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."
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.
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.