Bride and Prejudice

b&pBride and Prejudice

starring Aishwarya Rai as Lalita/Lizzie and Martin Henderson as William Darcy

I’ve seen this before, but it was on tv the other night and I caught the opening number.

Yes, cheesiness but so entertaining. If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan I recommend it for kicks. The Bennets are reimagined as the Bakshi family with one less sister (Kitty is nowhere to be found). It was great to see Naveen Andrews (Balraj/Mr. Bingley) dance and sing like ‘an Indian MC Hammer’ in the opening number when his role as Sayid on Lost is so serious. The cobra dance by Maya, the equivalent of Mary’s piano playing and singing – priceless. Also fun was the ‘No life, without wife’ number (phrase coined by Mr. Kohli/Mr. Collins).

Outlander optioned for film

Outlander has now been optioned for film – here’s an article from Variety. You can read Diana Gabaldon’s take on the whole thing.

If it goes forward, hopefully they cast it properly, particularly for Jamie. Not the right age, but the Life fan in me of course thinks of Damian Lewis. And on the other hand, a bit young and maybe not tall enough, Rupert Grint. Although, the beard he sports here makes him look older (photo from Wild Target filming, via Snitchseeker). So who could be cast that passes for being in their early 20s, could do a Scottish accent, pull off the kilt, and is 6 ft tall? Being a redhead would be a bonus, but there’s always hair dye.

two short things

Book vs. movie – So there’s going to be a film version of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan. Becky (Isla Fisher) is American and lives in NY, and it appears they made Luke her boss or supervisor at the magazine. Looks like one to catch on dvd. I don’t mind the idea of Hugh Dancy (The Jane Austen Book Club, Daniel Deronda) as Luke though. Here’s the trailer.


Started watching season three of Veronica Mars on dvd. Yay: they added Mac, Weevil, and the sheriff to the credits/main cast. Nay: they tinkered with the theme song for the opening credits (We Used to be Friends by The Dandy Warhols). I know, they’re not in high school any longer, but I miss the perky version.
s1 and s2 theme | s3 theme

How many times are Veronica and Logan going to be on-again, off again?

Harry Potter goodness

July 31 – Happy birthday to Harry, and of course, to JK Rowling. Warner Brothers timed this well – a trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince has been released, great way to celebrate. Mark November 21 July 17 July 15, 2009 on the calendar.

There’s this article from the Telegraph:

Tom is played by newcomer Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the actor who played Lord Voldemort in previous Potter films.

Director David Yates has said: “The fact that he’s related to Ralph wasn’t the primary reason for choosing him. Primarily I went for Hero because of this wonderful haunted quality.”

Interesting, keeping it in the family. From the trailer he looks like a good Tom.

The film has been chosen as this year’s Royal Film Performance, and money raised will go to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, supporting British film and television.

ETA: just noticed Amazon will be selling The Tales of Beedle the Bard as well.


X-Files: I want to believe

I probably wouldn’t have watched this in the theatre but I had a free ticket. I did follow the show, for maybe five or six years, but it was so long ago my memory is very murky on details and plots. All I know is I didn’t watch the show for its entire run and I stopped watching before David Duchovny left. This movie is meant to be a stand alone, but I think it would have helped me a bit to know what happened in the previous film and how things stood at the end of the show for Mulder and Scully nonetheless. The film was okay. I think I’ll have to revisit some episodes and get reacquainted again.

– continued with some spoilers