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Juliette Harrisson Jun 8, 2017
As the nation goes to the polls, we revisit two political comedy classics, now available on Netflix UK...
Yes Minister/Yes, Prime Minister was a BBC sitcom that ran for five series and one special between 1980 and 1988. It starred Paul Eddington as the Right Honourable James Hacker MP (later Prime Minister), Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby, Permanent Secretary to the Minister for Administrative Affairs (later Cabinet Secretary) and Derek Fowlds as Bernard Woolley, Principal Private Secretary to the Minister for Administrative Affairs (later Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister). It was written by Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, and was a favourite show of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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Technically, it was two shows: the original Yes Minister and a sequel series called Yes, Prime Minister. However, while there are some obvious differences between the »
Universal Pictures has announced that Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor), Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and David Koechner (Krampus) have signed up to star in the romantic comedy The Pre-Nup.
The film, which is being sold at the Berlin Film Festival, will be written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, and explores “what happens when an American groom suggests to his British bride the night before their wedding that they should consider a pre-nuptial agreement, a press release explained.”
“Jonathan has packed The Pre-Nup with tons of laughs, romance, and characters that are at once so maddening and lovable you can’t help but be hooked,” said Jamie Carmichael of Content Media Corporation. “Following in the tradition of great romantic comedies like Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Proposal, The Pre-Nup is a wholly original romantic comedy of errors about what »
- Gary Collinson
Actors Alice Eve, Emile Hirsch and Vanessa Hudgens have signed up to star in writer/ director Jonathan Lynn’s The Pre-Nup. Lynn is the man responsible for the likes of My Cousin Vinny and The Whole Nine Yards, so expect heaps of comedy in the new film, which also has the likes of Hugh Bonneville, David Koecher and Sebastian Maniscalco amongst the cast.
In the film, Zac (Hirsch) is a well-to-do American investment banker, who couldn’t be more thrilled when he gets engaged to Alice (Eve), a British ex-pat and aspiring novelist. But as soon as the happy news trickles down to his friends and family, trouble flares up. Zac’s father is a former rock star and notorious womanizer who pays more alimony than most lawyers in Beverly Hills put together. With this in mind, he insists that Zac have Alice sign a pre-nup, or he’ll cut »
- Paul Heath
Alice Eve (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Men in Black 3,” “Sex and the City 2”), Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild,” “Lone Survivor”), and Vanessa Hudgens (“Sucker Punch”, “Spring Breakers”), David Koechner (“Anchorman 1& 2”, “Extract”) and rising comedy star Sebastian Maniscalco will star in the romantic comedy ‘The Pre-Nup”, directed and written by Jonathan Lynn (“Nuns On The Run,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “The Whole Nine Yards”) and sold in Berlin by Content Media Corporation.
Eve, Emile, Vanessa, David and Sebastian join Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey,” “Notting Hill”) in the Jeanna Polley (“The Politician’s Wife,” “Laws of Attraction”) produced film, which is expected to start shooting in June in the UK.
“The Pre-Nup” follows the hilarious consequences of an American groom suggesting to his British bride that they should get a pre-nuptial agreement… the night before their wedding.
Zac (Hirsch) is a well-to-do American investment banker, who couldn’t be more thrilled »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Jonathan Lynn will direct the romantic comedy.
Production is set for June in the UK on the story of an American investment banker whose womanising father pressures him into suggesting a pre-nuptial agreement to his fiancée on the eve of their wedding.
The alarmed young woman fights back, determined to negotiate ever details of their life together. Lynn wrote the screenplay and Jeanna Polley is the producer.
“Jonathan has packed The Pre-Nup with tons of laughs, romance, and characters »
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Kino Lorber Classics
1974 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date January 3, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95
Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Film Editor: John Shirley
Original Music: Roy Budd
Produced by: Barry Levinson
Directed by Ken Hughes
Don’t let the ugly Italian poster art on the disc box throw you — The Internecine Project is a clever plot-driven murder tale in an espionage vein that gathers a string of B+ stars from the early 1970s for ninety minutes of suspense. It’s not the kind of suspense that makes you wonder what’s going to happen next, but the kind that points to a finish that we know will employ a big surprise, a killer-diller last-minute twist. Or three.
- Glenn Erickson
6 items from 2017
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