The latest version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina is coming to “select” US theaters on November 16, 2012. I am very excited about this movie! Directed by the brilliant Joe Wright, the movie stars Keira Knightley as Anna and the wonderful, oh-so-handsome Matthew Macfadyen as Anna’s brother Stepan “Stiva” Arkadyevitch Oblonsky. Sort of strange to think of Matthew playing Keira’s brother after being her romantic interest in Pride & Prejudice! Nevertheless, this promises to be an epic movie.
Other stars include Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly MacDonald, Emily Watson, and many other fine British actors. Places to learn more about the movie and see images–
2005 Pride & Prejudice Blog – Jeane keeps up on the P&P stars and has lots of links to online magazines, etc. about Anna Karenina
The reviews so far all look to be very positive. A Google search will bring them up, but here is one list of links: IMDB Anna Karenina reviews How faithful it is to the novel is a big question. I haven’t read the novel so doubt that aspect with bother me! If the movie is as lush and epic as it appears to be from the trailers, I will be happy. Plus, I get to stare at Matthew again. That always is a perk.
The new Three Musketeers movie that stars Matthew Macfadyen – my Mr. Darcy from the 2005 Pride & Prejudice, just in case there is a person alive who does not know that about me – is set for release on October 21, according to IMDB. Aside from the divine Matthew as Athos, the movie sports a terrific cast including Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich, Ray Stevenson, Logan Lerman, and Luke Evans just to name a few. It also looks like a really great movie!
As it gets closer to D-Day the trailers and images are becoming prevalent. On IMDB there are several trailers you can watch, and I am sure they are on YouTube and other movie sites as well. The link below will take you there.
For your immediate viewing pleasure, here are the official movie posters featuring Athos, AKA Matthew Macfadyen. And thanks again to my pal May who never fails to keep me in the loop on Matthew-related happenings. Bigger versions are in the Portrait Gallery.
Thanks to my pal May in Scotland who always keeps me informed of interesting articles from across the pond, this article in the Telegraph was brought to my attention and I think some of you may enjoy it as well.
Christine Robinson is the current housekeeper of Chatsworth Manor in Derbyshire. Chatsworth, of course, was used as “Pemberley” in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and thus figures heavily upon my inspiration for the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy in my novels. I am sure the activities of a housekeeper today is vastly different than what Mrs. Reynolds had on her agenda back in the early 1800s (if she were real!) but then or now there is no doubt the job is intense.
Her daily routine includes overseeing dusting and vacuuming of the half-mile public route, a labyrinth of passageways, 18 staircases and nearly 300 rooms. At this time of year her staff are engaged on the annual ‘deep clean’. That’s not just windows and carpets but also the massive chandeliers, which need scaffolding to take them down. Each piece must be painstakingly washed in soap flakes and water, then polished and replaced. There are 2,763 pendants in the Great Dining Room chandelier alone.
We have to wait until October to see Matthew Macfadyen in his next big movie, but it promises to be spectacular! Mark your calendars. For more information on the movie or to see other stills, this is the official website–
IMDB and Yahoo Movies, just to name a few, also provide up-to-the-minute information. This is the official blurb on the movie:
The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas’ story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich). The action adventure is given a state of the art update in 3D.
Gradually images and trailers are being released. I have posted the latest into the Matthew album in my Portrait Gallery for your viewing pleasure. Here is one to whet your appetite–
I have to post a few of these every so often, especially around a book launch! The following is my absolute favorite, as those of you who visit frequently know. LOL! Enjoy!
The ending, in case you haven’t seen it. Ha!
Just a few of the million examples on YouTube. Share others that you love, putting the link onto the comment section, and if I can I will post it here!
You lucky ducks who live across the pond have a definite advantage over those of us here in the States since you get to see the divinely delicious Matthew Macfadyen in his latest project – Any Human Heart – starting this Sunday, November 21. TODAY! Yep, I am a little jealous! Eventually we will get it over here but for now must ease our pain with clips and images. Check your local listings if you are in the UK for when this 4-part adaptation of the novel by William Boyd. Here are some images, a couple of links, and a nice video interview with Matthew on the set. For most of this I must thank my fabulous Scottish pal May who keeps me informed of the latest Matthew happenings!
While I am on the subject of Matthew Macfadyen – a lovely subject indeed – I will also share a few images that surfaced recently as a result of a photo shoot with photographer Chris McAndrews. Again thanks to May for alerting me to these. There is also a nice video montage put together by Fallon6MM on YouTube, that link HERE: Nostalgia
This was taken on October 5, 2010 in the midst of filming for The Three Musketeers, hence the scruffy beard. Still, nice! This will whet the appetite. Lots more in my Portrait Gallery in Matthew’s special album. Enjoy!
And since I am in a very Matthew-mood at the moment and fear there may be new visitors to my website who do not know this brilliant actor beyond his role as Mr. Darcy, here is an essential filmography of his best performances, in my opinion:
Pride and Prejudice
Pillars of the Earth
As We Live Now
Death at a Funeral
In My Father’s Den
There are many other projects Matthew has been in, most of which I have seen and can recommend. For a full Filmography of everything he has been in, even small cameos or TV appearances or voice overs, IMDB Matthew Macfadyen lays it out. Most of his work is on DVD and can be attained here in the US or via UK delivery, but not all. It is worth looking for though! Don’t count on me for up-to-the-minute news on Matthew, however. To be well informed of ALL the latest happenings, the Matthew Macfadyen Topix Forum is still the best place on the net. Keep it up, Matthew! Your fans want more!
My wonderful friend and fellow Austen Author, the talented and terrific Regina Jeffers – The Phantom of Pemberley, Darcy’s Passions, Darcy’s Temptation, Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion, Vampire Darcy’s Desire – created this stunning, hysterical video homage combining Matthew Macfadyen with birthday wishes for me. It is incredible! I know all of you will enjoy it almost as much as me. Be sure to view in full-screen format! It is better, believe me!
No secret that my favorite Mr. Darcy is the fabulous British actor Matthew Macfadyen. Today this acclaimed actor turns 36! In honor of this terrific actor here is a nicely put together video montage of every role he has been in with some I wasn’t aware of from his early years. My thanks to Jeane at the Pride and Prejudice 2005 Blog for uncovering this.
Happy Birthday Matthew!
There are about a hundred videos created based on the movie I unashamedly love the best, but this particular one is my favorite. Partly due to the song choice, but the clips chosen are perfect. Thank you xoniac for creating this lovely montage.