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‘The Crown’s Alex Jennings & ‘Lost in Austen’s Jemima Rooper Join BBC Drama ‘Gold Digger’

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‘The Crown’s Alex Jennings & ‘Lost in Austen’s Jemima Rooper Join BBC Drama ‘Gold Digger’
The Crown’s Alex Jennings, Lost in Austen’s Jemima Rooper and Poldark’s Sebastian Armesto have joined BBC One drama Gold Digger.

The series stars Legends of the Fall and Temple Grandin actress Julia Ormond as Julia Day, an older woman who falls in love with Benjamin, a younger man, played by The Chronicles of Narnia and Westworld star Ben Barnes.

Armesto plays Ormond’s high achieving eldest son Patrick, who is always trying to be a good man, Rooper plays as Della, the middle child whose finger is permanently on the self-destruct button and newcomer Archie Renaux as Leo, the baby of the family who still lives with his mother and idolises his father.

Jennings, who played the Duke of Windsor in The Crown stars as Julia’s ex-husband Ted, Hard Sun’s Nikki Amuka-Bird plays Julia’s former best friend Marsha and Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s
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‘Watchmen’: Tom Mison, Frances Fisher & Jacob Ming-Trent Cast In Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot

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‘Watchmen’: Tom Mison, Frances Fisher & Jacob Ming-Trent Cast In Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot
Sleepy Hollow alum Tom Mison, Frances Fisher (Titanic) and Jacob Ming-Trent (Superfly) have signed on to the cast of Damon Lindelof’s HBO Watchmen pilot, a take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic limited comic series. They join previously cast Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own. As Lindelof recently noted, the project is not an adaptation of the 12 issues of the comic but an original story that remixes them.

As has been case with all Watchmen castings, no details about the actors’ characters are provided.

Lindelof, who wrote the script, executive produces the pilot with Nicole Kassell, who is directing, Tom Spezialy and Joseph Iberti. Watchmen is produced
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and 10 Other Adaptations That Jane Austen Never Would Have Anticipated

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and 10 Other Adaptations That Jane Austen Never Would Have Anticipated
The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy has been told again and again onscreen, and each adaptation has in its own way addressed themes of class, social etiquette and romance that Jane Austen wove into the 1813 classic, Pride and Prejudice. But now Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, in theaters Feb. 5, introduces a whole new slew of themes: the undead, for example, and martial arts and lots and lots of blood and gore. The film has Cinderella star Lily James playing Elizabeth, who in this version just happens to be leading a small army of sword-toting society women in
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‘Sleepy Hollow’ stars to attend McM Birmingham Comic Con

Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman are galloping into town for McM Birmingham Comic Con! Sleepy Hollow stars Tom Mison (Parade’s End, Lost In Austen) and Neil Jackson (Blade: The Series, Quantum Of Solace) will be meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs on both days of the show, held at the NEC on 21st – 22nd March.

Tom Mison plays protagonist Ichabod Crane in the hit supernatural series, inspired by Washington Irving’s famous short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Now in its second season, the show sees Revolutionary War soldier Crane resurrected in 21st Century New York and once again pitted against his old adversary, the Headless Horseman, played by fellow Brit. Neil Jackson.

To buy McM Birmingham Comic Con tickets, visit: www.mcmexpostore.com
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11 stars of classic '90s teen movies: Where are they now?

11 stars of classic '90s teen movies: Where are they now?
Charlie Lyne's documentary Beyond Clueless harks back to the classic teen movies that shaped the '90s.

Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.

So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:

1. Devon Sawa - Idle Hands (1999)

Dreamy Devon Sawa starred as lazy stoner Anton Tobias - who turns mass murderer after his hand becomes possessed - in the horror comedy Idle Hands.

He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music
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As If: 10 year retrospective of the cult Channel 4 teen drama - part 2

Last year, As If celebrated 10 years since it came to an end on Channel 4. Digital Spy looks back on the cult series, speaking to several of the main cast about their memories of the show.

As If: 10 year retrospective of the cult Channel 4 teen drama - part 1

The sad fact with As If, is that it is almost impossible to track down today. The show has never been released on DVD, due to a copyright issue with the music. Without the music, it simply wouldn't be As If.

"Given the choice between no music so we can release the DVD, I'd choose the music," said Caroline Chikezie (Sasha). "They used to say the music was the seventh cast member, it was so important. It just took it to a whole new level. I guess it's worth not having a DVD release just to keep the music."

Jemima Rooper
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13 'Pride and Prejudice'-inspired movies, books, TV shows and more, ranked

13 'Pride and Prejudice'-inspired movies, books, TV shows and more, ranked
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
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Jemima Rooper wants As If reunion: '10-years-on show would be brilliant'

Jemima Rooper has said that she would love an As If reunion.

The Atlantis actress starred as Nicki Sutton in the Channel 4 comedy-drama, which ran for four series from 2001 to 2004.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Rooper said that she would be open for a one-off special, especially as the show was made by some of her current colleagues.

"It's by the same guys that make Atlantis," she said. "They're so busy now, I don't know.

"We kept saying wouldn't it be brilliant to do a This Life-type 10-years-on thing. I'd love to see them."

As If also starred Paul Chequer, Emily Corrie, Orlando Wells, Caroline Chikezie and Ben Waters, and centred around a group of six young adults, with each episode focusing on a different character's point of view.

Rooper added: "I know one of the actresses [Corrie] is now in the navy, so I don't know whether she would come back!
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Carrie Brownstein Takes Over Lost In Austen For Nora Ephron

Riot grrrl turned comedienne Carrie Brownstein has been winning frenzied praise for her sketch show with Fred Armisen, Portlandia. But now this fierce and funny lady is going solo to tackle a promising movie project. Variety reports Carrie Brownstein has been selected to write Lost In Austen, a script that was previously being penned by the late Nora Ephron. Based on a popular British mini-series of the same name, Columbia Pictures' Lost in Austen will offer a new spin on the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. In case you missed the excellent 2008 mini-series, here's a rundown of its premise. Amanda lives in contemporary London, but loathes the low-bar that is set for romance there. She wishes she could live in the era of Austen, where men were gentleman and romance was real. Her wish unexpectedly comes true when she walks through a strange door and finds herself
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'Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein to Finish Nora Ephron's Final Script

It's been over two years since filmmaker Nora Ephron passed away. The director of films like Sleepless in Seattle and writer of When Harry Met Sally was one of the best known female filmmakers in the business. When Ephron left this world, she left behind in incomplete screenplay. As we reported in 2011, she was working on bringing a big screen adaptation of Lost in Austen, a British mini-series which is essentially a modern, time-traveling take on Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Now that film may see the light of day as The Wrap reports "Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein will now finish the script. For those not familiar with the British series, here's the official synopsis: Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening,
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Portlandia creator Carrie Brownstein takes on Lost in Austen script

Portlandia creator Carrie Brownstein takes on Lost in Austen script
Carrie Brownstein has been announced as the new writer on Lost in Austen.

The Portlandia co-creator will take over work on the screenplay from the late Nora Ephron.

Based on the 2008 ITV television show, the film centres around Jane Austen fan Amanda Price.

Trapped in an unromantic relationship, she discovers escape in the form of a portal into the world of Pride and Prejudice in her bathroom.

When Harry Met Sally writer Ephron was working on the script up until her death in 2012, which halted development on the project.

Brownstein serves as co-creator, co-writer and co-star of satirical sketch show Portlandia.

"Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her," said Sam Mendes, who is producing Lost in Austen.
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News Bits: 99, Austen, Run, Leprechaun, Smaug

99 Homes

The first photo is out of Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in "99 Homes," the upcoming Ramin Bahrani film about a desperate blue-collar construction worker whose family is evicted. He is forced to work for Michael Shannon's crooked real-estate broker, the same man who caused his trouble in the first place. [Source: EW]

Lost in Austen

"Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein ha been hired to complete the late Nora Ephron's script for the American cinematic remake of the UK mini-series "Lost in Austen" at Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe.

The story follows a woman living and working in Brooklyn is transported into the fictional world of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. Sam Mendes, Nathan Kahane and Pippa Harris will produce. [Source: Screen]

Run All Night

Following "Unknown" and "Non-Stop," the latest action-thriller team-up of Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra is "Run All Night" which has now been delayed
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Carrie Brownstein to Pen 'Lost in Austen' Film Adaptation

Carrie Brownstein to Pen 'Lost in Austen' Film Adaptation
Carrie Brownstein currently helps flesh out the modern hipsters and weirdos of the Pacific Northwest on the IFC comedy Portlandia. But her newest writing project looks to the past: As Variety reports, Brownstein has signed on to write a film adaptation of the U.K. series Lost in Austen, which finds a modern day Brooklynite transported to the world (19th century England) of Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice.

 Lost in Austen will be Brownstein's first film writing credit; it was one of screenwriter Nora Ephron's unfinished projects
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Film Casting: Last Witch Hunter, Lost In Austen, Tony Jaa in Kickboxer

The Last Witch Hunter, Lost in Austen, Kickboxer, and other films have all made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and [...]

Continue reading: Film Casting: Last Witch Hunter, Lost In Austen, Tony Jaa in Kickboxer
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Carrie Brownstein Will Finish Nora Ephron’s Adaptation of Lost in Austen

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Carrie Brownstein Will Finish Nora Ephron’s Adaptation of Lost in Austen
Today it was announced that Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein will be brought on to finish Nora Ephron's adaptation of the British mini-series Lost in Austen, which the late writer and filmmaker had been developing as a feature film for Columbia Pictures. This will be Brownstein's first time writing a feature film, which centers on a modern-day Brooklynite who finds herself transported back to the fictional world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It is not — as Brownstein's involvement might portend — a typo of Lost in Austin, which is a premise we hope to see rendered on an upcoming episode of Portlandia.
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'Portlandia' Creator Carrie Brownstein to Complete Unfinished Nora Ephron Script

'Portlandia' Creator Carrie Brownstein to Complete Unfinished Nora Ephron Script
Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe announced today that multi-hyphenate Peabody winner and Emmy nominated writer Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) has been tapped to complete work on Lost in Austen based on the original UK television series. Lost in Austen will be the first feature writing project for Brownstein and was one of Nora Ephron's unfinished works.

Brownsteinis the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC's hit comedy Portlandia and is also a musician. She will next appear in Jill Soloway's Transparent for Amazon and Todd Haynes' Carol, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Here's what producer and Neal Street Productions partner Sam Mendes had to say about bringing Carrie Brownstein on board.

"Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her."

In Lost in Austen, Amanda lives and works in present day Brooklyn, until she suddenly finds herself
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Carrie Brownstein to complete unfinished Nora Ephron screenplay 'Lost in Austen'

Carrie Brownstein to complete unfinished Nora Ephron screenplay 'Lost in Austen'
Emmy-nominated writer Carrie Brownstein is taking her words to the big screen.

The Portlandia co-creator and star has been hired to complete the screenplay for Lost in Austen, first started by Nora Ephron, who died in 2012 after a battle with leukemia. The film, based on the original U.K. television series written by Guy Andrews, tells the modern day story of Brooklynite Amanda, who suddenly finds herself transported to the literary world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

“Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her,” producer Sam Mendes said in a statement.
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Nora Ephron’s ‘Lost In Austen’ Finds New Writer In ‘Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein

The Columbia Pictures comedy based on the 2008 UK series is one of Nora Ephron’s unfinished works. Now the co-creator/writer/star of IFC’s Portlandia has been tapped to finish Lost In Austen. Emmy nominee and Peabody winner Carrie Brownstein will pen the story of Amanda, who lives and works in present-day Brooklyn until she suddenly finds herself transported into the fictional world of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. “Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her,” said Sam Mendes, producer and partner of Neal Street Productions, which is producing Austen with Good Universe. Brownstein […]
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Now Carrie Brownstein Will Be Lost In Austen

Now Carrie Brownstein Will Be Lost In Austen
In 2011, Nora Ephron signed on to adapt ITV’s 2008 period rom-com-tweaking miniseries Lost In Austen as a film for Sony. Work on the project was halted by Ephron’s sad death in June 2012, but Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein will now finish her script.The series, written by Guy Andrews, followed Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper), a lifelong Jane Austen fan who finds her mundane London reality suddenly swapping places with her favourite author’s storyline from Pride and Prejudice. After discovering that a small door in her flat leads to Elizabeth Bennet (Gemma Arterton)’s world, the two women trade places, only to find that the switch makes things more complicated for both of them.Brownstein, the rocker-turned-writer and actress on the show that affectionately spoofs the hipster haven of Portland, will make her film-writing debut with the screenplay. “Carrie is smart and funny and original and the project is very lucky to have her,
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Brownstein to finish Lost In Austen

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Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe have hired Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein to complete the Nora Ephron script.

The assignment marks the feature debut of the Emmy-nominated writer and the project is based on the original UK television series.

In Lost In Austen, a woman living and working in Brooklyn is transported into the fictional world of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice.

“Carrie is smart and funny and original and the project is very lucky to have her,” said Sam Mendes, producer and partner of Neal Street Productions.

Columbia Pictures, Mendes and Pippa Harris of Neal Street Productions will produce with Nathan Kahane of Good Universe.

Damien Timmer and Michele Buck of Mammoth Screen and Nicolas Brown of Neal Street are the executive producers alongside John Middleton, Roy Lee and Joe Drake. Erin Westerman will oversee the project for Good Universe.

Dan Freedman of Good Universe negotiated Brownstein’s deal on behalf of the
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