Skull-Face Island: Episode 20: Anna Karenina
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Hello There! This is Adam Frazier and you are listening to Skull-Face Island, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom! As always I’m joined by Rosencrantz to my Guildenstern, David Allen… and the love child of Tolstoy and Bob Newhart, producer Tim Grant.

Today on the Show: We will discuss Joe Wright‘s Anna Karenina. We will also get into some headlines from the Geek-O-Matic Telefax about Star Wars, Guillermo Del Toro‘s highly anticipated Pacific Rim, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and some casting news about a forthcoming Marvin Gaye biopic. We will also read your suggestions for the subtitle of Star Wars: Episode VII.

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Movie Review: Anna Karenina
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Anna Karenina
Directed by Joe Wright
Written by Tom Stoppard
Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald
Universal Pictures
Rated R | 130 Minutes
Release Date: November 30, 2012

“Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed.”Tolstoy

Baz Luhrmann meets Terrance Malick in this excruciatingly exquisite adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s 19th century novel, Anna Karenina.

Directed Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice), with a script by famed British playwright Tom Stoppard, the film details the tragedy of married aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

A charming, well-off bachelor, Vronsky pursues Anna, asking her to leave her husband Karenin (Jude Law), a high-ranking government official. Unhappy with the lack of love in her marriage, Anna flirts and dances with Vronsky in public, leaving her vulnerable to the scrutiny of her peers. A passionate affair ensues, and the private matters of Anna Karenina are soon put on stage before all of Russian high-society.

There have been more than fifteen feature films titled Anna Karenina, and that doesn’t even include the made-for-television versions. What makes Joe Wright’s adaptation different is the cinematic vocabulary used to bring Tolstoy’s classic novel to life. Wright’s rhythmic, dreamlike direction turns Anna Karenina into a stage play within the colossal theatre of Russian society.

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Cover Revealed For New Quirk Classics ‘Android Karenina’
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Leo Tolstoy‘s classic Anna Karenina is the next selection in the Quirk Classics’ line-up with Android Karenina, the cover of which was revealed today by publisher.

Check out the cover here at right!

If you’re not familiar with the Quirk Classics branding, you might remember their first mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombie where zombies were inserted into Jane Austen’s literary classic. Ah, see, now you know what I’m talking about.

Android Karenina is co-written by Ben H. Winters, who took on Austen last year with Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

According to Quirk, Android Karenina is “an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.” See the full official synopsis here below.

The 512-page book will be released on June 8, 2010, and is available for pre-order right now.

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