Ben Hur (2010) Trailer

I guess this is a rough cut trailer for Ben Hur. I have to say the trailer doesn't look as good as the early stills I've seen.

Alice in Wonderland: costume pics

Frocktalk has posted some pics of the costumes from the new Alice in Wonderland featured on display at Comic Con. Here's just an example of some of the outifits that can be found on Flickr with more to be posted on The Costumer's Guide...
(I've just posted the small images of these photos, you can see them in closer detail at the original source.)

Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood (Oscar winner for Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago)


Sherlock Holmes : panel discussion & extended trailer

Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams and producers Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin are shown here describing Sherlock Holmes in a panel discussion at Comic Con 2009. I was interested to hear Downey Jr. describe how this film adaptation was based closely on Conan Doyle's work, saying they went "back to the source, so that was how we reinvigorated it, was by deciding to change less than had been changed previously."

Here's an extended trailer of the one released previously:

Here's the longer 22 minute video of the Comic Con panel:

>> original post on Sherlock Holmes

The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa

Here's a mini film that I had seen before but not posted here, starring Kevin Spacey, Elliot Cowan (Leonardo Da Vinci) and Thandie Newton (Mona Lisa).

Produced by Kevin Spacey, where he also performed the lead role, ‘The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa’ was originally performed on the occasion of the IWC gala evening ‘”Serata di Leonardo” at the SIHH Watch Fair. Spacey is "a dominant, boorish and autocratic inquisitor with the mission to address the question of Mona Lisa’s smile."

Bright Star - video

Movie trailer for Bright Star: (I did have a video interview with the director Jane Campion which I enjoyed but the link no longer works for me.)
>>original post with more information and pics

Richard Armitage jewellery

Bluecabochon (besides creating The Dancing Richard which seems to be so popular) has also designed some jewellery related to Richard Armitage which can be found at OvertheTop on Etsy!

Here are some examples based on Richard Thornton (North and South) and Guy of Gisbourne (Robin Hood). Please visit her site for more details...she can remake any that you see in the collections even if they're not listed at the shop.

Ahhh, TDHCMO...the Tall Dark Handsome Cotton Mill Owner (N&S)

You do more harm than good with your basket...(N&S)

Overbearing Master (N&S)

My World is Ash (RH)

Alice in Wonderland (2010) - Trailer

New sneak peek trailer for Disney's new "Alice in Wonderland" directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter & Anne Hathaway.

Jane Austen Girls - She's So Lovely

Saw this as a tweet from Laurel Ann at Austenprose! Fun song, fun video!

Plots and Proposals

I had already linked to this but I just found a clearer video of this parody of Pride and Prejudice. "Plots and Proposals" was a short skit as part of the tv special: Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings. It features the likes of Alan Rickman, Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson, Honeysuckle Weeks, Pete Postlethwaite, Geraldine McEwan, James Bolam, Richard E. Grant and Victoria Wood herself. Since this video's quality was better, I was tickled to also recognize Delia Smith in a cameo :)

A little over 8 minutes of silliness...

..."I find you very suppository miss!"

Princes in the Tower

I thought it was timely when I read Richard Armitage mention his interest in Richard III, just after I had requested the DVD of Princes in the Tower from my library. It's a story surrounded in mystery so I wanted to find out more about the events around it and the "players" upon that stage. I always get a kick when I finally make a connection between known historical figures. In this case, I discovered that Richard III is the king who imprisoned his nephews "the princes in the tower", Edward and Richard and they were never seen alive again. Richard III was succeeded by Henry VII, who fathered the famous Henry VIII. Brits probably know these facts inside and out but as a Canadian who never studied British history, I find these stories interesting as I play "connect the dots" with their family trees! For the record, Richard III is not featured in Princes in the Tower so I didn't learn any more about the character that Mr. Armitage is interested in taking on one day...

This turned out to be a documentary but for the most part it played as a dramatic film. Since historians don't know all the details of what really happened, this film takes us on a journey of exploring the possiblities while relaying known facts. Mark Umbers plays Perkin Warbeck, the pretender to the throne, claiming to be Prince Richard who survived the tower and arrives in London with supporters who believe his claim. The movie follows the ongoing inquiry into whether or not he is in fact Richard, the son of King Edward IV.

Umbers was the highlight for me, his charisma made me believe that he was the heir to the throne. The other performance that impressed me was Sally Edwards as Lady Margaret Beaufort, a lady I would not wish to cross! She was cold and calculating and yet so human in her desire to protect her son, King Henry VII and uphold his throne.

I was also compelled by Queen Elizabeth of York (wife of King Henry VII) as she struggled with loyalty to him and this man claiming to be her brother Richard, no longer dead as believed but now threatening her husband's claim to the throne. I found one scene in particular to be a dramatic illustration of just how cut throat rulers were to secure their power. King Henry, asks Elizabeth, the mother of his sons Arthur and Henry, what she will do if in fact Richard is found to be her brother. Who will she choose? Henry suggests that if Richard does become king, he would certainly want to kill Arthur and Henry to prevent them from returning one day and claiming the throne for themselves.

The quality of this production is not as glamourous as other films but if you're interested in history, you might want to check it out.

Here's a scene from the film where King Henry is interrogating Richard/Perkin

"The Two Princes Edward and Richard in the Tower"
Sir John Millais

King Henry VII

Elizabeth of York (11 February 1466 – 11 February 1503)
was the daughter, sister, niece, wife and mother of Kings of England.

She was Queen of England as spouse of King Henry VII, whom she married in 1486.

"King Edward V and the Duke of York in the Tower of London" - Paul Delaroche

This is my 3rd movie in the Period Movie Challenge

Whose Hat Is It Anyway?

One of the things that I love about period movies are the costumes and the HATS! I suppose there aren't as many milliners around today since we've lost our sense of style in that regard! (Except for such events as the Kentucky Derby ?)

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