Monthly Archives: December 2013

Italian posters for 12 Years a Slave herald Brad Pitt over Chiwetel Ejiofor

Lionsgate withdraws ‘rogue’ publicity that promotes film’s white co-stars over black lead EjioforHollywood studio Lionsgate is embroiled in an embarrassing row over Italian posters for the Oscar-tipped race drama 12 Years a Slave which herald the small… Continue reading

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How we made Love Actually

Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy on kissing lessons for the cast, the plots that didn’t make the cut – and the crowds of blokes who suddenly turned up to see Billy Mack’s girl band

This film is my Pulp Fiction. I love multiple storylines, but I soon realised how tricky they are. At first, we had 14 different love stories, but the result was too long, so four ended up going, including two we’d actually shot. One was based on a poster in Alan Rickman’s office of two women in Africa. The camera actually went into the poster and heard them talking about their daughters’ love lives. Another involved Emma Thompson’s son getting into trouble at school and the camera following the harsh headmistress home.

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Peter O’Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, dies aged 81

Actor who shot to fame in David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece and received eight Oscar nominations has died in hospital in London

Obituary: Peter O’Toole, 1932-2013
Peter O’Toole: last of the 60s hellraisers
Peter O’Toole: a career in clips

The actor Peter O’Toole who found stardom in David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his family has annouced.

The acclaimed leading man who overcame stomach cancer in the 1970s passed away at the Wellington hospital in London following a long illness.

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Adam Sandler tops Forbes list of overpaid actors

Comedy star responsible for the likes of Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy comes out worst in survey of returns compared to salary

• Fifth Estate heads list of 2013 movie flops
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Paul Walker memorial – in pictures

Thousands of fans gathered near the site where Fast and Furious star Paul Walker and Roger Rodas died in a car crash last weekend

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Why Keanu Reeves’s £90m flop is making us sad, too

Producers are quietly warning investors that 47 Ronin, the actor’s new samurai film, could lose millions at the box office. Just when we thought Keanu had cheered upAge: 49Appearance: sad Continue reading… Continue reading

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Fast & Furious 7 to go ahead despite death of star Paul Walker

Star of the street racing franchise had filmed the majority of his scenes before Walker died in a car crash last Saturday

• News: Fast & Furious star Paul Walker dies in car crash
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Top 10 musicals

Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers’ hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin’ in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics’ picks of the 10 best

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• Top 10 animated movies
• Top 10 silent movies
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How we made Mary Poppins

‘I was shocked when I saw Julie Andrews smoking on set in full garb – Mary Poppins having a fag!’

Saving Mr Banks – review
Emma Thompson: ‘PL Travers would rather have looked down on film’

Uncle Walt, as I called him, was determined that although I was an eight-year-old working on a film, I should still have a magical time. He flew my mother and two sisters to the US to be with me during the nine months of filming. Whenever we had a free weekend, he’d lend us his plane – called Mickey Mouse – and we would go down to his ranch in Santa Barbara. I was a nervous flyer so he had the plane done out like a sweetshop. When the seatbelt sign went off, we could sell candy to our mum.

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