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Stephen Frears movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Stephen Frears movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy birthday to director Stephen Frears, who turns 78 on June 20, 2019. The British director, who began his feature film directing career with 1971’s “Gumshoe,” first gained wide international recognition with his 1985 film “My Beautiful Laundrette.” It was originally made for Channel 4 television, but its quality was so high that it was released theatrically, and world recognition for Frears followed.

In the intervening years, Frears directed three films — “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), “The Queen” (2006) and “Philomena” (2013) — that received Academy Award nominations as Best Picture, and Frears himself earned two Oscar nominations as Best Director — for “The Grifters” (1990) and “The Queen.” Although most of his work directing for television was early in his career, in recent years, Frears has returned to TV, earning an Emmy Award as Best Director for HBO’s “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (2013). And once again, he is in Emmy contention, this year for directing the three-part Amazon limited series,
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14 Actresses Absurdly Accused of Being Too Old or Too Fat, From Chloe Grace Moretz to Jennifer Lawrence (Photos)

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14 Actresses Absurdly Accused of Being Too Old or Too Fat, From Chloe Grace Moretz to Jennifer Lawrence (Photos)
Hollywood has a special knack for making people feel far from perfect and actresses are no exception. Here are 14 gorgeous women who have been told they were either too fat or too old to play a certain role.

Maggie GyllenhaalSherrybaby” star, Maggie Gyllenhaal was turned down for a role because she was “too old” to play the love interest for a 55-year-old man. She was 37 at the time. “It was astonishing to me,” the actress told TheWrap. “It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”

Mary Elizabeth Winstead “Fargo” actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead recently revealed that not all her auditions have gone so smoothly during her career. Winstead told TheWrap about an audition several years ago in which a director — one who had apparently never encountered a normal, healthy human being before — accused the North Carolina-born actress of eating too much Southern fried food.
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10 films to catch at Edinburgh Film Festival by Amber Wilkinson and Jennie Kermode

With Edinburgh Film Festival just a few days a way, we pick 10 films to look out for at this year's 73rd edition.

The Souvenir Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival The Souvenir - There's no doubt that Joanna Hogg's autobiographical story of a young film student's potentially destructive relationship with a charismatic but flawed older man is the one to beat in this year's Michael Powell competition for Best British film. Achieving almost universal critical acclaim at its world premiere in Sundance, it's notable not just for the psychological complexity of its storytelling but also for the central performances. Although Honor Swinton Byrne has understandably received plaudits for her debut role (her mum Tilda also plays her on screen mother), I thought Tom Burke was the real revelation here, displaying the sort of impervious to his own failings posh-boy charm that became the stock-in trade of Hugh Grant and Rupert Everett.
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‘Aurora Rising’ Ya Novel to Be Adapted Into MGM Television Series

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Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s bestselling young adult sci-fi thriller novel, “Aurora Rising,” has been optioned by MGM Television for development into a TV series.

MGM will serve as international distributor, and MGM Television will produce the series. Bill Todman, Jr. and Edward Milstein (“Ace Ventura”) will executive produce, and Limor Hakim co-produce for Level 1 Entertainment. Kaufman and Kristoff will serve as consulting producers. Showrunners and writers are currently being interviewed.

Per MGM: “Set in the year 2380, Aurora Rising follows Ty Jones, the top cadet of the Aurora Academy, and his unwanted squad of misfits and losers as they slowly realize that the girl they rescued from hundreds of years of cryo-sleep may be the catalyst for a war millions of years in the making.”

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“Amie and Jay have created something really special with ‘Aurora Rising.
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‘Fosse/Verdon': How Choreographer Susan Misner Channeled Bob Fosse to Create New Dances

‘Fosse/Verdon': How Choreographer Susan Misner Channeled Bob Fosse to Create New Dances
This story about “Fosse/Verdon” first appeared in the Movies & Limited Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Susan Misner plays the important role of Joan McCracken, legendary choreographer/director Bob Fosse’s second wife, in the FX limited series “Fosse/Verdon.” But that was by no means the trickiest thing Misner had to do on the adventurous eight-part series, which uses the style of Fosse’s own work to tell the story of the charged professional and personal relationship between Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and dancer, actress and choreographer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams).

No, it’s Misner’s offscreen job that provided the real challenge on “Fosse/Verdon.” The New Jersey-born actress has lots of movies under her belt, and she’s danced in several of them, including the Oscar-winning “Chicago” in 2002. But she’s never before been credited as a choreographer on screen — and there has to be something terribly daunting
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‘Plus One’ Film Review: Maya Erskine Shines in Wedding-Season Rom-Com

‘Plus One’ Film Review: Maya Erskine Shines in Wedding-Season Rom-Com
Even indie romantic comedies seem to be getting into the more-is-bigger-is-hopefully-better ethos of action movies. Add six weddings to the titular number in that 1994 Hugh Grant-Andie MacDowell classic of the genre (then subtract that funeral) and you’ve got ten nuptials across which the modest, frisky charmer “Plus One” brings its teasingly antagonistic protagonists (played by Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid) from the friend zone to the meant-to-be realm.

The reality, of course, is that getting invited to multiple weddings in a single year is hardly the stuff of screenwriters’ imagination, especially when one is ten years out of college, rich in coupled-up friends, and from a family with either eligible siblings or a dating parent. Such is the age-specific romance epidemic writers-directors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer place their irritably single but searching characters into, and it makes for a serviceably fertile, love-surrounded setting in which to
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Hugh Grant Says He’s ‘Too Old’ for Rom-Coms Now – ‘And Thank God’

This story originally appeared in the Movies & Limited Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

In a recent sketch, James Corden impersonated Hugh Grant in moments from three separate classic romantic comedies. Corden threw on a messy brown wig and did identical impressions of a sheepish, stammering leading man in riffs on “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

But in 2019, that Hugh Grant is gone, replaced by a sly but still smirking gentleman. Grant’s performance in “A Very English Scandal” may momentarily remind you of the innate likability we’ve seen in Grant’s rom-coms. But what’s new is the imposing physicality and sinister, even villainous side he unlocks. And Grant is enjoying playing the bad guy for a change.

“I don’t get offered romantic comedies anymore,” Grant said. “And thank God. I’m too old. And it’s lovely to be doing some different stuff.
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‘Hampstead’ Review: Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson Ignite Senior Sparks

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‘Hampstead’ Review: Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson Ignite Senior Sparks
Calling a film “Hampstead” invites immediate comparisons with “Notting Hill,” the Richard Curtis-penned rom-com that put that particular West London enclave on the global map back in 1999.

Director Joel Hopkins may be hoping for similar success, although I doubt the fine residents of Hampstead itself are looking forward to an influx of foreign tourists along their leafy and quaint streets.

In any case, the area of north London’s Hampstead on which this film focuses is the Heath, a great expanse of wood and wild park land that immediately features in the movie’s twinkling opening sequence, following a child’s kite as it flies across the Heath’s famous views of the city skyline, floating above picnicking families, striding dog walkers, pert joggers and recumbent lovers. It’s a shot, I suppose, intended to rival Hugh Grant’s “walk through the seasons” along Portobello Market in “Notting Hill.
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Emmy spotlight: Ben Whishaw is the pinnacle of queer excellence in ‘A Very English Scandal’

Emmy spotlight: Ben Whishaw is the pinnacle of queer excellence in ‘A Very English Scandal’
When Ben Whishaw won a Golden Globe earlier this year for his performance as Norman Scott in “A Very English Scandal,” it was exciting for fans of the actor and his performance, but it was also meaningful to witness. Whishaw publicly came out as gay in 2014 and here he was five years later accepting an award for playing a gay man. In 2019 that might not seem like a big deal, when we’ve had queer performers like Sarah Paulson and Kate McKinnon winning Emmys and cisgender heterosexual actors winning Oscars for playing Lgbtq characters, but it is statistically very rare for openly queer actors to win awards for playing openly queer characters. After winning at the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards and the BAFTA TV Awards, though, Whishaw could be on his way to a rare Emmy victory later this year, and that would be the pinnacle of queer excellence.
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‘Escape from Dannemora’: Patricia Arquette is Emmy front-runner, but this Expert says Benicio Del Toro will win too

‘Escape from Dannemora’: Patricia Arquette is Emmy front-runner, but this Expert says Benicio Del Toro will win too
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”) will win the Emmy for Best Movie/Mini Actress according to almost half of the Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets. She won Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards for her performance as a real-life prison employee who aids an escape. But are we underestimating Benicio Del Toro for Best Movie/Mini Actor as escapee Richard Matt? One Expert thinks so.

Based on the combined predictions of thousands of Gold Derby readers, Del Toro ranks fourth in the race with 6/1 odds. He currently trails front-runner Mahershala Ali (“True Detective”) as well as Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”) and Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”). But as of this writing Anne Thompson (IndieWire) says Del Toro will prevail. Do you think she’s onto something?

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What is Katrina Kaif scared of and likes to stay away from?

Bharat Actress Katrina Kaif gets scared easily, and that's why she likes to stay away from horror films.

She opened up about it during a conversation on IMDb original series "The Insider's Watchlist", read a statement.

Asked if there is a genre she doesn't watch, Katrina said: "Horror. I'm too scared, it scares me. I don't want to be scared."

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But the actress has some 'go-to' movies.

"Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Hugh Grant movies can really get you out of a bad mood. Sleepless In Seattle, Pretty Woman, Four Weddings And A Funeral?-- there's an innocent, pure, joyous quality about those films," she said, adding that "Gossip Girl" is her guilty pleasure.

She said she is a big fan of "classic cinema, with my spectacle and the songs and the drama".

Checkout which Film made Katrina to become an actor.
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Hugh Grant (‘A Very English Scandal’) on playing ‘pure political animal’ Jeremy Thorpe [Complete Interview Transcript]

Hugh Grant (‘A Very English Scandal’) on playing ‘pure political animal’ Jeremy Thorpe [Complete Interview Transcript]
Hugh Grant is earning all kinds of accolades for his performance as politician Jeremy Thorpe in Amazon’s “A Very English Scandal.” The actor has picked up nominations at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics’ Choice and BAFTA TV Awards and could be well on his way to his first Emmy nomination.

Grant recently sat down with Gold Derby contributing editor Zach Laws to chat about the absurdity of Thorpe’s scandal, the various awards he has been up for and whether he has reached his stride as an actor. Watch the exclusive chat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

SEEGold Derby Editors say Hugh Grant (‘A Very English Scandal’) will overtake Emmy front-runner Mahershala Ali (‘True Detective’)

Gold Derby: So Hugh, when you were a teenager in England and this story about Jeremy Thorpe trying to conspire to murder his lover was unfolding on television news,
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Can Ian McShane (‘Deadwood’) upset a trio of Oscar-winning movie stars at the Emmys?

Can Ian McShane (‘Deadwood’) upset a trio of Oscar-winning movie stars at the Emmys?
The “Deadwood” reunion movie premiered May 31, the last day to qualify for Emmy eligibility, and according to the combined predictions of thousands of Gold Derby readers (make or update your own right here), it’s a strong contender to win Best TV Movie. It’s neck-and-neck with “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.” But what about the race for Best Movie/Mini Actor? As of this writing Ian McShane looks like an underdog in a race against Oscar winners Mahershala Ali (“True Detective”), Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon“) and Benicio Del Toro (“Escape at Dannemora”). Might we be underestimating him?

McShane was lauded during the series’s original run (2004-2006) for his performance as Al Swearengen, the ruthless, foul-mouthed owner of a saloon in the title town. But he only earned a single Emmy nomination for Best Drama Actor (2005), which he lost to James Spader (“Boston Legal”). Since then he has appeared in a number
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Hugh Grant on Avoiding TV Roles Until 'A Very English Scandal:' "Pure Snobbery"

Hugh Grant on Avoiding TV Roles Until 'A Very English Scandal:'
Audiences have been used to seeing Hugh Grant star in a number of films on the big screen for decades, but he took a chance on television for Amazon Prime's A Very English Scandal. He explains to The Hollywood Reporter Drama Actor Roundtable how "pure snobbery" stood in his way of the medium.

"I'd done a film with Stephen Frears, Florence Foster Jenkins, and I was having dinner with him and he said, "What are you doing next?' I said, 'I've got a thing,' He said, 'No, no, no, no. I'm going to ...
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Pose's Billy Porter Gets Real About Straight Actors Playing Gay Roles, and It's a Mic-Drop Moment

Billy Porter isn't holding back his thoughts about casting straight actors for gay roles. The 49-year-old Pose star sat down to discuss his career for The Hollywood Reporter's latest Drama Actor Roundtable, which also featured Sam Rockwell, Richard Madden, Hugh Grant, Diego Luna, and Stephan James. A total mic-drop moment happened when Porter was asked how close he was to quitting his Hollywood dream when he kept getting passed up for roles. The biggest reason he cites as the cause of his early difficulties in the industry is his identity as a person of color and a gay man.

"It's a double layer. The layer of actually being a person of color in this industry and then the other layer of being a queen," he said. "Nobody can see you as anything else. If 'flamboyantly . . . ' wasn't in the description of the character, no one would see me ever for anything.
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The long and short of it: Stephen Frears could score Emmys for ‘A Very English Scandal’ and ‘State of the Union’

The long and short of it: Stephen Frears could score Emmys for ‘A Very English Scandal’ and ‘State of the Union’
As the TV landscape continues to expand across various cable and streaming services, filmmakers are finding a wide variety of ways to tell stories — sometimes multiple times in a single season. Such is the case for Stephen Frears, who this year is an Emmy contender for a long form series (“A Very English Scandal”) and a short form series (SundanceTV’s “State of the Union”).

Frears is best known for his work on the big screen, where he has directed films including “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), “High Fidelity” (2000), “Philomena” (2013) and “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016). He earned Oscar nominations for directing “The Grifters” (1990) and “The Queen” (2006). But he’s no stranger to TV, having won two BAFTAs out of seven nominations for his work on the small screen.

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Here in the Us he has earned a pair of nominations for Best Movie/Mini Directing,
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Hugh Grant Says He’s 'Too Old and Ugly' to Do Romantic Comedies Anymore

Hugh Grant Says He’s 'Too Old and Ugly' to Do Romantic Comedies Anymore
Don’t expect to see Hugh Grant in an upcoming rom-com.

During the The Hollywood Reporter’s drama actor roundtable — which also featured actors Richard Madden, Billy Porter, Diego Luna, Sam Rockwell and Stephan James — Grant, 58, was asked if he had an “inferiority complex” from always starring in romantic comedies, and he confessed that he felt he was no longer cut out for those roles.

“Well, yes, but less now because I’ve gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore, so now I’ve done other things, and I’ve got marginally less self-hatred,” he answered with a laugh.
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Pose's Billy Porter Gets Real About Straight Actors Playing Gay Roles, and It's a Mic-Drop Moment

Pose's Billy Porter Gets Real About Straight Actors Playing Gay Roles, and It's a Mic-Drop Moment
Billy Porter isn't holding back his thoughts about casting straight actors for gay roles. The 49-year-old Pose star sat down to discuss his career for The Hollywood Reporter's latest Drama Actor Roundtable, which also featured Sam Rockwell, Richard Madden, Hugh Grant, Diego Luna, and Stephan James. A total mic-drop moment happened when Porter was asked how close he was to quitting his Hollywood dream when he kept getting passed up for roles. The biggest reason he cites as the cause of his early difficulties in the industry is his identity as a person of color and a gay man.

"It's a double layer. The layer of actually being a person of color in this industry and then the other layer of being a queen," he said. "Nobody can see you as anything else. If 'flamboyantly . . . ' wasn't in the description of the character, no one would see me ever for anything.
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Ben Whishaw (‘Very English Scandal’) leads Emmy odds, but there’s a ‘Catch’: George Clooney, Kyle Chandler are close behind

Ben Whishaw (‘Very English Scandal’) leads Emmy odds, but there’s a ‘Catch’: George Clooney, Kyle Chandler are close behind
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal“) has led our Emmy predictions for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor ever since we opened our predictions center earlier this spring. But might we be underestimating his rivals? According to our racetrack odds, he needs to be most wary of two actors from “Catch-22“: Oscar winner George Clooney and past Emmy champ Kyle Chandler.

Whishaw co-stars in “Scandal” as Norman Scott, who is the victim of an attempted murder orchestrated by his lover, prominent politician Jeremy Thorpe (played by Hugh Grant). Written by BAFTA winner Russell T. Davies and directed by Oscar nominee Stephen Frears, the three-part series certainly had an impressive pedigree, and Whishaw has already been awarded for his performance by the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

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But “Catch-22” wasn’t eligible at those awards since it didn’t premiere until this May.
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Hugh Grant Wishes He Made 'More Interesting Decisions' in His Career

Hugh Grant Wishes He Made 'More Interesting Decisions' in His Career
Hugh Grant has had a long career in Hollywood, having spent three decades in the movie industry. However, the 58-year old actor admits he still has regrets about the path he’s taken.

Grant revealed that he wished he had done a better job “navigating fame and success” in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the outlet’s drama actor roundtable.

“Every decision I ever made was probably wrong,” he told the outlet. “After [1994’s Four Weddings and a Funeral], and the world was my oyster. I should’ve made interesting decisions and done different stuff. Instead, I repeated
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