November 7, 2003
Back in 1994, a little indie film from a screenplay from a British writer who had attracted attention for his work on the BBC series Blackadder and Mr. Bean burst on the scene in North America, eventually garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. That movie was Four Weddings and a Funeral, which helped to establish Hugh Grant as a very viable romantic leading man and scripter Richard Curtis as a bonafide talent.
Since then, Curtis has written three other highly successful British comedies in Notting Hill, Bean and Bridget Jones’s Diary, and now will make the leap to directing in the upcoming ensemble piece Love Actually. This comedy will tell ten separate stories about love, but despite their singularity, all of them will be intermingled somehow, leading to a final turning point on Christmas Eve.
Once again, Curtis will be working with Grant, who will be playing a brand new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. A single man, he happens to fall in love with the girl who brings him tea on his very first day on the job. Meanwhile, Colin Firth will play a man flees to France after discovering his girlfriend is having an affair. While there, he falls in love with a woman who doesn’t speak English (and naturally, he doesn’t speak French).
Other members of the amazing cast include Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, and Rowan Atkinson. Up-and-comers Elisha Cuthbert (“24”) and Keira Knightley (Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean) will also be featured.
Filmed on a budget of approximately $50 million, Love Actually has every likelihood of being a worldwide hit, not to mention the possibility of being an awards contender at the end of the year. So far, Curtis’ work has been nothing short of exceptional, so if he is able to translate his writing abilities to his work as a director, Love Actually has all the earmarks of being both a critical and financial success. (Kim Hollis/BOP)
August 19, 2003
Sneaks in major markets are scheduled to begin November 8, with a gradual rollout to follow over the next several weeks. (Jennifer Turnock/BOP)
August 24, 2003
The specifics on the rollout for the film are as follows: sneaks in 27 locations on Saturday, November 8th; opens in 170 top markets on November 14th; additional sneak previews in 800 markets November 22nd; national release on November 26th. (Kim Hollis/BOP)
September 14, 2003
Now the initial limited release has been pushed up a week to November 7. No word on whether they will push the sneaks up a week too, or whether they will forego sneaks entirely in favor of the earlier limited release. (Jennifer Turnock/BOP)
October 9, 2003
And now what should be the final word on this fickle, fickle release strategy: sneaks will be held on the weekend of November 1, followed by a limited release in 500 to 600 theaters the weekend of November 7. It will then expand to wide release the weekend of the 14th. Just get on with it already and stop teasing us, dammit. (Jennifer Turnock/BOP)
Comparison films for Love Actually
|Two Weeks Notice
|Bridget Jones's Diary
|About a Boy
|Four Weddings and a Funeral