‘Frankenstein’ Gets New Title and Synopsis

written by Ana on 30 June 2014

As Paul McGuigan puts the finishing touches on his version of the Frankenstein tale, starring James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe and Jessica Brown Findlay, it’s picked up both a new title and a new synopsis.

20th Century Fox revealed this morning that McGuigan’s Frankenstein is now going by the title Victor Frankenstein. That name ought to please the sticklers who are always smugly pointing out that Frankenstein is the name of the doctor, not the monster.

Despite the title, Victor Frankenstein is really Igor’s tale. Here’s the official synopsis:

James McAvoy is Victor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century novel. Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man—and the legend—we know today.

Frankenstein and his monster were originally creations of novelist Mary Shelley, but Igor wasn’t conceived until Universal adapted Shelley’s book into a film series in the ’30s. He’s cropped up in many other forms and in many other places since then, but the Max Landis-scripted Victor Frankenstein is the rare retelling to put Igor front and center.

Victor Frankenstein has been in the works for a few years already. Shawn Levy was set to direct at one point, but at some point that job shifted over to McGuigan. The film was originally supposed to open in fall 2014, then early 2015, and now it’s scheduled for October 2, 2015.

Jess on BBC Radio (VIDEO)

written by Ana on 11 May 2014

Cute little vid of Jess playing “Tangled” on BBC Radio…


Jess to star in Full Bodied

written by Ana on 28 April 2014

Its rumored that Jessica Brown Findlay will join Miranda Richardson and Naveen Andrews in the Comedy Full Bodied, we have a little plot summer available too…

If you’ve got the bottle, with a little planning you can dine free-of-charge every night in London’s smartest restaurants, and leave with very pricey vintage wine under your wing. Artful bill-dodgers, Terry Morris and Dick York, have acquired a taste for expensive wine. Too expensive; their palettes are becoming ever more refined, much to the bemusement of their friends. Terry has what is known as, “the mouth”. Not a natural scholar; nethertheless he’s the brains behind the wine scams. His rough charm and quick wit ensure he has more success with women than is morally acceptable. Dick is living proof that a university education guarantees you the pick of the best low-paid shop work; an amateur connoisseur in the field of wine – a confirmed amateur in the field of women. Rosalind Downing is a young actress from a famous acting family. She’s icily unimpressed by all of Terry’s usually failsafe lines, until her Aunt needs to retrieve her priceless bottle of Margaux. Professor Hermione Radcliffe is a famous academic with a secret identity as a High Priestess of Isis – leader of the ancient cult of Nefertiti. Harry Cutler & Sons; four generations of this East End family have lived and worked at the same Smithfield butchers. Terry and Dick’s mate Chopsy, aka Russell Cutler and his bullying father Gordon, are the current proprietors. Chopsy’s great grandfather Harry disappeared in strange circumstances. You can’t claim to be a wine connoisseur until you’ve sampled a bottle of Margaux. Undaunted by the price, age or circumstances, Terry still has a 1932 vintage away at The Ivy but the true cost to the boys has yet to dawn on them.

Jess at BBC Studios, London

written by Ana on 22 April 2014

Jessica Brown-Findlay wears open-toed sandals while heading out of MediaCityUk after her appearance on BBC Breakfast in London, England on Thursday afternoon (April 17). The 24-year-old actress chatted up her new BBC mini-series, Jamaica Inn.

“The gothic side of Jamaica Inn excited me. I’ve always loved things like ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ where you see the darkness of how people react in really forbidding landscapes,” she recently shared with Telegraph.

Jessica added, “There is an incestuousness to the story. Joss wants to protect her deep down, but he’s also a sexual threat. Mary has to show him she’s no pushover and he sort of respects that. Ultimately she holds up a mirror to him, makes him see who he really is….I wasn’t looking for anything fluffy. So often you read a script and the women are just sitting there reading a book or doing a tapestry. But these women go out and do something. There is a fearlessness to them.”

    

Downton Abbey Costumes at Nuneaton Musuem

written by Ana on 15 July 2013

Costumes worn on the hit TV series Downton Abbey are now on show at Nuneaton Musuem.

The collection includes a purple gown worn by Dame Maggie Smith in her role as the grumpy Dowager Countess of Grantham, while also on show are a daring “pantaloon” outfit of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay), the engagement frock of her sister Mary (Michelle Dockery) and an evening suit donned by Dan Stevens in his role as Matthew.

Representing the “downstairs” servants is a dress worn by Mrs Hughes the housekeeper and the uniform of Anna the maid.

Coun Ian Lloyd, portfolio holder for leisure and culture said: “We always aim to bring high quality exhibits to our museum that will be of interest to a broad range of visitors. This is certain to be one of our most popular exhibitions this year.”

Entry to the museum is free and the exhibition continues until September 15.

Jessica Brown Findlay: ‘I didn’t want to discover that Lady Sybil was the only part I could play’

written by Michelle on 25 March 2013

Although it is not so long since Jessica Brown Findlay left Downton Abbey, she is rarely recognised as Lady Sybil, the character she played on the show to such heartbreaking effect.

Minus the corsetry, the satin and pearls, and without the background effects of chinking china and the bowing and scraping of servants, she is surprisingly like any other 23-year-old.

Of course, she is a particularly beautiful one, dressed today at her publicist’s London office in a simple striped T-shirt and jeans, her hair, tinged with red, flowing.

“The only time I’ve been sort of recognised was in the States,” she says. “I was working on an independent movie called Lullaby in which I play a New York Jewish lawyer. To get the accent right, I decided not to drop it, even when I wasn’t working.

“I was in a coffee shop and someone said to me, ‘You sound just like an American Lady Sybil!’. I nearly died – how embarrassing to admit that you’re walking around pretending to be an American! I thought: ‘Oh God, no. You’re a proper actor now.”

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Emily VanCamp beats Jessica to Captain America role

written by Ana on 07 February 2013

Sadly, Miss Emily VanCamp, who stars in the television program “Revenge,” has beaten Jessica to the female lead in the upcoming comic book flick, “Captain America 2: the Winter Soldier.” Alison Brie (“Mad Men”) and Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) were also strongly considered for the role. Nevermind Jess, I’m sure something even better is around the corner…

Behind the scenes of ‘Labyrinth’

written by Michelle on 31 January 2013


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