Posted on June 27, 2008 | |
Today's Joanna Page is Richard Curtis's Love Actually.
Curtis has dominated British comedy, whether it's been on television or in the cinemas, for nearly three decades now. Following an early stint writing for Not the Nine O'Clock News in the 70s, he started to bestride us like a laughing, Islington-loving colossus the following decade with The Black Adder, its three sequel series and a couple of one-off spin-offs. Within a few years, he became the moving force behind Comic Relief and managed to notch up a couple of movies, including The Tall Guy, starring Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson.
In the 90s, he stormed through again, first unleashing Mr Bean on us all, before choosing to take over the world and introduce Hugh Grant to us all with Four Weddings and a Funeral. He went on to write Notting Hill and the screenplay for Bridget Jones's Diary. He also spent 13 years laughing at country folk for the mysteriously successful The Vicar of Dibley.
Love Actually, released in 2003, was his first attempt at directing a movie. It's kind of a composite rom com version of Crash (or a sicklier version of This Year's Love, which also featured Jo Page) in which just about every possible facet of love is explored through the inter-connected lives of various people around the world. With an incredible cast of stars, it is occasionally touching, sometimes funny, and usually irritating. But it has Joanna Page in it - provided you don't buy the censored DVD - so we'll forgive it.
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Posted on June 26, 2008 | |
In the US: FX. No airdate yet
Joseph Fiennes hit international stardom nearly a decade ago with Shakespeare in Love. He went on to do a few other movies, including Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel & Laurence. But then he disappeared for a bit, only to resurface on stage or in German films about the Red Baron.
So what's he been up to? Turns out, he's been doing a series for FX all about a gynacologist. Not too surprising, given that the show's by the creator of Nip/Tuck. What's more surprising is that said gynacologist wants to be a woman.
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Posted on June 25, 2008 | |
In the US: TNT, some time in the Fall. No airdate set
Lawyers, hey? Always such curmudgeonly old types, their actually having to know things n'all. So unphotogenic. Ugh.
Wouldn't it be just the coolest thing, though, if we could have a TV show about young lawyers who were all really pretty? No, not like Shark. Absolutely no old folks around - you know 35 or even 40 - to mess things up. We want pretty, pretty, pretty.
But wouldn't they all be a bit rubbish?
Maybe. But we could make that a virtue. How about they're all a bit rough and ready and make mistakes? They'd screw up – and each other – because they wouldn't know better.
They'd need practice and training before they could handle tricky things well. We could call it something like Law Squad? No? How about Training Briefs?
I know. Raising the Bar. That'll do.
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