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5 items from 2002

Diesel's Dame Night Out

12 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood superstar Vin Diesel may have a reputation as a hard man - but that doesn't stop him from enjoying the theatre. The XXX hunk was in London and decided to catch a performance of The Breath Of Life starring Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith but wasn't offered the VIP treatment. When Diesel attempted to make a low-key entrance to the show via the stage door he was met with a very English dismissal. The doorman said, "Sorry, mate, not even the Queen of England is allowed to come through here, if she's not in the cast." However, the problems at the door did not leave The Fast And The Furious star in a rage and he thoroughly enjoyed the play - especially Dench's critically acclaimed turn. His spokesperson confirmed that he had sent the acting legend a bouquet the very next day and said, "He loved the play." »

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'A slightly mad Irishman'

28 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The news of the death of Richard Harris produced a flurry of reaction in Britain and America, with members of the Harry Potter team leading the charge. "He was an absolute professional who knew how to live life to the full," said fellow Potter star Alan Rickman. "I loved him: He was an extraordinary man. I could count myself so lucky to have worked with him." "My heart goes out to his family," said Maggie Smith, who plays Professor Minerva McGonagall in Potter. "It is a great loss. I am going to miss him terribly. It was a great pleasure to be with him, and it's going to be odd doing a Potter film without him." "A slightly mad Irishman and a truly gifted performer," said Clint Eastwood, who directed Harris in Unforgiven. "His presence on the set during the filming of Unforgiven always gave us a much-needed lift during the many hours of difficult work." "He was one of the giants of the old school," said Ridley Scott, who directed Harris in Gladiator. »

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'Potter' appears Nov. 3 in London

5 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film based on the hit children's novels by J.K. Rowling, will have its world premiere Nov. 3 in London, Warner Bros. said. Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, is expected to attend along with co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. Also on hand, Warners said Friday, will be other actors from the film, including Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Kenneth Branagh. The film will be released Nov. 15 in the United Kingdom and North America. (Reuters contributed to this report.) »

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Connelly Amazed At BAFTA

25 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American actress Jennifer Connelly was shocked at beating four of Britain's most respected thespians for this year's BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award. Connelly won the honor ahead of Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Kate Winslet. She says, "I'm shocked. I didn't expect this and I'm absolutely flabbergasted. All the other actresses put in beautiful performances. I'm completely taken by surprise. It was fantastic working with Russell Crowe. He's a great actor and it doesn't get much better." Jennifer admits she's also pleased with her "particularly pretty" award. »

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New Bond Baddie Confirmed

9 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The full cast of the new James Bond movie is taking shape - with British actor Toby Stephens confirmed as the new 'Bond baddie'. The son of veteran actress Maggie Smith and the late Robert Stephens has taken his place in the cast alongside Pierce Brosnan, returning for the fourth time as the suave secret agent, and Halle Berry, who plays the as-yet-untitled female villain. Filming on the twentieth instalment of the hit series of action movies is due to start this week. »

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