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Judgment movie to star Hugh Grant

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, June 8th, 2006 at 11:36 am in Uncategorized.

No joke. Steven Spurrier, the wine merchant who arranged the original Paris vs. California tasting in 1976, has confirmed talks with Clear Pictures Entertainment to make a blockbuster about the legendary tasting that got the royal treatment by the media last month. Yours truly included.

Anyway, looks like Hugh Grant and Jude Law have been mentioned to play a young Spurrier, who was 34 when he arranged the first tasting. They intend to focus the film on the interplay between Spurrier and the Californians rather than the French angle, ending with the triumph of the Californian ‘underdogs’ in 1976. If Reese Witherspoon can fake a French accent, we see her playing Magrit Mondavi.

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