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Love don’t live here any more. “Here” being the immaculately kept townhouses of west London, home to sweary upper-middle-class romantics prone to airport dashes and damp declarations of love. The British romcom, typified by Richard Curtis and his Working Title collaborations, was our most reliably profitable cinematic export for a considerable – some might say interminable – time. As well as packing UK cinemas, the films were big hits abroad (the global take for the 2003 film Love Actually was $247m (£158m), Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001), $282m, Notting Hill (1999), $364m) and led to Hugh Grant becoming every American’s idea of what to expect from a British man. Inevitably, disappointment followed.
“In the UK – and many international markets – the »
- Benjamin Lee
It's official! Amal Clooney is queen of the night-to-day transformation. We spotted George's leading lady out in London wearing her third and fourth street style hits in a row—without missing a beat in between, of course. On June 23, Amal took to Electric House in London's swanky Notting Hill neighborhood sporting a lacy, one-sleeve Stella McCartney jumpsuit, which she complemented with a yellow python-effect envelope clutch and nude patent pumps. The slim-fitting romper accentuated her lithe figure, while the nude heels worked to elongate her legs. (And who doesn't love a statement clutch?) The look in a word: Flawless. And then back to business!—The next day, the human rights lawyer was »
After an appearance at the Supreme Court in London yesterday, Amal Clooney took a well-deserved day off today. But that doesn't mean the human-rights lawyer was hold up on her couch binge-watching Orange Is the New Black. No, the 37-year-old was spotted out and about in the Notting Hill neighborhood, looking perfectly posh in her favorite boyfriend jeans, a midriff-baring top, peep toe booties and a sleeveless plaid trench coat by Tome. She also added a pop of color by way of rosy lipstick. And while we fully expect fashionistas worldwide to adore this look as much as they would for any of her other street styles, we' don't think Amal's coat will be selling out any time soon. Why? Mainly because of »
Aashni + Co, the UK’s leading Indian high fashion, multi-brand store, will be hosting an exclusive, summer season extravaganza, A Summer Affair, taking place on Saturday 20th June, 11am – 6pm at Park Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1Qa. The unmissable exhibition/trunk show will curate latest collections by some of the most sought after names in high fashion and accessories, namely Anushree Reddy, Rose Room Couture and Amishi luxury handbags and jewellery.
A self-taught designer and management graduate, Hyderabad-based Anushree Reddy made her debut at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013. Her label stands out for its bursts of vivacious colours, glamour, and easy-to-wear garments. Her design philosophy lies in creating elaborate silhouettes brewed with subtle prints and surprising embellishments. Having envisaged a label that creates breathtaking, feminine Indianwear with a hint of nawabi royalty, Anushree Reddy is fast becoming one of the most sought after new gen, »
- Press Releases
Production began this week in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Alexandra Kerry of Locomotive Media are producing. Alexis Alexanian, Peter Friedlander and Lizzie Nastro will exec produce the film, with New Regency also on board as an executive producer and co-financier.
In addition to this project, Locomotive Media is working on a development deal with New Regency to create a fund to develop and produce films.
Tarbet will portray a young woman who is unable to physically see her mother due to a fictional affliction called selective blindness. With the help of an eccentric psychiatrist and a love interest, »
- Dave McNary
The new agreement through 2020 replaces the first-look deal set to expire this year. Working Title and Universal first partnered in 1999 and have since teamed up on 50 films, resulting in $5 billion in worldwide grosses.
“Working Title is the biggest and best international production company in the world and we’ve been privileged to be in business with them for many cherished years,” Langley said. “Tim, Eric and their team have been incredible partners with whom we have celebrated much success and we look forward to repeating that success in the future.”
Working Title’s movies with Universal include “The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérables,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Billy Elliot,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Notting Hill,” and the “Bridget Jones” movies. »
- Dave McNary
To celebrate the release of the extraordinary story of three young boys from the slums of Rio De Janeiro with Trash, available to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download from 8th June 2015, we’re giving 3 lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a copy of the Blu-ray!
Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and BAFTA award-winning writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) bring you the latest adventure from Working Title Films. Starring Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed) and Rooney Mara (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), be prepared to witness a mountain of chaos unfolding from an innocent discovery in Trash.
Trash follows two young boys from Rio’s slums, who find a wallet amongst the daily detritus of their local dump – a discovery that will change their lives forever.
Join the courageous boys as they »
- Dan Bullock
A brand new UK poster has debuted for director Peter Bogdanovich’s long-awaited return to the director’s chair, She’s Funny That Way, which you can view right here…
She’S Funny That Way marks the long-awaited return to the big screen of Peter Bogdanovich, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation. She’S Funny That Way was lovingly filmed entirely in his hometown, New York, at its romantic best. Known for his exemplary work with actors– from his award- winning breakout film “The Last Picture Show” to his last feature “The Cat’s Meow”– for She’S Funny That Way, Bogdanovich has assembled a stellar ensemble cast, headed by Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans, all working together at the top of their form.
Set for release in UK cinemas and on-demand on June 26th, She’s Funny That »
- Scott J. Davis
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: In honor of Tomorrowland opening this weekend, watch a supercut tribute to the movies of Brad Bird (via The Playlist): If only Disney really made beer inspired by their animated classics. Until then, here are printable labels to wrap around your lame real beer. See them each up closer at Design Taxi. Learn how they built the Jurassic World Gyrosphere in the latest viral video for the movie: This is "The World's Most Relaxing Film," made to promote travel to Denmark (via Design Taxi): Cosplay of the Day: Genderbending Joker based on the version from The Dark Knight (via KamiKame): See what Notting Hill...
- Christopher Campbell
Squad goals! Julia Roberts didn’t need to give her Bff George Clooney her approval when it came to marrying Amal Alamuddin — because they were destined to all be pals. After making her final appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday, May 13, the Notting Hill star dished to Extra’s Aj Calloway about meeting Clooney’s wife, with whom she hit it off with after meeting at a recent dinner. “We went out to dinner. I met her at dinner,” said Roberts, who just wrapped Money [...] »
Aashni + Co, the UK’s leading, Indian high fashion, multi-brand store, will be hosting its first ever Blowout Sample Sale on Saturday 16th May, 10am – 6pm at Aashni + Co, 47 Ledbury Road, London W11 2Aa. Collections by India’s leading fashion designers such as Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Varun Bahl, Vineet Bahl, Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Indian by Manish Arora, Anand Kabra, Marg by Soumitra and many more will be available to purchase at a Flat 70 Per Cent Off!
Aashni + Co presents the most desirable edit in Indian high fashion. A concept store in the heart of London’s Notting Hill, the store provides access to visionary designers of India for the UK market such as Anamika Khanna, Anushree Reddy, Arpita Mehta, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Varun Bahl and many more. Now, for the very first time, Aashni + Co will be offering customers and fans of Indian high fashion the »
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This week on Nashville, there was seemingly no problem that neither money nor misogyny couldn't solve.
The episode opens with Rayna calling Deacon from her private jet, telling him that she's off to find a new distribution deal. What she's really up to is trying to convince Deacon's estranged sister, Beverly, to cough up a liver for her brother. Through a series of flashbacks we learn that Beverly and Deacon's singing partnership was derailed by Rayna coming into the picture and that Beverly's jealousy runs deep. We also learn that »
A quick user’s guide to this week’s Nashville:
1. Keep your thumb hovered over your remote’s rewind button
2. The first time you view the various flashbacks to Deacon’s early years, including the epic moment when he and Ms. Rayna Jaymes first lock eyes, focus on nothing but their hair. Their giant, never-met-a-tease-comb-it-didn’t-like hair. (Don’t worry; this will be your first inclination, anyway.)
3. Press rewind.
5. Press rewind.
6. Now, »
Madrid – Hannah Murray (“Game of Thrones,” “Dark Shadows”), Julian Sands (“Leaving Las Vegas”) and Henry Goodman (“Woman in Gold,” “Taking Woodstock,” “Notting Hill”) will star in Antonio Chavarrias’ Trotsky assassination thriller “The Chosen,” one of the high-profile movies coming out of Spain and Mexico.
“The Chosen” is set up at Chavarrias’ Barcelona-sited Oberon Cinematografica and Monica Lozano’s Mexico City-based Alebrije Cine y Video, the producer of “Instructions Not Included.” Sales agent Filmax will present first footage at the upcoming Cannes Festival.
Also written by Chavarrias (”Childish Games,” “Celia’s Lives”), and set in 1940s Mexico, during one of the most turbulent periods in history, the espionage thriller centers on the incredible but true story of the brutal assassination of Leon Trotsky by Barcelona-born Ramon Mercader, played by Mexican star Alfonso Herrera (“La Dictadura Perfecta,” ”Rebelde”).
“Chosen” will shoot on location in Mexico, allowing Chavarrias to re-create its period ambience »
- John Hopewell
Mischa Barton’s latest family drama isn’t on television, it’s playing out in her real life. “The O.C.” actress is suing her mother and former manager, Nuala Barton, for mishandling her career, defrauding her of pay and royalties, and exploiting her fame. Legal papers filed on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court contain blistering accusations of deception and abuse from mother to daughter, who began booking roles in films like “Notting Hill” and “The Sixth Sense” in 1993 at around age 13. “This action arises from the tragic tale of a greedy stage mother posing as a talent manager who, »
- Matt Donnelly
Above: 1965 East German poster by Fritsche for Il Posto (Ermanno Olmi, Italy, 1961).Six years ago last week I wrote my first Movie Poster of the Week post for Mubi, then known as The Auteurs. Since then I have written over 270 articles on all facets of movie posters from the sublime to the ridiculous and I decided it was high time I organized them. In the early days of Movie Poster of the Week it was just that: one weekly poster that I would briefly discuss with at most one or two others included for comparison’s sake. But even in that debut post, what started out as a simple personal anecdote about a poster I liked ended up with my searching for the designer, the print shop that produced it and the provenance of the photograph used in the poster. Over time, as my research has led me down longer and more intricate rabbit holes, »
- Adrian Curry
Back on March 13, BBC aired a six hour telethon to raise money for Comic Relief. The telethon raisied over 78 million pounds and after thirty years, celebrities celebrated raising over 1 billion pounds. Along with documentary shorts highlighting the charities supported, humorous sketches and musical numbers were shown. Comic Relief was started by writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) and comedian Lenny Henry to raise support for families starving in Ethiopia.
To the surprise of everyone, Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) made an appearance to kiss David Walliams (Little Britain) to help break a world record in “Most Kisses Received in 30 Seconds.” Popular sketches brought back Mr. Bean, the Vicar of Dibley, and Little Britain (featuring Stephen Hawking). Parodies of The Four Yorkshiremen, James Bond (featuring Daniel Craig and Roger Moore), and One Direction were featured. Liam Gallagher of the original Shameless was also named a national treasure. »
- Michelle Leibowitz
Molly Ringwald and Al Pacino made a Big Mistake. Big. Huge. They were the original cast picks for Garry Marshall's Pretty Woman. The roles eventually went to America's newest sweetheart, Julia Roberts, and Hollywood's Most Eligible Bachelor, Richard Gere. Of course the "hooker with a heart of gold" comedy became one of the biggest and most iconic rom-coms ever. In celebration of Pretty Woman’s twenty-fifth anniversary, we picked out five of our favourite performances from the Southern belle, Julia Roberts. Unfortunately, some of Julia’s best work – and yes, we’re totally including My Best Friend’s Wedding and Notting Hill – didn’t make the cut, but we still love ‘em anyway. »
- Associated Press and Cineplex Staff
European film funders warn EU from making “big bang” policy changes to copyright, authors call for fair remuneration
European film funders from 31 countries including the UK’s BFI, Germany’s Ffa and France’s Cnc have warned the European Union (EU) to avoid making any “big bang” policy changes to copyright rules.
The Association of the European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) issued a resolution today (March 17) declaring that it considered the current EU copyright framework to be “fit for purpose” as “it provides a strong basis for current business models to evolve in response to people’s changing preferences as to how they access films and other audiovisual works.”
The film agency directors suggested that “the priority of the EU should be the establishment of a level playing field ensuring equel treatment between all operators, a commitment to economic sustainability and engagement in the creation of local works.”
However, they stressed that “improving online cross-border access to European »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
When one thinks of British films, what immediately springs to mind are the gentle comedies of Richard Curtis such as Four Weddings And A Funeral or Notting Hill or the image of Harry Potter. But British cinema is not all light romance or whizz kid wizards. In fact, since the early days of the medium British film output always been incredibly diverse, producing horror (through the legendary Hammer and Amicus studios), war, comedy, kitchen sink social realism and good old exploitation movies of every flavour. It also produced Michael Winner, but the least said about that, the better.
British cinema was, for decades, subject to the strictest censorship laws in the Western world (widely known as The Limp D**k Laws) which prohibited the flourishing of really interesting films for adults. Instead the intrepid cinema customer was treated to supremely unerotic ‘nudist’ films, followed by British sex films, »
- Clare Simpson
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