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Emma Thompson isn't afraid to speak up for her fellow actresses.
The 57-year-old British star recently appeared on Swedish talk show Skavlan, where she revealed she threatened to quit the 2008 film, Brideshead Revisited, after a producer asked her co-star to lose weight.
"There was a wonderful actress I was working with in a film I did called Brideshead Revisited," she recalled. "And the producer said to her, 'Will you lose some weight?' And she was absolutely exquisite!"
"I said to them, 'If you speak to her about this again, on any level, I will leave this picture. You are never to do that,'" she continued. "It's evil what's happening out there, and it's getting worse."
Thompson also talked about the issue of anorexia.
"There are so many kids -- girls and boys now, and actresses »
Emma Thompson is a hero to women everywhere. With more than 30 years as an actress, the two-time Oscar winner has collected many experiences in the strange world of Hollywood. One such example was when she almost quit a film in defense of a co-star. It was around 2008 and Thompson was working on the set of Brideshead Revisited. As she recalled during an interview on Norwegian-Swedish television program, Skavlan, producers had asked an unnamed actress working on the film to lose weight. "She was absolutely exquisite and I said to them, 'If you speak to her about this again on any level, I will leave this picture,'" she remembered saying. "'You are never to do »
Emma Thompson will always stand up for what’s right. During an appearance on Swedish talk show “Skavlan” last week, Thompson revealed a shocking incident that happened on the set of a 2008 film. “There was a wonderful actress in a film I did called Brideshead Revisited,” Thompson recalled. “The producer said to her, ‘Will you […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Thompson reveals she almost quit 2008 film Brideshead Revisited after a co-star was asked to lose weight
Emma Thompson has criticised Hollywood for the pressure it puts on female actors to be thin, saying that she almost quit Brideshead Revisited because another actor was asked by the film’s producers to lose weight.
Thompson made the comment during an interview on Swedish talk show Skavlan, after another guest brought up the subject of weight loss. Thompson didn’t reveal the name of the actor, but confirmed that she confronted producers of the film over the issue.
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- Gwilym Mumford
Emma Thompson has no tolerance for body shaming.
The Saving Mr. Banks was discussing the pressure for actresses to be thin in Hollywood while on the Swedish talk show Skavlan last week, and revealed she once threatened to quit a production when a producer asked one of her costars to lose weight.
“There was a wonderful actress in a film I did called Brideshead Revisited,” she remembered of the 2008 film. “The producer said to her, ‘Will you lose some weight?’ And she was absolutely exquisite!”
That’s when Thompson decided to intervene. “I said to them, ’If you speak to her about this again, »
- Mike Miller
The only movie that ever came out documenting the life of J.K. Rowling was in 2011 and it’s called Magic Beyond the Words: The J.K. Rowling Story. It’s an inspiring look at Jk Rowling’s rise to become one of the most influential writers-from her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl and awkward teenager to the loss of her mother and the genesis of the Harry Potter phenomenon. However, don’t you think it’s time for a feature film? While the TV movie was decent I have a very simple proposition here. Get a solid director, have Emma Thompson star as
J.K. Rowling Tweets Heartwarming Mother’s Day Messages in the UK »
- Nat Berman
Having surpassed the total gross of its animated predecessor midweek, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has now crossed the half billion dollar mark at the global box office, pushing its total haul to $541.2 million by close of play on Friday and overtaking 20th Century Fox’s Logan ($539.8 million) to become the biggest earner of 2017 to date.
The live-action adaptation is expected to retain top spot at the North American box office in its second weekend with a haul of around $90 million, fending off competition from Lionsgate’s Power Rangers, which is looking at a debut weekend in the region of $40 million. It will have comfortably have passed $600 million when the dust settles on the weekend and will presumably go on to become the first billion dollar movie of the year (some analysts have predicted it could go as high as $1.5 billion).
Update: The weekend numbers are in, and Beauty and the Beast »
- Gary Collinson
Warning: The article below contains cannon spoilers from the Love Actually sequel short, which will premiere in the U.S. on Wednesday, May 24.
Love Actually is back!
The ensemble cast from the classic 2003 rom-com reunited for a sequel short, Red Nose Day Actually, which aired in the U.K. on Friday to benefit Comic Relief, a British charity that fights poverty and injustice in the developing world.
More: 'Love Actually' Cast to Reunite and Film a Mini Sequel for Charity
Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and more of the film's stars return for the reunion, which packs a surprisingly robust number of updates on how the various characters' lives have progressed since the original movie aired.
Read on for the highlights!
In one incredible moment, Knightley's Juliet makes fun of Lincoln's Walking Dead beard, before his character »
In an op-ed written for The Radio Times, the “Love Actually” writer-director said it has been a “particular delight” for him to see how “brilliantly” the cast has blossomed over the years. He went on to recall a, retrospectively, comical comment from star Keira Knightley: She said her next project was “some pirate thing – probably a disaster,” of course referring to the hugely successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise that eventually catapulted the actress’ career.
- Sarah Ahern
Adam Sandler and Netflix expanded a previous deal to release four additional movies for a total of eight on the streaming platform. The original collaboration was announced in 2014.
"Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them," Sandler said in a statement, via Variety. "I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see." Sandler's first two films with Netflix included 2015's western spoof The Ridiculous 6 and the 2016 spy-comedy The Do-Over. On April 14th, his Hollywood satire Sandy Wexler will »
It could have been the greatest love story since Love, Actually. Actress Emma Thompson recently recounted—during a guest appearance on Norwegian talk show Skavlan—that she once received an unprompted phone call from Donald Trump, asking her on a date. (Admittedly pretty tame, as far as unasked-for “romantic” gestures from our current president are counted.) According to the story, Thompson was in her trailer on the set of the 1998 political drama Primary Colors, when her phone suddenly rang. “So I lift up the phone—‘Hi, it’s Donald Trump here.’”
Trump—who’d recently started the process of divorcing from his second wife, Marla Maples—was apparently calling to offer Thompson a hotel room. “‘Yeah, I just wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers. They’re really comfortable.’” Apparently he thought that he and the then-recently divorced actress—who he’d ...
- William Hughes
This previous Oscar season was full of surprises, but chief among them was that the movie world suddenly found itself hosting a passionate conversation about the inherent blackness of jazz, and the tenuous share that white musicians — or connoisseurs — might possess of the art form. “La La Land,” in its own particular way, encouraged audiences to reckon with the history of jazz, and to consider whose it might be to preserve and pass down. But for all of the talk about the perils and problems of people writing themselves into that story, there’s been precious little discussion about the people who have been erased from it. Chief among them: women.
Seb could probably talk your ear off about legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan, about how the “hard bop” virtuoso joined up with Dizzy Gillespie when he was only 18, and went on to play with the likes of John Coltrane and »
- David Ehrlich
One day in the late 1990s, when Academy Award winner Emma Thompson was on the set of Mike Nichols and Elaine May’s political satire “Primary Colors,” she received a mysterious phone call in her trailer.
“So I lift up the phone — ‘Hi, it’s Donald Trump here,'” Thompson said during a recent talk show taping, donning an American accent for the impression. “And I said, ‘Really? Can I help you?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I just wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers. They’re really comfortable.”
Thompson was taken off guard when Trump added: “Well, I think we would get along very well — maybe have dinner sometime.”
“I didn’t know what to do with myself,” said Thompson. “I just said, ‘I’ll get back to you. »
- Jude Dry
Disney will be pumping out live-action versions of their animated classics for a long time time to come. Here’s a list of titles in the works, including the release date of the original. Beauty and the Beast, 1991 The next one up, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and voices like Emma Thompson, hits March 17, 2017. The Lion King, 1994 Favreau transplanted to Disney after proving himself a major player with Marvel’s “Iron Man.” When Bob Iger scooped up at immensely profitable unit, Favreau knocked “Jungle Book ” out of the park for the Mouse itself. Maleficent Adapted from 1959’s “Sleeping. »
- Matt Donnelly
British actress shares story about the Us president on Scandinavian talk show.
The Oscar-winning actress and writer was talking on Norwegian-Swedish talk show Skavlan.
Discussing Trump with host Fredrik Skavlan, she said: “He asked me out once.”
Thompson revealed that when she was filming Primary Colours in 1998, the day after her divorce to Kenneth Branagh was finalised, she received a phone call in her trailer.
She continued: “So I lift up the phone - ‘Hi, it’s Donald Trump here.’ And I said, ‘Really? Can I help you?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I just wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers. They’re really comfortable.”
She asked why he was offering her somewhere to stay. “Well, I think we would get along very well - maybe have dinner sometime,”, Trump replied »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
Just when you thought you couldn't be more repulsed by Donald Trump's interactions with women, another gross story drops from the heavens. British actress Emma Thompson recently appeared on Scandinavian TV show Skavlan, where the 57-year-old shared a story about the time the Sabrina the Teenage Witch guest star hit on her. Exactly one day after she split from first husband Kenneth Branagh, she received a call in her trailer on the set of the 1998 film Primary Colors (in which she plays a character loosely inspired by Hillary Clinton, coincidentally). The phone rang and she heard a voice that said, "Hi, it's Donald Trump here," a sensation that Emma described as "like a moose had just entered my trailer" since that phone had never rung before. He offered her "some accommodation" in Trump Towers because "they're really comfortable" and finished off the call by saying, "Well, you know, I »
- Quinn Keaney
Disney’s got a great circle of life going with the hybridization of its animated classics.
It’s a different aesthetic, thanks to virtual production: animation has become more like live-action and live-action has become more animated. But it’s intensified with “The Jungle Book” (this years’s VFX Oscar winner) and “Beauty and the Beast.”
While “The Jungle Book” achieved a new level of photographic-based realism, with everything virtual except for Neel Sethi’s real-life Mowgli, “Beauty and the Beast” utilizes more live-action, but also emphasizes photoreal CG characters; the Beast (Dan Stevens), who is performance captured by Digital Domain 3.0, and the enchanted characters that inhabit the castle (created by Framestore).
Yet the key to both movies is staying true to their original DNA while grounding them in believable and immersive worlds. This way our familiarity with the beloved »
- Bill Desowitz
“Beauty and the Beast” star Emma Thompson claims she once was asked out by Donald Trump. “I was doing a film called ‘Primary Colors’ with John Travolta in Hollywood and I was in my trailer and it was on the Universal lot and I had just been divorced,” the actress said during a recent appearance on the Norwegian-Swedish talk show, “Skavlan.” “The phone rings in my trailer which it’s never done before … I lift up the phone, ‘Hi, it’s Donald Trump here!'” she continued. “I said, ‘really? Can I help you?’ and he said, ‘I wondered if »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Emma Thompson is one of the most accomplished actresses in the world right now and perhaps in the history of film. So naturally when she goes public with a story that the President of the United States asked her out, I have to report on this. Recently Thompson gave an interview to Swedish News Outlet Svt and disclosed that Donald Trump offered to put her up in his Trump Tower and wanted to have dinner with her. Here’s what Thompson had to say. “The phone rings in my trailer, which it’s never done before, so it’s like a moose had
- Nat Berman
During a recent appearance on a Swedish television show, the 57-year-old actress revealed that she was asked out by the media mogul-turned-president in 1997, just after her divorce from Kenneth Branagh, and before he met his current wife, Melania.
"I'll tell you the story. It's very funny," Thompson shared. "I was doing a film called Primary Colors with John Travolta in Hollywood and I was in my trailer, and it was on the Universal lot and I had just been divorced and my decree absolute had just come through, like, the day before, which was no big deal."
"So the phone rings in my trailer, which it has never done before. I look at it and it's, like, weird. It's like a moose has just entered my trailer »
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