'Tis the season to curl up on your couch and watch your favorite holiday flicks with a cup of hot chocolate. There are countless Christmas movies to choose from, but you really can’t go wrong with Love Actually. It might not be the most obvious pick, but the British romantic comedy has become a must-watch for many during the holiday season.
1. It stars almost every British actor you can think of.
With a cast that includes Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman – this might be the most British movie to ever exist.
2. You can see some actors before they got super famous.
The film also stars Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, a baby Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Andrew Lincoln (Rick from The Walking Dead!) before they became well-known in the US.
3. It features perhaps the strangest Christmas pageant ever.
4. The inclusion of the best Christmas song of all time.
We’re talking about Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You,” of course.
5. Hugh Grant’s dance moves.
They are everything.
6. The iconic cue cards moment.
Our hearts still melt every time.
7. It shows that you can fall in love at any age.
8. And that love can overcome any language barrier.
9. It features a last-minute run through the airport.
As any good rom-com should.
10. It depicts all kinds of love, not just romantic.
The movie shows love between parents and children, siblings, and friends.
11. It's still realistic.
Not every relationship works out, and no couple is perfect.
12. Oh, and it's funny too.
13. And it reminds us that love really is all around.
Yeah, it's sappy, but sometimes we need that reminder.
We'll be honest, we could watch this movie any time of the year.
The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison has been cast as simpleton Private Pike in the movie adaptation of beloved British TV series Dad's Army. The role was played by Ian Lavender on TV between 1968 and 1977, and now Harrison will join a cast that includes Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Michael Gambon, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mark Gatiss.
The BBC comedy, which was voted Britain's best sitcom in 2004, followed the exploits of a World War Two Home Guard platoon stationed in English coastal town Walmington-on-Sea.
Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is reportedly dating Uma Thurman's ex-fiance Arpad Busson. The Kill Bill star and Busson ended their engagement for the second time in April (14), and the French financier has since found love with The English Patient star, according to the New York Post.
A source tells the newspaper, "They are madly in love, it is very serious."
The actress was previously linked to English actor Tobias Menzies, after ending her marriage to French doctor François Olivennes in 2005, while Busson dated Thurman on-and-off from 2007 to 2014. The couple has a daughter, who was born in 2012.
Busson also has two sons from a previous relationship with supermodel Elle Macpherson.
Beloved British actress Dora Bryan has died, aged 91. The A Taste of Honey star, who also enjoyed TV success on shows like Last of the Summer Wine and Absolutely Fabulous, passed away at a nursing home in Hove, England.
A statement released by her son Daniel, who was with his mum when she died, reads: "It was heartbreaking but it was peaceful."
He added, "She was a tiny woman but her constitution was incredible. She loved being on stage, that's what she wanted. Not only did she do it, but she was good at it... She was a star and a mum."
Bryan's credits also include a handful of Carry On films and 1988's Apartment Zero, and she starred in her own BBC show in the mid-1960s.
She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1995 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Birthday Party and picked up an O.B.E. for her services to drama the following year (96).
Born Dora May Broadbent in Southport, Lancashire in 1924, she started acting in pantomime as a child and worked in repertory theatre and with the Entertainments National Service Association during World War Two.
She became a West End regular after moving to London in 1945.
After a string of stage successes, Bryan made her big screen debut in 1948's The Fallen Idol and went on to appear in over 40 films.
She is perhaps best known for her role as an alcoholic mother in classic 1961 film A Taste of Honey, for which she won a Best Actress BAFTA.
On TV she played Dolly in Absolutely Fabulous and Roz in Last of the Summer Wine.
Her personal life was tinged with tragedy when her adopted daughter Georgina died from alcoholism, a disease the actress also battled. She was forced to give up acting when short-term memory loss robbed her of her ability to learn lines.
Bryan was married to English cricket star Bill Lawton until his death in 2008.
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Whether you loved the way it neatly wrapped things up or hated the cheesy fairy tale ending it gave the series, the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been, for the most part, the only real glimpse that fans got at the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione after their time at Hogwarts concluded. Though many have been able to get their fix of the Wizarding World through the snippets that J.K. Rowling has posted on Pottermore, she's been silent on the fate of the Golden Trio and the rest of Dumbledore's Army... until Tuesday morning, that is. In honor of the Quidditch World Cup — which conveniently coincides with the muggle world's World Cup — the author has released a series of short stories and mock articles about the game, its history, and now its famous spectators.
But while the always reliable Rita Skeeter has filled us in on what Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny have been up to in the years since school (working as an Auror, helping George run Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, working up the ranks in the Ministry, and becoming a Quidditch reporter, respectively), there are still so many more characters whose fates were not addressed. In fact, Rita's article brings up more questions than answers, since everything it reveals leaves us wanting to know more about the Wizarding World. On the off chance that Rowling is looking for inspiration for another Pottermore update, we'd recommend she start by tackling some of these burning questions:
Where’s Draco Malfoy? We don’t expect Draco to be hanging out with Dumbledore’s Army any more now than he did when they were all at Hogwarts, but does Rowling really expect us to believe that he would pass up any opportunity to swan around a VIP area and brag about his success, real or exaggerated? Surely, if everyone were gathering at the World Cup, he would be there, flanked by Crabbe and Goyle and ready to start a fight, just as he always was. Draco Malfoy never shies away from a potential spotlight.
Did Lee Jordan Ever Make It as a Quidditch Announcer? Perhaps the greatest sports announcers – real or fictional – of all time, Lee Jordan had a gift for adding color and sass to even the most boring of calls, and even if Professor McGonagall didn’t appreciate his admittedly biased reporting, readers certainly did. It’s hard to imagine a career that suits the Weasley twins’ former partner-in-crime better.
How Does Rita Have Trouble Telling the Weasley Boys Apart? They might all have red hair, freckles and hand-me-down clothes, but all of the Weasley boys are distinct entities, and if she’s already got Ron and Bill down, it shouldn’t be too difficult for her to figure out the other three. Here’s a cheat sheet: if he looks self-important, slightly nerdy, and wears glasses, it’s Percy; if he’s ruggedly handsome and desert-worn, it’s Charlie, and if he has one ear, is constantly joking around and seems like there should be another one of him standing right there, it’s George.
Has Luna Mellowed Out Since School? Rita seems intrigued by Luna’s World Cup outfit, but we’re a little disappointed by it. What happened to the elaborate roaring lion’s head she broke out for a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in the sixth book? Where are her radish earrings or her Spectrespecs or her colorful shoes? This is the tamest Luna costume we’ve seen, and it makes us a bit worried that she’s lost some of her unique, spacey edge.
What Did Hannah Abbott Do Before She Married Neville? The epilogue revealed a bit about what the other potential Boy Who Lived has been up to since school has ended, but we know next to nothing about the new Mrs. Longbottom. What were her school years like? What did she get her OWLs in? How did she and Neville meet and fall in love? How long have they been married? What did she do for work before deciding to become a Healer and move to Hogwarts with Neville? Forget the Marauders; we want to hear a lot more about Neville and Hannah.
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Where’s Angelina Johnson? There’s no way that the former Gryffindor Captain would let her husband George Weasley attend the Quidditch World Cup without her. After all, this is the one person who was as obsessed with the sport as Oliver Wood, who captained the team with a drive and determination that would have made even her predecessor request a day off. The only possibly explanation, therefore, is that she’s a Chaser on the English National Team and was getting ready for the match at the time Rita observed her friends.
Is Hagrid Still Working at Hogwarts? That mention of Neville and Hannah hoping to move to the school’s grounds reminded us of the only non-dormitory living quarters we’ve seen: Hagrid’s hut. So, naturally, we’re curious as to what the Wizarding World’s foremost foster parent to dangerous animals is up to now. Is he still working as the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds? Did he and Madame Maxime ever manage to work things out? Did he ever get his pet dragon? For the sake of everyone else on the Hogwarts grounds, we’re hoping the answer to that last one is still “no.”
Is Professor McGonagall Still Headmaster? She was, after all, the natural successor to Dumbledore. And more importantly, is she still the toughest, kindest, smartest, most sensible and admirable woman in the Wizarding World? Actually, we can just answer that one ourselves. She definitely is.
Who’s the Current Minister of Magic? We know that the Department of Magical Transportation falls under Percy’s jurisdiction, and that Hermione is, as expected, quickly working her way up the ranks at the Ministry, and is currently the Deputy Head of Magical Law Enforcement. But what we don’t know is who Hermione would potentially be outsing as Minister of Magic, should she ascend to the position. Last we heard, it was Kingsley Shacklebolt, but knowing the Wizarding World as well as we do, it’s entirely possible that power has changed hands since then.
Who Is Still Hiring Rita Skeeter as a Writer? Was the Daily Prophet so desperate for subscriptions that they kept her on? Or does the Wizarding World have its own version of TMZ, where Rita can write and publish all of the gossip her QuickQuotesQuill can possibly come up with? Is there a publication out there that could keep up with the sheer number of slander lawsuits she’s probably had filed against her?
Charlie Weasley Is Basically the Wizarding World’s Equivalent of George Clooney, Right? Handsome bachelor, more focused on his glamorous job than his love life, unlikely to settle down any time soon, but making people swoon everywhere he goes? All Charlie needs is a villa in Italy, and they’d be the exact same person.
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There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the greatest inspirational songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that touched our romantic hearts.
"Unchained Melody" in Ghost
"Oh, my love... My darling… I've hungered for your touch..." The song was a hit for The Righteous Brothers long before the movie was made, but ever since that opening line and Bobby Hatfield's falsetto can only mean one thing… Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and a pottery wheel.
"Must've Been Love" in Pretty Woman
Roxette's hit from the Julia Roberts film still calls to mind a tangle of red curls looking hopefully out of the back window of a limousine and a sadly dapper Richard Gere looking forlornly from his balcony.
"You Make My Dreams" in (500) Days of Summer
It wasn't the first time that Hall & Oates song was used in a movie, but just try playing it now without thinking about Joseph Gordon-Levitt happily dancing down the street after his hook-up with Zooey Deschanel.
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" in The Lion King
Yes, it's a Disney movie, but it's also Elton John. The song is so linked to the image of lions falling in love that Sir Elton frequently plays the animated clip on screen when he sings it in concert.
"Falling Slowly" in Once
Even if it hadn't subsequently become the centerpiece of the Tony-winning Broadway musical version, the duet by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in John Carney's movie would still be just as sweet.
"Iris" in City of Angels
The movie about Nicolas Cage's angel who falls in love with Meg Ryan's mortal would probably have faded from memory entirely if not for John Rzeznik's plaintive voice on The Goo Goo Dolls hit.
"When You Say Nothing at All" in Notting Hill
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts climb over a fence to wander in an English garden. As they share a moment, Ronan Keating's version of the country song plays and suddenly they're the only two people in the world.
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in Dirty Dancing
When Jennifer Warren sang with Joe Cocker for An Officer and a Gentleman, only the instrumental version of their "Up Where We Belong" played over the climactic scene (similar to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic). In Dirty Dancing, however, Warren's duet with Bill Medley is front and center as Swayze pulls Jennifer Grey's Baby out of the corner.
"I Will Always Love You" in The Bodyguard
Regardless of what you think of her acting, Whitney Houston could sing. We're not sure that we would stop a plane to go kiss Kevin Costner, but we'll watch it all day if we can hear the song and Houston's amazing voice again.
"In Your Eyes" in Say Anything…
According to both parties, John Cusack lobbied director Cameron Crowe to have a Fishbone song playing as his lovesick Lloyd Dobler held his boombox aloft to get Ione Skye's attention. Thankfully, Crowe opted to keep the Peter Gabriel classic.
We’ve been watching Stephen Colbert for years now — for eight years on The Daily Show and the past nine on The Report. We’ve seen him mold the jingoistic dork who bears his name into an icon of modern satire, skewering current events and lampooning punditry five nights a week for just shy of a decade. We’ve seen Colbert degrade the English language, vie for immortality in the form of a Hungarian bridge, forward the movement against wrist violence, run for president, wrestle Jon Stewart at the 2012 Emmys, and inspire a delightful grouchiness in childhood author Maurice Sendak. We’ve seen lots of Stephen Colbert. But we really have no idea what he’s like.
But this man that we’ve yet to meet, save for rare candid interviews or pre-shtick recordings we might be lucky enough to have found on the web, seems to be the one we'll be spending the rest of our days with. Naturally, Colbert’s new residence on The Late Show, announced on Thursday via The New York Times, won’t foster this degree of caricature. As such, it’s natural for fans of the Colbert Report, even (or perhaps especially) the most diehard of the bunch, to approach the news of the comedian’s ascension to network TV with apprehension. We don’t know what he can do without the good graces of his O’Reilly-inspired alter ego. We’re not sure what a genuine Stephen Colbert interview will carry — when he’s not belittling, accosting, or deliberately misunderstanding his guests, can he still be funny?
We'll have to wait until 2015 for a proper answer to this first question, although we're comfortable with a resounding "probably." But in mourning the impending loss of The Colbert Report's main character, we have to take a look at his fellow late night players, and the game itself. In earnest, Colbert is the only one of the lot who has been working from the soils of true fiction, but the industry entails some degree of trimming and hedging. The cameras add 10 pounds of performative composure and well-rehearsed shtick, and the good ones keep their elements as vivid as Colbert has his Bill O'Reilly sendup.
So the second question is: which of these greats will show Colbert how to handle the balance of his Comedy Central icon and the South Carolinian who pronounces his last name with an audible "T"?
Gone by the wayside since Johnny Carson's retirement is the viewing audience's adherence to the "familial" in its crowning of a replacement late night king. With a long line from which to choose, we want characters. Maybe Jay Leno held good ratings thanks to his ability to play accessible and nonthreatening, but in the days of Internet criticism, professional and public alike, that translates to amorphous. There's no Jay Leno identity beyond the high-voiced bobblehead you'll find in too many stand-up comedy routines. Leno and his ilk have fallen to the new. We want the opportunity to dig through a collection of oddballs each night, satisfying whatever cravings the preceding hours have inspired.
We have that opportunity in David Letterman's crotchety cynic (who has always been, as a cultural fixture, far ahead of his time). In Jimmy Fallon's wide-eyed cherub. In Jon Stewart's put-upon nebbish. These are the characters these men have built, accessing something between relatability — face it, angrier people like Letterman and happier people like Fallon — and the special, distanced elation you get from watching a skilled actor work his comedic magic.
With so many balancing acts of varying aptitude — Chelsea Handler plays on sauciness, Jimmy Kimmel on boyish impetulance, Craig Ferguson on the residual mania of his dark past — Colbert has no shortage of professors to guide him through his early semesters in the CBS gig. But the best teacher of the lot to help Colbert tailor his character to the network form might very well be Conan O'Brien, who has managed from Late Night on to manufacture a most meticulous exaggeration of his gawky, psuedo-psychotic personality to maintain through bits, interviews, man-on-the-street routines, and even appearances in other media. It's really a shame he didn't get tenure.
It's natural to bemoan the loss of a character as important as Colbert's, or to fear that his greatness might not carry over to a new style of performance. But we have to remember that even in taking the stage as himself, performance is the most essential part of his new job. He might not bluster about as the right-wing blowhard we've come to love, but he sure as hell won't let his penchant for character craft and self-parody go untapped. He'll need it now more than ever.
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If you watched the pilot episode of Alfonso Cuarón's highly anticipated new series Believe, you might be thinking that filmmakers should stick to the big screen. Forever. But the Gravity director still has time to convince people that Believe isn't the worst show ever. There's something exciting about a brilliant filmmaker taking on a television series, so here are five fantasy projects from some amazing directors who should definitely come to the small screen.
The day that Terrence Malick comes to the Sundance Channel with a television series developed from his The New World script will be a great day for us all. A mini-series about Pocahontas and/or her progeny? Yes, please.
Back in 2010 her Broadway-inspired show The Miraculous Year was rejected by HBO, but it's time for Bigelow to get back out there. Considering the nature of many of her films (Zero Dark Thirty, Hurt Locker), people might be surprised to know that she's also an accomplished painter. It'd be great to see her team back up with Jessica Chastain for some kind of artsy period piece set in the 70s, when she was studying art with some of the best.
Now that he and Kevin Hart are proven box-office gold (Think Like a Man, Ride Along), this could be a great time for the duo to bring it to the small screen. Throw in a little Tracy Morgan (Story also produced First Sunday) and voila! Best show ever.
This year he released his first English-language film (Blood Ties) and we can only imagine what a series (perhaps another crime drama) directed by him and starring him would look like (it'd probably look awesome... and really hot). Oh, and obviously his flawless significant other and frequent collaborator Marion Cotillard would be on board.
It's been forever since Me and You and Everyone We Know, but those two little boys deserve their own spinoff series. And the world is just a better place when July is creating things.
There's no real pitch here. It's just that some of us want to watch something, anything, by Wes Anderson every single week for the rest of our lives. Starring Bill Murray and Gene Hackman as two patriarchs who live next door to each other? Jason Schwartzman doing odd-jobs? Whatever. Who cares about the plot? It would be amazing!
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If you are a Quentin Tarantino fan, then you have been having a pretty rough couple of weeks. After learning about his upcoming film -- another western called The Hateful Eight -- you probably started fantasizing about the cast. Then you started dreaming about how the movie would ultimately look, and wondering if it would be better than Django. It probaby wouldn't be, but you'd still love it sooo much. And then the script leaked to the interwebs. And before you even got the chance to check it out, Tarantino himself came out and shut your whole world down. He ranted about the leak, and announced that he would not be making the film. Ever. Sure, he'll make other films. But we have still suffered a great loss. And we must console ourselves with a collection of epic fight scenes from past Tarantino works, as we think of what could have been.
The Bride vs. Elle Driver, Kill Bill Vol. 2
Now, truth be told, every fight scene in Kill Bill belongs on this list (including the unforgettable Crazy 88 madness). But we have to start by reliving the magic of Beatrix and Elle. Pai Mei would have been proud, and the Bride proved that she was the definition of giving zero effs when she lit'rally stepped on Elle's plucked-out eye. BAREFOOT! #dropsmic
Mr. Blonde vs. Mr. Orange, Reservoir Dogs
Because nobody does an ear-hacking/torture scene like the great Tarantino. Nobody.The Bride vs. O-ren Ishii, Kill Bill Vol. 1
You know you wanted to have an epic sword fight in the snow after you saw this scene. Just, maybe, minus the scalping bit. Because ... ouch!Jules Winnfield vs. Brad, Pulp Fiction
Samuel L. Jackson deserves an Oscar for this scene, specifically for his delivery of the line, "Do they speak English in What?" Like, he deserves an Oscar this year. Right now. We don't care that Pulp Fiction is 20 years old. Just get him the Oscar. Give him all the Oscars.Mandingo vs. Mandingo, Django Unchained
If your dreams haven't been haunted by Mandingo Fighters from a little place called Candyland, then you probably don't own a copy a of Django Unchained. Get your life. And yes, these kinds of things did actually take place. Only in America.Mr. Pink vs. All of Humanity, Reservoir Dogs
It may not have been a violent fight scene, but the tipping debate has gone down in history as the greatest moral argument ever to be captured on film. Ever.#SteveBuschemiIsEverything
The Bride vs. The Coffin, Kill Bill Vol. 2
Because sometimes your enemy is three inches in front of you.
Zoë Bell, Abernathy, and Kim vs. Stuntman Mike, Deathproof
Not sure there's a better ending to any film, ever, anywhere.
The episode was all about ghosts. You know, the manifestation of tired dead things that just will not go away like the random Bravo reality shows that follow the Housewives. This episode finds the ladies haunted by the fight from the last episode. Kenya Moore is still yelling at Kandi Burruss about her and Phaedra Parks’ lateness. Then the girls gloss over it and start talking about how often they have sex while watching Phaedra pump her breast?!? Everyone disagrees about the importance of being submissive to their husband except for Mynique Smith. That makes Porsha Stewart cry because she’s still haunted by the ghost of her failed marriage. You need an exorcism Porsha!
The ladies stay at the Wedding Cake Mansion in Savannah. They get the run of a luxury mansion and the ladies set off to choose their room. Haunted by the horrible parenting of her crazy mother Momma Joyce, Kandi decides to take the master bedroom. Regardless of Bravo footing the bill, NeNe Leakes is the person that planned the trip so she does technically deserve the room. But in the same way that some people can’t see ghosts, Kandi cannot see general manners. After all, were it not for NeNe she would be vacationing in obscurity with The Kandi Factory.
After Roomgate, the ladies huddle in the kitchen for a glass of wine. NeNe keeps NayNay her aggressive alter-ego at bay. That leaves room for everyone else to dust off their triflin’ muscles. Kenya tries to stir the pot and suggest that NeNe set some ground rules. And thus begins the first fight of the trip. Mynique tries to be cute and teases Phaedra about being late. Then Phaedra reads her and gives her a fright. The girls decompress and discuss Mynique’s thorough reading. She was torn a new one thoroughly by Phaedra with a well-placed side eye. Meanwhile, Phaedra and Kandi are discussing their mutual connection to Mynique’s husband Chuck Smith. Given Phaedra’s love of the macabre, the two run after a hearse with a bunch of people sitting in the back.
Mynique pops into Cynthia Bailey’s room for some eye make-up tips. She ends up getting some lessons in the Queen’s English by Cynthia. Thus proving what everyone has failed to acknowledge, The Real Housewives franchise is centered around older women pretending to be gay men. Kandi has a Facetime call with her husband Todd Tucker and he ignores her most of the time. Could she be haunted by the ghost of the truth? Maybe Momma Joyce’s crazy allegations are truthful.
The ladies tour one of the oldest African-American churches in North America. Porsha discusses her grandfather, civil rights leader Hosea Washington, because they are in one of the stops of the Underground Railroad. Sadly, haunted by the paint chips she ate as a child, Porsha doesn’t realize that the Underground Railroad was a metaphorical railroad ... not an actual one.
The girls conclude day one with drinks. They decide to spill some tea ... about Mynique’s husband and his many girlfriends that are all sitting at the same table. Mynique plays dumb but Phadra and Kandi confess they all dated Chuck. When Porsha speaks up, Mynique tests her reading skills and comes after Porsha. However, Porsha is not having it and let's Mynique know where she stands in the group ...way in the back.
I have a newborn, I’m a mother and I have jobs. -Phaedra to Mynique
I hope you got that Monique with a y instead of an o. Who does that anyway? -Phaedra
I don’t think she read me. I don’t feel read. -Mynique
She’s a white girl in a black-white girl’s body. - NeNe about Mynique
Now she [Kandi] ain’t ran in her entire life and she’s about to start running up these steps. -NeNe
There has to be an opening at some point because somebody’s driving a train ... they’re not electric like what we have now. -Porsha about the Underground Railroad
It’s almost hurtful to me to watch her be so dumb. - Kenya about Porsha
I don’t even know you. -Most of the girls about Mynique