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Breaking: Laura Linney Will Return to Broadway in 2020 in My Name Is Lucy Barton

Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow Artistic Director and Barry Grove Executive Producer have just announced the American premiere of the London Theatre Company Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr production of My Name is Lucy Barton starring Laura Linney Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, 'Ozark', by Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge, adapted by Rona Munro The James Trilogy, and directed by Richard Eyre The Crucible, Notes on a Scandal as part of Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2019-2020 season. The New York production will be produced in association with Penguin Random House Audio.
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‘Greta’ Film Review: Neil Jordan’s Psycho Stalker Flick Is Bloody Good Fun

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‘Greta’ Film Review: Neil Jordan’s Psycho Stalker Flick Is Bloody Good Fun
It’s fitting that Neil Jordan’s “Greta” had its Toronto International Film Festival world premiere on Thursday at the Ryerson Theatre, because that venue is home to Tiff’s Midnight Madness section devoted to horror, sci-fi and all things genre. And while “Greta” isn’t actually screening in that section of the festival, it’s definitely the midnightiest thing that the Irish director has ever made.

Between the psycho stalker, the “don’t go in the basement!” moment and the sudden shocks that exist solely to make an audience jump, this is Jordan doing fun, schlocky horror, way beyond the high-toned horror he did in “Interview With the Vampire.”

And while the film wallows in the kind of silliness that makes you wonder just what the heck Isabelle Huppert is doing here, by the end it supplies an answer: She’s having fun, dammit, just like the audience at the Ryerson did.
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2019 Oscars: Will Amy Adams finally win on nomination #6, just like Kate Winslet?

2019 Oscars: Will Amy Adams finally win on nomination #6, just like Kate Winslet?
A five-time Oscar bridesmaid is on the brink of a sixth nomination, and possibly her first win. She’s already scored double nominations at the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. It’s been thirteen years since she first caught the academy’s attention, breaking into the Supporting Actress lineup. She’s since proven herself to be a versatile talent and a box-office draw, headlining acclaimed indies and big blockbusters alike.

Is this Amy Adams this year? Or Kate Winslet exactly 10 years ago? The similarities between the two are shocking.

Let’s go back in time and review Winslet when she was still winless. After a heavenly debut in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” in 1994, she starred as Emma Thompson‘s younger sister in 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility.” The academy had the good sense to nominate the newcomer, though she wasn’t mighty enough to overcome Mira Sorvino in “Mighty Aphrodite.
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Judi Dench movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ ‘Philomena,’ ‘Notes on a Scandal’

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Judi Dench movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ ‘Philomena,’ ‘Notes on a Scandal’
In this fall’s delightful documentary, “Tea With the Dames,” Dame Judi Dench, who celebrates her 84th birthday on December 9, 2018, recalls being asked to play Cleopatra in London’s National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” Her response: “Are you sure you want a menopausal dwarf to play this part?”

Well, this menopausal dwarf has done pretty well for herself in an acting career that has lasted over half a century. For her film acting alone, Dench has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning one for her supporting performance in 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love.” She also earned nine Golden Globe noms for her film work (including a win for 1997’s “Mrs. Brown”) and three for her TV work, including a win for 2000’s “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.” She has also received 13 nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award, winning twice (for “Shakespeare in Love” and
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Judi Dench movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Judi Dench movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
In this fall’s delightful documentary, “Tea With the Dames,” Dame Judi Dench, who celebrates her 84th birthday on December 9, 2018, recalls being asked to play Cleopatra in London’s National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” Her response: “Are you sure you want a menopausal dwarf to play this part?”

Well, this menopausal dwarf has done pretty well for herself in an acting career that has lasted over half a century. For her film acting alone, Dench has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning one for her supporting performance in 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love.” She also earned nine Golden Globe noms for her film work (including a win for 1997’s “Mrs. Brown”) and three for her TV work, including a win for 2000’s “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.” She has also received 13 nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award, winning twice (for “Shakespeare in Love” and
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Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

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Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards
Judi Dench will receive the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film at the upcoming British International Film Awards.

Dench joins an illustrious list of former winners of the award, which is in its 17th year, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt and Emma Thompson. Last year’s recipient was Vanessa Redgrave, who collected the award at the Bifa ceremony from Harris’ son, Jared.

“Dame Judi has stolen every scene she has ever been in, and stolen our hearts along the way,” he said. “Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor, she is undeniably both the standard-bearer and the gold standard for British actors.”

Dench’s long and varied film credits include “A Room With a View,” “Notes On a Scandal,” and the recent James Bond franchise, in which she starred as spy boss M.
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Kennedy Center Honors: Cher, Philip Glass, Other Honorees Get to Enjoy President-Free Night for a Change

Kennedy Center Honors: Cher, Philip Glass, Other Honorees Get to Enjoy President-Free Night for a Change
Here are the people who are planning on attending the annual Kennedy Center Honors on the evening of December 2:

Cher, an Academy Award-winning actress and legendary singer, most recently seen combining both talents in “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.” Philip Glass, an iconic composer whose original work has been used in countless films and TV series, including in “Koyaanisqatsi,” “The Hours,” “Notes on a Scandal,” and “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.” Reba McEntire, a modern country music megastar, who has gone on to have an acting career of her own, including a six-season run on a broadcast sitcom named for her. Wayne Shorter, an 11-time Grammy-winning jazz musician, whose many collaborations include playing alongside musical greats across multiple genres. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire, the creators of “Hamilton,” a musical that you might be familiar with.

Here are two people who will not be in attendance that night,
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‘The Children Act’ Film Review: Emma Thompson Grapples With Conscience in Sluggish Legal Drama

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‘The Children Act’ Film Review: Emma Thompson Grapples With Conscience in Sluggish Legal Drama
If Emma Thompson can’t make “The Children Act,” a drama about a family-court judge conflicted over her own decisions and the precarious state of her own family, into something interesting and meaningful, then no one can. And she can’t.

Screenwriter Ian McEwan, adapting his own novel, and director Richard Eyre (“Notes on a Scandal”) have assembled a fine cast to tackle controversial subjects brimming over with dramatic possibility, but the results are stultifyingly subdued. It’s all so polite, so sober, so convinced of its own importance, that it never has a pulse. This is love and life and death discussed as though they were paint swatches for the guest room.

Thompson stars as Fiona Maye, a high-court judge who specializes in hot-button issues that often put her in the crosshairs of religious fundamentalists. (The “Act” of the title is a noun and not a verb.) As the film opens,
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‘The Children Act’ Review: All Rise for Emma Thompson

‘The Children Act’ Review: All Rise for Emma Thompson
Ian McEwan writes great novels that most often turn into problematic movies, some wonderful (Atonement), others Wtf happened (On Chesil Beach). The Children Act falls somewhere in the middle, bolstered by a supremely confident and indelibly moving performance from Emma Thompson as a family court judge trying to practice what the law preaches. Thompson plays Fiona Maye, who has dedicated her life to the principles set forth in the 1989 British law known as the Children Act, which protects and prizes the welfare of minors. So devoted is Fiona to the
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The Children Act Press Conference: Emma Thompson & Fionn Whitehead on their challenging new film

Today sees the release of The Children Act, the new film from Richard Eyre, adapted from the bestseller by the writer Ian McEwan (Atonement), and produced by Duncan Kenworthy.

The film stars Emma Thompson, Fionn Whitehead, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin, Jason Watkins, Rosie Cavaliero and Nikki Amuka-Bird and is have received plaudits for Thompson’s performance in particular.

We present below the full press conference for the film, held in central London on the 15th of August.

The Children Act is released in the UK on the 24th of August, 2018. Here are our premiere interviews.

The Children Act Press Conference

Plot:

Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre, The Children Act is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands
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Movie Review – The Children Act (2018)

The Children Act, 2018.

Directed by Richard Eyre.

Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin, Eileen Walsh, Anthony Calf, Jason Watkins, Dominic Carter, Dwayne Thomas, Radhika Aggarwal, and Rosie Cavaliero.

Synopsis:

A high court judge presides over the most ethically complex cases. Her recent case involves a young 17-year-old who refuses a life-saving blood transfusion. Her judgement is put to the test as she is called upon whether the boy lives or dies.

Anyone who has been on Facebook for long enough will see a post from that one friend who decries modern medicine, proclaims they will never vaccinate their kid as “they are the awakened ones”, and stands by homoeopathy/alt-medicine instead of scientifically sound vaccines that have saved millions of lives. This film is that dilemma but with religious fanaticism as opposed to fake news.

At the heart of the film is this battle between belief and fact,
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Premiere Interviews: Emma Thompson & Fionn Whitehead on the new thriller The Children Act

Last night the capital saw the stars of one of the most moving films of the year walk the red carpet for the UK Premiere of The Children Act, the new film from Richard Eyre, adapted from the bestseller by the writer Ian McEwan (Atonement) and produced by Duncan Kenworthy.

The film stars Emma Thompson, Fionn Whitehead, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin, Jason Watkins, Rosie Cavaliero and Nikki Amuka-Bird.

Colin Hart and Scott Davis were our men on the red carpet, they asked Fionn Whitehead about life after Dunkirk and got a glimpse of Emma Thompson’s impressive new look she will be sporting in the latest Men in Black film.

The Children Act is released in the UK on the 24th of August, 2018. Here are our premiere interviews.

The Children Act Premiere Interviews

Plot:

Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre,
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New trailer for The Children Act starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead

A24 has released a new trailer for Richard Eyre’s upcoming adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel The Children Act which stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead; watch it here…

Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre, The Children Act is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds.

With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the
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Emma Thompson Defends Fionn Whitehead in First Trailer for ‘The Children Act’

After opening to critical acclaim at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, A24 and Directv have just released the first trailer for The Children Act. Showcasing aspects of a courtroom drama paired with familial emotional beats, the trailer follows Fiona May, a High Court judge played by Academy Award-winning Emma Thompson.

The film tells the story of May, as she judges a deeply personal court case regarding the survival of teenager Adam (Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead). Restricted by his religious beliefs, which are instilled in him through his Jehovah’s Witness practice, Adam refuses the blood transfusion that could prove crucial to his Leukemia treatment. Confronted by Adam’s beliefs, as well as dealing with a faltering relationship with her husband (Stanley Tucci), Fiona May finds this case to be especially taxing – and her journey seems to make for a rather compelling film.

BAFTA-nominated Richard Eyre directs the film,
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‘The Children Act’ Trailer: Emma Thompson Judges a Fateful Case in Oscar-Friendly Ian McEwan Adaptation

‘The Children Act’ Trailer: Emma Thompson Judges a Fateful Case in Oscar-Friendly Ian McEwan Adaptation
It’s been 25 years since Emma Thompson won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her work in “Howard’s End,” but she may have another shot this year with “The Children Act.” Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel and directed by Richard Eyre, “The Children Act” tackles two pillars of modern society in one fell swoop: Religion and the law. From the look of the gripping first trailer, Thompson has found a challenging role and script worthy of her formidable talent.

The two-time Oscar winner plays British High Court judge Fiona, charmingly referred to as “My Lady” throughout the trailer, who must decide a life or death case concerning the fate of a teenage boy. In the midst of one of the most challenging cases of her career, her husband (Stanley Tucci) makes a shocking revelation that sends her into an emotional crisis. The case involves the
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Emma Thompson & Stanley Tucci struggle with their marriage in first trailer for The Children Act

The first trailer for Richard Eyre’s The Children Act, starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci has landed.

Based on the novel by Atonement’s Ian McEwan, Thompson and Tucci struggle to keep their marriage afloat after her career starts to come first in their life.

Emma Thompson stars as Fiona, a high-court judge who sees her marriage to Jack, portrayed by Stanley Tucci, break down when she takes on the complex case of young Adam, played by Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds.

Also in trailers – Margot Robbie flaunts her womanly wiles to get what she wants in new UK trailer for Terminal

The film is scheduled for a UK and Ireland release on August 24.

The Children Act Official Synopsis

Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre, The Children Act
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First UK Trailer For ‘The Children Act’ With Emma Thompson & Stanley Tucci

The first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Children Act has arrived online, along with the first poster.

Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre, The Children Act is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds.

With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light,
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Trailer, poster and images for The Children Act starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead

Entertainment One has released a trailer, poster and images for the upcoming drama The Children Act. Based on Ian McEwan’s novel of the same name, the film is directed by Richard Eyre and stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead; take a look below…

Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre, The Children Act is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds.

With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the
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‘King Lear’ Trailer: Anthony Hopkins Brings the Doomed King Back to the Screen for BBC

‘King Lear’ Trailer: Anthony Hopkins Brings the Doomed King Back to the Screen for BBC
Nothing can come of nothing, but much can come of Shakespeare. Anthony Hopkins plays the doomed monarch in the latest adaptation of “King Lear,” which comes to BBC Two tomorrow before Amazon brings it to this side of the pond. “Iris” and “Notes on a Scandal” helmer adapted and directed. Watch the trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis, which gives away a great deal for those who aren’t familiar with the Bard’s tragedy: “The 80-year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the same time, Lear’s prime minister, Gloucester, is betrayed by his son Edmund and his other son, Edgar, is forced to go into hiding. Lear becomes mad, Gloucester is blinded: both the
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Richard Eyre: ‘Take it easy? Why would I… I’m only 75’

The acclaimed director talks about adapting King Lear for TV with Anthony Hopkins, accidentally making a French film and dealing with depression

Devon-born director Richard Eyre, 75, has worked across film, theatre, TV and opera, winning five Olivier awards and a Bafta. He was artistic director of the National Theatre from 1987 until 1997 and his films include Iris and Notes on a Scandal. He has adapted and directed the BBC’s new, feature-length version of King Lear.

You’re working in New York at the moment. How’s it going?

Very well. Our production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which was playing in the West End, has opened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I would even say it’s been received with rapture [laughs].

Tony’s portrayal of Lear is very much based on his father. It’s remarkable. I can’t imagine the part being better played

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