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Colin Firth Didn't Impress In-laws


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Colin Firth didn't impress his wife's parents when they first met.

The 'King's Speech' star married film producer Livia Giuggioli - with who he has sons Luca, nine, and Matteo, seven - in 1997 and admits one of the main reasons why he learned to speak her native Italian was a desperate bid to win over her mother and father.

Speaking on CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight', Colin - who also has a 20-year-old son Will with his ex-girlfriend Meg Tilly - said: "Her parents warmed up. I mean, taking a stab at their language, you know, I had to do an awful lot to convince them that I was good material for their daughter. Because I had a lot of strikes Against Me. I was 10 years older nearly, English, didn't speak the language. Already had a child. I was an actor.

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Colin Firth Devoted To Wife


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Colin Firth's heart belongs to his wife.

The 'King's Speech' actor is flattered when he receives attention from other women but insists he will always be devoted to his Italian wife Livia Giuggioli - the mother of his sons Luca, nine and Matteo, seven - because she is so attentive to his needs.

He told Britain's Hello! magazine: "Oh, I appreciate the smiles I receive on occasion from rather beautiful women. But my heart is reserved for my lovely wife Livia.

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Tilly Talks Frankly About Abusive Past


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The Big Chill star Meg Tilly has spoken candidly about the horrible sexual and physical abuse she suffered at the hands of several male relatives and acquaintances throughout her youth.
The 46-year-old star turned her back on Hollywood in 1994 and moved to Canada to raise her family out of the spotlight.
Her fictional book GEMMA is based on her own experiences as a young girl, and Tilly hopes that by coming forward she can help others.
Tilly, whose sister is actress Jennifer Tilly, says, "I remember being scared when I hear the sound of the belt coming out. I said to my husband I remember wearing certain types of clothes that don't chaff against the welts I have.
"I remember not leaning back (in my chair) in school sometimes because it was too sore and very painful to sit, to lean your back against the back of the desk. I remember being scared and when he'd shake his belt at me, but I don't remember the feeling of it.
"My husband says, 'Well how do you think you got the scars on your back?' I know, but sometimes I wonder if all this actually happened especially when you get older and older but it did and other people (in my family) remember it too.
"There are scars you can't explain and you do remember the before and the after. It's so important to acknowledge it because you're always told that's in your imagination."
Tilly also reveals how her behaviour changed dramatically as she entered her teenage years.
She says, "I was 13 and acting out (against) all the bad things that were happening to me I started drinking and smoking pot and telling teachers, 'F you' and thinking I was this hot shot.
"I was out back behind the gym and getting drunk and coming to class staggering around and barfing into garbage cans. I started to act with boys. I smoked pot with some guys who I thought were my friends and they tried to gang bang me and it was a wake up call.
"I thought, 'What am I doing?' The more bad things were happening (at home) and I drank five glasses of red wine and then saw something disturbing with my parents and ran out on the beach just running and running and everything was spinning. I just sat there for a long time and I got cold."

Tilly Talks About Abusive Past


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The Big Chill star Meg Tilly has written a new book about the horrible sexual and physical abuse she suffered at the hands of several male relatives and acquaintances throughout her youth.
The 46-year-old star turned her back on Hollywood in 1994 and moved to Canada to raise her family out of the spotlight.
She decided to write about her painful past in her new book, hoping that by her coming forward she could help others.
Tilly, whose sister is actress Jennifer Tilly, tells US publication People, "You spend the first part of your life - or at least I did - trying to fix things, but you realise that you're constantly choking on your own truth.
"I kept thinking there are other kids out there in these types of (abusive) situations. And I just don't want to carry secrets."
Tilly grew up in such grim poverty that she and her siblings were sometimes forced to catch and cook squirrels and snakes.
The actress says her stepfather was a paedophile with a sadistic streak and that he routinely beat her.
She recalls, "I remember the sounds of the belt coming through the loops. He'd whack you across the face. He'd whack you anywhere."
The situation didn't get much better when Tilly's mother split with her stepfather and moved the family in with a boyfriend she describes as "a monster" when she was 13.
She says, "He would all of a sudden pull out the butcher knife and decide you were all going to be killed."
Tilly credits her children for giving her the strength to go public with her harrowing ordeal adding, "When you have children, you ask them to tell the truth. How can you ask that if you don't do it yourself?"

The Big Chill Review


Excellent
Fear The Big Chill backlash. Now that knocking off the classic has become popular, with ensemble, one-house comedies being churned out faster than sequels to American Kickboxer, it's easy to forget the film that started it all. That would be a mistake. While the story doesn't carry as much grit as it did in 1983 -- surrogate pregnancy and drug use being the hot topics here -- it's still a lot of fun and it's the best example of The Ensemble as star that you'll find in American cinema. Still, if I hear "Joy to the World" one more time, I just might kill somebody...

The Two Jakes Review


Weak
Never willing to leave a classic alone, Hollywood finally dug up Chinatown and sequelized it with The Two Jakes, and they even let Jack Nicholson take the director's chair.

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Firth Improves With Age


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British star Colin Firth is a much better father now than when his 13-year-old son WILLIAM was born.

The LOVE ACTUALLY star and his second wife LIVIA have two young sons - LUCA, two, and MATTEO, five months - and the actor has a son, William, from a previous relationship to Canadian actress Meg Tilly.

Colin recalls William's 1990 birth, saying, "I was 30 and I still felt far too young for anything like that. I had quite got over not being 18 anymore and having a child dramatically changed my life.

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Firth's Three Women


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English actor Colin Firth has laughed off claims he keeps falling for his leading ladies - because he's only had three lovers in his life.

The GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING star has a son, WILLIAM, from his five-year relationship to Canadian actress Meg Tilly after they met on the set of 1989 film VALMONT and briefly dated his Pride And Prejudice co-star JENNIFER EHLE.

Colin explains, "Until I met my present wife (LIVIA), at the age of 35, you could name two girlfriends of mine.

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Firth Celebrates Birth


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Bridget Jones's Diary hunk Colin Firth is celebrating the birth of his second child with his Italian wife LIVIA GIUGGIOLI.

The actor, 42, who has a 12-year-old WILL with actress Meg Tilly, welcomed baby boy Mateo into the world last week (ends08AUG03).

The couple, who have been married for five years, also have a two-year-old son, LUCA, together.

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