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

November 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Dueling “Great Expectations”; a Jane Campion miniseries, and more

(Thanks for submitting all the great ideas for heist movies; keep them coming!) Some news, for a Friday . . .
— Those who love Dickens have much to look forward to in 2012: dueling versions of “Great Expectations.” The BBC TV miniseries version will star Gillian Anderson (so good in “Bleak House”) as Miss Havisham and Ray Winstone as Magwitch. The movie version, directed by Mike Newell, stars Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. Could there possibly be more perfect casting as Bonham Carter as the reclusive, jilted bride, living out her days in a cloud of dusty tulle? Deadline.com has preview photos of Bonham Carter in costume — click here to view — and she looks just perfect, like the dress has somehow developed roots and trapped her. The two versions will come to PBS and theaters, respectively, sometime next year; should be fun to compare.
— Jane Campion, whose beautiful “Bright Star” was a highlight of 2009, is trying her hand at TV: She’ll direct “Top of the Lake,” a seven-part BBC miniseries about a New Zealand detective (Elisabeth Moss, of “Mad Men”) trying to solve the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl. Holly Hunter (who collaborated with Campion on “The Piano”) and Peter Mullan will co-star; Sundance Channel will co-produce and distribute in the U.S.
— And finally, for those gearing up for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” in two weeks (yikes, am I ready for this?), here’s Robert Pattinson’s impressive effort to convince doubters that it’s really an art film. Said the Glittery One, at a press junket (quoted by Movieline): “When you’re playing Edward, who’s stuck between an emaciated dummy’s legs churned through a placenta, getting cream cheese all over your face and strawberry jam, and pulling out a 3-week-old baby afterward, with a wig on, it was like something out of a Bunuel movie.” Did Bunuel do vampire babies and weirdly imprinting werewolves? Anyway. Happy weekend, all?

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