May 30, 2008

Her Majesty, Emily Blunt

Isn't she lovely? I wasn't sure about her playing Queen Vic, but I'm liking what I see. Here's some insight from the actress on playing the regal role.

May 29, 2008

Eerie Cool Trailer for "Benjamin Button"

Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton do F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, about a man who ages backwards. Here's the trailer.

I've never read this, but I did read Andrew Sean Greer's The Confessions of Max Tivoli, and it sounds strikingly similar in concept.

May 27, 2008

"The Duchess" Is Coming!!!

View the trailer for this biopic about Georgina, the Duchess of Devonshire. It's adapted from a bestselling biography by Amanda Foreman and stars Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. I'm excited for this (comes out in late August) even though I'm feeling a bit of Knightley fatigue these days.

For further reading, here's a fun blog devoted to the Duchess and her cohorts of the age.

May 21, 2008

King Lear

Keira Knightley and Gwyneth Paltrow are reportedly signed on to play Cordelia and Regan, respectively, to Sir Anthony Hopkins's King Lear. No word yet on who's Goneril. Gwyneth-haters are going to have much fodder from this one, I suspect.

source: UPI

May 20, 2008


Oh Cranford! Three weeks of such good times...sort of like watching the Victorian Golden Girls or Sex in the City for the geriatric set. There was no end of gossip and scandal and romance and hilarity. How much did I love thee? Let me count the ways:

1. I love that I will never eat another orange without feeling a wee bit naughty.
2. I love that Masterpiece Theater is not above scatalogical cat poo jokes.
3. I love summer parties with ice cream and row boats and opportunities to monopolize time with sexy doctors by faking maladies.
4. I love the naive but intensely sexy blue eyes of Dr. Harrison, whose porcelain skin I covet.
5. I love watching Judi Dench act like a giddy school girl falling in love. She was so beautiful and sweet and just really lovely to watch as Miss Matty. I half forgot she was also James Bond's boss.
6. A cow in pajamas. Brilliant.
7. I love that men DO make passes at girls who wear glasses.
8. I love that Greg Wise made random appearances throughout. "Hey! There's Willoughby! Older, but no worse for wear."
9. Ditto for Ab Fab's Saffron, a.k.a. Mrs. Horatio Hornblower.
10. I love Lady Ludlow's mansion....the blue-grey lighting brought out her bitchiness to maximum effect. Kelly Wearstler was probably salivating.

I could go on, but 10 seems like a good round number. So we'll leave it there.

May 19, 2008

Prince Caspian is Dorian Gray

Living in L.A., I daily witness the horrors of people who have decided to opt out of aging. Never was an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray more apt than in in this age of Botox and faces surgically stretched into permanent wind-tunnel mode.

Today comes word that Ben Barnes, now gracing theaters in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has been cast in the title role of Wilde's dark novel. Shooting begins in late July.

In other adaptation news, The Weinstein boys are going to tackle Paul Coelho's The Alchemist. Dark Horizons has the deets.

May 15, 2008

Catch A Tiger By The Tail

Today, I was thinking to myself, "Whatever happened to the adaptation of Yann Martel's Life of Pi?" I decided to Google it. In doing so, I've discovered that while the film seems to be on hold, English teachers across the nation are apparently instructing their high school students to create film trailers for the movie version of the novel....there are gobs of these school projects on YouTube, and though the production value is obviously poor, some are actually quite hilariouss to watch.
Exhibit A.

Tommy Lee Gets "Island" Fever

Tommy Lee Jones is going to adapt, direct and star in Ernest Hemingway's Islands in the Stream, with Morgan Freeman and John Goodman possibly on board, too, in this story about a reclusive painter living in the Bahamas. Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to perform the soundtrack.

Doesn't it still trip you out that Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones were college roomies? ?

May 12, 2008

Natalie Portman Ditches Heathcliff

Natalie Portman had allegedly lobbied hard to play Cathy in an upcoming production of Wuthering Heights, but the actress has pulled out because of scheduling problems. Film School Rejects reminds us that Keira and Sienna were both previously linked to the role now up for grabs. --Kim

May 9, 2008

Chaplin Descendant "Tells" All

Swiss actress Keira Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, will play William Tell's wife in a feature film about the 14th century Swiss hero, who legend says shot an apple off his son's head to win his freedom from Austrian occupiers. On a side note, the outfit Keira is wearing in this picture confirms that she is indeed related to the little "tramp."

Eye Candy

After suggesting that Richard Armitage be cast as Rochester to Ellen Page's Jane Eyre (see below), I came across this great montage of the British actor. Enjoy.

May 7, 2008

"Juno" Is Jane Eyre!

"Reader, I forshizz married him..."

Is this what we can look forward to now that Ellen Page has been cast as the heroine of a new BBC adaptation?

Wonder who will play Rochester? Any guesses/wishes?

May 5, 2008

Trailer: Brideshead Revisited

Emma Thompson looks beautiful, but I'm afraid the overuse of electric guitar music in this trailer is simply a device to make a boring movie seem otherwise invigorating and full of excitement. I might go for the costumes and scenic eye candy, but otherwise, I'm not holding my breath. At least it won't be as dreadfully long as the Jeremy Irons version.

May 1, 2008

Heaven Can Wait, Apparently

Filming of The Lovely Bones has come to a halt because director Peter Jackson can't come to an agreement with the movie's art director about what "heaven," a major setting in the story, should look like. This isn't the first issue with the Alice Sebold adaptation. Several days before shooting started, actor Ryan Gosling was replaced by Mark Wahlberg,. Feel the vibration.

Farewell, Faience

A story in today's Los Angeles Times proves people just don't set a table like they used to. Somewhere, a French aristocrat weeps. What's next? The death of Delfware?