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‘Vanity Fair’: Suranne Jones, Michael Palin Join Olivia Cooke In ITV/Amazon Drama

Shooting has begun on ITV and Amazon Studios' new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic 1848 novel Vanity Fair. The seven-part drama stars Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp and Tom Bateman (Murder On The Orient Express) as Captain Rawdon Crawley. Doctor Foster‘s Suranne Jones has now boarded as Miss Pinkerton with Michael Palin set to play Thackeray himself. ITV StudiosMammoth Screen (Poldark, Victoria) is producing. Check out a first-look image of Cooke and…
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Vanity Fair: Tom Bateman to Star in ITV & Amazon Series

Amazon has a new leading man. Variety reports Tom Bateman has joined the streaming service's upcoming TV series adaptation of Vanity Fair.The period drama, which will air on ITV in the UK, is based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. The story follows Becky Sharp, a lower-class woman who charms and manipulates her way to the top of English society.Read More…
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Tom Bateman Joins Olivia Cooke in ITV, Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

Tom Bateman Joins Olivia Cooke in ITV, Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation (Exclusive)
Tom Bateman will star opposite Olivia Cooke in ITV and Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of “Vanity Fair,” Variety has learned.

Bateman will play Captain Rawdon Crawley, one of two brothers who is at risk of losing his family and fortune through his passion and desire to be with Becky Sharp, played by Cooke. The seven-part series is based on the novel of the same name by William Makepeace Thackeray. It is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society.

Bateman was recently cast in Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” which is based on the novel by Agatha Christie. He also appeared in the Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy “Snatched.” On the television side, Bateman played the lead role in ITV’s “Jekyll and Hyde,” and also appeared in the Starz series “Da Vinci
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Olivia Cooke to Topline “Vanity Fair” TV Adaptation

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Bates Motel” alumna Olivia Cooke is following in Reese Witherspoon’s footsteps: she’ll take on the role of Becky Sharp in an upcoming Amazon Studios and ITV adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s beloved novel “Vanity Fair.” According to Deadline, shooting for the seven-part drama kicks off in September. Gwyneth Hughes (“Dark Angel,” “The Girl”) penned the script.

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the series “follows Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society,” the source summarizes. “Her story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting, and dancing, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes along the way.”

Julia Stannard (“War & Peace”) will serve as producer, and James Strong (“Broadchurch”) is set to direct.

There have been a number of adaptations of the 1848 novel, with Witherspoon most recently taking on the role of Sharp in Mira Nair’s “Vanity Fair” in 2004.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Ouija,” and “The Signal” are among Cooke’s other credits. The British actress has a number of high-profile projects in the works, including Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller “Ready Player One,” “Life Itself,” an ensemble drama about intersecting lives from “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, and “Gonzo Girl,” Rebecca Thomas’ adaptation of the Della Pietra book.

“Of course I’m a feminist, it would be ridiculous if I didn’t believe in equal rights for women and men,” Cooke has said. “My role models? My mum — my mum is my biggest role model.” When she was asked if she looked up to anyone in Hollywood, Cooke explained that she loves Kate Winslet’s work and lots of other actresses, “but I don’t want to be them,” she emphasized. “I just really want to be the best version of myself, I think. But I do like the trajectory of some people’s careers and things, but I think I am just trying to work out how to be an adult and figure out things about myself.”

Olivia Cooke to Topline “Vanity Fair” TV Adaptation was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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ITV, Amazon Team Up on New ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation With Olivia Cooke

ITV, Amazon Team Up on New ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation With Olivia Cooke
A new adaptation of satirical Victorian novel “Vanity Fair” starring Olivia Cooke is coming to TV, and will stream on Amazon and play on Britain’s ITV.

Amazon and ITV have joined forces on the seven-part small-screen version of the book by William Makepeace Thackeray, which will be produced by Amazon Studios and Mammoth Screen. Mammoth, which produced “Victoria,” is owned by ITV Studios.

Cooke, the star of Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” will play heroine Becky Sharp in the show, which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and follows her attempts to make her way in English society.

Period drama was once considered the preserve of the BBC in the U.K., but commercial network ITV has had notable historical hits in recent years with “Downton Abbey” and “Victoria,” although the World War II-set “The Halcyon” fared less well and was canceled after one season. ITV
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Jane Austen: Strictly ballroom

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
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10 Female Characters with the Best Bad Behavior in Film

Actors have often said that playing a baddy is the most fun they ever had because they can just let loose. No restrictions, no couth, and often no conscience! When women play bad girl roles we end up with characters with behavior running the gamut from harmless rascal to downright dangerous. There’s no denying some of the most unforgettable roles belong to female characters behaving badly.

These characters are vixens, schemers, vengeful, plotting, and femme fatales that are a lot of fun — and shocking — to watch. Whether these females are manoeuvring people like chess pieces on a board, charming the unsuspecting into danger or out of fortunes, getting even, social climbing or just being straight up bad, these female characters are the best of the baddest characters in film.

10. Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind played by Vivien Leigh

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'Lonesome Pine' On DVD

One of the most beautiful movies ever made in classic Technicolor, "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" arrives on DVD today in a gorgeous restoration of this backwoods melodrama starring Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray and Sylvia Sidney.

The jury was still out on Technicolor's improved three-strip process -- the independently made "Becky Sharp" and "The Dancing Pirate" were flops -- when Paramount released the first major studio feature, and the first shot outdoors, in January 1936.

Where the first two features were shot under rigorously controlled conditions on soundstages,
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