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Natalie Portman & Lionsgate Bringing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to the Big Screen

10 December 2009 11:35 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A few different ideas have been bouncing around as to how best to adapt Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith's zombified version of Jane Austen's classic tale: a feature film or a multi-part TV series? Now that names like Natalie Portman, Richard Kelly, and Lionsgate are attached to the theatrical alternative, it seems to be the obvious choice.

Variety reports that Portman will star in and produce 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' through her HandsomeCharlie shingle with Annette Savitch, plus Darko Films’ Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick, and Ted Hamm. Lionsgate will finance and distribute.

Described as an expanded version of the Austen classic, the book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers. Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate »

- Uncle Creepy

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Portman Fights Jane Austen's "Zombies"

10 December 2009 10:23 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Natalie Portman will star in and produce the film version of Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" for Lionsgate reports Variety.

Grahame-Smith took Jane Austen's original work and infused bloodthirsty flesh-eating zombies into the action. The tome now tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Portman will play feisty Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Annette Savitch, Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Portman Fights Jane Austen's "Zombies"

10 December 2009 10:23 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Natalie Portman will star in and produce the film version of Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" for Lionsgate reports Variety.

Grahame-Smith took Jane Austen's original work and infused bloodthirsty flesh-eating zombies into the action. The tome now tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Portman will play feisty Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Annette Savitch, Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Natalie Portman's Pride And Prejudice And Zombies?

10 December 2009 10:08 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Natalie Portman will star in and produce the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride And Prejudice And Zombies - based on the original tale by Jane Austen.

Lionsgate is is the studio backing the pic according to Variety.

Portman will produce through her handsomecharlie shingle with Annette Savitch, plus Darko Films’ Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm.

Described as an expanded version of the Austen classic, the book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy. Darko just released “The Box,” “World’s Greatest Dad” and “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.”

“Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Source: Variety)

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Portman On Board 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

10 December 2009 9:20 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

As Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist of one of Jane Austen’s most well-known novels, Natalie Portman hopes to find love and happiness...and to fend off flesh-eating zombies.

That’s the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, at least, which is on its way to cinema screens everywhere. According to Variety, Portman will star in and produce the adaptation for Lionsgate. The film is based on the best-selling book by Seth Grahame-Smith and Austen, in which the bloodthirsty undead are mixed in with Austen’s text about a strong-willed young woman.

In the book, Elizabeth is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace, caused by the outbreak of a deadly virus, by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy. Portman will produce via her Handsomecharlie production company, along with Annette Savitch and Darko Films’ Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm.

"Natalie and I are longtime passionate »

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Natalie Portman Toplines Lionsgate's(!) 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

10 December 2009 8:38 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Consider that UK TV series rumor squashed to the bone as it was announced that Natalie Portman will officially star in and produce Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, a film that is based on the bestselling book written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Austen. The big news is that Lionsgate will finance and distribute! Quirk Books published the tome. Though Austen's name is on the book, Grahame-Smith took the lib-erty of adding bloodthirsty flesh-eating zombies to the mix. Portman will produce through her handsomecharlie shingle with Annette Savitch, plus Darko Films' Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm. Described as an expanded version of the Austen classic, the book tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers. »

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Diaz Returns to Raunchy Comedy with ‘Bad Teacher’

10 December 2009 5:36 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

People who watched Cameron Diaz’s performance in Richard Kelly’s The Box may have forgotten where she comes from: a world of goofy comedies including There’s Something About Mary. I haven’t watched that film in quite a while, and that’s because it simply doesn’t hold up. Funny, sure. Classic? No.

Diaz is headed to bat at the comedy plate once more, though, in Columbia Pictures’ “raunchy comedy” Bad Teacher. Directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard) and written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the same Office writers who are supposedly grinding away at Ghostbusters 3, Bad Teacher has found an actress for its leading role.

The film (which is unrelated to the Billy Bob Thornton flick Bad Santa, by the way) centers on “a foulmouthed, gold-digging middle-school teacher who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend, competes with a colleague for the affections of the school’s model teacher. »

- John Cooper

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Natalie Portman Takes On Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

10 December 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

There's been plenty of rumors swirling around lately about the status of an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies . Now it looks like one of those rumors from earlier this year turned out to have more truth to it then original let on. Natalie Portman will star in and produce a film version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies , based on the bestselling book according to Variety. Lionsgate will finance and distribute. Originally a book by Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith took the liberty of revamping the classic work by adding bloodthirsty flesh-eating zombies to the mix. Portman will produce through her handsomecharlie shingle production company with Annette Savitch, plus Darko Films' Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm. Described as an »

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Frank Langella to Star in Unknown White Male

9 December 2009 1:17 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Frank Langella has signed on to star opposite Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, and January Jones in the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed thriller Unknown White Male, according to Variety.

The script is based on the Didier Van Cauwelaert novel Hors de moi (Out of My Head) and tells the story of a man (Neeson) who wakes from a coma following a car accident. He finds that his wife of ten years (Jones) does not recognize him and has struck a relationship with another man who has stolen his identity.

Both Kruger and Langella will portray characters that help the protagonist in his quest to recover his identity and his relationship with his wife.

This will be the fourth project for Langella following his Oscar-nominated performance in Frost/Nixon. He had a memorable role as the enigmatic Arlington Steward in Richard Kelly's The Box and has completed shooting on Andrew Jarecki's »

- Rich Z Zwelling

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A Paranormal number of flops

8 December 2009 9:02 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

New releases Me and Orson Welles, The Descent: Part 2 and The Box fail to offer much opposition as Paranormal Activity leapfrogs into top spot in its second week

For distributors with a new release this weekend, the only solace to be grasped at was that their movie hadn't done as badly as someone else's. As executives gathered at the annual British independent film awards in London on Sunday night, the talk was of how all the new films targeting adult audiences had flopped – the only differences were the degrees of failure.

Flop #1

Bottom of the pile of wide releases was Me and Orson Welles, which failed to crack a £1,000 screen average on 187 prints. Comparisons with Zac Efron's recent hits 17 Again (£2.56m debut) and High School Musical 3 (£8.41m including previews) are hardly fair, but his latest film's £166,000 opening confirms widely held suspicions that his many young fans wouldn't show »

- Charles Gant

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Frank Langella is an ‘Unknown White Male’

8 December 2009 7:42 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Frank Langella is one of those guys who can be effortlessly good in any role he picks out of a hat, just like his co-star in Frost/Nixon, Michael Sheen. Sheen will have his New Moons and his Underworlds, Langella will have his Superman Returns and Small Soldiers variety of roles, but they’ll both be great through and through.

Will Dark Castle’s thriller Unknown White Male, starring Liam Neeson, Inglourious BasterdsDiane Kruger, and now Langella be a Frost/Nixon or disposable dreck? Who cares when you have a cast like this?

Jaume Collet-Serra’s film, which starts production in Berlin next month, will be centered on Neeson, who “plays a man who awakens from a coma to find somebody else has assumed his identity. Langella plays Cole, who comes forward as the coma guy’s colleague and gets involved as he tries to reclaim his identity.”

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- John Cooper

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Frank Langella Scores Starring Role in 'Unknown White Male'

7 December 2009 9:08 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Frank Langella - the creepy dude from Richard Kelly's The Box - has been set to star with Liam Neeson, January Jones and Diane Kruger in Unknown White Male, the Dark Castle thriller that begins lensing this January in Berlin. Neeson plays a man who awakens from a coma to find somebody else has assumed his identity. Langella plays Cole, who comes forward as the coma guy's colleague and gets involved as he tries to reclaim his identity. Jaume Collet-Serra, who had a successful run with Orphan and the remake of House of Wax, will be getting behind the camera for the Warner Bros. thriller. »

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You review: The Box | Ben Child

7 December 2009 5:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Only one critic seems to have thought outside the box when it comes to reviewing The Box: Roger Ebert, who didn't completely trash Richard (Donnie Darko) Kelly's moral choice thriller. Would you take a lucky dip?

The critics are as confused by Richard Kelly's new thriller as its central protagonists are by the MacGuffin of the title. Some reckon this is a flawed but entertaining fantasy that defies its roots in cheapo 1970s sci-fi to present an intriguing moral dilemma. Others are bamboozled by the far-from-seamless shift into preposterous M Night Shyamalan territory about an hour in: with all those nosebleeds, mysterious figures and hints of the presence of powers from beyond this Earth, the movie is like an extended episode of Lost without the verdant Pacific island vegetation and taut torsos to sugar the perplexing pill.

Kelly loves his period settings - remember Donnie Darko's John Hughes 80s teen movie chic? »

- Ben Child

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The Box (12A)

5 December 2009 4:00 PM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Richard Kelly was only 25 when he wrote and directed Donnie Darko, a bamboozling high-school-sci-fi-mystery-thriller-comedy that no one really understood, but which most people recognised as being – to use the precise critical term – pretty cool. Then everything went turkey-shaped. It took Kelly six years to complete his follow-up, Southland Tales, and that was such an incomprehensible folly that it looked as if his career from then on would be confined to shooting wedding videos. »

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This week's new cinema previews

4 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Box (12A)

(Richard Kelly, 2009, Us) Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella. 116 mins

Will Kelly ever make another movie as good as Donnie Darko? There are signs here that he might, but he hasn't this time. The Twilight Zone plot – press the button on this box and you'll get $1m, but someone will die – opens up more moral/conspiracy/sci-fi elements than the film can handle. Still, too much is better than not enough, especially when it's as smoothly sinister, visually sophisticated and borderline bonkers as this.

Me And Orson Welles (12A)

(Richard Linklater, 2008, Us/UK) Zac Efron, Claire Danes. 114 mins

Efron graduates from High School backstage to Welles's 1930s theatre troupe in this sweet coming-of-age flick, holding his own against Christian McKay's rakish, bombastic Welles – even when they fall for the same girl.

Cracks (15)

(Jordan Scott, 2009, UK) Eva Green, Juno Temple. 104 mins

Set within the confines of a posh girls' boarding school, »

- Steve Rose

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Spielberg Reportedly Backs Out of Upcoming Harvey Remake

4 December 2009 1:02 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Though it may come as a severe blow to those decidedly strange individuals who simply cannot get enough giant rabbit movies, rumors are circulating that legendary director Steven Spielberg has decided to abandon the remake of Henry Koster’s 1950 award-winning feature “Harvey.” Reports over at Variety are pretty minimal, though Spielberg was apparently far enough into the production for 20th Century Fox to reserve a few soundstages for the project. Since I’m not overly familiar with the original film, I can’t say for sure whether or not the Jimmy Stewart vehicle is ripe for the dreaded Remake Machine. However, if you find the news to be particularly distressing to you, the remedy lies in the form of Richard Kelly’s “Donnie Darko.” Avoid the director’s cut and you’ll be okay. Or, you know, you could just watch the original. No word yet if someone else will takeover the production, »

- Todd

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Film review: The Box

3 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An intriguing premise turns in to 115 minutes of codswallop. Peter Bradshaw squirms away

There are some films that confront the viewer with profound ethical dilemmas, agonising moral choices. In this one, an ageing man with a horrible face approaches a happily married woman with a proposition that could earn her $1m. Oh, heavens to Betsy, you are probably thinking, it's that Robert Redford back again, the incorrigible old goat, making another of his indecent proposals: a sackful of cash in exchange for the chance to let his expensive trousers and pants pool round his ankles while he puts you on the receiving end of a one-off rogering. How absolutely loathsome. And yet it is a lot of money, so gosh, would I? Would I?

But it is not Robert Redford. This time it is Frank Langella, playing a man with an appalling wound to the side of his face, dressed »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Grammy Nominations, Journey And 'Twilight' Glitter In Today's Twitter-Wood

3 December 2009 4:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It's always great to see "Twilight" cast members getting along off-screen, and there were a couple of shout-outs bouncing around the Twitter-Wood feed today. Edi Gathegi wished Christian Serratos could be with him on a plane ride, but he had to settle for her advice on candy shenanigans. Elsewhere, Tinsel Korey sought Chaske Spencer's glitter skills in some Advent calendar construction.

In non-"Twilight" tweets "I'm on a Boat" seems to be a popular pick among the Grammy nominations this year, and Seth Meyers was among the first to back it. Michael McKean, meanwhile, will be pulling for Bela Fleck and Loudon Wainwright. Check out those posts after the jump, along with Richard Kelly's new prospective "Donnie Darko 3" premise and Danny DeVito's Thanksgiving Troll Foot costume. It's all in the Twitter-Wood report for December 3, 2009.

Twitter Pic of the Day:

@Danny_DeVito Trollfoot with turkey head orniment NY December http://yfrog. »

- Brian Warmoth

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Top 10 conspiracy films of the 70s

3 December 2009 5:19 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Richard Kelly’s The Box opens today in the UK, you can read my review here, and to celebrate the 70s paranoia vibe we’re posting this look back at some of the greatest conspiracy/paranoia thrillers of that decade. There are some great films here, and The Box does its best to emulate this, so you might want to look into some of these when you’re done with Kelly’s latest.

Klute 1971

Strongly following the crime / investigation genre, this film tells the story of a conspiracy theory that may be a little more personal, a little more close to home. Realistic and gritty (it centres on a prostitute); it promises the keep fans of 70’s films on their edge of their seat. ‘Don’t be afraid…’

When laboratory engineer Tom Gruneman (Robert Mili) disappears, the only clue available to detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) is an obscene letter »

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Kelly: 'I want to do a direct film'

3 December 2009 4:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Richard Kelly has said that he would like to tell a more "straightforward" story with one of his future projects. The director of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales and The Box told The Guardian that his next movie could be more direct. Kelly said: "I'd love to be able to tell a much more straightforward story that doesn't require a sci-fi basis or a very elaborate structure. "There's a post-9/11, set-in-Manhattan project in the pipeline, but it's just one of many. In my 20s, I just wrote and wrote and wrote. I have, like, 20 screenplays in my drawer. I'll find something." Of the muted critical response to his last movie, he said: (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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