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San Sebastian — Marking a year when Asian cinema pretty well cleaned up on top plaudits at San Sebastian, “I Am Not Madame Bovary,” from vet Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, (“The Banquet,” “Assembly,” “Aftershock”), won the top Golden Seashell Saturday night at the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival.
Saturday night’s topped a 64th San Sebastian edition marked by a mass presence of new directors and across-the-board growth – in star presence, prizes, industry programs and news. Beyond actors’ kudos, 20 out of 31 film awards announced Saturday went to first features.
A marked move to more artistic realms by Feng, China’s best-known film director abroad, “I Am Not Madame Bovary” had scored a Fipresci prize at Toronto, but was not a competition front-runner in San Sebastian »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Bridget Jones’s Baby, 2016.
Directed by Sharon Maguire.
Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.
After a year of unnecessary sequels I was sceptical going in to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby. The first film is pure brilliance whilst the Edge of Reason was supremely awful. Bridget Jones’s Baby is a worthy successor and the sequel that we deserved.
Bridget is now 43 years old and still single. Instead of the man obsessed loveable wreck from the first film Bridget has taken charge of her life, has a great job, friends and doesn’t need a man. In the opening scene Bridget’s »
- Helen Murdoch
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present and future.
Haley Bennett is all smiles. The female lead of Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming “The Magnificent Seven” remake is equally bubbly when talking about her nerve-jangling audition process, the physically demanding shoot and what she’s got on the docket in the coming months (“I’m going to need a vacation from the vacation!”), but even all that sunshine can’t obscure that Bennett is a serious actress who is only further growing into her career with grace. Bennett first popped up on the big screen in Marc Lawrence’s 2007 rom-com “Music and Lyrics” — yes, that was her playing the spacey but sweet pop star who saves Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore’s songwriting career — and has spent the next decade carefully choosing roles across a wide berth of genres and budgets.
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- Kate Erbland
James Corden had all the wrong moves when he auditioned for “Bridget Jones’s Baby” opposite Renee Zellweger in a “Late Late Show” sketch that aired Wednesday night. “This time, we are looking to cast a new charismatic British lead, which is why we’ve brought you in,” a producer told Corden before the CBS late-night host proceeded to bomb with a Hugh Grant impersonation. “If we would’ve wanted Hugh Grant again, we would’ve cast him,” the producer said. See Video: Jimmy Kimmel Eats Bull Penis to Keep Salary Secret From James Corden So Corden kept trying with other characters, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** Tom Cruise is an anomaly. Unlike superstars like Mel Gibson and Hugh Grant,... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
“Do y— … Are these real, or do you make them up to be especially nasty?” Grant asked with stutteringly pathetic charm.
“The Walking Dead” star Reedus took a bite out of an apple after reading an especially suggestive tweet.
Paul Rudd took some heat for being an everyman. His tweet read, “Paul Rudd is the most boring, vanilla dude. You know he just sits at home with his wife having a bland spaghetti dinner talking about his day.”
- Seth Kelley
James Corden was born to play Bridget Jones's Baby's new "charismatic, British" male lead. The 38-year-old host set his comedic sights on the new, highly-anticipated film during Wednesday's episode of The Late Late Show when he released his hilarious "audition" tape with Renée Zellweger. "Thank you so much for the opportunity to audition for Bridget Jones's Baby," he said. "I love all of the films. I watch them all of the time. My wife's like, 'All right, turn it off.' And I'm like, 'No! I'll watch what I want!' " Corden's audition got off to a rocky start, »
- Char Adams, @CiCiAdams_
James Corden is looking to expand his résumé. A late-night host, Tony award winner and a movie star, Corden is obviously looking to lengthen his IMDb page, as he revealed Wednesday on The Late Late Show that he auditioned for Bridget Jones's Baby. Not really a spoiler, but unfortunately the British star didn't get the role. Instead, it went to Patrick Dempsey, but it's still hilarious to see Corden vie for such a coveted role. Renée Zellweger and the director told Corden when he walked into the room that they were looking for a "new, charismatic British lead" to replace Hugh Grant. Seizing the opportunity, Corden asked if he could "improvise around" the script "a »
Jimmy Kimmel Live corralled an impressive list of stars including Zac Efron, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd, Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston for the 10th installment of "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets." Of course, the haters also showed up with plenty of unrepentant savagery.
Hugh Grant opened the segment by being told "his stutteringly pathetic 'charm' is about as appealing to me as closing my scrotum in a DVD case," while Hudson laughed off being called "a dead-eyed trash bag that smells like low tide." Elsewhere, McCarthy was informed that she "is »
Updated with video: ABC has dropped the newest installment of Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets that air tonight on Live, with Hugh Grant, Kate Hudson and Ryan Gosling reading off a few choice insults. Such as: “Hugh Grant and his stutteringly pathetic ‘charm’ is about as appealing to me as closing my scrotum in a DVD case,” after which Grant asks “Are these real or do you make them up to be especially nasty?” Or: “Kate Hudson is a dead eyed trash bag that smells like low tide.”… »
Step aside, Hugh Grant! James Corden was ready for his close-up as the new British male lead in “Bridget Jones’s Baby“, and on Wednesday night, “The Late Late Show” released the comedian’s “audition tape” with star Renee Zellweger. “This is so exciting. Thank you so much for the opportunity,” Corden gushed to Zellweger. “I love […] »
- Will Reid
The twit-wits of Twitter are at it again. Jimmy Kimmel Live! presented the 10th installment of celebrities reading mean tweets Wednesday, featuring Hugh Grant, Kate Hudson, Greg Kinnear, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Evans, Jane Lynch, Norman Reedus, Margot Robbie, Anthony Mackie, Judd Apatow, Olivia Wilde, Paul Rudd, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Wanda Sykes, Russell Crowe, Bryan Cranston and Kiefer Sutherland. "The Internet, as you know, is both a wonderful and horrible place, a place where people will go to show their love and also their hate," host Jimmy Kimmel said before he introduced the recurring bit. "From time to time, we like to call the haters out by inviting well-known people to read some of the not so nice »
“Are these real or do you make them up to be especially nasty?” That’s what Hugh Grant declared after reading a downright vicious tweet involving a DVD slamming shut on a particularly sensitive area of the body in the latest edition of Mean Tweets on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. For the uninitiated, the recurring bit features celebrities […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Jimmy Kimmel is doing it again! On Wednesday's night's upcoming episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the late-night host welcomes three A-list celebrities - Hugh Grant, Kate Hudson and Ryan Gosling - to participate in the show's Mean Tweets segment. In the teaser video, Grant, 56, reads the first Mean Tweet from one of his critics: "Watching Hugh Grant and his stutteringly pathetic 'charm' is about as appealing to me as closing my scrotum in a DVD case." Grant's response? "Are these real or do you make them up to be especially nasty?" Next up, 37-year-old Hudson has no response but laughter »
- Natalie Stone, @natalie_j_stone
We might have just found Hugh Grant’s next role. The 56-year-old actor opens up in a new interview for W Magazine, dishing on acting, sex, and “Florence Foster Jenkins” — but perhaps the best thing we learned is that he’s a huge fan of “Dancing With The Stars”. Watch: Hugh Grant Claims to Not Recognize […] »
- Cat Williams
Bridget Jones’s Baby, 2016.
Directed by Sharon Maguire.
Bridget’s focus on single life is interrupted when she finds out she’s pregnant, and she’s not sure who the father is.
Fifteen years ago the first Bridget Jones film was released, and the character quickly became an icon for singletons everywhere. Zellweger’s brilliant performance (and her superb English accent) instantly won over any people who doubted that the Texas-born actress could sufficiently portray a British icon. The film was a huge success, garnering an Oscar nomination for Zellweger, and furthering the popularity of co-stars Colin Firth and Hugh Grant as well. A sequel followed three years later which was basically a retread of the same story (“Hmm, is Darcy right for me? Ooh look, Daniel Cleaver! Wait, he’s not very nice. »
- Amie Cranswick
Emmys 2016: full list of winners
Emmys 2016 fashion: the best looks on the red carpetJimmy Kimmel’s best lines as host of the 2016 Emmy AwardsGame of Thrones breaks Emmy record and wins best drama for second yearJeffrey Tambor calls on industry to hire more trans actors in Emmys speechFinally an awards show that didn’t suck: 2016 Emmys broke more than one trend
We’ve compiled some of Kimmel’s best lines here.
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Lanre Bakare writes our news story on the night from Los Angeles:
Winter might be coming for the residents of Westeros but for the creators of Game of Thrones and HBO it was »
- Benjamin Lee, Alex Needham, Brian Moylan and Amber Jamieson in New York, Dave Schilling and Lanre Bakare in Los Angeles
by Eric Blume
Everyone’s favorite contemporary British heroine is back: Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is now successful, at her ideal weight, and alas still single. In Bridget Jones’s Baby, she has two surprising one-night stands with different men: an American dating guru (Patrick Dempsey) and her former flame Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Then she’s pregnant: who could the father be? Will we see misunderstandings and shenanigans along the lines of a typical Three’s Company episode? Unfortunately, yes…yes, we do.
The original 2001 Bridget Jones’s Diary remains a mini-classic of its kind: one of the most dignified and intelligent of its genre (romantic comedy), yet it also transcends the genre, truly plumbing some depth (as mainstream movies go) about accepting who you really are, and understanding what love actually is. It went beyond your typical “boy and girl like each other because they’re in a »
- Eric Blume
While the San Sebastian festival ranks — with Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur — as one of the world’s two biggest Europe-Latin American meet-marts, 2016 looks to also be a standout fest for young talent.
This year, nearly half (47%) of San Sebastian’s 17 competition entries are first features or made by directors under 40, vs. 9.5% of Cannes’ and 15% of the Venice Festival’s. That figure rises when factoring in two other San Sebastian sections: New Directors and Horizontes Latinos, a Latin America showcase.
This bold bet on a new generation of filmmakers looks set to help define this year’s San Sebastian Intl. Festival.
“This year, there are six first features [in competition] which will certainly get people talking,” says San Sebastian director Jose Luis Rebordinos. “Many films are not only made by young people, but talk about youth and its problems with social integration.”
Some movies, such as Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “May God Save Us” rage against the system. »
- John Hopewell
The belated third instalment in the franchise is released in cinemas this weekend. Here’s your chance to talk about it without risking the wrath of those who don’t yet know that the baby’s father is …
• This article contains spoilers
Bridget Jones’s Baby has been a long time cooking. The last movie – the ropy The Edge of Reason – was 12 years ago, and talk of a third has been around since around 2009. Gestation was bumpy. Paul Feig and then Peter Cattaneo were on board to direct, but the role went to Sharon Maguire, who did the first one. In 2013, Colin Firth braced fans for a “long wait”, and the following year Hugh Grant said he was out, based on his dislike for Helen Fielding and David (One Day) Nicholls’s script.
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- Catherine Shoard
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