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San Sebastian, Spain– Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, who delivered the biggest French-language hit ever with the Omar-Sy starrer “Intouchables” ($426 million worldwide) in 2011, fired up this year’s San Sebastian fest with the European premiere of “Samba” on closing night. In the well-polished social comedy, Sy plays Samba, a hard-working Senegalese migrant whose life is turned upside down after getting caught by authorities. Pic, which is produced by Quad Films, centers around Samba’s unlikely relationship and building romance with Alice, a social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is recovering from a burn-out. Sold by Gaumont, “Samba” sparked standing ovations at both Toronto, where it world-premiered, and at San Sebastian. Kicking off the European tour to promote the movie, Toledano and Nakache took time to chat with Variety about the genesis of “Samba,” what the film means to them, their collaboration with Sy and Gainsbourg, and what they look forward to in France and beyond. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Production Guild of Great Britain has revealed the winners of its inaugural awards.
The awards recognise achievements made by those working in a range of production management fields, including production office, accounting, assistant directing, location management and post production.
Production Guild chief executive Alison Small said: “The knowledge, experience, skill and determination of our members play a crucial role in achieving the final result of films and TV programmes we can all enjoy.
“Their work is a vital ingredient in the UK’s track record in making successful British content, and in making the UK the destination of choice for international film and programme-makers, creating jobs, generating investment and showcasing what we can do to the world.
“We are proud to celebrate the high standards of excellence that our members working in production management achieve year upon »
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
He speaks! Hugh Grant finally broke his silence about his child with TV producer Anna Elisabet Eberstein while recently speaking to Swedish newspaper Nöjesbladet (via the Daily Mail). The Notting Hill star, 54, told the paper that his romantic relationship with Eberstein was in the past, but she and their 2-year-old baby boy are a very big part of his life. "I love him very much," Grant said while attending a race in Skane Knutstorp. He added that the tot, whose name has still not been disclosed, was "excellent." Grant [...] »
The adventuring standup has become a master of combining Powerpoint presentations with observational comedy, with his latest show taking viewers on a journey of random subjects that baffle and dumbfound him.
Ahead of the new series, Digital Spy spoke to Dave Gorman about his work routine, choosing channels and in particular: copyrighted postcards (which is crying out for a Powerpoint presentation of its own).
Dave on... Twitter naysayers
"You never know how people are going to take to something. But [reviews to series one] just definitely seemed overwhelmingly positive. There was one person every week – literally one every week – being a dick on Twitter. You could just sit there and laugh and enjoy them and it was funny. The idea is not to entertain everyone. The idea is to really entertain the people who like it. There's this weird idea »
Some Hugh Grant romantic comedies are objectively good (a few of them are even great), others aren’t. But, for some reason, I tend to like them all. Good and bad. Which means I’ll be seeing The Rewrite even though it was directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice), who does not tend to make my favorite Grant movies. The addition of the always-welcome Marisa Tomei evens that out. Going off the trailer, I’m pretty sure I know every single beat of the movie already. It doesn’t appear to be in the league of Notting Hill or About a Boy anything like that, but it also doesn’t look as bad as Nine Months. The film also stars Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott. There’s no domestic release date yet but Lionsgate is releasing the pic in the UK on October 8th. Hit the jump for The Rewrite trailer. »
- Evan Dickson
Netflix has amassed a fine comic cast for this new animated series (right): not only does it star Will Arnett as a washed-up sitcom horse, but there are also turns from Communitys Alison Brie, Strangers With Candys Amy Sedaris and, in his first post-Breaking Bad TV role, Aaron Paul. It feels similar in tone to the adult animated comedies of the 90s, most notably the similarly anthropomorphic Duckman. Catch the series in full from Friday.
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- Gwilym Mumford, Lanre Bakare & Rachel Aroesti
Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 15 years to one of the best recent movie seasons overall. In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1999. It was the summer I became Moriarty. To be fair, I had been contributing to Ain't It Cool for a little while already by that point, and I had been slowly but surely embracing the potential of the website and the audience that I was reaching. I had already taken a few trips to Austin, including a memorable stay at the third Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, »
- Drew McWeeny
In summers past, Hollywood used to give audiences a break from all the action-packed sequels targeted to teenage boys. Usually, that came in the form of counterprogramming known as the romantic comedy. For most of the late ’90s, Julia Roberts carried the genre: she opened 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, against the disastrous “Batman and Robin.” She was also the star of such summertime hits as 1999’s “Notting Hill” ($364 million worldwide), “Runaway Bride” ($309 million) and 2001’s “America’s Sweethearts” ($138 million), which marked the end of her reign as the queen of romantic comedies.
One of the reasons that the summer of 2014 has been so catastrophic, with box office grosses down 18 percent, is the glut of indistinguishable product. Every movie, from “Transformers 4” to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” feels like a photocopy of something that came before it. But the biggest profit margins aren’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Julia Roberts has said a number of memorable movie lines over her career, and she can still remember them. On Friday’s Today, the actress showed that she’s still able to recite, word-for-word, quotes from Pretty Woman and Notting Hill, with just a slight prompt from Matt Lauer. When asked whether she remembered those lines because they’re so well-known or if she can do that with all of her movies, Roberts said it’s likely the latter. “For the most part I probably can because you just grind it in there so hard so that it feels like your
- Hilary Lewis
Dave Bautista, WWE wrestler and star of the highly anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy, has been doing the press rounds recently and has had some rather random things to say. He sat down with London Live to talk about Gotg, his love of British rom-coms and why he’s desperate to star in a Guy Ritchie flick.
“I would love to do that. I have been asked if I would want to work with him and, yeah, I am a huge Statham fan. I like the action stuff he does but I prefer the older stuff when he was doing the Guy Ritchie stuff, the dialogue stuff. Snatch is one of my all-time favourite films. I want to do Quentin Tarantino and Scorsese stuff and that is definitely the stuff that I would aspire to do. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Recreate your favourite scenes or just show us your selfies against the urban backdrops of sitcoms and comedies, from the small screen to the silver one
It's comedy week on Guardian Cities, and we're starting with the relationship between sitcoms and the urban environments they portray. New York and London are popular, of course, but from San Diego and Philadelphia to Slough and Sheffield, the cities captured in comedy TV and movies aren't always the usual suspects.
Have you eaten at Tom's diner from Seinfeld? Perused the shelves at the bookshop in Notting Hill? Found a frozen banana stand in La? We want to see you in your favourite comedy locales whether you ended up there unwittingly or made a special pilgrimage. Share your pictures, videos and experiences with GuardianWitness and we'll feature the best on Guardian Cities. Just click on the blue 'Contribute' button, or if you're out and »
- Guardian Staff
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
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