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Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have a bunch of new photos from the upcoming "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," starring Lily James (Cinderella), Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey. Check everything out below. Plot: A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. The new movie is directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and is set to hit theaters on February 5th, 2016. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Prior to the epic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies panel planned for Comic Con next Saturday, which promises to turn Hall H into a 19th Century blood bath, EW has released 4 very sexy, very gory photos from the thriller. This generation gets a Jane Austen interpretation like non-other before it, as Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel prepares to hit the big screen just in time for Valentine's Day this February. Here, we get to meet headstrong Elizabeth Bennet and her zombie killing, corset wearing sisters!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tells the classic love story with an apocalyptic twist sure to scare anyone into fits of panic, followed by a series of hot flashes. Lily James takes on the role of Lizzy, who has become romantically entangled with Mr. Darcy, played by Sam Riley. This fling is interrupted by a zombie virus, with the 'sorry stricken' (as the walkers are »
The most surprising thing about "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"? That they actually ended up making it. After losing three directors and at least one major star (Natalie Portman), the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling mashup novel is finally headed to the big screen, and EW has the exclusive on the first official images from the film, which director Burr Steers ("Igby Goes Down") says will be played without the tongue-in-cheek tone readers of the book may have been expecting: “The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight,” Steers told EW. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink.” Added star Lily James ("Cinderella"): “It’s definitely not camp.” You can view the images below. But first, here's a capsule history of the long-in-the-works production: April 2009: Seth Grahame-Smith's »
- Chris Eggertsen
Continuing their pre-Comic Con coverage, EW has posted new photos and details about the upcoming period horror tale "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which will be getting its own panel in San Diego next weekend.
Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel, the film takes Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice" and re-imagines it with an apocalyptic twist. The film's director Burr Steers says that despite the premise, the tone here is not camp in the slightest with the action played straight:
"The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight. The movie's big wink is that there is no big wink."
- Garth Franklin
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The latest take on Jane Austen’s classic love story is a little, how should we say… revisionist. In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, out next February, it is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, which riffed raucously on Austen’s classic, this new Pride and Prejudice imagines Elizabeth Bennet and her corset-clad sisters as warriors of the Victorian era, searching for husbands while simultaneously fending off hordes of the undead.
“Rather than knitting and crocheting, they’re polishing muskets,” says Lily James, the Cinderella actress who plays Elizabeth, to EW, which debuted the above images. Of Lizzy, James says, “She’s the most badass zombie slayer there is.”
Even more fascinating than the reimagined Elizabeth, though, may be the tone director Burr Steers is aiming to strike. »
- Isaac Feldberg
A rich science-fiction world, full of weird and colourful characters who still ring true despite having massive animal ears or wings, with well-defined politics, an ancient conflict and a lead couple who you can’t help but root for with all your heart.
Unfortunately I’m not talking about Jupiter Ascending but the comic Saga... Sadly for the Wachowskis, who clearly put a lot of care and affection into their latest ambitious failure, Jupiter Ascending fails miserably in all the ways Saga succeeds.
But perhaps that’s an unfair comparison; I should judge Jupiter Ascending on its own terms. Inferior similarities to the beloved (and, to be fair, firmly established) comic aside, the film still starts out with a literal boatload of movie cliches: Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is the »
- Mark Allen
Early next year, zom-rom-com fans will finally be able to see the living dead roam the 19th-century English countryside in the manners/zombie mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Ahead of its big screen release in February, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel will be teased next month in Hall H at Comic-Con.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Gems will bring two end-of-the-world projects to Comic-Con's Hall H at 12:15pm on Saturday, July 11th:
"Screen Gems will premiere exclusive first look footage from Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, bringing Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith to the stage along with director Burr Steers, and the book’s author Seth Grahame-Smith. Screen Gems will also be debuting the first look footage from Patient Zero, which stars Smith and Natalie Dormer. Director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le will also take the stage. »
- Derek Anderson
Screen Gems confirmmed today that it will debut the first footage from its horror-lit mashup Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and action thriller Patient Zero at the Con. Its July 11 panel will feature P&P&Z cast including Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith along with director Burr Steers and the book's author Seth Grahame-Smith. Doctor Who alum Smith also stars in Patient Zero, and he’ll present the footage along with co-star… »
The event will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross.
The “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” panel will include cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith, along with director Burr Steers and the book’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith. The film opens Feb. 6, 2016.
“Patient Zero” stars Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer will attend the panel along with the film’s director, Stefan Ruzowitzky, and screenwriter, Mike Le. Screen Gems has not yet dated the fantasy-horror vehicle.
- Dave McNary
Premiering as the ‘secret screening’ at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival shortly before its theatrical premiere, the latest sci-fi extravaganza from the Wachowskis opened to general critical disdain and dismal box office returns. With a budget of 179 million, the opening weekend numbers tallied 19 million, and proffered a wave of dismal predictions as concerns the fate of future original properties being financed by major film studios. Though Jupiter Ascending isn’t without its supporters (not unlike the duo’s last outing, the ambitious Cloud Atlas in 2012). Thankfully, the foreign box office managed to curb the damaging domestic box office (it would only score a little over 47 million in the Us), and it’s arrival on Blu-ray should further enhance the film’s shelf-life, even if it seems doubtful the Wachowskis will ever regain the acclaim they attained with 1999’s sci-fi classic The Matrix
Bloated with insensate characters, repetitive and overly familiar (albeit skilled) visuals, »
- Nicholas Bell
Many cultures initially believed you could not own the land, just use it. Then other cultures thought otherwise and ownership became the norm. Now imagine discovering that some intergalactic race owns the Earth and all its inhabitants. Pretty cool idea, no?
The Wachowskis don’t do much with this in the film Jupiter Ascending, a pretty misfire that has plenty of ideas and plenty of plot holes turning it into more of a mess than a state-of-the-art science fiction tale. It’s a shame really; these are the creators who blew our minds nearly twenty years ago with a little something called The Matrix.
The film, out this week from Warner Home Entertainment, starts on Earth and tells the story of the oddly-named Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis). She and her family her emigrated from Russia to America where they have a family-run housecleaning business. It’s not much of a »
- Robert Greenberger
Festival hit Son of Saul, Wadjda director’s next film among pick-ups.
UK distributor Curzon Artificial Eye has bolstered its Cannes coffers with the acquisitions of festival drama Son of Saul, Mustang and Percy Shelley biopic A Storm in the Stars.
Critically appreciated Palme d’Or contender Son of Saul looks at Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in the disposal of bodies at Auschwitz. The deal was negotiated with Films Distribution.
Mustang, playing in Directors Fortnight, from debut director Deniz Gamze Erguven is the story of five sisters growing up in a remote Turkish village who attempt to assimilate into the modern world, despite the pull of tradition from their family and community.
The deal was negotiated with Kinology.
Haifaa Al-Mansour’s (Wadjda) A Storm in the Stars, currently in pre-production, charts the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, later the writer of Frankenstein.
The film will »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
HanWay Films set Douglas Booth (Noah) to star as poet Percy Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s A Storm in the Stars. He joins Elle Fanning and Bel Powley. Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female director, made waves with her critically acclaimed debut, Wadjda. Production starts this fall, as a European co-production with HanWay introducing the project to buyers this Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group helped package and structure the financing on behalf of the producers, and… »
Douglas Booth will portray the poet Percy Shelley in pioneering female Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s anticipated follow-up to Wadjda. HanWay will start international sales in the south of France next week.
A Storm In The Stars also stars previously announced Elle Fanning and Bel Powley in what Amy Baer of Gidden Media and Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films’ call an unconventional biopic of Mary Shelly.
UTA Independent Film Group helped package and structure the financing and represents North American rights.
The producers target a late autumn start on what is expected to become a European co-production.
Joanne Burstein and Rebecca Miller serve as executive producers. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Lionsgate has pledged to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films “with an increased production value” over the next four years.
The company has invested in and released more than 20 British features in the past three years with a combined production budget of more than $225m including Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman and Coriolanus; Mike Newell’s Great Expectations; and Jon S Baird’s Filth starring James McAvoy.
Lionsgate Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay at the company, said of the move: “The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help make independent British films be at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — Lionsgate U.K. has unveiled plans to finance and co-invest in at least 25 British independent films over the next four years.
Kamasa said: “The U.K. is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now, and we want to help position independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”
In the past three years, Lionsgate U.K. has invested in and released more than 20 British features with a combined production budget of more than $225 million. Among the U.K. films that it has distributed recently are Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet, Steven Knight’s “Locke,” starring Tom Hardy, and James Kent’s “Testament of Youth, »
- Leo Barraclough
Oscar-winning stables Breakthru Films and Trademark Films are behind Loving Vincent, which tells of the final months and mysterious death of the famously troubled 19th century Dutch post-Impressionist.
Production got underway last week at Three Mills Studio in London’s East End and principal animation will continue in Gdansk.
They plan to bring Van Gogh’s masterpieces to life using the Painted Animation Workstation system patented by Breakthru Films, Hugh Welchman’s London and Poland-based company that won the best animation short Oscar for Peter & The Wolf in 2008.
The filmmakers will project live-action footage frame-by-frame onto canvas and deploy a team of »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Billed as “the world’s first painted animation feature”, the film aims to bring Van Gogh’s masterpieces to life in a unique way. Live action footage will be filmed and then projected, frame by frame, onto canvas and painted over in oils in the style of Van Gogh.
A total of 60 painters will work for a year to complete the 57,800 oil paintings making up the film.
Loving Vincent stars Douglas Booth (The Riot Club), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Chris O’Dowd (Calvary), Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel), John Sessions (The Iron Lady), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), and Aidan Turner (The Hobbit).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Revealed at Las Vegas' CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.
In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”
- Derek Anderson
Alan Rickman, Olivia Cooke ("Bates Motel," Ouija") and Douglas Booth ("Jupiter Ascending," "Great Expectations") have boarded Juan Carlos Medina's gothic murder mystery "The Limehouse Golem" at Lionsgate.
A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times, a mythical Golem, must be responsible.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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