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Leading lights of the Indian fashion landscape, Manish Malhotra and Varun Bahl, are among the curated collective of top tier designers to be presenting their latest bridal and couture collections at Aashni + Co Wedding Show in association with Zouch & Lamare. Taking place at Ballroom Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1Qa on 25th January 2015, Aashni + Co Wedding Show will mark the UK’s most high fashion Indian bridal exhibition, hosted in association with Zouch & Lamare – one of the leading, luxury wedding planning services in the UK that specialises in exquisite, original and bespoke weddings and events. Aashni + Co Wedding Show will also feature floral styling by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant, who will also be exhibiting as the show’s exclusive luxury florist.
Manish Malhotra’s creativity and genius span the broad spheres of Bollywood design, »
- Press Releases
Anyone's who's logged into Netflix lately has no doubt noted the presence of Love Actually in the "Popular on Netflix" category. That's because the British comedy has become something of a modern classic for the holiday season. But not everyone sees it that way.
The ensemble film with nine different plots set around Christmas hit theaters in 2003 to high anticipation. Not only was this filmmaker Richard Curtis' follow-up to the popular Four Weddings and Funeral and Notting Hill, but it also boasted so many popular British stars that there was no way it could fail, right? Well... while some fans are still devoted to the film, they're the first to admit that it's an imperfect movie. But while TVGuide.com editor Joyce Eng embraces the film's range of stories and strong performances, fellow editor Hanh Nguyen is put off by the often depressing plots and creepy, male-centric take on so-called romance. »
- Joyce Eng and Hanh Nguyen
UK welcomes first of its kind, high fashion Indian bridal exhibition and opportunity to meet the Sub Continent’s most lauded designers.
A discerning edit of India’s most lauded fashion designers will be presenting their latest bridal and couture collections at the UK’s most high fashion Indian bridal exhibition – Aashni + Co Wedding Show in association with Zouch & Lamare – taking place amid the fitting grandiose of Ballroom Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1Qa on Sunday 25th January 2015. The event will feature floral styling by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant, who will also be exhibiting as the show’s exclusive luxury florist.
Marking a first of its kind entry on the UK’s fashion calendar, Aashni + Co Wedding Show will present on one platform high end, bridal and occasion wear by India’s most celebrated designer brands – from established, »
- Press Releases
Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but to Pop Up Screens Christmas means doing something special and unique to get some of that awesome spirit and into swing of things.
This Christmas Pop Up Screens will once be turning the beautiful 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill into a snow-filled winter wonderland to create London’s only cinema in the snow and its only got one way in: through their own magic wardrobe. That’s right you’re going to enter through a wardrobe and find a snow filled winter wonderland of a cinema inside. Pop Up Screens have taken it upon themselves to ensure that you’ll see at least one white Christmas this year bursting with sparkle, Christmas cheer, all your favorite festive movies… and of course… boozy hot chocolate, mulled wine and other treats!
Pop Up Screens’ snow starts falling »
- Dan Bullock
For me, the important part of getting any documentary right is the subject matter and the characters involved. This isn’t as much as an obvious statement as you might think though occasionally some go with controversy in order to get noticed. Richard Butchins’ An Attic Full Of Puppets is something a little different as it tells the real-life story of Frank Mumford, a 95-year old puppet master who played to the crowned heads of Europe.
Frank was a master marionettist whose characterful puppets entertained around the world and, very interestingly, were occasionally considered a little too racy by the censors. He’s lived in a small flat in London’s Notting Hill Gate since 1946 and has always been surrounded by the memorabilia of his life, and has an extraordinary tale to tell. In this documentary, you get to see how he was still striving to live independently and we »
- Dan Bullock
After some inadvertently atmospheric early marketing spawned the unfortunate 'Creepy Paddington' meme, and more recently the BBFC slapped the film with a PG rating for mild sex references and bad language, there was all the more reason to wonder whether producer David Heyman and writer-director Paul King would obey the famous edict to "please look after this bear".
Mercifully, we needn't have worried. Britain's favourite duffel coat-clad bear is in thoroughly safe hands here, King unfurling his sprightly festive adventure with an arresting blend of thrills, spills and sharp comedy. Ben Whishaw, cannily recast in the lead voice role after the departure of Colin Firth, »
Last week the Big Apple and fizzy drinks did for Lauren. This week we were down to nine and the promise of a Tudor battle reenactment. Shields at the ready, everyone …
It’s the Mystery Item Treasure Hunt round! Woop woop!
“You basically just stole that diamond!”
In the Cab of Steely Determination, an unrepentant James basically recites the lyrics to Destiny Child’s I’m A Survivor.
Dapper Laughs is canned for the second time this month.
I may have veered off from his actual words towards the end there.
But that was the gist, at least. It was actually quite moving.
Dapper Laughs gives his big redemptive speech.
“I’m in this big wide world on my own,” he says. “And the reason I’m here is because I want someone like yourself, »
- Tom Meltzer
Pop Up Screens is bringing something special to Notting Hill's 20th Century Theatre this Christmas.
The theatre is being transformed into a snow-filled winter wonderland, to create London's only cinema in the snow.
Visitors will enter the magical screening through a wardrobe, where they will find boozy hot chocolate, mulled wine and other treats to feast on through the films.
There will be up to three screenings a day at 1pm, 5pm and 8.30pm with ticket prices ranging from £10 for children and £20 for adults.
Full movie times and ticket prices can be found on the Pop Up Screens website. »
Neil Calloway speaks on the ‘Comic Book Guy’ mindset of some cinema-goes with film errors…
They’re out there, waiting. They’ve watched and dissected the trailer, they’ve worked out which opening day screening they’re going to, and they may even have booked their ticket. Then, the big day comes. They see the film. They power up their smartphone before they’re out of the multiplex. Straight away they’re onto a messageboard to complain about something.
The lead character’s hair changes between shots. The chase sequence starts in daylight but ends at night. The International Space Station is not in the same orbit as the Hubble telescope.
It would perhaps be obvious to compare them to The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy, and also be cruel, but he’s such a good character because these people exist. They’re not watching the film, they’re just looking »
- Oli Davis
Film executive Nadia Bronson, known for her innovative work during her tenure as head of international marketing at Universal, died Friday following a long battle with cancer. She was 67.
Bronson, a native of France, was well-liked among colleagues and competitors. She’s credited with raising the profile of the international marketplace — so much so that she was often dubbed “The Queen of Cannes” — thanks to the creativity she brought to promoting films.
During her 24-year Universal tenure, she oversaw international campaigns on such notable pics as “Out of Africa,” “In the Name of the Father,” “Apollo 13,” “Jurassic Park” “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Mummy,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Babe,” “Gladiator” and “Schindler’s List.”
“Jurassic Park” was a massive hit overseas, topping $600 million in 1993. Two years later, “Waterworld” performed impressively internationally with $175 million.
Bronson, who spoke five languages fluently, combined a straightforward business style with a charm that endeared her to executives, »
- Dave McNary
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 »
Shooting is underway in Glasgow on ‘eco-rom com’ Scottish Mussel, the debut writer-director project from Talulah Riley (St Trinians), with Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen) in the lead role alongside The Inbetweeners’ Joe Thomas.
The cast also includes Harry Enfield (Kevin & Perry Go Large), Emun Elliott (Filth), Paul Brannigan (The Angel’s Share) James Dreyfus (Notting Hill), Rachael Sterling (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and comedians Russell Kane and Rufus Hound.
In Scottish Mussel, Compston plays a Glaswegian chancer who meets a pretty English conservationist while trying to make his fortune as an illegal pearl fisher.
The film will shoot on location in and around Glasgow for four weeks from October »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Manuel here with some Streeptastic news.
Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »
- Manuel Betancourt
Ghostbusters, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street are among the films on offer during the Halloween season of Pop Up Screens 2014.
Pop Up Screens has confirmed its Halloween lineup for October 30 to November 2, taking place at Notting Hill's 20th Century Theatre.
Those in attendance will find their way through a scary maze before taking their seats.
Each screening costs £20.
The full schedule is as follows:
30 - Friday The 13th at 8.30pm
31 - Poltergeist at 8.30pm
1 - Ghostbusters at 1pm
1 - Pet Sematary at 5.30pm
1 - A Nightmare On Elm Street at 8.30pm
2 - Dark Crystal at 1pm
2 - Candyman at 5pm
2 - Evil Dead II »
It's been 15 years since 1999, because that's how time works. 1999 is generally considered a great year for movies. Transformative, even: A diverse array of films, directed by a fleet of up-and-coming filmmakers, all arriving at the multiplex back when cable was lame enough and the internet was slow enough to make the multiplex a place that mattered. If you happened to be young in 1999—or young-ish—it was possible to feel like you were seeing the entire cinematic art form evolve in front of you. Fifteen years ago this month was Three Kings and Fight Club and Being John Malkovich, instant-cult »
- Darren Franich
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. »
Screenwriter Richard Curtis has revealed that he was against Hugh Grant taking the lead role in Four Weddings And A Funeral, and he actually voted against the actor when it came to deciding who got the part. Considering it was the performance that wound up founding Grant's career, that's a pretty astonishing fact. After his performance in the romantic comedy, which was written by Curtis and directed by Mike Newell, Grant went on to become an international star, and he later paired together with Curtis for 1999.s Notting Hill too, which helped to cement his place as England.s most famous actor of the 90s. Grant recently revealed Curtis. original decision when he declared that the writer had done "everything in his power" to stop him from taking the breakthrough part, and Curtis has now gone on to add some more detail to the tale, insisting that he only tried »
A Waits track was influential in the development of Notting Hill, the filmmaker revealed.
"When I was writing Notting Hill, that was all I listened too. There was something I sensed in the background and in the tone and in the mood of that song which is what I wanted to reach at the best moment of the film.
"Songs have always been an incredibly important bit of the inspiration for me."
He said that the song "seems to me to completely say how you want to feel about how extraordinary Christmas is".
"In a way, »
The writer and director revealed that he was disappointed with the film and wishes he'd had longer to work on it.
According to the Radio Times, Curtis spoke at the Cheltenham Literature Festival yesterday (October 4), saying: "The only nightmare scenario that I've been caught in was Love Actually, which worked at the read-through, and when we finished the film and I watched it edited, it was...a catastrophe."
He added that the film was difficult to manage because it was so vast in scale.
"Because there were 12 stories, [finding the right order] was like three-dimensional chess. And that was enormously difficult to finish or get right," he said.
The writer and director went on to say that he wished he'd had more time to work on the film, saying: "You could have played with it for all time – but it had to be out by Christmas. »
A haunted past bears painful memories, but the ghosts of the mind can be controlled. For ex-convict Alex Locke, though, the bygone days he’d rather forget physically re-enter his world. The first of a trilogy, Mark Morris’ The Wolves of London sees Alex pursued by otherworldly killers after he steals the Obsidian Heart, a relic capable of time travel, and Titan Books has provided us with an exclusive excerpt.
“A psychology professor living with his young daughter, Alex Locke is an ex-convict who’s been able to put his past behind him. When his older daughter is threatened with violence, however, he is forced back into that world in an effort to secure the cash to save her. After a botched theft of an obsidian heart for a young woman named Clover Munro, Alex and Clover are forced to go on the run. They are pursued by a variety »
- Derek Anderson
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