Never expect a downer of a movie from writer-director Richard Curtis. Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral – his scripts are almost always packed with pure joy. Curtis made a long impressive list of crowd-pleasers, plus a holiday classic that never fails to brighten up the holidays. His scripts are generally packed with pure joy, so his sensibility makes for a fine fit for a movie largely about The Beatles.
Danny Boyle‘s Yesterday is based on an idea by Jack Birth (The Simpsons) and Curtis, who brings his nice and light rom-com touch to a high-concept. As Curtis told us, the movie has much in common with his last film, About Time, his final movie as a director. When we spoke with the writer about writing Boyle’s latest, he told us about his favorite feel-good movies, writing about The Beatles, and not missing directing.
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Early in Yesterday, Himesh Patel’s sad sack musician-turned-unlikely-sensation offhandedly describes The Beatles as a pop group — a massively understated description for one of the most influential music groups of all time. But it’s a surprisingly fitting analog for Yesterday as a film: This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday gestures toward some greater meaning, only to fall back on lazily written tropes that fail to make anything of its clever concept.
Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, Yesterday has everything going for it: a soundtrack jam-packed with time-honored classics, charming leads, and the stylings of two respected creatives who together seem an odd pair — Boyle the flashy auteur, Curtis the sentimental savant — but could have made movie magic. Could have. Instead, what Boyle and Curtis deliver is a middling marriage of their disparate styles in a film that wastes its fresh and unique premise for a plot that more closely resembles a generic music biopic.
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Last year, the Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually got a sequel in the form of a short film created in conjunction with the charity campaign Red Nose Day. And this year, they’re taking another beloved British romantic comedy and giving it a big reunion.
Four Weddings and a Funeral is a beloved 1994 romantic comedy written by Love Actually director Richard Curtis, who also happens to be the co-founder of Red Nose Day. So the filmmaker is using his unique position to stage a Four Weddings and a Funeral reunion short that will arrive in 2019, just in time for the film’s 25th anniversary. Find out more below. Read More »
Right now, the best cast member on Saturday Night Live is Kate McKinnon. She has an incredible array of outstanding recurring impressions, and she also brings plenty of memorable original characters to life too. That limits the time she can spend starring in movies, but she’ll be part of a new big screen comedy coming from two outstanding British filmmakers. Read More »
After almost 14 years of watching and rewatching Love Actually around the holidays, we’ll see some of Richard Curtis‘ beloved characters reunite in a short film, Red Nose Day Actually. The ten-minute short was produced to raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. Curtis, who retired from filmmaking after About Time, returned to directing to make it.
Below, watch the Red Nose Day Actually trailer.
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Last month, the day after Valentine’s Day, we learned that the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually was getting a sequel. Sort of. Instead of being a feature film reunion, the cast of the film from director Richard Curtis was reuniting for a short film in honor of the charitable initiative by Comic Relief known as Red Nose Day.
The Love Actually sequel is called Red Nose Day Actually, and the short is in production right now and will debut later this month on TV. For those who can’t wait to get a glimpse of the sequel, Red Nose Day program director Emma Freud has been on set, and she’s revealed out first look at the returning cast. There’s Hugh Grant, who is still Prime Minister and still married to the lovely Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson and his much older son played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Rowan Atkinson who is still taking his sweet time at the check out counter.
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Posted on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
Disney may have found the most success with live-action fairy tales so far, but it’s certainly not the only studio that’s trying. Universal and Working Title are moving forward on a new adaptation of The Little Mermaid that formerly had Sofia Coppola attached. Chloë Grace Moretz has been set to star, while Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) will write the script. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 Curtis‘ About 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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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 »