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.
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.
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."
Stephen Frears says ‘it takes balls’ to be the Queen
'Victoria & Abdul' director Stephen Frears thinks it takes "a lot of balls" to be the Queen.
The 76-year-old moviemaker has refuted the idea that his new film about Queen Victoria's friendship with her Indian servant Abdul Karim makes for an odd subject choice, and has also claimed the Monarch triggers special memories in the minds of Britons.
Stephen Frears on royals: ‘I’d shoot the lot of them’
Stephen Frears praises Eddie Izzard’s performance in Victoria and Abdul
Stephen Frears didn't know what to expect from Eddie Izzard in 'Victoria & Abdul'.
The 76-year-old filmmaker has helmed the true story about the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim, but Frears admitted Izzard - who plays Edward VII - wasn't his idea to cast.
Dench rules ‘Victoria and Abdul’ premiere
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.
Meryl Streep to receive Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award
NEW YORK (AP) — Eight-time Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep will add one more award at this year's Globes: the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday that Streep will receive its prestigious honor for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." The 67-year-old actress has long been a mainstay at the ceremony. She's been nominated 29 times.
‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ Story Of Wilkes-Barre Singer, Hits Wrong Notes
Perhaps not every quirky true story needs a biopic starring Meryl Streep, as evidenced by Stephen Frears’ bizarre “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the story of the wealthy Wilkes-Barre native who launched an amateur singing career in the 1940s, despite her distinct lack of talent. It’s a film that dares you to give it a bad review, simply so it can turn around and call you a bully who picks on the people who try. It invites you to giggle at Florence’s horrible...