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Too long ago

I can't believe it's been about a year and a quarter since my last post. I am so use to just posting on my Facebook account that I haven't dropped by here is far too long.

I will start to post movie and TV info here in the near future, stay tuned fellow travelers.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (oh, my)

I love the works of Jane Austin, but my favorite by far is Pride and Prejudice. Be it the original novel, one of a dozen films (2005 version is my absolute fave) or even TV series (the classic 1995 BBC version rules over most others).

I also started loving zombie films a few years ago. My top fave zombie films are: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Fido (2006), Zombieland (2009), Undead (2003) [Wiki] and 28 Days Later... (2002). I also liked the Resident Evil series of movies, specially when Oded Fehr come into the series playing Carlos Olivera. There was a great British series called "Dead Set" (2008) (official site) and if you can track it down it's well worth it. The series starts off on the set of a reality show fashioned after Big Brother and soon London and the studio get over run with zombies.

I prefer the slow moving zombies since I would have a slightly better chance of outrunning them and surviving for a bit longer then with the fast ones. One of the things I loved and appreciated from Zombieland (2009) was Columbus's rules (Wiki) of what to so to survive a zombie attack. His #1 item was cardio and unfortunately my cardio wouldn't get me too far from a chasing zombie so I have to hope that if it ever comes down to it (I doubt it will and I hope it never comes close) that zombie-like creatures end up being really slow :)

Earlier this year I heard about an upcoming novel and movie called "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and I thought 'no way they can't be serious', but 'they' were. It's true Seth Grahame-Smith smooshed together Austin's Pride and Prejudice story with zombies. I'm in the process of reading it and once I'm done I'll give a mini review.

So back to the movie version of this story and why I'm making an entry. I just came across an article today stating that Natalie Portman will lead the cast of the movie. I guessing that she will play Elizabeth Bennet since Elizabeth is the female protagonist of Austin's novel.

This is the funny part. Keira Knightley played Elizabeth Bennet in the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice.

Natalie Portman was cast as Queen Padmé Amidala (Luke and Leia's mom) in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Keira Knightley played Sabe, the Queen's handmaiden and decoy.

It's been said that when the two actresses were in makeup there were many people who had problems telling them apart even their own mothers. (links and quotes about this below)

All that to say that choosing Natalie Portman to play Elizabeth Bennet is fantastic since she looks very similar to Keira Knightley who already played that role. Brilliant if not a total coincidence, I doubt the casting company or anyone making the decision took any of that into consideration. If they did then bonus points for them :)

"It quickly became obvious that Jane [Austen] had laid down the blueprint for a zombie novel," said Grahame-Smith."Why else in the original should a regiment arrive on Lizzie Bennet’s doorstep when they should have been off fighting Napoleon? It was to protect the family from an invasion of brain-eaters, obviously.” "About 85% is the original Jane Austen text," said Grahame-Smith. "I hated her when I was forced to read Austen in school, but when I started rereading I realised she was a brutal, but very funny, satirist. I can only aspire to be as mean-spirited as she could be." source

"In scenes where Padme and Queen Amidala appear together, Natalie Portman is Padme, while Keira Knightley is Sabe, one of the handmaidens disguised as the Queen." (source of quote)

"At the time of the film's release, the producers ran a disinformation campaign to suggest that Natalie Portman played both Padme and The Queen at all times. In fact, they are not always the same person. For many sections of the film, notably those where The Queen is wearing the black outfit with the huge feather headdress, she is actually a decoy, played by Keira Knightley. The real queen, Portman, is actually disguised as a handmaiden. Various conflicting public statements make it extremely difficult to figure out who is who. Whole websites are devoted to figuring out which actress is playing which handmaiden or The Queen at any given point." (source of quote)

"Natalie Portman vs Keira Knightley" Do they look alike? This article compared pics of the two side-by-side, you decide.

Natalie Vs. Keira: The Resemblance is More Than Skin Deep

Tough enough: Keira Knightley has overcome childhood challenges

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2011) (IMBD)

'Pride And Prejudice' takes on zombies (@digitalspy.com)

Portman signs for 'Pride, Prejudice & Zombies' (@digitalspy.com)

Pride, Prejudice, Zombies and Portman

Natalie Portman to slay zombies: Actress takes on 'Pride & Prejudice' adaptation (@Variety.com)

THREE Jane Austen Science Fiction Movies In The Pipeline? (@)io9.com)

Complete Zombie Movie Listing From A to Z

Maps of Zombie Outbreaks Throughout History (@io9.com) [AlternateHistory.com via Metafilter]

A year later...

I can't believe that it has been nearly a year since I last posted anything on this blog. Wow, that's too long. I've been posting tidbits on my Facebook page and now need to come back to this blog.

I finally got to see Zombieland (official site, Wiki) last night and I just LOVED it. I heard about the rumor going around that the suits are thinking about coming out with a 3D sequel which will raise the scare and ick factor. BTW, Columbus's rules (Wiki) are fantastic and too true. Cardio is so #1 on any survival list and it's something I'm sorely lacking. I guess in a zombie attack I'm one of the first to go, but not without a fight.

Check out the new British series Misfits (official site) about 5 juvenile delinquents that while on community service get superpowers during a freak storm. Interesting take on superpowers and what to do with them once you have them. Talk about reluctant heroes.

Another great 2008 British series called Being Human (official site) about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost that share a flat. No, really. Great series and well worth tracking down. It has been renewed for a second series and will be made into a US version. As always I'm skeptical about any America remake, but maybe, just maybe they will get this one right. [They botched Red Dwarf, HHG2TG to a point and many other series.]

Some TV Premier Dates

* Denotes series returning from a winter break, rather than season or series premiere.

Monday, Jan. 5
True Beauty (ABC)

Wednesday, Jan. 7
Damages (FX)
Knight Rider (NBC)*

Thursday, Jan. 8
30 Rock (NBC)*

My Name Is Earl (NBC)*

Friday, Jan. 9
Flashpoint (CBS)
Psych (USA)*

Sunday, Jan. 11
24 (Fox)

Wednesday, Jan. 14
Wonderland (DTV 101)

Thursday, Jan. 15
Bones (Fox)*

Friday, Jan. 16
Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi)

Sunday, Jan. 18
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime)
The Simpsons (Fox)*
United States of Tara (Showtime)

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Fringe (Fox)*

Wednesday, Jan. 21
Lie to Me (Fox)
Lost (ABC), two-hour premiere

Thursday, Jan. 22
Burn Notice (USA)*

Monday, Jan. 26
Trust Me (TNT)

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Life on Mars (ABC)*

Thursday, Jan. 29
Hell's Kitchen (Fox)

Monday, Feb. 2
Chuck (NBC),* 3-D episode
Heroes, Vol. IV: Fugitives (NBC)*

Friday, Feb. 13
Dollhouse (Fox)
Terminator (Fox)*

Sunday, March 8
Breaking Bad (AMC)

Monday, March 9
Castle (ABC)

Tuesday, March 17
Reaper (CW)

Thursday, March 19
Kings (NBC)

Tuesday, March 24
Cupid (ABC)

Wednesday, April 8
The Unusuals (ABC)

Thursday, April 9
Harper's Island (CBS)


* Amy Poehler, Beyond Thunderdome premieres on NBC in April.
* Life returns to NBC in February.
* Rescue Me returns to FX in March or April.
* Rules of Engagement returns to CBS in the spring.
* Saving Grace returns to TNT in March.
* The Tudors returns to Showtime in April.


Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and New Years everyone!

Wishing you a year full of joy, love and laughter.

New 'Dollhouse' video

It's a short clip and Dushku is in only the first bit. You can tell they spent quite a bit of money on the look and sets. Feb. 13 (series premiere) seems quite a while away, I hope it turns out well.

Exclusive 'Dollhouse' video: Watch Eliza Dushku's memories vanish!


Wolverine trailer

I manged to see the new trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) this weekend and it looks fantastic.


ABC Develops Fables

ABC Develops Fables

I am looking forward to this upcoming production. I have read several issues and like the series. One of the things I liked about the first Shrek movie is it's take on fairy tales, loved it, so this is up my alley.

"DC Comics' fantasy comic series Fables is being adapted for a pilot by ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The fantasy project, based on the comic book created by Bill Willingham and published by DC's Vertigo imprint, deals with characters from fairy tales and folklore living in exile in modern-day New York. Six Degrees creators/executive producers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are writing the script for the hourlong drama for Warner Brothers TV. David Semel has come on board to direct Fables. Zicherman and Metzner wouldn't elaborate on which fairy-tale characters will be featured in the TV series, but noted that Big Bad Wolf and Snow White, who are central to the comics, will have a similar role on the show."


Twilight: The Puppet Saga

Twilight: The Puppet Saga

You know you want to see it, just admit it. (Warning: plot spoilers for the movie and book)

Too funny. I liked Puppet Angel in season 5 as well. Maybe we need a puppet face-off  between Edward and Angel to see which puppet vampire rules. [warning: this is tongue-in-cheek, so please don't take it seriously]

New Battlestar Webisodes!

"SCIFI.COM announced the launch of a new 10-part series of Battlestar Galactica webisodes, "The Face of the Enemy," starting Dec. 12 at noon ET. Two webisodes will debut weekly, leading up to the on-air return of the series on Jan. 16, 2009. Each of the three- to four-minute chapters will complement and enhance the action broadcast on SCI FI and give viewers more insight into characters and events from the fourth and final season."

You know when there is an up and coming season of BSG when the webisides start playing. Hurray!

Battlestar Catch-Up Teaser!

"Watch this 13-minute recap of everything BSG, leading up to the premiere of the final episodes, starting at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Jan. 16, 2009."


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