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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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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, »

- Movie Geeks

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Julie Andrews Joins Netflix's "Greenroom"

2 June 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Julie Andrews is set to star in a new Netflix kids series which will debut exclusively on the streaming service in early 2017.

"Julie's Greenroom" is a thirteen-episode half-hour series from the Jim Henson Company and features new puppets learning about the performing arts. Filming began last month on Long Island.

Andrews plays Ms. Julie, the director of the Wellspring Center for the Performing Arts, where she teaches workshops in the theater and its greenroom. Ms. Julie and her assistant Gus (Giullian Yao Gioiello) will bring the performing arts to a diverse group of new kid puppets, known as the Greenies.

Mesmerized by the arts and creativity, the Greenies will create their own show over the course of the season, incorporating mime, music, dance, improv, circus arts, singing and more.

Andrews, who will also serve as executive producer, created the series with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton and Judy Rothman-Rofe. »

- Garth Franklin

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Julie Andrews, Jim Henson Company Team for Netflix Children's Program

2 June 2016 7:07 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The hills are alive at Netflix with a new children’s program starring prolific entertainer Julie Andrews.

The Sound of Music legend has teamed with the Jim Henson Company to launch Julie’s Greenroom, an educational series aimed at teaching preschoolers about the performing arts.

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In each episode, Andrews will be joined by assistant Gus (played by Giullian Yao Gioiello, The Carrie Diaries) and a bevy of special guest stars — including Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), singer Sara Bareilles, Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show »

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Netflix Sets ‘Julie’s Greenroom’ Preschool Series From Julie Andrews, Jim Henson Co.

2 June 2016 6:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix is taking aim at “Sesame Street’s” turf in a deal with Julie Andrews and the Jim Henson Co. for a live-action series about the arts aimed at the preschool demo.

Julie’s Greenroom” is designed to introduce pint-size viewers to various aspects of the performing arts. Andrews will play the leader of a performing arts company who works with a host of new puppet characters created by the Henson Co.

The series, which began lensing in New York last month, will feature original music and guest stars including Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Irwin, Ellie Kemper and Idina Menzel. Netflix has ordered 13 half-hour episodes that are set to debut early next year.

Andrews created the series with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Judy Rothman-Rofe. Andrews, Hamilton and Rothman-Rofe have penned a »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Lea Michele Shares Heartwarming Throwback Photo of Glee Cast on 7-Year Anniversary

20 May 2016 6:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Has it really been seven years since the Glee cast first graced the small screen? Lea Michele certainly felt the nostalgia on Thursday and took to her Instagram to post a loving throwback photo of herself with fellow cast members in celebration of their seven-year milestone. She wrote, "#tbt 7 years ago.. It's unbelievable how quickly time can go by. To think we aired 7 years ago today."Her post continued to say, "Found this photo from our Upfronts trip to NYC just days before the premiere. We were all so excited. We went around the table and each said something we loved about each other. »

- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii

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Full List of "Absolutely Fabulous" Film Cameos

25 April 2016 8:23 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ahead of the trailer dropping for the film this week, Fox Searchlight Pictures has revealed the full list of celebrities set to make cameo appearances in the upcoming "Absolutely Fabulous" movie - a list that includes the likes of Kate Moss, Gwendoline Christie, Joan Collins, Barry Humphries, Jerry Hall and Jean Paul Gaultier.

In the film Edina and Patsy are blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party and become entangled in a media storm. 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 forevermore.

Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield lead the cast of the film, joined in major roles by Kathy Burke, Helen Lederer, Harriet Thorpe, Celia Imrie, Mo Gaffney, Chris Ryan and both Emma Bunton and Lulu as themselves.

The full list of celebs are: Abbey Clancy, »

- Garth Franklin

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Kate Moss, Perez Hilton to Have Cameos in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

25 April 2016 4:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Fox Searchlight Pictures has revealed that Kate Moss, Jerry Hall, Jean Paul Gaultier, Perez Hilton and Stella McCartney are among the celebrities making cameo appearances in “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” which stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield.

Other leading lights from the worlds of acting, music and fashion appearing in the film include: Abbey Clancy, Alesha Dixon, Alex Jones, Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Anya Hindmarch, Barry Humphries (a.k.a. Dame Edna Everage), Beattie Edmondson, Bip Ling, Brix Smith-Start, Bruno Tonioli, Camilla Rutherford, Chris Colfer, Daisy Lowe, Daniel Lismore, Dawn French, Ella Eyre, Foxes, Giles Deacon, Gwendoline Christie, Jade Parfitt, Jamie Laing, Janette Tough, Joan Collins, Jodie Harsh, Jourdan Dunn, Kathy Lette, Kelly Hoppen, La Roux, La Voix, Lara Stone, Lily Cole, Marcia Warren, Miquita Oliver, Nick Grimshaw, Nick Mohammed, Orla Guerin, Ozwald Boateng, Pam Hogg, Poppy Delevingne, Richard Arnold, Robert Webb, Rylan Clark, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Here are the cameos you can expect to see in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

25 April 2016 2:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Absolutly Fabulous: The Movie hits cinemas in the UK this summer, and ahead of the release, Fox Searchlight, who are distributing the film, have revealed the cameos that we can expect to see in the hugely anticipated movie.

Joining Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield in their first cinematic adventure are returning cast members Kathy Burke as Magda, Helen Lederer as Catriona, Harriet Thorpe as Fleur, Celia Imrie as Claudia Bing, Mo Gaffney as Bo, Chris Ryan as Marshall as well as Emma Bunton and Lulu as themselves.

In true Ab Fab style, the cast will be joined by a host of stars from the acting, music and fashion worlds including: Abbey Clancy, Alesha Dixon, Alex Jones, Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Anya Hindmarch, Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna Everage, Beattie Edmondson, Bip Ling, Brix Smith-Start, Bruno Tonioli, Camilla Rutherford, Chris Colfer, Christopher Biggins, Daisy Lowe, »

- Paul Heath

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Watch: Chris Colfer Sings His Way Onto ‘Glee’

18 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Although the audition tape below is short, it serves as a reminder that in an audition, individuality trumps all.  When Chris Colfer auditioned for Fox’s musical series “Glee,” show creator Ryan Murphy was impressed enough to write up a character all his own. Colfer had come in for the part of Artie, a role that eventually went to Kevin McHale, but after reading with the showrunners and singing “Mr. Cellophane” from the musical “Chicago,” Murphy knew he had to do something to capitalize on the actor’s distinct charm. In addition to showing off his astonishing countertenor voice—Colfer hit a high G later in the series’ run—the video below captures something quintessential to “Glee” as a comedy about embracing your quirks and talent. Kurt, Murphy’s creation for Colfer, would go on to be a fan favorite during “Glee’s” six seasons, as well as one of »

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Our First Glimpse at "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie"

19 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Forget that Civil War between our favorite Avengers and the mayhem of the Suicide Squad, this summer's biggest superheros are coming armed in Lacroix and vodka. You know who I'm talking about, don't you, sweetie? Eh, darling?

Behold the briefest of glimpses for cult adaptation Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie! While we may not get much more than a hint of the French Riviera-set plot, it's clear that Edina and Patsy are still up their old tricks of boozing and flirting.

Obviously, there isn't enough yet to give this the full Ynms treatment, but a cigarette-drenched summer fling with Eddi and Pats will be welcome against noisier competition. We'll be treated to the original series cast - aren't you just thrilled to see Jane Horrocks and Julia Sawalha in anything? - and Jennifer Saunders has long been promising big laughs with her script. For now, we'll forget about the promised cameos »

- Chris Feil

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‘Rent’ and 5 Other Musicals We Want to See Live on TV

4 February 2016 11:02 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Live TV musicals are all the rage lately, and we’re all for it! Since 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live!” with Carrie Underwood on NBC, the peacock network has been dishing out musicals annually with “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz.” And now Fox joined the fun with “Grease: Live.” Who knows what's next?! We drummed up some of our dream stage-to-screen adaptations below. What’s on your list?  “Rent”Between the 2005 Chris Columbus film adaptation and the 2009 final Broadway bow DVD recording, this record-breaking rock musical from the late Jonathan Larson has already been exhaustively adapted for the screen. But wouldn’t it be great to see today’s buzziest young stars take on pop rock classics? Rachel Bloom as Maureen? Chris Colfer as Angel? 5 Seconds of Summer star Luke Hemmings for Roger? Sign us up! “Aida”This ancient Egypt-set musical about star-crossed lovers often flies under the radar, »

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