November 14, 2013 |
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.
January 4, 2014 |
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.
May 1, 2012 |
JAIPUR, India - It was a hot, dusty morning here in the capital of Rajasthan as the cast of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" slowly emerged from several battered "vanity" buses lined up in front of the iconic City Palace. Despite the all-star team of British actors and actresses, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith, the big attraction for hundreds of gawking passersby was young Dev Patel, of"Slumdog Millionaire" fame. The film, which opens in U.S. theaters Friday, is about seven middle-class Britons whose savings have melted down with the global economy.
March 22, 2011
And Furthermore Judi Dench as told to John Miller. St. Martin's Press: 268 pp., $26.99.
December 18, 2005
SUSAN KING'S "encounter" with Judi Dench was delightful reading ["Haughty, Yet Bawdy," Dec. 11]. Unfortunately, she failed to mention Judi's wonderfully sensitive role in "Ladies in Lavender," which is well worth seeing and out on DVD. I hope this gem will not be overlooked by those seeking beautifully crafted entertainment. LYNNE WELCH Los Angeles
March 26, 2006
IT was mostly memory that put me into a seat for "Mrs. Henderson Presents," and memory was well served ["The Actors in Their Own Words: Judi Dench," by John Horn, March 5]. This film is terrific, and Judi Dench in the title role gives a performance equal to or better than I've seen in my 80 years of film viewing. In wartime years, every soldier and sailor stationed in or visiting London felt it a duty to check out Mrs. Henderson's Windmill Theatre. I did my duty. Nostalgia? Of course, there's some nostalgia for youth and pleasure, but it isn't nostalgia that makes me think of damnation and faint praise.
January 13, 2014 |
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.
July 15, 2008 |
Kate Hudson is the latest addition to the star-studded cast of "Nine," an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical. She joins Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz. The film, about an Italian film director, will be directed by Rob Marshall for producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Production is scheduled to begin Oct. 10. "Nine," which originally opened on Broadway in 1982 and was revived in 2003, is based on Fellini's autobiographical film "8 1/2 ."