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Congrats to Monica Bellucci: She's Making History

24 July 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The ever-gorgeous Monica Bellucci--the Italians must have something in their water, as Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale still look fab, decades after their prime--marks the first woman aged 50 to play a Bond girl. We should call her a Bond Woman, she told the Sunday Times Style magazine. She first thought that director Sam Mendes wanted to cast her as M in Bond 24, "Spectre," replacing 80-year-old Dame Judi Dench.  Read More: Watch 'Spectre' Trailer: James Bond Meets the Author of His Pain »

- Anne Thompson

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Logo for Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

24 July 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Director Tim Burton has taken to Facebook to reveal the official logo for his new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (portrayed by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is set for release on March 4th 2016, with a cast that includes Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.


- Gary Collinson

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Steven Moffat launches impassioned defence of the BBC: 'We can't let Tories switch it off'

22 July 2015 5:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Steven Moffat is the latest star to make an impassioned defence of the BBC in the wake of the government's critical Green Paper.

The award-winning Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner described the corporation as a "beacon of quality" and accused the Conservative government of a desire to "turn off the people that are criticising them", blasting its ideas for reform as "all wretched [and] all wrong".

"If we limit it, or damage it, or destroy it, we have absolutely no idea how to turn [the BBC] back on, because we don't know how it happened it the first place," Moffat told The Stage.

"You could look at [the BBC's] philosophy, you could look at the fact that somehow from the work of those early pioneers it became a beacon of quality - not just for Britain, but for the entire world.

"If we allow, basically, the Tories to turn off the people that are criticising them, »

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Daniel Craig, J.K. Rowling & Judi Dench Voice Support For “Strong” BBC

15 July 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A host of big names have lent their voices to an open letter to the government calling for it to protect the integrity and independence of the BBC. Daniel Craig, J.K. Rowling, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Richard Curtis are just some of the luminaries to offer the embattled BBC some support a day ahead of the government publishing a green paper that many expect to call for a top to bottom review of the BBC moving forward. Here is a full copy of the letter: 'Dear… »

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J.K. Rowling, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig Defend BBC from Right-wing Attacks

15 July 2015 3:42 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — A host of British showbiz stars — including J.K. Rowling, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz — have come to the defense of publicly-owned broadcaster the BBC as it struggles to defend itself from attacks from the right-wing Conservative Party government.

In an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, the two dozen or so celebrities from the world of film and television wrote: “In our view, a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain.”

They added: “The BBC is a very precious organization. Like all organizations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good.”

In the letter, they express their “concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster.”

Among the other stars to put their names to the letter are actor Mark Rylance, who starred in “Wolf Hall” and leads the cast »

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Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and more stars sign open letter to David Cameron over BBC plans

15 July 2015 1:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The stars have come out in force to defend the BBC against government criticism.

Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Jk Rowling and Sir David Attenborough are among the names who have signed an open letter to David Cameron ahead of the BBC's Charter Review.

Describing the corporation as a "very precious institution", they have warned the Prime Minister that "a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain".

Rachel Weisz, Mark Rylance, David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Michael McIntyre, Steven Moffatt, Richard Curtis, Simon Schama and Sir Lenny Henry have also put their names to the letter.

They are joined by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Claudia Winkleman, Graham Norton, Chris Evans, Professor Brian Cox, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Adil Ray, Jamie Oliver, Clara Amfo, Nick Grimshaw, Trevor Nelson, Annie Nightingale and Reggie Yates.

The letter reads: "The Government and the BBC are now entering the Charter Review. We »

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: July 13-19

13 July 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Ex Machina"

Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star in this inventive sci-fi thriller from Alex Garland, the genius writer of "28 Days Later." Critics and audiences both gave this one the thumbs-up with "Ex Machina" currently boasting a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. DVD/Blu-ray extras include a "Through the Looking Glass: Creating Ex Machina" 5-part featurette, SXSW Q&A with cast and crew, and eight behind-the-scenes vignettes.

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

This sequel to the 2012 charmer "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" stars the always engaging Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel with the welcome addition of Richard Gere. Blu-ray extras include featurettes on "Returning to the Marigold Hotel," "Blossoming Relationships," "The Marigold Wedding," and "Filming in India. »

- Gina Carbone

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DVD Review – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

6 July 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

Directed by John Madden

Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tina Desai, Dev Patel, Shazad Latif, Tamsin Greig and Richard Gere.


As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.

This sequel to John Madden’s 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had few requirements to fulfill. Of most importance, the stellar cast from the first film returned in force, bolstered by a handful of bright, new faces. The largely-British ensemble cast, extensively listed above, features actors whom it is a simple pleasure to watch. Bill Nighy (Pride) is a perennial charmer, and his relationship with the delightful Dame Judi Dench (Philomena) is only a recipe for success. The screen is stolen by »

- Jake Wilson

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Dustin Hoffman blasts Hollywood: 'This is the worst that film has ever been'

4 July 2015 5:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dustin Hoffman had taken aim at Hollywood, saying that the film industry is in a bad state.

In an interview with The Independent, the actor said that the movie industry in its current state is driven purely by profit.

"I think right now television is the best that it's ever been and I think that it's the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I've been doing it, it's the worst."

He went on to say that he isn't "getting much" directorial work, which he explained as being purely for financial reasons.

"I don't think that has anything to do with whether you are good or not, it's just about whether your films make money or not."

Dame Judi Dench recently spoke about working with Hoffman on Esio Trot in an interview clip exclusive to Digital Spy. »

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Jackson Returns! Two-Time Oscar Winner and Former Labour MP to Star in Zola Adaptation

2 July 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party.[1] The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart."[2] Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »

- Andre Soares

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'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Characters Review Their Stay | Exclusive

2 July 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox Home Entertainment's hit sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is currently available on Digital HD formats, before its release on Blu-ray and DVD July 14. With any tourist destination like The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, travelers will post their reviews of the hotel on sites like Yelp and other travel websites. Today we have three exclusive photos which shows the reviews of this establishment by main characters Douglas (Bill Nighy), Evelyn (Judi Dench) and Guy (Richard Gere).

Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast - including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel - returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Dev Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second well as his own wedding. But his efforts »

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DramaFever Obtains Streaming Rights To 18 BBC Titles

1 July 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

DramaFever is getting an infusion of classic British entertainment. The New York-based streaming platform, popular for its focus on international TV and movies, has closed a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America for the U.S. streaming rights to 18 BBC titles.

DramaFever added five BBC titles to its streaming platform on July 1, 2015, and will add the remaining 13 shows over the next few months. The online video service’s premium subscribers now have access to the first five titles: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (starring Eddie Redmayne), Pride and Prejudice (Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth), Upstairs, Downstairs (Keeley Hawes), Little Dorrit (Claire Foy), and Miss Austen Regrets (Olivia Williams).

Here’s a list of the remaining BBC titles DramaFever will start streaming in the upcoming months:

Sense and Sensibility (Premieres July 31) – Sense and Sensibility is a story of two young sisters on a voyage of burgeoning sexual and romantic discovery. »

- Bree Brouwer

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: First 'Pirates of the Caribbean' One of Most Enjoyable Summer Blockbusters of Early 21st Century

29 June 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »

- Andre Soares

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Pierce Brosnan: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

24 June 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in conjunction with his third outing as James Bond, in Michael Apted's The World Is Not Enough, in 1999. Brosnan was alternately charming, erudite, thoughtful and intense during our two hour chat. His native intelligence shone through it all, as did a sense of decency which many people seem to acquire after enduring and surviving hardship in their formative years.

Bonding With Brosnan


Alex Simon

There are several dangers in becoming a cultural icon, not the least of which is the stigma that your public will forever keep you imprisoned in the mold of your iconography, allowing the recipient a privileged, if imprisoned, existence, particularly if that person is an artist. Sean Connery faced just such a dilemma during the height of James Bond-mania in the mid-60's. A serious actor, Connery desperately wanted to break out of the action hero mold that was British Superspy James Bond, »

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Judi Dench: 'I’d like to play an animal that turns into something'

24 June 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Speaking to Prince Edward at a charity event, the Oscar-winner explained why she doesn’t watch her movies, and how she was wooed by Vin Diesel

She may have had an acting career that spans almost 60 years, but Dame Judi Dench has confessed she has watched barely any of the dozens of films she has made over her lifetime.

Dench was speaking to Prince Edward in St James’s Palace on 23 June at an event celebrating the organisation Films Without Borders, a charity that teaches young people around the world the skills to make and produce films, and offers international internships on major film sets. George Lucas, Sam Mendes and Whoopi Goldberg spoke to the prince at a similar event in Windsor Castle last year.

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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Clip from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – out now on Blu-Ray and DVD

23 June 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Available now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download, we’ve got this new clip from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Check out the clip below:

Unexpected Visitors from Ebba Blakeborough-Tait on Vimeo.

See Also: Details for the Blu-ray release of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel announced

Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast — including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel — returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort…as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends.

Directed by John Madden, the comedy sequel stars »

- Luke Owen

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Rob Zombie To Make Groucho Marx Biography!

19 June 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

It's the most bizarre mating of two diverse talents since Ernest Borgnine thought it would a good idea to marry Ethel Merman, though hopefully this one will have a happier ending. Cult movie director Rob Zombie has announced that he will bring a Groucho Marx biography to the screen. The film will based on the memoir "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House" by Steve Stoliar, a fan who worked for the legendary actor and comedian as his personal secretary and archivist in the last years of his life. (Marx died in 1977 at age 86). Turns out the esteemed Mr. Zombie is a life long Groucho admirer. Who knew? We look forward to Zombie directing Dame Judi Dench in a biopic of Gracie Allen. For more click here »

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Ovation to Air Actors Hall of Fame Induction Special

15 June 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ovation TV has partnered with the Actors Hall of Fame Foundation to air the Actors Hall of Fame induction ceremony — marking the first time the event will be televised.

“This will not be a ‘traditional award show.’ There are enough of those already!” said Actors Hall of Fame president Rusty Citron, who made the announcement with Liz Janneman, Ovation’s exec VP of network strategy. “We wanted to partner with Ovation TV because, as the foremost arts broadcast network, they understand that an actor who has achieved this level of success deserves the respect and honor worthy of their accomplishments.”

The special, which will air in October, will honor 15 as-yet-to-be-announced actors for their career achievement in film, TV and theater. Past recipients have included Gene Hackman, Meryl Streep, William H. Macy, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Anthony Hopkins, Robert DeNiro, James Earl Jones and Hal Holbrook. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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FilmRise to Distribute Water Bearer’s Lgbt Movies

12 June 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film and TV distributor FilmRise has partnered with Water Bearer Films in a distribution deal for 125 titles from Water Bearer’s library of Lgbt-oriented movies, Variety has learned exclusively.

The deal includes home media, digital and TV. It includes Peter Hall’s adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” starring Helen Mirren and Judi Dench, and the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini, including “The Gospel According to St. Matthew,” “Oedipus Rex” and the documentary “Love Meetings.”

Other titles include the coming-of-age drama “Like a Brother”; Mark Rappaport’s documentary on gay Hollywood, “The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender”; the romance “La Leon”; and “A Very Natural Thing.”

“We’re ecstatic to be distributing these incredible films from the Water Bearer library,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said. “For decades, they have been instrumental in nurturing and promoting Lgbt-oriented filmmaking, from Pasolini to the New Queer Cinema, and we are honored to »

- Dave McNary

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Watch: First International Trailer For Stephen Frear's Lance Armstrong Pic 'The Program' Starring Ben Foster

10 June 2015 11:32 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It was nearly two years ago that the first image from Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong movie "The Program" arrived. since that time a number of festivals have come and gone where we might've expected it to show up, and when any movie is off the grid this long, one does begin to wonder about its quality. Today the first international trailer has arrived, and though it's dubbed in German, it gives you an idea of the picture. Read More: Venice Review: Stephen Fears' 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan  Ben Foster takes the lead role as the disgraced cyclist in the story penned by John Hodge ("Trance," "The Beach," "Trainspotting") and based on David Walsh's book "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong, about the journalist's work in exposing Armstrong's misdeeds. Yes, that's Chris O'Dowd taking a dramatic co-starring role, with  Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons among. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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