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'Victoria and Abdul' Review: Judi Dench Is 'a Pleasure' in Shallow Royal Film

21 September 2017 2:34 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Since Dame Judi Dench is acting royalty she has no trouble playing the hell out of Queen Victoria in her last years on the throne of England. Even better, she lets her ingrained mischief remove any hints of sanctimony from the old girl. Sadly, Victoria & Abdul, directed by the usually scrappy Stephen Frears from a dutiful script by Lee Hall, only sets one place at the table. Abdul Karim (Bollywood star Ali Fazal), the lowly Indian Muslim clerk who's sent from Agra to England to present the Queen with a ceremonial coin, »

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Review: Victoria & Abdul (2017)

20 September 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

With the whole world still seemingly in the grip of clown-mania, it’s doubly difficult for a movie to make a real impact at the moment. With Victoria & Albert however, we may have something that is powerful enough to step out of the shadows that It has created in cinematic circles this month.

The sequel to 1997’s Mrs. Brown, and based on the book of the same name as well as real-life events, Judie Dench reprises her role as Queen Victoria, now in her dotage at the age of 81. This second story echoes the sentiments of its predecessor, in that a servant finds favour with the ruler of the largest empire that the world has ever seen. Although Ali Fazal‘s Abdul Karim is a completely different character to the irreverent Scotsman portrayed by Billy Connolly in Mrs. Brown, the similarities are striking.

Karim and his fellow servant Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar »

- Dan Green

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Movie Review – Victoria and Abdul (2017)

12 September 2017 2:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Victoria And Abdul, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Frears

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Piggott-Smith, Michael Gambon, and Olivia Williams.


Queen Victoria is in her declining years when she forms a close friendship with Abdul Karim, a clerk from Agra in India.  As well as being her confidante, he becomes her advisor, teaching her about the Koran and to speak Urdu – much to the consternation of her courtiers and the Prince Of Wales.

Are we in the midst of Queen Victoria madness?  As her younger self has her mettle tested as a monarch and a mother on Sunday night television, her final years come to the big screen this week, as portrayed by Dame Judi Dench.

It’s not, of course, the first time she’s played the monarch in her post-Albert years.  In John Madden’s Mrs Brown (1997) she was shown forming an attachment to Billy Connolly’s John Brown, »

- Freda Cooper

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Olivia de Havilland on Becoming the Oldest Person to Be Named a Dame: I’m ‘Extremely Proud’

17 June 2017 7:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The actress known to millions as Gone With the Wind‘s Melanie Wilkes is now officially Dame Olivia de Havilland.

The 100-year-old two-time Oscar winner was named a Dame Commander in Queen Elizabeth II‘s Birthday Honors list on Saturday, becoming the oldest-ever person to achieve the distinction.

Of the honor, de Havilland said in a statement to People that she is “extremely proud that the Queen has appointed me a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.”

“To receive this honor as my 101st birthday approaches is the most gratifying of birthday presents,” she said.

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- Peter Mikelbank

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Trailer Watch: The Queen Rediscovers Her Love of Life in “Victoria & Abdul”

31 May 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“Victoria & Abdul”

The trailer for “Victoria & Abdul” sees Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) tired of her royal duties and her life. She falls asleep at extravagant state dinners. She’s uninterested in the Prime Minister (Michael Gambon) and his “terribly depressing” briefings. And she sounds more weary than proud when she rattles off her accomplishments: “I’m 81 years of age and have almost a billion citizens. I’ve been in office 62 years, making me the longest-serving monarch in history.”

As Queen Victoria tells her servant turned new friend and confidant, Abdul (Ali Fazal), she doesn’t feel she has a purpose anymore. “No one really knows what it’s like to be queen,” she tearfully confesses. “Everyone I love has died and I just go on and on. What is the point?”

Luckily, the queen’s outlook seems to change as her trust in Abdul grows and their friendship deepens. Abdul — who comes to England from India to present the queen with a special coin and ends up staying on as her personal servant — introduces Queen Victoria to new languages, food, and culture. Soon enough, the monarch rediscovers her passion as a ruler. When her son questions her mental state and threatens to usurp the throne, the queen is back to her usual fiery self. “I am cantankerous, greedy, fat,” she emphasizes. “I am, perhaps, disagreeably attached to power. But I am anything but insane.”

“Victoria & Abdul” sees Dench reuniting with her “Philomena” and “Mrs. Henderson Presents” director Stephen Frears. The Oscar winner previously portrayed Queen Victoria in 1997’s “Mrs. Brown.” The John Madden pic saw Dench playing the monarch as a newly bereaved widow. Similar to “Victoria & Abdul,” the film depicted how a new friendship, with John Brown (Billy Connolly) in that case, helped alleviate her depression and get back to her job.

“Victoria & Abdul” hits theaters September 22.

Trailer Watch: The Queen Rediscovers Her Love of Life in “Victoria & Abdul” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Judi Dench Shines In First Trailer And Poster For Victoria & Abdul

30 May 2017 2:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Up until a few years ago, Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, was the longest reigning monarch. That is until Queen Elizabeth II, her great-great granddaughter surpassed her in September 2015. Elizabeth has been Queen since 1952.

With a reign of 63 years, seven months and two days, Victoria was the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history.

Focus Features has released the first poster and trailer for the upcoming Victoria & Abdul, from director Stephen Frears (The Queen,” “Philomena,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents”). The cast features Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar and Michael Gambon.

Many fans of the 1997’s Mrs. Brown wanted more of the story of a bereaved Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her relationship with a Scottish servant, John Brown (Billy Connolly), and the subsequent uproar it provoked. »

- Michelle Hannett

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Judi Dench looks every inch a Queen in trailer for Victoria and Abdul

30 May 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

At the youthful age of 82, Dame Judi Dench isn’t retiring for anyone, just a little like her latest role as an ageing Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul for which a joyous trailer and poster have been released.

Dench teams up again with the Philomena director Stephen Frears on a story which is based on the latter years of Queen Victoria who reigned over England for 64 years between 1837 until her death in 1901 and her relationship with a young Indian clerk who she befriends after he is sent to her court.  Dench is reprising her role as the cantankerous Queen after she portrayed Queen Victoria back in 1997 in Mrs Brown alongside Billy Connolly from an earlier episode in the royal’s life, so stepping back into her persona should have come quite naturally to the veteran actress.

Clad in Queen Victoria’s black mourning dress that she »

- Zehra Phelan

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Vale John Clarke

9 April 2017 10:18 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

John Clarke..

Renowned satirist, writer and actor John Clarke, died Sunday, aged 68..

New Zealand-born Clarke and comedy partner Bryan Dawe sent up Aussie politics in mock interviews on the ABC.s 7.30 Report.and before that on Nine.s A Current Affair.

Clarke created and starred in mockumentary series The Games. His screenwriting credits include Lonely Hearts with Paul Cox, the original screenplay Billy Connolly's.The Man Who Sued God, and mini-series Anzacs.

As an actor he appeared in features such as.Death of Brunswick opposite Sam Neill, and more recently in Matthew Saville.s A Month of Sundays and the ABC.s The Ex-pm..

He died of natural causes while on a hike in the Grampians National Park, Victoria. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Lorin and Lucia and grandchildren Claudia and Charles.

A statement from his family said: .John died doing one of the things he »

- Jackie Keast

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Talent Agent Gene Parseghian Dies at 72

16 March 2017 3:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime Gotham talent agent Gene Parseghian, who repped stars including Daniel Day Lewis, Eddie Redmayne, Olympia Dukakis, and Kathleen Turner, died March 16 of cancer at his home in Manhattan. He was 72.

Among the other actors he repped were Kit Harington, Rufus Sewell, Hugh Dancy, Essie Davis, Christopher Abbott, Miranda Richardson, Billy Connolly, and Betty Buckley.

Over the years, he also worked with Judi Dench, William Hurt, Joan Hackett, Isabella Rosellini, Emma Thompson, Mark Rylance, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Christopher Walken, Jul​i​e Andrews and many others. He also represented cinematographers such as Michael Ballhaus.

Born in Oneonta, N.Y., Parseghian started out as an actor. He studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and received an Mfa in acting from Stanford. After acting in Manhattan in the early ’70s, he became an agent specializing in actors and in 1977 opened Parseghian Associates. In 1978 his »

- Pat Saperstein

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Giveaway – Win Wild Oats on DVD

5 March 2017 7:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Wild Oats – available on DVD 6th March – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

Thelma and Louise meets Shirley Valentine as legendary Oscar-winning actors Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange team up for this funny and uplifting spending-spree screwball comedy, with a fantastic supporting cast including Billy Connolly and Demi Moore.

Directed by Hollywood comedy veteran Andy Tennant (Hitch), Wild Oats is a delightful, hilarious and uplifting fish out of water comedy adventure.

Order via Amazon.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, March 19th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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This competition is promoted by Fetch Publicity. By entering you agree to the terms and conditions, which you can read here. »

- Gary Collinson

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Review: The Reptile Room

14 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The incredibly deadly viper not as deadly as most people think.

That was one of the key things we learned on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1 Episode 3 and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1 Episode 4. 

With the kids finally making their way to Montgomery Montgomery's house, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that Count Olaf would be far behind. 

His latest disguise as Stephano was a stark contrast to his Olaf and it really helped give Neil Patrick Harris another fun character to play. 

The thing I love about the Baudelaire children is that they can tell pretty much straight off the bat whenever Count Olaf is in disguise. It must be such a struggle for them to try and explain it to everyone. 

Then again, when you have the likes of Mr. Poe trying to throw you off to the highest bidder, »

- Paul Dailly

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