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Directed by: Ang Lee
Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »
- Joshua Gaul
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
A has-been award winning screenwriter agrees to teach a class in order to pay his bills. This is the second trailer for the Hugh Grant romantic comedy The Rewrite. Even a decade ago Hugh Grant was still pretty popular in this sort of movies, not so much today, like at all. Seriously, what happened? I […]
Today we have a new trailer for "The Rewrite" romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, Chris Elliott and Jk Simmons. Check it out below. Plot: An Oscar-winning writer (Grant) in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom (Tomei) taking classes there. The new movie is written and directed by Marc Lawrence, who previously worked with Grant on "Music and Lyrics" and "Two Week Notice." It's set to be released on VOD and select theaters on February 13th. Trailer: »
It might be a stretch to call the Bridget Jones films a beloved franchise. Certainly the first film was both a major hit of 2001, and remains an enjoyable little romcom today, but its sequel in 2004 was not quite so beloved, relying mostly on tired re-hashes of successful scenes in the earlier film. The idea of a third film has been bandied around before, especially since the release of Helen Fielding’s addition sequel Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. But are we any closer to seeing a Bridget Jones 3, and do we really want to?
In a recent interview about his new film Kingsman: The Secret Service (via Cinema Blend), Colin Firth naturally faced questions about the possibilities of Bridget Jones 3. While he’s not committing himself to anything just yet, it does sound like Firth would be happy to be involved in another film:
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- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
For his next romcom, Hugh Grant has reunited with director Marc Lawrence to bring his foppish British charms to another light caper, The Rewrite. This collaborative duo are more prolific than you might think, having previously worked on Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? Which leads to the inevitable question, will their next affair venture into new territory?
Ahead of its February release a new trailer has arrived online – so we can hazard a guess at how this might turn out. Keeping in the tradition of the roles he tackled in the aforementioned movies, Grant plays a stubborn, out-of-sorts type who rallies against ‘the man’ and pursues a woman who’s kooky and unorthodox (i.e. she’s probably got dreams.) This time he’s out-of-work screenwriter, Keith Michaels, who once won an award and has since fallen on his luck. So, when »
- Gem Seddon
A down-on-his-luck writer lands a teaching job that could change his life in the first trailer for The Rewrite. Hugh Grant reunites with director Marc Lawrence for the fourth time, following their collaborations on Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Music and Lyrics and Two Weeks Notice. Their latest dramatic comedy delves into the world of screenwriting, following a once-famous scribe.
Once upon a time, Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant - About a Boy, Love Actually) was an Award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, but divorce and a string of unsuccessful films have left him with nothing but bad debts and blank pages. So when his agent arranges a job as guest screenwriting professor at a remote university in upstate New York, a desperate Keith can't say no. Initially hoping to give minimal effort to actual teaching so he can focus on his next script, Keith unexpectedly finds himself becoming invested in his students lives, »
It’s like the rom-com gods have answered our prayers. Ever since Love Actually and Music and Lyrics, we’ve been waiting for Hugh Grant to give us another perfect guilty pleasure to cozy up with. Introducing, The Rewrite.
The flick is set on the Binghamton University campus in upstate New York where Keith Michaels (Grant) — once an award-winning screenwriter, now more of a has-been — takes up a professorship. Despite defining teaching as “an absurd profession practiced by desperate failures,” the disgruntled fallen star ships off to Vestal to begin a screenwriting class. While desperately searching for inspiration on campus, he takes a particular interest in <3 Holly Carpenter (Marisa Tomei) <3, a single mom also looking to start anew. Let the witty, flirty banter and romance begin.
- Jessie Rubin
One thing is for sure: I can’t wait for Geoff and Scott to review The Rewrite on the Broken Projector podcast. This upcoming rom-com is about an Oscar-winning screenwriter who is no longer a hotshot and so desperately has to take a job teaching the craft jadedly to college students. The irony is that the screenplay for The Rewrite itself seems awfully bland. The movie comes from Marc Lawrence, who previously wrote such generic non-classics as Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature and wrote and directed Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? The Rewrite is his fourth movie to star Hugh Grant, who plays another unlikable guy who is presumably changed by the love of a woman, a role this time filled by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. At the start of the new trailer for the movie, we see a YouTube clip of Grant in his floppy-haired days winning »
- Christopher Campbell
After being a washed up writer for pop tunes in Music and Lyrics, it looks like the perpetually charming Hugh Grant is hitting rock bottom in another part of the entertainment industry. The Rewrite sees Grant playing a former award-winning screenwriter who is now broke, divorced and desperate. So he takes a gig teaching screenwriting at a small town university, and wouldn't you know it, he falls in love with someone there. It's Grant being charmingly befuddled all over again, which some people can't get enough of no matter how many times he does it. And hey, J.K . Simmons has a small role in this one too. Watch below! Here's the Us trailer for Marc Lawrence's The Rewrite from Katrina Wan PR: You can still watch the previous UK trailer for The Rewrite right here. Once upon a time, screenwriter Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) was on top of the world. »
- Ethan Anderton
Twenty-five years ago, the first episode of The Simpsons aired in the Sunday, 8 p.m., time slot that the show still occupies today and has for most of its quarter-century run. In the past 25 years, the show has generated laughs, riffed on countless pop culture sources, and even introduced whole words to our language. However, The Simpsons has also had more tender, human moments than one might expect from a show starring cartoons with massive overbites. Check out 25 moments when the show reminded us that there's some genuine heart beneath all that yellow. 1. 'And Maggie Makes Three'In a flashback, Homer »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
London’s Leicester Square hosted a dapper, very British affair on Wednesday night, when a league of impeccably dressed gentlemen — and accompanying ladies — sauntered along a rain-soaked red carpet for the world premiere of graphic novel adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” a Generation Y nod to 1960s spy tales.
Even more British than the weather and the slick, Savile Row fashion, was the film’s conception. Helmer Matthew Vaughn divulged that the project came about while he was enjoying a pint in the pub with comic creator Mark Millar.
Millar’s fusion of black comedy and global genocide was precision planned, he disclosed. “When I was a kid, I watched James Bond, and I really wanted to be him. Now you watch James Bond, »
- Helen Jackson
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If there's one certifiable kingpin of the romantic comedy genre, it's probably Hugh Grant, whose affable nervousness and pretty boy good looks have been an intrinsic part of the genre for the past few decades. (Last year, in the terrific comedy "The Trip to Italy," a philandering husband used a Hugh Grant impression to hit on a woman he wanted to sleep with. Even the dastardliest deeds sound positively charming when given that Hugh Grant sheen.) And one of Grant's chief collaborators over the years has been writer/director Marc Lawrence, who shepherded Grant through "Two Weeks Notice," the very underrated "Music and Lyrics," and "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" Their latest comedy, "The Rewrite," premiered last year at the Shanghai International Film Festival, but since so few of us had time to swing by the Shanghai International Film Festival, you should be pleased to know that it's getting »
- Drew Taylor
The British actor helped out his friend Nigel Hollins's theatre group by putting on two plays at Sadler's Wells last night (January 13).
Performing with the theatre company - which works alongside people with learning difficulties - reminded Grant of his early acting career on stage.
"School plays, amateur dramatics - always a laugh, and watching the Baked Bean Company yesterday - I really enjoyed it," he said on ITV's Good Morning Britain.
He continued: "It's nicer - to have the audience laughing and clapping... my problem in the theatre was always that if the audience laughed, I laughed too!"
When asked if he would ever star in a West End production, he replied: "Yes, if it was a one-week run - I get a bit bored after one week!"
Speaking about performing in front of 170 people last night, »
Davies, the former Doctor Who showrunner about to return to Channel 4 with Cucumber (among other things), said he was determined to create the antithesis of Richard Curtis’s Four Weddings creation, Charles, as portrayed by Grant in the 1994 romantic comedy.
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Few events are as important as weddings... and few events offer so many opportunities for romance and disaster! The movies know this better than anyone, which is why so many iconic film moments occur when a couple says "I do." In honor of The Wedding Ringer, here are some of the most memorable on-screen wedding speeches, toasts and romantic gestures. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) There has never been a more affable human being than Hugh Grant. Whether they...
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The Hollywood star has teamed up with a friend with a learning disability to co-write and co-star in a production about the life-enhancing powers of acting
One is a world-famous Hollywood actor; the other a man with a learning disability. They met by chance and formed a warm, supportive friendship. The film star even turned up unannounced at his friend’s 40th birthday party in a village hall and arranged for him to fly to New York to appear as an extra in one of his movies. And now the two of them are set to act together on a London stage.
It could be the storyline from a Hugh Grant movie: but it’s the actor’s real life. On 13 January, Grant will appear onstage at the Sadler’s Wells studio theatre alongside his friend Nigel Hollins and other members of the Baked Bean Theatre Company for actors with learning disabilities. »
- Joanna Moorhead
The big screen TV adaptation stars actor Hugh Grant as 'Alexander Waverly', the British head of clandestine spy organization 'U.N.C.L.E.', Henry Cavill as secret agent 'Napoleon Solo' and Armie Hammer as Russian agent 'Illya Kuryakin'.
"...set against the backdrop of the early 1960's, at the height of the Cold War, 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' follows 'U.N.C.L.E.' agents 'Napoleon Solo' and 'Illya Kuryakin'. The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.
"The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, »
- Michael Stevens
The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that »
- Drew McWeeny
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