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Dario Marianelli scoring new ‘Jane Eyre’ adaptation
Posted: December 22, 2010 by filmmusicreporter in Film Scoring Assignments

Film Music Reporter has learned that Dario Marianelli has been hired to score Focus Features’ upcoming movie adaptation of Jane Eyre. The movie is directed by Cary Fukunaga, who previously directed 2009′s indie hit Sin Nombre which featured a score by Marcelo Zarvos. The new adaptation stars Mia Wasikowska in the title role, as well as Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Sally Hawkins. Jane Eyre centers around a mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer and soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret. To get more information on the movie, check out the official movie webpage, as well as the official Facebook page. Focus Features will release the movie on March 11, 2011.

Marianelli also has the comedy drama Hippie Hippie Shake coming up, which the composer co-scored with Christian Henson. The movie about counterculturalist Richard Neville’s misadventures in London at the end of the 1960s is directed by Beeban Kidron (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Swept from the Sea). The film stars Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Derek Jacobi and Max Minghella. Hippie Hippie Shake has been completed a while ago and has been pushed back several times. No current release date for the movie is set at this point.
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More news outlets which mention Jane Eyre 2011 as one of movies of the new year:

An interesting choice of director for a classic 19th-century text: Cary Fukunaga, who made the gripping Sin Nombre, about about illegal Mexican migrants. His governess is Mia Wasikowska, Tim Burton’s Alice; his Mr Rochester, the electric Michael Fassbender. Out on Sept 9. (Helen Hawkins in The Times)

And if you’re in need of a real date night — and you should be, by now — try “Jane Eyre,” this time with Mia Wasikowska as Charlotte Brontë’s shy governess and Michael Fassbender as Rochester. (Stephen Whitty in The New Jersey Star-Ledger)

In this version of Charlotte Brontë's oft-filmed classic novel, Mia Wasikowska ("Alice In Wonderland") stars as the emotionally beleaguered but resilient heroine, and Michael Fassbender ( "Inglourious Basterds") is the brooding Romantic hunk Mr. Rochester. Judi Dench also appears as Mrs. Fairfax, the kindly housekeeper of Thornfield Hall. (Reed Johnson in WSBT)

[F]ans of classic cinema will go for Jane Eyre, which stars Mia Wasikowska as the mild-mannered governess who falls for her employer. (Mark Adams in The Mirror)
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Monday, January 17, 2011
Jane Eyre stills and character images featuring Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, and Tamzin Merchant
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Focus Features (Pride & Prejudice and Atonement)' upcoming new film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench (Pride & Prejudice's Lady Catherine), Sally Hawkins (2007 Persuasion' Anne Elliot), and Tamzin Merchant (Pride & Prejudice's Georgiana Darcy) will be in select theaters March 11th.

As the theatrical release for Jane Eyre (directed by Cary Fukunaga) approaches just two months away, Focus Features' site for the film now has more info, in depth articles, synopsis, trailer, and new stills of the JE. Check out Jane Eyre stills here!

One of those stills features Dame Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax.



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Tamzin Merchant | Mary Rivers

As a teenager, Tamzin Merchant realized a dream; her great admiration for author Jane Austen spurred her to phone the casting director of the pending movie version of Pride and Prejudice to ask to audition for a part in the film. After meetings, she was indeed offered a role – Georgiana Darcy – even though she had no previous acting experience. The then-novice threw erself into the work, even learning to play the piano selections that her character would be playing on-screen in the Focus Features release directed by Joe Wright. She played the part, acting opposite Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, and Judi Dench of Jane Eyre.

Since that debut performance, she has continued to cultivate an acting career while also completing her university studies. She has made more films, including Andrew Silver’s A Touch of Love (a.k.a. Radio Cape Cod); and Marc Forby’s Princess Ka’iulani (a.k.a. Barbarian Princess), opposite Q’orianka Kilcher.

Ms. Merchant is best known for her portrayal of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, in the hit series The Tudors. Her telefilm credits include Sheree Folkson’s My Family & Other Animals, with Imelda Staunton; Bryn Higgins’ Casualty 1906; and Syd Macartney’s [The] Good Housekeeping [Guide], with Alan Davies. (Source: Jane Eyre | Focus Features Film)
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Feb 8, 2011
Experience A Bold New Vision for Jane Eyre
The book of “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë is undoubtedly one of the most iconic in English literatures and has been one of the world’s most popular books. A mainstay of school reading lists, it also has been translated into virtually every language and the subject of numerous previous adaptations. BBC turned the 19th century story about a governess who falls in love with her surly employer who has a dark secret into a miniseries that won three Emmys in 2007, while the latest feature, made in 1996, was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Charlotte Gainsbourg. Now, the most recent one that will play up the novel’s darker, gothic sensibilities that have rarely been explored on the screen is directed by Cary Fukunaga, the 32-year-old director of the art house smash “Sin Nombre” who’s regarded as one of Hollywood’s most promising new talents. Fukunaga has some serious talent at his disposal here with his version based from an adaptation script by playwright Moira Buffini, who's also behind Stephen Frears' graphic novel adaptation of "Tamara Drewe", apparently infuse a contemporary immediacy into Brontë’s timeless, classic story. Buffini is fast becoming one of the U.K.'s hottest scribes thanks to her adaptation of Posy Simmonds' graphic novel and her own upcoming vampire project "Byzantium," based on her stage play, "A Vampire Story."
“I’d known there was a “Jane Eyre” script out there for a couple of years, and it was one of my favorite movies as a kid,” Fukunaga enlightened, referring to the 1944 Robert Stevenson-directed version. “When [Sin Nombre] came out in the UK, I took advantage of that to meet with the BBC, and it turned out that there was no director that was attached anymore and the script happened to be amazing.” This will be exactly a very different kind of story from Fukunaga’s previous work, an illegal immigrant drama that he filmed in Mexico with unknown actors. For a young director still establishing his visual sensibility, Fukunaga admitted that he’ll be expanding his repertoire quite a bit with Eyre. He adds, "The original novel featured many spooky elements, from early Victorian gothic atmospheres to outright spiritual presences; I liked the imagery and was excited by the idea of pushing that side of the story further than in previous adaptations – not full-blown horror, but a definite vibe." Unlike his previous film, now Fukunaga absolutely got a cast most would salivate over. Michael Fassbender takes on the role of the portentous Mr Rochester who both terrifies and captivates his timorous new governess, Jane Eyre. Jane herself will be played by Mia Wasikowska who is currently appearing in Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland" as the title character and Golden Globe comedy winner “The Kids Are All Right”. And the other impressive cast members involved with the new interpretation of the Charlotte Brontë novel are Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal) as Mrs. Fairfax; Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as St. John Eyre Rivers, Sally Hawkins (Happy Ever Afters) as Mrs. Reed, and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) as Blanche Ingram, Rochester’s prospective fiancée.

In the 19th Century-set story, Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) suddenly flees Thornfield Hall, the vast and isolated estate where she works as a governess for Adèle Varens, a child under the custody of Thornfield’s brooding master, Edward Rochester (Fassbender). The imposing residence – and Rochester’s own imposing nature – have sorely tested her resilience. With nowhere else to go, she is extended a helping hand by clergyman St. John Rivers (Bell) and his family. As she recuperates in the Rivers’ Moor House and looks back upon the tumultuous events that led to her escape, Jane wonders if the past is ever truly past…
Aged 10, the orphaned Jane (Amelia Clarkson) is mistreated and then cast out of her childhood home Gateshead by her cruel aunt, Mrs. Reed (Hawkins). Consigned to the charity school Lowood, Jane encounters further harsh treatment but receives an education and meets Helen Burns (Freya Parks), a poor child who impresses Jane as a soulful and contented person. The two become firm friends. When Helen falls fatally ill, the loss devastates Jane, yet strengthens her resolve to stand up for herself and make the just choices in life.
As a teenager, Jane arrives at Thornfield. She is treated with kindness and respect by housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax (Dench). Jane’s interest is piqued by Rochester, who engages her in games of wit and storytelling, and divulges to her some of his innermost thoughts. But his dark moods are troubling to Jane, as are strange goings-on in the house – especially the off-limits attic. She dares to intuit a deep connection with Rochester, and she is not wrong; but once she uncovers the terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever, she flees, finding a home with the Rivers family. When St. John Rivers makes Jane a surprising proposal, she realizes that she must return to Thornfield – to secure her own future and finally, to conquer what haunts both her and Rochester.

# The script by Moira Buffini appeared on the 2008 Brit List, a film-industry-compiled list of the best unproduced screenplays in British film.

# The adaptation is expected to stick closely to the book. However, the character of Blanche Ingram is less conniving than in the novel.

# About the Gothic elements, director Fukunaga stated, "I’ve spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what Charlotte Brontë was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story... there’s been something like 24 adaptations, and it’s very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it’s just a period romance, and I think it’s much more than that."

# Ellen Page was once attached to the project before Fukunaga came on board, but she left the project.

# Filming locations include London and various locations in Derbyshire, including Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Dales, Froggatt, and Fox House (Sheffield).

# Located in Bakewell, Derbyshire and built atop a limestone outcrop, Haddon Hall is one of the oldest houses in England, with the original corner of the house dating back to the 11th Century. A private house that once stood in the same region is thought to have inspired Brontë in her imagining of Thornfield.

# Weather conditions added to the challenges of filming on the Derbyshire dales. What the British call "the Dunkirk spirit" was frequently relied upon when faced with freezing rain, snow, fog, and high winds, and only occasional moments of blazingly bright sunshine that fully reveal the untouched rural beauty of the region. Location manager Giles Edleston reveals, "What the audience won’t know is that we were thick in mud, and that visibility was down to 100 yards. But the end result on-screen is worth it."

# Getting Judi Dench to play Thornfield’s housekeeper, Mrs. Fairfax, was a coup for the production. It was a personal letter from Cary Fukunaga that persuaded her to take the role. Dench was therefore intrigued by the tone that the filmmakers were aiming for. She remarks, "This story has been done many times, but I felt that Cary had quite different, dark ideas about it – ones which I hope will excite people to read the book.

# For the sequences revolving around romantic rivals to both Jane and Rochester, Wasikowska and Fassbender were each reunited with actors they had previously played opposite – and in even colder climates. Rising star Imogen Poots, who had shared the sole low-key scenes with Fassbender in “Centurion”, was cast as Blanche Ingram, Rochester’s prospective fiancée; and Jamie Bell, whose character had courted Wasikowska’s in the fact-based WWII tale “Defiance”, would now be doing so again in the role of St. John Rivers.

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March 11, 2011: USA
Sept 08: Germany
Sept 09: UK
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To Eyre Is Human: Classic Jane Eyre in Five Looks

February 2, 2011

By Tony Phillips

A few years ago, Australian actor Mia Wasikowska was just the twinkle in a casting director’s eye. In 2008, she told Variety that “being recognized on the street is not really something that I’d be excited about.” Two years later, with a role in the Sundance hit “The Kids Are All Right” and the lead in Tim Burton’s remake of “Alice in Wonderland” under her belt, she’s ready for TMZ.

In fact, the twenty-one-year-old is almost as famous for the work she’s passed on — the lead in an Aussie remake of “Sleeping Beauty” and a role in Robert Redford’s latest — as for the work she’s got in the pipe for 2011, including the terminally-ill lead in Gus Van Sant’s latest “Restless” and the title role of Jane Eyre in Cary Fukunaga’s new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 classic.

In this gothic tale of an orphan’s hard-scrabble road to love, a put-upon governess pairs with the idealized but flawed Mr. Rochester, who also happens to be her boss. As Jane Eyre prepares for yet another bow, we’ve reexamined the many interpretations of this feisty heroine who’ve come before, with four of the most-noteworthy collected below.

Silent Jane
“The total and somewhat dreary silence” is how Eyre describes Lowood Institution, the charity school she arrives at after fleeing her evil Aunt Sarah at Gateshead. It’s also what I expected to find reviewing several silent films fashioned from Bronte’s book, but such is not the case as these films are able to blow out much of Bronte’s imagery into stunning visuals. Lucasta Miller, writing in The Guardian, points out these silents make “the most of the wild-eyed madwoman” in the attic, while not always keeping their eye on plot. A 1914 version concludes with the cliffhanger of a blind Mr. Rochester stumbling toward a precipice. The best of the bunch is a 1915 Travers Vale version that truncates the plot to three reels and takes some liberty with the text, but captures Eyre with the wide-eyed Louise Vale, who died shortly after the film’s release.

Undead Jane
“Life appears to me too short,” Helen Burns counsels Eyre at Lowood. One can only imagine her trying to apply this advice to zombies that roam the Caribbean sugar plantation in Val Lewton’s 1943 horror film “I Walked With a Zombie” by director Jacques Tourneur, both following up their successful “Cat People” pairing the year before. This film is probably one of the more outre takes on Eyre — including everything from Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” to Sherri Browning Erwin’s mashup Jane Slayre, which has the heroine battle both Bertha Rochester and vampires — but it is also one of the most successful. In the film, a Canadian nurse falls for plantation owner Paul Holland while she tries to figure out what to do with his cationic wife, Jessica. Before the final credits roll, there’s animal sacrifice, voodoo dolls, and secret island rituals in a plot that manages to track Jane Eyre pretty miraculously.

Upper G.I. Jane
Eyre recalls her childhood’s ever-present threat of being packed off to the poorhouse as “a vague sing-song in my ear,” but could the put-upon Eyre have ever imagined a full-blown, Broadway musical of her travail? Composer-lyricist Paul Gordon sure could and, along with book writer and co-director John Caird, he opened the “Jane Eyre” musical on December 10, 2001, at the Brooks Atkinson Theater where it played thirty-six previews and 209 performances. With musical numbers like “The Icy Lane” and “The Death of Mrs. Reed,” the common complaint was that events flew by lickety-split making the musical feel more like a movie trailer. Still, it wound up with a few Tony nominations, even if friend of the show Alanis Morissette had to buy up a 150K block of tickets just so it would still be on the boards at Tony time. It didn’t win, but it’s definitely slouching toward a reappraisal.

All-Star Jane
With this many fine adaptations, it’s tempting to compile an all-star cast in one’s head, the fantasy football approach to one of literature’s most-beloved heroines. But to quote Eyre herself, “To attack the first is not to assail the last.” That said, most of my all-star picks came from the BBC’s 2006 miniseries. This would include almost all below-the-line talent as this production’s design is letter perfect. Sandy Welch’s adaptation doesn’t need to be compressed into a feature length, but roams free over four parts. After much thrashing, this production’s Jane, brought to life flawlessly by relatively unknown Ruth Wilson, would lead my all-star “Eyre.” Higher profile actors from Joan Fontaine to Samantha Morton have played this part, but none better than Wilson. Supplementing some of her supporting cast, however, I’d grab Elizabeth Taylor’s Helen Burns from Robert Stevenson’s 1943 production. I’d also pull Fiona Shaw’s Mrs. Reed and Joan Plowright’s Mrs. Fairfax from Zeffirelli’s 1996 version. I might even steal his Claudio Capponi and Alessio Vlad’s score. And finally, because heavy material needs a fresh open, I’d let SCTV’s Andrea Martin kick off the proceedings with her 1982 Emmy-nominated turn as Jane Eyrehead, a character with origins “so low, you’d have to limbo under her family tree.”

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Update: Good news, Charlotte Bronte fans! Word & Film is giving away ten copies of the beloved classic Jane Eyre, updated with gorgeous movie tie-in art on the cover, a reader’s guide, and production notes from the film. From now until Friday, February 8, head over to Twitter to follow Word & Film, and re-tweet our Jane Eyre contest post starting at 1:00 PM (EST). We’ll choose ten entrants at random to receive a copy of this fabulous edition of a classic novel

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Jane Eyre – an independent woman searching for love in a house haunted by secrets
By Carolyn McDowall ⋅ February 18, 2011 ⋅

I’m just going to write because I cannot help it*

In 1847, under the androgynous pseudonym of Currer Bell the novel “Jane Eyre” exploded on to the world of straight laced Victorian England and catapulted its 31-year-old author Charlotte Brontë (1816-1854) into the upper echelon of its contemporary writers. This, her second work, caused great controversy, especially with its champion declaring herself an ‘independent woman’ in an age ruled by men. Class and gender inequality were condemned by Brontë and they are central themes for this terrific tale.

Charlotte Bronte by George Richmond

Ten years old and orphaned Jane Eyre suffers abuse at the hands of her relatives. When she stands up to her cousin’s bullying, she is shipped out to grow up in institutions where poor conditions, inedible meals, and frequent punishments are meted out to students. The hypocritical so -called ‘Christian’ Headmaster of Lowood institution Mr. Brocklehurst, whose cruelty and evangelical self-righteousness is ever present, takes an intense dislike to his charge. He makes sure that she suffers many deprivations and in the austere environment she devotes herself to her studies in order to survive.

Befriending Helen Burns another mistreated student who is always ‘turning the other cheek’ as Christians were taught to do, Jane learns how having patience and inner calmness can help her to eventually prevail. Helen dies of consumption in Jane’s arms during an outbreak of disease finally alerting the benefactors of the school to the terrible conditions for its pupils. An enquiry reveals Mr. Brocklehurst has been embezzling school funds for years to provide for a luxurious lifestyle. He is at once removed and the remainder of Jane’s time in the school is spent happily and she excels as a student for six years and, as a teacher for two.

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it…*

Watch the Trailer and then Read On

Damaged painting by Branwell Bronte of his sisters. He painted himself in and then took himself out as is evident in this digitally restored image

I don’t call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly: far too dearly to flatter you. Don’t flatter me*

Rochester was first played hypnotically by the late, great Orson Welles on screen in 1943 with the enigmatic Joan Fontaine as Jane. This mighty black and white version still packs a punch with is haunting beauty and outstanding performances. They are big shoes to tread in and many have tried.

As a follow on from the popular series of TV shows and Movies made from Jane Austen’s novels, this all new version of Jane Eyre is timely. The Bronte sisters, although born nearly two generations after Austen’s death, are a fascinating study in themselves. They wanted to influence change and throw out the stifling rules and regulations of a society hell bent on keeping everyone in a perceived place.

Michael Fassbender plays the leading man to young Australian actor Mia Wasikowska’s Jane. Mia has been taking the movie world quietly by storm since appearing in the brilliant Canadian production ‘In Treatment’ starring Gabriel Byrne More lately appearing as Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, Mia seems to have an assured pathway to tread following in the footsteps as such actors as Glenn Close and Meryl Streep.

Fassbender is a German born Irish actor who caught attention years ago in HBO’s Band of Brothers and plays Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) in the next story of the comic series X Men: First Class soon to be released as well. His rugged looks and intensity make him a good choice for a new age Rochester.

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will*

The story takes off when Jane, as a young tutor is seconded into the household of the brooding, dark, detached but extremely charismatic ‘Mr Rochester’. At Thornfield Mr. Rochester needs a governess for his daughter. This brings Jane into service in a gloomy pile called Thornfield, where everyone seems as haunted as the house, especially the secretive seamstress that has a propensity for gin.

Screams, demonic laughter and mad mutterings often fill the cool night air more than ever when Mr Rochester is away from home on business. Jane becomes more and more determined to risk all to find out about the mysterious happenings, especially after an attempt on his life by setting fire to his bed while he sleeps. It is Jane who saves him.

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation*

Charlotte Brontë was the third of six children of clergyman Patrick Brontë and his wife Maria Branwell Brontë. She and her family had a life filled with tragedy, which informed Jane Eyre the most famous of her works. Her mother died in 1821 when she was five and two of her sisters in 1825. She wrote epic tales of derring do to amuse her remaining siblings two sisters and her brother. As young adults she and her sisters spent much of their time writing. The famous Brontë sisters, as they are now known, earned their place in literary circles and in history.

Emily (1818–1848) wrote the compelling novel Wuthering Heights in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell while a posthumous second edition was edited by Charlotte.

Anne was Acton Bell, considered the least talented of this extremely much lauded and famous trio. Her first novel was overshadowed by those of sisters Charlotte and Emily. It seems to have been sprinkled with Anne’s own experiences that form the basis of Agnes Grey, which may be a semi-autobiographical novel.

Within a few years in their late twenties Charlotte lost her beloved brother Branwell, who also tried his hand at writing, and both her darling sisters from illness. From then on she and her father had only each other to look to for support.

His objection to her accepting a proposal of marriage by his curate, was like waving a red flag at a bull for Charlotte. Marry him she did so in 1854. However any thought of her finding any happiness at all was short lived when she died herself on 31st March, 1855 of what was listed on the death certificate as ‘exhaustion’.

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own*

Living at Thornfield, a strange and compelling household, Jane Eyre finds herself drawn more and more to Rochester through their shared intellect and wit. He wants to marry her but their nuptials are abandoned when the true story of his insane wife locked in a tower at the other end of the house is revealed. Realizing she is hopelessly in love with him, and not accepting a role as his mistress, she flees the house so that he can find peace and happiness. Befriended by people who turn out to be her cousins, upon inheriting a sum of money from a distant relative, she returns to Thornfield drawn back by some imagined tragedy. There she finds Rochester, half blind, his body burned and his wife dead.

Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, unconditional love

After all this death it is good that the story ends with new life, the birth of a son to Rochester and Jane and he regains some sight and is able to see them both.

Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us…*

Jane Eyre was one my favourite novels when I was in my teens. Many of her examples that I followed help me survive very difficult situations. I lost track of how many times I read it, just remember that it was time and time again. This brilliant novel by Charlotte Brontë influenced many women of the women of my generation as it was also required reading at High School. With its inspiring attitudes, fashions, passions and shining example of unconditional love. Jayne Eyre’s inner beauty is what is so illuminating and the most appealing quality of the creative and constructive thinking man of her imagining. She is a great role model for a whole new generation being exposed to her writing through a medium they know well, film.

Movie: Jane Eyre

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre

Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester

Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers

Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax

Jayne Eyre and Mrs Fairfax played by Judi Dench

Directed by Cary Fukunaga

Screenplay by Moira Buffini Based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Music by Dario Marianelli

Distributed by Focus Features

Release date United States March 11, 2011
Release date Australia March 11th, 2011
Release date United Kingdom September 9, 2011

Young Australian actor Mia Wasikowska at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. She plays Jane Eyre in an all new stunning version of the timeless classic novel by Charlotte Brontë released in Australia on March 11, 2011

Works by the Brontë Family

Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre 1846

Villette 1853

Shirley 1849

The Professor 1857

High Life in Verdopolis

Juvenilia: 1829-1835

Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights (1847

Anne Bronte

Agnes Grey 1847

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall 1848

Branwell Bronte

The Works of Patrick Branwell Bronte : An Edition (Vol 1)

The three sisters also compiled a collection of poetry called Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.

Carolyn McDowall, February 2011

*Please note: All Quotes in Italics by Charlotte Brontë
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sony Classical Releases Soundtrack to Jane Eyre

Score by Dario Marianelli Performed by violinist Jack Liebeck

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available March 8, 2011

Focus Features Opens Film March 11 - JANE EYRE Stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical is delighted to announce the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Focus Features' new film Jane Eyre, available March 8, 2011. Academy Award-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) hascreateda romantic and moving score, performed by violinist Jack Liebeck, as the perfect complement to the new movie version of the celebrated story. Jane Eyre opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 11, and expands to additional cities throughout March.

Dario Marianelli's Jane Eyre score heavily features a solo violin, recorded for the film by the 2010 Classical Brit Award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck. Marianelli is known for the gift of capturing the emotional and poignant elements of a story in his music. His score for Atonement earned him Golden Globe and Academy Awards, and his work on Pride & Prejudice was also Oscar-nominated. His other film credits as composer include Eat Pray Love, Agora, The Brave One, The Soloist, Everybody's Fine, and V for Vendetta.

In the bold new feature version of Jane Eyre, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Focus' Sin Nombre) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) infuse a contemporary immediacy into Charlotte Bronte's timeless, classic story. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama, the heroine of which continues to inspire new generations of devoted readers and viewers.

In the 19th Century-set story, Jane Eyre (played by Ms. Wasikowska) suddenly flees Thornfield Hall, the vast and isolated estate where she works as a governess for Adele Varens, a child under the custody of Thornfield's brooding master, Edward Rochester (Mr. Fassbender). The imposing residence - and Rochester's own imposing nature - have sorely tested her resilience. With nowhere else to go, she is extended a helping hand by clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell of Focus' The Eagle) and his family. As she recuperates in the Rivers' Moor House and looks back upon the tumultuous events that led to her escape, Jane wonders if the past is ever truly past...For more information on the film, please visit www.JaneEyreTheMovie.com.

Sony Classical is the label group in charge of classical music within Sony Music Entertainment, based in New York and Berlin and responsible for the international productions of Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, as well as a vast catalogue that goes back to Enrico Caruso. Sony Classical is the home of artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Murray Perahia and Vittorio Grigolo, as well as containing the musical legacy of Glenn Gould, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Arturo Toscanini and Leonard Bernstein. In the USA, Sony Classical is represented by the Sony Masterworks label group. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Soundtrack review: "Jane Eyre"
“Jane Eyre” has been filmed for the screen 18 times over the past century of film. I must confess, I have not seen any of them (though I have seen “I Walked With a Zombie,” which is loosely based on “Jane Eyre”). But listening to Dario Marianelli’s soundtrack for the newest version, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, may at last lure me to an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s most famous work.

Marianelli, whose previous work includes the Oscar-winning score for “Atonement,” writes in the liner notes to the soundtrack disc that he wanted to make the presence of the imprisoned Bertha Mason known musically in the film. The score opens on a note of melancholy, and harmonies that reminded me just a little of early music, but with the complexity and musical development of John Corigliano’s work. Jack Liebeck’s violin is the featured instrument throughout the score. Early on, it cries, but as Jane begins to free herself from the past, it begins to sing instead.

There’s a heavy emphasis on strings; I don’t remember hearing much in the way of brass or percussion throughout the score, though there are moments of solo piano. Sometimes that’s a dangerous road to travel on too long, as there can be a kind of mind-numbing sameness about the music throughout. But Marianelli develops his themes enough to keep one interested. “Jane Eyre” provides a nice “soundtrack” for working, driving, or perhaps – if I decide to find out – a story by Charlotte Brontë.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Busiest release date ... ever?

If there's one governing principle we should all know about release dates, it's that they amount to one big game of chicken.

If two movies with ambitions to win the weekend are announced as scheduled for the same release date, and they appeal to a similar demographic, it's a battle of wills to see which will yield. One always does -- this is why you don't ever see two superhero movies released on the same date.

The conventional wisdom is that the movie that yields is the lesser commodity, but it doesn't always work out that way. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip got all the buzz when it debuted in the fall of 2006. Meanwhile, everyone expected Tina Fey's dopey little sitcom -- 30 Rock, which debuted about three weeks later -- to get left in the dust. Needless to say, it didn't work out that way. (How's that for a loose analogy? Especially since it's about TV rather than the movies, when "release dates" are not really relevant, but especially since both shows were the property of NBC?)

But even when the demographics targeted are not the same, movies with high expectations will still try to avoid direct competition with one another, especially on a weekend when something hot is coming out. Hot is hot, regardless of who it's intended for.

And so it is that a release date like tomorrow is quite unusual. None of the four major films being released this Friday are targeting the exact same audience, but they are all prominent enough in some way to be considered "hot." Whether they will cannibalize each other, or whether a victor will rise to the top, remains uncertain. What is pretty likely is that someone's going to go home unhappy.

Shall we take a look?

Red Riding Hood
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Targeting: Teenage girls and dirty old men
Comment: Don't discount those dirty old men, who are just waiting for that moment of bodice-ripping by star Amanda Seyfried. (The ads make the movie look pretty sultry, and don't tell me there isn't something sexual about those thorns "penetrating" Seyfried in this poster.) This is clearly aimed at Twilight's audience -- I mean, Hardwicke even directed the original Twilight -- but don't be surprised to see it do better than your average movie that tries to ride the Twilight coattails. It's getting some interest outside its demographic, including from me. (Let's not ponder too closely whether I belong in that "dirty old men" group.)
Prediction for weekend box office: Third

Jane Eyre
Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Targeting: Intelligent teenage girls and intellectuals of all ages
Comment: I'd like to think this will do better than it will actually do. Even with two pretty hot properties in the central roles -- Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender -- my thinking is that this outside-the-box version of Jane Eyre will not be seen by as many people as I'd hope. That's too bad, because it's got an exciting director: Cary Fukunaga, who directed the excellent Sin Nombre two years ago.
Prediction for weekend box office: Seventh

Battle: Los Angeles
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Targeting: Fourteen-year-old boys and Republicans
Comment: Aliens, explosions, end of the world ... it's a winning formula at the box office. Especially this one, which seems like it could be the first film to really benefit from the success of District 9. Like Neill Blomkamp's film, Battle: Los Angeles is shot like a documentary, giving it a gritty realism that viewers really want from their effects-laden action movies. (The documentary form has the effect of making the effects seem almost hyper-real.)
Prediction for weekend box office: First

Mars Needs Moms
Directed by: Simon Wells
Targeting: Children and stoners
Comment: As much as animation tends to do well, I'm not sure if this particular animated film will find great success. It hasn't been advertised very well, and space can be a tough fit for animated movies ... perhaps especially when there is another movie featuring aliens (Battle: Los Angeles) being released on the same day. Not only that, but Mars Needs Moms has to contend with Rango, which should be getting most of the kids who didn't see it the first weekend. (Even if Mars Needs Moms will probably be more appropriate for young kids than Rango.)
Prediction for weekend box office: Fourth

Other two top-five box office spots not yet mentioned: Second (Rango), Fifth (The Adjustment Bureau)

I don't do a lot of box office predicting on this blog, but I'll be curious to see how this one turns out. And really tearing my hear out deciding which one to see ... though, let's be honest, the 14-year-old boy in me will be standing in line for Battle: LA. (Leaving the dirty old man on the outside looking in.)
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'Battle: Los Angeles' Likely to Beat 'Red Riding Hood' at Box Office
9:03 PM 3/10/2011 by Pamela McClintock

The sci-fi war film starring Aaron Eckhart is eyeing a roughly $30 million bow, while the Amanda Seyfried film directed by "Twilight's" Catherine Hardwicke could make up to $20 million.

The weekend box office could come down to a battle of the sexes as Sony opens male-driven Battle: Los Angeles and Warner Bros. targets the Twilight crowd with Red Riding Hood. Battle: L.A. is expected to win the weekend.
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Hollywood is hoping the two films lure younger moviegoers, who have been conspicuously absent from the multiplex. It's one reason why domestic box office revenues in 2011 are so down.

There's also a new family offering -- Disney's performance-capture 3D toon Mars Needs Moms. But meek interest has prepared the studio for an especially poor opening. Most everyone believes Paramount animated holdover Rango will beat Mars.

On the specialty side, Focus Features opens Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Cary Fukunaga directed the critically acclaimed film, based on the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte.

Conservative estimates show Battle: L.A. winning the weekend with a gross of $28 million to $32 million. The sci-fi war pic is drawing nearly all of its interest from males.

In its marketing campaign, Sony has trumpeted the film's action and special effects.

Battle: L.A. doesn't rely on A-list stars but does have an ethnically diverse cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and Michael Pena.

Overseas, Battle: L.A. opens day and date in a handful of key markets, including the U.K. and Hong Kong. Domestically, the film goes out in more than 3,400 theaters.

Battle: L.A. cost $70 million to produce, including tax incentives from shooting in Louisiana.

Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried, is Catherine Hardwicke's first film since Twilight, and Warners has relied heavily on the director's name in promoting the film.

Box office observers are suggesting an opening gross of $18 million to $20 million for Red Riding Hood. That would be great start since the film -- opening in roughly 3,000 theaters -- cost $40 million to produce.

The dark fantasy, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Julie Yorn, was penned by Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson.

Red Riding Hood is based on the well-known fairy tale -- only in this version, the wolf is a werewolf. Gary Oldman, Billy Burke and Shiloh Fernandez also star.

Battle: L.A. and Red Riding Hood are drawing especially bad reviews. Of the three new films, Mars is getting the best notices.

Mars cost $140 million to make, and is the final film produced by Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital under its now-severed deal with Disney. Observers predict an opening of $8 million to $10 million.
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Weekend Movie Guide

My, what a mighty big space between the eyes you have.

Ok dorks, let’s do a quick rundown of movies that are opening this weekend. Skinny Marinky Vinky Dink started doing this last week, then promptly bailed and left it to the blogsitters. Professional. Fun fact: despite being Uproxx’s preeminent fill-in movie blogger (What the hell is a “Burnsy”?), I have never heard of most of these movies. And away we go.

RED RIDING HOOD: Amanda Seyfriend stars as a girl whose movie should get eaten by a wolf.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 7% (HOLY SH*T, 7%)
Gratuitous review quotes:

“Another idiot child of “Twilight,” “Red Riding Hood,” directed by original “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke (”Thirteen”), arrives, and the Twi-hards are about to get hoodwinked.” – Boston Herald

“[Hardwicke] has a gift for taking situations of bloodcurdling thrills and investing them with all of the drama of a sophomore fussing over her prom date.” – New York Post

Armchair analysis: Yeesh (*tugs collar*)
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BATTLE: LOS ANGELES: BOOM! ZOOM! PEW PEW PEW!
Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%
Gratuitous review quotes:

“A sci-fi “Black Hawk Down,” Jonathan Liebesman’s “Battle: Los Angeles” will satisfy any genre-movie buff jonesing for this generation’s ‘Independence Day.’” – Boston Herald

“It’s like watching other people play a video game” – Richard Roeper


Armchair analysis: If people are comparing this to Independence Day, some g*&^%$# person better welcome an alien to Earf with a punch in the face. That’s all I’m sayin’.
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JANE EYRE: Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender star in an adaption of a book I pretended to read in 9th grade. It probably has something to do with virginity or something.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Gratuitous review quotes:

“Cary Joji Fukunaga has reanimated a classic for a new generation, letting ‘Jane Eyre’ resonate with terror and tenderness.” – Rolling Stone

“A splendid example of how to tackle the daunting duty of turning a beloved work of classic literature into a movie.” – New York Times


Armchair analysis: The same year I was supposed to read Jane Eyre, I was also assigned The Old Man and the Sea. They should make that into a movie, and it should star Gary Busey wrestling a marlin and fighting off sharks, and they should let him ad-lib all his lines.
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MARS NEEDS MOMS: Seth Green voices an animated movie, presumably about some sort of Martian matriarch shortage.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 39%
Gratuitous review quotes:

“It seems that it’s time to admit that dressing actors in LED-studded catsuits, asking them to give performances on sterile white sets and handing the results to a team of computer animators is not a way to make a good movie.” – New York Times

“While Wells’s ice-blue color scheme borrows from both “Tron” films and a litany of “Star Trek” episodes, a majestic musical score by the great composer John Powell somehow makes everything old feel fresh and wondrous again.” – Washington Post


Armchair analysis: Did you realize Seth Green is 37 years old? Wow. Also, since I posted the Rotten Tomatoes score, I’ve been saying “Thirty-nine percent” over and over in my best Kenny Fisher voice.
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ELEKTRA LUXX: My precious Carla Gugino reprises her role as the titular porn star character she introduced in Women in Trouble
Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%
Gratuitous review quotes:

“A porn star’s midlife crisis makes for a limp story in ‘Elektra Luxx.’” – New York Post

“Elektra Luxx’ has a playful, breezy sexiness that gives the world of the film, porn biz and all, a refreshing innocence.” – Los Angeles Times


Armchair analysis: Ha. TITULAR!
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KILL THE IRISHMAN: Violence erupts in Cleveland as some sort of gang/mob war escalates. Burnsy would have a much better Lebron James joke here.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%
Gratuitous review quotes:

“The structure of the storytelling in Kill the Irishman is pretty square, but the cast is tasty…” – Entertainment Weekly

“This mob-war romance could still find an audience in niche release, given its action-oriented underdog story and Ray Stevenson’s oddly charismatic lead performance.” – Variety


Armchair analysis: The title sounds like an episode of “Itchy & Scratchy,” and the reviews ain’t glowing. On the other hand, it has Val Kilmer AND Christopher Walken in it. I would have paid a zillion dollars to be a fly on the wall during their discussions between takes.
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Modus FX Integrates Seamless Effects for Jane Eyre

Using CGI to Help Realize Classic Victorian Romance

Montreal\'s Modus FX provided 47 visual effects shots for Cary Joji Fukunaga’s retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre. Set in the mid-19th century English countryside, the effects work for this visually rich adaptation had to be invisible and blend seamlessly. Along with removing the trappings of modern life from a number of shots, such as overhead wires or telephone poles, the team at Modus changed the season in which several sequences are set. The most complex part of the project called for a digitally altered environment to create the burned-out ruins of Thornfield Castle.

Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned girl whose strength of character has inspired readers since its publication in 1847. There have been numerous film and TV versions of the novel, but the new film, written by Moira Buffini, emphasizes the gothic aspects of the book and re-orders the narrative sequence, creating greater dramatic immediacy for modern audiences.

“Atmosphere is everything for a film like this, so our work had to support the mood of the story and the scenic locations,” said Yanick Wilisky, VP of production and VFX supervisor at Modus. “The film uses a soft palette and natural light to capture the feeling of a world before the age of electricity, so our visual effects had to be entirely invisible.”

Initially, Modus was hired on this project to alter the appearance of a run-down country manor so that it would show the aftermath of the fire at Thornfield Castle, a pivotal moment in the story. “Focus Features came to us shortly after we had completed work on The American last summer,” explained Wilisky. “Everyone understood that transforming the castle was going to present challenges. They had a tight timeline, but they knew we could do it.”

Shooting on Jane Eyre had already wrapped up when Modus came on to the project. “There was no CG model of the castle. We just had the footage to work with, and because the camera was moving in every shot, we had to use motion-tracking techniques to build our own environment.”

Modus used Science.D.Visions’ 3DEqualizer to generate a point cloud based on the footage. “From that data we were able to remodel the surface of the castle so that we could re-texture the walls,” said Wilisky.

The most difficult shots in the castle sequence were those which included the lace hat worn by actress Mia Wasikowska. The blackened walls of the castle had to show through countless perforations in the hat as the actress moves through the shots. “The castle model had to track exactly on the plate, or the audience would have been able to see the textures moving on the wall,” explained Jacinthe Cote, Modus’ production director. “These shots required a lot of rotoscoping, and then frame-by-frame work with a mix of keying and painting to make everything fit perfectly.”

As the postproduction progressed, Modus’ work on the project expanded. In one sequence shot in late autumn, the season was changed to look like early summer. “The trees were bare, so we had to add CG leaves and a gentle breeze,” said Cote. “The challenge was to match the colors so that everything looked real and fit in imperceptibly with the live action.”

Cote explained that the team collaborated with director Cary Fukunaga from his production offices in London via cineSync – a review and approval system. “We’re used to working with clients from who are based elsewhere and we always work with cineSync. It really is an excellent communication tool for long-distance collaboration,” said Cote.

“Cary has a great eye and he is one of these directors who really understands visual effects in a way that he can talk to us in very technical terms,” said Wilisky. “That was a real asset on this project. It was like working with a visual effects artist.”

A Focus Features Release, Jane Eyre opens March 11. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama.
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Hey, These New Movies Are Opening
Movies | admin | March 11, 2011 at 7:23 PM

These are the new movies I was speaking of:

Battle: Los Angeles
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan
Good if you want to see: army guys fighting some alien guys.

Red Riding Hood
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas
Good if you want to see: Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke attempt to transition from vampire-werewolf-human love triangles to basically the same thing but without vampires.

Mars Needs Moms
Director: Simon Wells
Starring: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack
Good if you want to see: the motion-captured, reanimated corpse-like forms of Seth Green (voice replaced by someone who actually sounds like a child) and Dan Fogler out to save Joan Cusack from martians.
Jane Eyre
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench
Good if you want to see: Jane Eyre, now with Alice and Magneto.

Certified Copy (limited)
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell
Good if you want to see: a Before Sunrise-esque film documenting a man and woman walking around beautiful locales and talking, and it’s apparently pretty good despite sounding like an eHarmony commercial concept.

Elektra Luxx (limited)
Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Starring: Carla Gugino, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Good if you want to see: a sequel to Women in Trouble, if you’re one of the people who saw Women in Trouble and also thought there should be a sequel to Women in Trouble.

Black Death (limited)
Director: Christopher Smith
Starring: Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne
Good if you want to see: with Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, the complete Sean Bean’s “I’m a warrior guy” trilogy.

Kill the Irishman (limited)
Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Starring: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Christopher Walken
Good if you want to see: a based-on-a-true-story mob tale from the director of The Punisher and the star of Punisher: War Zone, because there’s nothing like a healthy Punisher pedigree to build confidence in a film.
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Brits At The Box Office 3/13
Written on March 11, 2011 by Paul

Loads of British movies to sink your teeth into this weekend in both the UK and the US.

It’s all about the costumes in the US with Jane Eyre and Black Death both opening and both receiving excellent reviews. Director Cary Fukunaga’s seems to have bought a darker interpretation of the Charlotte Bronte classic to the big screen, while lead actors Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska (Mr Rochester and Jane) have been getting all the plaudits for their performances and on-screen chemistry. With a whole host of British talent complementing the lead performances (Sally Hawkins, Judi Dench and Jamie Bell) it will not be long before this expands beyond the borders of New York and LA. In fact to see when it will be arriving at a city near you just click here.

Black Death, I was lucky enough to see on VOD a couple of weeks back and was surprised how good it was. It is a very cool film with great performances from its two leads Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne. Check it out if you like fantasy horror movies and are not squeamish, as it has a fair amount of bloodshed !

If you are unable to get to see one of the British movies then another movie that looks great and is out this weekend is Kill The Irishman featuring an actual Irishman in Ray Stevenson (HBO’s Rome) as mobster Danny Greene. It’s a true story about an almost invincible mobster form the 1970′s Cleveland underworld. The movie also features British actor and ex-footballer Vinnie Jones playing the hardman once more.

Over in the UK there is an assortment of British movies from different genres. Idris Elba will be returning to our screens soon in the second series of Luther, but this weekend he is an ex-soldier returning home after a botched mission in Eastern Europe. Om Puri was just on the big screen a couple of weeks back in West is West, but makes an almost immediate return with Life Goes on. Finally British horror masters Hammer have grabbed some big hollywood names for there latest production, with Hillary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan planning to scare us silly in The Resident.

Take a look at all the releases mentioned below and if you want to see more just click on the titles as we will probably have gathered a load of other stuff as well !

Black Death – Medieval England has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. In this apocalyptic world filled with fear and superstition, a fearsome knight, and his band of mercenaries seek out a young monk, Osmund, to lead them through the black marshes. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer, Langiva, rumoured to be able to breathe life into the dead. But after Langiva reveals her true Satanic identity and offers Osmund his heart’s desire, the horror of his real journey begins…

Jane Eyre – Based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, the romantic drama stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) in the lead roles. In the story, Jane Eyre flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester. The isolated and imposing residence – and Mr. Rochester’s coldness – have sorely tested the young woman’s resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. As Jane reflects upon her past and recovers her natural curiosity, she will return to Mr. Rochester – and the terrible secret that he is hiding…

Legacy: Black Ops – Operative Malcolm Gray returns home after a botched mission in Eastern Europe. Holed up in a Brooklyn motel room, he is torn between retribution and personal salvation as he mentally unravels. When the walls close in, his story may be all he can leave behind.

Life Goes On – The drama explores the relations between a grief stricken father and his three daughters. Set in London, the time is now, the family of Indian origin- part of the UK diaspora. With his wife’s sudden death, Sanjay is suddenly thrown into close proximity with his three daughters.

The Resident – After separating from her husband beautiful young Doctor Juliet begins a new life in Brooklyn. Her stunning, spacious loft apartment seems too good to be true and when mysterious occurrences lead her to believe she’s not alone Juliet discovers the unthinkable…someone is watching.

Kill The Irishman – The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970′s.

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Our Favorite Literary Movie Hunks
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Posted Mar 10th 2011 2:30PM

If you like your movie hunks mysterious, brooding -- and from the 19th century -- prepare to swoon over Michael Fassbender as the dashing-yet-haunted Edward Rochester in 'Jane Eyre,' which opens this Friday. Rochester was portrayed by an appropriately gruff young Orson Welles in the 1944 film, but even purists will surely embrace the latest version of Charlotte Bronte's man of many secrets.

You've already seen Fassbender in '300,' 'Inglourious Basterds,' and 'Band of Brothers,' (and trailers for the upcoming 'X-Men: First Class'), but this film is likely to land him a whole new following, just as a certain dip in a pond did for Colin Firth in the 1995 miniseries 'Pride and Prejudice.'

Troubled Rochester is just one of our favorite dashing heroes from the pages of literary classics, characters who took on a whole new allure when portrayed on screen by the very appealing likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Julian Sands and Christian Bale.

Laurence Olivier in 'Wuthering Heights' (1939)
If you've only seen Olivier as an elderly villain in 'Marathon Man,' then by all means, go rent 'Wuthering Heights' (or simply watch the entire movie, below). In 1939, he wasn't Sir Laurence yet, just very young, very handsome, and very romantic. Catch the final scene in which -- spoiler! -- a bereaved Heathcliff begs a dying Cathy to haunt him forever. If you prefer your hunks in color, check out the more modern made-for-TV version with 'Inception's Tom Hardy.



Julian Sands in 'A Room With a View' (1985)
In 19th century novels, like this one by E.M. Forster, it seems the heroines are always refusing the suitor who is charming, handsome and clearly perfect for her and sticking with a dreadful stick-in-the mud instead. Lucy (a 19-year-old Helena Bonham Carter) spends the entire movie denying her feelings for the immensely attractive and offbeat George (Sands), when everyone else can see how right they are for each other. The scene where he impulsively kisses her in the gorgeous Italian countryside is how everyone dreams their Italian vacation should play out.

Daniel Day-Lewis in 'The Age of Innocence' (1993)
The '90s were a heyday for classic literary adaptations, and Martin Scorsese, of all people, started this unlikely trend with his first film about upper-class morals, not lower-class crime sprees, based on the 1920 novel by Edith Wharton. Daniel Day-Lewis is heartbreaking as the lawyer who loves one woman (the alluring Michelle Pfeiffer), but cannot risk the scandal of pursuing a married woman. His astute fiancée (Winona Ryder) won't let him out of her clutches and really, can you blame her?

Christian Bale in 'Little Women' (1994)
What was that we were just saying about Winona not letting a handsome hunk go? As headstrong Jo March, she didn't get the memo and bid adieu to Laurie (Christian Bale, nearly a decade before becoming the Dark Knight). Thousands of Baleheads were beside themselves, but that's the way Louisa May Alcott wrote it, alas, with Jo opting for the much older Friedrich (the not-exactly hard-on-the-eyes Gabriel Byrne).

Colin Firth in 'Pride and Prejudice' (1995)
The clip below, as a frustrated-in-love Mr. Darcy wades into the pond on his country estate, is the moment when fans went from thinking him of that nice British chap that Kristin Scott-Thomas betrayed in 'The English Patient' and started thinking, "Oh! Mr. Darcy!" Firth plays the quintessentially restrained British gentleman who, despite his proud exterior, harbors deeply romantic feelings and the noblest of intentions. It took some time for Elizabeth Bennett to discover Darcy's true qualities, just as it took a while for newly minted Oscar winner Firth's career to take off. But we've all lived very happily ever since falling in love with this miniseries.

Greg Wise in 'Sense and Sensibility' (1995)
Sadly, the dashingly delicious Willoughby turned out to be just another shallow cad, out for money instead of true love, but what a lovely moment his first appearances make, in the rain, astride a horse as he gallops to the rescue of Marianne (Kate Winslet), who's sprained her ankle. Good thing for her, the stalwart (but far less dashing) Colonel Branden (Alan Rickman) is waiting in the wings to sweep her off his feet in his own far humbler way.

Marianne Falls
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Ciaran Hinds in 'Persuasion' (1995)
Jane Austen certainly had a thing for men of few words, which means the actors who play them must intrigue us with their mere presence, something the Irish Hinds does ably as the tongue-tied would-be suitor of heroine Anne (Amanda Root), who, on the advice of her family, rejected him years ago. As with other Austen books, there's another charming cad on the scene as well, but he doesn't stand a chance next to the true man of character.

Jeremy Northam in 'Emma' (1996)
You're all probably much more familiar with modern-day remake 'Clueless' than the Austen original, although 'Clueless' actually came out the year before.) So we'll just cut to the chase by saying that Northam plays the Paul Rudd character here, the one that Cher -- er -- Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow) takes forever to realize is the perfect man for her. The scene where he admits he loves her -- and proposes (below) makes us a little weak in the knees.

Matthew McFadyen in 'Pride & Prejudice' (2005)
McFadyen plays a more yearning, emotionally accessible Mr. Darcy than Colin Firth did, but that doesn't mean that his declaration of love is any less heartfelt, or Elizabeth (Keira Knightley)'s rejection any less painful. And sure, Colin had that solo wade in the pond, but we'll also happily take Matthew's walk across the misty morning field to tell Elizabeth, "You have bewitched me, body and soul. I love you." How can any woman say no to that?

Bewitched
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James McAvoy in 'Atonement' (2007)
Ian McEwan didn't write this novel until 2001, but it has the feel of a much-older classic. And its era-specific themes of class differences and the effects of one scandalous rumor echo so many of literature -- and film's -- great star-crossed lovers. Anything that keeps someone from finding true love and happiness with James McAvoy, now that's a tragedy.
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Weekend Forecast: Signs of life
By Craig Kennedy - March 11th, 2011; 1:09 pm

Mainstream Hollywood continues to mostly suck air this weekend, but for the 2nd outing in a row the limited release calendar shows some promising signs of life for many different tastes.

* Certified Copy (**** 1/2). Iranian arthouse favorite Abbas Kiarostami makes his first film outside of Iran, an off-kilter romantic drama starring the great Juliet Binoche as one half of a pair of strangers spending the afternoon together who are mistaken for a married couple. Perceptions and expectations quietly shift before your very eyes and a quietly devastating portrait emerges of a relationship (whether real or imagined is never quite clear) between two people at cross purposes. Slow and talky to the extent that many will find it boring and pretentious, this is another film that rewards patience with an uncommon thoughtfulness. (Limited)
* Jane Eyre (****). Charlotte Bronte’s classic story gets a fresh (and refreshing) re-telling by Cary Fukunaga elevated by a couple of simmering performances from stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The beautiful cinematography and music don’t hurt either. Judi Dench, Imogene Poots and Sally Hawkins co-star. (Review) (Limited
* Black Death (*** 1/2). At the height of the fourteenth century Black Plague which devastated Europe, a monk’s faith is put to the test when he joins up with a band of warriors sent by a bishop to find out what sort of witchcraft is protecting an isolated village from the deadly disease. This is a gritty, grimy action film with shades of horror and more than a little to say (none of it good) about human nature. It’s actually pretty effective and keeps you guessing exactly how it’s going to turn out. It would’ve been 100% better had the action sequences been more effectively handled, but I suppose this kind of over-edited chaos is the vogue these days. Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and Carice van Houten star. (Limited)

* Battle: Los Angeles. The City of Angels takes another beating when aliens invade. The assorted trailers for this one were actually pretty promising, but as of this writing the reviews have been much less so. Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Pena star. (Wide)
* Red Riding Hood. Catherine Hardwicke gives the classic fairytale the Twilight treatment with Amanda Seyfried. It’s not a bad idea on paper, but in practice it appears to be another matter entirely. Gary Oldman, Virginia Madsen and Julie Christie co-star. (Wide)
* I Am. I thought this one came out last month, but apparently I was misinformed. A horrible biking accident led Tom Shadyac – director of successful but mostly terrible movies like Patch Adams and Bruce Almighty – to sell his huge Hollywood mansion, move to a Malibu trailer park and make this documentary self-described as “A prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better.” To that end he travels the world talking to lots of smart people like Noam Chomsky and Desmond Tutu. Look, it’s swell Tom has had a change of life and he’s finally opening his eyes to what really matters in the world, but it doesn’t sound like any of his epiphanies are especially profound or new and I’m not sure I really need a self serving documentary all about it. This is what happens in an industry where every nugget a guy craps is considered gold because it makes money. (LA. NY 3/18)
* Redland. Here’s the official blurb for this 2010 Independent Spirit nominee: “As a family struggles to survive in rural America during the Great Depression, their daughter’s secret affair begins a journey into the unknown. From writer/director, Asiel Norton, comes this story about the eternal laws of survival and existence, and how one act can begin the dissolution as well as the rebirth of a family.” (LA – Laemmle Sunset 5)
* 3 Backyards. Three tales of suburban hell from writer/director Eric Mendelsohn (Judy Berlin). Edie Falco, Embeth Davidtz and Elias Koteas star. (Limited)
* The Desert of Forbidden Art. Official blurb time: “The Desert of Forbidden Art tells the incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars was stashed in a far-off desert of Uzbekistan, and develops into a larger exploration of how art survives in times of oppression. A fascinating documentary about a group of visionary artists and one man who risked his life to rescue their work.” (NY. LA 3/18)
* Elektra Luxx. Carla Gugino is a retired porn star teaching community college sex ed to housewives and pregnant with the the child of a dead rock star who is approached by an old acquaintance to seduce her fiancée. One assumes chaos ensues. (Limited)
* Kill the Irishman. Based on the obligatory true story, what we have here is Irish mobsters vs. Italian mobsters in 1976 Cleveland. A great cast including Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken , Val Kilmer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Paul Sorvino and Linda Cardellini. (Limited)
* Making the Boys. A look at The Boys in the Band, regarded as the first gay-themed play (and subsequent major motion picture) to reach a mainstream audience. (NY)
* Mars Needs Moms. Mars can have them as long as it takes all the ugly sh*#&% 3-D motion capture animated movies along with them. Deal? (Wide)
* Monogamy. A wedding photographer (Chris Messina) puts his marriage at risk when a side gig secretly photographing people leads to obsession. Also with Rashida Jones. (Limited)
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Yorkshire's Bronte Country is an open book of adventure

By Karen Jones
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Saturday, March 12th 2011, 4:00 AM
Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender play Jane and Rochester in the newest film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's novel 'Jane Eyre.' Tourists can visit the moody lands that inspired the book's author.

The latest movie adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" — with Mia Wasikowska as the determined Jane and Michael Fassbender as her partner in the tale of love, despair, triumph and tragedy — returns to the mysterious West Yorkshire moors that inspired Charlotte and her sisters Anne and Emily.

The writing Brontës were deeply influenced by the moors surrounding the village of Haworth, where they lived most of their brief lives.

A visit to Haworth today is as near as you can come to stepping back 150 years — and well worth the journey. Brontë Country is relatively unspoiled and truly striking.

In addition to the Brontë Parsonage Museum (the family's former home) and imposing churchyard complete with very spooky gravestones, Haworth's cobblestoned main street is lined with curiosity shops, teahouses, B&Bs, food and sweet shops, and public houses including the Kings Arms and the Black Bull with centuries of colorful history.

There is a lovely park to stroll through and even a steam railway with a station right out of a "Masterpiece Theatre" production.

Walking the moors is an adventure. Top Withens, thought to be the inspiration
for "Wuthering Heights," is about 4 miles from Haworth. Remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, stick to the paths and keep an eye on the weather, which can change on a dime.

Accommodations in Haworth are reasonable by British standards and most include a traditional Yorkshire breakfast. With bacon, pork sausages, eggs, black pudding, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, fried bread and strong Yorkshire tea who needs lunch?

The 18th-century Old White Lion Hotel (oldwhitelionhotel.com) sits at the top of Main St. just around the corner from the Parsonage and features 14 charming rooms, a pub and restaurant. Weekend nights start at $150 for a double room.

The Old Registry (theoldregistry haworth.co.uk) is also on Main St. and features 10 individually themed rooms starting at $130 per weekend night for a double.

The Ashmount Country House (ashmounthaworth.co.uk), located a few minutes from Main St., features luxury rooms starting at $161 per weekend night for a double room (some with hot tubs).

You can't go wrong with pub dining and that includes the Haworth Old Hall, dating back to 1580, with much of its Tudor charm still in place. The Grouse Inn, a short drive from Main St., features local game.

Throughout Yorkshire, you will see the pairing of traditional fare — such as the famous Yorkshire pudding, pork belly and steak and ale pies — with a thriving contemporary dining culture.

This includes regional delicacies from Michelin star chefs such as Frances Atkins of the Yorke Arms in Countydramatic geological oddities that have fascinated generations, are well worth a visit, as is the Victorian village of Saltaire. The walled city of York offers historic sites, museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops and nightlife.

For more information, visit yorkshire.com and visitengland.com.Harrogate (yorke-arms.co.uk).
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Celebrate the New Jane Eyre Film with a Tour of Brontë Country
on March 12, 2011 – 3:11 am

To celebrate the new film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre, tourism agencies “VisitBritain” and “Welcome to Yorkshire” invite travelers to experience Brontë Country. A windswept land of heather and wild moors, it is hardly surprising that this region of Yorkshire became the inspiration for the beloved works of the Brontë sisters and fueled the imagination of Charlotte when writing her books, including Jane Eyre. “VisitBritain” and “Welcome to Yorkshire”, in collaboration with worldwide film company Focus Features, have created a free destination pocket guide, Jane Eyre Brontë Country, as well as a special website detailing how travelers can experience Brontë Country — www.visitbritain.com/janeeyre.

In their bold new feature version of Jane Eyre, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Focus Features’ Sin Nombre) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) infuse a contemporary immediacy into Charlotte Brontë’s timeless story. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama, the heroine of which continues to inspire new generations of devoted readers and viewers. Jane Eyre is produced by Academy Award-nominated (Elizabeth) and Emmy Award-winning (Temple Grandin) producer Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits. Also starring Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Holliday Grainger, Tamzin Merchant, Imogen Poots, and Academy Award winner Judi Dench, Jane Eyre was released by Focus in New York and Los Angeles on March 11; and in additional cities throughout March. For further information, visit the film’s official website at www.JaneEyreTheMovie.com.

The Jane Eyre Brontë Country destination pocket guide includes information about how travelers can follow in the footsteps of the sisters. Additionally, the website www.visitbritain.com/janeeyre features travel ideas, an in-depth itinerary, Brontë Country tour packages, behind-the-scenes information about the film, the movie trailer, a free downloadable version of the pocket guide and more. The free pocket guide can also be requested via mail by contacting travelinfo@visitbritain.org, and is available at select Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

More About Jane Eyre Brontë Country

Brontë Country, an area which straddles the West Yorkshire and East Lancashire Pennines in the North of England, is a two-hour train journey from London. Once in Yorkshire, a key stop on the Brontë trail is the village of Haworth, where Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë lived and are now buried.

In Haworth is The Brontë Parsonage Museum, the home where the Brontë sisters spent most of their lives. Owned and maintained by the Brontë Society, visitors can see many letters written by the sisters and can step back in time to take in the setting where the Brontë sisters lived. This was the family home from 1820 to 1861. Many of the rooms are largely unchanged and are filled with treasures, including the Brontës’ furniture, clothes and personal possessions. The Brontë Society also hosts special talks and events throughout the year.

Nearby, the St. Michael and All Angels Church (the Brontë Parish Church) contains the Brontë vault, which holds the remains of the Brontë family (except Anne) and is indicated with a memorial plaque. Charlotte Brontë taught at the village school, next to the parish church. A plaque on the school wall commemorates this.

While in Haworth, travellers can stop for a cup of tea or stay overnight at the Old White Lion Inn, a 4-star, 300-year-old coaching inn – or enjoy a taste of luxury at the Ashmount Country House Hotel once the home of the Brontës’ physician. The inn looks down on the cobbled Main Street and is opposite the Parish Church and Brontë Parsonage Museum. Other highlights in Haworth include the Black Bull, a pub frequented by Branwell Brontë, troubled brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne. His chair can still be found in the dining area. The Old Apothecary, where Branwell once obtained his laudanum (a plaque denotes this), is a charming shop that still sells remedies and gifts. Weavers Restaurant, which offers traditional British cuisine, is said to be haunted by an apparition known as the “grey lady” thought to be Emily, as she only appears on December 19, the anniversary of Emily’s death.

The Brontë Way Walk, which goes through the windswept moorland that inspired many of the sisters’ writings, is a marked trail that links key locations associated with the Brontë family. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere firsthand by doing the full 43-mile walk from Oakwell Hall in Birstall across to Gawthorpe Hall in Lancashire, visiting on the way the Spen Valley (where Shirley was set), the wild Moorland scenes associated with Wuthering Heights, and the village of Haworth.

Walkers can also spot Wycoller Hall, thought to be an inspiration for Jane Eyre. The Hall was built by the Hartley family at the end of the 16th century, but by the early 1900s much of the Hall was unoccupied and is now a ruin. Other walks include a tour through Penistone Country Park, with views of the Waterfall valley and the Brontë Bridge, where nearby a rock “chair” is said to have been enjoyed by Charlotte Brontë. About a mile from the bridge is the lonely location of Top Withens, thought to be the inspiration for the setting in Wuthering Heights. Brontë Walks offers guided, informative walking tours of the area to take in these key sights.

In addition to walking, another way to explore the area is on a ride through the beautiful countryside on a steam train on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Not far from Haworth is the village of Thornton, the birthplace of the Brontë sisters. In the village you will find The Old Bell Chapel, where patriarch Patrick Brontë was parson. There is also the St. James Parish Church, where the old bell tower now sits. Situated on Market Street is the Brontë Birthplace, where the Brontë children were born.

Inns in the area with connections to the Brontës include The Fleece Inn & Restaurant, once frequented by Branwell Brontë, and now known for its food, fine ales, and relaxed informal atmosphere; and The Grouse Inn, nestled high above the Worth Valley with breathtaking views of the Brontë Sisters’ famous moors.

For travelers that wish to book a Jane Eyre Brontë Country tour package, Abercrombie and Kent offer a luxurious, eight-day literary and film-themed package that includes hotel accommodation, access to attractions and a private driver-guide, taking you through the idyllic landscapes of Yorkshire and Derbyshire, where Jane Eyre was filmed (Abercrombie and Kent 800.323.7308). The Wayfarers will offer a week-long, small group walking tour package to Yorkshire and Derbyshire in June and August 2011, focusing on the Brontë sisters and the evocative literary landscapes in Yorkshire, as well as Derbyshire (The Wayfarers 800.249.4620).
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Weekly Film Music Roundup (March 11, 2011)
Posted: March 11, 2011 by filmmusicreporter

Three new movies are opening in wide release this weekend:

Battle: Los Angeles starring Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Pena and Michelle Rodriquez and directed by Jonathan Liebesman is expected to be the number one movie of the weekend at the domestic box office. The film’s music is written by Brian Tyler. Varese Sarabande has released a soundtrack album with Tyler’s score (click here to check out our announcement of the soundtrack). To check out interviews with Tyler talking about his work on the project, visit AintItCoolNews and Film Music Magazine for a lengthy audio conversation with the composer.

Also opening today is Simon Wells’ Mars Needs Moms from Walt Disney Pictures. The film marks John Powell’s first out of four scores for animated movies to be released this year. A soundtrack album for the Robert Zemeckis-produced film has been released digitally by Walt Disney Records. Visit our previous article to find out more about the film and soundtrack.

Also coming out is Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and Virginia Madsen. The film’s music is written by Brian Reitzell and Alex Heffes. As announced earlier this week, a soundtrack album featuring songs and score from the movie has been released on WaterTower Music.

Opening in limited release this weekend is Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska, Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Sally Hawkins. The film’s music is written by Dario Marianelli and features violinist Jack Liebeck. Sony Classics has released a soundtrack earlier this week as reported last month. Watch an interview with director Fukunaga about the film’s music, as well as scoring sessions footage, visit Focus Features’ video page.
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Authors on the Air: 'Jane Eyre,' 'Red Riding Hood,' 'Mars Needs Moms'

Mar 11, 2011

Jane Eyre hits theaters today, starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, and Holliday Grainger. Many editions of the Charlotte Bronte novel are in print; one of the newest is Tribeca Books’ paperback (ISBN 978-1936594191).
The movie Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Billy Burke, and Shiloh Fernandez, also opens today. The movie tie-in edition is Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright (Poppy, ISBN 978-0316190855).

Mars Needs Moms, starring Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, and Mindy Sterling, opens today and is based on the book Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley Breathed (Philomel, ISBN 978-0399247361).

Finally, Kill the Irishman, starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, and Marcus Thomas, comes out today. The movie tie-in is Kill the Irishman by Rick Porrello (Pocket Star, ISBN 978-1439171745).

Due to the nature of live programming, scheduling is subject to change.

Booksellers can order these titles through Ingram at ipage.
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Yorkshire’s Bronte Country is an open book of adventure
Posted by Admin March 13, 2011

The latest movie adaptation of Charlotte Brontës Jane Eyre — with Mia Wasikowska as the determined Jane and Michael Fassbender as her partner in the tale of love, despair, triumph and tragedy — returns to the mysterious West Yorkshire moors that inspired Charlotte and her sisters Anne and Emily.

The writing Brontës were deeply influenced by the moors surrounding the village of Haworth, where they lived most of their brief lives.

A visit to Haworth today is as near as you can come to stepping back 150 years — and well worth the journey. Brontë Country is relatively unspoiled and truly striking.

In addition to the Brontë Parsonage Museum (the familys former home) and imposing churchyard complete with very spooky gravestones, Haworths cobblestoned main street is lined with curiosity shops, teahouses, Bamp;Bs, food and sweet shops, and public houses including the Kings Arms and the Black Bull with centuries of colorful history.

There is a lovely park to stroll through and even a steam railway with a station right out of a Masterpiece Theatre production.

Walking the moors is an adventure. Top Withens, thought to be the inspiration
for Wuthering Heights, is about 4 miles from Haworth. Remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, stick to the paths and keep an eye on the weather, which can change on a dime.

Accommodations in Haworth are reasonable by British standards and most include a traditional Yorkshire breakfast. With bacon, pork sausages, eggs, black pudding, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, fried bread and strong Yorkshire tea who needs lunch?

The 18th-century Old White Lion Hotel (oldwhitelionhotel.com) sits at the top of Main St. just around the corner from the Parsonage and features 14 charming rooms, a pub and restaurant. Weekend nights start at $150 for a double room.

The Old Registry (theoldregistry haworth.co.uk) is also on Main St. and features 10 individually themed rooms starting at $130 per weekend night for a double.

The Ashmount Country House (ashmounthaworth.co.uk), located a few minutes from Main St., features luxury rooms starting at $161 per weekend night for a double room (some with hot tubs).

You cant go wrong with pub dining and that includes the Haworth Old Hall, dating back to 1580, with much of its Tudor charm still in place. The Grouse Inn, a short drive from Main St., features local game.

Throughout Yorkshire, you will see the pairing of traditional fare — such as the famous Yorkshire pudding, pork belly and steak and ale pies — with a thriving contemporary dining culture.

This includes regional delicacies from Michelin star chefs such as Frances Atkins of the Yorke Arms in Countydramatic geological oddities that have fascinated generations, are well worth a visit, as is the Victorian village of Saltaire. The walled city of York offers historic sites, museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops and nightlife.

For more information, visit yorkshire.com and visitengland.com.Harrogate (yorke-arms.co.uk).
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Joan Fontaine - Classic Jane Eyre Triumphs In Ny, La
14 March 2011

Classic Jane Eyre Triumphs In Ny, La

Filmmakers have been drawn to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre almost from the time cameras started rolling. The first version of the 164-year-old tale hit the screen in 1914; the most famous version was produced in 1943 with Joan Fontaine in the title role and Orson Welles in the role of Rochester. But, if initial reaction is any judge, the latest version, which stars Mia Wasikowska ( Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right ) and Michael Fassbender ( Inglourious Basterds ), could turn out to be the biggest hit of them all. The movie opened in two theaters in New York and two in Los Angeles over the weekend, where it grossed a combined $182,317 or $45,579 per theater, the highest per-theater average of any film released this year. The film also received outstanding word-of-mouth (the Los Angeles Times reported that ticket sales jumped 53 percent from Friday to Saturday) and mostly positive, although restrained, reviews. "This is a story that still grips the heart and the mind," wrote Lou Lumenick in the New York Post, while suggesting that it falls short of the Fontaine-Welles version. Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News wrote that director Cary Fukunaga "deftly emphasizes the modern elements" of the Brontë novel, "though he's less skilled at creating a gothic tone. Those unfamiliar with this story will find a respectable introduction; fans [of the novel] may be somewhat less impressed." She also concluded that the two leads "lack chemistry" so that while the film is intellectually admirable, "every Jane Eyre should also deliver some emotional swoons." On the other hand, A.O. Scott in the New York Times praised the production as "a splendid example of how to tackle the daunting duty of turning a beloved work of classic literature into a movie. Neither a radical updating nor a stiff exercise in middlebrow cultural respectability, Mr. Fukunaga's film tells its venerable tale with lively vigor and an astute sense of emotional detail."

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'Jane Eyre' Scores Top Per-Theater Average of 2011
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After some quiet weeks on the arthouse scene, Jane Eyre and Kill the Irishman did their part to liven things up a bit. Jane Eyre posted the year's top per-theater average for an opening weekend, while Kill the Irishman marked a new high for distributor Anchor Bay Films.

Jane Eyre debuted to $182,885 at four locations for a $45,721 per-theater average. That topped documentary Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune ($18,211) for the year's best average, though that's excluding the premium-priced preview screenings of Kevin Smith's Red State. Jane Eyre's average was a noticeable improvement over distributor Focus Features' Greenberg, which opened around the same time last year and averaged $39,384 at three venues. While official expansion plans aren't available, the Mia Wasikowska-Michael Fassbender drama will be adding at least 18 locations this weekend and at least 54 more the following weekend.

If it wasn't for Jane Eyre, Kill the Irishman would have taken the 2011 crown for top average: the true crime drama opened to $145,430 at five theaters for a strong average of $29,086. Starring Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer, the movie topped Frozen to become distributor Anchor Bay's highest opening ever. Also, it had the second-best average ever for the distributor behind Solitary Man from last May.

Anchor Bay plans to expand Kill the Irishman into more theaters this weekend and was high on the movie's performance thus far. "We are extremely pleased with the response we've received on Kill the Irishman," commented Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment, in a press release. "We knew audiences would love this film. It has a great cast and a great storyline."

A few other movies also had good openings. Featuring Juliette Binoche, French drama Certified Copy earned $77,937 at five locations for a $15,587 average. Edie Falco drama 3 Backyards debuted to $11,332 at a single theater, and documentary Making the Boys scored $7,513 at one venue.

The rest of the week's releases were less impressive. Clash (Bay Rong) had a weak $12,249 take at nine locations. Medieval adventure Black Death debuted to $6,692 at two theaters, which was fine considering it's been available on Video On Demand for over a month. Bonnie & Clyde Vs. Dracula earned $5,688 at three venues. Despite appearances by the director Sebastian Gutierrez and stars Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman and Emmanuelle Chriqui at the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles, Elektra Luxx mustered a meager $5,601 at four locations, while Oscilloscope Pictures' Monogamy earned $4,476 at one theater.

Among holdovers, Cedar Rapids led the way with $921,038 at 394 locations in its fifth weekend. That brought the Ed Helms-John C. Reilly comedy's total to $4.6 million. French period drama Of Gods and Men also continued its solid run, earning $283,872 at 54 locations for a total of $1.2 million.
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JANE EYRE At the Box Office

The latest film adaptation of Jane Eyre was released in only four theaters over the weekend, but it achieved the highest ticket sales per-theater for a movie in limited release this year. In addition, sales increased over 50% from Friday to Saturday, indication strong word of mouth, notes the L.A. Times.

It will continue to roll out slowly, opening in nine more cities next week.

The movie stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane and Michael Fassbender as Rochester. The movie tie-in is published by Vintage/Knopf.

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Modus FX Integrates Seamless Effects for Jane Eyre
March 14, 2011 | By Staff

Modus FX used CG to create the burned-out ruins of Thornfield Castle.

Montreal’s Modus FX provided 47 visual effects shots for Cary Joji Fukunaga’s retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre. Set in the mid-19th century English countryside, the effects work for this visually rich adaptation had to be invisible and blend seamlessly. Along with removing the trappings of modern life from a number of shots, such as overhead wires or telephone poles, the team at Modus changed the season in which several sequences are set. The most complex part of the project called for a digitally altered environment to create the burned-out ruins of Thornfield Castle.

Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned girl whose strength of character has inspired readers since its publication in 1847. There have been numerous film and TV versions of the novel, but the new film, written by Moira Buffini, emphasizes the gothic aspects of the book and re-orders the narrative sequence, creating greater dramatic immediacy for modern audiences.

“Atmosphere is everything for a film like this, so our work had to support the mood of the story and the scenic locations,” said Yanick Wilisky, VP of production and VFX supervisor at Modus. “The film uses a soft palette and natural light to capture the feeling of a world before the age of electricity, so our visual effects had to be entirely invisible.”

Initially, Modus was hired on this project to alter the appearance of a run-down country manor so that it would show the aftermath of the fire at Thornfield Castle, a pivotal moment in the story. “Focus Features came to us shortly after we had completed work on The American last summer,” explained Wilisky. “Everyone understood that transforming the castle was going to present challenges. They had a tight timeline, but they knew we could do it.”

Shooting on Jane Eyre had already wrapped up when Modus came on to the project. “There was no CG model of the castle. We just had the footage to work with, and because the camera was moving in every shot, we had to use motion-tracking techniques to build our own environment.”

Modus used Science.D.Visions’ 3DEqualizer to generate a point cloud based on the footage. “From that data we were able to remodel the surface of the castle so that we could re-texture the walls,” said Wilisky.

The most difficult shots in the castle sequence were those which included the lace hat worn by actress Mia Wasikowska. The blackened walls of the castle had to show through countless perforations in the hat as the actress moves through the shots. “The castle model had to track exactly on the plate, or the audience would have been able to see the textures moving on the wall,” explained Jacinthe Cote, Modus’ production director. “These shots required a lot of rotoscoping, and then frame-by-frame work with a mix of keying and painting to make everything fit perfectly.”

As the postproduction progressed, Modus’ work on the project expanded. In one sequence shot in late autumn, the season was changed to look like early summer. “The trees were bare, so we had to add CG leaves and a gentle breeze,” said Cote. “The challenge was to match the colors so that everything looked real and fit in imperceptibly with the live action.”

Cote explained that the team collaborated with director Cary Fukunaga from his production offices in London via cineSync – a review and approval system. “We’re used to working with clients from who are based elsewhere and we always work with cineSync. It really is an excellent communication tool for long-distance collaboration,” said Cote.

“Cary has a great eye and he is one of these directors who really understands visual effects in a way that he can talk to us in very technical terms,” said Wilisky. “That was a real asset on this project. It was like working with a visual effects artist.”

A Focus Features Release, Jane Eyre opened March 11. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama.

Below: Modus’ Jane Eyre VFX Reel
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