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Tues Top Ten: Me Blogger, You Janes.

10 July 2012 12:33 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today is the anniversary of the first day of Lady Jane Grey's infamous reign as the Queen of England. "Infamous why?" you ask. On account of its length, see. Her days as Queen numbered only nine.

They made a movie of the short event in 1985 (Lady Jane) which is all but forgotten today. Maybe it shouldn't be since it starred baby faced rising stars Cary Elwes and the now resurgent Helena Bonham Carter. Hbc quickly became the go-to actress of choice for directors who wanted a porcelain dress up doll for their costume pictures. And by directors I mean the great James Ivory.

So herewith a top ten top nine list in Lady Jane's and Helena's honor...

Top Nine Best "Janes"

With apologies to four time Oscar nominee Jane Alexander, Susan Sarandon's delightful Jane Spofford, Jane Lynch (before Glee), Fun with Dick and Jane, and Demi Moore's G.I. Jane, »


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Mad Men: season five, episode three

3 April 2012 2:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The drama turns heavyweight as Betty Francis returns, big-style, Don rolls with the Stones, and Pete gets in a pickle

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who are watching season five of Mad Men on Sky Atlantic. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode three

Paul MacInnes's episodes one and two blog

"When is everything going to get back to normal?" – Roger Sterling

The answer as to Betty's whereabouts turned out to be simple; she was sitting on the couch all along. A noticeable absentee from season five's opening instalment, Betty Francis returned this week and provided some heavyweight drama. In the time since we last saw her, a diet of potato chips and double ice-cream sundaes has resulted in the addition of a striking amount of weight (apparently necessitating the pregnant January Jones to sport a Klumps-esque fatsuit). She was also forced through a cancer scare. Yet somehow, »

- Paul MacInnes

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18 March 2012 8:39 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Stale Popcorn awww. our friend Glenn held a Titanic Oscar.

Guardian fun old interview with Helena Bonham Carter from her first film The Lady Jane (1986)

The Mary Sue new Dr. Horrible Sing-Along films this summer? Maybe.

Prometheus the full second trailer. Not doing a "yes no maybe so" because we already covered this one.

Tom Shone is not looking forward to Prometheus and here's why.

ioncinema Laurence Anyways trailer (in French) and posters. I love Xavier Dolan so I'm excited for this on principle if not quite in actuality.

Telegraph Tim Robey on George Clooney's arrest.

Movie|Line takes a different approach with the 9 most handsomely stoic photos of Clooney from the Sudan event.

In Contention Christopher Plummer in Barrymore... his stage triumph is going big screen this fall.

Antagony & Ecstacy is doing a 1930s week with fine pieces on Leo McCarey (Make Way For Tomorrow) and early horror »


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Munching apples with Helena Bonham Carter

17 March 2012 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'I don't know if this is the life for me,' said the star when her first film was released

Last month, Helena Bonham Carter received a Cbe, but 26 years ago she was promoting the first film she made – Lady Jane, Trevor Nunn's tale of the teenage queen who ruled for nine days before being executed for refusing to say that sacramental bread was the actual flesh of Christ.

Munching on apples throughout our meeting, she was nonchalant: "If you're a queen, you're powerless, so I'd probably demote myself and go shopping."

She'd completed Lady Jane 18 months earlier. "Wearing corsets all the time was completely incapacitating, as far as digestion goes," she explained, perhaps predicting the many years of uncomfortable eating in incommodious period costume which lay ahead.

Her friends had all gone to university by the time she'd returned from suffering dyspepsia while filming on location in 11 stately homes, »

- John Hind

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“The Vow” Ranks Number One Opening Weekend

13 February 2012 11:36 AM, PST | | See recent news » Romance, the celebrated women’s fragrance by Ralph Lauren, was the exclusive sponsor of The Vow movie premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on February 6, 2012. The Vow ranked #1 opening weekend, February 10-12, and is poised to join Ralph Lauren Romance as a must-have for Valentine’s Day.

The premiere of The Vow was attended by the film’s starring cast, Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Scott Speedman and Jessica McNamee, as well as Revenge stars Christa B. Allen and Ashley Madekwe, I Am Number Four’s Teresa Palmer, and Madeline Carroll, Rebecca Black, Bella Thorne and Jana Kramer. Also attending was the couple whose true story inspired the film, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.

Ralph Lauren Romance was center stage at the events. The fragrance name adorned the pink step & repeat lining the custom pink carpet along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where Channing made his entrance alongside »

- Josh Abraham

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Super Bowl commercial: G.I. Joe: Retaliation brings the cheese

4 February 2012 10:53 AM, PST | | See recent news »

By Scott Mendelson I liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra more than most people did, so it heartens me to say that this short 30 second spot feels more larger-than-life than the first full trailer. Point being, I don’t want a G.I. Joe movie that is ‘dark, gritty, and realistic’. Obviously having two genuine movie stars leading the pack will probably allow this picture to be taken more seriously than the last one, although it will be interesting to see how much Channing Tatum actually appears in this sequel, since he’s obviously being hidden in the marketing thus far. As I’ve said before, the most promising element is the fact that they are actually honoring the crazy cliffhanger from the first picture and frankly the fact that they are treating this as a sequel at all, as opposed to a ‘reboot’. Anyway, considering how »

- Scott Mendelson

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Madonna Pitches Her Next Dream Film

1 February 2012 11:10 PM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Story focuses on a woman outcast from the English aristocrat and her 'incredible' romance with a Bedouin.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz


Photo: MTV News

Madonna has examined love a lot over the course of her career. She's written numerous songs on the subject. So, it comes as no surprise that when it comes to her work as a film director, the pop superstar enjoys breaking down complex, historical romances.

Her new film, "W.E.," which opens Friday, is all about one very famous, scandalous romance. It focuses on the tabloid romance between American divorcée Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII in the 1930s. In a parallel story, the film also follows Wally (played by Abbie Cornish), a modern-day woman who becomes obsessed with their headline-making fling.

Right now, Madge's plate is a bit full (with her new album, Mdna, dropping in March), but there's another great »

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