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London — Emma Thompson told an audience at BAFTA in London Sunday how much she disliked the star system.
“The star system is not a good system. It’s all hierarchical. I think that’s just revolting. It is revolting for actors to become grand,” said Thompson, who claimed that she was the only star to have ever asked for a smaller trailer.
During the interview, which was part of BAFTA’s “A Life in Pictures” series, in which top talent talk about their careers, she paid tribute to those actors who were “great” without being “grand,” such as Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins. She recalled how Hoffman was once stuck in traffic while travelling to the set of “Last Chance Harvey,” and got out of the car, took his shoes off, and ran in his socks to get there in time. “He just wants to do it so much,” she said. »
- Leo Barraclough
What could have been a powerful story of race politics set in the White House is held back by the whiff of Downton Abbey
History is written by the victors, they say; this movie looks as if the history of American race politics as written by Julian Fellowes. It is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a black butler in the White House whose human-interest story was recounted by Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood as part of his paper's Obama victory coverage in 2008.
Allen had a ringside seat at history by serving every president from Eisenhower to Reagan and finally lived to see the dream come true. A black man was in the White House – in a position other than menial.
This treacly and stilted movie, directed by Lee Daniels, invites its audience on a guided tour of the postwar White House, upstairs and down, unveiling a waxwork set of president-cameos. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The story is based on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's New Yorker article about the final moments in the chess game relationship between an ailing Delhi judge and his beautiful younger Bombay wife.
Each has separate lives, even though they live under the same roof. As he nears death, the judge wants to be sure that his even younger, barely educated mistress is cared for and not cast out.
Jhabvala, who passed away in April, was a Booker Prize-winning novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter. She was also the go to scribe for Ismael Merchant and James Ivory's films such as "Howard's End," "The Remains of the Day" and "A Room with a View".
Conde Nast Entertainment and Ad Hominem Enterprises will produce the film.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The story is based on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's final article for The New Yorker, which was published in March before she died in early April. The plot centers on the complicated relationship between an Indian judge in New Dehli and his much younger wife. While they both share a home together, the husband and wife lead very separate lives. With the judge on his death bed, he makes sure she will be cared for and not shunned by society after he passes.
Fox Searchlight is in talks to distribute.
“The Judge’s Will” is Jhabvala’s final published work. The story appeared in the March 25 issue of The New Yorker, a week before Jhabvala died.
Jhabvala’s story focuses on the relationship between an ailing Delhi judge and his younger wife. The story began with this sentence: “After his second heart attack, the judge knew that he could no longer put off informing his wife about the contents of his will.”
- Dave McNary
Right now Alexander Payne's new film Nebraska is making the festival rounds, but Paramount Vantage will send the black and white comedic drama to theaters in November. However, the director will next reunite with The Descendants distributor Fox Searchlight for a new project called The Judge's Will. Deadline reports Payne is currently in talks to direct the film from Conde Nast Entertainment, based on a piece from The New Yorker that was actually the last published work of writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who also worked on some films like Le Divorce and A Room with a View with Ismael Merchant and James Ivory. Now Payne will direct (and produce through his Ad Hominem Enterprises) the story which follows the last days in a "chess game relationship" between an ailing Delhi judge and his beautiful younger Bombay wife. Each of them live their own lives independently despite living under the same roof, »
- Ethan Anderton
Success came to Ruth Prawer Jhabvala both as a novelist and screenwriter as she won the Booker Prize for Dust and Bone which was published in 1975 and two Academy Awards for adapting two books by E.M. Forster for the big screen, A Room with a View (1986) and Howards End (1992). “I have great rapport with Forster and his life,” Jhabvala stated during an interview with the Writers Guild of America. “I grew up in England, and I went to India, the same as him. I knew the sort of characters he wrote about. I knew the Indian characters he wrote about. I knew them well. It wasn’t strange territory for me. For example, sometimes people send me books set in Iowa or somewhere. I would have no idea! A book set in England or India? Okay, that’s fine. Or even here on the East coast, that’s fine. I’ve met those people. »
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The spirit of free enterprise underpins the Hanif Kureishi-scripted, Stephen Frears-directed comedy – mordant but forward-looking in its equation of immigrant thrift with modern conservative values. Omar, son of a campaigning journalist-in-exile, turns to launderette-management, drug-stealing and inter-ethnic gay sex to boot. Genuinely groundbreaking in its subtle and empathetic portrait of a British Asian community, My Beautiful Laundrette was a teasing provocation to the mindset of the 70s old left. Daniel Day Lewis, of course, made a massive impact as punk rocker Johnny, a stereotype confounder who deserts his street-fighting confreres for Omar's charms. Kureishi's prescience even ran to the »
- Andrew Pulver
The writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who has died aged 85, achieved her greatest fame late in life, and for work she had once dismissed as a hobby – listing "writing film scripts" as a recreation in Who's Who. Her original screenplays and adaptations of literary classics for the film producer Ismail Merchant and the director James Ivory were met with box-office and critical success. The trio met in 1961, and almost immediately became collaborators, as well as close and lifelong friends.
Soon after Merchant and Ivory themselves met (in New York), Merchant proposed that they make a film of Jhabvala's early novel The Householder (1960). The pair then went to Delhi and asked her to sell them the book and write a screenplay of it in eight days flat. Over the next five decades, »
- Janet Watts
Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died. She was 85.
Firoza Jhabvala said Wednesday that her mother died in New York after a long illness.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a longtime member of Merchant Ivory Productions, writing 22 films over four decades. She won two Academy Awards for her adaptations of the E.M. Forster novels Howards End and A Room With a View. She was also nominated for adapting 1993′s The Remains of the Day. All three films were also best-picture contenders.
“Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has been a beloved member of the Merchant Ivory family since 1960, comprising one-third of »
- Associated Press
Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died at age 85, the Associated Press reports. Her daughter, Firoza Jhabvala, confirms her death in New York, after a long illness.
Jhabvala's writing career began with a series of novels about her life in India. She was later approached by Merchant Ivory Productions to turn one of the novels into a movie. "The Householder" was released in 1963. She went on to write 22 films total for the production company, winning two Academy Awards.
Her Oscars were a result of adapting E.M. Forster novels "Howards End" and "A Room With a View." She received a third nomination for her adaptation of "The Remains of the Day" in 1993. Her last screenplay was for 2008's "The City of Your Final Destination," starring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney.
A statement from Merchant Ivory Productions calls Jhabvala's death "a significant loss to the global film community." The statement reads, »
Ruth, born in 1927 in Germany, moved to New Delhi in 1951 after marrying Indian architect Cyrus H. Jhabvala.
Her novel “Head and dust”, set in India, won her a Booker prize in 1975. She was first approached by Merchant Ivory production for the adaptation of the novel. The novel got made into a film in 1983.
Screenwriter and novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who collaborated for five decades with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant and won Oscars for “A Room With a View” and “Howards End,” died of a pulmonary disorder Wednesday in New York. She was 85.
Born in Germany, she moved to Britain with her family during the Nazi regime. After marrying an Indian architect in 1951 and moving to New Delhi, she began to write about her life there. She drew on her experiences for the novel “Heat and Dust” about a young woman living in India in the 1920s, which won the Booker Prize and was adapted for the 1983 Ivory film.
Prawer Jhabvala collaborated with Merchant and Ivory on films that were often literary adaptations, including “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” “The Remains of the Day,” “Quartet,” “The Golden Bowl” and “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries.”
Merchant first called her in 1961 to ask the novelist, »
- Pat Saperstein
Writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, whose scripts for "Howards End" and "A Room With A View" earned her Oscars, has died at her home in New York. She was 85. She made more than 20 films with producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory over 40 years.a She also won the Booker Prize for her 1975 novel "Heat and Dust." Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013 Born into a Jewish family, her family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 to begin a new life in Britain. After meeting her future husband in London, Jhabvala moved »
- Todd Cunningham
New York, April 3: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the German-born novelist and award winning screen writer for Merchant-Ivory Productions, died Wednesday at her home in New York. She is survived by three daughters.
The 85-year old writer, who set the locale of many of her stories in India, was suffering from pulmonary disorder, Us media reported, quoting filmmaker James Ivory. Jhabvala was associated with Ivory since the 1960s.
After moving to New Delhi with her Indian-born husband in the 1950s, Jhabvala wrote a series of novels and short stories about India. She was invited in 1961 to write the script for "The Householder". »
- Abhijeet Sen
for discussion fun
Tootsie, one of the inarguably great American comedies
"The Tuesday Top Ten will get more article-like soon," he said (again). "It really will." But it was so much fun to discuss the 1930s and the 1970s, which are arguably the two most respected decades (critically speaking) of American cinema. So how about a decade that gets no respect? The 1980s. The '80s are tough for me to feel discerning about because I lived through them and was a) young and b) just falling in love with the movies and c) just falling hard for the movies so how could the cinema possibly have been hitting its nadir? I still have inordinate fondness for movies that might more safely be called guilty pleasures like Yentl, Superman II, Splash, Return of the Jedi, Clue, and about half of the filmography of John Hughes... and so on. I even »
- NATHANIEL R
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