Music and Lyrics

DESCRIPTION:

Former music superstar Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) used to pack them in back in the 1980s, but now he is reduced to playing nostalgia tours and county fairs. Alex scores a chance at a major comeback when reigning pop diva Cora Corman asks him to write a song for her, but Alex hasn't written anything in years and cannot compose lyrics anyway. Noticing that Sophie (Drew Barrymore), the plant lady, has a way with words, Alex proposes that he and Sophie make beautiful music together.

PG-13 - 1 hour 36 mins

REVIEW:

By Lisa Schwarzbaum

Hugh Grant indulges in charm-coated self-loathing as a washed-up '80s pop star who finds his sunny counterpart in Drew Barrymore as a gifted wordsmith. The two make bland, light music together. B-

CAST:

Drew Barrymore

Date of Birth 22 February 1975, Culver City, California, USA

With a natural flair for comedy and a warm, engaging demeanor, Drew Barrymore has come a long way since her big-screen breakout in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Despite a troubled and much-publicized adolescence during which she appeared in only a handful of films, Barrymore's star was officially on the rise during the 1990s with notable appearances in Poison Ivy (1992), _Bad Girls (1994/I)_ , Batman Forever (1995), Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and horror megahit Scream (1996/I).

Higher-profile turns in The Wedding Singer (1998), Ever After (1998), Never Been Kissed (1999), Charlie's Angels (2000), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) and Donnie Darko (2001) followed, proving to once-cynical audiences that Barrymore was not only a capable leading lady, but also a gifted and versatile actor.

Recent big-screen ventures have included the comedies Duplex (2003), 50 First Dates (2004), Fever Pitch (2005) and Music and Lyrics (2007). Next up is a headlining role in Curtis Hanson's poker drama Lucky You (2007), opposite Eric Bana.

  • She was the Guest Host for "Saturday Night Live" (1975) when viewers voted that Andy Kaufman would never be allowed to return to the show.
  • Never finished high school.
  • Originally offered the lead role in Scream (1996/I) but chose to play Casey Becker because she thought it would be more fun.
  • Was engaged to Jamie Walters for a brief period of time.
  • Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]
  • Granddaughter of actor John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, on her father's side.
  • Great-granddaughter of silent film actor Maurice Costello and Mae Costello.
  • She is half Hungarian from her mother's side.
  • Steven Spielberg is her godfather.
  • Daughter of John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore.
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36. [1984]
  • Steven Spielberg gave her a quilt for her birthday with a note "Cover yourself up". Enclosed was a copy of the January 1995 issue of Playboy Magazine for which she posed nude, with the pictures altered by Spielberg's art department so that she appeared fully clothed.
  • Her favorite poet is e.e. cummings.
  • She has 6 tattoos: a cross on her right ankle; a blue moon on her right big toe; a butterfly below her naval; a daisy on her inner left hip; on the middle of her back she has a cross held by an angel with a bar blocking out the name "Jaimie" (ex-boyfriend) and on her lower right back she has an angel with a cross bearing the name of her mother "Jaid" (Jaid Barrymore).
  • Won the 1999 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award for favorite movie actress.
  • Anna Strasberg is her godmother.
  • As a child, she auditioned for the role of Carol Ann in Poltergeist (1982).
  • She was formerly a vegan: "I don't eat a ton of meat, and I don't wear a ton of leather, but I just don't put strict limitations on myself anymore".
  • She was, at seven years old, the youngest person ever to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
  • Was offered the leading part of Nomi Malone in Showgirls (1995).
  • Her $3-million Beverly Hills mansion caught fire while she and fiance Tom Green were inside sleeping. The couple made it safely out, but the house was ruined. [February 2001]
  • Born at 11:51 AM.
  • During an appearance on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996), she said that she never watches any of the movies she stars in.
  • She and Tom Green married in a private ceremony in Malibu. [July 2001]
  • Published an autobiographic book titled "Little Girl Lost" (co-written by herself and contributor Todd Gold) in 1990. At the time of completing the book she was 14.
  • Married Tom Green twice, 1st eloping to the South Pacific in March, then in July 7 before family and friends in a ceremony in Malibu, California.
  • She and Tom Green honeymooned in Ireland.
  • Great-niece of famed actors, Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore.
  • Ranked #61 in Premiere's 2002 annual Power 100 List.
  • Measurements: 34C-24-34. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
  • In honour of Bill Clinton turning 50, John Kennedy Jr. had Drew pose as Marilyn Monroe on the cover of his magazine, "George", with the heading, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President", which Marilyn Monroe sang to his father at the now-infamous 19 May 1962 Birthday Salute to President John F. Kennedy. (September 1996).
  • 3 February 2004: Got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining her famous relatives Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore as recipients of that honour.
  • Currently engaged to Fabrizio Moretti, drummer in the band The Strokes. [2004]
  • Godmother of the late Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean.
  • Referenced by name in the Invertigo song "Typical".
  • One of her hobbies is photography.
  • Owns her own production company, "Flower Films".
  • Favorite band is The Beatles.
  • She is allergic to garlic, bee stings, perfume and coffee.
  • Lived with David Crosby and his wife for over a year.
  • Half-sister of John Blyth Barrymore.
  • Became a Boston Red Sox fan during the filming of the movie Fever Pitch (2005).
  • Her first of two impulsive marriages was to Welsh-born Jeremy Thomas, who was a Los Angeles barkeep. They had known each other only six weeks before they married, which was decided within hours one night. The impromptu setting was at Jeremy Thomas' bar, "The Room", on Cahuenga Boulevard, shortly after 5:00 a.m, on March 20, 1994. Supposedly both were sober. The minister was a clairvoyant from a psychic hot line who arrived within a half an hour after being paged.
  • She was delivered by Dr. Paul Fleiss, father of Heidi Fleiss.
  • Good friends with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu since Charlie's Angels (2000).
  • Favorite bands include Daft Punk, Lauryn Hill, Coldplay and Beck.
  • Drives a Porsche Carerra.
  • Currently (2005) lives part time in Hollywood Hills, and part time in Mahattan, New York.
  • When she found out that a 23-year-old girl wanted to be on MTV's "I Want a Famous Face" (2004) and have cosmetic surgery to look like her, she contacted the girl and successfully convinced her to not have the surgery.
  • Ranked #5 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars".
  • Personal assistant is Kelly Kall.
  • Is the spokesperson of Lancome.
  • Niece of actress Diana Barrymore.
  • Was ranked #3 in E's 50 cutest child stars all grown-up. (2005).
  • Model for Missoni. (2006)
  • Her godfather Steven Spielberg is also the godfather of Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • Her godmother is Sophia Loren.
    • Personal Quotes
  • I know certain actors are totally screwed up on drugs, yet it gets covered up. Why wasn't I excused for 'exhaustion' or 'the flu'?
  • There's something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.
  • If I ever start talking to you about my 'craft', my 'instrument', you have permission to shoot me.
  • I believe in fate. I believe that everything happens for a reason, but I think it's important to seek out that reason - that's how you learn.
  • I believe you can be the person that you dream of being.
  • [On her favorite movies to make]: I try to make movies that I would want to go see rather than ones I would just want to do as an actor. I want people to have movies full of romance and hope and empowerment, something they can escape into and feel good about. I love happy endings.
  • [On her morning routine]: Every morning I stay in bed for ten minutes to ponder my place in the universe. Then I wash my face and check my karma.
  • Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.
  • I love levity. As crazy as I am, I just love to laugh!
  • I'm getting older so those dark circles are really starting to show. Now, I'm starting to look like Night of the Living Dead.
  • When I lay my head on the pillow at night, I can say "I was a decent person today". That's when I feel beautiful.
  • There's nothing like the power of a smile.
  • [As quoted in Woman's World (5-24-05 issue]: I'd rather be a few pounds heavier and enjoy life than be worried all the time.
  • I don't want to sit around and hope good things happen. I want to make them happen.
  • [Quoted in Woman's Day, 11-1-05]: My whole life, I've wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. It's the most liberating thing in the world.
  • My parents are not bad people. It was just a case of them not wanting a child.
  • You have to fight unhappiness like a dragon with fire and breathe.
  • "As much light as I have inside me, there's just as much darkness, I'm afraid. There's a polarity, and I still have demons to work out."
  • "I love women who have fought to the change the world and made a difference. I want to be one of them myself".
  • "I did karaoke once-a Pat Benatar song-and my friends looked at me with disgust." (In Style/Sept/2006)
  • Brad Garrett

    Date of Birth 14 April 1960, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Standing 6 feet 8-1/2 inches tall, Garrett grew up in Woodland Hills outside of Los Angeles. His father was a hearing aid specialist working in geriatrics and his mother a housewife. Garrett spent a whopping six weeks at UCLA before going into stand-up comedy full time. He began performing his act at various Los Angeles comedy clubs, getting his start at the Ice House in Pasadena and the Improv in Hollywood. In 1984, he became the first $100,000 grand champion winner in the comedy category of "Star Search" (1983)_ . This led to his first appearance, at age 23, on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962)_ , making him one of the youngest comedians ever to perform on the show. In 1986, Garrett told a joke the talent booker warned him against and he hasn't been on the show since. Following his 'Tonight Show' appearance, Garrett's career took off, garnering him headlining gigs at several national venues as well as opening spots for legends including 'Diana Ross' and Liza Minnelli. He has headlined at Bally's Park Place and co-headlined with The Temptations at Trump Plaza. He has also worked at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Frank Sinatra, Caesar's Palace with David Copperfield, and Smokey Robinson, Harrah's with 'Sammy Davis Jr' and the The Beach Boys, and Radio City Music Hall with Julio Iglesias. In 1989, the Las Vegas Review Journal named him the Best Comedian working on the strip. Changing gears, he made his way into the world of television. He struck gold with 'Everybody Loves Raymond'. Apart from his supporting role in sitcoms he has also done voice overs and appeared in a few films. In 1998, Garrett made a real-life proposal to his then real-life girlfriend, Jill Diven on the set of "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996)_ . Garrett currently resides in Hollywood, California with his two Labradors, Gus and Mabel.

  • Attended Hale Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California.
  • Graduated from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California in 1978.
  • Was once suspended from Jr. High for several days for Launching a Paper Clip from a rubber band in to the chest of another student named Richard O.
  • In 1977 and 1978 Brad was the DJ over the Senior Lawn at ECR.
  • In the early 1980s Brad was a waiter at TGI Fridays in Woodland Hills, Ca.
  • Got his start when he won first prize on "Star Search" (1983)_ .
  • Fiancee of Jill Diven. [1998]
  • Son Maxwell Bradley Garrett born to fiancée Jill Diven. [14 October 1998]
  • January 2000 - Daughter, Hope, born.
  • He's heavily valued as an actor for his towering physical stature, as well as a voice-over actor for his loud, thundering and threatening voice.
  • Has sometimes struggled for acting work due to his large size. In order to play the title role in the TV movie Gleason (2002) (TV) (the real Jackie Gleason being only about 6 feet tall), the other actors were often either also tall or wearing huge lifts.
  • Studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
  • He guest-starred in episode "Road Rayge" (episode # 1.9) of "The King of Queens" (1998) as Robert Barone, his character from "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996).
  • Declined to do a spin-off with his character Robert Barone from "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996).
  • Made his first television appearance on "The Comedy Shop" (1978).
    • Where Are They Now
  • (October 2005) Playing "Murray the Cop" in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" on Broadway.
  • (September 2006) Playing a high school History teacher, married for 20 years to wife played by Jolie Fisher in sit-com "'Til Death." (Brad is also the show's Producer.)
  • Hugh Grant

    Date of Birth 9 September 1960, London, England, UK

    Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces who has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy, is best known for his roles in Notting Hill (1999), opposite Julia Roberts, and in Music and Lyrics (2007), opposite Drew Barrymore, among his other works.

    He was born Hugh John Mungo Grant on September 9, 1960, in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom. His father, James Grant, was an artist and a carpet salesman. His late mother, Finvola Grant, was a teacher of Scottish ancestry. His grandfather was in the British military service during WWII. Young Grant was fond of literature and acting. He won a scholarship to Oxford, going up to New College in 1979. There he was involved in student drama, and considered a career as an art historian. After Oxford, he turned down a scholarship to do postgraduate studies in Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London, and focused on his acting career. In 1982, while still a student, Grant made his big screen debut in Privileged (1982) by director Michael Hoffman.

    Grant's breakthrough came with the leading role as Charles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), opposite Andy MacDowell, a role which won him a Golden Globe Award, as well as a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor. During the 1990s Grant established himself as a very original and resourceful actor. He played a string of characters projecting a positive mindset, showing how do you stay optimistic when you are actually worried about a cascade of troubles. Grant had his own experience as a survivor of an unfortunate episode in his private life, which he managed to overcome thanks to having a pretty damn good outlook on life.

    His forte is playing characters projecting warmth and sincere happiness, with his hallmark stuttering, albeit some accused him of reprising the same character he has been playing for the past two decades. Grant's ability to show his character development within a limited screen time shines in Love Actually (2003), with his witty portrayal of a Prime Minister whose personal insecurities become intertwined with his country's international affairs, a performance that earned him a nomination for European Audience Award. His screen presence and skillful understatement takes his characters beyond the written script, thanks to his mastery of timing and effortless style.

    Outside of his acting profession, Grant has been a good athlete, he played cricket and football in his younger years. He currently enjoys playing golf, frequently taking part in Pro-Am tournaments. He has been an avid art lover since his younger years, and has been collecting fine art, a passion he inherited from his father.

  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#43). [1995]
  • His production company is called "Simian Films" -- so named by Elizabeth Hurley because she has said that he resembles an ape or a monkey.
  • Grant was arrested for lewd conduct after cops found him with Divine Brown, a prostitute, in his car. He pleaded no contest and got a $1,180 fine and two years' probation. [1995]
  • Opted not to do a nude scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) when a make up artist asked if he wanted definition painted on his body.
  • On the set of Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), James Caan gave Hugh the nickname of Whippy, because Caan said he worried about everything like "the little whippet dogs that get nervous and you got to put a sweater on them when they're cold".
  • Got his start by performing in a British comedy sketch group, The Jockeys of Norfolk.
  • Featured in the 1996 paperback "Mug Shots" that includes many other celebrities who've been arrested for one reason or another.
  • Back together with former girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley. [September 2000]
  • Voted fourth in the Orange 2001 Film Survey of Greatest British film actors.
  • Usually dubbed in French versions by actor Vincent Cassel.
  • Jay Leno told the London Independent that there are only 18 celebrities worth having on a chat show, one of them being Hugh Grant.
  • Has long wanted to make a film about his grandfather's real life escape from a prisoner of war camp during WWII.
  • Long time loyal fan of Fulham Football Club (English Premier league soccer club), based at Craven Cottage, Fulham, London, England.
  • Dated model and actress Elizabeth Hurley [1987 - 2000]
  • Graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English (1982)
  • Thomas Sangster is his cousin.
  • His favorite artist is Patrick Rondat.
  • Godfather of Damian Hurley, son of his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.
  • Shares a birthday with Adam Sandler.
  • Turned down a place at the Courtauld Institute to do post graduate studies in Art History
  • Used to play on a cricket team called 'Captain Scott'
  • Had a skate accident when he was a teenager. Part of the bone in his elbow is still detached from the other bones and "swims" freely between the skin and his elbow.
  • Played Emma Thompson's love interest in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and her brother in Love Actually (2003).
  • Broke up with Jemima Khan after approximately three years [February 16, 2007].
    • Personal Quotes
  • "I could do with more mobbing, Particularly from women. I'd like to be treated like Ricky Martin".
  • "I just don't believe in love at first sight any more, even though I've based my whole career on the concept. In my experience, power, money and influence always attract the opposite sex. It's something that I've always exploited - with good results."
  • "Basically, my life is so boring, it's embarrassing."
  • "I do, kind of, want to ram their microphones down their patronising throats" - on being called posh by the media
  • "I don't particularly like babies. I don't mind them for about four minutes. That's my max. After that I can't quite see what everyone's fussing about."
  • "I watch an awful lot of women's sport recently. I don't know what that means about me. I watch the women's golf. I watch the women's tennis very much."
  • "I've got four houses in my street. I live in two and the others are empty. I'll buy more as they come up, because I think it would be great to have the entire street."
  • "Women are frightening. If you get to 41 as a man, you're quite battle-scarred."
  • [on his thoughts of actress Julia Roberts] "Very big-mouthed! Literally, physically, she has a very big mouth. It is a very big mouth. When I was kissing her I was aware of a faint echo."
  • "it was the same approach as the first one, which was just to make sure that it was as crap as we wanted it to be. The key is to stop the stunt coordinator from coming in to make it look like a film fight. We just wanted it to be two pathetic Englishmen scared of each other, throwing their handbags at each other basically" [On his screen fight with Colin Firth in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)].
  • "I think film acting's just a miserable experience. It's so long and so boring and so difficult to get right so that what you need above all is incredible willpower and strength of mind."
  • "Now, I quite like it. For years I sat in these interviews and everyone said, "You're always Mister Nice Guy, why don't you ever play someone nasty?" So in fact it's been a relief to be...for the real me to come out more on camera. I don't have any particular burning desire to go back to being cuddly. Not really. " [on playing the bad guy in films]
  • Kristen Johnston

    Date of Birth 20 September 1967, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

    She studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City. The School, located in Chelsea, was founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, and teaches the technique "Practical Aesthetics," which Ms. Johnson uses. She is currently a member of the company at the Atlantic, and sometimes performs in shows during their season.

  • Went to high school in Wisconsin.
  • Spent a large part of her teens traveling as an exchange student to Sweden and South America.
  • Attended Whitefish Bay High School, in Whitefish Bay, an upscale, small suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Graduated with good grades in 1985.
  • Her father is a former senator.
  • Dated David Newsom in 1996.
  • Currently starring in the play "The Baltimore Waltz" in NYC (Dec 2004)
  • BFA in Drama - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1989)
  • She appeared on the cover of punk band Bad Religion's 1998 album "No Substance".
    • Where Are They Now
  • (November 2006) Currently starring in 'Love Song' on the West End stage in London with Neve Campbell, Cillian Murphy and Michael McKean.