Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Apologies, thanks, news and cuteness

Apologies for the missing post everyone - the unfortunate consequence of multiple crises on both sides of the big pond!
  • Firstly, a thank you to the tagboarder who sent us the gorgeous photo above. From Journal Now, it shows a two year old Jennifer Ehle in 1972, the year her father received the North Carolina Award.

  • A second thank you to all of you who alerted us to the deleted scenes on the DVD of Michael Clayton, in which there are brief snippets of Ms Ehle as Brini Glass. Courier Post Online lists the DVD extras as consisting of 'a commentary track and deleted scenes, including a subplot involving Jennifer Ehle as Clayton's girlfriend'. The Morning Call adds a reassurance from director/writer Tony Gilroy:
[...] ''The sequence wasn't cut for quality,'' said Gilroy, who excised any hint of the relationship because it made our anti-hero seem less desperate. [...]

Post-Gazette Now also comment briefly on the film. The Cambridge Student Online have interviewed Tom Wilkinson - one of the stars of the film - if you are interested. There is one mention of Ms Ehle, but no discussion of her deleted role. As you may know, Michael Clayton won an Oscar this week, and can now be purchased.

In other news:

[...] I noticed the wonderful Tony-winning Jennifer Ehle (Escape from Utopia) starring in a recent "Hallmark Hall of Fame" film "The Russell Girl". ... Ehle was once again outstanding. [...]

[...] Gavin O'Connor...wants answers. [He is] blaming the AWOL status of his movie on New Line chairman Bob Shaye. The writer-director is so incensed that he said he will withhold "Warrior," a script he's due to deliver to the studio in the next few weeks, until he knows the fate of his film. The director is also exploring the possibility of extricating "Pride and Glory" after New Line told him the picture wouldn't likely be released until next year. ... Trailers for the film have been running since fall before "No Country for Old Men," "Atonement" and "American Gangster." ...

"It was a joy making the movie, but then something happened internally at that company," O'Connor said. "I don't think Bob Shaye believes in it, and he's decided he'll only release (sure bet) films. He never had the decency to call me. We've delivered something special and unique, a film that's not for everybody but has something to say." ...

"Pride and Glory" was screened at CAA headquarters late last week to begin getting word out that it may need a new home, though getting another distributor to pay full price to adopt a $30 million orphan won't be easy. [...]

Members of the cast have also given their thoughts. Ed Norton argues:
[...] "This isn't about New Line not knowing the film is strong; I just think there is a paralysis right now that has to do with much bigger issues than any particular film. We're a victim of the moment, and I just hope they will either find a way to give the film its due or graciously let us do it with someone else." [...]
Colin Farrell and Jon Voight say, respectively:
[...] "This is the first time it's happened to me, where a film I believed in so strongly, not only as entertainment but for its pertinent message and great performances, sits on a shelf. This is bizarre."

"It ain't over till it's over," ... "Obviously, things are going on over there, and I've seen this situation before, where a studio dilemma created hardship for a film of quality. You don't want to put it aside for long, though, because you can lose your momentum." [...]
  • In terms of Pride and Prejudice, the re-showing in America may have come to an end, but thankfully the discussion about it most certainly has not! Jane Austen Today draw our attention to a critique written on the 1995 adaptation printed in Literature Film Quarterly back in 1999. On a less serious note, visit Stardoll if you fancy dressing a virtual Lizzy Bennet and Darcy from a selection of items in the Austen era wardrobe. Alternatively, check out this novel, about a woman with a 'fairly serious addiction' to the 1995 adaptation who ends up at a 'resort' for Janeites called Pembrook Park. See the author's website for more information and Austen-related amusement.

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