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‘Persuasion’ Movie, Based on the Jane Austen Novel, Will Star Sarah Snook From ‘Succession’

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Jane Austen adaptations will never die. The latest: Persuasion, Austen’s last completed novel, is being adapted yet again, with Succession breakout Sarah Snook set to star. The story concerns a young woman who reunites with a man she was once engaged to marry. The book has been adapted several times before, mostly in the form of TV miniseries.

THR says that Sarah Snook is set to play Anne Elliot in Persuasion, based on the novel by Jane Austen. Mahalia Belo is directing from a script by Jessica Swale, the writer-director of SummerlandPersuasion is the last novel fully completed by Jane Austen, published in 1817, six months after her death. The story follows “Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt, at the same time as the wars come to an end, putting sailors on shore. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne in 1806, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no contact in more than seven years. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne Elliot in her second ‘bloom.’”

There have been multiple Persuasion adaptations, but, interestingly enough, they’ve all been made for TV. The only exception is a 1995 version starring Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds, which was also a made-for-TV movie that ended up being released in US theatres by Sony Pictures Classics. That would make it look like this latest Persuasion the first adaptation to be made specifically for the big screen, so there’s that.

Alison Own and Debra Hayward are producing via their Monumental Pictures banner, with BBC Films co-financing. Searchlight Pictures UK’s head of development and production Katie Goodson-Thomas is overseeing along with senior development execuctive Pete Spencer and manager Apolline Berty.

I’m one of the few people who doesn’t watch Succession, but I have seen Snook in plenty of other things, and she’s always delivered, so I’m all for her star continuing to rise. She’ll next be seen in a minor role in Pieces of a Woman, the festival title that recently sold to Netflix.

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4 Crazy Forgotten Side Stories From World War II

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A Fake Diplomat Gave Out Very Real Papers To Refugees

We’ve told you about diplomats like Chiune Sugihara, who gave life-saving visas to Jews despite explicit instructions not to. But to perform heroic acts of diplomacy, you would have to be, well, a diplomat, right? Not exactly.

Giorgio Perlasca was a staunch Italian fascist until Mussolini passed anti-Semitic racial laws and aligned himself with Hitler, because there’s fascism and then there’s, like, fascism, you know? Perlasca, disillusioned by the treatment of his Jewish friends, spent the war acquiring supplies for Italy’s eastern front, and in 1943 he was working in Budapest when Italy surrendered and broke with the Axis. While many of his colleagues chose to return to the sad little puppet state Hitler gave Mussolini, Perlasca swore fealty to the Italian throne, prompting Nazi-aligned Hungary to throw him in jail. 

His prison was a relatively cushy castle reserved for VIPs, but after a few months, he got his hands on a medical travel pass and applied for asylum at the Spanish Embassy. Spain was also fascist, as was the style at the time, but had kept out of the war and was begrudgingly accepting Jewish refugees based on the Allied policy of pointing at Hitler’s mounting military defeats and asking what landmarks visitors to Madrid should check out. 

Perlasca had fought for the fascists in the Spanish Civil War, so the embassy welcomed him with open arms. Rather than sit around, Perlasca assumed a fake identity and began working with Spanish diplomat Angel Sanz Briz to give Hungarian Jews certificates of protection. These papers guaranteed their holders access to Spanish safe houses until they could be smuggled out of the country, and Briz himself saved about 5,000 Jews.

This continued until 1944 when Hitler, never great at managing his priorities, decided that his ally wasn’t being genocidal enough and ordered a German occupation of Hungary. Briz and his staff were forced to flee to Switzerland, and Hungary’s new rulers declared that with diplomatic relations severed, so they could do whatever they wanted with the Jews that had been under Spain’s protection. And that’s where Perlasca stepped in.

Ignoring his own invitation to Switzerland, Perlasca declared that Briz had totes left him in charge of the Spanish Embassy, and anyone who questioned that fact or his Italian accent was probably a colossal idiot. Wielding the abandoned Spanish seal and his own huge balls, Perlasca continued to issue protective papers while monitoring the safehouses for any sign of Nazi duplicity. At one point, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, busy saving lives himself, witnessed Perlasca talk two boys off a train bound for Auschwitz by getting in the face of Adolf goddamn Eichmann.

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The Nazis really doubled down on making sure no one should ever use that name again.

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Mom Warns Parents After Seeing Son’s Eye ‘Protruding From His Face’ After Playing With Bath Toys

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Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos.

Eden Strong, a mom from Plainfield, Illinois, was giving her 2-year-son Baylor a bath. Lined up on the edge of the tub was his favorite group of colorful bathtub toys.

Eden noticed her son’s eye was a little red after he squirted water from out of one of his toys and got it in his eye.

Over the course of the next 12 hours, Baylor’s eye became completely infected. She documented just how quickly the irritation turned into something much more serious.

“His eye was protruding from his face,” Eden told CBS Chicago. “It was very obscured. He was running a raging fever.”

She rushed her son to the hospital where he was given IV antibiotics, and underwent a CAT scan.


Doctors realized Baylor had come down with a bad case of cellulitis, a common yet potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Doctors said if the infection moved to his retina, he could be permanently blinded.

Eden started to pray that Baylor’s beautiful blue eyes would not have to be removed.

Thankfully, the little boy is now okay and home recovering.

The reason for Baylor’s health scare? It was all because of one of those cute, squeezable squirting bath toys he loves to play with.

Eden is now sharing her urgent warning about these bath toys. After posting her series of photos of Baylor’s eye on Facebook, she said she was surprised when she started receiving an influx of messages from parents who’ve gone through the exact same thing…

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Disney+ Launched A ‘GroupWatch’ Feature, So You No Longer Have To Watch Baby Yoda Alone

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Disney+ officially launched its new GroupWatch feature on Tuesday, which allows users to share their viewing experiences with friends — provided they also have a Disney+ account.

The GroupWatch feature joins other streamers like Amazon and Hulu, which have capitalized on the lack of communal watching experiences thanks to the current quarantine conditions. But while those streaming platforms offer a chat feature, GroupWatch will only allow users to communicate via emoji. Given Disney+’s emphasis on family friendly entertainment, eliminating the chat feature ensures that younger viewers won’t be subject to the dangers and explicit content of online commenting. However, the GroupWatch feature works across several platforms including home computers, mobile phones, and streaming devices, so there are ways to still text and/or chat with friends while co-watching the latest episode of The Mandalorian together.

Here’s how GroupWatch works. Via CNBC:

  • Open Disney+ on your iPhone, Android phone or on Disney’s website.
  • Search for a movie or TV shows.
  • Tap the GroupWatch icon (an outline of three people) on the Details page of their chosen content.
  • Invite up to six people who also subscribe to Disney+.
  • They’ll receive an invite to join your party.
  • Once everyone has joined, start the movie or TV show you want to watch.

Note: you only need to start the group on a phone or through the website. You can move over to a smart TV or a streaming device afterward. Just open the Disney+ app on your TV and then tap the group icon again.

Once you’re up and running, anyone can pause, rewind, or fast-forward whatever content you’re watching along. They can also fire off emoji during the viewing experience, which we’re guessing will involve plenty of hearts when Baby Yoda returns at the end of October. How do you not react to that little face?

(Via CNBC)

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