Michael Fassbender's Macbeth Is an Impossibly Bleak Look at Shakespeare's Maddest King

Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth—starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard—opens on a shot of a dead child’s face and only gets darker from there. While Shakespeare’s play about the Scottish thane and his wife who murder their way into power has never been a joyous romp, there’s something staggeringly bleak about this…

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Lady Director Says Royal Shakespeare Company Should Cast Equal Numbers of Men and Women

Should the Royal Shakespeare Company be forced to employ equal numbers of male and female actors? Director Phyllida Lloyd (her most recent work is the Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady) says yes. But what about the fact that Shakespeare wrote way fewer parts for women than for men? That shouldn't matter, according to The…