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Hugh Grant movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘About a Boy,’ ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘Paddington 2’

  • Gold Derby
Hugh Grant movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘About a Boy,’ ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘Paddington 2’
Middle age rather suits Hugh Grant, who turns 58 on September 9. The Oxford grad has outgrown most of his romantic comedy ticks from his early years – flopsy-mopsy hair, fluttery eyelashes and charming stutter – and has matured into an exceptional and versatile actor. Not that he has lost his sense of humor. Anyone who chuckled over his villainous turn in this year’s “Paddington 2” as a pompous, cravat-wrapped actor who frames his cuddly ursine co-star for a crime he didn’t commit can testify to that Then there was his finely tuned scoundrel turn in this summer’s BBC miniseries, “A Very English Scandal,“ in which his Parliament member Jeremy Thorpe plots the botched murder of his male lover.

Grant began his acting career in the ‘80s as secondary player in both British period pieces — some good (“Maurice”) and others faintly ridiculous (“The Lair of the White Moon”) – and Hollywood comedies
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Hugh Grant movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Hugh Grant movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Middle age rather suits Hugh Grant, who turns 58 on September 9. The Oxford grad has outgrown most of his romantic comedy ticks from his early years – flopsy-mopsy hair, fluttery eyelashes and charming stutter – and has matured into an exceptional and versatile actor. Not that he has lost his sense of humor. Anyone who chuckled over his villainous turn in this year’s “Paddington 2” as a pompous, cravat-wrapped actor who frames his cuddly ursine co-star for a crime he didn’t commit can testify to that Then there was his finely tuned scoundrel turn in this summer’s BBC miniseries, “A Very English Scandal,“ in which his Parliament member Jeremy Thorpe plots the botched murder of his male lover.

Grant began his acting career in the ‘80s as secondary player in both British period pieces — some good (“Maurice”) and others faintly ridiculous (“The Lair of the White Moon”) – and Hollywood comedies
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Ryan Reynolds Enters into Hilarious Twitter Feud with Paddington Bear

  • PEOPLE.com
Ryan Reynolds Enters into Hilarious Twitter Feud with Paddington Bear
Ryan Reynolds might have just made an enemy out of the very popular children’s character, Paddington Bear.

The Deadpool 2 actor, 41, tweeted his thanks for his film’s four nominations for the 2018 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday and in the process called out the bear whose film, Paddington 2 also received a nomination.

While neither film was nominated in the same category, Reynolds still tweeted at fans to “write us in for best Family Film,” the very category Paddington 2 was nominated for.

“So honored by all the @peopleschoice noms. Hope you vote for Deadpool 2 and feel
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Ryan Reynolds Sparks Twitter Feud with Paddington Bear

  • MovieWeb
Ryan Reynolds Sparks Twitter Feud with Paddington Bear
Social media has the ability to bring people together who wouldn't normally interact with each other, like Ryan Reynolds and Paddington Bear. Deadpool 2 and Paddington 2 were both nominated for People's Choice Awards, and Reynolds took aim at bringing Paddington down, using some language that the poor little bear has probably never heard before. It wasn't long before Paddington and some of his crew responded to Reynolds' original tweet that threw shade at the family-friendly bear and his sequel.

Deadpool 2 earned four People's Choice nominations including Best Movie of 2018, Best Action Movie of 2018, along with Ryan Reynolds receiving both Male Movie Star and Action Movie Star nominations. However, the Merc with a Mouth actor isn't satisfied with all four of those categories. He has now encouraged fans to write in the Deadpool sequel for Best Family Film as well, sending a warning to Paddington Bear. Reynolds had this to say.
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Warner Bros. Film Chief Toby Emmerich on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequels, ‘Aquaman’

  • Variety
It wasn’t a typical summer for Warner Bros., a studio that has long dominated popcorn seasons past with the likes of “The Dark Knight,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “Wonder Woman.”

This year, the superheroes and post-apocalyptic warriors were missing from the company’s slate, but that didn’t stop Warners from weaving together a string of box office winners. “Ocean’s 8,” “The Meg,” and “Crazy Rich Asians” all combined to put together a memorable summer. Even though “Tag” and “Life of the Party” didn’t set records, both films should end up in the black. What’s particularly impressive is that an era where franchises are the name of the game, Warner Bros. pulled it off by relying heavily on original properties. Only “Ocean’s 8” is part of a pre-existing series, and the film is a spin-off from the George Clooney heist adventures of a decade ago.

“The business is increasingly challenging,
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Brit Comedy ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ Nets UK Deal With Entertainment Film Distributors, First Look Image

  • Deadline
Brit Comedy ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ Nets UK Deal With Entertainment Film Distributors, First Look Image
Exclusive: Brit comedy Fisherman’s Friends, from the writing and producing team behind UK box office hit Finding Your Feet, has netted a UK deal with Entertainment Film Distributors.

The film, currently in post-production, has an ensemble cast featuring Daniel Mays (Atonement), Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game), James Purefoy (Solomon Kane), David Hayman (Finding Your Feet), Dave Johns Sam Swainsbury (Thor: The Dark World), Maggie Steed (Paddington 2) Christian Brassington (St Trinian’s 2) and Noel Clarke (Brotherhood). Here’s a first look at some of the team.

Directed by Chris Foggin (Kids In Love), the Cornwall-shot feature is inspired by the true story of the male singing group Fisherman’s Friends, who went from performing in their village harbour to securing a deal with Island Records, a top-ten album and performing on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury.

Producers are James Spring, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft with Piers Ashworth (St Trinian’s), Leonard and Moorcroft writing the screenplay.

Legacy Rights, the sales label headed up by James Scott, has inked deals in Latin America and Spain (Sun Distribution), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Japan (New Select), Middle East (Phars) and Airlines (Jaguar). Scott will be showing a promo to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.

Pic is a Head Gear Films and Metrol Technology presentation in association with Legacy Rights of a Fred Films and Powder Keg Production in association with Hindsight and Ipg Media. Post-Production is being handled by Lipsync.
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Movie Review – Christopher Robin (2018)

Christopher Robin, 2018.

Directed by Marc Forster.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Oliver Ford Davies, Ronke Adekoluejo, Adrian Scarborough, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Ken Nwosu, John Dagleish, Amanda Lawrence, Orton O’Brien, Paul Chahidi, and featuring the voice talents of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, and Sara Sheen.

Synopsis:

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

We live in a post Paddington world. The live action/CGI hybrid can’t simply be charming now; it has to be more. No one told Will Gluck when making Peter Rabbit, his gross attempt at making the titular bunny an irritating frat boy voiced by the similarly grating James Corden.

Thankfully director Marc Forster got the message. Adapting a script from indie darlings Tom McCarthy and Alex Ross Perry, his Christopher Robin is all melancholy charm.
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49 titles advance to nominations stage for 2018 European Film Awards

49 titles advance to nominations stage for 2018 European Film Awards
Titles include Berlin winner ‘Touch Me Not’, ‘Cold War’ and ‘Paddington 2’.

The 49 films recommended for nomination for the 2018 European Film Awards have been revealed.

Scroll down for full list of titles

The list includes Adina Pintilie’s Berlin winner Touch Me Not and Cannes prize winners Cold War, Dogman and Happy As Lazzaro.

Films with UK involvement on the list include Michael Pearce’s Beast and Paddington 2.

The films were selected by the 20 countries with the most Efa members as well as a selection committee consisting of the Efa board and experts.

In the coming weeks, more than
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Paramount Pictures Releases First Photo Of Isabela Moner As Dora The Explorer

First Look at Isabela Moner as Dora in the film Dora The Explorer by Paramount Players

Dora The Explorer is coming to cinemas next summer on August 2, 2019.

Paramount Players announced today that the motion picture adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Peabody Award-winning children’s animated series, Dora the Explorer, began principal photography on location in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on Monday, August 6, 2018. The production, being directed by 11-time Emmy and four-time BAFTA nominee James Bobin marks the lovable Latina character’s big screen debut (and first live-action adaptation on any platform) after fourteen seasons (2000-2014) and 172 episodes on Viacom’s enduring children’s cable network. The film is a Paramount Players and Nickelodeon production in association with Walden Media. The film is being supported by the Queensland Government via Screenland Queensland. Paramount will release the film on August 2, 2019.

Dora the Explorer stars Isabela Moner in the film’s title role. Having
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First Official Image of Dora The Explorer Revealed as Live-Action Movie Begins Filming

  • Cinelinx
Dora's biggest adventure yet starts now, as filming on the live-action movie begins today, we get our first image of the character and new details on the plot. Come inside to learn more!

Today's the start of production on the upcoming live-action Dora The Explorer movie. To mark the occasion, Paramount has released the first look at actress Isabela Moner suited up for the role, along with more details on the rest of cast and story...and I'm not sure what to think.

As a parent, I've watched a Lot of Dora the Explorer. I watched it 6-7 years ago with my son (when he was a toddler) and I'm watching it every day now with my daughter (currently a toddler). While the outfit is a very literal translation from the cartoon, it still feels off. Part of which has to do with the new High School setting, which is
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Michael Caine plans a major heist in King of Thieves international trailer

  • JoBlo
When they're done well, it's tough to beat a good heist film, and the upcoming King Of Thieves certainly looks as though it has the potential to stand out among its brethren. Starring Michael Caine (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jim Broadbent (Paddington 2), Tom Courtenay (Dad's Army), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Michael Gambon (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Paul Whitehouse (The... Read More...
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Rose d'Or TV Festival to Honor Joanna Lumley With Lifetime Achievement Award

Rose d'Or TV Festival to Honor Joanna Lumley With Lifetime Achievement Award
Absolutely Fabulous actress Joanna Lumley will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Rose d'Or international television festival in Berlin.

The British actress will receive her award at the 57th Rose d'Or ceremony in Berlin on Sept. 13.

Lumley has won two BAFTA TV awards for her performance as Patsy in BBC sitcom Ab Fab, a role that made her internationally famous. Lumley, who has also appeared in such feature films as The Wolf of Wall Street and Paddington 2, made history this year by becoming the first female host of the BAFTA ceremony.

“We're delighted ...
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New Christopher Robin trailer finds Winnie the Pooh at his most adorable

  • JoBlo
A new trailer for the upcoming Disney film Christopher Robin is here, and much like another talking bear film, Paddington 2, the movie is shaping up to be a real test of humanity. Sporting a few more scenes between Robin (Ewan McGregor) and Pooh, we get even better glimpses of the dry whimsy and wisdom of the cuddly bear, and of the silliness of that comes from talking to a stuffed animal in public. Very... Read More...
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Review: Another Sharp Sequel Reminds Humanity Not to Be Monstrous

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Review: Another Sharp Sequel Reminds Humanity Not to Be Monstrous
Even on a good day, it’s easy to feel like America has turned into a horror movie, where the terrors of “The Purge” franchise feel all too real outside of the theater. The need to escape to the movies looms large this summer, not just to beat the heat, but to feel good again. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” delivers this and more, promising a great time for children, parents, and fans of the funny franchise. But it also holds a timely message — one of acceptance, love, and tolerance of those different from us — that is especially needed right now.

Director Genndy Tartakovsky returns to the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise for the third time, despite initial reports that he would be moving on to new projects. Tartakovsky brings back all the threads that have made the first two entries so loved, but the animation feels even more stunning than ever,
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C O N S I D E R - Actors of 2018, First Half of Year

With the year half over, it's time to look back on the first six months of the year and what treasures they brought us. Here are the 18 performances by male actors that we liked the most thus far this year. It should probably suffice to say that this list was much easier to come up with then the forthcoming female list since the competition wasn't as fierce.

5 Leading Actors

(Jan 1st through June 30th releases)

Daniel Giménez Cacho as "Don Diego de Zama" in Zama

Though I didn't much care for this film, Giménez Cacho, the talented Mexican/Spanish star (of Blancanieves and Cronos fame... and the unseen narrator of all time Mexican classic Y Tu Mama Tambien) delivers as the frustrated sickly officer of the Spanish crown longing for a transfer that may never come.

Alden Ehrenreich as "Han Solo" in Solo

Mimicry is overrated. It's better to get
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The Top 10 Highest-Rated Films of 2018 on Letterboxd (So Far)

July marks the official midpoint of 2018, and sitting comfortably in the top 10 on IndieWire’s running list of the year’s best films are “First Reformed,” “Hereditary,” “The Rider,” and “Paddington 2.” These four movies are proving to be favorites with audiences as well, as they are all included on Letterboxd’s list of the year’s 10 highest-rated movies. Letterboxd, the social network where movie lovers share movie ratings, reviews, and rankings, has released its 10 best films of 2018 so far, curated by the company’s team.

Topping Letterboxd’s list as of July 2018 is the acclaimed family film “Paddington 2,” which boasts a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes from 198 reviews. Paul King’s sequel earned an A- grade from IndieWire when it opened stateside in January and has been included on many publications’ lists of the year’s best films so far. Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” which has made Ethan Hawke
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Danny Perkins Exiting Studiocanal to Set Up Production Company

  • Variety
Danny Perkins, a high-profile figure in the British film business as head of Studiocanal’s U.K. operation, is leaving the Vivendi-owned company and striking out on his own.

He has been at producer and distributor Studiocanal since 2006 when it bought Optimum. He was named U.K. CEO in 2011. During his time at Studiocanal he has worked on the “Paddington” movies as well as Aardman’s “Shaun the Sheep.” He exec produced titles including “Macbeth.”

“We announced today the departure of Danny Perkins, who will leave as CEO of Studiocanal U.K. at the end of September,” StudioCanal chairman Maxime Saada said in a memo to staff. “I would like to thank Danny for his remarkable contribution, originally as co-founder of Optimum Releasing and since 2010 as CEO of Studiocanal U.K. A 20-year adventure that saw a small independent distribution company grow and merge into Studiocanal to become a reference player in the U.
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Studiocanal UK CEO Danny Perkins departing company to launch new venture

Perkins will exit in September after eight years at the helm of Studiocanal’s UK arm.

Danny Perkins, CEO of Studiocanal’s UK distribution and production operation, is set to leave the company at the end of September.

The announcement of Perkins’ departure was issued today (June 27) by Studiocanal’s head office in Paris.

Perkins was appointed Studiocanal UK CEO in 2011, five years after the French major had first purchased Optimum Releasing, the UK distribution company he co-founded with Will Clarke, and one year after Optimum was rebranded under the name of the parent company.

Over the last eight years,
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‘Detroiters’ Review: Season 2 Expands Its Joyful Hilarity to Become the Big City Successor to ‘Parks and Rec’

‘Detroiters’ Review: Season 2 Expands Its Joyful Hilarity to Become the Big City Successor to ‘Parks and Rec’
Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson’s Comedy Central series is good for two things:

Boosting the Motor City’s profile as a city rich with history that’s back on the rise, and Pure, ceaseless, bursts of joy

These are no small feats, and together they represent an undervalued commodity in television: kindness. As recently examined in the film world via IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich — whose continued shout-outs to “Paddington 2” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” serve as a form of #Nicecore on their own — “kindness can be a transformative force unto itself.” Television may have no better example than “Parks and Recreation,” a series so sweet and encouraging your eyes are welling up just thinking about any number of sincere moments. Michael Schur and Greg Daniels’ long-running NBC sitcom inspired millions with its clever comedy and earnest regard for humanity.

Now, “Detroiters” is putting its own spin on good old-fashioned benevolence.
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Oscars at Halfway Point: ‘Black Panther’ Leads the Pack, With Heavy-Hitters Coming Up

Oscars at Halfway Point: ‘Black Panther’ Leads the Pack, With Heavy-Hitters Coming Up
As the 2018 awards race hits the halfway mark, there is one solid best-picture bet so far: “Black Panther.” As usual, the year is bottom-heavy and impartial execs who have seen the upcoming films say it could be one of the most fun awards years in memory.

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler, has enough originality and goodwill to overcome any “superhero” resistance from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters. The film’s artists (above and below the line) deserve Oscar attention — and TV viewers would love the adrenaline jolt to the Oscarcast.

The July-December period offers an adventurous lineup. That includes new works from recent Oscar winners: the Damien Chazelle-directed “First Man” about Neil Armstrong (Universal), Alfonso Cuaron’s 1970s-set “Roma” (Netflix), Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “Backseat”; and Steve McQueen’s “Widows” starring Viola Davis (Fox).

Also getting enthusiasm are
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