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Culture, The Exhibitionist How <i>Love and Friendship</i>'s Kate Beckinsale Gets out of Paying Parking Tickets

How Love and Friendship's Kate Beckinsale Gets out of Paying Parking Tickets

When it came time to cast the Lady Susan character, a young, opportunistic widow working to secure a better future at any expense, in Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship, director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco) knew he needed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist With <i>Austenland,</i> Jerusha Hess finds the romantic comedy in Jane Austen

With Austenland, Jerusha Hess finds the romantic comedy in Jane Austen

After meeting Shannon Hale at a dinner and reading Hale's book, Austenland, in one night, Jerusha Hess immediately decided the story of a searching for Regency-era love at a Jane Austen-themed resort would make a great movie. "It was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Word Slay

Word Slay

At a reading not long ago, award-winning author Dorothy Allison (Bastard out of Carolina, Trash) smiled in that knowing Southern way and told the audience, "I'ma fuck you up." The crowd laughed, but underneath the breezy sentiment lay the startling…
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Calendar, Night&Day Girl Powder!

Girl Powder!

The “girl power” movement may have gotten lost somewhere in British pop quintet the Spice Girls’ ample cleavage in the mid-90s, but fortunately for us, the righteous spirit -- and ample cleavage -- live on in the form of three…
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Film, "The Pirates! Band of Misfits": An Animated Pleasure Cruise

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits": An Animated Pleasure Cruise

The year is 1837. A newly crowned Queen Victoria, voiced by Imelda Staunton and animated in clay as a shrewish little turnip of a woman, decrees war on buccaneering. Well down her Most Wanted list is the Pirate Captain (Hugh…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist V.S. Naipaul's Woman Problem: Prostitutes, Lady Novelists, and other "Feminine Tosh"

V.S. Naipaul's Woman Problem: Prostitutes, Lady Novelists, and other "Feminine Tosh"

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, 78 years old, still wants love. And he cried out for it, last night, at London's Royal Geographic Society. More precisely, he opined that he considers no woman writer his equal. None. Not a one. Jane…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

Across the Universe (Sony) The Apartment: Collector's Edition (MGM) The Aristocats: Special Edition (Disney) Blonde and Blonder (First Look) Boy Meets Girl (Unearthed) Drive-In Cult Classics: 8 Movie Collection (Navarre) Feast of Love (MGM) Fierce People (Lionsgate) The Jane Austen…
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Film, Sorry State of Affairs

Sorry State of Affairs

Rereading Ian McEwan's Atonement last weekend, my first thought was: I hope to God that Joe Wright — whose broadly grinning Pride and Prejudice made a mess of Jane Austen two years ago — doesn't screw up this wonderful novel…
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Culture, Encore

Encore

Emma. On the surface, composer/lyricist Paul Gordon's vivacious new musical adaptation of Jane Austen's 1816 novel about a spoiled heiress' comically disastrous attempts to meddle in the romantic lives of others is a lovely, sugar-dusted confection. The frosted pastel hues…
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Culture, Stage Jane Sings

Jane Sings

The opening sentence of Jane Austen's Emma tells us a great deal about the novel's heroine: "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence, and…
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Film, Romp and Circumstance

Romp and Circumstance

Oh, wipe that starchy Masterpiece Theatre moue off your face — pop Jane Austen is fun, especially when it's almost completely made up. According to Becoming Jane, a new addition to the plentiful Austen spinoff canon, off duty, our lady…
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Film, Love at First Fight

Love at First Fight

Keira Knightley, who is all of 20 but has the grace and gravitas of someone a good decade older, probably considers herself the luckiest lass in all the world at present. Just as Pride & Prejudice begins filling the cineplex…
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Film, Same Old Song and Dance

Same Old Song and Dance

Bride & Prejudice is the third major film released stateside in the past few years to fuse the epic romantic musical stylings of Indian "Bollywood" movies with more Westernized, "Hollywood" elements. It's also the most successful of them, but when…
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Music, Bouncer

Amber-jacked

It is a truth universally acknowledged that two single women out by themselves should be in want of the approach of every greaseball in the bar with the understanding that sexual favors could be traded. At least, that is what…
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Culture, Stage

Emma

In the days before sitting around watching MTV and getting high, a group of young friends pass an afternoon in an attic, acting out the tale of English literature's favorite forgivably flawed matchmaker, Emma Woodhouse. Michael Fry's metatheatrical adaptation of…
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Film, Mother Courage

Mother Courage

The first exceptional drama of 2004 is here, and it only took, what, five months? Perhaps unsurprisingly, The Mother comes from British writer Hanif Kureishi, who penned the gritty, South Asian-in-London marvels My Beautiful Laundrette and My Son the Fanatic.…
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Film, <i>Mansfield Park</i>: Up Close and Personal

Mansfield Park: Up Close and Personal

The last half-decade has been very good to Jane Austen: Besides Ang Lee's estimable 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, we've been given film or TV adaptations of Emma, Persuasion, and Pride and Prejudice, not to mention Clueless, Amy Heckerling's…
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Film,

Love in Gloom

Franco Zeffirelli's new movie, Jane Eyre (based on Charlotte Brontë's novel), is in many ways strikingly similar to last year's Sense and Sensibility (directed by Ang Lee from Emma Thompson's adaptation of the Jane Austen novel): a bucolic England on…
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