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Richard 'Four Weddings in Notting Hill, Actually' Curtis writes and directs this typically cosy, tea-and-cardigans spin on Groundhog Day. At the age of 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in his family have the ability to time travel. Tim seizes upon his newfound power to win the heart of American beauty Mary (Rachel McAdams). »
Festival, whose lineup was unveiled Wednesday in Zagreb.
Among competish titles are Jessica Hausner’s “Amour Fou,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s “Japanese Dog,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm,” Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman” and “Bridges of Sarajevo,” which has multiple directors.
The Croatian program includes Darko Lungulov’s “Monument to Michael Jackson,” Branko Istvancic’s “The Bridge at the End of the World,” Darko Suvak’s “Happy Endings,” Filip Peruzovic’s “Walk the Dog,” and Peter Kerekes, »
- Variety Staff
At the time of its release, Tim Henman was the UK's biggest hope, but it had got to the point where we were so desperate to see a British champion, we had to make a movie about it just so we can pretend what it's actually like.
I say 'we', but the film was actually written by two Americans and a Canadian, and that does explain a lot when it comes to classic British stereotypes and fantastical depictions of London. However, it was directed by a Brit, Richard Loncraine.
The movie shows just how highly regarded and romanticised the Wimbledon Tennis Championships are around the world. It's hard to imagine a similar film titled French Open.
People aren’t perfect—and famous people are no exception. Every now and again, an actress will utter an insulting slur. An actor will get caught in a sex scandal. A politician won’t be able to keep it in his pants. Things happen. And yet, as Gary Oldman discovered this week, being in the spotlight means having to ‘fess up about your lesser moments in the court of public opinion. The public mea culpa has become a form of performance art (and not just because Shia Labeouf once tried to turn it into actual performance art).
What’s the »
- Jackson McHenry
Tom Cruise and David Beckham split a bottle of red vino ... hanging out in a pub in Notting Hill ... but Becks apparently felt he needed to up his masculinity level a touch ... so he also had a Guinness.David, you like red wine, it's cool. Own it. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
David Beckham and Tom Cruise met up for an adorable man date at The Cow pub in Notting Hill, London, on Monday. The stars were spotted chatting in a corner table while sharing a bottle of red wine, and David also sipped on a pint of Guinness; it's possible that the retired soccer player was checking out a World Cup match at the bar as well. David and Tom, who have been friends since the Beckhams moved to La from England almost a decade ago, are clearly keeping their cute friendship alive despite not being seen out together since an La Kings hockey game back in May 2013. Lately, Tom has been keeping busy promoting his recent action flick, Edge of Tomorrow, a press trip that's taken him around the world. After his meetup with David Beckham, the actor headed to Osaka, Japan, for yet another premiere of the film, which also stars Emily Blunt. »
- Brittney Stephens
Blessed with more stars than a clear night in the Arctic, comedy writer Richard Curtis completes the romantic hat-trick that began with Four Weddings and Notting Hill. A mostly London-based collection of loosely interweaving vignettes, it gathers together lonely hearts from all over London - including the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) - while Colin Firth provides a little French diversion. Bill Nighy scores the most laughs as an ageing rocker. »
The latest YouTuber with her own book deal is Zoe Sugg. The 24-year-old Brit, who vlogs under the username Zoella, will author two novels that will be distributed by Penguin Books. YouTubers such as Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, and Epic Meal Time have already authored books of their own, but Zoella's deal is different from those of her contemporaries. Instead of writing non-fiction books based off her online personality, she will pen two novels featuring young female protagonists. The first, titled Girl Online, will follow the life of a vlogger whose anonymous identity is exposed to the world. Penguin dubbed the novel "a modern-day Notting Hill for teens." Zoella is hugely popular in her native UK. Her videos are close to accruing five million subscribers and 200 million views, and she was recently voted UK Favourite Vlogger at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. "I then started writing my blog in 2009," she said, »
- Sam Gutelle
The hilarious new trailer for Paddington has arrived. (along with some pretty hilarious mock-horror memes that have gone viral.)
Paddington is adapted from Michael Bond’s books for children, which have been published in 40 languages and sold 35 million copies. The story is about a young bear from Peru who longs to visit England and decides to travel to London. He reaches the huge Paddington Station and realises he is lost and alone in a big city that was barely what he had expected, but a sympathetic family adopts him and he finds the peaceful haven he had dreamt about – until a taxidermist sets her sights on him.
The first ever live action film inspired by Bond’s best-selling books, stars BAFTA Award- nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris, Notting hill) as Mr Brown, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man, Bridget Jones’s Diary) as the »
- Michelle McCue
From the beginning, with his break out role as the quirky best friend to Hugh Grant's character in Notting Hill, Rhys Ifans has made a career out of being mad as a hatter. With more recent films like Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part I and The Amazing Spider-Man, Ifans has used that madness to his advantage in key roles for each respective franchise. As Xenophilius Lovegood and Dr. Curt Connors, the actor injected a sort of required paternal wisdom into a character that's generally unstable and morally neutral. If there were ever a role that would seem like the culmination of all of this work and skill, it would surely be that of the father to The Mad Hatter of Alice In Wonderland. It's just a shame that it's in Through The Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. The Wrap exclusively reported »
Celebrity Homes - Nicole Scherzinger is looking for a new home in London. The former 'X Factor' judge, whose boyfriend Lewis Hamilton lives in Monaco reportedly went house-hunting on Wednesday in West London after deciding to relocate full time to the UK from Los Angeles. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''Nicole loves England and has obviously spent a lot of time in the capital over the past five years or so. ''She had a series of viewings earlier in the week, looking at multimillion-pound homes in Notting Hill and Westbourne Grove. ''Her main prerequisites are lots of space, privacy and a gym. ''She will keep her home in the Hollywood Hills, but wants to move over here at the end of the summer ahead of her album release. ''It's also ideal for Lewis because he won't have to crash in impersonal hotels every time he comes to London. »
Everyone remembers Tim Burton’s visually stunning but intellectually flat Alice in Wonderland from 2010. However, what some viewers of that hugely successful fantasy film (it made over a billion worldwide and ranks as the sixteenth highest grossing film of all time) may not be aware of is that Alice in Wonderland 2 is still moving forward, four years later. Officially titled Through the Looking Glass, the sequel has James Bobin (The Muppets) attached to direct and is now filling out its cast.
Today, it was revealed that Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) will be joining the film in the pivotal role of Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father. Johnny Depp is already on board to reprise the part of the Hatter, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination back in 2010. Fun fact: at 50, Depp is actually four years older than the 46-year-old Ifans, but one would imagine that »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Royle Family star quit TV at the height of her fame. But now she's back in the public eye, offering her support for a new cancer campaign and revealing her own illness
In 1999, Caroline Aherne, then at the peak of her powers, following a triumphant first run of The Royle Family, met a young comedian, David Walliams. They flirted at the Groucho Club, lying side by side on the snooker table, before going back to Aherne's house in Notting Hill for more drinks. There, as Elvis crooned in the background, she gave Walliams some advice: "Whatever you do, don't lose your anonymity. It's the most terrible thing to lose."
No one can doubt that Aherne meant it. In 2001, after three impeccable series of The Royle Family, she announced she was quitting television, aged 37. (She chose, in either a curious, or ingeniously meta, touch, to use Hello! as the organ to make this revelation. »
- Tim Lewis
Has it really been 20 years? We hadn't noticed. Prepare to feel old, because this week romantic comedy classic Four Weddings and a Funeral celebrates a landmark anniversary.
The Richard Curtis-penned film delivered exactly what its title promised and so much more. It was funny, charming and packed with brilliant performances from a stellar Brit cast. Without it Hugh Grant would never have hit the Hollywood A-list and Wet Wet Wet wouldn't have spent what felt like an eternity at the top of the UK singles chart.
But what are the cast up to two decades on? We take a look at the key players then and now below...
Hugh Grant was a respected supporting actor in the Brit film industry prior to Four Weddings thanks to roles in Remains of the Day and Sirens. Things changed overnight after his role as the ever-so-British and lovelorn Charles.
London, May 11: Hugh Grant was spotted strolling for the first time with Anna Eberstein, who gave birth to his second love child.
The 53-year-old actor was seen putting his arms around the Swedish TV producer affectionately, however, it is still unsure whether the couple is in a relationship, the Mirror reported.
Grant has two children with actress Tinglan Hong named Tabitha and Felix and his child with Anna, whose name has not been revealed, was born three months before Felix in 2012.
Eberstein met the 'Notting Hill' actor while pitching a film idea to him and it is believed that he helped her buy a 3 million. »
- Anita Agarwal
Anyone who’s seen coverage of what’s happening with the Freddie Mercury biopic may wonder if a satisfying film can ever be made from a figure who is essentially inimitable. Well now director Mark Gill has set himself a challenge greater than parallel parking on the Moon – a movie based on Morrissey.
Having built a reputation with a string of distinctive, seemingly autobiographical tracks written with band The Smiths, he pursued a successful solo career that has lasted over 25 years. The staunch vegetarian has created controversy by reportedly encouraging animal rights activists to take violent action. He is also a man of surprises, nearly writing our Eurovision entry in 2007 and currently gearing up to perform live with Sir Cliff Richard this coming June.
Most recently he wrote Autobiography, which became a best seller, so Gill and his team are striking while the iron is still reasonably hot. Building on »
- Steve Palace
I’ve been a fan of Gina McKee’s work since the glorious Our Friends In The North, so it’s great to hear that she’ll be taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman as Richard III in Jamie Lloyd’s first production of his second season at Trafalgar Transformed, running from 1st July to 27th September. McKee has a fine record in numerous genres, and has also been involved with Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, and Notting Hill to name just a few.
In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, makes a hateful resolution to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal. His staunch ambition soon begins to weigh heavy, as the new »
- Dan Bullock
British romantic comedy scribe Richard Curtis (“Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Love Actually”) may have taken a detour from directing features, but he’s made a short video for the nonprofit org the Global Poverty Project to support its goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Curtis is a co-founder of Comic Relief and the org Make Poverty History. His film (shown below) showcases how far the world has come in the fight against poverty, and how far it still has to go.
“The dreams and ideals of our greatest heroes were always connected to the end of the immense injustice of extreme poverty,” Curtis said.
- Francesca Bacardi
The film, starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland), Paul Giamatti (The Ides Of March, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) and Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin), is directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) who co-wrote the screenplay with Rose Barrenche.
The classic romance drama is produced by Joe Neurauter & Felipe Marino of Occupant Entertainment in association with Aden Films’ Sophie Barthes and Aleph Motion Pictures’ Jaime Mateus-Tique with financing coming from Prescience with Tim Smith and Paul Brett taking Executive Producer credits. The Co-producers include Germany’s A Company Filmed Entertainment’s Alexander van Duelmen and Kai Kuenneman, Belgian’s Scope Pictures’ Genevieve Lemal and Left Field Ventures’ John Engel.
Currently in post-production, Madame Bovary was shot in Le Perche, France. Radiant Films International is handling foreign sales. »
- Michelle McCue
Some of our favorite stars stepped out over the holiday weekend, spending time with loved ones and taking in the fresh air while running errands. Miranda Kerr set the tone for her birthday weekend with a big smile in NYC, and over on the West Coast, Reese Witherspoon had her wedding ring front and center during her Easter Sunday outing. Meanwhile, Jamie Dornan ventured out in London's Notting Hill neighborhood, and Selena Gomez took in La's gorgeous weather while brushing up on her equestrian skills. Keep reading to see all that and more! Sources: Pacific Coast News Online and INFphoto.com View Slideshow › »
- Nick Maslow
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