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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies review – undead breathe no life into revamp

11 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This gimmicky reworking of Jane Austen’s classic uses deadpan decapitations to satire the prim costume drama but its gags are ultimately unearned

This laborious single-joke movie could well convince you that the mashup is the single most overrated thing in popular culture. Based on the 2009 bestseller attributed to “Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith”, the film is an elaborate spoof of Pride and Prejudice, taking place in an alternative England where the undead roam the land. The haughty Darcy (Sam Riley) is a renowned zombie hunter and Lizzie (Lily James) a dazzling ninja warrior. You get the elegant badinage, and then you get the people with half-eaten faces getting their bonneted heads blown off. It’s meticulously acted with deadpan attention to form – as well acted, in fact, as any conventional Austen adaptation – and it could conceivably be read as a satire of the traditional middlebrow tea-time costume drama (Andrew Davies »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Untitled DC Film (The Flash?) Moves Up; Spielberg's Ready Player One Moves Back

9 February 2016 11:18 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It's being reported by various outlets that Warner Bros. Pictures has moved Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated adaptation of the Ernest Cline sci-fi novel Ready Player One, which currently has Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) & Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline) attached to star, from December 2017 to March 30, 2018. The move allows the film to avoid a major clash with Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII. The new date now falls right around Easter and with no major releases planned in April, the Spielberg-helmed film should perform well with an uninterrupted run until the arrival of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4. Additionally, to avoid a clash with the newly-replaced Ready Player One, WB has also moved an untitled DC Comics film up one week from March 23, 2018 to March 16, 2018. The film in question is said to be the Ezra Miller-led big-screen version of The Flash, »

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Box Office: Why Moviegoers Are Tired of Zombies and Nicholas Sparks

7 February 2016 1:50 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Sure, it's hard to guess which movies will be big enough draws to pull people away from their living rooms on Super Bowl weekend. But the studios were wrong about nearly every new offering this weekend, and so were the box office analysts.

The only new release that performed as expected was the Coen Brothers' period Hollywood spoof "Hail, Caesar!", debuting in second place with an estimated $11.4 million. That's pretty weak, even for filmmakers as cultish as the Coens. Yet it was still far better than this weekend's other new wide releases, "The Choice" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" -- both of which opened well below expectations. It's enough to make you wonder if moviegoers have lost interest in both Nicholas Sparks and zombies.

Sparks, the novelist whose tearjerking romances have been adapted into such hits as "The Notebook," used to be one of Hollywood's most reliable brands, generating 11 movies over the past 17 years. »

- Gary Susman

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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Trumps ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ Flops

7 February 2016 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.

For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China, where it is being distributed by Oriental DreamWorks, a $330-million East-West joint venture. It crossed the $100 million mark in the People’s Republic this weekend after opening day-and-date in the U.S. and China on Jan. 29.

Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!,” a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that’s grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. A C-minus CinemaScore could spell trouble for the film’s long-term prospects, »

- Brent Lang

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Movie Review – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

6 February 2016 4:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, 2016.

Written and Directed by Burr Steers.

Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey.

Synopsis:

Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.

Slow motion takes over as the Bennet sisters begin unsheathing various types of blades hidden underneath their elaborate Victorian-era appropriate garments (in what is a rather titillating shot), but most crucially, seems to promise that the ludicrous movie titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will live up to the level of absurd, stupid entertainment promised. That one quick scene offers essentially everything one could want coming into something so ridiculous; beautiful women dressed to kill that know their way around daggers and swords, »

- Robert Kojder

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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Dominates ‘Caesar,’ ‘Zombies,’ ‘Choice’

5 February 2016 3:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Po the Panda will rule the U.S. box office again with Fox’s “Kung Fu Panda 3″ nabbing at least $20 million at 3,955 theaters this weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

The animated comedy will leave a trio of new entries in the dust during a typically subdued Super Bowl weekend, led by Universal’s George Clooney comedy “Hail, Caesar!” with $9.5 million at 2,231 sites. The Coen Brothers’ look at 1950s Hollywood commanded a moderate $3.5 million on Friday, including $543,000 in Thursday night previews.

Sony’s horror-drama spoof “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was headed for $9 million at 2,930 sites with a $3 million opening day on Friday. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody of  Jane Austen’s iconic 1813 novel.

Only a modest number of moviegoers were choosing “The Choice,” which opened Friday with about $2.5 million at 2,631 sites on its way to a $6.5 million weekend for Lionsgate’s romancer.

Fox’s seventh weekend »

- Dave McNary

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“Pride And Prejudice And Zombies” (Movie Review)

5 February 2016 2:10 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies illustrates the perils of pursuing fidelity—both for its characters and its creators. I’ll confess that I haven’t read the book, co-credited to Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, the latter of whom took advantage of the original novel’s public-domain status to insert undead action into its text. But it doesn’t take […] »

- Michael Gingold

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Review: 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' Has a Wealth of Heart & Brains

5 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If only we could resurrect writer Jane Austen and ask her zombified corpse what it thinks of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the 2009 mash-up novel put together by Seth Grahame-Smith. Using her 1813 classic about love and aristocracy as a basis, Grahame-Smith fused the romance novel with all the brain-munching aspects the modern, zombie sub-genre has to offer. Surprisingly enough, the mash-up novel was a success with both critics and audiences, and now the beloved story of engagements and the undead has made its way to the big screen. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, adapted and directed by Burr Steers, follows through on the novel's success, providing a ball of humor, romance, and an abundance of exploding heads. It's enough to satisfy anyone not beholden to either side of the mix. All the elements of Austen's original novel are present. Lily James stars as Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five daughters »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Commits to Its Premise But Falls Short Where It Counts

5 February 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the rare case of a movie that’s better than the book — at least I’m guessing it is, since I only lasted 15 pages into the novel before tossing it into the can with the rest of the trash. Seth Grahame-Smith (who went on to pen the terrible screenplays forAbe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and the Tim Burton–helmed Dark Shadows) had a notion that might have inspired a good sketch on the old Sctv series, which made high comic art out of violently yoking together mismatched elements. To Jane Austen’s shapely prose, he appended lines in which the Bennett sisters or Mr. Darcy pause to hack or blow off the heads of marauding flesh-eaters before resuming their uneasy English mating rituals. The best thing about the movie is that you don’t have to invest a lot of time into seeing Austen’s prose manhandled. »

- David Edelstein

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie Review

5 February 2016 9:15 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Director: Burr Steers Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Sally Philips, Charles Dance, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Lena  Headey. ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s classic novel, based on the best-seller by Seth Grahame-Smith. A mysterious plague has fallen upon the 19th century England. The land is overrun with the undead altering the genteel Victorian social mores, and turning the bucolic English countryside into a war zone. Director Burr Steers instills irony in a film that quotes the original novel by the book…with a touch of wacky spook. The  [ Read More ]

The post Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Director on Staying True to Jane Austen, Even During the Zombie Apocalypse

5 February 2016 8:48 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Although Burr Steers dislikes the word "kitsch" for its cheap connotation, he had a hard time denying that "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" isn't kitschy, especially after admitting that the biggest influence was Tony Richardson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1968), which is great kitsch. And, arguably, so is Steers' big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's fresh twist on Jane Austen and monsters. Badass Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James), a martial arts expert, teams up with arrogant rival Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) to fight the zombie apocalypse in 19th century England, replacing the Napoleonic Wars. There's action, wit, and smart social commentary all rolled into one. Read More: "'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies': World War Zzzzzs (Review & Roundup)"  But the key for Steers was tilting it more toward Austen than the horror. "I was trying to make it into one coherent story where this zombie pandemic has happened and. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Box Office: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Commands $543,000 on Thursday Night

5 February 2016 8:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal’s George Clooney comedy “Hail, Caesar!” commanded a moderate $543,000 at 1,815 U.S. theaters on Thursday.

Sony’s horror-drama spoof “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” scared up $300,000 from 2,286 locations in preview screenings while Lionsgate’s romancer “The Choice” took in a quiet $290,000.

Expectations are modest for the trio of openers, with “Zombies” and “Caesar” forecast to finish the Super Bowl weekend with around $10 million each at the domestic box office, and “The Choice” likely to take in around $8 million.

Fox’s second weekend of DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” should repeat as the winner with a dominant $22 million following its debut of $41.3 million last weekend.

“Hail, Caesar!,” Clooney’s fourth movie with the Coen brothers, has received strong critical support with a 78% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, portraying Hollywood studio life in the 1950s, opens at 2,231 sites on Friday.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” starring Lily James, »

- Dave McNary

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Does ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Bite? These Critics Think So

5 February 2016 7:50 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” bites, according to the majority of critics. The horror movie based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s literary adaptation of Jane Austen‘s classic novel has garnered a disappointing 43 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews argue the production starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Suki Waterhouse and Bella Heathcote didn’t master the “modern genre mashup.” TheWrap’s own film critic, Alonso Duralde, wrote “this movie is so crushing mainly because it was made by obviously smart people who are trying to dumb themselves down, and there’s nothing more excruciating than that. Let’s hope that »

- TheWrap Staff

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People Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is Gory, Silly and Surprisingly Faithful to Jane Austen

5 February 2016 6:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young woman facing the undead horde must be in want of a knife. Or rather, she does in this version of Jane Austen. Welcome to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, where ladies are valued more for their ability to take a head shot at 20 paces than for their skills on the pianoforte. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's spirited take on Austen's masterpiece, Pride imagines the undead overrunning London, desperately trying to get at the juicy brains of the country gentry. Our latest Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) isn't merely of the idle rich, »

- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat

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People Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is Gory, Silly and Surprisingly Faithful to Jane Austen

5 February 2016 6:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young woman facing the undead horde must be in want of a knife. Or rather, she does in this version of Jane Austen. Welcome to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, where ladies are valued more for their ability to take a head shot at 20 paces than for their skills on the pianoforte. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's spirited take on Austen's masterpiece, Pride imagines the undead overrunning London, desperately trying to get at the juicy brains of the country gentry. Our latest Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) isn't merely of the idle rich, »

- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Maybe a Few Other Things

5 February 2016 6:05 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Zombie films are second only to slashers when it comes to the sheer volume of horror titles released each year, but as popular as they are very few of them seem to make it into theaters. The handful that avoid the direct-to-dvd fate typically feature something extra in the form of a big star (World War Z), a genre lean towards comedy (Zombieland), or an existing franchise (Resident Evil: Retribution). Pride and Prejudice and Zombies checks off one of those boxes — possibly even two if you consider the literary works of Jane Austen to be something of a highbrow franchise. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James, Downton Abbey) and her four sisters are proper young Victorian ladies trained in both the fine arts and the martial arts — the better to charm the living and decapitate the living dead — and while their father (Charles Dance) is focused on teaching them survival skills their mom’s (Sally Phillips) primary concern is »

- Rob Hunter

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Movie Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

5 February 2016 5:21 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

To this day I am still surprised how mainstream zombies have become. Currently there are four television shows and more movies churned out in the last decade than any one person could ever hope to watch. With more titles than a herd of Walkers, filmmakers need to insure their title can stand out from the pack. Along shambles Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hoping to bite a piece out of the box office. But is it memorable?

A mysterious plague has ravaged 19th Century England. Mr. Bennett (Charles Dance) has been training his five daughters their whole life for combat. But Mrs. Bennett (Sally Phillips) is worried about her daughter’s future and wants to marry them all off to wealthy suitors. Daughter Elizabeth (Lily James) lays eyes on Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) at a party and seems quite taken with him. Of course it can’t be that easy »

- Jeremy Jones

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On Set: Love and Bloodshed in “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies”

4 February 2016 10:18 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

It’s not every day that Fangoria is invited to London for a set visit to a Jane Austen-inspired film. What’s not to love—the incredible location, classic language, gorgeous period clothing—oh, and a rotting corpse or two. This, or course, isn’t your typical Austen adaptation, but a reimagining as co-written by Seth Grahame-Smith: Pride And Prejudice […] »

- Cheryl Singleton

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies – The Review

4 February 2016 6:31 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Zombies make everything better! Jane Austen devotees needn’t worry that the makers of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies have ridiculed her perennially popular story of love among the British upper classes. They’ve merely added zombies to it – an improvement if you ask me! I’ve never had the inclination to read Austen’s novel (I’ve heard it’s good), but I once saw a big screen treatment starring Keira Knightly. This high-concept hybrid adapted from novelist Seth Grahame-Smith’s revisionist tome is one of the more interesting horror movies I’ve seen in a while. Not only does director Burr Steer skirt the edges of camp with Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, he accomplishes a wonderful sense of surrealism and whimsy missing in much modern horror. Here’s a movie that delivers on exactly what its title promises. There are the unmarried Bennet sisters, as well as Mr. »

- Tom Stockman

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Misfires [Review]

4 February 2016 3:52 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

I don't understand the appeal of Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." As a fan of Austen, I could never quite figure out why anyone would feel the need to mix the literary classic with the zombie apocalypse. If the goal was simply to turn Lizzie Bennet into a more independent woman, then Grahame-Smith missed the point of Austen's novel. But alas, I digress.

I had no interest in the book and just as little in the upcoming adaptation. And then the trailer happened. For a moment, I allowed myself a modicum of excitement: this might actually work!

It doesn't.

Adapted by Burr Steers who also takes on directing duties, Pride and Prejud [Continued ...] »

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