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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Julia Roberts didn’t intend to show hairy armpits at Notting Hill premiere

Julia Roberts didn’t intend to make a statement with her hairy armpits at the Notting Hill premiere in 1999. Opening up about the incident, where she showed off her unshaven pits at the London opening of the romcom, Julia told Busy Philipps on her ne…

Julia Roberts didn’t intend to make a statement with her hairy armpits at the Notting Hill premiere in 1999. 

Opening up about the incident, where she showed off her unshaven pits at the London opening of the romcom, Julia told Busy Philipps on her new show Busy Tonight on Sunday night (04Nov18) that she didn’t realise the red sequinned Dolce & Gabbana dress, which featured capped sleeves, revealed so much.

“The picture is vivid in my mind actually, from that, from that moment. It wasn’t…ya know…I think I just hadn’t really calculated my, my sleeve length and the waving, and how those two things would go together and reveal personal things about me,” she recalled. “So, it wasn’t so much a statement as it’s just part of the statement I make as a human on the planet, for myself.”

Busy, 39, had told the Oscar-winning actress she had assumed that the skipped shaving session was a punk rock and cool move when she was younger, but didn’t seem disappointed when Julia explained what had actually happened.

“Which is very dope and I’m here for it,” she laughed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Busy praised Julia’s Instagram debut in June 2018, especially when the 51-year-old clapped back at a user who critiqued her nail polish colour in September.

“I did not mean to clap back, I’d never heard the words clap back,” she laughed. “I was just being amusing – something stumbled into my eyeball range and I was like, ‘Oh.’ And I was just being funny and a little school teachery (by) correcting. But then people were like, ‘Clap back!’ For me, I’m an actor, clapping is my sustenance!”

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Julia Roberts open to making My Best Friend’s Wedding sequel

Julia Roberts is open to making a sequel to her 1997 movie My Best Friend’s Wedding.The Oscar winner was the highest-paid actress for most of the nineties, thanks to starring roles in a number of popular films including Steel Magnolias, Stepmom, Nottin…

Julia Roberts is open to making a sequel to her 1997 movie My Best Friend’s Wedding.

The Oscar winner was the highest-paid actress for most of the nineties, thanks to starring roles in a number of popular films including Steel Magnolias, Stepmom, Notting Hill and Runaway Bride.

While many people have asked Julia to consider reprising her role as Vivian Ward from movie classic Pretty Woman, she has now shared that she would prefer to make a sequel to My Best Friend’s Wedding, in which she played Julianne Potter, a food critic who realises she’s in love with her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) and tries to win him back with the help of her pal George (Rupert Everett) after he decides to marry Kimmy (Cameron Diaz).

“A lot of people want to follow up with Vivian,” she said of her Pretty Woman character in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, adding that she actually wonders where her My Best Friend’s Wedding characters would have ended up. “Rupert was so funny in My Best Friend’s Wedding. I guess Kimmy and Michael are married and they probably have kids. And then there’s me and Rupert.”

Julia, 50, and Dermot have reunited as co-stars in Amazon Video’s hotly anticipated series Homecoming, in which she stars as a caseworker who is employed at a secret government facility. And Dermot would be down to re-team with the actress on another My Best Friend’s Wedding movie too.

“I’ll tell you that movie has wormed its way further and further under my skin, and I see more and more layers of how it holds meaning and sustains as a piece, and obviously it’s always been irresistible. I think there’s only about four people on Earth that could make a movie like that, and they include Rupert, Cameron, Julia, and me. So, let’s have at it,” the 54-year-old smiled.

Interestingly, Julia’s comments come shortly after she insisted in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that she would no longer want to appear in romcoms as she has too much “life experience” now.

Homecoming premieres on Amazon Video on 2 November (18).

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Julia Roberts won’t star in romcoms anymore

Julia Roberts is reluctant to star in romcoms anymore, as she believes she has too much life experience.The screen star was the highest-paid actress for most of the 1990s, thanks to starring roles in a number of popular romantic comedies including Pret…

Julia Roberts is reluctant to star in romcoms anymore, as she believes she has too much life experience.

The screen star was the highest-paid actress for most of the 1990s, thanks to starring roles in a number of popular romantic comedies including Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Notting Hill. However, Julia no longer thinks she’s cut out for those kinds of parts.

“Yeah, I don’t know. Unless we (play) the parents of the people that are romcom-ing,” the 50-year-old explained in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “There came a point in my career where people thought I had turned on romantic comedies, which I love them, I love to be in them, I love to watch them. But sometimes, they just don’t work at a certain point of life experience. It’s not even about age, it’s just about what people know that you know.”

Julia has since taken on grittier roles in films like August: Osage County, for which she received an Oscar nomination, and Erin Brockovich, for which she won the Academy Award playing the titular role. Her most recent foray into the romantic comedy genre was her part in the 2016 ensemble movie Mother’s Day, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.

In a separate interview with The Times to promote her new Amazon television show, Homecoming, the Runaway Bride star also admitted that she thinks she would struggle as an upcoming actor in today’s Instagram era.

“It is not the same thing being an actor anymore. I would not want to be 21 in show business today,” she said. “Because I don’t know how to take a picture of myself. I’m exceedingly bad at it. I’m good at taking a picture of a bunch of people – it’s the monkey arms – but I’m just not good at it solo.”

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