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Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice novel...


January 2013 was PRIDE AND PREJUDICE's 200th Anniversary.

(January 28, 1813 - January 28, 2013)

Friday, December 19, 2014

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, and Jena 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 Pike finally got the recognition and success she so deserves for her outstanding performance as Amy 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 Pike has been garnering numerous film critics nominations and awards (8 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 nominations (including Golden Globes and Critics Choice Movie Awards along with Rosamund's), top 10 lists, citations and mentions, and more. I can't even keep up anymore with all the award nominations GG has received currently, I just focused on its top award nominations. So, in this post, I mainly focused on Rosamund's acting award nominations (and wins). She most certainly deserved all the nominations and awards she's gotten, so far, for her breakout performance in Gone Girl.

I've compiled here a list of RP's awards and nominations for GG. I'll update this post for more nominations (and possible wins) to come. For now, check out the following...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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 Marigold Hotel trailer, see screen captures of Judi Dench and Penelope Wilton, and read synopsis below! 

Watch the international trailer for TSBEMH via Daily Mail below...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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 Prejudice novel (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!). 

Monday, December 15, 2014

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!*))...

When people often misspelled Jane Austen's last name...

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 and Golden Globe Awards last week. This morning, the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 20th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards announced 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" for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1(Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason co-star) with Jennifer Lawrence getting a Best Actress in an Action Movie for MJ-Part 1 as well.

The show will Broadcast LIVE On A&E
From The Iconic HOllywood Palladium
January 15Th AT 9PM ET/6PM PT
The next award nominations announcements in the new year will be the BAFTAs (January 9, 2015) and the AMPAS Oscars (January 15, 2015).

Here's a list of the BFCA's Critics Choice Movie Awards Nominations...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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 Best Performance 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 Supporting Role!for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for The Imitation Game, which also received a total of 5 nods including her co-star Benedict Cumberbatch for acting and Best Picture - Drama)! Also, on TV nominations, Downton Abbey ( co-stars) has 2 nominations including Best TV Drama and Best Supporting Actress for Joanne Froggartt (aka Ana Bates!) and Homeland (Rupert Friend co-stars) with Claire Danes nominated for the Best Actress category. While The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (Donald Sutherland and Jena Malone co-star) got a nod in Best Original Song - "Yellow Flicker Beat" for Lorde.

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe® Awards show, which will be  hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third year in a row, will air on Sunday, January 11, 2015, live coast-to-coast on NBC with the pre-show from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (PST)/7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST), and main telecast from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

See their GG nominations in the following category list below...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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 by Female 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 Knightley for Outstanding Performance by Female 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 nominations in the following category list below...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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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Jane Austen may well have based her character Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice on 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!

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