forgottenbennet: (Danielle and Henry - Fable)
A synopsis of the film "Ever After"

A unique 16th century woman, Danielle possesses a love of books, and can easily quote from Sir Thomas More’s Utopia. An intriguing mix of tomboyish athleticism and physical beauty, she has more than enough charm to capture the heart of a prince ... after beaning him with an apple.

This spirited "Cinderella" is certainly no victim - against all odds, she stands up against a forceful and scheming stepmother, while honoring her late and beloved father.

With her keen intelligence and independence, Danielle definitely is not waiting around for the prince to rescue her; in fact, she often comes to his aid, offering him guidance, and even saving the prince's life by carrying him on her back.

When Danielle does receive help, it comes not from a "fairy godmother," but from one of history's most renowned figures, Leonardo da Vinci.
And, while she does don a gorgeous pair of glass slippers, the words "magic pumpkin" are not in her vocabulary.
This is not your grandmother's Cinderella.

Twentieth Century Fox presents A Mireille Soria Production, An Andy Tennant Film, Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston in EVER AFTER. The film also stars Dougray Scott and Jeanne Moreau. It is directed by Andy Tennant from a screenplay by Susannah Grant and Andy Tennant & Rick Parks. The film is produced by Mireille Soria and Tracey Trench. The director of photography is Andrew Dunn, B.S.C., and the production designer is Michael Howells. It is edited by Roger Bondelli, A.C.E.. The co-producers are Kevin Reidy and Timothy M. Bourne. Jenny Beavan is the costume designer, and music is by George Fenton.

There are approximately 500 versions of the Cinderella story in circulation, making it the most famous tale in the world. The earliest apparently originated in China where the preoccupation with tiny feet found a highly satisfactory outcome in the search for someone who could wear an exquisite, small glass slipper. Over hundreds of years the story has been refined and reworked, whether as the French "Cendrillon" or as the Brothers Grimm "Cinderella." It has, however, been a story of a passive woman waiting for a strong, handsome (and nearly silent) prince to rescue her. Until now. "I wanted to tell a very different version of 'Cinderella' because I have two daughters," director and co-screenwriter Andy Tennant explains. "I did not want them growing up believing you have to marry a rich guy with a big house in order to live happily ever after."

Intent on turning the tale on its tail, Tennant puts a whole new spin on Cinderella's message. "Our story," the director explains, "says that Cinderella's magic comes from within, not from some fairy godmother." Tennant was never less than passionate about delivering a realistic, different "Cinderella" to the screen. "EVER AFTER," he insists, "is not a cartoon or fairytale - it's an adventure with a completely unexpected attitude." He also insisted on giving the tale a sense of logic, that there be specific reasons for certain actions and choices. "This 'Cinderella' isn't a victim," Tennant states. "She stays on in her father's house, after he dies, from choice. There are reasons given for stepmother Rodmilla's appalling behavior. We also tried to provide some realistic touches to the famous glass slippers and masked ball."

In his quest to reconceive myth and legend, Tennant brought together two stars who not only seem born to play their respective roles, but represent the uniting of two Hollywood dynasties. Drew Barrymore, the youngest member of the famed acting family (she's the granddaughter of John), plays Danielle, the orphan child who, in Tennant's film, is anything but the passive victim most often depicted in legend. Anjelica Huston, daughter of famed filmmaker John Huston and granddaughter of Walter Huston, portrays Rodmilla, Danielle's upwardly mobile stepmother.

Barrymore has been a star since Steven Spielberg cast her in "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial." As an adult performer Barrymore has appeared in "The Wedding Singer," "Boys on the Side," "Everyone Says I Love You" and "Scream." She worked with director Andy Tennant previously on the telefilm "The Amy Fisher Story" as the headline making Long Island Lolita.

For Barrymore the role of Danielle offered an irresistible opportunity to play someone she sees as "a very positive role model for young women, someone classy and fun." Continues the actress: "She's athletic and protective of people. She's adventurous, very strong and a survivor. She's well read, too, because her father gave her wonderfully eloquent, elaborate literature."

"In short, she is a 'Cinderella' for a new generation," Barrymore adds. "She definitely is not a passive character."
With her character's strength and sensibilities, the mythic romance between Danielle/Cinderella and the prince seems almost, to Barrymore, like an afterthought. "Oh, yes," she adds with a laugh, "a prince falls in love with her!"

Anjelica Huston has become one of the most gifted talents of her generation and an Oscar® winner for "Prizzi's Honor," directed by her father John Huston. Her other credits include "The Addams Family," "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Manhattan Murder Mystery." She was Oscar®-nominated for her performances in "Enemies, A Love Story" and "The Grifters." Huston was Tennant's first choice for the stepmother; the part was in fact written with her in mind. "It's nice to be wanted," Huston says of Tennant tailoring the role for her. The story's positive values were another enticement. "It's good to be doing this kind of movie at a time when there are so many films being made about tough, evil subjects," she shares. "Being involved with something sweet and tender was a delight."

With Tennant and co-writers Susannah Grant and Rick Parks giving the stepmother some heretofore unseen quirky comedic twists, Huston found much to latch on to. She also sees the humor as adding some realism to the character. "Giving Rodmilla a light edge makes her more believable," she explains. Starring with these two formidable actors is relative newcomer Dougray Scott. The Welsh-born actor has his biggest role thus far as Prince Henry. But the film had attractions other than the size of his role. "EVER AFTER is unashamedly romantic, without being sentimental. The prince is such a famous character, but when I read the script I didn't see him as a 'fairy tale' figure. He's a realistic and flawed character who has a life, a history - and his own agenda."

Legendary actress Jeanne Moreau makes a special appearance as the Grand Dame of France, the only woman who knows the truth behind the Cinderella legend. The presence of such a formidable actor was initially intimidating for some cast members. But their fears were allayed. Moreau was totally accessible, volunteering to pose for pictures and taking time to chat with many members of the EVER AFTER production team.

Also having a brief, but key role in the film is noted international star Jeroen Krabbé ("Prince of Tides," "The Fugitive"). The Dutch actor plays Danielle's beloved father, whose death helps shape her ultimate destiny. While the beloved fairy tale has also pictured Cinderella's stepsisters as homely (or downright ugly), in EVER AFTER, they are attractive young women whose beauty, alas, is only skin deep. Megan Dodds, who makes her film debut, plays Marguerite and Melanie Lynskey, who made her film debut in "Heavenly Creatures," is Jacqueline.
Cinderella's godmother is no fantasy little old lady, but a flesh and blood Leonardo da Vinci (played by veteran character actor Patrick Godfrey), thus grafting a whole new element onto the Brothers Grimm tale. Also co-starring are distinguished British actors Timothy West and Judy Parfitt as the King and Queen of France, and Richard O'Brien ("The Rocky Horror Picture Show") as the odious and lascivious Pierre le Pieu.



forgottenbennet: (Jacqueline - Horse)
I'm very surprised no one had made this connection before now (best to my knowledge)

An observation/connection I've made about the movie:

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Danielle's nice stepsister's name is Jacqueline (Bonus connection: has to wear a horse costume for the ball.)

Danielle has a best friend with the name of Gustave (who briefly gets to go to be ball dressed as a page to find Leonardo Da Vinci).

They've known her for the larger part of her life and know how horribly her wicked stepmother Rodmilla has treated her since her father's death but were helpless to do anything about it.

And then we have.....

Walt Disney's Cinderella (1950)

Cinderella has two mice friends with the names of Jaq and Gus who will always do their best try to help out their Cinderell-y (they both get their Cinderell-y to the ball with help from her Fairy Godmother).

I may flesh this out a bit more later

forgottenbennet: (Mary - piano)
I think I went a little overboard with my birthday spending Thursday (oops....NOT).

I've been slowly re-building my Little House book collection from years ago. That meant ordering a copy of "Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder" by Donald Zochert, which thankfully I did via the Amazon marketplace (I completely skipped "The Rose Years" the time around because I am NOT fond of Rose Wilder Lane) a few years ago. I regretted tossing away my old copy which I oddly found at a Wal-mart in the 1990's

But let's skip that, it took me several months but I finally have all of my favorite "Little House" books in the full-color illustrated editions From "By the Shores of Silver Lake" to "The First Four Years". But I have yet to re-own any of the first 3 books in any form.

Personally, I find that no one can call themselves proper "Little House"/Laura Ingalls Wilder fans if they don't own or have read (by library or by owning) or coveted (sadly, not everyone can find or afford it) "Pioneer Girl". It took me a while but I got it for my birthday (ha!) eventually in 2015 (I think) but to keep it short but sweet I LOVED IT!! STILL DO!!

But I admit "Pioneer Girl Perspectives" disappointed me a bit. It took me months to finish and my eyes glazed over so many times. But I did enjoy the pictured in this book and the whole bit about Rose Wilder Lane and her yellow journalism ( in "The Strange Case of the Bloody Benders")! Ha!! But I will continue to buy the "Pioneer Girl" books as I find them/released.

This post started off as a birthday shopping post but evolved into a Laura Ingalls Wilder book post, ha, whoopsie!
forgottenbennet: (Mary - apron)
I want a mini and/or maxi series based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's life from the point for "Little House in the Big Woods" all the way to "The First Four Years" and the trip to Mansfield Missouri. (And then!) An epilogue years later when she starting to write "Pioneer Girl" (which later became the Little House series)

Newflash!: I STILL don't like Rose Wilder Lane. At. All.
forgottenbennet: (Mary - apron)
I went googling for something specific (found it) and this is what I found .......a reader guide to.....
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!!!

Have fun!! I know I intend to!



Important!

Jul. 27th, 2017 12:53 am
forgottenbennet: (Default)
Starting to import and old livejournal's entries. Don't be shocked when/if you see posts about vampires all of a sudden LOL
forgottenbennet: (Mary - curious)
-Wickham may be a complete cad but once he marries Lydia he calms down a bit, especially once she gets pregnant

-He is surprisingly kind to Mary gifting her with the occassional book or someother ting he thinks she may like.

-Once he's resigned his commission he and Lydia remove to town (Cheapside) where he decided to earn an honest keep (Uncle Gardiner takes a chance and gives him a job a one of his shops) Wickham refuses to spoil Lydia (financially) as she was at Longbourn in hopes to curb her spending. He gives her a (modest) monthly allowance and not a penny more (unless it's for absolute necessities)

-Mr. Gardiner pays him a little more than a normal wage for the job, for he loves his niece and wants to see her taken care of
forgottenbennet: (Mary - curious)
I'm reading "Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder" and the more I read about Rose Wilder Lane the more I loathe her. Professionally (she had interviewed famous people then turned around and  wrote fictional accounts of their lives and called them "biographies" Charlie Chaplin threatened to sue her, as did Jack London's widow), personally and politically.


Although I love Laura Ingalls Wilder in a lot of ways, politically speaking I whole-heartedly disagree with her in many ways.
forgottenbennet: (Mary - Bricks)
(I've had the basic idea of this running around my head for awhile, so I'm typing this out to get it out there, it's not a story yet but a rough idea. I'm not typing EVERY idea out here, some things have to be a mystery hmm?? Naturally it's Mary Bennet-based. Mary may or may not have a twin brother in this, I'm not sure yet.)


Mary Bennet always feels over-shadowed by her 2 younger sisters and her 2 eldest sisters, so she focuses on what she loves most, her music. She practices nearly every spare moment she has (when she isn't reading or writing for that matter) until her mother threatens to throw out her precious keyboard Her paternal grandfather bought if for her when she was younger and felt she had promise after she was constantly caught noodling on her late-grandmother's piano. Her sisters nor her mother don't thank him for it, her father is just simply amused by his wife's reaction.

Pre-P&P: She is offered a job making instrumental piano versions of popular songs (she was discovered on youtube doing just that, under a stage name which she continues to use) which she takes (she uses an actual piano at the studio she records at, and uses her keyboard to compose and tweak it but uses a real piano to listen to the final product and to make any tweaks if needed) and even writes and performs her own compositions (which turn out they're quite popular)

Then the plot of "Pride and Prejudice" happen though just a bit modern-ified, but during that Mary's mother (the morning after the Netherfield party) after hearing playing one too many times for her liking she yanks the keyboard from her, demolishes it and tosses it into the garbage, Lydia (Olivia) laughing all the while and Jane looks horrified for Mary, Lizzie looks indifferent and a bit relieved (none knowing that she needs that keyboard in order to help her do her job). Visibly upset she runs upstairs to her room and locks the door. She cries but not so anyone can hear.

(It's so hard NOT to write this story right here and now!)

Eventually she gets another keyboard top of the line because with all the money she's making with her work (her family doesn't know what her job is, Jane might suspect) she can afford it but she is saving up for a place of her own but she's keeping that secret too).

Skip forward to the end (for now) After most of the story is over Mary catches an earful about the new piece of music Georgie is working on (Georgie still loves the piano in any universe) in a conversation between Lizzie and Darcy (Mary is hidden from their view). They both talk about how beautiful and elegant the piece is (one of Mary's favorite of her own compositions) and how even Georgie is having a little bit of difficulty in learning it (Georgie is always up to the challenge claims Darcy)

Out of nowhere (it seems to the happy couple at least) Mary starts giggling before she comes out of hiding, thanking Darcy and Lizzie for their excellent taste in music. Mary wrote that particular piece in a moment of pure happiness. When Lizzie didn't believe her (Darcy stood there looking as if he didn't know what to think). Eventually to prove her claim she pulls out her keyboard and without the sheet music starts playing the piece in question with ease. Since the piece was just released just a month ago, no one could master it so quickly, at least not well enough to play it without sheet music.

But there was Mary playing it as if she had played it every day of her life

----
I'm going to stop here for now I'm wiped out and I need to sleep. Maybe more notes later?
forgottenbennet: (Mary Bennet)
I felt inspired to post these but If you love these movies like I do feel free to share the love:

-Tank Girl
-Queen of the Damned
-Spice World
-Marie Antoinette (2006)
-Pride and Prejudice (1940)
-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride & Prejudice (2005) - ((I just posted this for those mostly jerkass 1995 mini-series fans))
-Ghostbusters (Answer The Call)
-A Knight's Tale
-Snow White & The Huntsman
-Suicide Squad
-Deadpool
-Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
-Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (the book it's based on is even MORE awesome!)
forgottenbennet: (Tauriel)
One of my favorite bits from the LOTR Trilogy

Book 2, chapter 9 - The Great River


Across the water there were shrill cries, but nothing could be
seen. Frodo looked up at the Elf standing tall above him, as he gazed
into the night, seeking a mark to shoot at. His head was dark,
crowned with sharp white stars that glittered in the black pools of
the sky behind.

---
My own personal beliefs:

-The two Elves reforging Narsil are Elladan and Elrohir.

-The last shot of Legolas in RotK is the Prettiest he's ever been.
forgottenbennet: (Mary B)
from a previous Mary Bennet playlist

* = means that it's to Mary from an admirer
1.Kelly Clarkson - Whyyawannabringmedown
2.Julie Fowlis - Into the Open Air
3.Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity (non-Wicked version)
4.Für Elise
5.Junkie XL - Tris (feat. Ellie Goulding)
6.Astrud Gilberto - Fly Me to the Moon
7.Nobuo Uematsu - Waltz for the Moon
8.*The Afters - Beautiful Love
9.Alanis Morissette - Mary Jane
10.Kacey Musgraves - Follow Your Arrow
11.Taylor Swift - Sparks Fly
12.Claude Debussy - Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune
13.TLC - Unpretty
14.Texas - Put Your Arms Around Me
forgottenbennet: (Default)
A few times a week I google "Mary Bennet" to see if any new news stories pop up. Happily I found a new behind-the-scenes pic from the 2005 version of "Pride and Prejudice" (taken by Jena Malone who played Lydia Bennet)of Talulah Riley. It's quite lovely.

click here to see the loveliness )
forgottenbennet: (Leah Clearwater)
Because I can I'm posting the lyrics to "Love Crime (Amuse-Bouche Version)" by Siouxsie Sioux

Oh, the skies, tumbling from your eyes
So sublime, the chase to end all time
Seasons call and fall, from grace and uniform
Anatomical and metaphysical

Oh, the die, It's cast inside my mind

Oh, the dye, a blood red setting sun
rushing through my veins
burning up my skin,
I will survive, live and thrive
Win this deadly game

Love crime (Love crime)
Love crime

I will survive, live and thrive
I will survive,
I will

And then there's the original version from Hannibal )
forgottenbennet: (Default)
O, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note,
To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears:
Sing, siren, for thyself and I will dote;
Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs,
And as a bed I'll take them and there lie.

--William Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors

In the blue depth of waters,
Where the wave hath no strife,
Where the wind is a stranger,
And the sea-snake hath life,
Where the Mermaid is decking
Her green hair with shells;
Like the storm on the surface
Came the sound of thy spells.

--Lord Byron, "Manfred"


At sea once more we had to pass the Sirens, whose
sweet singing lures sailors to their doom. I had
stopped up the ears of my crew with wax, and I alone
listened while lashed to the mast, powerless to steer
toward shipwreck.

--Homer, The Odyssey

Them sirens loved him up and turned him into a
horny toad!

--O, Brother, Where Art Thou?
forgottenbennet: (Mary - PPZ)
I recommend these books (and movies) - It simply isn't fair in my opinion that poor Mary is constantly outshone by both her older sisters and her younger. Having a book mostly from Elizabeth's POV on how she sees things (whether they be biased or only based on "fact") as based on this quote from P&P:

“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome."

"And your defect is to hate everybody."

"And yours," he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them."
(Pride and Prejudice)


is this a hint that perhaps Elizabeth has misunderstood Mary? I certainly hope so!

Movies:
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)


Books:

- "Return To Longbourn" by Shannon Winslow
- "Longbourn" by Jo Baker (Not based around Mary but the help of Longbourn. It shows Mary in a far softer light than Elizabeth does)
- "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame-Smith (both the regular and deluxe editions)
- and the sequels "Dawn of the Dreadfuls" and " Dreadfully Ever After" by Steve Hockensmith
- The "Leaving Bennet Behind" series by Sarah Johnson ("Chosen" "Cherished" and "Pursued" are the first three books, there will probably be more)
- "Just to Hear 'I Love You' " by Sarah Johnson - After Mary goes deaf after a childhood accident, she grows closer to her two older sisters, especially Elizabeth who is very protective of her.
- Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel (What if Mary Bennet met Victor Frankenstein?) in his story collection "The Baum Plan"
- "Mary, Mary Not So Ordinary" and "Mary, Mary Oh So Contrary" by S.M. Klassen
- "Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven" (Book 1 of the Regency Magic series) by Beth Deitchman
- Mary Bennet: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” - by Jennifer Becton (Short but satisfying!)
- The Pursuit of Mary Bennet - by Pamela Mingle


and as a bonus :

- How not to father: Mr. Bennet and Mary

Seriously

Apr. 10th, 2017 06:10 pm
forgottenbennet: (Default)
...the more I read about Rose Wilder Lane the more I loath her! Poor Laura!
forgottenbennet: (Mary Bennet - Miss Bennet)
I didn't write this but I like it well enough to post here, with a link to it.

There's Something About Mary: A Pride & Prejudice Character Study

I bet a bunch of you, just like you heartheartheart Disney movies, also heartheartheart Pride and Prejudice. And other things involving bonnets and turns about the garden and going "La!" instead of "Sweet!" when something exciting happens.

Yeah, me too.

So this character study is going to veer away from the normal Disney-fied version and into the world of Pemberly, Pride, and Prejudice. Today, I'm wondering....what on earth ever happened to Mary Bennet?!

Let's check out the facts. What do we know about Mary Bennet?

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