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a few thoughts on Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (and open thread)

18 May 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I just watched last night’s debut episode of the BBC’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell — based on Susanna Clarke’s fabulous and sprawling historical fantasy novel [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] [iTunes U.S.] [iTunes Canada] [iTunes U.K.] — and I love it. I love the book: imagine if Jane Austen wrote Harry Potter, but instead of kids as its central characters it features fusty old academics, ambitious politicians, social climbers, and other unpleasant fellows. (Yes, most of the major players are men, alas.) This adaptation is visually fascinating: it’s not a pretty costume drama but something dirtier, nastier, and somehow itchy. No one’s clothes seem to fit well. Men’s wigs are forever askew. “Fashionable” parties are claustrophobic and loud. The streets of 1806 London are mucky. It’s all very grubby… which is brilliant. This is a story about people who don’t really fit in, and the two titular characters — the last magicians left in England to »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: episode one recap – The Friends of English Magic

17 May 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In the first episode of the adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s fantasy novel, we meet the Learned Society of York Magicians, explore Norrell’s library, and hear a warning about a Raven King

And so, filling our magic bowl with water and scattering around some dead petunias, we embark upon director Toby Hayne’s ambitious adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke’s girthsome doorstop, a bewilderingly detailed “tale of the fantastic”, as Neil Gaiman so gracefully described it. As a reader and now viewer – and let’s just get it out there from the get-go, I’m an evangelistic fan of the book – this is an apprehensive time indeed. But there is much in the plus column before the titles roll. The casting here is reassuringly sturdy. Eddie Marsan is Gilbert Norrell, the humourless magician of York, opposite Bertie “Babylon” Carvel’s Strange, a charming, but directionless flibbertigibbet. »

- Ben Arnold

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell episode 1 review: The Friends Of English Magic

17 May 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

BBC One fantasy drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a marvel, from its cast to its magnificent world-building…

This review contains spoilers.

1.1 The Friends Of English Magic

If, like members of the fusty York Society Of Magicians, you needed proof that magic has been restored to England, that episode was it. Forget bringing half a hundred statues to life, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has pulled off an even unlikelier feat: bringing quality grown-up fantasy to UK television.

Susanna Clarke’s source novel was a canny choice for the task. Its Regency setting plays to the BBC’s period drama strengths and grounds the seven-part series in a recognisable context for any viewers who might ordinarily run a mile at the word ‘faerie’.

Not that Marc Warren’s chilling Gentleman (the sinister being in the Liberace wig and Norman Lamont eyebrows who showed up towards the end of tonight’s episode »

- louisamellor

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Strange & Norrell, Tatau

17 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: BBC One, 9pm

Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan play the title characters in Doctor Who writer Peter Harness's adaptation of the 2004 fantasy novel.

In a world where magic is very much real, the reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) uses his powers to stun the people of York, while the debonair Strange (Carvel) learns that he too has special abilities.

Hawaii Five-0: Sky1, 9pm

It's the fifth season finale, and disaster looms on the eve of Kono (Grace Park)'s wedding.

The team discovers that someone is planning to set off a nuclear bomb on the island, while McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) is reunited with a familiar face.

The Enfield Haunting: Sky Living, 9pm

The supernatural drama that's spooked up a sizeable audience for Sky Living reaches its conclusion tonight, with the last of 3 episodes.

In the final chapter, Janet (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) and Margaret (Fern Deacon »

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Peter Harness on making the magic real

14 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has won rave reviews, countless awards and fantasy icon Neil Gaiman even called it "the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years".

So even before one takes into account its 1000+ page count, you'd imagine that adapting Susanna Clarke's 2004 book for the screen would be an intimidating prospect. Not so, says Peter Harness, the writer who took on the task for BBC One's new seven-part series.

"I've never felt daunted by it," he says. "I just thought it would be such terrific fun to do, to spend 2 or 3 years in that world. It was a huge job - and a huge challenge - but I enjoyed it, and I think you can get through any challenge if you enjoy it, and you're working with good people.

"The fact is that the s**t jobs are just as hard work as »

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Time Machine: Spielberg and Daughter (with 'Indiana Jones' Actress Capshaw) on Oscars Red Carpet

14 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »

- D. Zhea

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: the best UK fantasy in years

10 May 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Starting next Sunday on BBC One, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a genre-bending British drama worth getting very excited about...

What are some of the best British dramas of recent years? Here’s just a few. Wolf Hall, Utopia, Peaky Blinders, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Luther, Doctor Who and In The Flesh. It's been said to death but remains the case: we truly are in a golden age of original British drama. But now you might just have to make room for a new favourite. I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the finest new drama that’s been on our screens this decade. In fact, if the first two episodes are anything to go by, it could go down as one of the best this century.

As an adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s epic genre-bending novel, it’s almost perfect. As a »

- louisamellor

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Freida Pinto Heads To Jungle Book: Origins For Andy Serkis

8 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After acting alongside a mo-capped Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the ApesSlumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto is reteaming with him for Warner Bros.’ Jungle Book: Origins.

Deadline reports that Pinto will take on a live-action role in the blockbuster pic, on which Serkis is set to make his directorial debut. She joins The Americans star Matthew Rhys, who is playing explorer John Lockwood, and Bad Words breakout Rohan Chand, who won the role of Mowgli, in the production, which will blend live-action and motion-capture to adapt the classic by Rudyard Kipling.

No details yet on which part the actress will play, but Jungle Book: Origins tells the story of an orphaned human boy raised by jungle animals including a friendly bear and a wise panther, so it’s perhaps likely that Pinto is playing either an explorer or Mowgli’s birth mother.

The motion-capture cast is »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will dazzle Us viewers this summer as the premiere is set

7 May 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will cast its magical spell over Us viewers this summer.

BBC America has announced that Wallander writer Peter Harness's magic-themed drama series will bewitch Us viewers beginning Saturday, June 13 at 10pm Et.

Based on Susanna Clarke's best-selling novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell chronicles the story of two men brought together by magic.

The series presents an alternate version of England at the time of the Industrial Revolution, as magic is acknowledged as real but rarely practiced.

A mystical series of events cause rural Northerner Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and stage magician Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) to cross paths as war with France nears.

BBC One in the UK is producing this new series with its Us counterpart BBC America.

Watch a trailer below: »

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BBC America Sets ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ Premiere – Trailer

6 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

BBC One commissioned period fantasy drama Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell back in 2012 and it’s now making its way to the airwaves. The seven-part series debuts on BBC One in the UK on May 17, and will premiere on BBC America on June 13 at 10 Pm Et. Check out the trailer above. Based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Wallander's Peter Harness. it’s an alternate history of England set during the Napoleonic Wars. Eddie Marsan, Bertie Carvel… »

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This week in tv news: John Singleton to make the jump to TV with FX

2 May 2015 3:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback, which she announced will be returning for a third season.

John Singleton is poised to be the next filmmaker to make the leap to television, as FX has picked up the pilot for Snowfall, a show co-created by Singleton. The press release had this summary of the series.

Los Angeles 1981. A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.

Singleton will also direct the pilot.

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The partnership between Fox and »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Trailer for BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Morrell

28 April 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Two magicians shall appear in England...

BBC One is bringing Susanna Clark's popular fantasy book "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" to the small screen this May and here's the first trailer for the series.

Anyone farmilliar with BBC adapts will recognize a ton of great acting talent here. The two leads are played by Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan.

Synopsis:

Set at the beginning of the 19th-century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little pe [Continued ...] »

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"Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" TV Trailer

28 April 2015 5:20 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The BBC is tackling Susanna Clarke's dense and epic fantasy novel "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" as a seven-part miniseries, one that will likely do a better job at adapting the stuffed narrative for the screen than a film ever could.

Set in early 19th century England, the story deals with the reclusive Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) who is enlisted in the government in the war against Napoleon. The series primarily deals with the the relationship and rivalry between Norell and Jonathan Strange, both of whom deal in magic.

Though there's been a few clips and super short teasers so far, the network has now revealed the official launch trailer for the show which you can see below. The first episode is slated to premiere sometime in May:

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- Garth Franklin

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Trailer Brings Magic Back to England

27 April 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

BBC has released a new trailer for the mini-series adaptation of Susanna Clarke's brilliant novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Faithfully adapted for the screen by director Toby Haynes (Doctor Who) and screenwriter Peter Harness (Wallander), Strange and Norrell picks takes place in Napoleonic England when practical magic is all but dead to the world. All that remains is a society of priggish old men who pontificate and philosophize on theoretical magic, unable to cast a single spell, until two very different magicians - the peculiar Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and the whimsical Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvell) - revive English magic and join forces in the war against France. Trailer via BBC. Often mismarketed as Harry Potter for adults, an irritating misnomer that somehow manages to belittle both Susanna Clarke's creativity and J.K. Rowling's maturity,  Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is in fact a glorious beast all its own. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Watch: First Trailer For Mini-Series Adaptation Of The Best Selling Fantasy Epic 'Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell'

27 April 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It's a bit hard to summarize to Sussanna Clarke's dense, funny and magical epic "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell," It's about the battle between two magicians, but it's also a romance that dabbles in alternate history and in which both Napoleon and fairies can co-exist, all told in "old tyme" language. Thus, the prospect of a movie adaptation of the nearly 800-page book (teeming with footnotes) seemed foolhardy. But since we're in the golden age of television, a seven-part miniseries seems like the right approach, and the first trailer for BBC's big undertaking is here.  Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel take on the lead roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell respectively, with Alice Englert, Marc Warren, Samuel West, and Charlotte Riley in supporting roles in what looks like a very spirited adaptation of the novel. I'm definitely looking forward to see if can capture the um, magic, of Clarke's excellent book. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Mini-Series Adaptation Of The Best Selling Fantasy Epic 'Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell'

27 April 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's a bit hard to summarize to Sussanna Clarke's dense, funny and magical epic "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell," It's about the battle between two magicians, but it's also a romance that dabbles in alternate history and in which both Napoleon and fairies can co-exist, all told in "old tyme" language. Thus, the prospect of a movie adaptation of the nearly 800-page book (teeming with footnotes) seemed foolhardy. But since we're in the golden age of television, a seven-part miniseries seems like the right approach, and the first trailer for BBC's big undertaking is here.  Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel take on the lead roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell respectively, with Alice Englert, Marc Warren, Samuel West, and Charlotte Riley in supporting roles in what looks like a very spirited adaptation of the novel. I'm definitely looking forward to see if can capture the um, magic, of Clarke's excellent book. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: first full trailer

27 April 2015 3:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

BBC fantasy Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is already set to be our drama of the year. See the first full trailer here to find out why...

Prepare to hear a great deal more from us about Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in the coming weeks. The short version: it's excellent and we urge you to tune in when it arrives on the BBC next month.

Writer Peter Harness (Doctor WhoWallander), director Toby Haynes (SherlockDoctor WhoThe Musketeers) and co. have done a magnificent job adapting Susanna Clarke's 2004 debut for this seven-part drama series - no mean feat, as those who've read the novel will understand.

For those who haven't, it's a story of magic in an alternative nineteenth century England, it brims with imagination, depth and beauty, and boasts an excellent cast led by Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel, including Marc Warren, Paul Kaye, Alice Englert, Charlotte Riley, »

- louisamellor

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Jonathan Strange promo: "Why is there no more magic done in England?"

20 April 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC America has previewed the arrival of UK series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell on North American television.

The BBC One series is an adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel by Doctor Who and Wallander writer Peter Harness.

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Harness's seven-part fantasy series follows separate but simultaneous adventures by Northern magician Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and Londoner Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel).

Set against the Industrial Revolution, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell re-imagines history as a world where magic is acknowledged as real but frowned upon.

Strange's discovery of his destiny as a great magician coincides with Norrell helping England in its bloody war against France.

The series includes Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights), Marc Warren (The Musketeers) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) in its supporting cast.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will premiere on BBC America in the Us this summer. »

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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis May 22-24 – Great Line-Up of Movie Guests

19 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger,  and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »

- Tom Stockman

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‘A Brilliant Young Mind’ Lands At Samuel Goldwyn

13 April 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Morgan Matthews' A Brilliant Young Mind, the drama previously titled X+Y when it debuted in the fall at the Toronto Film Festival. Based on Matthews’ 2007 documentary, the feature scripted by James Graham stars Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as a teenage math prodigy on the autistic spectrum who faces challenges when he is selected to compete in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan… »

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