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British Museum Launches Campaign To Buy Back Jane Austen Ring From Kelly Clarkson

August 12th, 2013 10:40am EDT
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson is facing a battle to keep her Jane Austen engagement ring after curators of a museum launched a campaign to buy back the treasured relic.

Last year, the 31 year-old singer purchased the gem, one of the few surviving pieces of jewelry known to have belonged to the author, for around $188,175.  

Now, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on the ring in a bid to keep it in the Britain and he has encouraged other potential buyers to match Clarkson's offer before September 30th.

Nevertheless, curators of the Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, Eng...
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Blu-ray Review: 'From Prada To Nada'

May 3rd, 2011 11:00am EDT
From Prada to Nada photo
Rags to riches has always been a popular story device (didn’t that lady Jane Austin write something about that?!), but we like a little flavor in our movie tale. That’s why we’re taking a look at the Latin themed "From Prada To Nada" (hitting shelves May 3rd from Lionsgate) on Blu-ray, plus some of the rich and poor features it contains – check it out below!

Title: "From Prada To Nada"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama

Director: Angel Gracia

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 106 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.frompradatonadamovie.com

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Check Out A Fine Frenzy's New Video For 'Almost Lover'

March 24th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
A Fine Frenzy
Alison Sudol inhabits a vivid imaginary world populated by siren songs and sailors, sightless creatures and fragile fallen eagles, a place where almost lovers and hopeless dreams are bid a melancholy musical farewell.

And on One Cell in the Sea, Sudol allows the listener inside that often-fantastical world, revealing her inner life via songs Harp magazine praised as "fraught, haunted and beautiful."

One Cell in the Sea is the 14-song debut from A Fine Frenzy, the lineup fronted by 22- year-old singer/pianist Sudol. While A Fine Frenzy's songs are ethereal, the musical and ly...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 16

December 16th, 2007 3:00am EST
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Happy Birthday to actor Benjamin Bratt (1963), ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons (1949), Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (1939), sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke (1917), English drama author Jane Austen (1775; d. 1817), and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770; d. 1827).
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Monday's Maxim.com 'Hot 100' Girl: Keira Knightley

August 27th, 2007 12:00pm EDT
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley is this week's 'Maxim Hot 100' girl! Head on over to Maxim's Keira Knightley page to check out their page of sexy pictures of the Pirates of the Caribbean beauty!

Keira burst onto the scene in 2002 in the highly successful football (by 'football' we mean 'soccer') film Bend It Like Beckham alongside Indian beauty Parminder Nagra. Soon after that she stole hearts as the lovely Elizabeth Swann in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' trilogy. Then it was on to playing the sexy, badass Guinevere in director Antoine Fuqua's take on King Arthur. Next came the twisted thriller The J...
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Amy Brenneman And Jimmy Smits Star In 'The Jane Austen Book Club' Out September 21 In Limited Released

July 14th, 2007 9:00am EDT
The Jane Austen Book Club
As five women and one enigmatic man meet to discuss the works of Jane Austen, they find their love lives playing out in a 21st century version of her novels.

Sylvia (Amy Brenneman), is shocked when her husband Daniel (Jimmy Smits), leaves her after 20 plus years and three children. Jocelyn (Maria Bello), her unmarried best friend, distracts herself from her unacknowledged loneliness by breeding dogs. Prudie (Emily Blunt) is a young French teacher, in possession of a worthy husband yet distracted by persistent fantasies about sex with another man. The many times married Bernadette ...
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Anne Hathaway Prepares For Jane Austen Role By Studying Letters

March 6th, 2007 10:31am EST
Anne Hathway
Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway read every one of Jane Austen's letters held at the British library to prepare for her role as the revered author. The 24-year-old thoroughly researched the 19th century writer in preparation for playing Austen in Becoming Jane.

She says, "I went to the British Library most days each week - I still have my pass - to read her letters. To be with the same pieces of paper that she had sat in front of was a thrill that I just can't describe."

Hathaway also reveals her initial apprehension in accepting the role, fearing she wasn't good enough to portray ...
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James McAvoy: Anne Hathaway Will Steal Gwyneth Paltrow's Roles

March 6th, 2007 10:16am EST
James McAvoy
Scottish actor James McAvoy was so blown away by his Becoming Jane co-star Anne Hathaway's acting talent and English accent during the movie, he believes she will snap up any future English film roles away from Gwyneth Paltrow.

American Paltrow has become well-known for playing English women in her films such as Emma, Shakespeare In Love and Sliding Doors. After Hathaway successfully mastered an English accent to play legendary author Jane Austen in Becoming Jane, McAvoy believes she will be the next American taking on English roles.

He says, "Annie is exceptional and beautiful. G...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 16

December 16th, 2006 3:00am EST
ZZ Top
Happy Birthday to actor Benjamin Bratt (1963), ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons (1949), Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (1939), sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke (1917), English drama author Jane Austen (1775; d. 1817), and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770; d. 1827).
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 16

December 16th, 2005 3:00am EST
ZZ Top
Happy Birthday to actor Benjamin Bratt (1963), ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons (1949), Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (1939), sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke (1917), English drama author Jane Austen (1775; d. 1817), and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770; d. 1827).
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