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Hugh Grant ‘Finished’ with Acting

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celeb News, Filmmaking,

Hugh GrantHugh Grant is "pretty much finished" with acting. The 51-year-old star doesn't take on many film projects anymore and says he doesn't like the process of appearing in front of the camera anymore.

"I'm pretty much finished. Occasionally something tickles my fancy, otherwise I'm fine. I'm still not very keen on acting. I don't do much work, but I like aspects of it. I like the camaraderie with people you are working with. But actually standing in front of a camera, no I don't love that."

The British star also says he tries to give realistic advice to people who ask him about acting.

"I get a lot of cousins and friends asking me for advice, saying, 'I want to be an actor.' It's this disease that some people get, it's weird. Sometimes they are incredibly talented, and sometimes, they have no talent whatsoever, and I don't know what to tell them or their parents. The saddest thing in the world is to see someone going on in their late thirties or forties still struggling to play a carrot on a TV commercial. For some people, they have to do it, they are so stage struck."


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Hugh Grant Too Old for Rom-Coms?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Romance, Comedy, Celeb News, Filmmaking,

Hugh GrantHugh Grant thinks he is "too old" to star in romantic comedies any more.

The 51-year-old actor - who is famed for roles in films including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill - is unsure if he can take on any more parts in the genre because he is no longer young enough.

"Well, I'm too old for romantic comedies, let's face it. I never really chose romantic comedies. They chose me," he said.

The British star claims he has never been keen on his profession, and would now rather take on smaller parts: "I've never been the world's keenest actor. I don't miss it at all. I do occasional things that are odd."

However, directing and writing is something Hugh might consider. "I would love to direct. And after all, I've worked with lots of very good directors now, really good directors, and that really does interest me. I would love to write. But I've been saying it for years and I've never got around to it."


This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 16, 2010

New Moon DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • Armored: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Astro Boy: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Bandslam: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Broken Embraces: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans?: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dillinger is Dead: DVD
  • The Fourth Kind: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ninja Assassin: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Princess and the Frog: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Under Great White Northern Lights: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Wonderful World: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Dominating the Globe

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An absence of new movies meant very little change for the overall box office standings. A lack of competition, though, meant lots of movement for .

Over the weekend, the sci-fi extravaganza packed an additional $68.5 million to its already-impressive domestic total. The figure - a record for any entry in its third week - brought the film that much closer to becoming one of the top domestic grossers ever. Avatar ($352.1 million) is now only days away from passing 10th place finisher Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith ($380.3 million).

Internationally, is just a few rungs away from one of his other films. In just 17 days, the 20th Century Fox release has pulled in approximately $1.02 billion. That places Avatar behind only Titanic ($1.84 billion), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.12 billion) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1.07 billion).

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Box Office Breakdown: Sherlock, Avatar Both Winners

Sherlock Holmes

A collection of wide releases contributed to the biggest weekend for movies in box office history.

Over the past three days, theatergoers shelled out over $275 million—a good portion of that going to . Despite slightly disappointing results last week, an improvement in weather - and strong word of mouth - helped the sci-fi flick pack on another $75.2 million to its $212 million domestic total.

Meanwhile, debuted in second place with first place-like numbers. The Guy Ritchie directed-film started its run with a record breaking haul on Christmas Day, only to fall behind the sci-fi entry. But Warner Bros. really has nothing to complain about. Holmes still closed the weekend with $62.4 million in ticket sales.

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Stifled by Blizzard

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How big could ‘s debut really been? Thanks to a blizzard, we may never know. James Cameron’s first feature in 12 years pulled in approximately $77 million this weekend, enough to win first place but slightly lower than expectations. The movie, which was produced for around $310 million, never reached its full potential due to weather conditions on the East Coast.

As it was, the movie came in behind 2007’s I Am Legend for the best December opener ever. (The Will Smith film debuted to $77.2 million.) The 3D entry also ranked sixth - behind Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and New Moon - for domestic debuts this year.

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Hugh Grant’s Limited Range

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celeb News, Celebrity Gossip,

Hugh Grant thinks he’s a “very limited” actor.

The Did You Hear About The Morgans? star - whose known for playing suave English men in romantic comedy films - doesn’t work on as many movies as his peers by choice.

“I’m very picky but also very limited as an actor. There’s not much I can do,” he claimed. “I’ve always said that if you give me an Ibsen script, I can get away with it. But there are a lot of people who can do it better. I think that’s right. And if you’re going to put all this effort and heartache… if you put a year of your life into this, it’s only worth it if you think you have something to offer in this area.”

The 49-year-old star also spoke about the crippling panic attacks he suffered while filming 2007 comedy and admitted he almost quit acting as a result.

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In Theaters This Weekend (12/18)

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Avatar (PG-13): starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver (directed by James Cameron)
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13): starring Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliot (directed by Marc Lawrence)
  • Crazy Heart* (R): starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell (directed by Scott Cooper)
  • Nine* (PG-13): starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard (directed by Rob Marshall)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 3, 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Aliens in the Attic: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Answer Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Dead: DVD
  • Food, Inc.: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Forrest Gump: Blu-ray
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Howards End: Blu-ray
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper: DVD, Blu-ray
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Love Actually: Blu-ray
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Ultimate Collector’s Edition): DVD, Blu-ray

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Casting Corner: Cloris Leachman, Jack Black, Sly Stallone and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Cloris Leachman: She may not have won a mirror-ball trophy, but she was able to snag something even bigger. Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman was recently added to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (formerly spelled Inglorious Bastards) cast. The 82-year-old will cameo as Mrs. Himmelstein, an elderly Jewish woman who inspires Eli Roth’s character to seek vengeance. The WWII movie already has Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Diane Kruger and B.J. Novak in its lineup.

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