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Am I the only one on the planet who liked “Little Miss Sunshine,” sort of, without believing a second of it? I never believed those nutty, single-trait characters belonged to the same fractured family. I didn’t believe the rousing feel-good finale. What I liked, I liked because of what the performers did to transcend their own material.

I prefer the equally modest ” Sunshine Cleaning,” again without believing a second of it. It shares with the other audience-friendly “Sunshine” film a key word in its title; a setting, at least in part (Albuquerque); a key supporting actor ( Alan Arkin as a crusty paternal figure); and a rather studied sense of quirk. Nonetheless, the performers get a lot going, and the ensemble’s very easy company.
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Despite its perky title, ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ is much darker than its producers’ previous film, ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ as it ventures simply and realistically into suicide, adultery and loss. The film will be introduced to Turkish audiences at the 28th International Film Festival next month

It has become a genre all its own: the dysfunctional-family indie comedy, a staple of film festivals and art-house theaters alike.

Done wrong, and these movies can seem too self-consciously quirky (and by now, “quirky” feels like a word that was created especially to describe this kind of film). Done right, and you’ve got a “Little Miss Sunshine” or a “Juno” on your hands. Read more…

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Dangerously hot British thesp Emily Blunt has, along with Anthony Hopkins, joined the cast of OCEAN’S ELEVEN and MATCHSTICK MEN writer Ted Griffin’s upcoming directorial effort SHOOT THE MESSENGER. The story is based on Irvin Yalom’s novel “Lying on the Couch” and in the interest of promoting laziness, here’s a copy and pasted official plot synopsis: Read more…

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Emily Blunt found it “strange” kissing Tom Hanks and his son.

The actress shared a love scene with the ‘Philadelphia’ star in ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ and also kissed his off-spring Colin in ‘The Great Buck Howard’ and although the younger actor says he had no problem with their smooch, he says the ‘Young Victoria’ star was slightly uncomfortable.

He said: “I was before dad. We shot ‘The Great Buck Howard’ first, so without sounding chauvinistic and possessive of her – I had her first.

“Although Emily did say it was very strange. She said, ‘It’s very strange to kiss both the son and the father.'” Read more…

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The Queen has reportedly criticised historical inaccuracies in The Young Victoria following a special screening of the drama.

Princess Beatrice plays a cameo role in the the feature, which stars Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria and Rupert Friend as Prince Albert, and tells the story of their romance.

A source told the News Of The World that while the Queen thought the film had many good points, she likes accuracy. Read more…

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Emily Blunt is British to the core, London-born, a veteran of the West End stage and many a BBC production.

But in spite of break-out work in her native accent in films such as The Devil Wears Prada, Blunt is finding her greatest fame on the big screen in playing Americans. In Charlie Wilson’s War, The Jane Austen Book Club and the new film Sunshine Cleaning, Blunt leaves her Britishness at home and becomes as American as the best of us.

“If you’re in America a lot, it’s easy to get into playing American,” she says. “All of it, the sounds, the energies, all very different.

“But it’s really hard to do the accent. I tend to try and stay in it all day, which is the only way I can manage it. Tonally, the stresses you people put on different parts of words, it’s worlds apart from what I grew up with.” Read more…

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Young Victoria star Emily Blunt jumped at the chance to shake up the historical view of the famous English queen, who she insists in this on-set interview was frequently amused and passionate in love. Just don’t get the screen sensation started on the subject of Victoria’s corsets…

You seem to be sitting around a lot today…

“Yes, which is rather nice actually if you’re in a corset. It’s a big relief. I’m quite overheated, though, with all these layers.

“The big cloak is like carrying a bear on my shoulders, so that’s interesting.” Read more…

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When his son Colin signed up to make The Great Buck Howard, Tom Hanks – like any supportive parent – took an interest in his son’s new project. But after reading the script, and realising there was an opening to play the father of Colin’s character, the Hollywood actor’s involvement stepped up a level.

“I selfishly attached myself as the dad,” reveals Tom, who was busy launching the joint effort with his son and their British co-star Emily Blunt in New York this week. “I didn’t even ask Colin, I just said: ‘Hey listen, I’d like to play the dad’. He kind of rolled his eyes and said, ‘Well yeah, I can see why.’ And that was that.”
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Of all the love stories that have defined the British monarchy, none tugs the heartstrings quite like Victoria and Prince Albert.

The Young Victoria (PG) – partly filmed at Belvoir Castle – traces the romance from the initial sparks of attraction.

to marriage, revealing the private frustrations of the young queen as she attempts to walk a minefield of political intrigue and stringent social etiquette.

Everyone, it seems, wants to manipulate Victoria (Emily Blunt) for their own ends, all apart from Albert (Rupert Friend), who defies protocol to assist the princess in outwitting the schemers, telling her that she must stop being a pawn in other people’s games and take control. Read more…

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