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Winner of Jane Austen Made Me Do It giveaway!

Laurel Ann Nattress, (editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It novel) and I (Jeane) are very pleased to announced the winner of her JAMMDI book giveaway.

Next, I would like to say a special thank you to Laurel Ann Natress (once again) for the wonderful and fun experience of interviewing her (and for being my guest blog) for this blog and for offering the giveaway of her debut novel, Jane Austen Made Me Do It to one random lucky winner (scroll down below or click Continue Reading » to find out who the winner is!!) and reader of this blog.

Also, thanks to all the readers here and all participants/entrants who had read Laurel Ann's guest post: Pride and Prejudice’s Indelible Influence by Laurel Ann Nattressand for reading my Q&A with Laurel Ann as well as those of you who commented on both posts. Thank you all.

Now, without further ado, the the random lucky winner of Jane Austen Made Me Do It is...

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!!! :-)

Just for FUN: Can you name the P&P 05 actors, the characters they played, and titles of the movies they were starring/co-starring in, in the Halloween banner above/below?

Watch: Matthew Macfadyen's return and cameo in BBC One's 'Spooks' series finale episode

Before most of us P&P fans of Focus Features' Pride & Prejudice (2005) film came to know Matthew Macfadyen as our favorite Mr. Darcy, who played the true love of 's Oscar nominated heroine Elizabeth Bennet, Matthew had done a few not so well-known (unless you're an MM fan, of course) other earlier films (ie. In My Father's Den,Enigma, Maybe Baby, andWuthering Heights) and TV miniseries (ie. The Way We Live NowandPerfect Strangers), and most notably he was one of the original cast members (along with his real-life wife, actress Keeley Hawes, who played fellow MI-5 agent Zoey Reynolds) of the BBC One's very popular and successful spy drama series Spooks (best known to some of us, U.S. fans, as MI-5) as MI5 agent Tom Quinn (aka Matthew Archer). The series lasted 10 seasons, and just ended recently with MM's brief cameo return reprising his fan favorite Tom Quinn character. The series' ending wouldn't have had its closure if Tom Qu…

New 'J.Edgar' production stills featuring Judi Dench

Collider has 72 Images for J. EDGAR Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and it featured at least 5 stills featuring Judi Dench, who is playing Leo DiCaprio's title character J. Edgar's mother. Also, it includes an on set pic of J.Edgar director Clint Eastwood and Judi Dench.

J. Edgar opens in limited release on November 9, and expands nationwide on November 11.

Check out new J.Edgar production stills (along with official synopsis) of JD below...

Photos: Carey Mulligan at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala

Carey Mulligan attended and accepted her Hollywood Supporting Actress Award (for her supporting role turn in both Drive and Shame films) at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Presented By Starz held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

Speaking of the very busy Carey Mulligan, who is currently filming The Great Gatsbywith Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in Australia, she has two new films, one in theaters now (Drive with Ryan Gosling) and opening in December 2nd (Shame with Michael Fassbender), and 2 new film projects she's either cast or circling according to Cinema Blend: Carey Mulligan Cast In Coens Brothers' Latest, Circling New Spike JonzeUpdated 10/26:Read this new article (via Collider) Carey Mulligan Talks THE GREAT GATSBY; Geeks Out Over Working with Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, and Charlie Kaufman in Upcoming Projects

Anyway, check out CM's new photos below...

Photos: Keira Knightley at the London Film Fest premiere of 'A Dangerous Method'

attended (along with her ADM co-stars Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen and director David Cronenberg) the UK premiere of her new film, A Dangerous Method at the Odeon Leicester Square Monday, October 24, 2011 in London, England, as part of the 55th BFI London Film Festival.

According to this article: Keira Knightley Doesn't Understand Her Dangerous Method Character and watch this video of The Hollywood Reporter Interviews Keira Knightley!

A Dangerous Method opens in U.S. theaters November 23rd!

Check out new photos of KK below!

Sharon Lathan Interview + Chance to Win a Copy of "Miss Darcy Falls In Love"

Noble young ladies were expected to play an instrument, but Georgiana Darcy is an accomplished musician who hungers to pursue her talents. She embarks upon a tour of Europe, ending in Paris where two very different men will ignite her heart in entirely different ways and begin a bitter rivalry to win her. But only one holds the key to her happiness.

Set in post-Napoleonic Empire France, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is a riveting love story that enters a world of passion where gentlemen know exactly how to please and a young woman learns to direct her destiny and understand her heart. -
Synopsis of Miss Darcy Falls in Loveby Sharon Lathan

Good Morning! Today we welcome author Sharon Lathan as she stops by to talk about her new novel, Miss Darcy Falls in Love.

Q&A with Laurel Ann Nattress

Pride & Prejudice Blog's Q&A with Laurel Ann Nattress
Jeane: How and when did you become a Jane Austen fan?
Laurel Ann: Hi Jeane, I am very happy to be here today at Pride and Prejudice 2005 blog on my Grand Tourof the blogosphere to celebrate the release of Jane Austen Made Me Do It. I love talking about my favorite author Jane Austen and my new short story anthology.
I was first introduced to Jane Austen as a pre-teen by my mother Carolyn. We had watched the 1940 MGM Pride and Prejudice together. I liked it, but I was not really hooked until 1980 when I saw the Masterpiece Theatre mini-series of Pride and Prejudice on television. It was a seminal moment. I read the novel and all of Jane’s works shortly after and have been a fan ever since.

Pride and Prejudice’s Indelible Influence by Laurel Ann Nattress (with a Book Giveaway!)

Hi Jeane, thanks again for hosting me during my Grand Tour of the blogosphere in celebration of the release of my new Austen-inspired anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It. The book premiered last week and I could not be more pleased by the reception it received during its launch party at the Sundance Square Barnes & Noble during the 2011 Jane Austen Society of North America’s conference in Ft. Worth, TX.
Jane Austen’s second published novel, Pride and Prejudice, is by far her most well-known and popular works. In fact, it continually pops into the top five “favorite books of all time” lists, and Mr. Darcy is equally acclaimed as the most romantic man in all fiction. There are hundreds of Mr. Darcy does “this and that” sequels and retellings in print, and many movie adaptations gracing the screen and television of our cherished P&P. Websites and blogs also herald its charms. Here I am at one of them today!
With all this adoration and praise thrown at its feet, it is no surp…

In Theaters Today: The Three Musketeers in 3D

See Matthew Macfadyen (as Athos) in his new film, The Three Musketeers in 3D. Now showing in theaters near YOU!

(and listen as Matthew narrates both)THE THREE MUSKETEERS - TV Spot "Warrior"and Trailer #2! Also, watch MM in theMaking of The Three Musketeers!See TT3M clips featuring Matthew hereincluding this one:The Three Musketeers - This Is Your Chance Clip(Thanks toCarrie Floto Paternoster over at my Devoted P&P (2005) FB page for sharing the link). WatchTHE THREE MUSKETEERS - Clip "First 5 Minutes"! Plus Watch Matthew Macfadyen Interview - The Three Musketeers!

The Three Musketeers
3D opens in U.S. theaters in wide releasetoday!!!

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.International Box-Office Gross for T3M...
Around-the-World Roundup: 'Real St…

In Theaters Today: Johnny English Reborn

In theaters today, Johnny English Reborn starring Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, and Gillian Anderson. It's already an international hit, opening at #1 in the UK and Germany! Now showing in wide release in theaters near you! See more JER release dates around the world here!Go see RP in this movie!

International Box-Office Results and Articles for JER
(viaBox Office Mojo):
Around-the-World Roundup: 'Real Steel' Repeats
Even without any major openings, Johnny English Reborn was off just 18 percent to $17.2 million. It held first place in the U.K. and Germany with $5 million and $2.6 million, respectively. The movie has so far made $85.1 million overseas, and distributor Universal reports that it is outperforming the first Johnny English ($133 million). Johnny English Reborn opens in the U.S., France and Mexico next weekend.  Around-the-World Roundup: 'Real Steel,' 'Johnny English' in Close Fight
Johnny English Reborn had its best weekend yet …

Watch a 'Johnny English Reborn' featurette and a new still of Rosamund Pike

Here's an adorable newproduction still of Rosamund Pike holding a cat from Johnny English Reborn, which she co-stars with Rowan Atkinson, Dominic West, and Gillian Anderson.

Johnny English Reborn is already showing overseas and is an international box office hit in over 40 countries (according to Box Office Mojo) with over $85 million gross topping both The UK and German box-office charts. It is finally opening tomorrow here in U.S. theaters!

Check out and watch a Johnny English Reborn Featurette video as well as screen captures of RP from the featurette below...

Watch: new trailer #3 for 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

A new trailer #3 (via MSN) has just been released for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Kelly Reilly, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, and Stephen Fry.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens in theaters nationwide December 16th!   

The official synopsis for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows:
Guy Ritchie helms a new action-packed adventure, following the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.), and his longtime trusted associate, Dr. Watson (Law), as they match wits with their arch-nemesis, the criminal genius Moriarty (Harris).” Check it out and watch it below! I've also added screen captures of KR from the new trailer below...

Happy Birthday Matthew Macfadyen!

Today (October 17th) is Matthew Macfadyen's 37th birthday! Matthew, best known to us P&P Fans as Mr. Darcy of the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film, was born David Matthew Macfadyen in Great Yarmouth, Northfolk, England, UK in 1974 (37 years ago today).

Great news (if true) for MM/Spooks (aka MI-5) fans, according to the UK's Mirror,
Matthew Macfadyen returns as MI5 agent Tom Quinn for the final ever episode of Spooks
STRIDING purposefully out of the mist, former MI5 agent Tom Quinn comes in from the cold – for the last ever episode of spy drama Spooks.

Tom, played by Matthew Macfadyen, 37, quit as head of counter-terrorism group Section D seven years ago.

Viewers will have to wait until next Sunday to find out why Tom Quinn has returned!
Happy Birthday Matthew Macfadyen!!! (Mr. Darcy!)
Some interesting MM quotes talking about his iconic Darcy role/character (while you watch an MM Birthday tribute video...though in Spanish, but it included an English translation/subtitles b…

Watch: trailer for 'Shame' starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan

The first trailer of  Carey Mulligan's new film, Shame, is now up online. Carey co-stars with Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre), in which she plays his younger sister Sissy. Also, an interesting movie poster is now up for the film, as you can see to your left here.

Brief Synopis (via IMDB)
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment, Brandon's world spirals out of control. From director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

Shame opens in theaters in limited release on December 2nd.

Watch the trailer for Shameless (with screen captures of Carey from the trailerto be added shortly) below...

In Theaters Today: The Big Year

Rosamund Pikeco-stars in The Big Year (with Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin, where she plays Owen Wilson's character's wifeJessica) now showing in theaters near you!

The Big Year
Steve Martin
, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads -- one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures. Rosamund Pike, Rashida Jones, Brian Dennehy, Angelica Huston, JoBeth Williams, and Diane Wiest also co-star.

WatchThe Big Year Interview - Rosamund Pike (via Trailer Addict)

Rosamund Pike on the cover of Town & Country magazine and scans of her InStyle UK mag cover!

Another magazine cover for the lovely and beautiful Rosamund Pike, this time she covers the November 2011 issue of Town & Country magazine, which hits newsstands Thursday.

She's currently filmingOne Shotwith Tom Cruise in Pittsburgh, but she has two new movies opening two Fridays in a row this month starting with the comedy The Big Year (with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson) this Friday, October 14th!

Next Friday, her other new spy comedy film, Johnny English Reborn (with Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, and Pierce Brosnan) opens in theaters in wide release!

Speaking of The Big Year, RP did a brief interview talking about the film, her character Jessica, who is married to Owen Wilson's character Kenny. Check out and watch her video interview below via Trailer Addict. Also, check out her T&C magazine cover and preview photo spread as well as the scans of her InStyle UKmagazine cover.

Casting News: Talulah Riley cast in a new film 'The Liability'

Deadlinereports that Talulah Riley will be co-starring in a new film titled The Liability.
“a darkly comic road trip taken by an aspiring hit man and a veteran assassin who hates proteges and dreams of retiring. They come across a beautiful and deadly female vigilante who forces them to pool their resources to survive.” The film is to be directed by Craig Viveiros and also stars Peter Mullan and Tim Roth. Filming is said to be in the UK.

Speaking of Talulah...she's featured in a photo spread in a Vogue Italia magazine. Check out beautiful pics of Talulah in Vogue Italia (via Talulah Riley Fan)!

Book Review: Jane Austen Made Me Do It

I got my advance reader's copy (ARC) about almost two weeks ago or so of Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heartedited byLaurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose. In her first published novel, in which she compiled and edited a short story anthology of 22 short stories by 24 of the most talented writers in the Austen genre. All twenty-four authors were personally selected by Laurel Ann from a diverse range of writing backgrounds and interests including: popular Austenesque fiction,best-selling literary fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery, contemporary chick-lit, paranormal, and one new debut voice, a grand prize winner.   

While I've mostly done P&P/Austen related and (you can read more of my film reviews in my Movies Blog), this is actually my very first book review as Ashley (my fellow blog contributor here at the P&P Blog) does most of the P&P/Aus…

In Bookstores Today: Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Today is the big released day for the new Jane Austen inspired and tribute novel, Jane Austen Made Me Do It:Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heartedited byLaurel Ann Nattress (of Austenprose). It's a fantastic book! I had the pleasure and honor of getting an ARC (Thank you Laurel Ann and Random House Publishing Group) of it! I will be posting my book review of JAMMDI in a bit. Jane Austen Made Me Do It(by Ballantine Books)is now available in all bookstores and online retailers around the country. Go get your copy!

Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a short story anthology of 22 short stories by 24 of the most talented writers including Laurie Viera Rigler (author of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, &Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict), which I had the pleasure of interviewing her here last December 2010), Monica Fairview, Amanda Grange, Alexandra Potter, Pamela Aidan, and Jane Odiwe to name some.

Come help the lovely Laurel Ann

Carey Mulligan to receive a Supporting Actress Award at Hollywood Film Awards!

The Hollywood Reporterreports that Carey Mulligan will receive an honor (and award) from the The 15th Annual Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, where she'll be honored with a Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for her recent supporting roles in Drive (with Ryan Gosling) and the upcoming Shame (with Michael Fassbender) films.

Carey Mulligan to Receive Supporting Actress Honor at Hollywood Film Awards (Exclusive)
The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, will honor Academy Award nomineeCarey Mulliganwith its 2011 Hollywood Supporting Actress Award. Mulligan is being recognized for her performance as an emotionally disturbed young woman who moves in with her sex-addicted brother in Shame, as well as for her portrayal of a young mother in need of protection in DriveRead full article.

Speaking of Shame, which was recently acquired by Fox Searchlight for domestic distribution, Box Office Mojo has listed the film to be …

Director Nora Ephron to direct a film version of 'Lost In Austen'

A film version of Lost in Austenhas been in development for a while and British director Sam Mendes has been attached to direct it, but there wasn't any news of when it'll happen and start production until now. Variety reports that director Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia, Sleepless in Seattle) will direct “Lost in Austen,” a film adaptation of a cult British TV series that aired on the ITV network back in 2008. The plot involves a 21st century London girl (who’ll be a New Yorker in the film), who magically switches places with the heroine of Jane Austen‘s “Pride & Prejudice,” Elizabeth Bennet, and tries to ensure that events unfold as in the novel, but soon finds herself falling for the handsome but surely Mr. Darcy.

The original ITV miniseries of the same title (Lost In Austen) was written by Guy Andrews. The LIA 2008 cast included Jemima Rooper as Amanda Price, Gemma Arterton as Elizabeth Bennet, Alex Kingston and a pre-”Downton AbbeyHugh Bonneville as her parent…

Casting News: Jena Malone to play Carson McCullers in biopic 'Lonely Hunter'

According to, Jena Malone has just been cast in a leading role as writer Carson McCullers in the upcoming feature film, the biopicLonely Hunter based on the author's life story. Great casting! Wow, Jena looks a lot like her especially with bangs! Sounds like an interesting project that would get the talented and versatile Miss Malone noticed for next year's award season!

Jena Malone to Play Author Carson McCullers in LONELY HUNTER
Underrated actress Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) is set to play southern author Carson McCullers in the biopic Lonely Hunter.  Written, produced, and directed by Deborah Kampmeier, the film will span 35 years of McCullers’ life and show how her writing helped her cope with crippling illness and torrid marriages.  Lonely Hunter will also “feature notable figures including her best friend Tennessee Williams, her protégé Truman Capote, her roommate Gypsy Rose Lee and collaborator Ethel Waters,” so start your fan-casting!

Malone’s other …

Watch: trailer for 'Man on the Train' starring Donald Sutherland

The first trailer for one of Donald Sutherland's many upcoming films titledMan on the Train has been released and is now up online via First Showing and Tribeca Films. He co-stars with U2 founding member and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. Watch the trailer below. Screen captures of Donald Sutherland from the trailer is coming up shortly...up now! Scroll down below to see them all!

The official synopsis, via Tribeca Films:
The English-language remake of Patrice Leconte's award-winning French film of the same name, Man on the Train stars Donald Sutherland and musician Larry Mullen, Jr. in his acting debut.

A mysterious criminal (Mullen Jr.) rolls into a small town planning to knock off the local bank, assuming it will go off without a hitch. But when he encounters a retired poetry professor (Sutherland), his plans take an unlikely turn. With no place to stay, the professor generously welcomes him into his home. As the two men talk, a bond forms between these two polar oppos…

Watch: trailer for 'My Week With Marilyn' starring Michelle Williams and Judi Dench

The first trailer forJudi Dench's other new film this year titled My Week With Marilyn starring Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) and Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike has just been released (via Yahoo! Movies) Wednesday. The film opens in limited theatrical release November 4th and will expand soon after.

My Week with Marilyn centers on Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier‘s, who documented the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) during production of “The Prince and the Showgirl” during the late 1950s. Co-starring Eddie Redmayne, who plays Colin Clark, and Kenneth Branagh who plays Olivier, the picture also stars Dougray Scott, Julia Ormond, Derek Jacobi, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones and Emma Watson.

Watch the trailer and see a few screen caps I made of Jud Dench (from the trailer) below...

Rosamund Pike: New Interviews and a cover girl of UK's InStyle Magazine's November 2011 issue!

Rosamund Pikeis one super busy British actress in both the UK and Hollywood! She has two new comedy films out this month (The Big Year and Johnny English Reborn)! She has several new video interviews (viaDigital Spy) promoting her new film, Johnny English Reborn (with Rowan Atkinson and Gillian Anderson, which will be in US theaters later this month, October 28th...looks like the theater release date has changed again for this movie. According to Box Office Mojo, it has been moved up to a week early from the 28th to October 21st! ). She also talked about her other upcoming films:One Shot (with Tom Cruise, which she is currently filming in Pittsburgh and you can seea link of candid pics of her seen walking around the city below), Wrath of the Titans (with Sam Worthington, which she will play Queen Andromeda and will be released next year, March 30th, 2012), and a new clip of The Big Year (with Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin, where she plays Owen Wilson's character's

Pride & Prejudice Fan Fiction Contest Alert!

The P&P fanfic contest will soon be coming to a close! The last day to submit your entries is in 6 days! (October 10th) So hurry up and send 'em in! Down below, just as a reminder, is the e-mail address to send your entries to. :)

Send all entries to:

For more info, Read here: Pride & Prejudice Fan Fiction Contest! 

Photos: Matthew Macfadyen at the 'Three Musketeers 3D' World Premiere in London

Matthew Macfadyen attended along with (his wife actress Keeley Hawes) and his TT3M co-stars (Milla Jovovich, director Paul W.S. Anderson, Luke Evans, Ray Stevens, Logan Lerman, and Orlando Bloom) the world premiere of 'The Three Musketeers in 3D' at The Vue Westfield today October 4, 2011 in London, United Kingdom.

The Three Musketeers opens in UK Cinemas Oct. 12th and U.S. theaters Oct. 21st!

Check out new pics of MM at the TT3M UK premiere below...
Also, check out a video interview of MMbelow...

Just For Fun: More of my Pride & Prejudice Manip Arts (Part 2)

A little slow on P&P Actors News today, so I thought I'd keep you all entertain with posting more of my amateurish attempt on P&P fan manip arts...since I'm still in the mood for it, lol. I must say, Lady Catherine's advice had been beneficial (probably the only advice I'll ever follow from her, haha!) and I'm improving with it as I go along...still learning and practicing though. I've had a lot of fun doing these newer ones.

Check them out and let me know what you think. Feedback is very much appreciated, of course. So, feel free to leave your comment. Take a look at them below and enjoy!

Happy Birthday Rupert Friend!

Today (October 1st) marks the 30th birthday of Rupert Friend (aka P&P 05's Mr. Wickham). RupertFriend was born October 1st, 1981 in Oxfordshire, England, UK.
Happy Birthday Rupert Friend!!!
A multi-talentedactor/writer/director (he can sing too!Watch him sing in Mrs. Palfrey and listen to him sing in Lullaby movies!), Rupert has two short films (heco-wrote and co-produced) titled The Suicide Brothers (2010 with Keira Knightley andTom Misonco-starred with him) and Steve(2011) starring Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, and Tom Mison), which he also wrote, co-produced, and directed. Recently, Rupert Friend was honored a Crystal Image Award for his work on 'Steve', which is currently screening in various film festivals here in the U.S. and abroad. Videos: Watch director Rupert Friend promotes his short film 'Steve' starring Colin Firth and Keira Knightley


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