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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Known as one of the greatest contemporary actors, let’s remember Philip Seymour Hoffman and his work today. He had a great presence both on screen and on stage, appearing in productions of The Merchant of Venice, and Henry V.
In 1995, he appeared in a film version of 15 Minute Hamlet, based on the play by Tom Stoppard. The film is an interesting take on the film industry, and what it would been like had it been around in Shakespeare’s time. You can watch 15 Minute Hamlet here:

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Did Shakespeare Experience Writer’s Block?

Do you ever wonder if Shakespeare experienced writer’s block?
It is suggested that he produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. So, in a span of 24 years he wrote at least 38 plays, 154 sonnets and 2 narrative poems. It begs me to question where he drew his inspiration?
In this short film, Anna Cohen offers us a glimpse into how Shakespeare worked through writer’s block to write Romeo and Juliet.

Do you experience writer’s block? What are your methods for getting past it?