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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a person in want of a good project will adapt Pride and Prejudice–if not always to dazzling effect. The latest take, a two-part miniseries called Death Comes to Pemberley, premiered yesterday on PBS. And if there’s anything P&P fans like almost as much as Austen’s book, it’s consuming and then critiquing the various interpretations of it. Which is why we’re taking this opportunity to rank 13 different iterations of Pride & Prejudice, from the best (the 1995 miniseries starring Colin Firth is a nigh-untouchable high point) to the significantly less great.
1. Pride and Prejudice (miniseries): The 6-hour 1995 BBC version is the gold standard for faithful adaptation. Colin Firth’s haughty, smoldering Darcy is the platonic ideal of the character, playing beautifully off of Jennifer Ehle’s wry, mature Lizzy Bennet. Plus, the miniseries’ runtime means every nuance of Austen’s work (and her quippy dialogue) is represented—while allowing for some creative liberties, like Firth’s Darcy taking a bath, or a dip in a pond that leads to him striding about manfully in a wet white shirt. READ FULL STORY
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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On has a song to share in the latest video from Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp. It’s “A Perfect Day” and Marcel learned it at camp. “I sing it because my best friend lives far away,” Marcel explains. READ FULL STORY
As the title of Ron Perlman’s memoir Easy Street (the Hard Way) implies, the actor—whose Amazon pilot, Hand of God, recently got a season order and who voices a character in the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life now in theaters—has a life story full of ups and downs. “The book is very much about how every time something really, really bad happens, there’s a resolve that takes place as you heal your way out of it,” he says. “One of my favorite quotes, which is really representative of the book, is that I really never learned anything while I was succeeding; I always learned everything while I was failing, when everything was going bad, when the wheels were completely off the bus, and I had no idea how I was gonna get out of it. Somehow you do. And in doing so, you find out so much about yourself, so much about whatever spiritual thing you have going.”
The toughest chapters for him to pen with cowriter Michael Largo were those about the loss of his father at 19 to heart disease and the mental health issues in his family (including his own serious battle with depression). But he also makes it clear in the book that he struggled with how deep to go into his feelings about the isolation and discomfort he experienced on-screen and off during the end of his run on Sons of Anarchy. Did he give anyone a heads-up about that section of the book? “I don’t think any heads-up was necessary,” he says with a laugh. “We all lived through the same s–t.” And no, he’s not watching the show’s final ride. “I’d say there’s 15-20 percent of my work that I’ve never seen because I’m one of these guys that has a much better time doing it than watching it. And when I watch it, I’m not able to watch it objectively,” he says. “So the short answer to that is, I haven’t really watched Sons since season 4, or something like that. I didn’t even watch it when I was on it, so I certainly ain’t watching it when I ain’t,” he says with another laugh.
We got Perlman to share a few of our favorite stories from the book—spitting in Sean Connery’s face in The Name of the Rose and interacting with Marlon Brando on the set of The Island of Dr. Moreau—when he visited EW for an installment of Firsts & Worsts. Watch the video and read the transcript below. READ FULL STORY
Today’s most influential teenagers, according to Time, are comprised of social media celebrities, burgeoning entertainers, and one Nobel prize winner.
This February, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men will be teaming up in Guardians of the Galaxy/X-Men: The Black Vortex, a cosmic comic-book adventure that will send the two teams into the far reaches of space on the hunt for The Black Vortex, an object of immense power.
So what is The Black Vortex? According to Sam Humphries, the crossover’s lead writer speaking in advance of his panel today at New York Comic Con, it is an immensely powerful object with the ability to unlock the cosmic potential that lies within anyone. “So if you play guitar,” says Humphries, “The Black Vortex can unlock the potential within you to play like Jimmy Page, and Jimmy Hendrix, and George Harrison all at the same time.” READ FULL STORY
The next James Bond movie taking too long to come out? How about some 007 comics to tide you over?
On Tuesday, comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment announced a partnership with the estate of Ian Fleming that will give Dynamite worldwide rights to publish comic books featuring suave superspy James Bond. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal allows for both adaptations of existing 007 stories and entirely new adventures—in fact, Dynamite’s first Bond project will be set before Casino Royale and document Bond’s earliest years.
No creative teams have been announced yet, but with New York Comic-Con just a couple of days away it’s hard to imagine the team working on the first Bond books will stay secret much longer. Now, the big question: what will this Bond look like? Will they go full Connery? Half Craig? Or totally Moore?
Few recent TV shows have inspired as much Tumblr meme-crafting, hardcore shipping, and hashtag-trending fandom as Sleepy Hollow, which just returned to kick off its second season a few weeks back. The show is one of the most unique on television, as it is part cop procedural, part demon-hunting fantasy, and part fish-out-of-water comedy—the latter driven by time-traveling American Revolutionary Ichabod Crane.
Sleepy Hollow has built up that deep-diving level of devotion by crafting a totally unique world, so it’s no wonder that people have sought to tell other stories within that universe that go beyond the weekly adventures on the TV show. The first of an expected cavalcade of tie-in novels is already available, and now comes a monthly comic book series from Boom! Studios, the same publisher responsible for the Big Trouble In Little China books (among many awesome others). READ FULL STORY
In 2014, it’s quite common to know almost every detail behind the production of a superhero movie before the movie is even released. From the release date to the cast to the director to screenwriters, every detail is examined and disseminated across myriad blogs and social media sites, to the point where, if you’re even mildly interested, you could easily find out the names of those responsible for getting that film to your local cinema.
But how about the people who created the characters in the pages of comic books?
In the early days of comic books, the relationship between creators and publishers was often exploitative. Many of the people responsible for creating the heroes that would make publishers millions were freelancers, working from home, never making a regular salary outside of their normal page rates and often struggling to get back their original artwork, collect royalties, or even get the level of credit due to them. People create pop culture, not corporations.
Of all those people, few have gotten the short shrift like Jacob Kurtzberg, better known as Jack Kirby.
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