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Two weeks ago I was at Movies in the Park and "Notting Hill" was playing on the screen.  I don't usually get to enjoy the movies from start to finish because of my work there, but for this particular film, I plopped down in one of the blue harback chairs at the Riverfront Amphitheater and watched it from beginning to end. 

There's a particular scene that I didn't remember from the two or three times I'd seen the film.  It's when Hugh Grant's character, fresh off a dumping from Julia Roberts' character, is being set up on bad date after bad date by his friends.  After after a few of them, we see Grant sitting next to a pretty young girl who doesn't turn out to be odd in any way.  She the opposite, in fact, and he declares her to be "perfect." 

The charcter, whom we never see or hear from again in the film, quite curiously, is played by Emily Mortimer.  In 2005, Ms. Mortimer played the doting wife of Jonathan Rhys Myers in Woody Allen's morality tale "Match Point."  She was excellent and, upon watching her in several other films, especially "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Lovely and Amazing," it's hard not to believe that she's an actress on the rise.

Charles McGrath, writing in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, profiles the actress who lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband the actor Alessandro Nivola ("Junebug").  Writes Mr. McGrath, "In person Ms. Mortimer is funny and charming, without a hint of actorly pretense. She hangs out at Starbucks a lot, and to see her there you could mistake her for yet another attractive, harried Brooklyn mom, trying to steal a moment of peace and quiet." 

She made a brief appearance in "Redbelt" opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and her next film is titled "Transsiberian".  It's a train thriller "in the tradition of "Shaghai Express"" notes Mr. McGrath.  Next year, we'll see her among the impressive cast of Martin Scorsese's new film "Shutter Island," adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel. 

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