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On TV Tonight: Watch Penelope Wilton on Season 6 - Episode 8 of Downton Abbey

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Tonight Downton Abbey(co-star asIsobel Crawley) continues itssixth and final season on PBS Masterpiece with Episode 8 at 9/8c.

Downton Abbey, the award-winning series from Julian Fellowes, spans 12 years of gripping drama centered on a great English estate on the cusp of a vanishing way of life. Nearly six years ago, America fell in love with Downton Abbey's Granthams and their family of servants, and has followed them through sweeping change, scandals, love, ambition, heartbreak, and hope ever since. With Julian Fellowes' crackling writing and its stellar ensemble cast led by Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey delivers wit, warmth, passion and a phenomenon that is, at its heart, utterly human. Downton Abbey's final season premieres on Sunday, January 3, 2016 through March 6, 2016 on MASTERPIECE on PBS!

Happy Birthday Brenda Blethyn!

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Today, February 20th, is the 70th birthday of two-time Academy Award Award NomineeBrenda Blethyn, best known to us P&P fans as Mrs. Bennet, the five Bennet girlsmother in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film.

After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and films, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved. Currently seen on ITV's Vera series, which is now on its sixth season.

Born in (February 20th) 1946 in Ramsgate in Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving money during her time there, she took a risk and enrolled herself at the at The Guildford School of Acting in Guildford, Surrey, England and then left her British Rail years behind. Her risk had paid off, by the mid-1970s she was working on stage, eventually joining the National Theatre Company in 1975. (Read more of her Bio on IMDB!)

Read more below...

New Matthew Macfadyen Churchill's Secret Interview and ITV Press Pack

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ITV has released aPress Pack (featuring a press release, cast interviews including MM, and synopsis) upcoming feature length film, Churchill's Secret starring Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Matthew Macfadyen, and Romola Garai. It will premiere on ITV on Sunday, February 28th at 8 pm. 

See the press release and MM's interview (from Official Press Pack) via ITV below...

Movie Casting News: Keira Knightley in talks to play Catherine the Great for director Barbra Streisand

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As I previously posted here, (photo via Getty Images) was in talks to star in Colette biopic earlier this month and recently, she and Kate Winslet were both in talks to join Will Smith and Helen Mirren in Collateral Beauty. Now, there's a third movie casting news (and I must say a more interesting one than the previous two) for the two-time Oscar Nominee Miss Knightley and according to The Wrap, she was in early talks to play Russian empress Catherine the Great in a biopic that two-time Oscar winner, actress, singer, and director Barbra Streisand will direct for producer Gil Netter’s Netter Productions.

Read more info. about this movie via The Wrap below...

Watch: Kelly Reilly with Idris Elba and Richard Madden in trailer for Bastille Day

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The first trailer for Bastille Day starring Idris Elba (Luther), Richard Madden (Cinderella, Game of Thrones), and Kelly Reilly(no info. of her supporting role here, but it looks like her character works for the CIA and is Elba's character's boss) has just been released online via Studio Canal (one of P&P 2005 movie's production companies). Focus Features (a distributor for P&P 2005 movie) is distributing this action thriller film. It is directed by James Watkins (Woman in Black) and will open in UK CinemasApril 22nd. No US release date yet.

Watch the trailer and see a few screen caps of Kelly below...

Happy Valentine's Day!

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♥ Happy Valentines Day!!!! ♥

 To all P&P fans, frequent readers and visitors of this blog, here are...

14 Must-See Romantic Movies for you to check out and watch on this Valentines Day...

On TV Tonight: Watch Penelope Wilton in Season 6 - Episode 7 of Downton Abbey

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Tonight Downton Abbey(co-star asIsobel Crawley) continues itssixth and final season on PBS Masterpiece with Episode 7 at 9/8c.

Downton Abbey, the award-winning series from Julian Fellowes, spans 12 years of gripping drama centered on a great English estate on the cusp of a vanishing way of life. Nearly six years ago, America fell in love with Downton Abbey's Granthams and their family of servants, and has followed them through sweeping change, scandals, love, ambition, heartbreak, and hope ever since. With Julian Fellowes' crackling writing and its stellar ensemble cast led by Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey delivers wit, warmth, passion and a phenomenon that is, at its heart, utterly human. Downton Abbey's final season premieres on Sunday, January 3, 2016 through March 6, 2016 on MASTERPIECE on PBS!

His & Hers Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Inspired by Pride & Prejudice

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Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are arguably Jane Austen's most beloved characters, moreover they are one of the most celebrated couples in literature. Their story of Pride and Prejudice (1813) is one of the earliest models of the classic love/hate relationship seen often in novels and specifically in romantic comedies.

TV News: Joe Wright to direct an episode of Black Mirror for Netflix

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According to Deadline, Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wrightis set to direct an episode of Netflix's new season of Charlie Brooker's anthology series, Black Mirror with Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve.

Read more info. about Blark Mirror via Deadline below...

Charlotte Rampling to star in Jane Austen adaptation Sanditon

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Another new Jane Austenscreen adaptation to look forward to! According to Screen Daily, Oscar-nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) is to star in a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s never-before dramatised final novel Sanditon

FYI: Charlotte Rampling previously co-starred twice with in Never Let Me Go (along with Carey Mulligan) and The Duchess movies.

Read more info. via Screen Daily below...

Movie Casting News: Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet both in talks to join Will Smith and Helen Mirren in Collateral Beauty

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Earlier this month, was in talks to star in Colette biopic. Now, another movie casting news for Miss Knightley, as she's reportedly in negotiations to join the star-studded cast of Collateral Beauty, EW has confirmed. Kate Winslet in Talks to Join Will Smith, Keira Knightley in 'Collateral Beauty'

Read more info. about Keira's role in Collateral Beauty via EW and THR below...

Pride & Prejudice Movie: Fan Addiction Stories (part 2)

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Last November 2015, the first installment of our series of Pride & Prejudice Movie: FAN Addiction Stories was posted here. A few more additions have been compiled and added here for part 2, for your reading pleasure.

I hope to receive more, for next time! Please tell me how you became a devoted P&P (2005) movie fan, how many times have you seen this movie? Do you do P&P movie theme parties? Wore a P&P movie costume for Halloween,and if you have attempted in getting your families and friends hooked on watching the P&P movie. To SUBMIT your stories, please contact mecomment or message me (via facebook), tweet me or DM (direct message me if we're following each other) on Twitter or leave a comment on this post. Thank You. I will share them here as long as you keep sending them in.

In the meantime, here's the second batch of P&P Addiction Stories as confessed by the following P&P fans...

Ranking 7 Pride and Prejudice Related Screen Adaptations (Modern Retellings/Inspired of/Variations from Top Favorite to Least Favorite)

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With Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie now showing in US theaters nationwide (I haven't seen the movie yet, but will do very soon and post my review of it here, once I've seen it) and having seen almost every P&P adaptations ever made, I thought I'd compile and rank (from my current top favorite to least favorite) here, 7 (modern retellings/inspired of/variations) TV & Film screen adaptations of Jane Austen's classicPride and Prejudicenovel sans the 4 main standard P&P (1940, 1980, 1995, and 2005) adaptations. Theyare not included here on this list because this post is all about the variations and modern take aspect of Austen's P&P. I'll probably do a separate post on the standard ones (or combine both) next time.

On TV Tonight: Watch Penelope Wilton on Season 6 - Episode 6 of Downton Abbey

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Tonight Downton Abbey(co-star asIsobel Crawley) continues itssixth and final season on PBS Masterpiece with Episode 6 at 9/8c.

Downton Abbey, the award-winning series from Julian Fellowes, spans 12 years of gripping drama centered on a great English estate on the cusp of a vanishing way of life. Nearly six years ago, America fell in love with Downton Abbey's Granthams and their family of servants, and has followed them through sweeping change, scandals, love, ambition, heartbreak, and hope ever since. With Julian Fellowes' crackling writing and its stellar ensemble cast led by Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey delivers wit, warmth, passion and a phenomenon that is, at its heart, utterly human. Downton Abbey's final season premieres on Sunday, January 3, 2016 through March 6, 2016 on MASTERPIECE on PBS!

In Theaters Today: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Now showing in US theaters today, Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesfilm starring Bella HeathcoteDouglas BoothJack Huston and Matt Smith
Whether you like it or not. Just remember, no one is forcing you to see this movie. You have a choice to either watch it or skip it. I'm going to watch it, but not this weekend, as I have too many things to do. Probably when I get the chance or have the time to go to the movies, and I'll post my review if it, after I see it.
Anyway, watch the trailer and see character posters and more below...

First movie still of Rosamund Pike with David Oyelowo in A United Kingdom

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A first look of a new production still has been released (via Pathe) of Rosamund Pikewith her Jack Reacher co-star David Oyelowo in their upcoming new film, A United Kingdom directed by Amma Assante (Belle) and produced by Oyelowo. Rosamund plays Ruth Williams, a white British bank clerk and married to David Oyelowo's character Seretse Khama, a member of the royal family in Bechuanaland, a former English colony in Africa that would become Botswana. The interracial couple shocked the world in the late 1940s when they fell in love and got married.

The film is slated for a 2016 release, but no theatrical release date has been set. Jack Davenport (Norrington of POTC movies), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter movies and most recently in Belle directed by Assante), and Laura Carmichael (aka Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey) also star.

Read more info. about A United Kingdom and how Rosamund was cast into this movie below...

Q&A with Cindy Busby, star of Unleashing Mr. Darcy

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I had a lot of fun with my Q&A with Teri Wilson, author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy and now I had another pleasure of interviewing the lovely and beautiful  (above photo credit: Alaina Michelle Photography | courtesy of Cindy Busby. Thank you!), the lead star of Unleashing Mr. Darcy. She portrayed the female lead character Elizabeth Scott in the movie. You may or may not have seen Cindy before Unleashing Mr. Darcy, but she did previously co-starred in two prominent TV series, Cedar Cove (Hallmark) as Rebecca Jennings and Heartland (UP) as Ashley Stanton. She also appeared in The Big Year movie with Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Rosamund Pike. See an IMDB list of Cindy Busby's TV & film work here. A special THANK YOU to Cindy for letting me do an interview/Q&A with her, here on my P&P blog. I very much appreciated her for taking the time to do this and answering all my questions about her movie (read my Unleashing Mr. Darcy Movie Review), which …

Movie Casting News: Keira Knightley in talks to star in Colette biopic

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According to Deadline, (photo ^ via Getty Images) is currently in talks to star in Colette, a period biopic about the French novelist who wrote Gigi and Chéri, which Stephen Frears adapted in a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend. Variety reports that filming will start in May in Budapest.

Read more info. via Deadline below...

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