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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | March 22, 1999
In the year of the little movies that could, one of the littlest, "Shakespeare in Love," outfoxed and outcharmed "Saving Private Ryan" at the 71st Academy Awards last night."
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 3, 2007
Becoming Jane isn't just a soap opera - it's a soft-soap opera. It tries to flatter audiences into accepting a fictionalized account of the real Jane Austen's love life as the basis for her novel Pride and Prejudice and, indeed, her entire literary output. It isn't a jolly, inventive piece of japery like Shakespeare in Love, which had the light touch and witty bravado to expand our pleasure in Shakespeare's plays by embroidering on them. Becoming Jane (Miramax) Starring Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith, Laurence Fox. Directed by Julian Jarrold.
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February 10, 1999
It's that time of year again, campers, so all together now:What were they thinking?* The wildly overstyled, overstuffed and underwhelming "Elizabeth" nominated for best picture over and above Peter Weir's captivating pop-culture fantasy "The Truman Show"?* The leaden, tin-eared "Primary Colors" nominated for best-adapted screenplay rather than Paul Schrader's finely calibrated adaptation of the Russell Banks novel "Affliction"?* Two very uneven films ("Hilary and Jackie," "Gods and Monsters")
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By MICHAEL PHILLIPS and MICHAEL PHILLIPS,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 25, 2005
In the theater, an out-of-town tryout allows collaborators to work out the kinks before going into New York, or London. John Madden and Gwyneth Paltrow had a different experience with Proof. Their tryout wasn't out-of-town; it was out-of-medium. In 2002, director Madden approached Paltrow about "having a go" at David Auburn's popular play about a Chicago mathematician's daughter and her secrets, in a stage production in London. Madden and Paltrow already had a fine rapport: Paltrow won an Academy Award for her performance in Shakespeare in Love, the multiple Oscar winner directed by Madden.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 23, 1999
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Steven Spielberg could be overheard telling friends it didn't really bother him, but his "Saving Private Ryan" losing out to "Shakespeare in Love" in the best picture race kept the celebration a little muted at Monday night's Dreamworks/ Paramount post-Oscar bash.The gathering at Barnaby's near Beverly Hills was far from funereal: Spielberg got to hold court with his best director Oscar, and a host of other statuettes could be seen accompanying their tuxedo-clad new owners.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 3, 2007
Becoming Jane isn't just a soap opera - it's a soft-soap opera. It tries to flatter audiences into accepting a fictionalized account of the real Jane Austen's love life as the basis for her novel Pride and Prejudice and, indeed, her entire literary output. It isn't a jolly, inventive piece of japery like Shakespeare in Love, which had the light touch and witty bravado to expand our pleasure in Shakespeare's plays by embroidering on them. Becoming Jane (Miramax) Starring Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith, Laurence Fox. Directed by Julian Jarrold.
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By Todd Anthony and SUN-SENTINEL | January 2, 1999
NEW YORK -- Perhaps it's time for Geoffrey Rush's second lightning strike.The droll Australian actor, 47, labored on the stage in relative obscurity for more than 25 years, then became an "overnight sensation" with his Oscar-winning, tour de force portrayal of mad/brilliant pianist David Helfgott in 1996's "Shine.""A film about a troubled pianist from Perth," Rush ruefully describes the movie that made him a hot property in international filmmaking circles. "I mean, you try to pitch that one."
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 25, 1998
"Shakespeare in Love" provides the literary set with its own "Something About Mary," a bonehead comedy for eggheads that manages to be smart and funny even at its most trivial.Exuberant and lovely to look at, this romp will provide an interlude of pure fun for film goers who don't mind taking their Shakespeare with a dash of irreverence and even outrageousness.As in the best of the Bard's plays, there is plenty of swordplay, intrigue and semantic derring-do in "Shakespeare in Love." Moreover, there is plenty of eye-catching glamour and soulful romance, making this the ideal date movie for wordsmiths, theater fans, history buffs, young people (hey, it's got Ben Affleck)
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By MICHAEL PHILLIPS and MICHAEL PHILLIPS,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 25, 2005
In the theater, an out-of-town tryout allows collaborators to work out the kinks before going into New York, or London. John Madden and Gwyneth Paltrow had a different experience with Proof. Their tryout wasn't out-of-town; it was out-of-medium. In 2002, director Madden approached Paltrow about "having a go" at David Auburn's popular play about a Chicago mathematician's daughter and her secrets, in a stage production in London. Madden and Paltrow already had a fine rapport: Paltrow won an Academy Award for her performance in Shakespeare in Love, the multiple Oscar winner directed by Madden.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | May 30, 1999
Give Shakespeare an Oscar, and the fallout ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Only two months have passed since "Shakespeare in Love" won the Academy Award, but oh, the things that have landed on the theater critic's desk in that short time. First came news of Rhino Records' CD boxed set of spoken Shakespearean excerpts -- "Be Thou Now Persuaded: Living in a Shakespearean World." Then a postcard arrived announcing the latest movie -- director Michael Hoffman's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," starring Kevin Kline, Calista Flockhart and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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By Ellen Goodman | June 15, 1999
BOSTON -- I admit it's been a while since I was last carded. I don't even need a birth certificate to get into an AARP meeting anymore.So I have no personal gripe against the new requirement that young moviegoers show picture IDs for admission to an R-rated movie. But I do have trouble giving the movie industry a standing ovation for this lame response to the national outcry against violent entertainment.In the wake of Columbine High School shootings, the nation has focused on media mayhem.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | May 30, 1999
Give Shakespeare an Oscar, and the fallout ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Only two months have passed since "Shakespeare in Love" won the Academy Award, but oh, the things that have landed on the theater critic's desk in that short time. First came news of Rhino Records' CD boxed set of spoken Shakespearean excerpts -- "Be Thou Now Persuaded: Living in a Shakespearean World." Then a postcard arrived announcing the latest movie -- director Michael Hoffman's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," starring Kevin Kline, Calista Flockhart and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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By ROSEMARY KNOWER and ROSEMARY KNOWER,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 21, 1999
Shakespeare was born in April, the Lover's Month, 435 years ago.The man who wrote "Romeo and Juliet" had the good sense to come into the world in the spring when an extraordinary number of natural aphrodisiacs (if you believe the folklore of love) are at their sensational seasonal peak.Asparagus, fennel, fresh greens and spring chickens, all traditionally believed to increase the joys of the heart, are plentiful in the market. Young herbs -- the first of the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme of the old love charm -- are beckoning from garden centers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 23, 1999
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Steven Spielberg could be overheard telling friends it didn't really bother him, but his "Saving Private Ryan" losing out to "Shakespeare in Love" in the best picture race kept the celebration a little muted at Monday night's Dreamworks/ Paramount post-Oscar bash.The gathering at Barnaby's near Beverly Hills was far from funereal: Spielberg got to hold court with his best director Oscar, and a host of other statuettes could be seen accompanying their tuxedo-clad new owners.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | March 22, 1999
In the year of the little movies that could, one of the littlest, "Shakespeare in Love," outfoxed and outcharmed "Saving Private Ryan" at the 71st Academy Awards last night."
FEATURES
February 10, 1999
It's that time of year again, campers, so all together now:What were they thinking?* The wildly overstyled, overstuffed and underwhelming "Elizabeth" nominated for best picture over and above Peter Weir's captivating pop-culture fantasy "The Truman Show"?* The leaden, tin-eared "Primary Colors" nominated for best-adapted screenplay rather than Paul Schrader's finely calibrated adaptation of the Russell Banks novel "Affliction"?* Two very uneven films ("Hilary and Jackie," "Gods and Monsters")
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | June 15, 1999
BOSTON -- I admit it's been a while since I was last carded. I don't even need a birth certificate to get into an AARP meeting anymore.So I have no personal gripe against the new requirement that young moviegoers show picture IDs for admission to an R-rated movie. But I do have trouble giving the movie industry a standing ovation for this lame response to the national outcry against violent entertainment.In the wake of Columbine High School shootings, the nation has focused on media mayhem.
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By Jan Stuart and Jan Stuart,NEWSDAY | December 25, 1998
NEW YORK -- The photographer is not scheduled to arrive for another four hours, so we have no way of recording the look on Joseph Fiennes' face as he contemplates his Internet Web site for the first time.Cobbled together by rabid fans, the adoring page is headed "The Joy of Joseph Fiennes." As the actor flips though the printout, his eyes register that inseparable blend of amusement, flattery and heebie-jeebies one experiences when one realizes a complete stranger has been amassing every last detail of one's life.
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By Todd Anthony and SUN-SENTINEL | January 2, 1999
NEW YORK -- Perhaps it's time for Geoffrey Rush's second lightning strike.The droll Australian actor, 47, labored on the stage in relative obscurity for more than 25 years, then became an "overnight sensation" with his Oscar-winning, tour de force portrayal of mad/brilliant pianist David Helfgott in 1996's "Shine.""A film about a troubled pianist from Perth," Rush ruefully describes the movie that made him a hot property in international filmmaking circles. "I mean, you try to pitch that one."
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By Jan Stuart and Jan Stuart,NEWSDAY | December 25, 1998
NEW YORK -- The photographer is not scheduled to arrive for another four hours, so we have no way of recording the look on Joseph Fiennes' face as he contemplates his Internet Web site for the first time.Cobbled together by rabid fans, the adoring page is headed "The Joy of Joseph Fiennes." As the actor flips though the printout, his eyes register that inseparable blend of amusement, flattery and heebie-jeebies one experiences when one realizes a complete stranger has been amassing every last detail of one's life.
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