Love Actually script writer shuts down this popular fan theory

Love Actually script writer shuts down this popular fan theory


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is upon us, and as we count down the days to 25th December you’ll probably find yourself screeching Mariah Carey at the office Christmas party, opening the doors of your beauty advent calendars, or falling asleep on the sofa with a mince pie stuck to your face.

But the best part has got to be huddling around the telly and watching all of the Harry Potter movies (because a snowy Hogsmeade is the one), the EastEnders Christmas special (even if you don’t watch it for the other 364 days of the year, it’s TV gold) and – of course – Love Actually.

The film is a festive classic – whether you think Andrew Lincoln’s cue cards are cute or creepy. So considering that you’ve probably already seen it approximately 249 times already, you’ll have heard some of the best fan theories. Like the one about Prime Minister David (Hugh Grant) and Natalie (Martine Mccutcheon).

In case you haven’t, it goes like this.

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When David catches the US President making a move on Natalie, he asks his chief of staff, Annie, to have her ‘redistributed’. Natalie then sends David a Christmas card telling him that she is ‘his’, and luckily it’s selected as part of a ‘random sample’ of well wishes from the public and given to David to read.

However, some have speculated that Annie put Natalie’s card in the pile on purpose.

When asked whether Annie knew there was something going on between David and Natalie, script writer Emma Freud said: ‘Wow, I love that!

‘I’ve never heard that or even thought of it. I was the one who wrote the post-it saying, ‘A random sample’, so I always thought it was me who chose that Christmas card.’

Apparently, it was ‘certainly not in Richard Curtis’s mind’ that David and Natalie could have been set up by Annie.

However, the fact that Natalie’s card did land on David’s desk is a HUGE coincidence. So we’re sticking to the theory.

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Emma Watson just shared a cute behind the scenes photo we’ve never seen before

Emma Watson just shared a cute behind the scenes photo we’ve never seen before

I could never love anyone as I love my sisters. (And Timothee Chalamet.)

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Ever since Harry Potter wrapped up, Emma Watson’s taken a leaf out of Hermione’s book and continued to excel after leaving Hogwarts behind. With projects like Perks of Being a Wallflower and Beauty and the Beast under her belt, she’s now working on an adaptation of Little Women which sounds absolutely massive. It was a pipe dream that we’d ever see her onscreen with Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet, let alone being directed by Ladybird’s Greta Gerwig, but here we are. The film is currently underway and Emma Watson shared a sneaky snap from behind the scenes, which sent the internet into a tailspin.

Dressed in an adorable AF pair of suspenders and a black hat, she and five other members from the cast crowded into a polaroid for a sweet picture. Emma stayed true to her character and captioned it with a quote from Little Women, writing, ‘I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.’

Below that, she name-dropped all the characters everybody played in the books including Meg March (herself), Jo March (Saoirse Ronan, looking very bad ass with a pipe), Amy March (Florence Pugh), Beth March (Eliza Scanlen) and finally Laurie – or Theodore Laurence – played by Timothee Chalamet. Tucked between them was one of our favourite female directors, Greta Gerwig: a.k.a. the wonder woman behind Wonder Woman earlier this year.

TBH there’s no friendship group that could ever come close to touching Harry Potter’s scooby gang, but this crew of excellence certainly gives Ron, Hermione and Harry a run for their money. According to Paste Magazine, this is the first official cast photo. If it’s anything to go by, we’re excited for the film to come out already.

Emma Watson’s involvement with the film has been a topsy turvy one. Initially, Emma Stone was slated to play Meg March but was “unable to join the project because of promotional obligations” for her film The Favourite according to Variety. Funnily enough, Emma Watson ended up taking on her role; an ironic twist of events given that Emma Stone had actually ended up taking her spot in La La Land when she was tied up with Beauty and the Beast. We don’t doubt both women would have killed the roles, but we also low-key just want them to star in a film alongside one another after all this.

Little Women will be released next Christmas 2019, which is something that’ll keep us going after we bust open our presents this year. We honestly can’t wait.

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The cottage from The Holiday is up for sale and it’s a dream

The cottage from The Holiday is up for sale and it’s a dream

Where do we sign?

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Since The Holiday arrived on Netflix last week we’ve watched it approximately 18 times. Don’t judge us.

We just can’t help it – how can you not love Jude Law and his adorable offspring? Who can watch it without tearing up at Kate Winslet getting pied off by Jasper Bloom? And who can resist ‘awwing’ when Amanda runs back to a weeping Graham?

It’s the perfect Christmas and rom-com combination, and fierce competition for Love Actually.

So if you love the film and it has you wishing you lived in a quaint little cottage covered in snow, your dreams could be about to come true.

The house that inspired Iris’ home – Rosehill Cottage – is up for sale, and it’s up to you if you want to put in an offer. Honeysuckle Cottage in the village of Holmbury St Mary, near Dorking, was the house that producer Nancy Meyers had in mind when creating the set for The Holiday.

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The exterior of the movie house was purpose built and all inside scenes were filmed on a set, but if you look at the two properties you can see how Myers used Honeysuckle Cottage as inspiration for Rosehill Cottage.

However, the interior looks completely different – but is just as charming, with exposed beams and a fireplace perfect for those chilly winter nights.

And let’s not ignore the beautiful kitchen.

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It’s currently open to offers on Rightmove.

The sale description reads: ‘A stunning extended period cottage with ironstone galleting and brick quoins under a tiled roof complemented by leaded light windows.

‘The property retains many character features including an inglenook fireplace with Jotul log burner and exposed timbers.

‘Features of particular note include the bespoke craftsmen-built hand-painted kitchen with oil fired AGA, underfloor heating to the ground floor and an extensive use of oak joinery throughout.

‘The property enjoys delightful landscaped gardens which incorporates an extensive area of flagstone laid terrace with lovely views.’

If you want to get your hands on the three-bedroom home it’ll set you back £650,000 – but can you put a price on living in a famous movie (kind of) house?

Fingers crossed there’s a real-life Graham nearby.

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The latest Game of Thrones trailer will give you chills

The latest Game of Thrones trailer will give you chills


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If you’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit, you’ll have cracked open your beauty advent calendar, the Prosecco Christmas crackers will be in the fridge, and you’ll have got your £5 tree from Ikea.

You’re ready to celebrate, and there’s a tray of Ferrero Rocher just crying to be opened.

And while we don’t want to wish the time away, we’re also excited about the festive period for another reason – once it’s over, it means we’re one step closer to the final season of Game of Thrones.

Hurrah! We’ll finally see what goes down when Dany and Jon Snow realise that their saucy midnight cabin meets are actually incestuous. We’ll find out why Tyrion was looking all shady in the shadows during the last episode. And we’ll also find out whether faceless man trainee and all-round badass Arya will finally meet her match and join those who have fallen before her.

So much drama! So many questions! So many spoilers to read up on before season 8 airs in April!

And as (very) eager fans, we are delighted to see that another trailer has been released – and it looks epic.

The 54 second teaser sees that old board of Westeros along with the famous chess pieces – the Stark Direwolf, the Targaryen dragon and the Lannister lion. Each is slowly engulfed in plumes of icy chill, before a sudden rush of fire draws in from the opposite end of the board and the two meet in the middle.

We’re not too surprised that we don’t get any actual footage of the upcoming season, because the Game of Thrones lot are known for keeping as much under wraps as they possibly can.

However, it has whet our appetite and made us ridiculously excited for April 2019.

Will you be tuning in to see how it all ties up?

We’re on the edge of our (icy and fiery) seats.

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Emma Thompson talked about that Love Actually scene and we’re crying all over again

Emma Thompson talked about that Love Actually scene and we’re crying all over again

‘I knew what it was like to find the necklace that wasn’t meant for me.’

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Now’s the time of year where it’s acceptable to cosy up on your couch with a mug of hot chocolate and put on a Christmas film, which naturally means that it’s prime time for a Love Actually reviewing. Given that the film’s just been added to Netflix as well, there’s practically no excuse not to add it to your list – especially since Emma Thompson’s recent comments have had us crying all over the film again. She’s been quite open in the past about how she drew on her own experience of infidelity for one of the film’s most heart-wrenching scenes and well, she’s gone into a little more detail.

If you can cast your mind back to your last viewing of the 2003 romance, you might remember that Emma Thompson played Karen: the warmest soul and a woman who sadly finds out her husband Harry (Alan Rickman) is cheating on her. After she finds a necklace she assumes is her Christmas present, when she unwraps her gift and finds something totally different she puts two and two together: he’s cheating on her. And then what ensues is one of the singular most devastating moments in cinematic history: Emma Thompson withdraws to her bedroom and sobs her heart out before pasting a smile back on her face to face the rest of her family.

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It’s a scene that never fails to make us tear up and she knows it, as she said at a recent fundraising event via The Evening Standard, ‘That scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it’s something everyone’s been through. So I knew what it was like to find the necklace that wasn’t meant for me. Well it wasn’t exactly that, but we’ve all been through it.’’

And well, it’s not just her character Karen who’s been through it. In fact, Thompson revealed in the past to The Sunday Times that she had drawn from her tumultuous ex-marriage to director Kenneth Branagh, who was rumoured to have been involved in an affair with actress Helena Bonham Carter. The pair were married for six years before eventually divorcing in 1995 and British Vogue claims that Branagh ‘had an affair with Helena Bonham Carter, who he met on the set of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994’.

In 2013, Thompson told The Sunday Times via The Telegraph, ‘I’ve had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom, then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer.’

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She also went on to explain that in spite of everything, she believed that Helena Bonham Carter was ‘a wonderful woman’. She said, ‘That is – as [director] Mike Nicholls once said, and I’ve picked it up because I think it’s such a wonderful phrase – all blood under the bridge. You can’t hold on to anything like that…It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it. Helena and I made our piece years and years go.’

She also added that they were quite similar, saying, ‘Perhaps that’s why Ken loved us both. She’s a wonderful woman, Helena.’

TBH, Emma Thompson also seems to have moved onto bigger and better things since then. Emma Thompson would then go onto marry actor Greg Wise in 2003, who she’s still together with today. We love a happy ending.

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The Holiday is coming to Netflix today, and finally

The Holiday is coming to Netflix today, and finally


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There are so many Christmas films on Netflix at the moment that we’re considering pulling a few sick days just so we can watch them all. While the nation slogs through a month of too much Prosecco (ahem, not helping with this six litre bottle of the fizzy stuff, Aldi), a ridiculous amount of mince pies and an obscene number of Ferrero Rocher trays, we’re also excited about all the festive films we can look forward to.

We usually watch Love Actually approximately 236 times (even though it has been slightly marred by the fact that Keira Knightley can’t remember who her character ends up with), and this year we’re obsessed with The Princess Switch. Before you slate it, read this excellent analysis of Vanessa Hudgens’ latest movie and prepare to have your mind blown.

So in news that will delight every Christmas romcom fan out there, Netflix will be adding The Holiday to its festive collection from today.

That’s right, all of the cuteness between Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet and Jack Black.

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Our hearts.

It’s one of our absolute faves, and we’re so excited that it’s finally on Netflix.

Grab a blanket, snuggle up with a mulled wine and start the countdown to Christmas with one of the best festive films of all time.

Sounds like we might ‘have a cold’ on Monday…

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Why people are complaining about ‘plug boy’ from the Sainsbury’s ad

Why people are complaining about ‘plug boy’ from the Sainsbury’s ad

He’s the breakout star

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The countdown to Christmas is in full swing. We’ve opened our beauty advent calendars, the Prosecco Christmas crackers are chilling in the fridge and we’re (slyly) leaving gift guides open on our OH’s phone, because we’re into everything on the best fitness gifts list and the gifts for her roundup.

And that’s not all. While we’ve decked the halls and decorated the tree, we’ve also been tearing up at all the new Christmas adverts. The John Lewis Christmas advert makes us want to learn how to play the piano (and listen to Your Song on repeat), and the Waitrose Christmas advert brilliantly mocks everybody who eagerly awaits the John Lewis offering.

But if there’s one stand-out commercial this year, it’s the Sainsbury’s ad. Not only do we LOVE the fact that the parents are watching their kids perform the show for the first time for real, the literal star makes us well up because her rendition of You Get What You Give is just amazing.

There’s also one other little actor who has grabbed the nation’s attention – and that’s ‘plug boy’. You know, the kid who is dressed as a plug, does a run-up and lands perfectly in the giant socket.

However, not everyone is taken with the iconic moment. The Advertising Standards Authority has reportedly received 35 complaints which claim it’s a health and safety issue because children watching may attempt to copy ‘plug boy’ or play with sockets.

Though the ASA is reviewing whether or not these 35 people have a case, many more have taken to social media to express their outrage that this is even a thing.

‘If someone has an issue with #PlugBoy and the Sainsbury’s advert then I think they generally just have an issue with life,’ one fan of the advert tweeted.

Another added: ‘What has the world come to!! The little lads a legend!! GET A LIFE PEOPLE #PlugBoy.’

A third said: ‘People complaining about the Sainsbury’s plugboy, what next, you going to complain about the kid dressed as a turkey in case they jump in the oven and cook themselves for 2 hours??!!’

At the time of writing, Sainsbury’s has not commented on the complains.

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John Krasinski cried watching Emily Blunt play Mary Poppins for a very sweet reason

John Krasinski cried watching Emily Blunt play Mary Poppins for a very sweet reason

This is lovely.

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Ever since it was announced that a Mary Poppins sequel was in the works, we have been counting down the days till its official release – and finally we have just days to wait.

Luckily, we already know that Emily Blunt is going to be the Mary Poppins of our dreams. How? Because of her husband John Krasinski’s reaction of course.

Spoiler alert – he cried uncontrollably, with Emily Blunt even joking that ‘he’s still crying now’.

‘It’s honestly one of the most beautiful films,’ John enthused on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, going on to recall his emotional reaction.

‘The first time I saw [the film], they give you a tissue box in the screening room, and I thought, “Oh, that’s very nice. I don’t have a cold,”’ he explained. ‘And they started screening the movie and 25 minutes into the movie, I stood up and went to the back of the room.’

A confused Emily reportedly asked if he didn’t like the film, to which John recalled, ‘I was like, “I need anything to stop this crying!” I was crying so much I blew through the tissue box in 20 minutes, had to go to the napkins, and then when I ran out of napkins it was all sweater.’

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‘I love that, when guys cry. I think it’s a beautiful thing, [when they’re] not so tough, yeah!’ Emily explained. ‘Ben Whishaw’s first song is so gorgeous when he’s talking about the loss of his wife. I think he sort of cried from then onwards, you know.’

She continued: ‘He’s still crying now. He kept saying, “What’s happening to me?” when he was watching it.’

As if we needed another reason for Emily Blunt and John Krasinski to be couple goals.

Mary Poppins Returns comes to cinemas on 19th December.

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These Mary Poppins bags are going down in the most delightful way

These Mary Poppins bags are going down in the most delightful way

Julie Andrews, eat your heart out.

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Ever since it was announced Disney was going to be rebooting Mary Poppins, we’ve been trying to master our supercalifragilisticexpialidociouses and keeping an eye on the sky for a woman floating down with an umbrella. As one of our favourite Disney flicks from our childhood, we’ve been feeling awfully nostalgic recently and QVC really aren’t helping matters. The retailer just announced they’re going to be dropping a super cute Mary Poppins limited fashion collection full of penguins, kites and your favourite mysterious nanny that we’re low-key obsessed with.

The line is designed by Danielle Nicole, a brand you may remember from their super cute Harry Potter bags, and it’s a four piece accessories collection. It’s full of whimsy with a sparkly kite bag ideal for flying away on and a Mary Poppins book clutch. It might not hold as much as Mary’s iconic carpet bag, but nothing ever would TBH.

Mary Poppins Book Clutch

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Mary Poppins Let’s Fly a Kite Cross Body Bag

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Mary Poppins would be beside herself if she knew you were being irresponsible with your dosh, so luckily the line includes a Zip Around Wallet with the woman herself on the front.

If one of your favourite dance routines of all time happens to be Dick Van Dyke tapping circles around Julie Andrews, you’re in good company.

Danielle Nicole also transformed one of his adorable penguin sidekicks into a cross body bag. All you’ll need is a pinstripe jacket and boater hat and you’re good to go.

Mary Poppins Penguin Cross Body Bag

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Mary Poppins Zip Around Wallet

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The line starts at £35 and it’s a great shout if you’re looking to buy a Christmas gift for the alternative Disney stan. (Some people are just so hard to buy for.)

Luckily, the line is dropping on December 1 over at – just in time for the release of Mary Poppins Returns on December 21. We’ve already got our tickets and now that we’ve seen these bags, we’re seriously considering dressing up.

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Netflix is remaking these Roald Dahl stories and we’re SO excited

Netflix is remaking these Roald Dahl stories and we’re SO excited


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We’re in for some absolute treats when it comes to the soon-to-be-released movie remakes. Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Dumbo – Disney is going hard on the re-imaginings of some of our favourite childhood movies.

But they’re not the only ones.

Netflix has announced that we’ll be getting some of the Roald Dahl classics in animated form, including the likes of Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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For anyone who loves the live-action versions of these movies, you’ll no doubt want to tune in to see what Netflix does with these adaptations. Will Miss Trunchbull still be the most terrifying headteacher we’ve ever known? Can the animated Willy Wonka ever live up to Gene Wilder’s portrayal? And will The BFG still make us cry?

We’ll have to wait until next year to find out.

Netflix is calling it a ‘new slate of original animated event series’ which many are taking to mean that each story will be told in a single episode – but some fans of the idea are hoping that they’ll stretch each one out for a whole series.

Other titles included in the list are The TwitsCharlie and the Great Glass ElevatorGeorge’s Marvellous MedicineBoy: Tales of Childhood.

Roald Dahl’s widow Felicity released a statement, saying: ‘Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories.

‘This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.’

There are some obvious choices missing from the list – ahem, James and the Giant Peach – but overall it looks like a pretty epic line-up.

We’re SO excited.

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