This and That - Feb.20 / 2010

Here are some things that have caught my eye...

Two upcoming projects, other long list of upcoming films listed here

Belle and Bette "HBO Films is developing "Belle and Bette," which Jones pitches as "a black version of Jane Austen." It's based on the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race girl adopted by the Earl of Mansfield in the 18th century." Thanks to Austenprose for mentioning the article.

Treasure Island
Ecosse Films want to update the 19th century tale for contemporary audiences, playing up the relationship between Long John Silver and narrator Jim Hawkins. Guess they're trying to be hipper...

Other things I've found online...

If you're a fan of Austen's Emma, why not visit the poll at Lights, Camera, History to vote for your favourite Emma, and Knightley, and Mr. Elton, you vote for your 'dream cast'!

<< Victoria & Albert Museum has a link on 'the golden age of couture' and other interesting features. (shown on left, Pierre Balmain's dress from 1950)

And don't forget that Persuasion (2007) will be airing on PBS this Sunday with a Twitter party for those watching! If you're on Twitter, join in the discussion, follow Jane Austen's World and Austenprose and you can use hashtag #persuasion_pbs.

Since the Oscars have increased the number of films nominated for Best Picture from 5 to 10, they've introduced a preferential voting system for determing the winner. Explained with a bit of humour by Movieline.

Myspace has the first film clip for Alice in Wonderland that's not part of a trailer

Bright Star interview with Jane Campion talking about how she was reluctant to do a period film, let alone one about poetry!

Website up for Richard Armitage's upcoming film Charlie that will begin filming this summer

see the sketches made by costume designer Sandy Powell for The Young Victoria

And last but not least, I would like to thank Jane at Reading, Writing, Working, Playing for passing along the Happy 101 Award! You can visit her blog if you want to take advantage of her expertise on books and more! I'm currently reading her book Intimations of Austen which is delightful so far!! Thanks Jane!


  1. Thank you for all the great links. I'll check them out as soon as I can!

  2. You're welcome! There's always more than I can keep up with!



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