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December 13, 2012 | By Chris Lee
The race for best performance by an actress in a motion picture comedy or musical divided sharply along generational lines Thursday with wry septuagenarians Judi Dench and Maggie Smith facing off against Gen Y Millennials Jennifer Lawrence and Emily Blunt in the category. Meryl Streep, 63, also received a nomination for her performance in the senior citizen sex romp “Hope Springs.”   Lawrence, 22, who was nominated for a best actress Academy Award for her breakthrough performance in 2010's “Winter's Bone," has already picked up a number of critics' association awards.
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April 12, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Philomena Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD beginning April 15 One of last year's most heartening box-office success stories, this British melodrama had more financial success and drew more awards attention than one might've expected for a midbudget tear-jerker about a woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up in Ireland in the 1950s. Credit Judi Dench's lead performance as Philomena Lee, a proud woman who's spent decades dealing with the sense of shame she felt as a young unwed mother.
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March 22, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Although Judi Dench is perhaps best known to American film audiences for her Oscar-winning turn in "Shakespeare in Love" and for portraying "M" in the more recent James Bond movies, she is a live theater actress at heart. And it is through this sepia-toned lens that she tells the story of her life onstage in her new memoir, "And Furthermore. " The book begins with Dench as a little girl in a very theatrical family, before cataloging every role she played on stage, TV and film over her more than 50-year career.
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January 13, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Leonardo DiCaprio drew attention for more than just his lead actor in a comedy or musical win at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. In coming to the stage to present lead actress in a drama, DiCaprio mispronounced Stephen Frears' “Philomena,” the Catholic-themed adoption story that was nominated for three Golden Globes, as "Philomania. " It's not clear when DiCaprio realized his slip of the tongue, but Golden Globe viewers caught on immediately. The word quickly became a top Twitter trend across the United States with the word “Philomania” even etched across a picture of the film's lead actress, Judi Dench, looking confused.  Some asked questions about “Philomania's” release in theaters as a sequel.
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December 19, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
LONDON - The first time Judi Dench witnessed the power of acting, she was 7 and saw her brother get away with using a swear word. Dench was accompanying her parents to a boarding school performance of "Macbeth," with her oldest sibling in the role of King Duncan. "He came on stage and said, 'What bloody man is that?'" Dench said, with a gasp. "I thought, 'What did he say?'" Now 79, Dench has performed nearly every play of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Ibsen, as well as the role of M in seven James Bond films; Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love," for which she won her Oscar in 1998; and Queen Victoria in "Mrs.
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November 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
On the job for 55 years, Judi Dench elevates everything she does, from M in the James Bond epics to the less intimidating but equally determined "little old Irish lady" who's the title character in "Philomena. " Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best one. As directed by the veteran Stephen Frears, "Philomena's" "inspired by true events" narrative initially has trouble deciding what kind of film it wants to be, alternating between cheeky comedy and the more serious emotional moments inherent in the story of a woman looking for a child she was forced to give away in adoption.
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November 7, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Nobody takes advantage of a well-placed F-bomb quite like the Weinstein Co. The studio's latest demonstration of the martyring -- and marketing -- power of profanity is a brief YouTube video of Judi Dench, resurrected as M., her deceased character from the James Bond series, decrying the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "Just when you thought I was dead," Dench says in the video, a 23-second teaser for yet another video that will appear on FunnyorDie. "I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA?"
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February 20, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
British actress Judi Dench is seeking to downplay fears over the revelation that she is suffering from a degenerative eye condition. The Oscar-winning Dench, perhaps best known as James Bond's mysterious boss M, has been dealing with two different forms of macular generation -- one in each eye. According to Reuters, she can no longer read scripts and has to have someone read them out loud to her, "like reading me a story. " According to the National Eye Institute, macular degeneration occurs in an area known as the macula, which sits at the center of the light-sensitive tissue known as the retina, located at the back of the eye socket.
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October 28, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Judi Dench is back to walking the red carpet, with "walking" being the operative word here. The vivacious 78-year-old Academy Award winner had knee-replacement surgery just six weeks before the premiere of her latest film, "Philomena," in London's Leicester Square nearly two weeks ago. Now she's thrilled to share her current state of mind and thoughts on her speedy recovery time. "When I had it done on September 6, I said to my surgeon, 'On October 16, I will walk up a red carpet unaided,' and so I did," she told the Daily Mirror.
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January 9, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
At the box office, young people still hold the buying power -- sending caped crusaders and archery-loving heroines to the top of the charts. Iron Man and Katniss Everdeen don't mean much, however, to the editors at AARP's The Magazine -- the publication aimed at the 50-plus set. This week, the magazine released the winners of its 13th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which -- no surprise here -- honor films for mature audiences. Many of the winners on AARP's list have been staples on the award-season circuit over the last few months.
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January 9, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
At the box office, young people still hold the buying power -- sending caped crusaders and archery-loving heroines to the top of the charts. Iron Man and Katniss Everdeen don't mean much, however, to the editors at AARP's The Magazine -- the publication aimed at the 50-plus set. This week, the magazine released the winners of its 13th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which -- no surprise here -- honor films for mature audiences. Many of the winners on AARP's list have been staples on the award-season circuit over the last few months.
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January 4, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
He came in from the rain wearing a scarf, tattered pants, unlaced canvas tennis shoes and a sweater somewhere between the colors of plum and rust. His hair looked like an approaching storm, and he had missed a spot shaving just above the collar. His publicist - he's not crazy about publicists - whispered a friendly warning: "Have you met Stephen before? He can be a bit dry, he has a dry sense of humor. British. " Stephen Frears, the director, walked past the concierge, through a half-lighted, polished lounge at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
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January 2, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
For the last several weeks, the Oscar race for lead actress felt fairly settled, with five familiar faces, each of them previous winners - Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") - as the likely nominees. Then, on Friday, "August: Osage County" opened in Los Angeles and New York, more than three months after the flamboyant tale of family dysfunction premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, a bumpy debut that led to some subsequent tinkering that softened the movie's ending.
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December 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Much has been made of Judi Dench's finely nuanced turn in director Stephen Frears' excellent new drama, "Philomena. " But a shout-out too for Steve Coogan, her co-star and the film's co-writer, who adapted Martin Sixsmith's book with Jeff Pope. Most of us first got to know the Brit as a comic force - razor-sharp observations delivered with a dry deadpan for maximum effect. For the stripped-down version of Coogan comedy see the delightful "Trip," for the classic and crazed check out "24 Hour Party People.
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December 19, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
LONDON - The first time Judi Dench witnessed the power of acting, she was 7 and saw her brother get away with using a swear word. Dench was accompanying her parents to a boarding school performance of "Macbeth," with her oldest sibling in the role of King Duncan. "He came on stage and said, 'What bloody man is that?'" Dench said, with a gasp. "I thought, 'What did he say?'" Now 79, Dench has performed nearly every play of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Ibsen, as well as the role of M in seven James Bond films; Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love," for which she won her Oscar in 1998; and Queen Victoria in "Mrs.
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November 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
On the job for 55 years, Judi Dench elevates everything she does, from M in the James Bond epics to the less intimidating but equally determined "little old Irish lady" who's the title character in "Philomena. " Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best one. As directed by the veteran Stephen Frears, "Philomena's" "inspired by true events" narrative initially has trouble deciding what kind of film it wants to be, alternating between cheeky comedy and the more serious emotional moments inherent in the story of a woman looking for a child she was forced to give away in adoption.
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November 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It's a story so incredible, if it weren't true you wouldn't believe it. An unmarried young woman in Ireland gave birth to a boy in 1952. Sent to have the baby in a convent home, she remained there until her son Anthony was given away against her will at 3 years old, adopted by an American family. She would spend some 50 years with no idea what became of him, while keeping her secret from the family she would start in England. The new film "Philomena," opening Friday in Los Angeles, is based on Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " Starring Steve Coogan as Sixsmith and Judi Dench as Lee, it was written by Coogan and Jeff Pope and directed by Stephen Frears.
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May 2, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
In making the Victorian-era miniseries "Cranford," actress Judi Dench was reminded of her youth in wartime England. Though separated by nearly a century, the two time periods shared a common spirit. "You did look after your neighbors," said the Oscar-winning Dench, who plays Miss Matty on the PBS program that premieres Sunday. "They certainly looked after their neighbors in 'Cranford' . . . there is something touching about knowing what people are like and knowing the situation that's going on."
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November 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It's a story so incredible, if it weren't true you wouldn't believe it. An unmarried young woman in Ireland gave birth to a boy in 1952. Sent to have the baby in a convent home, she remained there until her son Anthony was given away against her will at 3 years old, adopted by an American family. She would spend some 50 years with no idea what became of him, while keeping her secret from the family she would start in England. The new film "Philomena," opening Friday in Los Angeles, is based on Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " Starring Steve Coogan as Sixsmith and Judi Dench as Lee, it was written by Coogan and Jeff Pope and directed by Stephen Frears.
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November 14, 2013 | By John Horn and Amy Kaufman
For all of those teenage boys dying to see Judi Dench playing an elderly Irish woman: Now you don't have to bring your parents to get into "Philomena. " In a victory against the Motion Picture Assn. of America that could be as much publicity win as potential box-office triumph, the Weinstein Co. successfully appealed the R rating given to the Dench movie, which had been handed a PG-13 mark. "Philomena," which stars the Academy Award winner as a mother searching for a son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier, was initially given the restrictive rating because it included more than one utterance of a certain expletive, an automatic trigger in most instances of an R rating.
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