Kristin Scott Thomas ‘proud’ of Four Weddings and a Funeral

Kristin Scott Thomas is proud to have starred in classic movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral.The actress played Fiona in Richard Curtis’ hit 1994 romantic comedy alongside Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, and John Hannah, and she is overjoyed that t…

Kristin Scott Thomas is proud to have starred in classic movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The actress played Fiona in Richard Curtis’ hit 1994 romantic comedy alongside Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, and John Hannah, and she is overjoyed that the movie is still being enjoyed by audiences decades later.

“I’ve made some films – Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park – that kind of lurk around for decades, and that’s something to be proud of,” Kristin told InStyle, before adding that there are some movies she’s ashamed of, but she will never reveal which ones.

“It’s been a mixture of luck and instinct that has allowed me to do some pretty good projects,” she shared. “And, actually, the past few years have been really interesting career-wise too, starting with The Party, which was a sort of political comedy, and then Darkest Hour, and then Fleabag.”

And Kristin insisted that the roles she’s offered now she’s in her 50s are much better than when she was younger.

“I would say that I’ve hit a sweet spot. Fortunately, as I have got older, the work has got better,” she explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristin revealed that she was “frustrated” with her career as an actress for a long time.

“I felt that being an actress wasn’t particularly useful, and I felt frustrated by it. I would think, ‘What’s the point of doing this all?’ But I’m beginning to see the point now,” she stated, noting that movies can positively affect audiences, which in turn, gives her acting career meaning.

“When you realise that the work we do in the theatre or in the movies can have an influence on the way people behave with each other and how people think about things, even in a small way, that gives you purpose,” the 59-year-old added.

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Hugh Grant despised filming dance scene for Love Actually

Hugh Grant was highly anxious about filming his famous dance scene for Love Actually.The actor played a fictional U.K. prime minister named David in Richard Curtis’s star-studded romantic comedy back in 2003, with the flick going on to become one of th…

Hugh Grant was highly anxious about filming his famous dance scene for Love Actually.

The actor played a fictional U.K. prime minister named David in Richard Curtis’s star-studded romantic comedy back in 2003, with the flick going on to become one of the most popular festive films.

In one scene, David is seen celebrating a hard-won political victory against the U.S. president, as portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton, by dancing along to the disco classic Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters.

However, Hugh has now revealed that he was extremely uncomfortable shooting the dancing segment as he was uncertain how it would work.

“I thought, ‘That’s going to be excruciating, and it has the power to be the most excruciating scene ever committed to celluloid,'” the 59-year-old recalled in a new BBC documentary titled Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen.

His co-star Colin Firth, who played lovestruck Jamie in the movie, also confirmed that the actor was not looking forward to dancing in front of the cameras for the infamous routine in 10 Downing Street.

Yet, director Richard insisted Hugh rehearsed the scene ahead of time.

Love Actually also starred Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, and Keira Knightley.

Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen is now airing on the BBC.

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Elizabeth Hurley credits ‘manual labour’ for her stunning figure

Elizabeth Hurley stays fit and healthy in her fifties by doing “manual labour”.The Bedazzled beauty is known for showing off her fantastic figure in bikini snaps on social media, but she has insisted her toned physique has nothing to do with hitting th…

Elizabeth Hurley stays fit and healthy in her fifties by doing “manual labour”.

The Bedazzled beauty is known for showing off her fantastic figure in bikini snaps on social media, but she has insisted her toned physique has nothing to do with hitting the gym – and is instead the result of performing all kinds of chores inside and outside the house.

“To be honest, I don’t do any exercise, per se, but I’m extremely active, because for me, I’ve always found when you look around, the best bodies are on manual labourers,” she explained to U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.

“I use a chainsaw, I use a hedge trimmer,” the 54-year-old said. “You burn a ton of calories, and you’re using everything (every muscle in your body), and you’ve cut the hedge, so I recommend people just being more active: run up the stairs a lot, never take the elevator!”

Elizabeth’s comments come as her ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant revealed she was shunned by designers when trying to find a dress for the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral back in 1994.

The actress ultimately wore one of the most iconic red carpet looks of all time – a daring black Versace gown held together with oversized gold safety pins – but Hugh told a new BBC documentary that the dress was loaned to her at the last minute.

“Poor Elizabeth rang some top designers and they all said: ‘No, who are you?’ or ‘No, we’re not lending you anything.’ Then Versace said: ‘Yes, we’ll lend you a dress’, and they just sent one round which is that one with the safety pins,” the 59-year-old told A Life on Screen, which focused on his career. “So she shoved it on and I raised my eyebrows a fraction and we set off.”

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Hugh Grant declares Paddington 2 his ‘best-ever film’

Hugh Grant believes Paddington 2 is the best film of his entire career.The 58-year-old plays villain Phoenix Buchanan in the hit 2017 film. And speaking to Vanity Fair about the movie, the actor said that, despite doubts from fans when his involvement …

Hugh Grant believes Paddington 2 is the best film of his entire career.

The 58-year-old plays villain Phoenix Buchanan in the hit 2017 film. And speaking to Vanity Fair about the movie, the actor said that, despite doubts from fans when his involvement was announced, he believes it’s one of his best.

“I was presenting I think at the Golden Globes, and they do that thing when you walk out, and they say, ‘From the forthcoming Paddington 2, Hugh Grant…’ And someone showed me Twitter afterwards… people were full of derision,” he shared. “Christ, has it come to that. Poor old Hugh. Paddington 2. Sequel to a kids film.”

While the star admitted he understood their stance, he confessed it was frustrating because he knew the movie would prove them wrong.

“It’s particularly annoying in the case of Paddington 2, because I genuinely believe it may be the best film I’ve ever been in,” the Notting Hill star explained.

Paddington 2 went on to be a box office smash and was nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs, with Grant nabbing a nod for Best Actor In A Supporting Role. The film, which also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Brendan Gleeson, has a coveted 100 per cent rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes.

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Hugh Grant: ‘My romantic comedy days are over’

Hugh Grant is convinced he’s become “too old and ugly” to star in any more romantic comedies. The British actor is well-known for his work in the genre thanks to films such as Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, but he has now revea…

Hugh Grant is convinced he’s become “too old and ugly” to star in any more romantic comedies.

The British actor is well-known for his work in the genre thanks to films such as Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, but he has now revealed that 2014’s The Rewrite was most likely his last romantic comedy outing because his looks aren’t what they used to be.

“I got too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore,” he said during a roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter. “So now I’ve done other things and I’ve got marginally less self-hatred than I had before.”

Reflecting on his films, which also include Two Weeks Notice and About a Boy, Grant admitted that he made a couple of “shockers” but he’s quite proud of the rest.

“Most of those romantic comedies I can look squarely in the face – one or two are shockers, but on the whole, I can look them in the face and people like them,” the 58-year-old continued. “And I am a big believer that our job is to entertain. I see us as craftsmen along with the guy who does the lights and the guy who edits and the guy who pushes the dolly. Because if it’s not that, I think it’s a bit masturbatory.”

He also expressed regret about going for the same roles after becoming a hit overnight with Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994.

“After Four Weddings, and the world was my oyster, I should’ve made interesting decisions and done different stuff. Instead, I repeated myself almost identically about 17 times in a row,” he added.

Grant, who has been earned praise for TV miniseries, A Very English Scandal, was joined by Richard Madden, Billy Porter, Stephan James, Diego Luna and Sam Rockwell for the roundtable discussion.

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Henry Golding promises The Gentlemen will be full of ‘amazing’ one-liners

Henry Golding has promised Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen will be packed full of “amazing” one-liners.The Crazy Rich Asians actor is starring in an unknown role in the upcoming film, which tells the story of a British drug lord who tries to sell off…

Henry Golding has promised Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen will be packed full of “amazing” one-liners.

The Crazy Rich Asians actor is starring in an unknown role in the upcoming film, which tells the story of a British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, and Matthew McConaughey are to headline the project, and while little else is known about the plot, Henry is adamant that the dialogue is great.

“(This) is the magic of Guy Ritchie, he has these amazing one-liners that he is super famous for, which in that collaborative process, you actually create with him,” he said in a video chat for Collider.com. “Some of these lines we come up with are absolutely amazing. Traditionally, Guy Ritchie.”

Henry didn’t give any details about any action sequences, but he did share that Guy tends to make last-minute changes to the script. However, the star found the experience of learning to be “malleable” very exciting.

“You have to really be able to be on your toes and go to set knowing your lines but also understanding that they could totally be flipped on their head. The whole action, the whole scene that you’ve built up in your head, could go out the window,” the 32-year-old stated.

Elsewhere, Henry divulged that he has shot most of his scenes with Charlie and Matthew, and that Hugh’s character is a real departure for the Love Actually actor.

“Hugh Grant (is) in a role that you’ve never seen him in, saying words that you would never think that he would utter,” he smiled. “I mean, there’s a whole host of amazing actors. Most of my scenes are with Charlie and Matthew, ‘cause much like Guy Ritchie’s stories they (separate) and then come back nearer the end in this huge crescendo.”

The Gentlemen, also featuring Jeremy Strong and Colin Farrell, is set to hit cinemas in 2020.

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Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into iconic Versace safety pin dress

Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into the Versace safety pin dress she first wore 25 years ago.The English model and actress made headlines around the world when she stepped out in the revealing black number, held together with oversized gold pins, when …

Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into the Versace safety pin dress she first wore 25 years ago.

The English model and actress made headlines around the world when she stepped out in the revealing black number, held together with oversized gold pins, when she accompanied then-boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994.

To mark the anniversary of the iconic garment, Versace creative director Donatella Versace has recreated the outfit. However, Elizabeth, 53, is adamant she can still slip into the original.

“I don’t exercise, but I am very active,” she said in an interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “But just because it still fits doesn’t mean I would wear it today – it wouldn’t be appropriate!”

Elizabeth went on to describe how Donatella’s updated safety pin dress is much “more demure” than the one her late brother Gianni Versace dreamed up, with the new ensemble featuring draped fabric across the bodice and one long sleeve.

And even though the Versace dress launched the brunette beauty onto the global stage, leading to her scoring a gig as a brand ambassador for Estee Lauder, she insisted that she had no idea that the little black dress would have the power to change the course of her career.

“I was so unprepared for what happened that night… I urgently needed to find a dress to wear for Hugh’s premiere, and in those days I had no idea about fashion,” Elizabeth recalled, adding that she ended up collecting the dress from a PR executive’s office. “I remember going to an office where they literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag… I took it home and did my own hair and make-up, fighting Hugh for the mirror, which wasn’t even full-length, in our tiny one-bedroom flat. It was all very unglamorous compared to how things get done these days.”

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Richard Curtis was outvoted over Hugh Grant casting in Four Weddings

Hugh Grant wasn’t writer Richard Curtis’ first choice to lead the cast of Four Weddings & a Funeral. The moviemaker initially voted against Grant for the role of Charles, but his production partners insisted the little-known Brit was the man for the m…

Hugh Grant wasn’t writer Richard Curtis’ first choice to lead the cast of Four Weddings & a Funeral.

The moviemaker initially voted against Grant for the role of Charles, but his production partners insisted the little-known Brit was the man for the movie.

Ahead of the film’s Red Nose Day sequel in the U.K. producer Duncan Kenworthy tells Deadline, “It felt like we auditioned every young man between 18 and 32 in England. Initially, we weren’t convinced by anyone.

“Alex Jennings was in the running in 1992. In 1993, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman were in the running. So (director) Mike (Newell), Richard and I had a vote. It was two to one in Hugh’s favour.”

“I had voted against Hugh initially,” Curtis adds. “I had been concerned that he was too good looking and I was aware of the character being viewed as too posh. I had loved Alan Rickman in Close My Eyes but he didn’t want to audition. Hugh did a perfect audition and thank God we went for him.”

The production team also struggled to settle on a leading lady, revealing Marisa Tomei was offered the role of Carrie but had to turn it down due to death in her family.

“We met 16 actresses when we went to L.A. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mary Stuart Masterson were among those who auditioned…,” Kenworthy adds. “So we came back to London and had no one. When we heard that Andie (MacDowell) was able to meet, we found her very impressive.”

Curtis, the producers and Newell added the likes of Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas, and the late Charlotte Coleman, among others and the film was released in 1994, becoming an instant hit and turning Grant into a huge star.

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Kate Beckinsale departs Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys – report

Kate Beckinsale has reportedly dropped out of Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys movie.In October (18), producers announced that the Underworld actress had signed on to appear alongside Matthew McConaughey and Crazy Rich Asians breakout star Henry Golding in the …

Kate Beckinsale has reportedly dropped out of Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys movie.

In October (18), producers announced that the Underworld actress had signed on to appear alongside Matthew McConaughey and Crazy Rich Asians breakout star Henry Golding in the upcoming action-crime film, with the project to follow a British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

However, an insider has now alleged to The Sun that Beckinsale pulled out of the film on Monday (26Nov18) after she decided that she could “no longer” devote herself to the movie.

“Kate turned up this week and decided she didn’t want to play the role anymore,” the source commented. “She explained that other stuff in her life, including an ill family member, meant she could not commit.”

According to editors at the U.K. publication, Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery has been drafted in to replace Beckinsale.

Representatives for Beckinsale, Dockery and Ritchie have not yet commented on the report.

Ritchie penned the script for Toff Guys alongside Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, while the film will be produced by Max Keene and Alan J. Wands.

Other cast members are set to include Hugh Grant and Jeremy Strong, with it anticipated that the feature will be in the same vein as the gangster flicks that launched Ritchie’s career, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.

Beckinsale was most recently seen onscreen in Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s drama Farming and Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York. The 45-year-old recently landed a part in Charlie Day’s forthcoming comedy El Tonto and is also in the pre-production stages of TV series The Widow.

Meanwhile, Dockery is currently filming the hotly anticipated Downton Abbey movie.

A potential release date for Toff Guys has not been announced.

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Hugh Grant cast in Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys

Hugh Grant is joining the cast of Guy Ritchie’s upcoming gangster movie, Toff Guys.The actor will star alongside Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale and Henry Golding, and according to Deadline, he will play a British gossip journalist with a reputati…

Hugh Grant is joining the cast of Guy Ritchie’s upcoming gangster movie, Toff Guys.

The actor will star alongside Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale and Henry Golding, and according to Deadline, he will play a British gossip journalist with a reputation for delving into people’s lives, and undoing them. The film follows a British drug lord when he tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires, and will explore the collision between old-money European wealth and the modern marijuana industrial complex.

As well as directing, Ritchie penned the script for Toff Guys alongside Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, while the film will be produced by Max Keene and Alan J. Wands. It is anticipated that the feature will be in the same vein as the gangster flicks that launched Ritchie’s career in the late 1990s, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. However, no potential release date has yet been announced.

He most recently wrapped on a live-action retelling of Disney’s Aladdin starring Will Smith and Naomi Scott, and is rumoured to be making Sherlock Holmes 3 with franchise stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Meanwhile, Grant has had something of a career renaissance in recent years, starting with his portrayal of St Clair Bayfield in 2016’s Florence Foster Jenkins – a performance which earned him rave reviews from critics. The 58-year-old was then nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Paddington 2, and this year (18) marked his return to television with a showstopping performance as Jeremy Thorpe in miniseries A Very English Scandal.

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