LONDON (AP) — Judi Dench is back in the world of espionage — but her latest role is a far cry from James Bond's unflappable spy chief, M.
In "Red Joan," to be released Friday in Britain and...
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AARP film awards for grown-ups honor Shirley MacLaine
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Have you got a grown-up state of mind? If so, the AARP has some film awards just for you.
For the 18th year, the organization for retired persons and its AARP, The Magazine, have awarded their "Movies for Grownups." The ceremony was held Monday night and will be broadcast Feb. 15 on PBS.
Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo spar in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’
LONDON (AP) — "Antony and Cleopatra," currently running at London's National Theatre, has tragic romance, two top-flight actors and a live snake. No wonder it's a hit.
Judi Dench honored at Zurich Film Festival
Judi Dench disagrees with Kevin Spacey’s erasure from film
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Judi Dench says she doesn't condone any inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey, but says scrubbing him from a film sets a questionable precedent.
The celebrated British actress says "I can't approve in any way the fact that, whatever he has done, that you then start to cut him out of films."
Spacey was erased from "All the Money in the World" last year and replaced with Christopher Plummer after allegations of sexual harassment against him.
The year is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing, for the most part.
The Year of the Dog started Feb. 16 on the Lunar calendar, which is dictated by the moon's cycle and falls between mid-January and mid-February.
If you are as loyal as man's best friend, this is your year.
Judi Dench set to have 1st runner in Grand National
LONDON (AP) — The queen of the big screen is taking on the toughest challenge in the sport of kings.
Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench is set to have her first runner in the Grand National, the world's most grueling steeplechase, after entering As De Mee in the race at Aintree in April.
As De Mee, which is owned by Dench jointly with businessman Andy Stewart, has won at the Liverpool course before, in the 2016 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase.
Director Ridley Scott to be honored by British film academy
LONDON (AP) — "Blade Runner" director Ridley Scott is to receive the British Academy Film Awards' highest honor.
The academy announced Wednesday that the 80-year-old filmmaker will collect the BAFTA Fellowship at the British academy awards ceremony next month.
Scott's films include "Alien," ''Thelma and Louise" and "Gladiator."
His latest release is kidnap drama "All the Money in the World," which underwent last-minute reshoots to replace Kevin Spacey after allegations of sexual misconduct.
‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Three Billboards’ among AARP nominees
NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" hasn't been mentioned much in this year's awards season, but it's among the nominees for AARP The Magazine's 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards.
Oscar contenders are also in the mix. Besides "The Last Jedi," nominees for best film include "Get Out," ''Lady Bird," ''The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
“Hamilton” actor Leslie Odom Jr. has been tapped to perform “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis next month.
Odom won a Tony portraying Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical hit “Hamilton.”
His rendition of “America the Beautiful” will be sung before kickoff of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4. Pink has the national anthem honors, and Justin Timberlake is the game’s halftime act.
Branagh teases return of old friends in ‘Death on the Nile’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kenneth Branagh is teasing the return of "old friends" in his planned sequel to "Murder on the Orient Express."
Branagh is expected to both direct and reprise his role as the fancifully mustachioed lead character Detective Hercule Poirot in "Death on the Nile," another mystery based on an Agatha Christie novel, which screenwriter Michael Green will return to adapt.
Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on "Tulip Fever," which is rated R and available on DVD. The movie stars Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan and Judi Dench.
Set in the 1600s in The Netherlands, Sophia (Alicia Vikander) is an orphan married off to Cornelis (Christoph Waltz), an older businessman.
List of nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A list of the nominees for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, California:
Actor: Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me By Your Name," James Franco, "The Disaster Artist," Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out," Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" and Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, ESQ."
Daisy Ridley cried when she started working on 'Murder on the Orient Express'.
The 25-year-old actress was overcome with emotion at being part of an all-star ensemble cast including Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz and Sir Derek Jacobi, on Sir Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's murder mystery and even questioned whether the director had been "made" to cast her.
‘Murder on the Orient Express’ proves that an ensemble cast is no guarantee of quality
'Murder on the Orient Express' proves that an ensemble cast is no guarantee of quality
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Stuffing a film with A-list talent might elevate its box office potential, but it doesn't guarantee a good movie.
"Murder on the Orient Express," based on the classic novel by mystery writer Agatha Christie, is proof, boasting cinematic heavyweights like Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfieffer, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench and Willem Dafoe.
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this strong remake of the 1974 film
"Murder on the Orient Express" is as old-fashioned as train travel itself.
This remake of the 1974 film, adapted from Agatha Christie's 1934 novel, is a handsome looking, patient and ultimately satisfying murder mystery that doesn't gussy itself up for modern crowds and unfurls at its own unhurried pace.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A classic murder mystery has been updated for the big screen with an All-Star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and "Star Wars" heroine Daisy Ridley.
"Daddy's Home 2" NEW
Sensitive stepdad Will Ferrell and macho dad Mark Wahlberg return in this sequel to the 2015 comedy, this time dealing with the arrival of their own fathers just in time for Christmas. With Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson. Written by Sean Anders & John Morris, based on characters created by Brian Burns. Directed by Anders. Paramount Pictures
Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a lavish romp
Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express " is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp whiplash. Certainly no studio would make a straightforward, classical whodunit with a budget the size of a modest superhero pic (and no superheroes to speak of) nowadays, you think. What year is this anyway?
Andrew Lloyd Webber is ready to write his own story
NEW YORK (AP) — The composer behind such iconic stage stories as "The Phantom of the Opera," ''Evita" and "Cats" is ready to tell his own.
Andrew Lloyd Webber plans to release his autobiography "Unmasked" on March 6, which loosely coincides with his 70th birthday on March 22. While there have been plenty of books about the composer, this will be the first he's written.
An acting masterclass from Judi Dench
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Sir Kenneth Branagh felt the pressure filming ‘Murder On the Orient Express’
Sir Kenneth Branagh was determined not to let his 'Murder On the Orient Express' cast down.
The 56-year-old actor starred and directed the upcoming production, which also features Michelle Pfeieffer, Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley, thinks the entire cast were not a "posey or smug club" but were a group of "elite athletes" who were all eager to impress their colleagues on set.
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Director Stephen Frears is no stranger to depicting history on film or working with Judi Dench. In their newest collaboration, "Victoria & Abdul," the pair is reunited to bring us a touchingly sweet and previously unknown true story.
Harvey Weinstein had to know that he was foul, that his grotesque seduction routine was, in truth, the modus operandi of a serial sexual harasser and abuser. Perhaps he recognized his evil, or merely sought to cover it up. As such, the former movie mogul busied himself performing the role of a feminist. He said the right things about empowering women. He championed the careers of talents such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep. In January, one day after another accused sexual...
Hollywood condemnation of Weinstein grows louder
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hollywood establishment, slow to react to the initial sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, began speaking out against him more forcefully Monday after the powerful studio boss was fired by his own company.
Streep, Lawrence and more stars react to Weinstein’s ouster
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the ouster of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein from the company he co-founded, The Weinstein Co., amid accusations of decades of sexual harassment:
This week in art-house cinema: Dench plays the queen, punk music in Tulsa and Monty Python
Judi Dench plays another English queen, Bobby plays Billie Jean King, and a documentary look at the evolution of punk music in Tulsa are among many highlights in speciality cinema this week.
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"Victoria and Abdul": Judi Dench re-teams with her “Philomena” director (Stephen Frears of “The Queen”) for this historical drama about England’s Queen Victoria forging a surprising friendship with a young clerk from India.
British acting school has 1 percent acceptance rate - and Clear Springs grad made it
Stephen Louis spoke in a British accent when he made his acting debut four years ago at Clear Springs High School.
Last month, on the day before he turned 21, Louis left Texas to live among the Brits as a musical theater student in the world-renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an institution that dates to 1906 at the University of London.
Review: ‘Victoria & Abdul’ illuminates only half the title
Stop us if this sounds familiar: A tall, dark, bearded servant of rough breeding comes from far away to suddenly charm a grumpy, widowed Queen Victoria and thus upend Britain's royal court at the turn of the 20th century.
At 82, Judi Dench’s mission remains the same: ‘To learn’
TORONTO (AP) — Judi Dench is not tired.
"I've had one of those pep-up drinks," Dench, beaming as she sits down for a recent interview. "I feel rather sparky."
Caffeinated or not, Dench, 82, remains fully energized. As Stephen Frears, the director of her latest film, "Victoria & Abdul," marvels: "She's the biggest female star in Britain" — a statement that takes a moment to realize how true it is. "It's phenomenal at her age."
Dench ‘knew nothing’ of ‘Victoria and Abdul’ story
Dench rules ‘Victoria and Abdul’ premiere
Amal looks lovely in lilac in Venice
Judi Dench rules the Venice waves in ‘Victoria & Abdul’
VENICE, Italy (AP) — It was a day of queens at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday — a real British monarch on the screen and two queens of acting, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, on the red carpet.
Dench plays long-reigning Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears' "Victoria & Abdul," which charts the relationship between the monarch and Abdul Karim, an Indian man who became her servant and teacher.
Dame Judi Dench has no plans to marry again.
The 82-year-old actress' husband Michael Williams passed away in 2001 and while she is madly in love with her "chap" David Mills, she believes she is too old to wed once more.
She told Good Housekeeping magazine: "He is not going to propose. No, no, no, no, no. Let's just pull ourselves together and be our age!"
And although she hates when people refer to David, 74, as her "partner", Judi couldn't be happier with her man.
Daisy Ridley could barely hold a cup when she filmed 'Murder on the Orient Express' because she was so nervous working with the all-star cast.
The 25-year-old actress is starring as Mary Debenham in Kenneth Branagh's big screen adaptation of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novel of the same name and the film has a stellar ensemble cast which includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad and Michelle Pfeiffer among others.
Dame Joan Collins: ‘I only get offered roles after Judi Dench and Maggie Smith reject them’
Dame Joan Collins says she only gets offered moving roles after Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith turn them down.
The 84-year-old actress believes she is low down on the list of older actresses that producers turn to and acknowledges that maintaining an acting career in her 80s is tough.
A-list extravaganza on board the ‘Orient Express’
Smart Rating: 93.55Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier BardemOriginal: "Casino Royale" (2006)Smart Rating: 91.21When James Bond's (Daniel Craig) latest assignment goes terribly wrong, it leads to a calamitous turn of events: Undercover agents around the world are exposed, and MI6 is attacked, forcing M (Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. With MI6 now compromised inside and out, M turns to the one man she can trust: Bond. Aided only by a field agent (Naomie Harris), Bond takes to the shadows and follows a trail to Silva (Javier Bardem), a man from M's past who wants to settle an old score.
Smart Rating: 44.59Genre: Musical, RomanceStarring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope CruzDescription: Italian film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) grapples with epic crises in his personal and professional lives. At the same time, he must strike a balance of the demands of numerous women in his life, including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penélope Cruz) and his confidant (Judi Dench).
Dame Maggie Smith: Young actresses are under a lot of pressure
Dame Maggie Smith doesn't think she'd make it in the film industry if she joined it now.
The 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' star praised the young women who join the film industry nowadays for being so "brave" about having to "strip off every second".
Dustin Hoffman & Judi Dench receive Int’l Emmy nominations
NEW YORK (AP) — Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench received International Emmy nominations Monday for their roles in the BBC One TV movie "Roald Dahl's Esio Trot."
Brazil had a leading seven nominations, followed by Britain with six, including best actor and actress for Hoffman and Dench.