11 items from 2014
• Charlize Theron is set to produce and potentially star in Everything Nice, an adaptation of Ellen Shanman’s novel about an ad exec who gets fired, moves back in with her widowed father, starts a flirtation with an old flame, and ends up teaching life skills to sixth-grade girls. One True Thing and Admission scribe Karen Croner is penning the script for Universal. [Deadline]
• Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in the comedy American Ultra for director Nima Nourizadeh. The film follows a stoner who gets targeted by a sinister government operation. Thurman will play »
- Lindsey Bahr
“Please look after this Bear. Thank You.” For those of us who grew up reading the Paddington Books, get ready for the little bear to make his debut on the big screen.
Set for Oscar Season 2014 and a December release date, here’s the first teaser for the forthcoming family adventure Paddington.
The first ever live action film inspired by Bond’s best-selling books, will star 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 voice of Paddington Bear and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Moulin Rouge) as the evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. The cast are joined »
- Michelle McCue
HBO has announced that new comedy series Doll & Em will premiere on Wednesday, March 19th. They've ordered six episodes which will air in pairs over three weeks.
Here are the details:
Doll & Em, a six-episode comedy series starring Emily Mortimer (HBO’s “The Newsroom”) and Dolly Wells (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), will debut Wednesday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt), presenting two half-hour episodes back-to-back, followed by two episodes on both of the subsequent Wednesdays, March 26 and April 2.
Written by and starring real-life best friends Mortimer and Wells, Doll & Em is a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles. A bittersweet, intimate »
Sure, Valentine's Day can be a romantic celebration with a significant other, but it's also a time to embrace being unattached. Helen Fielding - creator of Bridget Jones, whose relationship ups and downs have played out from novels to the big screen - created a playlist for all the single ladies out there on Feb. 14 that lists music Bridget (played by Renée Zellweger) would approve of. Sharing the selection of songs exclusively with People readers, the list contains everything from "Crazy for You" by Madonna, to "Littlest Things" by Lily Allen, and naturally, "Have You Met Miss Jones?" by Robbie Williams. »
- Dahvi Shira
You can put it down to luck, clever career management or a combination of the two, but there's no doubting that over the past three years Matthew McConaughey has pulled off a career comeback, a 'McConaissance', the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen.
After a string of certified duffers - including Sahara, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - McConaughey is now on a winning streak that could well culminate in him lifting the Best Actor Academy Award next month for Dallas Buyers Club. He's also one of the most in-demand A-listers around, with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linkater, William Friedkin and Christopher Nolan all casting him in prestige projects.
If McConaughey, the one-time shirtless, tussle-haired Texas Surfer, Dude, can turn things around so dramatically, surely there are other big name actors out there with a locker full of surprises? Digital Spy takes a »
Before: 84kg (13st 3lb/185lb)
After: 61kg (9st 8lb/134lb)
McConaughey has already scooped a number of industry accolades for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, which he prepared for by consuming only Diet Coke, egg whites, chicken and the odd spoonful of tapioca. He has won both the Screen Actors Guild award for best actor and the Golden Globe for best actor (drama). He has also been nominated for best actor at this year's Oscars.
Before: 70kg (10st 12lb/152lb)
After: 100kg (15st 10lb/220lb)
Although the film fell a little flat, Leto was praised for his portrayal of John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, in the 2007 biographical film, Chapter 27. Fingers crossed that goes some way to making all the pints of microwaved »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
Some women would try to deny it, but truth be told Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, is the stereotypical woman’s holy grail of films. The flowery speech, the witty conservation and the dreamy Colin Firth constitute the 5 hour and 23 minute filmed version of Jane Austen’s romantic classic. Men, if you couldn’t figure out how Colin Firth was so popular after starring in mediocre [read: crappy] chick flicks like Bridget Jones’s Diary then you missed the boat. Firth has ridden the brooding manliness he established with Pride & Prejudice ever since. It’s not your fault if you never understood the allure of Mr. Firth if you’ve never seen Pride & Prejudice. Well, actually the average woman would say it’s your fault for not having seen the greatest story ever told on film – but they’re somewhat biased on that account. For those of us »
- Lex Walker
Most Academy Awards hand out five nominations apiece. Some awards only hand out three; a few years ago, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race to like a million nominees. But the specific number doesn’t really matter. Most races inevitably come down to some kind of face-off between two nominees: Frontrunner vs. Dark Horse, Beloved Veteran vs. Dynamic Newcomer, Megahit vs. Beloved Smaller Film, Dark Tale Of The Modern World vs. Sentimental Nostalgia Bait.
Each year, though there are races that defy any easy binary rendering. These are the categories that stacked almost too high with talent. Sometimes that’s clear right away, »
- Darren Franich
Elijah Wood is ready to "Set Fire To The Stars" The "Lord of the Rings" vet will co-star in the Dylan Thomas biopic directed by "Downton Abbey" veteran Andy Goddard. The period drama will trace the turbulent relationship between aspiring poet John Malcolm Brinnin (wood) and the much more famous Thomas (Celyn Jones), the hard-living Welsh poet known for such pieces as "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night" and "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Brinnin and Goddard co-wrote the script. Kelly Reilly ("Sherlock Holmes"), Shirley Henderson ("Bridget Jones' Diary") and Steven Mackintosh ("Kick Ass 2") will round out the »
- Dave Lewis
London, Jan 4: Colin Firth, who is considered the epitome of the English gent, has revealed that he has never felt entirely British due to spending much of his life abroad.
The 'Bridget Jones' star explained that he puts on a British mask and the identity fits him all too well, the Daily Express reported.
The 53-year-old actor jokingly added that he might be one of those expatriates who seem more British than the people who actually live in Britain. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
11 items from 2014
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