15 items from 2013
Profound changes in attitudes to marriage, money, sex and social etiquette create an array of pitfalls for Austen updaters such as Joanna Trollope
To the fan of the original Sense and Sensibility, it is a little shock to be told that Austen's Mrs Dashwood has become "Belle" Dashwood in Joanna Trollope's newly published updating. A little later, we find that the modern version of Colonel Brandon is called "Bill". Naturally, these characters must be given the forenames that Austen never revealed. In this little matter we see the lost layers of formality on which the drama of Austen's dialogue depends. Marianne's sisters think that she must be engaged to Willoughby because he calls her by her first name. When everybody's first name is available to everybody (a man calls his mother-in-law "Abi"), how can surprising familiarity be signalled?
The plot of Sense and Sensibility (1811 version) requires Edward »
- John Mullan
Based on the novel by author Jean Hegland comes the new apocalyptic feature 'Into the Forest'. The adaptation deals with recently orphaned teenage sisters Nell and Eva live who are forced to live alone in a Northern California forest, struggling for normality in a post-holocaust world in which electricity is a thing of the past and the outside world a distant memory. The sisters are set to be played by the downright smoking hot and talented pair of Ellen Page -below ('X-Men: Days of Future Past') and Evan Rachel Wood -below ('True Blood'). So we'll certainly be there on opening night! 'Mansfield Park' helmer Patricia Rozema is set to write and direct the adapted project. »
Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will be playing sisters trying to survive the post-apocalypse in “Into the Forest”. Hey, beats being stuck in the post-apocalypse with your high school nemesis, am I right? Unless, of course, the sisters happen to hate each other. That would suck, too, I guess. Still, blood is thicker than water. Or chocolate. I forgot which. Based on the Jean Hegland novel of the same name, “Into the Forest” will find Page and Wood playing two sisters who “struggle to survive after the collapse of society in a not-too-distant future.” Patricia Rozema (“Mansfield Park”) will direct the film. Here’s a more official description of the book (and, I assume, the movie) via Amazon: Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home. Over 30 miles from the nearest town, »
Early this year, Ellen Page announced that she would star in an adaptation of Jean Hegland’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel Into the Forest. At the time, she was the only talent attached to the project; no director, screenwriter or co-stars had even been rumored. Today though, more pieces are falling into place as Evan Rachel Wood has joined as the sister of Page’s character.
Though an official plot synopsis for Into the Forest has not yet been released, more details on what we can expect from the project can be found on the Amazon page for Hegland’s novel:
Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.
Over 30 miles from the nearest town, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ja from Mnpp here. We all know what happened the last time a girl named Nell wandered into the woods - no good can come from it! I kid, I kid - I know there are vehement Nell defenders out there, and I've no doubt you're all up in this actressexual's haven, so I'll step off.
I only use that Jodie Foster film as a sideways stepping stone to address today's news that Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood have signed up to star in Into the Forest, an adaptation of Jean Hegland's book about a pair of sisters (named Nell, a-ha, and Eva), one a ballet dancer and the other a student (I don't think I'll ever figure out which actress is playing which role!), who are forced into survival mode together when society comes crashing down around them in the not distant future. Have any of you read the book? »
Ellen Page is set to produce and star opposite Evan Rachel Wood in a film adaptation of Jean Hegland's novel "Into the Forest." Fellow-Canadian Patricia Rozema ("Grey Gardens," "Mansfield Park") is helming from her adapted screenplay. "Into the Forest" centers on two sisters struggling to survive following the collapse of society in the not-too-distant future. Page, who tweets at @EllenPage, recently starred in Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's "The East" as an eco-terrorist; she has "X-Men: Days of Future Past" in the pipeline, as well as being attached to Fox's "Queen and Country," adapted from the Greg Rucka comic book series. Wood has "Charlie Countryman" coming up (trailer here), where she stars opposite Shia Labeouf in a Euro-set thriller. »
- Beth Hanna
You may have forgotten, but way back at the beginning of the year, Ellen Page attached herself to the apocalyptic "Into The Forest," based on the novel by Jean Hegland. At the time, there were no directors, screenwriters, producers or other info available, but just like that, this project is filling out quite nicely. Evan Rachel Wood will now co-star with Page in the movie about two sisters (Page and Wood) struggling to survive after the collapse of society in the not too distant future. Getting behind the camera is Patricia Rozema ("Mansfield Park," "When Night Is Falling"), who has also adapted the screenplay, though no word yet on when production will kick off. Page is also taking a producer role as well, in what is shaping to be a pretty intriguing little indie effort. You can next see Wood in "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" and Page in "X-Men: Days Of Future Past. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Story centers on sisters struggling to survive after the collapse of society in the not-too-distant future.
Page recently wrapped on “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and is attached to Fox’s “Queen and Country.”
Page is represented by Wme, Barnes Morris Klein Mark and Yorn, and Vie Entertainment. Wood is represented by CAA. »
- Dave McNary
Ellen Page ( The East , Juno , X-Men ) is set to produce and star opposite Evan Rachel Wood ( Mildred Pierce , Thirteen ) in the film adaptation of Jean Hegland's novel of the same name, Into the Forest . Patricia Rozema ( Grey Gardens , Mansfield Park ) will direct the feature film from her adapted screenplay. Into the Forest recounts the story of two sisters (Page and Wood) struggling to survive after the collapse of society in the not too distant future. In addition to Ellen Page, Kelly Bush Novak and Sriram Das are set to produce. Haroon (Boon) Saleem will serve as executive producer and Kristina Sorensen as associate producer. »
Louise West was curator of Jane Austen's House Museum. What does she think of the Us theme-park romcom?
This is a dreadful film. But at its heart, there is a valid idea. It's about a 32-year-old Jane Austen obsessive called Jane, who visits a theme park where Austen fans dress up in Regency costume and are courted by actors. Jane, played by Keri Russell, does ring true: I met a number of women like her in my time as curator of Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, though I can't say whether any of them actually had a lifesize cutout of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in their bedroom.
As far as I know, a theme park like Austenland doesn't exist, but I can certainly imagine one. There's a Dickens World in Kent with costumed actors giving tours – but I don't think they actually immerse visitors in the »
- Laura Barnett
Jane Austen wrote some of the most enduring love stories of all time, but the actors and actresses who star in film and television adaptations of her work can inspire a lot of lust. Maybe it’s hard to see their inherent hotness when they’re stuck in frumpy dresses and fussy cravats, but the 20 actors and actresses on our list are drop dead sexy in real modern life.
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For those of you who think the only appeal of a Jane Austen miniseries or movie adaptation is the fantasy of a spirited and smart girl landing a rich guy, be forewarned. These films are full of eye candy.
Whether it’s the busty and beautiful Michelle Ryan and Hayley Atwell from Mansfield Park or the smoldering Colin Firth in Pride & Prejudice, the actors who inhabit the roles of Jane Austen’s heroes and heroines can appear in »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Several world premieres for Canadian features will be occurring at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, from the likes of Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman (Asphalt Watches), Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires (Triptych), Bruce Sweeny (The Dick Knost Show), and Bruce McDonald (The Husband). Getting the special presentation treatment will be Denis Villenueve (Enemy) while North American premieres will be given to Xavier Dolan (Tom At The Farm), Bruce Labruce (Gerontophilia), and Richie Mehta (Siddharth).
“The scope of this year’s feature films is as broad as Canada’s filmmaking community and demonstrates the deep versatility of our filmmakers,” stated Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Tiff. “From clever, biting satire to intimate social commentary, powerful dramas and even a truly magical comedy, the settings and themes vary, but the perspectives are always uniquely Canadian.”
Handing out the City of Toronto and Canada Goose Award for Best »
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
New York — The third season of "Downton Abbey" ends this Sunday with a bang.
Exactly what that bang is, we're not going to say, in deference to the maybe half-dozen "Downton" fans who still don't know the shocking truth.
The larger point remains that after Sunday's "Masterpiece Classic" (airing at 9 p.m. Eastern on PBS), viewers must suffer "Downton" withdrawal until next season.
But until then, we'll have our memories.
And what a season this has been! The beloved valet Mr. Bates was sprung from jail and a trumped-up murder charge to begin married life with his bride, the plucky lady's maid Anna. Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, has gotten Downton Abbey back on its feet financially with an able assist from his son-in-law and presumptive heir, Matthew Crawley. Matthew wed his true love, Lady Mary Crawley. But another of Robert's daughters, Lady Sybil, died tragically during childbirth.
Through it all, »
For the new creepy thriller ‘The Following’ which debuts on Sky Atlantic this evening, British actor James Purefoy admits he has based his character on a handful of real life serial killers both dead (like Ted Bundy) and alive.
“But I’m not going to name them,” he explains, “because serial killers are, generally speaking, the most narcissistic, egocentric maniacs you could ever possibly not want to meet, and I don’t want them thinking, ‘hey, that’s me on the screen.’”
Once he’d won the role in the show, which also sees Kevin Bacon’s television series debut, Purefoy – known to UK viewers for diverse roles from BBC’s ‘Mansfield Park’ to the epic serial ‘Rome’, most recently ‘Episodes’, was assiduous in his research.
“I sat in a room in Santa Monica, »
- Caroline Frost
15 items from 2013
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