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Love Actually, Richard Curtis. ode to Christmas, love and just being nice to people, has been ripped apart by Honest Trailers for doing all of the above. And we wouldn.t want it any other way. You can check out the delightful critique below. Despite the fact that it possesses solid laughs, a heart so large that it should probably seek medical attention, and a bare-faced Andrew Lincoln before he went metal and started killing zombies, there is one pretty big reason that we should all really hate Love Actually: all of the bloody rip-offs that it inspired. As Honest Trailers explains, without Love Actually we wouldn.t have been inundated with the likes of New Year.s Eve and Valentine.s Day - both of which basically revolve around a dozen famous people falling in love on a holiday, but without the whimsical charm of Richard Curtis. original. »
As we get closer to the festive period, the Screen Junkies YouTube channel looks at the Richard Curtis movie with its own brand of brutal honesty.
After being bombarded with tweets requesting an edit, this latest trailer is billed as being "from the man responsible for every film your girlfriend tried to drag you to", before ripping apart each and every storyline.
Long before Andrew Lincoln started crushing zombie skulls on The Walking Dead, he was crushing on his best friend’s wife in Love Actually. Screenwriter Richard Curtis’ directorial debut featured a fantastic ensemble cast of established actors and many (then) unknowns who would go on to greater fame, like Lincoln. It also had multiple plot lines that (sorta) intersected and deliciously cheesy clichés. All of those elements were lazily lifted in the rip off film Valentine’s Day and its sequel New Year’s Eve. Of those three holiday set romantic comedies, only Love Actually is worth revisiting, which you can do in a fraction of the time by just watching Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer for it below.
- Eli Reyes
We've had the John Lewis advert, the supermarkets are filled with Quality Street tins and Bob Geldof has gathered together a load of popstars to sing about Africa. There's no point hiding and denying it, Christmas is very nearly here.
Even if you're a festive grinch, one of the best parts of Christmas is that it means a bumper selection box of great telly. The BBC has released first look pictures today of its seasonal highlights, and here are 14 picks of what you can look forward to over the holidays.
3. Esio Trot
Another of Roald Dahl's classics gets adapted »
The duo that brought Shor In The City and Go Goa Gone have shifted gear with their latest offering of Happy Ending, starring Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir Shorey. But don’t worry, Raj and Dk have their message clear. You can’t make a difficult film for the aam janta (common people). How that would amount to an amalgamation Richard Curtis filmography is a different question altogether. Yet its not all bad.
Yes we see Saif Ali Khan for the umpteenth time as a playboy charmer man-child Yudi Jaitley, profession this time a writer. And yes, we have some very beautiful women including leading ladies Ileana D’Cruz and Kalki Koechlin falling for him. There’s also the easy drunk-married-yet-regretting-it friend Monty played by Ranvir Shorey. Lets add Priety Zinta in a special appearance and Not a song, and our beloved Govinda to add some more flavour. »
- Githa Vanan
Thompson, who is the only person to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting, commented: “It is a very special award, in name of an incredible actor who inspired so many people during his career. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my peers who have received this award before me.”
Thompson’s portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” in 1992 netted her a BAFTA Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, New York Film Critics Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She earned »
- Leo Barraclough
We’ve just received word that Britain’s own national treasure Emma Thompson is to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards. The top gong recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and has previously been won by the likes of John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters just last year.
The awards are dished out on Sunday 7th December at a ceremony in central London. You can see the full list of nominees for this year’s awards here.
Here’s the full release.
- Paul Heath
Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint directors of the Moet British Independent Film Awards, have today announced that British star Benedict Cumberbatch is to be honoured with The Variety Award at December’s ceremony.
The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. The Variety Award was bestowed upon Paul Greengrass last year, while previous recipients include Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.
Cumberbatch is also nominated for Best Actor for The Imitation Game, while the film is up for a further three awards in Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay (Graham Moore) and Best Actress (Keira Knightley).
See Also: Nominations for the 2014 Moet British Independent Film Awards
- Gary Collinson
New study reveals links between film and television productions and tourism through social media.
New insight into the links between film and television productions and tourism has been revealed at an international screen tourism conference today by Film London, the lead partner for major European project EuroScreen.
The study demonstrates how social media commentary generated by films and TV shows can help generate millions of pounds worth of free online advertising for the locations and destinations they feature on screen.
The research claimed that Richard Curtis romantic comedy Notting Hill generated the equivalent of £19.5m ($30.7m) in online ad spend for London, while the Harry Potter series netted £10.4m ($16.3m) and TV series Wallander yielded £17.9m ($28.2m) for Ystad in Sweden.
Screen tourism also resulted in other boosts. Game of Thrones, for example, generated £1m ($1.5m) for Malta despite the series being more closely affiliated with its ‘home’ in Northern Ireland, while productions »
Benedict Cumberbatch will be honoured at the British Independent Film Awards.
The actor will receive The Variety Award at this year's ceremony, which takes place at Old Billingsgate, London on December 7.
The Variety Award is given to a British director, actor, writer or producer who has enjoyed international success.
On receiving the award, Cumberbatch said: "I am delighted to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank Variety and The Moët British Independent Film Awards for this incredible honour.
"It is made even more special by the recognition of The Imitation Game in this year's nominations, a film I am very proud to be a part of."
The Imitation Game is released in the UK tomorrow (November 14). Watch a clip below: »
British director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” about a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico, took the top nod at the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival where, instead of a jury, prizes are decided by paying ticket holders, to serve as a testing ground for distributors.
“Trash,” a South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” world-preemed in Rio. Scripted by Richard Curtis, it features turns by Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, alongside a mostly Brazilian cast. Universal will be releasing worldwide.
The Mondo Genre section prize went to “Haider, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Academy usual suspect Stephen Daldry's much-anticipated thriller "Trash," starring Rooney Mara, is skipping the Oscars this year. But the Working Title film, which was shot with hand-held cameras on garbage dumps in Brazil and has yet to book stateside festival slots, did pick up the Audience Award at the Rome Film Festival (full winners list below). Cinephiles are eager to see the film after a well-received early teaser (below). Focus Features plans a 2015 release. Per Rt, the heart-tugger has been well-received across the board. Variety wrote: "Cleanly scripted in pure Hollywood fashion by Richard Curtis... 'Trash' won’t be confused for a real Brazilian production: Its storyline, staging and inevitably positive spin unmistakably mark it as offshore, notwithstanding the participation of Fernando Meirelles’ 02 Filmes. A South American answer of sorts to 'Slumdog Millionaire,' the pic features a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Director: Christian Ditter; Screenwriter: Juliette Towhdi; Starring: Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Christian Cooke, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone; Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 15
Will they? Won't they? Can men and women ever just be friends? Are they going to make it to the airport on time? Just about every romantic comedy cliché gets ticked off in Love, Rosie, a new British film based on Cecelia Ahern's novel Where Rainbows End. The destination may never be in doubt, but thanks to likeable performances from stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin this predictable film has a heart and soul that keeps it watchable for the duration.
The two up-and-coming leads play Alex and Rosie, school pals whose tight bond is more brother/sister than boyfriend/girlfriend. A kiss between them on Rosie's birthday is forgotten thanks to the effects of alcohol, and the duo carry on as normal, making plans to »
Even before the credits had rolled on his second Doctor Who episode, Flatline, people were asking if writer Jamie Mathieson would be back for series 9 of the show. But Mathieson's path to Doctor Who goes right the way back to his original pitch in 2004, via a feature film screenplay (Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, his writing on Being Human and a further, unsuccessful Who pitch.
A Doctor Who pitch meeting is fairly banal really. »
A full quarter-century has passed since Nora Ephron deftly articulated the pitfalls of platonic friendship between men and women in “When Harry Met Sally…”. Yet if “Love, Rosie” is to be believed, a whole new generation of adults has arrived at much the same conclusion Ephron did: In the movies, at least, the sex part always gets in the way. A thoroughly likeable English-language debut for German comedy helmer Christian Ditter, this marzipan-sweet adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 bestseller “Where Rainbows End” is elevated by vibrant visuals and the winsome chemistry of Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. Cast as childhood BFFs who dance around their true feelings for each other through multiple decades, countries and partners, this inordinately pretty star pairing lends youthful appeal to a rom-com that could also woo the adult chick-lit crowd.
With its twelve-year narrative timeframe, comfy middle-class Britishisms and sparky pairing of striving, pure-hearted girl and raffish, »
- Guy Lodge
There's a moment in The Rewrite when a nostalgic Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) heads to YouTube to relive his Academy Awards winners' speech for screenwriting. It's an archive clip of Grant himself picking up a prize, he's floppy-haired, charming and reminds you of just how good he was back in the Notting Hill height-of-fame era.
There have, of course, been great roles for Grant since then. 2002's About a Boy represents a career high, while the criminally-underseen Cloud Atlas saw him in chameleon mode, switching effortlessly between six different characters.
The Rewrite is Grant's fourth starring role for Marc Lawrence (putting the filmmaker in Richard Curtis territory in terms of collaborations), but when their last outing was Did You Hear About the Morgans?, you can guess where this one is going. »
Rio De Janeiro — Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set, young-adult thriller “Trash” — a groundbreaking movie in concept, financing and distribution — world premiered Tuesday night at the swish Cinepolis Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro to large applause.
There was also gleeful local appreciation of Daldry’s swings, from a Richard Curtis screenplay, at Brazil’s corruption-sodden elite, the police, its religious powers, even a Brazilian soccer association.
Such appreciation matters. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Kris Thykier at Peapie Productions produced “Trash,” in association with Fernando Meirelles’ Sao Paulo-based O2 Filmes in Brazil. Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., it adapts a novel by Brit Andy Mulligan. Martin Sheen – as the tippling world-weary Father Julliard – and Rooney Mara – Olivia, a learning-the-ropes Ngo worker – co-star.
- John Hopewell
Hugh Grant has revealed that he never prepares for a movie role.
The actor told Good Morning Britain that he rarely researches for a part, preferring to deal with it on the day.
"I've barely ever done any research for a film," Grant said. "I just turn up and say the lines and hope they sound convincing."
He went on to say that he wouldn't be interested in playing a high-profile action role like Jason Bourne or James Bond because he finds acting in such films "boring".
"I mean you sit around all day, your stuntman does most of your work, and occasionally you say, 'Noooo!' and that's the end of your day," he explained.
Grant recently revealed that he was the last choice for the lead role in Four Weddings and a Funeral, claiming that producers considered him too "hoity-toity".
Writer Richard Curtis responded to Grant's comments by »
But the parts he’s played of late not only underscore the illustrious thesping company he keeps, but just how far Latinos have come in sloughing off Latino type-casting.
Santoro wrapped two weeks ago his first TV series, playing an outlaw on the pilot for HBO’s “Westworld,” helmed by Jonathan Nolan for Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, and a series inspired in concept by the Yul Brynner movie classic.
He features in Steven Bernstein’s “brilliantly written” “Dominion,” produced by Richard Gladstein, with Rhys Ifans as Welsh bard Dylan Thomas, living out his last day on earth, and John Malkovich as his doctor, shot over the summer in Montreal. Santoro plays “a mysterious character who will reveal himself.” Santoro’s character is called Carlos, »
- John Hopewell
Red Arrow Intl., which is the global distribution arm of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, is a mini-studio with major ambitions, which are reflected in its sales slate at the content market Mipcom in Cannes.
The distributor, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is following the strategic objectives set out by its umbrella group, and those of its powerful parent, European broadcast network ProSiebenSat.1 Group.
The focus of its Mipcom slate is English-language taped shows that can travel, and formats — both scripted and unscripted — that are adaptable for markets in every continent.
The lineup is headlined by three scripted shows that demonstrate the strength of its ambitions.
First there’s “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which the Weinstein Co. has picked up in the U.S. It stars Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, and was adapted by Richard Curtis and is produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, who worked with Curtis previously »
- Leo Barraclough
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