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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
London, May 17: The literary editions collected by an English teacher from Stirling were sold for a total of 226,000 pounds at an auction in Edinburgh.
Bruce Ritchie, who died in October 2012, owned first editions of classic works such as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -1843.
- Machan Kumar
London, May 13: The value of a late Stirling-born English teacher's book collection, set to be auctioned in Edinburgh this week, has been estimated at 230,000 pounds.
The collection of Bruce Ritchie includes first editions of Charles Dickens' novel 'A Christmas Carol,' F Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' and Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited' with a note signed by the author, the BBC reported.
The copy of 'The Great Gatsby' is expected to be sold for 700 pounds and the first edition of children's classic 'The Wind in the Willows' will also be auctioned. »
- Leon David
Colin Firth and Emily Blunt team up for the “gently comic screen romance” Arthur Newman, in theaters now. Recently, I sat down with both Colin Firth and Emily Blunt in a roundtable discussion about the film. Check it out below.
Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is tired of his existence. Divorced, disconnected from his young son, dissatisfied with his love life, depressed and in the doldrums of middle age, he decides to make a radical change by walking away from his old life. He buys a new identity and hits the road as Arthur Newman to begin life anew, bound for Terre Haute, Indiana, where he dreams of reinventing himself as a golf pro at a tiny country club.
But his road trip is derailed by the entrance of Michaela “Mike” Fitzgerald (Emily Blunt), whom Arthur discovers passed out poolside at a seedy roadside motel. Mike sees through Arthur’s identity scam, »
- Melissa Howland
Once upon a time, there used to be a guaranteed present for the young Doctor Who fan in the house. Christmases, birthdays – any Doctor Who aficionado under the age of 12 would have received at least one Doctor Who annual. These booky bits of nostalgia would normally comprise a hastily assembled photo montage cover, a comic strip and some perfectly serviceable if insubstantial bite-sized short stories. If you're ever down at a car boot sale, look out for the tale called The Penalty from the 1982 Davison edition, in which The Doctor lives out his worst nightmare – it's a cracker.
The latest Doctor Who story curiously reminded me of one of those old Doctor Who Annual tales. Hide was perfectly serviceable, but ultimately insubstantial – a forgettable bit of ghostly fluff. It was well made, well reasoned, well acted, but for me, personally, disappointing. After last week's return to form, Cold War, the »
Wow. What an exciting week for Doctor Who! David Tennant and Billie Piper are on board for the 50th anniversary spesh! Zygons are coming back after a 37 year absence! The old rumour of missing episodes surfaces again! Of course, the latter will probably prove to be as true as a headline in a red top newspaper, but you can’t win ‘em all.
Talking of tomorrow’s fish ‘n’ chip wrappers, further drama came on Monday when one of the best known red tops trumpeted that Doctor Who had reached rock bottom with its supposed worst episode ever. The insightful reporting somehow came to this conclusion by quoting two tweeters and crowing about the might of Ant And Dec, who had crushed the latest antics of the Time Lord to something resembling a Jungle banquet amuse bouche.
The sad thing is though, if only The Rings Of Akhaten itself had »
Last week Doctor Who returned with “The Bells of Saint John“, a mighty fine episode that re-introduced our new companion, Clara Oswald. Sure, it had its flaws, but in the end, what mattered was that it made me really happy that the show was back. This week, “The Rings of Akhaten” kept me happy as the episode balanced between keeping the mystery of Clara alive while delivering a dang good Doctor Who story.
I’m glad to see that there is a consistency in quality so far this series. The problem that I felt was present in both Series 6 and the first half of Series 7 was that while the episodes were brilliant on an individual level, it didn’t work that well as a whole season. The second half of Series 7 doesn’t seem to be facing that problem though. Of course it’s still early as we’re only two episodes in, »
- Juan Sam
Review Simon Brew 6 Apr 2013 - 18:58
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
The Rings Of Akhaten
It's not hanging around, this latest batch of Doctor Who episodes. Back when Clara talked about the leaf in her book last week, it can't just have been us that wondered if it was one of those things that tended to get dropped into Doctor Who, only not to take on massive importance until many weeks down the line.
The answer? No it wasn't. It's something that took on importance just one episode later. The mystery of the leaf barely lasted a few minutes of The Rings Of Akhaten, as Luther writer Neil Cross' maiden Doctor Who adventure (at least the first to be screened!) started off by filling in some more of Clara's backstory, »
Directed by Brian Henson
Written by Jerry Juhl
It is, admittedly, strange to criticize a movie adaptation of a well-worn classic for being too faithful. Some movies, of course, are too stuck on the books or plays they’re adapting, unable to break free from the tethers of the previously written word. But most often, we want our movie versions of beloved stories to be very much like those stories. Otherwise, what’s the point? Sometimes, however, the more faithful an adaptation is, the less successful it is as a movie. We have to remember that a book and a movie may tell the same story, but they can never tell it the same way. This point got lost in the shuffle during the Harry Potter franchise, but it’s pertinent: whatever experience you had reading those books, »
- Josh Spiegel
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Colm McCarthy
Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on BBC America
This week, on Doctor Who: The Doctor meets Clara Mark 3 (Mark 2? It’s very timey-wimey), Wi-Fi is evil, and the Doctor invents the quadricycle
Steven Moffat has proved himself to be an excellent writer able to craft incredibly entertaining television that expertly balances humor and horror, switching deftly between the two to memorable effect. He’s given us some of Doctor Who’s most creatively terrifying villains and interesting heroes and pushed the series to explore its options in the fourth dimension more than any showrunner previous. A lifelong fan of the series, he has a reverence for the Universe of the show that welcomes fans of the classic series but the confidence to break with tradition when necessary to keep the series ever evolving and fresh. »
- Kate Kulzick
Dennis Hopper is fucking awesome. I use the present tense there because the man, though gone, is eternal. At least when it comes to his art. He definitely had some experiences. Several that no one could be proud of, but he also came to represent a free wheeling sensibility that came with defying the establishment while learning from it. The man’s resume remains formidable (and it will only continue to grow with more “Very Special Thanks” entries). So instead of listing his best movies, take your pick. You can probably name 10 you love just off the top of your head. There are a ton of them. So here’s a bit of free film school (for fans and filmmakers alike) from a real easy rider. Be Prepared to Clean Some Toilets From the “Interview Magazine” interview: “Hopper: I was. I was at the Old Globe Theatre. When I was at Nelson-Atkins back in Kansas City, we »
- Scott Beggs
This week on How I Met Your Mother, Robin and Marshall battled on the dance floor, while Ted took a long hard look at himself and his future.
"The Time Travelers " was a mashup of Multiplicity, Shelter Island and A Christmas Carol that at times confused the Dickens out of me. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode, despite doing the dog head tilt a few times.
The revelation that the Minnesota Tidal Wave night happened five years ago was a sort of Sixth Sense moment, yet I was left a little confounded as to what to make of seeing all the "Ted people" Adding to the evening's twists and turns was guest star Jayma Mays.
Her performance as the two coat check girls was great. I loved the contrast between the smartly dressed version on the left and the one on the right wearing Ted's Wesleyan sweatshirt. I don't think she is the mother, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris O'Hara)
There are a few classic holiday films we like to pull out each year in addition to the Rankin/Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, such as A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life and the more modern A Christmas Story. A common thread between these films that has helped make them annual favorites is that they don't focus on the religious or ritual aspects of the holiday, but instead on it as a time for homecomings and shared memories with family and loved ones, friends and neighbors. Soon to join those ranks is When Angels Sing, the adaptation of a Turk Pipkin story by director Tim McCanlies and writer Lou Berney.
Easily the best Christmas movie since 1983's A Christmas Story, When Angels Sing was shot in Austin and features a Who's Who of talent with Texas ties. Stars Harry Connick Jr. and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights »
- Mike Saulters
A lot was made of choosing Seth MacFarlane as the host of the 85th Academy Awards since his crude sense of humour (see: "Family Guy," Ted) wasn't exactly in line with the typical stodgy Oscar evening tone.
But he proved to be rather toothless and uneven, choosing to deliver most of his lightly prickly jabs with a nervous smile stretched across his lips, like a kid desperate for your approval but trying to feign the opposite. Edgy? Not so much. Yes, he had a song that celebrated certain female body parts and pretended to take home Sally Field but it felt patently immature, even for the voice of Stewie, and piecemeal at best as sock puppet re-enactments and random soft shoe routines were squeezed between Kardashian jokes.
- Andrea Miller
Feature James Clayton 22 Feb 2013 - 06:46
With Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters out soon, James salutes the fact that, in cinema, no myth, legend or fairytale is sacred...
Once upon a time, Hansel and Gretel were held captive in the gingerbread house of a horrible witch who successfully lured them in with a trail of breadcrumbs. All had seemed sweet and innocent, but the siblings soon discovered that their elderly hostess was actually an evil terror with cannibalistic tendencies eager to fatten them up and eat them. It’s basically an ancient version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a German forest setting and a miserable short-sighted spinster on a sugar rush in place of a power tool-toting Leatherface.
Fortunately, Hansel and Gretel managed to outwit the blind hag and escape after locking her in her own oven. They got out of the dark dangerous woods and the folk legend ends, »
By Joey Magidson
It’s common belief that the Academy Awards are steeped in tradition, but that distinction doesn’t apply to all Oscars categories. There are some exceptions, the most notable of which is in regard to animation. The Best Animated Feature category is among the newest at the Oscars, having been added just at the 74th Academy Awards ceremony.
With this being only the 12th year in which a Best Animated Feature is being crowned, I thought it was about time to see if there’s a formula that Oscar hopefuls should follow in order to maximize their chances of being nominated. Over the years a blueprint has emerged, even if it’s not an altogether clear one at this point. There are storylines, themes and trends that successful nominees take heed of when campaigning for a citation by the Academy, and the devil in the »
- Joey Magidson
Bill Murray called it 'probably the best work I've done' and, 20 years after its release, Groundhog Day can still take your breath away. Its original screenwriter Danny Rubin and admirers such as director David O Russell explain its lasting appeal
I am holding for David O Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, who has agreed to talk about one of his all-time favourite films: the comic masterpiece Groundhog Day, released in the Us 20 years ago this month. (It reached the UK in May 1993.) But the person on the other end of the line doesn't sound like Russell: it's more of a shrill whine, the vocal equivalent of nails on a blackboard. Then the penny drops.
"Ryan? It's Ned! Ned Ryerson! Bing!" After a prolonged chuckle, Russell drops his impersonation of Groundhog Day's irksome insurance salesman, a minor but intensely memorable character, and explains excitedly »
- Ryan Gilbey
Okay, here’s the thing. It’s as if director Robert Zemeckis looked at the script for Cast Away --the last great movie he made; his A Christmas Carol and Beowulf are best forgotten -- and said, “You know, wouldn’t it be better if Tom Hanks came home after being stranded for years and presumed dead and it turns out that Helen Hunt had been waiting and pining for him all that time and so they lived happily ever after?” No: that wouldn’t have been better. But that’s sorta the equivalent of what happens at the end of Flight. And it sucks. Sucks for us. Sucks for the movie. Or maybe it doesn’t suck for the movie. Cuz hey: Oscar nominations! (Cast Away got Oscar noms, too, though. And it’s not like Cast Away is an obscure, inscrutable art film or anything. It’s just, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Denzel Washington gives a towering performance in his least sympathetic role to date – as an alcoholic airline pilot
Robert Zemeckis, a protege of Steven Spielberg, is a gifted writer-director who has turned his hand to almost anything from Beatlemania to animation, and has pursued certain themes over the course of some 30 years without achieving the status of auteur. One recurrent subject has been ordinary people suddenly transported into challenging circumstances, most famously the teenager taken back in time in the Back to the Future trilogy. During this past decade, he has been preoccupied with legendary tales retold using motion-capture animation – The Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol. Perhaps reacting to this, he has embraced a realistic contemporary story, part thriller, part moral drama.
- Philip French
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