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2008-12-09 12:52:23

A recurring back injury forced Scottish actor David Tennant to drop out of Monday's performance of Hamlet in London, the BBC said. The 37-year-old Doctor Who star is playing the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's sold-out staging of the play at the Novello Theatre. Film, TV and theater actor Patrick Stewart co-stars in the production, which just transferred from Stratford-upon-Avon. We're waiting to hear whether he'll be able to perform tonight on press night, an RSC spokeswoman...

2008-12-04 00:32:16

The Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford-upon-Avon, England, says its production of Hamlet will no longer use a real human skull when it moves to London. The company said a fake skull will be used in place of Polish pianist Andre Tchaikowsky's skull to depict the remains of the titular character's deceased jester, Yorick, as of the play's Thursday night opening in London's West End, the Daily Mail reported Thursday. Tchaikowsky, a Polish man who escaped the Holocaust, left instructions...

2008-11-26 13:17:22

An English concert pianist who died 26 years ago has been granted his final wish -- to appear on stage in Hamlet playing the skull in the graveyard scene. Andre Tchaikowsky's skull has been used in rehearsals since he willed it to the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Sun reported. Now, the skull has finished a run of performances in Stratford-on-Avon, with actor David Tennant as Hamlet holding it up while intoning, Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio ... The company didn't let audiences know...

2008-09-04 21:00:23

By Colin Covert REVIEW Hamlet 2 HHH RATING: R (language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content) DIRECTOR: Andrew Fleming CAST: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Elisabeth Shue, Amy Poehler, David Arquette THEATERS: Marquee Cinemas Pity poor Dana Marschz (pronounced ... er ... well, do your best). He's a failed actor whose career highlights are a spear- carrier role on "Xena," a herpes-cream TV spot, and a cameo as the "there's got to be a better way" guy in a Jack...

2008-08-30 09:00:42

By Jeff DeBell Special to the Roanoke Times Like a favorite uncle who gets drunk and fumbles the turkey just shy of the Thanksgiving table, "Hamlet 2" is kinda lovable despite its deficiencies. The movie stars British comic actor Steve Coogan (also currently on screen in "Tropic Thunder") as an actor named Dana Marschz whose professional reach far exceeds his talent. He lives in Tucson, Ariz., with his restless wife and their thick- headed male boarder and teaches drama at a high...

2008-08-30 09:00:42

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot HEY, DIDN'T everyone die in the first one? No matter. "Hamlet 2" is not actually a sequel. (Bill Shakespeare might have done more than just roll over in his tomb if that were the case). This irreverent, uneven comedy is about an inept high school drama teacher who decides to do a musical that includes the song "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" and some other would-be outrageous things. (It would truly be outrageous if someone booked the...

2008-08-29 15:00:36

By Connie Ogle Much like the play within it, "Hamlet 2" is lousy. The main difference is that the play is "supposed" to be awful. The movie "about" the play is supposed to be funny. But despite the fact that one of its screenwriters is credited with contributing to "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" - probably the greatest if crudest plea for First Amendment freedoms in the history of filmmaking - "Hamlet 2" is a joke waiting for a punchline, a painful bore that exists only for a...

2008-08-28 21:00:25

By Stephanie Schomer Sometimes, a little nonsense goes a long way. And in the case of "Hamlet 2," a lot of nonsense goes a really long way. The result is a hysterical (and, for some, offensive) look at middle-class America. Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) loves acting. He loves acting so much that even after his own career fails miserably (a commercial for herpes medication is on his resume), he dedicates his life to the arts as the drama teacher at West Mesa High School in Tucson, Ariz....

2008-08-23 00:00:24

By Michael Machosky Even when it doesn't work -- which is often -- you have to admire "Hamlet 2's" utter willingness to do just about anything, no matter how stupid or ill-advised, for a laugh. Like making a sequel to William Shakespeare's brooding masterpiece "Hamlet," in which Hamlet gets aboard a time machine to reverse the course of the original's ultimate bummer of an ending. Even if this is a one-joke movie -- that's a pretty good joke. "Hamlet 2" is a deliriously sloppy satire of...

2008-08-22 21:00:17

By JAMES VERNIERE "HAMLET 2" Rated R. At AMC Loews Boston Common and Harvard Square Cinema. Grade: A- Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Steve Coogan, the funniest actor you've never heard of. Coogan, the heart and soul of the cult hit "24 Hour Party People" (2002), as well as the brilliant sendup "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" (2005), is hapless Los Angeles school drama teacher Dana Marschz (pronunciation uncertain) in "Hamlet 2." Dana's motto is "to act is to live," but his...


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2008-06-16 14:32:21

The Hamlet (Hypoplectrus), is a grouping fish that is found mainly in coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, particularly around Florida and the Bahamas. Hamlets are simultaneous hermaphrodites (or synchronous hermaphrodites): They have both male and female sexual organs at the same time as an adult. They seem quite at ease mating in front of divers, allowing observations in the wild to occur readily. They do not practice self-fertilization, but when they find a mate, the...

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