December 25, 2009 |
"Directing a movie is a very overrated job, we all know it. You just have to say yes or no. What else do you do? Nothing. 'Maestro, should this be red?' Yes. 'Green?' No. 'More extras?' Yes. 'More lipstick?' No. Yes. No. Yes. No. That's directing." Thus speaks an acerbic costume designer played by Judi Dench in "Nine," the musical about an addled movie director played by Daniel Day-Lewis. The film, based on the Broadway musical, is about many things: men, women, sex, guilt, life, death.
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January 13, 2001 |
Michael Williams, a noted character and Shakespearean actor who performed frequently opposite his Oscar-winning wife, Dame Judi Dench, has died. Williams died Thursday at the couple's home in Surrey in southern England. He was 65, and the cause of death was lung cancer, which he had been fighting since 1999. Joint stalwarts of the British stage, Williams and Dench also appeared together in the popular TV comedy "A Fine Romance," playing a couple on the small screen as they were in life.
July 11, 2013 |
After months of in-and-out reports on the new James Bond film, “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes is heading back to MI6. Sony Pictures, MGM and longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson made the official announcement Thursday morning, confirming news that had been widely reported as a strong possibility, then widely reported as not happening after Mendes himself said he wouldn't do it, over the previous few months. The movie, unofficially known as Bond 24, is to hit U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2015, and British screens two weeks before.
April 16, 1999 |
In "Via Dolorosa," the daring David Hare monologue currently at the Booth Theatre, the prolific English playwright tells audiences that the subject of his recent work has been "faith." In "Amy's View," the acclaimed Hare tragicomedy that joined him a few blocks away at the Barrymore Theatre on Thursday, the object of that faith is the theater.
February 6, 2002 |
"Grief produces energy," Dame Judi Dench was saying over tea--in her case, coffee--in the stately foyer of the landmark Savoy Hotel. Sadly, she knows the subject all too well. The petite 67-year-old English actress, unfussily elegant in a brown suede jacket and camel scarf, was referring to how the British and American people, after slogging through a shellshocked, post-Sept. 11 malaise, had seemed to spring to life.
September 11, 2002 |
David Hare's "Amy's View" takes a panoramic look at a 16-year span in the lives of its characters and an indirect glimpse at cultural changes in England between 1979 and 1995. But it feels surprisingly detailed and solid, without the sketchy quality that often afflicts plays that attempt to cover so much in less than three hours.
December 27, 2009
SERIES Everest: Beyond the Limit: In the third-season premiere of the unscripted adventure series, an avalanche buries a team of climbers (8 p.m. Discovery). In a second new episode, at 9, a storm front closes in on Mt. Everest as climber John Golden presses on to reach the summit on a surgically reconstructed knee, and in a third new episode, at 10, astronaut Scott Parazynski and senior citizen Dawes Eddy attempt a history-making summit bid. Emergency Level One: In the premiere of this unscripted series, two pregnant women are involved in a car crash and a police shooting puts a patient's life in the hands of the trauma team (8 p.m. TLC)
May 3, 2012 |
About three years ago, producer Graham Broadbent visited the offices of Peter Rice, who was then running Fox Searchlight Pictures. Stacked near Rice's DVD player were discs of the senior citizen comedies "Cocoon" and "Cocoon: The Return. " "There have to be movies for older audiences," Rice told Broadbent. "There have to be. " Broadbent replied, "I think we may have something for you. " The movie Broadbent pitched that day was "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,"a comedy starring Judi Dench and Bill Nighy about a fledgling retirement home in India.