Filmmaker Autumn de Wilde is serving up a fresh new take on the Jane Austen novel with the film Emma., which opens in theaters this weekend. Complete with a stylized punctuated period in the title, the new version is a Focus Features co-production with Working Title and Blueprint Productions and joins the ranks of other Hollywood iterations of the classic story. This includes the 1996 iteration starring Gwyneth Paltrow, a modern Indian version titled Aisha in 2010 and, of course, Amy Heckerling’s way existential adaptation Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. There were also countless TV versions including the 1996 ITV film, starring Kate Beckinsale in the titular role as well as the 2009 four-part BBC miniseries starring Romola Garai. That being said, it seems like the world can’t get enough of this Austen’s comedy of “love and all its surprises”, but based on the trailer alone, de Wilde’s cracks open a visionary pastel-hued cheekiness to the beloved story.
Donning the bonnet and high-waisted period costuming of the title role this time around is Anya Taylor-Joy — and it could very well be a breakout role for The Witch actress. She stars alongside a stellar ensemble cast that includes Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O'Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds and Connor Swindells.
This marks the feature film adapted by screenwriter Eleanor Catton is the feature debut for de Wilde, who is best known for her photography and music video directing. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story of Emma., it focuses on Emma Woodhouse who is described in the logline as “a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town”. In this new satirical take, we see her navigate growing pains, issues of social class and romantic missteps. Austen pretty much wrote a romantic comedy before it was even a thing.Focus Features
Focus Features feels like a good home for Emma. as it released Downton Abbey last year. It may not fall in the same period as Emma., but it could very well share some of the same audience. They are also both part of pre-existing IP that has loyal fanbases. The distributor made major coin with Downton Abbey as it debuted domestically to over $31 million and went on to gross a total of $208 million in 2019. Meanwhile, Douglas McGrath’s version starring Paltrow grossed over $22 million domestically and Clueless became an iconic piece of pop culture cinema, earning over $56 million in its run. All of these numbers could be a good forecast for Emma.
Emma. is set to open this weekend in New York at the Angelika, Lincoln Square, and Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn and in Los...
On the February 6, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
At The Water Cooler:What we’ve been Doing: Peter went to the Disneyland After Dark 80’s Nite event at Disneyland. You can watch his vlog of the experience here. Hoai-Tran went to London for the Birds of Prey premiere and junket, fell a bunch of times while roller skating. She also celebrated her cousin’s baby’s 1-year birthday at a Lunar New Year party, where they did a traditional “birthday grab.” What we’ve been Reading: Jacob read The Last Stone by Mark Bowden. Hoai-Tran read Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. What we’ve been Watching: Peter, Chris, and Ben watched McMillions on HBO Peter & Ben only saw the first episode but Chris has seen the whole thing. Jacob, HT, Chris and Ben watched The Good Place finale. Peter watched the first couple episodes of Little America on AppleTV. He also watched the first episode of Picard, because it was free on YouTube. Jacob watched Terminator: Dark Fate. Chris watched Gretel and Hansel and the Director’s Cut of Doctor Sleep. Brad watched The Super Bowl, The Turning, Underwater, Bad Boys for Life, Jeopardy: The Greatest of All-Time, and was subjected to the nonsense that is The Bachelor. Ben watched The Hateful Eight extended miniseries, Burning, and started watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. Hoai-Tran watched Emma., Ford v. Ferrari, Joker, 1917, Honeyland, Widows, Zombieland 2: Double Tap. What we’ve been Eating: Peter was sick and ate badly. He had The Most Stuffed Oreos. He also has been trying out Zevia Kids line of sodas. Brad tried Cheetos Popcorn, Coke Energy Regular and Cherry, Fanta Orange Jell-O, Mountain Dew Game Fuel Zero Raspberry Lemonade and Watermelon, and Pretzel Pop-Tarts Chocolate and Cinnamon Sugar. What we’ve been Playing: Jacob played Watergate, Undaunted: Normandy, and is learning the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Hoai-Tran has been listening to You Must Remember This podcast.
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SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...