News roundup: Who’s number 3 at the UK box office?

In the news today:

The most recent adaptation of Jane Eyre was number three in the UK box office during its opening weekend. Well done! I think it was really well done considering out of the four cinemas in Nottingham (that I know of, anyway), only one is actually showing it – Showcase. Broadway will be showing it, but not until the end of the month. If that’s the case here, what’s it like in other parts of the country? #3 is well done! 🙂

Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson are billed to star in next year’s adaptation of Anna Karenina. Haven’t we known about Keira Knightley playing Anna Karenina for months now? Jude Law is to be Karenin and Johnson Vronsky.

Speaking of adaptations, Joanna Trollope is apparently set to write a modern day re-make of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. It’s set to publish late 2013 and is a part of HarperFiction’s attempts at giving all the Austen novels an update. I’m just slightly puzzled as to why this seems to be big news – considering how many bloody derivatives there are of Jane Eyre, there must be just about as many of Sense and Sensibility, and how many of them earn headlines?

Filming of series two of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones had to be stopped in Northern Ireland because of Hurricane Katia. They all went into the catering tent instead, which couldn’t take the wind and collapsed, injuring one person who had to be taken to hospital. Hope they’ll feel better soon.

Nottingham (or the whole of the East Midlands, really) hasn’t been hit much by the hurricane, fortunately. Spotted a branch that had been torn off a rowan tree on the way home last night, so a few hours later, I came back out hunting for wood. Got the rowan branch (yay!) which is a kind with orange berries and is set to make 13-14 wands in total, and some branches of red-berried rowan which will make six. Also found another sycamore branch from the same tree I spotted the other day, so have another four wands there. 🙂

If you’re waiting for the tenth and final series of BBC’s Spooks and/or the second series of ITV’s Downton Abbey, wait no longer. Both are set to start on Sunday. At the same time – 9pm (21:00). Got the DVR set to record both, although I reckon we could probably watch Spooks as it’s going out – think it’s a bit more to the Squeeze’s tastes than a costume drama … even if it’s a very good one.

Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and apparently got standing ovations. The film’s director of photography (Robbie Ryan) won an award for best cinematography for it, and from what we’ve seen so far, looks very moody atmospheric. Apparently there’s not much talking in it – which we could gather from the first clips, perhaps, but this confirms it. Question is if it’s any good or not. We’ll have to wait another couple of months to find out. Providing it has a decent cinema release, that is. I’m not going to go all the way to Sheffield or Birmingham just to see it.

As best actors go, the award was scooped up by Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class) – for his role in Shame (2011). Congratulations! Haven’t seen that particular film, but from what I’ve seen of Fassbender so far, he’s a mighty fine actor and I’m sure the award is well-deserved. And even though it’s not an award for his Rochester … it sort of feels like it could be. Because it’s him and the film’s just come out – or it has been out for six months but only just opened in the UK.

The copyright for sound recordings has gone from 50 years to 70 years. Haven’t decided what I think about that yet, but Björn Ulvaeus seems positive: “Now I won’t have to see ABBA being used in a TV commercial.”

Lastly, there’s sad news about Mary Fickett (All My Children) and Andy Whitfield (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) – both have passed away. Fickett was 83 and died “after a period of illness” and Whitfield was 39, who finally lost his 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. For those who wish to commemorate Whitfield in some way, might I suggest a donation to one of your country’s cancer-related charities? (For the UK, this would be organisations like Cancer Research or Macmillan Cancer Support.)

Also, this happens to be the 600th published post on this blog. A cause for some celebration, methinks! 🙂

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