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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
The extraordinary true story sees the unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, a young clerk who travelled from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. As their friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
Of course, Dench won the Academy Award for her previous incarnation of the former monarch in Mrs Brown back in 1997. Twenty years on, she’s back in the role for Victoria and Abdul, which releases in UK cinemas from 15th September.
Watch the brand new trailer below.
The post Watch the first trailer for ‘Victoria and Abdul’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
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
Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer and poster for Stephen Frears’ upcoming biographical drama Victoria & Abdul. Based on Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, the film sees Judy Dench in her second portrayal of Queen Victoria following her Oscar-nominated role in 1997’s Mrs Brown alongside Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams and Fenella Woolgar; take a look below…
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance »
- Amie Cranswick
BBC Two has commissioned one-off feature-length drama “Diana & I,” from BAFTA-winning writer Jeremy Brock and Oscar-nominated director Peter Cattaneo. The fictional TV drama will explore the impact of the death of Princess Diana from the point of view of four ordinary people, whose stories intersect, during the week following her death in 1997.
“I wanted to explore the lives of four ordinary people and how they internalized their memories of Diana in the aftermath of her death,” said Brock. “The week following her fatal car crash was a week like no other before. It catapulted many of us into emotional states we rarely visit, leaving us open to new insights and new experiences.”
Tamsin Greig, Nico Mirallegro, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Laurie Davidson are set to star. Gemma Jones, Neil Morrissey, Tuppence Middleton, Charlotte Hope, Asif Khan, Kingsley Ben-Adir, John Gordon Sinclair and Roshan Seth will also feature.
Brock said the film would be a “celebration of what »
- Robert Mitchell
Elizabeth Sloane lives and breathes politics. Miss Sloane the film seems to attract them like a magnet. It premiered in America just after the Presidential Election and arrives in the UK this week in the middle of our own General Election campaign.
The film’s director, John Madden, spoke exclusively to Freda Cooper about its reception in the States, why Jessica Chastain was his first and only choice for the title role and the growth in female-centric films.
It was literally almost an unsolicited manuscript. He wrote the script absolutely outside the context of the industry. He had no connection with the industry, no representation, and he was prompted by an article that said the Weinstein Company was developing a film on the gun issue. »
- Freda Cooper
“I’m sorry to not be there in Las Vegas as I hear Britney Spears is in town,” Dench deadpanned. Cue the laughter from the attendees looking for something to smile about.
The Oscar-winner introduced what appeared to be an extended trailer for Stephen Frears new drama, a film that has her reprising the role of Queen Victoria she first played in 1997’s “Mrs Brown.” This follow up chronicles the 19th Century monarch towards the end of her life when she developed a friendship with an Indian Muslim (Ali Fazal).
- Gregory Ellwood
The new BBC1 adaptation of Decline and Fall, with Jack Whitehall as Paul Pennyfeather and Eva Longoria as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, has already stirred the usual mixed emotions among Evelyn Waugh fans. On the one hand, warm satisfaction at the prospect of a 20th-century classic brought to a TV channel otherwise graced by Mrs Brown’s Boys; on the other, a faint but congenital wariness, born of the fact that so many dramatisations of the Waugh oeuvre have defied the best intentions of director and cast alike to produce films that, for all their enthusiasm, have sold their onlie begetter woefully short.
Waugh, it turns out, had the same mixed feelings about adaptations. His early novels – notably Vile Bodies (1930), with its »
- DJ Taylor
It has divided presidential opinion with its treatment of race, but Kenya Barris’s series is redefining modern comedy by balancing issues and laughs
Related: Black-ish takes on police brutality in a 'very special episode'
It’s a question that has divided Us presidents: is the sitcom Black-ish the best thing on television or, well, racist? For Barack Obama, the show is like watching his own family on screen, while Donald Trump tweeted that the title alone is “racism at highest level”. If it is hard to imagine, say, Mrs Brown’s Boys sparking the same passion, that’s because Black-ish is not your average network comedy.
Related: Black-ish: a revolutionary new comedy tackling issues of race head on – review
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- Homa Khaleeli
The stars of the small screen gathered at The O2 in London last night for the 23rd annual National Television Awards, as the general public decided their telly favourites from the past twelve months across a host of categories; check out the full list of winners here via The Telegraph
Entertainment Programme: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Drama Performance: Sarah Lancashire
Factual Entertainment: Gogglebox
Comedy: Mrs Brown’s Boys
TV Judge: Mary Berry
Daytime: The Chase
Period Drama: Call The Midwife
Live Magazine: This Morning
Newcomer: Faye Brooks (Coronation Street)
TV Presenter: Ant & Dec
Special Recognition – Graham Norton
Drama – Casualty
Challenge Show – I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
Serial Drama – Emmerdale
Talent Show – Strictly Come Dancing »
- Gary Collinson
The mega success of Dublin’s most offensive widow may gobsmack many, but the BBC knows when it’s on to a good thing – and how to maximise it
There have been few TV shows as divisive as Mrs Brown’s Boys. Some people will no doubt say that the BBC has taken leave of its senses in announcing that the Irish drag-act sitcom will, later this year, get a chatshow called All Round to Mrs Brown’s. But to me, the decision is a reassuring sign that the corporation’s entertainment division is in full possession of its faculties that seemed in doubt after last week’s launch of the lame Cowell-imitation singing contest, Let It Shine.
Brendan O’Carroll’s Dublin widow has a tradition of polarising people. In 2011, when it debuted on BBC1, some reviewers were so appalled that they predicted the show would be pulled before »
- Mark Lawson
Rob Leane Jan 10, 2017
You know Michael McIntyre's Big Show? That Saturday night BBC One show with a mixture of comedy, special celebrity guests and a live audience? BBC One has just announed another show like that, but with sitcom character Mrs Brown as the host, and her house from Mrs Brown's Boys as the filming location.
Yep, Brendan O'Carroll is set to reprise Agnes Brown once again, and he'll bring his supporting cast along, too, by the sounds of it. The new show is going by the title All Round To Mrs Brown's, and O'Carroll had this to say about it: »
Gold TV has polled the professionals about their favourite comedy. But even the funniest of the funny can’t easily be reduced to scenes and one-liners
Surveys of Britain’s favourite comedy – and indeed, Britain’s favourite anything – are 10 a penny; the more so in our click-bait era. The Radio Times ran one last August, which found Mrs Brown’s Boys to be the nation’s best-loved sitcom of the century so far. Now here comes another from the TV channel Gold, in which “comics reveal their favourite British TV comedy moments and characters” of all time. What’s new is that this is a poll of professional comedians, and so more insightful, we assume, than those vox-pop efforts elsewhere. And so it is, to the degree that the sophisticate’s bete noire Mrs Brown’s Boys doesn’t get a sniff of glory. But beyond that, not so much. »
- Brian Logan
To Walk Invisible (BBC1) | iPlayer
The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC1) | iPlayer
Delicious (Sky 1) | sky.com
Maigret’s Dead Man (ITV) | itv.com
Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC1) | iPlayer
Mark Twain had Jane Austen and all her mimsy fripperies nailed about right when he said: “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” The Brontës are, on the other hand, a phenomenal tale, often told, but never better than in this week’s offering from Sally Wainwright.
Chloe Pirrie as Emily bestrode the moors in seven-league boots, dominating every frame with her anger, her tenderness
Sentimental to retching point, homophobic, achingly unfunny… it made The Vicar of Dibley »
- Euan Ferguson
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