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McCutcheon appeared on 'Loose Women' and spoke a little about the 'Love Actually' mini-sequel coming next month for Red Nose Day.
Ahead of the highly anticipated Love Actually mini-sequel that’s currently being filmed for Comic Relief, one of the movie’s stars, Martine McCutcheon, has excitedly teased a few details about her character Natalie and her romance with The Prime Minister, played by Hugh Grant.
Speaking on daytime magazine show ‘Loose Women’ on Wednesday (February 22nd), the 40 year old actress said that she and Grant would definitely both be starring in the project – but she wasn’t quite sure whether their characters would still be together, having not yet seen a script.
“I’m hoping me and Hugh are still together because we’re filming together. I haven’t been sent a script, I’ve just been in wardrobe,” she told the hosts.
Bridget is back again and the critics are saying this one was worth the wait.
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.
Bridget Jones is back in Bridget Jones’s Baby
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.”
Continue reading: Critics Welcome Back Renee Zellweger Warmly In 'Bridget Jones's Baby'
Grant appeared on James Corden's 'The Late Late Show' on Thursday, and revealed details about how he suffered a nervous breakdown and couldn't stop crying for "three weeks".
British actor Hugh Grant has opened up about a dark period in his life when he “went mad” in 2007, apparently suffering a mental breakdown.
The 55 year old star was a guest on James Corden’s ‘The Late Late Show’ on Thursday (August 4th), and revealed that his disintegration happened around the time he holidayed in the Maldives. While out there, Grant said he had “about 30 massages a day” because of extreme boredom. “I went mad in 2007. I got massaged into madness!”
But it was only while he was travelling home that he realised that something else was wrong, saying that he broke down into tears on the plane for no reason.
Continue reading: Hugh Grant Opens Up About His "Madness" In 2007
Although this comedy-drama seems to have been written specifically to give Meryl Streep a chance to dress up and put on a silly show, it's actually all true. And it's hugely entertaining, generating gut-wrenching laughter and some sharply resonant emotions too. It's also a subtle exploration of pop culture, most notably privileged artists and the fact that there's more to stardom than just talent.
Streep shines as Florence, a socialite who hosts lavish parties in 1944 New York with her husband St Clair (Hugh Grant). Both of them are frustrated artists: Florence sees herself as an opera diva, while St Clair never quite made it as an actor. So at her parties, Florence puts on performances for her friends, oblivious to the fact that she's riotously off-key, while St Clair plays the doting husband, protecting her from criticism and hiring talented young pianist Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) as her accompanist. Florence doesn't really mind that St Clair has a woman (Rebecca Ferguson) on the side. But when she books Carnegie Hall to perform a concert for troops returning from Europe, St Clair realises that he can't protect her from a real audience.
Writer Nicholas Martin and director Stephen Frears construct the story beautifully, building up to reveal Florence's voice in a painfully hilarious sequence that's expertly played by Streep, Grant and Helberg. Streep's enjoyment of the role is infectious, and she makes Florence sympathetic by letting us see her yearning to sing. She imagines she sounds like her operatic idols, so can't hear the strangled notes coming from her mouth. And those who don't applaud are laughing so heartily that surely they're just as entertained. Streep's performance soars through the performance scenes, but is just as powerful in the comedy and at moments when Florence is vulnerable and nervous.
Continue reading: Florence Foster Jenkins Review
Meryl Streep , Hugh Grant - The European Premiere of 'Florence Foster Jenkins' held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016
Hugh Grant - Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson filming scenes for their new movie 'Florence Foster Jenkins' in Southampton Street at Southampton street London - London, United Kingdom - Friday 22nd May 2015
Hugh Grant - Shots from the worlds leading organisation for children UNICEF's Halloween Ball which was held at One Mayfair, 13 North Audley Street in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 30th October 2014
Is it really 'About Time' for rom-com king Richard Curtis, responsible for 'Notting Hill' and 'Love Actually', to bow out?
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."
Richard Curtis Thinks About Time Will Be His Swansong.
Mad geniuses Tom Tykwer (Perfume) and the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) boldly take on David Mitchell's layered epic novel, which connects six generations through the power of storytelling. The film takes so many huge risks that it's breathtaking to watch even when it stumbles. And as each tale is passed on to the next generation, the swirling themes get under the skin.
The six stories are interlinked in a variety of ways, transcending time to find common themes. On a ship in 1849, a seriously ill American lawyer (Sturgess) shows kindness to a stowaway ex-slave (Gyasi). In 1936 Edinburgh, a great composer (Broadbent) hires a musician (Whishaw) to transcribe his work, then tries to steal the young man's magnificent Cloud Atlas symphony. In 1973 San Francisco, a Latina journalist (Berry) gets a tip about dodgy goings on in a local nuclear power plant. In present-day London, a publisher (Broadbent) is trapped in a nursing home by his brother (Grant) and plots a daring escape. In 2144 Neo Soul, an official (D'Arcy) interrogates a replicant (Bae) who started a rebellion alongside a notorious rebel (Sturgess). And in a distant stone-age future, an island goatherd (Hanks) teams up with an off-worlder (Berry) when they're attacked by a warlord (Grant).
While the themes in this film are eerily involving, what makes this film unmissable is the way the entire cast turns up in each of the six story strands, changing age, race and gender along the way. Even so, they're essential variations on each other. Weaving is always a nemesis, whether he's a hitman, a demon or a nasty nurse. Hanks' characters are always strong-willed and often badly misguided. Grant goes against type to play sinister baddies. And D'Arcy is the only actor who plays the same character in two segments, as Whishaw's 1930s young lover and Berry's 1970s elderly informant. Meanwhile, each segment plays with a different genre: seafaring epic, twisted drama, political mystery, action comedy, sci-fi thriller and gritty adventure.
Continue reading: Cloud Atlas Review
Everyone likes a bit of high profile conflict, but no one expects the drama to come from someone like Jon Stewart.
The Daily Show host made a bit of a stir recently with his statement about Hugh Grant being “the worst guest on the show” at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey recently.
In an online Q&A, Stewart said of the actor: “He’s my least favorite guest. And we’ve had dictators on the show.” He added that he would never have the actor appear on the show again. Harsh words, but apparently, the on-screen English charm doesn’t translate to real life situations. Can’t say we aren’t a bit disappointed there.
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Whilst in Britain Hugh Grant’s been receiving sympathy for his part in the phone hacking scandal and subsequent inquiry into press practices in the country, across in the US he seems to have lost at least one fan – host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart.
Third Beat Magazine reports that, during a question and answer session with Steven Colbert in New Jersey at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival, Stewart pinpointed Grant as the least favorite guest he’d ever had on the show, quipping “and we’ve had dictators on the show”. Stewart was talking about a time when Grant appeared on his show to talk about his movie Did You Hear About The Morgans? in 2009, and apparently the actor didn’t endear himself to the crew. "He's giving everyone s*** the whole time, and he's a big pain in the a**," Stewart said.
The root of Grant’s disgruntlement apparently came down to a clip provided by the film’s publicist. "What is that clip? It's a terrible clip,” Grant allegedly said, to which Stewart snapped back "Well, then make a better f***ing movie,” Stewart replied. The fundraiser was a reportedly lively event, with Stewart telling his old friend and former co-star Colbert about how tough he found it initially to take on hosting The Daily Show when he joined in 1999, admitting that he struggled to get on with the writers and, at one point, had to be “talked down off a moderately high cliff” regards quitting the show.
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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Halle Berry stopped by Jay Leno's Tonight Show this week to talk up her new movie Cloud Atlas, an adaptation of David Mitchell's epic novel of the same name. The ambitious film - by the Wachowski's - chronicles a story across five centuries, set in six separate timelines.
One scene in the movie sees Berry's character smoking marijuana with Tom Hanks, which prompted Leno to ask the actress if she was partial to a smoke now and again. Berry claimed she was "not a pot smoker," though Leno asked "Have you smoked pot with Tom Hanks?" with Berry carefully conceding, "I smoked pot with Tom Hanks in this movie." Berry and Hanks play different characters in each setting, though each story manages to connect in innovative and magical ways.
The film opens nationwide on Friday (October 26, 2012) and has been quietly praised by critics, though it remains to be seen whether or not it will contend for the major film awards. We predict it will get a few obligatory nods (this year's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) but won't win a thing. It stars Hugh Grant as a futuristic cannibal for god's sake.
With his upcoming film, Cloud Atlas ready for release later this month, one of the film’s stars, Tom Hanks, has alluded to the deep plotline that runs through the book adaptation and said that the film is as “risky as Inception” was when it was release in 2010.
Hanks was plugging his new film during a chat with Canadian paper The Montreal Gazette, when he brought up the Christopher Nolan film, suggesting that it was the closest thing to compare to his latest movie outing. Cloud Atlas follows the intertwining lives of a massive cast that drifts between centuries both past and present, examining the impact of fate on good and bad behaviour.
In his discussion, he not only had praises to sing for Brit-director Nolan, but also his three “bold” directors for the upcoming project; Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski. And if three directors were a lot to take on board, then the number of characters the actors have to transform themselves into throughout the film will take some effort to get your heads round too, with Hanks alone taking on 6 different roles.
Continue reading: Cloud Atlas Is As Risky As Inception, Says Tom Hanks
'Cloud Atlas' is the story of how the separate lives of individuals and their actions affect each other through time. It explores a variety of different themes making it difficult to be pigeon-holed into a particular genre; action, romance and drama create the twists and turns that can change a human being from being a violent killer to being a compassionate hero. This tale explores how one act of basic humanity can influence a revolution centuries into the future.
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The film is almost too crowded with witty visual and verbal gags to catch on a single viewing. Although it's also too corny to be a real classic.
The Pirate Captain (voiced by Grant) never gets any respect, especially with the Pirate of the Year competition gearing up. But his first mate (Freeman) and rag-tag crew (Tovey, Gleeson and Jenson) are fearlessly loyal. While accumulating plunder to win the award, they accidentally hijack a scientific ship and then travel with Charles Darwin (Tennant) to win a science prize in London. But this means that the crew needs to get dangerously close to venomous pirate-hater Queen Victoria (Staunton).
Continue reading: The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! Review
The Pirate Captain, although relentlessly optimistic, has never won the Pirate of the Year Award. Perhaps it has something to do with his crew - many of them are pirates but some aren't (and one is a fish dressed in a pirate hat). Or maybe it's because he doesn't have much of a success rate when it comes to stealing treasure.
Imagine my shock; Nine Months is pretty good.
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The deceptively simple plot begins when uber-famous film star Anna Scott (Roberts) winds up in William's (Grant) book shop on Notting Hill, something of a British cross between a pre-Disney Times Square and a Moroccan street market. After William accidentally dumps orange juice down Anna's front, an on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, on-again love affair blossoms.
Continue reading: Notting Hill Review
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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Yes he can! Mickey Blue Eyes, against all odds, is nothing short of fall-down funny - on par with Notting Hill, South Park, and Austin Powers 2 as one of the best comedies of the summer.
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And, there's not a bottle of Windex anywhere to be found.
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"Mickey Blue Eyes" is one of those movies that wouldn't last 20 minutes if the main character wasn't a certifiable moron.
A comedy of the uncomfortable, it's predicated on Hugh Grant, playing an tentative, English, auction house proprietor in New York, allowing himself to become embroiled in the mob when he unknowingly proposes to a mafia princess (Jeanne Tripplehorn).
She declines, crying her eyes out and explaining her background and the family she's tried to put behind her. Romantically, he says it doesn't matter. She exacts one promise from him: That he won't agree to do any favors for her family and won't accept any, either. "That's how they get you," she says. "Then you'll be one of them."
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