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Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
A screenwriter has to be mightily confident in his script to christen it “The Rewrite,” a title that begs jaded critics to suggest it may have needed another pass or two. Marc Lawrence’s affable but under-inflated romantic comedy does little to fend off such punchlines: The story of a faded Hollywood scribe seeking to regain his creative mojo via a small-town teaching job, the film finds its own writer-helmer struggling to match the bubblegum snap of earlier works. What it does have is Hugh Grant — a standby collaborator for Lawrence, and not an asset to be underestimated. Happily paired with the ever-game Marisa Tomei, the British star hardly tests himself with yet another study in high-class bumbling, yet his breezy effortlessness is precisely the kind that’s in overly short supply here.
- Guy Lodge
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will make its way to the big screen next year, and with filming underway, the first official photo has been released. Striking a pose to make Jane Austen proud are Lily James (who describes her character as "a badass warrior"), Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Bella Heathcote and Suki Waterhouse. [EW.com] Steve Jobs: Seth Rogen is in talks to play Steve Wozniak, opposite Christian Bale as Steve Jobs, in the big-screen adaptation of Walter Isaacson's biography. Wozniak and Jobs cofounded Apple in 1976; the first third of Aaron Sorkin's script is reportedly set backstage during the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Jessica Chastain is also being...
- Peter Martin
After years of playing casting musical chairs, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is finally in the works, and Entertainment Weekly even has proof. The first picture of Lily James, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Bella Heathcote, and Suki Waterhouse as the Bennet sisters has arrived. As you can see, they don't exactly look like Jane Austen may have imagined in her original 1813 novel. However, they do look like they're ready to slay some undead. What are your thoughts on the picture? »
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will make its way to the big screen next year, and with filming underway, the first official photo has been released. Striking a pose to make Jane Austen proud are Lily James (who describes her character as "a badass warrior"), Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Bella Heathcote and Suki Waterhouse. [EW.com] Steve Jobs Movie: Seth Rogen (above, in Neighbors) is in...
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has released its first image.
The picture shows the five Bennet sisters wielding their deadly weapons (via EW).
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies rewrites the Regency classic, introduces hordes of zombies and deadly ninjas into the comedy.
The project is moving ahead after years of stalled attempts to get it into production.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is yet to announce a release schedule. »
Our first look at director Burr Steers' adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen reimagining, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has arrived! EW has revealed an image of the Bennet sisters, assembled to to take down the undead.
Starring Lily James as Elizabeth, Bella Heathcote as Jane, Ellie Bamber as Lydia, Millie Brady as Mary and Suki Waterhouse as Kitty, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also stars Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, Jack Huston as Wickham and Matt Smith as Mr. Collins.
The post First Photo from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The big screen adaption of Seth Grahame-Green's undead infused take on Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has been a long time coming, but production is underway with Burr Steers (17 Again) at the helm. The first image from the film has hit the web, featuring sisters Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty Bennet all ready for action as one kick ass, zombie (or unmentionables as they call them) killing family unit. No release for the film has been given yet, but it is expected to hit big screens next year. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The Bennet sisters from Jane Austen's beloved novel get a zombie-killing makeover in our first look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) show off their swords and knives in this image, which teases how these characters have evolved from eligible single ladies to fierce warriors.
The project is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, which takes Jane Austen's characters and plunges them into a world set 70 years after the zombies first took over the planet. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was stuck in development for several years, with David O. Russell writing the script and set to direct at one point, before Burr Steers came aboard in August.
I have no idea why they finally greenlit the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie adaptation, especially after the lackluster response to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a film I admittedly liked more than most (he threw a cow!), but have no problem understanding why many were turned off. Now, after several years of trying to get it off the ground, yet another Seth Grahme-Smith adaptation is on the way and just above is your first look at the Bennet sisters with their swords drawn courtesy of EW. The film stars Lily James (Wrath of the Titans) as Elizabeth alongside her sisters Jane (Bella Heathcote), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady) and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) as it tells the story of the Bennet sisters and their time as zombie slayers after being taught how to fight like Japanese ninjas by Mr Darcy (Sam Riley). Jack Huston stars as Wickham and Matt Smith will play Mr. »
- Brad Brevet
Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been in and out of development for years. But last month the project finally started shooting, and, thanks to EW, today we have our first look at the film in the form of a promo photo featuring the Bennet Sisters. From left to right they include Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Elizabeth (Lily James), Mary (Millie Brady), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse).
Fighting and killing zombies with weapons and martial arts skills isn't anything new for the characters in this story. The zombie plague has been around for 70 years by the time Pride and Prejudice and Zombies picks up. It's just in the meantime they are dealing with marriage prospects and family drama.
The book is an expanded version of the Jane Austen classic, and the film will focus on Liz Bennett, a woman on a quest for love and independence »
- Joey Paur
As "Terminator: Genisys" learned yesterday and today, people put a lot of stock into first look photos. And so, if you're going to present the premiere image of your period genre movie, you might want to spice it up a bit. Especially when it's called "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Anyway, the first pic from EW simply highlights the quintet from Jane Austen's novel—Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse)—though in addition to the expected bonnets, there are some swords. But alas, no undead. And according to James, this kickass take on the novel is in the source material, sort of. “Even in the original story, Elizabeth’s a fighter and beyond her contemporaries in her ambitions and her ideas of women,” the actress said. “She’s a badass warrior. She’s a ninja.” "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Until recently, the adaptation of Seth Graeme-Smith’s Jane Austen-meets-horror genre-mash book Pride And Prejudice And Zombies spent its time lurking in development limbo. But thanks to finally locking in a script and a director (Burr Steers) and a rash of casting, it’s in production and Entertainment Weekly has grabbed a first look image. The picture shows the Bennett sisters Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) tooled up and ready to fight the “Sorry Stricken”, Aka the risen dead, who cause trouble for the family. And they thought finding marriageable mates was hard enough…Still, they’re clearly all ready for combat, particularly our heroine, Elizabeth. “Even in the original story, Elizabeth’s a fighter and beyond her contemporaries in her ambitions and her ideas of women,” she tells EW. “She’s a badass warrior. She’s a ninja. »
Who’s ready to see Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty Bennet (Suki Waterhouse) take on some “unmentionables?” Burr Steers’ book to film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is currently in production and EW’s got our very first look at the sisters wielding swords and daggers. Hit the jump to take a look at the new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies image. The film is expected to hit theaters next year and also stars Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Sam Riley. This big screen rendition of Grahame-Smith’s book has been kicking around for a while and at one point, David O. Russell penned a script and made plans to direct as well. However, that never panned out and Steers took over instead, rewriting Russell’s script while making “realism” a top priority. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Have you seen the Bennet sisters lately? It might be time to get reacquainted with Jane Austen's most famous family. Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) aren't just eligible singles anymore; they're sword- and knife-wielding martial artists. With a zombie apocalypse that's been raging for more than 70 years, they kind of have to be. Writer-director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) took on the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's enormously popular book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies after years of development hell—David O. Russell had penned a draft and »
- Lindsey Bahr
After years of being in development, the adaptation of the period romance remix novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is finally in production, and a first look photo at some of the cast has surfaced online thanks to Entertainment Weekly (via SlashFilm). The film is directed by Burr Steers (17 Again, Igby Goes Down) and based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name, following the classic romance we're all familiar with, but with the added complication of the undead putting everything and everyone in danger. Now a first look photo has revealed all of the Bennett sisters in the filmed, armed to fight zombies. Look! Here's the first look at Pride & Prejudice & Zombies from Entertainment Weekly: This isn't really an image from the film itself, but rather a promotional image showing off the characters Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Elizabeth (Lily James), Mary (Millie Brady), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse). The »
- Ethan Anderton
Much like its titular antagonists, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been shuffling aimlessly in development for close to five years at this point. But having finally found its way in front of the cameras last month, we now have our first look at the upcoming genre mash-up.
Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s eponymous novel, Burr Steers’ big-screen adaptation mixes the period with the supernatural and sees the Bennet sisters fight off waves of the undead all the while fretting over the typical melodramatic problems of early 19th century England.
You see, in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the flesh-eaters have been tearing up the countryside for close to seventy years by the time the film picks up, meaning the “Z-word” is about as common as a well-brewed cup of tea. In the image above, the rather badass quintet features Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Mary (Millie Brady), Kitty »
- Michael Briers
It has gone through years of development and numerous false starts, but the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen-inspired satirical novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is finally in production.
EW (via /Film) have posted a first look promo photo of the new look Bennet sisters in the film which Burr Steers is directing. From left to right there's Ellie Bamber as Lydia, Bella Heathcote as Jane, Lily James as our heroine Elizabeth, Millie Brady as Mary, and Suki Waterhouse as Kitty.
The magazine also has some additional details about the film. When Steers came onboard the project he reportedly re-wrote some of the script to "add more realism, beef up the male roles, and reinsert all the Pride and Prejudice beats." The Bennet's are still fussing over their marriage prospects, but at the same time are undergoing martial arts training to fight off the zombie plague »
- Garth Franklin
There's a moment in The Rewrite when a nostalgic Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) heads to YouTube to relive his Academy Awards winners' speech for screenwriting. It's an archive clip of Grant himself picking up a prize, he's floppy-haired, charming and reminds you of just how good he was back in the Notting Hill height-of-fame era.
There have, of course, been great roles for Grant since then. 2002's About a Boy represents a career high, while the criminally-underseen Cloud Atlas saw him in chameleon mode, switching effortlessly between six different characters.
The Rewrite is Grant's fourth starring role for Marc Lawrence (putting the filmmaker in Richard Curtis territory in terms of collaborations), but when their last outing was Did You Hear About the Morgans?, you can guess where this one is going. »
(Cbr) In a move destined to delight genre fans, Deadline reports that popular "Game of Thrones" actors Charles Dance and Lena Headey will mix it up with the undead — no, not wights — in the film adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." This announcement follows hot on the heels of the casting of "Doctor Who" alum Matt Smith, and (last month) Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote. Along with this casting update comes news that Screen Gems has acquired the U.S. distribution rights, following deals already set up with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions in Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 mashup that introduces the walking dead into the world of the Jane Austen classic, the long-gestating film is written and directed by Burr Steers. »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
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