Who doesn’t need a little bit of romance in their life (even if they haven’t been on a date in seven months)? This collection of 14 DVDS includes “Emma,” “Jane Eyre,” “Victoria and Albert,” “Tom Jones,” and enough other A&E classics to keep your heart occupied for at least another two months. If watching Colin Firth in “Pride and Prejudice” doesn’t put you in the mood for love, we don’t know what will. [$99.95, A&E Shop] Keep reading »
I have this theory that Keira Knightley plays the same character in nearly every movie and gets lauded by critics as if she’s reinvented the wheel every time. With the exception of films like Domino, The Jacket, and Love Actually, Knightley is always cast a period film heroine from an upper-crust family who slums it with a poor guy or wins the heart of a rich cad. To prove my theory, I’ve assembled pictures of six of Keira’s most famous characters. See if you can match the letter of the image to the number of the film. FYI, I’ll reveal the answers at the end of the day, so check back.
THE FILMS: Atonement (1); The Duchess (2); King Arthur (3); Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (4); Pride & Prejudice (5); Silk (6)
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Maybe because she never settled down herself, Jane Austen created some mighty fine specimens for all of us to drool over â€“ Fitzwilliam Darcy, George Wickham, and Frederick Wentworth to name a few. (If youâ€™re not familiar with these names, you arenâ€™t watching Masterpieceâ€™s The Complete Jane Austen Sunday nights on PBS.) Now you can find out what their online dating profile might have looked like back in the day and pick your Austen man at PBS.org. After 40,010 votes, Mr. Darcy is currently on top. Surprisingly, Mr. Collins (the annoying clergyman/cousin to the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice) ranks seventh. I voted for John Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility. See his profile after the jumpâ€¦ Keep reading »
Keep your Sunday nights open for the next four months, as you have dates with Mr. Darcy, Henry Tilney, and all of the other dashing gentlemen from Jane Austen’s books. Starting last week (Sorry, you’ll have to rent Persuasion to catch up.), PBS began airing an Austen movie every Sunday at 9:30 p.m. EST, and that will continue until early April. Perhaps you could start a Jane Austen Movie Club? (FYI: Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth begins on Feb. 10.) [PBS] Keep reading »