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Film Review: 'The Love Punch'

55 minutes ago | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★☆☆☆☆If you were one of the many rubbed up the wrong way by Michael Hoffman's lightweight yet likable crime caper throwback Gambit (2012) a few years back, prepare yourself for the Second Coming. Starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson as jet-setting divorcees on a mission to nick back their stolen nest egg (in diamond form), Joel Hopkins' The Love Punch (2013) is one of those films so implausible that it scuppers any hopes of being in any way ingratiating. Scraping the barrel for laughs revolving around 'being old', cat allergies and, when all else fails, Timothy Spall's digestive tract, it's only the twinkle-eyed self-parody of former Bond Brosnan that makes this dire Brit-com vaguely watchable. »

- CineVue UK

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Emma Thompson & Celia Imrie on The Love Punch

4 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Having both made their fair share of profound, more sincere features, acting duo Emma Thompson and Celia Imrie are not offering something a little lighter with their latest offering The Love Punch – and we had the great pleasure of sitting down with the pair to discuss their work on the Joel Hopkins project.

As Thompson claims this to be one of the most fun sets she has ever worked on, it’s evident to see in the picture, as the stars, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Spall are evidently having the time of their lives, and it’s a sentiment that extends to the viewer. So we got on the subject of happiness in cinema, and why films these days aren’t quite as unashamedly joyous as those from the 50s. The pair also discuss working in the South of France, and Thompson very nearly spills the beans on her worst ever holiday. »

- Stefan Pape

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Film Review: ‘The Love Punch’

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Building on the commercial proposition suggested five years ago in the late-middle-age romance “Last Chance Harvey,” writer-director Joel Hopkins once again attempts to woo the more mature cinemagoer with “The Love Punch,” a creaky heist-caper comedy that hopes to get by on sunny amiability. Reuniting with “Harvey” actress Emma Thompson, teaming here with Pierce Brosnan, Hopkins ups the stakes in terms of photogenic locations, ditching the picture-postcard London of the earlier film for Paris and the French Riviera. And with a solid cast that also includes Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall, the elements may be just seductive enough to sock targeted audiences into the ring.

Businessman Richard (Brosnan) and Kate (Thompson) are a divorced couple whom their best friends and neighbors, Jerry (Spall) and Penelope (Imrie), would love to see get back together. Richard, rebounding from his latest fling with a much younger woman, would like that, too. (“You get me, »

- Charles Gant

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Briefs: The 50 Most Powerful Lgbt People, Neil Patrick’s Trouser Snake, And Kickstarting Season Two of “Eastsiders”

18 hours ago | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Neil Tennant on stage at Coachella.

Birthday shoutouts go to Jason Sehorn, who is 43, Emma Thompson is 55, Seth Rogen is 32, and Samantha Fox is 48.

Attention! Magic Mike 2: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (or whatever it’s called) will be released July 3, 2015.

Ryan Murphy teases the surprises in store for Glee‘s final season. Some of it did surprise me.

Out has released their 8th annual list of the 50 most powerful Lgbt people. There are some new additions to the top 10 (Michael Sam)!

Angela Lansbury is now a Dame.

Just when I thought that “Meaty Tuck” was the most unforgettable new phrase of the week, along comes … “Shoe Truther”

"@VanityFair: @ActuallyNPH poses for Annie Leibovitz in the May issue of Vanity Fair pic.twitter.com/GMFfeISqap"” Annie rules! Loved doing this!

Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 15, 2014

And here we go behind-the-scenes with John Cameron Mitchell.

Chloe Sevigny” discusses Easter.

We told »

- snicks

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"I Was Never Good Enough As Bond" Says Pierce Brosnan

18 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If it was a surprise to Pierce Brosnan to realize he was 60, it's certainly a shock to the rest of us as well. Brosnan recently said:“The next morning all the birthday cards were there and there was one in the middle that said 60. Just that number alone…”And yet the man who once was Bond is not slowing down. In the Daily Telegraph interview quoted above, he notes that he's made seven movies in the past two years, including “The Love Punch” with Emma Thompson, which arrives this month. Indeed Brosnan gives the impression of being far from settled, and not even especially happy with his most iconic achievements: he professes himself unable to watch his old Bond films, finding them “never good enough.”“I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean...It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. »

- Ben Brock

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The Sun Comes Out In The New Annie Trailer

15 April 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

At this point, you might be forgiven for feeling a serious case of remake-fatigue. It seems every other film these days is a re-boot or a re-imagining of some beloved classic or other, with very little in the way of originality on display. With the release of its new trailer, however, it seems that it would be inadvisable to dismiss the upcoming new adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Annie, as one of those tedious revisits. This one actually looks kind of awesome.

Annie is a comic book character. Well, a comic strip character, to be exact. Created by Harold Gray in his ‘Little Orphan Annie’ comic strip which debuted in August 1924, Annie was first adapted for radio in 1931, while David O Selznick produced a film adaptation for Rko in 1932. It was not until 1977 that Annie made her first ever appearance on Broadway, however – with its now iconic musical format »

- Sarah Myles

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The Love Punch Review

14 April 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Though narrowly – and somewhat unfairly – missing out on an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of P.L. Travers in the brilliant Saving Mr. Banks, British actress Emma Thompson now returns with something a little lighter, but by no means more entertaining, as she stars alongside Pierce Brosnan in Joel Hopkins’ comedy caper, The Love Punch.

Thompson plays Kate, who after waving her daughter off to university, is on the end of a shock visit from her former husband, Richard (Brosnan). Though still on regular speaking terms, spending a lot of time together is something they haven’t done for a good long while – but when Richard claims that a conniving French businessman (Laurent Lafitte) is screwing them both out of their pensions and life savings, they jump on the next place to pay him a visit. As expected, the arrogant tycoon plays hardball, and so the pair are forced to concoct a plan, »

- Stefan Pape

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The Love Punch review: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson's heist movie

14 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Joel Hopkins; Screenwriter: Joel Hopkins; Starring: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Tuppence Middleton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie; Running time: 94 mins; Certificate: 12A

Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson stay young at heart as a divorced couple plotting a jewel heist in this British Channel-hopping comedy. It's only old-fashioned in the sense that writer/director Joel Hopkins (who previously cast Thompson in grownup rom-com Last Chance Harvey) pitches it like the sort of mad screwball caper that Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the 1930s.

In essence, that means the plot is a bunch of nonsense that contrives to get our creaky-boned heroes into impossible positions, both physically and figuratively. It's a bald-faced, cheeky approach by Hopkins that may grate on some viewers' nerves; feeling that perhaps a couple of virtual OAPs shouldn't be able to scale a cliff face – at least, not without being bitten by a radioactive spider first. »

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Pierce Brosnan: 'I was never good enough as James Bond'

12 April 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pierce Brosnan believes that he was "never good enough" in the role of James Bond.

Brosnan played James Bond in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day, before being replaced by Daniel Craig in 2005.

He told The Telegraph: "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me.

"The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn't have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.

Asked if he has revisited the movies, he replied: "I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it's just never good enough. It's a horrible feeling."

However, Brosnan did say »

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Emma Thompson slams Hollywood for making films targeting specific age groups

11 April 2014 1:52 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, April 11: Emma Thompson has slammed Hollywood for making films that target specific age groups and said that separating audiences into groups was "a mistake culturally, artistically and economically".

The 54-year-old actress told BBC Radio 4's Front Row that though her upcoming film 'The Love Punch' has a slightly older cast than a typical Hollywood blockbuster, it is aimed "to entertain everybody", the BBC reported.

She insisted that the film isn't for older people, and it would be a tragic mistake to indicate that they were making this for older people, as she finds that it's young people who seem to enjoy. »

- Diksha Singh

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DVD Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks'

8 April 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★Set in and around the 1964 production of Disney's classic Mary Poppins, Saving Mr. Banks (2013) stars Emma Thompson as author, P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself. The film depicts the author's 1961 visit to Los Angeles as she is relentlessly pursued by Disney, in his attempt to obtain the rights to adapt her popular novel. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film explores the origins of Mary Poppins, adding a new dimension to the world's most famous flying nanny and her creator. After reluctantly agreeing to meet Walt Disney, prim and proper Travers flies from her London home to Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of a big screen adaptation.

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- CineVue UK

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The Voice grand final: Who's going to be crowned winner? - live blog

5 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Oh, you know what, we're feeling all twitchy. The Voice comes to an end tonight and we can't wait for all the action and the emotional crowning - who will it be?

Christina Marie, Jamie Johnson, Jermain Jackman and Sally Barker are still in the running, but first they just have to pull off three final performances. So no pressure, then.

Join Digital Spy as we bring you all the action - the show starts at 7pm, so get your pizza order in now...

21:05So that's it! We have a winner! Make sure you let us know what you think of all that in the comments... and we'll see you back here next year...

The winner of The Voice series 3, it's… @JermainJackman! #thevoiceukFINAL pic.twitter.com/eqMcNInYze

— BBC The Voice UK (@BBCTheVoiceUK) April 5, 2014

21:04So that's it! Jermain is crying his way through 'And I Am Telling You'. »

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The Voice grand final: Who's going to be crowned winner? - live blog

5 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Oh, you know what, we're feeling all twitchy. The Voice comes to an end tonight and we can't wait for all the action and the emotional crowning - who will it be?

Christina Marie, Jamie Johnson, Jermain Jackman and Sally Barker are still in the running, but first they just have to pull off three final performances. So no pressure, then.

Join Digital Spy as we bring you all the action - the show starts at 7pm, so get your pizza order in now...

21:05So that's it! We have a winner! Make sure you let us know what you think of all that in the comments... and we'll see you back here next year...

The winner of The Voice series 3, it's… @JermainJackman! #thevoiceukFINAL pic.twitter.com/eqMcNInYze

— BBC The Voice UK (@BBCTheVoiceUK) April 5, 2014

21:04So that's it! Jermain is crying his way through 'And I Am Telling You'. »

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Emma Thompson criticizes actors who take kids on different jobs

4 April 2014 11:41 PM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Apr.5: Emma Thompson has criticized fellow actors who take their children to work along with them saying that it was "mean" to take them around the world on different jobs.

The Academy Award winner, who has a 14-year-old daughter Gaia and an adopted son Tindyebwa, 26, told Day and Night said that one has got to work enough to earn their living, then just stop and that's what she does i.e. just stop for long periods so her daughter gets used to having her at home, the Daily Express reported.

The 54-year-old Brit actress said that everyone was different and some people take their kids with them but she doesn't.. »

- Shiva Prakash

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'The Most Happy Fella' with Cheyenne Jackson and Laura Benanti hits Encores! revival series

4 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Six years after writing the classic musical Guys and Dolls, composer Frank Loesser introduced audiences to The Most Happy Fella. The show has an often lush, operatic, and nearly-sung-through score — but the book is a dated, borderline racist bit of nonsense about an Italian immigrant vineyard owner in the Napa Valley who talks-a like-a this-a and even refers to himself at one point as “a stupid, ugly, old wop.”

In other words, it’s just the sort of problematic chestnut to get a five-night-only revival this week as part of the New York City Center Encores! series, a two-decade-old program »

- Thom Geier

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Tom Cruise Reemerges!

31 March 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Hollywood heavyweights brought a major dose of star power to the 2014 Jameson Empire Awards in London on Sunday. Tom Cruise made a rare public appearance, posing in front of his Empire magazine cover, and Emma Thompson gave us more of the silly antics that made award season worth watching. Meanwhile, brunette bombshell Margot Robbie made a glamorous splash in a sleek red dress, and Kate Beckinsale revealed part of her midriff in an elegant gown. To top it all off, even Arnold Schwarzenegger got in on the fun! Keep reading to see the best photos of the red carpet arrivals! View Slideshow › »

- Nick Maslow

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson Get Cheeky at London’s Empire Awards

31 March 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A talent downpour stormed Grosvenor House’s ballroom Sunday with the annual Empire Awards in London.

Who would win the Hero Award? There sat the Austrian Oak, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a traditional favorite. Or perhaps, Hugh Jackman?

Yet, with Tom Cruise in the house, the competition split wide open. As J.J. Abrams wisely pointed out though, “Giving Tom Cruise a hero award, it’s like giving a toy to Santa Claus. There’s no point.”

The result came from far left field, confirming that in the 21st century, it’s brains that rule above mere brawn, with Simon Pegg crowned as the night’s official hero.

Some things remain unchanged, as Emma Thompson’s winning wit brought her usual hilarity to the stage.

Scrutinising the Empire Awards’ evolution to its present showy affair, Thompson reminisced over the early trophies. ”The awards in those days were pretty much anything that came to hand, »

- Helen Jackson

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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand (from Mar 31)

31 March 2014 6:04 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

An Inconvenient Truth: eight years on, Al Gore’s impassioned plea that we do something about global warming is even more necessary (because we’ve wasted nearly a decade doing nothing) [my review] [at Netflix] The Rise (aka Wasteland): smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way [my review] [at Netflix] After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [at Netflix]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Nebraska: Alexander Payne’s latest is a tale of small-town dissolution masquerading as family dramedy; Bruce Dern is hilarious and poignant [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Tom Cruise wins 'legend' award

31 March 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hugh Jackman receive honorary awards at the Empire Awards.

The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by the public, were honoured in London last night at the 19th Jameson Empire Awards.

Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike and highlighted his work on Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire and Interview with the Vampire.

The Action Hero of Our Lifetime award was given to Schwarzenegger who was honoured for his performances in movies including True Lies, The Terminator series and Total Recall.

Two further special awards were presented by Empire to Hugh Jackman and Simon Pegg. Jackman attended the ceremony to receive the Empire Icon award while Simon Pegg collected the Empire Hero award.

Pegg’s recent film The World’s End scooped Best British Film while »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'Gravity' wins top Empire Awards, as Tom Cruise is named 'legend of our lifetime'

31 March 2014 12:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I think we can now emphatically put a lid on the 2013/14 awards season, as the Empire Awards -- voted on by the readers of the British film magazine -- took place in London last night. Unsurprisingly, given the magazine's inclination toward populist and genre fare, this is one ceremony where "Gravity" managed to trump "12 Years a Slave": Alfonso Cuaron's space adventure took Best Film and Best Director, while "Slave," which had received six nominations, won only Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender. Unlike the BAFTAs, Empire wasn't prepared to consider "Gravity" for Best British Film -- that honor went to "The World's End." British loyalties emerged in the acting categories, as James McAvoy won Best Actor for "Filth," Emma Thompson won Best Actress for "Saving Mr. Banks" and Sally Hawkins won Best Supporting Actress for "Blue Jasmine." "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which had led the field with seven nods, »

- Guy Lodge

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