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Joanna Lumley's Japan review – an absolutely fabulous travel companion

9 September 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Lumley hugs seals, gasps at cranes and glows after drinking a bit too much sake (there is still a bit of Patsy in her). Plus, Jennifer Saunders in We Love Sitcom

Joanna Lumley, in fabulous fur (faux), is on the frozen deck of an icebreaker, sailing across an icy Okhotsk Sea. “Come with me to the Land of the Rising Sun,” she says, spreading her arms out wide. Is she going to break into Let It Go? The cold never bothered her anyway.

This is Joanna Lumley’s Japan (ITV). I don’t generally approve of the celebrity travelogue television genre, but I’m prepared to make an exception for Lumley, simply because she’s such a frightfully good travel companion.

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- Sam Wollaston

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The Furniture: The Best of Absolutely Fabulous

1 August 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Daniel Walber's series looks at Production Design in contemporary and classic movies

This, week, in honor of the most fabulous sitcom in the history of television, I’m going to try something a bit different. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, expanding toward world domination as we speak, is a booze-soaked-cherry on top of a quarter-century-aged fruitcake. It also does more than well by the show’s strongest points, bringing back not only its beloved characters but also its crazed sense of fashion.

And as you can tell by its choice use of an underwater exercise bike, the movie renews the TV show’s flare for production design as a comic tool. Jennifer Saunders and the show's design team, which only varied a bit over the years, have always used excess to their advantage. To prove my point, here are five favorite design moments from the many seasons of Absolutely Fabulous »

- Daniel Walber

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Film Review: ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ Too Thin to be Completely Winning

24 July 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – As far as TV shows that fans wish could be movies, the cult hit “Absolutely Fabulous” was high on the list. The adventures of Patsy and Edina, two middle age Brits with an appetite for self medication, has had a dedicated following since it premiered in 1992. Even though there were six full TV seasons, and various reunions, “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” has emerged.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Although series creator (and portrayer of Edina) Jennifer Saunders wrote the screenplay, the film suffered with a not-quite-enough storyline that made 90 minutes seem longer. However, there are some magic and bizarrely funny moments in the film, even though the substance-abusing duo are getting a bit long in the tooth to keep the characters viable. But this is “Ab-Fab,” and viability is not really high on the radar, darling. For fans of the show, this is welcome fun, and for those not as familiar, caveat emptor. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Brings Back Two of the Greatest Red Hot Messes Ever - and Kate Moss!

22 July 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Ab Fab brand - the exuberantly vulgar misadventures of two boozily dysfunctional middle-aged fashionistas - apparently never goes out of style. And isn't that wonderful, sweetie? Isn't it? In the big-screen reboot of the classic British sitcom, publicist Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) sets out to land a new client (none other than supermodel Kate Moss) with the help, as always, of best pal/enabler Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Times are hard, the Bolly's dried up, and the credit cards have been cut up. In desperation, Patsy cries out she needs "hand money," and Eddie must woo Moss as her next big client. »

- Monique Jessen

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Brings Back Two of the Greatest Red Hot Messes Ever - and Kate Moss!

22 July 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Ab Fab brand - the exuberantly vulgar misadventures of two boozily dysfunctional middle-aged fashionistas - apparently never goes out of style. And isn't that wonderful, sweetie? Isn't it? In the big-screen reboot of the classic British sitcom, publicist Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) sets out to land a new client (none other than supermodel Kate Moss) with the help, as always, of best pal/enabler Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Times are hard, the Bolly's dried up, and the credit cards have been cut up. In desperation, Patsy cries out she needs "hand money," and Eddie must woo Moss as her next big client. »

- Monique Jessen

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Review: ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Amusingly Translates Charms of Beloved Series to The Big Screen

22 July 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It would take a comedic genius like Joanna Lumley to turn the single word “Gabon” into a three-act play. But it is the visionary Jennifer Saunders who wrote the joke, gave it to her partner in crime and brought the outrageous world of “Absolutely Fabulous” to life. And for that, we should all be in awe. Saunders is the star and creator of “Absolutely Fabulous” — “Ab Fab,” to fans — the movie based on the hit series that ran on BBC One for twenty years, and one of the most successful series-to-movie adaptations of the last decade.

Not that “Absolutely Fabulous” is a cinematic masterpiece, but unlike the big screen versions of “Sex and The City” or the just-released “Looking,” “Absolutely Fabulous” captures the irreverent fun of the series using an appropriately absurd plot device and does not read like a tired excuse to put the characters back in a room together. »

- Jude Dry

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'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' Review: Lush for Life

22 July 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ever since Absolutely Fabulous swanned onto the BBC in 1992, there's been talk of a feature-film adventure — and now, 24 years later, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has left Brexit-land to splash down on our shores. Moviegoers are now in the enviable position of spending decadent quality time with P.R. guru Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her fashionista and champagne-and-coke savant bestie Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley). Diehard fans will find Eddy and Patsy even more AbFab on the big screen. The movie? Not so much. Too many locations, a convoluted plot, »

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Exclusive Featurette: Watch Our Favorite Boozing Broads in 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'

22 July 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

  Boozing broads Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and her Bff Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are up to their old tricks in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which has the two aging "slags" living the high life – clubbing, drinking and shopping their way around London like they always have – until something bad happens at a fashion event and sends them on the run to--where else?--the French Riviera. Watch the two stars and their cohorts talk about the...

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Stop What You're Doing and Watch Absolutely Fabulous Stars Channel Sonja Morgan and Bethenny Frankel

22 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Icons collided on Watch What Happens Live when Absolutely Fabulous stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley channeled The Real Housewives of New York City's Sonja Morgan and Bethenny Frankel for a little Clubhouse Playhouse. Icons. The scene was from The Real Housewives of New York City season seven when Sonja wouldn't stop going on and on about working in public relations and having brands, etc. Bethenny wasn't having it. Saunders, who plays Edina Monsoon, a publicist, in Absolutely Fabulous, took on the role of Sonja. Lumley, Patsy Stone in AbFab, took on Bethenny. And they went there, complete with American accents. Sort of. "No, it was pathetic," Lumley later said. "I'm really »

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Review

22 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie reunites fashionista-wannabee gal pals Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) from the 1990s hit British TV comedy for more of their hard partying, party-crashing, champagne-swilling inappropriate shenanigans.

First off: if you are not already a fan steeped in the old British TV show Absolutely Fabulous but think Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie might give you a taste of what all the fuss was about, forget it – this film is not for you. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is strictly for fans, and unlike some movie adaptions, it does not give the uninitiated even much thought. It is possible to watch the whole film with nary a chuckle, having the nagging feeling there are plenty of in-jokes there soaring over your head. You would be right.

If you are a committed Ab Fab fan, the movie version may well be hilarious. At the promotional screening, there »

- Cate Marquis

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie | Review

21 July 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Filth and Wisdom: Saunders and Lumley Can’t Get Back to Where They Started From

This wheel doesn’t so much as explode as it does simply fizzle out in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the first big screen iteration of flunky PR guru Edina Monsoon and her floozy bestie Patsy Stone, those crass mavens of ripe and ribald femininity who so gloriously scorched the small screen in the famed series throughout the 1990s and early 2000s across five seasons and three one-off hour long specials.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 22, 2016)

21 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Ice Age: Collision Course

Director: Galen T. Chu, Mike Thermeier

Cast: Adam DeVine, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa Rauch

Synopsis: Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. »

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“AbFab: The Movie” is a Vacation from the Suck

21 July 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“Welcome to the Republican National Convention!” yelled legendary drag queen Lady Bunny, introducing Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley at…

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- Sara Stewart

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Movie Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie goes down easy, like a bottle of vodka

20 July 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Seinfeld gets a lot of credit for being “the show about nothing,” but not much happened during Absolutely Fabulous’ multi-decade TV run, either. Generally, PR agent Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her ambiguously employed yet exceedingly well-connected pal Patsy (Joanna Lumley) would get into some sort of pill-and-booze-fueled trouble, make complete fools of themselves, and learn nothing because Edina’s daughter, Saffron (Julia Sawalha), was always there to bail them out. Ridiculous outfits were worn, backhanded compliments were exchanged, and a drunken good time was had by all.

That’s basically what happens in the movie, too, which is packed with the hilariously garish outfits—a sequined camouflage coat with a fur collar and a sweater covered in stuffed internet acronyms are but two of the highlights—and deliciously bitchy humor fans have come to expect from Saunders and Lumley. Saunders’ screenplay occasionally brushes up against bigger issues, like the »

- Katie Rife

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Movie Review

18 July 2016 4:24 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Film Reviewer for Shockya Grade: C+ Director: Mandie Fletcher Written by: Jennifer Saunders Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness, Jane Jorrocks, June Whitfield Release Date: July 22, 2016 Absolutely Fabulous (a.k.a.: Ab Fab) was a BBC television sitcom, which first aired in the U.K. on November 1992 and continued till May 1995. The program featured Edina Monsoon, a PR agent, trying to stay young and her best friend Patsy Stone, a magazine editor and alcohol abuser. The program was so successful that it returned for special episodes on December 2011, January and July 2012. As if  [ Read More ]

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- Tami Smith

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William Lucas obituary

17 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who played Dr Gordon in the 1970s screen phenomenon of The Adventures of Black Beauty

William Lucas, who has died aged 91, was already a veteran television actor before he played Dr Gordon in The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972-74). In a three-channel age, the programme became essential Sunday-teatime viewing for many families and regularly appeared in the weekly Top 20 TV ratings with stories that were a continuation, rather than an adaptation, of those in Anna Sewell’s best-selling 19th-century novel.

Lucas and his co-stars – Judi Bowker and Roderick Shaw as the doctor’s children, Vicky and Kevin, and Charlotte Mitchell as his loyal housekeeper, Amy Winthrop – found themselves part of a screen phenomenon that owed much to writers such as Ted Willis and Richard Carpenter. Denis King’s Galloping Home theme tune evoked childhood memories that led to it being heard over future decades in other programmes – perhaps most memorably in Absolutely Fabulous, »

- Anthony Hayward

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Jon Stewart Joining Stephen Colbert for Late Show's Live Convention Coverage

15 July 2016 5:16 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Jon Stewart fans, how’s this for your moment of zen?

The former Daily Show host has been confirmed for Monday’s Late Show, where he will appear opposite pal Stephen Colbert as he kicks off a week of live broadcasts focused exclusively on the Republican National Convention. The news was first reported by Vulture.

RelatedStephen Colbert Reveals Lol Themes, Guests for Live Convention Shows

Though little is known about the capacity to which Stewart will be used, he is one of four guests penciled in for Night 1 of Colbert’s “2016 Trumpublican Donational Conventrump Starring Donald Trump as the »

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie In St. Louis

11 July 2016 1:06 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots.  But when they accidentally push Kate Moss into the river Thames at an uber fashionable launch party, Eddy and Patsy become entangled in a media storm surrounding the supermodel’s untimely demise and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

Fox Searchlight Pictures presents in association with BBC Films a DJ Films/Saunders & French production, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, also starring Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Chris Colfer, Kate Moss,  Lulu, Emma Bunton, Robert Webb, »

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie inadvertently charts the death of top-down celebrity

11 July 2016 2:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Eddy and Pats – plus the 60 stars eager to supply cameos – herald the demise of a glittering cultural hegemony. Fashionistas and PRs are now slaves to public taste, their slogans drowned out by public opinion

You know what to expect from a sitcom big-screen spin-off: like as not, it will be a pallid, over-stretched travesty of its cherished TV begetter. In a vain effort to cloak its enervation, its makers will probably wheel out a witlessly melodramatic plot, glamorous but cliched overseas locations, irrelevant celeb cameos or all of the above. Critics will sigh; faithful fans lured like moths to the sacred flame will rise from their seats feeling vaguely betrayed.

Fear that such a fate might befall the jewel that was Ab Fab stayed the hand of Jennifer Saunders, the creator of the BBC series, for many years. As recently as 2013, she was still swearing that a movie version would »

- David Cox

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie inadvertently charts the death of top-down celebrity

11 July 2016 2:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Eddy and Pats – plus the 60 stars eager to supply cameos – herald the demise of a glittering cultural hegemony. Fashionistas and PRs are now slaves to public taste, their slogans drowned out by public opinion

You know what to expect from a sitcom big-screen spin-off: like as not, it will be a pallid, over-stretched travesty of its cherished TV begetter. In a vain effort to cloak its enervation, its makers will probably wheel out a witlessly melodramatic plot, glamorous but cliched overseas locations, irrelevant celeb cameos or all of the above. Critics will sigh; faithful fans lured like moths to the sacred flame will rise from their seats feeling vaguely betrayed.

Fear that such a fate might befall the jewel that was Ab Fab stayed the hand of Jennifer Saunders, the creator of the BBC series, for many years. As recently as 2013, she was still swearing that a movie version would »

- David Cox

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