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Anne Marie here on the 25th anniversary of a genre classic.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any romcom made after 1989 owes large thematic debts to When Harry Met Sally… From the Meet Cute to the Bickering Couple to the Final Romantic Gesture (usually involving holidays and/or running), When Harry Met Sally… set a template that has defined an entire genre, and--depending on who you ask--killed that genre as well. But despite the cliches, Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s Oscar-nominated comedy script continues to sparkle 25 years later, because it is not a movie about romantic gestures. It is a story about people; their observations, their oversights, and most importantly, their food.
Watching When Harry Met Sally… for the first time, you’d be forgiven for thinking New Yorkers do nothing but eat and argue. As Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet, separate, meet again, fall into friendship, »
- Anne Marie
One of the masterminds behind American Horror Story: Coven was director and co-executive producer Alfonso Gómez-Rejón, who garnered two Emmy nominations this year, one for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries (for the season’s first episode, “Bitchcraft”). A former assistant to such legends as Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, and Robert De Niro, Gómez-Rejón also directed several episodes of Glee (including an all-time fan favorite, “A Very Glee Christmas”). Vulture spoke to him about honing the tone of Ahs: Coven, the big witch fashion moment of 2014, and, of course, Stevie Nicks.The first episode was such a mixture of styles and types of horror, and it was at once genuinely scary and laugh-out-loud funny. What are some of the themes that you were trying to establish?Obviously, we had to establish the worlds — Lalaurie's backstory and her world, and contemporary New Orleans, as well as Zoe's (Taissa Farmiga's »
- Rakesh Satyal
Daniel Radcliffe's latest film, What If (formerly The F Word), premiered in London last night with the young British star on hand to unveil it to the crowds, and shake about a bajillion hands in the process.Along with fellow British star Jemima Rooper, Radcliffe launched a film that has shades of the classic Nora Ephron rom-com crossed with a touch of (500) Days Of Summer.The film is directed by Michael Dowse and also stars Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver and Rafe Spall, and hits UK screens on August 20. Meanwhile Radcliffe will next be seen in Frankenstein next summer. brightcove.createExperiences(); »
Riot grrrl turned comedienne Carrie Brownstein has been winning frenzied praise for her sketch show with Fred Armisen, Portlandia. But now this fierce and funny lady is going solo to tackle a promising movie project. Variety reports Carrie Brownstein has been selected to write Lost In Austen, a script that was previously being penned by the late Nora Ephron. Based on a popular British mini-series of the same name, Columbia Pictures' Lost in Austen will offer a new spin on the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. In case you missed the excellent 2008 mini-series, here's a rundown of its premise. Amanda lives in contemporary London, but loathes the low-bar that is set for romance there. She wishes she could live in the era of Austen, where men were gentleman and romance was real. Her wish unexpectedly comes true when she walks through a strange door and finds herself »
Kate Moss gave Justin Bieber a reality check. And he best listen to a supermodel. [Telegraph UK] Kim Kardashian and Kanye West bought a $20 million crib — surprise, surprise — near Kris Jenner. [E!] Helen Mirren is hitting the Broadway stage as Queen Elizabeth II. [Time] Will Robert Pattinson leave acting for politics? [Design & Trend] Jessica Biel was spotted looking stylish on the set of New Girl. Will she upstage Jess? [Just Jared]
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The trailer for the final season of Sons of Anarchy has arrived. [EW] J.K. Rowling disguised herself as Dumbledore, and the reason why is precious. [Us Weekly] Nora Ephron‘s work will be returning to the big screen once again. [Huffington Post] A young Gilmore Girl no more. Alexis Bledel secretly married Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser. »
- Taylor Ferber
It's been over two years since filmmaker Nora Ephron passed away. The director of films like Sleepless in Seattle and writer of When Harry Met Sally was one of the best known female filmmakers in the business. When Ephron left this world, she left behind in incomplete screenplay. As we reported in 2011, she was working on bringing a big screen adaptation of Lost in Austen, a British mini-series which is essentially a modern, time-traveling take on Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Now that film may see the light of day as The Wrap reports "Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein will now finish the script. For those not familiar with the British series, here's the official synopsis: Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, »
- Ethan Anderton
Based on the 2008 ITV television show, the film centres around Jane Austen fan Amanda Price.
Trapped in an unromantic relationship, she discovers escape in the form of a portal into the world of Pride and Prejudice in her bathroom.
When Harry Met Sally writer Ephron was working on the script up until her death in 2012, which halted development on the project.
Brownstein serves as co-creator, co-writer and co-star of satirical sketch show Portlandia.
The first photo is out of Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in "99 Homes," the upcoming Ramin Bahrani film about a desperate blue-collar construction worker whose family is evicted. He is forced to work for Michael Shannon's crooked real-estate broker, the same man who caused his trouble in the first place. [Source: EW]
"Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein ha been hired to complete the late Nora Ephron's script for the American cinematic remake of the UK mini-series "Lost in Austen" at Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe.
The story follows a woman living and working in Brooklyn is transported into the fictional world of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. Sam Mendes, Nathan Kahane and Pippa Harris will produce. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
What If, 2013.
Directed by Michael Dowse.
Failed medical student Wallace meets art designer Chantry at a party after a failed relationship. There is an immediate connection and they become great friends, but should they risk their friendship for something more?
I think it was Echo (he of the Bunnymen) that stated, quite without irony, that people are strange. And there are few better cinematic examples this year of how flawed we all are than the screwed up characters featured in Michael Dowse’s What If‘.
Adapted from the stage play Toothpaste & Cigars, by T J Dawe and Michael Rinaldi, Elan Mastai adapts this into a screenplay actually worth paying attention to. More than your average rom-com? Well, yes and a bit no. The no portion does little to astound the audience, anymore than it creates any kind of new or original ideas. »
- Steve Leadbetter
Carrie Brownstein currently helps flesh out the modern hipsters and weirdos of the Pacific Northwest on the IFC comedy Portlandia. But her newest writing project looks to the past: As Variety reports, Brownstein has signed on to write a film adaptation of the U.K. series Lost in Austen, which finds a modern day Brooklynite transported to the world (19th century England) of Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice.
Lost in Austen will be Brownstein's first film writing credit; it was one of screenwriter Nora Ephron's unfinished projects »
Today it was announced that Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein will be brought on to finish Nora Ephron's adaptation of the British mini-series Lost in Austen, which the late writer and filmmaker had been developing as a feature film for Columbia Pictures. This will be Brownstein's first time writing a feature film, which centers on a modern-day Brooklynite who finds herself transported back to the fictional world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It is not — as Brownstein's involvement might portend — a typo of Lost in Austin, which is a premise we hope to see rendered on an upcoming episode of Portlandia. »
- Anna Silman
Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe announced today that multi-hyphenate Peabody winner and Emmy nominated writer Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) has been tapped to complete work on Lost in Austen based on the original UK television series. Lost in Austen will be the first feature writing project for Brownstein and was one of Nora Ephron's unfinished works.
Brownsteinis the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC's hit comedy Portlandia and is also a musician. She will next appear in Jill Soloway's Transparent for Amazon and Todd Haynes' Carol, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
"Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her."
In Lost in Austen, Amanda lives and works in present day Brooklyn, until she suddenly finds herself »
The world lost a filmmaking talent when Nora Ephron passed away in 2012. At the time, Ephron was attached to adapt the original UK television series, Lost in Austen, for the big screen. Today, Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe have announced that multi-hyphenate Peabody winner and Emmy nominated writer Carrie Brownstein ("Portlandia") has been tapped to complete work on the Ephron's screenplay. »
Emmy-nominated writer Carrie Brownstein is taking her words to the big screen.
The Portlandia co-creator and star has been hired to complete the screenplay for Lost in Austen, first started by Nora Ephron, who died in 2012 after a battle with leukemia. The film, based on the original U.K. television series written by Guy Andrews, tells the modern day story of Brooklynite Amanda, who suddenly finds herself transported to the literary world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
“Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her,” producer Sam Mendes said in a statement. »
- Jake Perlman
I liked a lot of Nora Ephron’s movies and, as praised as she was, I think her voice as a screenwriter is undervalued in today’s landscape of paper-thin romantic comedies (that is when they’re making rom-coms at all, the genre is temporarily on the wane). Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle were all quite good and had a strong authorial voice. While something like Heartburn might lack the polish of her later work, it’s a commendably raw bit of semi-autobiographical commercial writing. So I think it’s good news that an equally independent voice, Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia (and formerly of the amazing band Sleater-Kinney) is tackling some of Ephron’s unfinished work. Ephron was in the midst of adapting Lost in Austen, a film based on the U.K. TV series, when she died in 2012. Brownstein is a writer on Portlandia, but »
- Evan Dickson
In summers past, Hollywood used to give audiences a break from all the action-packed sequels targeted to teenage boys. Usually, that came in the form of counterprogramming known as the romantic comedy. For most of the late ’90s, Julia Roberts carried the genre: she opened 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, against the disastrous “Batman and Robin.” She was also the star of such summertime hits as 1999’s “Notting Hill” ($364 million worldwide), “Runaway Bride” ($309 million) and 2001’s “America’s Sweethearts” ($138 million), which marked the end of her reign as the queen of romantic comedies.
One of the reasons that the summer of 2014 has been so catastrophic, with box office grosses down 18 percent, is the glut of indistinguishable product. Every movie, from “Transformers 4” to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” feels like a photocopy of something that came before it. But the biggest profit margins aren’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
It’s the first feature writing project for Brownstein, and one of Nora Ephron’s unfinished works at the time of the screenwriter’s death in 2012.
Columbia Pictures, Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris of Neal Street Productions, and Nathan Kahane of Good Universe will produce. Damien Timmer and Michele Buck of Mammoth Screen and Nicolas Brown of Neal Street will executive produce alongside John Middleton, Roy Lee and Joe Drake.
“Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her,” said Sam Mendes, producer and partner of Neal Street.
- Dave McNary
The Columbia Pictures comedy based on the 2008 UK series is one of Nora Ephron’s unfinished works. Now the co-creator/writer/star of IFC’s Portlandia has been tapped to finish Lost In Austen. Emmy nominee and Peabody winner Carrie Brownstein will pen the story of Amanda, who lives and works in present-day Brooklyn until she suddenly finds herself transported into the fictional world of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. “Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her,” said Sam Mendes, producer and partner of Neal Street Productions, which is producing Austen with Good Universe. Brownstein […] »
Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein — taking on her first feature writing project — will complete the late Nora Ephron's unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and Neal Street Productions. Photos From 'When Harry Met Sally' to 'Sleepless in Seattle': 11 Movies From Nora Ephron's Celebrated Career Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s hit comedy Portlandia, and she is also a musician. She will next appear in Jill Soloway’s Transparent for Amazon and Todd Haynes’ Carol, which
- Pamela McClintock
“Portlandia” co-creator Carrie Brownstein has landed her first feature writing assignment, as she has been hired to complete Nora Ephron‘s unfinished screenplay “Lost in Austen” for Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe, the companies announced today. Brownstein is an Emmy-nominated writer and Peabody Award winner, while “Lost in Austen” is based on the original UK TV series. In “Lost in Austen,” Amanda lives and works in present day Brooklyn, until she suddenly finds herself transported into the fictional world of Austen's “Pride and Prejudice.” Also read: Nora Ephron Documentary in the Works at HBO “Carrie is smart and funny and original, »
- Jeff Sneider
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