The time-travel love story is nearly a constant in film, and it can be played a few ways: there are sweet, earnest, slightly creepy, and super-creepy, just for starters. About Time, in which the rather charming Domhnall Gleeson learns of his ability to travel through time, stars off seeming like it might be the super-creepy kind, as Gleeson’s character uses his ability to score.
But then, thanks to his presence and a gentle turn from Rachel McAdams, it seems to swerve into much sweeter, funny territory. That might be due to the fact that Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) wrote and directed. The additional cast (Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander and Margot Robbie) doesn’t hurt. Sure, there’s a bit of heavy message delivery from Nighy, but that might just be the trailer.
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Briefly: Since (500) Days of Summer, Zooey Deschanel has been only two features: Our Idiot Brother and Your Highness, both released last year. Now she’ll go back to the big screen with director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Pirate Radio) and co-star Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the upcoming Dredd). The film is a time-travel dramedy called About Time, written by Curtis.
Gleeson would be Tim, a young guy from a time-traveling family. When he is introduced to his calendar-leaping birthright, he tries to make positive changes in situations around him. Dechanel will be Mary, with whom Tim gets involved.
Variety says the film would shoot during Deschanel’s hiatus from New Girl, because there just aren’t enough time-travel romantic comedies, the trailer release from earlier today notwithstanding. (I’m serious; it seems like such an obvious subgenre that it should explode with new developments every couple years.)
Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
It’s not even a slight exaggeration to say that Steven Spielberg is one of the most beloved filmmakers of all time, so the fact that we’re getting not one but two Spielberg-helmed film this holiday season is a treat indeed. One of those is War Horse, based on a classic children’s book by Michael Morpurgo. Due out Christmas Day, the drama follows the epic journey of a lovable steed named Joey who winds up on the front lines of World War I — and his beloved owner Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine), who never stops looking for him.
At a recent press junket in New York City, Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and screenwriter Richard Curtis held a roundtable interview to talk about their new project. (Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski was also in attendance, but was channeling a “strong and silent” kind of vibe throughout.) Read the full transcription of the interview after the jump to learn what Spielberg saw in Irvine, whether he’ll ever do another World War I movie, and why Kennedy thinks the legendary director was “nervous” about tackling this story — plus, Curtis on why his teenage son believes War Horse is the perfect date movie.
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When you see the names Richard Curtis (screenwriter, Bridget Jones, Love Actually, War Horse)and Stephen Daldry (director, The Hours, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) together, you’ll might well think that a mannered but quirky award-season film is forthcoming.
But in this particular case, they’re teaming to adapt Trash, an adventure novel by Andy Mulligan that was originally aimed at kids that features three third-world trash-picking kids who find something that changes their lives in dramatic ways. Read More »
Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of the novel War Horse, scripted by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis from the novel by Michael Morpurgo, is starting to cast up. Last week we heard that Eddie Redmayne had one of the (human) lead roles, and now there’s word that the second has been filled by Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Read More »
Steven Spielberg has finally chosen to next film, a big screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo‘s World War I novel War Horse. DreamWorks acquired the rights to the novel in December 2009.
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Rom-com superemo Richard Curtis has been discussing the various projects on his plate, and none of them have been pitched as romantic comedies. That’s not to say one or two of them won’t be – they just haven’t been touted as such… so far. As well as an episode of Dr. Who (which is under new management with Tintin co-writer Stephen Moffat now in the driver’s seat and an installment scripted by Neil Gaiman coming along too), Curtis is also working on another time travel project. Full quotes after the break.
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The Boat That Rocked, the latest directorial effort from Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) never looked like a stone cold comedy classic, but it has such a fun cast (Nick Frost, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans) that it should have been a good time, at least. But reviews overseas, where the film has already been in release, have been fairly bad. Many focused on the length (129 minutes, ambitious for a comedy) and so the film may be cut by as much as 20 minutes as it moves from Universal to subsidiary Focus Features for distribution in the States. Read More »