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Some of my friends and I have occasionally tossed around the question, "Which four movies would you pick if you were a Turner Classic Movies guest programmer?" The subject came up on Twitter again the other day, and I finally decided to go ahead and actually pick my four films!

And here they are . . . )
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My excursions into the world of the British classics continue. I'm going to split this post into two parts, lest it become overwhelmingly long.
When is a top 10 not a top 10? )
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I promised to do this some time ago, for [livejournal.com profile] msantimacassar's meme, but it's taken me quite a while to come up with actors for all the major roles. Jerry Cruncher and Dr. Manette were especially difficult for some reason. But I think I'm finally satisfied. (Left out some of the smaller roles, like Ernest Defarge, Stryver, the Marquis, and The Vengeance. I had to stop somewhere or I'd never get finished. Feel free to offer suggestions for them, though -- or to offer alternate suggestions for anyone I've cast!)

Starting off with the minor players . . .  )
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Not one but two TV series based on Great Expectations are now in development. Where'd that come from?? Did everyone get excited because there was a new miniseries and a new movie, and decide to jump on the bandwagon? But they realize Dickens wrote more than one book, right? Unless gruel and debtor's prison and the guillotine all proved too difficult to modernize . . .
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My review/recap is here!
litlover12: (LD_Arthur2)
My review/recap is up at Dickensblog. While you're there, don't forget to enter our raffle for the DVD, and help support a good cause!
litlover12: (LD5b)
Go to my blog to find out how to enter our new raffle! Support a good cause AND have a chance to win the new BBC/Masterpiece Great Expectations miniseries.
litlover12: (GK1)
Tell me you want to play and I'll pick up to three of your fandoms (a list might be helpful). Then update your journal and answer the following questions:

1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?

2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?

3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?

4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?

5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?

[livejournal.com profile] nuranar picked these fandoms of mine: Dickens, Gene Kelly, and Monk.


Fangirling ahead . . . )

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(Cross-posted at Dickensblog.)

The definition of agony is when you get an e-mail notification that the new GE trailer is out . . . while you're in a meeting at work. I did watch it twice as soon as I was back in my cubicle, with the sound off (people can hear everything in those cubicles). It's actually pretty cool that way -- very spooky and atmospheric.

But ANYWAY, without further ado, here it is!

My opinion: Young Pip looks perfect, Joe looks perfect, Magwitch looks perfect. Satis House looks perfect. Older Pip looks very good. Mr. Jaggers isn't there long enough to get a good idea of how he looks. Estella looks . . . okay. Miss Havisham looks like she needs a tube of Blistex for Christmas.

But overall -- I think the whole thing looks marvelous.

(Go check out the URL they give at the end. Lots of helpful info about the coming Dickensian programs on the BBC, both TV and radio.)

litlover12: (MFL1)
1. Comment -- intelligently or in a nonsensical fashion, requesting to play. General comments are welcome too!
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

[livejournal.com profile] 2theriver2pray gave me the letter E.

Enter here . . . )
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 [livejournal.com profile] msantimacassar  and I have just been discussing how difficult it is to keep track of the not one but two Great Expectations adaptations that are in the works. (While it's wonderful that so many people want to celebrate Dickens's bicentennial next year, some of them apparently forgot that he wrote anything else! Although I hear there's also going to be an Edwin Drood miniseries.)

For those of you who are interested, we're tracking developments over at Dickensblog. But here's the Cliffs Notes version:

Feature film: 

Pip -- Jeremy Irvine
Estella -- Holliday Grainger
Miss Havisham -- Helena Bonham Carter
Magwitch -- Ralph Fiennes

Filming will start in October, and the film will be released sometime in 2012.


BBC miniseries:

Pip -- Douglas Booth
Magwitch -- Ray WInstone

Gillian Anderson is in talks for Miss Havisham. Filming starts in July, and the miniseries will air around Christmas on BBC One, and then come to PBS in spring 2012.
litlover12: (TKS3)
For those interested, we're keeping track of casting news for the new Great Expectations feature film, over at Dickensblog. Thus far, Helena Bonham Carter is in talks for Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes for Magwitch, and newcomer Jeremy Irvine for Pip. Rooney Mara (The Social Network) was in talks for Estella, but had to drop out.
litlover12: (LD2)
This makes me very sad. She was so wonderful in The Grass Is Greener and Elmer Gantry and Great Expectations and Guys and Dolls and The Actress and and and . . . One of my favorite actresses ever. R.I.P.

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