The origins of Showtime's new series, 'Penny Dreadful,' date back to way, way back -- to the nineteenth century, specifically.
October 30 marks the bicentenary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility — and thus our enduring love affair with Jane Austen. Drafting a manuscript called Elinor and Marianne around 1795, Austen returned to it at some point in the next decade and completed the version we know now in 1810. At her expense, the Military Library publishing house printed the book, in the era’s traditional three volumes, in 1811 — her first published work. Modestly attributed to “a Lady,” the novel sold well, beginning a remarkable literary legacy ...
There is a kind of counter-intuitive wisdom to this week's announcements that Baz Luhrmann has chosen to cast Australian actors Joel Edgerton ("Animal Kingdom) and Elizabeth Debicki (a recent drama school grad without a credit to her name) as Tom Buchanan and Jordan Baker in his long-simmering adaptation of The Great Gatsby