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 Hugh Grant ,  Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins - world film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square. at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Hugh Grant - Film premiere Florence Foster Jenkins held at Odeon Leicester Square at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Meryl Streep , Hugh Grant - Florence Foster Jenkins UK Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, London at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Hugh Grant - 'Florence Foster Jenkins' premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square London. Stars such as Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Director Stephen Frears walk the red carpet ahead of the film premiere in London. at Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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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

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Hugh Grant - Arrivals for the British Heart Foundation's "Roll Out the Red" fundraiser at The Savoy - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th February 2016

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Hugh Grant - New York premiere of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, United States - Monday 10th August 2015

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Hugh Grant - Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2015 - Celebrity Sightings - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th July 2015

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Hugh Grant - Paddington Trail auction held at Christie's in London - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th December 2014

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Hugh Grant and Conchita Wurst - German ZDF Live TV show 'Wetten, dass..?' at Stadthalle at Stadthalle - Graz, Austria - Saturday 8th November 2014

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Hugh Grant - The UNICEF Halloween Ball at One Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 30th October 2014

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Hugh Grant - Mario Testino 60th Birthday Bash at the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 30th October 2014

Hugh Grant - A variety of celebrities including British super models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were photographed at the 60th Birthday party for the fashion photographer Mario Testino held at the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th October 2014

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Hugh Grant and Edith Bowman - Meet the actor at Apple Regent Street - London, United Kingdom - Friday 10th October 2014

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Hugh Grant - 2014 Wimbledon Championships held at the All England Club - Celebrity Sightings - Day 9 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd July 2014

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Hugh Grant - Dockers Flannels for Heroes Cricket Match held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th June 2014

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Hugh Grant - London Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the Savoy - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 17th November 2013

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Hugh Grant - UNICEF UK Halloween Ball held at One Mayfair - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 31st October 2013

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Hugh Grant - Celebrities leaving Scott's Restaurant - London, United Kingdom - Friday 25th October 2013

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Hugh Grant - Actor Hugh Grant plays the Old Course at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship final day in St Andrews - St Andrews, United Kingdom - Sunday 29th September 2013

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Hugh Grant and Neels Els - Actor Hugh Grant plays with Neels Els (right, father of Ernie) at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship final day in St Andrews - St Andrews, United Kingdom - Sunday 29th September 2013

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Hugh Grant - London premiere of 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa' held at Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th July 2013

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Hugh Grant and Evgeny Lebedev - Get Reading Festival held on Trafalgar Square. - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th July 2013

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Hugh Grant - The Hoping Foundation's 'Rock On' summer party at Cafe de Paris - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th June 2013

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Hugh Grant - Actor Hugh Grant on the set of the Untitled Marc Lawrence Project - New York City, NY, United States - Monday 29th April 2013

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Hugh Grant Baby A “Happy Surprise”, Literally!


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The About a Boy actor, Hugh Grant, has been Tweeting about a boy recently. He took to the social networking to express his delight at the birth of Felix Chang.

“In answer to some journos. Am thrilled my daughter now has a brother. Adore them both to an uncool degree. They have a fab mum,” Grant posted before tweeting, “And to be crystal clear. I am the Daddy.” Well that’s crystal clear then. Talking to Ellen DeGeneres last April, Grant opened up on his first child, Tabitha Xaio Xi Hong Grant. “Everyone was right all these years, saying: “Hugh, why don’t you have some children? It changes your life.” Now that I have a child, it is life-changing. I recommend it. Get some,” he explained to the talk show host. “I can’t pretend it wasn’t a little bit of a surprise. But it’s a very nice surprise. In fact, the baby’s name in Chinese, because the mother’s is Chinese, means ‘happy surprise’.” Talking of name meanings, the latest sprog’s full name is Felix Chang Hong Grant; Felix is the Latin word for lucky while Chang in Chinese means long-lasting.

Grant wasn’t particularly keen to release the news yet, but sensed he might have to when he received a message of congratulations from The Daily Mail. As of yet, it is unknown whether Grant and Tinglan Hong – the mother to his children, are actually in a relationship or not.

Hacked Off Hugh Grant Settles News Of The World Hacking Suit


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Hugh Grant has been one of the most vocal celebrities in relation to the phone hacking scandal that has rocked the British press over the past couple of years. Since the publication of the Leveson Report a couple of weeks ago, a compensation sum has finally been settled for Grant, which will be paid by News International after his claim against the News of the World, reports the Guardian. 

The exact amount has remained undisclosed but has been described as 'substantial', which comes as no surprise really. Grant's solicitor, Mark Thomson made a statement about what his client plans on doing with the money: "News Group Newspapers have agreed to pay him a substantial sum by way of damages." Thomson said, "He has instructed us to donate all of his damages plus an additional payment from him to the Hacked Off Campaign for a free and accountable media.  This will be done as soon as payment is received." 

The statement, and consequently the sum, will be made public in the new year, and Grant's claim is only one of 178 against the company. The mother of Grant's daughter is also embroiled in a court case at the moment, having sued Associated Newspapers for the 'misuse of private information', amongst other allegations. Hugh's involvement with the Leveson Inquiry manifested itself in a campaign titled 'Hacked Off Hugh'. 

Hugh Grant Apologises To Jon Stewart For Bad Behaviour


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To contact Hugh Grant via Twitter the name he's chosen for himself is @HackedOffHugh. Despite that being a reference to his recent work in the Leveson Report, it's more than apt for the accusations levied towards him by Jon Stewart.

The Daily Show host, in an informal interview with his friend and colleague Stephen Colbert, during a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival, spoke about his experience with Grant when he came on The Daily Show for an interview: "He's giving everyone s*** the whole time, and he's a big pain in the a** ... And we've had dictators on the show." Said Stewart, quoted by NY Daily News. Back then, in 2009, Grant was publicising the terrible movie Did You Hear About the Morgans? and criticised a clip of the film used in the show. "What is that clip? It's a terrible clip," Grant said. "Well, then make a better f***ing movie," Stewart acerbically replied.

Since hearing about Stewart's opinion of him, Grant has used his twitter account, normally reserved for information and discourse about the hacking inquiry, and used the platform to apologize for his behaviour:

Jon Stewart Calls Hugh Grant "Worst Guest Ever" (Including Dictators)


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Jon Stewart - the U.S. host of The Daily Show - has named Hugh Grant his least favourite guest on the programme, following his appearance in 2009. The British actor, known for his romantic-comedies, was described as a "big pain in the ass" by Stewart, who says he is no longer welcome on the show.

Speaking during a Q&A last week, Stewart laid into the Love Actually star, naming him as his least favourite guest, adding, "And we've had dictators on the show." The actor appeared on The Daily Show while promoting his poorly received comedy Did You Hear About The Morgans? though reportedly spent much of his time complaining to staff and saying he had better places to be. He also complained about the clip that was shown to promote the film, though Stewart responded, "Well, then make a better f***ing movie." Though Stewart's remarks come as no real surprise, the pair are both prominent critics of the media, with Grant taking an active role in the campaign for tighter regulation of the British press in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal. Stewart almost quit The Daily Show in 1999, saying, "What I did not realize is, a lot of the people who worked there were assholes."

The Emmy winner replaced original host Craig Kilborn, immediately shifting the tone to sharply satirical. 

Piers Morgan Tells Charlotte Church About Phone Hacking, Years Before Denying Any Knowledge


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An interview clip featuring Piers Morgan telling Charlotte Church about the possibilities of phone hacking in the media in 2003 is set to be aired on Channel 4 in a new documentary.

The former editor of tabloids The Sun, Daily Mirror and the now defunct News of the World has repeatedly denied having any knowledge that phone hacking went on since it emerged that the Rupert Murdoch owned newspapers had journalists using illegal techniques to listen to voicemails on celebrities' phones and even those of victims of crime. In fact, at the Leveson inquiry, he swore under oath several times that he 'had no reason or knowledge to believe it was going on'. In spite of this, footage has emerged of the controversial TV personality discussing the practise with the then 17-year-old popstar Charlotte Church in 2003. 'When [mobile phones] first came out journalists found out that if a celebrity hadn't changed their pin code. You can access their voicemails by typing in a number', he said. 'Now, are you really telling me that journalists aren't going to do that? If they know that they can ring up Charlotte Church's mobile phone, listen to all her messages?'

The discussion took place in an interview after she was invited to address the Oxford Union during which she campaigned for a privacy law for celebrities under 18 years of age. It will soon be broadcast on the Channel 4 documentary 'Taking on the Tabloids' which will feature Hugh Grant who has been in a string of legal battles with the tabloids following the phone hacking scandal. 

Cloud Atlas Flops On Opening Weekend At Box Office


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Cloud Atlas has flopped into third place in the US Box Office after a dreary weekend saw the film, which many thought would do well commercially, take in less than Hotel Transylvania and chart topper Argo in US markets.

The film, an adaptation of the David Mitchell novel of the same name, was brought to the screen by Matrix masterminds Andy and Lana Wachowski and Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer, with many foreseeing the time-jumping epic to make a huge impact at the box office. Instead the film only brought in a meagre $9.4 million over its opening weekend, a long way from the predicted $100 million it had budgeted for.

The film, which stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving among others, follows the inter-twining lives of a host of different people throughout time, following the implications of actions made in past lives and how the soul lives on through time. It has so far split opinion right down the middle, with some marvelling and the ground breaking spectacle and story telling of the film, whilst other have smeared it for being overly ambitious.

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Report From Cloud Atlas Premiere: 172 Minutes Of Essential Viewing


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Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving is released in US cinemas on October 26, 2012.

The main message being beamed back from the movie’s premiere is: make sure you go to the toilet before you take your seat. Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Twkyer’s adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel clocks in at a staggering 2 hours and 52 minutes long but according to LA Times, the movie is all killer and no filler, meaning that you wont want to leave your seat for any of those 172 minutes.

If you do decide to leave your seat, it seems, you do so “at your own peril, running the risk of missing of ... oh ... Hugh Grant licking blood off a knife as a cannibal or Hugo Weaving making a grand entrance as a female nurse who'd make Louise Fletcher's "Cuckoo's Nest" administrator cower.” As the narrative skips about, rejecting all notion of linear storytelling, it looks to be a case of ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ when it comes to keeping up with the interwoven stories.’

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The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists Trailer


The Pirate Captain has never won the Pirate of the Year award but this year he hopes to do so. He sets out with his crew - some are pirates, some are not, some are just fish he dressed up in a pirate hat - to beat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz. Along the way, he travels to places as diverse as Blood Island and Victorian London and joins forces with a young Charles Darwin. The Captain and his crew must also avoid Queen Elizabeth - who is determined to wipe out pirates from the seas.

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Did You Hear About the Morgans? Trailer


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Music And Lyrics Review


Good
It's not a complaint when I say that Hugh Grant seems to play the same role over and over these days. It never gets old to watch him play a complete bastard who is also loveable and endearing in his utter self-absorption. It may eventually get tiresome to see the spiky-haired acerbic bloke woo the girl, but it hasn't yet -- and it is certainly an improvement over his earlier, sappy-and-awkward romantic stylings.

In Music and Lyrics, Grant's playing Alex Fletcher, former frontman of a hilariously '80s band called Pop and current contented has-been. While living exclusively in the land of former glory does allow Alex to wallow in adoration without really having to do anything whatsoever, his bottom-of-the-barrel tour dates are drying up and the money is running out. He gets the chance to revive his career when a vapid pop superstar gives him four days to write her a hit song.

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Maurice Review


Very Good
The second of three adaptations of E.M. Forster novels by James Ivory and Ismael Merchant, Maurice is one of Merchant-Ivory's strongest showings.

A painstakingly produced period piece, this Edwardian drama centers around the title character Maurice (pronounced "Morris") Hall (James Wilby), an Edwardian-era fancy lad who finds himself smitten with a schoolmate during his days at college in Cambridge (though this is of course notoriously against the law in England at the time). At first, he's smitten with Clive (Hugh Grant in his first major film role) but after seeing what happens to a friend of theirs (Mark Tandy) when he's busted for homosexuality and sentenced to hard labor in prison, they both attempt to mend their ways. Clive gets married, Maurice attempts hypnosis. This seems to "cure" Clive -- well enough, anyway -- but Maurice still can't shake it. Eventually he winds up shacking up with the much lower-class gamekeeper at the country estate.

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American Dreamz Review


Weak
There's a peculiarly painful sensation one gets when witnessing a comedy build toward its big moment, having carefully laid all out all the correct elements and primed you for all the gags as it leads up to the orchestrated finale and then... Just. Doesn't. Get. There. You get that feeling quite a lot in Paul Weitz's American Dreamz, about an American Idol-like reality show which becomes the linchpin in a dangerously rickety skit about wannabe celebrities, and yes, the war on terror (because one must be relevant). There's another feeling one gets, and it comes from that oft-ignored voice in the back of your head, the one that says, Hey, maybe we shouldn't be laughing at this, even if it was funny.What are we supposed to make of this queasy and uncertain concoction that lands a few weak punches and then dances safely back out of range? Weitz is no Wilder, but he's done better than most in comedy. American Pie may have brought us an unfortunate amount of Chris Klein, and In Good Company was hardly a beacon of originality, but they both possessed a refreshing amount of heart; while About a Boy proved that Hugh Grant's louche side is his best one. These were all films of modest means that succeeded beyond their stated intent. With American Dreamz, writer/director Weitz not only bites off more than he can chew, he (not to mention we) can barely get his mouth around the thing.The constellation of players include: Britney-like Ohioan pop striver Sally Kendoo (Mandy Moore), Simon Cowell-esque host Martin Tweed (Hugh Grant), a president and vice-president (Dennis Quaid and Willem Dafoe) who just may resemble a pair currently in power over there in D.C., and Omer (Sam Golzari), a clumsy, showtunes-loving terrorist (you read that right) who accidentally gets on the show after being sent to join a sleeper cell in Orange County. There's also Sally's sweet but dumb-as-rocks boyfriend William Williams (Chris Klein), who runs off to the army after she dumps him, and Omer's flaming-gay cousin Iqbal (Tony Yalda) who thinks he deserves to be on the show, and a number of fine performers like Shohreh Aghdashloo, Judy Greer, and John Cho wasted in dead-end roles. With all this at hand, Weiss aims to plug into some sort of vein of current American irreality, juxtaposing the fanatic public adulation of this TV show with the grinding presence of the war and the terrorist threat, but ends up splashing them all with the same cartoonish colors and scoring only the easiest of points.There is ample opportunity here, it's just not utilized. Quaid plays his Bush stand-in with ardent vigor as a decent but none-too-bright man who wakes up the day after his reelection and announces to his stunned manservant, "I'm going to read the newspaper." Cut to weeks later and the president bedroom is thick with papers and books, the commander in chief's head dangerously expanding, saying incredulously to his Cheney-like VP (Dafoe, mixing just the right amount of malice and buffoonery), "Did you know there were three different kinds of Iraqistanis?" But then this line of broad mockery is abandoned for a "Terrorist Training Camp" in some California desert masquerading as the generic Middle East, where Omer - who became a terrorist because his mom was killed by an American bomb; funny, that - dances to showtunes in his tent. Then it switches again to Ohio for some dreadfully unfunny reality-show-contestant satire that flops dead on arrival due to Moore's dead fish of a performance. Like Grant - who should have turned in a killer Cowell impression here, and whose soulless character bonds with Moore - she remains on the leash, never fully engaging. About the only thing in the too widely ranging American Dreamz that works is Omer, a sweetheart of a character whose earnest lack of talent is as endearing in the film as it would be on a reality show - for a satire aimed at modern society, he's about the only character who could actually exist in it.It has been said by some that Paul Greengrass's United 93 - prior to its opening, at least - is an exploitation of a national tragedy, a shameless attempt to make dramaturgical hay from an episode that should be treated with more respect. The jury of public opinion has yet, of course, to make a ruling in that matter. Until then, though, we have American Dreamz, which seems to think that the Iraq War, terrorism, the death of innocent Middle Easterners by American hands, and the current White House situation are all just as equally worthy targets of spoofery and fun as is reality TV. It's not really a cynical or outrageous point of view, but just a really lazy one, and offensively, exploitatively so.Who likes pizza?

Two Weeks Notice Review


Very Good
After starring in just a few comedies, Sandra Bullock has established herself as the go-to actress to play the loopy, disheveled, well-intentioned woman of today. Her characters may possess poise and beauty, but they're hidden beneath the exterior of a girl who prefers chili dogs and wiping her nose on her sleeve. Although the gimmick may be a little stale, Bullock continues to play the hell out of it, as she does with co-star Hugh Grant in Two Weeks Notice. This should come as satisfying news to moviegoers that helped Miss Congeniality earn over $105 million at the box office.

But Two Weeks Notice has appeal beyond being a Sandra Bullock vehicle or a standard romantic comedy. Although Bullock does have her routine primped and polished, Two Weeks Notice benefits from more: a snappy, likable script by writer/director Marc Lawrence (writer of Forces of Nature and Miss Congeniality) and a witty, near-flawless performance by Hugh Grant.

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Sirens (1994) Review


Very Good
Interesting study of British social mores and their views on pornography, when Grant goes to visit a painter whose work is deemed obscene. Oh, and he's got tons of naked babes. Yeah!

Bridget Jones's Diary Review


Very Good
I'm used to the e-mail: You're not a cheerleader so you shouldn't review Bring It On! Or If you don't like boring movies about Iraqi Kurds you shouldn't review A Time for Drunken Horses! Or If you've never heard of Reinaldo Arenas you shouldn't review a movie about his life (Before Night Falls)!

Sorry, folks, I don't buy it. Do I need to be shot into space to review Apollo 13? A movie should stand on its own whether you're familiar with the subject, whether you're fond of the topic in question, or whether you're a member of the demographic that the film is about or is targeted at. If it especially appeals to a certain group (and what film doesn't?), well, good for you. But I'm going to review whatever I want -- and if you don't want to hear what a white guy in his late 20s has to say about cinema, well, that's just to bad.

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Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason Review


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In the last three years, Renée Zellweger has lost all 25 pounds of her Bridget Jones weight, vamped her way through Chicago, chunked up again for Cold Mountain, waifed away for Down with Love, and -- finally -- put all that weight back on for her long-awaited return to the role of an insecure Brit -- one which she swore she'd never perform again.

Well, throw enough money at something and it's bound to change people's minds. In fact, that seems to be the operating assumption for the entirety of this sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, a lackluster follow-up to the mildly enchanting original.

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Small Time Crooks Review


Excellent
Woody Allen always does his best work when he's both in front of and behind the camera. Small Time Crooks give us Woody once again as the star, once again making us laugh by proving that he and only he knows how to deliver the exact and peculiar cadence of his written humor.

An unabashed comedic fable, Small Time Crooks presents Woody as Ray Winkler, an ex-con living in a New York rathole and scraping by as a dishwasher. His wife Frenchy (Tracy Ullman) does nails by day, gives Ray a whole lot of lip by night. And when Ray comes home with a new "master plan" that promises to make them rich so they can retire to Florida (the dream to end all dreams in Small Time Crooks), Frenchy becomes a reluctant partner.

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An Awfully Big Adventure Review


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Georgina Cates, what has become of you?

In the year 1995 and at the age of 20, the fair-skinned redhead had what was arguably her biggest and most noteworthy role in An Awfully Big Adventure, then took smaller and smaller roles in smaller and smaller films until vanishing completely from the movies in 1999. (Does a 1997 marriage to Skeet Ulrich have anything to do with it? Who can say.

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The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain Review


Very Good
If you're expecting a big joke about the unfortunate title of this film, you'll be disappointed. Everyone else has done it already. I saw the film late, and I'm just not falling into that trap.

With that out of the way, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain refers to the title character, Hugh Grant, who is given this wacky Welsh nickname as the result of some wacky events surrounding the wacky title hill/mountain.

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Lair Of The White Worm Review


Weak
Ultra-cheesy low-budget horror flick give us Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, and, well, a really big worm. Donohoe vamps it up as the last acolyte of an ancient pagan snake-god religion in this ridiculous excuse for a movie, notable mainly for Grant's appearance as a researcher of sorts who gets caught up in the goings-on when a giant snake skull is dug up.

It's silly -- in fact, it's unbelievably silly -- to the point where some of the film's more absurd one-liners might make you giggle. Sure there are points where it gets awful: the hoedown where a hillbilly band sings a song about the legendary worm that once terrorized the area (complete with people in a snake costume which Grant slices in half) is a lowlight. The "special effects" -- which use cardboard overlays under which actual action takes place -- are worthy of the 1950s.

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The Remains Of The Day Review


Excellent
What a heartbreaker. Looking back on The Remains of the Day after seven years, I find I have a new appreciation for the film. What I once felt was a hollow look at servants in pre-WWII rural England, oblivious to the world around them, devoid of any real emotion, I now see in a different light. A closer look shows all the deep and heartfelt emotion just under the surface of Anthony Hopkins, underrewarded in one of the finest roles of his career. James Fox also shines as a Nazi semi-sympathetic aristocrat who "just wants peace," and Emma Thompson dazzles as the only real backbone in the bunch. Also look for good yet smallish turns from Christopher Reeve, Ben Chaplin, and Hugh Grant.

Nine Months Review


Good
Nine Months has all the makings of an incredible disaster. First, its star (Hugh Grant) is arrested for lewd conduct. Second, it's a remake of a French film (Neuf Mois), always a huge negative. Finally, it's a comedy decidedly for adults which is directed by the infantile Chris Columbus, the man who brought us the Home Alone franchise and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Imagine my shock; Nine Months is pretty good.

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Extreme Measures Review


Excellent
It's an old question of what's right and what's wrong: if you could cure a disease by killing one person, would you do it? That's basically the premise which starts up Extreme Measures, an ultra-creepy little medical thriller by prolific filmmaker Michael Apted.

If you can deal with the notion of Hugh Grant as a doctor, you've probably suspended disbelief enough to buy the whole production. Dr. Guy Luthan (Grant) finds a mystery patient in his trauma room at Gramercy Hospital. When the patient dies from a bizarre collection of symptoms, no one seems to care except for the dashing British doc.

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Bitter Moon Review


Excellent
Certainly a case of deja vu for Hugh Grant, Bitter Moon finds the big Hugh playing hide the little Hugh with a girl he meets on a ship to Istanbul (Emmanuelle Seigner). The only problem is that the wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) doesn't really approve. And then there's the matter of the girl's husband (Peter Coyote), who sends Grant on the chase to start with.

Why is he bound to a wheelchair? How did the innocent couple turn so perverted? Coyote's story talks about bondage, golden showers, and even ends up with Coyote crawling around on the floor, grunting while he wears a pig mask.

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Sense And Sensibility Review


Excellent
Finally, a film to make Jane Austen proud. The third adaptation of her work this year (the first being Clueless's modernization of Emma; the second, the dreadful Persuasion), first-time screenwriter Emma Thompson and director Ang Lee have crafted a magnificent and exquisitely detailed piece of art which redeems the failures of the other two.

Sense And Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood family, who, after the death of Mr. Dashwood, lose all their wealth to the son of Mr. Dashwood's prior marriage. The four Dashwood women, the mother and three daughters (Elinor [Emma Thompson], Marianne [Kate Winslet], and young Margaret), must find a way to make ends meet as the elder daughters face the daunting problems of love and romance.

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About A Boy Review


Very Good
Prepare to meet the male version of Bridget Jones, as Hugh Grant turns in one of the best performances of his career in a solid -- yet considerably muddy -- romantic comedy.

In About a Boy, Hugh Grant appears to be playing, well, Hugh Grant, a guy with dashing good looks who gets by on his inheritance and his incredible charm. The fact that Will "does nothing" for a living becomes a running joke and even seems to put a damper on his love life, as women are put off by his go-nowhere lifestyle. So rather than get a job, Will decides to join a single parents' support group, inventing a young son and a sob story in the hopes that the vulnerable single moms overlook his character flaws. But the plot backfires when an über-geeky 12-year-old kid named Marcus (Nicholas Hoult, more precocious even than Haley Joel Osment on bath day) takes a liking to Will, showing up on his doorstep every day after school. Alongside their unlikely friendship arise some serious issues -- primarily involving Marcus's suicidal mother (Toni Collette).

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Maurice Review


Very Good
The second of three adaptations of E.M. Forster novels by James Ivory and Ismael Merchant, Maurice is one of Merchant-Ivory's strongest showings.

A painstakingly produced period piece, this Edwardian drama centers around the title character Maurice (pronounced "Morris") Hall (James Wilby), an Edwardian-era fancy lad who finds himself smitten with a schoolmate during his days at college in Cambridge (though this is of course notoriously against the law in England at the time). At first, he's smitten with Clive (Hugh Grant in his first major film role) but after seeing what happens to a friend of theirs (Mark Tandy) when he's busted for homosexuality and sentenced to hard labor in prison, they both attempt to mend their ways. Clive gets married, Maurice attempts hypnosis. This seems to "cure" Clive -- well enough, anyway -- but Maurice still can't shake it. Eventually he winds up shacking up with the much lower-class gamekeeper at the country estate.

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Two Weeks Notice Review


Weak

The very fact that the trailers and commercials for "Two Weeks Notice" feature Sandra Bullock blushing with allegedly comedic embarrassment as she answers her cell phone during a wedding should serve as a mammoth red flag for the shallowness and unoriginality of this cookie-cutter romantic comedy.

That hackneyed and humdrum joke feels 20 years older than the technology it depends on -- and it's still the freshest gag in the superficial, hand-me-down script of writer-director Marc Lawrence.

Bullock plays a community activist lawyer -- a frumpy but desirable granola babe with a one-dimensional passion for preserving historical buildings in her native Brooklyn. Hugh Grant plays the oil to her water -- a charming, bumbling billionaire in charge of a development conglomerate that knocks down historical landmarks to build skyscrapers.

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Bridget Jones's Diary Review


Good

Whether the feature film version of "Bridget Jones's Diary" -- that exalted, best-selling ode to 30-something single gals -- properly captures the oversized pajamas-and-Haagen Dazs essence of "singleton" romantic vexation, I cannot say.

I am male and I haven't read the book, and either one of these facts excludes me from being a bona fide member of the cult following that has built up around this lovelorn English Everywoman. Everything I know about Bridget's struggles with smoking, men and her weight I have gleaned from friends' enthusiastic reviews of the two Helen Fielding novels, which I'm told are written as diary entries in the heroine's first-person short-hand. (I hear both books are v., v. good.)

But I do consider myself something of an expert on (and an unabashed fan of) winsome romantic comedies, and on that front, I'd have to say this movie is a winner.

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Love Actually Review


OK

"Love Actually" is terminally precious. Chirpy "classic" pop songs populate every third scene. It has no structure, just a jumble of interconnected stories -- some little dramas, some little comedies -- about love, flirtation, courtship and heartbreak, all of which will pay off just in time for a lovely London Christmas.

It's the kind of pandering, populist movie in which Hugh Grant, playing the prime minister of England, joyously shakes his booty to The Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" until he suddenly, to his great embarrassment, realizes he's being watched. It offers no real surprises except in how and when it reveals the inevitable six degrees of separation between each anecdotal yarn -- none of which has enough substance to ever stand on its own (nor would you want them to!).

And yet, you'd have to be a terrible grump to not like "Love Actually" at least a little.

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Notting Hill Review


OK

I think I might have really enjoyed "Notting Hill" -- an unlikely,light and lively romance between a Hollywood superstar (Julia Roberts)and a the owner of a tucked-away London book shop (Hugh Grant) -- but forone huge obstacle that I just couldn't get past:

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About A Boy Review


Good

Having acquired a taste for playing against type from his spot-on performance as an overconfident office scoundrel in "Bridget Jones's Diary," Hugh Grant really sinks his teeth and his spiky new haircut into his starring role as an even more callow cad in "About a Boy."

Londoner Will Freeman is a guy who, when asked to be godfather to a friend's baby daughter, recoils in horror and tries to talk her out of it. "I'll forget all her birthdays," he insists, "until her 18th, when I'll probably take her out to get her drunk, and let's face it, probably try to shag her."

When the same well-meaning friend says she knows he has hidden depths, Will replies, "You've always had that wrong. I really am this shallow."

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Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason Review


Terrible

In "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," the "singleton" Everygal neuroses of its titular British sweetheart have gone from endearing to downright insufferable.

Although still played warmly and winningly by the perfectly plus-sized Renee Zellweger, upon the advent of her still-fresh relationship with dashing, adoring, and a tad bit stiff barrister boyfriend Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget has become an embarrassing bundle of infuriating stock insecurities.

Jealous, suspicious, clingy, marriage-obsessed and irrational, in effect she's the antagonist in this romantic-comedy sequel. The hero is Mark -- whom she landed at the end of 2001's "Bridget Jones's Diary" -- for putting up with the torrent of rampant, relentless sitcom antics that stream unflatteringly and unchecked from the girl's vacillating self-confidence.

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Small Time Crooks Review


Good

Woody Allen slides comfortably back into screwball mode directing himself as an incompetent bank robber dreaming up an absurdly arduous heist in "Small Time Crooks," his first movie in a long time unabashedly about nothing deeper than non-stop laughs.

Allen plays ex-con (and current dishwasher) Ray Winkler, the dubious mastermind behind a plan to rent an empty pizza joint two doors down from a Manhattan bank, then tunnel from the restaurant's basement to the bank's vault and make off with millions.

But Ray and his band of deficient ne'er-do-wells (Michael Rapaport, Jon Lovitz and Tony Darrow) need a front to occupy the shop while they burrow below. So he cajoles his manicurist wife Frenchy (Tracey Ullman) into opening a cookie shop in the empty storefront -- despite the fact that she thinks Ray's buddies, and their plans, are moronic.

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