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Hans 2021 Movie Draft: Round Eleven-Pick Eight-Love Actually 2003

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Hanspostcard has a movie draft challenge. This is my Round Eleven pick.

Category: Romance/Holiday/Animation
Film: Love Actually

All I have to say is, this is a great movie. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. ~Vic

Written and directed by Richard Curtis (with six producers in tow), this is a Christmas romance romp with an all-star ensemble cast, mostly comprised of Brits. There are ten separate stories, that become interwoven in places…with one exception. This was Curtis’s Directorial Debut.

Filmed primarily in London, production was a collaboration between the US, the UK & France, with the first release on September 7, 2003, at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie opens with Prime Minister David talking about the state of the world.

[1] Rock and Roll legend Billy Mack records a Christmas version of the song Love Is All Around (by The Troggs). He thinks it’s crap but, he promotes it, anyway. He spends Christmas with his manager Joe and, you can see him on various TV sets throughout the movie.
[2] Best man Mark (a very young Andrew Lincoln sans Colt Python) is in love with Peter’s soon-to-be wife, Juliet, though they both believe that Mark dislikes her. He declares his love with cue cards on Christmas Eve.
[3] Jamie discovers his girlfriend is having an affair with his brother. He meets Aurélia but, she doesn’t speak any English. He learns Portuguese to communicate his love for her.
[4] Harry & Karen are happily married and raising their children. Mia is Harry’s new secretary. He is drawn to her and nearly destroys his marriage over her.
[5] Karen’s brother is David, the Prime Minister. He finds himself attracted to staffer Natalie and having to deal with the U.S. President.

Interconnections Wikipedia Image One
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[6] Daniel, Karen’s friend, is still mourning the loss of his wife, Joanna. His step-son Sam is interested in an American classmate, also named Joanna. Sam shows his affection for Joanna at the airport (before she returns to the US). Daniel crosses paths with Carol and is interested.
[7] Sarah works for Harry and is in love with Karl. Karl is interested but, Sarah’s mentally ill brother Michael is an issue.
[8] Colin tells his friend Tony that he is traveling to America to try to woo some women there. He meets Stacey, Jeannie and Carol-Anne in Milwaukee and they invite him to stay with them. Roommate Harriet shows up, later.
[9] John (a young Martin FreemanArthur Dent/Bilbo Baggins) and Judy meet as nude stand-ins for a film that Tony is a production assistant for. Comfortable with each other simulating sex, they are shy with clothes on, later.
[10] Rufus is a jewelry salesman, wrapping Harry’s gift for Mia and, he assists Sam at the airport in getting to Joanna before her flight. He was, originally, to be a Christmas angel but, a script re-write removed that part of the story.

Bill Nighy & Ladies Image Three
The video for Billy Mack’s [Christmas single] is a reference to
a series of […] videos by Robert Palmer.
Image Credit: IMDb

Trivia Bits:
♦ Knowing about Billy Bob Thornton’s quite unusual fear of antique furniture, Hugh Grant would sometimes flash a piece of antique [furniture] (which is abundant in England) in front of Thornton just before the cameras rolled and watch him freak out in amusement (an issue that is part of the dialogue in Sling Blade).
Simon Pegg was considered for the role of Rufus.
♦ For the role of her lovelorn character Karen, Emma Thompson has said that she drew on the immense heartbreak she experienced over former husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena Bonham Carter with whom he had co-starred, and directed, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994). This extramarital affair ultimately led to their divorce in 1995.
♦ The airport greeting footage at the beginning and end of this movie is real. Writer/director Curtis had a team of cameramen film at Heathrow airport for a week and, whenever they saw something that would fit in, they asked the people involved for permission to use the footage.
♦ For her one-minute cameo, Claudia Schiffer received a reported £200,000 (roughly $300,000 U.S.).

Additional Reading:
Epilogue
Full Cast List
How We Made Love Actually (The Guardian/12-16-2013)

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Providing some wonderful Christmas music, a bit of humor and a flashback. I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas. ~Vic

Mary, Did You Know?

Christmas Must Be Tonight

Light of the Stable

Blue Christmas

House Lights From 2005

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This is my last countdown post. I’ve saved my favorite gingerbread house for last. I’ve been inside this place and you can feel its history. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures when I was there. Before the world went insane, Ayr Mount would host Scottish Festivals. ~Vic

If you’d like to vote:
Homes for the Holidays 2020

Ayr Mount Gingerbread House Image One
Adult Category
12-09-2020
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Window Insert Image Two
Window Insert
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Ayr Mount From 1965 Image Three
Photo Credit: memory.loc.gov
February 1965
Wikipedia & Wikimedia

Additional Information:
Ayr Mount (Classical American Homes Preservation Trust)
Ayr Mount Celebrates 200th Birthday (The News of Orange)
Cèilidh Scottish Festival (Visit Hillsborough NC)


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Some more sweet decorations. ~Vic

Scarf and Hat Tree Image One
Hat & Scarf Tree
This tree is in front of our Fire Department.
12-09-2020
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You Are Loved Image Two
Most have notes attached.
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Glass Polar Bear Image Three
Cute glass polar bear.
Hot Tin Roof Bar
12-13-2020
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Therapy Sign Image Four
We all need some therapy for this year.
Also at the Hot Tin Roof Bar.
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Bush Ornaments Image Five
Stone house two blocks away.
The ornaments are lit at night.
12-18-2020
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Greenery Decorations Image Six
Same stone house.
More natural decorations.
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Welcome to the Winter Solstice. ~Vic

From Why Christmas:

The evergreen Fir Tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (Pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

Town Christmas Tree Image One
Town Christmas Tree
12-05-2020
Town Christmas Tree Image Two
All Lit Up
12-09-2020
Reinvintaged Tree Image Three
Re-Invintaged
12-09-2020
Jupiter Saturn Conjunction Image Four
The Great 2020 Conjunction
Christmas Star
Image Credit: staffblogs.le.ac.uk

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Another Gingerbread House submission. I walk past this house every day. It’s nice to see these historical homes being restored. We had another house jacked up on on stilts 18 months ago while the foundation was repaired. ~Vic

If you’d like to vote:
Homes for the Holidays 2020

House On Sticks Gingerbread House Image One
Adult Category
12-09-2020
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Girl Holds Up House Image Two
Girl holds up the house.
Trick the Eye
12-09-2020
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House On Sticks Image Three
Window Insert
12-09-2020
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House Before Sticks Image Four
Prior to construction.
Folk Victorian Home
07-14-2020
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Work Progresses Image Five
Initial work begins.
07-21-2020
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Up On The Stilts Image Six
Just starting the frame
for the concrete basement/garage.
12-08-2020
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Here’s to the Charlie Brown way of decorating. ~Vic

Charlie Brown Tree Image One
Just a few ornaments.
12-05-2020
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Charlie Brown Tree Image Two
Or, no ornaments at all.
“It’s all fun and games until
Santa checks the naughty list.”

12-13-2020
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Natural Ornament Image Three
Natural ornaments are lovely.
12-13-2020
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Hot Tin Roof Winter Wonderland Image Four
And, if you don’t have snow,
make your own.
Winter Wonderland. Have a beer.
Hot Tin Roof Bar
12-13-2020
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