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The holiday romantic comedy classic Love Actually was released in theaters ten years ago. The movie's tagline promised that it was the "ultimate romantic comedy" and the flick truly lived up to that description. In honor of this holiday-season movie must, we decided to reminisce about all the lessons this flick has taught us over the years.
Never let Rowan Atkinson wrap your gift if you’re in a hurry.
Though he will do a lovely job — with a sprig of holly and everything — if you do have some time to spare.
Preteen love is total agony.
Of course, we had already learned that when we were twelve. This was more of a reminder.
Milwaukee is a great place to meet women of easy virtue.
And in a related note, the women of Milwaukee love a guy with a British accent. Also, this one might not be true, actually.
Claudia Schiffer is like Beetlejuice. »
- Mandy McAdoo
It's the most wonderful time of the year: time to watch as many Christmas movies as you can until you're physically unable to continue! We've decided it might be best to ease you into it, so instead of making you watch the whole films, we've rounded up the most Gif-worthy moments of 12 classic, wonderful Christmas movies. We'll be adding in a new Gif every day, so check back to see which movies make our list! 12. Love Actually There are so many different storylines in Love Actually, which means at least one of them is going to mirror your own holiday experience. Basically, it's fitting for any mood you're in, from down in the dumps to head in the clouds. 11: Elf Come on, there's no way you're going to get through this movie without laughing. And if you do somehow manage to make it through without laughing, then you're just a regular Scrooge. »
- Ryan Roschke
If you're getting in the Christmas spirit, you'll want to head over to the Paramount on Sunday for 35mm screenings of Love Actually. They've got two afternoon matinee showings. If that doesn't work for you, it's also a Girlie Night booking at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz on Tuesday, but that appears to be a digital screening (for those of you, like me, who care about such things).
Speaking of the Ritz, they've got a Kung Fu Double Feature on Sunday night from the American Genre Film Archive, Richard Donner's Superman in 35mm on Monday and Sweet Smell Of Success on Wednesday night. If you've got six hours to spare on Thursday evening, they're also showing a double feature of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug in 35mm. If you want to forgo the high frame rate/IMAX/3D options, it's a rare opportunity to see new releases on film. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Love, actually! Keira Knightley recycled her wedding dress -- or selected a strikingly similar frock -- for Paul Newman's SeriousFun London Gala on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Love Actually actress, 28, attended the charity event with husband James Righton (whom she married back in May in a low-key ceremony in the south of France), wearing a strapless, tulle, ivory dress from Chanel's spring 2006 couture collection. The dress looks similar to a strapless, tulle Rodarte dress Knightley wore back in 2008 for a pre-bafta party, while she [...] »
Welcome to The Hollywood News Advent Calendar! Join us for the next 24 days as we run down the top Christmas movies and guide you to the perfect festive viewing. Featuring some of your favourite Christmas movies and some you’d probably forgotten (maybe even on purpose), but hey, it is Christmas after all… to see the calendar so far, click here.
You may scorn and you may call it cheesy but I can’t get through the festive season without a sneaky watch (or 5) of Richard Curtis’ Love Actually. No really, I can’t; it’s on ITV2 on repeat for the entire month of December.
Released in 2003; writer, director and all-round champion of the love story Richard Curtis brought us the trials and tribulations of interconnected couples in the frenzied weeks leading up to Christmas day in London town.
Ancient rock-and-rollers and their managers, Prime Ministers and their serving staff, »
- Victoria Bull
We said a few days ago that news from the Batman vs. Superman camp has been quiet while talking about the Kent Farm photos, so it's about time someone came out in an interview to talk about the "controversial" casting of Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight.
"I’m sure he’ll be fantastic, above all else, and as a filmmaker he’s got his own style, you know, he’s not copying anyone else. And he’s also sort of been tenacious in his career. He’s had ups followed by downs and now he’s very up again and I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character, and it’s something I enjoy working with because jobs »
Directed by John McTiernan
Forget all the sequels and their increasingly over-the-top set pieces (Chernobyl, really?). The first Die Hard is the one to beat. On top of it being perhaps the all-time greatest action film, it also happens to be the best Christmas movie-ever.
My Christmas tradition with Die Hard began when I was a kid. I never went for White Christmas or Holiday Inn or How the Grinch Stole Christmas but Die Hard, I could get behind. After the first viewing, it just kind of stuck. In my house, it’s not Christmas until the tree is up and we’re watching some sharp looking German robbers have the tables turned on them and get terrorized and outsmarted by a smart aleck New York cop.
Of course, who doesn’t know the plot like the back of their hand by now? »
If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, you spent a portion of your meal talking about movies. It’s Oscar season, after all, and every favorite aunt, distant cousin, and annoying neighbor has an opinion — a strong opinion — on the year’s best movies. It’s a conversation that will only grow louder in the coming weeks, as the race’s final contenders open in theaters, year-end Top-10 lists take shape, and studios begin to jockey in earnest for nominations. At stake is nothing less than cinematic immortality: To win an Oscar for Best Picture or Best Actress or another »
- Jeff Labrecque
Now that it's Thanksgiving week, it's time to get to watching holiday movies! Here to help, the Paramount Theatre is showing a variety of films during the month of December. As you watch these older and more recent Christmas classics, you can imbibe the free hot chocolate provided (discounted "extra toasty" beverages will also be available).
For something different this year, the downtown Austin landmark will be running a special deal for marriage proposals on Sunday, December 8. In between the Love Actually showtimes that day, the marquee will read "Will you marry me?" and couples can reserve times to pop the question in front of the theatre.
I asked Paramount programmer Stephen Jannise how this idea was conceived and whether this is the first time something like this has been done at the historic venue. His response:
"One of my coworkers actually came up with the proposal idea after I had already programmed Love Actually. »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Los Angeles, Nov 25: Actor Colin Firth says he always tries to impress his parents by opting for good roles.
The 53-year-old has played a wide range of characters like Britain's King George VI in "The Kings Speech" to a heartbroken writer in "Love Actually". He admits his parents aren't always supportive of his career, reports contactmusic.com.
"I've tried to impress them with distinguished roles where you don't feel apologetic about your chosen profession," said Firth.
"Playing a king is much better than when I'm prancing around in 'Mamma Mia'," he added.
- Amith Ostwal
London — Emma Thompson told an audience at BAFTA in London Sunday how much she disliked the star system.
“The star system is not a good system. It’s all hierarchical. I think that’s just revolting. It is revolting for actors to become grand,” said Thompson, who claimed that she was the only star to have ever asked for a smaller trailer.
During the interview, which was part of BAFTA’s “A Life in Pictures” series, in which top talent talk about their careers, she paid tribute to those actors who were “great” without being “grand,” such as Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins. She recalled how Hoffman was once stuck in traffic while travelling to the set of “Last Chance Harvey,” and got out of the car, took his shoes off, and ran in his socks to get there in time. “He just wants to do it so much,” she said. »
- Leo Barraclough
Where are you right now?
I'm in Canada. It's a clear day, the snow's starting to melt and I have a day off, so it's not too bad. Right now, I'm in my hotel room waiting for them to replace my television.
I thought I had a poltergeist because it keeps turning itself on and the volume suddenly goes up on its own. I told them: "There's either a ghost in here or I need a new TV."
I hoped for a moment you'd smashed it up, rock star-style.
Oh gosh, no. Those days are long gone for me. I'm pretty boring these days.
You're shooting the TV version of Fargo there, right?
Yeah, in Calgary, which is a great town. »
- Michael Hogan
Emma Thompson stars in the new (and very favorably reviewed) Saving Mr. Banks, in which she plays Mary Poppins‘ protective author P.L. Travers. And thank God, because she nails the damn role. In fact, Thompson is so consistent onscreen and such a legend of cinema that it’s hard to believe we’ve only been watching her for 25 years. Hell, unless you saw Henry V, you were almost certainly introduced to her in the ’90s. For a legend, she’s moved quickly.
And today, I suggest another layer to her legacy: Gay Icon. Here are five reasons the marvelous double Oscar-winner should be sanctified in the name of gay adoration.
1. Every gay man has a favorite Emma Thompson role.
- Louis Virtel
Whoa. Keanu Reeves is like totally going to keep carrying on for a gazillion lifetimes until he finally meets the woman he loves again. Or something. Not exactly Oscar worthy exchange there between Keanu and his lady love in Carl Risch’s upcoming “47 Ronin”, but then again I’m sure most of you won’t be going into the theaters expecting to see the most romantic-est movie of all time here, right? That’s what “Love Actually” is for. Check out two more clips from the upcoming fantasy actioner. Yes, it’s fantasy. That explains the giant elephant/something that Keanu just dispatched. From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure “47 Ronin” is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 Ronin. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. »
On the first day of rehearsals for “Saving Mr. Banks,” Jason Schwartzman was running 20 minutes late. By the time he got to the tableread with Emma Thompson and the rest of the actors, he was in an apologetic frenzy. It got worse when Thompson, whom he had never met before, suddenly exploded.
“I just flew in from London!” she bellowed. “The least you could do was be on time!” An awkward hush fell over the room, and Schwartzman was horrified.
“Though my body was the same, within me I was shrinking,” says Schwartzman, who plays “Mary Poppins” songwriter Richard Sherman. “I was so embarrassed, and then she started laughing and the whole thing was a joke. The fear that she put in me, I used that for the rest of the shoot.”
While delivered in jest, the reprimand personifies Thompson’s dry wit and penchant for pushiness.
“My dad always »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Thn love an original event and on Sunday 1st December the flicker club will host a unique Finale screening of Richard Curtis’ summer hit About Time, with a special personal introduction from the man who brought us Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually. For those special event at Bounce, the home of ping pong, your ticket would included the movie, a rare chat with the director And ping pong. What more could you possibly need?!
Telling the story of a rather exceptional trait in the males of one family, About Time has been applauded by critics and cinema-goers alike. At the age of 21, the night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) if informed by his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change »
- Dan Bullock
What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? Well, consider this week the calm before the holiday-movie storm. Next week is Thanksgivukkah and then a virtual Christmas-movie-marathon-mania follows. Before you get your dose of jolly caroling cheer, scenes of holly-trimmed (and secretly hostile) family dinners, and everyone quoting Love Actually, consider this your bah, Humbug! week, filled with a stocking’s worth of everything that’s anti-holiday — teens killing teens, crime-solving robots, and sardonic humor. Merry watching!
All times listed are Eastern.
Almost Human, Series Debut, 8 p.m., Fox
- Jennifer Arellano
Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we revisited the Christmas classic Love Actually, obsessed over things Jennifer Lawrence said, and put together a compendium of cultural artifacts you probably missed in the past few decades. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.Q: It's getting cold outside and I totally want a winter boy/girlfriend to snuggle up with and watch Love Actually. Isn't it great? A: When the movie premiered, critics weren't so crazy about it. One called it "the worst Christmas movie ever." But the question we're asking on its ten-year anniversary is: Where does it rank in the rom-com canon? Q: Did I miss anything having to do with Jennifer Lawrence? Did she maybe slip adorably and I missed it? A: No, »
- E. Alex Jung
The enormous success of 1994’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, both the highest-grossing British film in history at the time of its release, as well as a $245 million worldwide box office smash, made a star of its screenwriter, Richard Curtis. He was nominated for an Academy Award, among other plaudits, and went on to pen the scripts for Bean, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary. In 2003, with the kaleidoscopic ensemble comedy Love Actually, Curtis was pushed into directing as well as writing, resulting in another huge hit. »
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And while I was in Los Angeles earlier this week the Moët British Independent Film Award nominations were announced. I love little weird awards groups like this (the corporate titling not »
- NATHANIEL R
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