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Hamptons Film Fest: Edgar Wright & Richard Curtis Talk Working Title Films & The State Of The Industry

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 14, 2013 12:01 PM
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This weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival, a special tribute to Working Title Films was held as part of the festival's strain of British-themed programming (it just so happened to also coincide with the 10th anniversary of their beloved rom-com "Love Actually"). On hand for the panel were the company's current co-chairs Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, who were later joined by special guests Edgar Wright and Richard Curtis, whose new film for Working Title, "About Time," also played the festival. Together, they helped illuminate what makes Working Title such a unique place for filmmakers, how the company was founded, and what they think the future of cinema holds.

Pablo Trapero To Make English-Language Thriller With Working Title 'Six Suspects'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 9:00 AM
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They're not Korea or Iran or anything, but there's been some fairly impressive films coming out of Argentina in the last few years. The nation's always had a strong film culture (they're the only Latin American country to have won the Foreign Language Oscar, and have done so twice), but in the first decade of the 21st century, films like "Nine Queens," "The Aura," "Son Of The Bride" and, most of all, "The Secret In Their Eyes," have all made serious impressions over the last few years. And one of the most exciting talents the country has right now is director Pablo Trapero.

Cornetto Trilogy Closer 'The World's End' Is Edgar Wright's Next Film, Shooting Starts In September

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2012 7:03 PM
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It's now nearly two years since "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," the firecracker kung-fu romantic comedy that became a critical and fan favorite, even if it never quite set the box-office alight. The film's still playing monthly at rep theaters like the New Beverley in L.A, an instant cult classic, but for nearly 24 months, there's been very little news as to what Wright might do next. He's not been out of the spotlight, thanks to his scripting of "The Adventures of Tintin" and executive producing of "Attack The Block" and "Sightseers," the latter of which will premiere at Cannes in the next couple of weeks. And there have been projects percolating: more writing work has happened on Marvel's "Ant-Man," and the mysterious "Baby Driver" is also on the dance card somewhere, while the director was snapped up by megastar Johnny Depp to direct a new film version of "The Night Stalker" a few months back.

Rafe Spall In Talks To Headline Working Title Rom-Com 'I Give It A Year,' From 'Borat' Writer Dan Mazer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 11:39 AM
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Few companies have had as much success with the romantic comedy as British studio Working Title Films. While the company have had something of a banner year, thanks to the success of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Senna," "Johnny English Reborn" and "Contraband," they were built on the rom-com, and particularly those of Richard Curtis, including "Four Weddings And A Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones' Diary." However, it's a few years since they've really tackled the genre -- 2008's "Definitely Maybe" is actually one of the better entries in recent years, but it never caught on at the box office.

Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall Starring In Untitled Thriller From 'Boy A' Helmer John Crowley & 'Eastern Promises' Writer Steven Knight

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 2, 2012 1:35 PM
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Despite the idea of the suspense thriller for grown-ups being routinely declared dead, the genre itself refuses to stay dead. Every few months, some such film will quietly make a tidy profit at the box office, despite not gathering the same attention as pictures with more explosions in them. Last year saw films like "The Lincoln Lawyer," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" all end up firmly in the black, and the companies behind the latter, producers Working Title Films and distributors Focus Features, are teaming up again for another highly promising-sounding turn.

'Four Weddings' & 'Love Actually' Mastermind Richard Curtis Returns To Directing With Sci-Fi Comedy-Drama 'About Time'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 19, 2012 11:39 AM
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Potentially unpopular opinion ahoy: Richard Curtis is a pretty great writer. Don't get us wrong, we don't like "Love Actually" or "Pirate Radio"/"The Boat That Rocked" any more than you do, but "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones' Diary" make up as good a run of rom-coms as anyone has ever had (particularly when compared to the dismal current state of the genre), and his lower-key, more emotional work on the likes of "The Girl in the Cafe," "Doctor Who" episode "Vincent and the Doctor" and the currently-in-theaters "War Horse," is undervalued. 

Martin Scorsese Eyeing Jo Nesbø's Scandinavian Serial Killer Tale 'The Snowman' At Working Title

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 26, 2011 11:48 AM
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'World War Z' Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan Penning ScriptGosh, it seemed like only last week we were discussing the rising stock of Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø. With "The Killing" and "Wallander" going great guns on TV, and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" poised to be a big Christmas hit, anything with murder and a setting north of Germany is ripe for optioning. And Nesbø, whose novels were among the first to cash in on the post-Stieg Larsson trend when translated into English, and whose "Headhunters" has proved a hit on the festival circuit (read our LFF review here), is one of the most eagerly sought-after.

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