Marc Lawrence

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One thing is for sure: I can’t wait for Geoff and Scott to review The Rewrite on the Broken Projector podcast. This upcoming rom-com is about an Oscar-winning screenwriter who is no longer a hotshot and so desperately has to take a job teaching the craft jadedly to college students. The irony is that the screenplay for The Rewrite itself seems awfully bland. The movie comes from Marc Lawrence, who previously wrote such generic non-classics as Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature and wrote and directed Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? The Rewrite is his fourth movie to star Hugh Grant, who plays another unlikable guy who is presumably changed by the love of a woman, a role this time filled by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. At the start of the new trailer for the movie, we see a YouTube clip of Grant in his floppy-haired days winning his Oscar for Best Actor — what was that for, again? Nine Months? The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain? Oh, wait, he didn’t win an Oscar. The clip here, employed as a glimpse at the character winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, is of Grant winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1995. They’ve even kept some of the speech, though it weirdly still seems like a re-dub and doesn’t match his lips (could just be […]

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Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant is currently fifty-two-years-old, but that doesn’t mean that the actor is in any way ready to stop looking for love – at least, in the cinematic sense. Grant is now signed on to star in yet another Marc Lawrence film that will see the befuddled Brit attempting to make a go of it in surely hilarious ways. The pair have previously worked together on all three Lawrence’s directorial features, starting with Two Weeks Notice, on to Music and Lyrics, and culminating with Did You Hear About the Morgans? In case you’re wondering, yes, those films have gotten progressively worse, so Lawrence and Grant have their work cut out for them when it comes to their as-yet-untitled next film. Also, yes, clearly, Grant is Lawrence’s muse. This next film will see Grant as “Ray Michaels,” a character who was, as of “1998…on top of the world — a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance with a single mom who’s gone back to school.” It’s a bit like Liberal Arts for the older set.

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Kevin Carr sits his chubbiness down and sees if Avatar, Did You Hear About the Morgans? and Up In the Air can make the grade.

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published: 01.26.2015
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published: 01.26.2015
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published: 01.26.2015
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