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Quirky is possibly the best word to describe Emma Thompson‘s BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture, hilariously delivered tonight in London. It included a physical demonstration of her writing process; pearls of wisdom shared with the filmmaker attendees; and an anecdote about how a period sketch she wrote featuring a Victorian-era virgin encountering a penis led to her penning Sense And Sensibility.
The event, a Thompson-directed variation on a regular series of screenwriter conversations, continued a mini-season of high-wattage names visiting the British Academy, which started with James Schamus on Thursday and David Fincher on Friday. And Thompson tapped her acting and sketch comedy background to give the sell-out crowd a good show.
She was already on stage as the audience started filing in, dressed down in denim overalls and a thick navy coat so that few noticed her at first. She sat barefoot at a tiny writing desk, and in between scribbling on a notepad, »
- Joe Utichi, Special To Deadline
Occasionally, I do things the wrong way round and see a film before reading the book on which it’s based. In the case of delving into Bridget Jones’S Diary, I watched the film, the sequel and the entire 90s series of Pride and Prejudice over and over again long before finally purchasing the book and seeing what all the fuss was about.
From the opening page of the book, written by Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones is a brilliantly ‘real’ character unlike any I had ever read and the result is an easy, fun and adorable read. Unlike recent first person stories which have infuriating inner monologues, Bridget is so hilarious and so honest that even when she is moping you want to hug not hit her as she dwells on issues with family, work and, of course, her love life.
What a marvellous creation!
The book is an »
- Amanda Keats
He speaks! Hugh Grant finally broke his silence about his child with TV producer Anna Elisabet Eberstein while recently speaking to Swedish newspaper Nöjesbladet (via the Daily Mail). The Notting Hill star, 54, told the paper that his romantic relationship with Eberstein was in the past, but she and their 2-year-old baby boy are a very big part of his life. "I love him very much," Grant said while attending a race in Skane Knutstorp. He added that the tot, whose name has still not been disclosed, was "excellent." Grant [...] »
Well, guess this confirms it. Back in January, Hugh Grant had yet to publicly confirm or deny that he is the father of another love child. Reports surfaced at the time claiming that the Cloud Atlas star is the daddy of Swedish television producer Anna Elisabet Eberstein's then-16-month-old son, who was born in September 2012. However, many months later, the 54-year-old actor has finally broken his silence on being the father of Eberstein's little boy, and even gushed about his son. Grant, who was interviewed by The Daily Mail at a racetrack in the town of Skåne Knutstorp where he was test-driving a Ferrari in a charity race, told the reporter his son is doing "excellent" and added, »
George Clooney has decided on his next directorial effort, this one an adaptation of Nick Davies' "Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch" exploring the 2011 British phone-hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. which ended in the shuttering of "The News of the World" after 168 years of publication. Quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney said, "This has all the elements -- lying, corruption, blackmail -- at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London, and the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film." It will be interesting to see how Clooney approaches the project. As of now there's no word on who will write the screenplay, though I could assume it will be Clooney and frequent writing partner »
- Brad Brevet
Breaking: The son of a journalist, George Clooney chronicled a high-water mark for the craft, when Edward R. Murrow stood up to Red-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy in Good Night, And Good Luck. Clooney will next direct a film covering the opposite end of the spectrum. He’ll helm for Sony Pictures an adaptation of the Nick Davies book Hack Attack, a dissection of the British phone-hacking scandal that became a commonplace news gathering technique within Rupert Murdoch’s news empire. Clooney and his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov will produce.
Over six years, Davies investigated News Corp and its subsidiary, News International, in a book that showed how they gained an advantage over their tabloid rivals by hacking into the voicemail messages of elected officials, celebrities, and even ordinary British citizens and the victims of terror attacks. When it was finally uncovered — the low point came when journos hacked the phone »
- Mike Fleming Jr
• Let me say it again. Marisa. Tomei. I’ll take her wherever I can get her, and I’d watch The Rewrite if only as a dolled-up delivery system for the most undervalued Oscar-winning actress working today. Why active, actress-friendly directors like David O. Russell and Woody Allen have yet to scoop her up and make a comedic muse out of her is totally beyond comprehension. She’s moving, miffed, and magnificent in Love is Strange, giving a pitch-perfect supporting performance, in the purest sense of the term. And she seems to be serving up her usual best here (i.e. rich, relaxed, and revealing character work) and top-lining (!) the damn thing as Hugh Grant’s »
- Matthew Eng
It's two years since Dan Stevens took the plunge and left the lords and ladies of Downton. He tells us how Hollywood toughened him up
So, Downton Abbey. You're well out of it, right? "Well out of it? What do you mean?" Dan Stevens knows exactly what I mean, but he is too loyal to say. It's gone off the boil a bit, I say, since you left. Did he get out of the UK's most popular costume drama in recent history at just the right time? "I felt it was the right moment to leave and I went with that feeling," he says, earnestly. "It is what it is. It was a fun thing to be a part of. I like the way people enjoy the show with a mixture of affection and humour."
This is an excellent description of the peculiarly British phenomenon that made Stevens' name as Matthew Crawley, »
- Viv Groskop
Hugh Grant is an Oscar winner — well, his character is, anyway — in the upcoming romantic comedy The Rewrite. In the film's first trailer, Grant plays Keith Michaels, a screenwriter who won an Oscar many years ago and is now forced to take a teaching job in a small town to pay the bills. Marisa Tomei co-stars as one of his students who isn't impressed by the level of commitment that the professor is putting forth. Meanwhile, Keith gets himself caught in a web of lies involving Matt Damon and Ryan Gosling. Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and
- Ryan Gajewski
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for “The Rewrite” starring Hugh Grant. The film features the actor as Keith Michaels, a once successful Oscar-winning screenwriter who is now desperate and broke enough to take a teaching job at a small college.
Marisa Tomei costars as Holly Carpenter, a middle-aged woman completing her college education. J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney appear in supporting roles. The film is written and directed by Marc Lawrence, who previously directed Grant in “Music and Lyrics,” “Two Weeks Notice” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
- Kevin Noonan
Today we have the 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 hit theaters in October in the UK. A Us release date has yet to be revealed. Trailer: »
Here’s a trailer for The Rewrite, a classic, Hugh Grant–circa–early–aughts rom-com about a sleazy, out-of-work screenwriter who starts teaching a college class so he can hit on younger women and upset people with comments like “I’m just a little bit tired of female empowerment.” Fortunately, age-appropriate crush Marisa Tomei turns up to help him see the error of his ways and to "rewrite" his life. Or something! »
- Anna Silman
As the Summer winds down to a precious few last days, many folks wait until the season’s last hurrah, the Labor Day holiday, to finally “get outta’ Dodge”. If you can’t find the time or funds perhaps you can head to the theatre and watch someone else hit the trail. A few weeks ago movie goers watched two men of a certain mature age head off for adventure in Iceland in Land Ho in an improvisational pseudo-documentary. Well, now two seasoned comedy pros who scored with a similar flick a few years back have returned to vacation once more. Now I’m not talking about a re-discovered, unearthed from the film vaults Hope and Crosby road picture. No sir, this is the return of a more recent comedy team: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and unlike most teams they take turns being the straight man. Four years ago »
- Jim Batts
Who says Americans don’t do irony? In their fourth collaboration, Us writer-director Marc Lawrence has placed actor Hugh Grant in the role of ‘belligerent fish-out-of-water who becomes reluctantly fixated on an unconventional love interest’ – and has called it The Rewrite. That’s pretty ironic, if you ask me, since their previous efforts produced Did You Hear About The Morgans?, Music And Lyrics and Two Weeks Notice.
In this latest turn on the merry-go-round, Grant stars as a washed-up screenwriter who once collected accolades, but is now forced to teach at a college. It is here that he finds himself drawn to a single mother trying to study there. His co-star in this ground-breaking effort is Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, who fills the inter-changeable role of ‘woman who looks doe-eyed at bumbling Brit while he makes a declaration of love in front of other people.’ The pair is inexplicably »
- Sarah Myles
You're the Worst on FX is doing markedly worse than its companion show, Married, in the ratings. But it shouldn't be. Even though Married has gotten more press and boasts a more familiar, pedigreed cast - Oscar winner Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, and even Paul Reiser - You're the Worst is the better series. Starring Aya Cash as romance-averse music publicist Gretchen and Chris Geere as her bitter Brit-novelist love interest, it's really the only show of its kind on the air right now. Here are six reasons you need to start watching (besides the fact that I just really want it to get picked up for a second season): 6. It's from the same guy behind Weeds and Orange Is the New Black. Stephen Falk, who is co-executive-producer on Oitnb and previously held down the same job on Weeds, is also at the helm of this FX series. So »
After Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics, and Have You Heard About The Morgans?, Hugh Grant is teaming writer/director Marc Lawrence for The Rewrite, a romcom about a washed up screenwriter (Grant) forced to take up a teaching job at a small town university. Also starring Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, and J.K. Simmons, Grant can do this type of movie in his sleep at this stage, but is still extremely affable and charming while doing so. Check it out below. Released: 8th October »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Some Hugh Grant romantic comedies are objectively good (a few of them are even great), others aren’t. But, for some reason, I tend to like them all. Good and bad. Which means I’ll be seeing The Rewrite even though it was directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice), who does not tend to make my favorite Grant movies. The addition of the always-welcome Marisa Tomei evens that out. Going off the trailer, I’m pretty sure I know every single beat of the movie already. It doesn’t appear to be in the league of Notting Hill or About a Boy anything like that, but it also doesn’t look as bad as Nine Months. The film also stars Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott. There’s no domestic release date yet but Lionsgate is releasing the pic in the UK on October 8th. Hit the jump for The Rewrite trailer. »
- Evan Dickson
Let’s get one thing clear very quickly, I use ‘entertaining’ in that very Hugh Grant sense of Two Weeks Notice, which is a ridiculously silly rom-com but perfect fodder for Grant’s more direct, British sensibilities and quite enjoyable. You know what I’m saying, so if you’re not a fan of Grant then turn away now but if you like his modest foppishness and comedic timing, then you’ll definitely like this first look at The Rewrite in which he teams up with Marisa Tomei for some relationship discovery and self-learning…it’s how these things work.
Written and directed by Marc Lawrence, of Miss Congeniality and the aforementioned Two Weeks Notice, this new one stars Hugh Grant as screenwriter Keith Michaels, a once successful, Golden Globe winner with a hit movie to his name but that was fifteen years ago and now he’s divorced, broke, »
- Dan Bullock
A second teaser trailer is out for Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," the Steve Carell and Channing Tatum-led drama which looks to be one of the biggest players in the upcoming awards season following the film's sterling reception at Cannes back in May.
The first trailer is out for "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater". The story follows Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal), who was arrested for espionage while covering the Iranian elections in 2009 and held for nearly four months. The film, which opens in November, premiered the other day at the Venice Film Festival to respectable but not gushing reviews.
Next comes the trailer for the Hugh Grant-led rom-com "The Rewrite". Grant stars as a former Oscar-winning screenplay writer long past his glory days who takes on a college teaching job. Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons star.
Finally there's »
- Garth Franklin
Lately the charming British actor Hugh Grant has taken on some out of the ordinary roles including an eclectic turn in Cloud Atlas and some kind of superior role in next year's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but he had time to get back into his usual romantic comedy territory across the pond. The Rewrite reunites Grant with Two Weeks Notice and Music & Lyrics writer/director Marc Lawrence, and as the first trailer indicates, he's playing a once-thriving screenwriter who is now broke, divorced and desperate. So he takes a gig teaching screenwriting at a small town university. And as you might have guessed, he finds love. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Marc Lawrence's The Rewrite straight from Lionsgate UK: Once upon a time, screenwriter Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) was on top of the world. But 15 years later, he’s divorced, broke, approaching fifty and »
- Ethan Anderton
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