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Matthew Macfadyen cast in BBC Four's Enid Blyton

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BBC recently released a press release for a new TV project that Matthew Macfadyen has signed on to co-star.

Read the press release article below:

Acclaimed actress Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd) leads the cast in Enid Blyton (working title), a major one-off drama from Carnival Film & Television for BBC Four. Matthew Macfadyen and Denis Lawson also star. Helena Bonham Carter says: "It's a long time since I have read such a well written script with as complex and fascinating a character as Enid. I hope I do her justice. And I hope I get to drink lashings of ginger beer."One of the most recognised storytellers of all time, Enid Blyton's charming characters and classic tales have enchanted countless generations of children all over the world for almost 80 years. Having sold over 500 million books in 40 countries, this one-off drama follows the woman behind the enduring and compelling stories such as the beloved Famous Five, Secret Seven, Malory Tower…

P&P Blog Weekly Poll

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New Poll is now up!

The current poll (#15) is now up (scroll down at the bottom) right side bar under the Weekly Poll for the new poll question:

Which one of the following DVD Extras NOT on P&P DVD would you have liked to have been included?
Many thanks to all of you who voted in the last poll. Below is the result from last week's poll.


Which one of the following DVD Special Features From P&P movie did you enjoy watching the most?


A Bennet Family Portrait 2 (33%)
Jane Austen, Ahead of Her Time 0 (0%)
Behind-the-Scenes at the Ball 0 (0%)
Feature Commentary with Director Joe Wright 2 (33%)
Pride & Prejudice: HBO First Look 1 (16%)
On Set Diaries 1 (16%)
The Stately Homes of Pride & Prejudice 0 (0%)
Pride & Prejudice Family Tree 0 (0%)
other 0 (0%)


Votes so far: 6
Poll closed

On TV Tonight: Watch Little Dorrit premiere on PBS' Masterpiece tonight

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Finally, Matthew Macfadyen's Little Dorrit will premiere here in the U.S. on PBS's Masterpiece starting tonight (March 29 - April 26) episode 1. It will be shown in 5 episodes.

Here are the episodes' airdates schedule:
March 29 - Part 1 (120 minutes)
April 5 - Part 2 (90 minutes)
April 12 - Part 3 (90 minutes)
April 19 - Part 4 (90 minutes)
April 26 - Part 5 (90 minutes)Little Dorrit



Airing March 29 - April 26, 2009 on PBSCheck local listings

Synopsis
Amy "Little" Dorrit lives in the Marshalsea Prison for Debt caring for her father William Dorrit. To aid her family, Amy works for stern shut-in Mrs. Clennam. Son Arthur Clennam returns from China after his father's death, haunted by his father's final, mysterious words. Is there a long-buried family secret and does it somehow involve Amy and her family? Settling back into English life, Arthur gets reacquainted with former sweetheart Flora Finching, although true affections are saved for Pet Meagles. Meanwhile, in …

Happy Birthday Keira Knightley!

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Today (3/26) marks the 24th Birthday of the lovely, beautiful, talented, and Oscar/Golden Globe Nominated British actress .


Keira's upcoming film projects for 2009/2010.


The Beautiful and the Damned (2010) (in production) .... Zelda SayreMy Fair Lady (2010) (announced) (rumored) .... Eliza DoolittleNever Let Me Go (2010) (pre-production)London Boulevard (2010) (pre-production) .... Lillian PalmerLast Night (2009) (post-production) .... Joanna Reed







P.S. -> Speaking of birthdays or in this case anniversary, my P&P (2005) Forum turns 3 years online today too! I created the P&P fan forum the same day as Keira's birthday 3 years ago today (of course, unaware at the time that it was her birthday, lol). So, yeah, there are 2 reasons to celebrate today and every year...KK's b-day and the P&P forum. How cool, eh?


Happy 3 Years Online P&P Forum!





P&P Blog Weekly Poll

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New Poll is now up!

The current poll (#14) is now up (scroll down at the bottom) right side bar under the Weekly Poll for the new poll question:

Which one of the following DVD Special Features from P&P movie did you enjoy watching the most?
Many thanks to all of you who voted in the last poll. Below is the result from last week's poll.


If a sequel to the 2005 P&P movie is made in the near future would you be interested in watching it?

Yes - as long as KK, MM, P&P director JW and the rest of the cast are on board. 9 (75%) No - I loved the P&P '05 movie just the way it was. No sequel will compare to its original adaptation. 3 (25%)

Total Votes: 12
Poll closed

All previous Weekly Polls are archived here.

Keira Knightley's Time Out and Movie Fone Interviews

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was interviewed by New York's Time Out for the upcoming U.S. release of her film, The Edge of Love. She talks about singing and trying to avoid her upcoming birthday (March 26th) among other things.Read parts of he interview below:Time Out New York: Happy early birthday.
Keira Knightley: Thank you. I was kind of trying to ignore it.You’re not old enough to try and ignore it yet.
No, I am. I’ll ignore it now, and when I’m properly old enough to ignore it I’ll have been ignoring it for so long that I won’t even notice.Is it true that you were shy about singing in the new film?
I was frightened of it, yes [Laughs]. I had to go into this very posh studio in London and record it, which was fucking frightening. Just before I was going onto the set, John [Maybury] the director came down and said, “I actually want you to do it live.” I nearly died, really. There were about a hundred extras, and about 50 crew. I sounded a bit like a pubescent boy, I think, on the first one. An…

Carey Mulligan talks about Keira Knightley and their film Never Let Me Go

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The Daily Mail talked to Carey Mulligan about the new film, Never Let Me Gothat she and P&P co-star will be co-starring and filming begins next month.


Read the article below:
Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley have developed their own sign language which may or may not be useful on their new film, which starts shooting next month. The two young actresses played sisters in Pride And Prejudice and now they will star opposite each other in the film version of Kazuo Ishiguro's haunting novel Never Let Me Go, where they play students who are cocooned at a strange private school in an unsettling version of deepest Norfolk. 'We play best friends in the movie and it's the nicest thing to get to work with one of your really good friends,' Carey told me. 'It won't feel like work really.'The two actresses recently had a 'getting to know you' supper with director Mark Romanek and their leading man, Andrew Garfield. 'Keira and I had a littl…

Madame de Sade Rehearsal and Stage Play Photos

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Here are some rehearsal and during the stage play photos as well as the afterparty cast photo with Rosamund Pike and Dame Judi Dench.


Check them out and click the images below to enlarge!


Madame de Sade - Stage Play









Afterparty Cast Photo




Madame de Sade Rehearsal Photos of RP and JD...

[click images below to enlarge!]



[source: Photography by Marc Brenner | Madame de Sade]



Dame Judi Dench hospitalized after a fall, pays tribute to Natasha Richardson

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Wenn.com/IMDB News reports that Dame Judi Dench has been forced to temporarily pull out of a new London play after badly spraining her ankle in a fall outside the theater on Thursday.

TheCasino Royale star, 74, was exiting the Wyndham theater, where she is starring in new play Madame De Sade, when she tripped over a stage door and had to be taken to the hospital.
She is now nursing an injured ankle and has been ordered to rest up and allow it to heal - but she is determined to be back at work next week.

Her spokesperson says, "As Judi Dench was leaving the theater, she tripped at the stage door and fell. She was taken to Accident and Emergency, where she was diagnosed with a severely sprained ankle.
"Doctors have advised that she bring no weight to bear on her foot for the time being. As a consequence, Judi's role of Madame de Montreuil will be performed this weekend by her understudy Marjorie Hayward.
"The Donmar theatre company and Judi apologize for any upset or i…

Mixed Reviews for Madame de Sade

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BBC News posted this article about
Critics have been largely unimpressed by Madame de Sade, the latest show in the Donmar Warehouse season in London's West End, starring Dame Judi Dench.

Written by Japanese playwright Yukio Mishima, the drama focuses on how the debauchery of the notorious Marquis de Sade affected his wife Renee.


Rosamund Pike plays the title character with Dench playing her outraged mother. De Sade himself does not appear.
According to the Daily Mail, the result is "desperately heavy going".


"Not even the presence of Dame Judi Dench can prevent it turning into 115 minutes of verbal and visual punishment," wrote reviewer Quentin Letts.


The Guardian's Michael Billington praised the "breathtaking" acting and staging of Michael Grandage's visually "stunning" production.
However, he continued, the play itself - set in Paris in the decade preceding the French Revolution - "is an example of the Higher Tosh".


Read fu…

UK's Telegraph does a Rosamund Pike interview

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Following last week's Telegraph.co.uk's Made de Sade article and photo.

This week, Telegraph.co.uk's Lucy Cavendishhas interviewed Rosamund Pike as she gets ready to do Madame de Sade stage play with P&P/Die Another Day co-stars Judi Dench.



Here are some interesting parts from the RP interview...


Rosamund Pike interview


Even before her very public break-up Rosamund Pike found stardom uncomfortable. Still single – and about to play the Marquis de Sade's wife – she talks about why she's now happier with, and by, herself.


Madame de Sadeis a play in which her saintly character (Renée) actually turns out to have spent half her life swinging naked from chandeliers. 'Judi Dench plays my mother,' Pike says ruminatively. 'She doesn't approve of her daughter's actions.' Is acting with Dench in any way a scary thought? 'No,' she says. 'It's a wonderful thought. I have acted with her before but I didn't really…

P&P Blog Weekly Poll

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New Poll is now up!

The current poll (#13) is now up (scroll down at the bottom) right side bar under the Weekly Poll for the new poll question:

If a sequel to the 2005 P&P movie is made in the near future would you be interested in watching it?
Many thanks to all of you who voted in the last poll. Below is the result from last week's poll.

Which ending version of the P&P '05 movie did you prefer watching?

The U.K./International version with Mr. Bennet asking for any suitors for Kitty and Mary 0 (0%) The U.S. ending version with the married Darcy's in "Mrs. Darcy" scene 5 (83%) Both 1 (16%

Total Votes: 6
Poll closed

All previous Weekly Polls are archived here.

Stage Play: Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike's Madame de Sade to debut next Friday

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As previously posted here (Rosamund Pike bonds with Judi Dench in Madame De Sade) back in August 2008.

Now, here's an update:

Telegraph.co.uk has a new article and photo ofP&P/Die Another Day co-stars Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike with the rest of the cast.

Read the article below:


Madame de Sade: Hara-kiri, sex and six women


Female voice: The six wives in Madame de Sade
What drove the writer of a play about the libidinous Frenchman to disembowel himself?

Next Friday, a little-known Japanese play, Madame de Sade, will have its West End debut at the Donmar Warehouse, this year in residency at Wyndham's Theatre. It should be a night to remember. The play's subject is the infamous Marquis de Sade; the play's author, Yukio Mishima, was a celebrated Japanese writer and masochist who committed hara-kiri in 1970, five years after Madame de Sade was first performed. Mishima's death was as plotted as anything he achieved in his brief and busy lifetime: se…

First Look: First Keira Knightley still from 'Last Night' film

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EW.com has the first movie still of Keira Knightley from her upcoming film Last Night. (click KK image to your left to enlarge!)

Read the EW.com mini article below:


Keira Knightley's 'Night' Moves


Finally, a contemporary romantic drama for the ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' queen!


Shedding her wigs and petticoats, Keira Knightley stars in the present-day romantic drama Last Night as a married New York writer who runs into an old flame (Guillaume Canet) while her husband is on a business trip with a very attractive co-worker (Eva Mendes). First-time director Massy Tadjedin won't reveal if vows are actually broken in the movie, which takes place over 36 hours (and will hit theaters later this year). Knightley's character ''considers the choices she's made in her life and her marriage,'' says Tadjedin. ''It's a good, strong marriage. But even the best marriages can be tested. —Lindsay Soll

Winner of Sharon Lathan's novel!

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I am very sad to say that the original winner never contacted me. It has been 5 days and per my rules I need to pick someone else. I am very sorry Dava! I do hope you purchase the novel as I loved your enthusiasm. I would still love to hear from you!

So, the names were again placed into the basket and picked at random. The new winner is Terry Spear!

Terry happens to be a good friend and fellow Sourcebooks author who has been searching high and low for my book but always discovering the shelves empty. It is a pleasure to be able to send her a copy. Terry writes romantic shapeshifting wolf stories, if that sounds interesting to anyone. They are very good. Here is her webpage: Terry Spear

Again thanks to everyone who participated. It was tremendous fun!

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I am so excited to be able to announce the winner of a signed copy of Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy ~ Two Shall Become One. I had a marvelous time being interviewed by Jeane and then sharing my long-winded answers with all of you. Ap…

P&P Blog Weekly Poll

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New Poll is now up!

The current poll (#12) is now up (scroll down at the bottom) right side bar under the Weekly Poll for the new poll question:

Which ending version of the P&P '05 movie did you prefer watching?
Many thanks to all of you who voted in the last poll. Below is the result from last week's poll.

Which one of the following tracks from the P&P Movie Soundtrack was your most favorite to listen to?

Dawn 1 (16%) Meryton Townhall 0 (0%) The Militia Marches In 0 (0%) Georgiana 0 (0%) Arrival At Netherfield 0 (0%) A Postcard To Henry Purcell 1 (16%) Liz On Top Of The World 0 (0%) Leaving Netherfield 0 (0%) Darcy's Letter 0 (0%) Can't Slow Down 0 (0%) Your Hands Are Cold 2 (33%) Mrs. Darcy 0 (0%) Other (P&P tracks not listed here) 2 (33%)

Total Votes: 6
Poll closed

All previous Weekly Polls are archived here.

Rupert Friend on the rise! plus new Young Victoria stills, movie poster, trailer, and official website link

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Rupert Friend On The Rise

Rupert Friend may currently be best know as being the boyfriend of actress Keira Knightley but over the last couple of years he has been establishing himself as one of the country's best young actors.He broke through in 2004 in The Libertine and since then has mixed an matched his roles as he has slowly built a career for himself.The Libertine saw him star alongside Johnny Depp as Billy Downs, a friend and lover of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester.But it was his role as Mr Wickham in Joe Wright's 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudicethat shot the young actor to fame, as well as introducing him to a certain Miss Knightley.The film was a critical and commercial success boosting the careers of all the young cast including Rosamund Pike,Friend and Knightley herself who was trying to shake off her Pirates of the Caribbean tag.This week sees him return to the big screen, and the period drama as he takes on the role of Prince Albert in The Young Victori…

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