Said Clive Davis, "The musical soundtrack of this wonderful film is truly special. It integrates music so vividly that it not only co-stars with the actors and the script, but it ideally propels the emotion and depth of the film to even greater impact. Richard Curtis has not only understood the magic of the music by the great artists involved, but he's given these songs new life and a new power to affect the human heart. Without question, this is a triple threat musical film that will knock everybody out."
Starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Love Actually weaves together a series of romantic sketches set in contemporary London. Love Actually is short for "Love Actually Is All Around" and that is the argument of the film - that everywhere you look, love is the driving force in people's lives. From prime ministers to aging rock stars to a monolingual Portuguese housemaid, the film looks at funny, sad and stupid sides of love in all shapes and sizes. The film is the directorial debut from screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary). It opens in theaters on November 7.
"Without its music, Love Actually wouldn't work at all," said director Richard Curtis. "I know because I saw the film without the music, and it was a shocker. So this soundtrack in your hands isn't a few songs stuck together. It's the life and soul of the film. Joni Mitchell's extraordinary re-recording of "Both Sides Now" - the words of youth rediscovered in her fifties - was always the core of Emma Thompson's whole story. But other songs were more random, lucky finds. Our music editor Mike Price put Eva Cassidy's angelic version of the Christine McVie's 'Songbird' over the Sarah scene - and suddenly it made sense. I played Hugh Grant seven records to dance to, and he chose 'Jump' and now I can't imagine another song. "
The soundtracks for Mr. Curtis' previous films, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones's Diary, went gold and platinum, respectively.