8 items from 2017
Hard-working British actress, Rosamund Pike, has remained quite visible in a number of films since her breakout role as “Bond girl” Miranda Frost in Die Another Day. Despite the vast number of films she’s appeared in, Pike only started to really get recognition on these shores when she starred in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, for which Pike received an Oscar nomination.
In between, she could be seen in a wide variety of films that include Pride and Prejudice, Doom, Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, and Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher. After a maternity break, Pike is reunited with another star from that latter film, David Oyelowo, for A United Kingdom from director Amma Assante (Belle).
In the film, Pike plays Ruth Williams, a British working class woman in the ‘40s, who encounters Oyelowo’s Seretse Khama, who happens to be the heir to the king’s thrown of Bechuenaland, »
- Edward Douglas
For years, film and TV adaptations of the iconic Jane Austen novel have cast as handsome, brooding men in the iconic role of Mr. Darcy. But the authors of a new study into the 19th-century British character suggests he may not have been the dark, tousled haired, strapping hunk we’ve all imagined.
In the new study billed as the first historically accurate portrait of the fictional character, scholars found that Fitzwilliam Darcy would have probably had “sloping shoulders, powdered white hair, »
- Char Adams
Okay, it's time for me to stop trying to listen to more 2016 albums and just wrap up this list. In the past I would split my jazz list into a new releases part dedicated to current recordings and a historical part combining first releases of archival material with reissues. This year I'm skipping reissues, partly because some projects were so gargantuan that little guys like me weren't serviced with them, partly because the vinyl renaissance means everything is being reissued at once, and partly because so much stuff is just rehashing the same material in new packaging, with or without a gimmick or a little additional material added. So first releases of archival material are lumped in here. Maybe that's not entirely fair to the current guys, but on the other hand I don't include many archival items on my list.
1. Matthew Shipp & Bobby Kapp: Cactus (Northern Spy)
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A dispiriting portrait of the “real” Mr Darcy, showing Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice hero as a pale, slope-shouldered, weedy character, thin of mouth and chin with his hair powdered white, has been created by a panel of experts through studying contemporary fashions and social history.
Their conclusions have been embodied in a portrait by the illustrator Nick Hardcastle, unlikely to set many 21st century hearts aflutter.
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- Maev Kennedy
Before you head off into the weekend, check out today’s roundup of casting notices which includes a digital short for Comedy Central, a union production of the classic “Pride and Prejudice,” and more jobs you might be perfect for! “Awkward Moments Day”Comedy central is casting talent for two leading roles in an upcoming short, “Awkward Moments Day.” The project seeks a male and female actor, both ages 22–35, to depict Elevator Guy and Elevator Girl, respectively. Shooting is slated for Feb. 13 in New York City and will pay $400 for the day. Nonunion Industrial COMMERCIALTalent is sought for a nonunion industrial commercial shooting Feb. 11 or 12 in Los Angeles, California. Seeking actors to depict a professor, members of a study group, and more, the spot will pay $150–$300, depending on the role. “Ratso”“Ratso,” billed as a “puppet-filled spec pilot,” is casting talent for lead and supporting roles, including the fast-talking title character. »
A version of this article originally appeared on InStyle.com.
You guys, Kim Kardashian West needs our help.
On Jan. 31, Kim K. rallied her Twitter followers—the 50 million people who know her best—to recommend a bedtime read.
“Any good books I should start reading? I love reading before I fall asleep and need a new book,” she tweeted.
Any good books I should start reading? I love reading before I fall asleep and need a new book
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 1, 2017
Kardashian West followed up her initial tweet with a big announcement: She’s starting a book club »
- InStyle Staff
He's created a series of performances that have taken advantage of his intensity, his brutish physique and his way around a multi-syllable sentence – and now, Tom Hardy has somehow created a role for himself that feels more Tom Hardy than almost anything else he's done. In Taboo, the new FX series the actor co-created with father Chips Hardy and Peaky Blinders showrunner Steven Knight, he plays gruff protagonist James Delaney, an early 19th-century explorer who returns home to London to find out he's inherited land sought after by the East India Company. »
To Walk Invisible (BBC1) | iPlayer
The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC1) | iPlayer
Delicious (Sky 1) | sky.com
Maigret’s Dead Man (ITV) | itv.com
Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC1) | iPlayer
Mark Twain had Jane Austen and all her mimsy fripperies nailed about right when he said: “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” The Brontës are, on the other hand, a phenomenal tale, often told, but never better than in this week’s offering from Sally Wainwright.
Chloe Pirrie as Emily bestrode the moors in seven-league boots, dominating every frame with her anger, her tenderness
Sentimental to retching point, homophobic, achingly unfunny… it made The Vicar of Dibley »
- Euan Ferguson
8 items from 2017
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