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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 11, 2011 at 10:33 AM

News roundup: Ephron does Austen, “Headhunters” goes American, and more

A few bits and bobs from all over:
— Nora Ephron, who’s been quiet since “Julie & Julia,” will make her next project a screen adaptation of “Lost in Austen,” the Emma Campbell Webster novel about a contemporary woman who turns up, for reasons I cannot begin to explain, in the middle of “Pride & Prejudice.” The book was previously made into a BBC miniseries. Now, you’d think, considering the title of this blog, that I would be all over this project. Instead, I feel Poe-like cold fingers of dread. (I’ve had Poe on the mind, since seeing the trailer for “The Raven.”) We shall see.
— Speaking of cold fingers, the English-language movie rights to Norwegian crime novelists Jo Nesbo’s “Headhunters” have been acquired by Summit Entertainment. It’s the tale of a corporate headhunter who’s an art thief on the side, and whose hobby gets him into terrible trouble — and there is, of course, already a Scandinavian movie version of the novel that’s very good (I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival). Sounds like “Dragon Tattoo,” no? Paging David Fincher . . .
— I noted here on Friday that Cinemark is threatening to not exhibit Brett Ratner’s “Tower Heist” in its theaters if Universal goes through with their plan to make the movie available on demand in two selected markets within a couple of weeks of opening — for an insane price. In an update, several smaller theater chains have followed Universal’s lead and announced that they will not show the film. No word yet from AMC and Regal, but it’s a potentially interesting standoff.
— And finally, this. Just because everything connected with “The Muppets” is ridiculously adorable. And because even the Swedish Chef shouldn’t bring a microwave to the movies.

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