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Good news everyone: a new study has confirmed that romantic comedies are unrealistic, while at the same time demonstrating that studying romantic comedies is a wholly unnecessary scientific pursuit. Two birds, one stone. From BBC News: Rom-coms have been blamed by relationship experts at Heriot Watt University for promoting unrealistic expectations when it comes to love. Psychologists at the family and personal relationships laboratory at the university studied 40 top box office hits between 1995 and 2005, and identified common themes which they believed were unrealistic. The movies included You've Got Mail, Maid In Manhattan, The Wedding Planner and While You Were Sleeping. The Family and Personal Relationships lab at Heriot Watt University must be like special ed for scientists. When the scientific community gets together at their annual Laugh At Intelligent Design Conference--ladies get two for one beaker margaritas all night »
Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez wants to expand her family by having more children.
And Lopez admits that she is hoping to get pregnant again - but she is happy to leave it to chance.
She tells E! Online, "I'd love to have more kids. I don't know when, we'll see, you know, that's the same way my first ones happened! We'll just do it the same way for the second (time around)!" »
- Year of the Fish is a film of simple ambitions. A Cinderella story by way of Chinatown, the pic is an unabashed fairytale told with a straight forward, modern-day charm in lieu of a meta-deconstruction approach – A Princess Bride or Amelie this is not. The film follows Ye Xian, a fresh-off-the-boat Chinese immigrant who arrives in the Big Apple with dreams of making a life for herself. Of course, little does she know the job opportunity arranged for her is at a “massage” parlor where she is expected to service the male clientele with a smile. Unwilling to debase herself, the Evil Aunt proprietor makes Ye Xian her whipping girl tasked with doing the parlor’s grunt work. It is in this capacity that she meets Johnny, an accordion-playing grandma’s boy with his own problems. Along the way she also crosses paths with a collection of fantastical characters »
The 39-year-old has teamed up with U.S. TV network ABC to produce a new series based on the hit film.
Lopez will not star in the programme, but will serve as an executive producer - overseeing the production and the script.
The show will mirror the plot of the big screen version, with a struggling maid working at a luxurious New York hotel, but it will feature an entirely different character.
Writer Chad Hodge tells the Hollywood Reporter, "The show is a different maid in a different Manhattan. She (Lopez) will be very integral in the pilot and series." »
The network is in negotiations for a series adaptation of the 2002 romantic comedy to be penned by Chad Hodge and executive produced by Lopez, Joe Roth and the film's producer, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
The hourlong dramedy, which is getting a put pilot commitment, is not a remake of the hit feature, which centered on Marisa Ventura (Lopez), a struggling single mother from the Bronx who works as a maid at a swanky Manhattan hotel, where a rising politician guest (Ralph Fiennes) falls for her after mistaking her for a wealthy socialite.
"The show is a different maid in a different Manhattan," Hodge said.
The lead in the TV version will still be a young Latina from the Bronx working at a Manhattan hotel who tries to make it in the world. But the series will focus mostly on her relationships with co-workers.
"While the hotel's clientele is an obvious part of this world, I'm more interested in the downstairs part of 'Upstairs, Downstairs,' " Hodge said, referring to the classic British series.
Hodge, who had written a couple of ABC Family romantic comedies, immediately connected with the idea.
"I imagine being a writer in Hollywood is often very similar to being a maid in Manhattan," he said.
Lopez, a Bronx native, has been very involved, providing "a fountain of ideas," Hodge said. "She will be very integral in the pilot and series," he said.
In addition to Hodge, Lopez, Roth and Goldsmith-Thomas, Lederman and Lopez's producing partner Simon Fields also will serve as executive producers on the project.
This is the second time that ABC and Roth are taking a stab at a series adaptation of "Maid," which grossed $93.8 million at the domestic box office. They developed a script with a different writer during the 2004-05 development season.
On ABC, "Maid" could be a suitable companion for the network's dramedy "Ugly Betty," which also centers on a hardworking young Latina in New York with big dreams.
Series based on features are hot at ABC this summer. The network also is developing a new take on the 1987 hit "The Witches of Eastwick."
"Maid" is the second high-profile project for Hodge in the past few weeks following the sale of a Studio 54-themed drama for Showtime that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are executive producing and Bryan Singer is potentially directing.
"Maid" was packaged by Wma, which reps all parties involved.
Legal reps include Michael Fuller for Hodge, Bob Wallerstein for Lopez, Sam Fischer for Roth and Ryan Nord for Goldsmith-Thomas. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
British movie star Ralph Fiennes has splashed out on a new $2 million (GBP1 million) home in New York.
The Maid in Manhattan star is moving into a loft in the trendy Meatpacking district.
Single Fiennes' new bachelor pad features a chef's kitchen, wood burning fireplace and spectacular views of the city, reports the New York Post. »
Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is temporarily retiring from show business so she can devote herself to her family. The 38-year-old Maid in Manhattan star is due to give birth to husband Marc Anthony's baby in the spring. And Lopez, who is determined to spend as much time with her first child as possible, has no plans to return to work in the foreseeable future. She tells Harper's Bazaar magazine, "I don't know (how long I will take off), and I like that, because my life has been so planned for so many years. Once I did the (recent U.S.) tour, I really just wanted to shut it down, and since then I've had to do three things, including a video. It may not sound like a lot, but you know, at this point, any woman can sympathize. It is a lot. I was ready just to sit." »
7 items from 2008
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