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Matt Smith, who recently completed a four-season stint starring in Doctor Who, has joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel. The long-in-the-works, on-and-off again project is finally going before cameras Sept. 24 with a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. Burr Steers is behind the camera. The movie is a horror-comedy spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class
- Borys Kit
Benedict Cumberbatch is getting wet and wild for a good cause. The hunky 38-year-old actor recently posed for a portrait for the "Give Up Clothes for Good" campaign to help benefit cancer research. In the hot black and white shot, Cumberbatch emerges from the water in a soaking white shirt that's unbuttoned to reveal his chest. The Brit star strikes a smoldering pose with his hair slicked back in a suave 'do. Staring back at him is his reflection in the water. Lookin' good! Cumberbatch's sizzling shot was photographed by Jason Bell for the Tk Maxx and Cancer Research U.K. campaign. The photo was inspired by Colin Firth's Pride and Prejudice character Mr. Darcy »
If you love Jane Austen and Benedict Cumberbatch, you’ll remember today forever. The Sherlock star showed his pecs in waist-deep water to recreate a famous scene from the BBC’s 1995 Pride And Prejudice adaptation.
Benedict Cumberbatch becomes Mr.Darcy for #giveupclothes by @jasonbellphoto a partnership with @TKMaxx_UK and @CR_UK pic.twitter.com/czBkVEMem0
— DundasCommunications (@DundasComms) September 16, 2014
Cumberbatch makes a sexy Mr. Darcy, but the photo above isn’t just for kicks. The actor — who will soon be seen in The Imitation Game — posed in partnership with Cancer Research UK for the charity’s Give Up Clothes For Good campaign. To get a full Cumberbatch fix, click through the gallery below for the handsome star’s cheekiest moments.
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- Rahsheeda Ali
Today’s film is the 2001 short Starched. The film is written and directed by Cath Le Couteur, and stars Polly Fey and Kelly Reilly. Over the course of a career spanning nearly 20 years, Reilly has been seen in feature films such as Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, and Calvary, as well as in the tv series Black Box. Her newest feature, titled Innocence, is currently playing in wide release in American theatres.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Occasionally, I do things the wrong way round and see a film before reading the book on which it’s based. In the case of delving into Bridget Jones’S Diary, I watched the film, the sequel and the entire 90s series of Pride and Prejudice over and over again long before finally purchasing the book and seeing what all the fuss was about.
From the opening page of the book, written by Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones is a brilliantly ‘real’ character unlike any I had ever read and the result is an easy, fun and adorable read. Unlike recent first person stories which have infuriating inner monologues, Bridget is so hilarious and so honest that even when she is moping you want to hug not hit her as she dwells on issues with family, work and, of course, her love life.
What a marvellous creation!
The book is an »
- Amanda Keats
Speaking to Digital Spy, Rooper said that she would be open for a one-off special, especially as the show was made by some of her current colleagues.
"It's by the same guys that make Atlantis," she said. "They're so busy now, I don't know.
"We kept saying wouldn't it be brilliant to do a This Life-type 10-years-on thing. I'd love to see them."
As If also starred Paul Chequer, Emily Corrie, Orlando Wells, Caroline Chikezie and Ben Waters, and centred around a group of six young adults, with each episode focusing on a different character's point of view.
Rooper added: "I know one of the actresses [Corrie] is now in the navy, so I don't know whether she would come back! »
(Cbr) Hoping to repeat the success it’s had adapting Stephen King’s "Under the Dome," CBS has given a put-pilot order to a series based on the author’s 2003 short story “The Things They Left Behind.” Deadline reports the supernatural procedural will be produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and Greg Berlanti, and written by Grahame-Smith. The short story follows a man named Scott Staley who followed an inner voice and didn’t report to work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His survivor’s guilt is compounded when items belonging to his deceased co-workers begin appearing in his apartment. He soon discovers that his life’s mission is to give these items to the families of those who passed away. In addition to the series, the story has been adapted twice. The first was a short film by Pablo Macho Maysonet IV, the second a longer feature directed by Guillaume Heulard and Stéphane Valette. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Stephen King has long been the source for TV mini-series like The Stand and The Tommyknockers, but in recent years, his fiction has provided the jumping off point for several full series like Haven and Under The Dome. Now, it looks like another project will be making it to CBS in the form of The Things They Left Behind. The series, based on the short story of the same name, will be produced by Arrow's Greg Berlanti and Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith, author of Pride And Prejudice And »
- Alex Maidy
"The Imitation Game" screened at the Toronto film festival on Tuesday and firmly established itself as a key Oscar player. Newly crowned Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") plays Alan Turing, the British mathematician who cracked the German code known as Enigma and helped the Allies win WWII. And Keira Knightley is Joan Clarke, a colleague whom he romances to conceal his true sexual identity. After the war, Turing works on the development of computers but his world comes crashing down in 1952 when he is prosecuted for being gay and agrees to chemical castration in lieu of imprisonment. Two years later, he committed sucide. -Break- Both performers are well-positioned for Oscar nominations. Cumberbatch, who is fourth on our Best Actor chart, cracks the enigma that was Turing, with a slew of scenes that showcase his talent. And Knightley (a 2005 nominee for "Pride and Prejudice&q..." »
After many delays, filming finally kicks off this month on the feature film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and another new cast member has been added. "Shameless" and "True Blood" actress Emma Greenwell is the latest to join the fray.
The film co-stars Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet, Jack Huston as George Wickham, and Bella Heathcote as Elizabeth's sister. Huston's Wickham and James' Bennet are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins her over with his theories regarding training them.
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- Debi Moore
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
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Filming finally begins next month on the feature film adaptation of the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which infuses gut munchers into the iconic Jane Austen tale. On tap for you today is the latest casting news so read on if this project is one you're eagerly anticipating!
Deadline reports that Noah star Douglas Booth has joined the cast of the classic lit mash-up, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel. Booth is no stranger to classic tales, previously starring in Romeo & Juliet. He’ll play Bingley L, the good-natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy.
- John Squires
• Jessica Chastain is in early discussions for The Martian. She would play the female lead opposite Matt Damon in Fox’s sci-fi film, which Ridley Scott is directing. Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, the film follows an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must fight to survive and make his way home. Simon Kinberg originally brought the book to Scott, and will produce alongside Aditya Sood through Kinberg’s Genre Films Banner. Fox’s Steve Asbell will oversee the film for the studio. [Variety]
[Note: Deadline and THR reported that Kristen Wiig is also in early talks for a lead female role in the film.]
- C. Molly Smith
Madrid – Eva Husson’s “Bang Gang,” David Verbeek’s “Dead & Beautiful” and Laura Bispuri’s “Sworn Virgin” (pictured) will be presented at the first Venice European Gap-Financing Co-production Market, which runs August 29-30.
In its first edition, the Market looks set to bring to Venice a brace of Europe’s newest generation of producers, some with already buzzed-up or anticipated projects with sales agents attached.
10 of the 15 production companies behind the Market’s film have been up-and-running for just a decade or less.
The Market also looks set to pinpoint trends in European cinema: A diaspora in shoot locales which range, in a search for originality as much as lower costs, beyond Europe to Beijing and India; the still energetic social-issue focus of much European arthouse production as directors examine youth sexuality in an Internet age, politics as theater, the impact of immigration, social conformity and the abuse of authority. »
- John Hopewell
The nominees for the 4th annual Streamy Awards—acknowledging explemplary, original online video content—have been announced. “If the caliber of this year’s nominees is any indication, we’re on track for the biggest Streamys ever,” said executive producer Drew Baldwin, co-founder of Streamy Awards presenting partner Tubefilter, in a statement. At the forefront of the nominations was the Emmy-winning “Pride and Prejudice”-inspired Web series “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” which landed a best drama nomination as well as taps for two of its actors: Daniel Vincent Gordh and Ashley Clements. It’s a good year for the series that was picked up by Starz Digital Media in June. Well-known Viner Brittany Furlan also received three nods including best actress in a Web series comedy for “Shfty ~ Super Happy Fun Time, Yay!,” best Vine comedian, and Viner of the year. Fellow Viner Klarity, also on “Shfty,” was recognized in »
Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") has closed a deal to play Wickham in Burr Steers' adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies". Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote also star.
The film is a mashup of the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice with zombies. Wickham is a charismatic blond lieutenant who aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them. [Source: Deadline]
The story centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills, which were implanted into a dangerous prison inmate (Kevin Costner) in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot. Gadot will play Reynolds' wife. [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
Just one week after the languishing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was given a new shot of life by Cross Creek Pictures, Jack Huston has signed on to play Wickham in this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel.
Lily James signed on to play Elizabeth Bennett, with Sam Riley playing Mr. Darcy and Bella Heathcote playing Elizabeth's sister, all characters from Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice novel. Seth Grahame-Smith's novel is an "expanded" version of the original novel, where Elizabeth's quest for love is hampered by a vicious zombie outbreak.
Jack Huston, who we reported last week was in talks for an unspecified role, has now signed on to play Wickham, a blond lieutenant who Elizabeth falls for. Wickham plans on teaching these zombies how to fight, winning Elizabeth over with his theories on the undead soldiers.
With filming set to kick off next month on the long delayed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a bit more casting news has come in with word that "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston has signed on.
Per Deadline, Huston (American Hustle, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) will portray handsome, charismatic Lt. Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s mash-up novel for Cross Creek Pictures, who acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release.
He joins the previously announced Lily James, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote. Huston's Wickham and James' Elizabeth Bennett are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them.
- Debi Moore
Jack Huston just closed his deal to play Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. He joins British actors Lily James and Sam Riley and Australia’s Bella Heathcote in a mashup of the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice with the walking dead. Huston has been on the short list for numerous pictures since completing his run on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as the war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow. Huston is nearly done starring in the George Tillman-directed Fox 2000 adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ Longest Ride for Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
Wickham is a very handsome charismatic blond lieutenant. He and Liz are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them. The pic takes place »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Riot grrrl turned comedienne Carrie Brownstein has been winning frenzied praise for her sketch show with Fred Armisen, Portlandia. But now this fierce and funny lady is going solo to tackle a promising movie project. Variety reports Carrie Brownstein has been selected to write Lost In Austen, a script that was previously being penned by the late Nora Ephron. Based on a popular British mini-series of the same name, Columbia Pictures' Lost in Austen will offer a new spin on the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. In case you missed the excellent 2008 mini-series, here's a rundown of its premise. Amanda lives in contemporary London, but loathes the low-bar that is set for romance there. She wishes she could live in the era of Austen, where men were gentleman and romance was real. Her wish unexpectedly comes true when she walks through a strange door and finds herself »
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