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

30 May 2017 2:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com 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 Eyes Oscar In Charming First Trailer For Stephen Frears’ ‘Victoria And Abdul’ — Watch

30 May 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tell your mom to maker her calendar, because Stephen Frears and Dame Judi Dench are coming in hot with another highbrow tearjerker, “Victoria and Abdul,” which released its first trailer today. Based on a true story, the film chronicles the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Dench) and an Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) during the later years of her reign.

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A powerhouse team, the “Philomena” director and star team up with “Billy Elliot” screenwriter Lee Hall, who adapts from the novel by Shrabani Basu. Set in the twilight of her life, the Queen meets Abdul when he travels to London for her jubilee celebration. The unlikely duo form a convivial bond, much to the dismay of her protective and power hungry inner circle. As the friendship deepens, she begins »

- Jude Dry

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

30 May 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | 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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‘Victoria & Abdul’ Trailer: Judi Dench Strikes an Unlikely Friendship, Starts an Oscar Campaign

30 May 2017 8:06 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Focus Features has released the first trailer for Victoria & Abdul, the new film from The Queen and High Fidelity filmmaker Stephen Frears. Scripted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), the film is based on the true story of Queen Victoria’s latter years, when she befriended a young clerk from India named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) and subsequently struck an unlikely and deep friendship that was looked down upon by her contemporaries. This looks like the kind of “nice” movie that Frears often makes, not unlike his recent Philomena, and just as with that film Dench looks to be delivering … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Focus Features Presents ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ ‘Darkest Hour,’ and Its 15th Anniversary

29 March 2017 5:09 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features used CinemaCon to celebrate its 15th anniversary with a celebratory luncheon. Judging by its show reel, Focus plans to spend the year doing what it knows best: Making movies designed for awards-season release.

Dame Judi Dench, who earned two of her seven Oscar nominations in Stephen Frears movies, reunites with her “Philomena” and “Mrs. Henderson Presents” filmmaker on lush period drama “Victoria and Abdul” (from Oscar factory Working Title), a true story about the elderly Queen Victoria, who, bored being the world’s longest-serving monarch, formed an unlikely friendship with Abdul Karim (Ali Fasal), who she makes her Indian Secretary. It’s written by the Oscar-nominated Lee Hall (“Billy Elliott”).

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Dench introduced the first-look footage via video. Clearly the movie falls inside the same Academy sweet spot as Frears’ Meryl Streep Oscar vehicle »

- Anne Thompson

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Focus Features Presents ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ ‘Darkest Hour,’ and Its 15th Anniversary

29 March 2017 5:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Focus Features used CinemaCon to celebrate its 15th anniversary with a celebratory luncheon. Judging by its show reel, Focus plans to spend the year doing what it knows best: Making movies designed for awards-season release.

Dame Judi Dench, who earned two of her seven Oscar nominations in Stephen Frears movies, reunites with her “Philomena” and “Mrs. Henderson Presents” filmmaker on lush period drama “Victoria and Abdul” (from Oscar factory Working Title), a true story about the elderly Queen Victoria, who, bored being the world’s longest-serving monarch, formed an unlikely friendship with Abdul Karim (Ali Fasal), who she makes her Indian Secretary. It’s written by the Oscar-nominated Lee Hall (“Billy Elliott”).

See More‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Comes Out Swinging With New Footage at CinemaCon

Dench introduced the first-look footage via video. Clearly the movie falls inside the same Academy sweet spot as Frears’ Meryl Streep Oscar vehicle »

- Anne Thompson

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Rose Garnett appointed director of BBC Films

27 February 2017 4:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BBC Films appoints Film4 executive to lead role.

Film4 head of creative Rose Garnett has been appointed director of BBC Films.

Garnett has served as head of creative at Film4 since 2015, working on titles including Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey as well as upcoming titles such as Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Clio Barnard’s Dark River and Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite.

She began her time at Film4 as head of development in 2014 before being promoted to head of editorial.

Garnett previously worked in theatre. She and writer-director David Farr ran the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill where they commissioned and worked with writers and directors including Lee Hall, Tracy Letts, Dominic Cook and Sarah Kane.

As previously reported by Screen, Garnett was one of the leading candidates for the job, though long-running BBC Films executive Joe Oppenheimer, who has served »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Bryan Cranston to Play Howard Beale on London Stage in 'Network'

27 January 2017 11:32 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bryan Cranston is set to make his U.K. stage debut, starring as Howard Beale, the role that won Peter Finch a posthumous Academy Award in the 1976 film, Network.

Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) penned the new adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning screenplay, a dark satire on the unscrupulous ratings hunger of American network television and the vanishing line between news and entertainment. The on-camera meltdown of evening news anchor Beale becomes sensational must-see TV when network executives opt to keep him on the air, despite his threat to commit suicide during an upcoming broadcast.

Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film »

- David Rooney

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