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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
According to The Daily Mail, Working Title Films is hoping to shoot the third movie in the Bridget Jones series this year, with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth said to be in talks to reprise their roles from the first two movies.
“We are keen to try to make it later this year, but there’s still nothing definite yet,” states Eric Fellner of Working Title. “If the script and all our deals with the actors fall into place, then this one will be up and running.”
The third movie, entitled Bridget Jones’s Baby, has been written by author Helen Fielding, and Sharon Maguire – who helmed the 2001 original – is said to be back in the director’s chair. However, Hugh Grant has already opted against a return as Daniel Cleaver, with his character said to be absent from the script.
- Gary Collinson
A third Bridget Jones film could enter production as early as this autumn.
The project - rumoured to be called Bridget Jones's Baby - is being produced by Working Title, the company behind the first two movies.
The Daily Mail reports that Eric Fellner, co-chairman of Working Title, has said that the film is in "aggressive development".
"We are keen to try to make it later this year, but there's still nothing definite yet," he added.
"If the script and all our deals with the actors fall into place, then this one will be up and running."
Based on newspaper columns written by author Helen Fielding eight years ago, »
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that I’m a huge Jane Austen fangirl. I make no apologies. I made my husband take me to the Jane Austen museum in Bath for my 40th birthday. I own every version of every Jane Austen movie made – retellings too. As a matter of facet, I collect adaptations in every form from the sublime (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Bridget Jones, Clueless) to the abusively bad (Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is currently in my car’s CD player right now, but I’m powering through because I am not a quitter.) I’ve read Pride and Prejudice annually since I was 19 – and it’s not even my favorite Austen novel (that would be Persuasion, which I also read »
- Jen Ernst
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
Richard Curtis, the screenwriter behind "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Mr. Bean," "Bridget Jones' Diary," and "War Horse," will script a biopic of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb—the brothers who formed the Bee Gees in 1958—according to a report by The Tracking Board. Barry Gibb, the lone surviving member of the group, and MGM's Gary Barber are set to produce. Read More: "Review: New Collection Celebrates 25 Years of 'Mr. Bean,' Comic Outlaw" Born to English parents and raised primarily in Australia, The Bee Gees achieved international fame in not one but two distinct periods in music history, first as a Beatles-inspired pop trio and later as mainstays of disco. Their iconic soundtrack to 1977's "Saturday Night Fever," starring John Travolta, was the best-selling album of all time until it was supplanted by Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame notes that »
- Matt Brennan
If Prince Harry is the real-life equivalent of Bridget Jones, does that mean Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy are his Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy? The world may never know, given that Prince Harry scoffed at the idea that he's anything like Jones, Helen Fielding's unlucky-in-love protagonist from the popular Bridget Jones's Diary books. "Bridget Jones? Where's that come from? Because I write my own diary or because I don't have a girlfriend?" the 30-year-old prince jokingly asked a reporter from the U.K. newspaper The Mirror. "Bridget Jones? That's sad. No, for me, it's good—I'm very happy not having a girlfriend. It's not a case of anything...I'm not, sort of, looking. »
Beaming beauty! Renee Zellweger made her latest appearance in Hollywood on Thursday, May 14, where she looked natural and completely in her element at the SeriousFun Children's Network 2015 Los Angeles Gala. The Bridget Jones's Diary star, 46, dressed in an olive shift dress with black piping embellishing the bodice. Zellweger's blonde tresses — side bangs included — were swept up into a tidy topknot that framed her face. The star wore minimal makeup, accentuating her features with a tiny bit of blush, light eyeliner, a pop of [...] »
Cinco de Mayo has arrived and El Rey Network is celebrating the holiday in grand, fitting fashion with their From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 marathon that starts at dusk tonight and runs till dawn tomorrow, ramping up anticipation for the season two world premiere at the Atx Television Festival this June. The folks at El Rey Network are also adding even more festive culebra frights to the occasion, as they've provided us with five From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series prize pack, including the following:
(1) Season 1 Soundtrack (1) Season 1 Poster (1) Signed Season 1 DVD
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The »
- Derek Anderson
Owen and Hayward established the company in September and are in “advance development on several scripted series”.
It also produced Oscar-nominated movie, Saving Mr Banks, and Jane Eyre.
As part of the deal, ITV Studios Global Entertainment will exclusively distribute all of Monumental’s television productions.
It is ITV’s latest production sector deal, following investments »
London — ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distribution arm of U.K. TV network ITV, has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the indie recently founded by producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.
The agreement will see Itvs Ge exclusively distribute all television productions from Monumental, which is already in advanced development on several major scripted series.
Owen is the founder of production company Ruby Film and Television, which she set up in 1998. Along with producing feature films, including the Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Jane Eyre,” Ruby was behind high-end television dramas “Case Histories,” “Dancing on the Edge” and “Temple Grandin,” which won an Emmy.
Hayward most recently produced the Oscar-nominated “Les Miserables.” She was formerly head of films at Working Title, where she had creative responsibility for the company’s feature film slate, including the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” franchise, “Atonement” and the multi-Oscar nominated “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. »
- Leo Barraclough
Man Up (2015)
Written by Tess Morris
Directed by Ben Palmer
UK, France, 2015
At 34, Nancy (Londoner-accented Lake Bell) is a flakey journalist on the reluctant look for love at the pestering of friends and family. Through a case of mistaken identity hinging on a self-help book, she winds up on a date turned epic day with Jack (Simon Pegg), an online marketing manager. Charming, right? It’s this on-the-nose “charm” which will divide audiences into lovers and haters (with this viewer falling more towards the latter). In spite of a stellar cast, Man Up falls flat on its promising premise of being a rom-com for nonbelievers.
From the very outset, Nancy is the cool-not-cool girl of quirky nonchalance – watching Silence of the Lambs, writing affirmations in her moleskine, chomping on a baguette, flailing in interactions with members of the opposite sex. Everything she does and says denotes a certain out-of-place yet above-it-all persona, »
- Diana Drumm
Renee Zellweger looks better and better! The actress stepped out on Monday for "One Starry Night..From Broadway To Hollywood" in support of The Als Association in Pasadena, California. The 45-year-old star, who usually keeps her red carpet appearances to a minimum, looked adorable in a lace trench coat which featured ombre bright white detailing that faded to tan. She accessorized with nude pumps and kept her hair in her favorite top knot style with wispy bangs. Its been six months since the "Bridget Jones's Diary" star attended the Elle Women In Hollywood event, where her new look sent the internet into a frenzy. Some accused the blonde beauty of going under the knife, while a bevy of female celebs, like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, slammed critics and defended the Oscar-winning actress. Although the star did look different, she seems to be looking like the old Renee more and more. »
- tooFab Staff
Stepping out for a cause! Hitting the red carpet in style, Renee Zellweger attended the Als Association's "One Starry Night…From Broadway to Hollywood" charity event on Monday, April 20, in Pasadena, Calif. The Bridget Jones's Diary star, 45, looked light and airy in a lace trenchcoat with ombre detailing that faded from bright white to a metallic hue at the hem. She accessorized the piece with pointed-toe nude pumps, making her gams look a mile long. Complementing the feminine style of her coat, Zellweger, who brought her musician beau, [...] »
Pucker up, because the 2015 MTV Movie Awards are just a few days away. And what the Best Picture Oscar is to the Academy Awards, the coveted Best Kiss popcorn trophy is to the MTV Movie Awards.
The most anticipated (and not to mention, sexiest) award of them all has some serious contenders this year, including Shailene Woodly and Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), James Franco and Seth Rogen (The Interview), Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Rose Byrne and Halston Sage (Neighbors).
We won’t find out which smooching duo will join the ranks of MTV Movie Awards history until Sunday, so we decided to honor the previous winners that paved the way for them. From seriously steamy kisses to romantic pecks to hilariously over-the-top make-out sessions, we’ve ranked the best and worst »
- Aly Semigran
London — Andy Serkis’ production company The Imaginarium Studios and multi-national TV group Red Arrow have joined forces to create a new unit to develop high-end scripted TV drama for the international market.
The two companies are recruiting a senior-level executive to manage the new initiative’s development slate.
All projects will be distributed internationally by Red Arrow International.
The Imaginarium, which “Lord of the Rings” star Serkis founded in 2011 with producer Jonathan Cavendish (“Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), is a performance capture specialist. It has a burgeoning production slate, which includes a four-part family TV series, “Fungus the Bogeyman,” for pay TV operator Sky.
Cavendish and Serkis said: “Working with our friends at Red Arrow will give us a terrific opportunity to create new content for the international marketplace which we can fast-track into production. Red Arrow is a perfect partner for the Imaginarium and we are »
- Leo Barraclough
The new season, which will air on the BBC’s kids’ channel CBeebies in the U.K. later this year, will feature the same characters — Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La-La and Po — and styling as before, but will be “visually enhanced, bringing a refreshed and contemporary look and feel to one of the world’s most well-known properties,” Dhx Media said.
The series will feature a number of new elements, one of which is the Tubby Phone voiced by Horrocks, who is best known for playing Bubbles in “Absolutely Fabulous.”
Also joining the cast is up-and-coming actor and comedian Daniel Rigby, who will narrate the show. Rigby is best known for his work as a stand-up comic, as well as his BAFTA award-winning performance in the 2011 TV film “Eric and Ernie. »
- Leo Barraclough
Red Nose Day is coming to the U.S. NBC will introduce Americans to the long-time U.K. charity tradition with a three-hour live telethon on May 21.
Variety reports Christina Aguilera, Jon Hamm, and Sienna Miller have already begun promoting the New York-based event, which will feature comedy sketches, standup sets, musical performances and celebrity appearances.
Launched 30 years ago by Love Actually and Bridget Jones’ Diary director Richard Curtis, the drive raises money for various charities and attempts to raise public awareness about the plight of underprivileged people living throughout the world. The U.S. effort will donate proceeds to 12 charities that help young people in the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin American, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Vaccine Alliance, Children’s Health Fund, and United Way.
As in the U.K., people will be encouraged to buy red clown noses to don on May 21 to show solidarity with the cause. »
- A.R. Wilson
David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek are braving the storm with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in The Asylum and Syfy's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Featured in our latest round-up, the third installment in the tongue-in-cheek franchise has received a summer release date. We also have a casting update for the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary T-shirt from Fright Rags.
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) - New York – March 18, 2015 – Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, »
- Derek Anderson
NBC will close out the 2014-15 regular season on May 21 with a three-hour live telethon that marks the arrival in the U.S. of the Red Nose Day charity drive that has become a U.K. institution.
The Peacock is planning a star-packed telecast featuring standup and sketch comedy segments, musical performances and various celebrity appearances. The special will originate from New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
Red Nose Day was launched in 1985 by director Richard Curtis, of “Love Actually” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary” fame. The goal was to raise money for a range of worthy causes and also generate awareness among the public of the struggles of underprivileged people around the world.
As in the U.K., Red Nose Day will include a retail push to encourage people to buy plastic red clown noses to wear on May 21 as a means of acknowledging the greater need in the world. »
- Cynthia Littleton
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