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Here's What We Know So Far About 'Mary Poppins Returns'


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Production has commenced on the highly anticipated Mary Poppins Returns and Walt Disney Studios have finally revealed some exciting plot details.

Filming is currently underway at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England and the musical is scheduled for release on December 25, 2018.

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Colin Firth In Talks To Join 'Mary Poppins Returns' Cast


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The cast for the hugely anticipated Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns is beginning to take shape, with the latest reports suggesting that Colin Firth is set to sign up for a role.

According to a report in Variety on Wednesday (October 19th), English actor Firth is in negotiations with Disney to play the part of William Weatherall Wilkins of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is where the children’s father, George Banks, works in the original film.

If it comes off, Firth will be joining Emily Blunt – who is playing the magical nanny herself – plus Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda in the cast of the big-budget movie, scheduled for release on Christmas Day 2018.

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'Bridget Jones's Baby' Disappoints At US Box Office


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Bridget Jones’s Baby had a disappointing opening weekend at the US box office, taking just $8 million in North America and coming in third place in the charts. The third film in the Bridget Jones series had faired much better overseas, topping the charts in 24 countries.

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In the UK it took $11 million in its opening weekend, becoming the best ever opening for a romantic comedy and for studio Working Title. Overall Bridget Jones’s Baby has made $30 million from 38 territories so far, including $4.2 million in Australia.

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Bridget Jones's Baby Review

Excellent

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high for this sequel. So it's a very nice surprise that this film stands on its own as a charming and often very funny romantic comedy while rounding off the trilogy in style. The cast is terrific, and the script bristles with snappy dialogue and witty characters that lead the audience down an unpredictable route to a complicated happy ending.

On her 43rd birthday, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is finally content with her single life. Although her romantic past continues to torment her, especially when she runs into former flame Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) at a funeral. With a corporate shake-up underway at the TV news programme she produces, presenter Miranda (Sara Solemani) suggests that Bridget needs some sex to liven up her life, whisking her off to a music festival. There she has a cute, hot encounter with the dishy Jack (Patrick Dempsey). And a week later, she rekindles her romance with Mark when she learns that his marriage has ended. So when she discovers that she's pregnant, Bridget hasn't a clue which man is the father.

This premise offers plenty of scope for both thematic meaning and awkward plot turns, and the screenplay merrily dives right into all of it, mixing some silly slapstick with darker emotions as director Sharon Maguire maintains a breezy-comical tone. This kind of balance is difficult to get right, but the film feels effortlessly engaging.

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Critics Welcome Back Renee Zellweger Warmly In 'Bridget Jones's Baby'


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Bridget Jones’s Baby has been praised by critics following its premiere on Monday, with most agreeing it was a welcome return to form for Renee Zellweger’s character. It’s been 12 years since we last saw Bridget on our screens and this time she’s approaching 40, pregnant and trying to work out who the baby’s father is.

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Writing in The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw told fans the new film was better than Bridget’s last outing, 2004’s The Edge of Reason. He describes the film as “something resembling a likeable, good-natured one-off TV holiday special.”

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Renee Zellweger Talks Wearing Prosthetic Bump For 'Bridget Jones's Baby'


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Renee Zellweger is back as Bridget Jones in new movie Bridget Jones's Baby, but this time she’s got some extra baggage. Appearing on ‘Good Morning Britain’, the 47-year-old actress described having to wear the prosthetic bump for Bridget’s latest outing, saying it was "an adventure".

Renee ZellwegerRenee Zellweger had to wear a prosthetic bump for Bridget Jones’s Baby

When quizzed by host Kate Garraway on wether wearing the prosthetic bump made her fancy motherhood for real the actress said: “Of course, what an adventure! Kudos to the real mums out there who can’t take it off at the end of the day – it’s quite a load.”

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There's A New 'Bridget Jones' Book Coming In October


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Bridget Jones is coming back with a new novel set to be published on 11 October. Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries will accompany the new film which follows Bridget becoming a first time mother. Fans had previously thought that no new book was on the way, after the last instalment Mad About the Boy was released in 2013.

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Author Helen Fielding said: “At heart, Bridget Jones is about the gap between how we all feel we’re expected to be and how we actually are; and – as Bridget discovers with her somewhat bumpy pregnancy – how we expect life to turn out and how it actually does.”

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Who's The Daddy? Renée Zellweger Has Men Fighting Over Her In 'Bridget Jones's Baby'


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Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth return in 'Bridget Jones's Baby'; another comedy-infused romantic drama set for release more than ten years since 'Bridget Jones's Diary' sequel 'The Edge of Reason'. This time she's a very professional woman in charge of her life - well, at least she thought she was.

Bridget Jones's BabyWhere will motherhood take Bridget Jones?

Directed by Sharon Maguire, 'Bridget Jones's Baby' is based not on the 2013 book by Helen Fielding entitled 'Mad About The Boy', but a series of story columns she wrote exploring the post 'Edge Of Reason' life of this regular London woman. Co-written by Fielding, David Nicholls and Emma Thompson, it will introduce a new star to the franchise: Patrick Dempsey.

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Bridget Jones's Baby Trailer


Bridget has always known how to get herself into a muddle - catastrophic muddles at that - even though she's been separated from her last love, Mark, for five years it appears their journey together hasn't come to an end as yet. 

After taking advice from one of her colleagues, Bridget decides that it's time to get back on the dating scene and after deciding that the likes of Tinder aren't for her, Bridget finds herself being set up with Jack Qwant who she sees in the news room studio. 

The pair get on remarkably well and soon find themselves spending the night together. A little fun is just what Bridget needed. When she finds herself at the christening of one of her friends little girls, her and Mark are forced to be amicable towards one another but the pair fall into old habits and Bridget and he also spend the night together. 

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Elton John Confirms He Will Star In 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'


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Elton John has confirmed he will have a role in the upcoming sequel to British spy comedy Kingsman, The Golden Circle. The singer was first rumoured to be appearing in the film last month and his confirmation comes just as shooting on the sequel has begun in London.

Elton JohnElton John has confirmed he will have a role in sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

On Instagram John posted a parody poster which featured his iconic star glasses in Union Jack colours, along with the phrase ‘Wednesday night's alright for fighting’, a reference to his 1973 hit ‘Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)’.

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Colin Firth - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'Loving' - Premiere at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Monday 16th May 2016

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Eye In The Sky Review

Excellent

Almost forensic in its approach, this smart thriller explores a drone strike from a variety of perspectives that bring the moral dilemmas sharply into focus. This includes textured performances from seriously gifted actors who add layers of political, military, legal and emotional meaning to each moment along the way. So the film is continuously gripping, putting the audience right in the middle of the action.

The target is in a suburb of Nairobi, where three of the world's most wanted Somali jihadists are gathering to prepare two young suicide bombers for a mission. British Colonel Powell (Helen Mirren) is overseeing the operation from London, with her American drone pilots (Aaron Paul and Phoebe Fox) working in Las Vegas. The hitch is that two of the targets are UK citizens, and one is American, which means that they also need to have government officials in on the discussion. So Lt General Benson (Alan Rickman) is watching with British government ministers (including Jeremy Northam and Monica Dolan). Meanwhile in Kenya, a local operative (Barkhad Abdi) is on the scene. But just as everyone agrees to fire the missile, a young girl (Aisha Takow) wanders into the danger zone.

What follows is a remarkably tense escalation of decision-making, as everyone passes the buck up the chain to avoid making the call themselves. Guy Hibbert's script orchestrates this skilfully, keeping the atmosphere taut while stirring generous doses of black comedy into the interaction between soldiers and politicians. This includes amusing scenes in which Britain's foreign secretary (Iain Glen) is dragged into the conversation while suffering food poisoning in Singapore. Yes, the film has a terrific sense of instant global connections, as its characters work together at a huge distance from each other and from the target of their operation.

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Colin Firth , Helen Mirren - eye in the sky UK premiere - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th April 2016

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Colin Firth - 'Eye In The Sky' - UK Premiere at the Curzon Mayfair in London, England. 11 Apr 2016. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th April 2016

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Colin Firth - 'Eye in the Sky' UK Premiere at the Curzon, Mayfair, London at Curzon, Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th April 2016

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Colin Firth - 'Eye in the Skye' U.K. Premiere - Arrivals at Curzon Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th April 2016

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Colin Firth , Helen Mirren - The UK Premiere of 'Eye in the Sky' held at the Curzon Mayfair - Arrivals at Curzon Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th April 2016

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Genius Trailer


Thomas Wolfe was a writer who was used to rejection. His constantly lengthy novels didn't seem to appeal to the vast majority of publishers out there and most editors were fazed by his compulsion to write hundreds of pages.

Not willing to give up on his talent, Wolfe send his pages to Maxwell Perkins, the man who originally published Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When Thomas is summoned to Maxwell's office, he presumes he's once again about to be told that he's been unsuccessful but the chance to meet a man who's had so much literary influence is too much to pass up. The meeting begins as Wolfe thinks it would but he's soon informed by Perkins that the company will take on Wolfe's latest book.

Wolfe and Perkins form a close relationship, Wolfe still delivering copious amounts of words and Perkins seemingly the only man capable of editing them.  As their personal and professional relationship deepens, Perkins is taken in more and more by the acclaimed genius.

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Bridget Jones's Baby Trailer


After battling the dating scene and finally finding love with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones is ready to take her relationship to the next stage - well, sort of. After years of thinking that Mark was all she wanted, she realises that their relationship isn't as close as it once was and decides to call it a day.

Back where she started, Bridget decides that the men in her life are just distractions, now it's time to get fully involved in her work and climb to the position she's always wanted. As things start to fall into place for Bridget, soon her love life begins to pick up speed too.

A fleeting meeting with Mr Darcy leads to the pair reuniting - temporarily at least - whilst Bridget is also being wooed by a smooth American called Jack, a man who doesn't have Darcy's prim and proper ways but is just as charming. Playing the field doesn't work out quite as easily as Bridget hoped as she falls pregnant. Now all she must do is find out which partner she wants to be with and more importantly, who the father is.

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Colin Firth - Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner 2016 at Montage Beverly Hills at Montage Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Livia Giuggioli , Colin Firth - Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner 2016 at Montage Beverly Hills at Montage Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016

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Colin Firth - Colin Firth arriving at Tegel airport to leave town after attending the 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale). - Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 17th February 2016

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Colin Firth - 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - Genius - Photocall at Grand Hyatt Hotel - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 16th February 2016

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Colin Firth - Celebrities attends a photocall and press conference for "Genius" at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 16th February 2016

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Colin Firth - Colin Firth seen arriving at Berlin Tegel for 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale). - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Colin Firth , Livia Giuggioli - BAFTAs: BAFTA fundraising gala dinner & auction at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th February 2016

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Renee Zellweger Dishes On 'Bridget Jones' Baby': 'It's So Right To Tell A Story About Bridget At This Time In Her Life'


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Renee Zellweger is ‘stepping back with old friend’ Bridget Jones, the hapless singleton who she last played in 1999’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. But this time things are slightly different. Yes Bridget has matured, but it hasn’t made her love life any less complicated, as the actress told Entertainment Weekly.

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Ed Sheeran Set To Appear In 'Bridget Jones' Baby'


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From million-selling singer to actor? After making an appearance in ‘Home and Away’ last month, the next stop for Ed Sheeran's acting career is the big screen, with the singer landing a cameo role in the new Bridget Jones movie.

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Colin Firth - Renee Zellwegger and Colin Firth spotted filming scenes for 'Bridget Jones's Baby' - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 10th November 2015

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Renee Zellweger , Colin Firth - Renee Zellweger filming 'Bridget Jones's Baby' - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 13th October 2015

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Bridget Jones Third Novel Promises Monumental Character Death


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It's the biggest literary news of the past seven days: if you somehow haven't heard who author Helen Fielding has killed off in her Bridget Jones sequel to The Edge of Reason, then look away now. Bridget Jones' Diary, published in 1996 after an anonymous column in The Independent newspaper, catapulted the former journalist to fame and spawned a hugely successful movie franchise starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

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Renee Zellweger Has Become Synonymous With Bridget Jones.

After a long break, Fielding announced that she'd begun writing the third instalment in the Bridget Jones series in mid-2012 and now it looks like Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy is finally here. Before the novel has even been published, Bridget Jones fans are going wild upon the news that Fielding had decided to kill off Mark Darcy, Bridget's heartthrob husband played by Colin Firth in the movies, and leave our heroine widowed.

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Colin Firth To Voice Paddington Bear In Movie


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Colin Firth has signed on to voice Paddington Bear in an upcoming reboot film based on the Michael Bond books that tells the tale of a bear from Peru who is found at Paddington station in London by the Brown family.

The star of 'The King's Speech' and 'Pride and Prejudice' will be joined by Australian actress Nicole Kidman,'Downtown Abbey's Hugh Boneville as the bear's adoptive father -Mr Brown, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

The Oscar winning actor recently spoke with the Daily mail about his new role, revealing he will be providing facial expressions for the bear as well as the voice, "I'll be wearing a helmet with cameras to capture my face muscles, and that data will somehow be incorporated into Paddington".

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Colin Firth Will Put On His Wellies & Raincoat As He Lends His Voice To Paddington Bear


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Colin Firth has agreed to play Paddington Bear in a re-boot of the famed Michael Bond books about a bear from Peru with a taste for marmalade. In the original Bond books, Paddington is found by the Brown family in London's Paddington Station after getting lost on the way over from his South American homeland. It is thought that the origins from the book will be mirrored on to the screen.

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Colin Firth will play the marmalade-loving bear

In a discussion with the Daily Mail, Firth revealed that the movie will all be live action, except for the computer animated Paddington. Firth also revealed that as well as providing the voice for Paddington, his facial expressions will be mapped and used by the animators to construct the Paddington we see on stage, using the same methods used to capture Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films.

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No Marmalade Please! Colin Firth Will Voice Paddington Bear In New Film


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Colin Firth will provide the voice for an animated Paddington Bear in an upcoming adaptation of Michael Bond's cherished children's stories about a bear named after the station where he was found by the Brown family.

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Colin Firth Will Voice Paddington...But Won't Have To Eat Marmalade Sandwiches.

The star of Bridget Jones and A Single Man will voice the marmalade-loving, duffel coat-wearing bear alongside performances from Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Mr. and Mrs. Brown. English favourite actors Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent will play a housekeeper and an antiques expert, respectively, whilst Moulin Rouge actress Nicole Kidman will play the villain in the movie: a malevolent taxidermist, it has been reported by BBC News.

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Sophie Cookson Recruited Into Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' Movie


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Actress Sophie Cookson has landed the female lead role in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic series The Secret Service where she will join Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tamara Egerton and Michael Caine, reports Variety.

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Cookson In TV Series, Moonfleet.

Cookson, a relative newcomer to acting, is best known for Sky's adventure TV miniseries Moonfleet alongside Ray Winstone. Kick-Ass director Vaughn decided that he wanted to cast a fresh face who he feel really fit the part, over better known names such as Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote. Whilst potentially risky, this was a choice he opted for in Kick-Ass with Chloe Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and in Layer Cake with Daniel Craig.

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Adele To Play Villain In Matthew Vaughn's Drama 'The Secret Service'


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Adele is reportedly being lined up to play the villain in Matthew Vaughn's forthcoming drama The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth and, possibly, Michael Caine, according to the Sun on Sunday.

In a movie stinking of desperation - though don't believe everything the tabloids tell you - Vaughn and the producers are lining up a number of high profile celebrities in a bid to boost the movie's box-office hopes.

One of the guest stars is the Grammy award winner who could be cast in the role of the villain. Vaughn apparently believes the Skyfall singer will prove "great value on the big screen" for the movie, which is an adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book of the same name.

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Adele Planning Her Move Into Acting: Singer Signs Up For Villainous Role In New Spy Film


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Adele is apparently set to be the next singer to make the inevitable move in front for the cameras after reportedly being cast in the upcoming action film The Secret Service. The singer has reportedly joined a cast that already includes Samuel L Jackson and Colin Firth and will be flexing her acting chops in a villainous role in the new film.

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Does Adele have a few more Oscars coming her way?

The 'Skyfall' singer will reportedly be playing the role of one of the villains in The Secret Service, which is being adapted for the screen from Mark Millar's original manuscript by Vaughn and Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X Men: First Class). Her participation in the film hasn't been confirmed just yet, so it is still unknown what role she will be playing, however some reports state that she will only be taking on a cameo role. If so, then this will be much like her last on-screen appearance - on the hit show Ugly Betty - where she also played a cameo role.

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'Secret Service' To Serve As Adele's Acting Debut


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Adele couldn’t have chosen a much better way to kick off her acting career – the soulful singer will star in a movie, directed by X-Men: First Class and Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn. Not only that, but the crooner is about to act opposite heavyweights Colin Firth and Samuel L Jackson, Entertainmentwise reports.

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This Oscar winner is just starting out her film career.

To be fair, Adele isn’t entirely new to the world of acting. In 2009, the Grammy winner made a cameo on the show Ugly Betty. And of course, she is going into it with one Oscar under her belt, which she won earlier this year for the Skyfall theme. Adele returns to the world of secret agents with Secret Service – a British spy flick, not related to 007. Go figure. Oh, and it’s probably worth mentioning that the film in question is based on a graphic novel by Mark Millar, aka the man behind the Kick-Ass comics.

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Richard Curtis Bows Out Of Filmmaking: What's His Secret Rom-Com Formula?


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Master of the romantic comedy genre, Richard Curtis, who helped bring us some of Britain's best-loved romance films of the last three decades has said that he thinks upcoming film About Time will be his last.

The thrice BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated director has tole Empire magazine, as reported by The Independent, that "[About Time] probably will be the last film I will direct." The 56 year-old filmmaker admitted he himself wasn't sure why he wanted to bow out, saying "I don't know. Just a feeling...just a feeling. It feels like a summing-up to me. We'll see how things turn out."

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Richard Curtis Thinks About Time Will Be His Swansong.

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Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy Statue Unveiled Emerging From Serpentine Lake


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It will be the role for which he is forever remembered: Colin Firth's 1995 TV drama portrayal of the wealthy yet antisocial Mr. Darcy in the BBC's adaptation of JANE AUSTEN's Pride and Prejudice. The statue depicts Firth as Darcy emerging from the Serpentine Lake post-swim with a wet shirt. The role propelled Firth to fame and he was soon seen as a sex symbol after that iconic scene where he emerges from the water to an awkward encounter with Jennifer Ehle's Elizabeth Bennet.

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Colin Firth: Immortalised In Fibreglass As Mr. Darcy.

According to The Guardian, the 12 foot tall fibreglass statue has been erected to mark the launch of UKTV's new channel Drama. In a survey asking viewers to rate their most memorable moment of TV drama, director Andrew Davies' lake scene adaptation topped the poll.

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New Bridget Jones’ Diary - Mad About The Boy


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As a creation of the 90s, Bridget Jones never had to deal with social media, texting and the perils they bring. But with the third instalment of the Helen Fielding creation – now revealed to be called Mad About The Boy – she has to become tech savvy, and quickly so.

To be released in October, the third book "represents a totally new phase in Bridget's life" as she deals with present day London. Alongside the announcement of the book’s title, a couple of extracts were released, revealing the troubles Jones is having in the modern world of social media. "You see, this is the trouble with the modern world. If it was the days of letter-writing, I would never even have started to find his address, a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, a stamp and gone outside at 11.30pm to find a postbox," one extract said. "A text is gone at the brush of a fingertip, like a nuclear bomb or Exocet missile. Dating Rule No 1: Do not text when drunk,” reads the other.

Fans of the films won’t be too delighted though, as Colin Firth, who starred in the first two, thinks it’ll be a long time before we see Bridget on the big screen again. "Unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait," he said. "I wouldn't say that it's completely dead in the water, but the way it's going you might be seeing Bridget Jones' granddaughter's story being told by the time we get there."

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P Diddy Downton Abbey Tweet Confirmed False – Nation Sighs


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The thought of P Diddy appearing on Downton Abbey never entered anyone’s brain, ever; until it was tweeted, and then it was all anyone could think about. Alas, though, it’s not true, and the rapper will not be donning period attire with hanging out with Hugh Bonneville.

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P Diddy aka Sean Combs loves a bit of Downton, so much so, he's forced himself upon the show

The tweet read: "MY BIG NEWS: So happy to announce that Im a series regular on DOWNTON ABBEY-my favorite show+i'll be debuting a sneak peek tonight 12am PST!." Since then, though, PBS spokesman Carrie Johnson has confirmed "It's not true," in a statement delivered by email. It was all very confusing for the people over at PBS. He initially posted: “How many of y’all out there are Downton Abbey fans? I have to admit that Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows...” before dropping his (fake) bombshell. That’s not all though, and what Diddy was saying, well, it wasn’t entirely false. He did appear on Downton, but only really in his own head. Oh yeah, and in this ridiculous video, too. Diddy hasn’t always been called Diddy, of course. And it’s since he changed his name that his behaviour has grown ever frivolous.

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Emma Stone, Colin Firth Heading To France For Woody Allen Comedy


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Emma Stone and Colin Firth will star in Woody Allen's latest movie - a currently untitled comedy set to shoot in the South of France this summer. It will mark Allen's second time shooting in France - following the excellent Midnight in Paris - and his eighth movie set in Europe, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Though the plot of the move is still under wraps, the cast and crew offer a hint of what the film may look like. Allen's longtime associated Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenebaum will produce, while Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love cinematographer and production designer, Darius Khondji and Anne Seibel also return to work with Allen. 

Emma Stone has emerged as one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, following turns in Crazy Stupid Love, The Help and The Amazing Spider-Man. She is currently shooting the sequel to the latter. Oscar winner Firth has no less than six movies currently in some sort of production, including World War II drama The Railway Man, with Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard.

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Colin Firth To Appear In New Woody Allen Film? But No New Bridget Jones


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Colin Firth is picking up the work schedule again, filling his diary with all manner of roles if reports are to be believed. First up it would appear that Deadline have got wind of him joining Emma Stone in appearing in directing veteran Woody Allen’s forthcoming film. As yet untitled, it’s nevertheless believed to be starting shooting in the South of France and promises an intriguing project for Allen, who shows no sign of slowing down his own work load despite his advanced years.

Elsewhere, Deadline believe that Firth has also been attached to appear in the MI6 film The Secret Service. Given that there have been lingering rumours in the past and suggestions that Firth would make a good fit as a Bond, it looks to be a pretty good move. The film is being helmed by Matthew Vaughn, who is currently in charge of X-Men: First Class.

One thing that doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon is a new Bridget Jones movie. Firth told The Sun: “Unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait. I wouldn’t say it’s completely dead in the water, but the way it’s going you might be seeing Bridget Jones’s granddaughter’s story being told by the time we get there. There is a joy of doing those movies that keeps hope alive. And the story is going in an interesting direction, I just wouldn’t say that the movie is imminent.” Still, it sounds like he’s got plenty to be getting on with in the meantime.

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Colin Firth Set To Become Super-Spy For New Movie 'Secret Service'


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Colin Firth is the latest serious actor to try their hand at a comic book adaptation, with the Oscar-winning actor set to star in Matthew Vaughn’s movie-imagining of he Secret Service, the comic he co-created with Mark Millar and artist Dave Gibbons. Millar and Vaughn have previously worked on Kick-Ass together, whose sequel will be brought out later this year.

Colin Firth
Colin Firth pulls off suave and dashing pretty well, so he's probably the right man for the job.

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A Single Man: Inimitable Tom Ford Prepares Debut London Fashion Week Show


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Enigmatic American fashion designer Tom Ford will make his London Fashion Week debut in the capital tonight (February 18, 2013), no doubt attracting a slew of celebrities and a global audience of fashionistas. The former Gucci designer has previously introduced his collections at relatively low-key private showings in front of exclusively selected audiences.

Tom Ford, Bazaar Women Of The Year AwardsTom Ford's Hotly Anticipated Show Takes Place in London Tonight

The chance to attend Tom Ford's first womenswear catwalk show is a massive incentive for press and buyers though such is the rarity of the designer's show, the official London Fashion Week website simply lists tonight's venue as: SEE INVITE. Ford is certainly a shadowy figure in the world of fashion, though has his designing fingers in various pies. In 2005, he opened production company Fade To Black, through which he directed, produced and co-wrote his first feature film A Single Man, which landed Colin Firth a nomination for Best Actor at the Oscars. 

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Good Genes Or Good Ops: Which Male Celebrities Don't Show Their Age?


Anthony Kiedis David Beckham Tom Cruise Jim Carrey George Clooney Eddie Murphy Wayne Coyne Colin Firth Antonio Banderas Bono Kevin Spacey Prince Donny Osmond Tom Hanks Christoph Waltz Anthony Bourdain Bruce Willis Jeff Daniels Rowan Atkinson Chris Noth Denzel Washington Liam Neeson Jeff Goldblum Bruce Springsteen Lionel Richie Jeff Bridges Samuel L Jackson Jeremy Irons David Letterman Ted Danson Harrison Ford Amitabh Bachchan Morgan Freeman Dustin Hoffman Dick Van Dyke Roger Moore Rolling Stones

We've all had that moment; looking at photos of our favourite celebs and then jumping out of our seats screaming, 'He's HOW old?!' Well, we've been doing a lot of that here at ContactMusic. Some stars seem to have crept up the age ladder pretty sneakily, the odd wrinkle and grey hair barely registering on our radar, while others don't seem to have aged at all! English football player David Beckham was in his twenties when he rose to global popularity and, looking at his recent H&M underwear advert, it seems that his iconic hairstyles and tattoos are our only way of working out the old from the newer pictures of him. However, he is only 37 and has plenty of time to catch up yet. It's the over-50s that have really had our mouths agape in recent times as we've been scouring the net for the most youthful looking middle to old aged stars. 

Anthony Kiedis, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey

(Anthony Kiedis, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey)

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Helen Mirren Happy To Lie Next To Colin Firth On Hollywood Walk Of Fame


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Dame Helen Mirren has been honoured with a long overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her achievements as an Oscar winning actress.

'The Queen' star was thrilled by the accolade which became the 2,488th star on the Hollywood Boulevard. 'I really can't believe it', she said. 'I'm going to finally lie next to Colin Firth - something I've been wanting to do for a very long time.' She refers to the British actor, known for his charm, who received a Star in 2011 following an Academy Award win for his portrayal of King George in 2010's 'The Kings Speech'. Mirren continued: 'I think it's very good for the British monarchy that, here, on Hollywood Boulevard, the King and the Queen are going to actually sleep together, for the rest of history.' She also revealed that she planned to return to the plaque in disguise and noted that she was proud to be 'henceforth walked on upon, have fries dropped upon, maybe even be peed upon, by future generations of tourists, Angelinos and their dogs'. 

The actress has had a prolific career but 'The Queen' is her best known work, winning her an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award. She won two other Screen Actors Guild awards for her film work plus a further one and two Golden Globes for her TV work, not to mention four Emmys.

Colin Firth And Wife Give Their Sons Hand-Me-Down Clothes


Colin Firth

Actor Colin Firth and his wife often make their children wear 'hand-me-down' clothes. The Academy Award winning actor and Livia Giuggioli, his wife, are more in favour of mending old and worn down clothes for their children. 11-year-old Luca and 9-year-old Matteo are supposedly happy to wear mended clothes and garments formerly belonging to their friends.

Related: Colin Firth Returns to Form with Taut Thriller 'Before I Go To Sleep'

Giuggioli owns her own ethical clothing collection, and explains the choice of clothing regarding her children's clothing, by saying: ''With my kids' clothes, we do a lot of hand-me-downs with friends. I mend. I know it's easier to throw away a sock with a hole and buy a new one than mend it, but I don't do that.''

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Top Twenty Classic Holiday Season Christmas Films


Chevy Chase Will Ferrell Zooey Deschanel Bill Murray Tim Allen Michael Caine The Muppets Macaulay Culkin Joe Pesci Eddie Murphy Dan Aykroyd Billy Bob Thornton Bruce Willis Alan Rickman Robert Downey Jr Val Kilmer Cameron Diaz Kate Winslet Jude Law Jack Black Keira Knightley Hugh Grant Colin Firth Johnny Depp

Little has caused more contention in the contactmusic office than our recent discussion about the Christmas films list! Obviously, everyone has their own favourite, and to them that will always be the top of the list. One thing that became all too clear to us was that - with the exception of Elf & Bad Santa - there really hasn't been too many full blown Christmas films so we'd like to make a plea to Bill Murray and the other Hollywood greats - PLEASE make a new (top quality) Christmas film to join these festive favourites! 

I can't say we particularly advocate parents encouraging their offspring to watch films above their age certificate, but it appears we all grew up in houses that didn't really mind what we watched - and let's face it, some of the best Christmas films might have a few boobs or rowdy drunken behaviour... As children of the 80's and 90's, we're fully aware that there's original to some of these remakes, but as is always the way, these are the films we grew up with and as such, they are our favourites. 

Enough explanation, in no particular order here are the films we recommend you watch over the holidays!

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Gambit Review


Good

Remade from a 1966 romp starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, this con artist action-comedy is enjoyably silly but never much more than that. Part of the problem is a lack of chemistry between stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, and the film focuses on goofy slapstick instead of a coherent plot. So we may chuckle along the way, but it's hard to be interested in anything that happens.

Firth is at the centre as Harry, a London art expert who has a score to settle with his arrogant billionaire boss Lionel (Rickman). So he sets up an elaborate scam involving a fake Monet painted by his talented pal Wingate (Courtenay). But they need the help of a sassy Texan, PJ (Diaz), to make it work, and she doesn't play along as Harry imagines she will. Soon she's flirting shamelessly with Lionel while Harry sneaks around in the background setting up the con and struggling to pay for her extravagant stay in the Savoy. Meanwhile, Lionel is trying to make a deal with a group of hard-bargaining Japanese businessmen.

While the Coen brothers' script bursts with absurd wit, Hoffman directs the film as a mindless farce, missing every chance for black comedy. From the animated Pink Panther-style titles, the tone is light and frothy, the characters are paper thin and the plot's convolutions never seem to amount to anything. Most of the big set-pieces are irrelevant asides, such as a half-hearted scene involving the lion that's featured far too prominently on the movie poster. Or a long sequence in which Firth cavorts around the Savoy without his trousers. It certainly doesn't help that Firth and Diaz never generate even a spark of attraction between them.

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A Week In Movies Featuring: Argo, My Brother The Devil, Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Hitchcock, Emma Stone, Penelope Cruz And More!


As big movies like Skyfall and Argo open in the USA and UK respectively, it's the smaller titles that are getting the most attention. The British independent drama My Brother the Devil won awards at Sundance and festivals in Berlin, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has garnered four-star reviews across the board from UK critics this weekend. Now the public gets a chance to see it.

In London, the stars turned out this week for the premiere of Gambit, a remake of the 1966 heist comedy. The film's stars Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Tom Courtenay were on hand both for the red carpet premiere and a meet-the-filmmakers event at London's Apple Store.
Hitchcock Trailer

Meanwhile, Helen Mirren has been doing Q&As in London for her new film Hitchcock, in which she plays Alma Reville, wife of Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins). The movie traces the making of Psycho with Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), Vera Miles (Jessica Biel) and Anthony Perkins (James D'Arcy). A new trailer makes it look like a lot of fun. And a probable awards contender too.

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Gambit Premier: Cameron Diaz And Colin Firth Talk Nudity And New Skills.


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Eccentric British/American comedy 'Gambit' premiered in London last night at the Empire in Leicester square. It stars Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth and Alan Rickman, and was directed by Michael Hoffman, with a script written by the Coen Brothers. With a line-up like that you can't really go wrong!

The remake of the 1966 film of the same name follows an art curator (Firth) who is sick of his boss (Rickman) and decides to take sweet revenge, in a variety of hilarious ways, aided by cowgirl PJ Puznowski (Diaz). Despite being written by Americans and directed by another American, it's a very British comedy.  

On the red carpet Firth, Diaz and Hoffman spoke to ITN and the Daily Mail, and spoke about the trials and tribulations of working on the film. Cameron and Firth spoke to ITN about the nudity in the film, that has already been widely talked about. Cameron said "nothing's gratuitous, it's all for a purpose." Which was followed by a self-defacing quip from Firth who said: "My legs are there for gratuitous comedy, and they've been shamelessly exploited." Firth only really loses his trousers in the film, but Alan Rickman's character Lord Lionel Shabandar spends some of it in his birthday suit. The making of the film wasn't all levels of nudity, Cameron also got to try her hand at real life cow-girling, in an interview with the Daily Mail she said "I got to do a little lassoing, a little roping on the cattle." Adding, "It was a lot of fun."

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Annie Lennox Gets Married For The Third Time


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Annie Lennox has defied her previous intentions never to remarry, and has remarried, reports Sky News.

The ceremony, which according to Lennox’s spokesperson was “a private ceremony with friends and family present," took place in London, on a boat on the Thames, with guests including Oscar winner Colin Firth and comic Ruby Wax. Her first marriage to German Hare Krishna devotee Radha Ramen in 1984 ended before it really began, and her second marriage to Israeli film and record producer Uri Frutmann also failed, despite the fact that they had two daughters before they divorced in 2000. Lennox had previously said that she’d never get married again, but love seems to have taken its toll, and the former Eurhythmics singer hasn’t even bothered to address her conflicting statements: probably because she doesn’t care. The Scottish Daily Record quoted a friend as saying, "She and Mitch (Besser) are probably going to get away for a few days" whilst on Lennox's Facebook page, she posted a photo of her white and pastel pink wedding flowers.

Lennox reportedly met Dr Mitch Besser in 2009 through his charity for which she fundraises. In 2011, Lennox received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth, not for her contributions to music, but for her charity work. She is a committed activist, raising money and awareness for HIV charities.


Colin Firth, Ellen Degeneres, Madame Tussauds and Oscars

Colin Firth, Ellen Degeneres, Madame Tussauds and Oscars

Colin Firth, Golden Globe Awards and Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday 15th January 2012 The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Golden Globes 2012) held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Press Room

Video - Colin Firth: 'My Relative Works For MI5'


British actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech; Love Actually; A Single Man) attends a press junket for his movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Colin talks about the phone hacking scandal in the UK that has been dominating headlines and how he feels it crossed the line in terms of personal information. He also reveals that he has a close relative working for the MI5 but the details of their job are unclear to the actor.

Colin's next project is The Railway Man; based on a true story, Colin portrays Eric Lomax, a man who worked on the Death Railway in Japan during World War II. The film also stars Jeremy Irvine and will be released in 2013

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Review


Excellent
It's rare to see a film in which writers, director and cast all respect the intelligence of their audience. So when it happens, it's something to savour.

Especially when it shows as much audacious skill as this British thriller does.

In the Cold War paranoia of 1973, there's a Russian mole in British intelligence. And the top boss Control (Hurt) has narrowed it down to four top colleagues (Firth, Jones, Hinds and Dencik). He asks faithful George Smiley (Oldman) to root out the spy, so he and Peter (Cumberbatch) begin a complex investigation that involves a discredited agent (Hardy) and a murdered operative (Strong). But the truth only seems to get more elusive the further they descend into the rabbit hole.

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Colin Firth, Celebration and Tom Ford Thursday 24th February 2011 Tom Ford Flagship Store Opening Celebration Beverly Hills, California

Colin Firth, Celebration and Tom Ford

Colin Firth and Berlin Friday 18th February 2011 Colin Firth returns home after attending the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) London, England

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Colin Firth and Berlin
Colin Firth and Berlin
Colin Firth and Berlin
Colin Firth and Berlin
Colin Firth and Berlin

Anthony Andrews, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter - Anthony Andrews, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth Sunday 30th January 2011 at Screen Actors Guild Los Angeles, California

Anthony Andrews, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Anthony Andrews, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Anthony Andrews, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Anthony Andrews, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Anthony Andrews, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Anthony Andrews, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush - Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush The 54th Times BFI London Film Festival - The King's Speech - The 54th Times BFI London Film Festival - The King's Speech - Photocall Thursday 21st October 2010

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Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush
Colin Firth
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
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Colin Firth - Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli Sunday 21st February 2010 at BAFTA London, England

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A Christmas Carol Review


Excellent
The quintessential Christmas classic gets yet another movie incarnation with this visually impressive version from effects wizard Zemeckis. For most of us, all the surprises here are visual, and it's well worth seeing in 3D.

For seven years after his business partner Marley dies, Ebenezer Scrooge (Carrey) ruthlessly pinches his pennies, underpaying his assistant Bob Cratchit (Oldman) and neglecting the family of his nephew Fred (Firth). Then on Christmas Eve, Marley's ghost informs Scrooge that he will be visited by three ghosts, and that night Scrooge takes a terrifying odyssey through his past, present and future, realising that he has completely missed the point of his life. And of Christmas.

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Colin Firth Saturday 26th April 2008 White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton - arrivals Washington DC, USA

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Colin Firth - Colin Firth and guest Saturday 9th June 2007 at Hallam Arena Sheffield, England

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Colin Firth

Pride And Prejudice (1995) Review


Excellent
Most film adaptations of classic books are inferior to the books they are based on. This is partly because the written word allows more nuance than the camera, but also because great books don't always have enough plotting or action to make great movies, and film adaptations often overcompensate by rewriting the book in a quest to make it more cinematic. The most obvious recent example (speaking of quests) is The Lord of the Rings: Peter Jackson omitted key scenes, changed others, and generally jacked up Tolkien's fanatically-loved bestseller for no good reason.

So it's an achievement when a famous book makes it to the big screen, or the small screen, intact -- and kudos must go to the A&E/BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice for flawlessly recreating the classic Jane Austen novel. This production is as faithful to the book as Cliff notes (though at five hours long, it's not much of a time-saver -- you might as well read the book). The filmmakers fill in the off-camera scenes of the book so seamlessly that Austen might have written them herself.

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Nanny McPhee Review


Excellent
Once upon a time, there was a young, dashing movie critic who ventured to see a fairy tale named Nanny McPhee. The critic was scared, as he had done battle with kids' movies. His record featured duels with the likes of Are We There Yet? and Rebound. He had barely survived.

But our hero had a job to do, and he never shied away from danger. He swallowed his fear, hopped into his silver, gas-fueled chariot, and sped off through the rain and inky darkness to the multiplex, that house of horrors where Cedric the Entertainer and John Travolta lurked. The critic pushed open the heavy doors and made his fateful way to face off against Nanny McPhee.

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Fever Pitch (1997) Review


OK
Yoiks! Not long after High Fidelity, Nick Hornby wrote another book about the perils of romance -- this time because a guy (Colin Firth) can't seem to let go of his soccer mania long enough to give any heed to his girlfriend (Ruth Gemmell). Sounds like it could potentially make an interesting romantic comedy, but never mind the half-naked girl on the cover of the video, Fever Pitch is about as exciting as being trampled at the World Cup. Immediately snoozy, Hornby explores the origins of Firth's insance fandom -- trying to explain why a grown man is so obsessed with a small, local soccer team winning the big championship. The failure for the explanation to make sense is as much the fault of the story as it is the British accents, so unbearably thick they might as well be Russian. For a much better, wacky look at British romance, check out When Brendan Met Trudy or even Bridget Jones's Diary.

Girl With A Pearl Earring Review


Good
Johannes Vermeer lived in a time of enormous creativity yet produced so few paintings - 35, exactly - that it's surprising he's remembered at all.

Unlike the romanticized "starving artist," Vermeer's household (in 1600s Netherlands) was extremely well-off, though little much else is known about him. Based on the popular novel, the film imagines the circumstances that might have led to the creation of Vermeer's most famous painting, "The Girl with a Pearl Earring," produced in 1665.

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Love Actually Review


Very Good
I can only presume that the British calendar is so uniquely screwy that it allows for a Christmas movie to open a week after Halloween. Or maybe Love Actually is just in a universe of its own... one in which the prime minister is inaugurated in November and where an adverb can be used to modify a noun.

But a little oddness is forgivable: Directing a movie is a strange place for Richard Curtis, who's written umpteen Brit-friendly movies and TV shows over the years but hasn't directed one, until now.

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The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002) Review


Excellent
The Importance of Being Earnest is a sharp, humorous look at the duality of romance and the fear of commitment, served up on a delicate and witty plate in this summer season of comic book heroism and galactic space battles.

The story revolves around two dashing English gentlemen in the 1890s - John "Jack" Worthing (Colin Firth) and Algy Moncrieff (Rupert Everett) - and their trials and tribulations in the games of love and marriage under the moniker of Ernest. Jack spends his days watching over his bookish charge Cecily Cardew (Reese Witherspoon) - the granddaughter of his adopted father - at his country estate. When his restless spirit calls for adventure, he travels to London and visits his wayward city brother "Ernest." In London, Jack becomes "Ernest" and partakes in decadence with his affluent but reckless best friend Algy and ends up madly in love with Algy's sophisticated society cousin Gwendolen Fairfax (Frances O'Connor) - who has a strange love for the name of "Ernest."

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Where The Truth Lies Review


OK
Where the Truth Lies casts such a uniquely seductive spell that it takes a good long while before you figure out that it's not, for the most part, very good. The film is a mystery, of sorts, but one in which you grow gradually more suspicious of the filmmakers, rather than any of the characters.

Adapting a novel by Rupert Holmes, writer-director Atom Egoyan (Ararat) guides the story of a reporter in the '70s digging for dirt on a defunct '50s comedy team Lanny and Vince (Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth, respectively). In doing so, he has created a fusion of noir mystery and showbiz tell-all, which explains why it's interesting even when it's not making much sense, and also why all of the women in both of the movie's eras look like femmes fatale.

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What A Girl Wants Review


Weak
Don't be fooled by the title. Despite being named after a Christina Aguilera song, What a Girl Wants is not a movie about a good-girl-turned-trashy-ho. Rather, it's the story of a sweet, all-American girl who generally enjoys her life but can't get past one thing: She's never met her father. As her high school days come to an end, young Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) decides it's time to meet this mysterious man who managed to woo her mother so many years ago, and so she throws her passport into her backpack and heads off to London.

What ensues is a standard fairy tale: Daphne quickly finds her father, Henry (Colin Firth), but is hindered in her attempt to forge a meaningful relationship thanks to an evil stepmother and debutante stepsister who are only interested in Henry's status and wealth. Fortunately, Daphne's got her American charm on her side and, with the help of her wise grandmother and cute new boyfriend, she's able to win Henry's heart and even manages to get him back together with mom. They all live happily ever after, as we are told at the end.

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