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Richard Curtis talks about creating popular film weddings

Richard Curtis talks about creating popular film weddings

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- British filmmaker Richard Curtis says the down-side to being famous for your cinematic weddings is having to top yourself with each new big-screen romance.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Love Actually 2' updates fans on where the characters are today

'Love Actually 2' updates fans on where the characters are today

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A faux movie trailer called "Love Actually 2" shows what the original film's stars have been doing since the British Christmas comedy debuted a decade ago.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Nighy and Curtis reunite for a fourth outing with 'About Time'

Nighy and Curtis reunite for a fourth outing with 'About Time'

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- British actor Bill Nighy says he is always happy to hear from Richard Curtis, the writer-director who hired him for the films "Love Actually," "The Girl in the Cafe," "Pirate Radio" and the new release, "About Time."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Bridget Jones' screenwriter surprised by Mark Darcy's death

'Bridget Jones' screenwriter surprised by Mark Darcy's death

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- British filmmaker Richard Curtis insists he, too, was shocked to hear his longtime friend, author Helen Fielding, killed off the beloved Mark Darcy character in her "Bridget Jones" book series.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Lost Christmas 'Blackadder' script found

Lost Christmas 'Blackadder' script found

LONDON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- "Blackadder" writer Richard Curtis said he abandoned a partial script for a Christmas episode of the British comedy because it might have been too offensive.
Hilary Swank to star in British TV movie

Hilary Swank to star in British TV movie

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) -- Double Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank is to star in "Mary & Martha," a TV movie penned by Richard Curtis and directed by Phillip Noyce, the BBC announced.
Kazakhstan to air 'The Vicar of Dibley'

Kazakhstan to air 'The Vicar of Dibley'

LONDON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Kazakhstan broadcaster, the Khabar Agency, has bought the rights to air the award-winning, British sit-com "The Vicar of Dibley," the BBC said.
Rhys Ifans set for disc jockey role

Rhys Ifans set for disc jockey role

CARDIFF, Wales, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is teaming up with director Richard Curtis on a new movie about a British pirate radio station in the 1960s, a cast member says.
Grant in talks to star with Zhang in film

Grant in talks to star with Zhang in film

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- British actor Hugh Grant is in talks to co-star with Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang in the big-screen comedy "Lost for Words."
'Ladies Detective Agency' to be TV series

'Ladies Detective Agency' to be TV series

NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) -- HBO is teaming up with The Weinstein Co. and the BBC for a new TV series based on the Botswana-set "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" novels.
Filming on 'The Boat that Rocked' begins

Filming on 'The Boat that Rocked' begins

LONDON, March 4 (UPI) -- Principal photography on the new big-screen British comedy "The Boat that Rocked" is under way, representatives for the film said Tuesday.
Branagh, Ifans, Jones board Curtis' 'Boat'

Branagh, Ifans, Jones board Curtis' 'Boat'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans and January Jones have signed on to star in Richard Curtis' "The Boat That Rocked," a film set in 1970s England.

Wash. state lawmaker quits in sex scandal

SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Washington state Rep. Richard Curtis resigned from the Legislature Wednesday following police reports he had sex with at least two men he met at a porn shop.

New report calls the BBC biased

LONDON, June 18 (UPI) -- A report commissioned by London-based BBC shows the company's television channels fall short of complete coverage of most major political issues.

Geldof: Bush has done most for Africa

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- Live 8 organizer Bob Geldoff says President George W. Bush has done more for Africa than any other U.S. president.
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British writer Richard Curtis attends the "TV BAFTA" ceremony at The Palladium in London on May 20, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a BAFTA, Primetime Emmy winning and Oscar nominated English screenwriter, music producer, actor and film director, known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, The Boat That Rocked and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the founder of the British charity Comic Relief.

Curtis was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Glyness S. and Anthony J. Curtis, who was an executive at Unilever. Curtis and his family lived in several different countries during his childhood, including Sweden and the Philippines. Part of the family still lives in Sydney, Australia. Curtis has lived in England since he was 11. He began school at Papplewick School, Ascot (as did his younger brother; Jamie), before he won a scholarship to Harrow, where he was head of school. He achieved a first-class degree in English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, and it was at Oxford that he met, and began working with, Rowan Atkinson.

Curtis was the co-writer with Philip Pope of the Hee Bee Gee Bees' single "Meaningless Songs (In Very High Voices)" released in 1980 to parody the style of a series of Bee Gees disco hits. He then began to write comedy for film and TV. He was a regular writer on the TV series Not the Nine O'Clock News, where he wrote many of the show's songs with Howard Goodall and many sketches, often with Rowan Atkinson. First with Atkinson, and later with Ben Elton, Curtis then wrote the Blackadder series from 1983 to 1989, each season focusing upon a different era in British history. Atkinson played the lead throughout, but Curtis remains the only person to have been a writer for every episode of Blackadder. The pair continued their collaboration with the comedy series Mr. Bean. which ran from 1990-1995.

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