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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.
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
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
The BBC has turned to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to front a new trailer showcasing the U.K. public broadcaster's drama output, old and new. "All the world’s a stage," offers the star, going on to recite the famous line from Shakespeare’s As You Like It and introducing a series of clips, including Colin Firth’s lake swim in Pride and Prejudice, Tom Hiddleston on horseback in The Hollow Crown, and the original House of Cards. Glimpses of new shows include scenes from the TV adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, Wolf Hall with Damian Lewis and Esio
- Alex Ritman
The Sherlock actor has recorded William Shakespeare's 'All the World's a Stage' monologue from As You Like It for the promo, which aired before new drama The Missing on BBC One at 8.58pm tonight (October 28).
The promo features moments from BBC dramas of the past, present and future.
Upcoming dramas featured in the trailer include the adaptation of Jk Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, Esio Trot starring Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, James Nesbitt's The Missing, Damian Lewis drama Wolf Hall, Jimmy McGovern's new series Banished, the new version of Poldark, Susanna Clarke's Strange and Norrell, One Child and The Interceptor.
The promo will feature moments from BBC dramas of the past, present and future.
Upcoming dramas featured in the trailer will include the adaptation of Jk Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, Esio Trot starring Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, James Nesbitt's The Missing, Damian Lewis drama Wolf Hall, Jimmy McGovern's new series Banished, the new version of Poldark, Susanna Clarke's Strange and Norrell, One Child and The Interceptor.
It's a truth universally acknowledged that a person in want of a good project will adapt Pride and Prejudice-if not always to dazzling effect. The latest take, a two-part miniseries called Death Comes to Pemberley, premiered yesterday on PBS. And if there's anything P&P fans like almost as much as Austen's book, it's consuming and then critiquing the various interpretations of it. Which is why we're taking this opportunity to rank 13 different iterations of Pride & Prejudice, from the best (the 1995 miniseries starring Colin Firth is a nigh-untouchable high point) to the significantly less great. 1. Pride and Prejudice (miniseries »
- Kat Ward
Remarkable in the sense that this is her third consecutive film to premiere at Sundance, director Lynn Shelton is one of the few female directors bucking the general trend of having laborious stretches of times between features. Her latest, Laggies, is her first directorial outing where Shelton has not also written the screenplay (Andrea Siegel gets her first credit instead), which divorces the film from a body of work largely improvised and often careening off the cuff to mostly enjoyable effect. While this makes her latest film feel a bit more mainstream, featuring an array of well-known names, it’s also a nicely polished example of familiarity, genuine with its intentions and generally pleasing even as it neglects to say anything we haven’t seen repeatedly from both a male and female perspective.
In her late »
- Nicholas Bell
Jane Austen probably isn’t rolling in her grave, but she might be cursing out an angel or two if they forgot to set the celestial DVR for How to Get Away With Murder.
Who can blame her, really? This week, the original queen of the romantic comedy unexpectedly finds herself in the crosshairs of ABC’s vicious, delicious legal thriller — a bubbling cauldron of adultery, illegal legal strategy, workplace hanky-panky, skipped bail and a fair bit more than the recommended daily allowance of vodka on the rocks. (Pro tip: Two wedges of lemon in your cocktail allows you to »
Keira Knightley is no stranger to period dramas, appearing in Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, The Duchess, and many more. Even the film she is Oscar campaigning for now, The Imitation Game, is a period drama. Well, she has just signed on for another. This time, it is an adaptation of ?mile Zola's Therese Raquin. The catch is this adaptation is not on film. No, Knightley will be making her Broadway debut in a new stage version by British playwright Helen Edmundson. I am an unapologetic Keira Knightley fan. I think she has delivered some very impressive performances, particularly in Never Let Me Go and A Dangerous Method, and am curious to see how she fares as a stage actor. She has done a couple of productions in the West End, but with living in America and travel being expensive, I have not gotten to see them. She does have a very expressive, »
- Mike Shutt
A “Pride and Prejudice” sequel/murder mystery? That alone should be a sufficient come-on to rouse English-lit majors and awaken “Masterpiece” viewers, but “Death Comes to Pemberley” — a two-part movie adapted from P.D. James’ novel — has the extra advantage of being perfectly cast and extremely entertaining, even for those who might need a Jane Austen refresher course. The whodunit, frankly, takes a backseat to simply luxuriating in the atmosphere, as Anna Maxwell Martin and “The Americans’” Matthew Rhys portray one of literature’s most famous couples, with Matthew Goode as Wickham, the amiable rogue who nearly came between them.
The story begins six years after the aristocratic Darcy (Rhys) swept the poor Elizabeth (Maxwell Martin) off her feet, and she has become the lady at his sprawling estate. Of course, the path to true love in these environs is always complicated, though that discomfort here falls to Darcy’s sister »
- Brian Lowry
If there isn’t enough bloodshed in Pride and Prejudice for your taste, Death Comes to Pemberley (premiering this Sunday on Masterpiece on PBS) has murder, a hysterical Bennet (played by Doctor Who‘s Jenna Coleman) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) as the dashing Mr. Darcy.
Adapted from P.D. James’ novel, the miniseries picks up after the events of the Jane Austen classic, when Pemberley is rocked by a whodunit. In TVLine’s exclusive first look, Lydia Bennet (Coleman) arrives at the estate, screaming bloody murder, and a slap is the only thing capable of calming her down. (Naturally, the excitable Mrs. »
Evans spent time auditioning for roles in Los Angeles before joining Strictly.
He said: "Ideally I'd like to do theatre stuff here and do things in England before I go anywhere else – it's just the opportunity for auditions over there [in Los Angeles] at certain times are obviously substantial so that's why I was over there."
The former member of boyband Twen2y4se7en believes that his sports background has given him a taste for how hard actors work.
"It's so similar – what you put in is what you get out, I think that's the same in sport.
"A lot of people think they're going to make it on their looks or whatever, especially somewhere like La, and I think that's why English actors do so well over there because they harness their craft, they've worked relentlessly on it and that's what it is. »
After Reyes effectively put an end to all occult shenanigans last week, Jenny and Crane are out of the police sidekick game, and Captain Irving is wrestling with the truth bomb that his lawyer is the Horseman of War. On the plus side, Abbie made a new friend in Hawley, aka Southern Gentleman Aquaman. What adventures await our plucky heroes this week? Will Katrina finally remember witches are good at things like Witchcraft and ground her wayward son? Probably not, but one can hope. ******** In the dead of night, in a spooky house, a little girl is lulled outside by equally spooky music. Props to whoever keeps trying to make this Single colonial house look different enough to be at least three different homes. The little girl disappears into the night, escorted by a dude playing the flute, so I’m sure she is 100% okay and not headed towards imminent death. »
- Donna Dickens
There’s one of two things you can be almost guaranteed of when you see a story that takes place on a train – romance, or a murder.
Mummy On The Orient Express
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst
As a farewell fling, The Doctor takes Clara on a trip aboard the Orient Express in space, exactingly copied from the original, except for the bit about being spaceworthy. It becomes quickly apparent that all is not well on the craft – a mysterious unseen beast is killing people exactly 66 seconds after the victim sees it – and no one else does. It turns out this particular journey is a massive two-fold trap – the ship is filled with scientists versed in areas of research that pertain to the beast, and are pressed into service to capture it, by any means necessary.
The Doctor quickly joins the press gang, understanding that the only way »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Rosamund Pike isn't necessarily a name you're familiar with now. But get familiar, because she's about to be a huge star. Pike has essayed small but memorable roles in "Pride and Prejudice" (interesting biographical aside: she was once engaged to this film's director, the insanely talented Joe Wright), "Jack Reacher," and "The World's End," but she was always just shy of landing that breakthrough role that would make her a household name.
As Amy Dunne, a woman who mysteriously vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary (to a hunky, if somewhat untrustworthy, Ben Affleck), Pike is called upon to showcase a whole wealth of emotions and sides to her performance and she does so nimbly and with grace and humor. She is, in fact, amazing.
We got to sit down with Pike and talk about when she »
- Drew Taylor
A couple of nights ago, the New York Film Festival kicked off at Lincoln Center, with a starry, splashy premiere - "Gone Girl," the long-awaited adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery (there were more than 3.5 million copies in print in the first year the book was published). Everyone was there, including stars Ben Affleck (who took some good-natured ribbing about his upcoming role as Batman during the post-film Q&A) and Rosamund Pike and director David Fincher. But the real star was, of course, the movie.
"Gone Girl," for those precious few who haven't read the book, concerns the disappearance of a beautiful wife (Pike) and the media scrutiny that zeroes in on her charming husband (Affleck). Did he murder her? Was she kidnapped? Or is there something altogether stranger going on? These are the questions that swirl around "Gone Girl," and as directed by Fincher ("Seven," "Zodiac," "The Social Network »
- Drew Taylor
Last week, Twelve and Clara went on an old-school high stakes bank robbery with a cybernetic human and a mutant human. As you do. The big takeaways were the Doctor hates himself — still — and he is actively competing with Danny for Clara’s affections. Not in a “the Doctor wants to shag Clara” way but in a “the Doctor needs to be the most important person, always and forever” kind of way. This week’s episode is called “The Caretaker” and seems more character driven. Off we go! ******** Whiplash. That is the only way to describe what is happening here. The Doctor and Clara are chained to obelisks in an alien desert. They are going to be eaten by Sand Piranhas. But somehow they escape in time for Clara’s date with Danny. “Tan,” he remarks. Twelve entices Clara on an adventure to see fish people. Danny is asking Clara »
- Donna Dickesn
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