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A Look Back at Jane Austen's Enduring Legacy on the 200th Anniversary of Her Death

22 July 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A love of Jane Austen is a habit the world just can’t seem to kick.

This week marks the 200th anniversary of famed author (and hopeless romantic) Jane Austen’s death. The author continues to bring England’s Regency period to life (and romanticize it) to her countless fans. In a sign of her legacy’s tremendous influence, the Bank of England debuted a 10 pound note with her face on it this week.

But to call Austen lovers simply “fans” is underselling their devotion. Fanatics, perhaps, is more accurate. They join clubs for Austen lovers in droves — the Jane Austen »

- Diana Pearl

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Bank Of England Unveils New Jane Austen Note, Critics Unhappy With Chosen Quote

18 July 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The Bank of England unveiled its new £10 note on Tuesday, which features an image of Jane Austen. Jane Austen £10 Note Features Ironic Quote The new note has been in the works for a long time, with the public and government wanting to have a famous British woman on a bank note. People are taking […]

Source: uInterview

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- Hillary Luehring-Jones

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How sci-fi went mainstream

4 July 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2017

To tie in with the Into The Unknown exhibition, on now at London's Barbican, we look at how sci-fi has become a major cultural force...

It's not always easy being geeky. The celebrated genre writer Ray Bradbury knew this all too well; as a kid growing up in the 1920s and 30s, he was intoxicated by all things otherworldly and imaginative: classic horror movies, pulp sci-fi stories about Mars, comic strips detailing the exploits of Buck Rogers. Eventually, Bradbury's peers teased him mercilessly, until, in a bid to fit in, he ripped his Buck Rogers comics to shreds. But far from helping the young Bradbury draw a line under his obsessions, the destruction of his beloved comics left him feeling unhappy and soulless.

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The Beguiled movie review: horror of manners

30 June 2017 2:36 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… If Jane Austen wrote a horror movie. An almost serene sinisterness infuses female-gazey carnal intrigue… but it could be even more feminist than it is. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So who is — or are — the beguiled of The Beguiled? Is it the badly wounded Union soldier taken in by the girls and women of a Virginia seminary school in 1864 while the Civil War rages nearby? Does he feel the need to enchant his captor-nurses so thoroughly that they wouldn’t dream of turning him over to the Confederate army as a prisoner of war? (He does indeed attempt this.) Or is it those few students and teachers remaining at the otherwise abandoned school, so secluded, so bereft of charming male companionship? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Here's What's Coming to (and Leaving) Hulu in July 2017

19 June 2017 12:36 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

A whole host of movies are going to be at your disposal starting on July 1st, including all the original Star Trek and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. Or if you'd rather spend your days in the world of Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility, starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, will be arriving in

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- Lindsay Macdonald

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Jane Austen-Centric Musical Lab “Austen’s Pride” to Be Held in NYC

14 June 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

2005’s “Pride and Prejudice

Everyone knows Jane Austen is a master of wit, but as a new musical suggests, she also has serious vocal chops. BroadwayWorld reports that an invitation-only musical lab called “Austen’s Pride” will be held June 19 and 20 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in New York City. The project from writer-composers Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs centers on Austen (Lisa O’Hare, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) as she reflects on her most famous novel, “Pride and Prejudice.”

“Austen’s Pride” sees the author searching for new inspiration. “Her latest work has sold out and become a huge success, which has her publisher looking for another manuscript,” BroadwayWorld summarizes. “Jane’s sister Cassandra (Courtney Balan, ‘Falsettos’) suggests that she revisit one of her earlier manuscripts, ‘First Impressions.’ To please her sister, Jane revisits her earlier manuscript and as the characters come to life on stage, she discovers them evolving and changing alongside her. By the end of the musical, she has come to learn who she is as a writer and as a woman.” The lab will also feature Kara Lindsay (“Wicked”) as Elizabeth Bennet and Ryan Silverman (“Phantom of the Opera”) as Mr. Darcy.

Pride and Prejudice” was first published in 1813 and traces the passionate sparring and eventual romance between Miss Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The beloved book has received dozens of screen adaptations and retellings including the 1995 miniseries toplined by Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, Sharon Maguire’s 2001 romantic comedy “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and the 2005 feature film starring Keira Knightley. Its most recent iteration was last year’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” a supernatural-horror take on the novel toplined by “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James. A modern, Texas debutante ball-set retelling of the classic is being developed at Warner Bros.

Go to the “Austen’s Pride” website to learn more about the musical.

Jane Austen-Centric Musical Lab “Austen’s Pride” to Be Held in NYC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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‘My Cousin Rachel’ Review: Rachel Weisz Bewitches Sam Claflin in So-So Period Piece

8 June 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rachel Weisz wields some of the most potentially terrifying cups of tea this side of “Get Out” in the new period piece “My Cousin Rachel,” one of those Daphne du Maurier adaptations that lives on the corner of Jane Austen Avenue and James M. Cain Boulevard. But a movie that hangs out at that intersection should be more fun; instead, we get intrigue that’s never quite intriguing enough, and tortured romance that plays more like tortured writing. (Director Roger Michell, of “Notting Hill” fame, adapted the novel, which was previously filmed in 1952 as a vehicle for Olivia de Havilland. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Poldark: a beginners’ guide

8 June 2017 2:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jun 9, 2017

Poldark returns for series three this Sunday. If you’ve never had the pleasure, here’s what you’ve been missing…

Warning: contains spoilers for Poldark series one and two.

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Welcome to eighteenth century Cornwall, land of sumptuous landscapes, confusing personal pronouns and Captain Ross Poldark. The bearer of an ancient name and a tousled mane, Poldark’s the hero around this way. (Well, he is until series two episode seven, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves).

Known variously as Ross, Mr Ross, Mr Ross Sir, Cap’n Poldark, ‘that classless ruffian bringing shame upon his family name’ or ‘ee with t’alluring scar who can blast us tin-mine any time ee choose’, depending on who’s addressing him, Poldark is cut from typical Byronic cloth. He’s a gentleman rebel given to fits of »

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All the Details on Maggie Grace and Brent Bushnell's Wedding Bands and Jewelry

5 June 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

At the end of May, actress Maggie Grace officially tied the knot with Two Bit Circus founder Brent Bushnell in La Jolla, California, after getting engaged back in February, sharing the happy news with the world via an Instagram post with a caption that read, “The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung (Whitman).” While the couple kept the affair super intimate with only friends and family in attendance, no images of Grace’s wedding dress, and nary a selfie shared on any of their social media accounts, we do know one thing for sure: there were a ton of gorgeous diamonds involved. »

- Emily Kirkpatrick

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Clueless Screening Reunites Alicia Silverstone and Breckin Meyer

29 May 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Alicia Silverstone and Breckin Meyer held a mini-reunion at a screening for Clueless at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. The duo showed up unannounced, shocking everybody in attendance on Sunday night. Silverstone and Meyer starred in Clueless, a movie based on Jane Austen's novel Emma, a fact that Silverstone has recently revealed she did not know at the time of filming the movie in 1995. Silverstone portrayed Cher Horowitz, a well intentioned, but somewhat superficial rich girl based off of the title character Emma, while Myer portrayed Travis Birkenstock, a skater who is based on the Emma character Roger Martin.

Alicia Silverstone, now 40-years old, was 17 when the movie was made. She shared some of her stories while introducing the screening of Clueless at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. TMZ reports that Silverstone seemed to be taken aback by the audience's intense reaction to her crashing the screening. The »

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Lucy Worsley webchat – your questions answered on Jane Austen, chastity belts and Arsène Wenger

22 May 2017 6:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The television historian answered your questions about presenting from a bathtub, her posh accent and dancing with Len Goodman

2.06pm BST

Thanks for the questions. And I see some of you have already read my book Jane Austen At Home. You are people with taste and intelligence, and I salute you. The rest of you, you know what to do.

Watch out for our BBC2 documentary on Saturday night - Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors at 9pm. I've heard there is some football on, but you don't want to watch that.

2.05pm BST

badflower asks:

Given Hampton Court’s reputation for restless spirits, have you ever had a paranormal experience there – or anywhere else?

I have given people paranormal experiences at Hampton Court. Our curators office has a back door that opens on to a room called "the Haunted Gallery". Sometimes when we pop out, it freaks people out. »

- Guardian Staff

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Hulu’s Best TV Shows About Women Beyond ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ That You Can Stream Right Now

19 May 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you haven’t taken advantage of all that Hulu has to offer lately besides “The Handmaid’s Tale” – which everybody should really, really watch right now – then you’re missing out.

“The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been a groundbreaking series for the streaming service, thanks to its foreboding story about a near future in which a portion of the United States has been turned into a theocracy. This new world of Gilead subjugates women and makes the fertile ones become breeders for high-ranking officials. Moving performances by Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski, O-t Fagbenle and Alexis Bledel have made this series a must-watch.

Not only does Hulu have strong original programming like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but it is one of the best places to watch shows that are currently on TV now, which makes cord-cutting that much easier. It also has an impressive catalog of past shows that are well worth revisiting. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Hulu’s Best TV Shows About Women Beyond ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ That You Can Stream Right Now

19 May 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you haven’t taken advantage of all that Hulu has to offer lately besides “The Handmaid’s Tale” – which everybody should really, really watch right now – then you’re missing out.

“The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been a groundbreaking series for the streaming service, thanks to its foreboding story about a near future in which a portion of the United States has been turned into a theocracy. This new world of Gilead subjugates women and makes the fertile ones become breeders for high-ranking officials. Moving performances by Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski, O-t Fagbenle and Alexis Bledel have made this series a must-watch.

Not only does Hulu have strong original programming like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but it is one of the best places to watch shows that are currently on TV now, which makes cord-cutting that much easier. It also has an impressive catalog of past shows that are well worth revisiting. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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‘Superstore’ and Three More Things to Watch Tonight: IndieWire TV Picks for Thursday, May 4

4 May 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thursday, May 4

Superstore,” 8:30 p.m., NBC

Episode Title: “Tornado”

Network Synopsis: Everyone in the store is on edge as Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to figure out which employees to lay off. Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles with the fallout of an admission he made to Amy (America Ferrera), Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Dina (Lauren Ash) spar, and Mateo (Nico Santos) forms an alliance to keep his job. Meanwhile, a tornado warning goes into effect at the worst possible time, forcing the staff into uncomfortable pairings. Nichole Bloom also stars.

Why You Should Watch: It’s an epic moment for the series, which has evolved nicely into one of broadcast television’s most enjoyable ensemble comedies. While the show leans into serialization more than other sitcoms, that doesn’t mean you can’t jump into “Superstore” for just this one episode and enjoy it. (And you should jump into it. It’s great. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Superstore’ and Three More Things to Watch Tonight: IndieWire TV Picks for Thursday, May 4

4 May 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Thursday, May 4

Superstore,” 8:30 p.m., NBC

Episode Title: “Tornado”

Network Synopsis: Everyone in the store is on edge as Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to figure out which employees to lay off. Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles with the fallout of an admission he made to Amy (America Ferrera), Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Dina (Lauren Ash) spar, and Mateo (Nico Santos) forms an alliance to keep his job. Meanwhile, a tornado warning goes into effect at the worst possible time, forcing the staff into uncomfortable pairings. Nichole Bloom also stars.

Why You Should Watch: It’s an epic moment for the series, which has evolved nicely into one of broadcast television’s most enjoyable ensemble comedies. While the show leans into serialization more than other sitcoms, that doesn’t mean you can’t jump into “Superstore” for just this one episode and enjoy it. (And you should jump into it. It’s great. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Anna Chai and Nari Kye — “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”

21 April 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”

Anna Chai is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer known for her work on the James Beard Award-winning series “The Mind of a Chef” and “The Layover.”

Nari Kye is an Emmy Award-winning producer of “The Mind of a Chef” and the Peabody Award-winning series, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

AC&Nk: “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” is a feature-length documentary that will change how people buy, cook, and eat food.

Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs battle food waste — transforming what most people consider scraps and rejects into incredible dishes that feed more people and create a more sustainable food system.

“Wasted!” showcases forward-thinking organizations and individuals who are already influencing the future of food recovery and demonstrating how eating empowers you.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

AC&Nk: One of the perks of working with Anthony Bourdain and on shows like “The Mind of a Chef” is that you come in contact with a lot of chefs. Being in their worlds, their restaurants, and their kitchens, we see up close what makes these people tick and also what boils their blood.

Time and again, food waste was something that chefs railed against. It’s bad business. It shows laziness, a lack of creativity, and worst of all, disrespects the time, money, labor, and craft needed to grow the ingredients.

Enter The Rockefeller Foundation. With their support, we started doing research and quickly realized that while America happens to be the worst offender, food waste is a global problem. Every year, 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. There is $218 billion worth of food produced for human consumption that never gets eaten, and yet there are 800 million people around the globe who are starving.

So, why should we care about food waste? And what can the average person do that will have any impact? In addition to the chefs who are battling food waste, we were excited to discover so many solution-oriented individuals and organizations doing impactful work all over the world.

A film emerged, featuring stories of success that will hopefully show the audience that any action — no matter how small — can lead to new ways of feeding more people, curbing environmental damage, stimulating technology and business, and ultimately improving the health and well-being of all citizens.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

AC&Nk: Every year, 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. $218 billion worth of food produced for human consumption never gets eaten, despite 800 million people in the world who are hungry. And all this wasted food happens to be one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases.

Whether your motivation is economic, moral, or environmental, food waste is a cause we can all get behind. Food waste is something everyone can have an impact on.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

AC&Nk: The project was greenlit in May 2016. Production began in August 2016. Principal photography was completed in January 2017 and picture was locked in March 2017. It’s pretty hard to believe that we made a feature documentary in that time, especially because we discovered so many chefs, activists, and forward-thinking organizations all over the world who have come up with successful strategies on how to reduce food waste — on all levels of the food system.

There were so many solutions we heard about and smart people we met but not enough time to include them in the doc! For every one story in the film, there were at least three others that could not be included.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

AC&Nk: In 2015, the United Nations announced a global goal to reduce per capita food waste by half by 2030. In support of this Sustainable Development Goal, The Rockefeller Foundation launched its $130 million, seven-year YieldWise initiative designed to systemically address preventable food waste.

When Zero Point Zero Films approached the Rockefeller Foundation with an idea for a chef-centric documentary, both parties realized the opportunity to leverage the cultural cachet of the world’s best chefs and raise awareness about the problem of food waste.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Tribeca?

AC&Nk: It was a monumental effort to get the documentary done as quickly as we did. For “Wasted!” to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York? We are ecstatic! It’s such a proud moment. And we feel so lucky to be able to celebrate with the whole team, Zpz Films, The Rockefeller Foundation, as well as all our friends and family.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

AC: Best advice: “Work hard and be nice to people.”

Nk: Best advice: “Great films are made through great teamwork. Every single member of the team should be treated with respect and kindness.”

AC&Nk: Worst advice: “You’re the director. You shouldn’t have to do that.” As the director, you have to be ready to do anything — get coffee, drive the van, haul equipment, etc. Often, you get to do the things that no one else wants to do!

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

AC&Nk: Being a lady is not a liability. The way we think, the way we talk, how we see the world — these are all assets. Our body language, even our energy and attitude, are different from men. But different can be good.

And yes, it is possible to be a working mom in production!

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

AC: “Point Break” by Kathryn Bigelow, which was released in 1991, when I was in high school. It’s a timeless story of anti-heroes and underdogs. To me, that movie is a masterpiece.

Nk: “Clueless” by Amy Heckerling. I love coming-of-age films that really capture the voice of a generation. And for better or for worse, “Clueless” did just that for mine. This film has it all: Heckerling’s humorous and eerily accurate screenplay, a strong and beautiful female lead, amazing costumes, a perfect soundtrack, and a Jane Austen story to boot.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

AC: A woman was the lead in the last “Star Wars” movie. Wonder Woman is getting her own film. And “The Handmaid’s Tale” just got remade. More and more stories are being told about women and by women — as directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and showrunners. It’s an exciting time to be filmmakers and storytellers.

Nk: I think it’s all about visibility. Women directors need to see, hear, and learn from other women directors. I wish I had more exposure to that when I was in film school. But I know that’s changing for the better. I think the only way to even out the playing field is to encourage and inspire each other to keep directing more and more!

Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Anna Chai and Nari Kye — “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Modern Retelling of “Pride and Prejudice” Acquired by Warner Bros.

20 April 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Keira Knightley in “Pride & Prejudice”: Focus Features

The only way Elizabeth Bennet could be more over gender roles and pointless class divisions is if she was somehow forced to participate in a Texas debutante ball. Sadly for Lizzie — but happily for us — that’s the premise of Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer’s novel “The Season.” Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has obtained the feature rights to the the modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice.”

“The Season” follows Megan, “a clever tomboy and soccer star who’s forced into the elite Dallas debutante season by her mother,” the source summarizes. “The teen’s rebellious behavior and sharp tongue quickly put her on probation. While navigating the cutthroat debutante culture, Megan also juggles a tumultuous romance and a complicated relationship with her perfect twin sister.”

According to Deadline, Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are set to produce the proect. Julia Spiro (“Now You See Me”) originally brought the book to Warner Bros. and Jaclyn Huntling Swatt will oversee development on behalf of Temple Hill. Dyers’ novel was published by Viking Children’s Books in summer 2016.

Temple Hill’s previous Ya adaptations include Shailene Woodley-starrer “The Fault in Our Stars” and the “Twilight” franchise.

Pride and Prejudice” was first published in 1813 and traces the passionate sparring and eventual romance between Miss Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The beloved book has received dozens of screen adaptations and retellings including the 1995 miniseries toplined by Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, the 2005 feature film starring Keira Knightley, and Sharon Maguire’s 2001 romantic comedy “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Its most recent iteration was last year’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” a supernatural-horror take on the novel toplined by “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James.

Modern Retelling of “Pride and Prejudice” Acquired by Warner Bros. was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Lady Macbeth: how one film took on costume drama's whites-only rule

15 April 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s set in Victorian Britain – and has more black characters than all the Austens and Downtons put together. Will Lady Macbeth end period drama’s whitewashing of history?

In the musty, ever-expanding wardrobe department that is British period drama, Lady Macbeth stands out like a Pvc minidress. Adapted from a 19th‑century Russian novel (and nothing to do with Shakespeare), the film is stripped-back costume drama, with minimal dialogue, music and furniture, and none of the pomp and politeness the genre usually entails. Its heroine, Katherine, wears fetching frocks, admittedly, but having been sold to a Northumberland bachelor along with a piece of land, she refuses to accept her plight. Instead this spirited ingenue (memorably played by Florence Pugh) schemes, sleeps and ultimately murders her way out of the patriarchal bodice. It is more Coen brothers thriller than Jane Austen romance.

But there is something else striking about Lady Macbeth: Katherine’s maid, »

- Steve Rose

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