Saturday, 1 January 2011

Research for Romantic Comedys.

Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis is a New Zealand-born British screenwriter, music producer, actor and film director. He is primarily known for his romantic comedy films, such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s diary and Love Actually to name a few. He is also well known for his hit sitcoms, Mr Bean, Blackadder and the Vicar of Dibley. Richard Curtis is also the founder of the British charity Comic Relief. He is also the founder of the Make Poverty History campaign which exists in a number of countries.

Curtis wrote the Blackadder series from 1983 to 1989, each season focusing upon a different era in British history. The well known actor Rowan Atkinson played the lead throughout, as he had done sketches with Atkinson for their TV series Not the Nine O’clock News in the past, where Curtis had been a regular writer and music producer.

Curtis achieved his breakthrough success with the romantic comedy
Four Weddings and a Funeral. The 1994 film, starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, was produced on a limited budget by the British production company Working Title Films. Four Weddings and a Funeral proved to be the biggest grossing British film in history at that time.

Curtis' next film for Working Title was not an original script. Instead, he was heavily involved with the adaptation of
Bridget Jones's Diary from novel to film. Two years later Curtis re-teamed with Working Title to write and direct Love Actually.

John Hughes (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film producer, director and writer. Who had scripted some of the most successful films of the 1980s and 1990s. Some of these films include Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, 101 Dalmatians, Home alone, and its sequels, Home Alone 2 and Home Alone 3.
Hughes first directorial effort, Sixteen Candles, won almost unanimous praise when it was released in 1984. It was also the first in a string of efforts set in or around high school, including the films he produced which include The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
To avoid being pigeonholed as a maker of teen comedies, Hughes branched out in 1987, directing Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy.
Hughes's greatest commercial success came with Home Alone, a film he wrote and produced. Home Alone was the top grossing film of 1990, and remains the most successful live-action comedy of all time. His last film as a director was 1991's Curly Sue. In 1994, Hughes retired from the public eye and moved back to the Chicago area

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