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2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony Inspired By The Tempest

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First we heard Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sir Mick Jagger, and John Lydon from the Sex Pistols were teaming up to perform at the 2012 London Olympic games, which was exciting enough, but this just keeps getting better and better!

Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle is serving as the ceremony's artistic director and revealed that the show has been inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest!

Boyle described the show's narrative as the recovery of land that has been poisoned by industrial legacy. The ceremony will commence with the ringing of a specially commissioned bell inscribed with a line from The Tempest: "Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises."

The "Isle of Wonders" themed live production on July 27th will last longer than 3 hours and also features the creative talents of director Stephen Daldry.

This is shaping up to be a pretty extravagant start to the Olympic games! Are U excited or what?

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Alan Cumming Is Glad He Quit The Spider-Man Musical!

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We can't say we blame him, given the amount of injuries setbacks this production has had!

Alan Cumming, who was previously attached to portray the Green Goblin in the accident-prone musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark before he dropped out due to numerous delays, recently spoke out about the production, and seems to be pretty content with his decision to leave - despite having to continue working with director Julie Taymor on her film adaptation of The Tempest!

He explained:

"My GOD, that was a lucky escape. Jesus Christ! Talk about dodging a bullet there! …it just fucked me about. It kept getting delayed and delayed, and so I was like, 'OK, time to move on.' Yeah, it was a bit awkward. She wasn't best pleased when I quit. But the thing about Julie is that she's very blinkered about her work, and then things go into the ether. So the next time I saw her for The Tempest, it was like it never happened."

Well that's good!

We would hope that she would have understood how frustrating the wait for Spider-Man was, and kept it professional on the set of the flick, so we're very pleased to hear that!

Not to mention that we're thrilled you weren't the victim of any 'technical difficulties,' bb!

Smart call getting out when you did!

Thoughts??

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Russell Brand Is Awesome!

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Ha! This is amazing!

Check out Russell Brand in all his glory as in the middle of rehearsals for his flick, The Tempest, he goes into a round-about, HIGHlarious improv about his character's backstory. (above)

This is the man that Katy Perry gets to sleep with. If there is a moment when she isn't laughing, we're shocked!

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Russell Brand Gives Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Two Thumbs Up!

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Well, this is a good sign!

Despite the many reports about Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and its production-related problems and injuries, Russell Brand recently revealed that he's seen the musical, and he couldn't be more impressed!

He explained:

"I went to see it and it looked fucking amazing. It's mental. It's like a new experience of theater — it's going to change theater. Phenomenal. And they were just practicing when I was there."

Julie Taymor, who is directing the musical - as well as Brand in the upcoming film adaptation of The Tempest - also spoke out about the piece's preliminary technical snags and complications, but asserted that they'll soon be worked out!

She elaborated:

"It's in previews. We're doing our job. It's working well, the third preview ran smoothly. We've got another four weeks and I'm very excited about it. The story of Peter Parker is Shakespearean in the sense of his conflict. A conflict between being told to be the superhero and rising to that place. These are mythic pieces, and 'Spider-Man' is a contemporary myth. If you get into the story and the drama of what we're doing, it's based on Greek mythology. Both Shakespeare and the 'Spider-Man' comic book writers, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, they were all inspired by Greek mythology and by ancient stories – all of them. And they are the pop artists of their times. They're all pop icons. This is kind of like Prospero's dilemma. Do you rise above yourself and go to your better nature with the power you've been given, or do you stay with your earthly loves and desires? How do you balance those two things out? … There's a certain type of story that attracts me and I think it's really wonderful to be able to do Shakespeare in a movie and 'Spider-Man' on a stage. I love that, what people think of as an irony. It's just what I like to do. If they fit those mediums and you can do with those mediums what those stories need, why not?"

Wow! You can really feel how passionate she is about the project!

Let's hope that they can sort all of the technical issues out! If they can, we think that Brand will be very much right about the show changing theater forever!

Thoughts??

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Helen Mirren Sparkles At Tempest Premiere

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Helen Mirren did it again last night.

At yet another red carpet event, Miz Mirren managed to look glamorous and somehow younger than she really is — 65!

The hottie attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Tempest held At The El Capitan Theatre.

And Mirren looked gorgeous in her low cut top with long skirt designed by Badgley Mischka.

We're loving her look. Are U?

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Mr. & Mrs. Brand Looking Cute On The Red Carpet

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Katy Perry took the night off from being the center of attention to support hubby Russell Brand at the premiere of his new flick The Tempest.

At the Monday night Hollywood premiere Mrs. Brand wowed in a pale purple Elie Saab Couture gown while Rusty kept it simple in a gray suit.

We like how their outfits compliment each other.

Do U???

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The Tempest Trailer

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Watch the amazeballs trailer (above) for Julie Taymor's adaptation of The Tempest starring Russell Brand and Hellen Mirren.

Wowsa!

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