’s free
Well don’t fret! I’ve done all the hard work and found free Shakespeare plays in NYC this summer.
Shakespeare in the Park
The Merchant of Venice
The Winters Tale
June 9 – August
This year Al Pacino is in it! Also Jesse L. Martin from “Law & Order”, and the ginger Jesse Tyler Ferguson from “Modern Family”.
New York Classical Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing
Battery Park City (July 17-Aug. 1)
Central Park (Aug. 5-29)
In this show the scenes move and the audience picks up and moves with them. Sounds fun!
The Boomerang Theatre
On weekends until July 18th in Central Park
Romeo & Juliet
Aug 5- 29
No tickets required just show up!
This is actually a modern Afghanistan version of R&J.
“Assume a virtue if you have it not.” –Hamlet
Insult someone Shakespeare style!
This post is the first in a series I am doing on Nerdy Jewelry (gamer and computer geeks are next). Two things I compulsively buy are jewelry and books so this is a “kill two birds with one stone” kinda post for me, and I kill a lot of damn birds.
Etsy.com is the (metaphorical) crack house to my jewelry addiction and I don’t see a need for rehab… ever. Most of these are found on Etsy and with Googles assistance.
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Alice in Wonderland
I don’t know about you but I’m MAD about these Alice inspired pieces!
← I have this one btw
If you don’t know what LOTR stands for then shame on you!
“Sneaky little Hobbits”
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