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'Four Weddings and a Funeral' writer Richard Curtis hints at marriage

12 April 2014 11:24 PM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, April 13: 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' writer Richard Curtis has hinted that he may soon be walking the aisle with his long-time partner Emma Freud.

The 57-year-old said on Radio 4's The Reunion that he wrote the rom-com as an attempt to explain to his mom why he wasn't getting married, Daily Express reported.

He further explained that he had to say it didn't work and that his mom was unhappy with the situation for the next 15 years, adding that now he might.

Richard, who has fathered four kids with Freud, wrote 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' back in the early Nineties. (Ani) »

- Leon David

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Julie Walters to be awarded BAFTA Fellowship

11 April 2014 6:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Legendary British actress and national treasure Julie Walters is set to receive the BAFTA Fellowship, the British Academy’s highest accolade, this May during the annual Television Awards ceremony in London. The award is granted to those who have made “an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.”

Walters’ career has spanned an impressive 30 years appearing in nearly forty movies including Billy Elliot, the Harry Potter series, Educating Rita and Calendar Girls to name but a few.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award and extremely shocked.” said Walters. “I’ve worked with some brilliant people over the years and have been very fortunate to have had the opportunities to work on such a variety of projects

Not content with living the life of a movie star, Walters continued to stay true to her roots appearing on British TV in a plethora of comedic performances alongside long »

- Gavin Logan

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Actress Julie Walters to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

11 April 2014 3:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- Julie Walters will receive the Fellowship during the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards ceremony, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Walters will pick up the highest accolade BAFTA dishes out at the academy's Television Awards ceremony at Theatre Royal in the British capital May 18. Photos: BAFTA Awards: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Prince William Hit the Red Carpet in London Awarded annually, the fellowship aims the recognize "an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games." Fellowships previously awarded for groundbreaking work in television include Richard Curtis, David Jason, Bruce Forsyth and

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Julie Walters Set To Receive BAFTA Fellowship

11 April 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve just received the news that BAFTA will give the wonderful and truly acclaimed actress, Julie Walters Cbe, the Fellowship at this year’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards ceremony at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Sunday 18th May.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games and what a truly worthy recipient! Previous Fellowships awarded for groundbreaking work in television include Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Richard Curtis, Sir David Jason, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Sir David Frost. Michael Palin received the Fellowship at last year’s Television Awards.

Julie Walters started her career as a collaborator with comedienne Victoria Wood, who hosted their own series, Wood and Walters, as well as the BAFTA-winning sketch series, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV. Since then, Walters has gone on to become an »

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Miptv: Red Arrow Sells Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench Film ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’ to Germany

8 April 2014 4:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Red Arrow Intl. has sold family movie “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which stars Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, to German broadcaster Ard.

Hoffman plays a retired bachelor, Mr. Hoppy, who harbors a secret passion for his neighbor, the lovely Mrs. Silver (Dench). Unfortunately she lavishes all her affection on Alfie, her pet tortoise.

Dahl’s story has been adapted by Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) and Paul Mayhew-Archer. Endor Prods.’ Hilary Bevan Jones (“The Escape Artist”) is producing; Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit”) directs. It is set to begin shooting in May.

The project was commissioned by the BBC.

Dahl’s books, which include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda,” have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.


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A Long Way Down review – 'Fantastically unconvincing' | Peter Bradshaw

21 March 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This film version of Nick Hornby's 2005 novel is a wince-inducing parade of misjudgments and false notes

There are few films where the only reaction can be: "What? What? I'm sorry … What?" Nick Hornby's 2005 novel A Long Way Down is a difficult, interesting book; a tragicomedy about depression saturated in that distinctive super-sadness that only Hornby can conjure.

It has brilliant moments. But this film version turns it into something like a non-musical Mamma Mia! for self-harmers: a wince-inducing parade of misjudgments and false notes. It is a fantastically unconvincing and unfunny movie, apparently determined to salvage a feel-good flavour from feel-bad material, as if the drama could be turned into a Richard Curtis comedy just by adding perkiness and hugs.

Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul and Toni Collette play a disgraced TV host, a stroppy teen, a failed rock star and the depressed mother of a disabled child, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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A Long Way Down review: Aaron Paul stars in glib, grating misfire

21 March 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Pascal Chaumeil; Screenwriter: Jack Thorne; Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots; Running time: 96 mins; Certificate: 15

There is a lot to dislike about A Long Way Down. It's the sort of cloying Brit-com at which Richard Curtis would balk even in his lowest moment, it makes a series of unnecessary and wrongheaded changes from Nick Hornby's genuinely dark, interesting novel, and it squanders the talents of a strong, likeable cast.

But the really unforgivable thing about the film is that it uses suicide as a MacGuffin. Despite an opening scene that entails four separate attempts, the dramatic stakes could not possibly feel lower. You don't believe for a moment that any of these people genuinely want to die, because Jack Thorne's smug, smarmy script doesn't make even a token attempt to explore the realities of mental illness.

On New Year's Eve, four disparate strangers meet »

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My guilty pleasure: Notting Hill

18 March 2014 2:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the first of a new series on the movies our critics are ashamed to confess they like, Peter Bradshaw reveals his soft spot for a soppy love story about a London bookseller and the fabulous film star who falls for him

• Xan Brooks fesses up to loving Tangled

Films are there very largely to give you pleasure: they are pleasure-giving devices, and if a film succeeds in giving you pleasure, shouldn't you have the courage of your convictions and own up to it? So it is with mixed feelings that I nominate Notting Hill in this category, directed by Roger Michell and written by Richard Curtis — his 1999 followup to the 1994 smash-hit Four Weddings and a Funeral. It is widely panned but I enjoy it, and whenever it is showing on ITV4 as I flick channels I always find myself stopping to watch. It was in fact the first film »

- Peter Bradshaw

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A Long Way Down Review

17 March 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following on from his delightfully whimsical comedy Heartbreaker, French director Pascal Chaumeil has now tried his hand in the English language, adapting Nick Hornby’s novel A Long Way Down. Teaming up with writer Jack Thorne – who penned the incredibly devastating This is England TV series, it’s fair to say that their contrasting styles was always going to make for quite a gamble. Regrettably, it’s not one that has paid off. Two rights, in this instance, have made one hell of a wrong.

The films opens with Pierce Brosnan’s Martin Sharp, a disgraced television personality contemplating suicide on the roof of a high-rise, London building, on a cold, bitter New Year’s Eve. His willingness to end his life stems from the fact he was caught having an affair with an underage girl, resulting in a hounding from the British press. However on the roof he bumps into lonely, »

- Stefan Pape

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Lee Hall: Spielberg, Scargill and me

11 March 2014 2:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike, Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall talks about Thatcher's death, being fired from War Horse – and finding the lead for his Elton John musical

I'm watching Billy Elliot the Musical in a state of shock. Forget the movie – this is incendiary drama, militant to its core. Not only does it open with Labour MP Herbert Morrison's paean to the newly nationalised mines and common ownership ("Now I want you men of the pits to come through ... The great experiment of socialism in a democracy depends on you"), it also pre-empts the passing of Margaret Thatcher with a feelgood singalong: "We all sing together in one breath/ Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher/ We all celebrate today/ 'Cause it's one day closer to your death."

The astonishing thing is that the musical, with tunes provided by the not notably radical Elton John, has been a worldwide success, »

- Simon Hattenstone

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'Four Weddings and a Funeral' Cast: Where Are They Now? (Photos)

8 March 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Twenty years ago, "Four Weddings and a Funeral," a charming little romantic comedy about a group of friends who attend wedding after wedding but can't seem to find true love themselves, became the highest-grossing British film in history. It earned more than $245 million worldwide, a number that's since been eclipsed ("Skyfall" currently holds the record).

Besides boffo box office, this movie skyrocketed the careers of star Hugh Grant and screenwriter Richard Curtis, who would work together again in "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually." It also was one of the first mainstream romantic comedies to casually feature a committed gay couple (played by John Hannah and Simon Callow).

The film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Oscars, but lost out to "Forrest Gump" and "Pulp Fiction," respectively.

So, where is the cast now? Most are still hard at work but a few are no longer with us. Pardon »

- Sharon Knolle

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Vicar of Dibley to deliver Thought for the Day

6 March 2014 6:50 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Dawn French to step back into character to offer alternative broadcast as part of series of special programmes on Radio 4

Dawn French will step back into character as the Vicar of Dibley to offer an alternative Thought for the Day as part of a series of special programmes on BBC Radio 4.

Her slot on the Today programme on 29 March is part of the station's study of fictional characters which includes Springwatch's Chris Packham going to New York on the trail of Big Bird from Sesame Street – and a reunion of the original cast of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a special performance.

French played Reverend Geraldine Granger in Richard Curtis's popular BBC One sitcom from 1994 to 2007.

She played the role last year as part of a French and Saunders series on BBC Radio 2, where she was interviewed by Chris Evans for his Pause for Thought slot. »

- Conal Urquhart

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Could You Travel Through Time Like They Do in Movies?

5 March 2014 11:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Time travel stories are one of the most polarizing things for film fans. They either love them, or they turn their noses up at them. Still, that doesn’t stop writers from coming up with them, and it’s not even for the science fiction fields. Time travel stories have an unexpectedly strong placement in romance fiction as well, such as The Time Traveler’s Wife or the upcoming Starz series Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling historical romance series. While many of these romance-driven stories – like Somewhere in Time and more recently Richard Curtis’s About Time – are not concerned with the greater implications of meddling with the space-time continuum, the science fiction movies are. Traveling through time has been a central figure in stories for years, often presenting the viewer with a crash course in theoretical physics and opening themselves up to plot holes almost impossible to close. As »

- Kevin Carr

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Looking back at big screen Roald Dahl adaptations

1 March 2014 12:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02

From James Bond to Willy Wonka, Matilda to The Witches, we chart the big screen work of Roald Dahl...

Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.

Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.

Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »

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Calvary, Stag lead Irish Academy noms

27 February 2014 2:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Comedies lead the pack at the Irish Film and Television Awards; father and son Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson compete for best actor.Scroll down for full list of nominations

John Michael McDonagh’s blackly comic Calvary and John Butler comedy The Stag lead the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards.

Both films have secured six nominations each, including Best Film where they are up against Neil Jordan’s vampire feature Byzantium, drama Run & Jump, starring Nebraska’s Will Forte; and drama The Sea.

The best actor category will see Brendan Gleeson, who played a good-natured priest under threat in Calvary, compete against his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in Richard Curtis romantic drama About Time.

Also up for best actor are Ciaran Hinds for his role in The Sea and a comic turn from Sherlock villain Andrew Scott for his performance in The Stag.

McDonagh, Butler and Jordan will compete in the film director »

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Spitting Image is 30: Looking back at the satirical puppet classic

26 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's been a whopping 30 years since Spitting Image first hit our screens on ITV in 1984. The satirical puppet show quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and early 1990s.

I wasn't able to fully appreciate the series when it was first on TV. When I watched it in the early '90s as a child, I found it funny mainly because of the silly puppets, even if I didn't quite understand what was going on. But in retrospective viewings, it still holds up as a genuinely hilarious satire of politics, entertainment, sport and general UK culture of the era.

It's quite incredible to think that Spitting Image hasn't been on air since 1996. To put that into perspective, the Spice Girls had only just been unleashed, Tony Blair hadn't been elected yet, and Lorde had only just been born.

As a show that is heavily reliant on topical »

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Feng Xiaogang, Duncan Kenworthy Eye ‘Thieves’ Remake

20 February 2014 4:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – China’s most successful film director Feng Xiaogang and “Four Weddings And A Funeral” producer Duncan Kenworthy from the U.K. are eyeing an English-language remake of Feng’s comedy drama “A World Without Thieves.”

Originally made in 2004 and set largely on a train, “Thieves” pits a pair of plucky professional thieves against a rougher bunch of gangsters, with both groups targeting a naïve village lad travelling home with his life savings in cash.

“In 2012 I spent a week with Feng Xiaogang in Chongqing while he shot ‘Back To 1942,’ and I said the concept of his movie ‘A World Without Thieves’ (which I’d seen in 2006) had really stayed with me and I thought it would be a great movie to adapt in English. And ideally he would direct it,” said Kenworthy, who heads Toledo Productions.

“So I did a deal with the Huayi Brothers [China's leading private sector film studio] to develop a new screenplay in English, »

- Patrick Frater

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The HeyUGuys 2014 BAFTA Liveblog

16 February 2014 9:38 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Welcome, gorgeous people, to the biggest night in British Film. We’re here at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and we’ll be liveblogging as the night rolls on.

12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Captain Phillips and Philomena have the majority of nominations and are all competing for Best Picture. It is an undeniably strong year for British Film and we’re grateful for a spotlight as wide and as bright as this one to be shone this evening.

If you haven’t already checked out our BAFTA competition, do so now - the prizes are worth £700. Blimey.

We’ll be updating this liveblog minute by minute until my fingers fall off with the most recent update being shown at the top of the top so do keep refreshing.

Great to have you with us.

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We’re at the end of another BAFTA »

- Jon Lyus

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PopWatch Planner: 'Star-Crossed', premieres, Matthew McConaughey joins 'Inside the Actors Studio', more

16 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Another week full of the Winter Olympics means another week spent missing some of your favorite shows. But luckily, this week is not without its moments. For one, The CW’s new series Star-Crossed is premiering, along with The Amazing Race: All-Stars. See, it could be worse.

Check out what this week has going on in the world of pop culture:

Sunday 2/16

Shameless, 9 p.m., Showtime

Post-accident, Liam’s in the hospital, Fiona’s in county jail, and by the end of the hour, Frank is the one getting bad news about his health. Talk about drama.

Monday 2/17

Star-Crossed, 8 p. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Film Review: ‘Beijing Love Story’

16 February 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Taking a rather blatant page from the Richard Curtis playbook of romantic-comedy roundelays, “Beijing Love Story” serves up a chocolate box of disparate narrative sweets, offered in episodic rather than interwoven form. This first feature for writer-director Chen Sicheng (also a member of the ensemble cast) spins off his 2012 Chinese TV series of the same name, albeit sans any returning characters or story threads. Pleasant results manage a trick rather infrequent for this genre, in that the pic actually gets better as it gradually moves away from comedy toward more sentimental material. Launched on Valentine’s Day (natch) in various markets, including nine North American screens, the film set a single-day record for a 2D film in China with $16.1 million, and is sure to generate sequels and imitations.

Running heedlessly toward the requisite “girl of his dreams” in traffic, young architect Chen Feng (helmer Chen) is promptly creamed by a passing bus. »

- Dennis Harvey

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