Richard Curtis directing About Time

As a director, Richard Curtis has had a pretty enviable career. His debut Love, Actually is a bona fide Christmas classic at this point, and he’s brought even the most hardened film critics to tears with his latest, About Time. Nevertheless, he’s ready to be done with the whole directing thing.

Curtis has stated in various interviews that he “probably” won’t helm any more movies from here on out — though to the relief of romcom lovers everywhere, he seems open to the idea of continuing to write. Find out why he’s done making movies after the jump.

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About Time

The last time Rachel McAdams fell in love with a time traveler, things took a turn for the romantically tragic. But she’s apparently willing to go back and do it all over again, in hope of a sunnier result.

Richard CurtisAbout Time stars Domhnall Gleeson as unlucky-in-love Tim, whose father (Bill Nighy) reveals that the men in their family have the ability to travel through time and alter their own lives. Tim uses the power to woo beautiful Mary (McAdams), altering key moments again and again in an effort to construct a perfect relationship. Watch the technically NSFW (for language) red-band trailer after the jump.

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About Time

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.

We’ve actually got two trailers, one from the UK and one for the US. Check out both below. Read More »

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.)

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 »

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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 War Horse

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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