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One of the most heartwarming moments in Love Actually comes when Sam runs after Joanna at the airport, but in the movie's original version, that scene had a totally different spin. The first draft of the film highlighted Sam's gymnastic skills, and in the airport scene, he is seen flipping and cartwheeling his way past the gates and over rows of people. The most impressive feat, though, comes when he treats a pole at the gate as if it's a gymnastics high bar. As entertaining as the deleted scene may be, we have to say, we're happy with the more realistic final edit. Watch the full clip above, then check out 33 Love Actually moments that fill your heart, plus the hilariously true Love Actually honest trailer! »
- Laura Marie Meyers
ABC Family's countdown to 25 Days of Christmas has kicked off, but after that, it's time for the real deal! ABC Family's holiday-themed marathon (which follows the equally addictive 13 Nights of Halloween) kicks off on Dec. 1 and goes until Christmas Day, of course, and this year's offerings are all nostalgic and fun. It's exactly what you need to get you in the mood. Get a look at the schedule now to get excited! Related: The Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Lineup Is Here 11 Holiday Movies You Can Stream on Netflix The 17 Holiday Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once Dec. 1 7:00 a.m. - The Preacher's Wife 11:00 a.m. - Disney's A Christmas Carol 1:00 p.m. - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 2:30 p.m. - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 3:30 p.m. - Frosty's Winter Wonderland 4:00 p.m. - Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Love Actually, the 2003 instant Christmas classic, had a subplot featuring a lesbian couple that was cut from the final film. ‘Love Actually’ Deleted Scenes Writer/director Richard Curtis recently revealed that Anne Reid was meant to play a headmistress who is caring for her ailing partner in Love Actually. Unfortunately, Reid’s storyline, the only one […]
The post ‘Love Actually’ Lesbian Couple Subplot Cut From Film Unearthed appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
What kind of title is Love The Coopers, anyway? Does it represent the bland sentimentalities of a Hallmark card hastily signed on the way to your parents’ house? Is it meant as a plea to audiences, a last-ditch effort to get you to care about its disparate collection of thinly constructed personalities? This overwrought family Christmas comedy is as devoid of nuance as its plain title suggests. Worse than that, Love The Coopers is overly familiar and exceedingly dull despite its warm, genial cast.
In the snowy suburbs around Pittsburgh, four generations of the Cooper family prepare for their annual Christmas gathering. Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) hope to keep their rocky marriage and impending divorce a secret long enough to host one last, happy family holiday dinner. Their son Hank (Ed Helms), meanwhile, contends with his own marital and parenting issues while keeping his unemployment a secret »
- Zachary Shevich
There’s no taste like ham for the holidays, and that’s the prevailing flavor in “Love the Coopers,” writer-director Jessie Nelson’s Christmas family reunion movie. It’s sort of a mashup of “Home for the Holidays,” “Love Actually,” and some minor Cameron Crowe movie that’s sprawling, awkward and contrived, yet brimming with goodwill toward men. Diane Keaton and John Goodman play Charlotte and Sam, a four-decade couple putting off divorce to fake one last perfect Yule for their imperfect clan. Their daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) a bitter liberal pill, picks up a kindly right-wing GI named Joe (Jake Lacy) to take to. »
- Tim Appelo
When it comes to holiday movies, there's nothing quite like Love Actually, which manages to both fill your heart and break it with all the funny, complicated, and adorable love stories. The film came out in 2003, and just 12 years after its release, it's already considered a classic. There are more than a few memorable, quotable moments, including Hugh Grant's hilarious dance routine, the famous poster board scene with Keira Knightley, and everything about Colin Firth's crazy-cute romance with his housekeeper. To get in the holiday spirit, take a look at these Gif-worthy Love Actually moments so heartwarming and/or hilarious you won't even be able to even stand it. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Though Sofia Coppola’s abrupt exit threatened to sink the live-action feature some months ago, The Wrap now reports that Universal has found its Ariel for the retelling of classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid in Chloë Grace Moretz.
Prior to Coppola’s departure from the nascent project, reports suggested that the director had lobbied to cast relative unknown Maya Thurman-Hawke in the title role, though the studio had intended to cast a known quantity – and they’ve certainly found that in Moretz. Universal’s reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved children’s story has also welcomed a new addition to the fray on the other side of the lens, with Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually‘s Richard Curtis in negotiations to pen the screenplay, which would have him doctoring the original treatment served up by Caroline Thompson.
A new lease of life all around, then. »
- Michael Briers
The distance between Christmas and Valentine's Day seems to grow shorter with each passing season, which is understandable considering both holidays involve buying lots of things for the people you love and a red color scheme. Kylie Minogue is getting into the Love Actually spirit this year with the release of her Christmas album Kylie Christmas set to come out November 13. And as an early present, she's released a cover of the Yazoo's 1982 hit "Only You" with Late Late Show host James Corden. Merry Valenmas! »
- E. Alex Jung
Chloe Moretz will star in Universal and Working Title's long-gestating "The Little Mermaid," to be written by "Love Actually" screenwriter Richard Curtis, as producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner attempt to revive the troubled project once more. No replacement for director Sofia Coppola, who left the film this spring citing "creative differences," has been named. Read More: "'Anna Karenina' and 'Les Miserables' Producers Bevan and Fellner Nab PGA Selznick Award" Moretz and Curtis' involvement marks at least the third iteration of the live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale, which has been in development since at least 2011. Frequent Working Title collaborator Joe Wright ("Pride and Prejudice," "Atonement") was once attached, before drafts by "Fifty Shades of Grey" screenwriter Kelly Marcel and "Suffragette" scribe Abi Morgan stalled; Coppola signed on in March »
- Matt Brennan
To us, she is perfect! Chloe Grace Moretz is going under the sea in the live-action "The Little Mermaid" movie, Variety reports. They said Richard Curtis -- the smart/funny writer of "Love Actually," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill," and pretty much everything that Hugh Grant ever did right -- is in talks to write the script.
No one is on board to direct yet, at least officially, which is kind of a problem. Sofia Coppola dropped out back in late May/early June. At the time, Kelly Marcel, Abi Morgan, and Caroline Thompson had been taking passes on the script.
It's not clear yet how much this movie will follow the Hans Christian Andersen story of a mermaid who wants to be human after saving a man from drowning. Disney's 1989 animated movie was hugely popular, but you have to imagine the live-action version will want to put its own stamp on things. »
- Gina Carbone
Universal has been grooming a live action version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid for the big screen for well over a year now. At one point Sofia Coppola was set to direct, but she departed under the cloudy 'creative differences' banner.
According to a Deadline article from June, it was the casting of Ariel that was the "creative difference" in question, with Coppola lobbying for Maya Thurman-Hawke in the lead role. The studio, being the studio, wanted a known quantity.
Well, they got her. Chloe Grace Moretz will now play the title role.
Previous screenwriter Caroline Thompson's draft appears to no longer be in play, »
Variety is reporting that Chloe Grace Moretz is set to star in the title role in The Little Mermaid, Universal Pictures and Working Title’s upcoming live-action retealling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, which will be scripted by Richard Curtis (Love Actually).
The project originally had Sofia Coppola attached to direct, although the filmmaker parted ways with the studios earlier in the year citing creative differences, with a source for Variety claiming that Coppola’s unwillingness to cast Moretz could have been a contributing factor.
At this point, there’s no word on a release date for The Little Mermaid, but with Disney mining virtually its entire animated back catalogue for live-action adaptations, you can bet Universal and Working Title will want to move quickly.
- Gary Collinson
Universal’s live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid — which will have no relation to the Disney animated musical version — has its Little Mermaid. (Disney also came up with the name Ariel, so who knows what her name will be!) The film, which previously was to be directed by Sofia Coppola, is now without a director after Coppola exited due to the old “creative differences” song and dance. Variety reports that Coppola actually left the film because she didn't want to work with Mortez. Maybe she’s terrified that Moretz is actually Hit-Girl?The film, which has no release date, will be penned by Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis. »
- Ira Madison III
Sofia Coppola making her first, bonafide major studio movie with "The Little Mermaid" was certainly a tantalizing prospect, but that ended this summer, when the director exited the project over creative differences. Universal remains determined to get it up on the big screen, and instead of a director to anchor the project, they've found a star. Read More: Sofia Coppola Exits 'The Little Mermaid' Variety reports that Chloe Moretz will now lead the movie based on Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale. The word around the campfire is that Coppola didn't want a star at the level of Moretz for the lead role, and it was one of the reasons she left the project. The studio, however, still wanted the actress, and they've now landed her. Helping to get the vision for the movie solidified is writer Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "Bridget Jones' Diary"), who is taking a run at the screenplay. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Not much is known about how this version will compare to previous versions of the Hans Christian Andersen story, which follows a mermaid who wished to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.
Earlier this year, director Sofia Coppola left the project after creative differences with the studios. Since the project is not yet dated, execs felt it was smarter to take one more pass at the script with a top-level writer in order to attract the type of talent they want for the project. »
- Justin Kroll
Even though Halloween was only just this past Saturday, ABC Family is already looking ahead to Christmas, as the network has announced its official schedule for its annual 25 Days of Christmas. Filled with shows, movies, and all types of specials, ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas has something for pretty much anyone, whether you want to watch a holiday romance like Love Actually (as photographed above), a more family-friendly film, such as Elf or even Harry Potter, or any of the classic Christmas specials involving Frosty, Rudolph, and/or Santa Claus. Check out ABC Family’s full schedule below, and be sure to comment below and let us know what you’ll be watching this December. Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 a.m. The Preacher’s Wife 11 a.m. Disney’s A Christmas Carol 1 p.m. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas 2:30 p.m. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 3:30 p. »
- Chris King
We tv has ordered eight hourlong episodes of Driven To Love, a dating reality series, hosted by Ray J, for premiere in early 2016. Produced by Lion Television and based on a format by Matar Productions and Zig Zag Productions, relationships on Driven To Love actually start in the backseat of a car and develop from there. In each episode, Ray J will drive a hopeful single around town in an SUV in a search for potential mates. Along the way, Ray J will provide dating… »
Now that Halloween has come, gone and left us with enough nightmare fuel for another year, Hollywood is firing up the festive marketing machine in anticipation of this year’s slew of Christmas-themed releases. And so, with both Love the Coopers and Jonathan Levine’s (50/50) The Night Before muscling for the limelight, another contender has emerged in the form of Mitch Davis’ Christmas Eve.
Retaining Tinsel Town’s obsession with intertwined festive stories, the debutant trailer for Davis’ feature boasts a fragmented narrative in the vein of Love Actually or, dare we say it, New Year’s Eve. There is reason to be hopeful, however, with Patrick Stewart doing his best impression of the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge and coming around to the festive spirit, while there seems to be enough schmaltzy charm to pull in a sizeable audience come release.
That said, we’d advise watching the entire trailer due »
- Michael Briers
After Over Two Months of deliberating to get to this point, we have our final thirteen contestants and it's finally time for the first live show! It might be Halloween today but there's no Halloween theme this year - instead the contestants will be tackling "This is Me" (although for some of the contestants, maybe that theme will turn out Halloween-appropriate after all).
We've got plenty of X Factor news to get excited about, including the returns of Monica 'Earrings' Michael as a wildcard and one of the best people to ever have been involved in the X Factor franchise, Peter Dickson!
We're excited to finally see the contestants perform live at last. Join us from 8pm and we'll be bringing you all the action live as it happens!
22:24So That's It! The first live show is Done! Thanks so much for joining us. Tomorrow there will be performances »
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