Latest News - February 26 / 2010

Musketeers, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, Kennedy biopic, and Aurelio Zen...

Not one but two films planned for The Three Musketeers?
Already heard about one to be produced by Wingram but now it seems the race is on by another company to see who can first come up with one ready for production. Funny but in wondering what the current fascination is with Dumas' swashbuckling heroes, I couldn't
help but think of the recent "Barbie and the Three Musketeers". Could Mattel have that much influence on this trend? :)

1. The Three Musketeers (2011)
producer Lionel Wigram, the creative force behind Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is planning to remake Alexandre Dumas classic

2. The Three Musketeers (2011)
-Screenplay co-written by Paul W.S. Anderson and Andrew Davies with plans for it to have a more contemporary feel although still period. (read more)

>>Read article in L.A. Times

Not to forget the Alexandre Dumas biopic that just came out this year starring Gerard Depardieu...>>>L'autre Dumas



Anonymous (2010)
"A political thriller about who actually wrote the plays of William Shakespeare-- Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford-- set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her." (possibility of script being based on Mark Anderson's book which suggested just that). Cast: Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Elizabeth), David Thewlis (William Cecil) and Rhys Ifans (The Earl Of Oxford) Read more...

Robert Kennedy biopic
Matt Damon to take on the role of JFK's younger brother based on biography by Evan Thomas.
"The film will trace RFK's transformation from the younger brother in the shadow brother President John F Kennedy to a strong national leader in his own right before he was gunned down in 1968."

Sherlock Holmes
BBC and PBS co-producing a modern take on Conan Doyle's story starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Rupert Graves (source)

Aurelio Zen
BBC: Rufus Sewell will take on the Italian crime detective based on Michael Dibden's novels.
(source)

Pirates of the Caribbean
Besides Penelope Cruz possibly joining the cast, looks like Ian McShane will take on Blackbeard. (Update: Cruz will be playing Blackbeard's daughter)

Upstairs, Downstairs remake is also mentioned as one of the BBC's planned productions. Glad to hear it's still in the works!

Costume Designers - Powell & Atwood

From The Hollywood Reporter
Because ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are pulling out all the stops to promote the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, they might consider billing the best costume design category as a smackdown for the "Project Runway" set.

In what other race this year can you find two nominees who have been nominated eight times apiece, who have gone head-to-head on five previous occasions and who have won two Oscars each in their earlier face-offs?

This year, they're back again.

Sandy Powell, who took home Oscars for 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" and 2004's "The Aviator," is nominated for Apparition's "The Young Victoria," in which her costumes chart the transition the young queen made from embattled princess to fledgling monarch.

Joining her once more in the nominees' circle is Colleen Atwood, nominated for outfitting some of the most iconic actresses in the world in the Weinstein Co.'s "Nine." Atwood won Oscars for 2002's "Chicago" and 2005's "Memoirs of a Geisha."

Turns out, though, theirs is a friendly rivalry.

"We laugh about it; we're always up against each other, and we have enormous respect for each other," Powell says. In fact, on one of the rare occasions when Atwood was nominated (for 2007's "Sweeney Todd") and Powell wasn't, Atwood dashed off a note to Powell, telling her how much she missed her on the red carpet.

Seconds Attwood, "Sandy, her husband Alfie and my family have gotten to know each other with our common nominations. The night is huge, and it is always fun to see familiar faces."

One reason the two have earned so much Oscar attention, Powell theorizes, "is we're lucky. We both work with the same directors regularly."

Although Powell's nomination this year came from collaborating with Jean-Marc Vallee for the first time, she has worked most closely in recent years with Martin Scorsese. She designed the costumes for his just-opened "Shutter Island" and is about to begin work on his next project, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."

"Nine" marks the third time Atwood has worked with Rob Marshall, and she also frequently joins forces with Tim Burton -- the upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" is their latest film together.

Come Oscar Night, the two designers will be part of a group that also includes four-time nominee Janet Patterson for "Bright Star" and first-time nominees Catherine Leterrier for "Coco Before Chanel" and Monique Prudhomme for "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

Powell and Atwood's name recognition aside, it's a relatively equal playing field because none of the films in the category is riding the coattails of a perspective best picture winner.

To recap, here are the 5 nominees for Costume Design for this year's Oscars:

  • Bright Star” Janet Patterson
  • Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
  • Nine” Colleen Atwood
  • The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell
I hope the award goes to either Janet Patterson (>>I thought the fashion in Bright Star definitely helped tell their story)
or to Sandy Powell (>>regal costumes for Queen Victoria were awesome).

Alice in Wonderland - London premiere & new film clips

On February 25th, the stars of the highly anticipated "Alice in Wonderland" turned out for its world premiere in rainy London. Here's a pic of Mia Wasikowska on the 'green' carpet...


>>Link to watch the stars arriving for premiere

They've also released another clip from the movie featuring Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat and an expanded clip of the Tea Party.



W.E. - Wallis and Edward film?

Madonna has plans to direct a movie (currently referred to as W.E.) about King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson based on a script she has written with the help of Alex Keshishian.

"The synopsis of W.E. states that Wally was 'named for her grandmother's passion' and there are fantasy and flashback scenes involving Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson who, after the Abdication, were styled the Duke and Duchess of Windsor."

Apparently the main character of the film is a woman named Wally Winthrop, who is the granddaughter of Wallis Simpson-- maybe-- who falls in love with a security guard at an auction for items belonging to the Duchess of Windsor. It's also about the Duke and Duchess themselves, of course, in extensive flashback scenes.

Some articles have indicated that Madonna would be playing the role of Simpson but other articles mention that Madonna will only be behind the camera. So far no one's been cast but Vera Farminga is one actress mentioned in talks to play Wallis.

Update on March 23: Abbie Cornish is slated to play Wally Winthrop and it looks like Vera Farminga is on board. Ewan McGregor's name has now been mentioned for the role of Edward VIII. (Screendaily)

Update May 29: Farminga and McGregor no longer attached to film. Andrea Riseborough to replace Farminga? [slashfilm]

>Comingsoon.net
>Guardian article

Peony in Love - Lisa See


Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson will be adapting Lisa See's novel "Peony in Love" for Fox 2000, to be produced by Ridley and Tony Scott and actress/producer Giannina Facio. (Lisa See's other novel "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" is also being adapted for film)

From Variety:
For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, the lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amidst the scents of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing choice scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few girls, even women, have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony too is cloistered and from a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own.

Peony's mother is against the production: “Unmarried girls should not be seen in public.” But Peony's father prevails, assuring his wife that proprieties will be maintained. Women will watch the opera from behind a screen to hide them from view. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a cave -- and is immediately overcome with too many emotions.

So begins Peony's unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow -- as Lisa See's haunting new novel takes readers back to 17th century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed. Steeped in traditions and ritual, this story brings to life another time and place -- even the intricate realm of the afterworld, with its protocols, pathways, and stages of existence . . . a vividly imagined place where one’s soul is divided into three, ancestors are worshiped, misdeeds are punished, and hungry ghosts wander the earth.

Based on a true story, Peony in Love uses the richness and magic of the Chinese afterlife to transcend death and explore the many manifestations of love. Ultimately, it’s about universal themes: the bonds of female friendship, the power of words, the desire all women have to be heard, and finally those emotions that are so strong that they transcend time, place, and perhaps even death.

BAFTA Awards 2010

Here are some of the winners from last night's BAFTA Awards...


Awarded annually by the Academy, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Christie, John Barry, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench.
This year Vanessa Redgrave received the Academy Fellow.
>>Read more here.



Kate Winslet presented Best Actor Award to Colin Firth

LEADING ACTOR

JEFF BRIDGES - Crazy Heart

GEORGE CLOONEY - Up in the Air

COLIN FIRTH - A Single Man
Watch the Winner Interview

JEREMY RENNER - The Hurt Locker

ANDY SERKIS - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll



LEADING ACTRESS

CAREY MULLIGAN - An Education
Watch the Winner Interview

SAOIRSE RONAN - The Lovely Bones

GABOUREY SIDIBE - Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

MERYL STREEP - Julie & Julia

AUDREY TAUTOU - Coco Before Chanel



COSTUME DESIGN

BRIGHT STAR - Janet Patterson

COCO BEFORE CHANEL - Catherine Leterrier

AN EDUCATION - Odile Dicks-Mireaux

A SINGLE MAN - Arianne Phillips

THE YOUNG VICTORIA - Sandy Powell
Watch the Winner Interview


MAKE UP & HAIR

COCO BEFORE CHANEL - Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon, Madeleine Cofano

AN EDUCATION - Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS - Sarah Monzani

NINE - Peter Swords King

THE YOUNG VICTORIA - Jenny Shircore
Watch the Winner Interview




1776 Fan Video

Found this video which made me laugh!

I knew that Blythe Danner was in an older movie adaptation about the American founding fathers but I didn't know it was a musical. That makes sense now when I watched this video with clips of 1776 as to why William Daniels (John Adams) and members of Congress are strutting their stuff to Beyonce's song 'Single Ladies' !

Thanks to eowynssword42 for making it!


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
FromVariety.com "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, etc....as 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!

Downton Abbey (2010)


An ITV (NOT BBC) production starring: Maggie Smith & Hugh Bonneville.
Written & created by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes

Season 3 will air in Sept 2012 on ITV and presumably Jan 2013 on PBS

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, the series portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.Filmed on location at Highclere Castle (pics below) and at Ealing Studios

-> Video trailer
-> Video preview
-> Video interviews: Julian and cast
-> Video interview for BBC: Julian & Hugh
-> Video of Elizabeth McGovern on set
-> Video: Tour of Highclere Castle with Helen James
-> Video: Hugh Bonneville on Daybreak

-> Video: Q&A for British Film Institute
-> Video: including Maggie Smith & Penelope Wilton

-> Video: Costume Designer Susannah Buxton
-> Video: Tribute Video montage
-> Video: Behind the Scenes (Highclere)
-> MEET THE CHARACTERS!
-> Familiar Faces of Downton Abbey
-> SCREENCAPS thanks to birdienl
-> SCREENCAPS thanks to Emma-Jane
-> A Milliner's Dream - The HATS of Downton Abbey
-> TOP QUOTES & TIDBITS of Downton Abbey
-> ITV official page (videos only for UK)
-> pictures of cast on set
-> Daily Mail: What the butler would have seen - by Fellowes
-> Daily Mail: article that mentions possibility of sequel
-> Slate: Quality of series determined by length of skirt

INTERVIEWS
- read about the cast & production!
-> creator Julian Fellowes
-> Maggie Smith
-> Hugh Bonneville
-> Elizabeth McGovern
-> Michelle Dockery
-> Laura Carmichael
-> Jessica Brown Findlay
-> Dan Stevens
-> Penelope Wilton
-> Jim Carter
-> Brendan Coyle
-> Phyllis Logan
-> Siobhan Finneran
-> Joanne Froggatt
-> Lesley Nicol
-> Rose Leslie
-> Rob James-Collier
-> Thomas Howes
-> Sophie McShera

Downton is the home of the Crawleys, who have been the Earls of Grantham since 1772. In the drawing rooms and library and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above. Some of them are loyal to the family and are committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the look out for new opportunities or love or just adventure. The difference being that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family knows so few of theirs.

I'm thrilled to hear about Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville joining the cast! Read more about the great talent on board and the characters they play above stairs and below stairs of this great Edwardian house! Elizabeth McGovern will play Hugh's wife, a role she previously did on Freezing. (shown on right)

There will initially be seven episodes of the drama about life in the Downton community with Julian Fellowes penning the lion’s share of the scripts and overseeing the series. The first episode will be 90 minutes duration, while the remaining six episodes of the series will be 60 minute editions of the drama (update: final episode is 90 minutes). Julian is best known for Gosford Park, which won a plethora of awards, not least the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2001. His most recent film work, The Young Victoria, also received critical acclaim. In addition to his work as a writer, Julian is an actor, director and producer.


Laura Mackie said: “We are delighted to be bringing the work of a high profile film writer like Julian Fellowes to ITV1. This is a quality series of real scale and ambition that explores the fascinating and complicated relationships, between masters and servants during a brilliantly vivid period of British history.”

Downton Abbey’s writer and creator Julian Fellowes said: “It is no secret that I am fascinated by the extraordinary variety of people that occupied the great country houses. Where men and women worked alongside each other and lived in close proximity, but were separated in their dreams and aspirations by a distance that makes the moon seem close. Television drama often relies on a structure that will involve characters of different backgrounds, any hospital soap opera or detective series can give you that, but there is no narrative base that can provide members of every level of society, sleeping under a single roof, more believably than a great house before the First War. " (info from ITV)

ITV announced they were planning a new drama in the style of classic 1970s series ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ last year. A few months later and the BBC announced they were re-launching Upstairs Downstairs for BBC One.

Directing duties were shared by 2 Brians and a Ben!
Brian Percival -Ep. 1,6,7 (North & South, The Old Curiosity Shop)
Ben Bolt - Ep. 2, 3 (Ashes to Ashes, The Turn of the Screw, Doc Martin)
Brian Kelly - Ep. 4,5 (Torchwood, Monarch of the Glen, Hope Springs)

Highclere Castle (filming location)

Thanks to Judy at Costume Drama Reviews for the heads up of the cast!
Thanks to Smoke for pics of location!


Timeline of episodes for Downton Abbey
Episode 1 ~ April 1912
Episode 2 ~ Sept. 1912
Episode 3 ~ Mar. 1913
Episode 4 ~ May 1913
Episode 5 ~ Aug. 1913
Episode 6 ~ May 1914

Episode 7 ~ July 1914

Great explanation of timeline here thanks to the Last Countess!
[keep in mind that PBS is showing this is 4 episodes so it will differ]

(poll inspired by Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs)

Prince of Persia - Behind the Scenes


Not sure if period drama fans will like the plot and style of this Bruckheimer film but the scenery in Morocco looks great - perhaps that's just because I'd love to visit there! This film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton & Ben Kingsley.



London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth were two of the actors that took home awards from the 2010 London Film Critics' Awards.

Andrea Arnold was a big winner directing Fish Tank (4 awards including Best British Film) and she's about to take on a remake of Wuthering Heights.

Given that it's the 30th anniversary of the Film Critics Awards, they also announced their choice for
Best Films of the last 3 decades
:

1. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1980)
2. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1994)
3. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2007)
4. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
5. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
6. Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1990)
7. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997)
8. Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996)
9. Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies, 1989)
10. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1983)

Here are the nominees and winners:

FILM OF THE YEAR
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
Bright Star
An Education
Fish Tank
In the Loop
Moon

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
The Class
Katyn
Let the Right One In
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Jacques Audiard - A Prophet
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Andrea Arnold - Fish Tank
Armando Iannucci - In the Loop
Duncan Jones – Moon
Kevin Macdonald - State of Play
Sam Taylor-Wood - Nowhere Boy

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
George Clooney - Up in the Air
Tahar Rahim - A Prophet
Michael Stuhlbarg - A Serious Man
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Abbie Cornish - Bright Star
Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
Mo'Nique – Precious
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Peter Capaldi - In the Loop
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Tom Hardy – Bronson
Christian MacKay - Me and Orson Welles
Andy Serkis - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt - The Young Victoria
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Katie Jarvis - Fish Tank
Kristin Scott Thomas - Nowhere Boy

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Michael Fassbender - Fish Tank
John Hurt - 44 Inch Chest
Jason Isaacs – Good
Alfred Molina - An Education
Timothy Spall - The Damned United

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Emily Blunt - Sunshine Cleaning
Anne-Marie Duff - Nowhere Boy
Rosamund Pike - An Education
Kierston Wareing - Fish Tank
Olivia Williams - An Education

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche - In the Loop
Thomas Bidegain & Jacques Audiard - A Prophet
Joel & Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon
Nick Hornby - An Education

THE NSPCC AWARD: YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Katie Jarvis - Fish Tank
Aaron Johnson - Nowhere Boy and Dummy
George MacKay - The Boys Are Back
Bill Milner - Is Anybody There? and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Saoirse Ronan* - The Lovely Bones

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Daniel Barber - Harry Brown
Armando Ianucci - In the Loop
Duncan Jones – Moon
Peter Strickland - Katalin Varga
Sam Taylor-Wood - Nowhere Boy

Best Performances of the Last Decade

New York Times Magazine has put together a little over seven-minute video with 14 of 2009's notable actors discussing some of what they consider to be the best performances of the last decade. The names included are Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Christoph Waltz, Sam Worthington, Vera Farmiga, Tobey Maguire, Colin Firth, Zoe Saldana and George Clooney.

I had to laugh at Jake Gyllenhaal's choice since Sarsgaard is his brother-in-law.

I can't think offhand which performance I would choose but I have to say I like Morgan Freeman's answer, hence the photo on the left.

Beware Sandra Bullock's hair!

Annie Leibovitz - French Twists



This article in Vogue celebrates France during the reign of Louis XVI with Gemma Ward, Gisele Bündchen, Hugh Dancy, & Gerard Depardieu.

French Twists in 2004 mentions the movie Bon Voyage but I don't recall hearing anything of it. Not sure if anyone has seen it?

<-- my fave dress

Photographs taken by Annie Liebovitz.




Passion Play
The court of Louis XVI thrived on le scandale. Here Gisele Bündchen and Gérard Depardieu (soon to be seen in Bon Voyage) reenact the roles of seduced and seducer as represented in Fragonard's 1778 painting Le Verrou. Christian Lacroix Haute Couture dress.



Court in the Act
Courtesans and queens, actors and archdukes—the rarefied salons of the eighteenth-century French aristocracy were the Bungalow 8 of their day. Hugh Dancy (starring later this year in King Arthur) toys with model Karen Elson's lapdog, as French actor Benjamin Lindbergh (second from left) keeps an eye out for dirty pool in a shot that evokes Louis-Léopold Boilly's The Game of Billiards. All clothes, Christian Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano.



Chambre Music
Louis Garrel (center), who played the sexually adventurous Parisian twin in Bertolucci's The Dreamers, joins Depardieu's debauched soiree around the harpsichord. All clothes, Chanel Haute Couture.


Black Narcissus
In the 1700s, as today, it reflected well on a patron's vanity to commission work by the choicest painters of the hour. Here, new model Gemma Ward watches as the French artist Fabrice Hybert ponders an abstraction. All clothing by Gaultier Paris.

Motivational Posters - Emma edition

I was just thinking how fun it would be to have a calendar
made up of Period Drama Motivational Posters...

Thanks so much to Shelly for sharing her creations
based on the latest adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma!






Latest News - February 15 / 2010

The Promised Land (2011)
"a police-thriller set in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem during the British Mandate era in Palestine. It tells the gripping true story of two British police officers Thomas Wilkin, played by Jim Sturgess, and Geoffrey Morton, played by Matthew Macfadyen and their battle to bring to an end the campaign of bombings and assassinations by the extreme right-wing Jewish underground led by the charismatic poet, Avraham Stern [Colin Firth]. The film culminates when the two policemen track Stern down to his apartment hide-out in Tel Aviv on Mizrachi Street in 1942."
indie wire



Glenn Close is set to reprise her stage role in film based on George Moore's story. Orlando Bloom, Michael Gambon and Janet McTeer are also on board.

Set in a luxury hotel in Dublin, Albert Nobbs is a Gosford Park-style “below stairs” drama featuring Close as a woman in 19th century Ireland who disguises herself as a man in order to survive. The celebrated actress has said that Nobbs will be “the challenge” of her career. “I believe in this story and its potential to take everyone on a sensuous, funny, heart-breaking ride,” Close commented.



Burke and Hare (2010)
Andy Serkis is replacing David Tennant in this dark (yet true) comedy about 19th century graverobbers. Also stars: Simon Pegg, Tom Wilkinson, John Cleese, Hugh Bonneville, Isla Fisher, Stephen Merchant. Directed by John Landis.
The project is based on the true story a pair of British serial killers, William Burke and William Hare, gravediggers who sold the corpses of their victims to a medical college for dissection during the 19th century.
Wikipedia

Annie Leibovitz - Marie Antoinette photos

Here are more photos from my favourite photographer of late. Leibovitz took pics of Kirsten Dunst posing as Marie Antoinette for the September 2006 issue of Vogue. Personally, although I was disappointed in the film, the fashion of 18th century Versailles still appealed to my 'costume' drama fascination!

The only photo below that I don't like is the large garbage bag? that Kirsten is wearing (in fact it's a John Galiano dress made of black aluminum foil...what do I know of fashion?)

This Vogue shoot was the first authorized by the Château de Versailles in 25 years.

>>More on the movie of Marie Antoinette
>>Behind the scenes video of the magazine shoot
>>More photos by ANNIE LEIBOVITZ


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