Uh, where have I been? They’re making another film version of “Romeo & Juliet”? Why, when Baz Luhrman’s mid-’90s hypercolor modern retelling — starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio — was so perfect? Sorry, my nostalia for 9th grade is showing again. Anyway, this version shows promise as the screenplay is by “Downton Abbey”‘s Julian Fellowes and stars the talent Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet and some pillow-y lipped boy named Douglas Booth as her Romeo. But what’s that I see? Ed Westwick? Eh, not so sure anymore. Check out the trailer above!
Can you imagine the fighting that would have erupted on their walls as family members tossed insults around? “Unhand my daughter, Romeo, or I shall report thee to Mark Zuckerberg and cast a pox upon thine profile!” Ha. [Random Factory]
“Romeo and Juliet” is finally coming into the internet age. “Such Tweet Sorrow” is an experimental production that follows a contemporary story arc loosely based on the original tragedy, but unfolds via Twitter messages and videos posted to YouTube. The collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Mudlark, which produces mobile phone entertainment, allows the characters to tweet their improvised lines and interact with the audience over a five-week period. The cast is helped along by a prewritten storyline and diary that outlines their character’s state at any time in the story. Like the original, “Such Tweet Sorrow” opens up with the Capulets and Montagues engaged in a bitter rivalry, but organizers have no idea where or how the updated version will end. This new adventure has already begun, but you can catch up via the live timeline SuchTweetSorrow.com. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Last night, I was watching a travel show, and I learned about The Juliet Club. Based in Verona, Italy, where Shakespeare’s Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet lived, the group receives thousands of letters every year addressed to Juliet. The notes arrive from around the world and come for a variety of reasons and from a diverse group of people — those looking for love advice, people seeking out Juliet herself, or lonely souls wanting to understand the secret to finding true love. In turn, the members of The Juliet Club reply to each and every Juliet letter they receive. Many of the letters are addressed simply to “Juliet, Verona, Italy,” but they find their way to Verona eventually. As the letters are written in a wide range of languages — from Braille to Chinese — the club seeks out an appropriate volunteer to answer, so no love note goes unresponded to. Sweet, no? [The Juliet Club] Keep reading »
In case you’ve never really understood Shakespearian verse, you can revisit the classic story of Romeo and Juliet as told through Facebook. All it takes are some friend requests, relationship status updates, events, and groups to tell this tragic tale in full. Trace the whole drama of the Montagues and Capulets from Romeo ending his relationship with Rosaline (she comments “I effin h8 u”), to Tybalt and Mercutio’s event entitled “Duel,” and finally to the creation of the groups “RIP Romeo” and “RIP Juliet.” This is better than CliffsNotes. See the full image after the jump. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Bring your own Romeo to this 13th century Veronese mansion and you could feel as romantic as Shakespeare’s most famous couple. Verona’s town council is now allowing couples to get married on the balcony of the Capello family mansion. It’s believed that the Capellos were the Capulets in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, so lovers across the world have flocked to this mansion to scrawl love vandals on its walls. The privilege of exchanging vows isn’t as costly as Romeo and Juliet’s fatal love affair, but it isn’t cheap either. Non-European lovers can expect to pay nearly 900 euros, or about $1,288. Soccer star Luca Ceccarelli and his Juliet, er… bride were the first to take advantage of this new wedding venue. “I feel very emotional. You know, marriage always gives strong emotions especially in a situation like this,” said Ceccarelli to Reuters before he and his bride exchanged rings. “We hope that this bring us a lot of luck.”
Hopefully, the Ceccarellis and any other couple that gets married at this mansion won’t end up committing suicide like Juliet and Romeo did in one of the most overrated tragedies of all time. Keep reading »