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Modern Shakespeare

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With 'Much Ado About Nothing,' we take a look at our favorite adaptationsBy Kate ErblandSpecial to MSN MoviesLong before he directed "Marvel's The Avengers" to both critical and box office success (the souped-up superhero outing is currently the third highest grossing film of all time), director Joss Whedon earned his massive (and well-deserved) cult following by way of smaller projects that often utilized the same pack of acting talent -- along with his trademark wit. Using the various members of the "Whedonverse" to adapt a classic William Shakespeare comedy for the modern era certainly seems like a solid fit for the filmmaker, and he's succeeded mightily when it comes to his low-budget, high-energy take on "Much Ado About Nothing." Whedon isn't alone in his desire to prove that the Bard remains just as relevant and wise as ever, and his "Much Ado" joins a long list of modern remakes of the playwright's classic tales, from the straightforward (Baz Luhrmann's lush "Romeo + Juliet") to the totally unexpected (the Amanda Bynes-starring "She's the Man"). Just how versatile are some 400-year-old plays? Versatile enough that even an animated film about garden gnomes is an inevitable entry in our list of 10 wonderfully original modern Shakespeare adaptations. Bing: Movies based on Shakespeare's stories | 'Much Ado About Nothing'Want more Movies? Be sure to like MSN Movies on Facebook and follow MSN Movies Twitter.(Lionsgate)
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