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Is it possible to go from the loathsome Pete Campbell to the romantic Mr. Darcy? A theater in Minnesota must hope so since it has cast "Mad Men" actor Vincent Kartheiser in the male lead role of its theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."
The Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis will run the play this summer, with previews beginning on July 6. The show's official run will be from July 12 through August 31 and will help celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary.
Adapted for the stage by playwright Simon Reade and directed by Joe Dowling, "Pride and Prejudice" is one of the most famous works of classical fiction. It tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her love-hate-love relationship with the wealthy but aloof Mr. Darcy. Even those who have not read the early 19th-century novel are likely to know the story from one of its many filmed adaptations. A much-beloved »
Vincent Kartheiser is going back in time — okay, further back in time. The Guthrie Theater in Minnesota announced that the Mad Men star will star as Mr. Darcy in its upcoming production of 19th-century novel Pride and Prejudice. Previews begin July 6, with the show running July 12 through Aug. 31, the Guthrie’s 50th anniversary. Playwright Simon Reade adapted Austen’s oft-adapted romance; Joe Dowling will direct.
Kartheiser, though famous as perennially under-loved and -respected adman Pete Campbell, has a long history with the Minneapolis theater, starting with his turn as A Christmas Carol’s Tiny Tim at age 7. He later appeared »
- Adam Carlson
New York — To find their Mr. Darcy, the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota has turned to a Mad Man.
Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the malcontent Pete Campbell on AMC's "Mad Men," will star this summer in a new Guthrie production of "Pride and Prejudice" as the brooding hero of Jane Austen's most famous novel.
"It's interesting playing a character that people have such strong feelings about before I've even begun playing him," he said Friday by phone from Los Angeles. "I don't have a lot of experience playing famous characters and it's an interesting expectation that lays on my head."
Kartheiser is a native of Minneapolis and first appeared at the Guthrie in 1986 at age 7 as Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol." He returned to play small roles in the company's 1990 productions of "Henry V" and "Henry IV."
"I think my biggest scene I was being carried around dead," he joked. »
New Delhi, May 16: Actress Swara Bhaskar believes her survival kit, primarily comprising her friends and family, helps her sail through the ups and downs in her showbiz career.
"Friends who make fun of all my problems, however serious, family that bails me out every time, three furry cats of three different sizes, children's literature...," Swara told Ians on being asked about her survival kit.
"BBC's 'Pride and Prejudice' series starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, old Hindi film songs, Maggi noodles and lots of adrak chai. Also, the realisation that there is a whole world outside the frame of that camera lens and. »
- Leon David
March 28 marked the end of ground-breaking new media series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (Lbd). The brainchild of Bernie Su and Hank Green, the series was a modern interpretation of the Jane Austen classic Pride & Prejudice. The series also successfully experimented with several interactive and transmedia practices, such as creating Twitter accounts for the characters to have them interact with each other, programming off-shoot video series for secondary characters, and more. Oh, yes, and it won a Streamy Award for this very reason. Some of us have been watching Lbd ever since the beginning, and others have popped into the audience mid-way through. But others have been involved far longer, like the series’ writers. What might they be feeling now that all their hard work has come to a close and the second chapter in their transmedia world is just beginning? I chatted with a few members of the Lbd writing team - Rachel Kiley, »
- Bree Brouwer
The only thing we English teachers hate more than Sparknotes is a high quality, mostly faithful movie version of a book. Why would a student slog through Pride and Prejudice when she can drool over Colin Firth in the excellent BBC miniseries? And shh! Don't tell the eighth graders about Gregory Peck's brilliant turn as Atticus Finch in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird! Considering Baz Luhrmann's new adaptation of The Great Gatsby comes closer than any prior attempt at capturing the essence of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great American Novel, we can safely »
nBaz Luhrman's 1920s extravaganza to open 66th festival and cement Surrey girl Carey Mulligan's arrival in Hollywood A-list
Many people might think The Great Gatsby has already had a premiere with reviews from American screenings widely available. But for its British star, Carey Mulligan, the red carpet Cannes screening of Baz Luhrmann's 3D extravaganza on Wednesday evening will secure her position among the top flight of international talent.
The film will officially open the annual event in the south of France, regarded as the leading festival in the cinema industry's calendar. Mulligan is expected to attend alongside Lurhrman and her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, and will be the glamorous focus of the most high-profile function of the fortnight.
The actor from Surrey, who is married to Marcus Mumford of the award-winning band Mumford and Sons, is to have a second moment of glory later in the festival when she »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Life of Crime debuted with 3.9m (17.7%) viewers at 9pm on Friday (May 10), overnight data shows.
The Martin Lewis Money Show brought 3.1m (14.1%) to ITV at 8pm and The Suspicions of Mr Wicher attracted 1m (8%) from 10.30pm.
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Hello fellow queer cinephiles! As we enter the long, hot days of summer, everyone wants to cool off in a theater and watch other people try to save the world. The summer tends to be a pretty testosterone-soaked season for movies, so I’m here to help you sort the films you want to be in the front row for from those you just use as an excuse to cuddle in the back.
Editor's note: * denotes a film that includes openly lesbian/bi actresses or lesbian/bi characters.
Venus and Serena
You’re there to see: Venus and Serena Williams, obviously.
In a nutshell: Who doesn’t want to know more about the two sisters who changed tennis forever? This one’s a must-see for any lesbian with a pair of athletic shoes.
- Elaine Atwell
Acclaimed director Joe Wright is no stranger to literary adaptations. As well as Ian McEwan's Atonement, he is responsible for cinematic versions of classics like Pride and Prejudice, and more recently Anna Karenina. However, transforming raunchy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey into a film would certainly be different territory for him.
Variety broke the 'news' initially and Empire has also reported the story. The reliability of the rumours is far from clear. So far actors and actresses at least have viewed the Fifty Shades adaptation as a poisoned chalice. Whilst it seems to be a big money project for Universal, seeking to capitalise on the extraordinary success of the book, actresses like Harry Potter's Emma Watson have immediately ruled themselves out the moment media whispers suggested them. We can only assume this is because of the sexual nature of the material, which might be perceived as cheap and extremely risky for a performer, »
- Liam Trim
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries' legion of fans are still waiting patiently to see which book will inspire Bernie Su and Hank Green's next vlog series, but in the meantime, another companion series to the popular Streamy winner is about to make its debut. The Pemberley Digital channel has released a teaser for Welcome to Sanditon, an auxiliary series based around Jane Austen's unfinished novel Sanditon. Welcome to Sanditon centers around Gigi Darcy, William's sister in Pride and Prejudice and a peripheral figure in Lizzie Bennet Diaries. For her job as a graphic designer, Gigi finds herself in Sanditon, California, where she will use a fictional app to broadcast her life. In Sanditon, Austen looks at the growth of a town through its inhabitants, so the vlog version may also have a particular community focus. However, Austen only wrote part of the book before her death, and it has thus rarely been adapted, »
- Sam Gutelle
British director Joe Wright has emerged as a favorite to direct the adaptation of E L James’ sex-soaked bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (Universal had no comment on the report.) Wright, 40, has ties with Universal and Focus Features, who ponied up $5 million for the movie rights, having directed four films for Focus: Anna Karenina, Hanna, Pride and Prejudice, and perhaps most promisingly for Fifty Shades fans, the Oscar-nominated Atonement. In the most stirring scene of the 2007 film, doomed lovers Keira Knightley and James McAvoy emit tremendous heat pressed up against the library shelf. It’s »
- Karen Valby
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie just got a bit more legitimate. As first reported by THR and later confirmed by Variety, Joe Wright is the top choice to direct the upcoming adaptation of E L James' S&M love story.
Focus Features, the studio producing the film along with its parent company Universal, did not confirm Wright's involvement, but the connection makes sense: Wright has made four films with Focus, including 2007 Best Picture nominee "Atonement" and last year's "Anna Karenina." Both of those films -- along with "Pride and Prejudice," another Wright-Focus collaboration -- starred Keira Knightley in lead roles. There is no connection, though, between "Fifty Shades of Grey" protagonist Anastasia Steele and the 28-year-old British actress.
According to Variety, Wright wasn't the only big name on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" director wish list. Bill Condon ("Twilight: Breaking Dawn"), Patty Jenkins ("Monster") and Bennett Miller ("Moneyball »
- The Huffington Post
It was recently reported that director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) and actor Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) shot a scene from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book in order to convince Universal Pictures that Van Sant is the right man to direct the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film. The studio is definitely considering Van Sant, but it has also been in talks with Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Patty Jenkins (Monster). And now comes word that Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Hanna, Anna Karenina) is also in talks and has become the favorite to get the job. Universal likes Wright because so many of his movies focus on young female characters. "Fifty Shades of Grey" chronicles a sexual relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey. »
Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey adaptation has gone through the rumour mill quite a bit. Practically everyone who’s ever worked in the industry has at some point been attached. Now, The Wrap reports that Anna Karenina director Joe Wright is the frontrunner in Universal and Focus Pictures’ shortlist of suitable candidates. Also on the list are Gus Van Sant (Elephant, Last Days), Patty Jenkins (Monster) and Bennett Miller (Moneyball).
Apparently, two of the film’s producers, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, are keen for Wright to take the gig. Focus have previously assumed distribution duties on four of Wright’s films, so having an established relationship with the director might sway things his way.
Wright’s name has been bandied about a whole host of projects recently too, including a remake of My Fair Lady. He’s brought out strong performances from leading ladies in recent years. »
- Gem Seddon
Though some reports say Wright has not won the job, one insider very close to the production says he is the man.
Universal had no comment.
U, Focus and producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti had been looking for some time for a director who could bring prestige to a book described by many as “mommy porn.” It’s a tricky project since following the book closely would inevitably result in an commercially undesirable Nc-17 rating, while going easy on the sensuous elements of the story could disappoint fans of the runaway bestseller that started as an e-book derived from “Twilight” fan fiction. »
- Justin Kroll
For Jane Austen's heroines a ball is a rare chance to mingle with the opposite sex. Now a BBC reconstruction of the Netherfield dance reveals the rigid social conventions that governed regency life
In Emma, Jane Austen concedes that it may be just possible to live without dancing. "Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind." But what an empty life! For anyone who still has sap in them, there is nothing like dancing – nothing to rival what Austen calls "the felicities of rapid motion". In Austen's fiction, as in many novels of the 19th century, a ball is the ultimate occasion for a heady kind of courtship – a trying out of partners that is exciting, flirtatious and downright erotic.
In Pride and Prejudice, the complicated mutual »
- John Mullan
After it lost not one, not two, but three directors in a row, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zany "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" seemed, well, dead.
But it was right there in the title the whole time, you see. "Zombies." Zombies don't die. And neither will this movie.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Ppz" has also scored itself a new director in Burr Steers (you might know him from his pair of Zac Efron charmers "17 Again" and "Charlie St. Cloud") and will be shopped at Cannes.
- Amanda Bell
The adaptation that has managed to associate a myriad of gorgeous ladies over the months and years in spite of its lack of forward moving has been 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'. Based on the novel by best selling author Seth Grahame-Smith ('Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter') the feature revolves around the plot for Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' in a twisted universe where zombies also roam the countryside. Anne Hathaway ('Les Miserables'), Emma Stone ('Zombieland'), Blake Lively ('Gossip Girl'), Scarlett Johansson ('Avengers Assemble') and Natalie Portman (who will now be producing) have all at one point or another been rumoured to take the leading role. However, it's official, the young beautiful browed Lily Collins -below ('The Blind Side') has score the lead with '17 Again' helmer Burr Steers attached to direct. David O'Russell provides the script based on Seth's original novel. »
The project originally had Natalie Portman being eyed for the lead role with David O. Russell directing, but due to a long developmental period they exiting because of scheduling conflicts. Director Mike White and Craig Gillespie were also interested in the film, but eventually ended up dropping out as well.
No production schedule has been released. »
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