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15 things to look forward to in 2015...

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Happy New Year's Eve!
This is my 250th and last post for 2014. As I wait (4 more hours here, ET in my time zone!) to welcome the new year, I thought I'd post here 15 things I look forward to seeing and hope to happen (and more) in the coming New Year, 2015!

In random order...

Wanted: P&P Guest Bloggers/Blog Contributors and Graphic Artists

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Okay, I'm not going to stop blogging here as I've been blogging and maintaining this P&P Blog for over 7 years and it's been a lot a fun. I love and enjoy posting randomly here even if it's a lot of work and I spent countless hours on uploading photos and trailer screen captures, posting TV & Film news of my favorite P&P (2005) actors and director Joe Wright (as well as any P&P/Austen related news articles), editing and updating various sections and pages of this blog, and keeping my all-time favorite movie alive and maintaining this fan blog for my fellow devoted P&P fans for as long as I can. It sure is a lot of work, especially when I do it all, mostly by myself (and don't get paid doing it either, but I don't mind because I love P&P and this 2005 movie so much that it has become a personal hobby and passion of mine to keep this going for almost 8 years now. The best thing about this is...this is my blog, my precious baby blog that I…

Which Elizabeth & Darcy pairings are closest in ages to their Pride and Prejudice book counterparts?

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Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy are 20 and 28 years old inJane Austen's original Pride and Prejudice novel.

Several actors have played/portrayed Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy in both big screen and small screen since 1940 to this day (to date), but did you know, only one pair of EB/Darcyactors were exactly or rather the closest to their book counterparts?

Here's a compiled list (though the *LBD series pairing is included in both picture and the list below, their ages are in ??? since I don't know their ages at all as they are not listed anywhere, neither on their official sites, nor IMDB...my guess would be, they're either in the mid to late 20s or so...) to see which EB/Darcy pairing (of P&P actors) is accurate in terms of ages as their book counterparts...

P&P NewsBits: Watch Penelope Wilton in first look preview trailer for 'Downton Abbey's Season 5, Watch Tamzin Merchant in first trailer for 'The Messenger' and teaser trailer for 'Salem's Season 2, see Rupert Friend in 'To Write Love On Her Arms' trailer, and more!

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Some new movies, casting, release dates, and filming news info. featuring some P&P actors here that I thought I'd post them all in the same post...

Here's today's quick news round up of TV and film news (including casting calls, a film synopsis, trailersrelease datesfestival newsetc.) of the following P&P (2005) actors: Keira Knightley,, Rupert Friend,Tamzin Merchant, andJena Malone), all in one post!

First up...

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing all the devoted Pride & Prejudice Fans, visitors, and all the faithful P&P Blog Readers here today a very...

P&P NewsBits: Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike nominated for British Actress of the Year - London Critics Circle Film Awards, new The Imitation Game stills featuring Keira Knightley, Downton Abbey Christmas Special, and more!

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Some new movies, casting, release dates, and filming news info. featuring some P&P actors here that I thought I'd post them all in the same post...

Here's today's quick news round up of TV and film news (including casting calls, a film synopsis, trailersrelease datesfestival newsetc.) of the following P&P (2005) actors: Keira Knightley,Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan, Tom Hollander, Rupert Friend,,Donald Sutherland, andJena Malone), all in one post!

First up...

Pikemania: Rosamund Pike's Best Actress Nominations and Accolades for her outstanding performance in Gone Girl

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With four films (A Long Way Down, Hector And The Search For Happiness, Gone Girl, and What We Did On Our Holiday) all released in theaters this year,Rosamund Pikefinally got the recognition and success she so deserves for her outstanding performance asAmy Elliot Dunne(aka Amazing Amy) in the box office hit thriller Gone Girl(currently a big box office winner with $164.7 million domestic BO gross, $180 million foreign and $344.7 million worldwide for an R-rated film, in which she co-starred with Ben Affleck in her first female lead role). The lovely Miss Pikehas been garnering numerous film critics nominations and awards (13 wins, thus far!) left and right, film festival honors, and a few top award nominations for Best Actress from Golden Globes, SAG, and Critics Choice Movie Awards with BAFTA and the Oscars nominations yet to be announced (as both nomination announcements for both awards will be next month). Gone Girl, the movie itself, has been receiving countless of award nominatio…

TBT: Pride & Prejudice (2005)'s top film critics rave reviews

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Throwback Thursday: Pride & Prejudice (2005)'s rave reviews from top film critics

85% Certified Fresh (from all film critics) on Rotten Tomatoes and 90% "Like" from audiences (on their site)...here's 35 (out of 38) Top Film Critics brief rave reviews....

Critics Consensus: Sure, it's another adaptation of cinema's fave Jane Austen novel, but key performances and a modern filmmaking sensibility make this familiar period piece fresh and enjoyable.

Read (or if you have read them before, re-read) the following...

Watch: Judi Dench and Penelope Wilton in new trailer for 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'!

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A new trailer for director John Madden’s (Shakespeare in Love) sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has been released online. The cast from the 2011 film has reunited for the follow-up including , (Evelyn), Maggie Smith (Muriel), Bill Nighy (Douglas), Dev Patel (Sonny), Celia Imrie (Madge), Ronald Pickup (Norman),  (Jean), Diana Hardcastle (Carol), Tena Desae (Sunaina) and Lillete Dubey (Mrs. Kapoor). Making their debut in the sequel are Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig. This is the first ever sequel made by Fox Searchlight, and the rare adult-themed prestige film to get an encore. The first film was a surprise global hit which grossed $135 million worldwide. A new poster (see above) and promo character still (with Dame Judi Dench as Evelyn) has been released too.

The sequel (from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) was directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker. The film hits theaters on March 6th, 2015.
Watch The Second Best Exotic Mar…

Happy 239th Birthday Jane Austen!

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Happy 239th Birthday to the lovely, genius and way ahead of her time, beloved English novelist, the one and only, JANE AUSTEN!

Worth re-posting every year (and slightly edited and updated) for your FYI...

Remembering and celebrating her birthday today, Jane Austen, the woman who wrote the original Pride and Prejudicenovel (which had been made into several TV and Film adaptations including the 2005 film, Pride & Prejudice), which was her first (can you believe unsuccessful?!) submission to a publisher back in 1797 (216 years ago) titled "First Impressions" (later changed to "Pride and Prejudice"). She revised "First Impressions" and published it entitled "Pride and Prejudice" in 1813 (201 years ago, 11 months ago this year!). 

When People say things...about Jane Austen, Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, and Pride & Prejudice movie! #OMGICantEven

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When people say things... #OMGICantEven

Okay, I'm not trying to be a spelling or grammar detective here, but when I see/hear/read people (P&P/Austen fans or not...but most especially some...not all...P&P/Austen fans, who should know better. I can understand once and if you're not a fan, but to) say things about P&P/Austen adaptations without checking if they are right or often misspell either Jane Austen or Elizabeth Bennet's last names, it just irks me and I can't help but SMH (shakes my head) and say, OMG, I can't even know what to say (or #hashtag #OMGICANTEVEN! for short, lol). I thought I'd post and rant a bit here about the following things below that I've been noticing on social media recently (which doesn't really bother me and I mostly ignore them, but here I thought I'd mention them, just because I need to vent a little about these on my blog, get it out of the way...and then, let it go! *just like Elsa did in Frozen, haha!*))…

Gone Girl with Rosamund Pike and The Imitation Game with Keira Knightley both scored 6 Critics Choice Movie Award Nominations each!

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The 2014 awards season continues with another nominations for Gone Girl and The Imitation Game, both films garnered numerous other nominations including SAG andGolden Globe Awards last week. This morning, the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 20th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awardsannounced its nominations and both Gone Girl with Rosamund Pike (with Best Actress nomination) and The Imitation Game with Keira Knightley(with Best Supporting Actress nomination) scored 6 nominations each! Also, Keira's "Lost Stars" song from her other film, Begin Again is nominated for Best Song along with Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat" forThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1(Donald Sutherlandas President Snow and Jena Maloneas Johanna Mason co-star) with Jennifer Lawrence getting a Best Actress in an Action Movie for MJ-Part 1 as well.

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Golden Globe Nominations for Rosamund Pike and Gone Girl, Keira Knightley and The Imitation Game in films and Downtown Abbey and Homeland on TV!

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The 72nd Golden Globe Awards Nominations were just announced early this morning and two of my favorite P&P (2005) actors are nominated! Once again, another big woohoo!!!! Hope it continues for the BAFTAs and Oscars (crossing fingers and knock on wood!)...but let's not get ahead of ourselves here, lol...for now so happy for the Bennet girls getting their Golden Globe nominations!!!

Yay, Rosamund Pike is nominated (like her first SAG Award nomination yesterday, this is her first and well-deserved GG Nom!!) for BestPerformance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Gone Girl, which received a total of 4 nominations including Best Actress for RP and director for David Fincher, but no Best Picture?!! Oh, well...at least Ros and Fincher got in and weren't snubbed!) and Keira Knightley (while she was previously nominated in 2006 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Pride & Prejudice, this was her first GG nomination in a Suppo…

Rosamund Pike, Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey, and Homeland all nominated for 2015 SAG Awards!

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The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award Nominations were just announced this morning and some P&P (2005) actors are nominated! Woohoo! for the Bennet girls getting their first SAG nominations!!! Rosamund Pike is nominated for Outstanding Performance byFemale Actor in a Leading Role (for Gone Girl, unfortunately, that's the only nomination for this film, but I'm glad they didn't snubbed Rosamund!) and Keira Knightleyfor Outstanding Performance byFemale Actor in a Supporting Role (for The Imitation Game, which also received two other nods for co-star Benedict Cumberbatch for acting and film's ensemble cast)! Also,(Downton Abbey, with Dame Maggie Smith getting her usual Acting nod) and Rupert Friend(Homeland, with co-star Claire Danes and series ensemble cast nod) for their nominations each as part of their shows' Ensemble Cast in TV Dramas!

The 2015 SAG Awards will be held on Jan. 25 and broadcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 PM ET.

See their SAG nomination…

6 Signs That Elizabeth Bennet Has Taken Over Your Life by Syrie James [Jane Austen's First Love Holiday Blog Tour & Fabulous Giveaways!]

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[Updated: 12/24/14]5 LUCKY WINNERS has been ANNOUNCED for JANE AUSTEN's FIRST LOVE HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR GIVEAWAY CONTEST here! Did you win? Congrats to all the winners!!!
Jane Austen may well have based her character Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudiceon herself, for they are similar in many ways. Jane Austen was an extremely intelligent woman with a wonderful (and sometimes snarky) sense of humor, and was a master at delivering the ironic, barbed comment. So was Elizabeth Bennet. Jane was an independent thinker who loved taking long walks in the countryside. She was devoted to her family and friends, yet very particular when it came to opening her heart to others. Elizabeth Bennet was exactly the same!

Happy Birthday Dame Judi Dench!

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Today Dame Pride & Prejudice2005's very own Lady Catherine celebrates her 80th birthday. Born Judith Olivia Dench,December 91934 in York, North Yorkshire, England, UK.


Happy Birthday Dame Judi Dench!!!
Worth re-posting...

Academy Award Winner (for Best Supporting Actress in Shakespeare in LoveMiss Dench is one of the busiest English actresses around and has done countless of films (ie. Bond FilmsAs Time Goes By tv series, Mrs. Henderson Presents with P&P co-starKelly ReillyShakespeare In LoveLadies In Lavender, and many other made for TV movies and feature films...too many to list here, just check out her IMDB filmography) throughout her very long acting career, but to us P&P movie fans, she will always be known as the proud and domineering Lady Catherine (aunt of Mr. Darcy and patroness of Mr. Collins), even in her small role and brief scenes in the P&P 05 film, her presence and appearance was unmissable and important to the story. In my opinion…

P&P NewsBits: Mockingjay - Part 1 remains at #1 at US BO for a third week with $21.6 M, Gone Girl stays on top 10 for 10 weeks, Keira Knightley on Actors on Actors with Ethan Hawke, Matthew Macfadyen join cast of The Last Kingdom, and more!

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Some new movies, casting, release dates, and filming news info. featuring some P&P actors here that I thought I'd post them all in the same post...

Here's today's quick news round up of TV and film news (including casting calls, a film synopsis, trailersrelease datesfestival newsetc.) of the following P&P (2005) actors: Matthew MacfadyenKeira Knightley,Rosamund PikeRupert Friend,Donald Sutherland, andJena Malone), all in one post!

First up...

Book Review: Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James

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I recently finished reading Jane Austen's First Loveby Syrie James. A big thank you to her and to the wonderful Laurel Ann Nattress for sending me a copy to read and review here. This blog is participatingtheJane Austen's First Love Holiday Blog Tour(November 17th - 14th), which I'll have author Syrie James stop by here and do a guest blog postnext week on Tuesday, December 9th.It's been a while since I have an Austen author guest blog here, so I'm very excited and honored to be part of Syrie James' holiday blog tour this month for her latest published novel.

While I've mostly posted here P&P/Austen related and (you can read more of my film reviews in my Movies Blog), this is actually my third book review (thus far...I previously reviewed Austenprose’s Laurel Ann Nattress' Jane Austen Made Me Do It and Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy by Barbara Tiller Cole) as Ashley (my fellow blog contributor here at the P&P Blog

Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

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I saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (Donald Sutherlandas President Snow and Jena Maloneas Johanna Mason co-star) on its opening day (November 21st) and I just posted my full Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1in my other blog, In The Mood For Movies, where I post my general movie reviews (of the movies I've seen in theaters). This movie is currently at #1 in America (and globally) for two weeks now and is predicted to be #1 again this weekend. The soundtrack is #1 on Billboard's album chart and Jennifer Lawrence's song The Hanging Tree is currently #2 in US iTunes Charts and #1 in 36 countries.

Watch the final trailer for The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 1 and read my review (with minor spoilers...) below...

In Retrospect: 9 Years of Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice and 9 reasons why I still love watching it more and more!

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This year (last September 16th in the UK and last month of November 11th limited and 23rd expansion in US/Canada), Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice (2005) film starring Keira Knightley &Matthew Macfadyen had its 9th year anniversary. Okay, I'm late (but better late than never, right?) on this, but I thought I'd still post here about 9 reasons why this film adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice novel remains my all-time favoritemovie to watch (over and over) for nearly a decade now and I still love watching it more and more. It's one of those few, rare movies that just never gets old in my viewing no matter how many times I've seen it over the years. I just never get tired of watching it. I've seen so many movies and love movies in various genres. If you've been following and reading this blog for years, you'd know that when I post my film reviews related to P&P (2005) actors here, I link the full reviews in my other Mo…

Thanksgiving Box Office: Mockingjay - Part 1 remains at #1 and tops Thanksgiving weekend US BO with $57 Million; Gone Girl remains at top 10 with a domestic total of $160 Million; and The Imitation Game with $482K on 4 screens!

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Looks like half of the Bennet family (Papa Bennet and youngest daughter Lydia Bennet on top of this weekend's box office...aka Donald Sutherland and Jena Malone even in a cameo part. Following them are older Bennet sisters Jane Bennet and Elizabeth Bennet...aka Rosamund Pike and Keira Knightley) had a great Thanksgiving weekend at this past weekend's U.S. Box Office chart...as in the P&P (2005) actors who played them, of course...starring/co-starring in movies that are currently in theaters worldwide.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1(Donald Sutherlandas President Snow and Jena Maloneas Johanna Mason co-star) remained at #1 this weekend's US Box Office chart with $56.9 million and total of $225.6 million. It's foreign Box office is doing even much better with $254.4 million (on its second weekend) with a worldwide total of $480 million after 10 days. Meanwhile, Gone Girl (starring Rosamund Pike andBen Affleck) continued to have an impressive legs at the box offi…

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