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"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
“Maggie, we need to talk about your strawberry jam cravings.”
Director Henry Hobson knew that the visual effects would be an important part of the final look of the film, Maggie. For a film with a modest budget, the success of the 250 visual effects shots would be essential for creating the realism he was determined to achieve.
The visual effects in Maggie were largely created by British visual effects veterans Cinesite, the experts behind films including San Andreas, Iron Man 3, Edge of Tomorrow, Skyfall, World War Z and the highly successful Harry Potter series. Their team of 60 created many of the shots in just over two months.
Henry Hobson, Director
“Coming from a visual effects world, I was very conscious of its potential benefits. »
- Oli Davis
As the battle between the government and the BBC rages on, Rowling and her legions of fans are using the hashtags #BackTheBBC and #BBCMemories to have their say.
We've rounded up some of the best tweets below:
That's an excellent idea. Let's see: Basil Brush, the Clangers, Monty Python, Blackadder... #BBCmemories https://t.co/7zjdYuXmHu
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 17, 2015
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 17, 2015
Saw the Good Life for the first time in ages the other day. Always reminds me of my mum. #BBCmemories https://t. »
On February 5th, manners will meet the macabre in Screen Gems' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name. At Comic-Con last week, Daily Dead participated in roundtable interviews with the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies director and cast, who discussed the film's physicality, investable characters, formidable zombies, and much more.
Writer/director Burr Steers on his vision for the film:
Burr Steers: It was actually something I knew was out there because a lot of people had taken shots at trying to get it made. I looked at it and had a take on it that I was really confident would work. I went in there and rewrote it, and made it happen.
I saw it in my mind the way you'd approach a play. We'd set up this alternate world where there's a zombie pandemic that »
- Derek Anderson
I’ve been working on a brand new game to add to the rotation and got the opportunity to give it a go last week at San Diego Comic-Con. Welcome to the very first edition of Collider’s movie-themed “Would You Rather!” The goal is to have some fun, but a top priority of the game is also to give a little insight into how a filmmaker likes to work, his or her on-set preferences, etc. Shortly after the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Hall H panel, I got the opportunity to sit down with Matt Smith who plays Mr. Collins and Jack Huston who plays Wickham. Lily James leads the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith book as Elizabeth Bennet. She’s basically the same Elizabeth Bennet featured in the original Jane Austen novel except for the fact that she and her four sisters, Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady »
- Perri Nemiroff
Hitman: Agent 47 is an intense action film about a highly trained assassin played by Rupert Friend (you might recognize him from Homeland or Pride and Prejudice). And yet our Comic-Con International: San Diego interview with the actor and costar Hannah Ware was all about romance, Tinder profiles, and why 47 would be a much better date than 007 himself, James Bond. Watch the duo sound off about all that and more in the video, above, then catch up on all things Comic-Con. »
Well, as it turns out, after a certain amount of time, books enter the public domain – meaning you can do whatever you want to them. "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" will enter public domain in 2044, so you can look forward to that. Knowing this, author Seth Graeme-Smith at the folks at Quirk Books (who also published my book, "The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy", hooray!) decided that Austen’s classic needed a little revamp – an undead revamp.
In this alternate universe, zombies roam the English countryside, and the Bennet ladies are well-versed in martial arts and weaponry (though carrying a musket in public is thought of as unladylike). They still, of course, »
- Sam Maggs
Sneak Peek new images from director Burr Steers live-action feature adaptation of author Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 parody novel "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies", that combines Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel "Pride and Prejudice" with elements of modern 'zombie' fiction:
"...'Elizabeth Bennet' and her four sisters live on a countryside estate with their parents. 'Mr. Bennet' guides his daughters in martial arts and weapons training, molding them into a fearsome zombie-fighting army.
"Meanwhile, 'Mrs. Bennet' endeavours to marry the girls off to wealthy suitors. When the wealthy and single 'Mr. Bingley' purchases a nearby house, Mrs. Bennet spies an opportunity and sends the girls to the first ball where Bingley is expected to appear.
"The girls defend the party from a 'zombie' attack, and attraction sparks between Mr. Bingley and the eldest daughter 'Jane Bennet', while Elizabeth clashes with Bingley's friend, the monster-hunter 'Fitzwilliam Darcy'..."
Click the images to enlarge. »
- Michael Stevens
EW’s rather fantastic San Diego Comic-Con Preview continues with fresh new images from the long in development, at last in production adaption of Seth Graheme-Smith’s famous literature/zombie mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, starring Lily James, Sam Riely, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Lena Heady, and Charles Dance. There’s not much zombie action on display here, but plenty of Jane Austen’s heroines as bad ass zombie fighters, and a real sense that director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) is going for a very grounded tone to the material. As he tells EW, “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. It’s definitely not camp.” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is released in the U.S. on February 5th 2016, and »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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
Screen Gems has released some new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies images. Directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and based on the parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story follows Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her sisters Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) as they try to navigate societal pressures of the landed gentry and fend off hoards of zombies. Speaking to EW, Steers explained how he was approaching the film more as a spin on Jane Austen than a B-movie. “The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight,” says Steers. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink.” [caption id="attachment_481321" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Screen Gems[/caption] That’s a difficult line to walk. You don’t want to be stodgy with a ridiculous premise, but at the same time, »
- Matt Goldberg
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
With this type of movie you wouldn't expect the material to be taken very seriously, but believe it or not, that's seems to be director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) approach. “The idea was that it was 'Pride and Prejudice' set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight," he tells EW. "The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink." Well, that should be interesting to see at least. Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's period horror parody, and you can see the five Bennet sisters - Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Elizabeth (Lily James), Mary (Millie Brady), and Kitty (Sukie Waterhouse) - in action on February 5, 2016. »
The world of Jane Austen is associated with fussy manners and crises of morality and emotion, but in the hands of writer Seth Grahame-Smith, it's the perfect setting for the undead. His wild reimagining "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" is finally hitting the big screen after years in development, and some bloody new images have arrived. Read More: 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' Rises With Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote & Jack Huston Joining Lilly James “Rather than knitting and crocheting, they’re polishing muskets,” lead Lily James, who plays Elizabeth Bennett, tells EW about the girls and the movie. And her character is “the most badass zombie slayer there is.” However, the most interesting thing about the film might be the approach, which director Burr Steers ("Igby Goes Down") is promising won't be arch. “The idea was that it was 'Pride and Prejudice' set in this alternate »
- Kevin Jagernauth
DramaFever is getting an infusion of classic British entertainment. The New York-based streaming platform, popular for its focus on international TV and movies, has closed a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America for the U.S. streaming rights to 18 BBC titles.
DramaFever added five BBC titles to its streaming platform on July 1, 2015, and will add the remaining 13 shows over the next few months. The online video service’s premium subscribers now have access to the first five titles: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (starring Eddie Redmayne), Pride and Prejudice (Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth), Upstairs, Downstairs (Keeley Hawes), Little Dorrit (Claire Foy), and Miss Austen Regrets (Olivia Williams).
Here’s a list of the remaining BBC titles DramaFever will start streaming in the upcoming months:
- Bree Brouwer
Jane Austen, meet K-pop: DramaFever, the video-subscription service best known for streaming Korean dramas, has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide North America to add some of the U.K. broadcaster’s big period dramas to its catalog.
DramaFever has already added five BBC titles, including “Pride and Prejudice,” starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle; “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” starring Gemma Arterton and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne; and “Upstairs Downstairs,” starring Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard.
The video service will add two BBC titles each month over the coming months, including shows like “Sense and Sensibility,” “Jane Eyre” and “Bleak House.” DramaFever will make select episodes free to watch, but viewers will have to subscribe to the service’s premium tier to watch a show in its entirety.
Adding BBC titles is an interesting choice for DramaFever. The service, which was acquired by SoftBank last year, made its name for »
- Janko Roettgers
Emilia Clarke has such star presence that it’s not hard to understand why her fame has risen alongside hit HBO series Game of Thrones. But although fans may think they know all there is to know about the celebrity, there’s a few more tidbits out there. Here are ten things you didn’t know about Emilia Clarke.
1. She decided at the age of just 3 years old to become an actress.
Emilia’s father was a sound engineer for the theatre, and she regularly went along to his place of work. At the age of three she was taken to see the musical ‘Show Boat’. ““I clapped over my head because I was so mesmerised.” she told the Evening Standard.
2. She was teased for her eyebrows at school
“My mom had rules when I was growing up: Don’t do drugs, don’t have sex, and don’t touch your eyebrows. »
- Paul Heath
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
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