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Subject: The Other Boleyn Girl movie
Date Posted: 2/11/2008 3:42 PM ET
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Just saw that it's being released Feb 29!

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 6:56 PM ET
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I definitely have to see this one. The previews look great!

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 8:28 PM ET
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I really, really, really think this is gonna be a stinker.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 8:57 PM ET
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Do you? Why? Whose acting in it? I caught a few seconds of the trailer and thought it looked good.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 10:32 PM ET
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You can see clips here: www.sonypictures.com/movies/theotherboleyngirl/

 

 * I hope it's ok to post links here?*



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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 1:09 AM ET
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I really think that Natalie Portman is very good casting for Anne, so I have high hopes.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 5:58 AM ET
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Michelle, Is it b/c Gregory's history is always suspect? The trailer does look intriguing.

Genie

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 7:27 AM ET
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I plan on seeing this one. I didn't read the book, so I don't have any previous expectations.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:02 AM ET
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I'll probably see it. I love Natalie Portman. I'm just glad they didn't cast Keira Knightley, or however she spells her name. She is a lovely girl but she is EVERYWHERE and she always looks like she has a mouth full of something nasty.
Date Posted: 2/12/2008 10:32 AM ET
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Michelle, Is it b/c Gregory's history is always suspect? The trailer does look intriguing.

 

No, in fact it's one of my favorite books.  I'm very disappointed in the casting (I do like Natalie Portman but don't think she can pull off the accent.)  And also on another site I used to frequent we somehow got ahold of snippets of the screenplay (this is a good year ago) and it looked like it was written by a 5th grader.

I will go see it but my expectations are really, really low.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:09 PM ET
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I am always hesitant of seeing a movie of a book I really enjoyed.  It always seems like something is missing and I am disappointed.  I think it is because a movie can never capture the full impact of the written word and its effect on the imagination.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 2:21 PM ET
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I want to see it and yet I'm not sure because of the casting.  I cannot see Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn, especially because I am addicted to the Showtime series The Tudors and think Natalie Dormier is fantastic in the role.  I LOVED the book though and I'm willing to give it a shot anyway.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 7:18 PM ET
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I agree with you Holly - on all counts.   From the trailer, I do kind of like Scarlet Johannson as Mary though.  I'm not sure yet about Eric Bana.  I"m thinking about taking the afternoon off work that day to go see it.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:10 PM ET
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The BBC did an adaption a few years back and it wasn't very good. I do hope they stick closer to the novel in this version and keep the focus on Mary and not Anne.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 11:20 AM ET
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Another reason why I'm leery is that the studio lost faith in the film.  It had been slated to open around the holidays to be recognized for the awards season.  The studio then decided that that was not going to happen and pushed it back a couple months.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 10:12 PM ET
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I was just offered this book from my wishlist and am quite exited...theres 32 other people on the list and I thought it would be MONTHS before I had a chance at it. I heard mixed things though...some people thought it was un-historical and trashy, while others found it fun and historically accurate. Any thoughts? :-)



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Date Posted: 2/20/2008 10:55 PM ET
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I could care less about strict historical accuracy, I read fiction to be entertained....if I want to learn I read non fiction.  Same goes for movies, if I want to learn I watch docs or stuff like the History channel.  I used to be a member of the Tudor yahoo group but they were such a finicky, absolutely downright picky group of people I quit, it wasn't even fun due to them picking everything apart of anything Tudor related.  I loved TOBG, it was the first Philippa Gregory book I read.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:09 PM ET
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TOBG was a guilty pleasure for me. I thought the novel lacked substance, but it had loads of style. Yes, Gregory's history is way off, but it was fun to read about an Anne Boleyn as evil as her detractors throughout history made her out to be.

People seem to get mad at Philippa Gregory because she serves up revisionist history in her books and then insists her view of things is true (even though the majority of historians don't agree with her).

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT AHEAD for "The Constant Princess":

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure about TOBG, but Gregory stated flat-out on her Web site Katherine of Aragon was lying when she claimed her marriage to Arthur Tudor was never consummated (then used her theory as a major plot point in "The Constant Princess").



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Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:22 PM ET
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Even before reading TCP (which I didn't care a whole lot for, to be honest) I never believed that those two never slept together.  Dunno.  Just a hunch.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:42 PM ET
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I also tend to believe that Katherine of Aragon was not lying when she said the marriage was not consumated.

I enjoy the stories of Gregory's books but often quibble with her historical accuracy. I am so pleased to be with others who agree with me here :)



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Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:50 PM ET
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Mimi, I DO believe they slept together.  I've always believed that.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 7:06 PM ET
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Oh, I misread. I guess I disagree with you, then. :)

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:07 AM ET
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From the trailer the movie looks good.I probley will not go to see it. To go to a movie here in New York  you pay over $10. I will not pay that to go see  a movie.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 4:37 PM ET
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I just finnishhed the book the othr day. I liked it. I have never been a fan of Anne Bolyen  so it was interesting to see her played as a evil character. Now I didnt like her but I also d onot think she desrved to have her head lobbed off. I am going on opening night t the show. I am looking foward to seeing what they did with it. But I also approach period films with an arms length because 9 times out of 10 i am dissapointed. We will see though.

Oh and for Fun.

 

I am going in full Regalia.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 7:22 PM ET
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I can't wait to see this movie!  I'm just now reading the book.....thought I better get on it before the movie came out, lol.

Michelle, I can understand your hesitation.  I love Outlander and secretly hope that they never make a movie from it, for fear that it would be ruined.  Of course, I wouldn't be able to stop myself from watching it.  Movies are never as good as the books, even when they are excellent.  Hope this isn't too disappointing for you...

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