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There are some films that you see and you instantly know what you want to say about it, how you want to say it and exactly what you think. Then there are the types of films that make you think. You need to go away and understand what you saw and then write. The Viceroy’s House is one of those films.
A story about the transfer of power from Britain to India and the partition is something I think every South Asian with an Indian or Pakistani heritage is familiar with. It is a sensitive subject that has been presented many a times in the Indian film industry and is used even now as a main topic or an underlying backstory. The stories we are familiar with, are generally told from the South Asian perspective. Gurinder Chadha has turned the story around, and told it from the British point of view. »
- Rima Bhatia
Screen considers potential runners and riders.
The BBC is likely to announce its new head of film within the next two weeks, according to sources close to the process.
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That timetable should come as a relief to those under consideration for the role and to wider industry who will want to begin building or growing their relationship with the new boss.
The job, which is considered one of the UK’s most prestigious posts, became vacant in autumn 2016 following the departure of long-time chief Christine Langan. BBC Films veteran Joe Oppenheimer has been serving as acting head of film since then.
The incoming head of film is expected to have an annual war chest of around £12m for production, cementing BBC Films’ position as one the three mainstays of public funding in the UK along with the BFI and Film4.
The organisation advertised the position (as ‘director »
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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
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
Just a few hours before the Recording Academy hands out its 59th batch of Grammys, we’re awarding Quotes of the Week to some of your favorite TV shows.
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This time around, we’ve got a racy blast from the past on Timeless, a Shark Tank-worthy product pitch on Fresh Off the Boat, a Notting Hill reference on Code Black and Suits‘ takedown of a certain Oscar-nominated director.
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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The Clooney twins will have a beautiful English mansion to call home when they arrive!
When they’re not jet-setting around the world, parents-to-be George Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, have been quietly nesting in their renovated English mansion in a small town in the countryside west of London. The international human-rights lawyer also has a home in Notting Hill, and her mother, Baria, lives in London.
The Clooneys have been using the mansion much more since Amal’s pregnancy. They spent the holidays there and were recently spotted taking stroll along the quaint English town, which sits on »
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Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
Stardom hit Mischa Barton hard and fast. Born in England but raised in New York, she started acting in theater when she was still in single digits, then scored a role—in a TV movie called New York Crossing—when she was barely 10. Within a couple years she had been on the big screen in Notting Hill and The Sixth Sense, and then she played the high school love interest of a pre-Thirteen Evan Rachel Wood in the ABC drama Once and Again. So Barton was technically a show business veteran by the time she joined the cast of The O.C. at 17. But as we all know now, the Fox drama would prove to be, if not quite as enduring as that other cult-classic, prime-time teen »
Wgn America’s Underground Railroad thriller “Underground” has cast “Fargo” alum Bokeem Woodbine as a recurring guest star in Season 2. He’ll play Daniel, a skilled stonemason who joins the fight for freedom and decides to take his future into his own hands. The second season follows the abolitionist movement within America on the brink of civil war, and a group of heroes led by trailblazer Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds) following the attempted escape of the Macon 7. Season 2 premieres March 8 at 10/9c on Wgn America.
Univision Communication’s drama series “El Chapo,“ based on the life of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, has officially been shifted from airing on sibling network UniMás over to Univision. The bio-series, a co-production between Univision Story House and Netflix, will air first in the U.S. on Univision in April; after its first run finishes on air, Netflix will make the series available to its U.S »
- Dani Levy
Simon Brew Jan 26, 2017
Heading into cinemas in June is My Cousin Rachel, an adaptation of the novel by Daphne du Maurier. This one stars Rachel Weisz in the role of Rachel, with Sam Claflin co-starring as Philip. It’s been directed by Roger Michell, best known still for Notting Hill, but also Changing Lanes, Titanic Town and Venus, amongst others.
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We’ve got a trailer, poster and synopsis for My Cousin Rachel, and here’s a taste as to what’s in store…
Here’s the synopsis…
A dark romance, My Cousin Rachel tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he »
Author: David Sztypuljak
With Denial in cinemas this week starring the fabulous Rachel Weisz as Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt it comes as no surprise that Fox Searchlight have released the first UK poster & trailer for My Cousin Rachel starring Weisz and her co-star Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games). For anyone unsure, this is most definitely not a sequel to the 1992 movie My Cousin Vinny starring Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio and Marisa Tomei… as nice as that would be!
My Cousin Rachel is a dark romance about a young Englishman who plots revenge again his mysterious beautiful cousin believing that she’s murdered his guardian. His feelings becoming rather more complicated when the finds himself falling for her. »
- David Sztypuljak
UK-based location manager Michael Harm has died unexpectedly in London aged 51.
Harm, who was born in the Netherlands and moved to the UK in the early 1990s, started his career on BBC mini-series You, Me and It before working on features such as Restoration, Bent and My Son The Fanatic.
Harm served as unit manager on UK hits including Elizabeth, Notting Hill, Dirty Pretty Things and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, before taking on location manager duties for Woody Allen duo Match Point and Scoop.
In recent »
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Love Actually writer/director to be honoured for founding Comic Relief and Make Poverty History.
The award is in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and charitable initiatives and will be presented to Curtis at the Wgaw’s 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony on February 19.
“The Valentine Davies Award is given to that Wgaw member whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere,” said WGA West president Howard A. Rodman.
The comedy writer also founded Make Poverty History, which campaigns to raise awareness and pressure governments into taking action towards extreme poverty.
Curtis is best known for writing hit films »
A whole slew of birthdays were celebrated on This Is Us Season 1 Episode 13, and with them came Jack's realization that his beloved children wouldn't always be soothed by daddy's magical words.
Children grow up, taking with them all of the lessons they've learned along the way. The best parents can hope is the wisdom they've imparted, the love they've shared and the battles they've fought on behalf of their kids gave them everything they needed to be happy and successful.
If one parent dies before the job is done, well, that can throw a wrench into even the best laid plans.
I can't imagine raising three kids, let alone three of the same age. Trying to do right by all of them would be a nightmare.
What you have to love about Jack is his unfailing desire to be all things to all kids at all times. When he couldn't »
- Carissa Pavlica
Rats. Roaches. Roommates. Many celebrities lived with these before they became famous and could afford nice things...namely houses. Here are some examples of stars who have lived in crummy apartments in New York City, Los Angeles and other cities. Adele: When she was a teen, the songstress lived with her mother in a small apartment located above a discount store in south London. The singer later became one of the most famous in the world, with more than $80.5 million in annual earnings. Over the years, she went on to live in a one-bedroom $460,000 apartment in the posh Notting Hill neighborhood, which she later gifted to her mom, and a rented 10-bedroom »
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”
Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
17 items from 2017
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