May 2, 2008 |
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."
December 11, 2005 |
JUDI DENCH may be one of the jewels in England's acting crown, but she's down-to-earth and funny. Never, ever call her "Dame Judi." Just plain "Judi" is fine with her. A striking 71, Dench seems to be a force of nature. In less than a decade, she's racked up four Oscar nominations -- she won best supporting actress for 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" for her eight-minute turn as Queen Elizabeth -- and won the Tony Award six years ago for David Hare's drama "Amy's View."
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.
July 27, 1997 |
It's a remarkable actress who snags her first leading role in a feature film a full 40 years after making her professional debut. Dame Judi Dench is indeed a remarkable actress, one of the finest produced by Britain in the last 50 years. But for personal and professional reasons she has assigned film work a secondary importance. The stage remains her first love, and she is unapologetic about the fact. "I don't like filming very much," Dench says.
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.
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.
March 22, 2011
And Furthermore Judi Dench as told to John Miller. St. Martin's Press: 268 pp., $26.99.