Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012 7:42 pm by M. in , , , , ,    No comments
Up & Comers wants to see Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender together in a film:
Where we’ve seen them before: As iconic Victorian lovers Edward Rochester and Jane Eyre in Cary Fukunaga’s faithful adaptation of Charlotte Brontë classic “Jane Eyre.”  
Why we want to see them together again: Both Wasikowska and Fassbender are incredibly talented – both of their names were bandied about during the pre-Oscar nomination season. Despite their age difference, the two actors showed in “Jane Eyre” they are complete equals in every way.
Flix66 mentions Michael Fassbender as one of the top ten actors not been nominated:
Michael Fassbender in Shame, X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method – He also was in hand full of good films this past year and was great in all of them.  But the one that was most impressive was his performance of a man painfully hiding from his sex addiction in the acting vehicle Shame.  (Nathan Swank)
The Globe and Mail  regrets Mia Wasikowska's absence in the Oscar nominations.

HitFix discusses the Best Costume Design Oscar nominations:
The second of three lone nominees in the category, “Jane Eyre” is comfortably the most acclaimed of them: indeed, the well-regarded, visually lush Charlotte Brontë adaptation probably has its March 2011 release date to blame for not showing up in more categories. If it was going to score anywhere, however, this was the place: Michael O’Connor -- who took the Oscar on his only previous nomination, for 2008’s “The Duchess” – has assembled a delicately shaded wardrobe that ticks the Academy’s corsets-and-breeches box while subtly defining differentiations in character and class: lovely as they are, the film’s threads also display more wear and weather than most period pieces usually consider. Perhaps I’m letting myself be led by personal preference, but I believe the combination of fabric-heavy prettiness and the film’s good reputation gives it a potential edge in this category. The question is whether enough voters remember it from the spring.  (Guy Lodge)
KPCC recommends a visit to the FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition to see Michael O'Connors designs:
‘Jane Eyre’ by Costume Designer by Michael O’Connor, 2012 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Costume Design. These costumes can be seen in the 20th Annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. (L to R): the costumes of Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre, Romy Settbon Moore as Adèle Varens, Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre, Michael Fassbender as Rochester, and Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre.(Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Flavorwire displays a selection of charts and diagrams drawn by famous authors. A map of Angria can be seen:
A hand-drawn map (maps count as charts right now) of the imaginary country of Angria from Branwell and Charlotte Brontë’s notebooks, drawn between 1830 and 1831. Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë all wrote stories about this imaginary world. (Emily Temple)
Well, technically just Charlotte and Branwell were involved in Angria. Anne and Emily had their own Gondal.

The Dallas Morning News follows the latest installment of Jeopardy!:
Catherine Whitten's love of Jane Austen paid off on Friday.
The Jasper High School teacher won Friday's episode of Jeopardy! and advanced to the next round of the quiz show's Teachers Tournament.
Whitten lagged behind through parts of the show, and was in second place entering Final Jeopardy.
The Final Jeopardy category: Literary characters.
The clue: The only title character in her creator's six major novels, she was portrayed in a 1996 film and a 2009 miniseries.
The correct answer: Emma.
Whitten wagered $7,173 and answered correctly, earning $21,173 to put her in the lead.
The contestant who had been ahead of her guessed Jane Eyre - and ended up in second place.
"I love Jane Austen," Whitten said after the show. "British literature. That's my thing." (Matt Peterson)
Buffaloo News recommends five films to rent or stream, including Jane Eyre 2011; Vulture talks about Tom Hardy:
Like any respectable British actor, he also took a stab at the classics with Wuthering Heights. (Amanda Dobbins and Claude Brodesser-Akner)
The Oak Ridger reviews The Flight of Gemma Hardy:
With echoes of “Jane Eyre,” Margot Livesey tells the story of a young woman who has only known tragedy in her life until she finds love in a most unlikely place. (Susie Stooksbury)
El Universal (México) announces that Wuthering Heights 2011 will be screened at the Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM opening night (February 23); Wuz (Italy) reviews Juliet Gael's Romancing Miss Brontë:
Il libro di Juliet Gael è immensamente godibile. Perché ricrea un’epoca e un ambiente, parla (in maniera discreta, ma con una visuale da dietro le quinte) di grandi scrittori contemporanei di Charlotte Brontë, descrive la vita quotidiana nella canonica e il paesaggio della brughiera in una maniera che è in perfetta sintonia con il tema, tanto che a tratti ci sembra di stare leggendo un libro delle tre sorelle- ecco, è immensamente godibile perché è un libro che contiene altri libri. Leggiamo la storia di Charlotte, Emily e Anne, e, parallelamente, seguiamo la scrittura dei loro romanzi, le discussioni fra di loro a questo proposito, le recensioni critiche uscite all’epoca. (Marilia Piccone) (Translation)
Moustique (Belgique) presents Anja Plaschg's (aka Soap&Skin) new work:
Sur la pochette de "Narrow", on retrouve ce visage d'Emily Brontë, gothique qui nous avait tant intrigué en 2009 lorsque la jeune pianiste autrichienne dévoilait son premier CD "Lovetune For Vacuum".  (Translation)
Free Style Today posts about the Brontës; Lit, Lovers & Corsets and Hír (Hungary) reviews Wuthering Heights 2011; the Brussels Brontë Blog posts a complete summary of their most recent meeting which included talks by Monica Wallace’ (The life and work of writer Maria Edgeworth), Alex Reis  (Literary blogs and activities of the blogging community) and Myriam Campinaire (Gothic elements in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights), Jones Hayden (Brussels on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre).


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