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One of the most prolific and beloved of British crime novelists, P.D. James, passed away today in Oxford, England. Best known for her series of detective novels centering around Scotland Yard Commander/poet Adam Dagliesh, James was 94. Her non-Dagliesh book, Children Of Men, was the basis for Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 Oscar nominated film of the same name. She also recently was the impetus for Death Comes To Pemberley, a BBC and Masterpiece miniseries based on her novel that imagines Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice characters later in life and faced with a murderous scandal. Several of her earlier books were also transferred to the small screen including Death Of An Expert Witness, Unnatural Causes, A Taste For Death, Devices And Desires, A Mind To Murder and Death In Holy Orders.
Phyllis Dorothy James White was born in Oxford in 1920 and began writing in the mid-50s. Her first Dagliesh novel, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Joe Wright is a filmmaker that I trust. His unique take on Anna Karenina was a very interesting way to approach such a complex story and his work on Pride And Prejudice and Hanna shows how diverse of a director he can be. So, retelling Peter Pan in a way different than the dozens of previous adaptations is a challenge worthy of such a director. After revealing the first images from Wright's origin story Pan showcasing Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, we now have our look at the trailer »
- Alex Maidy
Rosamund Pike nearly stole the show in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he stole the hearts of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's committee members. The actress is getting the Breakthrough Performance Award! Last year, "12 Years A Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o received the same award and walked all the way to Oscar glory!
Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn.s »
Nothing good on TV? Cut your cable? Thank goodness there's plenty of fantastic TV series on Netflix.
Whether you've always meant to catch up with "The Walking Dead" or "Sons of Anarchy," or want to revisit a classic like "Miami Vice" or "Twin Peaks," they're among the many great shows available to stream right now on Netflix.
(Availability subject to change.)
2. "Bates Motel"
Norman Bates and his mother run a hotel where people end up dying, but that's about all this series has in common with the Hitchcock movie that inspired it.
3. "Being Human"
Aidan Turner (lovestruck dwarf Kili in "The Hobbit" films) stars as a hot vampire in the British original series where he, »
- Sharon Knolle
When we last left our heroes, the Scooby gang had just broken up again. Katrina was going back undercover as Abraham/Death’s Stockholm Syndrome girlfriend while Ichabod and Abbie continued the kabuki dance of pretending they don’t want to bone each other. Also, I started helming the good ship Crawley — because Hawley and Ichabod are totally secretly pining for each other. Did Katrina manage to murder that demon baby? Will the show keep enabling my new Otp? Let’s find out in tonight’s episode, “Mama.” ******** Through the power of dream visions, we are transported to foggy Victorian London and/or ancient Roman ruins. Abbie is disoriented — which is strange because you’d think she’d be used to the dream sequence cold open by now — but she's drawn to a disturbing singsong voice. “You Are My Sunshine” has never sounded creepier than right now, emanating from the »
- Donna Dickens
Monumental Pictures, the film and TV production shingle hung by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward in September, has acquired screen rights to How To Build A Girl, the bestseller written by Caitlin Moran. The fourth book by broadcaster, TV critic and Times columnist Moran was published in the UK by Ebury Press in July and by Harper Collins in the U.S. in September. It has sold over half a million copies and charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan, who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: a fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer who moves to London and gets a job as music critic in the hope of saving her poverty stricken family. The producers call the Morrigan character “one of the great female literary icons” on a par with Elizabeth Bennett and Bridget Jones.
- Nancy Tartaglione
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. »
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